Melbourne singer and producer, Chet Faker, walked away from Wednesday’s Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) Awards as the ‘Best Male Artist.’ His debut album Built on Glass, released this past April, premiered at the No. 1 spot on the ARIA Charts and has officially earned him the prestigious accolade. Though nominated for nine awards in October and also winning ‘Best Independent Release’ for his album, Faker’s collaborative single “Drop The Game” with Flume was beat out for ‘Best Dance Release’ by Canberra duo Peking Duk and their single “High”.
Ultimately, the achievement says a great deal about the state of electronic music and its prosperity within today’s mainstream music landscape. Chet Faker is now the second electronic musician to win ‘Best Male Artist’ at the ARIA Awards in the past two years after his buddy, Flume.
Check out the full list of 2014 ARIA Awards winners here.
At a time when music festivals have surged in popularity, one universal struggle that organizers continue to face is the ability to provide suitable Wi-Fi and cell service for festival goers and employees alike. New app Firechat, however, may be the next up-and-coming essential for large-scale events where cell phone towers may fold.
Firechat was created by San Francisco-based startup, Open Garden, and allows users to send and receive messages by using a smartphone’s Bluetooth and WI-Fi capacities to create a “‘mesh network’ of connected phones” — sans internet connection or cell service. Mesh networks permit the sender’s message to hit the receiver’s phone by passing through nearby devices. Whereas with traditional Wi-Fi and cell towers the more phones means weaker service, Firechat works best with a large volume of devices. The technology is possible because now Bluetooth and peer-to-peer Wi-Fi can extend 40 to 70 yards, allowing the formation of a network based on peer-to-peer connections.
Initially seen at Burning Man 2014 and again in Hong Kong during the government protests, Firechat is about to make its first attempt in the live entertainment sphere at the Bacardi NH7 Weekender in India. Open Garden’s CMO Christophe Daligault comments, “Hong Kong or Burning Man are both examples of situations where people either have or expect to have no connectivity whatsoever or patchy/unreliable internet/cell phone coverage. In fact, we had a big jump yesterday [Nov. 20] in Mexico, where Firechat jumped to No. 7 on iTunes because of the student protests.”
Borgore’s name has become synonymous with a few things over the years: raunchy antics, cheeky rap lyrics and, most importantly, throbbing, snarling dubstep tracks. Now, rising producer Ookay has stepped up to flip one of Borgore’s bulldozing bass cuts into his own sinister trap-inspired reimagining.
Ookay’s remix of “Last Year,” one of Borgore’s recent dub-rap crossover party cuts, takes the tune in a fresh new direction, injecting it with some mischievously playful attitude. Ookay warps the track from a gargling, violent dubstep selection into a bass-riddled, yet altogether chilled-out rendition. Selectively rearranging the Buygore executive’s vocals into modified synth layers, the remix tiptoes into a gritty day dream about future fortunes to come.
The remix will be available on Dim Mak Records on December 1 as part of the deluxe edition of Borgore’s #NEWGOREORDER.
The latest to take over Diplo & Friends’ slot on BBC Radio 1, Tchami is giving away his newest mix. Clocking in at a few seconds over one hour, the French newcomer demonstrates the newcomer’s penchant for unique productions. With two remixes of his own and an original in tow, Tchami places newcomers like Hunter Seigel and Throttle alongside Gorgon City and Destructo. Another unique addition to Diplo & Friends after Jack Ü and Feed Me took to BBC Radio 1, Tchami’s guest mix adds another stellar addition to the radio show’s roster.
Valy Mo – Tokyo Neon (Original Mix) Tensnake amp Jacques Lu Cont feat. Jamie Lidell – Feel Of Love (Boys Noize & Djedjotronic Remix) Jimmy Edgar – Walk Show (feat. DJ Rashad) Krimson – Hotshot Destructo – Dare You 2 Move (feat. Problem) Doug English – Hood Life Dougie F & DJ Fire – Back Up On It (Samisoni Remix) Jack Ü – Take U There (Hunter Siegel Remix) (feat. Kiesza) MUST DIE! – Hellcat (Habstrakt Remix) Aaron Snapes – Drum Beats (Kirin Rider Remix) Carnage, Erick Morillo & Harry Romero feat. Mr. V – Let The Freak Out Rob Base & DJ E‐Z Rock – It Takes Two (Tchami Remix) Oliver & Jimi Jules – Pushing On (Tchami Remix) Sam Gellaitry – Understanding Kenny Dope & Raheem DeVaughn – I Got Rhythm SBTRKT – New Dorp. New York. (feat. Ezra Koenig) Gorgon City – Imagination (feat. Katy Menditta) Shadow Child & Doorly – Piano Weapon Sam Smith – Stay With Me (Throttle Remix) Tchami – Promesses (Preditah Remix) Nice7 – Time To Get Physical (Sonny Fodera Remix) Anna Lunoec – Heartbreak In Motion feat. Jesse Boykins III (feat. Jesse Boykins III) The Code – Natural (Memeb Remix) Samuel Truth – Emerald
For their next pressing, Serato followed Nick Hook as he crafted his upcoming Collage V.1. The release will be accompanied by a five-part series; the first four parts document the creation of each track, and the last focuses on the record’s artwork, finishing touches, and pressing. “Jaco” – Collage V.1′s third song, which features Todd Edwards and Kilo Kish – is available for streaming below. It’s a beautiful electronic track featuring a lush instrumental driven by entrancing percussion, and both the sung and spoken vocal components fit the mood perfectly.
The release will be available electronically via Ninja Tune on December 16th, and the physical record will be available through the Serato store.
Dancing Astronaut welcomes prime UK house export My Digital Enemy to the Axis guest mix series this month. As stalwarts on the European circuits with label credits including Toolroom Records, Ultra and Steve Angello’s X imprint, the Brighton-based duo have fast become first-choice remixers and high end advocates of the sound. The groove is befittingly present throughout their inaugural offering to the series, scaling outright house gems, choice remixes and a handful of cuts from their own Zulu Records imprint for an instantly gratifying hour of upfront house music.
Hot off the heels of his European tour, and less than a few days away from releasing his first ever original track “Firestone” featuring vocals from Conrad which drops December 1st, we had one of our foreign correspondents, Courtney Thornley attend the sold out Kygo x Thomas Jack show in Dublin, Ireland to document the experience, so click on the jump to see what she had to say, and click on the link below for all of Kygo’s European tour dates!
I knew I fell in love with Kygo’s sound when he remixed Ellie Goulding’s “High For This.” I fell again when he remixed “Often” by my favorite artist, The Weeknd. But if the third time isn’t the charm! Norwegian DJ and producer Kygo brought his sold-out Endless Summer Tour over to Europe and it was far from disappointing. Kygo performed at The Academy in Dublin, Ireland this past Thursday, November 27, with opening performer Amtrac. After signing with Ultra/Sony Music and replacing Avicii at TomorrowWorld’s main stage, the 23-year-old’s fan base has since exploded and this could be seen from the venue change from Twisted Pepper to The Academy due to high demand. It was a sold-out show months in advance. But this was no surprise for Dublin since this was the city where Kygo’s first ever sold-out headlining show happened.
Kygo started off his set with of course his most popular remix that has over 18 million views on SoundCloud, Ed Sheeran’s “I See Fire.” But the crowd went absolutely nuts during his remix of “Younger” and “No Diggity vs. Thrift Shop.” You couldn’t find one person in the crowd that didn’t have their drink in the air, lip singing to the entire song. Unexpectedly he ended his performance with The Weeknd’s “Often.” Nonetheless it is his newest track out and is the second highest listened to remix on his SoundCloud. Kygo threw in a couple of surprise remixes like Little Talks “Of Monsters and Men” and even debuted a new track after the crowd refused to leave until he came out for an encore performance. This year has been an incredible one for Kygo to say the least. With his new single being released on December 1 and 2015 just over a month away, who knows what Kygo will dabble in next.
Sander Kleinenberg is European house music’s master of resurrection. Back in bed with camp Spinnin’ off the heels of the funky “We-R-Superstars,” his latest shot at the deep marks customized shot at the popular sound scope for 2014.
“Can You Feel It” is a deep and soulful intervention in the Dutch maestro’s indie dance etiquette, held together with strong production values and an inherently intimate demeanour. With a standout vocal offering from Gwen McRae sealing the deal, this is an emotive take on a popular sound that works to the credit of the infamous visual DJ and his return to the digital market. This isn’t the Sander Kleinenberg that rocked Renaissance, but it’s a welcome sign of life from one of Holland’s undying industry veterans.
In the past year, Giorgio Moroder’s return has taken modern dance culture by storm the same way his emergence did during his Donna Summer days. Thanks to Daft Punk, his revival has quickly been embraced by a wide swath of dance music fans who weren’t even alive during his previous heyday. The iconic producer has since left the robots in his rearview and is working on a brand new album of originals — but his remix work hasn’t slowed either. Moroder’s most recent release comes in the form of a remix for Joywave’s infectious hit “Tongues” and re-asserts the disco legend as a producer who hasn’t missed a beat.
Skrillex and What So Not stopped by New Zealand radio station, George FM, before Sonny’s stop in Auckland. The trio showed off some new tracks they’ve been working on, including his unreleased collab with What So Not and KLP, “Goh.” Sonny mentions that the track isn’t quite finished yet but you wouldn’t guess its just a demo on your first listen. The track itself appears around 10:30 into the takeover and is embed as a rip along with Skrillex’s entire George FM set.