Halloween Weekend is always a crazy party selection. For those of you still trying to decide where to be, All Hallow’s Eve hosted by Insomniac looks like a pretty good choice. Insomniac is no stranger to hosting major music events and they really put on a show when it comes to Escape – All Hallow’s Eve… just watch the trailer above.
This week was a difficult one in finding the right songs to fill this playlist. Hopefully you all find use of these. Seems like the line drawn between good music and music that is down right horrible is becoming more and more blurred these days. But what makes music ‘good’ be definition. That, my friend, is not set something set in stone.
Dillon Francis released his remix to “Some Chords” yesterday that will be on deadmau5 5 Years of Mau5 remix album coming soon. Make sure you check out the crazy “Work” remix. Pure festival shit. Should not have overlooked that Minnesota remix. Beyond that, it’s all over the place. Love the weekend.
You Know Films and Atlantic Records are putting together an interesting film about the influential 808 drum machine. The Roland TR-808 is a programmable drum instrument that changed the face of music all around the world. With such a huge impact on all types of music, you know the producers had to recruit some serious talent to appear in the film. Get ready to see legends like Phil Collins, Fatboy Slim, Rick Rubin, Questlove, Diplo and more talk about the distinct sound of this instrument.
The film is set for sometime 2015 and it looks like a soundtrack will accompany it too.
“Making a documentary about a drum machine, a piece of electronic equipment, is an interesting challenge. It has no voice of its own, so as a protagonist it’s rather difficult to mold a story around. 808 has really been a journey of discovery for me. One that led myself and the team to meet over 50 musicians and artists from all around the world, hearing their personal stories about the 808 and the music they created using its iconic sounds. Those artists and musicians are the real protagonists of the film and the 808, in the hands of our contributors, would change music forever.” – Director, Alexander Dunn
Another ThrowBack Thursday finds us digging back into the roots of this music and how much of it is derived from trance. For those unfamiliar with the subject, please take a second to look back on our post a few weeks ago on Robert Miles. Trance is a genre that requires constant rhythm and I thought the song “Adiago For Strings” was another checkpoint in electronic music.
The song came off of Tiësto‘s second studio album, Just Be. It’s a cover of a famous composition down by Samuel Barber and in 2013, Mixmag named Tiësto’s version the second best dance track of all time behind “One More Time”. Through his illustrious career, Tiësto has been able to keep his sound relevant and attractive. For the average fan nowadays, it may be hard to listen and recognize Tiësto in his 2005’s hit, “Adiago For Strings”.
Maybe one of the best parts about this season is when Halloween gets closer, dubstep maniac Figure drops his Monster Series. He’s been doing it for awhile now and each year never falters with material. Previous series captured the characteristics of horror film icons like Leatherface, Jason, the Wolfman, etc. While he’s run out of names, the creativity is definitely still there. If you’re in the mood to be terribly afraid and hear some of the hardest bass still alive today; Monsters: Volume 5 is where it’s at.
Figure begins his fall Terrorvision Tour tomorrow which is bound to be insane. Might have to cop some tickets. Get yours here.
Release Date: October 15th, 2014 | iTunes
The man with the midas touch, Diplo, just dropped a brand new remix of “Go (Blank Sea)” by Zola Jesus. This remix has heavy influences of that future bass/trap sound that has been popularized in recent years by producers like Flume, Cashmere Cat, Lido and others. You can tell that this vibe resonated with Diplo, and he is one of the best in the business at taking a style and honing it into his own unique product. Take a listen and buy this one above.
People love the new faceless musician, ZHU. He brings a smooth electronic pop rhythm that creeps into imaginations because quite frankly, that’s what he wants us to do. After an Australian debut and the scheduling of his first North American performance for Halloween Weekend at Day Of The Dead, looks like the East Coast is next in line. November 21st & 22nd.
ZHU keeps it stylish by placing posters all around NYC and decides to release his tickets in the trend-setting benchmark of the world. Tickets are on sale tomorrow at 5:30 pm in a select part of the SoHo district of NYC. Only 2 tickets per person but each ticket includes a limited edition vinyl. Sweet.
Along with this news, ZHU has given us a video to his song from his NIGHTDAY. EP, “Paradise Awaits.”
“I’m born with this mighty sin.”