Entries tagged with: Warm Up
by Andrew Sacher
Earlier this year, Dawn Richard released the genre-defying album, Blackheart, which was part art pop and part R&B, without ever strictly adhering to either. Since then, she changed her moniker to D∆WN and dropped the one-off single "Running From Sane" for Adult Swim which is even weirder than anything on the album (listen below). Going by that song, it seems like her work is only going to get more interesting, and this new interview with FADER suggests the same thing. She talks about working with Fade To Mind producer Kingdom, who has previously collaborated with the similarly forward-thinking R&B singer Kelela:
I was talking with Jacky, who works with Opening Ceremony, and I was like, "you gotta figure out how to get me in with Fade To Mind, because I think they're fucking amazing." A year later, I randomly see Ezra [Kingdom] and I'm like "Yo, we should do something, let me get in a studio with y'all!" The first day [in a studio], we did five songs. The rest is history. We did the PAMM Institute thing together, and we're going to do MoMA together as well. That's been the relationship ever since, we make sense. I think the way Fade To Mind works is brilliant. It's organic, they only do it if it feels good, they don't push it. And in the last few years, I've really been in that place where if it's organic then I'll do it, if it doesn't feel good I won't do it. I think that's why we work so well.Dawn says the Kingdom collaborations should hopefully appear on her next album, RedHeart (the conclusion to her trilogy which also includes 2013's GoldenHeart). She also talks about some dream collaborations:
I'm really, really in love with artists like Girlpool. With Arca. With SOHN. I wouldn't even want to do anything other than just sit in the studio and smoke and listen to shit. I just think they're innovative. Girlpool reminds me of the old girl bands who had the two part harmonies, and they were--not angry, but their voices just have so much in them they barely need anything else. Because everything is so processed these days, with vocals, it feels good to hear something so raw.Both Dawn and Kingdom are on this weekend's installment of Warm Up at MoMA PS1 (8/29). It also features Matias Aguayo, DJ Windows 98 (aka Arcade Fire's Win Butler), Murlo and False Witness. Tickets are still available. It's the second to last Warm Up of 2015, but the lineup for the final one (9/5) is still TBA.
Listen to "Running From Sane" below...
It is with deep sadness I have to announce I've been forced to pull out of my forthcoming live performance at MoMa PS1 Warm Up in New York. This is due to scheduling issues beyond my control.Bummer. The show goes on with Nick Hook, Veronica Vasicka, Vessel, Ninos Du Brasil, Cut Hands and French Fries b2b Bambounou. Tickets are still available.
I was really looking forward to the show as many of my friends who have previously performed rated it as a career highlight.
I had written a load of new material specifically for this performance which I hope I will get a chance to share with you soon. I'm proper gutted to be missing this and very sorry for the inconvenience caused to the promoters and those planning to attend the performance.
Gary, Indiana footwork artist Jlin released her debut album, Dark Energy, earlier this year on Planet Mu, and it's been getting received pretty well. One of the album's singles is a collaboration with the great Holly Herndon called "Expand," which you can listen below.
Jlin will be in NYC this weekend for this week's Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on Saturday (8/8). Also on the bill is Mortiz von Oswald, Atom ™, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (DJ), Dorian Concept and Rabit. Tickets are still available.
photo: Cut Hands at Irving Plaza in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
UK musician William Bennett's industrial/noise project Cut Hands is returning to the US for a few shows this month. One is the previously-discussed Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on August 15 with Untold, Ninos Du Brasil, Vessel and French Fries b2b Bambounou (tickets), and he also plays a night show in Brooklyn that night.
The night show happens at Palisades and it's a great lineup all around with the noisy electronics of Container and Ligature (Christopher Hansell from Warthog, Sacred Bones, ex-The Men). Tickets are on sale now. Cut Hands' only other currently-announced US date is in LA. All dates are listed below.
Earlier this year, Cut Hands contributed a remix of Azar Swan's "For Last and Forever" to a single that had Vatican Shadow's remix of Azar Swan's "We Hunger" on the other side. Listen below (via FACT). Vatican Shadow's other project, Prurient, will soon tour with Godflesh, who Cut Hands toured with last year.
UK wunderkind Vessel has been wowing us with his noisy brand of leftfield electronic for a few years now, his latest release being last year's Punish, Honey on Tri Angle. He's returning to the US for a few shows this month.
Two are in NYC, including the previously mentioned appearance at Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on August 15 with Untold, Ninos Du Brasil, Cut Hands and French Fries b2b Bambounou (tickets). Since we last spoke, he added a late-night show happening a couple days earlier at Output (8/13) with Ital, Aurora Halal, Earthen Sea, Damon Eliza, and Palermo. Tickets for the Output show are on sale now.
After that, he has European shows coming up too. All dates are listed, with a stream of the woozily anthemic "Red Sex" from Punish, Honey, below...
Despot at Warm Up (photo via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
The 2015 Warm Up season continued at MoMA PS1 on Saturday (7/11) with a part-electronic, part-rap show. The former was represented by Night Slugs artists Bok Bok, Helix and Sheen, and the latter by Corbin & Bobby Raps, Blaqstarr, and Despot. That's a picture of Despot's set above.
The Fourth of July is this Saturday, and for those not using Independence Day Weekend to get away from the city -- or for those who will be visiting from out of town -- there's never a shortage of things to do. We've got a bunch of mostly musical suggestions for you.
Read on below...
by Sadaaf Mamoon
photo by Tim Saccenti
It's been a year since Canadian electronic duo Bob Moses (not to be confused with others of that name) released the First to Cry EP, a calmly bouncy offering via their then-new home Domino Records. Now, we're poised for a follow-up, with their debut album Days Gone By dropping September 8 on the same label.
They'll be touring in support of the new release, with several stops in NYC. This summer, they're playing a sold-out show at Output on July 31, followed by MoMA PS1's Warm Up on August 1. That's part of a lineup with Tiga, Gavin Russom, Jaako Eino Kalevi and Frank & Tony. Tickets are still available. They'll wrap that weekend in Montreal at Osheaga in Montreal August 2.
They'll follow those shows with a full North American tour this fall, which brings them back to NYC on September 30 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale Tuesday (6/30) at noon.
Days Gone By's lead single "Talk" is a dark, thrumming drama, nicely packaging that intricate balance Bob Moses strikes between flesh-and-blood production and the computerized sounds of electronica. Watch the emotionally charged video and find tour dates below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Hannah Diamond of PC Music at BRIC House in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Electronic pop collective PC Music brought most of their crew to NYC in May, and members AG Cook and Danny L Harle are returning to NYC for Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on July 18. That bill also has Boys Noize, Busy P b2b Boston Bun, Lawfawndah (live) and non-PC Music fan Lotic (tickets). That night, AG and Danny will do it again at Baby's All RIght at midnight. Tickets for Baby's go on sale today (6/24) at noon.
Two days before the PC Music shows, associate SOPHIE plays his own NYC show at Output (7/16) with Star Eyes and Cry Baby (tickets).
Pretty much as soon as PC Music began catching on, there were questions as to what this whole thing was all about. Was it a high-concept art project critiquing superficial pop music, or was PC Music the very thing it seemed to be critiquing? People bought in at first (their music appeared on best-of 2014 music lists from FACT, Gorilla vs Bear, Pitchfork, Tiny Mix Tapes and more) and that praise certainly isn't gone (they made SPIN's 'Best Albums of 2015 So Far' list). But the idea that this whole thing is kinda BS is becoming increasingly prevalent.
Writing for Pitchfork, Meaghan Garvey opines:
More than even their J-pop forebearers, PC Music reminds me of a recurring and unpleasant Twitter phenomenon I've noticed over the past year, one that reached a fever pitch around the time #NotAllMen became a thing. Almost as irritating as the droves of Internet meninists, derailing discussions of misogyny and rape culture with the pointless hashtag, were the "nice guys" who'd mimic their sputtering tone with a knowing wink, as if to say: "This is how I would sound if I were one of those dickheads, which as you can clearly see, ladies, I am not!" But from the receiving end, these knowing comments function no differently than those they supposedly critique: they instill the same dread, the same urge to withdraw completely. PC Music had the potential for insurrection, subversion, or at least some shred of insightful commentary on our dumb, addictive, overwhelming digital existence. But mostly, they remind me of ideals I believed in not so long ago that now just make me feel tired.And in her FADER piece, PC Music And The Limitations Of Parody, Aimee Cliff writes:
PC Music's appeal has always largely been that it's kind of pointless. It's described as parody so frequently because it repeats the aesthetics of mass-marketed pop music, but it also revels uncritically in those aesthetics; some of my favorite PC Music tracks trade on the same promises of infinite bliss that you hear in vapid pop songs (that's the feeling, I want it forever) while also being self-consciously trendy and of-the-moment, burning up hard, fast and bright. The tracks generate that same arms-in-the-air feeling of weightlessness that comes at 2am when you're wasted and all you can focus on is the cheesiest of hooks.And even if PC Music's goal is in fact to be bona fide pop, do their songs truly have the power for them to be that? Can "Every Night" really do for people what Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry songs can? If it's too similar to pop to parody it and not good enough to compete with it, PC Music may just be what that FADER piece says: kind of pointless.
But the moment of oblivious infinity has to end. There is a world outside the club, and that's becoming increasingly important inside it. A. G. Cook has spoken of his desire to turn GFOTY and Hannah Diamond into bona fide pop stars, and to build himself a long-running super-pop-producer career akin to that of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. PC Music put on sold-out shows with corporate sponsorship, and they license their music for major advertising campaigns. They serious about what they do, and they're cashing in on it. But if they're aiming for longevity, at some point they need to stand for something.
What do you think?
photo: Warm Up 2014 (more by PSquared)
The annual Warm Up summer concert series of mostly electronic music (but other genres too) returns in 2015 every Saturday from June 27 to September 5 at MoMA PS1. Like in past years, doors open at noon and the shows go from 3-9 PM. Admission is $18 in advance or $20 day of.
As usual, they've got a great lineup, including Cut Copy (DJs), Boys Noize, Baauer, Samantha Urbani, AG Cook, Skepta, Despot, Bok Bok, Busy P b2b Boston Bun, Lotic, Lafawndah, Sicko Mobb, Rabit, Untold, Vessel, Ninos Du Brasil, Cut Hands, Laraaji, Vision Fortune, Jlin, Tiga and many more.
Full 2015 schedule below...
photos by P Squared Photography
Skrillex / iLoveMakonnen / coolin' down at Warm Up
MoMA PS1's 2014 Warm Up season ended this past Saturday (9/6) and it went out with a bang with a killer lineup of Evian Christ, Sophie and Lone. And depending on your feelings on Skrillex, it went out with either way more or way worse of a bang, since he was the surprise headliner. It was definitely insanely packed for Skrillex's set, to the point where people were even turned away before he came on. Skrillz wasn't the only surprise of the day though. iLoveMakonnen, who's apparently making a habit out of joining electronic producers at their day shows in NYC, came out during Evian Christ's set to get the MoMA PS1 courtyard going up on a Saturday afternoon. Forest Swords was also supposed to play but he was replaced by Doss at the last minute, and Doss' set was cut short due to the passing storm. We've got a set of pictures in this post of the whole day, with the exception of Doss.
More pictures from Warm Up, below...
J Mascis' Heavy Blanket at Summer Thunder 2013 (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
The long Labor Day Weekend (8/29-9/1) is upon us already, which for many is one last chance to enjoy the freedom of summer. It's a good time to get away for a weekend, but if you're staying in NYC for it, there's plenty to do here as well. We've put together our top 10 live music options going on in NYC during Labor Day Weekend, and you can check those out below...
by Andrew Sacher
You already know UK producer SOPHIE from the very catchy "Bipp," or maybe from his newest single, "Lemonade" / "Hard" (streaming below). He's now announced a collaborative project with A.G. Cook (of the PC Music label) which they're calling QT, and they've signed to XL Recordings for their first single, "Hey QT." This one's a maximalist pop jam, as much an earworm as "Bipp" is. Check it out below.
UPDATE: Apparently there's some mystery as to who QT is. It may actually be the singer that Sophie and A.G. Cook produced this song for. Pitchfork says that's her pictured above, and that Sophie and Cook call her "a sparkling future pop sensation."
SOPHIE will be going on a short US tour this year, which brings him back to NYC for a previously discussed appearance at Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on September 6. It's the last show in this year's series, and one of the best lineups of the summer with Yeezus contributor Evian Christ, UK rave-fueled IDMer Lone, the psychedelic Forest Swords, and a special guest TBA. Tickets are still available.
All SOPHIE dates are listed, with those song streams, below...
Daniele Baldelli (not a recent pic)
A founding father of the Cosmic Disco sound, Italian DJ Daniele Baldelli rose to prominence with his mixture of European electronica, synth pop (often played at slower speeds), equalizer effects, and ethnic folk music. Baldelli's use of African and Brazilian material helped distinguish his style from Italo disco, which permeated the clubs of Northern Italy during the 1970s. Taking up residence at the Cosmic, a venue by Lake Garda, he introduced club goers to a worldly, hypnotic sound during the late '70s and early '80s. Although the Cosmic Disco movement slowed down as the '80s progressed, Baldelli's reputation allowed him to extend his career into the following decades. [AllMusic]Famed Italian DJ and Cosmic Disco pioneer, Daniele Baldelli will be in the US this weekend for three shows, one in Philly on Friday followed by two daytime shows in NYC. First, he plays Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on Saturday (8/2) with live sets from Indian electronic music pioneer Charanjit Singh, UK duo Simian Mobile Disco, and former Effi Briest and Up Died Sound member Hiro Kone, plus the Software-signed Maria Chavez. Tickets for that show are still available.
Then, the next day Daniele plays Output's Sundays on the Roof with a DJ set from Metro Area and Cem G. 2 PM doors. Tickets are on sale now.
Simian Mobile Disco will also keep the party going after Warm Up when they DJ a FIXED party at Cameo late night on Saturday (8/2) with FIXED regulars JDH & Dave P. Tickets for that are available. SMD will return to NYC in September when their tour performing their new live-recorded album Whorl hits MHOW, also with JDH & Dave P (tickets).
All Daniele Baldelli dates are listed, with some videos, below...
photos by Mimi Hong
Cashmere Cat / crowd / Skepta, Jammers Back & friends
Warm Up at MoMA PS1 continued this past Saturday (7/26) with another hot day of electronic music (and more) under the sun in the venue's outdoor courtyard. Suicideyear opened (who we missed), then it was Lit City Trax DJ UNiiQU3 who's been playing NYC a lot lately (also recently with Evian Christ and during RBMA). Rapper GoldLink (who's also been on other notable electronic bills lately, like with Purity Ring's Corin Roddick and with Flume) followed with a live set, and then it was Fade to Mind's Total Freedom who was joined by a surprise appearance by veteran grime MCs Skepta and Jammers Back, and other friends, including Warm Up vet Dev Hynes (who's collaborated with Skepta). Finally, dance producer Cashmere Cat wrapped up the day with the crowd going as wild for him as you'd expect.
More pictures of the day, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Timothy Francis
Following singles/EPs on George FitzGerald's ManMakeMusic and other labels, UK producer Leon Vynehall put out his first lengthy release, Music for the Uninvited, this year via Martyn's 3024 label. Though he technically calls it a mini LP, its seven songs in over 35 minutes come off like a very complete statement, rather than a promising EP that ends too quickly. He tells Red Bull that the inspiration for the album was to evoke his earliest memories of absorbing music. He talks about subconsciously hearing cassettes in his mother's car as a child, and now romanticizing about the tape hiss those tracks would all have, as well as playing video games like Zelda, whose music directly influenced the album's opening track, "Inside the Deku Tree."
Don't let the sound of that make you think this is another of those '80s/'90s "VHS-style" nostalgia projects or an 8-bit chiptune thing. "Inside the Deku Tree" is full of gorgeous strings, jazz piano, and some rattling percussion that never fully dives into dance music. Other parts of the album are ready-made for the dancefloor though, like the house-inspired "Be Brave, Clench Fists" and "Pier Children." And those jazz influences are further explored too. "St. Sinclair" is like Herbie Hancock gone IDM (or, Flying Lotus), and elements of jazz and fusion pop up on other tracks as well. You can stream the album in full (via SPIN) below.
Leon also has a number of international dates coming up this year, and will come to the US for NYC's Warm Up at MoMA PS1 which he plays on August 9 with his pals George FitzGerald and Martyn, as well as Mutual Dreaming's Aurora Halal and San Francisco house producer Matrixxman (who played NYC with Martyn in June). That's a day show running from 3-9 PM and tickets are on sale now. Later that night, George and Leon will team up yet again for a Blkmarket show in a secret NYC location. Tickets for that late show are on sale now. Stay tuned for more details.
Leon is also featured on Isaac Tichauer's new mixtape. All of his dates are listed, with the mini LP stream, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Ramona Lisa / crowd with beach balls / DJ EZ @ Warm Up - 7/6/14
Among the many things going on in NYC over the July 4 weekend was the continuation of this summer's Warm Up series in MoMA PS1's courtyard. Luckily, Saturday (7/6) was a nice sunny day (unlike the two previous), so it was great timing for this outdoor show which included the NYC debut of UK garage vet DJ EZ, American house vet Todd Edwards, RVNG's Maxmillion Dunbar (who was joined by the Flex Is Kings dancers), Charlift singer Caroline Polachek's solo set Ramona Lisa, and Lit City Trax's J-Cush. The NY Times caught DJ EZ and Todd Edwards and wrote:
Mr. Edwards went first, and stayed resolutely in the present for much of his set, playing songs by young producers like Dosage and NVOY. The best garage has the feeling of being made on toy instruments: sweet and ecstatic, with moist, slippery synths and sugared soul vocals serving as anchor. Mr. Edwards did a commendable job linking the sound of now to yesterday, eventually coolly slipping into older music. He was also a ham, singing along to his own songs, especially "Shall Go" and "Face to Face," his 2001 collaboration with Daft Punk, and taking endless videos of the crowd and himself.After Warm Up, DJ EZ played NYC again at Output. Anyone catch that? Meanwhile, Ramona Lisa's set, which you may call the odd one out on the bill, was quite a spectacle with Caroline and her dancers in matching white outfits in front of the venue's eccentric backdrop. Pictures of the whole day are in this post, though unfortunately none of the inside of the "Hy-Fi" art installation which was closed that day (there's a few shots of it from the outside though).
DJ EZ, whose series of "Pure Garage" compilations were the genre's most definitive, took on more of the historical burden in his show-closing appearance, billed as his first D.J. set in New York. He showcased some of garage's biggest pop crossover moments, including "Re-Rewind," by the Artful Dodger and Craig David, and Daniel Bedingfield's "Gotta Get Thru This," as well as songs by M-Dubs and a garage remix of Sisqo's "Thong Song." (Garage remixes of American R&B songs were some of the most inventive of the day.)
...And yes, they both played Disclosure, whose 2013 album "Settle" has become the new movement's standard-bearer, even if it's sometimes a dry tribute to music that is resolutely wet.
Warm Up continues this week (7/12) with Mister Saturday Night, a live set from Cibo Matto (who also play Summerstage with Bonobo the next day), Archie Pelago, Gabriel Garzón Montano, and Auntie Flo (tickets). Get ready for that one with the new Mister Saturday Night compilation which you can stream, along with more pics of the last Warm Up and J-Cush's mix for that one, below...
by Ian Chainey
DJ EZ, a titan of UK garage, is coming to the US for the first time. In the beginning of July, DJ EZ will swing into the States for four events over three days. This includes the absolutely stacked bill for Long Island City's Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on July 5 that includes Todd Edwards, Maxmillion Dunbar, Ramona Lisa (aka Chairlift's Caroline Polachek), and J-CUSH (tickets). Later that night, DJ EZ will play another NYC show in Output's Panther Room with Kissy Sell Out. Jamie Jones and David Berrie will be in the main room. Tickets for the Output show are available now.
UPDATE: The initial announcement for the Warm Up show listed Jam City and Champion, though neither are playing and instead it's Ramona Lisa and Maxmillion Dunbar.
DJ EZ has been spinning for over 20 years and has been closely associated with the UK garage scene, releasing a number of mixes including the popular Pure Garage series. Following his July engagements, DJ EZ will return to the US in August. All of his dates, along with a couple videos of DJ EZ in action, below.
Meanwhile, this year's Warm Up season kicks off this weekend (6/28) with a lineup of A/JUS/TED, Dimitri From Paris, Pantha du Prince (live), DJ Spoko and Mumdance. A/JUS/TED made the mix for this week's Warm Up, which premiered today over at Pitchfork (one of the series' presenters). You can stream that mix, with the tracklist, below.
MoMA PS1's 'Hy-Fi' (via Gothamist)
This summer's visual art installation on display in MoMA PS1's courtyard will be "Hy-Fi," the giant towers made from vegetables that we mentioned were coming earlier this year. That's a photo of one above by Katie Sokoler, via Gothamist. Head to their site to see many more, and head to Curbed to see some there too.
In less happy news for Warm Up goers this summer, starting July 25 the G train will terminate at Nassau Ave for 5 weeks. If the G is your usual way of getting to MoMA PS1, you can still take the bus shuttle service running between Nassau and Court Sq or take the 7 to Court Sq or the E to Court Sq/23 St.
List of DJ EZ dates, and all mentioned streams, below...
Hiro Kone, aka former Effi Briest and Up Died Sound member and visual artist Nicky Mao, released her debut EP, The Unmoved Mover, earlier this year via Group Tightner. The EP is five songs of blissed-out, downtempo electronics and you can stream it below. Recently, Spanish dance troupe Delorean remixed the EP's "Phantom" and you can stream that (via Fader) below as well.
Both Hiro Kone and Delorean have NYC shows this summer. Delorean will be here for Governors Island's Full Moon Festival in August, and they'll also play a free show at Montauk's Surf Lodge on August 17. In between those two shows, Delorean will also play Philadelphia and Washington, DC and all dates are listed below.
As for Hiro Kone, she plays Body Actualized on Wednesday, July 2 with TBA lineup. Then she'll play Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on August 2 as part of a lineup that includes Simian Mobile Disco, Daniele Baldelli, Charanjit Singh, and Maria Chavez. Tickets for that Warm Up are still available.
Delorean tour dates are listed, along with the EP and remix streams, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Virginia rapper GoldLink (not to be confused with metal band Gridlink) released his free debut mixtape, The God Complex, earlier this year. It's fast-paced sing-songy rap that fans of Chance the Rapper should dig, and the production is mostly forward-thinking Warm Up/BEMF-style electronic music, with one song ("Divine") even diving into Disclosure-style house (not unlike Chance the Rapper's pal Vic Mensa). You can download the whole thing here and stream it below.
GoldLink is in fact playing MoMA PS1's Warm Up this year, on July 26 with Cashmere Cat, Total Freedom, UNiiQU3 (who also opens for Evian Christ tonight) and Suicideyear. That's a great bill, and tickets are still available.
Not long before that, he'll play another NYC show at Webster Hall on July 11 for the venue's Girls & Boys party. The DJs for the night are Purity Ring's Corin Roddick (who's also on the new Ab-Soul album) and Empress Of, plus G&B regulars Alex English and rekLES. Tickets for that are on sale now.
Meanwhile the other half of Purity Ring, Megan James, also has a DJ date coming up, at Imagine Festival in Atlanta.
All GoldLink and Empress Of dates are listed, with his album stream, below...
by Andrew Sacher
UK producer Lone returned with his fifth album, Reality Testing, last week (6/17) via R&S. It's the followup to 2012's excellent Galaxy Garden, which brilliantly brought '90s rave into the contemporary world of IDM, and on this one those rave parts are toned down a bit in favor of warped hip hop and more ambient atmospheres. Hear it for yourself by streaming it (via Thump) below.
Lone has dates coming up this year, including a previously announced live set at Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on September 6 with an absolutely stacked lineup of Evan Christ (who plays Output tonight), Sophie, Forest Swords (live) and TBA special guests (tickets). He's since announced that later that night, he'll play a live A/V set with visual artist/collaborator Konx-om-Pax at Glasslands. It's a late show, doors at 11:30 PM, and tickets for Glasslands are on sale now.
UPDATE: It's a full North American A/V tour which begins in Chicago. All dates are listed below.
All Lone dates are listed, with the LP stream, below...
photo by Sam Hiscox
Drawing upon the UK electronic music of his youth, Mumdance (along with collaborators Logos and Mao) was inspired by grime, hardcore, and shoegaze but never beholden to it. From its wall-of-sound intro to its maximalist finale, Twists & Turns is a powerhouse set of glass-breaking percussion, sub-bass rumble, backmasked synths and more. With instrumental grime the order of the day, it was a treat to hear Mumdance return to the scene, refreshed and revitalized. [FACT]UK producer/DJ Mumdance returned last year with the free Twists & Turns mixtape which made FACT's year end list, which the above review is from. He's not slowing down at all, with plans to follow it up with two releases in the near future. First, he'll put out the Take Time EP on June 16 via new label home Rinse, and soon after he'll release a B2B mix with Pinch on June 30 via Pinch's Tectonic label. Stream Take Time's grime title track featuring MC Novelist, along with the tracklist from his mix with Pinch, below. A full stream of Twists & Turns is below as well.
Mumdance is also about to kick off a tour in NYC this week. As part of the Red Bull Music Academy, he plays the Lit City Trax party on Friday (5/30) at The Westway with DJ Marfox, DJ Deeon, DJ Manny B2B RP Boo, J-Cush, UNiiQU3 B2B Tiga and Durban. Tickets for that are still available. Flyer below. You can also listen to the mix Mumdance made for Friday's event.
Mumdance returns to NYC in the summer for the first day of Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on June 28 with A/JUS/TED, Dimitri From Paris, Pantha du Prince (live) and DJ Spoko. Tickets for Warm Up are on sale now. Later that night, he plays another NYC show at TriBeCa Studios. All of his dates are listed below.
Mumdance isn't the only one playing the Lit City Trax party on Friday returning for Warm Up. Label boss J-Cush also plays July 5 with DJ EZ, Todd Edwards, Champion and Jam City; UNiiQU3 also plays July 26 with Cashmere Cat, Total Freedom, GoldLink (live), and Suicideyear; and DJ Marfox plays August 30 with Benji B, Dam-Funk (live), Tessela, Dutch E Germ and Avalon Emerson. Tickets for all of those are on sale too.
Portugal's DJ Marfox, who makes his US debut at the RBMA show this Friday, put out his first release for Lit City Trax, the Lucky Punch EP, this week. You can check out four trax from that below. Here's what Tiny Mix Tapes had to say about it in their 4/5 star review:
Lucky Punch borrows extensively from beat-driven, high-impact kuduro and slower, tarraxinha-flecked house, conjuring a berserk, crowded image of the physical setting this music draws from while forcing an inevitably kinetic response on playback. These six belting tracks combine the metallic hammering of industry ("Noise") with a flagrant, yet punishing jamboree of chimes, percussion, and hand claps ("Banda 52") -- it's the intoxicating grip of an urban carnival; life, work, and dance, fastened together and presented as a singular, essential rhythm. Each beat underscores the reputation that both Príncipe and Lit City Trax are forging as labels conscious of local dance scenes and the potential they have in broader contexts, without forgoing any of the maneuvers that tie these tunes to the places where their roots were formulated.The list of Mumdance dates, and all streams, below...
Warm Up 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Each year, the Warm Up summer concert series brings forward thinking electronic music (and other related genres like indie pop, hip hop, etc) to the outdoor courtyard at Long Island City's MoMA PS1. This year's shows happen every Saturday from June 28 to September 6 from 3-9 PM (doors at noon). Admission is $18 in advance or $20 day-of.
Artists playing this year include Evian Christ (DJ), Lone (live), Sophie, Forest Swords (all the same day!), Cibo Matto (live), Pantha du Prince (live), Dam-Funk, Dutch E Germ, George Fitzgerald, Martyn, Simian Mobile Disco (live), Cashmere Cat, Vatican Shadow (live), Container (live), Jam City, Shamir (live), The Range (live) and many more.
Full 2014 schedule below...
photos by P Squared Photography; words by Bill Pearis
IO Echo @ PS1 Warm Up 8/31/2013
LA indie dancepop duo IO Echo just played the penultimate 2013 MoMA PS1 Warm Up on Saturday (8/31). We posted a full set from the entire day earlier today and another set from IO Echo's performance is in this post.
The band play NYC again tonight (9/3), opening for Haim at Webster Hall which is sold out. Haim is in the area after playing Philly's Made In America (pics and more pics) over the weekend. IO Echo will be joining Haim on their October dates on the West Coast as well, and those are listed below.
Haim's debut album, Days Are Gone, will be out September 30 on Columbia. There's a deluxe edition coming out in the UK with a bonus disc's worth of remixes done by the like's of Studio's Dan Lissvik, Psychemagik, Duke Dumont and more. You can check out The Tourist's remix of "The Wire" which removes some of the original's more overt Eagles-isms and replaces them with synth steel drums, taking things into balearic territory. Stream that below.
All dates are listed, along with more IO Echo pictures and the Haim remix, below...
Warm Up at MoMA PS1 continues this Saturday (8/31) with Cajmere (who also plays an Electric Zoo afterparty), Liars (live), IO Echo (live), Jon Hopkins (who also plays Cameo afterwards), and Sam Valentin IV. Tickets for this Saturday are still available.
The final Warm Up, which happens on September 7, is still listed as TBA on MoMA PS1's site, but it's been revealed that Boston dance duo Soul Clap are at least one of the performers for that day. Tickets for the 9/7 show are available.
Soul Clap (not to be confused with Jonathan Toubin's dance-off party of the same name) are currently in Black Rock City, NV for Burning Man with Wolf + Lamb and The Beach Club All-Stars. They played all of last night (8/27) into this morning, and will play again at sunrise on Thursday (8/29), sunrise on Friday, all-nite Friday into Saturday, sunrise on Sunday, and late afternoon on Sunday. More info here.
Soul Clap play NYC a lot, and in addition to Warm Up on September 7, they'll also play The Parisian Ball on Governors Island (9/7) that same day with DJ W!ld, Dario Zenker, Elon, and Arman Nafeei. Tickets for that are on sale now.
All Soul Clap dates are listed, along with a stream, below...