For this special 139th edition of The Dirt, we’ve teamed up with our homies, the Bixel Boys, who are quickly establishing themselves as ambassadors of the big-room underground sound. With their widely supported Black December EP (Sweat It Out!), recent Bring It On EP (Nervous Records), handful of addictive remixes/edits, and countless gigs in the bag, their career is gaining strong momentum that is sure to ride into 2014 and the many years to come. The Bixel Boys and myself have offered up our current favorite tracks touching on hip-hop, house, future bass, and more. ENJOY!
Bixel Boys’ Picks
100′s – Keep A Bitch Broke feat. Da$h, Joey Fatts & A$ton Matthews (Prod. By Joe Wax)
What So Not – Touched
Jimmy Edgar – Mercurio (Original Mix)
Orlando Voom – In Da Jungle (Chocolate Puma Remix)
Drake – Connect
Rain City Riot – Wanna Disco In Berlin
Phoenix – Chloroform (Jamie Jones Edit)
Standards. – Willing
Phazz – Hold Me
WALĐO – Change For the New (Prod. by Mount Kimbie)
Don Diablo & CID swap out their big-room sound for groovy vibes in their debut release on Steve Angello’s X label. Previously premiered on Pete Tong’s BBC Radio 1 Essential Selection last week, “Got Me Thinkin’” takes on booty bass characteristics with a bumpin’ kick-driven bassline and percussive accents. Don Diablo & CID have taken things a bit deeper for a club-ready offering. Have a listen after the jump.
• Stream Burial‘s New ‘Rival Dealer’ EP • Disclosure to release remix album featuring DJ Premier, Larry Heard and more • Riva Starr Announces ‘Eat Sleep Rave Repeat’ Tour • Movement Festival Detroit announces phase 1 artist lineup
Stream Burial’s New ‘Rival Dealer’ EP
Though it was earlier reported that the new EP from shadowy Hyperdub icon Burial would be released on December 16, the UK imprint surprisingly elected to make the three-song effort available a week early. Even better, all three tracks from the Rival Dealer EP (artwork above) have been posted online and can be heard in their entirety.
In truth, the vinyl versions of Rival Dealer won’t surface until next week, but the tunes can already be purchased digitally here. For those looking to give the tracks a listen first, Hyperdub have posted full streams on YouTube, which we’ve posted below. We’ve only been able to give the songs a cursory listen so far, but they do seem to find the mysterious UK producer delving into some new sonic territory. Much like his past few efforts, the songs here are elongated and could be described as having movements, but the sound palette has shifted somewhat; “Come Down to Us” even has a vaguely holiday vibe to it. Add in some unexpectedly political samples, and Rival Dealer is certainly an intriguing new chapter in the Burial saga.
Disclosure to release remix album featuring DJ Premier, Larry Heard and more
The Lawrence brothers enlist some legendary talent for a remix album.
Disclosure will cap off a star-making 2013 with a remix album, due out on December 17. While details are scarce, it is said to feature remixes by hip-hop legend DJ Premier, house veteran Larry Heard, up-and-comer Kaytranada, and more.
The inclusion of DJ Premier is a coup for the pair: the one-timeFACT mixers spoke with FACT earlier this year about Detroit hip-hop group Slum Village’s Fantastic Volume 2; there’s clearly plenty of rap in their background.
Following Riva Starr’s club smashing collaboration with Fatboy Slim – ‘Eat Sleep Rave Repeat’ featuring vocals from Beardyman, Riva Starr has announced an American ‘Eat Sleep Rave Repeat’ tour which kicks off at Slake in New York on Thursday the 12th of December.
Riva Starr burst into the electronic music scene in 2009 with a refreshing take on Latin house for some of the most respected underground dance labels like Get Physical, Dirtybird and Made to Play. A prolific producer and internationally in-demand club DJ, Riva swiftly proceeded to confound his fledgling fan base with Balkan beat behemoth “I Was Drunk” which has since amassed well over 8 million views on YouTube.
Riva is set to release the next in a series of remix EPs on the 16th of December ‘Deep In Hand’ featuring remixes from Jesse Rose, NiCe7 & H.O.S.H followed by ‘Bass In Hand’ on the 6th of January and the full remix album in February.
December Tour Dates
12th New York – Slake 13th Toronto – EFS 14th Miami – Space 16th Los Angeles – Monday Night Social @ Sound 19th Austin – Kingdom Nightclub 21st Santiago – Mysteryland
Movement Festival Detroit announces phase 1 artist lineup
The 2014 Movement Electronic Music Festival makes its way back to Detroit’s Hart Plaza on Memorial Day weekend, May 24-26 for a three-day celebration of dance music and the people that make it great. 2014 marks the festival’s ninth year and promises to be the best one yet with a staggering assortment of rising talents, local heavyweights and pioneering legends.
Paxahau, producers of the annual dance event, are pleased to announce the phase one lineup featuring Detroit techno pioneer, Richie Hawtin; legendary dance music icon and Intec label boss, Carl Cox; and the highly versatile electronic music DJ/producer, Loco Dice.
Famed Radio One broadcaster, DJ and current Evolution Radio host, Pete Tong, whose name has been ubiquitous with dance music for decades, will make his Movement debut in 2014 as will rising hip-hop star, Action Bronson. The Queens-based MC (and notable culinary expert) recently released Blue Chips 2 with production duo, Party Supplies – a follow up to 2012’s critically acclaimed Blue Chips album. Techno titans Speedy J and Lucy will perform as the collaborative duo Zeitgeber for the first time in the U.S. The duo released their self-titled album this past summer through Berlin-based Stroboscopic Artefacts. This is also Speedy J’s first album collaboration since 2005’s LP Collabs 3000 : Metalism.
A large number of local artists are included in the announcement today, fortifying the festival’s unwavering support of Detroit and the artists within. This includes one of Detroit’s favorite sons, Grammy-nominated DJ/producer and Planet E chief, Carl Craig; the legendaryJeff Mills; and Techno-soul pioneer, Eddie “Flashin” Fowlkes, just to name a few.
“We really wanted to have some fun with the lineup this year and showcase artists that continue to reinvent the wheel of electronic music as well as a slew of hometown favorites who are legends in their own right,” said Chuck Flask, artist coordinator for Movement Electronic Music Festival.
The 49 performances announced today, in alphabetical order, are as follows:
Action Bronson Adam X – live Altstadt Echo Anthony “Shake” Shakir Black Asteroid – live BMG Brian Sanhaji – live Carl Cox Carl Craig Chris Liebing Damian Lazarus Delano Smith Dixon DJ 3000 DJ Hyperactive DJ Minx DJ Psycho DJ Sneak Donor DTM 2×4 DJ Seoul & T. Linder Dustin Zahn Eddie “Flashin” Fowlkes Escort – live Jamie Jones Jeff Mills Justin Martin Keith Kemp Kenny Larkin Loco Dice Los Hermanos – live Luis Flores Marques Wyatt Metro Area – live Miguel Migs Mike Huckaby Monoloc Octave One – live Pete Tong Project 313 – live Raíz Richie Hawtin Sean Deason Simian Mobile Disco Stacey “Hotwaxx” Hale Stacey Pullen Tale of Us Terrence Dixon The Martinez Brothers Zeitgeber (Speedy J & Lucy)
Tickets for Movement are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting www.Movement.us. The cost for a three-day weekend pass is just $110 and grants fans general admission access to the festival grounds with in-and-out privileges. The cost for a three-day VIP pass is just $230 and includes many extras that can be found on the website.’
• Stream Nicolas Jaar’s fantastic John Lennon tribute mix • Max Cooper announces debut album Human, streams first single, “Adrift” • Theo Parrish joins The Trilogy Tapes • Listen to Jamie xx‘s first BBC Radio 6 Music mix
Stream Nicolas Jaar’s fantastic John Lennon tribute mix
Nicolas Jaar turns the John Lennon catalogue inside out on a new mix.
Yesterday marked the 33rd anniversary of John Lennon’s murder at the hands of Mark Chapman. Jaar has noted the occasion with a new mix in Lennon’s honour, titled ‘Our World’.
Jaar’s mix certainly isn’t a conventional tribute session – instead, he uses processed fragments of classic Lennon material (‘Imagine’ included), news reports, and assorted Jaar productions to build a trippy, oneiric hour. Click below to listen/download (and you really should, it’s ace).
Jaar has recently been dedicating himself to his Darkside project, who dropped the prog-minded Psychic LP in October. He’s also recently become commander-in-chief of a new label, Other People.
Earlier this year, Lennon’s childhood home sold at auction for £480,000. The three-bedroom terrace house on Newcastle Road was expected to go for between £150,000 and £250,000, but the final price doubled expectations, with an anonymous American filing the winning bid.
Max Cooper announces debut album Human, streams first single, “Adrift”
Max Cooper will release his highly anticipated debut album Human on FIELDS on 10 March 2014. The album represents an explosive leap into the full-length format for an artist who previously preferred to work in miniature, and a stubborn unwillingness to play the usual electronic music game of copy-me-if-you-can.
Adrift is the first single. Combining the smoky vocal soundings of Belleruche’s Kathrin deBoer with some of Max’s most delicate percussion and sound design yet, Adrift pushes Cooper’s melancholy style to whole new territories of starkly elegant beauty. With a surprisingly heavy, epic Raffertie remix – and a video that shoots deBoer into space – Adrift is out Dec 16. Pre-order here.
HUMAN TOUR – PART ONE 20 Dec – Club Lehmann, Stuttgart, Germany 21 Dec – Hinterhof, Basel, Switzerland 31 Dec – Artheater, Cologne, Germany 10 Jan – Break Club, Montpellier, France 25 Jan – Club Kyo, Singapore, Singapore 27 Jan – Rainbow Serpent Festival, Lexton -Victoria, Australia 02 Feb – Sunday Roast | La Machine Du Moulin Rouge, Paris, France 07 Feb – Gare Porto, Porto, Portugal 15 Feb – Roest Warehouse, Amsterdam, Netherlands 27 Feb – DIEP | Poppodium 013, Tilburg, Netherlands 28 Feb – Perron, Rotterdam, Netherlands 01 Mar – Flex, Vienna, Austria 05 Mar – Mistral Club, Aix En Provence, France 08 Mar – KB18, Copenhagen, Denmark 10 Mar – HUMAN RELEASED
The news will come as a surprise to many—Will Bankhead has generally focused his label on under-the-radar talent. Parrish’s EP, 71st & Exchange Used To Be…, will be jointly released with the US producer’s own Sound Signature imprint and Palace Skateboards. The 12-inch caps a big year for The Trilogy Tapes, which has put out vinyl releases from Anthony Naples, Tuff Sherm, _moonraker, DJ Spider & Marshallito, Rezzett and Eomac, with a Willie Burns EP on the way. You can watch a teaser video for the EP via the Vimeo player below:
The xx percussion/producer begins his residency with a two-hour set.
Earlier this year, Jamie xx — alongside Goldie, Derrick May, Groove Armada, Andrew Weatherall and Erol Alkan — joined BBC Radio 6 Music as part of the station’s Friday 6 Mix show.
Listen to his first set for the station, which includes material by The xx, Four Tet, Todd Edwards, Leon Vynehall, and more. It closes with the producer’s unreleased ‘Sleep Sound’, which cropped up last month. Like his back-to-back set with NTS Radio’s Jon Rust, this one finds Jamie crate-digging through forgotten funk, soul, house, and more.
• Watch Daft Punk‘s video for “Instant Crush” • Art Department mixes BPM001 • Mysteryland‘s groundbreaking U.S. festival, at site of the original Woodstock, announces ticket plans, video trailer, and Sunday school mini-fest
Watch Daft Punk’s video for “Instant Crush”
Daft Punk have unveiled the video of ‘Instant Crush’, featuring track collaborator Julian Casablancas.
First premiered on French news channel BFMTV as a teaser, the full video focuses on The Strokes frontman, clad in leather jacket and ripped jeans, who is illuminated by a spotlight while the camera also turns its attention to two life-sized dolls.
Set in what seems to be a museum, the two figures, one very similar looking to Casablancas, are dressed in historical attire and look to be involved in a love story before dramatically being caught in a fire after the Daft Punk helmets make a cameo appearance halfway through.
‘Instant Crush’ appears on the French duo’s ‘Random Access Memories’ and is the fourth single released on November 22.
BPM mixes will come out twice a year and put festival favorites in the driver’s seat. The Canadian duo are regulars at the festival (and also have a hand in No. 19 Music), so they’re the logical pick for this first edition. They’ve brought together quite a range of music for the mix, from the stripped-down house of Oskar Offerman to the floor-filling sounds of Deetron. No. 19 artists Eric Volta and Louie Fresco also appear prominently, and one of Art Department’s own tracks also features. The mix drops on January 27th, just a few weeks after the 2014 edition of BPM wraps up in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.
Tracklist 01. Oskar Offerman – You Said Party, I Said Maybe (Dub) 02. Oskar Offerman & Edward – What Have We Become 03. Maher Daniel & Jon Charnis – Lonely Stars In Open Skies (Luca Bacchetti Remix) 04. Ten Walls – Requiem 05. Deetron – Character 06. Deniz Kurtel – Deepression 07. Boris Horel – Wild Combinations 08. Baikal – Why Don’t Ya (Ripperton Remix) 09. Louie Fresco – Arabian Sexcapade 10. Art Department – Sun Comes Up (Mind Against 909 Remix) 11. Eric Volta – Love Your Illusion 12. VCMG – Single Blip (Mathew Jonson Remix) 13. Marcus Worgull & Peter Pardeike – Lenoix 14. Eric Volta featuring Gretz – Blood Burgundy (My Eyes Are Open)
No. 19 Music will release BPM001 on January 27th, 2014.
Mysteryland’s groundbreaking U.S. festival, at site of the original Woodstock, announces ticket plans, video trailer, and Sunday school mini-fest
The world’s groundbreaking and longest-running electronic music festival,Mysteryland, today announced ticketing plans for its historic U.S. debut over the 2014 Memorial Day weekend from May 23 to May 26, 2014, at Bethel Woods, New York, the site of the legendary 1969 Woodstock festival.
The location of Mysteryland’s inaugural U.S. event is no coincidence. It is the first music festival to return to the hallowed grounds where Woodstock took place. “Mysteryland has had a tremendous impact on the music world and it is the logical festival to follow in the footsteps of the original ground-breaking music event, Woodstock,” said Robert F.X. Sillerman, Chairman and CEO of SFX Entertainment.
“This is more than just a music festival. This is a seminal event that marks the same kind of Revolution in society that Woodstock signified,” said Sillerman, whose SFX acquired ID&T, the producer of Mysterland, earlier this year. “Woodstock changed everything when it took place in 1969 – music, culture, the way we looked at the world. Mysteryland did the same 20 years ago, when it started what is now a tidal wave of electronic music festivals and Electronic Music Culture (EMC), which engages hundreds of millions of people across the planet. SFX is proud to have the honor of producing Mysteryland at the home of Woodstock.”
The festival marks an historic moment for ID&T, the producers of successful global festivals such as Sensation, Tomorrowland, TomorrowWorld and Q-dance.
“Woodstock represented the music of a new generation and cultural tour de force for the changing times, and today Mysteryland brings together the global forces of dance music for the millennial generation’s revolution,” said Duncan Stutterheim, a founder and current executive of ID&T.
Promoters from all over the world have been trying for decades to convince the owners of the Bethel Woods site, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, to host large-scale festivals in this special location. After a year of talks, ID&T won approval for the first U.S. edition of Mysteryland, which is also held annually in the Netherlands and Chile. The 20th edition of Mysteryland in the Netherlands took place in August 2013, selling out all 60,000 tickets.
The first US edition of Mysteryland at this iconic location will be an exclusive gathering. The multi-day festival will offer only 20,000 tickets per day with a variety of tickets, including single-day and weekend tickets ranging from $109 to premiere Mysteryland B’n’B VIP tents for $1,999. On-site camping will be available with limited capacity. Mysteryland will also offer a special ‘Nomadic Journey’ pass which will include travel to all three Mysterylands on three continents (North America, South America, and Europe). Mysteryland USA is a 21+ festival.
The public can sign up now at Mysteryland.us for pre-sale tickets on December 11th. The general on sale date is December 12th at 10AM EST via Mysteryland.us.
CHECK OUT THE OFFICIAL MYSTERYLAND USA TRAILER
Mysteryland will also present its first musical partner, Sunday School, which will host a mini-fest. Originally created in 2006 at the Winter Music Conference, Made Event’s Sunday School is the definitive cutting edge techno and house music party and will continue to be so, with three dedicated stages and a cross-section of today’s and tomorrow’s future techno stars.
After releasing their new track, “Christian Bale,” off of their forthcoming debut OWSLA EP, YOGI has come through with an absolutely massive guest mix. Weaving through a refined selection of everything from Kendrick Lamar and Jay-Z to RL Grime, Keys N Krates, and Daft Punk, they draw listeners in with their exceptional taste and a high-energy mixing style that would seamlessly transfer into a live setting. YOGI has now proven themselves as a very promising act with expertise both in the studio and behind the decks. Expect big things for the future… Enjoy the guest mix below and see the tracklist after the jump.
If you missed it last week, check out “Christian Bale”:
Tracklist: 1. Kendrick Lamar – Backseat Freestyle 2. Beyoncé – Bow Down 3. Hudson Mohawke – Thunder Bay 4. Snoop Lion – Here Comes The King 5. 2Chainz Ft. Kanye West – Birthday Song 6 TNGHT – Goooo 7. Jay-Z & Kanye West – N***as In Paris 8. Flux Pavillion – I Can’t Stop 9. 2Chainz Ft. Nicki Minaj – I Luv Dem Strippers 10. Jay-Z & Kanye West – Ham 11. Ciara – Body Party (YOGI Refix) 12. Benny Benassi – Satisfaction (RL Grime Remix) 13. Ludacris – Fantasy (YOGI Refix) 14. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Cant Hold Us 15. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Can’t Hold Us (Major Lazer Remix) 16. Jay Z – Big Pimpin 17. Skrillex ft Damien marley – Mek It Bun Dem 18. 2chainz Ft Drake – No Lie 19. Kanye West – New Slaves 20. TNGHT – Bugg’n 21. Busta Rhymes ft Nicki Minaj – Twerk It 22. Kanye West – Bound 2 23. Asap Rocky ft Skrillex – Wild For The Night 24. DJ Khaled ft Kanye West – Cold 25. Drake – Headlines 26. Rihanna – Pour It Up (YOGI Refix) 27. Kendrick Lamar – Swimming Pools 28. Drake ft James Fauntleroy – Girls Love Beyonce (YOGI Refix) 29. DJ Khaled ft Chris Brown, Rick Ross – Take It To The Head 30. Major Lazer ft The Party Squad – Original Don 31. Wacka Flocka Flame ft Roscoe Dash – No Hands (CRNKN Remix) 32. Flux Pavillion – Bass Cannon 33. Kirko Bangz – Drank In My Cup 34. Rihanna – Birthday Cake vs Dirt Off Ya Shoulder 35. Unlisted 36. Kanye West ft Big Sean & Jay-Z – Clique (Keys N Krates Remix) 37. Cali Swag District Vs Daft Punk – Teach Me How To Dougie 38. Daft Punk ft Pharrell – Lose Yourself To Dance 39. ASAP Rocky ft Drake, 2Chainz, Kendrick – Fuckin Problem 40. Puff Daddy ft Biggie – All About The Benjamins 41. Major Lazer ft 2Chainz, Tyga, Mystic, Bruno Mars – Bubble Butt
• Tomorrowland goes to two weekends • Toro Y Moi serves ‘Sweet Tea’ under Sides of Chaz moniker • Download a New Track from Tensnake • Young Turks release 2013 compilation
Tomorrowland goes to two weekends
The dates for Tomorrowland 2014 have been announced, and it looks like you’ll have two chances to catch the festival next year.
Following in the footsteps of Ultra, Coachella and several other huge festivals, Tomorrowland has announced that next year’s iteration of the widely successful dance festival will span two weekends, with the first going down on July 18-20 and the second happening the following weekend from July 25-27.
Prices and line-up info have yet to be announced for the Belgium-based festival, but ‘pre registration tickets’ will go on sale on January 13. Head over to the Tomorrowland website for more information, and check out the official announcement video below.
Toro Y Moi serves ‘Sweet Tea’ under Sides of Chaz moniker
Chaz Bundick pours a cup.
Toro Y Moi has got a Christmas stocking filler on the way in the shape of a new Sides of Chaz 7″ vinyl. On one side is ‘Sweet Tea’, a psych-pop shambles that’s one part Ray Davies and two parts acid-addled California.
That song will be paired on the vinyl with another unreleased song titled ‘Take My Car’. The 7″ will be out via Fork and Sppoon Records on December 10 (you can pre-order it here).
Breakout German house artist Tensnake has been leaking stray glimpses of his forthcoming artist album for Virgin over the past handful of months, though we’re still no closer to uncovering any of that long-awaited LP’s official details. Unfortunately, that still has yet to change, but thankfully, we now have another new tune from the DJ/producer born Marco Niemerski, which is currently available as a free download. Called “No Relief,” the deep, slow-bouncing production features an appropriately subdued vocal performance from frequent Tensnake collaborator Fiora, and can be streamed and/or downloaded (for the exchange of an email) in the player below.
London label Young Turks have announced the imminent release of a compilation CD that will round up and comprise the label’s 12″ releases from 2013.
The label announced three two-track EPs earlier this year for the series, which aimed to showcase the work of close label associates including The XX, Koreless and Lost Scripts. All feature here, as do offerings from Pional and Short Stories taken from the (until now) unreleased third EP, which will also go to a separate 12″.
There is also space for two exclusives; produced by long-standing label staple SBTRKT and 2013 rising star, FKA twigs (pictured).
• BBC Sound of 2014 longlist revealed • Listen to the Essential Mix from the Warehouse Project • Burial will release a new EP this December • Bristolian singer Javeon enlists Julio Bashmore, Two Inch Punch for debut album
BBC Sound of 2014 longlist revealed
Fifteen rising music artists have been named on the longlist for the BBC Sound of 2014, which showcases some of the brightest new acts for the year ahead.
The list was compiled using tips from 170 tastemakers, who each named their favourite three emerging artists.
Californian trio Haim came out on top last year, with Adele, Ellie Goulding and Jessie J also among past winners.
This year’s crop includes singers Sam Smith and Ella Eyre, who have both already featured on number one singles.
The Sound of 2014
Smith, 21, from Cambridgeshire, lent his bittersweet soul voice to Naughty Boy’s La La La, which topped the charts in June, as well as Disclosure’s track Latch.
Brit School graduate Eyre, meanwhile, was a guest vocalist on Rudimental’s hit Waiting All Night in April and has sung with Tinie Tempah and Bastille.
While those two already have a foothold on fame, the Sound of 2014 list also includes artists like Jungle, a mysterious West London electro-funk duo who have created an online buzz but have not yet revealed their identities.
The longlist will be narrowed down to a top five in the week of 6 January, with the winner to be named on 10 January.
The list is made up of seven solo male artists, five solo females and three duos. Bands are out of fashion.
One of the duos, Brighton’s riff-heavy Royal Blood are the sole representatives of rock music. They have been likened to the White Stripes and Queens of the Stone Age and will support the Arctic Monkeys next summer.
Chicago’s Chance The Rapper, who was named 2013′s Hot MC by Rolling Stone magazine, is flying the flag for hip-hop. The 20-year-old – real name Chancelor Bennett – appeared as a guest vocalist on James Blake’s Mercury Prize-winning album Overgrown.
BBC Radio 1 head of music George Ergatoudis said: “The most competitive area next year is going to be male singer-songwriters.” There are three such singer-strummers in contention for Sound of 2014.
Nick Mulvey is a former member of Mercury-nominated jazz combo Portico Quartet and an aficionado of Cuban and African music. Now solo, the 26-year-old is signed to Communion Records, owned by Mumford and Sons’ Ben Lovett.
The sound of Luke Sital-Singh, from Surrey, ranges from rousing Mumfords-style choruses to the simple songcraft of Damien Rice.
The gruff voice of Bristol’s 19-year-old George Ezra, meanwhile, makes his folk-blues ballads particularly distinctive.
Of the other solo males, Uzoechi Osisioma Emenike (known as MNEK), from London, is moving in front of the microphone after making his name writing songs including Duke Dumont and A*M*E*’s club anthem Need U (100%).
And with a mellow soul voice that has already been heard on records by SBTRKT and Drake, Londoner Sampha is launching his solo career.
George Ergatoudis said one of the dominant styles for 2014 would be “indie R&B” – R&B made with an independent, experimental mindset.
Female vocalists Kelela - aka the sonically adventurous 30-year-old Los Angeles-based Kelela Mizanekristos – and the eerie-voiced Londoner FKA Twigs, who is signed to the label that launched the xx, fall into that bracket.
And Banks, the stage name of 25-year-old Jillian Banks, from Los Angeles, has gained a devoted fanbase with her moody, intimate R&B.
Elsewhere on the list, the sassy pop of Chloe Howl has seen her compared to Lily Allen and Katy B, while Say Lou Lou are Swedish-Australian twin sisters Miranda and Elektra Kilbey, who create dreamy electro-pop.
The tastemakers whose tips were used to compile the list included radio DJs and producers, TV presenters and producers, newspaper critics, magazine and website editors and respected bloggers.
They included Hattie Collins, music editor at i-D Magazine, who said: “One of the strengths of the Sound Of list is the democratic, diverse range of people that are invited to vote, with people from all musical mediums from the established rock critic to the upcoming urban blogger.
“This diversity is reflected in the 2014 longlist, which has a broad spectrum of emerging artists from a variety of scenes.”
The successful acts cannot already be well-known to the UK public, for example through featuring in the final stages of a TV talent show or having already been a member of a successful band.
They must also not have been the lead artist on a UK top 20 single or album before 4 November 2013 – but guest vocalists are eligible.
Since coming top of the Sound of 2013 list, Haim have gone to number one on the UK albums chart with their debut release Days Are Gone.
There’ll be an early Christmas present for fans of gorgeous moody dubstep that channels the history of UK jungle into ethereal soundscapes. Mysterious and brilliant producer Burial has announced a new three-track EP, due to drop on Hyperdub on Monday December 16.
Since Untrue, the man we now know as Will Bevan has released a series of mini-EPs, including collaborations with Four Tet, Thom Yorke and Massive Attack, culminating in last year’s acclaimed EPs Kindred and Truant/Rough Sleeper. And now, according to an announcement by label Hyperdub, we’ll have his next three-track, 28-minute sonic experiment in two week’s time. In the meantime, here’s his acclaimed 12-minute opus from last year Kindred to tide you over.
Bristolian singer Javeon enlists Julio Bashmore, Two Inch Punch for debut album
After a few years as a go-to vocalist for the likes of L-Vis 1990 and Julio Bashmore, the PMR signee readies his debut album.
Javeon (né McCartney) first graced these pages with ‘Lost in Love’ (off L-Vis 1990′s 2011 album Neon Dreams) and tracks like ‘Love Without A Heart’ and ‘Father Father’ (both produced by Julio Bashmore), providing a soulful counterpoint to a variety of neon-bathed, funk-house hybrids.
Now, Javeon has teamed with Bashmore, Two Inch Punch, MNEK, and Tourist for his debut album, due out in summer 2014. First up is the ‘Give Up’ (below), half of a Double A-side that is due out on December 15 via PMR. The lithe, garage-kissed track is produced by Tourist and is backed by the “heady, atmospheric,” Bashmore-produced ‘Intoxicated’.
• Underworld recruited by Volkswagen to build “intuitive” music software for drivers • Disclosure and Loco Dice headline Hideout 2014 • What So Not: “Dance Music Is Going To Move Back To A Live Concept”
Underworld recruited by Volkswagen to build “intuitive” music software for drivers
Underworld – the gents behind 2008′s ‘Ring Road’ single – have collaborated with Volkswagen on a new app for drivers.
The Play The Road app intuitively responds to the movements of the car, creating a soundscape that shifts in line with every subtle change in the vehicle’s movements. The app promises a fully immersive experience, whereby “every turn of the wheel, gearshift or location change, is reflected in the music”.
The way the app works is outlined below:
The innovative app reads how and where you drive, translating it into music live. The app gets speed and RPM data from the GTI’s on-board computer. The steering acceleration and location data is calculated from a combination of the accelerometer, gyroscope and GPS receiver present in the iPhone. All of the data collected is filtered and smoothed before use.
Karl Hyde has described his motivation for becoming involved in the project as follows:
“Driving and music are probably the most important things in my musical education: sitting in the back of my dad’s car at night. It was a filmscape to me, it was beautifully lit and the dashboard was magical, and radio Luxemburg or some pirate station was on the radio and that was everything to me. It’s still the root of why I love music. Being in a car surfing the radio, finding stuff that suits how you feel.”
The lineup has been announced for Hideout 2014, which will take place at Zrce Beach on the island of Pag.
The Croatian festival will host its fourth edition in 2014, kicking off on June 30th and wrapping up on July 3rd. As in previous years, Hideout will offer festival-goers a mix of beachside events, boat parties and nighttime offerings. More than 60 artists feature on the bill, including a portion who performed at the 2013 event, including Loco Dice,Cassy, Andy C and Scuba.
What So Not: “Dance Music Is Going To Move Back To A Live Concept”
When two like-minded souls get together and throw all their favourite influences into a musical melting pot, you’re bound to have some rather pleasing ear candy on your hands. Even more so when those two souls happen to be Flume and Chris ‘Emoh Instead’ Emerson. The duo are rapidly finding themselves on festival and club bills just about everywhere and between being headhunted by Skrillex to appear on his personally curated Shore Thing line up, plus the endless stream of well-received singles, this is one ‘side project’ gone gangbusters. We caught up with Emoh Instead to chat about predicting the resurrection of the live act, the over-saturation of the trap genre and avoiding lawsuits.
Pulse: Hey Chris, what’s been happening today? Chris Emerson (What So Not): Not much yet, it’s still quite early for me. I finished my solo tour this weekend and went down to the Gold Coast for a couple of days and I just got back last night. Now I’m just getting on top of all my emails and my press and getting into the studio later today to do some writing.
Explain What So Not to the uninitiated. What So Not is myself and Harley and we came together maybe three years ago and our goal was to try and draw on a lot of the influences we were hearing overseas and a lot of the different styles we liked but we felt weren’t appealing enough to an everyday audience to cross over. We just wanted to pull different elements of different genres and ideas and make them a little more appealing.
Tell us about some of those genres and influences. So back in the day when we started we were quite into the whole chillwave kind of thing and more European house music, Dirtybird and Eats Everything early stuff and maybe a year on we got into that whole trap sound when that came in and we’re still just trying to pull elements from all those kind of genres – rather than make one particular sound, make a collective of all of it.
I have seen that you two have been lumped into the genre pigeonhole of ‘trap’ – do you feel like this is limiting to what you guys are actually about? Very much so and that’s why we’re not pushing that kind of a label because it’s an element that we incorporate into what we do, and I think that much like dubstep and blog electro, it’s a genre that being replicated in a very similar way by a very large amount of people because it’s popular, and it’s kind of limiting creatively in the grand scheme of things.
When you break it down to what trap is, it’s a genre that has been around already, it’s the 808 and the 909 roll on synthesizers and percussion which has also been around for a very long time, so it’s using those and some big 808 subs and maybe some hip hop vocals. That’s a very narrow sound base to be writing from, if you’re using those sounds and those sounds only which is what most people are, it’s very difficult to stand out and do creative things with a very limited sound source. I think the guys that have really pioneered this current wave of sound like Flosstradamus and TNGHT brought something new to the table and everyone’s sort of trying to replicate what they’ve been doing without as much creativity, and the most creative thing about it was what they were doing initially – they were taking this older sound and sort of pushing it and progressing it to a modern day innovative version. But once it became replicated so many times, by so many people in a similar way, it sort of almost washed out the genre a little bit, much like dubstep and other things that have come through, but I think that’s the thing that happens in the modern day world with blogs and sharing and Soundcloud, anyone can put anything up.
You two have been described as ‘the voice of the ADD generation’ and as the club friendly side project for yourself and Harley – would you agree with either description? I think that was even something I put in one of our early bios like three years ago (laughs). We were constantly driving this kind of fast paced, constantly changing, call and response type of music and it was almost like.. .the crowds in Australia in the past 6 years just have the shortest attention spans. I think with technology and social media that’s just how people’s heads work these days. If you don’t change the path of your track to another element in 12 or 25 seconds or so, or put in some kind of interlude people start to lose attention. We had to write music that was quite dance floor friendly but also quite complex. And have a lot of different, interesting elements, all the songs used to have 120, 140 tracks within the piece which is kind of ridiculous and we’ve narrowed it down a bit now because it drained the hell out of the CTU.
Neither of you are afraid to throw out the random and the unexpected. I’m pretty sure I’ve heard the Lion King theme song in one of your guest mixes? Definitely and I think it’s a bit of a technique in a set where you play something that is very well known but a little out of the box and it lets you play a song that isn’t as heavy and has much less power but is still quite engaging, as it will keep their attention and what that does is allow you to actually play a song that is only slightly heavier but not as extreme as some of the other tracks you’ll play. You can play something like this and then you can play a deep house track and the deep house track will sound epically massive because it’s been compared to the Lion King theme song for example and it lets you take the set in a completely different direction without losing focus or intensity.
Was there someone you looked to for influence with that particular technique? Probably Adrian [Ajax] was the biggest influence for that kind of set.
Tell us how you got the name? Well my last name is Emerson so Emoh is a family nickname. I used to have a different name but I almost ended up in a bit of lawsuit and had to sign a settlement agreement. Emoh Instead was a sort of play on words from the old name, so ‘Emoh Instead of the old name’.
Are you allowed to tell us what the other name was? I can’t actually! I’m not allowed make any claim towards that name or have ever been associated with that name
We’ll leave it, nobody needs a lawsuit. You guys had your EP ‘The Quack’ released in the USA on OWSLA. Tell us more about being headhunted by their head honcho Skrillex.We’re with Sweat It Out here in Australia and New Zealand and we were always looking for an American partner to release our music on because we very much feel what we’re doing is being picked up quite well by the US – social media and data statistics showed we have a bigger following there than we do in Australia. I’m not 100% sure how it happened exactly because I’ve heard two different reasons, but one was that Skrillex heard someone who was working with us play a track at I think it was Ultra Music or something like that and said ‘I want this, this is amazing, where did you get this from’ and then he’d also been across Flume from very early on, so when Harley was touring over there, he met up with Skrillex and he showed him the What So Not stuff and he was like ‘I want this I want this, who do I speak to’ so we put him onto our manager and it went from there.
I mean it’s just been really amazing, we’ve had a few high profile artists personally contact us and just say ‘hey we really like what you guys are doing, you gotta keep doing it’ – I mean it’s just two young guys from Australia trying to do something different. So to receive that kind of praise from high profile artists is kind of amazing that because of how much work and effort we put in.
Anyone in particular that’s reached out to say congratulations? Yeah… (laughs) It seems like bragging!
Go on then! A big supporter of ours is probably A-Trak, he’s really supportive of what we’re doing, we met Phra from Crookers the other week and spent some time in the studio and shared some ideas.
Tell us how the studio session with Crookers went. It was a lot of discussion of concepts and ideas and music and the industry which I find more important and necessary, just doing a track together is gaining great experience from someone who’s been at the top, and still up there – we did start something that will eventuate depending on schedules etcetera.
What has been on high rotation for you lately? Lately I’ve been listening to lots of albums so there’s not one particular album, but it’s more like I’ll have some music savvy friends who will be like, “hey you should check this out”. I’ve heard Kanye’s new album, Jai Paul, Kendrick Lamar…I can’t think of them all off the top of my head!
It’s so impressive when an artist goes to the lengths to make an album these days, with the kind of music climate where it’s difficult and sometimes impractical. Unless you’re going to get massive exposure it’s almost detrimental to do an album because the amount of time and money it takes to do when you could have just done 5 singles and toured each single, even internationally. Doing an album can be risky unless there’s a lot of credibility behind it.
Would you ever consider the possibility of a What So Not album? Possibly, but I think for us personally singles are the better option because we’ve found our sound now and we’re confident with each production and how we feel about things and how we want to present ourselves. We don’t have to put forward a huge palette of concepts and ideas and tracks, for people to get the whole picture, and we can tour off that. The problem with our EP’s we’ve made in recent times is that we’ve got to the end of it and management and the label have been like you’ve pretty much got four singles here and if you put it out as an EP you’re really only going to get one or two that’s focused on by radio and online and the others will get overshadowed. So at the moment it just makes more sense for us to do singles.
Do you think things will come full circle again and the album will come back? I think so very much, I even think because of the oversaturation of dance music things are going to move back into a live concept and there’s going to be a lot of appreciation for live acts as opposed to….I don’t know how to put this politely. There’s so much more to an act than what they physically do on stage, that’s like 5-10 per cent of what is actually involved in being an artist in today’s world, I’d actually even say actually writing music is only 10-20 per cent of it then you’ve got agents, marketing strategy and everything along those lines, I think there will be a shift soon to an appreciation of live acts but I’m not holding anything against the people at the top now who aren’t necessarily doing that.
Tell us about the process of you and Harley working together. Its constantly changed over the course of the last three years, mainly through me developing my production skills. And it’s quite heavily shifted to remixing each other’s content and then coming together when we’re both sort of stuck and just hammering it out. Typically, Harley will contribute some great melodies and hooks, he’s quite good with his chords, they’re very emotive and engaging and can hold the base of the track together and I usually bring the strange ideas to the table. I bring a lot of the percussion, I was a drummer for ten years that’s been my forte throughout the piece, as well as trying to find new ideas and concepts and bringing them to Harley for a lot of inspiration and for a direction we can start taking our music. We’ve spoken about this in past interviews, but we’re kind of ying and yang and fill the gaps of each other’s weaknesses as opposed to strengths.
Coming back to Skrillex again, you were picked by him to appear at Shore Thing for NYE. Tell us what can we expect. I haven’t thought about it, we have so many big events coming up. I mean Shore Thing is one of the pinnacles to perform at for NYE so I’m quite excited to do it. We’re doing three different festivals with Sonny over the next couple of months. One of the most exciting times we’ve had was the headline Sunday DJ slot at Splendour this year – I think that was the biggest thing we’ve done.
Describe a typical What So Not set. Well there’s a breakdown of how we play. I have a USB of between 1500 to 2000 songs and probably half of those are unique edits that I’ve done, so either taking a hook from one track, putting it on a really good beat from another track and then a vocal from another track – so it’s blending combinations that people are familiar with but have never heard in that way. Musically I think that’s quite different to what a lot of different people are doing – not to say that people aren’t doing those kinds of tracks, they don’t have the ones we have necessarily (laughs). And as well as that, it’s quite lively, me and Harley when we do play together have a good stage presence. On my own, I’ve worked out how to have good stage presence and still be quite technical without losing sight of either one. We’ve had in the past stage props like inflatable ducks and things that we throw out when we play ‘The Quack’, or for no apparent reason.
Can we expect another EP on the horizon or any new tunes? Yes, we’ve just put out ‘Touch’ that was a free download we did as a lead up to our next single, we were blown away by the response we got for that. We’ve not traditionally had that much hype and heat on our tracks, it was just an original, not even a remix or anything like that, and it got to number one on Hype Machine and that was really astonishing for us. We’re about to put out our new singles, which are even stronger than ‘Touch’. The first one is coming out within the next month called ‘Jaguar’ [Editors note – this is now available - listen above] and another single earlier next year.
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