With COVID-19 halting all worldwide touring, Frank Walker finally got around to launching the mix series he’s always dreamed of. Now, in conjunction with Dancing Astronaut, we’re proud to present ‘Dancing In The Dark Vol. 1’ with Frank Walker. Walker’s new mix series will host an array of artists, friends, and collaborators, sharing new music laced together with seasoned fan favorites in each new episode. This week, Walker introduces the new venture solo with a blistering hour-long track list teeming with talent.
Felix Cartal, Purple Disco Machine, Alok and more feature in the first episode, with a healthy handful of tunes from Walker himself across the 60-minute series debut. With a nearly dormant events circuit upon us, we’ll be Dancing In The Dark this summer with an exciting roster of guests and a grip of new music—come join us.
Over the past few weeks, electronic artists have celebrated the musical contributions of black artists by compiling ORBIT: AMPLIFY playlists. The playlists have succinctly spotlit productions from black artists and artists of color that have influenced these artists’ careers, and on a simpler level, kept them moving and grooving.
Following respective ORBIT: AMPLIFY playlists from Anabel Englund, Brando, and Major Lazer‘s Walshy Fire, 23-year-old triple-threat, Akira Akira, who exercises his producing, engineering, and A&R talents at Mad Decent, joins the ORBIT: AMPLIFY series to curate his own playlist. The multi-skilled DJ’s resume boasts opening sets for Major Lazer and Diplo, and the allure of his music is exemplified in part by Rihanna‘s choice to set one of her Fenty runway shows to Akira Akira’s sound.
In between frequenting Twitch with his own livestream series, AKIRA AKIRA LIVE, which airs on Mad Decent’s Twitch channel each Sunday at 9:30 p.m. EST, and throwing down back-to-back sets alongside Diplo on the same platform, Akira Akira is taking time to pay tribute to the black artists and other artists of color who have impacted him. His 20-song playlist provides a look at his hip-hop taste, with productions from JACKBOYS, Tory Lanez, Kanye West, DJ Swisha, Bloc Party, and more figuring on his ORBIT: AMPLIFY Playlist.
Akira Akira also includes two of his own productions, his original, “Don’t Panic,” and his remix of Major Lazer’s “Miss You,” produced in collaboration with Hikeii. For those unfamiliar with Akira Akira, it’s time to get acquainted, and for those who know his sound, relax, kick back, and enjoy selects from a seasoned ear in the modern music scene.
Make no mistake—dance music is born from black culture. Without black creators, innovators, selectors, and communities, the electronic dance music we hold so dear would simply not exist. In short, dance music is deeply indebted to the global black community and we need to be doing more. Black artists and artists of color have played a profound role in shaping the sound and culture of dance music and now more than ever, it is necessary for everyone in the music community to stand up for the people that have given us so much. Dancing Astronaut pledges to make every effort to be a better ally, a stronger resource, and a more accountable member of the global dance music community. Black Lives Matter—get involved here:
Clubs have reopened in Perth with minimal social distancing measures.
Clubs in the Western Australian city of Perth have been able to reopen this last weekend, as the state moves into the fourth phase of reopening following the coronavirus pandemic. A two-square-metre rule — which requires venues to provide two square metres of floor space per person at a minimum — remains in place.
On July 18th, the two-square-metre rule will be dropped completely, although clubbers will still be encouraged to keep their distance from others.
Official reports from the Australian State on Monday revealed that only five people currently in WA have COVID-19, and all of those infected are in hotel quarantine.
Many venues globally still remain closed, with countries unable to return to normality following spikes in COVID-19 cases. In the UK, it’s been three months since prime minister Boris Johnson officially ordered a list of venues, which included clubs, pubs, bars, food and drink venues, theatres, and concert halls, to close their doors due to the coronavirus pandemic. The UK’s communities secretary, Robert Jenrick, initially said that the restriction would be in place for 14 days before review, and venues have been remained shuttered since.
Wireless Connect virtual festival has revealed the full line-up for this weekend’s event.
Taking place this Friday 3rd through Sunday 5th, Wireless Connect will be available in 360° immersive VR on smartphones and VR headsets via the MelodyVR app, and will also stream live on the Wireless Facebook Live and Wireless YouTube channels.
Among the acts performing across the weekend, Bugzy Malone, Skepta, Stefflon Don, Rich The Kid, and Young Thug will all take to the virtual stage for an entire weekend of new perfomances, plus unseen footage from previous years of Wireless, and highlights.
The festival is free to watch, but viewers are asked to donate to a Wireless Connect Black Lives Matter fundraising page here.
You can check out the full line-up for the event, which also features Lady Leshurr, Shaybo, and Yungen, below.
In April, DJ Mag caught up with South London MC Shaybo about spitting in her native Yoruba, finding inspiration and resolve in difficult times, and what its like to be part of UK rap culture.
As the arrival of ODESZA and Golden Feature‘s collaborative project debut draws closer, the trio have revealed the next single to appear on BRONSON‘s self-titled album. After announcing the joint venture in April and unveiling debut tracks “HEART ATTACK” and “VAULT,” the widely-acclaimed joint act has shared the spiritually-evocative “DAWN” to round out the releases leading up to the LP. Enlisting Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs for the emotive delivery, BRONSON’s third and final single serves as a highly-anticipated precursor for new melodic frontiers.
“DAWN” finds veteran British producer Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs lending his vocals to the collective effort as cinematic soundscapes and hopeful tonalities take listeners through a revelatory journey.
“Not only do the lyrics provide this renewed sense of hope, but his vocals compliment the tone and energy of the song perfectly – “DAWN” is a song meant to take you on a journey and explore various concepts and emotions of the record. We couldn’t think of a more fitting song to end the album with,” shared BRONSON.
BRONSON’s self-titled debut is set for release on August 7 via Foreign Family/Ninja Tune.
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Disclosure has always excelled at infusing their distinct flavor while simultaneously highlighting the acts that they share credits with, but the duo’s string of 2020 releases has shown the Lawrence brothers more adept here than ever. The resulting tunes allow for Disclosure’s releases to span wide and far across the dance music spectrum while always maintaining the group’s funky DNA. It’s for this reason that fans are so eagerly clamoring for the collaboration-loaded new LP.
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Listening to drum ‘n’ bass during surgery could put patients at risk, a study has found.
Research released by the National Journal of Nurses revealed that music playing in an operating theatre puts patients at risk, hampering communications between surgeons and nurses.
In the study, cameras were placed in opering theatres in the UK for a 35-hour period, with music playing during 16 of the 20 surgeries. During surgeries with background music, the study found it was five times more likely that hospital staff would have to repeat themselves. The NJN also noted that drum ‘n’ bass and dance music were played the loudest.
Speaking about the study, lead author Sharon Weldon said: “Our study shows that playing music in the operating theatre can run counter to effective communication and highlights the need to consider both positive and negative effects of music on staff and patients.”
In April last year, a study published in the science journal ‘Acta Tropica’ found that Skrillex’s music can protect you from mosquitos.
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The latest virtual electronic event to be announced promises no dull moments during its three hour run-time, RADIO.COM‘s Party In Place digital concert. Hosted by Kevan Kenney, Party In Place will feature “exclusive” sets from deadmau5, Disclosure, Flume, Major Lazer, ODESZA, Porter Robinson, Rezz, RÜFÜS DU SOL, and Toro y Moi.
Party In Place will kick off at 10 p.m. EST on July 3. Listeners can tune in via RADIO.COM’s various stations or the RADIO.COM application. Throughout the broadcast, RADIO.COM will be collecting donations for When We All Vote, a non-profit, nonpartisan organization aimed at increasing participation in elections and closing the race and age voting gap by improving voter access in various ways.
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