Black Butter Records may not be a household name, but closer examination at their A&R efforts reveal a stellar portfolio. Discovering critically acclaimed Rudimental, cult favorite Jessie Ware, and Gorgon City, the label has played a hand in steering dance music in new directions much more than the traditional big house EDM fare.
In their first year end compilation, the label packages a stellar album of remixes, original tracks, and more from up and coming talent. From the first track from Solomun Grey to the last mix by Rudimental, this may be one of the most impressive compilations we have heard all year.
As the energy of electronic dance music continues to spread across the world, Asia reminds the rest of the globe that this Eastern contender won’t be left behind. Returning in March of 2014, Future Music Festival Asia opens its doors in Mines Wonderland in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The 18+ three-day event invites attendees near and far to celebrate the ‘rumble in the jungle’ with both live and DJ sets from a wildly diverse set of headliners: Deadmau5, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Knife Party, Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon of Wu Tang Clan, Rudimental, Chase and Status, Naughty Boy, Porter Robinson, Baauer, Sub Focus, Tinie Tempah, Gesaffelstein, Paul Van Dyk, ATB, Adventure Club, Arty, Brodinski, Carnage, Deniz Koyu, Markus Schulz, Monsta, R3hab and more, along with a special spotlight for Eric Prydz‘s first music festival appearance in Asia and the return of Armin van Buuren‘s celebrated ‘A State of Trance 650: New Horizons.’ There’s a little something for every type of music lover at Future Music Festival Asia, from heavy bass-step and trance to hip-hop and pop 40.
Tickets are available here for this March 13th to 15th event.
It’s no secret: anything Maya Jane Coles touches turns into pure deep house bliss. Her latest work is an absorbing take on Rudimental’s recent single “Free,” which features vocals from the lovely Emeli Sandé. In typical MJC fashion, her kick and bass are mixed to a tee, while her percussion is both unique and evolving throughout. Maya makes brilliant work of Sandé’s vocals, looping, chopping, and inserting them at just the right moments. There’s an unparalleled clarity to Maya’s work; it breathes like no other. Her remix of Rudimental’s “Free” will be released on November 18th on the official remix EP.
Rudimental has added yet another hit single to the list of tracks off their recently released debut album, Home. ”Free,” featuring Emeli Sande, subdues the drum & bass melodies that the UK quartet has made their signature and brings focus to a guitar and vocal-centered indie electronic tune. What’s really magical about “Free,” however, is Emeli Sande’s evocative sound as she belts out “c’est la vie, I am free” throughout the three and a half minute track.
Tucked away in North Carolina, the Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit is in its inaugural year. Unlike the typical festival headliners, this festival is unique in its curated lineup of artists. We cover a few in depth below – artists that have gone under the mainstream radar.
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Editors’ Selections is an opportunity for your favorite Dancing Astronaut contributors to talk about some of the music they’re listening to that we might not always get an opportunity to post about from week to week. Sometimes it’s out there, sometimes it’s obscure, but you’ll always get a peek into what we’re loving behind closed doors.
If the name Rudimental is still new to your ears — listen up now. The quartet’s LP Home has already hit number one in the UK (it was original released in late April of this year), and now ahead of its US release next week, the group has made all twelve tracks available for stream, courtesy of SPIN. Many of the group’s records, songs like “Feel The Love,” “Spoons,” “Waiting All Night,” and “Hell Could Freeze” have already seen massive success as singles — and for good cause. Like other artists like Disclosure, AlunaGeorge, and Bondax, Rudimental are promoting a quality and accessible UK sounds across Atlantic waters with influences from ’90s house, jungle, two-step, and beyond. They’re getting noticed, and fast (even Beyonce has declared herself a fan).
Listen to the entire album over at SPIN.com.
Past the golden days of the Hacienda, Manchester’s Warehouse Project has been a solid institution to the North of England and its dotted clubbing legacy. With an open sigh of relief from those further astray from the overstated capital city, Trafford Park Road will once again play host to what has come to stand as the UK’s alternative clubbing season. Launching with an all-star showcase from Axwell, Armand van Helden, Mark Knight and MK on September 27th, the weekly events will run through to New Year’s Day, offering hosted nights from the likes of Steve Angello, Armin Van Buuren, Disclosure, Rudimental, Annie Mac and Richie Hawtin and a host of their industrious peers along the way. With rare and wonderful appearances from Phoenix, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano and a 2013 finale from Nile Rogers alongside Hot Chip, there is quite literally something for every possible taste on this year’s jam-packed bill.
It seems that mega pop stars are being increasingly converted to dance music, adding considerable clout to our advancing genre. The first lady of Made In America Festival has, in an unexpected statement, revealed herself as a fan of festival artists Rudimental. “Beyonce’s said how she loves our song ‘Feel The Love.’ We hope to make a good impression,” declared the group in an interview for The Sun. The group is scheduled to perform at Jay-Z’s festival and the booking may have come at the behest of his Queen B.
According to a recent data released by the BPI (British Phonographic Industry), dance music is at its most popular in the UK since 2006. The buzzing genre now has a market share of 16.3%, third behind the two largest shareholders (pop and rock, respectively). Daft Punk’s explosion back into the scene in 2013 is an obvious cause for such change, but in the last six months no fewer than ten dance tracks have sold more than a quarter of a million copies.
In April, Calvin Harris beat out Michael Jackson’s record for most top ten hits from a single album for 18 Months and Disclosure and Rudimental’s albums topped the charts in May and June as well. Dance music single sales were up by 19.1%, while album sales sprung by a very healthy 33.7%.