Major Lazer take on classic OutKast sample in new “Fire (Spotie) remix

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We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again: Random White Dude Be Everywhere. 

Diplo has been on an absolute tear lately. In the last two weeks, he’s dropped a radio-ready party cut with Lil Pump for Deadpool 2, he’s debuted an already highly acclaimed disco project dubbed Silk City with Mark Ronson, delivered a summer time jam with frequent collaborator MØ, oh… and scored the World Cup’s 2018 anthem with a comeback-primed Will Smith. But Diplo’s month-long flexing spree wouldn’t be complete without a Major Lazer giveaway, so now the trio have come through with a boisterous dancehall remix that’s perfect for Memorial Day Weekend poolside playlists.

Taking on Jus Now, Dismantle, and Busy Signal’s “Fire (Spotie)” anchored around he horn breakdown of OutKast’s seminal “SpottieOttieDopaliscious,” Major Lazer inject the uninhibited dancehall belter with an additional burst of dance floor appeal and a wild modified jungle break. The original tune, which came by way of Trinidad-meets-UK duo Jus Now and Busy Signal, who famously lended vocals to Major Lazer’s groundbreaking “Watch Out For This,” is now getting a full circle remix from Diplo, Jillionaire, and Walshy Fire, as the Mad Decent helmer just continues to be the summer’s gift that keeps on giving.

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Dr. Fresch releases sweltering first single ‘Fire’ from upcoming EP

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Self-proclaimed “future-ghetto” producer, Dr. Fresch has released “Fire,” the first track off his forthcoming EP, No Introduction, set for release through Insomniac Records. The producer, real name Tony Fresch, known for his vibrant, ever-changing hair colors and thick-framed glasses, is the creator of the popular mix series, The Prescription, which has featured the likes of Louis The Child, Dustycloud, and Dom Dolla.

“Fire,” in Fresch’s usual fashion, is a volatile, bass heavy track, pledging allegiance to no specific genre, as it bares both house and mid-tempo electro overtones. While “Fire”‘s intricate buildups are engulfed in sweet-sounding bell synths and atmospheric melodies, the drop scorches the listener in sinister reverb and unrelenting bass lines.

 

Exclusive: EMBRZ – Fire ft Pennybirdrabbit (Tyzo Bloom Remix)

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Up and coming DJ/producer Tyzo Bloom takes on Dublin-born EMBRZ‘s original track “Fire” with a remix that is certainly easy vibe to. With more than 113,000 SoundCloud plays on his most recent release, “Before You Go,” Bloom is proving his worth in providing an elegant, indie-electronic sound to any track he touches.

Released off renowned dance music label Ultra Music, the remix includes rhythmic trembles and a chilling bass-line created by soft, echoing xylophone riffs. The LA-born producer introduces some hard-hitting drums on the build-up, making for an upbeat drop filled with light synths and scaling, high-pitched vocals.

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Ghost Ship warehouse owner to receive $3 million insurance payout from deadly fire

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Chor Ng, the owner of the Ghost Ship warehouse which burned at a 100% Silk showcase in Oakland last December and tragically killed 36, is now reportedly set to receive an insurance payout worth more than $3 million for the building.

The report comes in after KTVU FOX 2 confirmed that Commercial Industrial Buildings Owners Alliance Insurance Company insured the building. Outside an Oakland courtroom on Wednesday, attorneys for one of the defendants in the criminal case confirmed Ng is set to receive the payment from that particular insurance firm.

“She profited off this tragedy,” said attorney Curtis Briggs, who is representing defendant Max Harris. Harris and Derick Almena remain the only two people charged in the criminal case. Recently on Wednesday, the two Ghost Ship operators both pleaded not guilty to 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter.

Ng was not charged in the aftermath of the criminal case, although she does remain the subject of multiple civil lawsuits.

“She essentially created this fire trap by being a slumlord,” Briggs continued. “[The Ngs] didn’t see the human life, they saw the dollar signs.”

H/T: Resident Advisor

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Shambhala to officially shut down early amid surrounding wildfires [BREAKING]

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Earlier today, August 12, Shambhala organizers issued a pre-evacuation alert for the festival. The surrounding McCormick Creek wildfire has been spreading rapidly, jumping the Salmo river to inch close to festival grounds while adding toxicity to the air.

Risk of endangerment has ultimately led the iconic festival to proceed with an “early closure,” per a PSA on its social media pages and websites that was erected initially at 3pm PST. According to Shambhala’s statement, Saturday evening will continue as planned, but the closure will begin afterward. They also requested guests to begin packing up their campsites accordingly to prepare for a smooth exit.

Sunday’s programming is completely cancelled, though guests don’t necessarily have to be out that morning — they simply have to be prepared to leave in the worst case scenario. Shambhala clarified later on in the comments of their Facebook announcement that “This is not an evacuation, it’s an early closure. We begin egress as we normally would Monday tomorrow morning.”

 

 

This post will be updated as the story develops.

 

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Ghost Ship organizers arrested on suspicion of 36 counts of manslaughter [Breaking]

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Today, June 5, Ghost Ship master tenant Derick Almena and warehouse tenant Max Harris were arrested on suspicion of 36 counts of manslaughter, according to a report from East Bay Times. The arrests come in the aftermath of the fire in December 2016, which killed three dozen people during a party for the 100% Silk imprint at Ghost Ship’s warehouse and arts space in Oakland, CA.

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Derick Almena was arrested today in Lake County, CA.

According to EBT, Almena’s role in the collective involved “helping decide who lived and worked there while collecting rent that was passed on to [property owner] Chor Ng.” Harris, who EBT reports also goes by the name Max Ohr, was described as Ghost Ship’s creative director in a tweet this morning breaking news of the arrests from SF Chronicle reporter Evan Sernoffsky.

The charges reportedly do not mention  Chor Ng, according to sources for EBT, nor do they address her son Kai and daughter Eva, who the outlet reports managed the warehouse for their mother. In March, a series of emails between the arrested parties and Kai Ng were made public.

In the correspondences, which took place in February of 2015, Almena wrote that the electric wiring of the building “ancient and violated lines of distribution” and “in dire need of a total and immediate upgrade.” Following Kai’s response that the ‘lack of electrical infrastructure was made very clear before [the tenants’] lease began,” Harris noted the danger of “overexertion” on the building’s electrical supply.

The Ghost Ship creative director also said the following  comment to The Mercury News upon their publication of the emails’ subject matter: “Kai Ng totally sidestepped my expression of needing stability. I said it was terminal and was getting worse, and he just asked for more money.”

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Photo of the Ghost Ship fire via Allen Weddington/CNN.

The emails show that Almena and Harris had demonstrable knowledge of the safety hazards which eventually lead to last December’s disaster. The organizers’ decision to continue hosting events in the space for over a year without adequately addressing the dangerous electrical issues makes a strong case for the charges levied against them.

Inspector Christina Harbison, in her declaration in support of probable cause filed against Harris, further claims that Almena altered the warehouse in numerous ways which violate the Oakland Municipal code and California Fire Safety code. Among these violations was “the construction of an unsafe staircase from the first floor to the second floor, connected by “a ramp or ‘gang plank’,” and described by witnesses as “dangerous and narrow, only allowing a group of people to travel up or down the stairs in a single file.”

Harbison’s filing also notes that on the night of the fire, Harris “blocked off an area of the second floor that included a second stairwell, which effectively reduced the upstairs guests to a single point of escape.”

“Because of the fire,” Harbison continues, “the power in the building went out and the guests that could escape were forced down the narrow makeshift stairs in complete darkness.”

Harbison summarizes her argument of probable cause for manslaughter against the defendants in her filing’s conclusion:

“Almena’s and Harris’ actions were reckless, creating a high risk of death. A reasonable person would have known that acting in that way would create such risk. Their actions were so different from the way an ordinarily careful person would act in the same situation that their actions amounted to a disregard for human life. Their reckless actions were the proximate cause of the death of the 36 individuals trapped inside the warehouse when the fire started.”

View Harbison’s full statement below:

Dancing Astronaut will update this story as it continues to develop.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of the article printed today’s date as January 5, rather than the correct publication date of June 5.

Via: East Bay Times, FACT, Bay Area News Group.

Featured image via Jim Wilson/New York Times/Redux.

Major Lazer surprise with release stylistically eclectic EP, ‘Know No Better’

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Major Lazer have surprised fans across the world with their release of Know No Better. The EP, which is led by the group’s titular collaboration with Travis Scott, Camila Cabello and Quavo, includes six songs that are just as hot as this summer is about to be. The aforementioned first single on the EP features pronounced reggaeton beats, a medley of rich vocals, and a melody that makes dancing irresistible. Travis Scott, Camila Cabello, and Quavo add dimension and volume to the track with their distinct voices and unforgettable lyrics.

Overall, Know No Better is a colorful mix of electronic genres, blended with Latin and island flair. The group diversifies the style of the EP with each song by showcasing and experimenting with different rhythms, vocals, and sounds. With a variety of techniques, Major Lazer keep the EP interesting by shaking up each song with a unique flavor, evoking different sentiments throughout its course. Adding tracks from Know No Better will be a surefire way to spice up any summer playlist.

Further featured artists on the EP include, Sean Paul, J. Balvin, Ice Prince, and Busy Signal among many others. The trio has cultivated an infectious sound in their latest release, Know No Better serves as a bit of teaser for Major Lazer’s next album Music Is the Weapon, which is expected to drop next year. Needless to say, the magnitude of this release makes the group’s next project an incredibly scintillating prospect.

Featured image by Shane McCauley.

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Death toll rises to 30 in Oakland warehouse fire

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The death toll for the Oakland warehouse party fire that initially left nine deceased and 25 missing has risen to 30, with more deaths expected to be uncovered as the remainder of the building is searched. As of today, Alameda County Sheriff Ray Kelly claims only about 20 percent of the venue has been inspected.

The names of the victims have not yet been released, though three families have been personally notified thus far. A list of missing people, compiled by friends and family, has grown to around 35.

Fire Chief Melinda Drayton disclosed during a press conference this morning that the source of the fire is still unknown. “This is the most deadly fire in Oakland’s fire history that I’m aware of, I’ve been in for 19 years and consider myself a veteran,” she explained. “It is tragic to watch so many people perish from a fire fatality in front of your eyes and have to be stoic in your job.”

Drayton anticipates the search will endure for at least several more days as officials search for more answers and bodies.

Stay tuned to Dancing Astronaut for further updates.

Via: NY Times

Photo courtesy of Virginie Goubierv/AFP/Getty Images

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Fire at California warehouse party leaves 9 dead, 25 missing

Fire at California warehouse party leaves 9 dead, 25 missing

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Last night, a local warehouse party in Oakland fell victim to what some are saying is one of the deadliest structural fires in the city’s history. At 11:30pm on Friday night, the entire building, which was hosting a party with an array of underground house acts, was engulfed in flames.

9 people are confirmed dead from the incident, with another 25 people unaccounted for by the time firefighters had calmed down the blaze. It took a crew of 55 firefighters in total to quell the ensuing destruction.

The fire took place at a two-story building on 31st street, in the middle of Fruitvale. It was formerly an artist collective, housing 50 people in its confines. Residents regularly threw parties to help offset rising rent costs currently plaguing the city. Friday’s affair had been part of an underground house tour by the Wisconsin-based label Golden Donna.

According to reports coming out of the scene, the building might not have been adequately prepared for emergencies. No smoke detectors had been reported as going off, and the aged building had no sprinklers. This lack of preparation seems to have played a role in the swift damage and harm caused, which saw multiple people getting stuck on the second floor of the building or unable to find a way out through the smoke. It took around four hours of fighting both inside and outside the building for the flames to finally be extinguished.

Survivors and organizers of the party have been keeping updates on the event’s Facebook page. A spreadsheet has also been started to keep track of those missing thus far.

We’d like to extend our best wishes and condolences to all those affected by this unimaginable tragedy.

Donate to victims of the fire here.

Via: East Bay Times

Louis The Child – Fire feat. Evalyn (Original Mix)

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It’s been a year since dance-pop wunderkinds Louis The Child became a household name-to-watch with the release of “It’s Strange.” In the thirteen months since, the duo has appeared at major festivals around the country including Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Governors Ball. In the studio, the pair has scored collaboration and co-writing credits with Icona Pop and The Chainsmokers, respectively.

On the Louis The Child’s latest original release, “Fire,” they return to the combination which brought them recognition in the first place: upbeat, pop-sensible production paired with powerful female vocals. In this case, singer-songwriter Evalyn‘s soulful topline adds depth to the glossy framework beneath it. Louis The Child is set to embark on a 26-stop North American tour this fall; grab tickets here.

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