Every year URB goes to the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival, we end up short of breath. It’s not because it’s a trek to get to and fro around the area (if anything it’s super-convenient), but because there’s so much to take in sonically, that you might not have any room to breathe while exuding all the joy in the world on the dancefloor. This year’s BEMF lineup is no exception, not only spreading its reach towards a wider spectrum of electronic music (Pete Tong and John Digweed are both playing, damn), but also appealing to the most unique bits of the underground while maintaining a sense of keeping up with every micro-scene blowing up from the Twitterverse. All in all, BEMF makes us proud to be partying in New York City; and in order to encourage your vibes to be maintained at their peak, here’s five acts you need to see at the festival this weekend.
Yesterday was the premiere of NY-based artist/filmmaker Aerosyn-Lex Mestrovic’s directorial debut film, the powerful, poetic and beautifully haunting “Scriptura Vitae,” commissioned by Protein for The UK’s Channel 4 Random Acts.
The film is a hypnotic and evocative visual story exploring the dualities of life and death, art and artist featuring famed Japanese actress Miho Nikaido, known for her role in the cult-classic film Tokyo Decadence (written and directed by lauded author Ryu Murakami).
The film score features original music by Diplo, with tracks by Actress and Plaitum. You can see images from the film and the trailer after the jump.
Movement 2012 has come to a close, and for the astonishing 13th year in a row, Detroit’s Hart Plaza was packed with dance music fans from across the globe. Some came on a pilgrimage to honor and experience the original Detroit techno sound in the place of its birth, while many others simply descended from the suburbs to have a good time. The festival did its best to buck the trends, declining bookings from EDM superstars like Skrillex, David Guetta, Swedish House Mafia and Tiësto (who dominate every other major festival line-up) in favor of a carefully curated balance of dance music history and the next wave of innovators. And like we have been every year since the beginning, URB was there to sweat it out with the Midwest faithful. Who was fantastic and what missed the mark? Read on after the jump to find out.
Seattle’s sonic journey returns once again this coming September; as the first 60 acts of Decibel Festival 2012 are officially announced. This year’s focus is not just on the underground producers of today’s electronic world, but a slight focus bestowed upon pop and alternative acts, such as Canadian pop sensation Dragonette, the hauntingly epic Ariel Pink, or Kimbra, whose feature on a certain #1 tune has been rotating radio, YouTube and every coffee shop around the States. Along with that are notable acts such as: Actress (Honest Jon’s), Andy Stott (Modern Love), Carl Craig (Planet E), Kuedo (Planet Mu), Nina Kraviz (Rekids), Terrence Parker and many more. Check out the rest of the sixty acts lined up for Decibel as well as where the festival will take place after the jump.
At last, UK label Numbers has announced a release for the track Spreo Superbus by London duo Kodiak. It’s been a frequent pick at Boiler Room and Rinse.FM for ages, even since the artists went by their old name Raw Milk. At this point it sounds fresh as ever, and you can grab the official 12” as a single on March 5th. Numbers teamed up with Remote Location and Mike Tucker to create videos re-imagining each track as a “kaleidoscopic responsive landscape, constantly shifting and changing with the music.” Accompanying Spreo Superbus will be remixes from Actress and Girl Unit, the former which you can …