MF DOOM dies, aged 49

The iconic artist died on 31st October, a statement from his family has revealed 

Eoin Murray

Thursday, December 31, 2020 – 22:11

MF DOOM has died, aged 49. 

News of the iconic artist’s death was confirmed today (31st December) in a statement shared to social media by his family. 

“The greatest husband, father, teacher, student, business partner, lover and friend I could ever ask for. Thank you for all the things you have shown, taught and given to me, our children and our family,” MF DOOM’s wife Jasmine wrote in the caption of an Instagram post. “Thank you for teaching me how to forgive beings and give another chance, not to be so quick to judge and write off. Thank you for showing how not to be afraid to love and be the best person I could ever be. My world will never be the same without you. Words will never express what you and Malachi mean to me, I love both and adore you always. May THE ALL continue to bless you, our family and the planet.”

According to the statement, MF DOOM died on 31st October 2020. No cause of death has been revealed. 

Tributes have poured from throughout the world of electronic music for the influencial artist.

Jean-Michel Jarre Live VR New Year’s Performance

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Jean-Michel Jarre shared this free VR performance – created in partnership with the City of Paris and UNESCO – designed to be a New Year’s Eve ‘concert-spectacular’, set in a virtual recreation of the Notre-Dame de Paris.

Welcome to the Other Side is a free concert experience created with the intent to send a message of hope for 2021.

Endorphin.es Running Order Trigger Sequencer Updated With Ratcheting, Probability & More

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Endorphin.es has released version 2 of the firmware for their Running Order trigger sequencer.

Running Order v2 adds live recording, ratcheting, probability and more.

Here’s what’s new in v.2.0:

  • Live recording: now you can record a new sequence by toggling the Track select switch to the side and the current sequence will continue playing until we enter the new sequence and switch back to the center.
  • Ratcheting and Probability in the Standard (a.k.a. Step Input) mode
  • Offset and Probability in the Euclidean mode.
  • Sync inputs even more improved. Sync latency reduced to 100 micro seconds. Once external clock is paused for longer than 1 second and then continues again, that acts as a sync on both inputs.

Giant Verb Is A Free Reverb Designed For ‘Infinite Spaces’

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Digital Systemic has introduced Giant Verb, a free audio effect for MacOS & Windows that’s designed for creating ‘infinite spaces’.

Features:

  • Total feedback up to 100% (=infinite decay time)
  • Analog input behavior: pre-warmth factor
  • Reverb modulation for smooth & discrete chorusing
  • Direct & intuitive UI, ‘optimized for sound over technical stuff’
  • Ultra low space (5 Mo), super light CPU use (~0%) so you can use it on live sessions without latency

It’s available now as a free download.

Dancing Astronaut presents the Top 100 Remixes of 2020

Dancing Astronaut presents the Top 100 Remixes of 2020MK LAC Media 3

As of late, Dancing Astronaut has been busy rolling back the 2020 tapes. What did the footage show? Lane 8 as our 2020 Artist of the Year, Tomorrowland Around The World singlehandedly earning the designation of Digital Event of the Year, Moore Kismet‘s campaign for Breakout Artist of 2020, Anjuna as Label of the Year, and Tchami‘s Year Zero topping our list of the year’s best albums. While we crowned our category champions, we simultaneously spotlit 25 Artists to Watch in 2021 and capped off the efforts with a 100-song long playlist of our top electronic tracks of 2020. The celebratory run wouldn’t be complete without a grand finale, and now concludes with Dancing Astronaut’s Top Remixes of 2020.

For the first time in Dancing Astronaut history, we’re paying tribute to the most memorable remixes of the past year. A companion to “Top Electronic Tracks of 2020,” the “Top Remixes of 2020” playlist spans reworks from the year’s uncontested remix don, MK, who fashioned 10-plus spins throughout the duration of 2020. Noteworthy takes from artists with varying tenures such as Tommy Trash, Maliboux, Disclosure, BROHUG, Imanbek, and Krystal Klear— among many others—guide “Top Remixes of 2020” to a grand tally of 100.

Stream below, and happy new year.

Kendrick Lamar set to headline Roskilde 2021 with new material reportedly on the way

Kendrick Lamar set to headline Roskilde 2021 with new material reportedly on the wayPanorama 2016 Saturday Kendrick Lamar Credit Brooklyn Vegan

New music from Kendrick Lamar is on the horizon. Announced as a headliner for Roskilde Festival‘s 2021 installment, the acclaimed rapper supposedly has “new material along the way” according to organizers. The appearance will mark Lamar’s third time performing at the Danish event, with the first two in 2013 and 2015 respectively.

Set to run June 26-July 3, Roskilde will celebrate its 50th anniversary with Tyler, The Creator, Thom Yorke, FKA twigs, and more confirmed on the lineup. In the recent announcement of Lamar as its latest headliner, the nonprofit festival stated,

“He is capable of giving a voice to those who might be needing it, and this kind of artist is essential to have right now….Two albums later—and with new material along the way—he is once again ready to take Roskilde Festival’s main stage with a concert that is likely to be one of the absolute highlights of the summer.”

Lamar’s most recent solo studio album DAMN. saw its release in 2017. Rumors of new music circulated earlier this year, with Lamar reported to be shooting a music video in Los Angeles in September.

Read the full announcement from Roskilde Festival here.

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Good Morning Mix: Prepare for Tchami’s NYE opening duties with his debut Tomorrowland appearance

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It’s officially New Year’s Eve, and before Tchami assumes the responsibilities of opening up Tomorrowland‘s Planaxis stage as one of the virtual event’s earliest digital performers, we’re mentally and physically readying ourselves for the evening at hand with the Year Zero mastermind’s first-ever appearance in Boom, Belgium.

Having appeared alongside his masked No Redemption counterpart at Tomorrowland’s two most recent iterations, the Parisian first touched down in Belgium in 2017, standing atop the mainstage as the rain clouds passed over to deliver a 58-minute masterclass in future house. Giving a festival audience a live look into what would become his Revelations EP just a handful of weeks later, Tchami provided a welcome debut Tomorrowland showing as he ran through everything from “World To Me” with Luke James to his adaptation of Martin Garrix and Jay Hardway‘s “Wizard” down to a vibrant finale of the EP’s staple cut, “Adieu.”

In the time leading up to Tomorrowland’s virtual NYE eventDancing Astronaut has revisited Tomorrowland sets from artists slated to perform at the dance-focused finale to 2020. Revisit the past four sets ahead of the evening’s beginning with our Tomorrowland NYE Good Morning Mix series, and learn why Tomorrowland’s Around The World festival was named our top digital event of 2020 here.

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DJ Snake, Zedd, Nora En Pure, Alison Wonderland, and more head curation for Amazon Music’s New Year’s Eve playlists

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While concert-goers trade live events for stay-at-home this New Year’s Eve, Amazon has brought in some of dance music’s biggest names to curate a final selection of playlists for Amazon Music Unlimited and HD customers to enjoy as they ring in 2021.

Introducing the Choose Your Own DJ New Year’s Eve playlists last year in the conclusion of 2019, the series returns for a second helping, capping off a year that has that felt far longer than most. Now, the choices will mean all the more to Amazon listeners, as the world is forced to forego live events, even on the most special of occasions.

This year’s string of playlists features artists across a multitude of genres, including Reggaeton, Latin, hip-hop, as well as tons of dance music purveyors. The list ranges from world-renowned producers like Metro Boomin, Puerto Rican sensation Tainy, DJ Khaled, and DJ Snake, to a host of electronic masterminds like David Guetta, Zedd, Alison Wonderland, Nora En Pure, and many more.

The playlists culminates in a year that has seen more “from home” events than ever before. Check out the full list below and listen to the complete collection here.

Choose Your Own New Year’s Eve DJ Lineup:

David Guetta
DJ Khaled
DJ Snake
Zedd
Tainy
Alison Wonderland
Joel Corry
Ellen Allien
Nora En Pure
TSHA
Paul Woolford
Marshall Jefferson
Metro Boomin
Black Coffee

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TikTok claims more than 70 artists secured major label deals as a result of going viral in 2020

TikTok claims more than 70 artists secured major label deals as a result of going viral in 2020TikTok Featured Image AP Images

In 2020, TikTok became the latest go-to destination for music discovery, taking on an instrumental role in sparking viral hits for artists of all genres. The social media platform released its “Year In Music” report earlier in December, announcing that, in the past year alone, over 70 artists that gained popular followings on TikTok have signed major record label deals. Some of those artists include Claire Rosinkranz, Dixie D’Amelio, Powfu, Priscilla Block and Tai Verdes. TikTok’s Global Head of Music Ole Obermann said in a company statement,

“We at TikTok share our community’s passion for music and we’re dedicated to providing a platform where artists and fans can interact and thrive, it has been inspiring to watch our community bring new talent to the forefront, help send songs up the charts, and use music to create an oasis of joy during a trying time.”

The report also detailed record breaking numbers, with over 176 different songs surpassing 1 billion video views as TikTok sounds. Earlier this month, “The Playlist” was revealed as part of the “Year On TikTok: Top 100” reel, highlighting the most significant songs on TikTok in 2020. Together, those songs have racked up over 50 billion video views on over 125 million creations, and five of them have reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Nearly 90 songs that trended on the platform climbed onto the Top 100 charts in the U.S., with 15 of those reaching #1 on a Billboard chart. Read the full report here.

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Passion Pit frontman Michael Angelakos shares 39 previously unreleased demos

Passion Pit frontman Michael Angelakos shares 39 previously unreleased demosPassion Pit Cred John Hutchings

After more than a year of radio silence following Passion Pit‘s May 2019 collaboration with Galantis, “I Found U,” frontman Michael Angelakos has directed 30-plus previously unreleased demos of remixes, a cappella versions, and more to SoundCloud.

The SoundCloud haul serves as something of a rarity in the industry, giving fans a behind the scenes glimpse into the multiple layers and stages of creating the indie-electronic megaband. The releases peer into Angelakos’ creative world, which teems with demos from 2008, (unfairly titled “stupidly bad” instrumentals), and dry vocal cuts. Not only does Angelakos give the gift of these anomalies, but he also interacts with fans about the demos in SoundCloud’s comment section.

These new releases appear to be an accumulation of the “Take A Walk” creators’ past decade of artistry, and Passion Pit fans can now enjoy them while entertaining the hope that an album could soon be on the way as well. Listen to all 39 Soundcloud demos here.

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