Sónar announces first phase of 2018 Hong Kong lineup

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Barcelona’s Sónar festival has announced the first phase of artists for its 2018 production in Hong Kong.

Sónar’s second Hong Kong edition will bring together a bevy of house, techno, experimental, and bass-leaning acts at the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park on March 17 across six stages.

The lineup boasts adroit house and techno acts like Heidi, The Black Madonna, and Laurent Garnier,  but also includes an experimental array of artists like the Japanese jazz-infused post-rockers Mouse On The Keys, the French electro trailblazer Jacques, Canadian electronic hip-hop trio Keys N Krates, and the Berlin bass commanders Symbiz. Laurel Halo and Mount Kimbie will also play the festival.

Sónar will be announcing more names in the coming weeks.

Dennis Ferrer to make fabric debut, announces b2b project with Skream

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New Jersey-based house music pioneer Dennis Ferrer is set to make his debut at London’s fabled fabric Nightclub on Saturday, Feb 10. The Objektivity founder comes off a strong year in 2017, with his release of Damian Lazarus’ “Fly Away” reaching No. 2 on Beatport’s house charts. Ferrer’s Objektivity label continues to unearth and mentor some of the world’s most acclaimed underground talents such as Andre Hommen, Nasser Baker and CJ Jeff. The label is celebrating its 12th year of releasing “intelligent music for intelligent people.”

In addition to announcing his fabric debut, Ferrer has revealed a collaborative project with UK dubstep pioneer-turned-techno stalwart Skream. The project, dubbed Local Heroes, will see the duo flock to a number of global performances in back-to-back fashion, starting in the UK. The mission of the project is to pay homage to each city’s most authentic underground DJs, with Ferrer and Skream hand-picking a plethora of support for each date.

House and techno fanatics can expect back-to-back action at the performances, as well as a number of collaborative releases by Ferrer and Skream under their collaborative moniker, with first already scheduled to drop on Objektivity in early 2018, called “Old Yella.”

Ferrer’s next chapter in his ongoing relationship with the UK underground is primed to be the most exciting one yet. Skream is set to release his FabricLive 96 mix on Jan. 19.

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What So Not announces 30+ date ‘Beautiful Things’ world tour

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2018 was projected to be a big year for What So Not with the anticipated arrival of his long-awaited full-length album debut. Now, as the ball gets rolling for the Aussie standout this year, What So Not is officially starting to deliver with the announcement of his upcoming Beautiful Things World Tour, slated to hit a handful of major international festivals as well as more than 30 stops around the globe.

The “Be Okay Again” producer is expected to hit Ultra, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza‘s South American circuit, covering ground from Mumbai to Miami, Brooklyn to Berlin. The tour will include What So Not’s newly launched custom touring rig, featuring a massive chrome horse and chariot setup. The news of the Beautiful Things World Tour comes on the cusp of leaked, unconfirmed details about What So Not’s highly anticipated upcoming LP — rumored to be called Not All The Beautiful Things and said to include contributions from Skrillex, Rome Fortune, Toto, and more. Hopefully by the time What So Not hits the road later this month, we’ll know for sure.

Purchase tickets to the Beautiful Things Tour here.

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Jeff Mills to partner with NTS and NASA for six-part radio show ‘The Outer Limits’

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Techno stalwart Jeff Mills is preparing to launch a six-part radio series in partnership with the London-based radio station NTS and NASA, known as Jeff Mills: The Outer Limits.

Conceived and curated by Mills, The Outer Limits is a 60-minute musical program which will explore “the intricacies of time and space.” According to the show’s NTS site, it will be “articulating theories and probabilities of the cosmos in ways never explored before. “

Shows will bring an array of guest musicians, artists, curators, and critically acclaimed experts specializing in classical music, jazz, electronic music, space, and other art forms.

The first chapter of The Outer Limits explores the different theories behind the black hole and airs at 2 PM GMT on January 17, 2018, here. Learn more about each episode and Mills’ latest endeavor here.

Jeff Mills: The Outer Limits’ Episode Schedule:

Chapter 1: Black Hole- January 17
Chapter 2: Apollo 18- March 14
Chapter 3: Star People- May 30
Chapter 4: TBA-  August 15
Chapter 5: TBA- September 26
Chapter 6: TBA- November 28


Source: Facebook
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Awakenings announces monstrous two-day 2018 lineup

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Awakenings Festival has announced its glorious 2018 lineup, which will descend upon the grounds of Spaarnwoude on June 30 and July 1.

Over 100 artists will perform over the two days with some of techno’s heaviest acts fronting the bill. Artists like Carl Cox, Adam Beyer, Nina Kraviz, Sven Väth, and more, are some of the prime stalwarts on the bill. Awakenings will also see an equal dosage of techno’s ever-rising stalwarts like Job Jobse, Amelie Lens, Charlotte de Witte, and Dax J making their Awakening debuts.

Richie Hawtin will also be in attendance, bringing his special CLOSE concept to The Netherlands for the first time ever. Other notable acts include Marcel Dettmann, Joseph Capriati, Kölsch, Maceo Plex — who will be bringing his Mosaic concept to Awakenings for the first time ever — Ben Klock, Jamie Jones, Ricardo Villalobos, and Seth Troxler.

As expected, Awakenings Festival will be going above and beyond in their groundbreaking production. Attendees can expect top-of-the-line stage design, particularly in the open air areas of the festival.


Awakenings '18


Photo credit: Janet/madein1987 

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MGMT detail new album ‘Little Dark Age’ out February 9

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“Indie-rokkers” MGMT have announced their fourth studio album, Little Dark Age, is slated for release on February 9 via Columbia Records.

The release date announcement follows three singles: a psychedleic pop track, “Hand It Over,” unveiled earlier this month, and  morbid new brand of pop via “Little Dark Age” and “When You Die.”

Little Dark Age‘s release will see the group embark on an extensive UK, Europe, and North American headlining tour — and includes a highly-anticipated return to Glastonbury Festival.

Little Dark Age Tracklist:

1 She Works Out Too Much
2 Little Dark Age
3 When You Die
4 Me and Michael
6 James
7 Days That Got Away
8 One Thing Left to Try
9 When You’re Small
10 Hand It Over

MGMT 2018 Tour Dates:

01-30 Berlin, Germany – Huxley’s
02-02 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
02-03 Brussels, Belgium – AB Main Hall
02-05 Paris, France – La Cigale
02-06 London, England – Electric Brixton
03-02 St. Paul, MN – Myth
03-03 Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre
03-05 St. Louis, MO – Peabody Opera House
03-07 Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom
03-08 Austin, TX – ACL Live at Moody Theater
03-09 New Orleans, LA – BUKU Music & Art Project
03-11 Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
03-13 Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy
03-15 Washington, DC – The Anthem
03-16 Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre
03-17 Montreal, Quebec – MTELUS
03-19 Toronto, Ontario – Massey Hall
03-20 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
03-24 Brooklyn, NY – Kings Theatre
03-25 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
05-07 Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
05-09 Calgary, Alberta – Big Four Building
05-11 Vancouver, British Columbia – Orpheum Theatre
05-12 Seattle, WA – Showbox SODO
05-15 San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre
05-18 Hollywood, CA – Palladium
05-19 San Diego, CA – San Diego Civic Theatre
05-20 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
06-14-17 Dover, DE – Firefly Music Festival
06-29-07-01 Beuningen, Netherlands- Down the Rabbit Hole Festival
07-06 Hérouville Saint Clair, France – Festival Beauregard
07-12 Madrid, Spain – Mad Cool Festival
07-17 Milan, Italy – Milano Summer Festival

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Lightning in a Bottle drops off diverse 2018 lineup

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Bradley, California’s uniquely immersive festival, Lightning in a Bottle, has revealed the first phase of its 2018 musical line-up, set to take place May 23–28.

In an increasingly monotonous festival market, LiB defines itself in defying the norm. The festival’s forward-thinking curation has presently landed a diverse array of acts from Anderson.Paak & The Free Nationals, to Zhu, GriZ, Fever Ray, The Glitch Mob, Sofi Tukker, TOKiMONSTA, Modeselektor (DJ Set), Emancipator, Nicole Moudaber, The Black Madonna, and more.

Lightning in a Bottle’s strive for diversity in its programming can be best summed in music director and co-founder Jesse Flemming’s words:

“We’re definitely not trying to play the same game we are seeing with all the massive festivals these days when we book our music programming. Forget the big names you can see at 10 other festivals this year. For us the goal is to craft a musical playlist that will perfectly guide people along the experience we’re trying to create. We book each stage to be its own separate journey on any given day and we try to diversify it as much as possible so when you’re wandering around during the weekend you can always find something just right for you. This has been our goal since day one and it continues to shape how we book today.”

More information and tickets to Lightning in a Bottle, which go on-sale January 18 at 10 am PST, are available here.

LIB 2018 Lineup - HiRes

Featured image by D Zetterstrom

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Drum ‘n’ bass producer Mistabishi makes several racist comments on social media

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English drum ‘n’ bass producer Mistabishi has sparked controversy after recently voicing a series of racist comments on Facebook and Twitter. Mistabishi first targeted London’s Mayor, Sadiq Khan, after Khan expressed pleasure once Donald Trump’s visit to London was cancelled.

“Khan is from a migrant family,” the artist wrote, “He’s not English and London is not his capital city. He is a Muslim and his capital is Mecca.” Mistabishi meanwhile asserted his status as a “real Londoner,” remarking that his family “can be traced back over a thousand years.”


Photo Credit: Mixmag

Mistabishi’s response to the Mayor elicited retaliation from a Facebook user who wrote “Britain doesn’t want you, either” on the producer’s page. Mistabishi fired back “Feel free to beat your child cousin bride and throw gay people off buildings because ‘it’s your culture,’ Muzzy.”

UK artist, Chimpo screenshotted and tweeted the Facebook thread containing the comments, captioning the photo “Wow Mistabishi! How u gonna hate immigrants and make d’n’b and techno? Racists aren’t welcome here mate.”

Mistabishi extended his deragatoy comments to Twitter, where he called a Twitter user a chimp, informing the tweeter that he didn’t “want a braindead semi-literate dj chimp” playing his music.


Photo Credit: Mixmag

While Mistabishi has since deleted the defamatory Facebook remarks, a post that the producer published on a forum in August has surfaced.


Photo Credit: Mixmag

The image of the summer forum post shows the artist state that black culture is “destructive to social integration.” Mistabishi uses several racial slurs to articulate his point therein.


H/T: Mixmag

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How to get Ableton Live 10 public beta

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Ableton Live has released the beta version of their forthcoming Live 10 software to the public. Users of Ableton 9 can access the software update by signing up for Ableton’s Centercode bug tracking system.

Ableton’s version 10 promises more fluidity for MIDI arrangement, increased ability to capture spontaneity and easier access while editing multiple clips at the same time.

The update also offers users new devices such as Wavetable, Echo, Drum Buss and Pedal, which allow for “colorful new sounds.” The brand new synthesizer, Wavetable, allows users to sculpt unique synth sounds without a deep knowledge of synthesis.

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Zeds Dead announce touring hiatus

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2018 will see many artists announce tours, but Zeds Dead will not be one of them.

The Canadian duo recently took to Facebook to notify fans that the year will bring a touring schedule significantly less rigorous than their 2017.

“This year we’ve decided to do things a bit differently than usual,” Zeds Dead writes. “We won’t be on the road as much, very little actually. We’re going to be focusing on creating new Zeds Dead music, growing our label Deadbeats, our radio show, working to make our live shows even better, and possibly stopping to smell the roses once in a while.”

The Northern Lights producers assure fans that the year will still yield “tons of new music” originating not only from the Zeds Dead brand, but from their Deadbeats imprint as well.

While the hiatus will temporarily remove the bass aficionados from the touring track, fans will have the ability to catch Zeds Dead at a number of summer festivals, including Okeechobee Music Festival.

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