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September 18, 2014
The new Flying Lotus album, You're Dead!, is due 10/7 via Warp and FlyLo's just offered another taste of it, "Coronus, The Terminator." Check it out below...
September 17, 2014
Chicago production duo Supreme Cuts have launched a new label called Posture which features a variety of hip hop and electronic music, including David Ashley, Kit, Youngcuhlord, Raymond Abercrombie and Khalfani. All of those are on the label's brand new mixtape which you can stream below. We've also got the premiere of the video for one of the tracks, Khalfani's "Same Reason" featuring David Ashley. Khalfani's dark production suits rapper David Ashley's style well. David's also got a new album, Perfect Dark, coming out October 7 with production from himself, Supreme Cuts and others, and there's two equally sulky singles out from that one that you can stream below too.
September 16, 2014
SBTRKT's already revealed a good deal of tracks from his upcoming album, Wonder Where We Land (due 9/23 via Young Turks), and he's since hit us with another one, "Look Away," featuring Chairlift singer Caroline Polachek. You can check that out in an interactive video, below.
SBTRKT's previously announced tour has also been expanded. It already included one NYC date happening October 26 at Terminal 5, and though tickets for that show are still available, he's also announced he'll return to T5 the next night (10/27) as well. Tickets for the newly-added show (same link) go on sale Friday (9/19) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/17) at noon.
Updated dates are listed, with the interactive video, below
"Chromeo turning Central Park into a dance party rn" - @chelawhita
"Saw @chromeo last night in Central Park. One of the most fun nights I've had in so long! Danced my bum off" - @jaglever
Chromeo / Big Freedia @ Central Park Summerstage 9/12/2014
It was a long wait for Chromeo, but after an agonizing 30 minutes, white lights poured out from the stage in every direction, and with seemingly no transitional moment at all, Dave 1's guitar wailed from between the LEDs. Without warning, the concert was in full swing.Canadian dance-duo Chromeo brought their groove party tour to Central Park Summerstage with some help from New Orleans bounce music pioneer and twerkaholic Big Freedia on Friday (9/12), part of the tour. Playing tracks from this year's White Women and favorites like "Needy Girl," "Bonafide Lovin'" and "Sexy Socialite," plus a stunning light show, the duo certainly got the crowd moving. Pics from the show are in this post.
Dave 1 and P-Thugg are, if you'll excuse the phrase, groove-machines. DJ set or fully live, the two produce a sound that bounces across the stage, through the crowd, and right back to them again, forever fueling a cycle of funky, self-sustaining energy. [Village Voice]
Chromeo recently earned a spot as a short-list nominee for this year's Polaris Prize competition alongside stiff competition from the likes of Arcade Fire, Drake, Mac Demarco and more. The set on Saturday was one of their last of the summer, only hitting Austin City Limits in October before getting off the road for a bit.
Opener Big Freedia, whose Fuse reality series just got picked up for two more seasons, gave a shout out from the Central Park stage to fellow bounce artist Nicky Da B who died earlier this month. NYC will more of Big Freedia on October 4 at Glasslands with Friendly Ghost and a DJ set from Le Chev. Tickets are on sale. In other news, look for Big Freedia's memoirs to be published in 2015.
All Big Freedia tour dates, plus more pics from the Summerstage show, below...
Diplo has a few dates coming up this year, and he'll be ringing in the new year in a big way when he teams up with Skrillex for a New Year's Eve show at Madison Square Garden. The show will include solo sets from each producer, plus a set as their collaborative project Jack U. Tickets are currently on AmEx presale with a Live Nation presale beginning Thursday (9/18) at 10 AM and the general on-sale starting Friday (9/19) at noon. All Diplo dates are listed below.
The pair have also premiered the studio version of their collaboration with pop singer Kiesza, "Take Ü There," on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show. You can stream that below. Maybe Kiesza will show up on NYE? We know for sure she'll play NYC in October though, for the Downtown Music Festival.
List of dates and song stream below...
September 15, 2014
photos by P Squared Photography
"Darkside, final show, at Brooklyn Masonic Temple. One of the best shows I've seen in a long while." - Alex Schaaf
Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington's collaborative Darkside project has come to an end ("for now"), but before the break they played their "last show" at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on Friday (9/12) with their pal Valentin Stip opening. For a band who's headlined Terminal 5, the Masonic Temple was a more intimate location for them (and sold out), and a nice space for their sound. Plus, lots and lots of smoke.
More pictures and a couple videos from the show, below...
September 11, 2014
photo by Daniel Sannwald
Electronic musician Arca has come a long way since his days on the UNO NYC label. He's since contributed production to Yeezus and FKA twigs' EP2 and LP1, and now he's signed to Mute (who also just snagged Zola Jesus and New Order) for his debut album, Xen, due out November 4. It follows last year's excellent &&&&& mixtape.
The first single, "Thievery" is out now. Stream it, with the possibly NSFW artwork, tracklist and list of tour dates (none in NYC), below...
More New Year's Eve options for those who'll be in NYC: DFA dance duo Holy Ghost! will be keep bodies moving at Irving Plaza (12/31) with "special guests" TBA. Tickets are currently on presale (password is "DONYC") and the go on sale to the general public on Friday at 10 AM.
Between now and the drop of the ball, Holy Ghost! have other tour dates and will also be working on new music -- their last album was 2013's Dynamics. Flyer for their NYE show, with their list of tour dates, below...
September 9, 2014
photos by Mathieu Bredeau
DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist / Afrika Bambaataa himself
[Everything] that went under the needle during Shadow and Chemist's propulsive 90-minute spree of old-school breakbeats and frenetic scratches, the disc came from Bambaataa's fabled 42,000-piece record collection. That house of wax is part of an even bigger archive that Bambaataa, now 57, donated in 2013 to the Hip Hop Collection at Cornell University, where he is a visiting scholar. But every thump, riff and shout that boomed through the room tonight - including brazenly manipulated chunks of Sly and the Family Stone's "Sing a Simple Song," Kraftwerk's "Trans Europe Express" and Bambaataa's own '83 jam "Renegades of Funk" - was pulled from the same LPs and 12-inch singles that Bambaataa broadcast across Bronx playgrounds and used to fill the floors at clubs all over New York in the late Seventies and early Eightes.DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist brought their tour DJing exclusively from the legendary Afrika Bambaataa's personal vinyl collection (check it out) to NYC for two shows last week, September 4 and 5 at Irving Plaza. Bambaataa was in attendance for both (as the review quoted above describes from the first night). Opening the shows was a set from Edan and his collaborator Paten Locke. Did you catch either of the shows? How were they?
...At the end of the night, Bambaataa - who watched the set from the balcony - came down to the stage and took a bow, a radiant smile belying the inscrutable effect of his giant Sun Ra-like shades. His life's work may now be a library, but it's still a revolution with wheels. [Rolling Stone]
Pictures of the second night are in this post and continue below...
Toro y Moi at Big Day Out 2014 (more by Chris Graham)
You may know that Toro y Moi main man Chaz Bundick also makes music as Les Sins (the moniker he played FYF Fest under this year), and he'll be releasing his debut Les Sins album, Michael, on November 4 via Company. You can get a taste of that with the video for its single "Brother" (dir. HARRYS) below.
Les Sins will also be going on a tour which hits NYC on November 20 at Verboten. Tickets go on sale Friday (9/6) at noon.
All dates are listed, with the video, below...