Here’s a big tune from new-comer, ONLY BOOTS. The ethereal strings and keys contrast the glitchy bassline and a kick drum Ralph Macchio would be scared of. Check the stream below and grab the free download.
(…and here’s the unmastered SoundCloud link for the aggregators.)
CBS and Astralwerks announced a partnership for a female dj talent search called, She Can DJ. (The full media release is below.) I’m sure this contest had good intentions but in my view it will only highlight the segregation of the sexes as seen with the conversations generated by Resident Advisor’s video profile of NINA KRAVIZ. It seems like a ploy to use sexuality to gain fans and viewers, which could reverse women’s roll in dj culture by a decade or longer.
What do you think?
Here’s the profile in question…
CBS RADIO today announced a partnership with Astralwerks to introduce “She Can DJ – America,” a nationwide talent search to find the country’s top female DJ/Producer. After successful programs in Australia and throughout Europe, “She Can DJ” will launch in major markets nationwide this July.
Following local competitions run by CBS RADIO stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Houston, Boston, Detroit, Phoenix, San Diego, Charlotte, Las Vegas and one wild card market, 12 semi-finalists will vie for a grand prize that includes a recording contract with Astralwerks and headline a tour through all CBS RADIO markets that took part in the competition.
“Aspiring female DJs/producers need look no further than She Can DJ for that once in a lifetime chance to captivate an entire industry with their talent,” said Greg Strassell, CBS Radio’s SVP of Programming. “As the contest plays out across our considerable platform of contemporary hit radio stations, participants will be front and center with millions of music fans, and the top decision makers in the business. CBS RADIO is thrilled to be part of the electronic dance music movement that has been playing out to much success on radio stations all over the United States.”
“She Can DJ – America” is backed up by Astralwerks; a label trusted for bringing the world’s top dance music talent to America for over 20 years. Contestants and fans alike can expect the most authentic talent search for the country’s top female dance music DJ knowing that the team behind such legendary acts as Fatboy Slim, David Guetta, Hot Chip, Swedish House Mafia and The Chemical Brothers will play an integral role in the selection process.
“Seeing how successful She Can DJ was in discovering top female DJ/producer’s in overseas markets it’s the perfect time to launch stateside,” Astralwerks General Manager Glenn Medlinger says. “The Unites States is the hottest place on earth for dance music right now but the industry is largely male dominated. We’re thrilled to be a part of a program that will help discover and develop top female talent in the dance music space.”
I’m always amazed how STANTON WARRIORS can consistently produce tunes that sound distinctly theirs yet progressive and relevant to what’s happening all around them. Without having any insight into their production techniques, the critical element (for me) of the Warriors’ tunes seems to be their mastery of the MPC and the 808. The kick drums and basslines always drive their beats with such rich and lush low end that can’t be found anywhere else. Both cuts in the Where’s the Beef? single, the title track and “MPC” are prime examples. Don’t believe me? Check out the videos by the DANCEFLOOR OUTLAWS below – Your ears won’t lie.
Oh, and you gotta check out their latest mix too. It’s a stripped down mix of bass & beats they made to compliment their new Stanton Sessions 4 compilation which is being released in various territories around the world this month. To be expected there’s the afformentioned 808 breaks, but there’s a some garage influences and some custom edits (that I’d give my left nut for) too.
Finally, if you missed these, for shame. Get on it. We’ll start with a free download, then the PLUMP DJs remix of “New York.”
Esteemed music technologist and audiovisual producer, NALEPA is a veteran of Los Angeles’ vital music scene and known for his vast and eclectic array of artistic collaborators that cross mediums as often as they cross genres. He has produced tracks with such legends as Bill Laswell and Pharoah Sanders, and energized crowds at clubs and festivals around the world. Nalepa currently has several collaborative releases in the pipeline as he simultaneously teaches Ableton Live for Dubspot and maintains a heavy tour schedule with The Weeknd.
After a series of prolific collaborations and extensive touring last year, Steve Nalepa returns to explore the frontiers of bass, broken beats and 4/4 rhythms with “Night Bloom,” the premiere release on LA’s new TeamSupreme label. Night Bloom’s seven tracks explore a bpm range from 131 to140 with cinematic booms while avoiding the entrapment of any one genre, fusing elements of ambient, Chicago house, dub and shoegaze.
Can’t complain much with the number of touring djs making their way to Winnipeg. One act coming through our small city is none other than WICK-IT THE INSTIGATOR. The Nashville native wraps up his Canadian tour in Winnipeg on Saturday, April 27. Seeing how the kids here maintain a healthy bass diet, I’m sure Wick-It will serve up a massive buffet.
The show is at The Zoo and tickets will run you $15 if you grab them in advance. Otherwise they’re $20 at the door. Get there early though to check out the locals. Check the Facebook event for more details.
If Wick-It’s productions are anything to judge his live performances by, I’m sure you’ll be wobbling well into Sunday.
It’s no secret LANCE HERBSTRONG are in favour of marijuana use. They’re trying to spread the word about it with a Peter Tosh and Sublime bootleg which is quite effing amazing actually, and kind of perfect for the day of awareness.