Perhaps as a response to the current crush of the EDM wave, underground dance music has taken up a defensive posture by putting retro-looking house music on the front lines. And while it’s impossible not to enjoy the beloved sound, Maceo Plex is ready to change things up. “For the last three years at least, the big trend has been early ’90s house,” he says. “Everything’s a throwback. I think it’s the right time to put out something that’s a little more deep and futuristic again.”
That futurism manifest itself on the American-born, Spanish-based DJ/producer’s entry into the seminal DJ-Kicks mix series, which is out now on K7. URB asked Maceo Plex to elaborate. …MORE
After a well received tour and drop of her much anticipated album, Half Shadows, on Ultra Music, TOKiMONSTA has released some collaborative remix efforts of initial single The Force.
The original version of The Force had many take notice of how effortlessly her beat skills were able to match up with and contain the energy of featured artist Kool Keith. Continuing along that line, the remix package drops with remix efforts by legendary house producer Miguel Campbell, NY based producers, Nick Hook and Branchez, UK producer, Star Slinger, and LA based A.Chai. Each producer lends a different sound to the track, which makes for some interesting listening …
Earlier in the year, a small party consisting of three minds from different beats of the NYC underground was born; THREE-FOR-ALL is an amalgamation of the finest NYC scene-specific DJs coming together to bring the ruckus, usually for free and for FUN. Initially launched in January with a special Berlin-specific set from the legendary Machinedrum, the party took a hiatus…until now. It looks like THREE-FOR-ALL is back, with a massive lineup to boot. Filled with local talent from the likes of Hippos in Tanks producer maven Physical Therapy and TURRBOTAX’s DJ heroine Space Jam will open up the night for the likes of Houndstooth’s man-of-action, Throwing Snow, who is fresh off taking in the lessons learned during the first term of Red Bull Music Academy here in New York City. He’ll bring his signature stylings to the decks as the residents will appear with vibes surrounding him throughout the night. It’s also FREE (with RSVP)! Check out some preview vibes down below, along with the RSVP link.
The legend that is John Digweed is prepping yet another mix of his live legacy with the forthcoming release of his newest CD/4xLP; Live In Slovenia. Simply put, Digweed recorded a tantalizing set in the city of Izola and is sharing with fanatics and newcomers worldwide. What’s interesting about the mix isn’t the volume of if all, but the actual balance that Digweed displays; pairing a lot of the tunes and artists you’d think he’d play (Booka Shade, The Chemical Brothers, Josh Wink, etc.) with producers who have just made their mark or even more so, on the up-and up (Boys Noize, Deetron, George FitzGerald). Surely worth an in-depth listen, Live In Slovenia is a journey that takes you through the mind of a mixing veteran who’s dipping his toes into unforeseen territory and opening the ears of eager fanatics who are willing to listen. John Digweed will be coming to a tour near you for a very limited run of tour dates near the summer. Check out the tracklist for the mix, as well as the tour dates, post-jump.