A new book, Lady of the House, celebrates pioneering women in house music.
Written by music promoter Laila McKenzie and writer Ian Snowball over the last eight months, Lady of the House is a “hardback coffee table style book,” centered around the women who have contributed, and continue to contribute, to making the house music scene what it is today.
The book features over 120 interviews and photos with women in the scene, both past and present, including DJ Paulette, Candi Staton, Rowetta, Kym Sims and DJ Maxxine, as well as Anja Schneider, Black Girl/White Girl, Ellen Allien and Nicky Trax.
Speaking about the book, McKenzie and Snowball said: “The Lady of the House is so much more than just women in house, it’s about women being creative and doing what they love to do. In a time where so much change has happened & so many inequalities have been brought to light over the last year we want to ensure the legacy of women’s power is passed down to future generations. The interviews are rich will stories of determination, empowerment, inspiration, challenges, passion, education, having goals and, simply realising dreams.”
A Kickstarter has been launched to pay for the publishing of the book, with a number of pledges offering different rewards and the target set at £25,000. You can donate to the Kickstarter here.
Available to purchase in the U.S., the merch has been made in collaboration with ABC Kidswear and features two t-shirts with Vintage and Big Buick motifs, alongside two hoodies emblazoned with the duo’s name.
You can see the full range via ABC Kidswear. Products are priced between $25 and $40.
Underplayed, a documentary exploring gender inequalities in electronic music, is now available on streaming platforms. The film highlights modern stars like REZZ, Alison Wonderland, Nervo, and TOKiMONSTA, but also pays homage to musical pioneers like Wendy Carlos and Suzanne Ciani. Underplayed debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, 2020. At the time of the film’s premiere, REZZ told Dancing Astronaut about her involvement in Underplayed.
“After years of being asked the annoying question of, ‘What is it like to be a woman in the industry?’ I am grateful to be a part of a documentary which best showcases the world of women in electronic music. This documentary shares a contrast of sides in regards to the hardship and struggles women face, while also showing the gratifying highs, success, and progress made thus far.”
Everybody could use something to look forward to these days, right? How about Flying Lotus plus African samurais, mechs, and magic?
This one was too good not to share. Flying Lotus has been a perpetual advocate of both great music and innovative visuals, including ongoing collaborations with visualists and animation (including with Adult Swim), too many to mention. His Brainfeeder parties took over an oversized cinema for a reason. But mixing this masterful Grammy winner with anime holds more promise.
Yasuke has historical source material – he was a retainer of African origin who served in Sengoku period Japan (late 16th century). For Netflix, the creators ran with that to produce a fanciful world in which he is “the greatest ronin ever known” and medieval Japan has some mechs and magic thrown in.
Here’s what LeSean Thomas, creator, exec producer, director, and showrunner says in a statement released by Netflix:
There is a serendipitous nature about this project, how an African-American man goes to Japan to live and work amongst the very best in Japanese anime to create an anime about an African who goes to Japan to live amongst the Japanese elite and become a warrior. Part of me deep down feels I was meant to create this adventure series with MAPPA, Flying Lotus, LaKeith & the rest of this talented team.
Yasuke is a fascinating, mysterious figure in Japanese history that’s drawn a growing interest in today’s media over the decades. I first learned of Yasuke’s role in Japanese history over a decade or so. The children’s book, Kuro-suke by Kurusu Yoshio, featured images that piqued my curiosity. To eventually learn that he wasn’t just a fictional character, but a real person, was exciting material for an adventure story.
I’m so excited for both longtime fans and newcomers to enjoy our reimagined take on this historical figure.
Mr. Thomas of course is also a legend – Black Dynamite, The Legend of Korra, The Boondocks, Children of Ether, Cannon Busters, plus a mind-bogglingly long resume as a comic artist and animator. You’ve seen his work unless you have been avoiding anything drawn for the last twenty years. Born in the Bronx, now based in Tokyo (previously LA, so closer to FlyLo’s haunts). But whereas you might have needed Crunchyroll to get access to some of his original shows, now it hits new accessibility on Netflix.
All I can say is, Steve, I am seriously stoked for this. 6 episodes are due on April 29. It’s refreshing just to see new imaginative series and not just big corporations endlessly mining the same IP. (Ahem. I mean – don’t get me wrong, I’ve been watching Disney Wars: Return of the Franchise Universe. But we need new stuff, too.)
And at a moment when electronic music is feeling a bit rudderless and cut off without live performance arenas, it’s great to see a venue other than only, uh, Bandcamp.
Stay tuned on this. Images courtesy Netflix – sorry, they’ve all I got, so you can imagine for now what FlyLo’s score will sound like.
For some actual music, you don’t have to look far. There was so much going on in 2020, but the deluxe Flamagra from FlyLo is well worth picking up if you can – an epic saga of the artist at the peak of his powers.
No one is going to have herd immunity anywhere in April, so I’m personally glad we’ll have something to watch and a new score to discover.
According to Gazet Van Antwerpen, a Tomorrowland spokesperson has said that holding the festival at the end of August and the beginning of September is just one of the options which could enable the festival to go ahead. The news oulet said that editors had heard the information “from various good sources.”
“A shift of the date is possible, a different interpretation of the festival is also possible, with more or fewer stages or acts” Tomorrowland spokesperson Debby Wilmsen said.
Elsewhere, more festivals are announcing line-ups and dates as vaccination programs and rapid testing facilities are rolled out across the globe. In January, Tomorrowland favourite and trance legend, Armin van Buuren, announced A State of Trance (ASOT) festival 2021. The first show will take place on Saturday 3rd September, at ASOT’s usual home of Jaarbeurs in Utrecht, before a second performance on the 4th September. Each show will take place under the same umbrella theme, Turn the World Into a Dancefloor, with Saturday’s showcase paying tribute to twenty years of ASOT, and Sunday’s event “looking forward” to ASOT’s future.
Introducing The Space Station, our exclusive Audius playlist focused on exposing new and exciting music from independent artists.
Since 2009, Dancing Astronaut has been sharing music for the love of it. Like many electronic music fans, we grew up on Soundcloud. We got our start sharing mash-ups, bootlegs, and remixes from then unknown artists who were pioneering a new style of sound on the internet. Unfortunately, those days are far behind Soundcloud, but our crate-digging and music-sharing obsession is still going strong. And, if you’re anything like us, you’re sick and tired of seeing the same artists populating every EDM playlist on Spotify.
So where do you turn? The answer is simple; AUDIUS.
Finally, there is new platform that’s as exciting as Soundcloud felt during those early years.
Every week, we’ll be updating The Space Station. On it you’ll find some familiar faces and plenty you’ve never seen before — and that’s the point. No label plants. No walled gardens. No slotting fees. Just good music, updated every week.
This week we’ve got exciting new music from The Reindeers, Dillon Francis remixing Daft Punk, a bad ass edit of Breach’s classic “Jack,” a Kanye West bootleg from back before Kim ruined him, a house highlight from Nick Martinez, and over 30 other tracks that you won’t find anywhere else.
We’re looking for submissions from creators and producers to submit their music to us to be featured on the playlist. No matter the genre, let us hear what you’re making.
Many artists will release under a new moniker when they feel that their creative edge starts to push the experimental boundaries of their accepted sound and alias. Brazillian musician Amon Tobin seems to flip this script, however, using his Two Fingers pseudonym as an outlet for the bass-driven ideas that land just a bit too close to the realm of conventional for his main line of releases.
Two Fingers’ latest release “Seesayer” exemplifies this approach, fuzing a headrocking glitch-hop beat with a raw and melodic sound palate, all without sacrificing an ounce of Tobin’s second-to-none production wizardry. Ideal for anything from the club to a sci-fi soundtrack, “Seesayer” may be brought to life by its melodies, but finds its power among Two Fingers’ consistently crisp and explosive percussion.
“Seesayer” is the first release of 2021 on Nomark Records. Stream the track in all of its crunchy, bassy glory below.
Paving the way of the electronic music industry for over 20 years, Defected Records pioneer and Glitterbox founder Simon Dunmore has just released the trailer for the upcoming documentary about the club phenomenon. The feature film will premiere on March 18 via YouTube.
Where Love Lives is a film meant to encapsulate all that the dance music brings into its communities. Belonging, liberation, expression, and the power to be ones self lie at the forefront of the club scene and the documentary, appealing to dancefloor devotees around the world. Soundtracked by club music, the film rings in a sense of unconditional acceptance and inclusiveness to all, no matter their identity.
Where Love Lives includes exclusive interviews with nightlife names like Billy Porter, Honey Dijon, Kathy Sledge, and many more. Directed by Brilliams and produced by clockwise.film, WLL was filmed over six months in Glitterbox’s New York, Ibiza, Paris and London locations. On his intention for the film, Brilliams states,
“Everyone has their own journey to the dancefloor and their own voyage of self-expression to navigate. Through the stories of the kaleidoscopic family of performers that give Glitterbox its heart and soul, we set out to show why those journeys are so incredibly important.”
Electronic music veteran and industry pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre releases the first remix of his careerfor his undertaking of Deathpact‘s unreleased single, “ID.” Despite having released 21 studio albums that have generated more than 85 million album sales worldwide, Jarre’s portfolio has consisted of solely original releases, marking this debut as a monumental milestone.
Jarre’s remix spawns a seven and a half minute long audiovisual journey that keeps the danger alive, both in parts thanks to the ominous metallic undertones and equally suspenseful graphics. Jarre’s remix of “ID” contributes to a growing list of remixes that Deathpact has released. Other remixers have included Claude VonStroke, REAPER, and CloZee among others.
Jarre praised the mysterious Deathpact in a statement. On his interpretation, he shared,
“Deathpact is an absolute unique act with a singular sound. This ‘ID’ is a great schizophrenic track with different moods. This is what I tried to push in my Rework.”
On March 6, Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome opened up to accommodate 1300 people for a COVID-19 study. As part of several government-backed research events, the live event aims to explore the risks of reopening venues and support advisers in making decisions on nightlife restrictions. As of now, all bars and restaurants in the Netherlands have been closed since October 2020.
Out of 100000 applicants, 1300 individuals were selected to participate in the four-hour event, enjoying sets by Sam Feldt, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, and Lady Bee. Attendees were sectioned into six bubbles—five of them with 250 people each and one with 50—and asked to follow different sets of rules. The degrees of restrictions varied from wearing a mask at all times to only wearing masks when moving to not wearing masks at all.
All attendees were required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test 48 hours before the event. As Amsterdam’s largest music arena, the Ziggo Dome holds a normal capacity of 17000. While the latest event was only a temporary return, clubbers can remain optimistic that live music is just down the road.