Kidswaste Drops Incredible 5 Track EP “Spleen”

(3/14) VICE and DOTS Present Play Beautifully at SXSW feat. Ryan Hemsworth, Brenmar, and more!

BROOKLYN, NY (March 1, 2017) — Dots, the acclaimed NYC creative gaming studio behind Dots, Two Dots, and Dots & Co today announced a partnership with VICE Media, the world’s leading global youth brand, for ‘Play Beautifully’ — a unique installation and performance event — during the intersection of music and technology at South By Southwest 2017 (SXSW). Dots and VICE’s joint SXSW party will take place at the Mohawk in Austin, Texas on Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 with an interactive sculpture, performances by Ryan Hemsworth, Brenmar, Palmistry and Tasha the Amazon.

The Dots + VICE ‘Play Beautifully’ SXSW event will take guests through a multi-scenery playscape experience that brings the Dots’ mobile gaming world to life. Dots and VICE tapped fine art collaborative FriendsWithYou, known for their communal, immersive installations and interactive artworks, to imagine and create a custom, interactive sculpture that will act as the event’s centerpiece.

“Dots is passionate about the intersection between technology, culture and design so we knew we wanted to work with unique collaborators like VICE and FriendsWithYou who embodied these worlds,” said Ondriona Monty, Chief Marketing Officer, Dots. “Through our partners and various guest performers, we’re excited to manifest Dots in the real world and ‘Play Beautifully.’”

The ‘Play Beautifully’ event is invite only for ages 21+ and will take place at the Mohawk at 912 Red River in Austin from 12-6pm on Tuesday, March 14th, 2017. View the invite and RSVP at: dotsxvice.splashthat.com/.

For more information on “Play Beautifully” go to dots.co/playbeautifully.

Vice releases official video for “Steady 1234” featuring Jasmine Thompson & Skizzy Mars

Vice has kicked off 2017 with the official video for his genre-bending single “Steady 1234” featuring Jasmine Thompson & Skizzy Mars. Still climbing, the track currently has over 35 million plays worldwide and is sitting at #17 on the overall Spotify US Chart – thanks to massive playlist support via Today’s Top Hits, Teen Party, Mood Booster & more.

Directed by Amber Park, the colorful video breathes new life into the track with fluid choreography and mesmerizing imagery courtesy of CGI geniuses Randy Cano and Brian Henry. The track also recently received the dancehall remix treatment via Bad Royale (LISTEN).

“The video I feel accurately depicts the feeling of love not always making sense. The director, Amber Park did a really great job delivering the message of ‘Steady 1234’ by juxtaposing strong graphics alongside the graceful dancers.” – Vice

“Once in a while you find a song that’s so catchy you just can’t get it out of your head. ‘Steady 1234’ is definitely one of those songs for me. It has been an absolute pleasure working with Vice and Skizzy on the track. They helped take me to a place I haven’t been before musically” – Jasmine Thompson

“I was excited off the jump when I got the track. I’ve been a big fan of Vice for some years now and I love Jasmine Thompson’s voice. It’s something different for me, but I did my thing and tried to create a vibe.” – Skizzy Mars

About VICE
Named one of “America’s Best DJs,” Vice performs on stage at some of the hottest festivals across the country (including Coachella, Ultra Miami) and holds residencies at Marquee (Las Vegas, New York), LIV Miami and Create (Los Angeles). Inspired by his many travels, Vice’s music has the distinct ability to take listeners around the world to places such as Ibiza, Tokyo, London and Hong Kong, like he did with his hit song “World Is Our Playground.”

Vice keeps his sound fresh and innovative by collaborating with a wide variety of artists, ranging from A-list to indie – working with everyone from Rihanna, Capitol Cities, Linkin Park to Kelly Rowland. He combined his passion for music along with his love of sneakers by setting up in-store DJ booths in the CRSVR Boutiques that he owns in California and Las Vegas, creating a unique retail experience where “music meets fashion.” He has plans to open more locations and take things to international in the very near future.

About Jasmine Thompson
London-born singer-songwriter Jasmine Thompson has released multiple EPs showcasing both her affinity for sparkling dance-pop and soulful, haunting pop covers. She is currently working on another EP via Atlantic Records that will showcase her diverse talents, a follow up to her ADORE EP. The title track from that release achieved radio success in a slew of European countries including Top 10 airplay in both Italy and Poland. More recently, Thompson lent her vocals to Thomas Jack on his single “Rise Up” and German DJ HUGEL on his track “Where We Belong.”

Thompson’s YouTube channel now has over 2.5 million subscribers and 500 million YouTube views. Her songs (along with the tracks she has been featured on) have amassed 1 billion streams worldwide! As something of a muse to a host of DJ’s and EDM producers; Jasmine has been featured on Felix Jaehn’s “Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better)” remix, Robin Schulz’s single “Sun Goes Down,” and has had multi-platinum DJ/producer Avicii personally ask her to cover his single “The Days.” He called her version “breathtaking.”

About Skizzy Mars
Manhattan is a borough of sounds just as diverse as its denizens. Against that backdrop, rapper, songwriter, and artist Skizzy Mars always set himself apart since his childhood in Harlem. With equal readiness to name check Morrissey, nod to big screen romances, and precisely spit an ode to a stranger on the subway, an outlier perspective fuels his full-length debut, Alone Together.

As soon as the album went live on iTunes, it captured #1 on the Top Hip-Hop/Rap Albums Chart and #3 on the Overall Top Albums Chart. Skizzy has seen success after success since he began making music at 17. In 2011, his introductory single “Douchebag” would ignite enthusiasm from numerous blogs. Skizzy built a fervent fan base by engaging a marathon of touring alongside the likes of G-Eazy, Logic, B.o.B, Ty Dolla $ign, and more. His 2013 mixtape Phases and 2014 follow-up Pace became fan favorites, while he started to infiltrate the mainstream on 2015’s The Red Balloon Project EP. Buoyed by the single “Time” (feat. G-Eazy & Olivver the Kid), it debuted at #4 on Billboard’s Top Rap Albums chart and peaked at #35 on the Top 200.

Richie Quake Releases New Single “Try” As Heard on Fader, Nylon

Before we take off, I wanted to make sure you caught the new release from Brooklyn artist Richie Quake. This new single, “Try,” meets at the cross roads of R&B and pop and has found quite an ample buzz among tastemakers since release. “Try” follows “Hesitate” a dance-pop track that found co-signs by everyone from Earmilk and Nylon, to Broad City music supervisor Matt FX. Past singles “Nighttime” and “Slow Down” that won Quake critical acclaim from tastemakers including Vice, MTV, Pigeons & Planes, Yahoo, and more.

Låpsley Explores Post-Soviet Electronic Music in Tbilisi, Georgia in New THUMP Special

Today, THUMP is excited to debut a brand-new THUMP special, Låpsley in Tbilisi. Presented by YouTube Music, the short documentary follows the emerging 20-year-old musician and producer, Låpsley, as she travels to Tbilisi, Georgia to speak with local artists about why the electronic music scene is essential to the city’s social movement.

The documentary follows Låpsley on her thrilling journey where she discovers the post-Soviet country’s flourishing underground electronic music scene and those who are using it for change and expression. The young artist speaks to the ravers who are a part of the “white noise movement,” fighting the zero-tolerance drug policy enforced by the government.

THUMP also follows Låpsley as she visits everything from Bassiani, Tbilisi’s quintessential underground club (located directly underneath Georgia’s national soccer stadium), to Cafe Gallery, one of the country’s queer-friendly clubs. Along the way, Låpsley speaks with the leaders of Tbilisi’s electronic music scene, who are turning the city into a new haven for dance music and emerging social movements.
This project is part of YouTube’s larger collaboration with Lapsley and partnership with VICE to give fans the opportunity to discover not only Lapsley’s music, but also more about who she is as an artist.

ABOUT THUMP
THUMP is the electronic music and culture channel from VICE, which launched in 2013 with a focus on the full range of electronic music and culture, from massive festival stages to renegade warehouse parties, from platinum-selling artists to DIY bedroom wunderkinds. THUMP chronicles every aspect of global dance music culture: the music, the artists, the fans, and the experience. Through original videos from the most electrifying events around the globe, breaking news, exclusive mixes from the world’s best DJs, and an engaging slate of editorial features and premieres, THUMP offers a unique and authoritative portal into the culture of electronic music.

VICE releases ‘Steady 1234’

LA-based DJ/producer VICE launcheslatest single ‘Steady 1234’ featuring UK singer/songwriter Jasmine Thompson & New York rapper Skizzy Mars out now, via APG/Atlantic.

Known for his infectious genre-bending sound, VICE’s ‘Steady 1234’ takes a route with a slow-paced groove matched with trap-like beats, whilst Jasmine Thompson’s enchanting vocals pair with the smooth rap styles of Skizzy Mars.

Topping his previous release ‘World Is Our Playground’, ‘Steady 1234’ is currently most played track on Spotify amassing over an incredible 11.5 million streams and the total of plays continue to rapidly increase. Constantly proving his diverse production skills, there is no stopping the LA DJ/producer as he releases hit after hit. Currentlyresidencies in Las Vegas, New York and Miami,spearheaded official remixes for Linkin Park and Rihanna. exciting times for the prolific DJ.

Launching herself on YouTube – Jasmine’s channel boasts over 2.5 million subscribers which gained the attention of a long list DJ’s and producers including Robin Schulz, appearing on his summery single ‘Sun Goes Down’, and Felix Jaehn – lending her vocals to the Top 10 hit ‘Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better)’. Elsewhere, Skizzy Mars has turned heads with his eclectic, alternative rap and prolific collaborations with the likes of JoJo and G-Eazy.

Steady 1234 produced by VICE featuring Jasmine Thompson & Skizzy Mars is out now on APG/Atlantic.

D.R.A.M. takes VICE to the Cha Cha Chicken that inspired “Cha Cha” in Autobiographies

In a new episode of VICE’s Autobiographies, we meet Virginia-based rapper D.R.A.M., who takes us on a journey through the progression of his music career, going everywhere from the Santa Monica Cha Cha Chicken restaurant that inspired his breakout song to legendary Rick Rubin’s house and studio. D.R.A.M. tells VICE, “I do real ass music.”

D.R.A.M. wasn’t always an artist; from the get-go, he says he’s been known for a history of skipping out on responsibilities for music. Before his career he worked in telemarketing, where he often played hooky in exchange for rap battles at his local mall. When he worked at Best Buy, coworkers would mock him about his music. “I’m going to make something of myself, I will,” he’d tell them.

In the video, we see footage from the beginning of D.R.A.M.’s career singing in his church choir, as well as the first time he performed “Cha Cha” in 2014 at producer Gabe Niles’ birthday party. Then, after grabbing coconut fried chicken at the infamous Cha Cha Chicken, we head to Rick Rubin’s studio where D.R.A.M. reflects on life after “Cha Cha” and moving forward.
ABOUT VICE MAGAZINE
Since 1994, VICE Magazine has enlightened its audience with immersive journalism, photo portfolios, and fiction—produced, edited, and written by and for the millennial generation. Our aim is to find stories that are underreported and present them to the world. You’ll find dispatches by our international correspondents, photography by emerging and established artists, and cultural coverage exploring the lives and interests of young people in the 21st century. Alongside powerful documentaries found on VICE.com, VICE News, and Vice on HBO, our stories explore the cutting edge of news and art across the world, defining global youth culture in the process.

Baauer + Special Guests Join THUMP’s Monthly Livestream Series Tonight  

BROOKLYN, NY (February 9th, 2016) – Tonight, VICE’s electronic music and culture channel, THUMP, will host the latest THUMP Session, the site’s DJ livestream series. For the February edition of the series, THUMP tapped none other than famed LuckyMe DJ and producer Baauer. Fresh off the announcement of Aa, Baauer’s long-anticipated debut album, expect surprises, special guests, and new music from the LuckyMe producer.

Streaming live from YouTube Space NY and Un-leashed by T-Mobile, the event kicks off tonight at 5pm EST (2pm PST) and will be available for replay for 24 hours after the stream ends.

Ambassadeurs shares new DJ mix

2015 has kept Ambassadeurs extremely busy with a slew of EPs and his debut album – “Patterns” released on his own Lost Tribe Records imprint.
Highlights of the year included repeated Radio 1 support and recognition for this fiercely independent artist.

“Patterns” was featured on Huw Stephens “It’s Album Time” slot, Monki invited him to do a Lights On guest mix and Phil Taggart asked him to remix SOAK as a Radio 1 exclusive for their One Big Weekend coverage. On the press side Vice declared him to be the new Jamie XX which can only be taken as a compliment.

Now back in the studio recording his second album, he is dropping Halos in the interim to keep fans of his sound happy.

The EP was written during an escape in the autumn from the city to the countryside.

The change of scenery from concrete to wilderness is reflected in the more organic sounds on the EP. It was written with the bare minimum of equipment so a simpler and more stripped back approach was adopted even sampling some old cassettes that were left behind in the cottage where he was staying.

The EP explores a more 4/4 sound than his debut album while still retaining the signature aesthetic of Ambassadeurs productions. It’s a formula he’s been exploring with great success of late with his recent ephemerals remix hitting Number 1 on the Beatport electronica chart and a new remix for Ninja Tune signing Autograf about to drop.
Ambassadeurs widescreen sound spans bass heavy, ethereal electronica, through to dark ambient moments, and shimmering, melodic techno. Taking cues from dub, hip-hop, bass and jazz, but sounding like none of these genres, his distinctive style can be attributed to a Tobin-like love for turning found sounds into samples and processing them beyond recognition – creating music as unique as his talent.

In addition to his own releases Ambassadeurs’ stock has been consistently rising in the remix market with his production skills being noticed and used by record labels including Tru Thoughts, Ninja Tune, Moshi Moshi, Fat Cat, Wah Wah 45s, Universal and Rough Trade. Despite this packed schedule he has still continued his policy of shipping regular free releases of music for his fans via social media which has seen his fan base grow exponentially to over 35,000 followers and exceed 7 million plays on SoundCloud alone.

This continued stream of high quality releases has won him strong DJ support in particular from BBC Radio 1. Coupled with online press support from The Fader, Mixmag, Vice, iD, Clash, XLR8R and Earmilk all championing his tracks there has been no shortage of talk about the London based producer and his work.

In addition to his studio work Ambassadeurs has built up his live reputation winning high profile support slots across North America and Europe with the likes of ODESZA, Machinedrum, Gas Lamp Killer, Danny Brown, Gold Panda, Daedelus and Kelpe with a stunning show that marries his leftfield sound with surrealist videography. The success of these shows led to a 15 date co-headline tour of North America in 2015 with Daktyl (Mad Decent) and festival slots at Hard Day Of The Dead, Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival and The Sound You Need Festival.

Ambassadeurs (aka Mark Dobson) started out learning his craft on an 8-bit Amiga computer, wrestling with the notoriously tricky Octamed while the rest of us were playing Lemmings. After the requisite teenage years in psychedelic rock bands, he upgraded to Logic and began working with electronic instruments, getting inside the machinery to make them sound the way he wanted. After signing 2 EPs with Pilot Records he now heads up his own label – Lost Tribe Records through which he releases his own work and champions other forward thinking electronic artists.

Ambassadeurs will be releasing his second album in Summer 2016.

Ambassadeurs shares new track ‘Kava’

2015 has kept Ambassadeurs extremely busy with a slew of EPs and his debut album – “Patterns” released on his own Lost Tribe Records imprint.
Highlights of the year included repeated Radio 1 support and recognition for this fiercely independent artist.

“Patterns” was featured on Huw Stephens “It’s Album Time” slot, Monki invited him to do a Lights On guest mix and Phil Taggart asked him to remix SOAK as a Radio 1 exclusive for their One Big Weekend coverage. On the press side Vice declared him to be the new Jamie XX which can only be taken as a compliment.

Now back in the studio recording his second album, he is dropping Halos in the interim to keep fans of his sound happy.

The EP was written during an escape in the autumn from the city to the countryside.

The change of scenery from concrete to wilderness is reflected in the more organic sounds on the EP. It was written with the bare minimum of equipment so a simpler and more stripped back approach was adopted even sampling some old cassettes that were left behind in the cottage where he was staying.

The EP explores a more 4/4 sound than his debut album while still retaining the signature aesthetic of Ambassadeurs productions. It’s a formula he’s been exploring with great success of late with his recent ephemerals remix hitting Number 1 on the Beatport electronica chart and a new remix for Ninja Tune signing Autograf about to drop.
Ambassadeurs widescreen sound spans bass heavy, ethereal electronica, through to dark ambient moments, and shimmering, melodic techno. Taking cues from dub, hip-hop, bass and jazz, but sounding like none of these genres, his distinctive style can be attributed to a Tobin-like love for turning found sounds into samples and processing them beyond recognition – creating music as unique as his talent.

In addition to his own releases Ambassadeurs’ stock has been consistently rising in the remix market with his production skills being noticed and used by record labels including Tru Thoughts, Ninja Tune, Moshi Moshi, Fat Cat, Wah Wah 45s, Universal and Rough Trade. Despite this packed schedule he has still continued his policy of shipping regular free releases of music for his fans via social media which has seen his fan base grow exponentially to over 35,000 followers and exceed 7 million plays on SoundCloud alone.

This continued stream of high quality releases has won him strong DJ support in particular from BBC Radio 1. Coupled with online press support from The Fader, Mixmag, Vice, iD, Clash, XLR8R and Earmilk all championing his tracks there has been no shortage of talk about the London based producer and his work.

In addition to his studio work Ambassadeurs has built up his live reputation winning high profile support slots across North America and Europe with the likes of ODESZA, Machinedrum, Gas Lamp Killer, Danny Brown, Gold Panda, Daedelus and Kelpe with a stunning show that marries his leftfield sound with surrealist videography. The success of these shows led to a 15 date co-headline tour of North America in 2015 with Daktyl (Mad Decent) and festival slots at Hard Day Of The Dead, Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival and The Sound You Need Festival.

Ambassadeurs (aka Mark Dobson) started out learning his craft on an 8-bit Amiga computer, wrestling with the notoriously tricky Octamed while the rest of us were playing Lemmings. After the requisite teenage years in psychedelic rock bands, he upgraded to Logic and began working with electronic instruments, getting inside the machinery to make them sound the way he wanted. After signing 2 EPs with Pilot Records he now heads up his own label – Lost Tribe Records through which he releases his own work and champions other forward thinking electronic artists.

Ambassadeurs will be releasing his second album in Summer 2016.