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 …
Actress, alias of producer Darren Cunningham, will be releasing his third full-length this April the 20th through the Honest Jon’s imprint. The album, called R.I.P., is a follow-up to 2010’s outstanding Splazsh. He’s said to be taking a more ground-up approach to his production, and says “I can’t explain how I made those tracks, it’s just impossible. It’s like painting with button and sliders… Melting and dripping, seeping yourself liquid into the machinery.” For insight into Actress’s creative process, you can check out an interview that he did with Adult Swim, in which they fly out to London and film inside his personal studio. The album and song titles are supposedly inspired by Milton’s Paradise Lost and Jamie James’s Music of the Spheres which Cunningham read while he was working on the album. Follow the jump for a full tracklisting and album artwork:
When people think of Drums Of Death, they think of his amazing live shows and his work with artists like Peaches and Mumdance. They are at times keen to forget this is a guy who grew up around some of the best electronic music of all-time. Returning to the roots that shaped him, Drums Of Death is keen on bringing the focus back to house and techno-minded rhythms, as evident by the exclusive track URB premiered a while back. He continues to do so by giving us this week’s URB podcast, which includes current and classic. With tunes from Cosmin TRG, Skudge, Plastikman and Underground Resistance on this mix, you owe it to yourself to check it out. Tracklist and download after the jump.