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
When people think of Drums Of Death, they think of his amazing live shows and his work with artists like Peaches and Mumdance. They are at times keen to forget this is a guy who grew up around some of the best electronic music of all-time. Returning to the roots that shaped him, Drums Of Death is keen on bringing the focus back to house and techno-minded rhythms, as evident by the exclusive track URB premiered a while back. He continues to do so by giving us this week’s URB podcast, which includes current and classic. With tunes from Cosmin TRG, Skudge, Plastikman and Underground Resistance on this mix, you owe it to yourself to check it out. Tracklist and download after the jump.
From her earliest years DJing around the Detroit rave scene, to a decade spent rising to the top of the international DJ circuit with Richie Hawtin‘s Minus label and her new label Items & Things with long-time collaborators Marc Houle and Troy Pierce, Poland-born, Detroit-bred and Bertlin-based DJ Magdahas always had a special ear for new sounds to move the dance floor. URB caught up with Magda before her gig opening up for Hawtin’s Plastikman Live 1.5 performance at ADE. …MORE
Made Event’s seminal Randall’s Island event Electric Zoo 2011, sure had lofty expectations; not only did they add an extra day to their festivities, but the lineup, the stages and all things on-site were on a grander scale. Everything from stage design, booth coordination, food trucks and even security was maintained on a next-level tip. But was the lineup up to par with its surroundings for all three days? Also, how would the organizers respond to the vast dust problem of last year? Would there be surprises, duds and everything in between? Check out the hits and misses of Electric Zoo 2011 after the jump.
Made Event’s monster festival on roids, Electric Zoo is back with an extra day and a massive lineup. While last year’s event was fantastic, this year’s lineup looks to overtake the previous incarnation by pouring out a ton of proper acts; sure there will be “stars” like Tiësto, David Guetta and Armin van Buuren, but there will also be our favorites on other, smaller stages. No, they’re not on the Billboard charts or playing stadium tours, but we love them and think they’re DAMN GOOD. With that said, here’s our recommendations on who to check out at the festival.