Tricky has always seemed like an artist whose bad side you don’t want to end up on. And he’s really cut loose in an interview with Exberliner magazine, in which he calls out Domino Records head Lawrence Bell and his former Massive Attack colleague 3D, whom Tricky calls “pretentious” and a “corny guy” who “always needs someone who’s a tall black guy.” OUCH! …MORE
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
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:
In his two decades-long career, Photek has shaken every branch of the bass-heavy tree, from his early jungle tunes and classic minimalist drum & bass to dalliances with acid house and more recent experimentations with Burning Man-flavored “bass music,” he always seems to hit right at the heart of whatever is happening in contemporary subwoofers.
Photek has been selected to mix the latest in the long-running DJ Kicks series, and like the 39 previous kickers, who range from Carl Craig and Thievery Corporation to Kode9 and Hot Chip, he offers up an original track to go with his selections. “Fountainhead” is a collaboration with dubsteppers Kuru, and while it’s hardly surprising to see Photek move in this direction, it’s equally impressive to hear how much the style-du-jour sounds like his most prolific ’90s d&b work.