Entries tagged with: Ed Banger
by Bill Pearis
Paris resident Thibaut Berland has been making music as Breakbot for about six years, releasing a string of singles on French labels Ed Banger and Because Music, with a sound honed in on that short late '70s period where soft rock and disco met. He came to global attention with his fantastic 2010 single "Baby I'm Yours" featuring the honeyed vocals of frequent collaborator Irfane, as well as a striking watercolor-rotoscoped video.
Breakbot released his full-length debut, By Your Side, in 2012 which only got a digital release in America. Nonetheless, Breakbot will be here in March for a short North American tour, including a stop at the Girls & Boys party at Webster Hall on March 22. It's a live performance with with vocalist Irfane in tow and tickets are on sale now.
Check out a few of Breakbot's videos and a list of all tour dates below.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Interview Magazine: What's your favorite thing about New York?Did you have a good time in their company on Friday and Saturday? Here are some pictures from the first of two shows Justice played in NYC this past week, opening set by their manager/DJ Busy P included. More below....
GASPARD AUGÉ of Justice: It's funny because the paradox is that New York is one of the most European cities in the US, but it's a distorted, gigantic melted version of Europe. It's not human sized like European cities.
Interview Magazine: What do you mean by "human sized"?
GASPARD AUGÉ of Justice: Human scaled. It's over the top and this is what we love about it.
Interview Magazine: Where do you like to go when you're in New York?
GASPARD AUGÉ of Justice: Katz's Deli. Lit lounge. We never have much time to explore, so we only go to the same places over and over.
Interview Magazine: What can fans anticipate at your Terminal 5 shows tonight and tomorrow?
GASPARD AUGÉ of Justice: To spend a good time in our company, hopefully.
Chromeo and DJ Mehdi
It's been almost a week since we found out about the tragic death of the too-young Ed Banger DJ Mehdi. One of the first confirmations of the awful news, as we pointed out in our post, came from Mehdi's friends in Chromeo via Twitter. Dave One has since posted a lengthy memorial to their friend on Facebook along with the above picture. You can read the whole thing below.
Earlier this month, Chromeo added a 11/4 Terminal show to their tour with Mayer Hawthorne and Breakbot. That Terminal 5 show has since sold out, but they've since added a second show at the same venue the next night. Tickets for the 11/5 Terminal 5 show are available for AmEx presale and Internet presale (username: chromeo, password: tickets) now and go on sale to the general public on Friday (9/23) at noon.
Updated dates and the words on Mehdi, below...
"We lost our brother. No words."- Chromeo
"Damn...RIP MEHDI" - Drake
DJ Mehdi @ the Mad Decent Block Party 7/30/11 (more by Erez Avissar)
Tragic news this morning... Resident Advisor reports:
According to reports, French electronic artist DJ Mehdi has died.RIP DJ Mehdi.
Details at this point are extremely scarce, though it has been said that the DJ and producer fell to his death from a mezzanine along with two friends, both of whom have been hospitalized. Paris Social Club posted this message on its Facebook page this afternoon: "Following the death of DJ Mehdi, we have made the exceptional decision to close the club tonight. An evening of silence in honor of the artist. Thank you for not commenting on this status."
Mehdi Favéris-Essadi was born in 1977 in the suburbs of Paris. He got his start as a hip-hop producer, and found his signature sound by combining the style and attitude of hip-hop with elements of electro and house. Arguably his most important break came in 2006 when he released his album Lucky Boy on Ed Banger Records, the Parisian label that would be his home for the rest of his career. Over the years he collaborated with the likes of Daft Punk, Cassius and Chromeo. His most recent project was a collaboration with Riton called Carte Blanche.
DJ Mehdi is survived by his wife, the French model and artist Fafi. Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this time.
Giant and very-varied Labor Day Weekend electro festival Electric Zoo returns to Randall's Island on September 2-4 and just announced 14 more artists to its already big lineup which is split across four stages (times three days).
The fest this year features performances by big names like Moby (DJ set), Rusko, MSTRKRFT, Richie Hawtin as Plastikman, Chromeo, Boys Noize, Calvin Harris and Diplo. The lineup also includes smaller but familiar and exciting names like Daedelus, SebastiAn (Live), SBTRKT, Nicolas Jaar (Live), and many more. The whole thing is listed below.
SBTRKT meanwhile has dates coming up in July.
SebastiAn, who has had singles floating around for a few years now, and more recently a film score, finally released his first proper full length Total on May 30 via Ed Banger. The album is 22 songs of Daft Punk-esque aggressive French House and features vocal contributions from Mayer Hawthorne and M.I.A.. Check out a soundcloud stream of the M.I.A.-featured "C.T.F.O." (which stands for chill the fuck out) and the full tracklist also below.
More tour dates for Diplo, Chromeo and Rusko, along with the EZ lineup, and stuff, below...
Miike Snow at Webster Hall (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
Downtown Music, LLC is an independently owned company which operates Downtown Records, Downtown Music Publishing, Downtown Music Services (Licensing Group), RCRDLBL.com and Downtown Recording Studios. Downtown Records is comprised of its Downtown and Mercer Street imprints and joint venture partners Dim Mak, Fool's Gold, and Mad Decent Records.Downtown Records was founded in 2006 and they'll celebrate their fifth anniversary at Terminal 5 on March 5th by roping in some big names on their labels/imprints. Miike Snow will headline the show and will bring along Major Lazer with Santigold (who now has her own pair of Vans) and Ed Banger DJs Mehdi & So Me. Tickets are currently on AMEX presale and go on regular sale at noon tomorrow (1/28). The show marks four appearances in a row at Terminal 5 for Miike Snow, though the last was a DJ set.
The NYC date is one of two US dates scheduled for Major Lazer. They'll also take on Miami on March 12th as part of the 9 Mile Music Festival along with almost the entire Marley clan (Stephen Marley, Damian Marley, Julian Marley, Kymani Marley) along with Inner Circle and many others. More details, including ticketing, can be found at the 9 Mile Music site.
Major Lazer and related tour dates and some videos below...
Glass Candy (from Portland) will join fellow Italians that Do it Better Chromatics (from Portland), Desire (from Montreal), and Simonetti (from Bayonne, New Jersey) for a five day stint of US dates that include Webster Hall in NYC on January 14th, 2011. RSVP for the NYC show and pay only $1 before midnight. All dates below.
A notable Ed Banger member/dance musician will make his way to the USA and Webster Hall in the new year:
Mr. Oizo, a pseudonym of French music producer and film director Quentin Dupieux, is a successful French electro house musician, mostly known for his 1999 track, "Flat Beat" and his collaborations with labelmate Uffie. His pseudonym is a corruption of the French oiseau, meaning "bird." He is currently signed to French electro record label, Ed Banger Records.Mr Oizo will play NYC on Feb 4, 2011 at Webster Hall. RSVP and pay $1 before midnight. He also has dates coming up much sooner in California and some in Chicago and Montreal. They are all listed below.
Speaking of Ed Banger, we can't forget the band that ultimately made that label happen. Daft Punk have a new album (soundtrack) on the way. To celebrate, Le Poisson Rouge welcomes the return of Faux Punk, the Daft Punk cover band, to the venue on Saturday, December 11th.
All Glass Candy and Mr. Oizo dates and some videos below.
Justice @ SXSW 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
Speaking of SOB's, Lord Finesse is celebrating a birthday there with "The Legendary Rakim" on February 18th. Tickets are on sale.
Tanya Morgan (a hip hop group that has nobody named Tanya in it) plays SOB's on February 22nd. Tickets are on sale.
Roxy Cottontail hosts a Dim Mak-presented show at Santos on February 11th "featuring Ninjasonik, Japanther, Fashen, Team Facelift, The Auctioneers, Jonny Famous, Gina Turner & (Not So) Secret European Guests". Dim Mak band The Willowz play Pianos (with Delta Spirit) the same night, but they are from California. Tickets are on sale. Oh, also I think the guest is a DJ or DJs...
Ed Banger will follow the Terminal 5 show with an afterparty at Webster Hall ("GIRLS&BOYS w/ED BANGER RECORDS AFTER PARTY , SEBASTIAN, SO-ME & More!"). Tickets are on sale. Flyer and new FAKE Justice track below...
Are you allowed to throw yourself a seventh birthday party? If so, shouldn't your biggest act at least play "live" instead of "DJ"? Not that there's a difference really - well unless you actually would prefer to hear them mix other people's songs in addition to their own... for $41+service charges. Tickets are on sale. Flyer and more info below...
Electric Zoo (more by Zach Dilgard)
While from the outside, Electric Zoo (Sept 5-6, 2009) might seem like a 2-day hell, overrun by fake-tanned, heavily hair-gelled masses and their female counterparts, the actual experience (at least for me) was far from it. While my jaw dropped in horror as many of the element described above boarded the ferry to Randall's Island at the 35th Street pier, and I was only further freaked out when the entire boat broke out in a sing-along to "Now That the Love Is Gone" by David Guetta (one of many deejays playing the festival), once I arrived the dread of dealing that all day, subsided.
For starters, the festival grounds were very accommodating size-wise for the number in attendance. When I first arrived around 12:30 on Saturday, there was ample room and even as the day wore on and the grounds filled up, I never felt that I was trudging through a crowd to get where I wanted to go. Along with the size of the venue, the diverse spread of deejays (who were grouped at four different tents/stages vaguely according to similar genre/sound), kept my interaction with club-goers whom I would rarely run into under normal circumstances, to a minimum. In the instances where I was confronted with people straight out of My New Haircut (NSFW!) I couldn't say a bad thing about them. Everyone at the festival seemed to be too happy to be there, and dancing their asses off, to care what was going on around them, or to do anything too outwardly annoying to ruin anyone's time.
Justice is DJing at Webster Hall on Thursday, October 29th. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 31st at noon. The NYC gig is one day before the French duo DJ the Voodoo Experience Music Festival in New Orleans.
Justice is on Ed Banger Records, which is headed by Busy P (Pedro Winter). Busy P will be in NYC with DJ Mehdi (also on the label) for Electric Zoo Fest, which is taking place September 5th and 6th on Randall's Island. Other artists playing Electric Zoo include Frankie Knuckles, Lindstrom, and Special Disco Version. That event is also one of Andy Butler's DJing appearances -- he also has scheduled a pair of Hercules & Love Affair shows in NYC on August 14th and 15th.
While A-Trak isn't on a the Ed Banger label or playing HARD in NYC, he IS spinning with Theophilus London and Treasure Fingers this Friday (June 31st) at Webster Hall. Tickets are still on sale.
is also used to be the manager of Daft Punk, who, as you may have heard, are scoring the new film Tron Legacy. The trailer for that movie is now online. Check it out below, along with the flyer for the A-Track show this Friday and all tour dates...
Felix Cartal @ Webster Hall - February 27, 2009 (Nicky Digital)
There was quite a bit going on last week, but I hardly went to any of it. I did most of my getting down at the David Byrne show Saturday night at Radio City, which I (unlike Jon Pareles) found to be a great show.
On my way home from David's show Friday night I found myself at the Studio at Webster Hall just to buy a friend a birthday drink. I caught some of Futurecop's set, but it was a bit too much, too soon after David Byrne for me to absorb any of it or make any judgment.
Fortunately I wound up sticking around and getting my ears used to hearing electronic music long enough to realize Felix Cartal was tearing it up. His set was full of bangers, many of which I hadn't heard before. One was a remix/mash-up of Daft Punk's "Oh Yeah" and "Rollin' & Scratchin'" that was sick and featured a weird little vocal periodically saying "rollin' & scratchin!". As good as Felix's set was, I was exhausted and left before he was done.
This week is brimming with good deejays and I am almost glad I won't be around to have to make any of these decisions you're going to face, specifically for Friday & Saturday night. Here's what's happening:
by Ryan Barkan
Duffy @ Lollapalooza 2008 (more by Bao Nguyen)
The cola war has been heating up globally in the last couple of months with music as the weapon of choice.
Pepsi's image rebranding campaign, including a new smile-esque logo, launched right after Christmas with a tv commercial featuring The Apples in Stereo song, "Energy". They then went deep during the Super Bowl, dropping a spot featuring Bob Dylan and Will.I.Am singing "Forever Young" as the beverage's new anthem.
Coke counters with a European spot for Diet Coke that features a playful Duffy doing things on her time during an encore break at a concert. In the commercial, she sings a cover of Sammy Davis Jr's "I Gotta Be Me."
When Sara Tate, a senior planner at the London advertising agency Mother, was asked to find a new face for Diet Coke, she knew what she didn't want. "Definitely no rent-a-face," says Tate, whose ad with Duffy will launch on British television, before rolling out across Europe. "We steered clear of yet another glamorous star with a six-figure fee who will promote anything if the price is right. The public is getting smart to that. We wanted someone who is well known, but not hugely famous. Someone who is on the rise, for whom fame is recent enough that they remember what it is like to have a regular life. Duffy was a perfect fit because, although she is extremely successful, she's still incredibly down to earth." [Via Times Online]Duffy has since cleaned up at the Grammys, at the British version of the Grammys, and - per Paul McCartney's request, recorded a cover of his song "Live And Let Die" for the new War Child Heroes comp that is released in the US this week. You may have heard the Beck/Dylan track from the same album, when it was played during the credits of last night's Oscars (more on the Oscars in a second...).
Coke's second attack is from Justice - Coke enlisted the duo along with Ed Banger Records' So_Me to design a glow-in-the-dark bottle and provide the soundtrack, their massive jam "D.A.N.C.E.", to a commercial. The bottle will be available in clubs throughout Europe. See the bottle in the commercial below.
The third assault from the Coke comes in their Full Throttle NHRA spots; three of the five have licensed songs: The Faces has "Blue Moon" by the Mavericks, The Machine kicks it country with Merle Haggard's "Working Man Blues", and Left Behind features Operator Please's "Zero Zero."
The final wave occurred as I was writing this article. A one-two punch during the Oscars with both The Boy Least Likely To's "Be Gentle With Me" and Sea Ray's "Revelry" showing up in Coke spots during the telecast on ABC (no video available yet). For those not familiar with the band, Sea Ray broke up in 2005.
Other Notable Licensing News:
DOWNLOAD: Cut Copy - Far Away (ddpesh remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sebastien Tellier - Sexual Sportswear (Donovan remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sebastien Tellier - Divine (Danger Remix) (MP3)
Last week I had a great time dancing. I started things off Wednesday night seeing ddpesh (download his remix of Cut Copy's "Far Away" at the top of this post) deejay at Arlo & Esme (which I unfortunately didn't find out about until days after last week in dance went online). He played a great mix of recent stuff including two of my favorite, underplayed jams - The Whitest Boy Alive's "Golden Cage" (Fred Falke remix) and Ghostface Killah's "Charlie Brown" (DJ Mehdi remix), and more Biggie than I've heard played out in a long time, and he somehow brought it all back around to electronic once again before I headed out.
Speaking of Mehdi, what do you think of his latest track, Pocket Piano? It was just released on digital & vinyl on Ed Banger Wednesdat (12/10). Pelski did an interesting preview of some of the remixes (which you can download there) last week, juxtaposing Mehdi's work with the rest of the Ed Bangers, and discussing the inevitable backlash headed toward the French label.
There's more on its way in terms of reviews from last week, but dance-wise this week is one of the busiest in a while. Check out what's going on Thursday night (12/11) - a very packed rest of the Week In Dance will be on its way soon:
DOWNLOAD: Kevin Saunderson - Live @ Sunday Best @ the Yard, 7-13-08 (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Fires of Rome - Set In Stone (Dada Life Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Ghislain Poirier - Cosmopolitan Bass Mix (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Ghislain Poirier on Solid Steel Radio - 10/3/08 (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Kill the Noise Presents: TURN OFF / TUNE IN - VOL. 2 (MP3)
In the wake of the always fun, yet draining CMJ Music Marathon, two adages came to to mind: no rest for the weary and part of the weekend never dies. Like a dance-intensive extension of CMJ, last week in dance featured many acts from across the globe, though ultimately (at least from where I was standing) the French owned the dancefloor.
Strangely enough, my week in dance began, not in a club, but rather at the IFC. Thursday night I was fortunate enough to catch an intimate screening of "A Cross The Universe", the documentary by Romain Gavras, So Me, and Justice. I have to admit, I had a few preconceived notions going into this screening. I really didn't think I was going to like it based on the (NSFW) trailer. Images of kids going bananas, some more asininely than others, brought back entirely too many bad memories of the crowd that surrounded me at Justice's shows last fall at Terminal 5. I'm all for going crazy and having a good time, but there are enough people acting like assholes without a documentary glorifying them.
I don't want to spoil it, but after some initial footage of throngs of crazy Justice fans, it became apparent that this wasn't going to be the typical show-to-show tour documentary. Instead I found my preconceptions of a 90 minute long fan-film, crushed, and replaced with a shocking, behind the scenes look at Xavier de Rosnay and Gaspard Auge's adventures, mischief, and misadventures. Romain Gavras paints an unexpected and hilarious portrait of the pair, matching them with an equally amusing array of supporting characters from tour personnel to friends on the road, who dare I say, ocassionally steal the show away from French duo.
The film plays at times like a comedy more than anything: It's the Xavier and Gaspard show, only there's no acting and no routine. It's not so much that what is happening is funny (ok, in many cases it is), but rather Xavier and Gaspard being completely deadpan as event after hilarious event transpires. Initially funny situations and predicaments are transformed into laugh riots as Xavier barely responds, directing frustrated eyerolls and looks toward Gaspard. As amusing as I found this film, I thought it succeeded in giving the audience a very real image of what life is like on the road with the French electronic act as they experience their sudden rise to fame. However, as I left the theater there were ultimately two things I could not stop thinking:
1. Wow. That was f-ing hilarious and
easily better than any comedies I've seen this year.
2. I really can't wait to see Justice again!
Luckily I didn't have to wait long at all....
There's sure to be madness tonight (9/18) when Ed Bangers Busy P and DJ Mehdi hit Santos. As I discussed last week...I've witnessed awesome sets from each of them separately, a brief part of one they did together, and can't wait to experience it again Thursday night. Busy P and Mehdi are a combination you don't want to miss.
DOWNLOAD: The Pharcyde - Passin' Me By (Hot Chip Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Fatlip - What's Up Fatlip? (Breakbot RMX) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Aaron LaCrate & Debonair Samir- Young MC 'Know How Theme' (MP3)
RMXXOLOGY features Delicious Vinyl classics by the likes of Tone-Loc, The Pharcyde, Masta Ace, The Brand New Heavies, and Born Jamericans re-imagined by artists including Peaches, Eminem, Diplo, Hot Chip, Phillipians, Ed Banger's Mr. Flash, and Bobby Evans. The singles for the album have been burning up the charts in the UK and here in the US.You can get it on Itunes. Video of the "Peaches & Tone Loc - 'Wild Thing' Remix" below...
ITM got the scoop from someone who would know - their manager for the past 12 years Busy P! Otherwise known as Pedro Winter - the owner of the notorious Ed Banger Records - he was chatting to inthemix about his label's brand new compilation Ed Rec Vol III when he dropped the bomb on Daft Punk's studio plans.Watch "Daft Bodies" below....
"The boys are in a studio in Paris at the moment," he revealed to ITM. "And I can't wait to listen to their new stuff! The good thing is that they are making music at the moment." While those creative juices are flowing again, it's not known at this stage when the new album might see the light of day. "They are slow, you know," Busy P laughed when asked. "They are taking their time, and they have a right."
Busy P also revealed that he recently decided to step down from the massive task of managing Daft Punk in order to allow him to focus all his energies on the Ed Banger record label. "I've stopped working with them really recently, because I want to focus and concentrate on Ed Banger and my artists, and my own career as Busy P." But after managing Daft Punk for 12 years, it's a safe bet that the relationship will continue to be a tight one. [In the Mix] (via) (and thx hiro)
here's part 1 (Thursday) of this 'week in dance'. Part 2 (Friday and Saturday) coming soon....
Spring is finally (maybe?) here in New York - up to a whopping 65 degrees on Tuesday! Warm weather makes me want to do nothing more than go out and get down. This week there is no shortage of opportunities to do so:
Busy P & DJ Medhi @ Club 22 (CRED)
While we're on the subject, it's worth mentioning that Busy P and guests will be playing Le Royale next Friday March 14th (thx Dave). That's the night before Justice's Boston show that he is also "playing".
You may have noticed a lot less of David Bruno around here. He's not totally gone. He's just really busy. Finger on the Pulse have definitely been filling in some of the electro blanks, but I still missed the "week in dance", so please help me in welcoming (his sorta-weekly-at-least replacement) Showtrotta.....
There is a massive amount of good dance acts passing through New York on their way to/from SXSW and Winter Music Conference this month. Justice is one of them. Having begun their trek across North America on Monday in Austin, glowing cross and Marshall stacks in tow, they're due to rock the Wamu Theater at MSG this coming Tuesday (the 11th). The massive MSG arena sited as the original venue, along with steep ticket prices, created a huge stir, followed by bittersweet "I told you so's!" once news broke that it was being switched to the smaller, but still seated and still pricey Wamu Theater.
All that aside...seeing shows from the pit of the Wamu Theater is a great experience. If you can convince yourself to spend the $73.10 (after all the fees) odds are you will have a great time. Tickets to the boxy Terminal 5 were $30.80 after fees and you got one opener (Midnight Juggernauts). There hasn't been nearly enough mention of the fact that Chromeo, Fancy, DJ Mehdi, and Busy P are all going to be at this show in addition to Justice.
Keep reading for more....
DOWNLOAD: Justice - D.A.N.C.E (mstrkrft REMIX) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Death From Above 1979 - Sexy Results (MSTRKRFT Edition) (MP3)
"it seems like kids are actually buyin this fake shit"
I found this while researching the other JFK/MSTRKFRFT post we just did....
Looking back at 2007, it most certainly can be said electronic music is alive and thriving in America and across the globe. The meteoric rise of rave rockers Justice and the electrifying resurgence of Daft Punk have undoubtedly spread a wide net introducing millions (most importantly young aspiring musicians) to the power of the beat and the excitement, democracy of participation, and borderless history of dance music and club culture.
No conversation about dance music in 2007 can ignore the speed at which both France's big electro sound and the German minimal techno scenes have spread across the dance floors of the world.
Ed Banger and its Parisian brother label Institubes led the way for DJs dropping full sets of distortion heavy, maximal electro to the beer soaked floors of tiny basement rock bars. On the other hand, a stripped down version of tech house has been providing the pulse for the non-stop minimal parties inspired by the 24 hour Berlin techno culture. The speed at which music and ideas flash and morph across the internet has led to a global spattering of genre creating releases and mimicking local dance scenes. Punked up or stripped down, whichever is your pleasure, its meant that this year dance music has reached many more ears (particularly in the States) than the last few.
If there was ever a bad decision that united NYC music fans, it was the one made by Justice to headline The Garden. NOBODY seemed to think it was a good idea, and plenty were offended by the French duo's arrogance. On top of that, they were/are charging over $70 a ticket. This is for a DJ-like duo with basically one album - for music you're supposed to dance to - on a dance floor, not in an arena. Commenters in the initial announcement said things like...
"and we thought interpol was a stretch... oh man, this is.. wow. potentially disastrous might be an understatement.".....and it goes on and on.........and on.
"There's no way they could headline MSG, right?"
"is led zeppelin opening? that's the only way i could see this show happening."
"who wants to bet this show gets moved to the bowery ballroom?"
"This is hilarious and frightning all at the same time. This shit is actually really getting out of hand."
"That is a fuckin joke. From the Ticket price...to the fact that Justice thinks they can play MSG!!!"
Well, now the joke is on Justice...
Hey everyone!I'll get right on that.
The venue has changed for New York City. It is now at the WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden with doors at 7pm and the show at 8pm. Chromeo is on the New York show only - if you are missing them at the Bowery Ballroom this weekend, then come see them in March.
IMPORTANT - Tickets purchased for the Madison Square Garden will be exchanged for the WaMu show. If you purchased tickets with a credit card will have the new ticket mailed to you. If you purchased through an outlet with cash you will have your tickets exchanged at the door the night of the show.
See you at the show. If you haven't bought tickets for NY do it now before they sell out!!