KiLLOWEN skyrockets in new single “Falling Up” ft. p-rallel [Video]

Rising London-based artist KiLLOWEN shares new single “Falling Up,” featuring p-rallel.



Linking up previously, for thier 2018 singles “Signs” and “Breaks”, this new release marks the highly anticipated return of KiLLOWEN and p-rallel as a collaborative pair. With the aim to deliver a message of hope, “Falling Up” is an optimistic, feel-good track that explores hazy dreamscapes with KiLLOWEN’s smooth lyrics that sail across p-rallel’s complimentary melodies and jacking drum lines.

“We wanted to underline the positive power that manifestation, patience and appreciation can have on people’s lives in such uncertainty,” shares KiLLOWEN of the new track. “Falling Up” offers a glimmer of hope during trying times with the assistance of KiLLOWEN’s laid back, soothing song textures that drift across R&B, jazz, rap and alternative hip-hop spectrums.

Carefully perfecting his craft as a singer-songwriter, rapper, producer, and instrumentalist, KiLLOWEN’s sound continues to evolve with previous collaborators consisting of Arlo Parks, Louis Culture, Finn Foxell and more adding to his growth. Also earning the support of industry tastemakers like BBC Radio 1, 1 Xtra and NTS, KiLLOWEN is a sought-after multi-talent set for a flourishing year ahead.

KiLLOWEN “Falling Up” ft. p-rallel is out now, stream here

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The Prodigy pay tribute to Keith Flint on second anniversary of his death

“Your light burns bright, your energy will never fade”

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Thursday, March 4, 2021 – 11:46

The Prodigy have paid tribute to Keith Flint on the second anniversary of his death.

The iconic singer and performer with the legendary rave trio was found dead in March 2019 at his home in Essex. He was 49.  Two years since the death of the frontman, The Prodigy have paid tribute to Flint in a heartfelt post, with surviving members Howlett and Maxim writing: “It’s been 2 years, Your light burns bright, Your energy will never fade, Keep it real, Keep it punk rock, We live forever!”

You can read the tribute below.

Earlier this month, The Prodigy announced that work had commenced on an official documentary.

You can read DJ Mag editor Carl Loben’s tribute to Keith Flint here.

Last last year, The Prodigy marked 10th anniversary of their iconic headline show at Milton Keynes Bowl with the release of the ‘World’s On Fire’ live album on vinyl. The group also provided an update on plans for new music.

Sounds of tomorrow— stream the third ‘Anjunabeats Rising’ installment

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Above & Beyond have expounded their commitment to promoting emerging talent in the trance and progressive scene with the latest expansion of their new monthly Anjunabeats Rising series, debuted in January. The third installment of Anjunabeats’ emerging artist EP initiative arrives with an ethereal selection of both new and established artists including Stephen Kirkwood, Mavros, and Notaker.

The third volume of Anjunabeats Rising showcases three tracks that denote the looming sub-genres in dance music such as tech-trance, melodic house, and synth-wave. Kirkwood’s “Gas Lighter” sparks energetic club flairs accompanied with suspenseful melodic build-ups reminiscent of early 2000’s trance, while Mavros’ “Abyss” resonates within the deeper atmospheres of melodic techno and Balearic beats. Concluding the EP, “Stratus” jolts listeners with a refreshing mix of mid-tempo glitch elements infused with Notaker’s signature synth-wave progression.

With Anjunabeats wrapping up a 20 year anniversary just last year, the label now sets its sights on showcasing next-level talent who are unafraid to bring forth new ideas and sounds to the platform.

Stream Anjunabeats Rising Volume 3 below.

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ZAXX jumpstarts his new-age bigroom renaissance with ‘CHAOS’

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Bigroom has had some pretty big shoes to fill without Hardwell’s presence, but ZAXX had made it openly clear in recent times that he’s willing to take the reins however necessary and guarantee that the “bigroom never dies” tagline holds up for as long as he’s around. After wrapping his year-long intermission last summer on Musical Freedom and Proximity, the New Yorker is backing up his promise to stand alongside names like Blasterjaxx and Maddix in the genre’s new-age renaissance with “CHAOS.”

ZAXX and bigroom aren’t strangers by any stretch of the imagination, with an early-to-mid-2010s catalog that was swarmed with animated deliveries like “Annihilate” and “Alpha.” Perfectly branded, “CHAOS” immediately picks back up where ZAXX left off before venturing into the indie-electronic space, emerging straight out of an unopened treasure chest from 2013 or 2014. ZAXX explained why he decided to return to the genre that jumpstarted his career, stating,

“This track is an ode to my older big room style – pretty but hard at the same time. I like to make songs with unexpected drops, I never want my sound to be predictable. Big Room will always have a place in my heart and I really want to bring it back, in my opinion it’s one of the most pure forms of electronic music because you can do so much with it, I fully intend to innovate the genre and keep it alive for the new generation to enjoy.”

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NERVO announce scholarship in celebration of Women’s History Month

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NERVO has announced a $3,000 scholarship program award to celebrate Women’s History Month.

In partnership with Bold.org, the Australian DJ duo have launched their “Revolution” scholarship program in order to “amplify women and all their strength and courage” through this award. Female students from all ages and levels of study in the U.S. are eligible, and those interested must first sign up at Bold.org before submitting their written responses about their biggest artistic ambition and how this scholarship award will help them bring that vision to life.

The deadline is August 31 and the winner will be announced on September 24. Click here to apply and learn more about NERVO’s “Revolution” scholarship program.

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DJ Toasty Digital’s ‘Good Kid, Twisted Family’ mashup masterfully intertwines Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar

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Two of hip-hop’s most prominent figures have had some of their most iconic work mixed together in an exciting new mashup courtesy of DJ Toasty Digital. The mixtape, dubbed Good Kid, Twisted Family, intertwines Kendrick Lamar‘s good kid, m.A.A.d city with Kanye West‘s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy while simultaneously introducing a lighthearted narrative story.

Opening with a large, cinematic opening sequence a la Star Wars, Good Kid, Twisted Fantasy takes place in the year 2050 following the 30-year absence of West. With a rather dystopian new world, only the two rappers can save music.

In the mix, DJ Toasty Digital combines verses from both artists’ hits, creating 11 unique experiences that still ring true to the originals. Boasting creative mashed up song titles such as “Devil in the Backseat” and “Sing About Ye,” it’s evident that DJ Toasty Digital meticulously crafted this creative endeavor to perfectly embody the spirit of both artists and their respective albums. Good Kid, Twisted Fantasy is an exciting must-listen for fans of hip-hop.

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Oberheim Returns With TVS Pro Special Edition

Oberheim Returns With TVS Pro Special Edition

The Tom Oberheim website has received a complete overhaul, and included in the new site is an announcement of a new Oberheim-branded version of the classic Two-Voice Synthesizer.

Like Dave Smith and Bob Moog, Tom Oberheim lost control of his brand after the initial explosion of interest in synthesizers led to extremely rapid changes in the industry. By 1988, Gibson owned the Oberheim brand, and c0ntr0lled it for decades.

Oberheim began reissuing some of his favorite synth designs in 2009 under the ‘Tom Oberheim’ brand, with the Synthesizer Expander Module. And in 2016, he introduced an updated version of his favorite synth design, the Two Voice, as the TVS Pro.

The TVS Pro is an updated take on the original Two Voice design, which packaged two of the SEM all-in-one synth voice modules, together with a step sequencer, in a flexible keyboard design. The TVS Pro retained the same synth voice as the original, but added an advanced step sequencer, an improved keyboard and more.

In 2019, Gibson granted possession of the Oberheim brand and intellectual property back to its original owner and founder, Tom Oberheim.

With the TVS Pro Special Edition, Oberheim is bringing back the TVS-Pro as a Special Edition, with each unit now having the original “Oberheim” logo badge, plus Tom Oberheim’s personal signature.

The Oberheim TVS Pro Special Edition is available for pre-order, with information on delivery scheduling to be announced later this year.

Note: We did not find any additional details regarding specifications or pricing on the site, but there is a contact form on the site to request additional information.

New York music venues can open at 33% capacity from April, Governor says

New York music venues can open at 33% capacity from April.

Last month, NYC governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the city would begin to reopen venues in February with a number of precautions in place, including crowd numbers limited to 10%

Now, in a new press conference yesterday (March 3rd), Cuomo has said that entertainment and music venues will be able to open from April at 33% capacity, with an additional cap of 100 people for indoor venues and 200 people for open-air events. If venues are able to offer COVID-19 tests prior to events, the capacity numbers can be increased to 150 and 500 respectively, but masks and social distancing will remain mandatory.

Prior to the official announcement, a number of small, independent venues raised concerns about the limited capacities, with owner of 230-person-capacity venue The Bitter End, Paul Rizzo, telling Rolling Stone that “No matter what capacity they let us go with, in clubs our size, social distancing will dictate capacity. 

“I can’t set up the room with barricades between each table, because the room will sound like crap. I can’t put you at a table with four people with a plastic thing on one side. It’s terrible, and the whole room will sound bad. And my room is a delicate room for feedback as it is. If all the sound starts bouncing off that stuff, I don’t even know. It’s a nightmare.”

Michael Swier, co-founder of New York’s Bowery Ballroom, added that reduced capacity numbers “don’t really mean anything if there’s a social distancing condition to it. I don’t see us being able to open at all unless the social distancing is gone, but it doesn’t really matter at that point. I think for most independent, GA music venues, 100 percent is probably where you need to be [to profit].”

In August last year, over 150 venues in New York banded together to form New York Independent Venue Association.

Swedish House Mafia have reportedly parted ways with Columbia Records

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Nearly three years to the day of their Ultra homecoming, Swedish House Mafia have gone their separate ways from both Columbia Records as well as Ron Laffitte of Patriot Management, who substituted in as their manager in 2019 following a split with Amy Thomson, according to a report from Billboard. The Swedes struck a lucrative deal with Columbia in February of 2019 following a chaotic bidding war against Universal Music Group.

Swedish House Mafia have yet to release any new material in the years since 2012’s “Don’t You Worry Child” with John Martin, despite numerous IDs locked away in the vault from both their Ultra reassembly and short-lived reunion tour, including “Underneath It All” with Mike Posner, “It Gets Better,” and “Frankenstein” with A$AP Rocky. Beyond the trio’s support of Black Lives Matter in June of 2020, Swedish House Mafia have yet to reappear in the public eye since the final moments of 2019, although rumors of a possible EP sparked this past February following an Instagram live from Alexander Wessely, who confirmed he was in the presence of Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, and Steve Angello. Swedish House Mafia reportedly spent a portion of 2020 working on new music in Stockholm and the possibility of an album was also mentioned, according to Billboard’s sources, but it remains to be seen what happens with the Swedes now without a label.

Via: Billboard

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Beatport’s new web app lets you DJ and organise sets in your browser

Beatport has launched a new web app called Beatport DJ that mimics DJ software and lets you organise playlists, discover tracks and browse the Beatport catalogue. Beatport DJ features two decks with waveform view, pitch slider, hot cues, three-band EQ and filter per channel, crossfader and cue buttons, as well as looping and sync options. There are also 10 different effects to choose from with an X/Y pad per deck. As you click through the waveform to later parts in a track, for example, all audio remains in sync. An Automix option will automatically blend a playlist, which you could use to try out different tracks’ blends or just as a listening tool in the day. 

Beneath the track view, you can browse Beatport’s whole catalogue, including their own curated playlists and create your own for purchase and download later or sync across any devices that support Beatport LINK. That means you can prepare sets, practice blends and add or amend playlists on the go and they will be ready for you when you sign into a device that supports LINK like Denon DJ SC6000 media player. Hot cues, loops and other edits don’t yet sync across devices or software. Beatport DJ does support hardware MIDI controllers via web browser, but only the Pioneer DJ DDJ-200 works natively – other controls from Hercules, Pioneer DJ, Denon DJ and Numark will need to be manually MIDI mapped. 

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Jonas Tempel, founder and Chief Revenue Officer of Beatport said: “We designed the software to solve the cumbersome workflow challenges of music discovery and building LINK playlists. On top of that, we know our customers need to audition the tracks to make sure the song fits in their sets. Our solution combines a host of advanced web-based technologies to give users a truly effortless experience that you would expect from dedicated desktop software.” 

As it stands, users will need a Beatport LINK subscription to make the most out of Beatport DJ, which starts at $14.99 per month, and you can get a 30-day free trial. It’s a testament to the power of the modern browser but also to Beatport’s vision for LINK, as a truly cloud-based platform, accessible anywhere, from any device, be it from a cab on the way to a gig or at home during set prepping. Try out Beatport DJ for yourself here

Read our review of the Denon DJ SC6000 here.