Ultra Music Festival officially cancels 2021 dates

Ultra Music Festival officially cancels 2021 datesRukes Ultra 2016 Purple

After waiting on an official announcement in an effort to secure its 2022 dates, Ultra Music Festival has been forced to cancel for a second year in a row. Generally seen as the commencement of festival season, Ultra’s 2021 cancellation effectively signals another gutted spring events circuit. Ticket holders were contacted by Ultra organizers to announce the cancellation, citing ongoing health concerns and COVID-19 protocols, as well as the announcement of 2022’s dates.

As a bit of a silver lining, Ultra’s cancellation announcement comes with confirmation that next year’s event will return to the event’s beloved host site of Bayfront Park in Miami, following a tumultuous 2019 iteration at Virginia Key Beach Park after being booted from Bayfront the previous year. Now, Ultra aims to return to Miami in 2022 for a March 25 – 27 run. In lieu of direct ticket refunds, similarly to 2020, other positives include a host of benefits for 2020 ticket holders including free VIP upgrades, early entry to the festival grounds, and a free ticket to any other Ultra worldwide event across the globe.

While other major festival properties have closed the book on 2021, including Glastonbury and Coachella, other events such as Electric Forest ambitiously look to return this summer.

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William Black steps into the light with first 2021 solo release, ‘Deep End’

William Black steps into the light with first 2021 solo release, ‘Deep End’William Black PC David H. Nguyen

Melodic maestro William Black has returned with yet another resonant output, simultaneously cementing in his first solo original of the year, “Deep End.” Fresh off the heels of his most recent remix pack for SLANDER collaboration, “Closer Than You,” Black resumes his melodic bass take-over in his newest show of emotional integrity.

“Deep End” joins Black’s diverse catalogue, pulling yet again from his dynamic and authentic lyricism. Touching on frequent themes of mental health and vulnerability across his work, Black shared,

“I hope it helps show other people that they are not alone either, no matter how dark it may seem.”

Combining silken vocals with rhythmic synths and a cutting baseline, the track marks one of Black’s most rejuvenating and inspiring tracks to date. Stream his latest below.

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John Summit flexes house virtuosity on remix of Gorgon City’s ‘You’ve Done Enough’ featuring DRAMA

John Summit flexes house virtuosity on remix of Gorgon City’s ‘You’ve Done Enough’ featuring DRAMAJohn Summit

John Summit continues to bring validation to his Dancing Astronaut’s Artists to Watch in 2021 title, positioning himself early in the year for success as he lands an official remix for Gorgon City‘s “You’ve Done Enough” featuring DRAMA. The Chicago-bred house producer struts his forward-thinking talents on Gorgon City and DRAMA’s joint sophomore single, turning the original down-tempo tune into an all-out tech house jam.

Summit gained extensive popularity in June 2020 with his track “Deep End,” which became the longest-running Beatport #1 of the year and went on to garner a remix from duo SIDEPIECE as well as a wide range of support from some of the world’s biggest DJs. Amongst those who have recognized him include UK duo Gorgon City, who performed a back-to-back set with Summit at a rooftop in the former’s hometown of Chicago in November 2020. The meeting between the two dance forces has led to Summit’s present remix contribution to Gorgon City and DRAMA’s track, named as one of Dancing Astronaut‘s most-anticipated IDs of 2021.

Further paving the way for the next generation of musical talent within the house genre, Summit instates a dancefloor staple for the ages with his “You’ve Done Enough” remix, maneuvering a course of groovy flows and energetic movements that speak to his masterful reconstruction capabilities.

Hear John Summit’s remix of Gorgon City and DRAMA’s “You’ve Done Enough.”

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Reggae and dancehall legend U-Roy dies, aged 78

Reggae and dancehall legend U-Roy has died.

The pioneering Jamaican artist, real name Ewart Beckford, passed away in Jamaica aged 78. No cause of death has been made public. Marcia Smikle, U-Roy’s partner, told The Gleaner paper that the artist had been receiving treatment for kidney problems, as well being on medication for for diabetes and high blood pressure.

Beckford began performing in 1961 in Kingston, before releasing his first singles later that decade. He rose to prominence in the ’70s, and became known as “the originator” of “toasting”, with his distinctive style of delivering lyrics, which has influenced modern rap and hip-hop to this day. 

He recorded and released hundreds of records, but spent many years immersed in soundsystem culture alongside the likes of Shabba Ranks, Ranking Joe and Charli Chaplin. He released his last album in 2018, ‘Talking Roots’, which was produced by British dub legend, Mad Professor. Prior to his death, Beckford recorded an album that featured the likes of Santigold, Shaggy and Ziggy Marley. A release date is set to be announced for summer.

“A true reggae phenomenon,” Trojan Records said in a statement on Instagram. “Never before him, nor for a long time after him, had any artist been able to simultaneously hold the top three positions on the Jamaican charts with three consecutive singles. Even the later international fame of Bob Marley never afforded that particular ‘late great’ a comparable level of chart action.”

You can read some of the tributes to the late pioneer below.

Lauryn Hill becomes first female MC in history to go diamond

‘The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill’ has sold over 10 million copies in the U.S.

Amy Fielding

Friday, February 19, 2021 – 12:15

Lauryn Hill has become the first female MC in history to receive diamond certification.

After rising to fame as the only female member of influential hip-hop group The Fugees, American singer, rapper, songwriter, and record producer, Lauryn Hill, has been awarded diamond certification by The Recording Industry Association (RIAA) of America for her 1998 solo album, ‘The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill’.

With tracks such as ‘Everything Is Everything’ and ‘Doo Wop (That Thing)’ sold over 400,000 copies in its first week and debuted at the top of the US charts. At the 41st Annual Grammy Awards in 1999, the LP earned 10 nominations and scooped five awards.

Joining female artists such as Mariah Carey, Katy Perry and Madonna in the 10x platinum certified category, Lauryn Hill is the first female rapper to ever achieve the accolade.

You can read the announcement from the RIAA below. 

Special Request announces !K7 DJ-KiCKS mix release

Special Request will mix the next instalment in !K7’s DJ-Kicks series.

Following recent contributions from the likes of Laurel Halo, Avalon Emerson, Kamaal Williams, and Mr. Scruff, Paul Woolford AKA Special Request will join Berlin label !K7’s infamous DJ-Kicks series with a new compilation in March.

The theme behind the mix is “all-time favourites”, with Special Request compiling and reworking new and old school classics from the likes of Planet Mu’s Mike Paradinas, FC Kahuna, Tim Reaper, 96 Back and Krystal Klear.

Ahead of the full mix release on the 19th March, a 12″ EP titled ‘Compassion’ – featuring three Special Request tracks – is out now, with two of the tracks included in the mix, and the title track exclusive to the EP.

Paul Woolford won the award for Best Producer as Special Request in DJ Mag’s Best of British Awards 2019, and also scooped the award for best album with ‘Vortex’.

You can pre-order the Special Request DJ-Kicks here, and check out the tracklist below.

Special Request – Compassion (12″ / digital) 

A1 Special Request – Vellichor 

A2 96 Back x Special Request – Petrichor 

AA1- Special Request – Compassion 

Special Request DJ-Kicks (CD / digital mixed / digital unmixed) ** denotes exclusive

01 Intergalactic Quartet – Shores Of Alpha 

02 Sun Ra & Solar Arkestra – Cluster Of Galaxies 

03 Alicia Myers – Right Here Right Now (John Morales M+M Remix) 

04 Harvey Sutherland – Priestess 

05 Morgan Geist – Lullaby 

06 Intergalactic Quartet – Delta Waves 

07 Special Request – KissFM NY87 Mastermix ** 

08 Special Request – Vellichor ** 

09 AS ONE – We Are But Shadow 

10 Virgo – R U Hot Enough? 

11 Krystal Klear – Tun Valve 

12 Speedy J – De-Orbit 

13 LS1 Housing Authority – Ultraviolet ** 

14 AceMo – Sequence Of Life 

15 Symbols & Instruments – Mood (Tropical Dream Revisited) 

16 LS1 Housing Authority – Life Moves Fast ** 

17 µ-Ziq – Drocovums 

18 Psyance – Gates Of Heaven 

19 FC Kahuna – Hayling – Special Request Mix ** 

20 µ-Ziq – Twangle Frent (Special Request Rework) ** 

21 Galaxian – Glasgow To Detroit 

22 Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse – Drowning In Her (Sonar’s Ghost VIP) 23 Special Request – Pull Up (Tim Reaper VIP) ** 

24 Special Request – Elysian Fields (Tim Reaper VIP) ** 

25 96 Back x Special Request – Petrichor ** 

Special Request DJ-Kicks (2LP sampler) ** denotes exclusive 

A1 Alicia Myers – Right Here Right Now (John Morales M+M Remix) A2 Harvey Sutherland – Priestess 

B1 LS1 Housing Authority – Ultraviolet ** 

B2 Virgo – R U Hot Enough? 

B3 Speedy J – De-Orbit 

C1 Symbols & Instruments – Mood (Tropical Dream Revisited) 

C2 Psyance – Gates Of Heaven 

C3 µ-Ziq – Twangle Frent (Special Request Rework) 

D1 FC Kahuna – Hayling – (Special Request Mix) ** 

D2 Special Request – Elysian Fields (Tim Reaper VIP) **

DMVU – My Foolish Heart

DMVU – My Foolish HeartPraise Be Delusion 300dpi Compressed SMALL

The vibes are alive and well in Denver. The CO’s own DMVU takes another trip on Dome of Doom records for the debut of yet another tripped out masterpiece, Praise Be Delusion or, The Ripple. A 15-track stroll through a sonic wonderland of deftly produced and seductively imagined electronica. Finding inspiration in the ’50s and ’60s beat movement, DMVU’s chosen title nods to Kerouac’s “Mexico City Blues (228th Chorus)” and the album follows in the same sort of exploratory wanderlust as its inspiration. Recorded in Denver, the album is built on piano compositions and a collage of synthetic filigrees. No two tracks on the album sound the same. Genres blur and blend, time signatures shift, something delightfully unexpected sits snugly inside every track.

One of the album’s stand out moments, “My Foolish Heart,” toys in a multitude of not only genres and BPMs, but feelings. Moments of peace are matched with the speed a ferocity of break beat BPMs, all dynamically layered and shifting underneath a steady drive forward, an undeniable momentum despite the constant changes in tone. DMVU’s impossible to pin down composition is so impossibly lush that it’s easy to get lost in.

And that’s definitely the point.

Praise Be Delusion or, The Ripple will release worldwide across DSPs and limited edition cassette formats February 26, 2021 with Dome of Doom.

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