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With their massively anticipated LP, ENERGY, just weeks away, Disclosure have announced that they will deliver a live performance for Cercle at Croatia’s Plitvice Lakes National Park on August 17. For those unfamiliar with Cercle, a livestream media “dedicated to promoting artists and venues,” Cercle is known for hosting performances at the world’s most exotic and gorgeous sites, such as ZHU‘s performance at the Hakuba Iwatake resort in the Japanese mountains and Lee Burridge‘s seaside Bali set.
The Cercle set is sure to heighten the anticipation for ENERGY. Disclosure’s ENERGY rollout has been expansive, so far signaling that the duo’s first full release since 2015 will be worth the wait. In addition to singles with Fatoumata Diawara and slowthai and Aminé, ENERGY is slated to feature Common, Mick Jenkins, Channel Tres, and more. Explore ENERGY‘s full tracklist here, and learn more about the duo’s upcoming Cercle performance below.
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After taking topics of police brutality and racial injustice head on with protest-fueled track, “Lockdown,” Anderson .Paak returns with his third single of the year. Pivoting to bombastic verses and tongue-in-cheek nature, the Oxnard-hailing artist joins forces with Rick Ross on “CUT EM IN.” .Paak’s prior release tapped Noname, J.I.D., and Jay Rock for a spin on “Lockdown,” in a compact remix bundle.
Produced by Hit-Boy, G. Ry, and Corbett, “CUT EM IN,” features a groovy beat and an addictive hook, tag-teamed by electric guitar and piano. Pervaded by upbeat funk, the hip-hop production provides the bedrock for the two rappers to trade high-spirited lines on sharing profits among friends and money matters. With brief highlights of signature interludes from .Paak, the energized cut puts the Grammy winner’s rap flow on full view. “CUT EM IN” will appear on the Madden NFL 21 soundtrack.
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Amid pioneering the “future rave” movement alongside MORTEN and giving wings to their joint EP, New Rave, David Guetta found time to switch hats for a Jack Back spin on Joel Corry’s MNEK feature, “Head & Heart.”
After staking claim in his and MORTEN’s amorphous yet distinctive brand of future rave underground sound, it’s good to once again see Guetta flex his dynamism by swiftly switching sonic gears to go house. Guetta’s latest output under his house-driven Jack Back alias comes nearly four months after his last offering under the alternative name, his spin on Elephant Heart’s “Africa.”
Boasting Back’s characteristic house flair, the rework is indubitably dance worthy and well-placed synths add a world of animated difference to Corry’s standout original. If “Head & Heart” was originally for the car, then Back’s spin is for the club, upping the ante on the cut’s movement-catalyzing character.
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A staple of Gorgon City‘s REALM imprint, Kyle Kinch has unceasingly continued his house takeover in recent years, and 2020 is no anomaly. Following July’s “Forest Whitaker,” which arrived in tandem with the “Space Jump Salute Remix,” is Kinch’s latest, “Electric.”
The track’s title is an apt descriptor of the cut. Drenched in ’90s influence, “Electric” embodies Kinch’s timeless sound, which has often seem him engage classic jazz and disco stylings in the past. Through a modern lens with shadows of retro aesthetics, Kinch envisions the house genre, and his soulful, Aliz Smith-assisted showing is a harkening back to an earlier time in house that blissfully takes place in this present moment.
Speaking on the immediately-enthralling number, Kinch said,
“I’m infatuated with 90’s house music. It was my first taste of this world before I really even knew what it was. Since I started producing, I’ve been trying to capture the echo and essence of
that era. ‘Electric’ is a homage to my earliest sensations of house.”
“Electric” is out now via REALM. Hear the impact below.
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Two words spoken at the intro of AYN’s “I Contact” prove a defining addition to the track: “musical experience.” An apt declaration of what is to come, the verbal spoiler precedes several ensuing, spoken expansions of what streamers can expect to hear, as lulling vocals weave in and out of the sonic frame.
The spoken portion gives way to a bracing techno beat that elastically steals attention from any of the words that provided its precursor. Hauntingly ethereal, “I Contact’s” structure takes the underground’s frequent integration of spoken monologues and vocal overlays and glossily adapts them into a prelude for the agile beat. Influence from the Jordanian producer’s Arabic roots meanwhile threads “I Contact,” adding cultural inflection.
It’s stimulating, curiosity-inducing, a fresh new twist on familiar in the industrial setting. A nearly nine-minute project, “I Contact” comes with an immersive audio-visual video that augments the sheer affect of AYN’s latest.
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Following his tragic and untimely passing in 2018, there have been many unique and thoughtful tributes for beloved Swedish DJ/producer Avicii, including a church service set entirely to Avicii songs, a tribute concert with performances from artists like Kygo and David Guetta, and now, a second iteration of the original Avicii-themed video game.
In a newly-released demo for AVICII Invector: Encore Edition, players fly through outer space, hitting notes and targets, all set to a soundtrack of Avicii’s greatest hits. The demo is currently available at no cost on the Nintendo Switch.
AVICII Invector: Encore Edition, to be released in full on Sepember 8, is a follow-up to an earlier version of AVICII Invector and a precursor to the full game. New features will include expanded, never-before-seen levels and additional Avicii tracks for players to choose from.
25 percent of all profits from the new game will be given to the Tim Bergling Foundation, a charity created by Avicii’s family to support scientists and medical professionals working in the mental health field, specifically those focused on suicide prevention.
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The Grammy Award-winning Tiësto paired up with Vintage Culture for “Coffee (Give Me Something),” released via the former’s Musical Freedom imprint. The track premiered at Vintage Culture’s Tomorrowland Digital Festival set and was also played during the Brazilian DJ’s” Unlock Your Soul” livestream.
Through a mist of stabs and harmonic ambiance, dissident vocals guide the track to melodic bliss for an ethereal gem of a track that materializes as an elegant collaboration between the two production virtuosos.
Tiësto delineated how the joint project came together in a press release, stating
“I’ve been going back and forth with Vintage Culture for a while now looking for the right song to work on together. His track ‘My Girl’ was one of the best streaming records on my label. When we heard the vocal for ‘Coffee,’ we immediately had a ton of inspiration to work on this and quarantine gave us a lot of time to try different versions and perfect the record. In the end we ended up making changes to the very last day! We’re really excited about how it turned out. It’s something for home playlists but also for the club. I hope everyone will enjoy it as much as we did making it.”
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Illegal rave organisers are set to be fined up to £10,000 as part of the UK Government’s latest lockdown-easing plans.
In a press conference last month, prime minister Boris Johnson announced that lockdown restrictions due to be lifted on the 1st August had been postpoined for a fortnight due to a spike in coronavirus cases, meaning that indoor music and theatre performances, pilots of crowds in sports scentres, and wedding receptions of more than 30 people, were not permitted.
While the UK government has announced the lockdown restrictions will ease from today (14th August), clubs and music venues remain closed, and in a bid to stop “unlicensed music events” which have seen a surge during lockdown, the police will be given powers to issue fines of up to £10,000 to organisers of events with crowds larger than 30.
There have been more than 500 large unlicensed events in London alone this summer, and police say they are responding to approximately 23 events every day. Following an illegal party earlier this month, a Met Police spokesperson told The Evening Standard that “as soon as police receive information on a UME, officers will work with organisers and local authorities to shut down events at the earliest opportunity.
“If organisers fail to comply, police will use legislation to seize sound systems and laptops. Legislation is also used to disperse crowds and ultimately make arrests if people fail to comply.”
In June, over 6,000 people attended two illegal raves which took place at Daisy Nook Country Park in Oldham, and nearby Carrington, in Manchester. A total of three men were stabbed at the Carrington rave, which saw crowds of an estimated 2,000 people. An 18-year-old man suffered life-threatening injuries, and two other men aged 25 and 26 were also injured. A 25-year-old has been arrested in relation to the attacks on weapons charges. Police have also announced they are investigating the rape of an 18-year-old woman who attended the Carrington event.
Tron 3 has been confirmed, with Daft Punk rumoured for the forthcoming epic’s soundtrack.
The reveal came via Oscar-winning actor Jard Leto’s social media, who in a since-deleted post, wrote that he would be “starring in TRON: ARES.” The official name of the third film in Disney’s franchise is yet to be officially confirmed.
In July on an episode of Light The Fuse, a weekly podcast about MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE with people who worked on the franchise, Disney’s President of Music & Soundtracks Mitchell Leib said he’d want Daft Punk to soundtrack the third Tron film.
Leib told hosts at the time “we’re looking at making a sequel to Tron (Legacy) now. We’re making a Tron 3,” and that he’d spoken with Daft Punk’s manager Paul Hahn about bringing the electronic duo on board for the score.
Daft Punk scored the 2010 film Tron: Legacy, which featured Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner.
You can listen to the podcast episodes featuring Mitchell Leib here.
Last year, Daft Punk’s ‘Random Access Memories’ was revealed as the best-selling dance music album of the decade.
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