With all this talk about 2016 being such a horrible year, at least the music didn’t suck.
Here’s my Top 50, built from my collection of monthly playlists. Listen, like and share.
See you in 2017,
Can you believe it’s May already? Time flies when you’re listening to good music.
April delivered just like March, with some great new music from Digitalism, NVDES, Phoria, Caveman and Broods, with newcomers RYDER, Romes and The Royal Foundry.
I can’t think of a more fitting name for the song “Go Time” by electronic trailblazers Digitalism. That driving bass and those climatic 80’s punk-pop synths really make a motivating, highly danceable track. Signing “Let’s get Friday out of the way”, this track belongs with a packed dance floor on a Saturday night.
The song (along with recent Hype Machine chart toppers “Utopia” and “Battlecry”) mark the return of the German duo, via the bands’ forthcoming album Mirage (out via Magnetism/PIAS May 13th). Dashes of disco, French touch, prog-rock, rave and hip-hop thrown into an eclectic sound palette that colors the 15-track Mirage.
Earlier this month, Digitalism also announced their European and North American headlining tours and have sold out this week’s Paris and London shows. With new dates added to their highly anticipated live tour, the duo are excited to be performing new material for their fans across the globe.
6 May – Cologne, Germany – Gebäude 9
13 May – Berlin, Germany – Ritter Butzke
19 May – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
19 May – Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right (DJ Set)
20 May – Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall
21 May – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
24 May – Chicago, IL – Double Door
25 May – Detroit, MI – Shelter
26 May – Toronto, ON – The Garrison
27 May – Montreal, QC – L’Astral
28 May – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
1 June – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
3 June – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey
17 June – Arhus, Denmark – Northside
18 June – Eindhoven, Holland – We Are Electric
24 June – Scheessel, Germany – Hurricane Festival
25 June – Neuhausen, Germany – Southside Festival
17 July – Berlin, Germany – !MELT Festival
10 Aug – Acquaviva (Siena), Italy – Live Rock festival
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August really must be the month for DJ duos here…. I wonder whats opening my ear up to these sounds? Regardless, I can’t deny the music.
Digitalism is a German DJ duo made up of Jens Moelle and ?smail T?fek?i. Since 2004 they’ve been doing solid work remixing the likes of The Futureheads, Daft Punk, Tiga, Klaxons and Depeche Mode. After many singles released on France’s Kitsune label, they released Idealism, their first full length (on Astralwerks in North America).
Check out the title track off the record.
The track that really got me was a remix that they did of Sono‘s A New Cage. You’ll find it on a summertime mix the duo made for the August issue of Mixmag, featuring bands like Lo-Fi-Fnk, CSS, Gossip, Get Shakes, and Spank Rock. Cam Lindsay from Exclaim! has got this post where he recaps the mix. Download the entire mix here, look for that song (unless you like to watch it in this form…).