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As destination festivals continue to gain a foothold in the live events market, Kaskade is the latest DJ/producer to plan a branded event in international territory. In partnership with Festication, the organizer of Excision‘s Paradise Blue and ILLENIUM‘s Ember Shores destination festivals, Kaskade will host Sun Soaked from December 16 – 18 in Cancún, Mexico. Set at the Four Diamond Paradisus Resort and the Fiesta Americana Condesa, Sun Soaked will position sets from Kaskade and friends on Cancún’s white-sand beaches. The three-day affair will cater to attendees with one-of-a-kind day-to-night experiences soundtracked not only by Kaskade himself, but also by a select group of artists curated by the Kx5 constituent.
“Sun Soaked has become a unicorn in an over saturated festival world,” Kaskade said of the first-year festival. “A perfect trinity of sun, water, and sand. When we add music, everyone gets a day where they are elevated. Most people feel at least three times better than normal (*not a scientific fact but most likely true). I’m so excited to bring Sun Soaked to such a special location in Cancun, Mexico. The chance to stretch it out and see where we can take this vibe is something that is going to be extraordinary. I cannot wait to share it with you.”
Advertised as “the best weekend of your life,” Sun Soaked will offer a limited number of pre-sale packages ahead of public package sales on May 10. Register for the pre-sale here. Those who register will receive their pre-sale code at 11:30 a.m. ET / 8:30 a.m. PT on May 10. The pre-sale will formally begin at 12:00 p.m. ET / 9:00 a.m. PT, with the general sale set for 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT.
Packages reflect all-inclusive pricing covering hotel, food, drinks, and airport transportation. Travelers are responsible for purchasing and booking their airfare. Additional information on Sun Soaked can be found on the festival’s website.
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Crust Nation‘s iBoatNYC series has gone bicostal. In 2019, Crust Nation—one of the largest concert producers in the New York City metropolitan area—expanded its entertainment programming to include iBoatNYC. The largest multi-genre events hub on Manhattan’s waters, iBoatNYC will temporarily trade the Hudson for San Diego, California’s County Pier on June 10 for a Spinnin’ Sessions show date featuring Bassjackers and Firebeatz. Set on a Hornblower Inspiration Mega Yacht, the floating Spinnin’ Sessions will board at 9:30 p.m. PT, depart at 10:30 p.m. PT, and return at 1:30 a.m. PT. Tickets are currently available for purchase in Early Bird, General Admission, and VIP forms; bottle service packages are also being offered.
The County Pier stop is one of several iBoatNYC jaunts in San Diego this year and will extend the series’ long, rich operational history. To date, iBoatNYC—which is produced in partnership with Hornblower New York—has hosted more than 50 shows. Additional upcoming events on both the East and West Coasts can be found on Crust Nation’s website.
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George Riley has teamed up with UK producer Vegyn on a new single, called ‘Jealousy’.
The track has been released to coincide with the news that Riley has signed to Vegyn’s PLZ Make It Ruins label. You can listen to the song below.
‘Jealousy’ marks Riley’s first new music since her appearance on Anz’s 2021 single ‘You Could Be’ on Ninja Tune. She also released her debut project, ‘interest rates, a tape’, last year.
In 2020, Vegyn was one of a number of guests to appear on Duval Timothy’s album ‘Help’.
UK organisation Youth Music has launched the third round of its NextGen Fund.
Launched last year with the help of Butterz co-founder and DJ Elijah, Youth Music’s NextGen Fund is an initiative designed to help young musicians during the early stages of their career in the music industry. With grants of up to £2,500 available, the fund aims to break down financial barriers that stop many from being able to break into the industry.
The fund is open to creatives aged 18-25, as well as disabled people up to the age of 30. Funding is only available to musicians and other music-based creatives that are based in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales.
Artists, producers, songwriters, DJs, A&Rs and more are all eligible for grants. Prospective candidates with no experience approaching organisations like Youth Music for funding are seen as a high priority.
Previous rounds of funding have helped people in founding and running new record labels, as well as working on projects covering a variety of music genres. The first round of funding saw grants go to 37 people, while a further 34 received money in the second round of funding.
Applications for this latest round of grants will close at 5pm BST on 25th May. You can find more information, and apply, here.
Shortly after the sun set in Indio, SG Lewis would spearhead what, in retrospect, reigns as his “favorite experience DJing to date.” And for a creative whose soles have treaded stages and festival grounds around the world, that’s saying something.
Lewis’ appeal has steadily percolated since the Dusk, Dark, Dawn period, spanning April 2018 through June 2019. In 2021, though, the Brit’s identity as one of the American music market’s most in-demand imports crystallized with the release of times. His debut LP went on to earn the title of Dancing Astronaut‘s Album of the Year, an accolade that might be more expected of a sophomore or later long-form project. But across its 10 tracklistings and diverse but altogether A-list cast of collaborators—Lucky Daye, Nile Rodgers, Channel Tres, Robyn, to name just a few—times actualized as a glossy, concept-minded body of work that would—and has—invariably set the bar high for what’s next for Lewis.
In the time since times touched down in February 2021, SG Lewis sold out consecutive dates on his North American album tour and grew ubiquitous on festival lineups. CRSSD, Coachella, and Life Is Beautiful represent a small sampling of the events that have since put his name in bold type on their posters. All things considered, that Lewis’ three-hour surprise DJ set drew more than 10,000 attendees to the Do LaB stage is anything but eyebrow raising.
And though Lewis was hesitant to upload the set, citing his sentiment that “it felt like one of those moments where you had to be there,” a barrage of kind yet entreating requests for him to do just that moved the needle. “Listening back to it brings about so many great memories, and so many of you asked so nicely for it. I’ve never received so many messages about a DJ set before, so thanks to everyone for the lovely words,” he stated.
The kinetic merger of SG Lewis’ disco, house, and other musical sensibilities unfolds below, amid murmurs of a follow-up LP that, per Lewis, is currently in-progress.
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Bristol is getting a new shop devoted to second-hand records.
Disk Frisk will open its doors on 14th May at 4 Sommerville Road, just off Gloucester Road. To mark the opening, the store will host a free all-day opening event, featuring DJ sets from the team behind record label Dar Disku, Noods Radio residents Millie McKee and Tim Lawson, and a special guest.
In February, Kane Orchard and Corey Miller – who DJ in Bristol as Kayne the Hermit and Morey Ciller respectively – announced plans to open Disk Frisk as a physical shop space having previously sold records online. The shop will specialise in records dating from the 1970s through to the early 2000s.
“We’ve been working hard on getting the space ready and can’t wait to welcome you all here,” Orchard and Miller said in a social media post trailing the store’s grand opening.
Elsewhere in Bristol, a brand new festival will take place at Clifton Downs this September. The inaugural edition of Forwards will host the Chemical Brothers, Jamie xx and more.
Earth Trax will release his new album, ‘The Sensual World’, via Shall Not Fade on 20th May. Listen to the track ‘Dream Pop’ below.
The new LP from the prolific Warsaw-based producer and DJ – who also releases ambient works under his given name, Bartosz Kruczyński – follows the release of two albums in 2020. Like those releases, which drew influence from the sounds of cold wave, industrial and breakbeat, the 11 tracks of ‘The Sensual World’ pull from a wide array of styles, anchoring them around a firm techno foundation.
Elements of trance, EBM, drill, acid, ambient and dream pop all work their way into this collection, which sounds as luminous as its neon-hued artwork. From the ‘90s hardcore rave sonics and melodic vocal Orbitalisms of ‘Nowhere’ to the dub techno flutter of ‘Dazed’ and slamming warehouse beat of ‘Splash’, these tracks hit all the right notes, touching on each moment of a night on the dancefloor as they go.
‘Dream Pop’ sprinkles the warm n’fuzzy melodies and vocal chirrups of its title genre onto an ‘90s progressive house beat. If it’s blissed-out festival sunset vibes you’re after, look no further.
‘The Sensual World’ will be released on 20th May. Pre-order it here.
Kendrick Lamar has added a new teaser for his forthcoming album to his Oklama website.
A new link added to the page leads through to a black folder and a page called “master“. On that page is a photograph of a hand holding both a book with Lamar’s name and the album title ‘Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers’ on the cover, as well as two compact discs – one with “Morale” and the other with “Steppers” written on them, and each of them marked as a “master copy”.
Last month, Lamar revealed the title of his new album, which is his fifth to date, as well as that it would be released on 13th May. He did so, as above, by tweeting a link to his Oklama website, which was first launched last August.
Speculation is now mounting that the new record will be a double album, due to the two CDs that appear in the latest image on the website. No tracklist or music from the record has yet been officially unveiled.
‘Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers’ follows the Pulitzer-winning 2017 LP ‘Damn’, and is Lamar’s final project for Top Dawg Entertainment, his long-time label home. The US rapper is set to headline Milan Summer Festival next month.