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South London innovator will release his debut album next month on Warp Records.
Titled ‘Basic Volume’, the full-length project sees Gaika joined by the likes , , and more on production.
Talking on the long-awaited debut a press release Gaika explained, “My thing has always been: be yourself — whatever you are, be that — and people will walk towards it.”
Adding, “I am whatever I say I am. And I want that to apply to all people colour, all black people. This idea what we like, make, do and how our art can be defined from outside us is something I’ll actively try to disrupt.”
‘Basic Volume’ follows up a slew critically-acclaimed releases and experimental projects from the Brixton artist. From his standout self-released EP’s ‘Machine’ and ‘’ through to his previous Warp ferings, Gaika’s distinctive, dark sound and societal ethos is set to be explored in a sprawling, cohesive manner throughout the 15 tracks.
‘Basic Volume’ is out July 27 Warp Records. Check out the Paco Raterta directed visual for killer cut ‘Crown & Key’ below.
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and rising star took to the NTS airwaves this week to record a live b2b session loaded with cross-genre cuts and killer dancefloor selections.
Featuring tracks from the likes Errorsmith, Pev & Kowton, Drivetrain and more, the dynamic b2b between the two esteemed names produced an hour quality dance music power that’s sure to kick start your weekend.
Listen back to the show below, and catch DEBONAIR b2b Eclair Fifi at London’s The Nest on July 20 alongside Funster & Hutch and David Conde. Grab a ticket .
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has announced that she will be stepping up to help the UN with its gender equality campaign.
The initiative aims to bring educational programs to various female populations around the world and create safe online spaces for women. Organized by , HeForShe’s mission is to build “a systematic approach and targeted platform where a global audience can engage and become change agents for the achievement gender equality in our lifetime”.
Peggy Gou’s new track ‘Shero’ will be featured on the two-track release ‘Needs004 x UN present HeForShe’ which will also feature a track titled ‘Throwdown’ by . The release will be available on June 11 and all prits will go directly to this worthwhile campaign.
In an emailed statement, Gou tells the publication: “‘Shero’ is one the most hypnotic beats I’ve made so far. It has melodic arpeggios moving all around, on a repetitive drum groove. The track means a lot to me having been chosen for the gender equality campaign for UN Women which I’m extremely proud and grateful to be a part .”
You can listen to Peggy Gou’s new single ‘Shero’ .
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In honor the incoming , bass maverick Skrillex has stepped up to the plate on remix duties for the group’s massive, seminal track ‘The Island Pt. I (Dawn)’.
The 2010 track finds a new breath under the boss’ touch, swaying in between a eased, reggae rhythm and a punchy, horn-forward break down.
It’s no surprise that the two titanous names have come together for this rare remix partnership – Skrillex has considered Pendulum an influential act his since the very beginning his career. “I bought a Pendulum vinyl when I was 16 and was on tour with my band From First To Last,” Skrillex said in a press release. “It made me fall in love with drum and bass, and has been an inspiration to this day. It was an honor remixing ‘Island.'”
Pendulum’s is slated for a June 29 release.
Hear Skrillex’s remix below.
Following the release his intimate jazz and funk-influenced album, ‘Half Naked’ in 2016, exuberant artist returns with the news his third studio album ‘Heroin Disco’ – set to drop in the autumn 2018 his Unisex Records imprint.
Ahead the album, Monaco has shared his first seductive cut from the LP titled ‘River’, a sweet and thrumming ballad filled with yearning and secrets. When posting about the forthcoming album, Monaco makes a big statement about his new work, saying: “This is a whole new chapter in my life and in my music. This will be my best album I promise.”
Listen to Nick Monaco’s new single ‘River’ below.
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Multi-faceted artist deadmau5, aka Joel Zimmerman, has just revealed that he’s hard at work producing a film score.
Continuing to showcase new sides to his persona, whether that be or producing a classical album, deadmau5’s latest venture is particularly exciting as it’s easy to see how his grand sound prile would compliment a film. He shared the news Twitter, apologizing for “the music draught” as the film score is apparently taking up most his time.
Back in March deadmau5 released an orchestral album titled and “re-envisioned” material for the first time live conducted by musical director Gregory Reveret. More recently he also with Rob Swire Pendulum and Knife Party, their first collaboration since the 2009 track ‘Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff’.
While there is little information given on the upcoming film score produced by deadmau5, look for more news coming soon.
View deadmau5’s Tweet below.
A group survivors and victims the are suing the city Orlando and 30 police ficers for allegedly failing in their duties in response to the attack that left 49 people dead and injured 68 more.
According to , the lawsuit has been filed by 34 plaintiffs, which are nine survivors who were apparently detained or “arrested” by police as they ran out the nightclub and the estates six those who were killed in one the deadliest mass shootings in modern American history. The plaintiffs claim that the city Orlando and the responding police ficers violated the rights survivors during the attack.
According to court papers, Orlando police ficer Adam Gruler, is the only ficer named while 30 other unidentified Orlando police ficers being sued. Allegedly he “was at Pulse at all pertinent times and was charged with providing security to Pulse. Instead, he abandoned his post, thereby allowing the] shooter to not only enter the club once to scout out the area and make sure nobody could stop him, but to then leave Pulse, retrieve his firearms, and return to execute his sinister plan to kill people.”
The plaintiffs’ attorney Solomon Radner spoke to ABC to elaborate on why the lawsuit is being filed : “While people, unarmed, innocent were inside a club getting absolutely massacred by a crazed gunman there were a bunch people … with guns, with the training and capability to take that shooter out. Instead doing their job, they worried about themselves, they stayed outside, they worried only about their own safety, knowing that people were literally getting mowed down by the dozens just a few feet away.”
According to the department’s , at 2 AM on June 12, 2016, gunman Omar Mateen opened fire on patrons inside the Pule nightclub, a popular LGBTQ venue in Orlando. Police then engaged in a standf, but did not enter the building until 5 AM. Maaten was later killed in a shootout that ensued and the police’s handling the situation, mainly regarding their slow response, has been questioned by the public.
When hearing the lawsuit, the city Orlando and the Orlando Police Department released a joint statement, although they have not seen the lawsuit at this time: “Nearly two years after the horrific act hate inside the Pulse nightclub, our community continues to mourn the 49 lives taken and provide support for all those impacted… On the morning June 12, 2016, federal, state and local law enforcement ficers and first responders put themselves in harm’s way to save as many lives as possible.”
Earlier this year, 16 survivors the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting . They claimed the three companies “aided and abetted” ISIS and were aware ISIS used their sites for recruiting, which apparently violates the Justice Against Sponsors Terrorism Act.
The alleged link between and violent crime has been a hotly contested issue late.
YouTube recently , releasing a statement saying: “Along with others in the UK, we share the deep concern about this issue and do not want our platform used to incite violence.”
Now police are ramping up their campaign, applying for an ficial court order to stop gang members from making drill in an unprecedented move.
The criminal behaviour order (CBO) would ban five West London residents, aged between 17 and 21, from making the raucous rap music. They are all members 1011, a gang based in Ladbroke Grove whose videos on YouTube have racked up a total view count over 10 million.
Last November, the five youths in questions were stopped by police while in possession machetes, knives and baseball bats, suspected to be en route to attack a rival gang in Shepherd’s Bush for threatening one their grandmothers. They initially claimed the weapons were probs for a video, but last Friday pleaded guilty for conspiracy to commit violent disorder at Kingston Crown Court, and will be sentenced on Friday.
On top the sentence, Met Police want the gang to be banned from making drill for three or five years.
Detective chief superintendent Kevin Southworth said: “It is the explicit nature and the aggressive nature the lyrics that make these videos concern to us.
“There were a number different drill videos and social media postings that were clearly and only designed to incite violence and provoke each other.”
1011 launched a petition in May to protest the removal their videos from YouTube, which has received over 5,000 signatures.
Drill’s lyrical content ten includes references to drugs, gun and knife violence, and direct sends for rival gangs, and police say this incites violence. But this view has faced criticism from other corners.
Youth worker and writer Ciaran Thapar spoke to the , labelling the police’s request as ineffectie and unjust: He said: “Those boys are still going to be finding ways communicating their disaffection; they’ll just find ways that are less detectable.
“Drill music hasn’t been detectable to the mainstream audience because no one’s been bothering to look at it for three or four years. All that ignoring what it’s saying and suppressing it is going to do is push it further down and it will pop up in more extreme places.”
Although he acknowledge that drill’s ingrained link to gang threats is a problem, he added: “I would say policing social media rather than a type music is a way more objective, legal-based solution that doesn’t discriminate against the music.
“There’s a lot music being made by, most the time, young people that have no other investment or way out poverty. Banning drill] is not just and it’s not going to be useful.”
Writing in the last month, journalist Iman Amrani agreed, stating “banning these videos could inadvertently push this underground culture even deeper” and questioning “Is our time and resource not better directed towards the real issues that underlie all this?”, such as education policy.
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The artist has donated an artwork created from 4000 replica ecstasy pills to , the not-for-prit drug safety organisation. The Loop is fering the piece as first prize in a competition that will raise vital funds for its #timetotest campaign.
Entitled Rush and valued at £50,000, the piece measures at 1.2 metres and each pill is embossed with the yin yang symbol, a popular pressing back in the .
After , The Loop is crowdfunding to set up pop-up labs across the UK to provide a free and anonymous drug safety testing service for clubbers, festival goers and anyone with substances concern.
For just a £2 text, supporters can enter the competition which has the artwork as a prize, with the winner (chosen at random) having the piece delivered and installed in their home for free. Fatboy Slim has also donated backstage passes to his Elrow Town show in the Olympic Park August 19.
The DJ, aka Norman Cook, said: “I have witnessed The Loop in action at my last Manchester gig and I’m fully supportive what they are trying to do. I’m happy to do what I can to help and would encourage anyone to donate and support this important initiative.”
Chemical X, the secretive artist who designed the Ministry Sound logo, said: “I support the promotion ‘informed choice’ rather than the fantasy enforced abstinence – 95% regular users illegal substances don’t have a problem apart from ignorance what they are actually taking. That’s why I support The Loop and what they are doing to make the night time economy a safer environment for young people to enjoy.”
Check out the full , and the details for how to enter the competition below.
What is the name the active ingredient in an ecstasy pill?
A) MADA (text LOOP A to 81400)
B) MDMA (text LOOP B to 81400)
C) MDAM. (text LOOP C to 81400)
Texts are charged at £2 per entry. All prits will go to The Loop to purchase vital equipment. Each correct entry counts as one entry and therefore another chance to win. Winner will be notified 1/9/18.
Australian electronic pop multi-instrumentalist ‘s debut EP on taste-making Sydney-based label is out today (June 8).
Speaking the six-track release, she said: “I went through a pretty big personal change as I was writing the songs. I found myself single for the first time in my adult life and I turned to writing to deal with all the feelings associated with the ending something significant and the start something new.
“It deals with longing, heartache, and reflects on my own failures and mistakes. It’s a collection songs that document my relationships with a few key people over the course a year as I was figuring out how to navigate my new life. Ultimately, it’s the end a chapter, and a place for these stories to rest so that new ones can begin.”
Stream the release, which slots in alongside Future Classic favourites Flume, Flight Facilities, Touch Sensitive, Nick Murphy and Hayden James, below.
‘Let Go Of Love’ tour dates below
23/6 – Golden Age, Sydney
27/6 – The Gasometer, Melbourne
29/6 – The Foundry, Brisbane
UK duo have shared the news that their new album ‘Kingdoms In Colour’ is set to drop on September 7 imprint on September 7.
Ahead the new album, Maribou State have shared their lead single from the LP – a glitchy, surf-infused collaboration with the funky Houston-based rock trio titled ‘Feel Good.’
When explaining their inspiration behind the new album, Maribou State’s Liam Ivory says: “the idea with Maribou State was always to draw on influences from different parts the world. By traveling, sampling, recording, we wanted to create this all-encompassing thing. Which is what this second record has ended up being for us.”
You can listen to the new lead single ‘Feel Good’ (feat. Khruangbin) below.
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