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Friday, December 30, 2016

Enjoy 5 of Our Favorite All Day I Dream 2016 Releases Ahead of its Return to LA on NYD

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All Day I Dream, Lee Burridge‘s world-renowned label and event brand, will be touching down in Los Angeles on New Year’s Day to kick off 2017 with yet another vibe-driven revelrous affair, which has become tradition after four years of the holiday event in the west coast music haven. With a new outdoor venue, Chinatown’s Gin Ling Way, and a signature lineup, featuring Russian favorites, Gorje Hewek & Izhevski, New York’s Hoj, and the masterful artist and impresario himself, Lee Burridge, the event is set to be an intentional and inspiring experience that is a must for dance music lovers looking to rejuvenate their mind, body, and soul for the next 365 days. It seems that many of us are on the same page as pre-sales have already sold-out, but there will be a limited amount of tickets sold at the door.

Get ready for All (New Year’s) Day I Dream with our 5 favorite All Day I Dream releases this year below. We’ll see you there!

 

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Daniel Avery: DJ-Kicks review – master technoist at work

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DJ mixes often get short shrift compared to studio albums: they’re not entirely new creations and anyway, with streaming sites curating intuitive playlists for your every mood, surely the skill for selecting music is becoming extinct? Not so the esteemed DJ-Kicks series on !K7 Records that, along with the mix series from Fabric nightclub and – less clubby, more laidback, the Late Night Tales series – is long dedicated to the art of DJing. Simply, that’s the skill of unearthing excellent tracks and sewing them together.

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by Kate Hutchinson via Electronic music | The Guardian

GFOTY: Call Him a Doctor review – irreverent pastiche of a 'basic bitch'

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Like her PC Music compatriot Hannah Diamond, GFOTY (it stands for Girlfriend of the Year) is part parody. Specifically, the persona of 26-year-old Londoner Polly-Louisa Salmon is pastiching the “basic bitch”, that memetic term denoting myopically consumerist and dispiritingly dim womanhood. On stage she carries a Starbucks cup, on record she spouts cod-profundities like “Dying alone could be hard – especially if you have a dog”.

Related: PC Music: the future of pop or 'contemptuous parody'?

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by Rachel Aroesti via Electronic music | The Guardian

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Dele Sosimi + Soothsayers at Bussey Building on 17/03

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The best albums and tracks of 2016: how our writers voted

You’ve seen our end of year list (and our track of the year) – now it’s time to look behind the scenes and discover the favourite albums and tracks of the Guardian’s music critics

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Albums
Laura Mvula – The Dreaming Room
King – We Are King
Christine and the Queens – Chaleur Humaine
The Avalanches – Wildflower
Michael Kiwanuka – Love and Hate
David Bowie – Blackstar
Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book
The Invisible – Patience
Beyoncé – Lemonade
Radiohead – A Moon-Shaped Pool

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Dance mania: 35 years of the Tenax nightclub – in pictures

From hosting post-punk bands in the early 80s through to minimal techno’s elite DJs today, Florence club Tenax has been at the forefront of European club culture

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Monday, December 19, 2016

Dom Servini – Amazing Radio Show #56

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1st Hour

Intro
True – Give Me Something (Mouthwatering)
Laura Gibson – The Cause (City Slang)
Collocutor – Agama (Contours Remix) (On The Corner)
Romare – All Night (Ninja Tune)
The Showfa – Emmanuel (Showfa)
Henri-Pierre Noel – Back Home.. Sweet Home (The Reflex Revision) (Wah Wah 45s)
Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids – We Be All Africans Now (Strut)
Eric Lau – YNWAJP (First Word)
Tenderlonious – Song for my Father (22a)
Books – Stoned Love (XVI)
David Bowie – I Can’t Give Everything Away (ISO)
The Milk – Deliver Me / Every Time We Fight (Wah Wah 45s)

2nd Hour

Moses Boyd – Rye Lane Shuffle (Exodus)
Family Atlantica – Cosmic Unity (Soundway)
Werkha – Falling Through the Wall (Tom Blip Remix) (Tru Thoughts)
Wilson Fisk – Leith Walk (Fifty Fathoms Deep)
Marlow – Backroom feat. Pete Josef (Erobique Remix) (Sonar Kollektiv)
Anderson.Paak – Am I Wrong feat. ScHool Boy Q (Obe)
Resonators – Papa Daddio (Wah Wah 45s)
Soothsayers – Take Me High (Red Earth)
NxWorries – Lyk Dis (Clean Edit) (Stones Throw)
Children of Zeus – Still Standing (First Word)
A Tribe Called Quest – Whateva Will Be (Jive)
Paper Tiger – Weights in Space (Bastien Keb Remix) (Wah Wah 45s)
Daev Martian – FreE (Stay True Sounds)
Hector Plimmer – Eastern System (Radio Edit) (Albert’s Favourites)
L’Enfant – Marius Aquarius (Boogie Angst)

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Friday, December 16, 2016

KASBO PLAYS THE SOUNDTRACK TO SNOWGLOBE 2016

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21-year-old Swedish producer Kasbo has been building a steady fanbase with non-stop remixes this year leading into his recent single “Call”. He’s doing a very exclusive run of 2 US dates over the New Year weekend including a stop at SnowGlobe music festival in Lake Tahoe, California and to celebrate, he’s shared his first mix ever. The 40 minute collection of tracks features some of his favorite tracks right now and a majority of his own originals and remixes including an unreleased original to finish it off!

Catch Kasbo in the US over the holidays:

SnowGlobe Music Festival – Lake Tahoe, CA | 12/29
Decadence Music Festival – Denver, CO | 12/30

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

[TECH REVIEW] Phonon Headphones Offer A Refined World-Class Listening Experience at Competitive Prices (ft. SMB-02 + 4000 Models)

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(Pictured: Dixon with Phonon SMB-02’s)

Whether you’re a casual music listener, professional producer/DJ, or audiophile, you probably hold headphones as one of your most essential items in life. Regardless of whatever type of headphone user you may be, we can all agree that sound quality is of the utmost importance, in addition to build quality for a lasting product. Over the past 5 years, Japan’s Phonon has offered headphones that have been created with those ideals at the forefront of their development. When top professional veteran audiophiles joined with Isao Kumano, a highly respected sound and mastering engineer, Alex Prat aka DJ Alex from Tokyo, Kumano’s partner in the music production team Tokyo Black Star, and Yusuke Uchiyama aka no milk, a producer and audio technician, the Phonon brand was born in an effort to truly convey music’s imagination.

Phonon’s innovative and professional equipment, such as their flagship headphones, the SMB-02 and 4000 models, did not come easy, as the development and production has taken decades of research, dedication, and high-level experience in the audio field and industry. It’s clear that their efforts are greatly appreciated and worthwhile with artists like Dixon, Âme, John Digweed, Jeff Mills, DJ Harvey, Laurent Garnier, John Talabot, Gerd Janson, and more supporting their headphones.

We were given the opportunity to give the SMB-02 and 4000 models a test drive, and we’ve been thoroughly impressed to say the least. Read on for why exactly we now prefer Phonon for studio and DJ use, and see how you can get 10% off of your order, just in time for the holidays.

 

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The SMB-02 headphones are the slightly larger, studio-oriented model that are also appropriate for DJ use. They have a sturdy build with both metal and plastic used throughout, along with a soft, padded leather headband, and thick cushioned ear-pads that are essential for comfort during long sessions. The attached cable is about 7′ long and has a 3.5mm gold-plated plug at the end (a great screw-on 1/4″ adapter is also included). It seems that the SMB-02s are built to last and can withstand heavy long-term use.

With the sturdy build quality accounted for, the real test comes with sound, and these deliver. Phonon has successfully addressed the needs of accuracy for producers, mixers, and engineers, without sacrificing the pure enjoyment of listening as a consumer, as some competitors may fall flat in that regard. The mids and highs are crisp, and the lows are thick and present without being too boomy or overcompensated for. The full frequency spectrum comes through with transparent clarity across a wide stereo image to complete the aural package. Although we may not know the specifics of Phonon’s exclusive tuning theory, we can definitely hear and appreciate their proprietary methods.

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SMB-02 Specifications
• Price – $349
• Type – Air-tight fully enclosed dynamic headphone
• Driver – Φ40mm
• Output sound level – 100dB/mW
• Playback frequency range – 20 – 20,000Hz
• Maximum input – 1,300mW
• Impedance – 40Ω
• Weight (including cable and plug) – 300g
• Plug – Φ6.3 / Φ3.5mm gold-plated screw-type stereo 2 ways plug
• Connection cable length (material) – 3m (4 wires-type L/R independent ground wire connection)

 

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The 4000s (available in Matte black and Silver) are essentially the little brother of the SMB-02s, as they are essentially the same, but in a more compact, travel-friendly frame. They are just as sturdy, but they are also foldable and come with a travel bag that protects them in between gigs or on vacation. The 4000s feature the same speaker driver as the SMB-02s so you’ll get the same high sound quality. Aside from the size and foldability, the other main discerning feature is that they have an on-ear design, rather than over-ear, which is more similar to Sennheiser HD-25s, making them an obvious choice for DJ usage.

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4000’s as seen in this video of Dixon b2b Âme at a City Fox boat party in NYC this year…

4000 Specifications
• Price – $249
• Type – enclosed dynamic headphones
• Driver: φ40㎜
• Impedance – 46Ω
• Maximum output sound level – 500mW
• Playback frequency range – 20~22,000 Hz
• Weight (including cable) – 243g
• Plug – φ3.5㎜ gold-plated screw-type stereo 2 way plug
• Cable length – 1.5m

 

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Closing Thoughts

After months of use, Phonon headphones have become my headphones of choice, over several other popular brands that offer similar products. They’re often compared to headphones that are well above their $250-350 price range, and you will be hard pressed to find any negative reviews of them online, for good reason. With the additional backing of industry professionals and world-class artists, Phonon is becoming a go-to brand as their products truly measure up to exactly what they’re promised to be with exceptional value.

Try out Phonon headphones for yourself, and use our 10% off discount code: “GDD10” when you order from their store. Phonon offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee, so hear what they’re all about with no risk. If you’re not happy with them, return them unharmed within 15 days.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

'Fashwave': synth music co-opted by the far right

Fascist bloggers and musicians have expressed their liking for an 80s-obsessed variant of instrumental electronica

It didn’t take long for the fascists to come out of the woodwork. On Tuesday, Buzzfeed published a long piece by Reggie Ugwu, looking at how a variant of instrumental electronic music had become the favoured soundtrack of the “alt-right”, the US-based far-right movement. Within hours, a website whose strapline declares it is “destroying Jewish tyranny” had picked up on the piece.

“The Jew-owned Buzzfeed blog has done an article about how fashwave has become the musical soundtrack of the alt-right,” the piece said. “The fact that sites like these are covering this sort of thing reveals how the alt-right and anything associated with it is quickly becoming the trendy counter-culture of this era. There is no question about this. We have become the cool ones rebelling against a tyrannical system. This will become more and more alluring to the younger generation who is coming of age as time moves on. Especially considering we live in societies polluted with political correctness and all sorts of nonsensical bullshit.”

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Signing songs: what do concerts sound like when you can't hear the music?

A fundraising gig in Melbourne is built around making music more accessible to deaf people – through Auslan, interpreters and lots of bass

A gig might not be the first idea that comes to mind when planning an Auslan event, but in last week’s Summer Break Auslan Party in Melbourne, raising money for Deaf Basketball Australia, the entire program was built around making music more accessible to deaf people.

There are a few elements at play. Interpreters are on stage for each act, translating and performing the lyrics; the speakers are cranked for those with hearing impairments, and there’s plenty of bass. There are story slams in between the acts, told in both Australian sign language (Auslan) and the spoken word, and large numbers of interpreters in the audience.

Related: I love theatre and I’m blind. Here’s how that works | Ria Andriani

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by Nicole Eckersley via Electronic music | The Guardian

Dom Servini – Amazing Radio Show #55

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1st Hour

Intro

Album of the Week: The Milk – Live at The Union Chapel

The Milk – Wanderlust (Wah Wah 45s)

Damas Swing Orchestra – Odylife (African Seven)

Johnny! – I’m Gone (Vocal) (Now-Again)

Lakuta – Ultimate Robot (Captain Over Remix) (Tru Thoughts)

Coldcut – Only Heaven feat.. Roots Manuva (Matthew Herbert Remix) (Ninja Tune)

Jeb Loy Nichols – Don’t Drop Me (Opolopo Remix) (Country City Country)

The Reflex – Just Don’t Mean a Thing (The Reflex Revision) (Million Sellers 4)
Madeline Bell – Little Ones (Scrimshire Edit) (Free Download)
Gabriel Garzon-Montano – The Game (Styles Upon Styles)
Neue Grafik – Witches ft Wayne Snow (Wolf)
Valique – Family (Compost)
Album of the Week: The Milk – Live at The Union Chapel
The Milk – Deliver Me / Every Time We Fight (Wah Wah 45s)
2nd Hour
Intro
DJ Cirofox – Moments (Principe)
Native Dancer – Seven of Swords (Bandcamp)
Mini-Mix: Russ Ryan
The Supreme Jubilees – It’ll All Be Over
Budgie – Only Power
Al Green – I’m So Glad You’re Mine
Devox feat Angie Stone – Everyday
Natural Four – Try Love Again
Pete Rock – It’s A Love Thing
D’Angelo – She’s Always In My Hair (14k Remix)
Georgia Anne Muldrow – Runway
D’Angelo – Me And Those Dreamy Eyes (Dilla Remix)
Innerzone Orchestra – People Make The World Go Round (J88 Remix)
Arnold Blair – Finally Made It Home
End of Mini-Mix
Gabriel Garzon-Montano – Sour Mango (Styles Upon Styles)

Tenderlonious – Song for my Father (22a)

Bonobo – Break Apart feat. Rhye (Ninja Tune)
Batsumi – Lishonile (Matsuli)
Album of the Week: The Milk – Live at The Union Chapel
The Milk – What Did I do to my Love (Wah Wah 45s)

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Deadmau5: W:/2016ALBUM/ review – desperately lacking in personality

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Masked pop-techno producer Deadmau5 has long been as famous for online beefs with Madonna and Kanye as for his music. His Twitter trolling is frequently hilarious, even as it hints at the underlying persona of a man who’d be at his happiest shouting up at an ex’s window at 2am about how he never cared anyway. This first album on his own mau5trap label will struggle to redress the balance back towards the tunes. When it’s good, it’s usually something that sounds like the luscious, clinical opener 4ware, or cow-brained stomper Three Pound Chicken Wing. Otherwise there are too many generic pompous 70s-prog synths grafted on to basic beats. Compared to his tweets, this desperately lacks personality.

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by Damien Morris via Electronic music | The Guardian

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Best albums of 2016: No 6 Hopelessness by Anohni

The musician formerly Antony Hegarty returned with staggeringly beautiful protest songs that are escapist as well as subversive

As album titles go, you’d be hard pressed to find one more appropriate for 2016 than Hopelessness. It was a statement of despair – angry and unwavering, bold and unmistakably bleak, furious at the world. You’d also be hard pressed to find an album this year as fearlessly political – or at least one with a danceable song about execution. The artist formerly known as Antony and the Johnsons made her name with nimble piano torch songs, but for her first album as Anohni, she emerged as a velvet-voiced harbinger of doom, her anguish at drone warfare, climate change, Guantánamo Bay, the Obama administration and humanity at large set to an exuberant electronic soundtrack.

If that suggested an uneasy listen, then that was the point. At times Hopelessness could shake you to the core: the lyrics of Crisis, for example, were more brutal than a news report and the song had an emphatic crescendo of static and strings that made your ribcage want to burst. But the album succeeded in bringing such difficult subjects into the dance arena: it could be escapist as well as subversive.

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by Kate Hutchinson via Electronic music | The Guardian

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Dom Servini – Amazing Radio Show #54

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1st Hour

Intro

Paine Caudrelli – Yellowblack (2K16 Mix) (Compl8)

Sylvan Esso – Could I Be (Ada)
Broken Knowz – Paradise Valley (Technicolour)
Paper Tiger – Ooh (Hector Plimmer Remix – Clean) (Wah Wah 45s)
Moonchild – The Truth (DJ Jazzy Jeff & James Poyser Remix) (Tru Thoughts)
Noah Slee – Love Come Down (Wondercore Island)
Azymuth – Villa Mariana (Pela Madrugada) (Far Out)
Madeline Bell – Comin’ Atcha (Scrimshire Edit) (Free DL)
Shadow – Let’s Get it Together (Analog Africa)
Mulatu Astatqe – Yèkèrmo Sèw (Heavenly Sweetness)
Romare – My Last Affair (Ninja Tune)
Escapism Refuge – Red Lights (Deep Heads)
Dan Kye – Like You Wanna (Rhythm Section)
2nd Hour
Intro
The Milk – Deliver Me / Every Time We Fight (Live at The Union Chapel) (Wah Wah 45s)
Mini-Mix: Anne Frankenstein
Ray Jay & The Eastsiders – Same Old Sad Song
Johnny Truit – No Sad Times
Nikki Giovanni – Ego Trippin
Rev. Carlton Coleman – Share It
Dennis Landry – Miss Hard To Get
Sonya Spence – Let Love Flow On
Tim Maia – Brother Father Mother Sister
End of Mini-Mix
Resonators – Imaginary People (A Future Time Dub) (Wah Wah 45s)
Soothsayers – Take Me High (Red Earth)
Soul Sugar – Why Can’t We Live Together feat. Leonardo Carmichael (Gee Records)
Feather – Like No Other (Wondercore Island)
BodyMoves – Wish (Shapes of Rhythm)
Sunlight Square – Taj Mahal feat. Josue Ferreira (Freestyle)
The Showfa – Emanuelle (The Showfa Edits)

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Best albums of 2016: No 8 Chaleur Humaine by Christine and the Queens

In the year of Bowie’s death, Héloïse Letissier’s triumphant crossover record was a salutary reminder that pop can be inspirational and comforting

One of the year’s more heartening success stories was that of the Frenchwoman who, depressed, lonely and insecure, fell under the wing of a group of Soho drag queens in London. The performers saw in Héloïse Letissier a kindred spirit and nurtured her, sending her back to Paris to become Christine and the Queens, a character who expressed Letissier’s fears and confronted them, and who became the most unlikely crossover success in a long time.

Chaleur Humaine (meaning Human Warmth) was released in June 2014 in France, but didn’t creep out in the rest of the world until early 2016, a few tracks replaced by new ones, a few with lyrics reworked in English. The translations were not literal; in fact, you’d struggle to call them translations at all. The song Tilted, which had been called Christine on the original release, opened “I will die before Methuselah / So I’ll fight sleep with ammonia,” whereas the French version had been something along the lines of: “I start books at the end / And I hold my head high for nothing.”

Related: Christine and the Queens: 'I just want to shatter everything'

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by Michael Hann via Electronic music | The Guardian

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

[GDD™ PREMIERE] Nice7 & Dirty Channels – “Juno” (Crosstown Rebels)

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Today we have the honor of premiering a titanic techno tune from the Italian duos Nice7 and Dirty Channels for the revered Crosstown Rebels imprint. With scintillating acid undertones and a bongo backbone, “Juno” warps and evolves into a full fledged anthem adding and subtracting layers of vocal samples and analog drum machines to bring the track to a head. Be on the lookout for the full release of their joint “Feelings EP” as it’s released on December 9th via Crosstown Rebels. You can pre-order the EP HERE!

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Kitty Empire: best rock and pop of 2016

Mavericks were lost, Dylan bagged a Nobel (and then went quiet), the Knowles sisters sparkled, and grime moved centre stage

• Observer critics’ reviews of the year in full

If you spent 2016 dogged by a sense of incredulous unease, as though the world had been forced into a breakdance head-spin, consider this. Mavericks are supposed to frolic on the pop stage. Boring straights are supposed to run things proficiently. In 2016, that logic seemed to invert. With the loss of David Bowie, Prince, Phife Dawg, Allan Toussaint, Lemmy, Pete Burns and Sharon Jones – to name but six grim reapings of this cruel year – pop music sustained a net loss of colourful mavericks. In the world of politics, meanwhile, unconventional, off-the-wall types unleashed seismic changes to the postwar status quo. If ever there was a natural order, 2016 certainly offended it.

Several albums resonated with bleak portent, and transcendent artistry. Bowie’s captivating Blackstar hid death in plain sight. Leonard Cohen’s small but perfectly formed You Want It Darker was prefaced by a note to his dying muse, Marianne Ihlen. “Know that I am so close behind you that if you stretch out your hand, I think you can reach mine,” he wrote last July. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ Skeleton Tree thrummed with the pain of the accidental death of Cave’s teenage son.

US rappers proved that hip-hop is in the throes one of its more purple creative patches

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Fabric to reopen in January with special weekend of events

The London club, which faced permanent closure earlier this year, will reopen with weekend of family-focused events early in 2017

Fabric will reopen its doors to the pubic in January. The London club will host a series of events during the first full weekend of the new year, from 6 to 8 January.

The venue was threatened with permanent closure in September after Islington council revoked its licensing, claiming that “a culture of drugs” existed at the club that its management was unable to control. After an appeal – and much petitioning from those opposing Fabric’s closure – the council went on to agree to strict new licensing conditions, including an over-19s policy and ID scanners at entry to the venue.

Related: 'Landmark clubs are evidence of creativity and energy in a city’: why Fabric’s closure matters

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Deadmau5: W:/2016ALBUM/ review – genre-surfing EDM that's better than he thinks

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In a series of tweets last month, EDM superstar Joel Zimmerman all but disowned his eighth album, calling it “rushed” and “slapped together”. “I don’t even like it,” he claimed, adding that he is only releasing it to pay the bills. There were two tracks he reserved praise for, however: Whelk Then, a strange experimental offering that wavers between bursts of clangy syncopation and the ASMR-y sound of dripping water; and Snowcone, which mixes plunderphonic aesthetics with a chunky trip-hop beat.

Both are diverting on their own, but slightly confusing as part of an album that skirts all over the shop, genre-wise, covering trance-house fusion, bleeping 80s electro and seemingly everything in between. It’s possible that it was this lack of focus that led Zimmerman to feel dissatisfied with his work – but he shouldn’t really. This might be far from a perfect album, but it’s certainly nothing to be ashamed of.

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[NEWS] The Desert Hearts Crew Dazzle With Spring Festival/2017 Tour Announces

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If the festival scene has one thing to take away from 2016 it’s that the boutique festival circuit is a force to be reckoned with. With a capacity big enough to satiate your festival needs, yet small enough to remain personable, it’s no wonder these experiences championed the hearts and minds of many a dance music purveyors. Here in Los Angeles, the Desert Hearts signature brand of parties stood out for their curatorial expertise ranging everywhere from music, to live art, and live performances. Their club shows, and festival at Los Coyotes Indian Reservation, set the bar high for the rest of the year, and with the announcement of the return of both their Spring Festival, and City Hearts Tour, it’s clear that 2017 will continue their streak of excellence. To get a better sense of the community, view their 2017 Spring Festival announce video below and be sure to check out the dates for their City Hearts Tour coming to a city near you! Tickets + more information available HERE.

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Dom Servini at Merchant’s Tavern on 29/12

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Resonators at Gwernadour (France) on 10.12

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Wah Wah 45s Festive Banger at Pop Brixton on 09/12

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Dom Servini and Scrimshire at Bussey Building on 03/12

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Dom’s last ever Big Chill gig on 03/12

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Dom Servini at The Chicago Rib Shack (Aldgate East) on 2/12

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Gaika review – street-corner evangelist reignites music's political passion

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The Brixton vocalist injects powerful drama into intensely poetic dub sermons about city life and society ‘in a state of emergency’

Listening to dancehall on the radio, you might easily forget that this is music with a proud political tradition, stretching right back to the times when calypso would mull over contemporary events with the energy of today’s rolling news. Gaika, a Brixton vocalist sitting somewhere between MC, crooner and street-corner evangelist, is reigniting it.

“Nothing can stop us, no Theresa, no Boris,” he ad-libs between songs which sketch out a London teetering on apocalypse – but which still holds the potential for sex and abandon.

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by Ben Beaumont-Thomas via Electronic music | The Guardian

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Courtney John - Strangers



Meet Courtney John, the lovers rocker, that enigmatic, rare artist who comes along every once in a while, with uniqueness that simply radiates. His peers have called him a modern day Slim Smith; some say he’s like a young Eddie Kendrick’s or even Curtis Mayfield.

Writing, singing and producing comes naturally to Courtney John who was born into a musical family. He grew up listening to his uncles Winston and Beres Hammond, so it came as no surprise, when at age twelve; he wrote and performed his first song.

Courtney John’s solo efforts have garnered him some of music’s highest accolades, his releases From Letters to Words and 2009’s Made in Jamaica with the infectious single "Lucky Man" saw crossover success. Vocal and lyrical contribution to Sly & Robbie’s 2011 Grammy Nominated Album “One Pop Reggae” only further established John as a musical heavyweight and his title as the worldwide “Lovers Rocker". Courtney has also penned and produced hits for international stars, Nelly Furtado & Michael Franti, as well as Luciano, Mr. Vegas and reggae legends Joseph Hill, Beres Hammond, Culture and Marcia Griffiths to name a few.

The new single "Strangers" is a mix of vintage & modern production, co- written produced & tailored like haute couture by Guillaume "Gee" Metenier, the riddim track is performed by a line up of top players from Paris international music scene.




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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Dom Servini – Amazing Radio Show #53

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1st Hour

Intro

Bodymoves & Tom Central – One for Crates (Shapes of Rhythm)

Joyce Wrice – Play Pretend (Akashik Records)
Album of the Week: Buttering Trio – Threesome
Buttering Trio – Unexperienced (Raw Tapes)
Catching Flies – Korembi (Free Download)
Justin Carter – Know it All (Mister Saturday Night)
Duke Hugh – Home (Rhythm Section)
Romare – New Love (Ninja Tune)
Sylvan Esso – Could I Be (Ada)
Atjazz – Move, Move, Move (ARC)
Shadow – D’Hardest (12″ Version) (Analog Africa)
Reloved – Need a Little More (Yam Who? Re-work) (Midnight Riot)
Lord Echo – Just Do You feat. Mara TK (Soundway)
Album of the Week: Buttering Trio – Threesome

Buttering Trio – Love in Music (Raw Tapes)

2nd Hour
Intro
Maggie Koerner – Dig Down Deep (R’Coup’D / Ninja Tune)
Ash Walker – Truffles (Deep Heads)
A Tribe Called Quest – We The People (Jive)
Chip Wickham – Sling Shot (Lovemonk)
Madeline Bell – Little Ones (Scrimshire Edit) (Free Download)
Romare – All Night (Ninja Tune)
Markus Enochson – Don’t Let Me Down Easy (Lay-Far Remix) (Crush)
Retrospective for Love – Mothership (Wormfood)
Album of the Week: Buttering Trio – Threesome

Buttering Trio – Dig Deep (Raw Tapes)

Sharon Jones & the Dapkings – This Land is Your Land (Daptone)
Morvin Whoremonger – The Party’s Over (Now-Again)
John Heartsman & Circles – Talking About My Baby (Freestyle)

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Monday, November 28, 2016

CLUB SWEAT WORKOUT SERIES VOLUME 2

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Can’t end the year without a little more sweat! Our aussie brethren label Sweat It Out has dished out the Club Sweat Workout Series Volume 2, the follow up compilation featuring some young guns from our side of the planet – a devilish medley of bass driven belters and upfront house music. Here’s what the Sweat crew had to say about the release:

Hard to believe Sweat It Out began nearly 9 years ago (feeling old – ouch). At the time, we debated whether the origin of the name was because we used to eat hot thai food on a Tuesday with the goal of sweating out the weekend (weird that we didn’t think this should have been done on a Monday but I digress), or whether it was because of the amount of sweat AJAX would let out whilst dj’ing.

What we did agree on was a love of sweaty basements and music for such surrounds. Our WORKOUT SERIES epitimises exactly that.

Here we present 5 tunes that are made for clubs of around 200 people, with sweat dripping off the ceiling and heads turned slightly sideways. Shall we say, where we feel most at home.

Big love to SMALLTOWN DJs, RUMPUS, J.WORRA, COSELLA, FROM DROP TILL DAWN, LYNDON KIDD, and last but not least, BRILLSTEIN – you all killed it!

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Aphex Twin to play first UK show in five years at Field Day festival

The alter ego of experimental musician Richard D James will headline the London festival’s new indoor venue The Barn in 2017

Aphex Twin is set to play his first UK show in five years with a performance at 2017’s Field Day festival.

The pioneering electronic musician is set to play a two-hour set at The Barn, the festival’s new indoor arena. He has not played live in the UK since October 2012, despite the release of his acclaimed comeback album Syro in 2014. He will also play Day for Night festival in Texas at the end of this year.

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

BBC Music Sound of 2017 longlist revealed: Jorja Smith, Anderson Paak and more

Artists featured on the annual tip list have been revealed – with a variety of grime MCs, solo soul singers, electronic producers and two indie bands

The future of music has been revealed: according to votes cast by 170 international industry figures, solo stars – ranging from rap and grime MCs, soul singers and DIY producers – are going to be prevalent in 2017.

Next year’s longlist includes 15 rising acts and was assembled by music experts, including critics, broadcasters and DJs. For the first time, the panel also included international pundits.

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by Harriet Gibsone via Electronic music | The Guardian

Busted: Night Driver review – hear Charlie Simpson roar

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Your enjoyment of former pop-punk trio Busted’s first album in 13 years depends on how you feel about returning hero Charlie Simpson’s voice. Ditching the fizzing guitars for percolating, Kavinsky-esque synth pop (the spectre of Drive hangs over the music and the album’s artwork), it’s Simpson’s huge larynx that dominates; he’s a honking presence on the expansive New York, while the chorus to Without It is practically pulverised into submission. Thankfully that throaty roar works much better on songs like moody opener Coming Home, and nothing can smother the undeniable 80s brilliance of the title track. Overall it’s a semi-successful sonic rebirth that, in the shape of On What You’re On, features the best Daft Punk single since One More Time.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Arias 2016: Flume, marriage equality and lockout laws dominate music awards

Crowded House inducted into hall of fame as Kylie Minogue makes surprise appearance at event Ruby Rose dubs ‘a huge win for the LGBT community’

Aria awards 2016 – in pictures
Aria awards 2016 – the night as it happened

Sydney’s lockout laws, Australian marriage equality and Kylie Minogue made surprise appearances at the 30th annual Aria awards, otherwise dominated by the electronic music wunderkind Flume.

The Sydney electronic producer whose real name is Harley Streten, 25, picked up five of the pointy statues, winning best male artist; album of the year and best independent release for his sophomore album Skin; as well as best dance release and best pop release for Never Be Like You.

Related: Arias 2016: Flume cleans up as Crowded House joins Hall of Fame – as it happened

Related: Aria awards 2016 – in pictures

Kylie Minogue in the green room repping for marriage equality. Pics only, but such a pro. #arias http://pic.twitter.com/rUM3CLVnsi

The #Arias were a huge win for the LGBT community tonight. Thanks to so many inspiring acts and presenters. Beautiful. Get it

Best calls of the night - Acknowledgement of country from @JohnButlerTrio & showing solidarity with #StandingRock from @benleemusic #ARIAs

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Arias 2016 with Flume, Troye Sivan, Sia and Crowded House – live

Sampha review – a polite, pulsing performance cuts to the core

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Selling out venues even before his debut album is out, the British songwriter’s distinctive vocals are a brand of their own

Sampha’s always been about the voice. Diehard fans may have been following the 27-year-old producer and musician’s work since his 2010 Sundanza EP, but most listeners will know him more for the husky vocals slathered like a soothing paste on to other people’s singles. Whether adding depth to Jessie Ware’s 2013 single Valentine, landing the emotive suckerpunch on Drake co-write Too Much or lending longtime collaborator SBTRKT’s clubland tracks their hooks, Sampha’s distinctive vocal texture has become a brand of its own.

In between songs tonight, that voice is initially polite. After kicking off with forthcoming debut album opener Plastic 100°C, he thanks the crowd for being here and gives a quick shout out to friends and family – really, he sounds more like a respectful birthday party host than headliner of a sold-out show on home turf. But once he and his band launch into their thumping, electrofunk rendition of Under, you remember just why he’s earned enough of a reputation to pack out a venue before he’s even released a solo album. He has a beautiful knack for combining what was originally seen as a “nu-soul” sensibility with deeply personal lyrical themes that cut right into the wobbly core of our vulnerabilities.

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Dom Servini – Amazing Radio Show #52

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1st Hour

Intro

Buttering Trio – Refugee Song (Raw Tapes)

Dem Juju Poets – Barbara (Matasuna Records)

B.Bravo – I’m For Real (Bastard Jazz)
Romare – Come Close To Me (Ninja Tune)
Album of the Week: A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here.. Thank You 4 Your Service
A Tribe Called Quest – Lost Somebody (Jive)
Hector Plimmer – Kalimba (Albert’s Favourites)
Peanut Holmes – Astin Min (Beatservice)
Fakear – Light Bullet feat. Andreya Triana (Simona Drive Remix) (Counter)
Kiko Navarro – All Because of You feat. Julie McKnight (Original Mix) (BBE)
Myele Manzana – Montara (live) (First Word)
Nx Worries – Link Up (Clean) (Stones Throw)
Album of the Week: A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here.. Thank You 4 Your Service

A Tribe Called Quest – The Space Program (Jive)

2nd Hour
Intro
Shigeto – Lost Somebody (Free Download)
White Elephant – Don’t Change Your Way (Woman Records)
Susheela Raman – Trust In Me (Be Svendsen Edit) (Bandcamp)
Album of the Week: A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here.. Thank You 4 Your Service

A Tribe Called Quest – Enough!! (Jive)

Buttering Trio – Love in Music (Raw Tapes)
Machinedrum – Do it 4 U feat. Dawn (Daktyl Remix) (Ninja Tune)
Paper Tiger – Ooh feat. Pyramid Vritra (Original – clean) (Wah Wah 45s)
Album of the Week: A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here.. Thank You 4 Your Service

A Tribe Called Quest – Solid Wall of Sound (Jive)

Sweet Maya – Surround Me (Ubiquity)

LaVern Baker – Bumble Bee (Jeremy Sole Edit) (Bandcamp)
Midnight Magic – Free from your Spell (Soul Clap)
Barry Manilow – Copacabana (The Reflex Revision)
Aroop Roy – Black and White (Kampana)

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Deadmau5 on his new album: 'I don’t even like it'

The EDM star says he was pushed to release his ‘slapped together’ eighth album and that he needs the money to pay his ‘mad’ bills

Deadmau5 is experimenting with an unlikely new marketing ploy: honesty. The EDM star has posted a series of messages telling fans that he dislikes his new “slapped together” album.

COZ I GOT FUCKIN MAD BILLS. https://t.co/E6ChMrF1GP

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