Do you remember how we announced the dates for our upcoming EB festival fall season back in June? Do you remember how we teased you with dates (did you save them?) and cities but not the acts? That was unkind, but let us make amends with the first big line-up reveal: on September 12th, in the Montenegro capital of Podgorica in our first open-air festival at Stadion Malih Sportova, we’re super excited to announce that Disclosure, Mount Kimbie and Retro Stefson will be making up the bill for the first EB Festival of the season.
Disclosure need no introduction of course, the British house duo made up of siblings Guy and Howard Lawrence have led a charge of crowd pleasing house and bass music right into the heart of the mainstream. Fellow Brits Mount Kimbie are still waiting for their first number one album—unlike those precocious Lawrence siblings with their debut Settle—but their textured, softly experimental brand of don’t-call-it-post-dubstep, subsequently broadened to take in the horizons of post-rock on their 2013 album Cold Spring Fault Less Youth, means that they’re well acquainted with heading up festival stages all around the world. Third on the bill is Icelandic indie band Retro Stefson, who will be bringing their nuanced and gauzy synth pop to the bill. The line-up is completed with local hero DJ Gilerz.
For those based in Montenegro, tickets are available from Monday August 5th at all four T-Centers in Podgorica, the T-Center in Budva and the T-Center in Nikšić (addresses can be found here). You can also buy tickets online by using the form below. In the meantime we’ve compiled a Spotify playlist at the end of this article featuring the best tracks from the acts. You can also read the feature from our latest print issue of our week spent in Montenegro.
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In this week’s Videodrome: audio-visual joy from the likes of Kanye West, Pantatones, Westbam and many more to explore.
#1 M/M – “8 (Dub)”
A trippy video for an excellent track, M/M is Brooklyn’s Michael McGregor, and I actually can’t wait for more.
#2 DonChristian – “My Crew”, directed by Sam Jones
The first time DonChristian appeared on our radar was back when Le1f was releasing his first mixtape. Watch the video and you’ll feel the Le1f-vibe: high fashion, beautiful people and cool art direction.
#3 Pentatones – “Bonfire”, directed by Kristin Herziger
Last month, Pentatones released their first full-length and “Bonfire” is the killer track on it. Watch the accompanying video above.
#4 Postiljonen – “Atlantis”, directed by Ty Olson
In this video, which actually looks like a car commercial, you can learn what the music is like on Skyer, Postiljonen‘s soon to be released album.
#5 Real Lies – “Deeper”, directed by Rollo Jackson
Real Lies‘ World Peace/Deeper 12-inch is just the first drop of an awaited trilogy of 12″ releases on the up-and-coming London imprint Sweet Exile. Here music video director Rollo Jackson, who has made videos for the likes of Hot Chip and Squarepusher, has produced a pretty decent clip.
#6 Samantha’s Vacation – “Samantha’s Vacation”, directed by Christine Jones
Man, what’s going on with these clips for 12-inches? Back in the day you needed a major label contract in order to come up with a cool music video on a little budget. Here’s the second one this week, brought to you by the always inspiring L.I.E.S. imprint. Ace track!
#7 Westbam feat. Bernard Sumner – “She Wants”, directed by Johannes von Liebenstein
Maximilian Lenz aka Westbam has released another full-length album this year which is packed with collaborations. One of these collaborations has Bernhard Sumner of New Order-fame on top. Can you handle this?
#8 Sigur Rós – “Brennisteinn”
Woah. Cool new Sigur Ros track off of their Kveikur album, which was released earlier this year through XL Recordings.
#9 Kakkmaddafakka – “Someone New” (Roosevelt Remix), directed by Erlend Øye & Marcin Öz
#10 Kayne West – “Black Skinhead”, directed by Nick Knight
Cant believe this is the first video for Kanye‘s Yeezus album. Pretty low budget and flat idea—or is it a leak of the unfinished version?
You might have been wondering about that ‘special guest’ we’ve been announcing two weeks ago for our upcoming Electronic Beats Festival Vienna 2012. Back then, things were already seething in the background, but unfortunately we haven’t been able to tell you (until now!) that James Blake will be joining Electronic Beats once again.
Following his performance at EB Festival Gdansk in April, Blake will be performing live once again, this time at Vienna’s Arena. This is a night we’ve been very much looking forward to anyway, but now we can reveal that James Blake will be premiering new songs and material during his live show on October 12th, 2012.
The young British artist and producer is in the midst of recording his sophomore album, and you’ll be able to be amongst the first to hear them. Besides that, our festival will be one of Blake’s few live shows scheduled for this fall.
Also new on the bill: EB resident Wolfram! Get your tickets now; it’s only 19€ only (plus ticket fees) for James Blake, Hudson Mohawke, I Heart Sharks, and more, and that’s a damn good deal in any country.
Photo: James Blake Live at Electronic Beats Festival Gdańsk 2012 | © Łukasz Jaszak
Musical barriers are disappearing step by step: We’ve recently presented the latest music video by post-folk songwriter Bon Iver‘s ‘Holocene’ on EB’s ‘Videodrome‘ and now there’s a new collaboration between Iver and singer / producer James Blake.
Their song ‘Fall Creek Boys Choir’ was premiered on BBC’s Radio 1 yesterday, and since then has made its way to blogs across the world. The meta description of the corresponding YouTube stream mentions ‘Enough Thunder’ in October 2011 – whether this is supposed to be a single, EP or even an album remains unsure for now, but we’ll sure keep you posted on this.
Both artists will be on (separate) stages across Europe in November so make sure to get tickets beforehand since these shows are very likely to be sold out due to the overhype both artists received during 2011. Listen to ‘Fall Creek Boys Choir’ below: