Kid Cudi returns with first solo single since 2016, ‘Leader of the Delinquents’

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It has been four years since Kid Cudi has offered new solo material, though he’s certainly kept busy since 2016’s Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’. The Cleveland emcee linked with longtime collaborator Kanye West for a joint Kids See Ghosts project in 2018, and held down one of the year’s most buzzworthy sets at Coachella 2019. That summer, Cudi announced his seventh studio album, Entergalactic and now, nearly a year later, we have a first glimpse at the upcoming record with lead single “Leader of the Delinquents.”

The new single arrives via Republic Records and while there’s no official release date in place for Entergalactic as of yet, a fully fleshed album rollout seems imminent now. On “Leader of the Delinquents,” Cudi’s inimitable sound remains fully intact, turning in topical bars on the state of things from the rapper’s ever-creative perspective. With a new album up his sleeve and acting credits in HBO’s Westworld and this summer’s upcoming Bill & Ted reboot, Cudi currently has his foot to the floor with new material underway. Listen to “Leader of the Delinquents,” below.

The Streets and Tame Impala unite for ‘Call My Phone Thinking I’m Doing Nothing Better’ [Watch]

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The Streets have shared their lead single from forthcoming mixtape None of Us Are Getting Out of This Life Alive. Led by Mike Skinner, the English rap project will deliver their first full-length output since 2011’s Computers and Blues on July 10 via Island. Enlisting Tame Impala for a social distance-friendly music video, Skinner returns with an aptly-titled “Call My Phone Thinking I’m Doing Nothing Better.”

Following a year-long hiatus, The Streets returned to touring in 2018. The UK group has released a handful of one-offs in recent years, including “Surrounded,” “Take Me as I Am,” and “Call Me in the Morning.”

Tame Impala visionary Kevin Parker turned in a reimagining of the psychedelic outfit’s newest LP, The Slow Rush in isolation-appropriate style. Tame’s Australian and New Zealand tour dates have been rescheduled to December due to the global pandemic.

Watch the music video below and pre-order the mixtape here.

None of Us Are Getting Out of This Life Alive Track list:

01 Call My Phone Thinking I’m Doing Nothing Better [ft. Tame Impala]
02 None of Us Are Getting Out of This Life Alvie [ft. IDLES]
03 I Wish You Loved Me as Much as You Love him [ft. Donae’O and Greentea Peng]
04 You Can’t Afford Me [ft. Ms Banks]
05 I Know Something You Did [ft. Jesse James Solomon]
06 Eskimo Ice [ft. Kasien]
07 Phone Is Always in My Hand [ft. Dapz on the Map]
08 The Poison I Take Hoping You Will Suffer [ft. Oscar #Worldpeace]
09 Same Direction [ft. Jimothy Lacoste]
10 Falling Down [ft. Hak Baker]
11 Conspiracy Theory Freestyle [ft. Rob Harvey]
12 Take Me as I Am (with Chris Lorenzo)

H/T: Pitchfork

Deadmau5 and Steve Duda follow new BSOD EP with hour-long ‘No Way, Not Another Mix, Get Real’ [Stream]

Deadmau5 and Steve Duda follow new BSOD EP with hour-long ‘No Way, Not Another Mix, Get Real’ [Stream]Deadmau5 BSOD

Quarantine has been generally good to music fans as artists from all genres have been kicking it into high-gear with delivering consistent content and even a few surprises along the way. Last week marked a momentous reunion for electronic music fans as deadmau5 and Steve Duda revived their joint project, BSOD, after a lengthy hiatus.

Returning with a brand new four-track EP, No Way, Get Real, the producer pair stayed true to the gritty, electro-house roots the project was originally built on. To provide an alternate listening experience, BSOD have whipped up an hour-long No Way, Not Another Mix, Get Real mix. While the session contains all of the EP’s new material, BSOD take their diehard fans as well as new fans through their catalog, including favorite cuts such as “Game Over” and “Super Breakfast,” and even slide in a cut from their other side hustle, WTF?. Listen below.

Tracklist:
BSOD – Afterburner
BSOD – Lollercoaster (Kinda Funny Mix)
BSOD – Pitches Love Me
BSOD – BSOD (Better Sounding On Drugs)
BSOD – Fives
BSOD – Game Over
WTF? – Chicken
BSOD – Super Breakfast
BSOD – A Bit Sketchy
BSOD – Milton
BSOD – Allpassing Lane

Rekordbox 6: Ableton Link, sync with Dropbox and Beatport and promos, find lost tracks, more

Pioneer’s Rekordbox continues its play to be the DJ software to beat – and there’s a ton of stuff in the latest release pretty much everyone will want, from cloud and mobile sync all the way up to some powerful live visual features.

There’s a ton of stuff here, whether you’re primarily using Rekordbox as your library management tool before you play with CDJs, or if it’s what you actually play in (or run live visual shows and lights in).

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Ableton Link.

Cloud sync. You can sync tracks across devices and apps with Dropbox, and integrate with Beatport Link service, so that you aren’t constantly looking for promos and tracks you’ve bought. That also includes metadata – so –

iOS Mobile Sync. You can edit tracks on the companion iOS app, with your metadata in the cloud – meaning you have a palm-sized way of adding markers and adjusting beat sync. This will be especially great when any of us can leave the house again, but maybe by then we can also wish for an Android app? (And until then, hey, lying in bed going through tracks also has some appeal.)

Integrated promos. Inflyte is already the whiz-bang promo platform to beat – basically, it gives you all you need to send press and DJs your tracks and try to get them to send you useful feedback. (It’s the new place to get “Downloaded for R Hawtin” and later claim that was “supported by.”)

Now those promos show right in Rekordbox, so presumably producers can skip the steps of DJs digging through promo inboxes when they make mixes. I have more to say on this topic soon, but for now it’s an intriguing idea.

Combine that with Beatport Link, and at least in theory, there are more ways to get your music played by DJs, though whether that becomes overwhelming or even useful to the producer is a topic for another time.

Autorelocate Tracks. Don’t know about y’all, but I think I’m more excited by this than anything else here – especially since not all my promos come from Inflyte and not all my music from Beatport.

But all my music is now scattered on my hard drive in novel ways that Rekordbox 5 couldn’t handle.

I bet I’m not alone. At the very least, if this sounds like you, I promise you a comprehensive test of what happens when someone has zero interest in organizing files and zero patience in software’s general ineptitude at, you know, search. Fingers crossed on this one.

Updated UI. Now also has light/dark skin settings to match your OS.

3Band waveform. Humankind still struggles to work out how to provide a useful visualization of sound data. This takes waveforms and breaks them up by high, mid, low. Let’s see if that’s useful.

Filter by Attribute in Collection and playlists – handy.

Plus more visual goodies

Rekordbox doesn’t just want to be the thing you use to load up your USB stick for a CDJ, or even just another DJ app to compete with Serato and TRAKTOR and their ilk.

It also wants to run your show.

Rekordbox 6 has almost as many visual/show control improvements as music and library management additions.

The Lighting panel now has an Ambient mode and DMX Direct Control.

And there’s more:

  • Ability to add video files to audio playlists.
  • Added [All Audio] and [All Videos] in the tree view.
  • Ability to add tracks from streaming services streaming tracks to playlists.
  • Blinking interval when Strobe (Middle) is selected on the Lighting panel.
  • Added copy feature for venues and scenes in Lighting mode.
  • Added Moving Head pan/tilt limit setting and tilt reverse setting in Lighting mode.

There are actually people out there using this stuff. That’s partly for the same reason that the CDJ and DJM are so popular, which is there’s an army of Pioneer sales, support, and venue and artist relations roaming around the world to make it happen.

New pricing

You had to figure this would come at a cost. The big shift is that Rekordbox is moving to subscriptions, like so many products now.

The free version is still free – and you can unlock features with hardware, which I expect for many users will make the most sense. (You’re unlikely to use the advanced features with just a mouse and no controller, that is.)

The bad news is your old licenses don’t apply to the upgrade if you don’t have hardware that unlocks this.

The flipside is, the high-end version – with all the video and DVS – is now a better deal.

Just don’t panic – the Export mode is still in the free version, and you can actually even use performance features on PC/Mac, which means you don’t have to pay just to unlock those features when you’re away from your controller. And that’s handy – sometimes you want to try mixing two tracks together before you export them to USB.

So, free:

  • Export mode
  • Performance features controlled via PC/Mac

Core (6.99EUR-USD a month, discounted from 9.99EUR-USD regular):

  • Adds performance features
  • Adds DVS control

Creative mode ($/€9.99 a month intro, regular price to be 14.99) is where the big stuff is at, and since your hardware only unlocks “core,” you might still wind up having to pay for it:

  • Cloud Library Sync
  • Lyric feature
  • Video feature
  • Sequencer
  • RMX EFFECTS

I am not normally a fan of one player dominating the market, personally, but Rekordbox solves an extraordinary set of use cases in a way its competitors don’t even touch. And hey, the computer DJ experience it offers – which was once pretty deficient – has improved a lot.

When it comes to visual features and performance, Serato remains the functionality rival. So there’s your horse race – especially because Pioneer’s advantage of being the CDJ company is for the moment erased by the fact that there are no festivals or clubs. (Ahem.)

I’ll definitely be trying this out with some mixing soon – and will talk to some of the people working with its advanced video/show features. (They’re still working away, even in the lockdown.) Stay tuned.

Don’t miss their updated macOS info:

https://rekordbox.com/en/2020/04/important-notice-for-mac-users/

Download and more info:

https://rekordbox.com

Paris Hilton building her DJ set at home is unintended zeitgeist genius

“It looked so cool on Amazon but now it just looks … so small.” Paris Hilton binges on props for her new DJ set, and it’s hard to look away.

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I’ve frankly never understood the hostility toward Paris Hilton, whose DJ career is more the extension of a privileged elite running a brand empire than it is anything particularly to do with “DJ culture” elsewhere. She commands higher fees than many other people in the top tier, but then – she has a multibillion dollar fragrance business. After all that Page Six nonsense years ago in New York, it seems like she’s just morphed into a full-time business mogul. Booking her is more like booking Vidal Sassoon if somehow he was in a transporter accident with Barbie and their patterns got mixed. (Apologies – all metaphors during pandemic lockdown may soon somehow involve Star Trek. Be warned.) And now she does EDM.

But here she is, in her mansion. It’s all the paradoxes of the current situation in one. We’re all in this together – except some of us are worth billions, and face none of the problems that really make this pandemic so dangerous – heck, here’s one DJ who’s even working. We’re projecting joy and happiness, “literally” (imagine Paris’ voice saying literally with a vocal fry) with unicorns and rainbows and balloons. But even Paris is alone.

And for anyone who has trashed Paris Hilton or wondered what her actual life was like, here is some … remarkably realistic footage of her unpacking a bunch of Amazon boxes and forgetting what they even are.

I find myself fascinated by her channel in that – there doesn’t seem to be any layers to what she presents. It’s a knee-high golden plastic ferret statue, pugs in costumes. It’s like Martha Stewart on acid and a sugar high. It’s calibrated but… there doesn’t seem to be anything behind the curtain. It’s over nine minutes of just unpacking Amazon boxes.

I don’t know what Paris’ DJ set will be like. I’m not sure it matters. (She did train with the best – Mike Henderson, aka DJ Endo, gave her intensive lessons and actually speaks highly of her chops.)

Forget the DJ set, though. Maybe the best audiovisual set of 2002 is just looping Paris Hilton unpacking Amazon boxes of flimsy, tiny commodity Shenzen LED and “laser” toys and gnomes and metallic-chrome easter bunny and “what is this?”

Karl Lagerfeld “well, not him, but … an inspiration of him … as a pug … it’s pretty sweet” — on a, what is that, a fire extinguisher? A seltzer maker bottle? One made to look like a fire extinguisher?

To quote Paris Hilton in a (tone-deaf, given the preset moment) quote: I’m literally dying.

This can be the “looped yule log fire” of the pandemic – well, on top of that Apollo 13 dialog. (Combine them for some real art – endless Amazon mysteries and Apollo crisis.)

I can’t even find half of these things on Amazon, and I thought I did Amazon. Maybe Jeff Bezos keeps a special warehouse full of the weirdest stuff just for Paris. I feel like the ghost of Andy Warhol would watch this.

But if you’re wondering why the hell I’m on this tangent, I want to say to the DJ community:

Make something this surreal and accidentally relevant. At least if we have cameras pointed at us.

Chromeo delight with social distance-themed parody tune

Chromeo delight with social distance-themed parody tuneChromeo Credit Tim Saccenti 2

On April 3, Chromeo fans were thrilled to discover the Grammy-nominated duo had taken to Instagram to release their first “quaran-jam” called “Clorox Wipe.” The video showed Dave 1 and P-Thugg crafting a funky tune about staying clean and healthy in the time of coronavirus, with amusing lyrics to accompany the groovy melody.

If I could reincarnate, tonight / I would be a Clorox wipe / ‘Cause I know in this climate, you might / Finally want me in your life / I would have a purpose, I’ll be at your service / Let me wipe your surface, ’cause that don’t make me nervous / I’ll be so effective, you won’t be affected / I’m not trying to be your man / I’m just your disinfectant.

The following week on April 12, the duo shared a follow-up to “Clorox Wipe” entitled “6 Feet Away.” During the sophomore “quaran-jam,” the artists encourage social distancing with the following lyrics:

“I saw you at the grocery store, I couldn’t even say hi / I saw you in the parking lot, I couldn’t catch your eye / They’re gonna scream at us if we’re talking too close / But I’m alone in my house and it’s you I need the most / When it’s all over I won’t miss this / Right now I’ma go the distance / I’m just gonna love you from six feet away.”

With the question “should we do one of these a week?” it seems likely that the duo will be doing more of these as worldwide social distancing and quarantining continues.

Photo credit: Tim Saccenti

Disco Donnie buys back company from LiveStyle, returning to independence

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Electronic music festival pioneer James “Disco Donnie” Estopinal has announced that he has re-acquired sole ownership of Disco Donnie Presents (DDP), the namesake company he founded 26 years ago. This historic acquisition comes after Disco Donnie became the first company acquired by SFX. Disco Donnie then survived SFX’s subsequent bankruptcy, becoming a part of LiveStyle.  

In the wake of scores of corporate acquisitions by Live Nation, AEG and SFX, Disco Donnie is making a name for himself yet again by purchasing his business back in the midst of such uncertain times given the COVID-19 pandemic. Disco Donnie Presents brings along a strong portfolio of festival brands with it in its newfound independence, including Ubbi Dubbi, Sunset Music Festival, and Freaky Deaky Texas. As DDP maneuvers through the challenges associated with the COVID pandemic, the company’s current plan is to deliver two festivals in 2020, Sunset 2.0 and Ubbi Dubbi Gets Freaky Deaky Texas. 

DDP originated in 1994 in New Orleans, and the brand steadily grew its footprint as an independent promoter in secondary markets by bringing top-tier electronic performers to cities like New Orleans, Dallas, St. Louis, Tampa, and Houston. Now that the brand is back with its creator, Estopinal will prove himself and the company again as a live event powerhouse. Disco Donnie Presents directly contributed to the rise in popularity of electronic music worldwide, and given its newfound freedom, one can only expect DDP to continue delivering top notch entertainment as one of the leading promoters in electronic music anywhere. 

Photo credit: Rukes

Disclosure return to the Boiler Room with another fresh isolation mix

Disclosure return to the Boiler Room with another fresh isolation mixDisclosure Simon Emmett Bw Billboard 1548

Boiler Room has been on a roll as of late, bringing constant streaming content from heavy-hitters like Four Tet, Dixon, and Disclosure, who returned this week for a third dance-provoking isolation mix.

The 90-minute set is streamed from Guy’s stateside residence, and as the opening sample the stream suggests, puts the esteemed crate-digger’s preference of “rockin’ over obscure beats” on full display. Guy’s brother Howard, the other mastermind behind Disclosure, is still in the UK, but duo’s deep grooves remain in full effect. Guy weaves effortlessly between funky under-appreciated cuts and smooth modern productions, stirring up mix that’s as bound to time as it is location (not at all).

Boiler Room has also teamed up with The Global FoodBanking Network, where they’re asking listeners to consider donating a piece of what they’d spend on a night out towards providing crucial meals to those struggling with poverty in addition to the global pandemic. The initiative has already raised more than $20,000, but is still accepting donations today.

Photo credit: Simon Emmett