Electronic music's biggest names spent the past three days spinning and sunning on HARD's Holy Ship!, an insane cruise from Florida to the Bahamas for 2,500 devoted fans. SPIN's Ian Witlen hopped aboard and captured all the nautical action, from sets by Diplo and Skrillex to the tugboats that gave the ship a nudge when it ran aground. Above, Fatboy Slim welcomes the crowd with a scene straight out of Mission: Impossible - Dance Protocol.
Halfway through Ruban Nielson’s explorative third LP, Multi-Love, the bipolar “Extreme Wealth and Casual Cruelty” fractures momentarily into reverberating shards, creaking like a bridge collapsing as a murky guitar yowls in the background. Coming so soon after a silky smooth, Steely Dan-referencing guitar solo courtesy of his equally musical father Chris Nielson, it’s a tonally… More »