One controversial statement defined this week – and not one from Deadmau5. For those of you unaware, Skrillex produced Korn’s latest album, and now the nu-metal band’s frontman Jonathan Davis mentioned that “North American dubstep is the new electronic heavy metal. It’s the filthier, the better in that world, and with heavy metal, it’s the heavier the better, so it’s kind of the same thing.” Do you agree? Too slow to dance to and too cacophonous to be pop, dubstep, by this description, may fit right into this musical continuum. At the very least, it’s better than listening to another decade of Fred Durst spouting bad rhymes to power chords.
Is he unplugging from the digital realm, or turning off his career for good? Deadmau5, in another blog post, talked about needing “quiet time” to get his work done. On the heels of last week’s live-recorded track, does this mean that Joel Zimmerman is focusing more on producing an album?
As far as other new music is concerned, Boys Noize and Skrillex may be working together under name Dog Blood, releasing a teaser titled “Next Order.” While this collaboration is still speculation, Boys Noize is putting out his next solo album in October, and just released new single “XTC”.
Martin Solveig, too, is gearing up for another album. More recently touring with Madonna, the “Hello” producer is preparing for an August 21 digital release in the U.S. and a physical one on September 8. Hits “Hello” and “The Night Out” are featured on the disc.
David Guetta, although not reported to be working on a new album, reteamed with Sia, the singer of hit “Titanium,” to put together another track, titled “She Wolf (Falling to Pieces),” which debuted at Tomorrowland. Earlier this week, Tritonal put out a single from their latest remix album Piercing The Quiet: Remixed. The track is “Something New,” featuring Jenry R., and is now on Beatport.
Along with singles, a handful of new videos dropped this week. One is Robbie Rivera’s “In The Morning,” featuring Wynter Gordon, which was inspired by his July 15 Governors Beach performance. MYNC & Senadee put out a video for “No Place Like Home”; the track is officially released on August 26 through Cr2 Records. The full video for Avicii’s “Silhouettes (Denim & Supply Remix)” premiered in full this week; this remix is part of the Swedish DJ’s collaboration with Ralph Lauren’s denim brand.
Above & Beyond put together a video featuring fan footage. Titled “#GroupTherapyLA,” the video focuses on their sold-out three nights at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium.
While the song is already out, the video for David Guetta and Nicky Romero’s collaboration “Metropolis” is currently being filmed. Street artist Mr. Brainwash is being featured in the video.
Flint has often been an also-ran to Detroit, but now the Michigan city is getting its own electronic music festival. Called Drop Fest, the one-day event was started by Flint DJ Jerin Sage and features three stages in the city’s downtown. Moogfest, a more established electronic music event, announced its 2012 lineup this week. Honoring Bob Moog, the festival will feature Primus 3D experience, Orbital, Richie Hawtin, Four Tet, Divine Fits, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Prefuse 73, and Exitmusic, and tickets go on sale today.
Aside from performing at Moogfest, Richie Hawtin made the news for another distinction this week. Joining the likes of Tiesto band David Guetta, the techno DJ is launching an app called Smudge. A collaboration between the DJ and Berlin developers Liine, the iOS app is designed to work with Ibiza club Space’s format, allowing the user to create new sound and light combinations.