Persian-American DJ/producer/Blue Orb Records owner Bardia Farhadian brings an international perspective to his amazing body of work. Having lived in Iran and Turkey, his present locale in San Francisco continues to inform and inspire his productions which have been released by a variety of labels including AudioGroove, Hooked, Infected and Muzik Groove. August 31 sees the release of his Doing Alright EP on Stacy Pullen’s acclaimed Blackflag Recordings, and we’re pumped to world premiere the title track.
“I knew Stacey from years past,” Farhadian explains. “I have opened for him about four times at different shows. At the BPM Festival in Mexico, we talked about a new track I was working on. I sent him ‘Doing Alright’ and his feedback was ‘Yeah, bro, bomb.’ Getting signed by Blackflag [has been the] highlight of my summer.”
Hit the play button below and allow this monstrous tech-house stormer to rock your world.
Jimmy Edgar continues to carry the Detroit spirit further into the future with the release of a new EP. Over the years, Edgar has made records for a wide array of impressive imprints, from Warp and Hotflush to !K7, but in 2013 he launched his own label, Ultramajic, and his creativity shows no signs of slowing down. On September 18, Ultramajic will unleash a new five-track EP (if you count the “digital exclusive” cut “Tik Tok” which is worth going the download route in and of itself) entitled Shine.
The press materials for the upcoming EP engage in some highfalutin’ talk about “mystic philosophy” and “metaphysical embodiment,” whatever that may mean, but to these ears it simply sounds like Edgar doing what he’s best at, which ought to be enough for anybody. House, minimalism, and more collide within these cuts, all drenched in the kind of Motor City flavor that’s second nature to Edgar. So keep an eye out, whether you’re in the market for metaphysical embodiment or merely a fresh batch of banging tracks.
1. Let Me Tell U
2. The Dip Chair
3. Two of Wands
4. Feel What It Is
5. Tik Tok [Digital Exclusive]
Remember a while back about the ways in which SoundCloud was about to become unpopular? Well, it looks like you can add another one to that list. The U.K.-based performing rights organization PRS For Music has announced that they’re launching a lawsuit against SoundCloud for streaming their catalog without compensation. In an official statement, PRS said that they’ve been trying to negotiate the issue with SoundCloud for five years, and that they’ve finally come to the point where legal action has to be taken.
The statement goes on to explain the details of the problem, saying, “When a writer or publisher becomes a member of the Performing Right Society, they assign certain rights to their works over for us to administer, so it’s our job to ensure we collect and distribute royalties due to them. SoundCloud actively promotes and shares music. Launched in 2008, the service now has more than 175m unique listeners per month. Unfortunately, the organisation continues to deny it needs a PRS for Music licence for its existing service available in the UK and Europe, meaning it is not remunerating our members when their music is streamed by the SoundCloud platform.”
PRS says there are at least 4,500 of their tracks on SoundCloud, who has responded to these claims by taking down a mere 250 of them.
A contingent of world-class DJs including Cevin Fisher, Chris Liebing, Jellybean Benitez and Junior Sanchez will pay tribute to New York City club promoter Rob Fernandez at an event to be held on September 16 at Pacha. Fernandez, a veteran party promoter who regularly enlisted the services of some of the biggest DJs in the world as Pacha New York’s Director of Promotions/Bookings and purveyor of countless events held all over the Big Apple, died in July. One hundred percent of proceeds from the event will benefit Fernandez’s family. Tickets for the party and donations can be made here. Here’s a sampling of DJs expected to appear. More names are expected to be added to lineup after Labor Day.
Kirill Was Here
Richie Santana & Peter Bailey
Sleepy & Boo
Plus many more to be announced!
In retrospect, it seems like it was only a matter of time. Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, better known to the wide world as Daft Punk, created such a strong, signature sci-fi look with their robotic costumes and cartoonish personae that it ultimately would have been remarkable if there weren’t a pair of action figures inspired by them. Sure enough, now you can indeed avail yourself of miniature versions of Thomas and Guy-Manuel, visor helmets and all.
Surely you know the sort of person whose day would be made by getting these as a gift, if you aren’t already that sort of person yourself. The big question is: what does this mean for the future? Should we expect to see more and more of this sort of thing popping up as time goes by? Can a deadmau5 doll be far behind, for instance? He’s already more or less an action figure to begin with, after all. And it’s not as if there’s no precedent for this sort of thing — anybody remember the Kraftwerk action figures from a few years back? Maybe Daft Punk will start taking a page from Kraftwerk’s book and stage performances with the Thomas and Guy-Manuel dolls standing in for the real thing. If that happens, remember where you heard it first.
Kashaka — which is a rudimentary percussion instrument consisting of two small gourds filled with beans — is the musical alias of Brooklyn-based DJ/producer/drummer Eli Evnen, an emerging artist who has had nine songs featured in the Comedy Central show Broad City and has played and organized events at famed Williamsburg nightspot Output.
We’re thrilled to world premiere his debut effort for Lisbon’s Enchufada label called “AYYYEEEEE,” a track that’s pure fire.
Informed by his travels to Latin America, Jamaica and Ghana, “AYYYEEEEE” is a culture clash awash with hypnotic African chants, wicked beats and looped grooves and bass for days.
Hit the play button below and grab this free download while supplies last.