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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…
Puja Patel | October 9, 2013 - 11:23 am

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…
Puja Patel | September 4, 2013 - 1:40 pm


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,…
Puja Patel | August 14, 2013 - 11:20 am


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…
Puja Patel | June 6, 2013 - 4:00 pm


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…
Puja Patel | April 4, 2013 - 3:28 pm


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…
Puja Patel | December 26, 2012 - 2:13 pm


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,…
Puja Patel | November 9, 2012 - 4:44 pm


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…
Puja Patel | October 22, 2012 - 4:54 pm


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
Puja Patel | August 28, 2012 - 1:21 pm

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…
Puja Patel | August 8, 2012 - 11:51 am

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,…
Puja Patel | August 6, 2012 - 11:24 am

The Anniversary

“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…
Puja Patel | July 10, 2012 - 1:47 pm

Comments from Puja Patel

Tom! In "Tether," I think she's saying "I'm feeling capable of seeing the end / I'm feeling capable of saying it's over" on the hook! Knowing that changes the song dramatically for me / makes Mayberry's delivery that much stronger. Related: I've read an interview with her where she mentions that she's studied feminism in journalism + how to be feminine within a band without becoming the front-woman of the band. Her kind of dry lyrical prowess paired with THAT VOICE hits the nail on the head for me w/r/t that.
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September 25, 2013 on Album Of The Week: Chvrches The Bones Of What You Believe
TOM! To answer the question you pose to kick this thing off, I'd politely like to offer an answer; "YA THERE IS." Even in recent history! Remember Burial? He was actually even much closer to a true garage act than Disclosure is by far. Though you mention it here as well, I take issue with dubbing this album a garage album in any way that then leads it to be "the first great UK garage album." Way too much pop/house influence. They often mention Julio Bashmore as the spirit guide to their aesthetic. Love yr resident dance stan.
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June 5, 2013 on Album Of The Week: Disclosure Settle
I really enjoyed Calvin Harris' new album. "Feel So Close" and "We Found Love" were both released as singles in 2011 so they couldn't make this list! I was torn between "Let's Go" and Usher/Guetta's "Without You" for that spot! I also really liked the Kelis track on his album but not quite as much. If you're a fan, Cousin Cole's disco mix of "Bounce" is great!
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December 27, 2012 on The Top 30 Electronic Dance Tracks Of 2012
I'm finding that the line that separates the purists from the "confused" is more blurry than it's ever been. More than a handful of producers beloved by whatever "underground" is left have (ahem, gladly) taken on production work for radio-friendly artists. (Let's see where Jamie xx's name ends up in 2013. In an interview I did with Girl Unit he mentioned wanting to work with Billboard-charting rnb singers.) To disregard dance in pop music out of pedantic loyalty to genre-names is your path but not mine! Dance music has traditionally benefited from a bending-the-rules-because-there-aren't-any mentality, right? Rihanna and Calvin Harris have proved themselves to be a power-duo as far as Billboard dance goes imo - if we're going by release date, "We Found Love" was one of my favorite pop-dance tracks of 2011 as well.
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December 27, 2012 on The Top 30 Electronic Dance Tracks Of 2012
It is true that there are only a handful of "EDM" songs on this list. We tried to survey the year in electronic dance music across regional club trends and other genres as well!
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December 26, 2012 on The Top 30 Electronic Dance Tracks Of 2012
This is awesome to know. Thanks!
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July 12, 2012 on “Losing My Edge” Turns 10