Skrillex and Hikaru Utada share ‘Kingdom Hearts III’ collaboration

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Kingdom Hearts III released the trailer to the highly-anticipated role-playing video game last month which featured a sneak peek at the theme song made by Skrillex and Hikaru Utada. Now, the Japanese-American singer-songwriter has released her Face My Fears EP, which includes the full debut of the Skrillex-produced track in both English and Japanese versions. Superstar gamer Ninja, who took a dip into the EDM-isphere with his Ninjawerks Volume 1 compilation project late last year, took to Twitter to praise the song, equating it to the reason EDM belongs with gaming.

Through it’s dynamic and forward-moving hook, the track combines Utada’s serene versework with Skrillex’s signature melodic vocal chops thrown towards a stuttering groove and clicking dance-pop rhythm. Utada also released two additional singles from the EP, “Don’t Think Twice” and “Chikai,” which also feature her stunning bi-lingual vocals.

What’s your sign? Spotify thinks it can curate the perfect playlist around the zodiac

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What’s your sign? Spotify thinks it can curate the perfect playlist around the zodiacCosmin Playlists Spotify

The Forer effect is in full swing at the Spotify office—to the point where the streaming giant has announced that they’ve launched a series of playlists curated specifically toward each zodiac sign.

Each of the twelve “Cosmic Playlists” was curated in part by Spotify astrologer Chani Nicholas, who explains, “Astrology is about a specific moment in time. Each moment has a specific astrological mark, or archetype associated with it, that defines it”. She goes on to note that she worked with Spotify to create playlists that mark each of these moments and archetypes. Official word remains as to whether or not these playlists will be regularly updated, but it’s likely they will be from past patterns of the brand. Now, all that remains is to determine whether or not each of these playlists actually help horoscope enthusiasts “find direction in life” via music, as they’re claimed to.


Fabric nightclub goes all in for 20th anniversary

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2019 marks the 20th anniversary for Fabric, one of London’s premiere nightclubs. In the English capital, Fabric acts as a central hub for dance music, bringing in locals and international fans alike. Those who are following the club’s endeavors may have noticed a recent but brief blackout, as they boarded up the space, repainted, and went dark on social media. In light of the anniversary, Fabric posted the new announcement on their website:

“In 2019 we celebrate our 20th anniversary, and while to many this would present an opportunity to reflect on the past, we see it as an important opportunity to look to the future.”

Looking toward the future includes a loaded schedule for their fabric XX event series, with “20 special parties” to look forward to. Phase one of the series includes techno favorites Lee Burridge, John Digweed, Martinez Brothers, and more, all slated to play extended sets “for up to 10 hours.” Tickets for all fabric XX dates are available on Resident Advisor.

In addition to some new London residents, they’re also launching a quarterly mix series “fabric presents,” with the first edition featuring English DJ Bonobo (also featured on their fabric XX lineup).

Lastly, their brand will hit two of the cities major festivals (not yet named) and will return to Barcelona’s OFF Week. More announcements will be coming via their website.

“We want to say thank you to everyone that’s been part of this journey over the past two decades. So much of the world surrounding us has changed in this timespan, but your love for us has always been unparalleled. From the celebratory times to our most challenging moments, it’s your support that’s built our legacy.”

Detroit DJ Moodymann shares disturbing video of gunpoint confrontation with police

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Revered DJ and producer Moodymann (born Kenny Dixon Jr.) has been a staple of Detroit’s electronic scene since the ’90s. However, the Detroit icon found himself in a confrontation with police that led to his arrest at his Highland Park residency on Jan. 12. Moodymann shared the footage on his Instagram page yesterday before taking it down just hours later.

Still available to view below, the video shows Moodymann in the driver’s seat of his car, surrounded by police with weapons drawn. While the video shows multiple armed police officers ordering him to “unlock the fucking door,” Moodymann looked to add some context to the situation in the caption of the video.

“HP police came n (MY BACKYARD) demanding proof of ownership and this is how they reacted (Went 2 jail again) charged me 4 Breaking and entering on my own property even though I had keys. what u can’t c is 9 other officers pointing their AR15 directly at my head…next time just pull the MF trigger let’s get this shit over with (I’m tired) I’m so tired”

Pitchfork received confirmation from the Highland Park Police Department that a “Kenneth Dixon” had been arrested that night, though they could not confirm that it was Moodymann himself. The police report indicates that they received a report of “suspicious behavior” at the DJ’s house. Upon arrival, they found Moodymann in his car, at which point he told them he owned the building and had the keys to enter. According to police, Dixon also indicated that he was in possession of a firearm, at which point the police moved to arrest him for failing to immediately disclose a concealed weapon, not having a building permit, and resisting and obstructing.

In a statement to the Detroit Free Press, the Highland Park Police Department noted that Moodymann failed to produce personal ID and proof of ownership of the property, though “further investigation confirmed ownership…Mr. Dixon was released and issued several citations regarding this incident.”

H/T: Pitchfork

Woodstock 50 has reportedly booked its first headliner

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Carlos Santana is reportedly returning to Woodstock as the first headliner for the festival’s 50th anniversary. His band, Santana, were propelled into the public spotlight after a stellar performance of “Soul Sacrifice” at Woodstock in 1969, so it’s only right for the Mexican-American guitarist with 10 Grammy Awards to grace the stage at the half-century marker.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Santana’s Grammy Award-winning Supernatural LP, so the rock band is going on their Supernatural Now tour to commemorate the project that brought us “Smooth” and “Maria Maria” — two of their most famous songs. Woodstock is one of the stops on the tour. The tour will also be promoting the band’s new album In Search of Mona Lisa, dropping January 25.

There are two festivals commemorating the original three days of peace & music: Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival, which will take place on the original Woodstock grounds, and the other will be called Woodstock thrown by Woodstock Ventures, LLC. Santana told Rolling Stone that he will be playing at Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival thrown by Live Nation because “they have an amphitheater there. I’m going to invite whoever is still here, whether it’s Joan Baez or members from Sly Stone, and I’m going to play Santana music. Santana’s going to be the house band, but I want to be able to honor those who are still here and maybe invite rappers like Common or Kendrick Lamar. Santana’s very interested, like Miles Davis, into connecting with people from seven years old to under 33. I don’t want to be just like a jukebox in the twilight zone, stuck in the Sixties.”

H/T: Rolling Stone

Photo credit: David Becker/WireImage

Tomorrowland unveils 2019 roster of stage hosts, featuring Carl Cox, Dirtybird, Charlotte de Witte, and more

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Tomorrowland organizers strike a particularly sweet chord among underground enthusiasts with their announcement of the Belgium-based event’s 2019 stage hosts.

The techno-friendly roster sees a number of industrial visionaries assume curative stage responsibilities. Charlotte de Witte, for one, will resume her KNTXT tour at Tomorrowland 2019. De Witte originally debuted her KNTXT showcase back in 2015 at Belgian nightclub, Fuse, and later revived KNTXT for some select shows in the spring of 2018.

Indeed, Tomorrowland hit the techno trifecta this year, with the return of Adam Beyer‘s Drumcode Stage, Jamie Jones‘s Paradise Stage, and Sven Väth’s Cocoon Stage. Nina Kraviz will also head her very own Tomorrowland stage, to further solidify Tomorrowland 2019 as a veritable techno haven. House music fans, fret not, for Tomorrowland also caters to house heads, namely through a Dirtybird stage and the reprise of Claptone‘s traveling party series, The Masquerade. In that vein, Barong Family, Robin Schulz & Friends, and Anjunabeats account for just a fraction of the additional stage hosts slated to grace Tomorrowland’s 2019 iteration.

As in the festival’s previous years of production, Tomorrowland will span two consecutive weekends in July. Tomorrowland’s opening weekend will run Jul 19-21. The second and final weekend of the electronic affair will span Jul 26-28.

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Benny L lands Beatport’s inaugural drum & bass No. 1

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Drum & bass continues to assert its dominance worldwide, most recently with the genre’s first-ever Beatport No. 1, courtesy of Benny L.

The Hospital Records artist’s hefty remix of John Holt’s reggae classic, “Police In Helicopter,” shot to the top of the Beatport ranks, knocking chart-topping house artists like Rebuke and ARTBAT out of the way to claim the No. 1 spot. This is a drum & bass milestone for the Beatport Top 100, which is typically dominated by assorted genres of house music.

“To see it at the top of the multi-genre chart on Beatport is truly amazing,” Benny L says of the track. “I never thought it would get this far.”

The drum & bass community likely saw this achievement coming, though. Benny L was recently named “Best Newcomer” at the recent Drum&BassArena Awards and has been on the rise through labels like Metalheadz and Audioporn Records.

The chart-topping remix is part of Hospital Records’ Sick Music 2019 compilation and came out January 11.

Watch DJ SUAT livestream a “Brexit DJ set” outside of the Houses of Parliament

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British DJ, SUAT welcomed Prime Minister Theresa May’s Commons defeat with a 30 minute, Facebook live streamed “Brexit DJ set.” After May’s Brexit proposal was rejected by 230 votes, she was cast to a no confidence vote, of which she survived today, keeping her in office.

As protesters gathered outside the Parliament buildings, SUAT took to his turntables and Facebook live for an impromptu house DJ set as members of parliament voted. The cleverly positioned set amassed 150,000 views in a short period of time as the world reacted to May’s Brexit proposal defeat. 10 minutes into the set, police arrive and SUAT doesn’t miss a beat, continuing to dance and have a casual conversation with the officers. They let him carry on, so his lighthearted explanation seemed to have quickly checked out. Also, the set is pretty damn good, so perhaps the fuzz was just looking to get down with SUAT during the landslide vote.


Aphex Twin earns 2019 BRIT Award nomination, announce first NYC show in 20 years

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Lately Aphex Twin has been at the center of a whirlwind of activity that, to date, has included the release of two brand spanking new edits of “Avril 14th,” and an ensuing original single dubbed “Mangle 11.” To further fan the Aphex flames, the producer, born Richard David James, also announced a series of upcoming live performances, signaling his return to the festival circuit in 2019. Aphex Twin notably graces Coachella’s 2019 lineup, and will also handle headlining duties alongside Massive Attack at Mexico City’s Ceremonia Festival in April.

2019 is evidently shaping up to be a big year for Aphex Twin, with his recent nomination for a 2019 BRIT Award. Aphex will vie with fellow nominees Craig David, George Ezra, Giggs, and Sam Smith for the BRIT award for “Best Male Solo Artist.” The third time might just prove a charm for Aphex Twin, who previously received nods in the same category in 2002 and 2016. The 2019 BRIT Awards will take place on February 20 at The O2 in London.

The Collapse producer is also preparing to perform in New York City for the first time in 20 years. The acclaimed electronic entity will close the gap between his last live performance in New York during the 1990’s and 2019 at Avant Gardner in Brooklyn. Slated for April 11, the show will also mark Aphex Twin’s first appearance in the US since his set at Houston’s Day For Night festival in 2016. Tickets to Aphex Twin’s Avant Gardner show will go on sale January 18 at 10 AM EST, here.

H/T: Mixmag

Featured Image: Roger Ho

The Chainsmokers say they can ‘die happy’ after completing new blink-182 collaboration

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The Chainsmokers don’t keep fans waiting for long when it comes to new music releases. They have managed to perpetually place music lovers on their toes thanks to a wide spectrum of genre-spanning releases, including country music, pop, and dubstep collaborations, in addition to their feel-good electronic crossover releases. Drew Taggart and Alex Pall seemingly have another new track loaded in the relase cannon, as they recently tweeted out that they had a studio session with blink-182 that proved exceptionally fruitful.

The track would not be blink-182‘s first electronic music collaboration, as the “All The Small Things” creators released “Why Are We So Broken” from Steve Aoki‘s most recent album.