Archive: July, 2012
Yesterday, Gianni Lee of Babylon Cartel released the final mixtape installment for the Trill Wave Series, Trill Wave Tres. The mixtape, which is brought to you by Babylon Cartel X Anml Hse and hosted by none other than Panda Reemy features many of the artists from previous Trill Wave mixtapes along with a few surprises and new comers to most definitely look out for. Besides the dope sound, we are loving the original cover art and design featuring Danii Phae styled by Aaron Ramey and Hiwote Swan. Plus we're listening now and let's just say, it's definitely wavy. Make sure you snag your free download here.
Black Scale has collaborated on clothing capsules with a number of artists and other lines in the past, namely A$AP ROCKY, Curren$y, and Frank 151. Now they can add to their roster of collab with two heavyweights in the current music scene; Fool's Gold and Danny Brown.
This Friday, August 3rd, Little Baby's Ice Cream is opening the doors to their World Headquarters on Frankford Avenue. Ice cream, sundaes, shakes, floats, soda, candy, and chips will all be available for purchase. Starting at 5:00pm, local trio Go Deep featuring David Fishkin will be performing "Music for Meditation and Digestion." If you are already headed to the area for First Friday activities, make sure to pay a visit to Pete, Martin, and Jeffrey of Little Baby's to help them celebrate. Come hungry!
The IDentity Festival has become quite a spectacle this summer, already having made stops in the Midwest, Toronto, New York, and DC. It rolled into Philly on Sunday and was greeted with exuberance from the thousands of teenyboppers, house heads, and everyone in between. The all ages aspect of the tour lends itself to an extremely young crowd, as was apparent on Sunday. There are pros and cons of having such a young fan base, and electronic music is learning how to accommodate it. The vivacious audience was enthralled in each build, and exploded when each drop came. Here are a few highlights from some of the performers on Sunday-->
The dubstep wonders Noisia took the stage in the afternoon and was primed and ready to give Philadelphia its bass heavy injection. Their set flowed very nicely, ranging from dubstep, to drum & bass, to electro house. That kind of range pleases a lot of crowds, and it was definitely the case during Noisia’s performance. Select tracks included a fierce ‘Until They Kick Us Out’ remix, Nero’s ‘Me and You’, and Kill The Noise’s remix of ‘Diplodocus’, which ignited the crowd to say the least.
Arty has built a name on his uplifting and euphoric trance and progressive house productions, but in a major surprise he came out with mostly heavy electro house picks. This easily won the crowd over and he continued to impress throughout his set. His ‘Punk’ mix is always a crowd favorite, while a ridiculous ‘Rockafella Skank’ remix impressed everyone. He worked his way through the rest of his set until he dropped his ‘Spectrum’ remix, a track that is set to be included on the highly anticipated EP from Zedd.
The Dutch electro house duo Showtek has surprised a lot of festival goers with their powerful, energetic set. They were engaging the crowd, had a fantastic CO2 blaster, and really set the tone for the rest of the night. They dropped a lot of unreleased tracks, which is always nice to see in a set. Their new track "How We Do" with Hardwell went over extremely well. You should definitely expect to see more rave reviews about Showtek in the future.
The 18 year old French prodigy is one of the hottest commodities in electronic music today. His blend of electro and progressive house is impressive, but his ability to throw in huge rock n’ roll elements is truly special. Massive tunes like A-Trak’s remix of ‘The Night Out’, ‘Atom’, and Skrillex’s ‘Breaking A Sweat’ were huge, but his own productions are what really put everyone over the edge. His ‘Pop Culture’ track has already received over 12 million views on YouTube, and seeing it live was unbelieveable, while his new song ‘Finale’ was something else. This kid has a ton of talent, and the sky really is the limit for him.
Dubstep wonder Excision was a great addition to this show, in large part because he brings such a dynamic sound and style to the tour. In addition to his heavy hitting selections, a fair amount of Moombahton and Moombahcore picks gave his set a very diverse feel. Skrillex’s ‘Goin Hard’ mix, Crizzly’s ‘Chain Hang Low’ remix, and Delta Heavy’s ‘When The Rain Is Gone’ remix were exactly what the crowd had been clamoring for all night, so it is safe to say Excision delivered a welcoming and fantastic set.
Headliner Eric Prydz has an almost mythical status among EDM fans, and he showed everyone why. Prydz dished out Progressive House anthems one after another, building up the audience and culminating with each break. Selections included his own ‘Pjanoo’ and ‘Allein’, while Porter Robinson’s ‘Language’ has become a track that many DJs have fallen in love with. Eric Prydz was the perfect ending to a very exciting and impressive day.
Nothing says summer like a barbecue, and for the last 11 years, Steve Starr & Garry Maddox have been pleasing BBQ lovers with their BBQ challenge. Well to everyone's delight, the challenge is returning on August 11th at Citizens Bank Park. From 3:30-6:30, a cavalcade of restaurants and grill masters will be cooking up some of the finest barbecue that Philadelphia has to offer.
Yet another huge tour has been announced this summer, this time from everyone's favorite indie duo Matt and Kim. They have a new album titled Lightning set for an October 2nd release, and they will embark on a 2 month long tour promptly after it drops.
It's no secret that master designer Alexander Wang loves to collaborate with up and coming stars of the music scene, especially for his T ad campaigns. Previous campaigns have included Wang working with the likes of Diplo, Santigold, Spank Rock and Die Antwood. That's why his latest partnership with sassy, bad girl rapper, Azealia Banks, comes as no surprise. I mean, she was Wang's date for the 2012 Met Gala and she did provide music for his Spring 2012 AW campaign with Liya Kibede. In the latest video for T Alexander Wang she rocks it out in a vareity of crop tops we wouldn't mind getting our hands on as she raps "Van Vogue" from the EP that made her rap darling of the moment, 1991. Check it out below.
Kate Bracaglia, Philly.com Music Blogger
Believe the hype. This record rules.