Puja Patel

Q&A: Sleigh Bells’ Alexis Krauss On Touring, ’80s R&B, And What Her Former Students Think Of Her Music

When we talked to Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells, she had come off of a day of press, stage-design meetings, and tour rehearsal, and was kicking back in her backyard in Greenpoint, Brooklyn playing with her dog. "My dog is obsessed with playing fetch," she said with a laugh. "The day is never over whe… More »

By: Puja Patel / October 9, 2013

Behind The Scenes At Fool’s Gold’s Day Off 2013

On Monday, the Brooklyn-based Fool's Gold label carried on its tradition of hat-tipping old New York with an annual Day Off block party. Helmed by founders A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs, the free party that once took over the backyard parking lot of a Manhattan bar had clearly grown with the label's popularity, sprawling over Williamsburg… More »

By: Puja Patel / September 4, 2013

Q&A: Zola Jesus On Her New Album, Versions

"Is it too early for a drink?" asks Nika Danilova when we first meet. She looks inquisitively around the room (at her manager, her husband, and then me) before answering her own question. "It's close enough to 5 p.m.; why not?" We settle on a local sports bar, chosen because of it's location a block… More »

By: Puja Patel / August 14, 2013

Q&A: Night With Disclosure: Meet The Brothers Behind The Year’s Best Dance Record

The music video for Disclosure’s second single “You & Me” carries YouTube’s boldly stamped “Parental Advisory” disclaimer along with it. It’s unwarranted for the most part; the storyline plays out as a youthful, rebellion story wherein a gorgeous couple struggles to get by on what seems to be a roadtrip adventure. They dive into… More »

By: Puja Patel / June 6, 2013

Q&A: DJ Koze On Amygdala, Rhye, And The Strangeness Of American EDM

DJ Koze is part techno shaman, part dancefloor therapist. In his earlier years the Germany-based musician was a hip-hop DJ (more recently, a DMC competition title-holder) and uses his technical skills behind the turntable to turn his brand of fantastical, dreamy techno into subtle, nuanced emotional storylines. "I prefer it when music becomes slower and… More »

By: Puja Patel / April 4, 2013

The Top 30 Electronic Dance Tracks Of 2012

There was no getting away from EDM in 2012. While the three-letter hashtag has certainly caused buzz among radio stations and indie blogosphere alike, it's been a big year for dance on and off of the pop charts. Regional styles like footwork, juke, and Jersey club went through genre-bending booms, electronic trap instrumentals filtered their… More »

By: Puja Patel / December 26, 2012

Q&A: I DJ’ed Barack Obama’s Election Night Party: A Chat with DJ Mel

Not every DJ can say that they were asked to play a party for the President. A few days before Tuesday night's tension-filled election night, Austin-based party maestro Mel Cavaricci aka DJ Mel happened to get one such request: to play music at the Barack Obama campaign's official Election Night Watch party, the same one… More »

By: Puja Patel / November 9, 2012

CMJ On The Streets: Icona Pop, Presets, Sinkane, And More

Last week's CMJ Music Marathon brought five non-stop days of label showcases, journalism panels, and industry-fueled mixers to Brooklyn and Manhattan. Hidden among an overwhelming flurry of name-tag badges and networking events is the music, thankfully, and the festival's NYC-centricity has encouraged local DIY showcases and late-night after-parties to run parallel to it. From ico… More »

By: Puja Patel / October 22, 2012

The 12 Best Acts At Electric Zoo That Aren’t Skrillex, Tiesto, Or Diplo

Last year, New York City's Randall's Island hosted 85,000 EDM-loving festival-goers at Electric Zoo. This Labor Day weekend, when the massive party celebrates its third-annual event, the island is projected to be swarmed with almost 100,000 revelers. Thank the impossibly stacked lineup for that. Over the course of three days and four themed stages,… More »

By: Puja Patel / August 28, 2012

Behind The Scenes At Mad Decent Block Party

On Sunday night Diplo's Mad Decent imprint came to Brooklyn's Williamsburg Park for the third stop of their annual label showcase and summer sweatfest that is the Mad Decent Block Party. First held as a one-off rager in front of their Philadelphia headquarters in 2008, the block parties were originally meant to promote the then-tiny… More »

By: Puja Patel / August 8, 2012

From T.I. To TNGHT: A Look At Trap Rave

Do a search for "trap" on SoundCloud and you'll find more than 500 tracks uploaded with the tag in the last three days. What's interesting, though, are the labels that show up with the most frequency in the similar tags section: "bass," "club," "dance," "dj," "dubstep," and "electronic" appear right below the expected "rap," "hip-hop,"… More »

By: Puja Patel / August 6, 2012

“Losing My Edge” Turns 10

"I'm losing my edge. The kids are coming up from behind. I'm losing my edge." James Murphy shouts out fifty-five musicians in LCD Soundsytem's gut-wrenching first anthem, "Losing My Edge." Most of them appear in a run at the song's closing, as Murphy lists the loves of his record collection with equal parts reverence and… More »

By: Puja Patel / July 10, 2012