Top 100 Clubs winner Green Valley devastated by cyclone

Green Valley has been devastated by a cyclone that swept across Southern Brazil on 30th June.

The Brazilian club have released a statement confirming they were among the thousands affected by the cyclone that hit the state of Santa Catarina this week. No staff were injured, but the club’s outdoor structure was badly damaged and material losses are still being calculated.

“As the live entertainment world continues to navigate the coronavirus pandemic, Green Valley has now faced an even more devastating situation,” the club’s statement said. “On Tuesday, June 30th, a cyclone ripped through Southern Brazil and the State of Santa Catarina with 100+ KPH sustained winds that lasted for several hours. The disaster left nine people dead and two missing in the region as floods and high winds that caused landslides and knocked down powerlines, but also destroyed the main stage at the nightclub. Situated on a hill and featuring a semi-open roof that made this venue truly unique, the high winds took hold and partially demolished the main runway, leaving it in shambles.”

“We sympathize with all the people of Santa Catarina, who, like Green Valley, were directly or indirectly affected by this weather phenomenon. We thank all the public mobilization, including DJs, fans, producers and other partners of the electronic scene as a whole. We got this far with a lot of effort, determination and a great deal of love by our fans, and we will use that same drive and love to give us the strength to rebuild and be able to move on. We will shortly inform how you can take part in this recovery effort. We will once again, together, create more unforgettable moments.”

Green Valley came on top in DJ Mag’s Top 100 Clubs poll in 2020 for the third consecutive year. 

Flume drops remix of Eiffel 65’s ‘Blue’: Listen

The track is available on Beatport now

DJ Mag Staff

Thursday, July 2, 2020 – 13:57

Flume has released a remix of Eiffel 65’s ‘Blue’.

Earlier this year, the Australian producer shared a video yesterday of himself in the studio, playing a reworked version of the unmistakable 1998 track. The video eventually panned around to find him covered in blue paint.

In May, Flume shared a collaboration with Toro Y Moi, ‘The Difference’. Not one to rest on his laurels, the producer also made a call out for “corona collabs” to keep himself and likeminded musicians occupied during lockdown. 

You can listen to Flume’s Eiffel 65 remix below.

Make a ‘Matcha Mistake’ with Lane 8’s latest [Stream]

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It’s official: Lane 8 is owning quarantine. When people are stuck at home for months on end, they need some soul-stirring music to get through each day. This is precisely what the Denver-based artist provides, and he’s giving fans a lot of it in 2020.

A regular of the electronic release ring of late, Lane 8 unveiled his four-hour “Summer 2020 Mixtape” on July 1. The mix is the most recent installment in the seasonal series, which dates back to 2013. Recent singles “Roll Call,” featuring Anderholm, and “Out of Sight,” featuring Hexlogic, also bolstered Lane 8’s release activity while making for relaxing listens. The same was true of Lane 8’s contribution to Anjunadeep 11, “Keep On.”

The This Never Happened label boss now invites listeners to make a “Matcha Mistake,” by streaming his latest single. “Matcha Mistake” sees Lane 8 team up with London-based producer, Kidnap for a track that immediately catches ears with its entrancing leads. Together, Lane 8 and Kidnap create a rising soundscape with upbeat harmonies and a rhythmic percussion beat. The composition is primed for dancers and vibe-seekers alike.

For those craving a live show, check out our full roundup of Room Service performances, with some Lane 8 goodness on the bill.

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Hypnospace Outlaw is set in a weird 90s fake Internet – and it has its own music sequencer

It’s difficult to find an escape when pandemic and political unrest confine you to an Internet overwhelmed with the same. So – just use a fake Internet. With a fake 90s music sequencer and page builder. Seriously.

Hypnospace Outlaw (macOS/Windows/Linux) is a little over a year old, but honestly, 2020 should be its year. The game answers the question “what if vaporwave released an entire fake operating system?” So you get a game set in a computer inside your computer. There’s a complete fake operating system, a bizarro Windows98/Amiga concoction with tune player and even a generative music tool, and some seriously psychotic pastel color combos. (It’s like all the color schemes you thought were totally unrealistic in the 90s got… merged.)

And it’s an alternative online world, equal parts eWorld, GeoCities, AOL (like the old DOS version even), and other 90s odds and ends. (I think there’s even bits of Prodigy in there.) It’s a mishmashed ’99 – one with the vibe not only of the early Web but also the late BBS period, down to dodgy disorganized file archives.

You’re armed with a literal ban hammer, and eventually, there’s a plot to uncover, which can involve getting really obsessive about reading through message forums and so on.

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All of this hangs together partly because the lead game designer is also a music person. The indie team was led by Jay Tholen, an American who wound up in Braunschweig, So in addition to über-Internet artwork and tons of engaging writing, you get treated to a seemingly endless supply of parody 90s music. And it’s brilliant.

That means that instead of being a chore, trawling the fake Hypnospace turns out to be a treat, partly for the music – some from Tholen, some tunes (Chowder Man) from Erik aka Hot Dad.

That includes this gem, surely an anthem for the year of COVID-19 if ever there was one:

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The music has a mostly surreal retro vibe, like this from Jay:

At times it can be unexpectedly beautiful. The odd, dreamy “Eulogy” sounds like a lament for 90s tech optimism, with its perfect grassy Microsoft hillside wallpapers and Brian Eno sound cues and visions of unlimited wealth without consequence.

But maybe what’s most bizarre and wonderful is that, after you finish the game, your fake OS and Internet live on. And they built their own authoring tools, so you can make your own fake homepage and … actually even sequence music. It’s Windows-only, but hey macOS, users, install Boot Camp before the “Apple Silicon” Macs take that away from you.

Tune Sequencer is like a love child of an old tracker and the Music Creation series for the PlayStation. (I think. CDM readers may be able to better identify the lineage here than me.)

And yeah, you can use this to make your own chilled-out 90s tunes – just in case you aren’t finding inspiration right now in, like, Ableton Live Suite.

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There’s a Page Builder, too – which you’ll obviously want, so you can make a fitting homepage for all the music you’re composing. And there is a way to distribute this to other users, via Steam. That may sound like a means to lavishing time on music that will lapse in obscurity, never to be heard, but … doesn’t that sort of describe all online music distribution?

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He even gives away the tricks to making your graphics look aged and weird, using GIMP plus the charming Aseprite.

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Oh hey, and Aseprite is really cool.

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Jay isn’t stopping there. He’s making more bizarre, compulsive creations – like this thing that spins out 8-bit lo-fi graphic chaos on top of your stream which is definitely something we need right now.

Jay’s work is almost one of those various episodes of Star Trek where there’s some quantum anomaly spewing bits of the past into the present.

Also, oh my God, Computer Chronicles. (Weirdly technology really seems a lot better in the past. Not in a nostalgic way. In that this is objectively better – cool things are happening explained by friendly people, rather than horrifying things are happening, controlled by fascists. So – take us back there, Jay.)

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There’s something strangely calming about listening to Jay talking in the background to unseen messages from participants, but then I got wrapped up playing a game where I had entire conversations with imaginary Internet posters, so uh… yeah.

Hypnospace Outlaw is on sale now. The soundtrack is on Bandcamp and also in a really affordable version with everything on Steam.

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Ah, I love the 90s.

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Socially distanced music festival to take place in Ireland next month

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The organizers behind Stendhal Festival have shared plans for the first socially distanced music festival in the United Kingdom. Titled “Unlocked,” the North Ireland event series will take place from August 21 – 22 and 28 – 29, with three additional dates potentially in the pipeline. The festival will be subject to government policies as well as lockdown restrictions that may occur within the timeframe of its intended dates. Unlocked will mark the first festival of its size to take place since the initial outbreak of coronavirus.

The current proposal details social distancing rules, extra precautions, and strict hygiene guidelines including alcohol allowances, temperature checks, and an abundance of sanitizing stations. Camp plots will be limited to two people from the same household or to social support bubbles.

Unlocked aims to welcome 500 to 1000 people in August, but will only initially release 250 tickets. Tickets go on sale July 4. More information is available here.

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Ellie Goulding and Lauv’s collaborative effort, ‘Slow Grenade,’ is finally here

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As the full release of Ellie Goulding‘s forthcoming album nears, the artist is continuing to release a steady stream of singles, much to the excitement of fans awaiting the LP’s full-fledged arrival. Brightest Blue is due July 17, and the latest single Goulding has released from the longform project is her collaborative effort with Lauv, “Slow Grenade.”

The single opens with strumming guitar, and a subtle backdrop builds the framework for Goulding and Lauv’s vocals to penetrate the listener. Both Goulding and Lauv have distinctly unique vocals, but their contributions synergistically weave together on the record.

Five years have followed Goulding’s last LP, Delirium, and her forthcoming body of work is for the most part a solo effort with only five of 17 singles featuring collaborators. “Slow Grenade” follows previous collaborative efforts including “Close to Me” with Diplo and Swae Lee, “Hate Me” with Juice WRLD, and “Worry About Me” with blackbear.

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Austin City Limits organizers cancel 2020 festival, announce 2021 dates

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Austin City Limits (ACL) organizers will not move forward with the 2020 festival, slated for October 2 – 4 and 9 – 11 in Zilker Park, Texas, due to health concerns related to coronavirus. In a statement published on ACL’s official website, organizers maintained that canceling the 2020 event was the “only responsible solution.” The news follows the recent spike in confirmed cases in the state.

In the announcement, organizers specified that ACL will return to Zilker Park from October 1 – 3 and 8 – 10 of 2021 for its 20th anniversary. Ticket holders will have the option to keep their passes for the 2021 edition, but may alternatively request a refund if they cannot attend. All current ticket holders will receive an email from Front Gate Tickets with information on both options soon, according to the announcement.

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Radiohead to conclude quarantine concert series with 1997 ‘OK Computer’ show

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After 13 weeks, Radiohead‘s quarantine concert series is concluding with a formidable finale: a video of the outfit’s 1997 Against Demons Tour stop at Les Eurockéennes in Belfort, France. The performance, then in support of Radiohead’s LP, OK Computer, will stream from the band’s YouTube channel beginning at 5:00 p.m. on July 3.

Although the retrospective series is now winding to a close, fans nevertheless can enjoy the 12 prior installments here. The full collection features Radiohead performances from various locations over the years, including St. Gallen in 2016 and Bonnaroo in 2006.

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