The Cadenza head and Ibiza kingpin, Luciano, really outdid himself with this one. What an unbelievable party and an exceptional way to begin 2013. The warehouse space, which was riddled with speaker stacks and LED screens along with loads of garbage left over from the Dada Life party earlier that night, was a perfect setting for this type of gig.
Sleepy & Boo played really well to open it up, dropping big records like the Carl Craig remix of Life and Death (Tale of Us + Thugfucker) – Morgana. Even then you could tell the night was going to be special. Luca Bacchetti then hammered away at a packed dance floor, with tasteful italian tech house that was reminiscent of the earlier stages of a marathon Marco Carola set. Massive breakdowns and familiar vocal samples made for an ideal opening. When Luciano came on promptly at 9 AM, the energy was palpable. His intro was short yet effective, just enough to let everyone in the 65,000 square foot warehouse know that the headliner was on. Just LOOK how crazy people were going. He played tracks like Sis-Nesrib, Basement Jax- Samba Magic,Monkey Safari- High Life (Cheeky Bold Cover), Robert Hood- Interior Suspect, and his classic Rise of Angel (below). They all went over incredibly well, and the venue was rammed even for Fanciulli who played from 1-5 PM. This NYD was a great success for Area Event (amazing production and bookings) and all who attended (amazing stamina as NYD parties can be rough). Lets all hope this is going to be an annual occurrence for Luciano!
Luciano- Rise of Angel
The never-ending Daft Punk rumor mill continues to be a focal point of all dance music related news. The website and gig directory SongKick is the most recent catalyst for the Daft Punk excitement, as the french electronic demigods were listed on there as a headlining act at Coachella 2013. Yes, it was too good to be true and SongKick have since denied the validity of the information and taken it down. Check back here, or literally every other music related medium ever, to see whether Daft Punk will in fact be touring in 2013. It is actually plausible now more than ever considering Nile Rogers has in fact confirmed that he is in the studio with them…
This is pretty wild. Australian duo the Stafford Brothers recently were signed as the first EDM act to Cash Money Records, alongside Lil Wayne, Drake and Nicki Minaj. Not only have they signed with the label, but expect a new single ‘Hello’ alongside Lil Wayne and Christina Milian. In addition to having their own TV show in their native country, they are now going to be in the same social circle as Lil Wayne. Very, very interesting…
Washington DC native and a recent opener on Loco Dice and Richie Hawtin’s CNTRL tour, Kevin Melito has recently impressed us during a few gigs in NYC at the Gansevoort. He holds residencies at Mosaic in Baltimore, FUR, and District in DC, and has recently branched into production. He was also savvy enough to use this new podomatic player, as tons of DJs mixes are being taken down recently due to copyright infringement. Give this a go for some techy grooves.
Australian super-producer Hook N Sling has really been on a tear as of late, with massive releases on labels like Spinnin’ and Stealth, along with a recent Beatport #2. He has been instrumental in putting Australia on the map, alongside big acts like Nervo, Tommy Trash and Dirty South. With a consistent stream of originals, a wildly impressive remix resume (everyone from Flo Ride to Miike Snow), and a demanding festival schedule, we thought it would be interesting to catch up with him before he headlined the new club Finale in NYC for Heidi Klum’s party. Read on to hear about his recent move to L.A, the biggest track in his sets, and his favorite gigs of 2012.
Resident Advisor just released the results of both of their 2012 Polls: Top DJ and Top live act. This poll is obviously a bit different than the DJ Mag poll, as the voting process is more organic and the fan base is more discerning. Just like any poll, there are a fair amount of surprises on both polls, but the general consensus among those closely connected to the scene seems to be positive. Notable occurrences include Nico Jaar snatching the #1 live spot for the 2nd year in a row, with new entry Matador (pictured above) coming in at #18. For the DJ poll, perhaps the biggest surprise was Desolat queen tINI coming in at #15, beating out heavyweights like Claude von Stroke and Sasha. Also, the charismatic and wildly talented DJ Seth Troxler came in at #1 this year, ahead of titans and residency-holders Marco Carola and Richie Hawtin. Oh, and you can catch Troxy tonight in NYC at the Verboten party! Full results HERE for the DJ poll and HERE for the live act poll.
Alex Ridha debuted his new live show this past weekend at New York City’s Roseland Ballroom. The venue had just hosted the legendary Eric Prydz and his impressive production, and was now playing host to the first installment of a live show one year in the making. Boys Noize’ new album is quite a bit more versatile than both Power and Oi Oi Oi, so there was significant hype surrounding how he would tour for it. While sitting atop his impressive terminator-esque head between massive LED displays, he managed to seamlessly combine classics from his catalogue like “&Down”, “Lava Lava” “Oh!”, and “Lemonade” with Out of The Black tracks like “XTC” and the massive opener “What You Want” (video below). The German techno maestro has somehow found a way to heighten the Boys Noize experience via a live show which says quite a lot, considering his technical prowess behind just a pair (or perhaps 4) CDJs. With the saturation in the dance music world right now, in order to remain fresh and relevant, artists need to up their production and also formulate interesting ways of playing their music. Boys Noize has managed to do it in a BIG way that is certainly fitting for his tough brand of maximal techno.
If you haven’t heard the name Tom Flynn yet, you’re doing it all wrong. Named “Best Breakthrough Producer” in 2010 by none other than Pete Tong, Tom has been on a tear ever since with big releases on labels like Deleted and Dirty Bird. Picking up support from big names like Richie Hawtin, Loco Dice and Booka Shade, Tom has wide-ranging production abilities and is truly a rare talent. He has just recently reached 5,000 Facebook fans and is giving away this free tune. Really catchy stuttered vocals and big low ends, this track is built for Justin Martin-esque sets.
New York City’s favorite hood house producer is at it again with an EP out on upstart label Not Bad. Cofounder of the label, Rejoyce is on quite the roll right now, having just had his track ‘Young Hustlas’ played on the Essential Mix on BBC Radio 1 by Yousef. The package comes equipped with big remixes from Keith John, Sean Random, and Sami Wentz. Do not sleep on this guy as he is bound to blow up big time. If you like chunky tech house, this EP is for you.
Lorenzo Black is the artist name for Lawrence Lee, a new New York favorite and well-respected resident of some of the hottest and most exclusive clubs in the city. Holding residencies at exclusive establishments like Le Bain and Le Baron (every Saturday night), Lawrence has cultivated a style of DJ’ing that he has recently described as “open format house”. This mix is definitely on the deeper/groovier tip, but also flows quite well and is perfect club music. Keep a lookout for his productions in the near future, as he is making a big effort to bring real techno to the forefront of the current “EDM” scene. You will find some tasteful cuts in here from guys like Tom Flynn and DJ T. See the tracklist after the jump!