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
Hailing from one of Europe’s great dance music capitals, Germany, Digitalism are no strangers to the types of dance music formerly known as House and Techno (now, EDM to the kids). In two weeks, the duo will release the latest installment of the storied DJ-Kicks series with a 22 song set that features eight original tunes and remixes, as well as tracks from Alex Gopher, WhoMadeWho and Vitalic. URB spoke with the pair who are currently on a summer-long DJ tour to accompany the release. …MORE
Following mixes from Maya Jane Coles and Photek, next in the strong streak of this year’s DJ-Kicks mixes is Digitalism. The mix, coming July 10, strings together different aspects of Digitalism’s “sonic universe” that has shaped their journey as DJs so far. The mix spans a wide range, from Tomas Barfod to Vitalic. It also has no less than five new tracks from the duo as well as new edits and remixes, one of which you can download here today. It’s a hard-hitting electro-tinged banger called “A New Drug,” you can click here to download. Follow the jump to see the full tracklisting of what Digitalism has in store for their DJ-Kicks mix.
Sadly, this new tune by Digitalism isn’t a cover of Huey Lewis’ greatest hit—despite the matching lyric “I want a new drug.” The tune is an exclusive new cut taken from the duo’s upcoming DJ Kicks mix CD. The tune is one of six never before heard Digitalism originals and two brand new remixes on the compilation, which will also include tracks from Optimo, Alex Gopher, WhoMadeWho, Vitalic and The Rapture. Download “A New Drug” and get the full DJ Kicks tracklist after the jump. …MORE
As the beginning of SXSW’s music portion inches nearer and nearer, more stacked party lineups are being released by the day. The latest exciting announcement is a free party being held to help celebrate !K7’s twenty-seventh year as a label. Two of the recent stars of the prestigious DJ-Kicks series, Apparat and Photek, are set to headline the party, which will take place at Kingdom (103 E. St, Suite B, Austin) on March the 14th. Apparat’s DJ-Kicks mix is available now, and Photek’s is forthcoming on April 3rd, followed by Maya Jane Coles’ to be released on the 17th. For full party details, check the official Facebook event.
The party will also have sets performed by “several of the artists featured in the Photek mix.” To peep the tracklisting for clues, follow the jump: