Beirut’s nightclub district ‘virtually wiped out’ by warehouse explosion

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A warehouse explosion on August 4 in Beirut, Lebanon, reportedly catalyzed by 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate, killed more than 100 of the city’s residents and wounded thousands more.

In the wake of the harrowing disaster, The Guardian‘s Martin Chulov reports that the Lebanese capital’s “whole nightclub district [has been] virtually wiped out.” Mainstay venues including The Gärten, The Ballroom Blitz, The Grand Factory, AHM as well as B018 were all in close proximity to the port’s explosion and have suffered devastating damages. In speaking to Mixmag, Moe Choucair, founder of The Ballroom Blitz, shared his heartbreaking account of the explosion and its impact going forward, explaining:

“The explosion destroyed Beirut and shook the entire country. There are thousands injured, more than a hundred dead and the numbers are still going up by the minute. We’ve stopped thinking as a club and started thinking as a team of individuals pooling ideas to try and help in the most efficient way we can think of. Our establishment is the least of our concern right now because of the huge impact and urgency to react to this catastrophe.

A list of resources to assist those in Beirut impacted by the tragedy can be found here.

H/T: Mixmag

Featured image: Anwar Amro/AFP via Getty Images

Hudson Mohawke drops unreleased fan favourites in new collection, ‘B.B.H.E’: Listen

The artist has released a string of tracks previously only available on YouTube and radio rips

DJ Mag Staff

Tuesday, August 4, 2020 – 15:53

Hudson Mohawke has released a new album.

Announcing the LP on Twitter last night (3rd), the Glasgow-born, LA-based artist shared his new 14-track album, ‘B.B.H.E’, via Warp Records. Comprising of unreleased material, the drop follows an EP of old R&B bootlegs from HudMo last month.

“Back at start of lockdown I decided I was gona release some music of mine that I’d just rediscovered after thinking it was lost,” HudMo said. “some that had appeared in radio rips/Reddit/YouTube etc that I continually get asked for but has never been available officially.”

The album includes tracks like ‘100HM’ and ‘Liquid Heat’, as well as ‘Monte Fisto’, which featured on an Adidas advert back in 2013.

You can purchase ‘B.B.H.E’ now via Bandcamp.

Creamfields unveils nostalgic virtual roster including Hardwell, deadmau5, Axwell Λ Ingrosso, and more

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Although Creamfields is unable to take place in its routine, in-person format at the end of August, the UK festival revealed that a virtual substitute would be held across part of its original dates. Recruiting a tally of nearly 40 headliners for the August 29 – 30 digital event, Creamfields coordinators have officially revealed the lineup for the online alternative. The virtual affair will see coordinators dive into the Creamfields set library for a weekend of nostalgia, featuring live sets from previous years and never-before-seen footage.

Past appearances from Hardwell, Axwell Λ Ingrosso, Carl Cox, deadmau5, Armin van Buuren, Tchami, Tiësto, and Jamie Jones back-to-back Green Velvet back-to-back Patrick Topping, among countless others, comprise the two-day schedule. Organizers have yet to disclose from which year of the festival each performance will derive, but Creamfields has unsurprisingly delivered a star-studded roster as the countdown to the UK’s bank holiday weekend continues. Creamfields will additionally collect donations during the event for Mind Charity, a mental health awareness organization.

Featured image: Creamfields

ORBIT: AMPLIFY Playlist—Whethan

ORBIT: AMPLIFY Playlist—Whethan5. Whethan9693

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 Cuppy, CeCe RogersMartin BadderLoud LuxuryAkira AkiraAnabel EnglundBrando, and Major Lazer‘s Walshy FireWhethan curates Dancing Astronaut’s ORBIT: AMPLIFY Playlist for the week of August 3. Speaking on his hand-selected collection of cuts, Whethan said,

“This is a collection of songs that I’ve curated to showcase some of my favorite black artists. Some of the songs are newer, and some are songs that first inspired me to try to make my own music. Kanye was a really important artist to include because he helped me discover dance music through his song ‘Stronger.’ I owe so much of my inspiration to black artists and this playlist is a small taste of some of the artists who inspire me.”

Among Kanye‘s “Good Life” is an expanse of music from musicians such as Toro y Moi, Playboi Carti, Channel Tres, Travis Scott, Thundercat, and Frank Ocean. The diverse assortion also features originals from Tyler, The Creator, and Earth, Wind & Fire, among other artists.


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

London club E1 calls for support with licensing application as it’s future “is at risk”

London club E1 has made an appeal for public support after its licence application for its new outdoor area, Site 5, was contested. 

In a statement shared on its website, E1 has asked punters to email the club at info@e1-london.com and explain why they think approval for Site 5 is important not just for the survival of the club but for the local area in general. 

Site 5 is an outdoor space connected to E1, a new entry to DJ Mag’s Top 100 clubs chart this year,  that is intended to serve as an outdoor social space, aiming to provide a “socially distanced environment for those who [are] ready to interact with friends within the recommended government guidelines.” Site 5 opened in early July with socially distanced seating, bars and music. In its statement the club emphasised the importance of being able to keep Site 5 open for the coming months, “not only to support our team employed on a full-time basis, (as furlough comes to an end), but also to help bring employment support to those who work on a freelance basis for us – our bar staff family, suppliers and beyond.”

Because Site 5’s licence application has been contested by two people, the space is at risk of having to cease operations at the end of August. “Everything is at risk,” the club’s statement reads. “There may soon be no Site 5, no jobs for our staff and further down the line, we may no longer have E1. Nothing is certain.”

For more information on how to help E1 and Site 5 click here

Tomorrow, Thursday 6th August, at 7pm we will be streaming a set from Mella Dee, filmed in an empty E1 earlier this summer. Tune into that here.  

Earlier this week, London venues Village Underground and EartH launched a crowdfunding campaign to prevent closure in the wake of COVID-19. 

Photo credit: @haydonperrior

Glasonbury might not return until 2022, says founder

Glasonbury might not return until 2022, says founderGlastonbury Photo Credit John Hines

Michael Eavis, founder of the infamous Glastonbury Festival, is unsure of the UK event’s 2021 fate, but has a newfound confidence that the iconic festival will survive the COVID-19 pandemic.

In an interview with ITV conducted the week of August 3, Eavis addressed how restrictions on event capacity and other related limitations would affect how Glastonbury could operate for future iterations, but remained hopeful that the current impediments are just that—impediments, not permanent obstructions. Eavis said,

“I’m still hoping to be running [Glastonbury] next year and I’m going to be moving heaven and earth to make sure that we do, but that doesn’t mean it will necessarily happen. That is just wishful thinking really.”

Although this isn’t the news that fans were hoping for, Eavis also noted his earnest belief that the festival will persist despite current hardships, a shift from July’s chilling statement that Glastonbury might not make it through 2021. He added,

“I do not worry at all, I am so confident that it will survive. The only certainty I think is the year after, 2022, to be perfectly candid. We might have to wait two-years [to host the event].”

The cancellation of Glastonbury’s 50th Anniversary was a blow to would-be attendees from around the globe, but by hunkering down and following country, state, and county provisions, fans will be able to scratch that summer festival itch in no time.

Featured image: James Hines

Tchami impresses his signature on Justin Martin’s ‘Stay’

Tchami impresses his signature on Justin Martin’s ‘Stay’Tchami Rukes

Tchami, the French producer whose name has become synonymous with the future house subgenre, lends his trademark rhythmic, pounding bass line to Justin Martin‘s “Stay.” While the wait ensues for his debut album, YEAR ZERO, Tchami is relaunching his remix efforts with an echoing, hypnotic take on the original.

Notably, the rework holds true to Martin’s characteristic emphasis on a prominent bass line. In both iterations of the track, lilting, sylphine vocals from singer Dalilah materialize, blending with the instrumentation so seamlessly that it’s difficult to pinpoint where the bass line ends and the vocals begin. Originally issued in April, “Stay” is Martin’s second-ever release from his newly-established What to Do imprint.

Stream “Stay (Tchami Remix)” below.

Featured image: Rukes

Eventide Intros Eno & Lanois Inspired ShimmerVerb

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Eventide has introduced ShimmerVerb for VST, AU, AAX, and AUv3 – a new plugin inspired by the ‘shimmer’ effect pioneered by Daniel Lanois & Brian Eno.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

“ShimmerVerb combines a massively lustrous reverb with parallel pitch shifters to add ethereal layers making any signal, well, ‘shimmer.’

Oftentimes, producers would achieve the effect by using Eventide pitch-shifting hardware such as the H910, H949, or H3000 or other rack mount units in combination with a reverb. This production technique was popularized by Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno on U2’s The Unforgettable Fire.

Now, this iconic sound has been refined and extended with a modern, unified interface that is great for adding dreamy ambiance to guitars, keys, synths, samples, and vocals.”

Features:

  • Reverb plug-in with parallel pitch-shifters on the reverb tail
  • Easily pitch with perfect fourths, fifths, and octaves
  • MicroPitch tuning available around perfect intervals
  • Four octaves of pitch shifting (from two octaves down to two octaves up)
  • Delay pitched signals up to one second or sync them to your DAW’s tempo
  • FEEDBACK determines how much delayed signal is fed back into the input of the reverb
  • Low, Mid, and High cross-over network determines which frequencies are fed back
  • FREEZE holds the current state of the reverb in a smeared texture
  • The RIBBON allows for real-time modification of several parameters at once
  • HOTSWITCH allows for instant switching between two sets of parameters within one preset

Pricing and Availability

ShimmerVerb is available now with an intro price of $39.

Bastl’s new Midilooper is like a Loop Station… for MIDI jamming

After three years of development, testing, and messing around with it in their own live performances, Bastl say they’ve hit on a recipe for making audio-style looping work with MIDI.

The audio looper is a mainstay of live performance, via products like the iconic BOSS Loop Station. (Okay, Bastl can’t bring up the Roland/BOSS comparison, but I can.) For us electronic performers, though, our ideas aren’t always in the audio domain – sometimes they’re MIDI. That means not just playing notes or hitting drum pads, but also knob tweaks and parameter changes.

So the notion of this cute little Midilooper box is to do all that looping with MIDI in and out (synced via analog or MIDI clock, if you like). And that means all the features and workflows from audio looping, plus a few extras that only work with MIDI.

And wait, since this is MIDI, you can also modulate the messages after they leave the box – meaning things unimaginable in the audio domain. (Thanks, Dave and Roland!)

There’s also analog integration, too – CV and trigger ins can also modulate MIDI. (Time has folded in on itself! You can now use control voltage and MIDI interchangeably! Take that, 1970s and 80s and 90s!)

Oh yeah, plus bonus little poetic labels. Click to enbiggen.

Features:

  • 3 independent voices (each has MIDI channel assigned)
  • overdub/overwrite
  • transpose mode
  • octave transpose
  • quantize, velocity lock, shuffle, humanize
  • odd looplengths, time stretch
  • mute, clear, erase
  • one MIDI Input and two MIDI Outputs
  • clock input (accepts analog clock or TRS MIDI Clock)
  • analog reset input
  • metronome output
  • CV input connectivity (transpose, velocity, re-trigger)
  • pedal control (record, clear, voice selection)
  • USB powered
  • adjustable divider/multiplier for analog clock

I’m sure that all of this will have some people dreaming of some new MIDI sequencer, which is not really what this is. But it is an exceptionally clever idea, one that demands new ways of performing.

And maybe what’s most interesting about this box is the fact that you can’t prepare sets on it in advance. This is a live-in-the-moment box for people wanting to work live and embrace improvisation. I’ll be curious to check it out.

https://bastl-instruments.com/instruments/midilooper

Now shipping and on its way to Bastl’s dealers. €289 including VAT in Europe direct, or try your local dealer.