Making a return to his own label with his first solo EP on Hot Creations for the first time since 2010, Jamie Jones has released the four-track Planets, Spaceships EP. Not only has the co-founder been at the helm of one of the most revered labels in dance music, but he’s also become a huge part of the dance music supergroup Hot Natured alongside Lee Foss, Luca C, and Ali Love.
Jamie’s newest solo offering delivers four unique tracks which have all been wreaking havoc in his sets around the world this summer. The title track of the EP, which features Digitaria vocalist Daniela Caldellas (who has an album planned for Hot Creations next year), utilizes addictive vocals alongside Jamie’s production expertise. The conclusive three tracks round out the EP with deeper and darker grooves while staying clear of the vocals which highlighted the title track.
Two and a half years ago, Eric Prydz took over London’s O2 Academy Brixton for the inaugural EPIC, or ‘Eric Prydz in Concert.’ The storied London nights reverberated through the dance music community, paving the way for an all out hysteria at the announcement of EPIC 2.0, the North American edition. With an emphatic two night NYC run in the books, Eric Prydz returned to his new hometown of Los Angeles for the only West Coast installment of the groundbreaking tour. As expected, what went down this past Saturday at the Hollywood Palladium was something quite spectacular — a feast not only for the eyes and ears but for the mind and soul.
It’s been a full year and a half since Glow had brought Kaskade to Washington, DC. Expectations were high; tickets sold out within hours of being released – a little over a month before the show was even set to take place. Herds of Kaskade disciples lined up outside Echostage, waiting ever so impatiently to escape the cold and have their ID’s checked. By the time midnight rolled around, fans could already hear their Chicago-bred hero’s set blaring from inside the venue. This is exactly why Glow, the promoter, warned concertgoers to arrive early.
Returning to LA’s Historic Park for the second edition of HARD Day of the Dead, Gary Richard’s versatile Halloween festival brandished one of the most enchanting lineups in recent memory. After some stunning performances on Saturday from Nero, Skrillex, and Maya Jane Coles, HARD Day of the Dead finished strong with standout sets from Amtrac, Eric Prydz, Pretty Lights, Deadmau5, and more. Ultimately, however, it was the masked mouse himself, Joel Zimmerman, who would incite the most intrigue, premiering countless unreleased originals for the packed main stage crowd.
After unveiling his stunning, 70-track Essential Mix back in February, it became clear that Mat Zo was no ordinary artist, but rather, a visionary of sorts — someone who not only saw hope in the nooks and crannies of dance music, but inspired promise through his own creativity and belief. Today marks a special day for Matan Zohar: his debut LP, Damage Control, has finally been released. It’s an album that’s been brewing, shifting, and materializing for four years now. Having journeyed through Damage Control at least ten times, it’s safe to say that all the hope, the hype, the rampant enthusiasm surrounding Mat Zo’s debut album… all of it has been justified. This is one for the ages.
We caught up with Mat for some insight into his astonishing new LP, released today on Astralwerks. Through an extensive interview, Mat elucidated the inspirations behind the album as well as the personal significance of the release.
Click past the break for a full glimpse into the wondrous world of Mat Zo’s Damage Control.
When HARD released their Day of the Dead lineup a few months ago, we knew it was going to be something special. Though most festivals these days boast enough names to have the average dance music fan salivating, this year’s HARD Day of the Dead lineup seemed particularly exceptional. While sets from Boys Noize, Zeds Dead, Maya Jane Coles, and The Blood Beetroots would have been more than enough for a satisfactory Saturday, HARD Day 1 also boasted three extraordinary festival anomalies: a solo set from Skrillex, a live set from Nero, and a headlining set from Eric Prydz’s techno alterego, Cirez D.
When I found out Boys Noize had two upcoming shows in New York at Output, I deliberated whether or not to review his show again. I had already wrote about Boys Noize’s performance at Electric Zoo this year, and with his performance looming at HARD Event’s Day of the Dead festival in less than two weeks, another set review seemed overkill. I debated which days to go, and decided to ask around.
“You need to come both nights,” his camp told me. “These are going to be two different shows.”
That spooked me. When an artist is scheduled to play two shows at the same venue, you rarely get two transcendent performances. Eric Prydz’s masterpiece the week before was an anomaly. The feat is painfully tough from the artist’s point of view. How do you reconcile people that are only seeing you one night with those here to see you both nights? The second set has to be just as impressive as the first one, possibly even more. Yet you cannot hold back during the first night and disappoint. Boys Noize did just that. (more…)
If KOAN Sound weren’t on your music radar before, they should be now. The Bristol bass music duo are known for some of the most creative drum programming and processing in the business, and their latest work is no exception. With the help of fellow Bristol producer Asa, KOAN Sound have crafted a five-track EP of orchestral midtempo and breaks.
While we’ve seen the softer side of KOAN Sound and Asa before, Sanctuary strives towards something greater. Somewhere between the organic atmospheres and beatific dream sequences rests an aura of spirituality. The combination of the pristine piano and string work, fluid drum fills, and flawless layering is nothing short of divine.
Click past the break to listen to KOAN Sound and Asa’s captivating Sanctuary EP.
In somewhat hysterical fashion, Feed Me has donned his music critic hat and shared his thoughts on five random tracks from the Beatport Top 100. Analyzing tracks from Robbie Rivera, Don Diablo, Nervo and more from a songwriting and sound design standpoint, Feed Me offers a brutally honest, yet technically flawless review.
It has that slightly pretentious level of restraint that makes a good deep-house tune somewhat timeless, leaving me with a sudden desire to iron a shirt and hit the town.
With his vast catalogue and stunning debut album in mind, it’s safe to say that Feed Me is an authority on these matters. In the end, however, it’s his charming wit that makes his criticism most enjoyable.
Check out the full Beatport feature here, and make sure to read our recent interview with Feed Me for some more biting humor.
Years of trial and error have culminated in Detroit musician Griz developing an unparalleled mastery over his unique niche in the dance music scene. Drawing together dexterous musicianship with a taste for rattling bass and a keen ear for sampling, Griz has taken the concept of electro soul to the next level. While last year he brought us his groundbreaking debut LP, Mad Liberation, this year he follows up with Rebel Era, an album just as innovative and compelling as his original debut. In generous fashion, Griz has released the entire album for free.
Click past the break to stream tracks from the album and hear our thoughts on the release.