Petition launched to name New York street after MF DOOM

A petition has been launched to name a New York street after MF DOOM.

In the Change.org petition, launched by Dr. Patrick Graham, the ‘KMD-MF Doom Way Committee’ have requested that Long Beach City Council rename the block between Riverside Boulevard and Long Beach Road on East Hudson Street in Long Beach after the late MF Doom, real name Daniel Dumile, who grew up in the city. 

“Mr. Dumile represents the ability to grow through tragedy and unite people around common themes,” Dr. Graham said. “We need more individuals like him during this time of political and social divisions. Mr. Dumile still inspires many young people to view the potential of everyday life. Long Beach should be proud of its native son and honor him and his legacy on a street sign. Just as important, the city should embrace the unity Mr. Dumile represents for generations to come.

“Please sign this petition in support of KMD-MF Doom Way. As a native son of Long Beach, a professor, and a public and social sector leader, I know the importance of symbols.”

MF Doom passed away on October 31st, aged 49. The artist’s death was confirmed on the 31st December in a statement shared to social media by his family. No cause of death has been revealed.

You can sign the petition, which currently has over 800 signatures, here.

In January, it was announced that the long-anticipated sequel to MF DOOM and Madlib’s 2004 album ‘Madvillainy’ was “85% done” at the time of the iconic artist’s death. Musician, producer and Brainfeeder head, Flying Lotus, also recently revealed that he had been working on an EP with the iconic and enigmatic rapper. 

Pacha to open new venue in Mykonos this summer

Pacha Group are set to open a new venue in Mykonos this summer.

After the original Pacha club first opened its doors in Ibiza in 1973, and subsequently developed into a global clubbing dynasty, the group has announced its first hotel outside of Spain.

Opening on the Greek island of Mykonos from the 1st June, Destino Pacha Mykonos will combine the group’s Lío bar and restaurant with a hotel and poolside dance floor. Much like its sister resort in Ibiza, the poolside settings will feature local and international DJs and live acts.

You can find out more about the resort here.

Holding a spot in the Top 100 Clubs poll for over a decade, the home of the famous red cherries returned to the DJ Mag Top 100 Clubs poll in 2020 at No. 16.

Mykonos is home to another iconic dance club: Cavo Paradiso. To celebrate that club’s anniversary in 2018, we compiled 22 archive photos from the legendary haunt’s history, including Carl Cox, Deep Dish, Sasha, Richie Hawtin, Joe Claussell, James Holden, Tony Humphries, Bob Sinclar and John Digweed.

Daft Punk’s top tracks selected by DJ Mag readers

We asked our readers for their all-time favourite Daft Punk tracks

DJ Mag Staff

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Yesterday (22nd), French duo Daft Punk, made up of Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, announced that they would be calling time on the project after 28 years.

Following the announcement, DJ Mag’s Ben Cardew wrote about how the French duo’s ability to constantly reinvent electronic music, time and again, made them one of the most important electronic acts after Kraftwerk, and we also asked our readers to share their favourite tracks from the group’s three-decade legacy. 

From tracks like ‘Da Funk’ and ‘Revolution 909’, taken from their 1997 debut album ‘Homework’, to ‘Giorgio by Moroder’ and ‘Instant Crush’ from their most recent album, ‘Random Acess Memories’, we’ve compiled twenty, fan-selected, all-time Daft Punk tracks.

Check out the playlist on Spotify below. 

Spotify announces HiFi streaming option coming soon

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Spotify has announced plans to offer high fidelity (HiFi) music streaming for subscribers. The HiFi option, which will begin in select markets later this year, will be a paid upgrade. Pricing and exact roll out dates have not yet been made public.

HiFi streaming is defined by Spotify as “CD-quality, lossless audio.” In 2017, Tidal partnered with Master Quality Authenticated to first bring HiFi music streaming to its platform. Until now, Tidal has been the only service to offer HiFi to retail users. Spotify’s major competitors, namely Apple Music, have not publicly shared plans to upgrade to HiFi.

Spotify made the announcement at the recent Stream On event, where the streaming giant also shared plans to expand into more than 80 countries. At the beginning of February, Spotify’s earnings report revealed that the platform has grown to 345 million monthly active users and 155 million subscribers.

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Sequential Retires Prophet 12 Desktop Module

Sequential has announced that, after 7 years on the market, the Prophet 12 Desktop Module is being retired:

Dave Smith & the Prophet 12 Module

“After years of faithful service, the Sequential Prophet 12 Desktop Module is retiring and will be laying down synthetic grooves on a tropical island where the sun never sets and the music never ends.”

The Prophet 12 Desktop Module was originally introduced when Sequential was still operating as Dave Smith Instruments. The Prophet 12 architecture is a digital/analog hybrid, pairing digital oscillators and effects with Curtis low-pass filters and deep patching options.

In the last few years, Sequential’s line has evolved in many ways, including interfaces with much more knobby and immediate designs. As a result, the more streamlined and minimal interface of the Prophet 12 was arguably an outlier.

Yotto embarks on melodic excursion with braev-backed single, ‘I Want You’

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Brandishing his first release of the year, Yotto continues to install his young label Odd One Out as a central hotbed for electronic’s most forward-thinking talents. The Finnish producer’s 2020 trajectory gifted a string of singles including Lane 8 collaboration “Buggy,” the AVIRA-joined “Love Me,” and Cassian double heater, Rogue—all of which made way to listeners via the Yotto-helmed imprint. After inaugurating the 2021 release schedule with two-track Rewind EP, courtesy of Anden, Yotto seeks to capitalize further as he unveils “I Want You,” with braev.

Yotto’s tenure in the melodic and deep realm has long showcased his dynamic skillset of pristine production and dance-tuned touch. Despite his aptitude for delivering hard-hitting cuts, the Hyperfall visionary and his prolific reign have derived recognition from his tonal versatility, which comes on full exhibition in his newest track. “I Want You” displays a softer side of the Odd One Out boss, offering up a vulnerable facet of the familiar Yotto idiosyncrasies. With tender piano chords providing the foundation for braev’s emotive performance, the single ethereally blurs the lines between orchestral and electronic as harmonizing strings formulate into reverberating synths.

Stream Yotto’s “I Want You” featuring braev below.

Featured image: Matia Saako

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You can now play from Dropbox on Denon DJ hardware

Denon DJ has updated their Engine OS platform to version 1.6, bringing with it a host of new features including Dropbox integration, after a public beta that began in September. That means, DJs can access their own personal Dropbox folders, and the music files stored there, directly from the hardware, without the need for a computer. 

Version 1.6 also brings with it stacked waveforms for visually mixing both layers of a single deck on Denon DJ’s flagship SC6000 hardware, as well as flexible beat grids for analysing non-linear music. It also adds streaming from open-format DJ service Beatsource. You can also import both static and dynamic grid analysis from Serato and rekordbox, so you don’t need to re-analyse tracks, or re-adjust any manual grids. 

The new update also makes Engine Prime compatible with Apple macOS Big Sur. 

Dropbox integration is a long-awaited feature request from across the DJ spectrum – while Beatport LINK launched around 18 months ago, users were still crying out for a way to stream their own library. Engine OS doesn’t stream in real-time, however – once Dropbox is sync’d with the device, it downloads the files to the player before you can play them. Denon DJ says this is the best way to ensure reliable playback. Analysis and any cue points will remain when downloaded from Dropbox. Watch the video below for more on how it works. Find out more about version 1.6 here

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Electronic music celebrates Daft Punk with heartfelt social media tributes

Electronic music celebrates Daft Punk with heartfelt social media tributesThomas Bangalter Guy Manuel De Homem Christo Daft Punk 2013

Daft Punk may be no more, but their influence will indubitably live on. Across five albums and 28 years, the duo constantly evolved their forward-thinking sound, and through that helped forge the sound of modern dance music. With their confirmed split now official, reactions from artists on social media have made the French icons’ impact on dance music more apparent than ever. From Madeon and Porter Robinson, to ODESZA and Disclosure, the industry’s outpouring of respect and love for Daft Punk shows that they will sorely be missed. Find some of those responses and tributes below:

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Ableton Live 11 Now Available, With New Comping Tools, MPE Support & More

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Ableton has released Live 11 today, the latest major update to their popular DAW.

Live 11 introduces a wide array of new features, including:

    • Flexible comping tools;
    • Support for expressive performance with the MPE standard;
    • New devices;
    • Creative randomization options;
    • Live tempo follow;
    • New sound libraries and more.

You can get a deep dive into Live 11 with the official intro videos, embedded below:

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Pricing and Availability

Ableton Live 11 is available now, with the following pricing:

  • Download versions of Ableton Live 11 cost 79 EUR / 99 USD for Live Intro, 349 EUR / 449 USD for Live Standard and 599 EUR / 749 USD for Live Suite.
  • Upgrade pricing is also available for current Live owners.

See the Ableton site for details.

Support for live music industry ‘must continue’ ahead of planned reopening, sector spokespeople say

Support for the live music industry ‘must continue’ ahead of planned reopening, sector spokespeople say.

After almost 12 months of shuttered clubs and music venues, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave hope to the sector in a press conference yesterday (22nd), announcing that nightclubs across the country could be reopened as soon as the 21st June.

In response to the possible reopening dates, which will only go ahead if the government’s “four conditions” are met at each phase of lockdown easing, workers, organisations and spokespeople for the UK’s live music and night time economy have urged the government to continue providing financial support to the sector.

Mark Dayvd, CEO of Music Venue Trust commented: “It is good to hear the government provide conditions under which initially socially distanced events, and then fuller capacity events, can take place. Based on this information, it is now possible to imagine how we revive live in grassroots music venues and develop that work into the full return of our domestic music scene”. The MVT have been a prominent voice during the sector lockdown, dubbing previous coronavirus regulations for grassroots venues “inconsistent and illogical”.

Davyd also added that UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s next Budget upated “must clearly lay out exactly how the government is going to provide that sector-specific support.”

Elsewhere, UK Music chief executive Jamie Njoku-Goodwin, who participated in a recent hearing with the government’s All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), also spoke about the importance of financial support: “The prospect of there being no legal impediments to live music events means issues like insurance are now even more pressing. They now present one of the final barriers to getting events going this summer.”

In November last year, the Night Time Industries Assocation warned that, despite government funding throughout lockdown, the financial provisions made available for the night time economy were substantially less than the required operating costs. Following yesterday’s announcement, Michael Kill, the CEO of the NTIA, said that ‘evidence suggests that 85% of those who work in the night-time economy are considering leaving the sector. The sector urgently needs additional clarity on reopening and critical financial support from the Chancellor if we are to avoid economic and social damage that will last a generation.’ 

Just last week, MPs were warned that UK nightlife faces “extinction” without immediate government action, after a survey of over 20,000 night time economy businesses, workers and consumers were asked to share experiences and opinions on the huge problems currently faced by the sector amid the pandemic.