Rather than operate as a music news source, Electronic Beats operates as a music information source. We want to share with you; we want you to know what we’re hearing, what’s reverberating our cochleas and sending broader vibrations throughout our bodies, and by extension our audio-addled souls. Down with that? Welcome to Editors’ Choice.
Louise Brailey (Deputy Online Editor)
Lady Gaga – “Aura”
When I went to see Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball Tour in 201o, something in me died. It was when Gaga, in her highest pomp, reached out to her freaks… and a bunch of hair-bowed hen parties reached back. Three years, and one Born This Way later, I still believe there’s another “Bad Romance” out there, somewhere. This song isn’t it, but among the ideas slung together in fevered panic, I like at least two of ’em. Hate the line about the burqa though…
Moritz Gayard (Online Duty Editor)
Soom T & Disrupt – “I Need Weed”
When the year nears its end, as days are getting shorter and shorter, it’s time to replay classic dub reggae tracks to counterstrike the upcoming winter depression. The above is off of the genre-breaking Ode 2 A Carrot LP from 2010 – brought to you by Jahtari label head disrupt in collaboration with the Glaswegian MC Soom T. Play it loud.
Daniel Jones (Contributing Editor)
Bro Safari & Munchi – “Sin Compromiso” (Munchi’s Fuck Bitch Promoters VIP)
Because, even as we continue to intelligently dissect and reimagine musical structures for modern times, there’s still a little bro in all of us, and sometimes it wants hard-hitting moombahcore.
Michael Lutz (Print Duty Editor)
Knifefight – Knifefight
New York rap-poet Beans teams up with Ghostly’s Mux Mool for a conclusive occurrence in hiphop… a proper party record with “Feel Me” as one of the most played tracks in the office this week.
Jannik Schäfer (Social Media Editor)
Twit One – “All Night/ All Day”
Twit One is, simply put, one of Germany’s finest beatmakers. I had the privilege of seeing him perform once again last night together with lyrical genius Retrogott as luxury warmup acts for Kool Keith (who looked very pale in comparison). Twit One’s brand new 33 track EP Urlaub In Der Bredouille is coming out next week—this track is the first real look inside.
IAMNOBODI – “Elevated”
IAMNOBODI’s debut album ‘Elevated’ is quite the funky ride. The MC/producer thoroughly enjoys dragging Dilla through a trough of wavering funky bass groves. One to watch out for.
Read previous editions of Editors’ Choice here.
Last night marked the start of the Electronica Beats Fall festival season, taking place in the Montenegrin capital of Podgorica with Disclosure, Mount Kimbie and Retro Stefson. Cordula Schaefer reports. All photos by Ivana Bozovic unless otherwise noted; you can view more photos from the event here.
Picture a huge party with all of your friends and a relaxed live soundtrack; add some tickling excitement and you’ll have the Electronic Beats Festival in the city of Podgorica. Nestled in between the homes of a residential neighborhood of Montenegro‘s capital city, the small sports stadium was a choice venue for the open-air festival. While the weather opted for more challenging conditions, the audience couldn’t be bothered too much and was more than happy to follow the impromptu dance interludes encouraged from center stage.
The concert started off with an energetic performance by eight-piece synth-pop group Retro Stefson from Island, who also presented songs from their latest and self-titled album—which was released earlier this year. While the crowd needed a few beats to catch fire, a small but even more dynamic group used the available room to space out in powerful dance moves instructed from onstage. Even with showers kicking in, neither spectators nor performers let the relentless rain wash away the fun.
Mount Kimbie, by Jannik Schäfer
Following up, Mount Kimbie continued to draw eager dancers in front of the stage who didn’t let the unfriendly weather deter them. Most of the audience grooved along under a makeshift roof in the stadium center, adding even more to the house party atmosphere. The soundtrack provided by the electronic music duo consisting of Dominic Maker and Kai Campos from London hit just the right notes for this laid-back get together. Mount Kimbie released their second album earlier in 2013 and are currently touring the US and Europe.
The line-up’s terrific trio was completed by fellow Brits and headliners Disclosure. The duo of siblings Guy and Howard Lawrence took to the stage and performed in front of the seemingly ever-growing crowd that had braved the rain either soaking wet or huddled under one of the few umbrellas. Even though Disclosure had released their debut album just a few months back, their performance might have been the most eagerly awaited one. In this rainy, near-perfect summer night, the music certainly hit the right tones. And just like you would imagine a good party, true friends always stay until the end.~
Miss Podgorica? Head to one our other fall festivals, and stay tuned for live video footage from this event soon.
Lana, again. The poptress of the moment is the latest starlet to inspire a Mulberry design. The new bag comes in a variety of styles and will be available in May for £630. The 25-year-old singer, who was a front-row guest at the brand’s runway show in London yesterday, later performed at the Saville Club in Mayfair to an audience packed with very well-known celebrities. Believe it or not, here in our EB-Office I’m the only one left who’s with Lana. Who cares? I still dig how refreshing and unrefined she is, and the tragic undertones in her persona make me weep. Judge yourself; watch the snippet below:
Yes, we still have a soft spot for Lana Del Rey. Her debut album Born To Die was released yesterday and went straight to #1 on the iTunes charts in 21 countries around the world. When we learned that the Taiwanese animation news outfit NMA.TV made a very literal CGI retelling the rise of what we call LDR, we could not resist watching. The tiny movie tells Lana’s story better than we ever even knew. Be amazed by their interpretation of the full Lana Del Rey story, from her receiving the Hipster Runoff crown to her transformation into the oft-quoted ‘gangster Nancy Sinatra’ to her lackluster SNL performances. Have a watch below:
Lana Del Rey, yes we have a crush on you. But there have been so many remixes of ‘Video Games’ and ‘Blue Jeans‘ we were beginning to lose interest. Now her third single ‘Born To Die‘ has been reworked, and as we’re huge fans of Clams Casino‘s work, we had to give this one a shot. It’s definitely worth a listen, although the collaboration between the hot producer of the moment and close-to-overkill singer is kinda what you’ve expected: hazy beats in bed with slow-downed pop vocals.
The interesting questions is: who came up with the idea of these remixes. Her label, Universal? Or did Clams send edits out to Lana the same way he did it with Tyler back in the day? We don’t know. But we know we can’t get enough. If you feel us, check the remix out below, as well as Woodkid’s take on the same song.