Eats Everything is going to donate his New Year’s Eve booking fee to charity

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Eats Everything‘s final show of the year is bound to be a special performance, and not just because he’s treating London to a six-hour set to cap 2017. The Bristol-bred underground tastemaker has announced that he’s donating his entire booking fee for New Year’s Eve to Last Night a DJ Saved My Life, a philanthropy organization that works alongside the dance music industry to create fundraising efforts for children in need.

The venue has yet to be announced, though fans are likely going to get an intimate venue and a gang of special guests for the show. Leading up to the event, the Edible Records head honcho is attempting to raise £30,000 (nearly $40,000) as part #HaveADrinkOnUS, an initiative to help provide clean water to the countries around the world. Those that can’t make it to London this year for New Year’s can click here to donate to the cause, and fans planning to attend the show can purchase tickets here.

H/T: Mixmag

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TBT: A video of Eric Prydz throwing his drink at Axwell from 2008 has resurfaced

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A video has resurfaced to Reddit showing Eric Prydz throwing multiple drinks at Axwell at an after party for the Swedish Grammy Awards.

The video, which dates back to 2008, depicts a reportedly intoxicated Axwell fumbling a transition while behind the decks, to which Prydz seems to take great offense as the progressive house maestro proceeds to throw champagne and beer at Axwell.

Sebastian Ingrosso manages to save the transition but a small verbal interaction takes place between Axwell and Prydz, with Axwell tussling Prydz signature black beanie.

Screwing up a DJ transition may not be a federal offense, but it certainly would be if Eric Prydz were writing legislation. The sentence? Three glasses of bubbly straight to the face.

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Alison Wonderland helps women propose at Australian show in honor of gay marriage

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Australia joined the ranks of 25 other countries to officially legalize gay marriage on December 7, causing a wave of celebration over a legal battle that has been drawn out in the country for 13 years.

Alison Wonderland was on tour in home country at the height of festivities surrounding this development, and thus decided to use her gig in Sydney to show her support in an emotive fashion. The songstress assisted a woman in making her proposal unforgettable bringing the happy couple on stage and later giving them a shout-out on Twitter while expressing pride in her country.

The battle for marriage rights began in 2004, when the parliament amended the Marriage Act to ban the institution for gays. Since then, an overwhelming display of support for the return of their rights led to a new vote that officiated gay marriage as a legal right.

 

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Did Axwell Λ Ingrosso really ruin ‘Dreamer?’ An analysis

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Swedish progressive house duo Axwell Λ Ingrosso have released their long awaited single “Dreamer” after more than a year of anticipation. Following the release, fan reactions were a mixed bag of emotions ranging from purist contempt to wholehearted appreciation to downright confusion.

The basis of such stark difference in opinion stems from the decision to alter the track’s structural elements or, in layman’s terms, change its drop. Is Axwell Λ Ingrosso’s fanbase truly this vexed over the group’s decision to flip the script on the track?

The collective frustration and confusion was exacerbated by the sheer amount of time that fans spent anxiously awaiting the track’s release, during which fans obsessed over live rips or “ID’s” of the “original” track—which first debuted at Amsterdam Dance Event in 2016.

Progressive house purists claim that the Swedish producers completely stripped “Dreamer” of its identity, and that the group is making an overt attempt to latch onto electronic music’s flavor of the week.

To rebut, others claim that by altering their production M.O., the group is exhibis a healthy artistic progression marked by a willingness to produce a more forward thinking sound.

Since the disbandment of Swedish House Mafia following their final performance at Ultra in 2013, Axwell has been outward about his desire to shift away from the musical styles that characterized the progressive house zeitgeist in the early aughts of the 2010s. Axwell took to social media following the backlash to give his side of the story, noting that fans can listen to the multitude of progressive house tracks in the duo’s catalogue if they desire a more purist approach.

Recent complaints regarding Axwell Λ Ingrosso’s structural subversion of the track’s fundamental elements comes as no surprise, especially considering the group’s emotional impact on progressive house fans throughout the years. Still, the complaints beg further questions regarding how genre categorization and cultural context affects the way music is produced and, more importantly, consumed on a grand scale. Not only do artists create music with its structural and stylistic elements in mind, but many pay close attention to how said music will be perceived in a larger cultural context or within the dance music scene.

Axwell Λ Ingrosso’s newest track “Dreamer” could be characterized as an active attempt to voyage into new sonic territory, a chintzy attempt to piggy back off of the success of EDM’s hottest buzz names in an effort to remain relevant, or something entirely different. Although it isn’t fair to deem the track obsolete or jump to conclusions about the duo’s artistic intentions, fan concerns about “Dreamer” bring forth relevant questions about how context shapes a songs construction and, ultimately, its reception on a larger scale.

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Jimmy Edgar to release unknown electro artist’s tapes as an Ultramajic EP

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Berlin’s Ultramajic record label is set to release a rare collection of late-90’s electro tracks from an unknown Detroit artist named Ashtar Lavanda.

Not much is known about Ashtar Lavanda, whose tapes Jimmy Edgar — the founder of the label —  found after receiving a tip about a storage unit being auctioned off in East Detroit that contained boxed techno artifacts.

Ashtar’s Lavanda’s tapes boast a jaw-dropping Detroit electro exudence from an artist who is believed to have never released any music under the moniker, comparable to acts like AUX88, Ectomorph, and more, according to Edgar.

Edgar’s discovery has consequently led to a present-day six-track release — the artist’s first EP, aptly titled Unsolved Mysteries via Ultramajic — and will also include continued releases to honor the artist’s work.

“I just wanted to see my music on The New Dance Show, I wanted to hear it on 97.9FM but I didn’t have the hustle to get the music out there”, Lavanda said when speaking about his long lost tapes. Despite Lavanda’s doubts, Edgar believes Ashtar Lavanda will soon be revered as “one of the true pioneers in late 90s Detroit Electro alongside artists such as AUX88, Ectomorph, Dopplereffekt, and Drexciya.”

Tracklist:
1. Opulence
2. Moth
3. Rozwell
4. Gratior Shake
5. Unsolved Mysteries
6. Marfa Lights

Ultramajic will release Ashtar Lavanda’s Unsolved Mysteries on February 9.

H/T: Mixmag

 

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Sonos and Ikea to collaborate on home listening products

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Sonos and Ikea have just announced what can easily be considered as one of the hottest tech collaboration of the year.

Details on the partnership remain sparse, but their work is reportedly apart of a new joint effort to “create future home sound experiences” bringing “music and sound” into all aspects of the home. Ikea calls this the third step for its Ikea Home Smart initiative, which previously, in 2015, integrated Qi wireless charging into their furniture and launched smart lighting products in 2016. Sonos and Ikea’s partnership is not expected for some time; however, it has been announced that it will be available in stores come 2019.

“Together with Sonos we want to democratize music and sound in the home, and we want to create products designed for how people listen together at home. By teaming up with Sonos we want to combine IKEA home furnishing knowledge with Sonos’ expertise within great home sound,” explained Björn Block of IKEA’s Home Smart division.

There are no confirmed details about what specific types of products the two will collaborate on, but it could mean open integration come 2019. Surely, listeners could foresee Ikea simply selling Sonos’ existing speakers, but the partnership is more likely a point into entirely new products, developed with Sonos’ intellectual property and Ikea’s expanse network of furniture designers. This extensive planning may also point to the extended timeline.

Certainly, Sonos and Ikea’s partnership is a substantial win for home listening.  The two companies — Ikea being a budget Swedish furniture company and Sonos being a premium audio deliverance — point to an unlikely joint venture, but their collaboration could mean big changes for the at home audiophiles’ foreseeable future.

 

H/T: TechCrunch

 

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Check out Tyler, The Creator’s first ever NPR Tiny Desk concert

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2017 was arguably Tyler, the Creator’s biggest year yet. The OFWGKTA founder released his fourth studio album Flower Boy back in July to widespread critical acclaim. It saw Tyler hit lyrical stride at the peak of his career through a journey of introspective, self defining tracks.

Tyler, the Creator’s debut Tiny Desk performance was the first time NPR has held a nighttime performance, at the special request of Tyler’s team to light the room themselves.

Tyler and his bandmates perform bathed in a saturation of rich, self lit colors, “What’s your name?” Tyler asks a woman in the crowd. “Nana” she replies. Tyler then motions to his backing choir to sing along, “Nana in this motherfucker” they sing. It’s quite silly, but Tyler and his backing group sing with an impassioned fervor.

The group plays “Boredom,” “See you Again,” and “Glitter” across the twenty minute concert, all songs from Flower Boy. Tyler’s bandmates balance his nonchalant frontman presence with their earnest vocal hymns. Even when he’s joking, Tyler, the Creator seems to hit a soft spot in his audience.

 

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Never Say Die releases Vol. 5 compilation

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Never Say Die has released volume 5 of their annual year-end mix. The Oslo, Norway-based label, founded in 2009, is home to such bass heavy artists as Skism, Zomboy, Eptic, and Must Die!. The recent compilation features tracks from Trampa, Trolley Snatcha, Spag Heddy, and more.

Highlights from the compilation include label mainstay Must Die!’s “Kill it Up” and Kompany’s riddim influenced “Overheat.” The compilation is perfect for anyone looking to head bang over the holidays, but it might be safe to ask for a neck brace for Chanukah.

 

 

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Is rap duo Rae Sremmurd switching to techno?

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Most likely not, but it’s doubtful that anyone would be opposed if it did.

Slim Jxmm and Swae Lee of rap duo Rae Sremmurd recently sat down to record a new installment in Noisey’s The People Vs. series. In characteristic People Vs. fashion, the episode follows Jxmm and Lee as the Rae Sremmurd members read aloud and then respond to a series of YouTube comments. Rae Sremmurd spiritedly react to comments of both positive and negative poles, thanking the user that wrote “Cool thanks best song ever,” before answering a number of comments that accuse the rappers of comparing themselves to The Beatles.

Rae Sremmurd emphasizes that the track doesn’t set out to equate Rae Sremmurd to The Beatles, but instead embodies the concept of the “new age” rockstar. “We are not The Beatles,” Jxmm emphasizes, “we’re not comparing ourselves to The Beatles, we’re the Black Beatles, we’re rockstars — new age new generation.”

Lee chimes in to underscore Rae Sremmurd’s musical versatility: “We’re going to all genres, doing everything,” Lee states. “Next we might make some techno, you never know from Rae Sremmurd.” The joke alludes to the range of genres in which Rae Sremmurd can work, leaving an underground Rae Sremmurd release not altogether outside the realm of possibility, but unlikely for now.

 

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Gift Guide: 10 artist merch items perfect for holiday gifting

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10 Artist Merch Items perfect for Holiday Gifting

 

Each year hundreds of artists go above and beyond in their merch releases, putting in creative efforts that offer their fans the opportunity to show their love in a vast variety of ways.

This gift guide celebrates the unmissable, unique merch of 2017. From ‘Tweeter paper’ to a limited-run comic book, this complete collection of product prowess is the perfect place to finish out the Holiday gifting. And while there’s sadly no longer an opportunity to “Have Dillion Francis Babysit Your Kid” or buy Diplo‘s limited-run “Cowboy” shirt, we’ve gathered an impressive merch array sure to bring plenty Holiday cheer.

Words by Grace Fleisher

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Daft Punk Robot Helmet Ring

 

Robot rock? No — but a robot ring might do. The GM08 Helmet Ring is the only ring left in stock, but be sure to snag this sterling silver keepsake sure to withstand the most alive of raves.

Purchase here

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Malaa Mask

 

Who is Malaa? With this signature balaclava, it could be you.

Purchase here

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OWSLA No. 2 Mystery Gift Box

 

With three t-shirts, one fleece, two hats, and one accessory, OWSLA’s No. 2 mystery gift box — or the other two available options — is surely the No. 1 gift for the OWSLA lover in your life.

Purchase here

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Lane 8 Long Sleeve

 

2018 will be Lane 8’s year. Daniel Goldstein’s releasing his second studio album in mid-January and this delightful floral graphic arrives just in time for the highly-anticipated release.

Purchase here

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Mija’s FK A GENRE RIP GENRE TEE

 

Mija’s ‘FK A GENRE’ ethos has taken the EDM world by storm. She’s got a DIY-punk-rock mentality and the sick merch to match.

Purchase here

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Claude VonStroke Jenny Necklace

 

We really can’t think of a better way to rep the Dirtybird daddy than this VonStroke ‘Jenny’ necklace.

Purchase here

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Kill The Noise Tweeter Paper

 

Freshin’ up AND read some tweets with your very own Kill The Noise ‘Tweeter Paper.’

Purchase here

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Frank Ocean Endless Vinyl

 

Our love for Frank Ocean is Endless. Celebrate this year’s slew of satisfying surprises with this exclusive vinyl.

Purchase here

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(All of) Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. Merch

 

Kung Fu Kenny undebatably dropped the hottest tour merch of 2017. It’s had us saying DAMN. all year… so get it before it’s too late.

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REZZ’s Mass Manipulation Comic Book

 

REZZ’s 60-page psychedelic comic book is the most artistically sound, unique merch release of 2017. Not only is it true to her vision, it cements both her poised takeover of music and Planet Earth alike.

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