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FRANK OCEAN. ARCA. FRANK OCEAN. ARCA.
Their names drift through the collective conscience 23/7, the odd hour out for trying to stop Netflix in time before it automatically skips the Bojack Horseman closing credits song.
At least half of that hour, however, may get reclaimed. For today in Frank Ocean AND Arca news: the new Frank Ocean is the new Arca is the new Frank Ocean (featuring Skepta)!
On latest edition of his “blonded RADIO,” Frank went a bit universe brain. Rather than straight up premiering a new song that features Skepta and is called “Little Demon,” Ocean opted to unveil the Arca-produced remix of his new Skepta-featuring song “Little Demon” instead. Because what better way to drum up hype for a new song than proving it exists in the first place by releasing its remix??
Study question: Is a remix really a remix if none of us have actually heard the song that is being remixed? Have your one-page double-spaced answer typed up and on my desk by tomorrow morning.
This comes extra-hot on the heels of “In My Room”, the new Frank Ocean track that we’ve already taken to calling the old new Frank Ocean track, even though it was only released a few days ago. So it goes.
Arca’s remix of Frank Ocean’s “Little Demon” feat. Skepta cannot be streamed anywhere by anyone (probably including Frank Ocean) as of writing, but you can pre-order a 7-inch of it from Ocean’s blonded website here. There’s also a silk scarf for sale that may or may not be worth your $80 investment. Your call.
Re-listen to the latest episode of “blonded RADIO” down below!!
New FIFA is just around the corner, and with it comes another premier soundtrack to get hooked on whilst playing one invigorating match after another. Each year, FIFA takes pride in their curation, collecting a variety of genres from an assortment of cultures—perfect for the international spectacle of soccer. This year is no different.
With tracks from Major Lazer, J Balvin, ROSALÍA, BJ The Chicago Kid, Skepta, Sofi Tukker, Jai Paul, The Knocks, Cautious Clay, half•alive, GoldLink, and many more, this small portion of the 38-piece soundtrack only begins to explain its diversity in sound. Not only is there a heavy mix of styles, but FIFA also places importance on music discovery by highlighting up-and-coming artists with as little as 50,000 streams on Spotify to their names.
FIFA 20 is the 27th edition of the highly popular gaming series, and it’s set to drop September 27, 2019.
Skepta and Manchester International Festival (MIF) are collaborating to produce a series of phoneless events, called Dystopia987. The UK grime deity also teamed up with the creative studio TEM, that specializes in emerging technologies and the playwright Dawn King.
These events look to take play in railway arches accessible via an abandoned warehouse in Manchester to mimic a journey to a dystopian society where there are no phones and digital decor is present. The patrons will be provided with headphones upon entry as they move through the experience with a performance from Skepta at the end.
The artist who recently released his Ignorance Is Bliss LP said on Instagram, “Had an idea to take everybody’s phone away and throw them into a world where we Rave to come together, dance and free ourselves from the pressures of society.”
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Had an idea to take everybody’s phone away and throw them into a world where we Rave to come together, dance and free ourselves from the pressures of society. Together with @MIFestival @CyberdogOfficial @keashldn @Sitabellan @Kesh @Tem.studios @tsvetelina_tomova Dawn King we created #DYSTOPIA987 in a secret location in Manchester. A 3 day immersive experience that we all will never forget, thank you to everyone in attendance. Much Love
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H/T: DJ Mag
Featured Image: Jordan Curtis Hughes
The Warehouse Project (WHP), one of the UK’s most legendary parties, is back and bigger than ever. This year the event will christen a new venue called The Depot; a 10,000 person capacity creative space within Manchester’s historic former train station, Mayfield. And of course, the lineups for each of the party’s seven iterations throughout the summer will no doubt sell all 10,000 tickets.
Aphex Twin is kicking things off on Sept. 20 with a lineup he curated himself. The electronic enigma who only plays live when he feels like it has tapped fellow esteemed colleagues such as Nina Kraviz, Lee Gamble, and the European debut of 33EMYBW.
Sept. 21 will be the official opening party for WHP 2019 entitled “Welcome to Mayfield.” More than 20 artists are booked that night, including a DJ set from Disclosure, a live set from Maribou State, as well as a who’s-who of UK favorites.
For the rest of the summer, some of the best artists electronic music has to offer will make an appearance at the event. From WHP favorites like Annie Mac and Skream to welcome surprises like Skepta and Flume (who is the only artist booked for the Nov. 13 edition at this time).
Tickets for all seven nights of WHP 2019 go on sale June 27 at 9 a.m. GMT. Head to the official WHP website to buy them and check out the full lineups for each night below.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 20: APHEX TWIN CURATES
33EMYBW (European debut)
SOS Gunver Ryberg
SATURDAY, SEPT. 21: WELCOME TO MAYFIELD
Maribou State (live)
SATURDAY, SEPT. 28
Warehouse Project & Kaluki Present:
Pirate Copy & De La Swing
Pete Zorba & Calvin Clarke
Olli Ryder & Luke Welsh
SATURDAY, OCT. 5
Metropolis & Wah
Chase & Status DJ
Dub Phizix & Strategy
Mark XTC B2B Exile
Mollie Collins B2B North Base
My Nu Leng
Voltage B2b Bou
MCs in all rooms
Mura Masa presents Raw Youth Collage
Mount Kimbie (DJ set)
Now Wave DJs
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 13
plus special guests
SATURDAY, NOV. 23
Places + Faces
Photo credit: The Warehouse Project
H/T: Fact Mag
The UK artist announced the impending arrival of the new body of music at the beginning of May and began drumming up excitement with the unveiling of the LP’s artwork with the news. Now, the album’s 13 tracks are available on all streaming platforms, including collaborations with Key, J Hus, Cheb Rabi & B Live, Lancey Foux, Lay-Z, Wizkid, and Boy Better Know.
Ignorance is Bliss follows his previous album, Konnichiwa, which won the 2016 Mercury Prize and covered topics including police harassment and the grime artist’s feelings about British politics.
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