Author: Tim Gauthier
It’s official – Dim Mak Records signs Azari & III for the release of their North American debut album “Azari & III” – Out October 30th.
“Wonderfully dark, paranoid vision of electro pop.”
–Dazed & Confused
“Azari & III are the dance band of 2011” –Mixmag
“The best house music album on the year” –NME
“The most influential dance acts in the world” –NME
“It’s a record that positively brims with hedonistic thrills”
Already establishing themselves as one of the breakout artists of 2011, Toronto house collective AZARI & III are making their North American invasion with the release of their self-titled debut album, out October 30 on Dim Mak Records. Available for the first time in North America, AZARI & III will feature all the original tracks including the velvety refrains of “Reckless (With Your Love),” the creeping melancholy of “Manhooker” and the unhinged technopera of “Undecided,” along with previous hit releases “Hungry for the Power” and “Manic.”
Heralded by tastemaker outlets (Pitchfork, XLR8R, NME) and mainstream media (BBC, The Guardian) alike, AZARI & III is a nod to classic house revivalism combined with a modern sound. The group’s unique blend of moody electronica, dark yet hooky vocal choruses and analog-thick rhythms has earned them a hardcore following worldwide. The group—producer/musicians Dinamo Azari and Alixander III with vocalists Fritz Helder and Starving Yet Full—have crafted a defining sound that relishes in its references while maintaining a futuristic perspective. AZARI & III possesses an individual classic-future feel with trademark, lush synthesizer textures, biting soulful choruses and ominous overtones.
Originally formed in 2008 in the burgeoning Toronto electronic scene, AZARI & III made their debut with the release of their early singles “Hungry for the Power” and “Reckless (With Your Love),” both of which erupted a storm of awe in the underground music scene and global electronic community. The group later collaborated with Friendly Fires on the track “Stay Here.” In 2011, they released their self-titled debut album in Europe. Known for their astounding live shows, AZARI & III have performed at numerous world-renowned festivals, including Glastonbury, Sonar and Lovebox.
The AZARI & III signing marks Dim Mak’s future endeavors into the indie/rock/pop world. Established as one of the leading independent labels in music today, Dim Mak has developed into a genre-defying powerhouse with influential reach in the worlds of electronic/dance, indie rock, punk/hardcore and more. AZARI & III is the latest development in Dim Mak’s global reach.
“This album already stands the test of time. This is a sophisticated house record with pop sensibility and laden with groove,” says Steve Aoki, founder of Dim Mak Records. “It brings up sounds from the past, but it’s what I think the future sounds like. And Azari & III are beyond any trends, which makes this one of the best albums of our generation.”
In support of the album, AZARI & III are joining Die Antwoord, Seth Troxler, Tiga, Gesaffelstein and more on the Sonar North American Tour, a traveling event in association with Sónar Festival, an annual three-day music festival held in Barcelona, Spain. The Sonar Tour marks AZARI & III’s first North American tour and will feature Dinamo Azari and Alixander III performing live electronics, accompanied by vocalists Fritz Helder and Starving Yet Full. Look for more tour dates to be announced soon.
AZARI & III will be joining Sonar’s North American Tour in October, performing alongside Tiga, Gesaffelstein, Seth Troxler and more…
10/31/2012 Chicago @ Congress Theater
11/02/2012 New York @ Roseland Ballroom
11/01/2012 Toronto @ Sound Academy
11/03/2012 Montreal @ Metropolis
11/04/2012 Boston @ House of Blues
11/07/2012 Denver @ Sonar Music Festival – Fillmore Auditorium
11/09/2012 Oakland @ Fox Theater
11/10/2012 Los Angeles @ Shrine Expo Hall
Captured on Sunset Boulevard, we took some footage of Dim Mak Records taking over the 5th Annunal Sunset Strip Music Festival this past August. Steve Aoki headlined with a few guests, Lil Jon, Travis Barker, Will.I.Am and Miss Palmer, and annihilated a massive cake to celebrate 1 million Facebook Likes. Over at The Roxy, the Dim Mak stage was full with sets by Clockwork, PeaceTreaty, Yung Skeeter and Bones.
Featuring Music: PeaceTreaty “In Time”
For photos from the event go here.
Mustard Pimp’s official September DJ Playlist is now available on iTunes. The ten-track playlist features music by Murder Construct, Death Grips, Proxy, Lizard Kings, and more!
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With the official release of Dirty Disco Youth’s, EP Drive, [lightbox url=”http://www.beatport.com/chart/dirty-disco-youth-s-drive-chart/112555″ width=”100%” height=”100%” iframe=”true”]Beatport has released an official chart[/lightbox] to tag along with it. The chart features ten electro house tracks hand selected by Dirty Disco Youth, including artist such The Bloody Beetroots, Dada Life, Knife Party, and more.
1. Dirty Disco Youth – Drive
2. Knife Party – Rage Valley
3. Dada Life – Feed The Dada (Dyro Remix)
4. Topher Jones – Brohammer (Nari & Milani Dub Remix)
5. Dirty Disco Youth – Crossroads
6. Sharam Jey, Dirty Disco Youth – Up Rock! (Firebeatz Remix)
7. The Bloody Beetroots – Rocksteady (Gigi Barocco Remix)
8. Basto – I Rave You
9. Hard Rock Sofa – Kaleidoscope
10. Dirty Disco Youth – Crossroads
Dirty Disco Youth “Drive” — Dim Mak’s latest anticipated release is available now on Beatport, iTunes, and Spotify!
– Beatport: http://btprt.dj/QFzLwz
– iTunes: http://bit.ly/TPuhP5
– Spotify: http://bit.ly/QFA22A
The long awaited remix package of Steve Aoki and Tiesto’s track, Tornado, is now available for grabs. The package offers a diverse group of remixes from Kill the Noise, Felix Cartal, and Angger Dimas.
Aoki describes each remix to a T with his thoughts on each track, “Angger Dimas puts his signature sound on this remix making it a punchy electro house banger, Felix Cartal makes the loudest and biggest record of all his productions with this remix, and Kill the Noise featuring Polina makes the most beautiful dub step remix I’ve ever heard.”
The remix package offers a well-rounded twist on the original Tornado track, so don’t miss out on this EP.
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Check out Steve Aoki’s Artist Page for more info, releases and tour dates.
Thanks WAD, for the recent website feature on Dim Mak and our new Fall collection. WAD, is a quarterly magazine sold globally that features an array of topics in their magazine and website covering cutting edge trends in fashion, music and design.
— Wad Magazine (@wadmag) September 11, 2012
After the big success of his “…OFF” EP, Dirty Disco Youth is back on Dim Mak Records with his new EP “DRIVE”.
The main track “Drive” is built to destroy big rooms all over the world with its melodic break and filthy drop. The second track “CROSSROADS” with its cool repeating bassline and a “hands up” break will definitely be a highlight in every DJ’s set. Last but not least, “We Own the World” will surely be an anthem. Composed and arranged on only a piano and then turned into an electronic outfit, it’s a piece of music that one can’t miss.
The remix package also speaks for itself with outstanding works by German superstar DJ tag team Moonbootica, L.A.-based whiz kids LAZRTAG, remix contest winners Sex Ray Vision and Paul Tesla, plus a deep-pop edit by Dirty Disco Youth’s Alter Ego Phil Speiser.
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Check out Dirty Disco Youth’s Artist Page for more info, releases and tour dates.
To celebrate the release of their ‘Honeyslave EP’ Booka Shade have created an exclusive mix for Beatport. The mix includes 2 tracks off the new EP, Honeyslave (Club Mix) and Tomorrow Belongs To Us (Extended Mix). The EP is released globally on the 21st of August, & will be followed by a remix EP at the end of this month. Check out the mix on [lightbox url=”http://mixes.beatport.com/mix/booka-shade-tomorrow-belongs-to-us-mix/2844″ width=”100%” height=”100%” iframe=”true”]Beatport[/lightbox].
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To all our avid Twitter followers, and frequents of the #FF shoutouts, we have adorned a whole new meaning towards this overused Friday chant-off… Presenting #FreeFriday. This weeks #FreeFriday we’re delivering another dose of awesome…a free download!!
Beatport has officially released Proxy’s Top 10 chart featuring an array of genres including House, Techno, Indie Dance, Dubstep, and Electronic. The 10 track collection includes Gtronic, Chemical Brothers, Sneaky Sound System, ZZT, and more! [lightbox url=”http://www.beatport.com/chart/beatport-top-10/110918″ width=”100%” height=”100%” iframe=”true”]The chart is now available for grabs on Beatport[/lightbox].
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This past weekend Labor Day Weekend one of our favorite festivals, Pacific Festival took place at the Newport Dunes Resort and Marina. The day long festival was incredible with an waterfront view, good drinks and an awesome line up.
With three different stages on site the festival featured live performances by headliner Mayer Hawthorne, Mr. LIttle Jeans, Poolside, Yacht, and more. The festival also included DJ Sets by Miami Horror, Moon Boots, Justin Miller, Cosmic Kids, Cassette, and others.
If you didn’t get a chance to make it out, as usual we made sure to take a few snapshots of what took place this weekend.
To see the rest of the photos head over to Dim Mak Live Facebook Page.