Every year URB goes to the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival, we end up short of breath. It’s not because it’s a trek to get to and fro around the area (if anything it’s super-convenient), but because there’s so much to take in sonically, that you might not have any room to breathe while exuding all the joy in the world on the dancefloor. This year’s BEMF lineup is no exception, not only spreading its reach towards a wider spectrum of electronic music (Pete Tong and John Digweed are both playing, damn), but also appealing to the most unique bits of the underground while maintaining a sense of keeping up with every micro-scene blowing up from the Twitterverse. All in all, BEMF makes us proud to be partying in New York City; and in order to encourage your vibes to be maintained at their peak, here’s five acts you need to see at the festival this weekend.
The world is awash with sequels these days — from the 007 franchise to another 9+ hours of Peter Jackson’s vision of Middle Earth in The Hobbit. And it’s not just Hollywood doubling (or tripling down). Los Angeles-based rapper Sum’s album, Dragon comes in two parts (Vol. 1 which is out November 27 and Vol. 2 which is coming around the bend), so who better to do a two-part interview with Ninja Tune artist Blockhead, who delivered some beats on Dragon. …MORE
Of the legions of turntablists who roamed the music landscape in the late-90s, few were as musical as Montreal’s Kid Koala, who always managed to strike the perfect balance between daredevil moves on the decks and creating you might want to actually listen to at home. His latest release, 12 bit Blues, is no exception. The album dropped yesterday on Ninja Tune, but you can stream the whole thing before purchasing it thanks to Exclaim!.
Santa Monica producers Daedelus and Sahy Uhns sit down to discuss the fine art of creating beautiful compositions and nerding out on custom gear. In 2011, Daedelus has toured his mind blowing new live show, ARCHIMEDES, in support of his release, Bespoke, on Ninja Tune this year. Sahy Uhns dropped a stunning new album on Proximal Records October 18th complete with a 5″x5″ hardcover photo book . …MORE
Among the hundreds of indie labels that lost tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of dollars in merchandice in the weekend’s SONY/PIAS warehouse fire in London, legendary imprint WARP Records is now reporting that most of their 21 year backstock was destroyed. In a statement issued on their website, the label explained the current status of upcoming releases by CANT, Plaid and Battles. More concerning was the reality that some old releases—classic electronic music from Aphex Twin, Autechre, Broadcast and hundreds of other—my never be available in physical form again.
You can read the full statement from WARP after the jump.