Philly native 5 & A Dime, as the reigning DDR-Extreme (8th Mix) World Champion, has created a revolutionary technology that allows him to create a live mashup while doing what he does best: dancing on launchpads. The mashup includes tracks by The Chainsmokers, Cashmere Cat, Skrillex, La Roux and more. 5 & A Dime’s explanation of the technology is as follows:
“This project is a hybrid between a Launchpad and DDR pads connected via MIDI into Ableton triggering several drum racks worth of samples. It then sends a visual MIDI signal to the 3D projection 1:1 scale model behind me…The 3D projection technology is the same that artists like Excision and Eric Prydz use during their shows.”
Artists the caliber of Jon Hopkins are few and far in between. So it’s to the excitement of many that the UK artist has at last returned.
“I’m so happy to share some brand new music with you,” Hopkins shared alongside a new video, boasting new music. “There is much more news to come soon, but this is where it begins. If you can, please watch in HD, with full screen and on headphones.”
Best known for his 2013 full-length, Immunity, Hopkins possesses an unparalleled ability to meld electronica, contemporary classical, and techno into breathtaking ambient soundscapes.
The accompanying video, directed by Stephen McNally in association with Blink Industries, is an equally astounding affair.
In September, the Mercury-nominated producer and composer tweeted “The record is nearly fucking finished,” so here’s to hoping it’ll land sometime land.
Photo Credit: Steve Gullick
The Glitch Mob unveiled their first single since the release of 2014’s Love Death Immortality, which debuted at #1 on Billboard‘s independent albums chart. The release comes with an immersive new music video produced by Strangeloop Studios, the same creative force behind the live shows if artists like Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus, Pharrell, The Weeknd and Zeds Dead, among many others. The video’s thematic focus on self discovery is wonderfully elucidated by the creator’s futuristic graphics and animations.
The single is the first from the group’s forthcoming album, titled See Without Eyes. The trio also recently announced a massive world tour, with dates in nearly every major US city.
Crankdat was tabbed for an official remix of LA-based rapper/songwriter Bryce Vine’s new single, “Drew Barrymore.” Fresh off a remix of Jaden Smith‘s “Icon,” the Cleveland born producer displays impressive diversity by bestowing “Drew Barrymore” with a signature re-crank. This release is bound to gain some major positive traction, as it coincides with Vine’s massive US tour announcement.
Slyly built around Vine’s catchy vocals, Crankdat morphs the chilled out feel of the original into an energetic, positive explosion of bass bolstered by arpeggiated lead-synths, explosive drum hits and robotic vocal motifs.
Vine was clearly stoked to work with Crankdat, going on to say, “Crankdat is one skank cat. It’s fun being able to work with someone who immediately gets the vibe.“
Vine is set to kick off his tour on March 21st in Atlanta, with the full list of dates below:
03/21 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade – Hell Stage
03/24 – Carrboro, NC – Cats Cradle
03/25 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
03/27 – Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero
03/28 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
03/30 – South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground Ballroom
03/31 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
04/02 – Millvale, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
04/03 – Pontiac, MI – Crofoot Ballroom
04/05 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
04/06 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
04/08 – Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
04/10 – Kansas City, MO – Knuckleheads
04/11 – Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
04/13 – Iowa City, IA – Blue Moose Tap House
04/14 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown
04/15 – Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre
04/18 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
04/22 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
04/23 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
04/24 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
04/26 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live!
Season two’s eight episodes will roll out over the course of the next seven weeks, with one episode per week. As one of the very first DJs to have a regular “on the road” YouTube series, which ended in 2016 after 200 episodes, Aoki’s World will see that he continues to set himself apart.