Russ drops straight bars on “Live From the Villa” [Video]

With another display of his musical versatility, Russ proves once again that he is the modern Renaissance man with the release of his latest single “Live From the Villa.”
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“Live From the Villa” presents to us: Russ the lyricist. His exceptional lyrical skills provide an infinite number of gems with clever and witty wordplay and intense delivery. He dismantles the thoughts of anyone who goes against him and uses metaphors to label them as “dreamers with broken hearts.” Through the lyrics, he shows his emotional intelligence, including his empathy and his understanding, as to why people feel the way that they do and demonstrates that the envy and hate that some people possess is just a lack of love for their own selves. The light beat in the production sparks a kind of electricity that flows throughout the track. Produced by Brooklyn’s one and only !llmind, the sound is sonically fluid and is undeniably the perfect combination for Russ to lay fiery bars.
“Live From The Villa” is the first release following Russ’ recent announcement of becoming a fully independent artist. 
Beyond his music releases, Russ also uses his platform to spread real messages filled with substance and to speak out against racism. Recently, he has sold t-shirts and raised over half a million, giving all profits to 4 Black Lives Matter organizations. Many OGs of hip-hop have recognized him, especially because he’s one of the only ones who made it by doing it all himself (mixing, mastering, producing, and writing his music). 

Carl Cox says, ‘illegal parties are basically done out of frustration’

Carl Cox says, ‘illegal parties are basically done out of frustration’Carl Co Medium

Following a series of illegal raves in the UK, Carl Cox has given his perspective on the transpiring events. As parties across the country have been shut down, some have led to dangerous consequences, including two Manchester raves that resulted in one fatality, three stabbings, and a sexual assault. The famed DJ has attributed the illegal raves to the lack of a timeline on clubs and festivals reopening.

“These illegal parties are basically done out of frustration. Just done out of showing it’s our right to do what we want to do. It’s not the answer to this,” stated Cox.

Cox further said social distancing has prevented nightlife from returning to normal which “for the music scene—absolutely sucks.” While a portion of pubs and bars will reopen on July 4, details surrounding the larger nightlife scene still remain uncertain. However, leaked government documents do reveal the nightlife sector could potentially reopen with “entry checks” and other strict guidelines.

Via: Sky News

ZHU flips Tinashe and Ms Banks’ ‘Die a Little Bit’

ZHU flips Tinashe and Ms Banks’ ‘Die a Little Bit’ZHU Credit Kiddest Metaferia

To open his 2020 run, ZHU shared an ominous and sultry collaboration with Tinashe, “Only.” Just two months later, the duo are back at it as ZHU gives a deep remix to Tinashe’s “Die a Little Bit” featuring Ms Banks. Trackside’s production on the original Song For You track already sounded prime for a ZHU flip, with subtle production over a steady bass line providing the rhythm and space for Tinashe and Ms Banks to shine.

On his take, ZHU keeps the song largely intact, but leans into the house stylings to give the remix his own unique spin. Additionally, he adds in some extra elements to amplify the tune’s energy, including an acidic synth and a sinister piano line. All in all, it’s more proof that ZHU and Tinashe make for an effortlessly excellent combination.

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Stream MK’s pulsing remix of Jackson Wang’s ‘100 Ways’

Stream MK’s pulsing remix of Jackson Wang’s ‘100 Ways’Mk Press Shot

MK continues to delight fans with unique and unanticipated remixes, with Jackson Wang’s “100 Ways” getting a rework this time around. Wang is a prominent Chinese artist, and the single is notably the first song by a Chinese solo artist to reach Mediabase’s Mainstream Top 40 Chart.

MK has taken the release and made it his own, while highlighting Wang’s captivating vocals. The original track is catchy to its core, and MK has taken this appeal and amplified it with his own distinct spin, injecting the tune with some additional dancefloor charm. He inserts a driving build and heightens the track’s tempo in the break, crafting a delectable version primed for headphones and club speakers alike. MK’s remix of “100 Ways” is out now via 88rising and distributed by 12Tone Music.


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:  

Black Lives Matter

My Block My Hood My City

National Lawyers Guild Mass Defense Program

Black Visions Collective

Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Legal Defense Initiative

The Bail Project

The Next Level Boys Academy

Color of Change

Committee to Protect Journalists

Pairing Mode: Listen to these new music releases right now, including some unsung gems

Channeling pain and ecstasy, from dance and avant-garde and genres newly brewed, Abadir to Cinthie to Lamin Fofana to patten to Pole, summer brings more spectacular ways to fill your hard drives and souls with music.

Back again to resident music hoarder David Abravanel, who welcomes “hate/praise/suggestions” at @dabravanel on Twitter. And yes – it’s Bandcamp Friday again, so plenty of these releases are available on Bandcamp where today the platform takes 0% of revenue.

There’s loads to focus on this time around, so I’m hoping to shine some light on a few less-trumpeted releases – though I can’t help but include a few more popular favorites. Artists are in alphabetical order, because V O L U M E!

Abadir.
Alis.

Abadir – Liminal (Hush Hush)

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Rami Abadir is no stranger to my writing and lists here, having previously appeared multiple times as part of dynamic duo 0N4B. Liminal continues a tradition of focus on details and minutiae that lend Abadir’s work such a consistent sense of majesty, scaling back beats in favor of droning ambient evolutions. Every time I listen I pick up on a new speck of reverberated dust, or the doppler movement of a particular chime. 

Abadir also peels back the curtain frequently on Instagram, where you can often see his meticulous arrangements in Ableton Live in action. Bonus: if you speak Arabic (or have Google Translate handy), Abadir writes frequently about new electronic and experimental music for Ma3azef.

Alis – Skylab (self-released)

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Genre-bender Sabina Plamenova covers jungle, techno, acid, R&B, and layered soundscapes (and that’s just on this latest EP). Anchoring Skylab, as with last year’s gorgeous Papercuts, is Plamenova’s versatile voice. 

The three cuts on Skylab provide comfy sound beds while never staying put. “Phase 2” morphs from skittery breaks to a stretched-out sludge, while “Never Sleep” emerges as a slow acid-y burner from grainy bit-destroyed synths. Closer “Red and Blue” is the brightest gem here, a thick soup of ambient techno surrounded by Sabina’s vocal layers. There’s loads to unwrap, and a warm space in which to get lost.

Andrew Pekler – Cover Versions (Fantôme Verlag / Senufo Editions)

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Who says the avant-garde doesn’t know how to have fun? Long an admirer of certain record art aesthetics (think: Exotica compilations, sunsets, sailing ships), Andrew Pekler assembled the dreamy collages in sound and visual on Cover Versions for a gallery exhibition in 2012. The exhibition included a record store (of sorts), in which 300 copies of Cover Versions were sold, each with a unique cover assembled from the covers of bargain bin albums according to a number of visual criteria. 

Far from being a simple trip into nostalgia, Cover Versions builds upon the woozy, cut-up sound that gave Pekler his status as a proto-chillwave influencer. Listening to a gorgeous twinkling piece like “Still Life”, I get a better sense of what a Madlib/Jan Jelinek collaboration might sound like. While the vinyl editions are long since sold out, the 2020 digital reissue includes 10 extra bonus tracks not on the original vinyl, plus a PDF including 100 of the album covers and photos of the original exhibition.

Arovane – Gestalt (Puremagnetik)

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Over the past couple of years, Puremagnetik has quietly released some positively lush ambient albums, mostly at incredible bargain prices ($1 or more). What’s more, since Puremagnetik founder Micah Frank is also a talented plugin designer, most albums come with a special plugin created in collaboration between Frank and the artist. 

With landmark albums like the dense machine Atol Scrap and the folktronica masterpiece Tides (seriously, if you like Boards of Canada or Four Tet and you don’t have Tides, you’re missing out), Arovane aka Uwe Zahn delivers a wonderful ambient bath of sound with Gestalt. It’s a rare treat that music sounds minimal until you really crank it up, but put on “endolp” and slowly raise the volume until you lose track of where you are. You’ll get it when you hear it (did I mention, $1?). 

Atom™ – <3 (raster media)

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Our favorite prolific glitch goofball is back at it again. Only this time, the vocals are from a custom AI program, as are the lyrics. Or are they? This is Uwe Schmidt, after all. Cha-cha band leader Señor Coconut. Christian microhouse artist Geeez ‘n’ Gosh. Honestly, I just enjoy the ride.

Practically, <3 is Schmidt’s most accessible work since his last “pop” album, 2013’s HD. Where HD saw him obsessed with the machinations of the pop world – from mp3 dismantling MTV to writing love songs to a LinnDrum – <3 is conceptually tied to x1n, “an entity for generating human voice and natural language content.” I have no idea whether such a program exists, but the “hard code pop” of <3 presents and engaging case for the danceable nature of a digital popstar singularity.

Beans – Team BreakUP (Hello L.A.)

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Beans aka Mr. Ball Beam has never been afraid of a challenge, or to challenge listeners. Part of the legendary hip-hop group Antipop Consortium, Beans has cut a solo path full of left turns, overwhelming instrumentals, and densely poetic lyrics. 

Team BreakUP doesn’t hold hands. Opener “Stevie + Nicks” is largely a free jazz saxophone solo (courtesy of Dan Wenninger) with an underpinning of galloping bass beats. “The Stoned Clairvoyant of Hip-Hop” might be the most self-aware title in Beans’ history. It’s all grounded by lyrics that still couldn’t have come from anyone else, whether telling the gonzo story of a bee trapped in a submarine, or the intense pain in “$4”, concerning Gregory Hill, a black man killed by police over a noise complaint.

Cinthie – Skylines – City Lights (Aus Music)

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One time in 2012, I received a can of tomato paste from Cinthie, with the label boasting the date and lineup for a forthcoming Beste Modus party at Watergate. Just to say – Cinthie’s creative, and she’s a hustler. With two labels ongoing (Beste Modus & 803 Crystal Grooves), multiple club nights, and touring internationally as a DJ, it’s impressive that Cinthie has also found time over the years to let out some excellent originals on wax. None of which prepared me for Skylines – City Lights.

It’s not easy to make a dance music album – sure, you can follow a template (the two-minute ambient intro that segues into the first proper banger, 8-10 tracks, etc.), but assembling a dance LP that really tells a story as an album, while also providing dancefloor killers, isn’t easy. With Skylines – City Lights, Cinthie joins the ranks of Floorplan, Virgo, and Dajae, in making an absolutely smashing house album. 

Many of these tracks could be the euphoric centerpiece to a set – the piano house stomp of first single “Bassline” and the smooth soul samples of “Concentrate” are great candidates – while things go at turns deep, hyped, over-the-top and relaxed. It all works as one nice journey. “Calling” is raw, distorted and sweaty, with frequently collaborator Gill bringing vocals, while “Houze Muzik” harks back to the more cerebral Galaxy 2 Galaxy cuts and “Flashback” goes on a Mr. Fingers-esque journey into piano chords and cosmic synths. Rarely have I heard a full-length album from a DJ that sounds so purposefully-sequenced to maintain interest and dynamics; it’s clear that Cinthie’s expertise in providing DJ set experiences is at play here. 

Plus, the album ends with “803 The Meme Queen”, just in case you thought Cinthie wasn’t going to acknowledge the people who got to know her via that Facebook group.

Deadbeat with an essential release and… the hat we all need right now.

Deadbeat and Paul St. Hilaire – Four Quartets of Love and Modern Lash (Another Moon)

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Look, do you like dub techno? Even a little bit? Then this is essential. It’s Deadbeat, it’s Paul St. Hilaire (aka Tikiman), it’s four ~15-minute tracks that go way deep. Bass bumps lay down underneath Tiki’s smooth singing on war, dreams, and life. Watch this space for more in-depth about this one, but…just go out and get it for now.

HPRIZM – Loops Are A Form Of Meditation (Prizmlabs)

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Two members of Antipop Consortium in one piece! HPRIZM fka High Priest focuses on instrumentals for Loops Are A Form Of Meditation. Anyone who has ever let a sampler just run a loop for a few minutes (or hours) can attest to the accuracy of the album title. HPRIZM has taken to Instagram several times for live sessions since lockdowns began, and it’s been thrilling to watch pieces like these come together in real time on an MPC. With some genius flips and lush sound design, Loops is worth getting lost in.

Jason Priest – Is Missing (Hard Disk Dust)

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Neo-Italo wizard Antoni Maiovvi certainly likes to inhabit worlds with his music – that’s part of why his soundtrack work is so special. With Jason Priest, Maiovvi has spent a few years chronicling the story of a mid-80s post-punk/dance pop star, now going through an uncertain early 90s as of Is Missing, the third Priest album.

The concept is fun, but you don’t need to buy into it to enjoy easily the strongest set of songs that Maiovvi has ever produced. It’s not just that Maiovvi honors the aggressive disco punk of his influencers, it’s that he often laps then. The Cure wishes they’d reached the heights of “March 25” on The Top, and I want to throw “Be Thankful, Billy” at anyone who laments that M83 hasn’t been around for a while. You could tell me that Depeche Mode wrote “Dead Again” for Black Celebration then somehow forgot one of their strongest tracks. Yet it’s all very much of one unified voice and story, and it’s definitely Maiovvi’s. Here’s hoping for a music video!

Lamin’s so good, he’s in this list twice. Lamin’s so good, he’s in this list twice.

Lamin Fofana – Darkwater (Black Studies)

Lamin Fofana – Blues (Black Studies)

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Lamin Fofana closes out an ambient trilogy on his own Black Studies imprint with the midnight resonances of Darkwater (named after the W.E.B. Du Bois book) and the dawn emergence of Blues (named after Amiri Baraka’s Blues People). 

When I wrote last year about Black Metamorphosis, the first part of this trilogy, I drew on the role of music as both a salve and a reminder of our difficult and complex realities. Fofana bears his struggle with these tracks – as a Black man, as a Sierra Leonian immigrant in Berlin. It’s strange to think of drawing enjoyment and comfort from music borne of struggle, but then, as the Baraka excerpt in Blues reminds us, that’s the story of much of American popular music and its Black origins. 

minimalviolence – Phase One (Tresor)

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There is perhaps no more exciting act in the EBM resurgence of the past decade than Vancouver duo minimalviolence. Expanding on the InDreams corporation that adorned the artwork of their 2019 debut album, Phase One is the first in a new series of EPs for Tresor. “Ravebomb” is about as perfect a description as you’ll get for a track. Hoovers, stabs, and all that industrial gated-reverb goodness.

patten is back. His sneakers are cleaner than the CDM editor’s sneakers.

patten – GLOW (555-5555)

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Last year, the mysterious patten returned with a new label, 555-5555, and a tour through rave history and future in Flex. GLOW is a very different mood, largely absent of percussion. Harps, music boxes, pianos, synths, and guitars fill in the gaps for an album that truly captures an isolating sound. 

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patten – “Rorschach”. Video by Zan Lyons.

Reminiscent at times of Dean Blunt’s confessional instrumentals (“Memory Palace”), Björk’s twinkling patterns (“Rorschach”), Lee Gamble’s machine atmospheres (“Screen Burn”), and µ-Ziq’s melancholy melodies (“Epoch”), GLOW finds patten connecting some intriguing instrumental dots. 

Pole – 1 2 3 (Mute)

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There’s little that I can say about these reissued dub techno masterpieces that hasn’t already been said. Suffice it to say the new mastering job is excellent – you can finally hear the bass on “Tanzen” at the perfect level!

Really though, get this. You know you need it. 

The Soft Pink Truth – Shall We Go On Sinning So That Grace May Increase? (Thrill Jockey)

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Over the years, The Soft Pink Truth has often been the cheeky outlet for Matmos member Drew Daniel, exploring the sillier side of house and childhood loves of hardcore punk and black metal. Shall We Go On Sinning So That Grace May Increase? is something very different, however, a work of beauty that seems to freeze time. 

In the vein of Terre Thaemlitz, Daniel mines the roles of fantasy, comfort, and religious experience in music. Two side-length pieces mine the kind of spiritual/natural magic moods that hark to later Mercury Rev or In A Silent Way-era Miles Davis. Stay tuned for more on this one.

Avian Electronics.

Ville Aalto – Avian Electronics (self-released)

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If you’ve ever programmed a synthesizer, then you’ve experienced the joy of finding sounds that uncannily resemble nature, even as they come entirely from oscillators. Ville Aalto explores this in depth with the electronic birdsong that forms the core of the aptly-named Avian Electronics

With a focus on alternately deep and snippy sine percussion and bass surrounding the birds (this Alva Noto or Ryoji Ikeda at a bird sanctuary), Avian Electronics is alternately playful and majestic, and an exciting find for 2020. The birds know.

Wolfgang Voigt – Freiland Klaviermusik 2 (Profan)

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Wolfgang Voigt · Freiland Klaviermusik 2 (selection)

There are few artists around with as much of a signature feel to their music as Wolfgang Voigt. Whether it’s the dissolved symphonies of GAS, the clipped minimal of Studio 1, or the sharp acid of Mike Ink, it’s all definitely Voigt, of Kompakt-founding fame.

Freiland Klaviermusik 2’s quiet release picks up where the previously volume started a decade ago, built mainly from a basic kick drum and minimal loops that make generous use of the piano’s lower registers. Where the first Freiland Klaviermusik suffered under the weight of its unrelenting dissonance, the second volume is an exceptional improvement to the formula. This time around, there’s room for the Riley-esque layers of “Spiralo”, the locomotion that propels “Trichter”, and aural mystery of “Konstruktive Unvernunft”. Now, for the Steve Reich collaboration!

Yehezkel Raz.

Yehezkel Raz – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Artlist Original)

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For years, Yehezkel Raz has released works of hypnotic beauty, often on the minimal side (last year’s 9 Moons being a fittingly sparse tribute to different moons in our solar system). Original Motion Picture Soundtrack fleshes things out somewhat, and returns a focus to the earth and to nature. “The Wanderer” marries Angelo Badalementi’s ominous mystery with Bernard Fevre’s disco horn synths, which sounds like it shouldn’t work but man, does it. “Morning Sunbeams” and “Autumn Wind” take several emotional turns with their melodies, proving that music designed to sit well on film need not forego its own depth.

JAY-Z pens open letter calling for arrest of officer behind three fatal shootings

JAY-Z pens open letter calling for arrest of officer behind three fatal shootingsJay Z

In a newly penned open letter, JAY-Z and his social justice firm, Team Roc, are seeking the arrest of a police officer behind three fatal shootings. The letter, published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel the week of June 29 and addressed to Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm, specifically called for the arrest of Joseph Mensah of the Wauwatosa Police Department.

The letter begins,

“How many more people must die at the hands of Officer Joseph Mensah?”

Mensah joined the Wauwatosa Police Department in 2015. In the time since, Mensah has fatally shot three young men of color: 17-year-old Alvin Cole (2020), 25-year-old Jay Anderson Jr. (2016), and 29-year-old Wauwatosa native, Antonio Gonzales (2015).

JAY-Z and Team Roc note,

“The law demands that each shot fired from a police officer’s gun is carefully and thoroughly scrutinized. Nineteen shots and three deaths in five years is not a pattern of accidents.”

The full letter, in which JAY-Z and Team Roc state that Mensah “must be de-certified and fired from the police force immediately,” in an illustration of the “responsibility to do the right thing” in the wake of the shootings, can be read below.

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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:  

Black Lives Matter

My Block My Hood My City

National Lawyers Guild Mass Defense Program

Black Visions Collective

Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Legal Defense Initiative

The Bail Project

The Next Level Boys Academy

Color of Change

Committee to Protect Journalists

Tiësto remixes Will Ferrell’s ‘Double Trouble’

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The so-called “Godfather of EDM,” Tiësto is seemingly always finding inventive ways to freshen his electronic approach, and his remix of a song featuring Will Ferrell is just the latest example. The original production, titled “Double Trouble,” hails from a new Netflix film, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, starring Ferrell and Rachel McAdams. Ferrell lends his pipes to “Double Trouble” in tandem with fellow artist, My Marianne.

Tiësto’s rework, formally known as “Tiësto’s Euro 90s Tribute Remix,” engages the ’90s-reminiscent sound already present on “Double Trouble” to a greater degree, while evidencing the producer’s creative streak. After priming themselves for the film by streaming Tiësto’s latest, listeners can head to Netflix to view Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.

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Jayda G returns to Ninja Tune with resounding new EP

Jayda G returns to Ninja Tune with resounding new EPJayda G Lou Jasmine Dancing Astronaut

Jayda G returns with her first EP since 2019’s Significant Changes, and the project highlights the Canadian-born musician’s continuous growth across two memorable originals and two self-remixes that carry just a bit more oomph.

The new release, titled Both Of Us / Are U Down, sees Jayda further dig her feet into that adorned sweet spot between classic house moods and the swelling grooves found in more modern deep house productions. “Both Of Us” lives and dies by its classic shuffling house chords, and is one of the more inspired takes on a genre that is sometimes riddled with drab approaches. What makes it so lively and fun, however, are the dynamics built on top of the song’s foundation of house chords. Tempo shifts, swelling bass lines, and a touching vocal invigorate “Both Of Us.”

“Are U Down” brings a more somber style to Jayda G’s sound, but manages to find its own beauty in accepting the idea that not every track, or every day for that matter, will be full of vibrance and color. In all, the tonal dichotomy audible on Both Of Us / Are U Down represents an artist who isn’t afraid to dive into and explore dance music beyond the club, and this approach pays dividends.

The EP also pairs each of its original tracks with a own club-ready remix, neither of which stray far from the source material, but nevertheless spruce up the respective releases with a touch more funk and energy. Without a single weak offering across its four compositions, Both Of Us / Are U Down, isn’t just one of Jayda G’s strongest showings yet, but also arrives as a contender for the title of one of the strongest electronic EPs of 2020 to date. Both Of Us / Are U Down is out now via Ninja Tune.

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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:  

Black Lives Matter

My Block My Hood My City

National Lawyers Guild Mass Defense Program

Black Visions Collective

Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Legal Defense Initiative

The Bail Project

The Next Level Boys Academy

Color of Change

Committee to Protect Journalists

When Idris Elba convenes with The Knocks, it’s ‘One Fine Day’

When Idris Elba convenes with The Knocks, it’s ‘One Fine Day’Idris Elba 1

Idris Elba is circling the electronic release ring for the third time in 2020 with his latest original production, “One Fine Day.” Produced alongside The Knocks, the spirited, piano-driven single features vocals from south London artist, Tiggs Da Author.

The twofer, which features the original edit and an IE edit, is out now via Elba’s very own imprint, 7 Wallace, with royalties to go to Black Cultural Archives, a national heritage center dedicated to collecting, preserving, and celebrating the histories of African and Caribbean people in Britain. “One Fine Day” follows Elba’s Shadow Boxx feature, “Girl With The Bat” and “Know Yourself” with Jay Robinson.

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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:  

Black Lives Matter

My Block My Hood My City

National Lawyers Guild Mass Defense Program

Black Visions Collective

Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Legal Defense Initiative

The Bail Project

The Next Level Boys Academy

Color of Change

Committee to Protect Journalists