Miami Music Week 2015: Day 2 Recap

NERVO_Miami Music Week

Fueling up for our second day of Miami Music Week (read our day one recap here) at the Sandia Bar and Grill at the Cardozo Hotel, we were treated to the taste of the true Miami flare. It’s a real bonus for restaurants to extend breakfast service to us late nighters (and all-nighters) during Miami Music Week. The outdoor ambiance of people watching, ocean breezes and the swaying palms offer a visual delight in itself. Add friendly salsa-dancing waiters and streaming salsa music that inspires passersby, including a man and his daughter and a skateboarder, to spontaneously break into dance once they hit the music stream completes the picture. Continue Reading

Premiere: Lulacruza – “Comandante”

Lulacruza

Alejandra Ortiz and Luis Maurette of Lulacruza make beautiful music together.

An electronic-folk outfit hailing from Colombia and Argentina currently living in Buenos Aires, they formed in 2005 after meeting at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Their gentle, heartfelt songs are deeply rooted in South American ritual and folklore, one that’s realized by using South American instruments, found sounds and field recordings which they manipulate through the use of electronics.

Veterans who have performed in over 50 cities in five countries (they’ve played notable music festivals such as Lightning in a Bottle, Beloved, Decibel and Chicago World Music Festival), an invitation from SubPop Records founder Bruce Pavitt to record at a state-of-the-art studio on Orcas Island in the Pacific Northwest informed Lulacruza’s upcoming fourth album, Orcas, which is one of their most intimate releases to date.

We’re pleased to world premiere the duo’s “Comandante” from the breathtaking and highly meditative album about love and nature, which was recorded, mixed and mastered by Vance Galloway (Nicolas Jaar).

“The paramo (high wetlands), another place in Colombia, is where ‘Comandante’ comes from,” says Lulacruza’s Alejandra Ortiz. “It talks about the powerful winds that command the clouds bringing the rain. I was walking through the paramo one day when strong winds came, and I could see how crucial they were in bringing the heavy rain clouds. To me, this force of the wind is akin to masculine strength. I feel it’s this elemental force that brought the song.”

Lulacruza’s Orcas is released via Jumpsuit Records on April 14, 2015. Watch their recently released visual album shot in Colombia, Esperando el Tsunami, directed by the renowned French film director here.

Miami Music Week 2015: Day 1 Recap [Gallery]

Miami Music Week 2015

Miami and South Beach come decorated in EDM, literally, for the annual Winter Music Conference. It’s embedded in everything, from the mobile billboard announcing the Robin Schulz Pool Party at the Delano on Sunday to “Carnage Loves Miami” on another, to the side of your cab brandishing a vinyl banner of Dada Life.

Riding with the cab windows down, in March, ’cause we can, we head to day 1 of the BMF Media hosted SiriusXM 808, Music Lounge three-day party and media gala at the classy and cool W Hotel Miami Beach, with its wealth of today’s hottest featured artists, special guests, and surprise fanboy sightings.

One half of dance music duo DVBBS mingled with the reverent and unmistakable Tommy Sunshine who schmoozed with up-and-comer Sam Feldt while in the background Chris Malinchak kicked off his housy set with “Happy.”

Rodg, Riggi & Piros, Michael Woods, Jochen Miller, Kygo, David Gravell, Heatbeat, MaRLo, Andrew Rayel and Dash Berlin shared the back-to-back six-hour spotlight leading up to the grand finale of Armada artist, Armin van Buuren, who maintained his perpetual and infectious smile to the delight of the moment and the intimate and adoring crowd.

Oscar G from Murk on the decks at Treehouse

With novelties abound in every direction, the poolside featured a popular beads crafting table to make message bracelets and necklaces. And this year’s party’s beverage of choice was Heineken and Jägermeister served with a variety of specially featured complimentary concoctions including a Mast’s Mule of vanilla with a kick from ginger and sliced jalapeño, an ice sculpture embedded with strategically placed Jäger bottles and a Jäger shots dispenser. When the main Jäger promoter, Cliff, comes up and comments at you ooh-ing and ahh-ing over their innovative party appliance and offers to share a round of shots with him, you can’t say ‘no.’

With the South Beach sundown long behind us the groovy sounds of Dom Donnelly opened Room 2 of Miami Beach’s Treehouse surrounded by its rustic array of fishing nets and dangling sea creatures. For the record, Oscar G from Murk (pictured above) clearly won the first day of Miami Music Week with his Frankie Knuckles heart shirt.

Lane 8 opened Room 1 with its trove of parent’s garage treasures including a hanging house-shaped planter made from a milk carton, an audio cassette recorder and an amber, owl-embossed ashtry. DJ Agoria wound down his electro-house set with the Hot Since 82 remix of “Recluse” before featured duo Dusky took to the decks and blasted their latest “Yoohoo” to an uproarious, packed and steamy crowd.

Not that you need the validation, but you know you’re at a great party when Tony McGuinness of Above & Beyond not only shows up early, but stays for the duration.

Images by Kathy Vitkus (@edmforlife)

Dev79’s SXSW 2015 Diary: Beats, Bass, BBQ

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After months of hype the 2015 edition of the annual music and technology schmoozathon known as South by Southwest is in the history books. Tons of emerging bands and DJs from all over the world performed, established acts flexed their muscles and hopefully some good connections were made and new music discovered by those who attended the gathering.

Uninterested in the array of mega corporate events which took place in Austin during SXSW 2015 (there were many), we asked first-time attendee Dev79, who co-helms the mighty Seclusiasis and Slit Jockey indie bass labels, to document his DJ gigs (sets at Geisha Room, The Ranch and Plush in Austin and an appearance at Beauty Bar in Dallas) and exploits in Austin from an underground artist/label owner’s point of view. Below he recounts his musical and culinary experiences.

Ayo! I had a great time rolling down to SXSW 2015. It was actually my first time at SXSW and my first time spending significant time in Austin. I tried to jam in doing as much as possible, while still being casual and having fun. Playing gigs, hyping my Seclusiasis and Slit Jockey labels and checking out sick music was the agenda for the week and was surely achieved. I also shot over to Dallas for a day to play with the Trillwave fam at their weekly.

I’m a big food nerd also so I wanted to chow down on lots of tasty stuff on this trip, and I was not disappointed. As I’d heard, the Austin food truck game is super on point, and I ate a plethora of yummy stuff, possibly highlighted but Peruvian Mahi Mahi ceviche (see photo gallery below) that was next level.

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I loved running into music scene friends on the street randomly and saw so many homies, including some people I hadn’t seen in 5+ years which warmed my cold heart!

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Pretty much every set I saw was killer —everyone was bringing their A-game and smashing it proper. It was inspiring absorbing it all in.

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I avoided the majority of the bigger corporate parties so I circumvented the annoyances that many people complain about, and I really had a very positive time overall. I’m looking forward to rocking down in Austin  next year!

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Shouts to Johnathan Thomas (pictured above DJing) on the bookings, my boy Brendan (pictured above wearing glasses) for driving my ass around all week and shouts to Big Shot for asking me to do this recap!

Check out Dev79’s remix of Dej Loaf’s “We Good,” Starkey b2b Dev79 for Serato and Dev79 for Future Classics.

Premiere: Cio D’Or – “Perspective II”

Cio_D_Or Semantica Records

Since 2004 German electronic-music artist Cio D’Or has been unassumingly blazing sonic trails over the trajectory of various artist albums, EPs and remixes for labels including Prologue, Semantica, Telrae, Hypnus and Time to Express. The architect of an ever-evolving soundscape encompassing minimalism, techno and ambient, her second album, all in all, will be released on Svreca’s Semantica Records on May 18, 2015. The full-length is a career-defining moment for this wildly talented artist, one where she presents her latest selection of captivating ideas that are rooted in art, not fleeting musical trends.

We’re extremely pleased to world premiere “Perspective II” from all in all, an expansive, suspenseful and highly cinematic offering. Have a listen below, and be sure to Cio D’Or’s latest on double LP and EP, CD and digital.

DJ Chart: Alex Bau’s Top 10 for March 2015

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Alex Bau’s Top 10 for March 2015

  1. Rebekah – “Transient Being” (Sleaze Records)
  2. Rekord 61 – “Sverh (Radio Slave F.Y.M. Remix 3)” (Konstruktiv)
  3. Stefan Weise – “Putty” (Punchis Black Records)
  4. DJ Emerson – “Non Human Beat (Markus Suckut Remix)” (Microfon)
  5. DJ Deep, Roman Poncet, Adventice – “Extracapsular Extraction” (Tresor)
  6. Alex Bau – “On Synth” (Cocoon)
  7. Developer – “Volume 1.1″
  8. Alex Bau & Steve Parker – “Kohorte” (Synewave)
  9. Morgan Tomas – “Binary Shift (Drumcell Remix)” (Reloading Records)
  10. Positive Merge – “Passage Of Time” (Credo)

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DJs, submit your top 10 chart along with a photo and we’ll publish them.