If you’ve had your ear to the underground in the past few months, you’d be hearing FunkinEven roaring like a badman lion. With recent releases courtesy of collabs from songstress Fatima (“Phoneline”), or his EP with Kyle Hall under the “Funkinevil” moniker, the man’s been busy pumping out strong vibes. Last night, he crushed Mister Sunday to a packed-to-the-gills Gowanus Grove with a set that stretched close to three decades of indelible dance music; shifting between classic electro, techno, house and of course, stamping it on his own terms with some boogie. If you missed all of that, however, you’re in luck. Brooklyn-based house of wax Halcyon is throwing an in-store tonight with the URB favorite that will have taking the decks from 7PM-9PM. It’s of course free and conveniently, BYOB. Check out the FB event page for more info and a taste of his “Funkinevil” release after the jump.
Our friends over at Resident Advisor recently spent a week in Detroit to create this min-doc about the current state of the city’s techno scene. Included in the piece are interviews with Brendan Gillan (Ectomorph), Kyle Hall, Rick Wilhite, and URB’s own Joshua Glazer. Our favorite part is towards the end of the 20 minute clip, when the filmmakers visit Youthville to see Mike Huckaby teaching two kids, age 11 and 14, the intricacies of electronic music production.
First rule of attending a festival is that there will be afterparties. Since the first DEMF found Derrick May DJing to 200 friends in a late-night art gallery space, the Movement party scene has grown to seveal dozen events, ranging from amped-up clubnights to secret venue all-nighters. Since Detroit is a 2am town, and many of these venues are not typically used for DJ music, there’s always the chance for a bum party. But that’s part of the adventure once you leave Hart Plaza and start exploring the city’s darker corners. Here’s a list of events where you’ll find URB—bloodshot eyes and all. …MORE
Here at URB HQ, if there’s one thing we know about, it’s Coachella. Having the ultimate music festival in our own backyard means we’ve had a front row seat to watch it grow from an ambitious gathering in the desert to a record-breaking sellout destination for music fans worldwide. People even still ask who’s playing the “URB Tent” this year, which is funny since there hasn’t been one of those since the early ’00s. But if there was an URB stage at Coachella 2011, here’s some of the acts we’d want to claim as our own. …MORE
If you’re wondering why we’re jocking this whole Dirtbombs-do-techno thing, it’s simple—I’m from Detroit and this shit is dope. Following the Ectomorph remix of The DBs cover of the Underground Resistance classic “Jaguar,” we now have the full remix EP for streaming or download from Scion. Omar S hands over a marching version of A Number of Names’ “Sharevari,” arguably the first techno record, while Kyle Hall turns Carl Craig‘s breakbeat classic “Bugs In The Bassbin” into a mutant shuffle that you’d have to be seriously corrupted to dance to.