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February 5, 2016
Last year, Mumdance teamed up with fellow London electronic music Logos to release the collaborative album Proto, Mumdance's first full length (following years of EPs and singles). This year, he's set to return to North America for a tour surrounding SXSW.
The tour includes a NYC show with someone Mumdance and Logos collaborated with together, Rabit, whose debut album Communion came out last year on Tri Angle. That show happens on March 11 at Palisades, also with Mexican Jihad and GENG. Tickets are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with streams of Proto and Communion, below...
by Bill Pearis
Holy Ghost! are back with a new EP, Crime Cutz, which is out April 29 via DFA. The title is out now as a single and is typical of what the NYC duo do well: '80s-style electropop with a decidedly human heartbeat. Featuring the East Coast Inspirational Singers Choir, "Crime Cutz" is also one of their best singles in some time. You can check out the deceptively simple but captivating video, directed by Ben Fries, below.
The duo will be heading to Australia this month for a DJ tour, but will be back in NYC to play this year's MoMA Armory Party on March 2 which is the kickoff event to the annual The Armory Show and Armory Arts Week (March 3 - 6). Tickets to this gala event are on sale -- not cheap, but tax deductible.
In other DFA news, the label is back with another of their "Hot Dog" parties which will happen at Good Room on February 27 featuring "DJ sets by the DFA family + guests and a very special live performance!" No word on who is DJing/playing but tickets are on sale. Flyer for DFA's Winter Hot Dog is below.
February 3, 2016
by Bill Pearis
You may remember furry yellow puppet Flat Eric from the video for Mr. Ozio's 1999 international hit "Flat Beat," or a subsequent series of Levis ads that capitalized on its popularity. Mr. Ozio has brought Flat Eric back for the video of his new single "Hand In The Fire" which features vocals by Charli XCX. Directed by Meat Dept, it has Flat Eric and a Charli version of Flat Eric driving, living an endless loop. (Literally and perhaps spiritually.) It's all very French. Watch it, and the original "Flat Beat" video, below.
"Hand in the Fire" is from Mr. Ozio's new EP of the same name which is out now via Ed Banger/Because.
Charli XCX is also promising a new album that she says "could change the sound of pop music."
Long-running Brooklyn electronic-music record store Halcyon closed its space in DUMBO last year, and now it's set to reopen in WIlliamsburg. Via press release:
Halcyon, intrepid Brooklyn based record purveyor and mainstay of New York's underground electronic music scene for 16 years, awakens in its new North Williamsburg location on Friday, February 5th at noon. This, the fourth incarnation of Halcyon, marks a return to the groundbreaking hybrid record store, coffee shop/café and event space format first popularized when it launched back in 1999 in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. The new store is set to open 7 days a week from noon to 8pm, with extended hours to coincide with a slate of regular programming and special events to be announced in the coming months.As you know, Output is always playing host to quality dance parties. Not only does Halcyon open this Friday, but that's the same day as the Modeselektor show at Output (tickets), so that's a doubly good reason to go.
Inside its intimate new home in the Northeast corner of the grey concrete building that houses Brooklyn's leading underground nightclub, Output, visitors will be treated to an immersive lifestyle-based experience in a split-leveled space vaguely styled after a Stasi-era Eastern European diner car with glazed ceramic brick walls in muted greens and browns, dark mahogany banquette seating and vintage brass lighting fixtures.
With its own direct entrance but accessible from both Output's Main and Panther rooms, Halcyon will curate and host frequent events that span the spectrum of DJ and vinyl culture, complementing Output's powerhouse programming by focusing more on the emerging talents, challenging sounds, and fringe styles.
DJ, producer and long time Halcyon associate DJ Jus-Ed of Underground Quality is scheduled to christen the space in a private reception on opening night.
January 29, 2016
photo: AraabMusik at Pitchfork Fest 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
Hip hop producer AraabMuzik ended 2015 with the release of two EPs, KING and Goon Loops. He just began a short North American tour in support of them last week, and it lands in NYC soon. He comes here for a show at Slake on February 6 with Nadus. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Tour dates are listed below.
Nadus is also featured on Skrillex's new compilation album Worldwide Broadcast featuring artists from his record label OWSLA, which came out today. You can stream that comp, with the AraabMuzik EPs and tour dates, below...
January 28, 2016
by Andrew Sacher
D∆WN (aka Dawn Richard) recently released the excellent "Dance," the first single from RED*emp*tion (first called RedHeart then called The Red Era), the final part of the trilogy with GoldenHeart and BlackHeart. Now she's shared another single, "Not Above That." Like "Dance" hinted, this album is looking the most, uh, danceable of the three, but still with Dawn's unique spin on things. "Not Above That" fucks with the EDM formula in a way where this song may actually work at Ultra or EDC, but it wouldn't sound like anything else on the lineup. Production is courtesy of Machinedrum. Listen, with another recently-released song, "Hollywould," below.
by Andrew Sacher
Junior Boys will release their new album Big Black Coat next week (2/5) via City Slang, and now they're streaming the whole thing. Like the early singles (and past releases), it's synth pop but with "synth" meaning heady dance music rather than the melodrama of the '80s era or the bombast of the genre's current popularity. It's a good album start to finish and you can check it out for yourself below (via NPR).
The duo will support the album on a tour with Jessy Lanza, who just announced her own new album yesterday (co-written and co-produced by Junior Boys' Jeremy Greenspan). As mentioned, the tour hits NYC on March 31 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available.
Massive Attack released an iPhone app last week called Fantom, a "sensory music player" that remixes songs using your heartbeat, location, and time of day. Within that app were four new songs from the trip hop vets, which have now been revealed to make up the group's new EP, titled Ritual Spirit. Collaborators include Roots Manuva, Young Fathers, Azekel, and former bandmate Tricky who hasn't been on a Massive Attack record since 1994's Blue Lines. That song, "Take it There," also has a music video directed by Hiro Murai and stars Deadwood actor John Hawkes. You can watch that video, and stream the EP via Spotify, below.
Massive Attack's Robert "3D" Del Naja has intimated that there may be other collaborations with Tricky still to come. In the meantime, Tricky released his Skilled Mechanics album last week that features collaborations with a host of artists, including Oh Land, Ann Dao, Francesca Belmonte, and more. You can stream that below.
January 27, 2016
by Bill Pearis
Felix van Groeningen's Belgica just had it's U.S. premiere at Sundance and tells the tale of two Belgian brothers who run the film's titular music club, a "den of depravity" where the party never stops, or never wants to at least. Appropriately, Groeningen recruited fellow Belgians Soulwax to do the music for the film. (Who better than a band whose documentary was titled Part of The Weekend Never Dies?) For it, Soulwax's Dewaele brothers (who you may also know as 2manydjs) had to create music for a variety of different fictitious bands seen performing in the club:
We recorded the original music being played in the club, wrote the music, rehearsed and recorded live on set the tracks played by the bands - ranging from a live kraut techno band, White Virgins, bequiffed psychobilly trio They Live through to hardcore outfit Burning Phlegm (featuring Sepultura's Igor Cavalera) whilst chanteuse Charlotte represents the other end of the spectrum with her neo soul pop.Another of the 15 fake bands Soulwax made songs for are Strokes-y garage rockers The Shitz and you can watch the video for "How Long," along with the Belgica trailer, below.
The Belgica soundtrack is out February 26 on [PIAS]. Meanwhile Soulwax are long overdue for touring North America. Lets hope that changes soon.
photo: Caribou at Pitchfork Fest 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
The Grammy-nominated Caribou are playing some festivals this year, including Movement, Sasquatch!, Levitation, Ultra, and more. Main member Dan Snaith has some shows under his Daphni moniker coming up too.
One of the Daphni shows happens in NYC on March 23 at Output. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with a stream of Daphni's 2015 single "Vikram," below...