Thursday, March 22, 2018

Diplo: 'Being a white American, you have zero cultural capital'

The US DJ-turned-pop star is dogged by cries of cultural appropriation, but whether on his own or with Major Lazer, he’s on a permanent global quest to start trends – ‘or mess them up’

In the midst of 3,000-year-old ruins just outside Islamabad, I am playing tourist with American producer-turned-pop star Diplo. He is here for less than 24 hours and is keen to explore the ancient city of Taxila – what’s left of it – clambering over a Buddhist stupa in a Burberry trenchcoat and traditional kurta tunic. Armed guards stalk the long grass around us, while Diplo spots some puppies, who look suspiciously like they have been planted there for our visit. “We’ve found the ancient animals!” he deadpans, as he poses for a photo for his Snapchat or maybe a forthcoming calendar. “This is one of my top five international moments.”

It’s Diplo’s second time in Pakistan, and later today he will be throwing his next “block party” in the capital, where 4,000 twentysomethings will turn out for a set from his DJ crew Major Lazer, alongside local artists such as SNKM. The first event he did, in 2016, “might have been the only DJ show that ever happened here,” he says. This year, he has flown in to throw another one, before zipping back to the US to soundtrack a Super Bowl after party and perform the dance routine from his latest video on The Tonight Show. Diplo, AKA 39-year-old Wesley Pentz, can’t seem to locate his off switch. “Honestly, I’m waiting to be irrelevant,” he drawls, drolly.

Related: What Would Diplo Do? A mockumentary for the EDM generation

Related: Major Lazer review – a juddering, festival-ready EDM megamix

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by Kate Hutchinson via Electronic music | The Guardian

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Fever Ray review – cartoonish camp and eco-rave vibes

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Swedish art rocker Karin Dreijer is best when she translates experimental music to the stage with a bang

As six cartoonishly styled women stride on stage, each taking a moment to flex in the neon strobing like a pro-wrestling heel, it’s hard to square the camp spectacle with Fever Ray’s last appearance in the UK. In 2010, the woman then known as Karin Dreijer Anderssonperformed her self-titled debut in darkness, engulfed by dry ice and wearing heavy robes that obscured her face. It made a feverish album about the claustrophobic loneliness of motherhood even more harrowing. In the intervening years, much has changed for Stockholm’s Dreijer – divorcing and reclaiming her name, and embarking on a Tinder-abetted quest into her queerness as documented on a second Fever Ray album.

Never mind nuclear family; last year’s Plunge is about chosen family uniting to celebrate freedom and pleasure: “Still, we’re pushing what’s possible / A queer healing / Mom just tired of feeling,” as Dreijer sings on Falling. Hence the homemade costumes – bug-eyed anarchist scientists, cat burglar, dumpster diver, fashion victim, preening bodybuilder with bulbous foam pecs – which together resemble a shambolic Avengers primed to topple the patriarchy. The Hulk and a blue-haired succubus flank Dreijer, shaven-headed and with zombie-pink eyes, who often cedes the floor and microphone to them in a characteristic refusal of ego that also distinguished her performances with duo the Knife (and almost started riots on their aggressively loose Shaking the Habitual tour). The trio play jester and corrupter, mugging gleefully and grinding in slow-motion against each other as if enacting a set piece from an aerobics-themed porno.

Related: Fever Ray: on pleasure, patriarchy and political revolution

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by Laura Snapes via Electronic music | The Guardian

Monday, March 19, 2018

Wah Wah Radio – March 2018

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Vels Trio – The Wad

Wu-Lu – Sailor feat. Binisa Bonner
The Motion Orchestra – All One
Emanative – Lions of Judah (live at Cafe Otto)
Nubya Garcia – Source (Maxwell Owin Remix)
Aeshim – No Flowers
Bicep – Opal (Four Tet Remix)
Kaye – Opportunity (Edit)
Joe Armon-Jones – Starting Today feat. Asheber
D. Lynnwood – Gospel Discoteque
Run Logan Run – Death is Elsewhere
Honeyfeet – Colonel Hathi’s Trunk Juice
ADaD and Tensei – Danger Us feat. Yaw
Gee-O – Levels

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