In case you’ve been living under a very very large and soundproof rock, odds are you know that Electronic Dance Music (EDM) has taken America by storm over the past year. Particularly in Los Angeles—the spiritual home of Electric Daisy Carnival—dance music events are drawing numbers like never before, which means a whole lot of new fans getting their rave on, most without a clear knowledge of where the heck this music came from before God put Skrillex on this earth.
To help, LA Weekly has put together a list of seminal EDM albums (from before the term EDM existed) to help folks learn what this music is really all about. The list covers everything from the ’90s Detroit sound concocted by Plastikman (aka Richie Hawtin) and the Chemical Brothers crossover smashto Deep Dish‘s superstar DJ peak on Global Underground and the unexpected inclusion of German house maestro Ian Pooley‘s understated and overlooked Since Then.
Check the full list here, and tell us in the comments section what album you think the noobs MUST hear to really understand this whole dance music thang. …MORE
The second edition to Brownswood’s Worldwide Family compilation showcases tracks compiled by Kutmah, featuring music from Flying Lotus, Hudson Mohawke, Samiyam, fLako, Gaby Hernandez, Mono/Poly, Dibia$e, and many others. Kutmah was an integral part of the Los Angeles music community, but was deported back to the UK by Homeland Security. Jeff Weiss for the LA Weekly recently spoke to Kutmah about life after the US which you can check out here:
Today, enjoy a video interview with Kutmah, talking about life in Los Angeles and the process of compiling this compilation for Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings. The video was directed and edited by Mario Epsley & Tom Morgan and shot at Eldica Records in …
Tyler the Creator has been accused of being homophobic, but that didn’t keep the most notorious member of Odd Future from dressing up in women’s tennis clothing to portray one of the Williams sisters for an upcoming episode of Loiter Squad, the new live action show coming to Adult Swim next year. The show stars the various characters in Odd Future’s ever expanding orbit, and is being produced by master mischiefs Spike Jonez and Johnny Knoxville. …MORE
Has-Lo’s In Case I Don’t Make It album is in stores now via Mello Music Group!! The Philly MC/producer has showcased his ability to create an album that can be enjoyed from beginning to end, garnering the support from critical tastemakers such as Chairman Mao at XXL, LA Weekly, eMusic, RCRDLBL, DJ Booth, Okayplayer and many others.
Today, enjoy another free mp3 download for the song Forgotten Styles from In Case I Don’t Make It. A point often overlooked is Has-Lo’s strength as a producer and his ability to create musical landscapes that fit his own particular vocal style and patterns. Forgotten Styles showcases this point as the beat allows Has-Lo to flow effortlessly over, dropping verbal gems while noting his production half proclaiming “I can pioneer your hit like I’m …
went down this time around at Self Help Graphics in East Los Angeles. MC skills challenge, turn based lyrical combat over instrumentals, and acapella battling were the judging guidelines. Rolling Rockers, Everyready Records, L.Scatterbrain, Intuition and Verbs, Sahtyre and Swim Team, Lyraflip, AlphaMC came with cds and news shows, magazine release parties, battles, block parties and tour plans.