Influential DJ Steve Sutherland has died

Influential UK DJ Steve Sutherland has died. 

The longstanding DJ and broadcaster, who was a pivotal figure on the UK club circuit and airwaves, was a champion of UK Garage, R&B, grime and hip-hop, among other styles. As well as being a presenter on stations like Choice and Galaxy FM, Sutherland was co-founder of party brand Twice As Nice, and held residencies at iconic clubs such as Pacha Ibiza and Ministry Of Sound. 

Sutherland was widely celebrated over the years for his invaluable contribution to Black British music, and won four MOBO Awards for Best Club DJ between 2000 and 2006. 

Tributes have been paid to the legendary DJ since the sad news of his death was shared on Friday. “His contribution to the Black British Music scene will never be forgotten,” wrote MOBO on Twitter. Tributes have also come from figures including Trevor Nelson, Jumpin’ Jack Frost and Beverly Knight. 

Our condolences go out to Sutherland’s family and friends at this time.

Eli Moon unveils the haunting “killmeinmysleep” [Video]

Following his standout debut project, Bodies, in 2019, South Londoner Eli Moon makes his 2020 return with the hauntingly lachrymose “killmeinmysleep.” Forgoing much of the synth work from previous releases, his shadowy approach to R&B seamlessly transfers into this sublime, acoustic guitar-led affair.

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Reminiscent of Frank Ocean’s blonde, Moon has the same rare ability to completely ensnare your consciousness with a handful of simple, yet masterfully executed components. Gentle guitars carry his melancholic, pitched-down tones through a punishing, self-reflective narrative as the reverb-soaked atmosphere pulls you in even further. To further compound the themes of internal struggle, the monochrome and subtly animated visual performs as an extension of his own psyche, trapping him in his childhood bedroom to face his inner demons.

Moon outlines in a statement that, “The song is an introspective expression of both the inner turmoil I face everyday with not wanting to deal with people and the self-sabotaging results of that behaviour. With all that’s going on in the world today, I think it’s fair to say we have all found ourselves feeling claustrophobic and out of touch with reality and if this song can help ease the tension for just one individual, then I have done my job.”

“killmeinmysleep” is out now via MERIDIAN.

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Calvin Harris teases new Love Generator track, ‘Live Without Your Love’: Watch

The track is out this week on Defected

DJ Mag Staff

Monday, July 13, 2020 – 16:49

Calvin Harris will release his next single as Love Regenerator, ‘Live Without Your Love’, this Friday 17th July. 

Set to drop via Defected, the single features vocals from The Internet’s Steve Lacy. You can hear a preview of the track below.

‘Live Without Your Love’ is Harris’ fifth outing as Love Regenerator, having launched the house/techno influenced project earlier this year. ‘Live Without Your Love’ follows ‘Moving’, which dropped in April and featured Eli Brown. 

Daft Punk’s ‘Technologic’ has been remixed by Deborah De Luca: Listen

You can hear the remix now

DJ Mag Staff

Monday, July 13, 2020 – 17:08

Deborah De Luca has remixed Daft Punk’s ‘Technologic’.

A regular feature in her sets, the remix will be familiar to fans of the Italian DJ. You can check it out via her Soundcloud below. 

The remix follows the release of De Luca’s new single ‘Dori Me’, which landed last Friday via her own Sola_mente label. 

Revisit Deborah De Luca’s 2019 set from DJ Mag HQ here.  

Meanwhile, Daft Punk fans had reason to be excited last week when it was revealed that Disney are in talks to get French duo to soundtrack the sequal to Tron: Legacy, which they wrote the OST for in 2010.

Good Times Ahead submit soulful new single, ‘Let Go’

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While Good Times Ahead have discarded the acronym that they were once known by, their music has remained unpredictable in the wake of this shift. The production pair have steadily alternated between festival trap, big room house, and Latin-infused moombahton on their past releases, and can now be seen foraying into soulful electro on their latest single, “Let Go.”

Making their Monstercat debut with “Let Go,” Good Times Ahead channel a refined and mature sound with the one-off, which begins with a lofty piano line, and dulcet vocals that enter quickly, as if to prepare the listener for a cut and dried piano house tune. However, as the keys and voice further coalesce, tinges of robotic harmonies make a quick and unexpected appearance before taking over the break. A tightly-wound electronic arpeggio swirls across the beat, burnishing Good Times Ahead’s talent for sound design.

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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:  

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The Natural Synthetic’s visual debut “Nervous” is full of crashing waves and clashing perspectives [Video]

Multi-instrumentalist Juan Ariza and singer-songwriter Miette Hope have been musical collaborators since they met at Berklee College of Music. “Nervous” is their whimsical indie-pop debut as The Natural Synthetic – a more intentional continuation of their musical chemistry.

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“Nervous” is a product of Miette’s life experiences and Juan’s imaginative production and instrumentations. The duet delves into “being nervous either liking someone so much that you don’t know how to handle yourself or being nervous about telling that person you can’t be with them anymore or not being able to communicate,” says Ariza to EARMILK over the phone. “Nervous” walks the line between playfulness and heartbreak, and that can be a very fine line.

The duo’s first music video had to visualize that sense of drama and nerves surrounding uncertainties and complex emotions. “Music and visuals can be a marriage,” Ariza explains. “It can be a beautiful marriage, sometimes it can be a horrible marriage, but I feel like it can bring new meaning to the song itself. With this one, I feel like it solidified the idea of what we represent as a band.”

The DIY, quarantine-made video for “Nervous” is the band’s first. On a split screen, we see Hope laying in the sand as waves wash up around her face. On the other side, Ariza’s face is bathed in a light projection of water. It is an eloquent dichotomy between natural and synthetic, drenched in moody blue tones.

For Ariza and Hope, “Nervous” is only the beginning. They plan to imitate the album art for “Nervous” throughout their project, selecting different elements of the periodic table to represent each song (for “Nervous” they used nitrogen). They hope to rework their own periodic table for a future album cover. Their next single will have a dancier energy with a blend of Troye Sivan’s dance-pop and Daft Punk’s electronic edge.

Connect with The Natural Synthetic: SpotifyYoutube

Goldenvoice forms new team, GV Black, to highlight black voices, expand representation

Goldenvoice forms new team, GV Black, to highlight black voices, expand representationCoachella Rich Fury GettyImagesforCoachella

In a statement released on July 13, Goldenvoice, the event magnate behind festivals like Coachella and Stagecoach, announced the launch of a new team, GV Black. GV Black is dedicated to amplifying black voices within Goldenvoice as well as within the larger Coachella community. An excerpt from the statement reads,

“The black employees at Goldenvoice have formed GV Black, a team to help us create initiatives to highlight the black experience at our organization, and expand representation of the black community at Coachella.”

The new initiative comes as a response to current unrest due to rampant police brutality and systemic racism in the United States. In the statement, Goldenvoice announces that it has committed to ongoing efforts to promote equality and fight racial injustice, and acknowledges that these issues are not limited to the current moment, and therefore must be addressed as part of a conscious, continuous effort moving forward.

Read the full statement 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

Committee to Protect Journalists

Carl Cox pays tribute to late father in special live-stream vinyl session

Carl Cox played a special tribute set on Sunday, dedicated to his father who passed away last week.

As part of his weekly Cabin Fever: Sunday Vinyl Session series, Cox played an hour of soul, R&B, funk, reggae, soca and calypso music in tribute to his father Henry Carlisle Cox, who sadly passed away recently after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. 

Cox cites his father’s music taste as being a huge influence on him growing up, and in a Facebook video announcing the special show, he said that “if it was not for him, I would not be the DJ that I am today”.

“So, I will share his sound, of soul, R&B, funk, reggae, Soca and calypso music,” he added. “It will not [be] an easy show to do, but I know this is what he would want, to carry on playing the music. Thank you all so far, for our condolences, for me and my family, it really means a lot.”

You can watch Cabin Fever – Sunday Vinyl Session 017: My Father’s Playlist here

Throughout lock down, Cox’s Cabin Fever series has featured a few very special sets, including a ‘90s rave special, which saw the legendary DJ spinning 100% vinyl across three decks.

Early this month, Cox said that, amid the coronavirus pandemic, illegal raves are “not the answer”. “These illegal parties are basically done out of frustration,” he said. “Just done out of showing it’s our right to do what we want to do. It’s not the answer to this.” 

New meets old in Bonobo’s remix of Michael Kiwanuka’s ‘Final Days’

New meets old in Bonobo’s remix of Michael Kiwanuka’s ‘Final Days’Bonobo By Dan Medhurst

The elusive Bonobo returns with his first remix in three years, unexpectedly taking on the soulful and funky fresh source material of Michael Kiwanuka’s “Final Days.”

Those familiar with Kiwanuka’s raw, folk-rock style might pinpoint his style as a bit left field of Bonobo’s, but while the producers might fall on different ends of the spectrum, the resulting harmony in Bonobo’s spin simply speaks for itself. Bonobo’s remix is a bit of new meets old, with the seasoned producer complementing his more recent affinity for four-on-the-floor beat structures with his established ability to not only harness but also polish the vocal track at hand.

With a handful of singles arriving in the past year, and now, his first remix in several, rumors of Bonobo’s next full-length LP have begun circulating, but nothing has been confirmed as of yet. For now, listeners can stream his remix of Michael Kiwanuka’s “Final Days” 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