Recovering from the flu last week, this column got pushed to this week, and then finally today. Scheduling aside, this (last) weeks edition is a double drop courtesy of our folks behind HardFest, Hard Summer, Holy Ship, and the rest of that good stuff.
Our main feature mixtape for this post is currently available as a streaming link on the HARDFEST page. Short some tunes to get your night started, fire up the link and be treated to the following 20 track selection:
EDM might have exploded across the U.S., covering kids from New York and Miami to Las Vegas and Hollywood, but 2012 isn’t the first time dance music has hit critical mass. It’s been almost 15 years since Fatboy Slim (aka Norman Cook) hit the mainstream with his 1998 hit album, You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby, climbing to the top of the charts while hundreds of thousands of fans danced to “The Rockefeller Skank.”
Today, Cook is as active as ever, playing alongside next generation stars like Diplo and Skrillex at raves and festivals across the globe. And he’s even bringing back his legendary Big Beat Bootique event in his hometown of Brighton—a party that at it’s peak drew 250,000 fans. That’s TWO Electric Daisy Carnivals worth of attendees to hear one DJ. URB spoke with Cook about his upcoming headliner set at EDC New York, and realize that the more things change, the more they rave the same. …MORE
It’s always scary when ship’s run aground, but despite the recent tragedy in Italy and a close call on our own Holy Ship! adventure, URB came back with nothing but blissful memories and a gallery full of the hottest sun-kissed dance music fans who took to the high seas to hear Skrillex, A-Trak, Diplo, Steve Aoki, Fatboy Slim and lots more.