Dance music has has exploded in the years since this blog began, but for fans size is not all that counts. The interest of the majors in EDM is here to stay and it represents the mainstream arm of a global dance sound still driven by boutique, vanity, and independent labels. After all, no matter how big the festival or bright the headliner, tunes from new and established independent labels dominate the sets. These labels are the primary incubators of dance music talent.
This series of posts recognizes that fact that interest in EDM comes from the ceaseless drive of individual tastemakers and tunemakers to make dance music available to people who want to listen to it. I will point out five more or less new labels that are worth listening to—the only thing they all have in common is releasing amazing music. None of them have been around for more than 5 years but all of them release some of the best dance music out there!
Today, Gabriel and Dresden’s new double CD mix Mixed for Feet is released. The title could not be more fitting. Reunited after three years on solo projects, Gabriel & Dresden are now in the middle of a North American and European Tour. This weekend, in fact, they are headlining New York’s Electric Zoo festival on September 4th. That’s good news for fans of house music–a trance influenced direction of the house sound has taken hold of popular taste. The call of the day continues to be genre-crossing, and Gabriel and Dresden are on the pulse of the moment with this mix. Along with tracks from Gabriel & Dresden themselves, there are tunes by Tiësto, Umek, Felguk, Dada Life, and Fedde Le Grand in the mix here. That type of range in selection is the surest sign of the current era of electronic music. Continue reading →
So…I’m a huge fan of the Kitsuné series, and its always a delight to get to write about it now that I’ve started blogging. I wrote about the last compilation, The Cotton Issue, over at NoVegans as part of my spring collection series over there. It’s only fitting now that I’m starting a series of posts here at my own blog, that I start with Ponystep, the tenth in the series. So here’s the Minimix by Jerry Bouthier. By the sounds of things Ponystep is going to be a real pleaser. Even better than the rock-tinged idie dance sounds of The Cotton Issue. Anyhow, its a really short mix, but it gives an idea of the what to expect.. . .enjoy! -Minimix inside!->