EDM News Roundup: Week of February 22
Plenty of new releases came out or were announced over the past week, ranging from progressive house to more trap. What can you expect?
For new material that’s already out, Juicy J and The Weeknd collaborated on “One of Those Nights”. Meanwhile, Cedric Gervais makes Lana Del Rey more listenable with a remix of “Summertime Sadness.” The singer born Lizzie Grant sounds far better with synths, instead of maudlin, sparse strings, backing her up.
Added to the proliferation of trap remixes out there, there’s Nari & Milani’s “Atom” (Spenca & AFK Trap Remix).
Art Department’s Social Experiment 003 is now out, and to support, the group is doing a tour that starts on March 1 in Chicago and ends on May 26 at Movement in Detroit.
By next week, Toolroom Records plans to celebrate its 10th anniversary with a collaboration from Sander Van Doorn, Mark Night, and Underworld. Aptly titled “Ten,” the track features artwork from MM of The Prodigy.
After that point, Felix Da Housecat is making a comeback with new music: Sinner/Winner EP. The release, out on his No Shame label, hits stores on March 18. Also on that date is Hadouken!’s new album Every Weekend, which comes out on their own Surface Noise Recordings. Listen to a preview here.
For new material down the road, Depeche Mode’s David Gahan revealed the quintessential synthpop band recorded a track with Frank Ocean, the critically-acclaimed R&B singer behind hit album Channel Orange. While the collaboration isn’t slated to appear on Depeche Mode’s upcoming Delta Machine (out March 26), it may be part of Ocean’s in-the-works sophomore release.
New releases aside, Camp Bisco’s lineup was announced over the last week. The event will be held from July 11 to 13 right outside of Albany, NY, and its primary performers are The Disco Biscuits, Bassnectar, Passion Pit, Flux Pavilion, Animal Collective, Dillon Francis, STS9, Wolfgang Gartner, Squarepusher, Boys Noize, and Tommy Trash.
Also on the subject of Boys Noize, the German house producer born Alex Ridha was one of the first performers to appear on Skrillex, Diplo, and A-TRAK’s new YouTube channel, POTATO. The channel, which will feature new music, videos, and exclusive interviews, just launched this week. In addition to Ridha, Kevin Saunderson also appeared.
For other streaming music, Ultra Buenos Aires and Chile will be available to watch in live HD video stream on February 23. All performances of Ultra’s international festivals can be seen on UMFTV.
For those of you who can’t see the hype over Sirius FM or iHeartRadio, more and more terrestrial EDM radio programs are popping up. The latest is the return of Metropolis to Los Angeles’ KCRW-FM 89.9. With Jason Bentley hosting, the program fills a 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. Saturday time spot.
As proof that social media and EDM work together, Steve Angello and MTV recently partnered for a Catfish: The TV Show campaign. Angello, essentially, is going under as a “catfish” on Facebook, and fans, through clues and Facebook Graph Search, can try to find him.