Hot Since 82 redefined what it might mean to ‘swab the deck’ during his live streamed set aboard a pirate ship in Ibiza.
The near two-hour effort transported the house music heavyweight from the Balearic clubs that so commonly provide the platforms for DJs’ live performances on the White Island, and onto the sea, where the waters plunged as deep as the beats that Hot Since 82 doled out. With the producer’s family and friends aboard the intimate vessel, it’s safe to say that no mutinies transpired.
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.
Live in London, via radio airwaves through BBC Radio 1 and in the virtual world on Grand Theft AutoAfter Hours expansion; The Black Madonna has been crushing sets. Various live GTA sets have been streamed through ResidentAdvisor, and they finally released one that house heads have been holding out for: Chicago’s own The Black Madonna.
When the preliminary trailer dropped, it was made aware the popular video game was bringing in resident house DJs to its infamous Los Santos city capital. The DJs included were Solomun, Dixon, Black Madonna, and Tale of Us. ResidentAdvisor released live sets from Dixon and Tale of Us. Solomun released a music video for his single, “Customer is King,” and it was shot entirely within the game of Grand Theft Auto V. Now, The Black Madonna is put on center stage with her immaculate track selection and radiant presence. Even she thought Rockstar Games did a stellar job in capturing her unique motions behind the decks.
Unbelievable how well @RockstarGames nailed the motion capture of me djing. Watching the set from the game now live with everyone else and it’s uncanny as hell.
DJ Snake continues his world music video tour with the official music video release for “Maradona Riddim.” His last music video was shot in India, and the exotic locations seemingly continue with each new video release. “Maradona Riddim” itself happier tune, with bouncy chords and summer vibes. Its video matches this light tone with shots of friends on the beach in Africa, who are dancing amongst themselves and having a good time.
At the height of this visually-appealing venture, a lone man swims out into the ocean and begins to dance on top of the water. This character happens to be Kidathegreat in real life, who won So You Think You Can Dance? in 2016. The fun ends with this spectacle, which ultimately is an ideal complement to such a summery piece of music — in fact, DJ Snake’s lack of a cameo role in the affair is hardly missed.
The versatile producers hyped Odyssey for weeks leading up to its Aug. 13 release, going so far as to literally release all the songs at once in a 35-second clip that layered all of the album’s 10 tracks over top of each other. The glorious mess luckily wasn’t a indicative of what was to come: an expansive, exceptional collection of tracks that span from drum & bass to their beloved dubstep wobbles.
They’ve tapped a ridiculous range of talent for the LP, including Great Good Fine Ok for the unexpectedly groovy “Deeper In Love” to Mad Hed City for the fast-paced fury of “Warrior.” Other collaborators include the rap talents of Splitbreed and Iamsu!, the bouncy rhythms of Nah Mean, and the smooth vocals of Yves Paquet.
Odyssey is all over the place in the best possible way. From ’80s influences to slick R&B stylings to filthy bass, this album delivers something for fans of all areas of the electronic music sphere — polished off with top-notch production and a cheeky attitude.
Learn how this dexterous duo came to be in a new video from Disciple, below.
Venezuelan singer, Danny Ocean, releases a new music video for his single “Epa Wei.” The viewer is immediately introduced to three-screens and warm synths; Ocean’s vocals and a sharp Purpose-reminiscent production effort from Skrillex do the rest. With a variety of characters and scenes the video creates an expressive narrative that accents the new tune perfectly. Ocean’s catchy vocal melody is guided by Skrillex’s poppy soca rhythms, capped with a singalong-ready slang hook.
The song came together when Ocean received a surprise call Skrillex, and in a snap the pair found themselves in the studio tampering with fresh latin pop sounds, eventually merging styles on “Epa Wei’s” fluid, hip-swinging vibe. Combatting the bleak political and economic landscape of Venezuela, the positivity in this music video shows a bright side to a vibrant culture that has undeniable international appeal.
Low End Theory unplugged its sound system for the final time with a packed house on Wednesday, August 8. The bittersweet event brought droves of avid supporters for the send off, and even featured an Odd Future reunion. The closing of LA’s beloved club night went out with a bang, with Tyler, the Creator set to headline. In a twist of sorts, a mini-reunion ensued with Earl Sweatshirt, Syd, Hodgy Beats, and more. The group’s former factotum went on to mention The Airliner, where the beloved experimental hip-hop and electronic club night took place every Wednesday for over a decade, was in fact where Odd Future had their first show.
Oh, and A$AP Rocky showed up too. Low End’s send off was quite the affair. Tyler and Rocky’s club appearance was closely followed by a new drop from the two rappers in the new clip for “See You Again” from 2017’s Flower Boy. Stirring anticipation for a collaborative project between the A$AP Mob and Odd Future frontmen is starting to build, and hopefully it materializes soon.
After a 16-month hiatus, Sajeeb Saha, better known as Jai Wolf, returns with an original track “Lost” featuring Chelsea Jade. In 2017, the Bangladesh-born producer headlined his “Kindred Spirits” US tour, which included stellar performances at Coachella, Lollapalooza, and more. Fans have been hotly anticipating new content, and “Lost” proves well worth the wait.
The track rides a smooth beat and catchy vocals from Jade, fusing indie-electronic vibes with a new wave pop sound and impactful percussion arrangements. Saha shared a few words on the new original work,
“Chelsea and I wrote this song as sort of an anthem for a generation of kids who feel disillusioned by the world around them. Feeling lost is something that never necessarily goes away. Even when you might think you’ve found your way, your perspective might shift and you may feel lost again. This song is about that cycle and our desire to escape it. This song is also special to me because it is the perfect bridge between my old music and where I want to go next.”
Jai Wolf will support ODESZA on their headline tour this fall and with his return on “Lost,” it looks like more new material from Jai Wolf may be on the horizon.
It’s not a breakup song, but it’s not a love song, either.
Mura Masa‘s latest single, “Complicated” emerged as a hybrid that lyrically bemoaned the difficulties of love, but when it came to sonic arrangement, Mura Masa took the road less traveled, opting not for a slow paced, piano driven tear jerker, but a spunky, tropical tinged summer staple that sounds less like a complaint concerning romantic woes, and more like a celebration thereof.
Now, an official music video follows the release of the Skrillex co-produced single to visually expound upon the song’s critical yet playful nature. Featured vocalist Nao breathes lyrical life into the video as the lens twists and turns, transitioning from scenes of dancers donning scarlet dresses, to shots that betray the dissonance between the video’s lovers. The music video arrives as a fun depiction of the highs and lows of love, as reflected in the production’s constant scene shifts.
One of the most beautiful things about music is that sometimes its gift can go entirely unnoticed, waiting for one to tap into their innate creativity. For the case of Idris Elba, such rings true. If fans of electronic dance music didn’t already know Idris Elba was a man of many talents, then they’re in for a treat. Despite being an accomplished actor, Elba is also a verenable DJ in his own right — a talent that he tapped into later on in his life, and one that he nonetheless channels with a poise that might suggest he’s pursued the craft his entire life.
Most recently, Elba took the decks of Radar Radio for a full hour and put his prowess on full display. With a description that reads “Big Driis comes through with the slammers, only on Radar,” few things have ever rang more true.