Amsterdam Dance Event kicks off in less than 48 hours, which means attendees better get the last minutes of sleep possible before the world’s biggest dance music conference makes resting nearly impossible. Last week, we called your attention to 20 highly worthwhile daytime events happening around the conference—from panel discussions and pop-up stores to photo retrospectives and one-on-one interviews with dance music legends. But the real reason 300,000 clubbers descend on Amsterdam each year is for the parties. Here’s URB list of events that will keep you dancing until dawn. …MORE
This week’s URB podcast comes from the mind of Dutch beat impresario Coco Bryce; an artist who obviously has taken his time in searching within unknown parameters to find the soul within his own music. Enter his latest album, Club Tropicana (released last week on the Fremdtunes label), that seamlessly blends G-Funk, Skweee, jungle, and footwork palettes in a fashion that astonishes and delights to unequivocal appreciation. It’s that penchant for beat-driven mysticism that brought him to making us this mix for URB. Vibe along with us to this magnificent podcast, which features the likes of Machinedrum, Starkey and Squarepusher. Tracklist for this heat is down below.
The venerable New York institution Percussion Lab has grown significantly over the past seven years; from an eclectic radio show to a full-fledged web-streaming party bonanza; previous guests include the likes of Scuba, SBTRKT, Dorian Concept, Daedelus, Krystal Klear and way too much more to add to this list. Needless to say, the Percussion Lab family is a collection of past and present NYC locals, along with previous guests that residents Braille (Praveen Sharma of Sepalcure) and Nooka Jones have maintained close ties to throughout the years. Judging by the artists compilation, there are plenty of vibes to behold. Cambio is a compilation that features exclusive tracks from previous Percussion Lab favorites such as Machinedrum, Lando Kal, and XI as well as new cuts from bubbling acts like Archie Pelago, Contakt and Enoe. Here’s what the PLAB guys had to say about this compilation and their contributions on it.
“Over the years, the bedroom producers and shy novices we championed in years past have become some of the most influential names in the world of electronic music. We’re offering this compilation of exclusive tracks as a way of continuing our mission to provide a home for producers and DJs to host their original music and mixes free of charge, and to be able to continue supporting our local community by booking the most forward thinking artists possible for our events. We hope you can help us keep doing all of this, for free, by buying some this complication full of amazing music by some our closest, oldest, and most talented friends. “
They’ve been gracious enough to share the first cut of the compilation, “Friends and Lovers” from Ghostly staple Shigeto. Check out the link to the track as well as the compilation link, post-jump.
Another SXSW is behind us, and while the web has already been chocked full of big name rockers and rappers getting name-checked alongside emerging hipster bands you’ll see blogged about too much about this summer, there was plenty more to do in Austin this year—namely dance. Check out our picks of amazing DJ talent along with a few bands and MCs who kept the groove going and not just toes tapping. …MORE
Somehow, Machinedrum (real name Travis Stewart) has managed to release even more music – not that we’re complaining. After his 2011 release of a handful of EPs, his own fantastic Room(s) LP, followed by the debut Sepalcure LP with Praveen Sharma a few months later, you might think he’d want to take a break. Instead, he’s hit the ground running in 2012 with his house-leaning SXLND EP on LuckyMe, a collaborative EP with Om Unit as Dream Continuum, and his latest endeavor, Nastyfuckk.
The Nastyfuckk EP, released on The Index, has Stewart showing more of his juke/footwork inclination in a darker way than before. Title track Nastyfuckk is an aggressive, growling number that, similar to his banger Alarmaa, seems difficult to drop into …