Amsterdam Dance Event start Wednesday and the over 3500 delegates (and tens of thousands of additional party people) are already heading to the Netherlands for the annual event known best to American’s as the WMC of Europe. And while it might be too late to book your flight, if you happen to find yourself in the Central European Timezone, these are the 12 event see wouldn’t dare miss. …MORE
In the history of Detroit techno, few of it’s protagonist have ventured as far artistically as Jeff Mills. For over 20 years, the minimal techno icon has found a way to join his unwavering 909 drum machine fixation with a wide array of seemingly unrelated arts, including film scores, gallery shows and performances with European symphonies . His latest collaboration, this time with conductor Christophe Mangou and the l’Orchestre National d’Ile de France, was streamed live on Cite de la musique, bringing techno to a global audience of classical music lovers. The musicians covers a wide swath of Mill’s work, from the weightless pulse of “Flying Machine” to the pounding thump of “The Bells.” They even closed with a decidedly untechno cover of Ashford & Simpson’s “Bougie Bougie,” proving again just how far out the notoriously techno-fixated Mills will actually go.
We’re in the thick of festival season and starting tonight, Montrealers will be cutting through their brief moment of thick humidity to take full advantage of their beautiful music-friendly city during the 13th edition of the Mutek festival. Every year the festival boasts one of the most daring lineups in electronic music, making it one of the most respectable and dependable festivals of its kind. This year is no different, and the combination of pioneers with newcomers makes waiting for some of the evenings feel a little bit like Christmas. It honestly was a little difficult to whittle down our list of must-see’s to these five, so we strongly suggest you check out the full schedule for yourself – you can also buy tickets at the same site. Click …
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.
Before mega events like Ultra Fest, EDC and Electric Zoo turned EDM into big business (again), a little upstart festival called Detroit Electronic Music Festival (DEMF) denied all of the odds and brought the sounds of techno and house to the struggling metropolis for all to enjoy. Now in it’s 13th year, the gathering renamed Movement continues to buck the trends by offering a unique overview of global electronic music that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Our performer picks for 2012 aren’t all of the biggest names on the line-up, but give yourself a chance to catch something you won’t find on every other event listing in the world.
Perennial favorite Mark Farina has rocked many a dance floor, but for a generation of party kids, his contributions to the after party are just as significant. The DJs Mushroom Jazz series was the soundtrack to many the “morning after,” and virtually became it’s own genre of downtempo, acid jazz, trip-hop and other slow and soulful beats. Don’t miss this rare public performance of tunes the SF legend usually reserves for private playing. (Saturday, Main Stage, 3-5) …MORE