Monthly Archives: January 2015
The latest Defected In The House podcast series featured the legendary Ripperton on the decks for an exclusive mix. It seems only fitting that a House music staple like this gentleman should team up with one of the genre’s best and oldest labels. Much like the names implies, Ripperton rips, well sort of. The word “rip” seems a bit too abrasive to describe his style. It’s a lot more surgical and precise, perhaps “methodical” would be suit him better. His latest hour of beats cut nice and deep and take the time to sink in. That’s his whole shtick: Instead of bashing your head against the wall with an overzealous bass line, he likes to shake your hand, and let you settle in before taking off. The Ripperton portion of the broadcast starts around one hour into the mix. Enjoy yourselves.
Mixmag asked DJ Silky to stop by for a live set in their DJ Lab this week! When he’s not quietly tearing up the local London club scene, he’s hitting the studio with his companions at My Favorite Robot Records. His name might not be frequenting the Beatport charts, but between the Ray Ban aviators he never takes off and his classic approach to Deep House, he’s as much a rockstar DJ as any. Rather than pumping his fists or chatting it up with a stage full of girls, however, he’s got his head down and his mind in the mix…always. Silky is all flow and fluff ladies and gentlemen. You recognize that sound? Well it’s the underground!
Couch touring has begun and Phish isn’t even on the road yet. Can’t make it to the Lotus shows this weekend? (See previous article below for more tour info) Well then it’s your lucky weekend folks. If you were too lazy to get tickets and move your booty to a venue (just kidding guys), then worry not. The electronic jamband sensation that is Lotus will be doing a FREE webcast from their House of Blues performance tomorrow night! Their guitarist’s overly-awkward eye contact might be missed in your screen’s resolution, but as long as your speakers are functional then you’ve got party potential. Tune into the Yahoo! Live link below and you’re on you’ll be on your way to a crunchy-funk, jam-fueled Friday night! The webcast starts around 9pm!
Let’s give it up for an epic “Jam-uary 2015” guys! I’m not positive if that’s actually a real thing or not. If it is, then what could be better than a Lotus tour to close out the month?! Their stops in Vermont, Boston, and Connecticut this weekend are still only the beginning of a four month stretch of shows, one of the longest running tours of their career. Such a commitment to the asphalt might seem overwhelming to some, but these guys are killing it to be frank. The great thing about jambands and improv-acts is that the more they play, the better they get. I suspect after a week’s worth of “warming up”, these guys will be riding a mean wave by the time they get to Boston on Friday night. Check out a fan video of their recent performance in Pittsburgh >>>
Unlike a lot of other bands in their class, you can almost always count on Lotus to deliver. Over the last few years this Philly-based electronic jamband seems to have really found the sound they’ve been looking for. They’re taking more risks in their improv, their song-writing is getting more intricate, and they’re taking the old material to new places with considerably developed jamming (that’s “improvising” to the Lamens). Mike Rempel is still good at weirding you out with over-abundant eye-contact, but he’s also shredding the funk better than ever. With Electron being back in the picture, drummer Mike Greenfield is the most live getting practice he could ask for. A lot is happening for this quintet, and this tour is a huge testimony of that. They put the work in and that’s what counts these days. You can tell they practice, and that they’re serious about what they do and don’t take it for granted. They’re locked into their music 100% of the time, regardless of taste or quality, although they shine in both contexts. If The Disco Biscuits or Phish have taught jam-fans anything, it’s that we shouldn’t take them for granted either. Every show is a new adventure into the funky, jam-fueled Cosmos. Head out to one of the dates below and you’ll see what I mean. Who could ever take such a thing for granted? (wink wink)
Kick your week off with the sonic ‘sleeze ladies and gentlemen. The recent Kolombo performance at Warung is now available for FREE DOWNLOAD below. Once again, Belgian’s resident gangster has proven he is the king of Balearic thug-beats. Over 90 minutes of to-the-point dancefloor heat is right at your fingertips. Be warned though, before you proceed we recommend high decibels. This is a “get down or lay down” situation folks.
This is HUGE! The recordings from the BPM Electronic Music Festival are practically pouring through our newsfeeds. As always, Germany’s top-dog techno imprint DIYnamic was there to showcase their arsenal of live DJing wizards. It looks like they’ve started another year of intense touring and live performances (insert sarcastic sadness). Among the many epic sets that place last week, the sultry Magdalena, Adriatique, and label-founder Solomun dropped some of the biggest sets of the entire festival. Now you can relive every moment! It just wouldn’t be a real #SundayFunday without some goodies- download the Solomun set for FREE below! Want more? Then head to Be-At.tv in the link below to watch each of the DIYnamic performances now! Mind, meet Bender, you’re about to become best friends.
Have you ever just known deep down that you made the right choice about something? An unshakable confidence in your decision that no variable could alter? That’s what it’s like eating at In & Out Burger, or seeing Holy Ghost! spin live. Except the music is even better than an Animal Style cheeseburger. Last weekend they played their first stretch of DJ sets in almost a year, and in the process gave Boston the most proper Friday night they’ve had in who knows how long. (No offense Boston, your promoters just don’t book enough acts.) With this duo riding out the success of their live band over the last few years, it’s become a rare and special thing to see them tour on the decks. After last Friday’s experience at the Sinclair, however, I’m glad to know that one truth remains after all these years: There’s nothing like a Holy Ghost! DJ set ladies and gentlemen. Read the rest of this entry
Just your friendly reminder to Never Forget The LIVE. Always remember what it means. Don’t stop asking questions, and don’t take laziness for an answer. There is too much potential at stake.
Time for a Pants-Off/Dance-Off with one of the jam scene’s best kept secrets- Normal Instruments has hit the road and they’re coming our way! This mini-super group is collectively based in the northeast and features Jules Jenssen and founder Mike Carter of The Indobox, Matt Becket of Cosmic Dust Bunnies, and the key-wizard Jeff Bujak. Separately they all have something to bring to the table, but together they form the perfect storm of 100% IMPROVISED jam-tronica. (We hate that word but with groups like this, describing their sound can be quite tricky, you know what I’m saying?) Just watch this clip from their performance in Philiadelphia last weekend and things will start to fall into place.
Pretty neat, huh? Mike Carter has an undeniable knack for improvised playing. Back in 2010 The Disco Biscuits chose him to stand in for lead-guitarist Jon “Barber” Gutwillig for a stretch of shows after a wrist injury put him out of commission, which are not the easiest shoes to fill. Matt has been always been a go-to bassist for this type of playing. The ‘Dust Bunnies might not have a far reach, but their grip is firm. Jeff Bujak could do this show by himself, and often does under his own name. He’s been quietly tearing up the Northeast with his episodic soundscapes for over a decade. All of that combines into one unique force, relentlessly propelled forward by Jenssen’s digital and acoustic percussion. Like we said, a perfect storm. If you’ve never had the pleasure of seeing these musicians perform, this weekend is a perfect opportunity to get your ears blasted out with dynamite. If you plan actually dancing your pants off though, you might want to consider wearing shorts underneath.
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How about a banging hour of Galactic, House-infused Bounce to kick your Sunday up a notch? Raxon hits our headlines yet again with the release of his new FACT Radio DJ set! It seems like this producer’s career is in overdrive lately. Perhaps his boost in fame will land him some US tour dates this year, one can only hope. Download the guest mix here!
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