Scrapped version of ‘Avicii: True Stories’ documentary surfaces online

Scrapped version of ‘Avicii: True Stories’ documentary surfaces onlineAvicii Live Arizona Credit Rolling Stone Dancing Astro

A scrapped version of Avicii‘s career-spanning documentary True Stories has appeared online after being previously removed from Netflix. Initially released in 2017, just six months before his death, the film sees director Levan Tsikurishvili following the Swedish DJ around the world for four years. The archived footage tells stories of Avicii’s larger-than-life career as well as a look inside to his personal life, health struggles, creative process, and unsustainable touring schedule.

The film features interviews with friends and musicians alike including David GuettaTiësto, Wyclef Jean, Nile Rodgers, and more. In a press release for its initial launch, Tsikurishvili described the influence behind his project stating,

“I wanted to do a brutally honest film about Tim as a person and not only about Avicii. Everybody knows Avicii but very few people know Tim. I think this documentary really shows Tim’s struggle and strength of character. Being a worldwide superstar artist is not as easy as it looks on Instagram.”

The scrapped version of the doc can be viewed below.

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The Weeknd says COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement have inspired his next album

The Weeknd says COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement have inspired his next albumThe Weeknd

Reflecting on his After Hours album, released in March 2020, The Weeknd suggested that last year’s historical events has caused a creative transition for his upcoming projects. In an interview with TMRW, the Grammy Award-winning artist opened up about his latest vision and how COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement have inspired his next album. Says The Weeknd,

“I have been more inspired and creative during the pandemic than I might normally be while on the road, the pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement and the tensions of the election have mostly created a sense of gratitude for what I have, and closeness with the people near me.”

The singer also looked back at how After Hours was one his career’s best works. Reflecting on one of 2020’s most critically lauded albums, the Canadian crooner said,

“I was laser-focused back then and I’m laser-focused right now. This has been the story of my twenties. I feel like I spent the last 10 years creating a sound and most of my career I’ve either been running away from it or duplicating it, ‘After Hours‘ was the perfect piece of art for me to show my tenure in the industry.”

The news comes just after The Weeknd recruited ROSALÍA for multilingual reconfiguration of “Blinding Lights,” and being named the most-streamed male artist in the world in Spotify‘s reveal of their top songs, albums, and artists of 2020.

Craig David named Member of Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

Craig David named Member of Most Excellent Order of the British EmpireCraig David

British garage veteran, Craig David, has been named a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his civil service as part of the Queen’s annual New Year’s Honors List.

The 39year-old UK garage legend was awarded the medal for his services to music, 20 years after he burst into international stardom in 1999 after being featured on the chart-topping single “Re-Rewind,” by Artful Dodger. The venerated producer is credited with 20 UK Top 40 singles, with seven UK Top 40 albums to boot, and holds the record of becoming the fastest-selling British male solo artist selling over 15,000,000 records worldwide with his debut album, 2000’s Born To Do It.

Alongside David, Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton, actor Sheila Hancock, and soap stars Sally Dynevor and Nina Wadia are among the celebrities who have been honored by the Queen.

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Grimes taps REZZ, Channel Tres, Tale Of Us, and more for ‘Miss Anthropocene Rave Edition’

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Between giving birth to her and Elon Musk‘s baby boy and releasing her fifth studio album, Miss Anthropocene, 2020 was another jam-packed year for Grimes. Now, nearly a full year after the LP’s release, Grimes has spawned a complete remix album, enticingly labeled Miss Anthropocene Rave Edition.

The remix album features a diverse cast of electronic’s most capable, such as REZZ, who mans a re-imagination of Grimes and i_o’s “Violence,” Richie Hawtin, Channel Tres, ANNA, Tale of Us, and Modskeletor. Some Miss Anthropocene Rave Edition inclusions made the rounds before the remix album’s formal arrival, like Richie Hawtin’s rework of “Darkseid” and BloodPop®’s “We Appreciate Power” remix; however, the other nine tracklistings are fresh to fans’ ears.

Grimes has stationed herself firmly on the leading edge of the sonic scene, developing her ultra-unique sound for more than a decade. The success of Miss Anthropocene has proven that Grimes has yet to slow down, and this remix album shows fans just how diverse her style can be.

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Shut Up & Play: Modal Argon8 Sounds By Jexus

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Synthesist Jexus / WC Olo Garb shared this no talk, all sounds demo of the Modal Argon8 synthesizer.

Jexus notes, “I did not use additional FX in the demo, all the delays, reverbs, flangers, panning, deformations and other effects are part of the Argon engine / mod matrix.”

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The Argon8 sound library of 180 original patches is available directly from Jexus.