Monday, August 31, 2015

[PREVIEW] Ulf Bonde – Blossom For Me

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Recognize the name Ulf Bonde? You may remember him from a track, “Brother Piña,” that Justin Jay featured in his Desert Hearts Spring Festival live set (@ 1:29:45), but if you don’t, now is a great time to get familiar. Sweden’s Ulf is a brand new LA-based producer/DJ whose musical background consists of classical piano and choir singing. After moving to LA to go to USC a few years ago, and eventually becoming roommates with Justin Jay, he grew a strong affinity for underground dance music. In the midst of school and late weekend nights, Ulf took some time to carefully perfect his craft, but he’s now set for his debut release on September 28th, which happens to be on the trusted label, Culprit.

The first taste of his forthcoming EP, Blossom for Me, is the the title track. Deep, moody, melodic, and groovy, the track has all of the key ingredients to re-energize both casual listeners and an active dance floor, while also incorporating bits of acoustic guitar, trumpet and harp. Check out the preview here, and stay tuned for the rest of the EP, along with a remix from Justin Jay.

Ulf Bonde is certainly one to watch.

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[DOWNLOAD] Major Lazer & DJ Snake – Lean On (CRWNS Remix)

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CRWNS, a fresh 21-year-old producer/DJ, seems to be jumpstarting his ascent up the ranks of dance music’s elite. With two previous releases to his name, and now this latest offering, he’s cultivating his own sound within the low-end-focused sphere, and many are picking up on the authentic vibes that he always delivers. On his remix of Major Lazer & DJ Snake’s “Lean On,” CRWNS supports MØ’s vocals with a flurry of shimmering synths, which are complimented by arpeggiated melodies and vocal edits that help drive the mid-tempo rhythm. Download CRWNS’ remix here, and watch out for more from the young talent.

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GDD™ Morning Update: The Martinez Brothers, Donato Dozzy, Equal, Evian Christ

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The Martinez Brothers hit North America with 14-date Tour
Donato Dozzy remixes Modern Heads’ ‘Beginning
Equal Gives First Taste of Forthcoming EP with “Shakedown”
Evian Christ explains why he was detained in a cage at Leeds


The Martinez Brothers hit North America with 14-date Tour

The NY-bred superstar DJ duo better known as The Martinez Brothers is hitting North America for a fourteen-date tour beginning on October 23 at the TV Lounge in Detroit.

Directly off their residency at Circoloco in Ibiza, and a non-stop 2015 all around, the brothers will be stopping by some of North America’s biggest and best venues. They’ll also be playing HARD Day of the Dead in Pomona, California as Tuskegee, their b2b side-project with Seth Troxler.

See tour dates below and catch them in your city.

The Martinez Brothers NA Tour
October 23 – Detroit @ TV Lounge
October 24 – Toronto @ Coda
October 30 – TBA
October 31 – Las Vegas @ Drai’s After Hours
November 1 – Pomona @ HARD Day of the Dead (with Seth Troxler as Tuskegee)
November 5 – Guadalajara @ Bar Americas
November 6 – Mexico City @ Reforma 109
November 7 – Phoenix @ Monarch Theatre
November 18 – TBA
November 19 – Orlando @ Tier Club
November 20 – Dominican Republic @ Barbate Beach Club
November 25 – TBA
November 27 – San Francisco @ Public Works
November 28 – Vancouver @ MIA


Donato Dozzy remixes Modern Heads’ ‘Beginning


Donato Dozzy, Claudio PRC and Giorgio Gigli have remixed the Modern Heads track “Beginning.”

“Beginning” originally dropped as the A-side on Chapter II, a 12-inch released on Outis Music last December. Modern Heads member Dino Sabatini, who also runs Outis Music, has a long-standing connection to the three remixers: they were all core members of Elettronica Romana, the defunct Rome label credited with helping to shape the deep, dark and loopy Italian techno sound. “It all began about ten years ago in a basement in the heart of Rome,” Sabatini explains. “After the return of Modern Heads with Chapter II, memories once again led me to friends I made during the period of the first productions on Elettronica Romana.”

Samples can be heard over at the Outis Music site.

A1 Beginning (Claudio PRC Remix)
A2 Beginning (Giorgio Gigli Remix)
B1 Beginning (Donato Dozzy Remix)

Outis Music will release Chapter II (The Beginning) on October 12th, 2015.

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Equal Gives First Taste of Forthcoming EP with “Shakedown”

Just last Friday, NYC’s Equal came through with a fresh new single, “Shakedown” ft. Seja. If you’re not already familiar with this DJ/producer, he’s been on the tour circuit for a while now, playing everywhere from club nights in NYC to the famed major festival Bonnaroo. With an EP coming this fall, Equal decided to unveil the first track off of the release, and it’s this funky disco jam that’s been dubbed “Shakedown.” Listen above and keep tabs on Equal as he has some big collaborations on the way.


Evian Christ explains why he was detained in a cage at Leeds

On Friday, Evian Christ was detained in a cage at Leeds, sharing a cryptic video without any details. He has now explained exactly what happened with a statement on Facebook.

After being unable to find his car after his set, the producer (real name Joshua Leary) was stripped of his credentials before being held in the cage on suspicion of breaking into the festival, where he remained for “a Very Long Time.” Leary was then threatened with arrest but remained calm, contacting his manager and tweeting the video before being let out by a senior member of the security staff “who seemed as bemused as me by the situation.”

Festival organizers have yet to respond to Leary’s emails, although Leeds promoter Melvin Benn has claimed that Leary was intoxicated and refused to identify himself, charges that he denies. Adding insult to injury, Reading organizers reportedly labeled a cage as the Evian Christ backstage area. “Personally i didn’t find this massively appropriate and overall i feel gutted to have had a terrible experience at a festival i attended twice as a kid and was really excited to play.”

“we have big issues with regulation of police and private security services in the uk, nobody should be detained in a cage by an employer because they can’t find their car.”

Read the full statement on Facebook.

(via FACT)

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The playlist – new bands: Vogue Dots, Gold Celeste, Palace Winter and more

Our latest roundup of new music presents textured synthwave and an Australian band that War on Drugs fans might fancy

Vogue Dots are a duo – Babette Hayward and Tynan Dunfield, both sound technicians by day – from Halifax, Nova Scotia, and this is their first single on Cascine, a very fine label indeed (it has brought us Jensen Sportag, Keep Shelly in Athens and Chad Valley). They’ve been tipped by Ryan (not Chris) Hemsworth and their textured synthwave is a sort of midpoint between airy dreampop and a heavier goth, as cloudy as it is murky. “It sounds dreamy, but in a drugged-out way, not in a wishing-and-hoping kind of way,” says Hayward, whose voice posits her as Lana Del Rey’s slightly less dead-eyed kid sister.

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The Moonlandingz review – fictional band stalked by Maxine Peake prove exciting in flesh

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Dreamed up by Eccentronic Research Council, fronted by two of Fat White Family, and obsessed over in a video by actress Maxine Peake – now the Moonlandingz are playing as a real band

Is it a band, is it a prank, is it a concept? There is something very meta about the Moonlandingz, a group who began life as a fictional construct yet now find themselves, through strange happenstance, edging towards a more conventional existence.

They began life as the central conceit on Sheffield electro-duo Eccentronic Research Council’s excellent recent concept album, Johnny Rocket, Narcissist & Music Machine … I’m Your Biggest Fan. Its avant-garde psych-rock serves as the backdrop for Maxine Peake to play a stalker infatuated with a small-town Yorkshire glam-rock star, Johnny Rocket, singer with the Moonlandingz.

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by Ian Gittins via Electronic music | The Guardian

Sunday, August 30, 2015

FFS review – Sparks, and Franz, fly onstage

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The oddball electropop veterans and Glasgow indie’s archest hit it off live as much as in the studio

Mergers seem to be catching on in pop. 2014’s amalgamation of pop-punk boy bands Busted and McFly as McBusted now fills arenas. Hot on their heels come FFS, the cheeky moniker under which two of pop’s more renowned art-rock bands, Glasgow’s Franz Ferdinand and Los Angeles veterans Sparks, now trade. Although welding bands together like some sort of Frankenstein pop monster seems like the sort of thing you’d get a mad scientist doing, this coupling makes sense. Franz started life covering the Mael brothers’ Achoo and banged on about Sparks’ influence even though the mainstream hordes who bought Franz’s 2004 hit Take Me Out may have thought they meant a firm of electricians.

If Franz’s critical and commercial halo has slipped in recent years, their pioneering pop counterparts have spent the last few years innovating in everything from classical to pop opera without quite finding the sort of foothold in popular culture their glam and disco-era hits did in the 70s and early 80s. The appeal of a union suiting both parties must have grown even stronger when their recent eponymous album appeared to some of the best reviews of the 20-odd long-players they’ve notched up between them.

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Lloyd Cole: ‘Quite a number of fans have been completely bemused’

The Commotions’ former frontman on swapping his guitar for a synthesiser, living in the US and being an indie darling

The literature-loving singer-songwriter and 80s indie heartthrob is releasing his second album of instrumental compositions on a modular synthesiser in three years.

When did your love of electronic music begin?
When I was a 12-year-old boy. Almost everything in my musical education came from T Rex, David Bowie or Roxy Music, and from Roxy, of course, came Brian Eno. I got a copy of Fripp & Eno’s (No Pussyfooting) in 1973 – the sleeve was very attractive – and that was it, really. It’s an incredibly spare record. I don’t think there are any chord changes on it, just drones and harmonic scales. I didn’t really think about trying to understand it; I just liked the sound of it, in the same way that I liked the feel of the rhythm section in T Rex.

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Friday, August 28, 2015

[STREAM] Gallant – Weight In Gold (Louis Futon Remix)

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Ever since Louis Futon won me over at Coachella earlier this year, I’ve been keeping an eye on him. In the midst of several Gallant remixes, he surfaced with his own take on “Weight In Gold,” and he executed his rendition to perfection. On his remix, Louis Futon uses creative interplay between the song’s main elements and Gallant’s soulful vocals for a unique, R&B-tinged number that’s still getting love after hundreds of thousands of plays. Enjoy above and stay tuned for more outstanding tunes from Louis Futon.

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New band of the week: Nao (No 68)

Londoner whose music ecstatically recalls the best of American ’80s funk and ’90s R&B – with an abstract twist

Hometown: Hackney, London.

The lineup: Nao (vocals).

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GDD™ Morning Update: Live Nation/HARD, CRSSD, Jimmy Edgar, Midland, EDX

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Live Nation Cancels September HARD Event, Places Restrictions on Day of the Dead
CRSSD Festival Announces Phase II Lineup
• Jimmy Edgar Readies New Shine EP
Midland presents a Double Feature on new EP
EDX Announces New Single, “Belong”


Live Nation Cancels September HARD Event, Places Restrictions on Day of the Dead

After two deaths at HARD Summer in Los Angeles, Live Nation has taken action regarding its upcoming events.

There were talks of LA officials placing a temporary ban on festivals at county-owned land after the reported drug-related deaths so, in order for that to be avoided, the events promoter has cancelled HARD’s A Night at Fairplex that was scheduled for September 10.

On top of that, Halloween festival Hard Day of the Dead, which Jamie Jones, Diplo and Claude VonStroke are playing, has had its capacity capped at 40,000, the duration reduced and the age limit raised to 21-years-old. Live Nation has also said drug education will be available on-site, with increased security and access to free water.

The promoter’s spokeswoman, Alexandra Greenberg, issued a statement regarding its communication with County Supervisors regarding future events.

“Festival organizers and promoters are pleased to have worked quickly with the County Supervisors in order to complete the County’s inquiry and bring about the agreed upon modifications to our operations for HARD Day of the Dead at Fairplex, which will further our fans to have a safe and fun time.”

Hilda Solis, a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, is reportedly debating setting up a taskforce aimed at dance music events, despite understanding the importance of them for the area.

She said: “While the Board supports music events in the County, what is of paramount importance is the health and safety of the youth attending these events.”

(via Mixmag)


CRSSD Festival Announces Phase II Lineup


CRSSD Festival today released phase two of its lineup for October featuring a slew of edgy live acts and DJs from across the electronic spectrum and beyond. 

The likes of Banks, Nicolas Jaar (DJ Set), Tchami, Cashmere Cat b2b Trippy Turtle, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (DJ Set), Route 94, Autograf, Golden Features, Oliver Nelson, Jonas Rathsman, Jai Wolf, SNBRN, Wax Motif, Classixx b2b Holy Ghost, and Goldroom b2b Le Youth round out an already jam packed lineup that includes The Flaming Lips, TV on the Radio, Maya Janes Coles, Jamie xx, Giorgio Moroder, Zhu, St Lucia, Anna Lunoe and many more. 

Over 15,000 fans came from across California and beyond to attend CRSSD’s debut in March to enjoy craft beer, gourmet food, and impeccable daytime vibes with world-class musical talent that included Chromeo, Empire Of The Sun and Classixx, as well as groundbreaking techno DJs like Maceo Plex, Pete Tong, Jamie Jones and Seth Troxler. Dubbed a “win from all angles” by THUMP/VICE and “impossibly idyllic” by LA Weekly, the October edition should cement CRSSD’s position as one of America’s break out festivals. 

Attendees of the October CRSSD will again be able to take advantage of the Amtrak service, which drops them off steps from the festival in Downtown San Diego. 

Tickets are on sale here.

Jimmy Edgar Readies New Shine EP


Jimmy Edgar‘s Shine EP is coming out next month via Ultramajic, the imprint he co-founded with Argentinian artist Pilar Zeta. The new release will mark the Detroit born producer’s first official release of the year, since taking over the Fabriclive 79compilation back in January.

The new EP will compile five tracks, including a digital exclusive titled:”Tik Tok.”

Shine will be released via Ultramajic on September 18, 2015.


1. Let Me Tell U
2. The Dip Chair
3. Two of Wands
4. Feel What It Is
5. Tik Tok – Digital Exclusive

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Midland presents a Double Feature on new EP


Midland has a new EP on the way for September 18th.

Double Feature marks the first release on ReGraded, a new sublabel of the UK producer’s Graded imprint that he started back in 2013. The new platform is meant for “sample-based, disco-tinged house,” and the label says the EP offers “two tracks aimed at the dance floor featuring live percussion cuts, dreamy strings and Midland’s signature bassline programming.” It’s also his first original material of the year, following remixes for Howling and AKASE (his new project with vocalist Robbie Redway). You can check out the title track below.

01. Double Feature
02. Stop, Don’t Let The Beat

ReGraded will release Double Feature on September 18th, 2015.

(via RA)


EDX Announces New Single, “Belong”

Switzerland-based house music specialist, EDX, has delivered his newest production, “Belong.” After dropping his remix of Sam Feldt’s “Show Me Love,” which stands at over 30 million plays online, and his remix of Spada’s “Catchfire,” he returns with his first original in months, and it’s looking to be another summer anthem. Featuring elevating vocals, his signature deep house grooves, and feel-good vibe, “Belong” hits all the right notes. Keep an eye out for its September 21st release.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

We Are Your Friends - video review

In an excerpt from this week’s Guardian film show Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw and Catherine Shoard watch Zac Efron take to the wheels of steel as a young DJ hoping to move the hearts and minds of a generation of clubbers with his own brand of bland, relentless EDM. Co-starring Emily Ratajkowski and Wes Bentley, We Are Your Friends is released in the UK on Friday 28 August

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Nero: Between II Worlds review – the dated sound of dance-pop-prog


If you want to know who’s responsible for making the sub-low sound of British bass music a chart staple, you could do worse than look at Nero. Daniel Stephens, Joe Ray and Alana Watson come from the same dubstep-meets-drum’n’bass world as Chase & Status (who signed them to their MTA label) and their career has been an exercise in a very particular kind of pop music. Along with Pendulum and Chase & Status, they took a maximalist approach to dance music, breaking it down into big, chunky blocks of synths and bass, which, when they broke into the wider consciousness with the single Me & You in 2011, sounded intriguing, if at times rudimentary. While EDM has since taken the most crowd-pleasing aspects of dubstep (the drop, the unrelenting, wobbling basslines) and built shrines to its own ridiculousness in the form of Las Vegas residencies (Vegas staple Calvin Harris earned $66m [£42m] last year, according to Forbes) and festivals such as Tomorrowland and Electric Daisy, Nero have always seemingly had slightly loftier ambitions.

Related: New band of the day – No 929: Nero

Related: Nero: Welcome Reality - review

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Readers recommend: songs about mood-changing music – results

Sinatra to Marley, Spalding to Spearmint, RR regular Fuel picks the highs and lows of songs that show how they’re affected by other music from last week’s topic

Cole Porter wrote Begin the Beguine to describe how a beguine (a dance) first raises good memories then summons others he would rather not face. Frank Sinatra does the rest. I wonder if the tune is ever number A-11 on a jukebox? Play A-11 and Johnny Paycheck says there will be tears. Meanwhile, Paleface has been listening to a more modern rock sound and it makes him want to steal, take drugs, kill. So I ask you, is music a force for good?

Ask the residents of Jericho or Hamelin. Would they have welcomed the Grateful Dead and that “rainbow of sound … Like Jehovah’s favorite choir. People joinin’ hand in hand. While the music plays the band.” Well would they? Or would they have regarded them as potential vandals, or pied pipers corrupting youths into an extraordinary counter-culture of freaks and geeks that upset the “natural order”.

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by Paul Hayes via Electronic music | The Guardian

First Play: Young Empires, The Gates


Young Empire
The Gates
Stream to Sept. 3

It’s hard to believe that The Gates is Young Empires' debut. It’s such a confident, cohesive record, full of alt-pop anthems and tracks ripe for club-ready remixes. Stream The Gates above one week before its release, and pre-order the album here.

The Gates feels and flows like an album by a band that’s already scored a ton of number one hits. And in a way, they have. The Toronto-based group’s 2012 debut EP, Wake All My Youth, was a hit and has kept them too busy touring to follow up with anything as basic as, you know, writing music. But it’s a great problem to have, particularly when it affords a band the luxury of getting it right the first time.

Over the last few months, leading up to The Gates’ release, Young Empires has dropped singles, earning raves from the likes of Spin and Fader. "Sunshine" alone has surpassed one million streams on Spotify in fewer than two months. The production stands out more than the lyrics, but the polish and sheen of these spacey, hook-happy songs is what makes them fun if frictionless. Sometimes you just want to throw your head back and let a giant chorus swell inside your chest and shout into the sky with your best friends, simulating and remembering what it is to be carefree even if you’re really not. This is the soundtrack to that feeling, no matter how old you are.  

The Gates tracklist:

1. "Mercy"
2. "The Gates"
3. "So Cruel"
4. "Ghosts"
5. "Stranglehold"
6. "House Lights"
7. "Never Die Young"
8. "The Unknown"
9. "Sunshine"
10. "Uncover Your Eyes"

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Desert Hearts Announces Three Year Anniversary Festival

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Today, Desert Hearts finally announced their highly-anticipated three year anniversary festival that will be taking place in Southern California from November 5th-9th. For this special edition of their House, Techno, & Love-driven event, they’ve upped the ante with 100 non-stop hours of music, growing out of their previous 72-hour affair. With their Funktion-One stacks being active for an additional 24-hours, this means that more world-class artists, like M.A.N.D.Y., Blond:ish, DJ T., and Fur Coat, will be able to fill the air, and maintain the Desert Hearts vibe that has become known worldwide. In addition to their on-point bookings that have yet to be announced, the Desert Hearts crew, including Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, Deep Jesus, Porkchop, and Marbs, will also be throwing down as per usual.

For 2015 thus far, Desert Hearts has been enjoying their best year yet, as they’ve delivered several outstanding releases on their label, in the midst of throwing a wildly successful Spring festival, and their first full-fledged City Hearts tour that is being talked about by many from coast to coast. This upcoming Fall festival will be a perfect way to cap off the year, and you know they’re going to pull all the stops to make it one for the ages. Trust.

Tickets are on sale September 14th, so if you haven’t already, have a listen to Sabo’s live set from Desert Hearts to get you in the mood for what’s to come.

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Saytek: Live Performance Masterclass

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As producers strive for new ways to stand out and as mini-analogue machines are more affordable and powerful than ever, more and more DJs and producers are adopting a ‘live’ show. UK producer Saytek isn’t about fads though – he’s been wheeling around his epic setup around for years, winning awards and tearing up dancefloors all over the world. Point Blank wanted to find out more about how it worked, how it’s all connected and why he thinks live performance is making a comeback.

This video forms part of Point Blank’s ongoing Ableton Month in August – a month where they’re bringing you heaps of Ableton-focused content, giveaways and exclusive competitions each day. This includes a chance to win the almighty prize of Ableton Push and Ableton Live Suite, all you have to do is register on the Point Blank website before August 31st to be in with a chance of winning. Also for this month only PB have some huge discounts on both Ableton Live and Push when you enrol with them on selected Diploma courses in London (which can all be taken on Ableton) and on their Music Production and Sound Design Certificate in Los Angeles, giving you some top notch savings on gear. To find out more about the discounts Point Blank can offer, e-mail one of their course advisors or call them on +44 20 7729 4884.

You can watch the Saytek video below, which features an interview, live performance and guided tour of the setup. Make sure you subscribe to Point Blank’s YouTube channel so you don’t miss any more tutorials, interviews and live events. If you want to learn more about Ableton Live, mixing, sound engineering, music composition and even mastering, Point Blank’s Ableton Live Diploma covers it all and more. Taken online and for up to 64 weeks, you’ll learn everything you need to know to take your music to the next level.

Artists like Goldie, Claude VonStroke and Jon Rundell have studied Ableton with Point Blank so you’re in good hands. Find out more about PB’s online Ableton Live Diploma course here, and if you’re in the UK, the London Master Diploma covers even more Ableton techniques. Even better, if you’re on the West Coast, Point Blank’s LA school offers courses in Ableton, including a six-month certificate currently offering 5% off! Just enter the code SEPTEARLYBIRD when enrolling here.

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[Free Download] A-Trak ft. Cory Enemy & Nico Stadi – Ibanez (Damaged Goods Remix)

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Damaged Goods is a Miami-based producer with a really electrifying sound.  With a handful of remixes of popular tracks on his Soundcloud page, he’s accrued a really high play count in a relatively short amount of time.  His latest is a remix for A-Trak and Ibanez for Spinnin’ Records.  He really pumps that big room future house sound in this one, it’s truly catered for the club.  We’re excited to see whats next for Damaged Goods, but for now go ahead and grab that free download.

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No sign of slowing down for Aussie d-floor currency Dom Dolla. Following his recent ARIA #1 single alongside Go Freek ‘Define’, Dolla drops this super smooth remix of ‘Cranes’ for house royalty Monkey Safari. Dom was a massive fan of the original and wanted to keep the haunting vox feel, but totally flip up the bass vibes… Listen below, and add it to your weekday playlist or request it at the club, this musical offering is kinda like that paypal account.. handy everywhere.

Dom Dolla on

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GDD™ Morning Update: Jamie xx, Superfreq, Floating Points, Sango

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Jamie xx ‘Loud Places’ remix EP on the way
Superfreq Releases New Duo Delicate Droids’ Debut EP
Floating Points Announces Debut Album
Sango Releases ‘2009-2012 Tapes’ Collection

Jamie xx ‘Loud Places’ remix EP on the way

Young Turks has announced a remix EP for Jamie xx‘s “Loud Places,” coming out August 28th.

Five artists—John Talabot, Tessela, Barnt, Matthew Herbert andSpecial Request—have remixed the tune, which first appeared on Jamie xx’s 2015 album, In Colour. The John Talabot versionemerged back in July. Loud Places (Remixes) will arrive on 12-inch and digital formats. The Special Request version is digital-only.

Listen to the John Talabot remix below.

01. Loud Places (John Talabot Loud Synths Reconstruction)
02. Loud Places (Tessela Remix)
03. Loud Places (Barnt E-Mix)
04. Loud Places (Herbert Louder Dub)
05. Loud Places (Special Request Remix) – Digital Only

Young Turks will release Loud Places (Remixes) on August 28th, 2015.

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Superfreq Releases New Duo Delicate Droids’ Debut EP

The next offering from the forward-thinking Superfreq label is the Orgasm Raygun EP from Delicate Droids, a newly formed duo of Richard D Ruttenberg and Peter Dutch. The EP supplies 4 truly mind-blowing tracks that are all ideal for an unique peak time play late into the night.

Richard is a classically trained jazz musician with credentials from Berklee College of Music, is a professional sound score writer, and part of RiZe who’s breathtaking Four Beats & Some Sweets album was released on Superfreq. Peter Dutch AKA Dutchie, is an extremely talented DJ from Colchester in Essex UK, who’s been spinning cutting edge house, tech house and techno since the late 80s. Dutchie owns and produces on his own imprint Right Nut Records and has also released on several UK tech house labels. Together they’ve pushed each other into the next dimension of the multiverse to with their incredible Orgasm Raygun EP, which is out now on Superfreq.

Superfreq, the brainchild of Mr. C, is a legendary events company as well as record label that has been bringing cutting-edge music to the masses for the past 13 years. With Mr. C, David Scuba, and Noel Jackson at the helm, Superfreq continues to break barriers and serve up the best there is in the realm of tripped out tech house and acid.

Buy the EP on Beatport.


Floating Points Announces Debut Album


Floating Points (a.k.a. Sam Shepherd) has announces his debut album Elaenia, out November 6th via Luaka Bop (US)/ Pluto (UK).

With today’’s announcement he shares a new video “”Silhouettes,”” which features music from the eleven-minute album track ““Silhouettes (I, II & III)”.

Elaenia is a dazzling score which puts Shepherd in the spotlight as a composer who has produced an album that bridges the gap between his rapturous dance music and formative classical roots.

Growing up in Manchester—he started out as a chorister at an early age— Shepherd eventually arrived in London for university, where he spent the next five years engineering Elaenia, all the while DJing in cities across the globe and working towards his PhD in neuroscience. An album that draws inspiration from classical, jazz, electronic music, soul and even Brazilian popular music, Elaenia—named after the bird of the same name—is the epitome of the forward-thinking Floating Points vision in 2015.

Shepherd—the ensemblist, the producer and scientist—even built a harmonograph from scratch to create the artwork for Elaenia, the end result created by using it and two fibre optic cables of 0.5 and 1.5mm diameters, which were connected to light sources responding to bass drum and white noise percussive sounds from the album track ‘For Marmish’.

Elaenia will be released on LP, CD and digital download. All pre-orders of Elaenia via the Floating Points store will receive ‘”Silhouettes (I, II & III)”’ instantly, and the first 200 orders will receive a print of the album artwork created by the harmonograph built by Sam himself. The album can also be pre-ordered at Rough Trade and iTunes.

Ahead of the albums November 6 release, the “Silhouettes” video can be streamed below.

01 Nespole
02 Silhouettes (I, II & III)
03 Argenté
04 Elaenia
05 Thin Air
06 For Marmish
07 Peroration Six

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Sango Releases ‘2009-2012 Tapes’ Collection


Sango has released a collection of four years worth of music, ranging between 2009 and 2012.

It has been over a year since his last release, 2014’s ‘Da Rocinha 2′, and whilst there is no new music here, fans have been rewarded with plenty to get their teeth into.

The 37-track release showcases the progression the Seattle-based producer has gone through and how his Brazilian-infused trap has evolved over the years.

A short description also accompanies each year, brief tales of Sango’s terrible girlfriend to his first ever release.

You can download ‘2009 – 2012 Tapes’ here.

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The playlist – electronic: Rabit, Angel-Ho, Emptyset and more

The year’s most violent dance track, a crackling new EP with a touch of jazz and a thunderously powerful song that’s been beamed all around Europe

Rabit, the Houston-based producer who has one foot firmly in the clattering mania of London grime, has just announced his debut album, which will be released on 30 October via Tri Angle Records. Pandemic is the first taste – one that’s like scotch bonnet mouthwash. A voice remarks in the intro that “there aren’t any people”, and we soon find out why. This is the heart of a battlefield – artillery shells are exchanged in chunky rhythmic bursts as machinery whirrs ominously. It turns out to be just a bit of strafing ahead of the all-out assault during the final minute, as Rabit unloads his entire arsenal on the dancefloor. The result is almost cartoonishly extreme; it’s probably the most violent and overwhelming dance track you’ll hear this year.

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Four Tet review – no one else can make dance music sound so beautiful

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Hebden operates with skilled precision, crashing through transcendent ragas with brutal techno and ending the gig with elegant house remixes

Kieran Hebden, aka Four Tet, stands in the centre of a dark room, hunched over a table littered with technology and surrounded by 16 strands of white beads hanging from the ceiling to the floor.

Hitting a button, he shatters the reverential silence with the sound of popping beats. The cage-like curtain around him lights up in pastel and primary hues, revealing the expectant faces of fans encircling him and the experimental producer suddenly seems more like an exotic zoo exhibit.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Halloween Special with DJ Dom Servini at The Church (Birmingham)!

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Spiritland at The Merchants Tavern with Dom Servini on 17/10

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South London Soul Train with DJ Gilla &Scrimshire on 17/10

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South London Soul Train with DJ Gilla, Bopperson on 3/10

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South London Soul Train with DJ Gilla, Scrimshire on 19/9

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Unwanted Summer Courtyard Party in Hackney on 5/09

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South London Soul Train with DJ Gilla, Dom Servini, The Fatback Band live on 5/09

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Berlin Atonal festival review – serious techno worship and dumb fun

Kraftwerk Berlin

As a cathedral to techno music this ex-power station is unbeatable: some DJs conjured epic sounds through its huge structure. And those that didn’t wore wigs

If garage rock is at home in a cramped dive bar and an orchestra in a sumptuous opera house, then techno belongs in Kraftwerk Berlin. This decommissioned power station on the banks of the Spree is like Chartres rebuilt by a machine race, with a staggeringly vast nave flanked by concrete columns. Where the Goths and Romans built their monuments to God in points and curves, this secular cathedral is rendered in right angles, a grid on to which techno maps itself.

And once a year, the techno faithful gather for Berlin Atonal, a festival whose music often lives up to its name. These are performances where noise looms from the speakers, where the invitation to dance is often a barked command rather than a beckoned finger, and where transcendence is tempered with mortality – the candyland of European dance festivals is rendered in black and white.

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Sound science: watch Ash Koosha's video for Guud

The Iranian musician’s career has taken a fresh twist – concentrating on scale, nanotechnology and the quantum realm

If it’s love songs you’re after, Tehran-born and London-based Ash Koosha may be more fruitful for the scientifically minded music fan rather than the sentimental. The composer’s latest work, Guud, is a project in which he “deals with scientific and psychological questions”, and is inspired by an obsession with scale, nanotechnology and quantum realm. According to Koosha, the “nano-compositions” he creates are based on “the sonic behaviour of fractal patterns that exist within a stretched or rescaled sound wave but without pitch alteration”.

Guud is yet another fascinating turn in the musician’s career. He was sentenced to jail in Iran for putting on rock gigs, before he and his band Take it Easy Hospital applied for political asylum in Britain in 2009, with a Cannes award-winning film made about his journey in the process. It was in the UK that Koosha started to make this intimate, elegantly fractured, beat-driven music that he composes with classical music in mind.

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Wah Wah Radio Show – August 2015

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Scrimshire goes it alone this time, will he be okay? Who knows. Well, you could – just listen in to find out.

Some Wah Wah exclusives, a preview of some of our Allo Love Vol. Five compilation, new Dele Sosimi and much more besides!

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Polaris Music Prize 2015 gala performers, grand jury revealed

Several questions surrounding the 2015 Polaris Prize Gala were answered today, including which shortlisted artists will perform at the gala and the eleven members of the Canadian music media that will made up this year's grand jury. 

The gala performers will be Alvvays, Braids, Jennifer Castle, Tobias Jesso Jr, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Viet Cong.

Not performing will be BADBADNOTGOOD and Ghostface Killah, the New Pornographers, Caribou, and Drake (who has yet to publicly acknowledge either of his short list nominations). 

Of note:

–This is Braids' second time on the short list and their second time performing at the gala. 

–This is also Alvvays guitarist Alec O'Hanley's second time performing at the gala, his first was with his former band Two Hours Traffic.

–Viet Cong are performing at the gala despite being called out by first-ever Polaris Prize winner Owen Pallett, who said in a public Facebook post that "this year's Polaris ceremony [should] include a forced changing of Viet Cong's band name to something less blazingly offensive".

–At age 74, Buffy Sainte-Marie is not only the oldest artist to ever be nominated and also the oldest to ever perform at the gala.

The 2015 Polaris Music Prize grand jury is as follows:

Alicia Atout (A Music Blog Yea?), Sarah Greene (Exclaim), Ty Harper (City On My Back), Donna Hopper (Village Media), Ken Kelley (Music Nerd Chronicles and ex-Monoxides drummer), Sarah Kitteringham (Beatroute), Barnaby Marshall (New Canadian Music), Dave Morris (freelance), Alan Neal (CBC Ottawa), Renato Pagnani (Edmonton Journal), Jen Zoratti (Winnipeg Free Press).

What do you think of this year's performing artists? Should Viet Cong be allowed to perform? Do you agree with Owen Pallett that the band should change their name? What about the jury? 

Let us know your thoughts by commenting on our blog or tweeting us @cbcradio3.


2015 Polaris Music Prize Shortlist announced

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GDD™ Morning Update: Four Tet, Clockwork/Avatism, Seven Davis Jr

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• Listen to Four Tet’s two-hour set from Dekmantel Festival
Clockwork and Avatism prep debut album as CW/A
• Hear a New Tune From Seven Davis Jr


Listen to Four Tet’s two-hour set from Dekmantel Festival

Hear Kieran Hebden’s set taken straight from the desk in the Amsterdamse Bos.

The latest entry in Dekmantel’s excellent podcast series is a recording of Four Tet’s set at the label’s Amsterdam festival, which took place earlier this month.

The label promises everything from “niche Indian music to classic house” and “dirty STL cuts to synthetic tech and Latin tinged funk,” featuring classics from Oni Ayhun, Ramadanman and Caribou. Listen to it in full below.

When you’ve finished with that, check out the best of last week’s mixes.

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Clockwork and Avatism prep debut album as CW/A


Clockwork and Avatism are gearing up release their first album as CW/A, Words Unspoken, Acts Undone.

CW/A began as a live project in 2013. The duo have since put a string of 12-inches to wax, with their best-known releases coming via Vakant, Dumb Unit and Life & Death sister label Parachute Records. It will be Parachute releasing CW/A’s maiden full-length, an 11-track effort that reportedly traverses a variety of sounds, with nods to Warp Records, jungle and various strands of UK bass spread across the LP. It’s due out on vinyl and digital formats on October 16th.

01. Rapture
02. Bury The Hatchet
03. Mantra
04. Conjunct/Empathy
05. Handful Of Dust
06. Mind-Body Problems
07. 19-9241–75-13294
08. Disquieting
09. Acrimony
10. Rainer Has No Shadow
11. Ghost Covenant

Parachute Records will release Words Unspoken, Acts Undone on October 16th, 2015.

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Hear a New Tune From Seven Davis Jr


After the release of his ‘ Universes’ album earlier this year, Seven Davis Jr has made a new track public.

‘Try Me (I’ll Funk You)’ featured on the deluxe vinyl version of ‘Universes’, and it’s a frantic dancefloor banger that’ll get your feet moving immediately.

It comes complete with a remix by Brainfeeder’s Mono/Poly, where things are slowed down and spaced out a little bit.

Listen to ‘Try Me (I’ll Funk You)’, which is out now on Ninja Tune, below.

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Dom Servini – Amazing Radio Show #3

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1st Hour

Nina Simone – Plain Gold Ring (Mop Mop Remix)

Khruangbin – White Gloves (Late Night Tales)

BJ Smith – Hold on to it (Nu Northern Soul)

Compilation of the Week No.1

Beach Diggin Vol.3

Gene Lawrence – Feel Like Making Love (Heavenly Sweetness)

Billy Cole – Mystic Mood (Heavenly Sweetness)

Clive Bradley & the Bradley Band – Party on the Block (Heavenly Sweetness)

Josa Peit – Dawn (GYM)

Dego & Kaidi – Black is the Key (Eglo)

Louie Lastic – Reactions (Soulection Free DL)

Compilation of the Week No.2

Allo Love: Volume 5

Yields – Rope (Wah Wah 45s)

Jesse Futerman – Theme from the Love I Lost (Wah Wah 45s)

Gideon Conn – I Want You Around (Wah Wah 45s)

Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra – March of the Idiots (Wah Wah 45s)

2nd Hour

Jr. Thomas & the Volcanos – Stop (Truth & Soul)

The Soul Motivators – Still Waiting (Do Right!)

Brian Auger – Git Up feat. Julie Tippetts (Freestyle)

Compilation of the Week No.3

Stylin 700

Donna Cumberpatch – Sugarplums (Stylin)

Mundu x R-kay – So Much Wilhelm Screams (Stylin)

Mortimer Snerd III – Got to get away from Here (Belizian Voodoo Priest Remix) (Stylin)

The Manuel Azevedo Quartet – Futbol de Bar (Freestyle)

Bixiga 70 – Di Dancer (Glitterbeat)

Golden Rules – It’s Over (Lex)

Chaos in the CBD – Observe (Rhythm Section)

Ilija Rudman – Future Times (ISM)

Electric Wire Hustle – Brother Son feat. Kimbra (Rodi Kirk & Aron Ottignon Version) (Bstrd Jazz)

Twilight Meets The Twilight Tone – We’ll Be Special (Remix) (Ubiquity)

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Resonators at La Cooperative Mai (Clermont Ferrand) on 30/10

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