“That’ll be 28 dollars,” said the bartender at The Wiltern, as I cautiously slid my debit card to him thinking he might have made a mistake. “Wait, 28 dollars for two beers. Are you sure?” He nods, annoyed. Enter the heavy bass and vocal sirens of Röyksopp to refresh a beer and make it taste like, well, a 14 dollar beer. Norwegian duo and electronic music veterans Röyksopp prove once again that they’re still relevant and should be excused for their uncharacteristic work with pop artist (and fellow Scandinavian) Robyn. The duo, composed of the unassuming yet brilliant Svein Berge and Torbjørn Brundtland, performed in front of the appreciative crowd at the historic Wiltern in Los Angeles last Tuesday March 29th. Admittedly, not very well versed in the vast catalog of music Röyksopp has produced since their inception …
Ultra Music Festival has announced the initial batch of performers for their annual dance music bachannal in Miami, including easily the three biggest names in dance music—Deadmau5, David Guetta, Tiësto—to headline the event’s first three-day party. Also on the bill are global dance faves The Chemical Brothers, Benny Benassi and Sander Kleinenberg (performing an unusual live set). But beyond these mainstream mainstays, the bill is packed with popular American electro icons (MSTRKRFT, Steve Aoki, Wolfgang Gartner), crossover indie dance stars (Chromeo, !!!, Empire of the Sun, Cut Copy, Klaxons, CSS, Crystal Castles), European techno legends (Laurent Garnier, Carl Cox, Gui Boratto) and dozens of other top acts from Afrojack to, er, Afrobeta. …MORE
There’s nothing particularly chill about UK downtempo duo Royksopp’s new video—shot on location in Detroit. The clip depicts three “mall rat” style girls roaming the discarded spaces of Motown’s once great industrial landscape. The really scary part is that Detroit ravers (myself included) used to party in The Packard Plant seen in this video just 15-20 years ago. It’s was in slightly better shape then.
This was the kick-off performance of Robyn and Kelis’s North American co-headlining road show. After a few weeks of exchanging tweets about the outing, they decided to name it the “All Hearts” tour. With both of them having new albums out, it was exciting to hear a mix of old bangers and new anthems.
First one out was R&B vamp Kelis, and she was surrounded by 2 dj’s and one drummer. It was all about glitz and glam; she was wearing a purple sequined jumpsuit and a silver sparkly wig, looking like Patrice Rushen on disco overload, and she looked stunning. She opened up with “22nd Century,” a filtered house gem from her new album Flesh Tone, and then continued with old songs like “Young, Fresh N’ New”, …