Our Favorites of 2013: Part 2 - Supergroups
Supergroups are nothing new to the music industry. In 2013, the biggest supergroup in EDM—Swedish House Mafia—disbanded, leaving a number of house fans disappointed. However, a number of producers stepped up to fill the supergroup void left by Swedish House Mafia.
Here are our favorite supergroups of 2013.
In 2012, Dog Blood popped up on the internet, and people were confused by the group that had seemingly come out of nowhere. It was soon revealed that Skrillex and Boys Noize were the masterminds behind the acid techno group. Their debut EP, Middle Finger, spawned the single “Next Order,” which hit #1 on Beatport’s Techno chart.
The duo performed together as Dog Blood for the first time on New Year’s Eve, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. It was the perfect way to ring in a new year and a new sound for both producers. Throughout the year, Dog Blood hit some of the biggest festivals, including Ultra Music Festival, Coachella, Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, Glastonbury Festival, and HARD Summer.
In addition to their mind-blowing performances that seemingly brought you down to the deepest depths of hell and back to life again, Dog Blood’s 2013 featured the release of even more material. Middle Finger Pt. 2 was released on September 16th, featuring five songs. One of which is a rework of their 2012 track “Middle Finger,” and two of the songs are remixes to “Middle Finger,” provided by Millions Like Us and The M Machine. The two completely original tracks on the EP are the metal-influenced “Shred or Die” and the breakbeat-filled “Chella Ride,” which topped Beatport’s Breaks Chart.
Dog Blood had a huge 2013, and we can only hope that Skrillex and Boys Noize will have more time to contribute to the project in the future.
New World Punx
Markus Schulz and Ferry Corsten are two of the biggest names in trance music, so their decision to form New World Punx sent shockwaves throughout the music industry. The duo’s debut under the New World Punx name took place during ASOT 600 at Madison Square Garden, one of the most iconic venues in the United States. Schulz said, “I’d never been in Madison Square Garden before, so the first time to walk in the doors for sound check and then to play was unreal. I’ve seen it on TV, and I know from being here in the United States what the Garden represents. It’s one of those special buildings here in the U.S., and it was a great honor to play there.”
New World Punx only released one track during 2013, “Romper,” but their looming presence was certainly felt throughout dance music. Schulz and Corsten played a sold-out show at Hollywood Palladium on November 27th, the night before Thanksgiving. It is impressive that they were able to sell out a huge venue on a Wednesday despite the fact that many Americans were focused on gorging themselves on turkey the following day.
They ended their whirlwind 2013 by spinning a headlining three-and-a-half hour set on New Year’s Eve at POPNYE in Oakland, CA. The massive performance was exactly how trance enthusiasts wanted to end 2013 and ring in the New Year.
Well, this was fun while it lasted. Just a week ago, a cryptic video was released by LuckyMe Records titled, “Waning Moon.” A crescent moon is a symbol commonly utilized by TNGHT. The purpose of the video was to announce that Lunice and Hudson Mohawke were going to focus on their solo work and take a break from TNGHT. This is unfortunate, but it is much better than their fans’ initial belief that the duo was breaking up for good.
The trap duo had a massive 2013, which included Kanye West heavily sampling TNGHT’s song “R U Ready” for “Blood on the Leaves.” West’s “Blood on the Leaves” received widespread praise from critics, appearing at #20 on Rolling Stone’s Best Songs of 2013 and #11 on Pitchfork’s 100 Best Songs of 2013. Additionally, TNGHT’s hit song “Higher Ground” was the soundtrack for two different national television commercials – one by Under Armor and one by Adidas.
You shouldn’t expect any new material from the duo in 2014, but be prepared for massive solo productions by Lunice and Hudson Mohawke.
Yeah, Skrillex is part of another one of our favorite supergroups. His decision to work with Diplo on Jack U raised some eyebrows, considering he was already working with Boys Noize on Dog Blood. However, the collaboration is quite welcome, as Skrillex and Diplo are two of the biggest tastemakers in the industry. Both of the producers refuse to adhere to a specific sound and are always evolving.
Their first performance of 2013 took place at the Mad Decent Block Party in San Diego. Jack U absolutely tore the place apart with their blend of trap, hip-hop, and dubstep. They also dropped a few tracks that might be Jack U originals, including an awesome tune with AlunaGeorge. Their only other performance of the year took place two weeks ago at ParadiseWorld in Curacao.
Diplo and Skrillex will both be on Holy Ship!!! next week, so don’t be surprised if there’s another Jack U performance in the works. On Jack U’s Facebook page, they said 2014 is going to be a big year for them. We hope this means a tour and EP are on the horizon!