15 hrs 48 mins ago  /  5 Comments
Goldie will embark on a North American tour starting in July.
At the beginning of this year, the London-based drum & bass trailblazer—who helped to invent the genre in the '90s and then pushed its boundaries with classic albums like 1995's Timeless—announced his first-ever greatest hits compilation, The Alchemist. That three-disc collection, which showcases the full breadth of his style, including early flirtations with jungle, material as Rufige Kru and a slew of remixes of artists like Björk and Garbage, is the basis for his latest journey to North America, where he'll play eight dates in the US.
The tour will kick off July 3rd in Los Angeles, taking in shows in Houston, San Francisco and Vegas for the first leg. At the San Francisco party he'll play alongside Ryan Hemsworth and Groundislava. The second leg begins on July 11th, and comprises dates in Denver, NYC and Minneapolis, before wrapping up in Washington DC.
Jul 03 Goldie: The Alchemist Nor.., Dragonfly, California (South)5 Comments
Jul 04 Goldie: The Alchemist North American To.., Walter's, Texas
Jul 05 Free-Did-It, 1015 Folsom, California (North)
Jul 06 Goldie: The Alchemist North Amer.., The Beauty Bar, Nevada
Jul 11 Goldie: The Alchemist North A.., Norad Dance Bar, Colorado
Jul 12 Girls & Boys presents Goldie: Th.., Webster Hall, New York
Jul 13 Bassgasm, First Avenue Mainroom, Minnesota
Jul 14 Goldie: The Alchemis.., U Street Music Hall, Washington DC
1 day 13 hrs ago  /  2 Comments
Guy Gerber will hit North America for a short tour starting on July 1st.
The Israeli artist has been quite productive as of late. Last summer, he released an album's worth of new material in the form of his fabric mix, followed by a hectic schedule of international touring. Almost exactly a year later, Gerber has dropped another album's worth of mixed material, this time for free—you can stream and download Who's Stalking Who here.
Gerber will return to North American shores for his Independence tour (ostensibly named because it takes place during Independence Day celebrations), bringing the live set that earned him the number two spot in our RA Poll of live acts last year. Sticking exclusively to the Eastern side of the continent, his journey will kick off in Toronto, weaving through Chicago and New York—including an appearance at Wavefront festival. From there he'll head to Miami before doubling back up North to end his itinerary in Montreal for a Sunday stop at Piknic Electronik.
Jul 01 Electric Island Concert & Picnic.., Centre Island, Toronto2 Comments
Jul 04 Verboten Stageone.., The Williamsburg Waterfront, New York
Jul 05 Wavefront Music Festival: Day.., Montrose Beach, Illinois
Jul 06 Guy Gerber , Davide Squillace & Au.., Story Miami, Florida
Jul 07 Piknic Electronik, Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal
Fri, 14 Jun 2013  /  2 Comments
Cosmin TRG will bring his garage-tinted techno to the US for a trio of DJ gigs later this month.
The three-night weekender comes a couple months after the release of Gordian, the second LP from Cosmin TRG (real name Cosmin Nicolae) for 50 Weapons, which was praised as a "delightful listen" by RA reviewer Holly Dicker. First up, on Thursday, June 27th, he'll play the Make It New night at Middlesex Lounge in Boston for his local debut.
Cosmin TRG will then hit Pittsburgh the following night for the first time, though the occasion may be a bittersweet one for locals, as he's due to headline the Closing Party for 6119. Pittsburgh's VIA collective (who curate the city's annual VIA Festival) opened the multi-purpose space last June, and after playing host to countless events over the past twelve months—and globe-trotting artists like Kassem Mosse, Kode9, Pearson Sound and Ital—the venue is now slated for demolition and redevelopment, according to a press release. This final bash will be thrown by VIA and fellow Pittsburgh crew Detour.
Then on Saturday the 29th, Cosmin TRG's brief US trek winds down with a return to New York, this time for a 50 Weapons label showcase also featuring the UK's Benjamin Damage. Presented by ReSolute, the party will take place at Output in Brooklyn with support from resident Connie, and tickets are available here on RA.
Ahead of the mini-tour, you can read this recent RA interview for a closer look into the world of Cosmin TRG.
Jun 27 Make It New: Cosmin TRG, Middlesex Lounge, Massachusetts2 Comments
Jun 28 6119 Closing Party, 6119, Pennsylvania
Jun 29 Resolute presents 50 Weapons Label Nig.., Output, New York
Thu, 13 Jun 2013  /  2 Comments
The latest album from Shigeto, No Better Time Than Now, will see release through Ghostly International this August.2 Comments
The producer born Zach Saginaw has long combined an array of musical influences—ambient, hip-hop, jazz, folk—with personal ones. Two of his early EPs, for example, took inspiration from his grandmother, a Japanese-American woman who spent time in internment camps in the US during World War II. No Better Time Than Now is set to display a similar stylistic restlessness, with a particularly eventful year having spurred on the music. He sets the scene like this: "2012 was a powerful year for me. I released my second LP; I played nearly 180 shows in 360 days; I made the move back home from Brooklyn, NY to Detroit, MI; a six-year relationship of mine came to an end and I made it 30 years on the planet." You can get a taste for the album's sound over at Pitchfork, where the album's first single, "Detroit Part 1," is streaming.
01. First Saturn Return
02. Detroit Part 1
04. Perfect Crime
06. Miss U
07. Ritual Howl
08. Soul Searching
09. Safe In Here
10. No Better Time Than Now
11. Silver Lining
12. Tell a Tale
Ghostly International will release No Better Time Than Now on August 20th, 2013.
Wed, 12 Jun 2013  /  6 Comments
Margaret Dygas will head to North America for a six-show tour in July.
Like her transatlantic visit in June 2012, this will be Dygas' only North American tour for the year, and it'll see her hit five cities in the US and one in Canada (this time by way of Toronto). First up is a trip back to New York on Thursday, July 4th, where she'll link up with ReSolute and Blkmarket Membership for an Independence Day party also featuring fellow European favorites Tiefschwarz and Âme. Then on Friday the 5th, Dygas will make her Chicago debut with a set at Wavefront Festival, which earned a nod in our monthly top festivals feature. Up next are appearances in Toronto, San Francisco and Seattle, before she finishes the tour at a Voodoo party in Los Angeles, where Blkmarket resident Taimur is also confirmed.
Tickets the July 4th bash in New York are available here on RA.
Jul 04 Resolute and Blkmarket on FIREWORKS, TBA, New York6 Comments
Jul 05 Wavefront Music Festival: Day.., Montrose Beach, Illinois
Jul 06 Margaret Dygas, TBA, Toronto
Jul 10 Margaret Dygas, Icon Ultra Lounge, California (North)
Jul 12 Margaret Dygas, Neumos, Washington State
Jul 13 Voodoo with Margaret D.., Private Loft, California (South)
Wed, 12 Jun 2013  /  1 Comment
J:Kenzo will visit the US for an eight-date tour starting next week.
The London-based producer is one of dubstep's late-period heavyweights, churning out darkly-tinted, classic-style dubstep for Tempa, Argon and other like-minded labels. Also a resident on Rinse FM, he released his debut artist album last year and will mix the next instalment of the Dubstep Allstars series. Due for release later this year, the Allstars mix is the theme of this latest tour. Beginning on June 17th in Fort Lauderdale, his itinerary will bring him to San Francisco, Buffalo, Boston, New Orleans, Denver and Baltimore, before finishing off with a return visit to New York on the 29th.
Jun 17 Too//Future presents J:Kenz.., Original Fat Cat's, Florida1 Comment
Jun 18 Deep Dark & Dangerous: J:Ke.., Monarch, California (North)
Jun 20 Frosty Tone: J:Kenzo, Ohm Ultra Lounge, New York
Jun 21 Bassic's 6th Anniversary with.., Good Life, Massachusetts
Jun 23 Dragon's Den: J:Kenzo, Dragon'S Den, Louisiana
Jun 25 Sub.Mission: J.., Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, Colorado
Jun 28 Petrol: J:Kenzo, Evilla, Maryland
Jun 29 J:Kenzo, TBA - New York, New York
Wed, 12 Jun 2013  /
Motor City house stalwart Marcellus Pittman will play Los Angeles for the first time next Saturday.
While he's been busy jumping back and forth across the Atlantic for gigs in Europe as well as the US—and releasing tracks with his 3 Chairs collaborators as well as solo remixes for labels like Lick My Deck and Internasjonal—this looks to be a rare visit to the American west coast for Pittman, whose San Francisco booking a year ago marked his debut in the region. For his first appearance in LA, he'll have headlining honors at an all-night Donuts Party. Chicago native Zernell, a longtime purveyor of disco and house and one of the minds behind the Grimy Edits imprint, will also be on hand, with the lineup completed by 100% Silk artist Magic Touch, Cromie from Rhonda International and Donuts founder and resident Pickpocket.
The party will take place at an underground space downtown, so you'll have to RSVP for details. Tickets are available here on RA.
Tue, 11 Jun 2013  /  5 Comments
New Seattle clubnight +Plus will hold its first party on June 29th.5 Comments
The series is the brainchild of three Seattle techno stalwarts: Sone, Miss Shelrawka and John Massey. The night is meant to give a proper home to what they describe as the "heavier, raw side" of techno in the city. They cite LA-based Drumcell as representative as the kind of techno they want to push, so it makes sense that he'll headline their first party, which will take place at Re-Bar. Drumcell, real name Moe Espinosa, is the co-founder of long-running LA techno promoter Droid Behaviour, and a member of the CLR roster. He just recently announced the details of his debut album, and you can stream a recent CLR podcast by him here.
Sat, 08 Jun 2013  /  3 Comments
Steve Summers, AKA Jason Letkiewicz, will debut in Chicago next Saturday with a live set for Hugo Ball at Smart Bar.
These days Steve Summers is perhaps the most prominent of the Brooklyn-based artist's aliases. You might also know him as Alan Hurst and Rhythm Based Lovers (among other names), but it's with the Steve Summers moniker that Letkiewicz has been turning the most heads, with appearances on L.I.E.S. and a well-received collaborative EP with Bookworms back in February that started his new label Confused House. His raw, lo-fi style, which RA explored with a Machine Love feature a few months ago, should fit right in at Hugo Ball, the vinyl and analog-centric party at Smart Bar whose previous guests include Carlos Souffront and Innerspace Halflife as well as Letkiewicz affiliates Ron Morelli and Bookworms. He'll be performing an all-hardware set, as usual, and sets on the decks will come from residents Justin Long and Sevron.
Hugo Ball has announced the guest for next month's event, who also happens to call Brooklyn home: Mike Servito, a resident at The Bunker. That one will take place on Saturday the 20th, with Long (who'll be celebrating his birthday) and fellow Hugo Ball selector Nathan Drew Larsen also on hand to DJ.
Jun 15 Hugo Ball: Steve Summers Live, Justin Long, Sevron3 Comments
Jul 20 Hugo Ball: Justin Long - Nathan Drew Larsen + Very Spe..
Fri, 07 Jun 2013  /  7 Comments
The Corner is launching a sublabel called Quickstrike.7 Comments
The imprint run by Anthony Parasole, our label of the month back in April, has been churning out hefty, floor-ready EPs since its debut last summer. Quickstrike's sound should be similar to The Corner's, but its approach will be somewhat faster and looser. As reported by Juno Plus, the sublabel's tracks will all bear the title "Quickstrike" followed by a catalog number. And if the label name is any indication, the releases should be arriving in swifter succession than they tend to on their parent label. Have a listen to a clip of the first release here; it's produced by Parasole, and text accompanying the clip describes it as "relentless drum patterns numerous Kick Drums with a never ending grip on the dancefloor." There's no release date as yet for the single-track 12-inch.
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