U.K. producer TODDLA T comes to the Dim Mak studio at Cinespace to promote the U.S. release of his his second artist album WATCH ME DANCE September 13 on the legendary Ninja Tune label. With WATCH ME DANCE, TODDLA T has created a dubwise, street-soul masterpiece, a bold step forward. His debut album Skanky Skanky was released in January 2009, followed by a Fabric live mix album and a lot of requests for his production skills with everyone from Major Lazer to Grandmaster Flash getting in touch. He already has a slew of remixes under his belt (Hot Chip, Gyptian, Gorillaz, Major Lazer) and recently launched his own Girls Music Label which, after only a handful of releases, has already featured productions by British dance music heroes Sticky, Seiji and Roska. In ensuring WATCH ME DANCE was everything TODDLA T envisaged it could be—for it he carefully selected an impressive lineup of friends, peers and musical icons to guest vocal, co-produce, remix and co-write with him on the album. Names including previous collaborator Roots Manuva, fellow DJ, producer and remixer Skream, Ms Dynamite, Ross Orton, Wayne Marshall, Donaeo, Roisin Murphy and Shola Ama, who appears on “Take It Back,” the album’s first single (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unpcCIisLQ8). The second single impacting now is “Watch Me Dance,” the title track with Roots Manuva (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rw9yeS6nqA&feature=fvsr).
DROP THE LIME
Friday, September 30
Control @ Avalon
To preview his upcoming full-length debut album ENTER THE NIGHT out TBD via Ultra Music, New York-based producer/DJ DROP THE LIME has announced a North American tour returning to Control at Avalon with his band. Fifties rock ‘n’ roll and bass-heavy club music aren’t two genres you’d typically put together, but in the mind of DROP THE LIME, they’re a perfect combination. DROP THE LIME’s live show pushes the boundaries of electronic dance music by combining his two passions: classic rockabilly and rock ‘n’ roll and bass-pumping dance music. Joined onstage by vintage-costumed backup singers/dancers and a live drummer, DROP THE LIME fronts the full band as he sings live vocals with guitar strapped in hand. He masterfully switches to the DJ decks to create a new sound that blends vintage rock with electronic music, all the while holding down his signature New York bass style on tracks like “Shake Baby Shake,” “Let’s Go” and “Hot As Hell.” Watch a behind-the-scenes video of DROP THE LIME’s debut live show at New York’s Music Hall of Williamsburg here: http://www.vimeo.com/24773610. DROP THE LIME’s current single “Hot As Hell” is available now via Ultra Music and was first released in the U.K. earlier this year to critical acclaim with Mixmag hailing the music as “…a hellraising, rockabilly road trip…” Coinciding with the tour, Ultra Music will release “Shake Baby Shake,” a new club single from DROP THE LIME on September 27.
Saturday, October 1
OOH LA LA Festival at El Rey Theatre
As a mainstay of the French Touch (he started his career in the 1990’s together with Daft Punk, Air, Cassius and Bob Sinclar), France’s DJ CAM is a not to be missed highlight of the annual Ooh La La Festival. His DJ set will highlight material from his upcoming album SEVEN due out on October 17 via Inflamible Records. Written in Paris and Los Angeles (where Cam now calls home), SEVEN is an album who’s enveloping, melancholic tone and wide-open soundscapes are designed to help make minds wander: “Swim” feat Chris James, frontman for British electronic alternative rock band Stateless, is the first single. (With the album version and a radio edit, the EP of “Swim”—now available via all digital outlets—also features remixes by Parisian alternative act Blackjoy, U.K. newcomer Cuttooth and multimedia artist Conforce. Its stunning melancholic music video was directed by highly acclaimed French fashion photographer Sonia Sieff.) Jason Bentley of KCRW calls “Swim” “… pure bliss…A summer anthem.” Chris James is also present on tracks “Ghost” and “Uncomfortable” and there are hints of old school electronica (“Dreamcatcher”) as well as cinematic ambient tracks that invite you to dream (“Seven,” “California Dreaming”). For a feminine touch, DJ Cam adds the vocals of Inlove, a new signing on his Inflamable label, and Nicolette, long-time collaborator with Massive Attack, the legendary group that DJ Cam feels closer to now than ever before and to whom he dedicates the album. DJ Cam has released six albums, helmed a number of side projects and given countless performances all around the world, helping him to acquire global notoriety. His 2002 single “Summer in Paris” with Anggun sold over 1 million copies and remains an emblematic tune of the Parisian belle vie. View the stunning melancholic “Swim” music video directed by highly acclaimed French fashion photographer Sonia Sieff here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u44Y7Rec8Ms.
THE SMASHING PUMPKINS
Wednesday, October 5
The Wiltern Theatre
THE SMASHING PUMPKINS will return to the road this fall for an intimate 12-city U.S. tour that will serve as a warm-up to a big year of touring for the band in 2012. ‘The Other Side of the Kaleidyscope’ tour launches here in town on October 5 at the Wiltern Theatre. Mixing classics, deep cuts and a few songs from the upcoming album OCEANIA—now due out in early 2012 (exact date TBA). At all the shows, the Pumpkins will be joined by two support acts: Fancy Space People (featuring Don Bolles, whose credits include the Germs, Celebrity Skin and 45 Grave) and Light FM, the band Nicole Fiorentino was in before joining the Pumpkins. The Pumpkins —singer/guitarist Billy Corgan, guitarist Jeff Schroder, drummer Mike Byrne and bassist Nicole Fiorentino—are now hard at work putting the finishing touches on OCEANIA, which will mark their first full album since 2007’s Zeitgeist. OCEANIA is “an album within an album,” part of their in-progress 44-song work TEARGARDEN BY KALEIDYSCOPE. Featuring 13 new songs, OCEANIA will be released in early 2012. Also this fall, EMI Music will honor the legacy of the band with an extensive campaign that will see the iconic band’s albums from 1991-2000 reissued in fully remastered deluxe versions, each with bonus material. The band also just launched SPRC (Smashing Pumpkins Record Club) via www.smashingpumpkins.com, a club where fans can receive free rare tracks.
Friday, October 21
Saturday, October 22
The Music Box
Look for WOLFGANG GARTNER to turn up the volume at this two night engagement at The Music Box with killer tracks from his upcoming debut album WEEKEND IN AMERICA due out September 20 on Ultra Music. One of the world’s fastest rising stars in electronic music, Wolfgang Gartner spent the last year crafting Weekend In America while touring America. It includes instrumental singles “Menage A Trois,” which recently charted at #1 on the U.K.’s influential Cool Cuts electronic music chart, “Space Junk,” a staple of every relevant DJs live repertoire, and “Illmerica,” with its engaging video that captures our country’s torrid 300-year history—from the American Revolution, the Underground Railroad, the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, Hiroshima and the Gulf War— in clip art style animation. Wolfgang also teamed with some of the most notable names in urban music for Weekend In America including Eve, Dipset’s Jim Jones and Cam’ron, Omarion and Black Eyed Peas rapper and producer will.i.am who appears on Wolfgang’s single “Forever.”