A cornerstone ingredient in FORM’s annual success, the weekend’s jammed itinerary consists of talks, panels, workshops, immersive art, poetry, new technologies, and outdoor/wellness activities, each presented by renowned experts in their respective fields. This year’s most anticipated topics include Between Two Books—a conversation between Florence Welch and authors Nadya Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot and Ysra Daley-Ward, art workshops with African-American artist and performer at the festival, Lonnie Holley, and a poetry series curated by spoken word artist George Watsky. Other programming high points include a rare public demo of Tónandi—Sigur Rós’s mixed-reality project with tech innovators Magic Leap, as well as a conversation with Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Mad Cool’s lineup arrives as an exemplification of its name. Madrid’s multifarious music festival, Mad Cool is genre amorphous from its headliners to its flanking acts. Lauryn Hill, Empire Of The Sun, The Gossip, and Prophets Of Rage appear as the newest headliners to top the bill, which already touts Bon Iver, The National, The Smashing Pumpkins, and The Cure. Festival organizers have added several more artists to the festival’s expansive collection of talent, including Marina–formerly of Marina & The Diamonds–Let’s Eat Grandma, SG Lewis, Black Honey, Haiku Hands, and more.
Shambhala Music Festival is recognized as the longest-running music festival in Canada. It is known for its eccentric art installations, educational workshops, and unique blissful experiences that soothe the soul. The wait for the 2019 lineup is over, and Shambhala has delivered a promising set of talent for their 22nd anniversary, returning to the Salmo River Ranch in British Columbia, Canada on Aug. 9-12.
FORM Arcosanti is back in 2019 for a sixth year in Arizona’s high desert, and this year’s music and cultural programming may result in the event’s strongest outing yet. Leading the lineup this year was Florence + The Machine, kicking off their North American summer tour from the experimental micro-city. The rest of the lineup, now delivered in full, includes intimate performances by Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals, Pussy Riot, Baltimore rapper JPEGMAFIA, Bonobo performing a DJ set, Snail Mail, DJ Koze, and TOKiMONSTA.
Skrillex will make his annual appearance at the three-day creative gathering—a favored testing ground for new material, where he live debuted tracks like his “Humble” remix and “Agen Wida” in years past. While Hundred Waters‘ Trayer will perform a solo set, the band is noticeably absent from this year’s lineup, as they’ve performed at each of FORM’s last five editions.
Beyond the music curated for this year’s event, FORM’s cultural programming has been announced. This year’s billing includes a variety of panels, poetry, workshops and discussions covering topics like architecture, design, and social justice with Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, and much more. FORM 2019 will also feature Between Two Books—a conversation between Florence Welch and authors Nadya Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot, Ysra Daley-Ward and more, as well as demos of Tónandi, Sigur Rós’s mixed-reality collaboration with tech startup Magic Leap.
FORM is slated for May 10 – 12 in Meyer, Arizona. See the full lineup below.
Sunday Morning Medicine is a feature from Dancing Astronaut dedicated to the mellower side of electronic music. We bring you our favorite therapeutic selections—old and new—in attempts to alleviate the agonizing effects of a long weekend of partying.
If Disclosure can successfully introduce a house beat to the lyrics of “Fools Rush In,” you can thwart the end-of-weekend demons. “Where Angels Fear To Tread,” off the duo’s forthcoming project, offers a litany of lush strings, jazz acapella vocal samples, and a highly medicinal bass line.
Head to British songstress Litany’s ’80s-inspired “Bedroom” for a full-bodied breath of electronic-pop therapy. Her wistful vocals float over softly jubilant production infused with an island effect, complements of the track’s wavering marimba synth.
Lane 8‘s latest and first of 2019, “Visions” is just as it sounds. “Visions” is benevolently scheduled under DA’s “highly potent hallucinogens,” with its deliberate, rousing beat and a fluttering, euphoria-procuring synth line, like fractals dancing in the night.
Like so many of Bonobo‘s creations, “Second Sun” exudes a subtle, twinkling majesty. Its melancholy-hopeful instrumentals set the tone for the week ahead.
Louis Futon‘s most recent offering leading up to his new album, “Supposed To Be” caps this week’s Sunday Morning Medicine on a soothing note. DUCKWRTH and BAEGOD’s feel-good rhymes remind listeners of better weather and easy living.
In January it’s typically easy to tag an artist’s new release as their “first track of the year.” But for UK electronic consummate Bonobo, “Ibrik” is his first original release in nearly two years. It’s not just the release of new material, though, as the single’s release through fabric Worldwide is the just the start of Bonobo’s endeavors in 2019. As London’s leading nightclub, fabric will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a slew of fabric XX events and an extensive revival of its Fabric Presents mix series. Fabric Presents is the next generation of its infamous FabricLiveseries, in which artists contribute both new music for individual single release, as well as releasing a mix in full.
Bonobo will both perform at such events and be apart of the mix series, kicking things off with “Ibrik.” It’s beautiful, melodic downtempo in true Bonobo form, ready to leave fans to impatiently wait for the impending full project.
2019 marks the 20th anniversary for Fabric, one of London’s premiere nightclubs. In the English capital, Fabric acts as a central hub for dance music, bringing in locals and international fans alike. Those who are following the club’s endeavors may have noticed a recent but brief blackout, as they boarded up the space, repainted, and went dark on social media. In light of the anniversary, Fabric posted the new announcement on their website:
“In 2019 we celebrate our 20th anniversary, and while to many this would present an opportunity to reflect on the past, we see it as an important opportunity to look to the future.”
Looking toward the future includes a loaded schedule for their fabric XX event series, with “20 special parties” to look forward to. Phase one of the series includes techno favorites Lee Burridge, John Digweed, Martinez Brothers, and more, all slated to play extended sets “for up to 10 hours.” Tickets for all fabric XX dates are available on Resident Advisor.
In addition to some new London residents, they’re also launching a quarterly mix series “fabric presents,” with the first edition featuring English DJ Bonobo (also featured on their fabric XX lineup).
Lastly, their brand will hit two of the cities major festivals (not yet named) and will return to Barcelona’s OFF Week. More announcements will be coming via their website.
“We want to say thank you to everyone that’s been part of this journey over the past two decades. So much of the world surrounding us has changed in this timespan, but your love for us has always been unparalleled. From the celebratory times to our most challenging moments, it’s your support that’s built our legacy.”
Sunday Morning Medicine is a feature from Dancing Astronaut dedicated to the mellower side of electronic music. We bring you our favorite therapeutic selections — old and new — in attempts to alleviate the agonizing effects of a long weekend of partying.
For nearly two decades, Bonobo has been cultivating an easygoing sound, one that’s lush with balmy beats and calming instrumentals. This sonic stunner, “Kiara,” makes an appearance on the UK musician’s 2010 album, Black Sands.
Tchami‘s “Zeal” instantly captured the hearts of fans with its merry melody and grooving beat upon its release in 2017. The song’s infectious ambiance made it a clear standout on the French producer’s Revelations EP.
As the bonus track on Big Gigantic‘s 2010 LP of the same name, “A Place Behind the Moon” saw Big Gigantic in their finest form. The Colorado group brought along members of STS9 for this alluring collaboration that perfectly summed up the 12-track album.
In August 2017, Moon Boots revealed his debut album, First Landing. Its title track is deeply rooted house in rhythm and undertones of bass, maintaining a mellow and almost sultry sonic atmosphere throughout.
In Nora En Pure‘s “Tears In Your Eyes,” gorgeous strings and a delicate piano melody usher in an otherworldly beat and memorable vocal hook. This catchy Spinnin’ release was met with praise from the South African producer’s fan base — and rightly so.
2018 has seen Los Angeles’ electronic music scene receive a lot of close attention. Most recently, the Gary Richards-backed All My Friends Festival brought a tailored music experience downtown LA, and now Secret Project has announced its impending arrival this fall.
Courtesy of local party promoter A Club Called Rhonda and Factory 93, Secret Project will bring some of the electronic underworld’s most venerated artists to a block party taking place in the area surrounding Chinatown’s Naud Street, including DJ sets from veterans Carl Cox,Tale of Us, Bonobo, unique b2bs from artists like Dixon and Âme, and live performances from Bicep and Stephan Bodzin.
The event will not only be led by music, but local businesses and culture to bring the experiential two-day event together. Attendees will be able to experience unique food and drink experiences thanks to curating from David Chang’s high end restaurant Majordōmo and famed mixology bar Apotheke. All of this over October 13 and 14 will be a celebration of a neighborhood — like many on Los Angeles’s east side — that has been invigorated in transformation in recent years.
2018 is checking out to be a year of surprises from Bonobo. In April, he was the final surprise DJ set at Coachella‘s Do LaB stage, closing out the festival with his notoriously eclectic and crowd-pleasing choices from house’s underground reaches.
This time, the treat comes courtesy of Melt! Festival, from its 2017 run in Germany’s Ferropolis open-air museum. Bonobo’s newly revealed set shows the British artist’s multi-faceted offering of talent as not only a DJ, but as a live electronic performer. The video of this live set from Melt! shows an extensive setup complete with live instruments and electronic elements that together bring an expansive soundscape to life.