Weekend Weapons: Soul Clap’s 8 Labor Day BBQ Bangers

No matter how you’ll spend this long US holiday weekend, music is a must. So, for this edition in our ongoing Weekend Weapons series, we needed some bona fide party-rockers for you, whether you’re throwing a poolside gathering, crashing a poolside gathering, raising a rooftop rager or a kicking back at a classic backyard BBQ. Enter Soul Clap, the Boston-based duo who delivered these selections with a simple dedication: “This is the ultimate Labor Day BBQ playlist. For cooking, eating and then dancing.”

Settle into what Soul Clap’s got cookin’ this weekend on their playlist below, including delicacies from New York garage veteran François Kevorkian, Seven Davis Jr., Bosq, and more.

Soul Clap’s Weekend Weapons playlist

“P-Funk affiliates FSQ turn out a sunshine-dripped remix of Crew Lover Navid Izadi. Put it on when you fire up the grill.”

“Life On Planets’ debut album is full of gems, but this one has been our ultimate opener for so many sets this summer. Make sure you have it on when people arrive to get them in the mood.”

“John Camp grew up with the guys from No Regular Play and is a master of the keys. This one features NRP’s Greg Paulus on trumpet and sets the mood just right for chowing down on those dogs.”

“So psyched that Joey Negro put out this compilation of classic garage house jams all re-mastered. There are tons of essentials on here, but this François K remix of Fonda Rae was a Body & Soul anthem and has been in our DJ bags for years. Play this when you’re done eating and ready to start grooving.”

“The Boston don of Afro-Latin disco house brings the multi-cultural funk on his new EP. This one goes straight to the Caribbean with Puerto Rican legend Tempo Alomar on vocals. Throw this one in for extra booty shaking.”

“A cosmic dancefloor re-work of Venezuelan disco legend Daniel Grau. Been bumping this at our basement jams at Brooklyn’s Black Flamingo. Drop this jam when it’s time to get sweaty.”

“Auntie Flo’s Highlife label always brings that multi-culti party vibe. This is the standout on the latest World Series release featuring collaborations with Kenyan musicians. Afro-footwork to keep the party moving.”

“Our other favorite Davis Jr. (Roy is the other one, duh).”

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Listen: Nero’s New Mini-Mix Has a Very Unexpected Tracklist

Leading up to the release of their sophomore album, Between II Worlds, UK trio Nero are keeping their momentum strong with a new ‘At The Movies’ mini-mix made for Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1.

Clocking in at just over five minutes, the mix somehow manages to pack in a wide array of cinematically inspired music clips into its short duration. It opens with the iconic 20th Century Fox intro before delving into a disco-tinged riff of the Star Wars theme. Keeping the disco flare at the forefront, Nero layer in the famous Kill Bill siren along with Paul McCartney’s “Live And Let Die,” the signature tune for the 1973 James Bond movie of the same name.

The entire mix is a slice of nostalgia that spans multiple generations; even overlaying Kavinsky’s anthem “Nightcall” (made popular by the Ryan Gosling epic Drive) over Underworld’s “Born Slippy” and Eminem’s 8-Mile rap ballad “Lose Yourself.” A few classic sound-bites also make their way into the mix at strategic breaks to give the mix a full-bodied representation of cinematic history.

Listen to Nero’s ‘At the Movies’ mini-mix below. Following Between II Worlds‘ release on September 11, they’re heading out on a North American tour that’s stopping in cities such as New York City, Washington DC, Boston, Detroit, Edmonton, San Francisco and more.

[Photo via Nero’s Facebook]

20th Century Fox theme
Vangelis – Chariots of Fire Theme
Galactic Force band – Theme From Star Trek
Meco – Star Wars: Title Theme
Brad Feidel – Terminator II Main Title Theme
Alan Silvestri – Back to the Future
Lalo Schifrin – Theme From Enter the Dragon
Quincy Jones – Ironside
Wings – Live and Let Die
Kool and the Gang – Jungle Boogie
John Williams – E.T. Main Theme
Richard Strauss – Thus Spake Zarathustra
John Williams – The Conversation
Steppenwolf – Born To Be Wild
Blondie – Atomic
Ennio Morricone – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Titles)
Harold Faltermeyer – Intro / Bakersfield
Vangelis – Bladerunner (Main Titles)
Underworld – Born Slippy
Nero – Into The Past
Bernard Herrman – Prelude and Rooftop (Vertigo)
John Carpenter – Escape From New York (Main Title)
Eminem – Lose Yourself
Kavinsky – Nightcall
Michael Jackson – Speed Demon
Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells
Queen – Flash’s Theme
Harold Faltermeyer – Axel F
Clint Mansell – Winter Overture (Requiem for a Dream)
Mahler – Adegietto (From Symphony No.5) (Death in Venice)
Sound of Cinema – James Horner (BBC Radio 3)
Whitney Houston – I Will Always Love You
Prince – Purple Rain
John Williams – Jurassic Park Theme
John Williams – Main Title (Theme From ‘Jaws’)
Elton John – Circle Of Life

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11 Tracks That Ruled San Francisco’s Outside Lands Festival

Outside Lands presented its eighth annual extravaganza at San Francisco’s historic Golden Gate Park this past weekend, hosting 70 acts over three days, further solidifying the massive outdoor festival’s reputation as Northern California’s answer to Coachella. Besides main stage headliners like Sir Elton John, Mumford & Sons, The Black Keys, Sam Smith, and Kendrick Lamar, there were plenty of dance and electronic artists, including Axwell Λ Ingrosso, Green Velvet & Claude VonStroke, Caribou, Porter Robinson, Classixx, Odesza and more.

We wandered across the grounds, navigating all eight stages for all three days so that we could gather the essential tracks that rocked Outside Lands 2015. Check ’em out below.

RL Grime — “Kingpin”

On Friday afternoon, the West Coast massive made a strong showing for RL Grime. A cheer went up as he took the Twin Peaks stage in the late afternoon sunshine. From the start, the LA resident controlled the crowd with cuts like “Golden State” from his 2014 album VOID.

“It’s so good to be back in the Bay,” he said between tracks as he lead the packed crowd on an hour-long ride across classic rave bits, recent trap hits, a bouncy bootleg of Tove Lo’s “Habits,” hip-hop snippets from Drake, Missy Elliott and more. In the midst of his diverse, high-energy set, RL dropped his Big Sean-featuring single “Kingpin,” which was an instant crowd-pleaser.

Porter Robinson – “Flicker”

Following RL Grime, Porter Robinson brought his Worlds live experience to Golden Gate Park. Featuring classic Japanese anime, electric colors and pixelated electronica, the Carolina native took the crowd on a slow-rolling trip. Although many selections from the album stood out, including “Sad Machine” and “Fresh Static Snow,” it was his melodic Worlds track “Flicker” that proved the perfect companion to the sunset behind the mammoth pines.

Amon Tobin – “Slowly”

The uninitiated hoping for the EDM drop may have been disappointed by Amon Tobin’s Isam 2.0. But what the UK veteran lacked in build up, he made up for with an intense, immersive live show. Tobin started out by creating a somber mood with “Journeyman,” then raised the energy with tracks like “Bedtime Stories” and “Lost & Found,” but ultimately it was “Slowly” that won everybody over. An essential, mindbending trip, yet again.

Jonas Rathsman – “Wolfsbane”

Judging from the crowd at the House dome Saturday evening, the secret’s out about Jonas Rathsman. The Swedish Disclosure affiliate delivered a seamless hour-long set of refined deep house, keeping the energy up and rewarding us by delivering “Wolfsbane” right on cue.

Classixx – “Holding On”

Later in the evening, Classixx played the smaller Panhandle Stage to a packed lawn. The LA duo delivered blissed-out house vibes with tracks like “I’ll Get You” and “Dominoes,” but it was their 2013 single “Holding On” that captured the twilight, inspiring many in the crowd to sing its refrain back to the stage.

Hot Chip – “Flutes”

Hot Chip brought live dance vibes to the Lands End main stage on Sunday’s muggy, overcast afternoon. After warming up the crowd and drawing in more onlookers with hits like “One Night Stand” and “Night And Day,” the UK band delivered a standout moment with their 2012 single “Flutes,” taken from their fifth album In Our Heads. We can still hear it now.

Odesza – “Say My Name”

The West Coast rave crowd came out in full force for Seattle duo Odesza as the Twin Peaks stage filled to capacity. Odesza responded in kind, delivering their unique brand of slow-rolling breakbeat and deep house vibes displayed on their 2014 sophomore release In Return. Building to a blissful crescendo, favorites like their remix of ZHU’s “Faded,” and their stellar single “Say My Name,” made the most noise.

Caribou – “Sun”

As Dan Snaith stepped onstage at Twin Peaks, a roar went up from the crowd, and he waved back with a warm smile. The band has clearly come a long way. Dressed in all-white, the band launched straight into favorites like “Our Love”, “Odessa” and “Can’t Do Without You,” all of which were incredible. Yet, it was the psychedelic chant, “Sun” that really whipped the crowd into a frenzy. Catching Snaith and company was definitely one of the most memorable highlights of the festival.

Claude VonStroke – “Barumph”

Together as DJ super-duo Get Real, Green Velvet and Claude VonStroke did some serious party-rocking while closing out the Panhandle stage on Sunday night. The US house veterans appeared to be having a fun time playfully one-upping each other on the decks, one record on, one record off. For his part, CVS stuck to the crowd-pleasing Dirtybird canon of booty-shaking cuts like “Barumph.”

Green Velvet, Harvard Bass – “Lazer Beams”

Green Velvet responded with a salvo of his own – his quirky 2012 collab with Harvard Bass, “Lazer Beams” – just one volley in a perfectly matched set of bass-heavy jams and classic acid house.

Axwell Ʌ Ingrosso – “Dream Bigger”

After Get Real, it was Axwell Ʌ Ingrosso’s turn to showcase their head-to-head skills, closing the three-day weekend on the dance-centric Twin Peaks stage. The Swedish duo brought the whole arsenal; main-stage-ready progressive house, insane visuals and plenty of awe-inspiring pyrotechnics. Alongside the usual festival fist-pumpers, they had some surprises, like Skrillex and Dillon Francis’ latest single, “Burn Up The Dance,” snippets of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” for the SF faithful, and Tove Lo’s “Habits,” but ultimately, the track that killed it was their Daft Punk-reminiscent stormer “Dream Bigger,” featuring Pharrell Williams. See you in 2016.

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LA County Supervisors Vote to “Study Ban” After HARD Summer Deaths

Los Angeles County officials called for a temporary ban on “raves” Monday (Aug. 3), after two teens died at electronic music festival HARD Summer in Pomona on Saturday (Aug. 1). Though the sold-out event hosted many well-reviewed performances from the likes of Saturday’s headliner The Weeknd, live electronic bands Ratatat and Caribou, rappers Schoolboy … Continue reading

Hear Dirty South Go “Ravey Dirty Sexy Housey“ in An Extended Set

Earlier this month, LA transplant Dragan Roganovic, aka Dirty South, kicked off his summer tour with a special holiday performance in his adopted hometown.

Within the walls of Avalon Hollywood, the number four was the name of the game, as Dirty South celebrated the Fourth of July with an extended set that ran for exactly 4 hours and 44 minutes. Whereas most other DJs have maybe 90 minutes to cram in the hits, Roganovic uses his abundance of space to showcase the different shades of 4/4 house, in a combination he described as “ravey dirty sexy.”

“I love being able to play extended sets where I can dig little deeper through my music collection,” Dirty South told us today. “I started my DJ career this way, and it’s refreshing to still be able to take a break from short festival DJ sets and take people on my musical journey.”

Press play on Dirty South’s extended holiday set below – close listeners can spot among the house classics and contemporary dancefloor fillers some new, unreleased material, including a preview of his new single, “Find A Way,” ahead of its August 28 release on Phazing.

In the meantime, he’s continuing on his summer tour, with stateside stops in San Diego, Las Vegas and Atlantic City to round out the month before jetting overseas to Europe. US fans who missed him the first time around needn’t worry, though: he’ll be back again come fall.

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Watch KiNK Kill an Improvised Live Jam on the AIRA MX-1

In just a short amount of time, Bulgarian producer KiNK went from being a relative unknown to one of the most in-demand producers and remixers in the house scene. His unique take on classic Chicago house and early acid tracks, has been both refreshing and enlightening, and his controller-powered live show is easily one of the most enthusiastic you’ll see.

Roland just unveiled an incredible improvised live video starring KiNK on a full AIRA system, working out an MX-1 Mix Performer mixer, along with a TR-8 Rhythm Performer drum machine, Roland TB-3 Touch Bassline for bass and AIRA System-1 Plug-Out synth.

Watch the full video, which Synthtopia clued us into, below. What a boss.

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Hear Hudson Mohawke’s Beats 1 Mix

Over the weekend, Hudson Mohawke dropped his official Beats 1 Mix, tackling the newly launched global streaming station’s answer to BBC 1’s Essential Mix with plenty of new jams and unreleased gems.

Across the seamless 22-track, 60-minute mix, the Scottish Kanye affiliate and LuckyMe boss delivered selections from Boys Noize, Salva, Lil JaBBa, Koreless, A.G Cook and Redinho, alongside plenty of unreleased material and choice cuts from HudMo’s sophomore album Lantern.

Listen back to Hudson Mohawke’s Beats 1 Mix below, check the full tracklisting below, and catch him live this summer at LA’s Hard Summer on August 2 and San Francisco’s Treasure Island Music Festival on October 17.

Hudson Mohawke’s Beat 1 Mix tracklist

LiL JaBBa – SooTh
Koreless – TT
S-X – Voodoo
LiL JaBBa – BraSS TaX
Elijah Blake & Dej Loaf – I Just Wanna (Salva edit)
Dorian Concept – Clap Track 4 (Redinho Remix)
Boys Noize – The Fix
Hudson Mohawke – Steve Poindexter Edit
LE1F prod. Lunice – Umami – unreleased
TNGHT – Amo Bishop edit – unreleased
Mike Will Made It ft The Weeknd & Rae Sremmurd – Drinks On Us (Salva Edit)
Hudson Mohawke – Sex – Bonus track to Lantern
Hudson Mohawke – Ryderz
Kid Kamillion – Somewhere (Jesse Slayter Remix)
A.G. Cook – Razor Spin
Hudson Mohawke – Very First Breath (Gammer Remix)
Mark Breeze – Trying to Reach You
Hudson Mohawke – Shadows
Hudson Mohawke – OOOps
Lil Baby Angel – @ Cartier
Gammer – Melancholy
Hudson Mohawke – Falling From The Roof

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TomorrowWorld Reveals its Complete 2015 Lineup

TomorrowWorld Reveals its Complete 2015 Lineup

Following the gradual reveal of its 2015 headliners, TomorrowWorld has now shared the full lineup for the 25-27 September weekender. The alphabetically-ordered poster – which you can check out below – runs from main stage regulars like Armin van Buuren, Hardwell, David Guetta and Martin Garrix through to underground heroes like Matador, Justin Martin and Patrick Topping.

As you’ll see from the completed lineup, some of the biggest names in US dance music will lead the charge at Chattahoochee Hills, including Porter Robinson, Kaskade and Bassnectar. On the house and techno tip, it’s an international roll-call including Jamie Jones, Maya Jane Coles, Guy Gerber, Get Real (Green Velvet and Claude VonStroke) and Joseph Capriati.

The small print on the poster below also includes gems like Future Classic recruits Wave Racer and Touch Sensitive, drum & bass don Andy C, house sensation Claptone and much more. The 2015 stage hosts cater to a broad range of tastes, including hard dance institution Q-dance, Ferry Corsten’s Full On, Drumcode with Adam Beyer and co., Trance Addict and All Gone Pete Tong. Check out the official website for tickets and other information.


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CRSSD Festival Reveals a Stacked Lineup for its Fall 2015 Event

CRSSD Festival Reveals a Stacked Lineup for its Fall 2015 Event

After staging a successful debut in San Diego back in March, CRSSD Festival is returning for Round Two this fall. The 21+ event will make its way back to the Southern California coastline at Waterfront Park from October 10-11 with an all-new artist roster.

Like its inaugural lineup, there’s a wide variety of talent with a strong emphasis on house and techno, bringing in artists such as Andhim, Ben Klock, Bicep, Detroit Swindle, DJ Tennis, Justin Jay, Mano Le Tough and Maya Jane Coles; while those seeking the sun-soaked sounds of summer’s past will get them from Todd Terje, as well as Future Classic mainstays Hayden James and Touch Sensitive.

Headlining the Ocean View Live stage are The Flaming Lips and TV On The Radio, joined by ZHU, Panda Bear, AlunaGeorge, Hercules & Love Affair, Baio and more. Other lineup standouts include City Steps headliner Bonobo, Jacques Greene, Toyboy & Robin and Bob Moses, plus The Palms stage headliners Jamie xx and disco pioneer Giorgio Moroder.

View the full lineup for CRSSD Festival’s fall edition below. Tickets for the two-day affair go on sale Friday, July 17 at 12pm noon PST. For a refresher on how its debut went, revisit our feature on its Top 10 tracks from the weekend.


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Oliver Heldens Launches New Record Label, Reveals His Mystery Alias

Since the wildfire success of “Gecko,” Oliver Heldens has managed to stay at the forefront of popular dance music through his many chart-topping tracks, main stage performances and his Heldeep radio show. Now, the young producer is launching his own record label.

Launching Heldeep Records is a surprising release: Heldens has confirmed that he is the producer behind the mysterious HI-LO moniker who debuted last month via Mad Decent single “Crank It Up,” and he, under the guise of the new alias, will provide the inaugural single, “Renegade Mastah.”

The track, built around a vocal sample from Wildchild’s 1995 hit single “Renegade Master,” follows the same high-energy style as “Crank It Up,” a contrast between a heavy, sub-bass growl and lighter, metallic elements that gives new meaning to “high” and “low.”

Using the label as an extension of his radio show, Heldens aims to spotlight up-and-coming talent, furthering the careers of artists such as his own protégé Curbi. Fans can also expect more new releases from Heldens himself as he continues on a busy tour path and cultivates a reputation for his newly revealed alter-ego.

Listen to HI-LO’s “Renegade Mastah” below before its July 20 release on Heldeep Records.

[Photo by Rukes]

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