After premiering last week during Benzi’s residency on Diplo & Friends on BBC Radio, the soundtrack to your summer is finally here! Benzi’s Summer 2014 Edition has been months in the making with at least half of the tracks/remixes being created exclusively for this project. This mixtape covers everything from house jams to 100bpm to jersey club and it might be the greatest in the annual series. Grab the tracked out album version (benzi.co/BENZI2014) and get ya swerves on.
Yesterday the music collective Dubco posted an article eulogizing Boston’s Ocean Club at Marina Bay. For those who don’t know, it was recently announced that Ocean Club would be no more and that luxury apartments would be built in its place. Though Ocean Club gained its name only a handful of years ago when DePasquale Ventures (Prime Nightclub, Umbria Restaurant, Quattro Restaurant, Bricco Restaurant, etc ) purchased it, the venue itself had been around for two decades under various aliases. Over the past few years Ocean Club’s rise in popularity was a direct response to the rise in popularity of dance music (or EDM as many of the club-goers would call it). Promoters like MASS EDMC and NV Concepts took the reins in booking talent to entertain crowds at Ocean Club, and management from Prime and the-now-closed Splash ran operations. Even resident DJs from the Boston community, like Bamboora, Voltran, and Dirty Dek, were part of the action. During each of the last couple Summers, rumors were always swirling about Ocean Club closing and that the venue would be torn down to make way for residences – I had always doubted this rumor. But it looks like the claims were not unfounded as the greater Boston area loses a key player in the dance music scene.
I’m not here to shit on Dubco for writing a mostly negative article on the late Ocean Club. Being a part of the media I respect the fact that everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion – I can’t say Dubco’s piece was right or wrong. In fact, I share some of the same views the Dubco author provided his/her readers with. What I’m here to do is offer my perspective and history with Ocean Club.
This summer, one of the most influential labels in electronic music today returns with their Block Party, which has gained enormous amounts of traction in just the seven years it has been around and has even spun off into Mad Decent’s very first Boat Party this November. What started in Mad Decent‘s hometown of Philly (and where Diplo spent a good part of his early career years) in a rented tent has grown to be much more than the name would have you believe. This year, the multi-city Block Party is hitting 22 cities, including Boston, Detroit, Denver, Dallas and most likely a city near you. While the lineup is different for every city and party, the collective of artists features the likes of Outkast, Big Gigantic, Fatboy Slim, Flume, Kaytranada, RL Grime, Wave Racer and Wolfgang Gartner – surely making up one of the more diverse lineups for an electronic music festival this summer.
Tickets are on sale now for all cities and the tour kicks off its first date this July 26th in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. See a list of dates and get ticket info on the MDBP website and be sure to check out our choice picks from this year’s artists below.
The dynamic, production duo TWRK (Benzi and eSenTRiK) are back to smash together a string of heavy hitting bass beats that is sure to shake booties from coast to coast. For their fourth installment of what we believe to be an acclaimed series, the boys have turned to good friend and collaborator, Diplo to premiere another hour of madness. Tracks range from their own originals (Living Room!) and remixes to tracks produced by the likes of Skrillex, DJ Snake, Borgore, and every other player you could possibly imagine. TWRK, per usual, does not hold anything back in this mix as it is an entertaining listen from start to stop!
The eccentric dressing, prolific social media hound that is Jody Highroller is making stops around the states as he promotes his second studio album, Neon Icon due out April 29th. Riff Raff enlisted collaborators including Drake, Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller, A$AP Rocky, YG, Snoop Dogg,Future, Juicy J, Bun B, Paul Wall, Action Bronson, Amber Coffman, Mike Posner, Big Sean, 2 Chainz and Skylar Grey during the recording process. Production was handled by Lex Luger, Larry Fisherman, DJ Mustard, and Skrillex among others, as well as Diplo who is also executive producing the album. The album is supported by the single “How to Be the Man,” which you can stream below. The tour is featuring star openers like Grandtheft and Chance the Rapper. Check out all of the show dates below including the Paradise Rock Club in Boston this Tuesday where we will dancing all night long!
A brand-name collaboration almost always reeks of contrived synergy (see: Red Bull’s Azealia Banks/Paul Oakenfold duo), but just sometimes it can hit the nail on the head. Today, Converse released the next chapter of “Three Artists One Song,” this time featuring Diplo, Frank Ocean, and Mick Jones & Paul Simonon of The Clash. The track features classic half-croon vocals from Ocean on top of an island-Brit hybrid between Diplo and The Clash. Twangy chords (a la Joe Strummer) play out over mellowed 808s (a la Diplo) before breaking down into a mix of raucous reggae and a quasi-motown chorus. Pick up the track for free below.