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.
A truly global enterprise, Boiler Room made another pop up appearance in New York City the weekend of January 20. For those who weren’t among the lucky hundred-or-so guests at the function, the entire performance was posted for all to enjoy.
This past weekend, Bonobo brought his version of the underground with special cuts from his Grammy nominated album Migration, released just over a year ago, along with a number of steely beats spanning an hour in length. The Boiler Room turned their sights upon New York to celebrate artists that bridge the folkloric and modern electronic traditions, with additional appearances from Brooklyn Afrohouse steward DJ Sabine, and Wonderwheel Recordings don Nickodemus.
Additionally, Porter Robinson‘s technological-utopian alias, Virtual Self, will be making its festival circuit debut. If the festival serves as an indication of what will take place next year, this won’t be the only Virtual Self festival appearance of the year.
2018 is shaping up to be Buku’s most eccentric booking to date, from beloved acts like Migos to MGMT or the dark tunes of REZZ and BlackGummy, the festival is sure to be a must-attend event come next spring.
Buku’s final phase three announcement is set to come after the new year.
Tickets are on sale December 6 at 11 a.m. CT. More information is available here.
After an enthralling reveal that Sónar Festival would be sending music into space in an attempt to contact aliens for its 25th anniversary, the festival has come down to Earth and announced the first round of names for 2018.
Sónar kicks off with several editions this year including its Bogotá installment on December 2, its Reykjavik leg on March 16 and 17, its second edition in Hong Kong on March 17, and an Istanbul jaunt on April 6 and 7.
Sónar Pass is priced at $195 until December 11, and the four-day Delegate Pass is priced at $284.
Bonobo released his sixth, distinctly expanseMigration full length earlier this year wherein the artist solidified his keen capabilities and perpetual tendency to push the envelope. Since then the electronica composer has only followed suit on the aforementioned, performing at festivals such as Coachella and Lightning in a Bottle, even releasing a three-track EP entitled Bambro Koyo Ganda along the way.
Of course, Bambo Koyo Ganda and Migration are respectively quite sonically distinct, but on their faces, both projects contain the same infectious elements that allotted the producer’s success in the first place. The artist maintains lush melodies, ones that are expansive in their employed instrumentation — such is why Bonobo’s tunes live on in the memories of his listeners for years to come. One such tune, “Break Apart,” featuring the eerily evocative, airy vocals of Rhye has recently been given an alternative video.
Opposed to a serene sonic landscape marriage with literal expansive landscapes in its first go ahead, the hauntingly beautiful vocals of Rhye have now been paired with couples occupying the same room at a motel over time.
The alternative video is a simple alternative to the original, nonetheless, it’s a beautiful homage to the importance of little moments in the vast thing we call life.
If the phrase “beautiful EDM” piques your interest, we’ve got good news for you. 5-piece group Moglebaum is releasing their first single in over a year. These instrumentalists and beat-makers have sounds akin to Bonobo and Chet Porter, and Beats Antique and use their talents to create what they call “organic electronic”. It should be no surprise that
Since its inception five years ago, Splash House has been thriving in the heart of the southern California desert due to its high-class catalog of music and inexhaustible sun-soaked revelry. Fit with a more laid-back, intimate atmosphere compared to its Coachella counterpart, the booming Palm Springs affair has spent the last couple of years perfecting the venerable art of mixing top-of-the-line musical talent with resplendent poolside leisure.
From June 9-11, the bi-annual festival supplied a select palate of subgenres that catered to a consistently rowdy, yet high-spirited crowd. This year’s weekend one edition of Splash House returned to the Saguaro and Riviera with the addition of a new venue at The Renaissance, and featured a top-notch billing of talent consisting of Bonobo, Hot Chip, Thomas Jack, and Sam Gellaitry. Much like years past, a growing attendance and neighboring venues were cared for with non-stop shuttle services to each hotel, giving attendees the leisure of hitting up one party to the next with ease.
J. Phlip rings in the weekend at Palm Springs’ Air Museum.
The weekend kicked off with a windy introduction at the Palm Springs Air Museum Friday night as the anticipation of the festival allowed the crowd to experience the magnetic energy of J. Phlip‘s delectable grooves and the beat-driven bedlam of Malaa. As the show drifted into the night, the After Hours party reached its prime level of debauched celebration and the jamboree of this year’s Splash House was in full swing.
Saturday experienced more celebratory vibes as festival-goers enjoyed balmy temperatures and the airy decadence of bouncy synths and boisterous beats across the Palm Springs locale. Los Angeles-based producer Bones heated up the day with a dirty house and techno set at the colorful Saguaro venue, later followed by an effervescent performance by Hayden James to a sprightly audience at The Renaissance. The day was further highlighted by Sam Gellaitry’s poolside production at the Riviera, where he dove into his signature experimental trap mastery with carefully selected features from his Escapism trilogy.
Sam Gellaitry soaks up some rays at the Riviera.
Leading into Sunday, one would expect the heated revelry of the weekend would have taken its toll on its festival attendees; however, there was no stoppage of sun-dipped celebration and sonic divinity. The bulk of the festival crowd wrapped up the festival with Lane 8‘s set at The Saguaro, where he played prime releases like “In My Arms,” “With Me,” and “Little Voices,” before Bonobo rounded out the weekend with an entrancing, organic performance that solidified another successful run of the enamored Palm Springs festival.
Lane 8 mesmerizes The Saguaro.
In many respects, Splash House remains an exclusive oasis with much to offer. The boutique festival takes advantage of its desert-encased environment and spring break-tinged atmosphere to create a provocatively good time, giving attendees the pleasure of experiencing the hottest acts in music while partying in the gaze of the summer sun.
Luckily for those who missed out or want to repeat the madness, Splash House will return on August 11-13 with a stacked billing featuring Big Gigantic, Bob Moses, Kaytranada, and more. In the months remaining until Splash House circles back at the end of summer, fans can tide themselves over with Splash House’s tailored “Splash House Guest List” Spotify playlist.
This year’s June edition of Splash House has finally arrived. As many music lovers and revered dance music artists make their way into the desert, the excitement continues to build as a weekend filled with state-of-the-art sounds and desert revelries draw near. Taking place in Palm Springs on June 9-11, the two-day affair of music and poolside hangs is in no short supply of today’s most buzzed about acts, as many artists are preparing to take the stage at one of Splash House’s three official hotels – The Saguaro, The Riviera, or The Renaissance. With so much music to be experienced this week, there are at least five acts that are destined make an impression this weekend.
At just 20 years old, Sam Gellaitry is solidifying his stay in the experimental side of electronic music. The genre-blending virtuoso is heavily known for his earthly trip-hop-infused performances alongside his meteoric rise to fame since his signing to Soulection at the age of 18. His most recent EP Escapism III rounds out a trilogy of projects that come together to generate in his most coveted work, lifting his sound to a higher echelon compared to most producers his age. The young artist just wrapped a late-night set at this year’s Lightning in a Bottle and is now making his way across the west coast before setting his sights on this year’s Splash House. Catch Sam Gellaitry at the Riviera Stage on Saturday.
L D R U
One half of Australia duo Carmada, solo artist L D R U has been furnishing some fresh-cut summer vibes as of late. Last year, the burgeoning act released his single “Keeping Score” featuring Paige IV, which dominated the charts and reached No. 14 and No. 22 on Australian ARIA Charts and Triple J’s Hottest 100 respectively. His summer-inspired sounds are garnished with a euphoric blend of bass and trap elements – a perfect combination for day-time pool party entertainment. Don’t miss out on this set – catch L D R U on the Riveria Stage on Sunday.
Dallas-native producer Medasin has been making serious waves over the past couple of months with his cool and collected breezy sound. His light-tempered style of music is ideal for lingering around the poolside due to his production’s chilled-out, subtle complexities. Currently in the midst of a strong spring tour across North America that has him joining artists like Kaskade, Sam Galleitry, Illenium, and more, the young artist has also been able to churn out some astounding remixes for Lil Uzi Vert‘s “XO TOUR Llif3” and Portugal. the Man’s “Feel It Still.” Medasin is set to play at the Riveria Stage on Sunday.
Bonobo has been a staple player in the dance music world for the last couple of months. His far-reaching, ambient production style has won over fans from every corner of the globe, and his nature-inspired aesthetic sinks into the more lurid depths of a listener’s imagination. Earlier this year, the England-native producer released his sixth album Migration via Ninja Tune, and recently wrapped up a dramatic set at the coveted venue Red Rocks last month. He also just announced the pre-sale to his Migration Live North American tour for this summer and fall – with the first tour stop being at this weekend’s Splash House.
With roots in house music, Lane 8 has been evolving his music within the past year that displays a maturity in his sound. His recent single, “Little Voices” encapsulates his growth into a softer, melodious side of his production that continues to entice fans – both old and new. On top of his consistent output of music, his “This Never Happened” tour concept that his kicked off last year challenged social media boundaries at his shows, enforcing a strict ‘No phones/No cameras’ policy. The concept was so successful that Lane is now expanding his mission in the form of three “This Never Happened” Summer Gatherings in the states of Colorado, New York, and California at the end of summer. Just recently, his released a two-part summer mixtape that’s filled with all of his favorite selects and heart-rendering originals, which stands as a perfect sample into what to expect as his Splash House set on Sunday at the Saguaro Stage.