Rob Swire electrified Pendulum fans and lit up Twitter yesterday with the surprise announcement that he was mulling over the decision to make a new Pendulum album. Pendulum’s last album was Immersion in 2010 so it’s been a long time since the world has been able to press play on new music from the group.
I am so fucking bored of EDM and lit drops and Serum patches and fEsTiVaL bAsS. I'm gonna make a new Pendulum album
In June of this year, Pendulum came together to play a full live set after almost six years. This is quite the turn around from the attitude displayed in an AMA Reddit thread two years ago where Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen sat down to chat with fans. It was revealed that Rob’s heart was not in the Pendulum project, that he didn’t want to make more drum and bass or fuse it with rock, and didn’t want to travel with a live band. He said it would sound different. Time will tell if Rob Swire and company will head into the studio. Whatever the outcome, there will be fans eagerly waiting.
Rezz has grown to be one of the most popular Bass/Trap DJs in the electronic music scene, and at just such a young age, she’s already accomplished a lot.
The 22-year-old DJ started producing in 2013 and quickly boomed into one of the hottest female producers in the EDM scene. Some of her biggest influences are deadmau5, who eventually signed her after discovering her online. She also finds inspiration from Gesaffelstein, Alesia, Amon Tobin, Eskmo, Bassnectar, Pretty Lights and many more.
After teasing her fans by dropping singles such as “Relax” and “Diluted Brains” from her debut album, REZZ has finally released Mass Manipulation. After spending years studying psychology and music production at him in Niagara Falls, the album is the product of many happy accidents.
A study in hypnosis, influence and the mesmeric nature of music experience, this opus is an astonishing first offering from someone who only opened Ableton three years ago. In that short time, REZZ has already garnered considerable support from the likes of Billboard, Mixmag and Dancing Astronaut, and has played coveted slots at festivals including Ultra, EDC and Bonnaroo. With a sound that has been likened to French superstars Gesaffelstein and Justice, she has broken through the underground, landing on international stages.
“‘Mass Manipulation’ is a commentary on how easily our minds can become manipulated by the things we consume in society. We consume heavily through the media, which, in turn, tries to curate our thoughts and dictate how we as humans are supposed to live and behave. This album plays off this idea and invites people to become hypnotized, allowing their brains to be manipulated by my music in the hope they might see things through a new perspective (perhaps an outer world viewpoint). One where everyone is free from the unrealistic expectations planet earth has drawn for them. A world of acceptance and hypnosis,” revealed REZZ.
Through experimenting with heavy bass samples and unusual melodies, and collaborating with emergent producers 13, Knodis and Kotek, REZZ found she had eight powerful tracks she wanted to share. The eerie speech at the start of “Relax” seduces the listener into an intensely sinister, but altogether alluring state of inertia as we prepare to enter this truly mind-altering body of work. With the powerful kicks of “Diluted Brains,” the menacing, bass-driven “Premonition,” and the exotic flourishes in “Drugs!” REZZ infiltrates the minds of her listeners.
“Synaesthesia” expounds on the dub-heavy sounds heard in the previous track, a theme that is, through the heavy, subdivided beats in “Livid” and “Green Gusher,” manipulated slowly to bring the soundscape more within the grasps of experimental techno. With “Ascension,” the listener is brought rudely back to consciousness; this track is the amalgamation of everything that’s come before it, yet strangely distorted and warped, reflecting the transitional nature of hypnosis.
Electric Zoo is coming back to New York City on Randall’s Island for the city’s largest music festival this Labor Day weekend, and it looks like they have a lot of exciting things planned. One of the Hottest Party brands emerging from Europe right now is coming to one of the Big Apple’s largest electronic dance music festivals.
The festival, which will take place September 1-3, is themed “The 6th Boro,” is introducing elorw, the legendary party series produced by Spain’s Arnau family since the 1800’s, and is one of the most beloved dance music institutions in all of Europe. The Arnau family’s 140-odd year history of throwing parties, and legacy for entering transcends generations making elrow one of electronic music’s most infectious and compelling stories. This Labor Day weekend on Sunday, September 3, elrow’s Bollywood spectacular dance party returns to NYC’s longest running and largest EDM festival, marking its only North American event this year.
In a kaleidoscopic explosion of color, elrow bring the theatrical flamboyance of the cinematic movement to the 6th Boro. Party goers can expect a mind-blowing set, Indian emboroidery, incense, belly-dancers and snake charmers all set around a spectacular Taj Mahal. Artists playing the stage include Thomas Jack, Claptone, The Black Madonna, De La Swing, Marc Maya and a B2B set with ALX and Charles Meyer.
Electric Zoo’s Hilltop Arena will be transformed into an exotic paradise, as stilt-walking Bhangra dancers and larger-than-life performers keep the 6th Boro citizens on their toes with plenty of surprises from elrow’s special guest DJs and residents. Electric Zoo will be the only place stateside fans can experience this special happening.
Elrow’s penchant for inflatable flair, custom confetti and bold imagery makes them a colorful outlier in the stoic world of underground clubbing. Last summer, elrow made an undeniable mark on the scene with a ten week sold-out run at Space Ibiza. This summer elrow hold a residency at Ibiza’s No. 1 nightclub Amnesia and is selling more tickets than any other show on the island.
Read elrow and the Arnau family’s incredible story here.