Good Morning Mix: Floating Points, Daphni, Ben UFO and Jamie xx join forces on NTS Radio

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Good Morning Mix: Floating Points, Daphni, Ben UFO and Jamie xx join forces on NTS RadioFloating Points Credit Amy Lombard

It’s only natural that DJs spend time with other DJs. Common interests are one of the surest avenues to friendships. So when DJ friends come together to celebrate something exciting like the release of a new album, it’s only natural that they spin some records.

In this specific case, the album that was released is Floating Points‘ new alternative electronic odyssey, Crush, and his friends who joined him to spin are Jamie xx, Ben UFO, and Daphni.

All four of these artists have a widely catalogued public history. The number of times they’ve shared the stage or the booth is quite extensive, and while spectators of their sets are separate from their personal chemistry, their sonic chemistry is the stuff of legends. This quartet is bound by an affinity for the unusual and unconventional. Their sets can’t be defined by genre. Only by feeling and mood.

Together they united on NTS radio, where each of them have spun time and time again to honor Crush with three hours of tunes that will have listeners hitting Shazam after every single track.

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The 20 Best Music Videos Of The 2010s

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Best-VideosIn the very early days of this century, people would still sometimes watch music videos on television. MTV’s Total Request Live was in its halcyon era in 2000, and the show wouldn’t be cancelled until 2008. Meanwhile, YouTube debuted in 2005, changing the way everyone experienced the music video. So the 2010s are the first … More »

The 200 Best Songs Of The 2010s

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When this decade began, MP3s still reigned supreme. Now, at the end of it, a song is no longer even a file — it’s ephemera, on every streaming service and available to hear in myriad ways. For better and worse, the song (and the single) have become the norm for the general public’s music consumption. More »

The Black Madonna cancels performance at Intersect Music Festival

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“If you were shocked I’d play for Amazon, well that makes two of us. Please be patient and while I burn some bridges. Updates soon.”The Black Madonna via Twitter.

Less than a week after Intersect Festival shared its final roster, The Black Madonna announced that she’s rescinded her slot among the lineup, subsequently disappearing from the website’s billing.

The esteemed house producer stormed to Twitter to voice her disgruntlement with the news that Intersect Festival is in fact backed by Amazon Web Services. The renowned DJ and prominent social justice advocate attributed her decision to the latter’s relations with both the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Homeland Security. After showing her discernible frustration with the situation, The Black Madonna, real name Marea Stamper, returned to the social media platform to thoroughly explain her position.

Clearly I was shocked and hurt when press and promotional materials appeared with my name on an event presented by AWS yesterday. Many of you expressed your disappointment too and you were right to do so. I share it completely and amplify it….

As a global ambassador for the Help Refugees organization, I raise awareness and donate 100% of merchandise sales to refugee assistance and personally provide grants to undocumented families fleeing persecution in their home countries.

Read the full statement.

Just last year, an investigation by the Project on Government Oversight discovered documents showing that Amazon had met with ICE regarding Amazon Rekognition, a technology used to identify people based on facial characteristics in real-time video feeds. Whether the technology was licensed to ICE or Homeland Security is currently unknown.

Intersect Festival is set to take place in Las Vegas December 6-7 with a lineup that’s still set to feature Gesaffelstein, Jamie XX and Flying Lotus.

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Kelsey Lu’s debut LP includes production credits from Jamie xx, Skrillex, and more

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Breaking through as a classical-leaning artist, nevertheless a cellist, is no easy feat. Kelsey Lu, however, is an unmistakably refreshing talent that has forged her own path in the neo-classical realm and has attracted collaborators like Solange, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and more. The musician released her latest LP, Blood, on April 19, which sees a deeper expansion into avant garde electronica. Skrillex and Jamie xx are credited as producers on the album, which is as bold as it is delicate and nuanced. Lu’s keen ear for genre blending and fearlessness around manifesting her own unique artistic vision have made Blood a resounding success within days of its release, and an exciting look into the continued trailblazing to be seen from her end.

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Gather Announces Phase Two Lineup Including Jamie XX, Paco Osuna, Brian Cid, DJ Nobu & More

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Phase two of Gather’s industry leading lineup has arrived. With a picturesque, lakeside base and top class production to match its curatorial caliber, the festival will secure its position as a premier destination for electronic’s cutting edge. Gather will take over Holiday Mountain in the Catskills, New York on May 25-26. Tickets on sale NOW

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Mark Ronson – “Nothing Breaks Like A Heart” (Feat. Miley Cyrus) Video

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A year ago Miley Cyrus complete her inevitable reverse transformation back into cowboy-booted pop rocker (Taylor Swift, you’re next) via Younger Now, which closed out her debaucherous culture vulture trilogy (also including 2015’s Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz and 2013’s Bangerz). Now she’s making her next move. More »

Jamie xx, Four Tet, Floating Points, and Daphni NTS mix is a music collector’s dream

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Jamie xx, Four Tet, Floating Points, and Daphni NTS mix is a music collector’s dreamJamie Four Tet Mi

Four of the most prolific audiophiles in electronica have come together to release a two-hour mix proving not only that music abides by no boundaries, rules, or expectations but also that artists, too, can share the AUX. Jamie xx, Four Tet, Floating Points, and Daphni took their talents to NTS Radio: an online underground radio station that clearly respects the Four Agreements with their tagline, “Don’t Assume.”

One record at a time, the mix tests the capacity of sound. Entering through an atmosphere of ambiance, the music traverses the boundaries of what one might find sonically appealing. Full vibrations run abound from all contributors, creating a space welcoming to infinite possibilities.

20 minutes in, the listener is in a completely different realm; abundant, soulful energy erupts. Jazz flute, funk horns, and vocals penetrate the space in an effortless sonic flow. The journey progresses into psychedelic rock, European folk, all while staying completely consistent in the task at hand. The mix isn’t demanding, but it does ask something of the listener: their mere attention. This is a mix not to hear but instead, to listen. With the mix, these four experimental geniuses have exuded a nod to true librarians of music with seamless poise.

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All My Friends Festival to make vehement LA debut: Check out DA’s must-see acts

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All My Friends Festival to make vehement LA debut: Check out DA’s must-see actsDestructo Live Dancing Astronaut

The city of Los Angeles’ continual role in hip-hop and electronic dance music — not to mention the underground niches that helped birth what we now know as the mainstream music in each genre — has only continued to build upon itself over the years. From the days when gangsta rap reigned, to the birth of G-funk and the underground rave scenes, the city’s symbiotic relationship with the two genres is irrefutable.

Today, in an era of festival superfluousness where festivals seem to be dropping off the map like flies, it’s seeming to be inevitable that very few will sustain. That said, Los Angeles’ All My Friends festival seems destined to succeed despite its freshness on the festival circuit. 2018 marks its first year.

Judging by the Billboard hot chart dominations, streaming numbers, and the sheer fact that the teens love both genres — and of course the fact that we live in a world that caters almost entirely to these factors — there seems no better way to christen the city of Los Angeles’ influence in the genres than for it to host a proper celebration. All My Friends is here to host said celebration, as Los Angeles’ finest meeting of dance and hip-hop music in recent memory.

What’s more of the inaugural All My Friends is that not only is the lineup an impressive 40-deep presentation of the genre’s hottest acts, but that its trend-cognizant curation is concise. Thanks to its curator, Gary Richards and AMFAMFAMF, the dance brand he created at LiveStyle, All My Friends’ calculated debut takes place over the two-day time span this August 18th and 19th. With just three stages, AMF is simple, but in that simplicity lies the best thing music can offer: the possibility to connect and build new friendships. As Richards recently told Billboard, “All the cool people in my life, I know through music… ‘All My Friends’ really has a deep-rooted meaning.”

Ahead of the festival’s debut, Dancing Astronaut‘s compiled the five must-see acts, and although the lineup’s not necessarily a daunting display, that really just means that its attendees can’t go wrong no matter who they end up seeing.

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Jamie xx

Although Jamie Smith’s All My Friends jaunt does come complete with other Los Angeles dates — or rather, it was intended to, up until the unfortunate cancelation of Goldenvoice’s FYF Festival — it still feels like a rare circumstance. Following his recent stint at San Francisco’s Outside Lands, Smith’s performance as Jamie xx promises an ephemeral experience. Like the chilling air to his 2015 album In Colour, Smith’s performances promise euphoria, nostalgia, jovial dancing, and maybe even some tears, but with his only other public appearance for the rest of this year being at the esteemed Oasis festival in Marrakech, All My Friends is certainly one that’s not to be missed. As such, Jamie xx will be closing out the festival Sunday evening on the main AMFAMFAMF stage. It’ll be a fitting ending to the debut affair.

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Yo Gotti

No hip-hop heavy festival would be complete without the addition of Yo Gotti. Consider the facts — “Rake It Up,” “Champions,” and “Down In The DMs” — all of which are party anthems and all of which cement the anthemic proportions of Gotti. His set promises to be an essential weekend experience.

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Barclay Crenshaw

Any devout Dirtybird fan will tell you that the flock’s hip-hop affinity runs deep. Long story short, it’s nest overseer, also known as Claude VonStroke, began experimenting with hip-hop, jungle, and drum ‘n’ bass long before the label’s inception. Today, Barclay has a collaboration with The Cool Kids — enough said.

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Chris Lorenzo

Chris Lorenzo‘s garnered support from major labels like Dirtybird, Food Music, and Night Bass and collaborated with some of the biggest names in EDM — Skrillex, Steve Aoki, and Chris Lake — to name a few. But, he’s also a vehement producer in his own right, too – known for his distinct remixes of Disclosure, Rudimental, A-Trak, and more.

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RL Grime

RL Grime‘s All My Friends performance comes fresh on the heels of his highly-anticipated sophomore album release. NOVA is a sound marriage of the two worlds of R&B and EDM – where melodic rap and R&B refrains from hip-hop and R&B heavyweights bridge the gap between the two genres and EDM.

  Check out the festival’s set times below and snag any last-minute tickets here.

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Jamie xx co-produces Florence + The Machine’s new single, ‘Big God’

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Jamie xx and fellow Young Turks artist, the modern jazz maestro Kamasi Washington, have co-produced Florence + The Machine’s new single, “Big God.”

Enveloping and soulful, led by Florence Welch’s billowing vocals, “Big God’s” production is joyfully simplistic. With a driving piano at its heart, “Big God” is a congregation of sounds in the trio’s own sonic house of worship. Stripped of most of Jamie xx’s characteristic electronic tendencies, save for subtle drum padding, Washington’s jazz accents and Welch’s anthemic soul shine brightest on the new collaboration.

Of course, this production doesn’t mark the first time Jamie xx has taken on a tune outside of his electronic wheelhouse. Celebrated for his work with The xx, as well as his unique revising of Florence + The Machine’s “You’ve Got The Love,” as well as inventive takes on Adele, Jack Peñate, Glasser, and more.

Florence + The Machine will drop their impending new album, the highly anticipated High As Hope, on June 29. The record features credits from Emile Haynie — known for his work with Kanye West and Kid Cudi — as well as Sampha, Andrew Wyatt, and others.