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some genius made $1 million on a spotify playlist scam, which TURNS OUT isn't even illegal

Every now and then you come across a scam story in which the creator almost deserves to keep the cash they have acquired. I remember many years ago reading about an employee at Barclays Bank who worked out how to apply a monthly £0.01 interest charge to every single Barclays Bank account, funnelling the earnings into his own account and, being such an insignificant amount to individual account owners, nobody questioned this charge for over 10 years. 10 years! The man obviously became a multi-millionaire, left his position at Barclays and disappeared into the ether somewhere, still pocketing the massive earnings month by month. This man was a genius, albeit illegal.

Another genius is a man from Bulgaria who in September 2017 found out that artists who have songs played on Spotify get $0.004 dollars per play, as long as the song is played for 30 seconds or more. So he went about creating hundreds of 30-40 second 'songs', put them all into two Spotify playlists, created and paid for multiple bogus Spotify premium accounts (amounting to a cost of $12,000 per month) then had the accounts cycle through the playlists on shuffle, all day every day. Due to the short length of the songs just breaching the pay point, the playlists were racking up 103 million plays per month which amounts to a return on investment of almost $415,000 per month!!

This continued for just over two and a half months until the playlists reached #35 and #84 in Spotify's global playlist chart and an undisclosed music label executive raised the strange playlists to Spotify.

The playlists have been shut down, the songs have been removed and the multiple linked bogus premium accounts have been cancelled, however as the creator of the content and lawful subscriber of the premium accounts, it turns out this genius has actually done nothing illegal and can keep the money! In an official statement from Spotify about the incident, the company said:

“We are continuing to invest heavily in refining those processes and improving methods of detection and removal, and reducing the impact of this unacceptable activity on legitimate creators, rights holders and our users.”

Well done that man. For more legal scams, check out when Mariah Carey performed her debut DJ gig....
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Stranger Things 2 soundtrack released on vinyl just in time for christmas

Netflix original series Stranger Things has once again been the talk of the town with the release of the second series in October of this year. Aside from the fantastic 80s inspired sci-fi story line of kids on bikes uncovering a secret and sinister government alternate-reality experiment (which appeals to the child in all of us!), is the equally fantastic synthwave soundtrack by Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein, half of the Texan electronica band, S U R V I V E.

After the success of the first series' vinyl format soundtrack, just in time for Christmas the second series' soundtrack will be available to purchase on December 22nd. The first wave of pressings will be an "Upside Down Inter-dimensional Blue" vinyl (below), followed by a second pressing "Crystal Clear" and "Purple Crystal" vinyl.

If you can't wait that long and want to listen to some warm-sounding 80s synth goodness from the show, you can listen to the full soundtrack over on Spotify now, as well as from the first series.

We are pleased to hear however the vinyls won't be pressed with urine, menstrual blood or worse, haemorrhoid infected diarrhoea....
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ED SHEERAN'S GLASTONBURY RIDER HAS BEEN LEAKED

Last night Ed Sheeran closed Glastonury 2017 with an inspiring performance of impressive live music layering skills, building entire song structures solo on stage. It's anyone's guess however how he was able to perform after his rider for the performance (his request for food and drink to ease him into performing on stage) has been leaked online.

To give some background to riders; Kanye West's staple rider includes Hennessy cognac, Sky vodka, Patron silver tequila, Heineken beer and 4x small Yoplait yoghurts (obviously); Grace Jones in the 70s and 80s asked for Cristal champagne, vintage red and white wines, 24x Oysters on ice, a fruit platter for no less than 8 people and all rooms to be draped with lillies and orchids; and even more ridiculously Justin Bieber's rider earlier this year was leaked and includes "10 containers to be flown in with items like a ping pong table, PlayStation, IO HAWK, sofa set, washing machine, refrigerator, upholstery, wardrobe cupboard and massage table that will be used backstage", and if that's not enough, "Top culinary experts will supervise the gourmet being served to Bieber over the 4 days with 5 dishes per day will be renamed after his popular song."; you get the picture, artists can ask for what the hell they like.

So in preparation for potentially the biggest performance of his career so far, Sheeran like the absolute bad boy he is asked for this mental rider:

  • Bottle of Robinson's orange squash
  • 6x pack of Coca-Cola
  • 6x pack of Sprite
  • Jar of honey

The last time I consumed that much sugar was at my 9th birthday party, and there's no way I'd have kept it together to perform in front of tens of thousands of people. Someone should step in and tell this renegade to calm his tits before he smashes head first into rehab.

I wonder what Mariah Carey had on her rider for her debut 'DJ Performance' ... except of course an actual DJ.
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CLEGGY TO DJ A STUDENT NIGHT IN SHEFFIELD

After last week's election, former Deputy Prime Minister and ex-leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg lost his seat in Sheffield Hallam to Labour newcomer Jared O'Mara. O'Mara, founder of Sheffield bar West Street Live, DJ'd in the bar twice a week before dedicating his time to his newly elected position. Since Cleggy has been made redundant from his party, O'Mara has offered a straight job swap with the following statement:

"We want him to put on a student night; I heard he's popular with them so I think it would make a great job for him to come into. I would imagine he's kept abreast of the latest music and I'm sure he partied away in his student days. It's all good humoured; we're just extending our West Street Live family and he can come on board and be part of it if he wants."

Although Nick is yet to respond to the opportunity, his Director of Communications has been tagged in the initial Facebook post so who knows what Cleggy Bangers could be coming out of Sheffield in the very near future.

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Glastonbury Releases Full Line-Up

In 1970 a Somerset dairy farmer organised a gig in his fields to pay off his bank overdraft. It didn't. And yet 45 years later his Glastonbury festival has grown into a national institution. With tickets for the first festival costing £1 (which also included limitless free milk), the festival is no longer a gathering of hippies and rock enthusiasts, instead in recent years attracting the biggest artists in the world from all sorts of genres.

This year's festival is no less exhaustive. With the massive line-up just being released, some of the artists who will be there include; Radiohead, the Foo Fighters, Gorgon City, Craig David, Stormzy, Ed Sheeran, Biffy Clyro, Major Lazor, Lorde, My Nu Leng, Boy Better Know, Rag'n'Bone Man, Dizzee Rascal, Toots & The Maytals, Justice, Annie Mac, Clean Bandit, London Grammar, Kano, Status Quo, Goldie, London Elektricity, Noisia, Groove Armada ..... the list goes on.

To see how expansive the mixed bag of artists is; check out the full line-up on the Glastonbury Website.

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You can now get a tattoo that plays audio files

Nate Siggard, an entrepreneur from Los Angeles, has come up with the wonderful idea of linking tattoos with personal audio files, giving an extra layer of meaning to any ink you may get on your skin.

Recently setting up the company Skin Motion, the initial product (Soundwave Tattoos) allows a person to have a tattoo on their body which then links to an audio file of their choice, up to a minute in length. Of course, the ink itself cannot play the audio file; it is through their app (Skin Motion) that you upload your audio clip of choice, convert it to a waveform, have that inked onto your body then when scanning that tattoo in the app it will recognise and play your selected audio file.

Believing in his product, Nate has had his partner saying "I love you" and some gargles from his 4 month old baby tattoo'd onto his skin, and this is the result:

Pretty cool if you ask me! 

Reception to this new product has been mixed; some loving the idea and wanting one immediately (myself included); others saying it's misleading as a) the tattoo itself can't play the audio file (duh ... what's the speaker? Your elbow?) b) the app isn't actually reading the waveform and playing the audio, instead recognising the image as a whole and then playing your audio file ...................... haters gown hate.

With the product and bespoke app launching in June of this year you can head over to the Skin Motion Website and stick your name on the tattoo  waiting list; I for one see this product being quite the success.

Not a fan of needles? You could have a chat with Jan Poope instead and swallow a pill that'll play music from inside your body.
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Yeo Valley Advertise the perfect summer job

Looking for work this summer, but can't face being a Customer Services Administrator for A. N. Other national pension or insurance company? Well Yeo Valley might just have the perfect job for you.

Advertised recently on their website, Yeo Valley are looking for a DJ / Ice Cream Man combo to work on their 'Disc-Yeo' Van at a multitude of events over the summer. Quoting the Job Description:

"Turn tables as well as heads in our glittery disc-yeo van which is going on tour and in need of a DJ with a sublime set and cracking customer service. If you can simultaneously serve up great ice cream and great tunes, grab your sliver bomber jacket now!  You'll need a sense of humour, bags of energy and be so chilled, you're frozen."

Pitching at £24k pro-rata it's not a bad salary either! You can apply here but hurry; closing date is 12th May!

Would love to apply but don't know how to DJ? Don't worry: we've got you covered.

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OAP HAS DRUM & BASS VINYLS, CDS AND TURNTABLES CONFISCATED

Most senior citizens I know spend their hours socialising with their bezzies over a chilled game of bowls, gambling over whist down the local RAF club or joining a bus tour to visit a nearby National Trust site on mass. Last week however a news story surfaced of an OAP living in Folkestone who has broken this mould by having a sizeable collection of DJ equipment and DnB music seized because he kept partying too loudly, on his own, in his flat ... bravo sir!

After ignoring multiple communications from Shepway District Council warning to keep the noise level down to a minimum, Peter Tuppen (believed to be in his 70s) last week opened his door to find Police Officers poised and ready to confiscate his stereo, turntables and collection of over 300 drum & bass CDs and vinyls! Upon arriving officers said his music was "excessively loud", describing that they also confiscated a disco ball as Mr Tuppen had his flat "wired up like a nightclub".

A council spokesperson said "We all love to enjoy our favourite music in our own home, and it’s great that most people will do that with no problem. But when one person’s loud music makes neighbours’ lives hell the council has no alternative than to step in."

Of course, we all agree it is annoying when someone next door consistently blares out loud music; I just love the fact this old boy clearly didn't want to give up the sesh and has been banging out jungle drums in his private club for one! 

I just hope the officers didn't have to handle any vinyls pressed with urine, menstrual blood or worse, haemorrhoid infected diarrhoea
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Gorillaz Set To Enter UK Festival Scene

June 10th will see Damon Albarn's alternative creation post-Blur, the Gorillaz, firmly plant themselves in the UK festival scene with a dedicated event in Margate, Kent. Taking place in the Dreamland amusement park, currently the line-up is yet to be announced; one thing is for sure however, the Gorillaz will be performing live at the festival for the first time since 2010.

After recently confirming their fourth album is complete, this may be a one-off event as an album-launch party, or may become an annual date to set in the diary; time will tell.

Tickets start at £60, for more information on Demon Dayz, head over to www.DemonDayzFestival.co.uk

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Dirtybird: NEW HIP-HOP SIDE PROJECT

Over at SOS we're big fans of DirtyBird and all the bass-y goodness they have to offer.  

Earlier this year we brought you news that there was another spin-off project from the label, a sister label called DiryBird Select which showed promise straight from the off, although (truth-be-told) didn't sound overly dissimilar to the over-arching DirtyBird sound.

Well Barclay Crenshaw, founder and CEO of DirtyBird, has certainly achieved a different sound when creating another arm of the family by appearing to go down the Hip Hop route. A self-proclaimed fanatic of Hip Hop, Crenshaw has released his first track under the project; a short journey of chilled vibes and dreamy synths.

You can listen to the track below, we're quite excited to see what else comes direct from Barclay.

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THERE'S GOING TO BE ANOTHER CRINGE DJ FILM

In the glorious summer of 2015, Warner Bros released the widely publicised and much hyped Hollywood DJ film, We Are Your Friends. Did you see it? Neither did anyone else.

In a film widely reviewed as diabolical (see Mixmag's blow by blow account of why it was so bad), it appears Zac Efron goes from bed time to big time in the DJ'ing game. Well, that's the jist I get from the trailer anyway. Now you could say that I have no right to cast judgement without seeing it, and you're probably right, but the reason I boycotted the film (apart from the premise) was because of the offensive film tagline; "If you're a DJ, all you need is a laptop, some talent and one track" ... excuse me

Well it seems that we all are going to be in for another 'treat' this summer as Netflix fall in line to release their own 'journey of an aspiring EDM festival DJ'. I have to say I'm a little surprised that the ever popular Netflix has commissioned such a project, I only hope that means it may have some substance to the storyline, although probably not.

Check out the trailer for XOXO below; I hope they didn't call in Mariah Carey for expert DJ tuition.
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Just Announced: Pioneer release biggest DJ System with brand new Rekordbox Video ...

Last month Pioneer announced their rather garish new line of CDJs, the CDJ Tour1 system, which came with a 13 inch iPad-esque fold out screen attached to each deck. Personally, whilst I like the idea of having a useful screen on the decks (particularly if you want to browse your Rekordbox library, and make use of the available effects etc) one as big as that will only serve to put a barrier between you and your crowd and thus disconnect you from your performance.

Well it seems as though Pioneer read my mind as this morning they have announced a brand new DJ system which includes 2x much smaller (7 inch) touch screens above each deck which not only fully utilise all functions on Rekordbox, but also a third screen above the mixer for the brand new feature; Rekordbox Video.

With all the same features seen from the DDJ RX and flagship model RZ, this one is an absolute beast. The only downside? It still needs to be connected to a laptop unlike the standalone DDJ-R1, AERO and RX systems

So without further ado, please be standing for the Pioneer DDJ-RZX.

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Mariah carey fails at her debut dj gig

We appear to be going through another phase of celebrities announcing they will be turning their hands to DJing with no prior experience at all; last month it was Kylie Jenner, further back was Paris Hilton and this weekend it was Mariah Carey's turn to step up to the turntables at Las Vegas' 1Oak Nightclub for her debut DJ gig.

Having been hyped up to be quite the occasion, last week the club quoted their Special Guest DJ as a person who "represents the passion of Avant-garde and embraces the new and unknown" .... this would have been more believable if Mariah had indeed embraced the 'new and unknown' by having at least a few DJ lessons first!

Nevertheless when Mariah arrived at the club for the much anticipated evening of cut chemistry and artistic license, she initially pranced around barely dressed on the club's red carpet (as all of us working DJs do ... ) before heading on in to perform in front of her adoring fans. With the club already packed, upon entering the booth to join her personal DJ, DJ Suss One, Mariah went on to (in no particular order) remove her leather jacket, get through a couple of cocktails, take some photos for social media, have a few chats with a few random people and worst; avoid the decks at all costs .... all night .....

Obviously the club's photographer managed to catch her (non) performance throughout the evening which shows it's pretty lucky DJ Suss One was there to do some actual DJing otherwise the night would have been a total write-off. 

Bravo Mariah, bravo. Still, nice to see he's using CDJs; if he'd turned up with a laptop he could have been denied access at the door!
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THINK YOU KNOW THE WEIRDEST MATERIAL PRESSED TO VINYL? THINK AGAIN ....

With vinyl sales on the up again, new collectors will be (and veterans have been) exposed to a whole range of funky record designs, all of which deviating from the standard thick black vinyl of old. Just as creative as the songs pressed onto the record, artists have been known to make coloured vinyls, see-through vinyls, glow in the dark vinyls and many more interesting variations for general release. Some bands, DJs and artists however, have run with their artistic licenses into deep and dark little holes, pressing some of the most disgusting materials for their fans to 'enjoy'.

Here's a list of weird things pressed into vinyl where we ease you in with nice materials, then hammer home the down right strange. 

BEESWAX

After a three year break from business, in 2015 record label Honey Disco celebrated their return by releasing a 7" press of Osmose's track 'Do Anything' with beeswax.

When spinning on the platter, the vinyl not only glimmers in the sunshine, but reportedly alsosmells of honey!

ROSE PETALS

Whilst married to The White Stripe's front man Jack White, in 2011 model and musician Karen Elson pressed 1000 copies of her cover of Lou Reed's 'Vicious' with rose petals. 

This was not to be her only pressing creativity ...

fruit smells

Back to Karen Elson again, this time to a year previous (2010) with her LP 'The Ghost Who Walks'.

Reminiscent of the scratch and sniff days of the '90s, Karen applied a varnish to the record that remained dormant until played  for the first time, where the needle would scratch into the varnish and release a sweet smelling peach scent.

Asteroid dust

In 2014, UK psychedelic pop band Emperor pressed a truly 'out of this world' vinyl by grinding down a meteorite that landed on Earth approximately 500 years ago, and pressed the dust into 100 vinyl copies.

Human x-rays

Things start to get a little bit strange from here on in ...

In the mid-1900s, underground Soviet group Stilyagi began collecting disposed hospital x-rays and used them as templates for pressing pirated music.

Using tracks from foreign artists prohibited by the Soviet Union, the group would then sell the records on the black market. Unfortunately, they were later caught and sentenced to 5 years labour in Siberia.

BLOOD

In 2014, Perfect Pussy let their band name go to their heads when they pressed lead singer, Meredith Grave's menstrual blood into their release of 'Say Yes To Love'.

Although Meredith said "she could only give so much", the band still managed to press an impressive 180 copies!

Urine and hair

The penultimate material featured in this list (yes, there's worse) is Eohippus' limited edition release of their track 'Getting Your Hair Wet With Pee', where they pressed 100 copies of a vinyl made of urine and hair ....

The band have never confirmed where (or from who) either component came from.

THE WINNER ...

In 2004 artist RA-X released a one-off very special edition of 'The Opium Den (parts I-IV)' which was pressed with ... are you ready (?) ...

Haemorrhoid infected diarrhoea. What. The. HELL.

The release boasts a 'brownish, purple shade with a subtle but detectable odour of faces when played'.

So there we have it folks, a list of the weirdest (and rankest!) materials used when pressing vinyls. I guess they trump my favourite pressing; a limited edition red vinyl of Mark Knight and Funkagneda's 'Man With The Red Face'.

What's the best and/or most strange pressing in your collection? Leave us a comment below.

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LA Nightclub bans laptop DJs

I'll start this entry by saying having used all platforms of DJ equipment (from controller up to vinyl turntables), I don't mind DJs who use laptops for sets ... but there are a few key rules that should be followed.

With DJ programs and USB controllers making the art of DJ'ing easier and easier (and easier!) in recent years, it's no surprise every Tom, Dick and Harry has been turning up to his local bar telling the owner he's "the next David Guetta". That's cool and all (I'm all for expression of DJ talent) but there's nothing more disheartening than jamming around a dance floor enjoying whatever set the DJ is throwing out at you, looking up to throw back some appreciation (via an obligatory fist pump, or drunken cheer) and said Guetta doesn't even notice you looking; heck he doesn't even notice there's a crowd in front of him. This geezer is so engrossed in his laptop screen, not once 'coming up for air' that he wouldn't even notice if the dance floor was empty because his choice of Hardstyle bangers at a Hip Hop night is going down like a lead balloon.

Even worse still are the ones who have bought the latest and most expensive Pioneer DDJ, with its total capacity to control whatever 4-bar loop with flanger magic you are trying to pull out of the bag, and still insist on using the keyboard and mouse at every turn.

Now, I can't deny; laptops and controllers have certainly changed the game with regards to mobility of DJ equipment and ease of actually DJ'ing (and thus ensues the classic 'you're not a DJ if you use Sync' argument), and most DJs out are taking controller sets to very professional and highly skilled levels, but unfortunately when making DJ'ing so accessible to everyone; you will always be let down by the impatient and untalented.

This week, it appears Kenny Summit (owner of LA nightclub; Cure And The Cause) may have been subject to said impatience / non-talent and has put a ban on laptops in the DJ booth at his club. Taking to his Facebook page, he said:

"Announcement: no more laptops in the DJ booth. Unless you're using it to control vinyl to do a turntablist type of set, a'la Jazzy Jeff type shit, or if you're doing a live thing where you're actually programming shit on the fly.

Keep your controller in your crib, don’t come to work with training wheels.

Learn the tools of the trade already. Pioneer isn't going anywhere any time soon, they are the industry standard, so brush up on how to use the CDJs, get Rekordbox (it’s free) and buy a good USB stick for $40 that will store thousands of hours of music on it.

We opened this place to showcase talent. So, show us your talent.

Pretty strong words against laptop DJs, in particular the "training wheels" bit; what are your thoughts? Is he right? Leave us a comment below.

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Prince's personal vault has been opened revealing hundreds of unreleased SONGS

In March of 2015, Mobeen Azhar (a journalist writing for the Guardian) released a story confirming Prince had a personal vault under his Paisley Park estate in Minneapolis. Everyone of course knows the act on the stage, singing such gems as Purple Rain, and Kiss, but there was another more secretive side to Prince; one that rarely allowed any interviews and when he did, refused to let the interviewers record his voice or even take notes! It is because of this elusiveness that speculation has grown into what was being kept in the vault, particularly as Mobeen states that quite a few musicians (like composer Brent Fischer who worked with Prince for over 30 years) claim many of their collaborations are yet to see the light of day.

Since Prince's untimely death in April of this year, and due to the fact that Prince did not have a will in place, Bremer Trust have been posthumously appointed administrator of his estate, and even though Prince did not leave behind the passcode for said safe, they have wasted no time in getting in to that bad boy to see what goodies lie beneath.

According to ABC News, Bremer Trust ordered the safe to be drilled and opened immediately revealing a treasure trove of unreleased music. And when we say treasure trove, we mean enough unreleased music to release an album every year, for the next 100 years ....

It is estimated the vault predates his release of Purple Rain in 1984, so why he decided to sit on a gold mine like that for all of these years is a mystery. Seeing as his music has rocketed back into the charts since his passing I imagine these new songs will be coming out thick and fast. 

It could have been a whole different story if he'd retired at the ripe old age of 26.
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Andy C, All Night at Alexandra Palace; Listen Back Now

If you're a fan of drum & bass, or even knowledgeable of the scene you will know that for a number of years now Andy C has been connecting with fans of his DJing, and his label RAM Records , by touring the globe with his show; Andy C All Night. Having been to quite a few shows ourselves, this night always proves to deliver exactly the bass kick you will have been hoping for, not only because of Andy's immense DJ talent, but also because of the impeccable song selection.

With each event getting bigger and better as more and more fans try to attend, it seems last month on Easter weekend the All Night tour may have crescendoed into a night unable to be beaten. Performing to over 10,000 ravers, Andy C took over Alexandra Palace, London, to play in his own words; "the highlight of my career".

In the build up to the event, Andy was releasing promotional videos onto his Facebook page , not only to build hype for what could potentially be the event of the year, but to also give you a personal insight into the event and what it means to him as a DJ; we recommend heading over to watch these.

And now luckily for us, an hour long excerpt of the show (recorded for Apple Music Beats 1) has been uploaded onto Andy's SoundCloud page so it's time to stick your earphones in and get ready to share a small snippet of a truly historic moment for drum & bass music.

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Chillhop Music Launches 24/7 Radio Streaming Service

If you haven't already heard of Chillhop Music then you are about to introduced to a world of good music. For the past 3 years, as a music channel on YouTube and Soundcloud, Chillhop has been providing the "best in Chilled Hiphop, Triphop and Jazzhop to create the best chillout experience" for their fans and followers. 

We at Science of Sound had our attention captured when Chillhop released the first volume of City Nights, a wonderful mix of Sunday-vibes hip hop playing over cityscape time-lapse photography; a series which is now up to it's eighth volume! It doesn't stop there; with regular other playlists, live hangouts, singles and album releases, Chillhop Music has steadily become a regular source of great music.

You can imagine our delight then when recently Chillhop launched a live radio streaming service via YouTube, for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Providing the perfect soundtrack to almost any situation, you too can check out the brand new Chillhop Cafe .

Good work boys.

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Avicii retires at the ripe old age of 26

I can’t say this news brings me the greatest sadness. I liked Levels when it was released, and his collaboration with Nicky Romero, sure. I even admired him for showcasing a totally different side to his production at Ultra Music Festival 2013, although it wasn’t too well received! But in reality, he was always on a path to provide the pop charts with tacky EDM tracks perfect for your younger sister’s 16th birthday party.

Still, he’s huge in Europe, and has been a headline act at nearly every event he’s played at since day one, so who am I to (definitely not bitterly) cast judgement on his talent and fame.

Through a pretty lengthy statement on his website, Avicii (real name Tim Bergling) explained that essentially he has no time to live a life behind his stage alias and after this year of touring, he’ll be retiring. He said “I’ve become an adult while growing as an artist, I’ve come to know myself better and realize that there’s so much I want to do with my life. I have strong interests in different areas but there’s so little time to explore them.”

Remaining humble in his conviction he went on; “My choices and career have never been driven by material things, although I’m grateful for all the opportunities and comforts my success has availed me. I know I am blessed to be able to travel all around the world and perform, but I have too little left for the life of a real person behind the artist.”

Finally he signs off with a little message to his fans saying he won’t say he’ll never return to the music industry, clearly music is his passion, but states quite definitely it won’t be any time soon.

If you so wish, you can read the full statement over on his official website, or you can stay right here and read many more interesting music news stories! 

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A pill has been made to play music to you internally when swallowed

As a kid growing up in the 90s, I remember my mind being blown at a lollipop which played music in your head when eating it. Sure, it wasn’t exactly Oasis in high-definition live from Wembley, but the science behind it baffled my puny little brain. As an adult I now appreciate it is in fact not magic, but sound via vibration; a concept which apparently is being picked up again …

Artist Jan Poope from the Czech Republic has created a ‘world first’ type of pill which has been designed for “enjoying music from within your own body”. Basically, using a magnet you set the pill to a desired bpm (beats per minute), you then swallow it back and enjoy a “techno party you can’t avoid”.

Now before you get your hopes up, no you can’t upload your favourite David Guetta EP onto it and knock it back for a day long party (well, until you next have to Jan Poop!); but what you can do is experience a repetitive internal beat that will not go away. On top of that, if you want any other layer of music, you have to add it; in this video, Jan rubs an ultrasound machine over some girl to add what can only be described as rubbish synths.

I mean, call me boring, but I can imagine a thousand reasons why you would immediately regret swallowing this thing. Still, it’s got a crowd-funding campaign so if you want this madness to become a reality, head over to the official website.

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dirtybird introduce new label

With house music re-familiarising itself with popular culture over the last few years, Deep House and Tech House have become the words on every party-goers lips. For the bass heads out there, week by week seeking out the hardest hitting 126 cuts they can find; Claude Von Stroke, kingpin of the low frequency label Dirtybird, has certainly been a forerunner in providing the required fix.

Recently celebrating their 10 year anniversary, it appears now the label is expanding its reach over the bass-driven house scene with the introduction of a new sister label; Dirtybird Select.

With no official media coverage on the new label, it is currently unclear how Dirtybird Select will differ from the original label, particularly as the first release from Los Angeles based producer Ciszak certainly falls in line with the distinct bass-heavy profile we’ve all become accustomed to.

You can hear a preview to the first release ‘I Want’ on Dirtybird’s official SoundCloud page; I’m sure you’ll agree, whatever the specification for the new label, with this track it certainly sounds promising.

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<h2>TomorrowWorld 2016 Has Been Cancelled</h2><p>Early last month SFX Entertainment, owner of DJ track shop <a href="https://pro.beatport.com/" target="_blank">Beatport</a> and events companies <a href="http://reactpresents.com/" target="_blank">React Presents</a> and <a href="http://www.madeevent.com/" target="_blank">Made Event</a>, filed for bankruptcy. Sitting in the region of $300 million in debt (!!), the future has looked bleak for what have now become household name events (for example Electric Zoo and Spring Awakening), and of course the number 1 online store to keep DJ crates stocked!</p><p>It is under this umbrella that the US version of the Belgian festival, TomorrowLand sits. Many have speculated over the last few weeks whether it would still be going ahead, however a post on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/tomorrowworld/?ref=nf" target="_blank">TomorrowWorld’s official facebook page</a> has confirmed our worst thoughts. In a statement they said:</p><blockquote><p>Dear Friends, <br/>It’s with a heavy heart that we inform you, TomorrowWorld will not take place in 2016. Unfortunately in the current environment, it is not possible to give you the best and unique experience you deserve.</p><p>We will miss seeing each other in September and experiencing the magic of TomorrowWorld as one. You, the People of Tomorrow, the foundation of TomorrowWorld, are our inspiration.</p><p>Let’s lock and cherish all the magnificent memories in our hearts, this is not farewell…</p><p>TomorrowWorld</p></blockquote><p>Pretty sad times for our cousins across the water, and for the world of festival goers alike.</p><p>

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TomorrowWorld 2016 Has Been Cancelled

Early last month SFX Entertainment, owner of DJ track shop Beatport and events companies React Presents and Made Event, filed for bankruptcy. Sitting in the region of $300 million in debt (!!), the future has looked bleak for what have now become household name events (for example Electric Zoo and Spring Awakening), and of course the number 1 online store to keep DJ crates stocked!

It is under this umbrella that the US version of the Belgian festival, TomorrowLand sits. Many have speculated over the last few weeks whether it would still be going ahead, however a post on TomorrowWorld’s official facebook page has confirmed our worst thoughts. In a statement they said:

Dear Friends,
It’s with a heavy heart that we inform you, TomorrowWorld will not take place in 2016. Unfortunately in the current environment, it is not possible to give you the best and unique experience you deserve.

We will miss seeing each other in September and experiencing the magic of TomorrowWorld as one. You, the People of Tomorrow, the foundation of TomorrowWorld, are our inspiration.

Let’s lock and cherish all the magnificent memories in our hearts, this is not farewell…

TomorrowWorld

Pretty sad times for our cousins across the water, and for the world of festival goers alike.

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March 4th 2016
<h2>Woodstock ‘69 Is Coming Back!</h2><p>For three days in August 1969, Sullivan County USA saw 400,000 music fans attend what was to become one of the most famous and pivotal music events in history. Billed as “3 days of peace and music”, Woodstock Festival (officially titled ‘Woodstock Music & Art Fair’) paved the way to what has now become the modern day festival.</p><p>Fast forward almost 50 years and Michael Lang (co-creator of the original festival) is talking about bringing the festival back. </p><p>Giving an interview to the <a href="http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/entertainment/2016/02/10/woodstock-50th-anniversary-concert-works/80195364/" target="_blank">Poughkeepsie Journal</a>, Lang confirmed discussions are underway with potential partners to celebrate the anniversary with an event on American soil, as well as an additional event overseas.</p><p>Speaking on Woodstock, and if he sees not only the anniversary event, but a further annual Woodstock; Lang said “it is the original and most famous festival brand. With the prevalence of festivals out there, and all the excitement about them, maybe it’s time for that.”.</p><p>With original acts such as Jimi Hendrix, The Who, and Janis Joplin, I wonder who will have the privilege of following in particularly large footsteps.</p><p>

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Woodstock ‘69 Is Coming Back!

For three days in August 1969, Sullivan County USA saw 400,000 music fans attend what was to become one of the most famous and pivotal music events in history. Billed as “3 days of peace and music”, Woodstock Festival (officially titled ‘Woodstock Music & Art Fair’) paved the way to what has now become the modern day festival.

Fast forward almost 50 years and Michael Lang (co-creator of the original festival) is talking about bringing the festival back. 

Giving an interview to the Poughkeepsie Journal, Lang confirmed discussions are underway with potential partners to celebrate the anniversary with an event on American soil, as well as an additional event overseas.

Speaking on Woodstock, and if he sees not only the anniversary event, but a further annual Woodstock; Lang said “it is the original and most famous festival brand. With the prevalence of festivals out there, and all the excitement about them, maybe it’s time for that.”.

With original acts such as Jimi Hendrix, The Who, and Janis Joplin, I wonder who will have the privilege of following in particularly large footsteps.

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February 23rd 2016
<h2>The Snowman Choir Boy to be Drum & Bass MC</h2><p>When it comes to festivals which flirt with the line of weird-yet-cool, Bestival on the Isle of Wight nails the responsibility. Each year in September our Facebook feeds become a wash of revelers who have attended in whichever zaney outfit they and their mates have decided to go in (for a taste; check last year’s <a href="http://www.bestival.net/photos/2015/photo/1" target="_blank">official gallery</a>).</p><p>Well it seems the music choices are following the same suit this year, with DJ (and co-founder) <a href="https://twitter.com/RobdaBank" target="_blank">Rob Da Bank</a> presenting a ‘History of Jungle and Drum & Bass’ set with no other than <a href="https://twitter.com/realaled" target="_blank">Aled Jones</a> as his chosen MC!</p><p>That’s right; the Classic FM presenter, host of BBCs Songs of Praise and voice behind <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bpezye4xq0" target="_blank">The Snowman</a> will be ripping up bars over the most well known basslines of the last 20 years.</p><p>Described as a fan of drum & bass (as well as a secret microphone assassin!) Jones said “ I’m not sure who’s more excited about coming to Bestival – me or the family! What an honour to be on the same stage with Rob da Bank at his very own festival. Bring it on!”.</p><p>Well played Sir! This is going to be a night to remember.</p><p>♣ Start DJ Lessons | <a href="http://www.scienceofsoundmusic.com/" target="_blank">ScienceOfSoundMusic.com</a><br/>♣ Like us on Facebook | <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ScienceofSoundMusic" target="_blank">/ScienceOfSoundMusic</a><br/>♣ Follow us on Twitter | <a href="https://twitter.com/Science_ofSound" target="_blank">@Science_ofSound</a> <br/>♣ Look at our Instagram | <a href="https://www.instagram.com/science_of_sound_/" target="_blank">/science_of_sound_</a></p>

The Snowman Choir Boy to be Drum & Bass MC

When it comes to festivals which flirt with the line of weird-yet-cool, Bestival on the Isle of Wight nails the responsibility. Each year in September our Facebook feeds become a wash of revelers who have attended in whichever zaney outfit they and their mates have decided to go in (for a taste; check last year’s official gallery).

Well it seems the music choices are following the same suit this year, with DJ (and co-founder) Rob Da Bank presenting a ‘History of Jungle and Drum & Bass’ set with no other than Aled Jones as his chosen MC!

That’s right; the Classic FM presenter, host of BBCs Songs of Praise and voice behind The Snowman will be ripping up bars over the most well known basslines of the last 20 years.

Described as a fan of drum & bass (as well as a secret microphone assassin!) Jones said “ I’m not sure who’s more excited about coming to Bestival – me or the family! What an honour to be on the same stage with Rob da Bank at his very own festival. Bring it on!”.

Well played Sir! This is going to be a night to remember.

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February 16th 2016
<h2>An iOS App Can Now DJ For You …</h2><p>It’s no secret there is an ever-growing dispute amongst DJs who use different platforms. You’ve got your die-hard analogue audio addicts swearing vinyl turntabilism is the only ‘real’ type of DJing. You’ve got your bedroom DJs who have picked up a second hand Mixtrack Pro 3 and claim they’re the next Guetta. Then somewhere in the middle you’ve got those who utilise all platforms to create sets which can be truly remarkable.</p><p>What’s most important here is the unfaltering passion each DJ has when defending their platform choice and the individual creativity which is poured into each and every one of their sets. But in an age where technology is advancing so rapidly, imagine a time when you don’t even need a DJ at all …</p><p>Well you don’t have to think too ‘outside of the box’ as Serato are set to release an iOS app (called Pyro) which can automatically DJ tracks in a playlist.</p><p>The first release of the app will sync and fade between tracks, with subsequent releases promising further transition features and basic automatic effects (I guess Flanger / BeatGrid / etc?).</p><p>Serato CEO AJ Bertenshaw said this app is for low-key social events when “no one wants to be the guy up there DJing to 5 people”, but I wonder how long will be before you peep over the booth in your local favourite club and see DJ Dave-o bumping fire with an iPad and a 3.5″ jack.</p><p>

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An iOS App Can Now DJ For You …

It’s no secret there is an ever-growing dispute amongst DJs who use different platforms. You’ve got your die-hard analogue audio addicts swearing vinyl turntabilism is the only ‘real’ type of DJing. You’ve got your bedroom DJs who have picked up a second hand Mixtrack Pro 3 and claim they’re the next Guetta. Then somewhere in the middle you’ve got those who utilise all platforms to create sets which can be truly remarkable.

What’s most important here is the unfaltering passion each DJ has when defending their platform choice and the individual creativity which is poured into each and every one of their sets. But in an age where technology is advancing so rapidly, imagine a time when you don’t even need a DJ at all …

Well you don’t have to think too ‘outside of the box’ as Serato are set to release an iOS app (called Pyro) which can automatically DJ tracks in a playlist.

The first release of the app will sync and fade between tracks, with subsequent releases promising further transition features and basic automatic effects (I guess Flanger / BeatGrid / etc?).

Serato CEO AJ Bertenshaw said this app is for low-key social events when “no one wants to be the guy up there DJing to 5 people”, but I wonder how long will be before you peep over the booth in your local favourite club and see DJ Dave-o bumping fire with an iPad and a 3.5″ jack.

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February 12th 2016
<h2>Daft Punk Unchained Finally Comes To The BBC</h2><p>At the beginning of last summer, we brought you news of the planned <a href="http://scienceofsoundmusic.tumblr.com/post/121911083706/daft-punk-unchained-in-2013-with-the-release-of" target="_blank">Canal+ documentary on Daft Punk</a>.</p><p>Well it seems the all-access pass into the artistic world of Daft Punk was so successful, the show has now got a slot on British air time, on BBC 4.</p><p>Our previous article linked above gives you all the juicy info you need, after that all you need to do is tune in at 10 pm (GMT) on Feb 19th. We certainly will be.</p><p>

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Daft Punk Unchained Finally Comes To The BBC

At the beginning of last summer, we brought you news of the planned Canal+ documentary on Daft Punk.

Well it seems the all-access pass into the artistic world of Daft Punk was so successful, the show has now got a slot on British air time, on BBC 4.

Our previous article linked above gives you all the juicy info you need, after that all you need to do is tune in at 10 pm (GMT) on Feb 19th. We certainly will be.

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February 11th 2016
<h2>After 24 Years At The Top, RAM Records Has Conceded</h2><p>In 1992, a fresh-faced, 16 year old Andy C founded what was to become one of the biggest drum & bass record labels to date; <a href="http://ramrecords.com/" target="_blank">RAM Records</a>. With a small £1,000 investment and a logo drawn by his sister (if you haven’t listened to the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58tBzRG7Hl0" target="_blank">RAM 20 Years Celebration Documentary</a> on BBC Radio 1, you should now), Andy signed big name after big name including; Chase & Status, Wilkinson, Sub Focus, Audio, Frankee, Rene LaVice, and many, many, <i>many</i> more.</p><p>Through a statement released today on BMG’s website (well known for their recent partnership with Sony Music), fans of the genre were informed that RAM Records was no longer an independent record label, and will be coming under their wing alongside other names, most notably <a href="http://strictly.com/" target="_blank">Strictly Rhythm</a>.</p><p>In a statement Andy said, “<i>We have worked with lots of companies over the years, but BMG really get it … 

and we are very excited at being able to tap into BMG’s infrastructure and resources</i>.”; with BMG pledging to “<i>help the legendary drum & bass label grow in the UK and internationally while staying true to its independent roots</i>”, are you convinced? </p><p>Only time will tell.</p><p>

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After 24 Years At The Top, RAM Records Has Conceded

In 1992, a fresh-faced, 16 year old Andy C founded what was to become one of the biggest drum & bass record labels to date; RAM Records. With a small £1,000 investment and a logo drawn by his sister (if you haven’t listened to the RAM 20 Years Celebration Documentary on BBC Radio 1, you should now), Andy signed big name after big name including; Chase & Status, Wilkinson, Sub Focus, Audio, Frankee, Rene LaVice, and many, many, many more.

Through a statement released today on BMG’s website (well known for their recent partnership with Sony Music), fans of the genre were informed that RAM Records was no longer an independent record label, and will be coming under their wing alongside other names, most notably Strictly Rhythm.

In a statement Andy said, “We have worked with lots of companies over the years, but BMG really get it … and we are very excited at being able to tap into BMG’s infrastructure and resources.”; with BMG pledging to “help the legendary drum & bass label grow in the UK and internationally while staying true to its independent roots”, are you convinced? 

Only time will tell.

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February 3rd 2016
<h2>MTV Is Back To Playing … Music?</h2><p>On the 1st of August in 1981 (at 12:01 am if you were interested), over a short edited video of the <a href="https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/9c/Mtvmoon.png" target="_blank">Apollo 11</a> mission, the words “Ladies and Gentlemen … rock and roll!” were the first to be broadcasted on a brand new channel; MTV (Music Television).</p><p>With the promise of a new era of broadcasting music, MTV quickly became very popular amongst the younger generations, sprouting further sub-genre channels as ratings increased.</p><p>Unfortunately in a world run by network ratings this simple model was not to last and now the once great empire has been reduced to teen pregnancy reality television shows with limited music video broadcasting in off-peak periods.</p><p>All may not be lost however; this week, MTV’s parent company (Viacom) have commissioned a new MTV channel (MTV Live), circling back to their roots to inject the ‘Music’ back into the channel’s name. A limited programme has been released for the first week of broadcasting, but currently the schedule includes live shows for some big names, such as Radiohead, Bowie, Jay Z and many more.</p><p>Let’s hope this new musical direction (and channel) kicks off and we can finally wave goodbye to the garbage that’s sat in its place.</p><p>

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MTV Is Back To Playing … Music?

On the 1st of August in 1981 (at 12:01 am if you were interested), over a short edited video of the Apollo 11 mission, the words “Ladies and Gentlemen … rock and roll!” were the first to be broadcasted on a brand new channel; MTV (Music Television).

With the promise of a new era of broadcasting music, MTV quickly became very popular amongst the younger generations, sprouting further sub-genre channels as ratings increased.

Unfortunately in a world run by network ratings this simple model was not to last and now the once great empire has been reduced to teen pregnancy reality television shows with limited music video broadcasting in off-peak periods.

All may not be lost however; this week, MTV’s parent company (Viacom) have commissioned a new MTV channel (MTV Live), circling back to their roots to inject the ‘Music’ back into the channel’s name. A limited programme has been released for the first week of broadcasting, but currently the schedule includes live shows for some big names, such as Radiohead, Bowie, Jay Z and many more.

Let’s hope this new musical direction (and channel) kicks off and we can finally wave goodbye to the garbage that’s sat in its place.

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February 2nd 2016
<h2>2 Many DJs’ Vinyl Room / Studio</h2><p>I mean, for any DJ out there, bedroom or famous, the studio you carve yourself becomes your sanctuary. Many hours will be spent in front of your setup practising, recording and generally playing around; so you need that space to totally fit you and your tastes.</p><p>A photo of <a href="http://www.2manydjs.com/?page=radiosoulwax" target="_blank">2 Many DJs’</a> studio in Belgium has emerged 

(or Radio Soulwax as you may know them)

and their ‘vinyl room’ is absolutely beautiful.</p><p>Look at that table, and those shelves. It is most certainly a room of inspiration. </p><p>The keener eyes amongst you will also notice the pair of <a href="http://www.mixfoundation.co.nz/images/standard/SL-1200GLD-w.jpg" target="_blank">Limited Edition Gold 1200s</a> gigging at the bottom; too much. For the common man of course, a battered pair of second hand turntables in your ‘room under the stairs’ will usually suffice, but at least for now lets all take a moment to dream.</p><p>

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2 Many DJs’ Vinyl Room / Studio

I mean, for any DJ out there, bedroom or famous, the studio you carve yourself becomes your sanctuary. Many hours will be spent in front of your setup practising, recording and generally playing around; so you need that space to totally fit you and your tastes.

A photo of 2 Many DJs’ studio in Belgium has emerged (or Radio Soulwax as you may know them) and their ‘vinyl room’ is absolutely beautiful.

Look at that table, and those shelves. It is most certainly a room of inspiration. 

The keener eyes amongst you will also notice the pair of Limited Edition Gold 1200s gigging at the bottom; too much. For the common man of course, a battered pair of second hand turntables in your ‘room under the stairs’ will usually suffice, but at least for now lets all take a moment to dream.

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January 28th 2016
<h2>Haribo’s New Suspicious Looking ‘DJ Sweets’</h2><p>Picture yourself shacking left and right on one of the many dance-floors deep in the heart of <a href="http://www.fabriclondon.com/" target="_blank">Fabric</a>, your favourite DJ is about to come on and your bezzy mate leans over and pops one of these onto your palm; one of Haribo’s new DJ Sweets; how does that vision end? </p><p>Mine ends with a bouncer’s arm round me, leading me out of the club saying, “of course it was just Haribo …”.</p><p>Nonetheless, Haribo in Germany have just brought out a new range of DJ Brause (which translates to DJ Sherbert) with the packet claiming the sweets have a ‘slightly acidic note’, come on!</p><p>The sweets are meant to represent all of the buttons a DJ would usually press, even with the novelty I’d just be particularly careful where you start popping these bad boys.</p><p>

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Haribo’s New Suspicious Looking ‘DJ Sweets’

Picture yourself shacking left and right on one of the many dance-floors deep in the heart of Fabric, your favourite DJ is about to come on and your bezzy mate leans over and pops one of these onto your palm; one of Haribo’s new DJ Sweets; how does that vision end? 

Mine ends with a bouncer’s arm round me, leading me out of the club saying, “of course it was just Haribo …”.

Nonetheless, Haribo in Germany have just brought out a new range of DJ Brause (which translates to DJ Sherbert) with the packet claiming the sweets have a ‘slightly acidic note’, come on!

The sweets are meant to represent all of the buttons a DJ would usually press, even with the novelty I’d just be particularly careful where you start popping these bad boys.

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January 18th 2016
<h2>Pioneer Have Just Introduced Their Latest CDJ and Mixer Range</h2><p>Anyone who’s anyone will know Pioneer hold the DJ equipment game firmly in the palm of their hands. Ever since the arrival of the <a href="http://soundpond.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/300.jpg" target="_blank">CDJ300 back in 1992</a>, Pioneer have been at the cutting edge of CDJ equipment, bringing all the latest features with each new release. </p><p>As has come to be expected, the latest range is no stranger to this tradition; this morning Pioneer released news of the brand new 2000 Nexus range (CDJ-2000NXS2 and DJM-900NXS2) becoming available for sale as of February this year.</p><p>Holding true to the format nearly every club and/or professional DJ has become accustomed to, the new range will look and feel much like the already hugely successful CDJ-2000 and DJM-900 range, but with more new features than you can shake a stick at.</p><p>I won’t bore you with textual descriptions, instead check out the official release videos where names like Nicky Romero, Roger Sanchez, Laidback Luke and Hot Since 82 go through the newest features:</p><p>Official CDJ introduction video is <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCbRYieYwWI" target="_blank">here</a>; Mixer introduction video <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgCgPuEbTiY" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>

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Pioneer Have Just Introduced Their Latest CDJ and Mixer Range

Anyone who’s anyone will know Pioneer hold the DJ equipment game firmly in the palm of their hands. Ever since the arrival of the CDJ300 back in 1992, Pioneer have been at the cutting edge of CDJ equipment, bringing all the latest features with each new release. 

As has come to be expected, the latest range is no stranger to this tradition; this morning Pioneer released news of the brand new 2000 Nexus range (CDJ-2000NXS2 and DJM-900NXS2) becoming available for sale as of February this year.

Holding true to the format nearly every club and/or professional DJ has become accustomed to, the new range will look and feel much like the already hugely successful CDJ-2000 and DJM-900 range, but with more new features than you can shake a stick at.

I won’t bore you with textual descriptions, instead check out the official release videos where names like Nicky Romero, Roger Sanchez, Laidback Luke and Hot Since 82 go through the newest features:

Official CDJ introduction video is here; Mixer introduction video here.

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January 12th 2016
<h2>New Year, New Toolroom Residency</h2><p>We at Science of Sound are long standing fans of <a href="http://www.toolroomrecords.com/" target="_blank">Toolroom Records</a>, heck <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBBcjgIUoeA" target="_blank">Man With The Red Face</a> is quite possibly one of the best songs ever made. </p><p>With the start of the new year, label boss Mark Knight has announced a new quarterly residency, Toolroom Live, at London’s notorious all-night-and-day’er club, Egg.</p><p>Promising a platform to showcase new Toolroom talent, as well as well-weathered veterans, the first night is planned for March 5th; head over to <a href="http://www.egglondon.co.uk/" target="_blank">The Egg’s website</a> for tickets.</p><p>

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New Year, New Toolroom Residency

We at Science of Sound are long standing fans of Toolroom Records, heck Man With The Red Face is quite possibly one of the best songs ever made. 

With the start of the new year, label boss Mark Knight has announced a new quarterly residency, Toolroom Live, at London’s notorious all-night-and-day’er club, Egg.

Promising a platform to showcase new Toolroom talent, as well as well-weathered veterans, the first night is planned for March 5th; head over to The Egg’s website for tickets.

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January 6th 2016
<h2>Ibiza Villas Now Come With DJ Lessons</h2><p>Planning a lavish holiday in Ibiza this summer? Fancy learning the sacred art of ‘the ones and twos’? Well now you can with with Ibiza’s <a href="http://www.hotelesvive.com/en/" target="_blank">Es Vive Boutique Hotel</a> who are offering customers the chance to partake in two hour lessons whilst staying in one of their pretty beaut villas (pictured).</p><p>Business co-founder Nick Reid has been quoted:</p><blockquote><p>“This is an exciting new offer for us. We’re sure guests who try out the master-classes will come away having had a lot of fun, with some new skills they can try out at home. Where better to learn DJ techniques than in Ibiza?”</p></blockquote><p>Can’t argue with him there, well that is until you learn that the villas start at £8,400 for a week (!!) and that’s <i>without</i> the DJ lessons …</p><p>Don’t have that kind of spare cash lying around? No, we don’t either, but we at Science of Sound do share Nick’s passion for DJing (without the greed). </p><p>That’s why earlier this year we set up our own DJ School offering professional DJ Lessons at affordable prices. With packages from total beginner level to fine tuning intermediate and advanced skills, we can offer personalised one-to-one tuition for those based in the east of England.</p><p>Want to find out more? Head over to our website and get in touch: </p><p><a href="http://www.scienceofsoundmusic.com/" target="_blank">www.scienceofsoundmusic.com</a></p><p><br/></p><p>

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Ibiza Villas Now Come With DJ Lessons

Planning a lavish holiday in Ibiza this summer? Fancy learning the sacred art of ‘the ones and twos’? Well now you can with with Ibiza’s Es Vive Boutique Hotel who are offering customers the chance to partake in two hour lessons whilst staying in one of their pretty beaut villas (pictured).

Business co-founder Nick Reid has been quoted:

“This is an exciting new offer for us. We’re sure guests who try out the master-classes will come away having had a lot of fun, with some new skills they can try out at home. Where better to learn DJ techniques than in Ibiza?”

Can’t argue with him there, well that is until you learn that the villas start at £8,400 for a week (!!) and that’s without the DJ lessons …

Don’t have that kind of spare cash lying around? No, we don’t either, but we at Science of Sound do share Nick’s passion for DJing (without the greed). 

That’s why earlier this year we set up our own DJ School offering professional DJ Lessons at affordable prices. With packages from total beginner level to fine tuning intermediate and advanced skills, we can offer personalised one-to-one tuition for those based in the east of England.

Want to find out more? Head over to our website and get in touch: 

www.scienceofsoundmusic.com


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August 6th 2015
<h2>BBC Radio 1: Ibiza Proms</h2><p>A few weeks ago we brought you news that <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ScienceofSoundMusic?fref=ts" target="_blank">Radio 1 would be celebrating 20 years in Ibiza</a> with a massive party. For an additional celebration to mark the milestone, last week Pete Tong took charge of the Royal Albert Hall organising the <a href="http://www.theheritageorchestra.com/" target="_blank">Heritage Orchestra</a> to perform some of the most famous Ibiza classics from the last two decades.</p><p>With <a href="https://twitter.com/julesbuckley" target="_blank">Jules Buckley</a> conducting, the orchestra seamlessly played through 23 tracks including giants from Fatboy Slim, Eric Prydz, Faithless and many, many more. </p><p>The result was an absolutely amazing hour and a half of music, unique and beautiful in its own right. If you haven’t already, we at Science of Sound definitely recommend you take the time to <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b063s4gx/bbc-proms-2015-season-radio-1-ibiza-prom" target="_blank">watch it </a>(it’s only available for another 25 days so don’t delay!).</p><p>If you are left wanting more, check out when <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JAxgFe4hpE" target="_blank">Nero performed some of their greatest hits with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra</a>.</p><p>

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BBC Radio 1: Ibiza Proms

A few weeks ago we brought you news that Radio 1 would be celebrating 20 years in Ibiza with a massive party. For an additional celebration to mark the milestone, last week Pete Tong took charge of the Royal Albert Hall organising the Heritage Orchestra to perform some of the most famous Ibiza classics from the last two decades.

With Jules Buckley conducting, the orchestra seamlessly played through 23 tracks including giants from Fatboy Slim, Eric Prydz, Faithless and many, many more. 

The result was an absolutely amazing hour and a half of music, unique and beautiful in its own right. If you haven’t already, we at Science of Sound definitely recommend you take the time to watch it (it’s only available for another 25 days so don’t delay!).

If you are left wanting more, check out when Nero performed some of their greatest hits with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.

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August 3rd 2015
<h2>London Elektricity; Vinyl Only Set For D&BTV</h2><p>A couple of months ago we brought you news that <a href="http://breakbeat.co.uk/" target="_blank">Drum and Bass Arena</a> had started up their D&BTV service again, filming top DJs showcase their favourite tunes at the time.</p><p>To celebrate the re-launch they invited <a href="https://www.hospitalrecords.com/" target="_blank">Hospital Records</a> into the studio with performances from Logistics, Nu:Tone and label boss Tony Coleman. </p><p>Showcasing some of the best Hospital releases, on vinyl (of course), Tony whipped up one of the best drum and bass mixes we’ve heard in a long time. If you’re into jump up, melodic and liquid d&b then this is a set for you.</p><p>Link to the hour long performance is <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-gviGqMCjE" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>

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London Elektricity; Vinyl Only Set For D&BTV

A couple of months ago we brought you news that Drum and Bass Arena had started up their D&BTV service again, filming top DJs showcase their favourite tunes at the time.

To celebrate the re-launch they invited Hospital Records into the studio with performances from Logistics, Nu:Tone and label boss Tony Coleman. 

Showcasing some of the best Hospital releases, on vinyl (of course), Tony whipped up one of the best drum and bass mixes we’ve heard in a long time. If you’re into jump up, melodic and liquid d&b then this is a set for you.

Link to the hour long performance is here.

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July 30th 2015
<h2>Watch Andy C’s Glastonbury 2015 Set</h2><p>Whether you went to Glastonbury last month and want to relive his set, or are just looking for a fresh new mix from The Executioner, the kind folks over at <a href="https://ramrecords.com/" target="_blank">RAM Records</a> recorded his performance and have <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eko2ph8HuK4" target="_blank">uploaded it to YouTube</a>.</p><p>Doubling up as a Radio 1 Essential Mix for that week, Andy absolutely smashed <a href="http://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/areas/shangri-la/" target="_blank">Shangri-La</a>.</p><p>Let’s be honest; when doesn’t he?</p><p>

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Watch Andy C’s Glastonbury 2015 Set

Whether you went to Glastonbury last month and want to relive his set, or are just looking for a fresh new mix from The Executioner, the kind folks over at RAM Records recorded his performance and have uploaded it to YouTube.

Doubling up as a Radio 1 Essential Mix for that week, Andy absolutely smashed Shangri-La.

Let’s be honest; when doesn’t he?

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July 27th 2015
<h2>Some Genius Has Just Made A Tortilla Which Plays Mexican Music</h2><p>Not much to say on this one except; you hero.</p><p>Imagine yourself in the club, flicking through your box of vinyls, whipping out a TORTILLA, then killing the dance floor with the only good song to come out of Mexico, ever.</p><p>That dream has just become a reality folks; watch the minute long video <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdzCv_9eaoM" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>

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Some Genius Has Just Made A Tortilla Which Plays Mexican Music

Not much to say on this one except; you hero.

Imagine yourself in the club, flicking through your box of vinyls, whipping out a TORTILLA, then killing the dance floor with the only good song to come out of Mexico, ever.

That dream has just become a reality folks; watch the minute long video here.

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July 23rd 2015
<h2>Record Label and Company Owner, Sven Väth, Kicks off Lazy ‘DJ’ Mid-Set at Cocoon In The Park</h2><p>German EDM producer, DJ and all-round legend Sven Väth burst onto the music scene in 1981 and is hailed as one of the leading pioneers of underground electronic music in Germany and Ibiza. Making quite the mark on the industry, Sven started his own company, <a href="http://www.cocoon.net/" target="_blank">Cocoon</a>, which went on to become it’s own independent record label, one of the most famous clubs in Frankfurt and is still rocking a 14 year residency at Ibiza’s Amnesia. </p><p>With ever growing success Sven started taking Cocoon further across the globe to a multitude of festivals, to name but a few; TomorrowLand, EH1 in the UK and Ostras Beach Club in Italy.</p><p>Just over a week ago at <a href="http://cocooninthepark.com/" target="_blank">Cocoon In The Park</a>, Leeds, for the 7th year running Carl Cox, Dixon and of course Sven himself were all on the line-up ready to deliver the latest and best underground house and techno to the eagerly awaiting northern festival goers. </p><p>Unfortunately, Ricardo Villalobos, a Chilean DJ with a pretty big hype (see below) didn’t seem too enthused to also be on the line-up, let alone pay any attention to the crowd sticking with him through the rainy British weather. His bio states:</p><p><i>“Ricardo was born in Chile and grew up in Germany, he currently lives in Berlin. He is one of the most solicited DJs in the world, as well as being a renowned musician. Ricardo’s inexhaustible creativity and innovation, and his unfailing feel for the crowd make him an outstanding artist in the contemporary world of electronic music.”</i><br/></p><p>Big words; no doubt you’d be pretty excited to see him live? You’d be wrong.</p><p>Someone backstage video’d his set and has uploaded it to YouTube. The video itself is 31 minutes, but having watched it, we can suggest only watching the first 3 minutes; you get a pretty good idea of his attitude; more interested in making himself drinks, chucking some awful dance moves at the people behind him back stage, not even attempting to DJ and finally (and worst) totally ignoring the crowd in front of him. </p><p>Skip to 10 minutes in and the boss-man Sven has had enough, kicks him out of the booth, sends the promo girls out onto the stage and really gets the party going. Lucky he did because the reaction to Ricardo has been anything less than pretty:</p><p><i>“We drive down from Scotland every year for Cocoon. Lobos totally f*cked our day”<br/></i></p><p><i>“At least he’s consistent … absolute sh*te every year”<br/></i></p><p><i>“I wouldn’t wish his set on my worst enemy, felt like f*cking topping myself. Don’t get that c*nt again”</i><br/></p><p>Think they’re being too harsh? <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dM9QRe_Vzk" target="_blank">Check out the video for yourself</a>. Sheesh. </p><p>

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Record Label and Company Owner, Sven Väth, Kicks off Lazy ‘DJ’ Mid-Set at Cocoon In The Park

German EDM producer, DJ and all-round legend Sven Väth burst onto the music scene in 1981 and is hailed as one of the leading pioneers of underground electronic music in Germany and Ibiza. Making quite the mark on the industry, Sven started his own company, Cocoon, which went on to become it’s own independent record label, one of the most famous clubs in Frankfurt and is still rocking a 14 year residency at Ibiza’s Amnesia. 

With ever growing success Sven started taking Cocoon further across the globe to a multitude of festivals, to name but a few; TomorrowLand, EH1 in the UK and Ostras Beach Club in Italy.

Just over a week ago at Cocoon In The Park, Leeds, for the 7th year running Carl Cox, Dixon and of course Sven himself were all on the line-up ready to deliver the latest and best underground house and techno to the eagerly awaiting northern festival goers. 

Unfortunately, Ricardo Villalobos, a Chilean DJ with a pretty big hype (see below) didn’t seem too enthused to also be on the line-up, let alone pay any attention to the crowd sticking with him through the rainy British weather. His bio states:

“Ricardo was born in Chile and grew up in Germany, he currently lives in Berlin. He is one of the most solicited DJs in the world, as well as being a renowned musician. Ricardo’s inexhaustible creativity and innovation, and his unfailing feel for the crowd make him an outstanding artist in the contemporary world of electronic music.”

Big words; no doubt you’d be pretty excited to see him live? You’d be wrong.

Someone backstage video’d his set and has uploaded it to YouTube. The video itself is 31 minutes, but having watched it, we can suggest only watching the first 3 minutes; you get a pretty good idea of his attitude; more interested in making himself drinks, chucking some awful dance moves at the people behind him back stage, not even attempting to DJ and finally (and worst) totally ignoring the crowd in front of him. 

Skip to 10 minutes in and the boss-man Sven has had enough, kicks him out of the booth, sends the promo girls out onto the stage and really gets the party going. Lucky he did because the reaction to Ricardo has been anything less than pretty:

“We drive down from Scotland every year for Cocoon. Lobos totally f*cked our day”

“At least he’s consistent … absolute sh*te every year”

“I wouldn’t wish his set on my worst enemy, felt like f*cking topping myself. Don’t get that c*nt again”

Think they’re being too harsh? Check out the video for yourself. Sheesh. 

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July 20th 2015
<h2>BBC Radio 1 Celebrate 20 Years in Ibiza With a Massive Lineup</h2><p>This year Annie Mac and the BBC Radio 1 crew are celebrating the station’s 20th anniversary of the annual Ibiza weekend. Since 1995 Radio 1 have been sending home some of the best dance music from the White Isle, inspiring dance floors and DJs up and down our glorious country.</p><p>To celebrate they are laying on a weekend of partying, starting at Ushuaia for Friday and Saturday, then moving to Ibiza Rocks for a Sunday finale. Featuring the usual suspects, Annie Mac, Danny Howard and Pete Tong, it looks set to be a banger.</p><p>Oh, those names aren’t big enough for you?</p><p>It’s lucky then that special guests include Calvin Harris, Disclosure, Duke Dumont, Rudimental, Faithless and Kolsch.</p><p>If you’re in Ibiza over the weekend of the 1st August, tickets go on sale today; you can get them <a href="http://ibiza2015.net/party/bbc-radio-1-weekend-in-ibiza/" target="_blank">here</a>. In the unlikely event you need further encouragement check out this video of <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENykKt-4Izo" target="_blank">Annie Mac live from Ushuaia</a> last August. </p><p>

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BBC Radio 1 Celebrate 20 Years in Ibiza With a Massive Lineup

This year Annie Mac and the BBC Radio 1 crew are celebrating the station’s 20th anniversary of the annual Ibiza weekend. Since 1995 Radio 1 have been sending home some of the best dance music from the White Isle, inspiring dance floors and DJs up and down our glorious country.

To celebrate they are laying on a weekend of partying, starting at Ushuaia for Friday and Saturday, then moving to Ibiza Rocks for a Sunday finale. Featuring the usual suspects, Annie Mac, Danny Howard and Pete Tong, it looks set to be a banger.

Oh, those names aren’t big enough for you?

It’s lucky then that special guests include Calvin Harris, Disclosure, Duke Dumont, Rudimental, Faithless and Kolsch.

If you’re in Ibiza over the weekend of the 1st August, tickets go on sale today; you can get them here. In the unlikely event you need further encouragement check out this video of Annie Mac live from Ushuaia last August. 

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July 17th 2015
<h2>Deadmau5 Trolls Bieber and Jack U Further With A Song Edit</h2><p>Yesterday we brought you the news that <a href="http://www.scienceofsoundmusic.com/Blog.php" target="_blank">Deadmau5 had publicly expressed his discontent</a> for the Jack U song, Where Are U Now, featuring Justin Bieber.</p><p>Just to really hit home his message, he has also taken to his alter-ego SoundCloud account, <a href="https://soundcloud.com/fuckmylife" target="_blank">Fuck My Life</a>, uploading an edit of the original song.</p><p>With a short and sweet tagline, “Still needs mastering”, <a href="https://soundcloud.com/fuckmylife/where-im-at" target="_blank">Where I’m At</a> certainly had us chuckling.</p><p>

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Deadmau5 Trolls Bieber and Jack U Further With A Song Edit

Yesterday we brought you the news that Deadmau5 had publicly expressed his discontent for the Jack U song, Where Are U Now, featuring Justin Bieber.

Just to really hit home his message, he has also taken to his alter-ego SoundCloud account, Fuck My Life, uploading an edit of the original song.

With a short and sweet tagline, “Still needs mastering”, Where I’m At certainly had us chuckling.

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July 8th 2015
<h2>Deadmau5 Has Just Said What We’ve All Been Thinking</h2><p>Skrillex and Diplo are a couple of cool cats. Joining forces they became Jack U and as expected absolutely bossed the big bass, party all over your face EDM scene; just check out their <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_5eXC9pR2U" target="_blank">Madison Square Garden gig from NYE 2014</a>!</p><p>Then came the debut album, ‘<a href="https://soundcloud.com/jacku/sets/skrillex-diplo-present-jack-u" target="_blank">Skrillex & Diplo Present Jack U</a>’, and with that a whole host of decent featured guests including Missy Elliot, Aluna George and of course Kiesza. But what no one expected was little brat Bieber getting a look in on one of the most anticipated albums of this year, let alone on a single release; you all of course have heard ‘<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nntGTK2Fhb0" target="_blank">Where Are U Now?</a>’.</p><p>We can only imagine it was a marketing ploy, knowing no matter how the song turned out every single girl between the age of 8 and 14 would support, buy and share it. Which has happened. And the song is everywhere. </p><p><i>

Vive les Beliebers.</i><br/></p><p>Truthfully the track itself isn’t that bad, showcasing what you have come to expect from Jack U; variety in bass and melody with a punchy electronic twist. It’s the vocals that make the listening really uncomfortable, not only because of where they are originating from but because of how unintelligent and uninspiring they are; </p><blockquote><p>“I gave you attention, when nobody else was paying. </p><p>I gave you the shirt off my back. What you saying?” </p></blockquote><p>Cringe.</p><p>But still the song gained traction, peaking at #15 on the <a href="http://www.billboard.com/charts/hot-100" target="_blank">Billboard Hot 100</a> and reaching top 10 places around European charts. And just as we at Science of Sound were starting to think it must be us who are the crazy ones, in steps our hero, Mr Joel Zimmerman. Taking to his <a href="https://twitter.com/deadmau5" target="_blank">Twitter account</a>, Deadmau5 (not shy of ‘twitter beef’) wrote:</p><p>

“made the mistake of listening to this jack u shit with bieber assuming they at least did something cool… nope. what the fuck is this shit?” <br/></p><p>Followed shortly by:</p><p>

“im going to bed. i need to unconciously scrape this shitty fucking 3rd grade production and autotuned “singing” bullshit out of my head.”

<br/></p><p>Well played Sir, finally, an honest critique. Check his Twitter to read the backlash from said young girls, it’s a good read. </p><p><i>Viva la souris morte.</i></p><p>

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Deadmau5 Has Just Said What We’ve All Been Thinking

Skrillex and Diplo are a couple of cool cats. Joining forces they became Jack U and as expected absolutely bossed the big bass, party all over your face EDM scene; just check out their Madison Square Garden gig from NYE 2014!

Then came the debut album, ‘Skrillex & Diplo Present Jack U’, and with that a whole host of decent featured guests including Missy Elliot, Aluna George and of course Kiesza. But what no one expected was little brat Bieber getting a look in on one of the most anticipated albums of this year, let alone on a single release; you all of course have heard ‘Where Are U Now?’.

We can only imagine it was a marketing ploy, knowing no matter how the song turned out every single girl between the age of 8 and 14 would support, buy and share it. Which has happened. And the song is everywhere. 

Vive les Beliebers.

Truthfully the track itself isn’t that bad, showcasing what you have come to expect from Jack U; variety in bass and melody with a punchy electronic twist. It’s the vocals that make the listening really uncomfortable, not only because of where they are originating from but because of how unintelligent and uninspiring they are; 

“I gave you attention, when nobody else was paying. 

I gave you the shirt off my back. What you saying?” 

Cringe.

But still the song gained traction, peaking at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 and reaching top 10 places around European charts. And just as we at Science of Sound were starting to think it must be us who are the crazy ones, in steps our hero, Mr Joel Zimmerman. Taking to his Twitter account, Deadmau5 (not shy of ‘twitter beef’) wrote:

“made the mistake of listening to this jack u shit with bieber assuming they at least did something cool… nope. what the fuck is this shit?” 

Followed shortly by:

“im going to bed. i need to unconciously scrape this shitty fucking 3rd grade production and autotuned “singing” bullshit out of my head.”

Well played Sir, finally, an honest critique. Check his Twitter to read the backlash from said young girls, it’s a good read. 

Viva la souris morte.

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July 7th 2015
<h2><b>Murder On The Dancefloor, Literally</b></h2><p>Organisers of a water-park rave in New Taipei City, Taiwan, have found themselves in a lot of trouble after accidentally setting the crowd on fire! </p><p>Having hosted numerous incident free raves across Asia (pictured), it was Color Play’s debut event in Taiwan; one that has seen 5 individuals immediately arrested for questioning, including the event organiser.</p><p>Part of the Color Play experience is multi-coloured powder that is jetted over the ravers. Unfortunately on this occurrence the overhead lighting caused the powder to ignite, setting 500 people ablaze. CNN have reported this morning that of the 500 caught in the fireball, 202 are in a critical condition and 182 in intensive care.</p><p>We at Science of Sound have managed to find a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=30&v=nyXar3nACVk" target="_blank">video of the horrible event</a> as it happened; we warn you it’s not for the faint of heart ….</p><p>Let’s all hope for a speedy recovery for everyone affected, we’ll see you back on the scene soon friends.</p><p>

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Murder On The Dancefloor, Literally

Organisers of a water-park rave in New Taipei City, Taiwan, have found themselves in a lot of trouble after accidentally setting the crowd on fire! 

Having hosted numerous incident free raves across Asia (pictured), it was Color Play’s debut event in Taiwan; one that has seen 5 individuals immediately arrested for questioning, including the event organiser.

Part of the Color Play experience is multi-coloured powder that is jetted over the ravers. Unfortunately on this occurrence the overhead lighting caused the powder to ignite, setting 500 people ablaze. CNN have reported this morning that of the 500 caught in the fireball, 202 are in a critical condition and 182 in intensive care.

We at Science of Sound have managed to find a video of the horrible event as it happened; we warn you it’s not for the faint of heart ….

Let’s all hope for a speedy recovery for everyone affected, we’ll see you back on the scene soon friends.

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June 30th 2015
<h2><b>Brand New: Dusky Music</b></h2><p>London based duo Dusky are famed for their bass heavy, rolling deep house and club music. If you were wondering (and who isn’t?) our favourites from the Dusky camp are the hugely successful <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7B3jIAteuZs" target="_blank">Careless</a> and their re-work of Justin Martin’s <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANP_BkWVkLI" target="_blank">Don’t Go</a>.</p><p>With the imminent release of their new four track EP, Ordinary World (set for 31st July), the boys have just revealed a teaser track; Skin Deep. For the ever-so-keen of you out there, you can buy it right now as a single track on <a href="https://pro.beatport.com/release/skin-deep/1555002" target="_blank">Beatport</a> or wait and pre-order the whole EP on <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/ordinary-world-ep/id1005659637?ign-mpt=uo%3D4" target="_blank">iTunes</a>.</p><p>Bang on trend, Skin Deep is blend of future garage and deep house, showcasing smooth vocals and uplifting summer vibes. We’ve had it on repeat in the Science of Sound lab; it’s an absolute must for any playlist you have going on at the moment.</p><p>But don’t just take our word for it, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsF-ilfZ7Zc" target="_blank">have a listen for yourselves</a>!</p><p>Well done gents, can’t wait to hear the rest.</p><p>♣ Like us | <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ScienceofSoundMusic" target="_blank">https://www.facebook.com/ScienceofSoundMusic</a><br/>♣ Follow us | <a href="https://twitter.com/Science_ofSound" target="_blank">https://twitter.com/Science_ofSound</a><br/>♣ Look at us | <a href="https://instagram.com/science_of_sound_/" target="_blank">https://instagram.com/science_of_sound_/</a></p>

Brand New: Dusky Music

London based duo Dusky are famed for their bass heavy, rolling deep house and club music. If you were wondering (and who isn’t?) our favourites from the Dusky camp are the hugely successful Careless and their re-work of Justin Martin’s Don’t Go.

With the imminent release of their new four track EP, Ordinary World (set for 31st July), the boys have just revealed a teaser track; Skin Deep. For the ever-so-keen of you out there, you can buy it right now as a single track on Beatport or wait and pre-order the whole EP on iTunes.

Bang on trend, Skin Deep is blend of future garage and deep house, showcasing smooth vocals and uplifting summer vibes. We’ve had it on repeat in the Science of Sound lab; it’s an absolute must for any playlist you have going on at the moment.

But don’t just take our word for it, have a listen for yourselves!

Well done gents, can’t wait to hear the rest.

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June 29th 2015
<h2><b>Daft Punk: Unchained</b></h2><p>In 2013 with the release of their catchy disco-funk track <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NV6Rdv1a3I" target="_blank">Get Lucky</a>, the French house duo Daft Punk rocketed to out-of-this world fame. Fresher fans amongst you no doubt will be privy to their newest album (of which Get Lucky was a track single of) Random Access Memories; an album which for us unfortunately fell far from the mark.</p><p>Now we’re not the type of folk to condescendingly harp on about the <i>“good ol’ days” </i>but we at Science of Sound are children of the generation of Discovery and therefore timeless classics such as Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger, One More Time and Digital Love. Whilst we appreciate and respect diversity, which was certainly shown in the production of Get Lucky, listening to an entire album based on that disco-funky-guitar sound became a little tiresome.</p><p>Interestingly, back to their 2001 album Discovery; not many people know it is a soundtrack to a trippy yet intriguingly addictive film about the abduction and rescue of an interstellar pop group, with each album track representing an episode of the story. If you haven’t seen it already, check out the Japanese-French film Interstella 5555, in full <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8PrIzCX5mI" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Whether you prefer their techno-house roots or new disco sound, one thing is undeniable; Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, the men behind the masks, have kept their legacy shrouded in a deep and dark veil of mystery. Until now.</p><p>in 2014 BBC Worldwide Productions France began creating the first ever documentary on the duo which promises viewers and fans an all-access pass into the artistic world of Daft Punk. With interviews from featured guests such as Pharrell Williams, Kanye West, Pete Tong and many more, the 60 minute feature is deservedly stirring up a hype.</p><p>It is set to be aired on the French channel <a href="http://www.canalplus.fr/c-infos-documentaires/pid8177-c-daft-punk-unchained.html" target="_blank">Canal+</a> next Wednesday evening at 7.50 pm GMT; put it in your diary kids, it’s going to be big.</p><p>

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Daft Punk: Unchained

In 2013 with the release of their catchy disco-funk track Get Lucky, the French house duo Daft Punk rocketed to out-of-this world fame. Fresher fans amongst you no doubt will be privy to their newest album (of which Get Lucky was a track single of) Random Access Memories; an album which for us unfortunately fell far from the mark.

Now we’re not the type of folk to condescendingly harp on about the “good ol’ days” but we at Science of Sound are children of the generation of Discovery and therefore timeless classics such as Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger, One More Time and Digital Love. Whilst we appreciate and respect diversity, which was certainly shown in the production of Get Lucky, listening to an entire album based on that disco-funky-guitar sound became a little tiresome.

Interestingly, back to their 2001 album Discovery; not many people know it is a soundtrack to a trippy yet intriguingly addictive film about the abduction and rescue of an interstellar pop group, with each album track representing an episode of the story. If you haven’t seen it already, check out the Japanese-French film Interstella 5555, in full here.

Whether you prefer their techno-house roots or new disco sound, one thing is undeniable; Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, the men behind the masks, have kept their legacy shrouded in a deep and dark veil of mystery. Until now.

in 2014 BBC Worldwide Productions France began creating the first ever documentary on the duo which promises viewers and fans an all-access pass into the artistic world of Daft Punk. With interviews from featured guests such as Pharrell Williams, Kanye West, Pete Tong and many more, the 60 minute feature is deservedly stirring up a hype.

It is set to be aired on the French channel Canal+ next Wednesday evening at 7.50 pm GMT; put it in your diary kids, it’s going to be big.

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June 19th 2015
<h2><b>Knife Party Announce New EP</b></h2><p>Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen’s side project to Pendulum, Knife Party, have released a number of EPs and singles over the last three years. Some of the most successful releases from each have been <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-IWRmpefzE" target="_blank">Bonfire</a>, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qC9KwujVtQ" target="_blank">LRAD</a> and of course <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luJJBeCFeM0" target="_blank">Internet Friends</a> (<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENjxq0oQCFc" target="_blank">VIP</a> included). In November last year they released their first studio album ‘Abandon Ship’ which showcased their more experimental side as well as some obligatory bangers in their signature sound. If you haven’t already, you can listen to the whole album on YouTube <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17K9xJ2lXc8&index=1&list=PL1GWcUakIzxCnCeJEt8oFZY1bw7Cgib4R" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>But since the release they have been particularly quiet on public interaction, with the exception of a few gigs here and there.</p><p>That all changed a couple of weeks ago when on their <a href="https://twitter.com/knifepartyinc" target="_blank">Twitter account</a> they teased with the following:</p><p>“Excuse the silence, we’ve been busy. New EP info within the next few days :) ”</p><p>The silence has resumed since then so I guess we will all have to wait with baited breath for some new Knife Party music; of course, we’ll be reviewing and sharing it once it lands. Stay tuned.</p><p>



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Knife Party Announce New EP

Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen’s side project to Pendulum, Knife Party, have released a number of EPs and singles over the last three years. Some of the most successful releases from each have been Bonfire, LRAD and of course Internet Friends (VIP included). In November last year they released their first studio album ‘Abandon Ship’ which showcased their more experimental side as well as some obligatory bangers in their signature sound. If you haven’t already, you can listen to the whole album on YouTube here.

But since the release they have been particularly quiet on public interaction, with the exception of a few gigs here and there.

That all changed a couple of weeks ago when on their Twitter account they teased with the following:

“Excuse the silence, we’ve been busy. New EP info within the next few days :) ”

The silence has resumed since then so I guess we will all have to wait with baited breath for some new Knife Party music; of course, we’ll be reviewing and sharing it once it lands. Stay tuned.

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June 15th 2015
<h2><b>Want to go to EDC UK for free?</b></h2><p>Well you’re in luck! <a href="http://mixmag.net/read/fancy-taking-your-friends-to-edc-for-free-news" target="_blank">MixMag</a> are running a competition for you and three mates to win tickets to go. All you need to do is upload a photo of the outfit you would wear if you won to either Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #EDCcomp.</p><p>Pretty simple huh?</p><p>The carnival returns to Milton Keynes this year on Saturday 11th July boasting acts such as Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, Tiesto, Hardwell, Steve Aoki, and <a href="http://uk.electricdaisycarnival.com/the-experience/music/" target="_blank">many, many more</a>.</p><p>Stay tuned for my best tutu / Indian Chief head dress combo.</p><p>



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Want to go to EDC UK for free?

Well you’re in luck! MixMag are running a competition for you and three mates to win tickets to go. All you need to do is upload a photo of the outfit you would wear if you won to either Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #EDCcomp.

Pretty simple huh?

The carnival returns to Milton Keynes this year on Saturday 11th July boasting acts such as Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, Tiesto, Hardwell, Steve Aoki, and many, many more.

Stay tuned for my best tutu / Indian Chief head dress combo.

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June 12th 2015
<h2><b>Shadow Child; Live From Nike Town</b></h2><p>In 2012 house producer and BBC Radio 1 DJ Simon Neale reinvented himself from his already well established and respected alias, Dave Spoon, to become one of the best producers in the current trend of bass-heavy house music.</p><p>Enter, the Shadow Child.</p><p>We don’t need to go through the long discography of Dave Spoon’s music; that is not why we are here. You are reading this either because you (like us) constantly listen to his music and are looking for some fresh meat, or that you’ve never heard of any of the names above and are curious. If you are the latter, I envy you; I envy that you are about to have that feeling of hearing a belter for the first time, the kind that makes the hairs stand up on the back of your neck as each thump of bass reaches your dirty little eardrums.</p><p>Most recently working with <a href="https://soundcloud.com/doorly" target="_blank">Doorly</a>, SC released the summery house track <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGi71sC1VDw" target="_blank">Piano Weapon</a>, later with added vocals as <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOBdqg3RK3g" target="_blank">Climbin’</a>. Other gems in his locker include (our favourites) <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DR8pX-APVYk" target="_blank">23</a>, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRXvFSAqagk" target="_blank">Get At</a> and his remix of Aluna George’s <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZPJfU4ZiQY" target="_blank">‘Best Be Believing’</a>. If you still want more, we’d suggest popping on to his constantly updated <a href="https://soundcloud.com/theshadowchild" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>.</p><p>We digress …</p><p>With a weekly show on <a href="http://rinse.fm/" target="_blank">Rinse FM</a>, the ‘London based, UK-centric urban dance music station’, Shadow Child delivers the freshest bass house every Wednesday evening at 9pm; you can catch it live or wait for the SoundCloud upload on his page. It appears however, that may no longer be enough for Simon as now he’s spilling over into gigs at busy London shopping outlets. Hey, who’s complaining?</p><p>Just over a week ago at 10 am (that’s right, in the morning!) SC rocked up to Nike Town, London, and played one of the best sets we’ve heard in a long time. I bet the grannies in there buying Mecurial Vapors for their teenage grandsons had a bloody hoot!</p><p>Link to the set is <a href="https://soundcloud.com/theshadowchild/rinse-niketown-sc" target="_blank">here</a>; let’s hope a track list is released soon as it is chock-a-block with absolute corkers. Well played Sir!</p><p>

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Shadow Child; Live From Nike Town

In 2012 house producer and BBC Radio 1 DJ Simon Neale reinvented himself from his already well established and respected alias, Dave Spoon, to become one of the best producers in the current trend of bass-heavy house music.

Enter, the Shadow Child.

We don’t need to go through the long discography of Dave Spoon’s music; that is not why we are here. You are reading this either because you (like us) constantly listen to his music and are looking for some fresh meat, or that you’ve never heard of any of the names above and are curious. If you are the latter, I envy you; I envy that you are about to have that feeling of hearing a belter for the first time, the kind that makes the hairs stand up on the back of your neck as each thump of bass reaches your dirty little eardrums.

Most recently working with Doorly, SC released the summery house track Piano Weapon, later with added vocals as Climbin’. Other gems in his locker include (our favourites) 23, Get At and his remix of Aluna George’s ‘Best Be Believing’. If you still want more, we’d suggest popping on to his constantly updated SoundCloud.

We digress …

With a weekly show on Rinse FM, the ‘London based, UK-centric urban dance music station’, Shadow Child delivers the freshest bass house every Wednesday evening at 9pm; you can catch it live or wait for the SoundCloud upload on his page. It appears however, that may no longer be enough for Simon as now he’s spilling over into gigs at busy London shopping outlets. Hey, who’s complaining?

Just over a week ago at 10 am (that’s right, in the morning!) SC rocked up to Nike Town, London, and played one of the best sets we’ve heard in a long time. I bet the grannies in there buying Mecurial Vapors for their teenage grandsons had a bloody hoot!

Link to the set is here; let’s hope a track list is released soon as it is chock-a-block with absolute corkers. Well played Sir!

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June 11th 2015
<h2><b>Ten Walls Cancels All Forthcoming Gigs After Bizarre Homophobic Rant</b></h2><p>Lithuanian EDM producer Marijus Adomaitis, better known as his stage name Ten Walls, rose to fame in the summer of 2014 releasing what turned out to be one of Ibiza’s (and therefore dance music’s) most played track; Walking With Elephants.</p><p>Last week however he wasn’t topping any popularity charts, in fact quite the opposite. In a bizarre rant on his personal Facebook account, Marijus expressed his discontent against the <a href="https://freedomhouse.org/issues/lgbti-rights#.VXa_nRvbLcc" target="_blank">LGBTI</a> community. If you can read Lithuanian then you’re in luck as the original post, albeit long taken down, was screenshotted and is doing the rounds on the internet (attached).</p><p>For those without the native tongue; Marijus first tells an anecdote of working with a fellow Lithuanian musician who “tried to wash my brain that I don’t need to be so conservative and intolerant about them”. He recalls responding “I asked him ‘what would you do if you realised your 16 year old son’s browny (anus) was ripped by his boyfriend?’ … well he was silent”.</p><p>Further he then likens homosexuals to paedophiles in another anecdote: “One of my first gigs in Ireland, on my way to my hotel I saw a church with a fence decorated with hundreds of baby shoes. Naturally I wondered why? Unfortunately a priest’s lie for many years was uncovered when children were massively raped. Unfortunately the people of this other breed continue to do it and everyone knows it but does nothing”.</p><p>PR Training anyone?</p><p>Naturally, the post was removed in minutes and a mandatory apology status was issued, albeit too late.</p><p>The growing backlash from fans, fellow artists and event organisers has lead to Marijus being dropped not only by his events agency, but by events such as Creamfields, Sonar festival, Pitch festival and Urban Art Forms.</p><p>Yesterday afternoon in a bid to salvage any possible career for himself as a respected musician, he released this statement:</p><p>“Last week I wrote a Facebook post that was wrong and completely out of character and the result was a badly written post that was unacceptable. It was never my intention to offend anyone. I’m really saddened by everything that has happened and I would like to apologise to everyone I’ve let down, especially to my friends in the gay community, and my fans. I now need to take a break and have cancelled my upcoming shows.”</p><p>Is it too little too late? Only time will tell.</p><p>

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Ten Walls Cancels All Forthcoming Gigs After Bizarre Homophobic Rant

Lithuanian EDM producer Marijus Adomaitis, better known as his stage name Ten Walls, rose to fame in the summer of 2014 releasing what turned out to be one of Ibiza’s (and therefore dance music’s) most played track; Walking With Elephants.

Last week however he wasn’t topping any popularity charts, in fact quite the opposite. In a bizarre rant on his personal Facebook account, Marijus expressed his discontent against the LGBTI community. If you can read Lithuanian then you’re in luck as the original post, albeit long taken down, was screenshotted and is doing the rounds on the internet (attached).

For those without the native tongue; Marijus first tells an anecdote of working with a fellow Lithuanian musician who “tried to wash my brain that I don’t need to be so conservative and intolerant about them”. He recalls responding “I asked him ‘what would you do if you realised your 16 year old son’s browny (anus) was ripped by his boyfriend?’ … well he was silent”.

Further he then likens homosexuals to paedophiles in another anecdote: “One of my first gigs in Ireland, on my way to my hotel I saw a church with a fence decorated with hundreds of baby shoes. Naturally I wondered why? Unfortunately a priest’s lie for many years was uncovered when children were massively raped. Unfortunately the people of this other breed continue to do it and everyone knows it but does nothing”.

PR Training anyone?

Naturally, the post was removed in minutes and a mandatory apology status was issued, albeit too late.

The growing backlash from fans, fellow artists and event organisers has lead to Marijus being dropped not only by his events agency, but by events such as Creamfields, Sonar festival, Pitch festival and Urban Art Forms.

Yesterday afternoon in a bid to salvage any possible career for himself as a respected musician, he released this statement:

“Last week I wrote a Facebook post that was wrong and completely out of character and the result was a badly written post that was unacceptable. It was never my intention to offend anyone. I’m really saddened by everything that has happened and I would like to apologise to everyone I’ve let down, especially to my friends in the gay community, and my fans. I now need to take a break and have cancelled my upcoming shows.”

Is it too little too late? Only time will tell.

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June 11th 2015
June 11th 2015

New Disclosure Single: Hear It Here First

With just over 10 days to go until Disclosure release their forthcoming album, fans will be pleased to hear that the Surrey duo have just dropped the first official album single and boy, it doesn’t disappoint.

Brothers Howard and Guy have been quiet of late due to their seemingly never ending worldwide tour, riding on the success of their first album Settle released back in 2013.

Grammy award-winning jazz musician Gregory Porter has featured on vocals; couple that with their signature radio-friendly bassline grooves and garage style percussions and you’ve got yourself a track which will (deservedly) be playing on every club dancefloor as we lead into summer.

So without further ado, I bring to you:

Disclosure – Holding On (feat. Gregory Porter)

(remember where you heard it first kids).

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June 11th 2015

New Keeno Album On The Horizon?

For those who know of Keeno this is very exciting news, although I suspect many of you may have read the title of this entry and thought to yourself; “who?”. The most inquisitive of you have clicked the link to find out and I can assure you those who didn’t are missing out on something spectacular. Of course, no-one would blame you for not having heard of Keeno; Will Keen (the man behind the stage alias) has barely turned 21 years old.

Born and raised in Winchester, Will was (until recently) studying Classical Music at the University of Manchester, UK. In an emotive post to his fans Will described his reasons for leaving university; that his intense study schedule was beginning to ruin for him the mystery and magic of music, that his ability to write was affected by his stress and that ultimately he “wasn’t prepared to let his primary source of inspiration be extinguished” (see his Facebook entry, January 2015).

It’s a brave move from a man of 20, but it certainly appears to have been the right one.

Spotted and signed by Med School Music in 2013 (Hospital Records’ label for startup / youth artists) Keeno combines drum & bass, liquid funk and jungle rhythms with piano, strings and a plethora of other orchestral instruments. The outcome is so audibly beautiful I don’t know whether I’d prefer to see him in a dirty rave den or sat in the stalls of the Royal Albert Hall!

Before I go any further to give you a taste of what I am talking about, listen to the clip above from his most recent EP, Preludes. The track is called Origin.

Good grief … almost brings a tear to my eye.

Anyway, with two EPs and a fully pressed album already, not to mention his portfolio of remixes, Keeno’s discography has been steadily increasing and it looks like there’s more on the way. In another upload last week Keeno confirmed that he is taking the summer out to write his second album; music to the ears of all of his fans (excuse the excellent pun).

But where does that leave you in the meantime? “Where can I find more of his stuff?” I hear you ask. You could have a browse of his Soundcloud, sure. You could trawl Med School Music’s YouTube channel. You could even listen to our Melodic Drum & Bass mix which includes a number of his tracks (track listed and referenced, of course).Whatever you decide to do, spread the word.

Here’s to you Mr Keen! Keep up the excellent work.

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June 11th 2015
<h2><b>Aoki Jump, Aoki Sued</b></h2><p>

Electro house don Steve Aoki is much more than just an EDM producer; he’s a stage act with chaotic energy rivalling the red-eyed folk in 28 Days Later. When DJing his portfolio of bass-heavy house tracks, Aoki engages the crowd with steam gun wielding robot men, his now notorious cake-in-face antics and crowd surfing a variety of inflatable boats. And people bloody love it.

<br/></p><p>With a massive following of fans and his own label (<a href="http://www.dimmak.com/" title="Dim Mak Records" target="_blank">Dim Mak Records</a>) representing artists such as The Chainsmokers, The Bloody Beetroots, Angger Dimas and many, many more, Aoki is one of the most influential players in the house scene.</p><p>But in a world where even extremes can become boring, how do you keep up your image? You throw bigger cakes and crowd surf from higher points, that’s how. Although, not so high that you start breaking necks. No, that would be bad for PR …</p><p>Unfortunately that’s exactly what happened three years ago at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego when a young American lady, Brittany Hickman, was standing under an inflatable raft poised as a stage dive impact zone. Aoki reportedly dived from scaffolding 20 feet higher than the raft, landing with perfect precision. Brittany took the brunt of the impact and was knocked out; a quick trip to the hospital revealed she had broken her neck. Ouch.</p><p>She is claiming her neck has never fully healed and that it is still painful to this day which means poor old Mr Aoki (and Hard Rock Hotels) are being sued for damages. Let’s hope for all involved it is settled quickly and amicably, and that the judge also offers a little extra dose of common sense to both of them.</p><p>Check out Steve Aoki’s <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/steveaoki" title="https://www.youtube.com/user/steveaoki" target="_blank">YouTube Channel</a> for regular updates of his latest movements and music, including this <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ef0H7lhdr9g" target="_blank">gem</a> (although he may be revisiting his inspirations soon).</p><p>



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Aoki Jump, Aoki Sued

Electro house don Steve Aoki is much more than just an EDM producer; he’s a stage act with chaotic energy rivalling the red-eyed folk in 28 Days Later. When DJing his portfolio of bass-heavy house tracks, Aoki engages the crowd with steam gun wielding robot men, his now notorious cake-in-face antics and crowd surfing a variety of inflatable boats. And people bloody love it.

With a massive following of fans and his own label (Dim Mak Records) representing artists such as The Chainsmokers, The Bloody Beetroots, Angger Dimas and many, many more, Aoki is one of the most influential players in the house scene.

But in a world where even extremes can become boring, how do you keep up your image? You throw bigger cakes and crowd surf from higher points, that’s how. Although, not so high that you start breaking necks. No, that would be bad for PR …

Unfortunately that’s exactly what happened three years ago at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego when a young American lady, Brittany Hickman, was standing under an inflatable raft poised as a stage dive impact zone. Aoki reportedly dived from scaffolding 20 feet higher than the raft, landing with perfect precision. Brittany took the brunt of the impact and was knocked out; a quick trip to the hospital revealed she had broken her neck. Ouch.

She is claiming her neck has never fully healed and that it is still painful to this day which means poor old Mr Aoki (and Hard Rock Hotels) are being sued for damages. Let’s hope for all involved it is settled quickly and amicably, and that the judge also offers a little extra dose of common sense to both of them.

Check out Steve Aoki’s YouTube Channel for regular updates of his latest movements and music, including this gem (although he may be revisiting his inspirations soon).

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June 11th 2015

Welcome Back, Old Friend.

The hype is up, the time has come …. the best TV Channel YouTube has to offer is back. That’s right, D&BTV is back on air!

With a vast archive of live performances, this channel has been at the forefront of bringing top drum & bass DJ sets to the comfort of your own living room. If you’reau fait with the channel you’ll know of what delights I speak of.  If you’re not; it’s time to stop slobbing out to Eastenders and Corrie and pay attention.

To celebrate the long-awaited return, the boys over at Drum & Bass Arenainvited Hospital Records down to tear through some of the latest and greatest drum & bass, jump-up and jungle tracks of our time. With sets from Logistics, Nu:Tone and label boss London Elektricity, the night did not disappoint.There’s even a cool new feature for those watching a set live; a Reload button! This gives the DJ live audience feedback of which tracks deserve a rewind ensuring a fully immersive experience – and trust me, you’ll be hooked.

Below was the first set although all can be found on the YouTube Channel. Enjoy!

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June 11th 2015