Recent Posts in dance
February 26, 2015
As always, there's a ton of good electronic music to experience live in NYC, including two great shows tonight (2/26). We don't get a chance to post about all of it, so here's a roundup of some good upcoming shows that we haven't talked about yet.
One of tonight's shows is Output's weekly INPUT party, headlined in the man room by Detroit house vet MK. Joining him are Detroit techno originator Kevin Saunderson and Justin Miller. In the venue's Panther Room it's LA-via-DC duo Nadastrom (aka Dave Nada and Matt Nordstrom), who just released their self-titled debut album on Friends of Friends. Listen to "House Shoes" (ft. Nina K) from that album below. Tickets are available.
Also tonight at Verboten it's a stacked lineup with Sweater Beats (who opened for Chance the Rapper in NYC two nights ago), Drake remixer Kastle, and the NYC debut of LA duo Vindata. Tickets are available.
Moving on from tonight, Paris/Berlin producer Rone returned earlier this month with the followup to 2012's Tohu Bohu. It's called Creatures and it's out now on InFiné. You an watch the animated video for its song "Sing Song" below.
Rone has dates coming up, including a US release party for the album on May 29 at Good Room in NYC with solid local support from FaltyDL. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates at his website.
Also at Good Room soon is a FIXED party on March 20 with Aeroplane and Fort Romeau. Tickets are on sale. Fort Romeau is releasing a new album called Insides on March 31 via Ghostly, and he just put out the video for one of its songs, "Not A Word," a collaboration with New Jackson. Watch below.
There's another FIXED party at Good Room on March 14 with Tensnake. Tickets are on sale.
Long-running LA producer Eskmo, who's previously released music on Ninja Tune, Warp and Planet Mu, returned this week with a new album called SOL on R&S imprint Apollo. He plays a release party for the album in NYC on April 11 at Baby's All Right (tickets). Stream the album below, via Dazed.
There's a good electronic show much sooner at Baby's on Friday (2/27) with Brooklyn producer Obey City. It's a release party for his just-released Merlot Sounds EP on LuckyMe, which you can watch a video from below. The party is free with RSVP, and Photay opens.
Back to Output: DFA duo Holy Ghost! DJ the venue on March 5 with A/JUS/TED, and Le Youth in the Panther Room (tickets).
Future Brown (aka Fatima Al Qadiri, Asma Maroof and Daniel Pineda of Nguzunguzu and Lit City Trax's J-Cush) released their self-titled debut album on Warp this week, and hit Output on May 27 (tickets).
Back to Verboten: On March 7 they've got George Fitzgerald and Leon Vynehall (who played NYC together over the summer), along with Kenny Larkin, Lee Jones and SIK NYC (tickets). George FitzGerald is also releasing a new album, Fading Love, on April 28 via Double Six/Domino. Stream the new single "Full Circle" (ft. Boxed In) below.
Detroit techno/house vet Carl Craig plays Verboten on March 13 with Luciano, Chuck Flask & Keith Kemp (tickets).
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photo: Four Tet at Osheaga 2014 (more by Ellie Pritts)
IDM great Four Tet is working on the followup to 2013's Beautiful Rewind -- earlier this month he tweeted that side 1 is done -- and he's busy with other stuff too. Just a few days ago, he debuted a remix of Coldplay's "Fix You" on Jon Hopkins' BBC Radio 1 residency, and you can listen to that below.
Four Tet also has some shows coming up, a few of which will have him going b2b with the jazz-influenced UK bass producer Floating Points. One of those is in NYC on April 30 at Output. Tickets for that one are on sale now.
Four Tet and Floating Points also DJed together at the closing party for London club Plastic People in January. Listen to that mix, with the list of all currently announced dates and the Coldplay remix, below...
photo: A$AP Ferg in Queens in 2014 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Late last year, A$AP Ferg returned with the new mixtape Ferg Forever, a nice tide-over while we wait for the followup to his excellent Trap Lord. In the past week, he's dropped videos for two of that mixtape's tracks. The first was for "Doe-Active," directed by Spike Jordan and featuring a cameo from Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, and the second was for "Dope Walk," directed by Matt Starr and featuring appearances by Kanye West, Beyonce, A$AP Rocky, Big Sean, Haim, Rihanna and Justin Bieber. Watch both below.
In related news, this Sunday (3/1) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar, A$AP Nast and A$AP Twelvyy will play a
free show presented by DXC/Dunkxchange. At the show, you can buy, sell and trade sneakers and apparel. There will also be performances by GRZLXMODE and GI Dara, and music by DJ Mpure and DJ Rob Cast. Unlike most BKNB shows this one is ticketed ($15 advance, $20 at the door) and the flyer is below.
Ferg also has shows coming up, mostly in Australia and New Zealand, but also a couple US festivals including Pitchfork. All dates are listed below.
A$AP Rocky's also on board for US festival BUKU Music + Art Project happening in New Orleans on March 13 & 14 with Passion Pit, TV on the Radio, Run the Jewels, BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah, DJ Windows 98, Die Antwoord, Flosstradamus, RL Grime, Portugal. The Man, Hudson Mohawke, iLoveMakonnen, XXYYXX, Raury, Big Freedia and more. Full lineup here. Tickets are on sale.
February 23, 2015
A six second drum break from The Winstons' "Amen, Brother" (the b-side to their 1969 hit "Color Him Father") is arguably the most famous "break" ever. The "Amen Break" has been sampled on countless hip hop records (famously on NWA's "Straight Outa Compton") and, sped up and chopped up, basically became the backbone of every jungle/drum and bass record ever. If you're still scratching your head, or are just curious to know more, Nate Harrison's terrific 2004 short documentary on the "amen break" is required viewing. Watch it below.
Despite the sample's place in the pop culture lexicon, neither Winstrons drummer G. C. Coleman (who died in 2006), nor frontman Richard L. Spencer (who wrote and arranged the song and owns the copyright) have ever received royalties for the sample. (The Statute of limitations has run out to pursue it legally now.) However, a UK DJ has started a crowdfunding campaign to give money to Richard Spencer and Coleman's family:
if you have ever written or sold any music with the amen break, or even just enjoyed one of the countless hundreds and hundreds of tunes that contain it over various genres and styles of music, please donate towards the good cause of the worldwide music community giving something back to the man behind the legendary breakbeat.The campaign began five days ago with hopes of raising £1,000 and it's already had £11,000 pledged.
Check out the documentary and a few famous uses of the "amen break," below...
February 20, 2015
Drill & bass wizard Squarepusher announced that he'll release his new album, Damogen Furies, on April 21 via Warp. You can download the track "Rayc Fire 2" at his website, and check out the trailer and tracklist below.
All dates are listed below...
February 16, 2015
by Bill Pearis
Former Moloko singer Roisin Murphy hasn't released an album since 2007's Overpowered. After making appearances on other producers' singles (including an appearance on the Here Lies Love album) and other one-offs, she returned last year with Mi Senti, an EP of Italian language disco. Roisin is now fully back, with a new album, Hairless Toys, which is out May 11 via Play it Again Sam. Roisin talks a little about the inspiration behind the new album:
This song was written after I watched the documentary film Paris Is Burning, having read an article which referenced it in a discussion about House music's origins in black, gay culture. I was deeply moved by this film. 'I had to run this far from home' - it's about the outcasts who could never fit into mainstream society and how they created a safe place in the drag 'Ball' scene of New York in the '80s. 'Will we live on? The children of La Beija' refers to the 'house' of Pepper La Beija, who was one of the most notable figures on the scene, Pepper is also quoted in Malcolm McLaren's song on the same subject 'Deep In Vogue'. The culture was a flamboyant reaction to persecution and disillusionment, the imagination and bravery of these kids is simply awe-inspiring. I envisioned 'Gone Fishing' almost as a song from a Broadway musical version of this story. The making of one's own world, a safer world and the creation of a new, better family in music or youth culture is a theme I touch upon elsewhere on my album Hairless Toys."Gone Fishing" opens the album and you can stream it, along with the "In Sentisi" video (from Mi Senti) and a couple old ones, below.
Roisin's last NYC show was during CMJ 2008. Let's hope she tours North America this year. UK and European dates have been announced and all are listed below.
Todd Terje will be making the festival circuit rounds this year and, unlike his recent solo NYC appearance, he'll be playing with a full band. In the US, Todd Terje & The Olsens will be making appearances at Coachella, at Pitchfork Fest and right after P4K, they'll play NYC at Terminal 5 on July 21. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (2/20) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/18) at noon. Flyer below.
In other news, Todd handed over the two Morricone-esque "Preben" songs from It's Album Time to be remixed on a new 10" single. "Leisure Suit Preben" gets remixed by I:Cube and "Preben Goes to Acupulco" is reworked by Prins Thomas. You can stream both of those below.
February 13, 2015
Soundbite sampling UK duo Public Service Broadcasting's new album, The Race for Space, is out February 24. The new single is "Gargarin" (as in Yuri Gargarin, the Russian cosmonaut who was the person to journey into outer space) which has been remixed by Psychemagik. Where the original track is a horn-fueled funk rocket, Psychemagik turn it into a synth-bass dancefloor workout. That remix makes its premiere in this post and you can listen to it below.
PSB will be splashing down in a town near you. The NYC show happens at Bowery Ballroom on April 10. Tickets for that are still available. Updated dates are listed, along with remix stream, "Garagin" video and album art, below...
February 12, 2015
Simian Mobile Disco will be doing a few North American DJ gigs with influential German electronic artist (and Ongaku/Klang/Playhouse label founder) Roman Flügel. Dates include a stop in NYC at Output on March 12 with FIXED DJs JDH & Dave P spinning early. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
February 9, 2015
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Red Baraat at GoogaMooga 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
It's always been hard to pin down the nature of this Brooklyn band, and that's truer than ever on Gaadi Of Truth. In addition to Red Baraat's Punjabi roots, you're likely to encounter '70s-style D.C. go-go beats, hip-hop, funk, trance-inducing South Asian Qawwali sounds and traces of South American cumbia. Red Baraat's ethnicity underlies its essence and growth in pursuit of fiery, thoughtful music. [NPR]Brooklyn brass band Red Baraat put out Gaadi of Truth (which the above NPR review is of) a few weeks ago, and its track "Bhangale" was recently given remix treatment by Fool's Gold co-founder and very active DJ Nick Catchdubs. The song's already beat-driven, but Nick amps it up into something much more dancefloor-ready with thumping synths and four-on-the-floor drums. His remix premieres in this post and can be streamed below.
Red Baraat are also touring soon. A few of those dates are their 'Festival of Colors' shows, which also all include Rupa & the April Fishes. One of the Festival of Colors nights is in NYC on March 8 at Brooklyn Bowl with Brooklyn Raga Massive on the bill as well. Tickets are on sale now, and come with a coupon to get 50% off any bowling lane that night. A day earlier, their tour also hits Bowery Ballroom (3/7). Tickets for that show are on sale too.
All dates are listed, with the new remix and a stream of the full album, below...