Cats, the movie adaptation of the Broadway musical adaptation of the T.S. Eliot poetry collection, hits theaters tonight. It promises advances in “digital fur technology” and the trailer broke the internet because it was so disturbing. It is currently scoring a 14% at Rotten Tomatoes. More »
Idris Elba‘s latest single, “On Life” has received a fresh rinsing by David Guetta, via his tech house oriented Jack Back alias. Where Elba puts forth a deeper, heads-down mix, Guetta adds a bit more melody to the mix with twinkling synth arpeggios while maintaining the overall structural integrity. One might argue the French producer may be taking cues from artists aligning with the Diynamic/Afterlife sound in current days. Both renditions make for pleasurable additions to the dancefloor, and can be found on Elba’s 7Wallace imprint.
David Guetta’s had a notable year of releases; over the summer of 2019, he and MORTEN had been tapped as official remixers for Avcii’s “Heaven.” Prior to that, he and the aforementioned collaborator paired on their crossover, Aloe Bacc-assisted hit, “Heaven.” Meanwhile, Idris found himself headlining Coachella’s Yuma tent and increasing his DJ profile with gigs at various elrow stops, Creamfields, and beyond. He also took up a residency at David Guetta’s F*** ME I’M FAMOUS! night at Hï Ibiza, making their recent 7Wallace collaboration feel like a natural next step in their relationship.
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Valentino Khan tackles Tchami’s “Rainforest” in his latest remix, and Gryffin teams up with Maia Wright for “Body Back.” Lost Kings tap Marc E. Bassy for “Somebody Out There,” and Adventure Club unveil their Death or Glory Sessions. David Guetta remixes Idris Elba’s “On Life” as Jack Back, and Sullivan King reveals his debut album, including tracks like “If My Eyes Are Vampires (Your Body Is My Sunlight)” with TYNAN. Fox Stevenson, too, has a debut album out on Oct. 18, featuring songs like “All Night,” and Hardwell teams up with Deorro, MAKJ, and Fatman Scoop for “Left Right.” Henry Fong encourages listeners to “Jump Up” with his new single, and Flosstradamus and Megatone deliver “Bounce Back” after premiering the track with DA. Faux Tales has released his ethereal Hiraeth LP, and Madnap and Luma have collaborated on “Faces.” YehMe2 and Wuki “Throw It” on their new collaboration, and vowl. and Brock Wilson jointly release “recluse.” Justin Jay puts his own spin on NGHTMRE and A$AP Ferg’s “REDLIGHT,” and Boombox Cartel and Griff Clawson reveal “All I Want.”
As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.
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For the second year, Seismic Dance Event makes its return to Austin, Texas to bless attendees with two days of world-class performances. In September 2018, the inaugural event brought a stellar lineup to the Travis County Exposition Center, including Lane 8, Drezo, Golf Clap, Green Velvet, Sacha Robotti, and more.
In 2019, festival organizers look to build on last year’s success by bringing in headliners Cirez D and TESTPILOT, along with a piping hot array of other artists like Bicep, Idris Elba, Nic Fanciulli, Gorgon City, Nora En Pure, and more.
Now, the festival has revealed its daily lineups, featuring deadmau5’s TESTPILOT alias topping day one and Eric Prydz’s Cirez D moniker at the top of day two at The Statesman. Saturday, Nov. 16 will also feature acts like Chris Lake, i_o, and Rinzen, and Sunday, Nov. 17 will bring performances from Lee Burridge, Gorgon City, Dom Dolla and many more. Along from the dynamic lineup, the festival will also feature live painting and art installations, live performers, totem, and costume contests.
“We couldn’t be more pleased with the glowing feedback from our debut year and now with this year’s lineup,” said RealMusic Events & Seismic co-founders Kelly Gray & Andrew Parsons. “Many US festivals tend to have very similar lineups so we really wanted to switch it up and cater to the more seasoned, underground connoisseur – and yes, believe it, in Texas.”
View the full lineup below and get tickets here.
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Rhetorical question: Is there anything Idris Elba can’t do? The venerable actor evinced his versatility when he slowly but surely began to infiltrate the electronic scene with standout original releases like “L.U.V.” and the comparatively more recent “Ballie.” No longer a fledgling disc-jockey, the seasoned producer has used his own sonic experience as inspiration for his next creative endeavor: 2-HR SET.
Elba’s first foray into fashion design, the unisex clothing line launched in the UK in 2018 and swiftly sold out of its stock following its debut. 2-HR SET pieces are now available worldwide, as Elba expands the commercial access of his newly minted brand.
2-HR SET’s latest collection features an array of options, including hoodies, T-shirts, sweatpants, hats, and rubber slides. Although the line is Elba’s first-ever independent line, it’s not his sole project in the fashion industry. Elba is currently also collaborating with Fatboy Slim on a political line of pieces. Proceeds from the sale of this particular collection will benefit Faz Amnesty, Faron Paul’s campaign dedicated to the prevention of knife and gun violence.
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Almost a year ago to the day, it was announced that Taylor Swift was going to star in a movie adaptation of the CATS musical. Along with Swift, the adaptation will star Jennifer Hudson, Idris Elba, Rebel Wilson, James Corden, and Ian McKellen. Directed by Tom Hooper, who also worked on The King’s Speech and 2012’s box … More »
Featured artist Kah-Lo sings “This the hottest DJ in the world right now” on Idris Elba‘s latest, “Ballie,” and as just one listen of Elba’s new single indicates, Kah-Lo might be onto something. The dynamic producer originally presented the house/hip-hop crossover at the 2019 edition of California’s annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. Elba made his Coachella debut from the festival’s underground oriented Yuma stage, and notably brought Kah-Lo to the desert, to perform the song live alongside him. Fortunately for those in attendance and live streamers alike, the wait for “Ballie’s” official release was not long.
The entrancing number starts with a deep vocal that growls the song’s title in the track’s opening seconds. Kah-Lo’s vocals slowly filter in, to sit atop the tune’s mid-tempo house beat. Low toned synths peppered throughout amplify the track’s titillating appeal. “Ballie” is now ohut on Elba’s own London based imprint, 7Wallace.
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Superstar British grime MC Stormzy is back with his first new music since his 2017 debut album Gang Signs & Prayer. Inspired by a viral dance created by NL Vossi in 2015, new single “Vossi Bop” finds Stormzy rapping over a tingly beat from producer Chris Andoh. At one point, he takes some shots at … More »
British actor, Idris Elba, made his mark as the pragmatic drug lord Russell “Stringer” Bell in The Wire and then again as the ruthless detective John Luther in Luther. In film, he played the revolutionary leader Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and many other Hollywood roles.
The laymen might be surprised that Elba is also a passionate DJ, as he planted the ultimate professional crossover via his establishment of 7Wallace Music, his very own record label. He also released a new Netflix Comedy, Turn Up Charlie, about a struggling DJ and loosely based on his life.
Having crushed his house set at the Yuma Coachella Weekend 1 with top notch house selection, he looks to run this back for Weekend 2. Watch the action unfold live.
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Idris Elba has released a track, “L.U.V.” featuring Shaznay Lewis, under his Charlie Ayo character name from the movie star’s new Netflix comedy series, Turn Up Charlie. It’s a retro house track with dissident ’70s vocals from Lewis that dance around Elba’s grime-inspired ad libs. Lush keys lay the melody atop a running house beat with crisp high hats and a disco bassline. Vocal chops eventually circulate the track in a cacophony of flying sounds amidst the swinging rhythm.
Turn Up Charlie premieres March 15 and showcases Charlie Ayo, played by Elba, as a struggling DJ on his last chance. In the eight-episode series, Ayo reluctantly takes a job as a “manny,” babysitting his famous best friend’s daughter. It’s a step outside of Elba’s usual James Bond character, as the storyline follows a longtime passion and side hustle from the renaissance man: DJing. This year, he is slated to perform at Coachella, so fans may able to hear “L.U.V.” played live at the Empire Polo Club.
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