Dillon Francis has spent almost a decade emerging into one of the world’s most sought-after DJ/producer talents — a journey that has come with a fair share of accolades and milestones. But something about his back-to-back nominations for a Latin Grammy and a Latin American Music Award for “Sexo” feels extra special… or perhaps, validating. And not just because they are his first nominations for both awards. Francis has spent the better part of the last 18 months retooling his creative and strategic approaches, leaving Colombia Records, and rather, opting for an independent model without the distribution network of a major in his corner. The dice roll resulted in total creative control of his work, and with newfound freedom, he went back to the place he originally planted his roots, moombahton.
But instead of grabbing the low-hanging fruit and picking up where “Que Que” and “Masta Blasta” left off, Francis expanded on his promised return to moombahton and did the same thing for Latin trap and pop as he did for Latin-influenced house stylings back in 2010. Now, its paid off in two major award nominations. At this point, describing Francis’ success as a “return to one’s roots” feels underwhelming. He’s found his lane, and the passion poured into finding and exposing Spanish and Latin American artists the way he has has been profoundly enjoyable to watch unfold.
The music video for the Residente-assisted “Sexo” nabs both nominations before WUT WUT‘s official release on September 29. The Latin American Music Awards air October 25, followed by the Latin Grammys ceremony on November 15.
KAMI has been heating up Chicago’s hip-hop scene for a minute and with the release of the new Cole Bennett-directed, Chance The Rapper and Joey Purp-assisted music video for “Reboot,” the Chicago Fire Department should be on their toes like it’s 1871.
“Reboot,” the lead single from KAMI’s second studio LP Very Slight, set to drop September 14, features a stacked cast of Windy City torch carriers that boast a must-listen just by gracing the same track together. Now their collaboration comes with some well-deserved visuals. Cole Bennett’s fast-paced and fluid directing captures the energy of “Reboot,” an energy that demands attention with its resolute and unbridled style. The off-beat rhythm keeps the listener’s ear keen for what the line up has to offer. “Reboot” is flush with one-liners, callbacks, and hooks. Like Joey Purp says they, “put it all on a pendant.”
What’s more — the “Reboot” video received support from the non-profit Refuge Foundation of the Arts, whose purpose is to create venues for artistic expression in places without the means. You can scope out the new video below.
Pendulum gave Reading Festival’s BBC Radio 1 stage a treat this weekend, with an hour straight of live favorites and deep cuts. For fans who couldn’t make it to the UK for their Pendulum fix, there’s good news — the band’s performance has appeared on YouTube in full. Their headlining performance tears through fan favorites from their 2010 LP Immersion like “Witchcraft” and “The Island Pt. 1,” alongside fan favorites like “Tarantula” and “Blood Sugar.” The crowd’s elated singalong with the vocal breakdown in “Watercolour” is a must see.
Rob Swire announced in 2017 that the live electronic pioneers were back, returning from a six year hiatus. The band announced tour and festival dates, with the promise that new music was in the works. So far, they’ve held fans’ appetites at bay with the release of an album’s worth of remixes in June of 2018 called The Reworks, with help from names like Noisia, Skrillex, ATTLAS and more.
Note – the first three minutes of the recording are audio only, before video kicks in.
Ten years in dance music might as well be an eternity. Celebrating a decade in the business is no small feat. Though, on the heels of Justice‘s third live album, (technically their fourth studio album), Woman Worldwide, there’s no denying the duo’s already-secured spot in the highest echelons of dance music ubiquity. Now, to celebrate their tenth anniversary, before moving to deliver another masterful imagining of their live show, the “Safe and Sound” producers have launched a new website — Justice TV — stocked with a trove of highlights from the French electro dons.
Tour through mesmerizing video content and nostalgic look backs at some of Justice’s brightest moments, navigating through fan-generated video clips, music videos, photos, and more. Fans can also discover “hidden” exclusive content, scoring Justice merchandise and tickets while perusing through the band’s storied career. There’s even a streaming link to watch A Cross The Universe in full buried somewhere in the sprawl of material found on the new site. Justice fans just hit the jackpot.
Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo, the masked mastermind behind The Bloody Beetroots, has built a storied career on his brand of in-your-face electro punk-rock mayhem. Now he’s back and “in-your-face” might be the best way to describe the new video for “Saint Bass City Rockers,” which lands almost exactly one year after the track’s original debut on Dancing Astronaut. To accompany the twisting, cinematic electro piece, SBCR has put together a provocative new patchwork of visuals that hopscotches between some of today’s most concerning threats. Rifo admits,
“I tried to portray the climate of our times, however I couldn’t cover it all as every day there’s news to be ashamed of. Is this the world we want to live in? Closing your eyes is not an option, we must take action to make change. Until now, our best has not been enough.”
From Trump’s troublesome occupation of the Oval Office to political strife with Russia and North Korea, The Bloody Beetroots runs through it all on the standout track from last year’s The Great Electronic Swindle. Terror, technology, narcotics and more flash across the visual feature, underscored by Rifo’s wailing electro chords. Watch the unsettling new video below.
Though Justice‘s three studio albums are impressive on their own, the groundbreaking French duo have always thrived in the live environment, crafting meticulously calculated, legendary audio-visual performances. In preparation for their upcoming third live LP, Woman Worldwide, Justice have shared a stunning video of their performance of “Randy” at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris from last year.
Clocking in at a ample seven minutes, the video captures the true magnitude and intensity of the band’s live production. From the light-equipped pyramid of speakers stacked behind Gaspard and Xavier to the dazzling spotlights moving across the crowd, every visual aspect of the show accentuates the music it accompanies. The Frenchmen can be seen here performing the live version of “Randy,” cranking up the track’s hard-hitting industrial appeal that largely stays in the shadows of the original mix. Celebrating more than a decade of mind-bending live shows behind them and even more live edits underway, Justice drop off a tantalizing visual tease ahead of Woman Worldwide‘s August 24 release.
REZZ has a new album on the way via Mau5trap, and since early this summer, the Canadian beat maker’s sophomore effort has been one of the most hotly anticipated projects of the year. Following recent singles from the record, “Witching Hour” and the 1788-L-assisted “H E X,” REZZ has come through with another new piece from her upcoming Certain Kind of Magic LP, offering “Flying Octopus,” and the track’s accompanying music video as her latest delivery.
“Flying Octopus” tells the story of a little animated octo-boi and a group of underwater pals plotting their ambitious escape from the depths. The cartoon critters find themselves jerry-rigging a submarine to fly them out of dodge, set to the score of REZZ’ tingling, syrupy techno cut. While the video is a step away from characteristically trippy REZZ visuals, the new feature heavily leans on a message of lighthearted camaraderie, which ultimately aligns perfectly with the Mass Manipulationproducer’s cult fan base. See the video for “Flying Octopus” here ahead of Certain Kind of Magic’s August 3 release.
In a new video posted online, Richie Hawtin walks through the setup to his lauded audiovisual performance, known as CLOSE. The veteran Canadian electronic figurehead first debuted his technological masterpiece at Coachella in 2017. His unique stage rig, accompanied by hypnotizing visuals, and and on-the-fly sound design and improvised arrangements has been a catalyst for some of his most memorable outings to date.
Each of his improvised performance carries the objective of exploring the relationship between human creativity and the technologies that foster creative expression. CLOSE is about experimenting, allowing Hawtin to go with the flow, and direct the show according to how he feels — a true improvisational act in the electronic space from one of the greats. Hawtin is bringing his explorative CLOSE show to Glasgow’s O2 Academy on October 11 and The Roundhouse in London on October 12.
Considering the careers of the two were largely birthed on the dance floor and in dapper dance clubs, “Only Can Get Better” was a logical homage to kick off the new disco-driven project, and its new video installment is a dazzling celebration of the nitty gritty energies of the indelible Big Apple.
Recently, Diplo spoke on Instagram about the future of Silk City, stating, “We will start moving lots of music forward this summer.”