Working on our holiday bodies with this energising mix from Tiger & Woods, in preparation for their appearance at FOR Festival. Flying under the aliases of Larry Tiger and David Wood, these two mysterious Italians weave their own brand of boogie, house and compressed funk. They'll be jamming their feel good music live under the heavenly Hvar skies, looping disco samples and backbone strapping baselines.
While it's likely you've grooved to Daniel Wang without realising, be it to one of his own productions such as Like Some Dream or Free Lovin' (below) or something released via his Balihu label, the best place to experience the Berlin via New York via San Fran disco mastermind is of course on the floor. Few DJ's manage to bring the level of enthusiasm and joy to the booth that Wang turns up with, and the gentleman is an absolute wealth of musical, lingual, botanical and culinary knowledge to boot. Try his Beats In Space for an audio only introduction, and/or his Red Bull Music Academy lecture from Melbourne in 2006 if you'd like a dance lesson to go with it.
Daniel will be soundtracking the dream sequence at FOR Festival in Hvar with DJ heroes Maurice Fulton, Storm Queen, Mark Ronson, Psychemagik, Erol Alkan, Tiger and Woods, Fort Romeau, Baio, Bok Bok, Tensnake and Ghost Culture, alongside an epic lineup of live acts. Individual day tickets go on sale tomorrow!
Whilst this year marks only the second year of FOR Festival, rest assured we spent our time on the island in 2013 wisely - sampling all of the many delights the island has to offer. Stay with us over the coming weeks as we share our tips for getting the best out of your Croatian vacation - from meals, to sunset drinks, to day activities on Hvar and beyond.
Read on for some restaurant picks from our staff...
FOR Festival's stellar line-up is headed up by Haim, a quartet who've spent the last year eliciting not only colossal sales of their debut album Days Are Gone but also comparisons to those untouchable titans of transatlantic pop, Fleetwood Mac.
We dug out this near-perfect live rendition of Don't Save Me recorded for BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe at the tail end of 2012. If the music sounds this sunny in a darkened studio in Central London, just imagine it in a converted monastery on the balmy Mediterranean island of Hvar, Croatia. Or click here and imagine no longer.
Refocusing on one of the more overlooked moments of last year. MØ's commanding pop meshing with the ice cool groove of Jungle - two artists who have since gone from strength to strength. We've been so obsessed with 'No Mythologies To Follow', the debut from the Danish singer (pronounced "moo" if you were wondering) that we jumped high for her to play our paradisal FOR Festival in Hvar, Croatia. The former DIY punk will showcase her physical performances of her badass Diplo collaboration 'XXX 88' and the defiant single 'Don't Wanna Dance'.
DARKSIDE out-smoke stoner rock gods Black Sabbath with their hypnotic ascension of Planet Caravan. Nicolas Jaar's vocal delivery is faithfully effected in homage to young Ozzy's, while their compounding backing textures are really something else.
The cover became a staple of their early Psychic performances (this version cheekily bootlegged from their Maida Vale Session) and is hopefully still part of the set list when Nico and Dave Harrington play at FOR Festival in Croatia, as well as their own Australian shows at The Hi-Fi in Sydney on April 2 and Melbourne's Palace Theatre on April 4 (both dates supported by Movement).
Hot on the heels of their Ill-Studio exposé, 12Mail gallery in Paris offers 'Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, Forever' by London polymath Trevor Jackson. The former label head, DJ, producer, graphic designer and artist presents an abstract celebration of the vinyl record in the form of large scale reproductions of microscopic details of those holy grooves, which is showing now until May 16. Represented in completely unrecognisable but beautifully impressionist, monochromatic form are seminal records by The Beach Boys, Fingers Inc., Public Enemy and Jean Michael Jarre, amongst others.
To accompany the exhibition Jackson composed two tracks using samples of the records featured within that deftly compliments the dusty ambience of the work. A limited number of 12"s were produced and are out there now for those who are quick. Stay tuned for our own special projects with Trevor to emerge soon!
New on Erol Alkan's Phantasy Sound, which has so far brought us favourites like Connan Mockasin and Daniel Avery, as well as Erol's own magick, Ghost Culture's debut EP Mouth offers a deftly sparse, modern update of the classic sound of acid. Melodic, engaging and most importantly very body moving, Ghost Culture is no doubt one to watch. We look forward to hearing the likes of Mouth in a forest on an island with the moon just barely visible for the smoke machine on high this June.
Norwegian Erlend Øye has been an idiosyncratic presence in our world for going on 20 years now. Skog, Kings of Convenience, The Whitest Boy Alive — all Øye projects, spanning folk through electronica, tinted blue and gold with his hopeful vocals, affecting without a hint of preciousness. His contribution to the DJ Kicks series was landmark, bringing indie rock kids to the dancefloor well before the dance punk explosion in New York City ensured every 20-something owned a neon visor.
Lotfy Nathan's study of the band of outsiders that take over the streets of Baltimore everyday on dirt bikes is a fascinating, visceral insight into a very particular rogue subculture made human by a particularly charming protagonist, Pug. Seen through Pug's eyes, and a camera riding down the main streets of Baltimore very much amongst the riders as they attempt to throw their bikes completely vertical (ie. "12 o'clock"). 12 O'Clock Boys pulls you in the midst of this barely legal brotherhood as Pug goes from a spectator to participant in this flamboyant street exhibition. Produced by the film company established by the dearly departed MCA, Oscilloscope Films.
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