Entries tagged with: Winter Music Conference
Busy P @ the Studio @ Webster Hall - March 25, 2009
Earlier this week I got a double dose of Busy P, seeing him at the Bloc Party after-party at the Studio at Webster Hall on Wednesday, as well as at Roseland Ballroom on Thursday where he opened for the Prodigy. Despite there being some overlap (see partial setlists below), each night was very enjoyable. Wednesday night's had more of a crazy party vibe, while Thursday's seemed to be more planned out. At Roseland Busy P gradually won over the crowd, that seemed to be made up of a lot of die-hard Prodigy fans, by starting his set off with a lot of darker, creepy, and more minimal tracks before working into more mainstream electro. By the end of the set most of the crowd was into it and he drew in those who weren't, by playing the crowd pleaser "No Sleep Til Brooklyn". Everyone chanted along, the set ending with an enthusiastic crowd, eager to see the Prodigy...
DOWNLOAD: Tortured Soul - Did You Miss Me (MP3)
Cut Copy @ Terminal 5 - March 21, 2009 (ChrisGoldNY)
This weekend saw the first wave of post-SXSW, pre-WMC deejays and bands come through New York. There were a lot of events lined up that I had seen coming for weeks, but one that somehow got by me until just a few days before, was Disco 3000 with Trus'me and Volcov at APT. Without enough time to sway my more "electro"-minded friends to change their plans, I hit APT solo Friday night and left without an ounce of regret. Upon arriving around 12:30 or so, the basement space was packed with people dancing. While there were some weird and inexplicable ebbs & flows in terms of dancefloor traffic, the music was on point the entire night. Trus'me and Volcov traded off deck duty every hour or so, easily meeting the expectations garnered from the flyer:
Expect to hear all corners of the record shop from the past, present and of course the future. Disco, afro, house, boogie, hip hop, techno, jazz, psyche, reggae, soul, brazilian, dub.Overall it was a great night that had me out dancing until 4, never even toying with the idea of leaving earlier. It also reminded me just how much I love disco, house, etc. After inadvertently laying those genres by the wayside of more electro-oriented sounds for too long, I have not been able to get enough of them since Friday.
Saturday night I ventured out again, to Terminal 5 to see Cut Copy. I managed to catch a bit of Knightlife's opening dj set which was very well-mixed and balanced, including tracks that were on the more melodic, French house side of things with a tasteful amount of more gritty/synthy electro thrown in.
Matt & Kim @ Terminal 5 - March 21, 2009 (meisemily)
Following Knightlife, Matt & Kim went on. I had seen them open for Professor Murder at Bowery a few years ago and really didn't like them. This time around, despite still not really being into their music, I found their set to be much more entertaining in terms of something to watch. The pair really didn't let the crowd that was standing idly for the first couple of songs get to them. If anything it made Matt & Kim try even harder to get everyone excited. It inevitably worked after a few more songs and some witty banter. By the end, the crowd was very into it. People were jumping and dancing along to the upbeat synth & drum combos, which ended with the previously indifferent crowd, now embracing and ushering Matt to the safety of the stage after his attempt to literally walk on top of them failed.
The tension built as the crew readied the stage for Cut Copy's set...unfortunately, so did the crowd. Just minutes prior to the beginning of the show I realized the floor was so packed I could not lift my arms and it began to dawn on me how hellish the next hour or so might possibly be.
For the most part, it was. Dancing had gone from being the fun, point of the evening, to a battle for personal space. Cut Copy were in top form, as they have been every time I've seen them prior, but the crowd made it difficult to enjoy their set.
In terms of what they played, it was mainly favorites from their albums In Ghost Colours and Bright Like Neon Love, plus the addition of the track "Sands of Time" (recorded at the same time as In Ghost Colours, but never making it onto the album) which sounded amazing live. Thankfully there were just enough brief moments where I found myself with sufficient space to get down and enjoy the music, making me able to walk away from the show feeling good about it (despite the hellish crowd).
Hopefully the positivity will continue into this week. By the looks of what's headed our way, I'm optimistic:
Late of the Pier @ MHOW in Brooklyn - CMJ 2008 (more by Leia Jospe)
Like Ladyhawke, Late of the Pier are visiting our country in March to play shows at SXSW in Austin, and at Studio B and Bowery Ballroom in NYC . $10 tickets are on sale now for the April 3rd show at Studio B, and $15 tickets go on sale at noon for the April 1st one at Bowery Ballroom. Both NYC shows (and maybe most of the tour) is with the Whip who LOTP also played with last time they were here. In between Bowery and Studio B, LOTP play an April 2nd show at Yale.
Late of the Pier's debut album Black Fantasy Channel was released in the US on January 13th with two US-only bonus tracks.
Unlike Ladyhawke, Late of the Pier made it here in 2008, and they are playing way more than just a few shows while they're in North America in March (and April). That includes the Winter Music Conference in Miami and Coachella in California. All dates below...
DOWNLOAD: Surkin - Hoes Get Down (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Gorillaz - El Manana (TTC Remix, prod. by Para One) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Para One - Midnight Swim (Surkin Drowning Mix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Bobmo - Legally Dead for 4'31 (YOUSENDIT MP3)
Crystal Castles @ Mercury Lounge, NYC - Mar 26, 2008 (Ryan Muir / Metromix)
Digitalism @ Webster Hall, NYC - Mar 22, 2008 (Madaes)
We're in the last week of March dance madness. Despite it seeming like every good deejay is down in Miami for WMC the line-up in New York this weekend is surprisingly awesome.
Thursday night (March 27) New York's Cut celebrate their 3-year anniversary bringing French electro label Institubes here to host the Paris Terror Club at Studio B. Cut has done a lot over the past 3 years to bring some of the top dance music talent to New York. You can check out a short video about them and what they do here.
Para One is a great producer out of France. He got people moving with his album 'Epiphanie' in 2006, specifically with the smash hit ' Dundun-Dun'. He's done production for French rap act TTC in the meantime, as well crafted a beautiful soundtrack (a great departure from his dancefloor jams) for the French film 'La Naisssance Des Pieuvres'. No stranger to manipulating beats, expect a clean set full of knob-twisting from Para One that will leave you with no option but to get down.
Surkin and Bobmo are two very young, successful deejays out of France. At ages 22 and 17, each of them has already produced some great tracks. Bobmo recently followed up last year's 'Let's Go Bobmo EP' (featuring the B-more/electro hit 'To the Bobmobile') with his '3000% Yes EP' which has more of an electro-ravey feel (be sure to check out the great track 'Legally Dead for 4'31'). Surkin's 'Ghetto Obsession' and 'Radio Fireworks', as well as his countless remixes have been devastating dancefloors over the past year. In the meantime he's been working on his follow-up, the 'Next of Kin EP' due out on Institubes shortly. The cover art features a black knight printed on a silver foil pattern, designed by Gaspirator who you might know better as Gaspard Auge (the moustached half of Justice). The EP features equally impressive tracks:
A1 White Knight Two$10 advance tickets available here, $15 tickets at the door, AND.....we have three pairs of tickets to give away courtesy of Cut & Finger on the Pulse (who are coordinating this contest and who are celebrating a birthday of their own this weekend). To win a pair of tickets, be one of the first 3 people to email them now (subject: cut).
A2 Kid Gloves
B1 Next Of Kin (as heard in Justice's XMAS mix)
B2 Next Of Kin (Todd Edwards' re-kindled Mix)
More events, flyers, & whatnot, below.....
DOWNLOAD: Hot Chip - Ready For The Floor (LA Riots & Villains Rmx) (MP3)
This just got passed to us by LA Riots themselves. It's their bootleg of "Ready For The Floor" that they did with Villains. It's a monster. We already love the original and this turns it into a late night smoker - just in time for LA Riots' return to Studio B Friday night (with MSTRKFRFT & The Bloody Beetroots). This track speaks for itself. Get ready to hear this everywhere. More LA Riot dates below...
DOWNLOAD: Calvin Harris - Merrymaking at My Place (Kissy Sell Out Remix) (MP3)
Although Calvin Harris will be visiting Miami at the end of March, it's not until he comes back to the United States for Coachella at the end of April that hey'll play a few shows in California and NYC. Tickets are on sale for an April 28th show at Bowery Ballroom. Last time he was here it was Mercury Lounge. All dates and videos below.....
Digitalism is going on tour in March. I assume that includes SXSW, though they haven't listed the date yet. It definitely includes Webster Hall on March 22nd, an afterparty (TBA), and at least a couple of shows in Miami during the Winter Music Conference. They are also playing Gatecrasher - a two-day dance festival in Northamptonshire over the weekend of May 24-25....
CSS will warm up for bill toppers The Prodigy on the Saturday, while The Chemical Brothers will be preceded by Dizzee Rascal on the Sunday night.All dates below...
The two-day dance festival in Northamptonshire will also feature live sets from Soulwax Nite Versions, Simian Mobile Disco, Audio Bullys, New Young Pony Club, The Whip and Digitalism. [Virtual Festivals]
DOWNLOAD: Dandi Wind - Balloon Factory (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Captain - Birthday Mix from The Birdhouse (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Walter Meego - Romantic (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Walter Meego - Wanna Be a Star (Walter Sees Stars mix) (MP3)
The dance world typically gathers steam in the US in March, with Winter Music Conference held in Miami, and the increasingly dance-populated SXSW, many labels and producers tour their beat-laden wares come spring. This Spring is no different and NYC will host almost all the top upcoming talent in the month of March.
WMC happens in Miami March 20th through March 25th. The list of events is here. I'll post highlights in a few weeks.
Two zeitgeist-y days in March see the dance world collide in NYC. There is a line in the sand...
Booka Shade, along with M.A.N.D.Y., and the rest of the Get Physical label were THE sound of 2005. Penning minimally melodic stormers that rocked every genre of dancefloor, Booka Shade arguably put on the best show of WMC 2006 at the Fixed/Revolver party.
Institubes is the reserved cousin to Paris' Ed Banger Records. Their roster includes Tacteel, Para One, Das Glow, Surkin, Bobmo, & (NYC'er) Curses!, all who blur the lines between hip-hop, techno, and rave. They will all be on the tip of your tounge in 2007. Boys Noize and the output of his self-titled label have been crafting a hard edged, drum centric version of the current electro sound of dance, evidenced by THAT remix of "Banquet" that you hear every weekend. Besides Bloc Party, BN has remixed much of the indierati: Kaiser Chiefs, Tiga, Shiny Toy Guns, Living Things, and (!) Depeche Mode.
And another complicated night that needs no explanation for readers of this fine site:
Less of a decision TONIGHT (Feb 22)....
Brooklyn Wasted Youth
The always wonderful Modular Monthly happens tonight at Galapagos in Brooklyn. Hometown hero Drop The Lime destroys it live, along with the art dance craze of Dandi Wind, and they JUST ADDED Chicago crew Walter Meego. This is the spot tonight.
- XLR8R Previews SXSW and the Presets
- Abbey at Punkphoto got some cool phootage of the Rapture party last week
- Stylus runs down techno videos on YouTube
- The Month in Grime/Dubstep at PFork (DMZ meets Dubwar at Tonic on Saturday)
- XLR8R's Podcast (This week features a mix by editor Vivian Host (Star Eyes))
- Boys Noize Mix Live in Chicago
- Booka Shade's Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1
- M.A.N.D.Y. on Galaxy FM UK