Ibiza will be on UK’s tourism green list from June, minister predicts

Ibiza expects to be on the UK’s tourism green list from June, Spain’s tourism minister has said.

While Spain — including Ibiza and the rest of the Balearic Islands — remains on the UK’s amber travel list amid the coronavirus pandemic, the country’s tourism minister, Fernando Valdes, has said that he expects the country to soon be downgraded to the UK’s green travel status. The current UK guidance states that holidays to green destinations are permitted, with no quarantine or testing on arrival back to the UK.

Speaking to Sky News, Valdes said that Spain “is doing a great effort not only in terms of vaccination, we have at least one third of our whole population with at least one dose,” and that he suspects “that on the next review that the UK Government can provide… Spain is going to change on its notification.”

As of 24th May, no rapid-flow testing, quarantine or proof of vaccination is required for UK tourists to enter Spain. However, when heading back to the UK, tourists are expect to take one PCR test before departure for the UK, and two after they arrive home, followed by 10 days of self-isolation. This is due to Spain’s amber status. Travel to countries on the amber list is still only permitted for essential reasons, and the UK government has advised against travel to these places.

Dancing is currently banned in Ibiza, face coverings are compulsory in public spaces, and curfews remain in place. Tourism is one of the most crucial industries in Spain, especially in nightclub hotspot Ibiza. Spain welcomes approximately 80 millions tourists a year, with the industry providing over 12% of the country’s GDP.

While the review of the UK’s traffic light system is not expected to take place until June, The Telegraph reported last week that prime minister Boris Johnson privately told MPs that “quite a few” countries are on the cusp of joining the green list for quarantine-free holidays next month. Elsewhere, The Indepdendent reports that it was looking “increasingly unlikely” that holiday hotspots like Spain, Greece, Italy and France would make the green list in the next review.

Earlier this year, Ibiza club Amnesia announced its closing party for the 2021 season, set to take place on 23rd October. Amnesia is the first Ibiza superclub to confirm that it plans to host events this year, and has opted to announce its season of parties in reverse order as a precautionary measure. The club said in an official announcement that it is “presenting the end but leaving the start open”. 

NIGHTMODE notches first techno undertaking with KILL SCRIPT’s ‘FIRST CONTAKT’ EP

NIGHTMODE notches first techno undertaking with KILL SCRIPT’s ‘FIRST CONTAKT’ EPKillscript Pr Shot

After stepping out on NIGHTMODE‘s Cyberpunk compilation for the first time in November of 2020, KILL SCRIPT is back on the California-based record label, this time making his mark with his first EP, aptly titled FIRST CONTAKT.

Evoking the essence of Sci-Fi cinematography in sonic fashion and centering the EP around the industrial, KILL SCRIPT engulfs listeners in layered, low-frequency bass. On “CONTAKT,” the techno up-and-comer wastes no time, starting streamers out at a blood-pumping 130 BPM. The EP’s closer, GRIEVE,” leads with a slower pace punctuated by an uptempo bassline and immersive topline to boot.

FIRST CONTAKT offers the perfect gateway into a vast world of new-age Sci-Fi techno. Stream below.

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Instagram exchange gives way to Gibson Parker, offrami’s ‘Complicated’

Instagram exchange gives way to Gibson Parker, offrami’s ‘Complicated’DA Press Pic

It’s 2021 and Instagram DMs have allowed friends to keep in touch, relationships to form, and in Gibson Parker and offrami‘s case, songs to be completed. Parker and offrami’s first collaboration “Complicated” follows from the former’s initial posting of the idea on the platform. Once offrami responded to the Instagram with ideas about how to further shape the soon-to-be single, he and Parker would connect, and “Complicated” is the end result.

Lebanon-bred Offrami knows how to engineer a hit, and Parker proves to be the perfect partner in that pursuit, their creative collision culminating in a cut that Parker proclaims to be one of his “favorite releases [he] will put out this year.”

Parker, who is fresh off his recent single “Mana,” told Dancing Astronaut,

“Making this track with offrami couldn’t have been more fun. It was cool to bounce ideas off of each other and figure out a way to combine our styles into one. To say I’m happy with the results would be an understatement.”

“Complicated” with offrami is out now via Lilly Era.

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Astro Arcade: Slushii sonically brings Hi Rez Studios’ SMITE to life with ‘Valhalla’

Astro Arcade: Slushii sonically brings Hi Rez Studios’ SMITE to life with ‘Valhalla’Slushii Rukes

Astro Arcade is where the intersection of esports, gaming, and music comes alive. Few things go better together than electronic music and this digital universe, so whether it is a game soundtrack by our favorite artists or a virtual in-game concert series, Astro Arcade is here to keep players and listeners alike informed as these worlds continue to collide.

The intersection of Slushii‘s passion for gaming and music alike is most recently exemplified by “Valhalla,” a one-off that uses hardcore synths inspired by arcade-like sounds to catapult streamers into another world. With vocals slicing the heavy breaks, “Valhalla” would effortlessly soundtrack an intense fighting scene within a game.

The single succeeds the news of Monstercat‘s recent partnership with High-Rez Studios’ SMITE, with “Valhalla” entering the game as part of Monstercat’s Battle Pass. Notably, “Valhalla’s” stems will integrate with gameplay as Slushii’s character Hades uses his abilities on the Battleground.

Slushii discussed the process of producing music as part of the SMITE and Monstercat partnership, sharing,

“When Monstercat and SMITE approached me about this project, I couldn’t have been more excited. My fans know how much gaming means to me—I’ve been part of the culture since I was a kid. I knew I had to produce something that would work both in the game and absolutely bang out at festivals. I can’t wait to share everything happening around this special record.”

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Trailer released for new documentary on murders of Biggie and Tupac: Watch

The film examines new evidence related to the murders of the two hip-hop stars

Christian Eede

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 – 16:53

The first trailer has been released for new documentary ‘Last Man Standing: Suge Knight And The Murders Of Biggie & Tupac’.

Directed by Nick Broomfield, the new film is the follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2002 film ‘Biggie & Tupac’, which alleged that the murders of both rappers were orchestrated by Suge Knight. The new film is set to be released on July 2nd. You can watch the trailer below.

In ‘Last Man Standing’, Broomfield claims to produce new evidence relating to the LAPD’s alleged involvement in those murders, and its attempt to conceal evidence. The release of the documentary comes three years after Knight was sentenced to 28 years in prison, after being convicted of manslaughter, which Broomfield claims prompted others to give evidence against him in relation to other violent crimes. 

The documentary’s press release says: “’Last Man Standing’ takes a look at Death Row and how L.A.’s street gang culture had come to dominate its business workings as well as an association with corrupt LA police officers who were also gang affiliated. It would be this world of gang rivalry and dirty cops that would claim the lives of the world’s two greatest rappers, Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls.”

The film’s release was confirmed last month

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A Guy Called Gerald says he has never been paid for ‘Voodoo Ray’

Gerald Simpson, aka A Guy Called Gerald, says he has never been paid for his 1988 single ‘Voodoo Ray’ or his 1989 album, ‘Hot Lemonade’.

Both titles were originally released via UK-based record label Rham Records. In a statement shared on Facebook on Thursday, 20th May, Simpson said that he had “never made one penny from sales” of either release.

His post read: “[The label] ceased ‎operations in ‎1992 when Peter Leay, the owner disappeared, after him telling me the bad news about the collapse of the record’s early distributor Red Rhino. That’s when I put an independent management team together so I could continue doing music.

He continued: “Peter Leay had ran off with what was going to be my future. I had plans to build a studio in Manchester to develop artists like me. In the end I had to sign Subscape with Sony/CBS where I had to focus on the GCG artist project. We found Peter Leay, who had moved on from the music business and we got him to sign my music back to me but all the original money had got tied up in a Merseyside corner shop.”

Simpson’s Facebook post went on to explain that Rham Records was relaunched in 2019 by a “guy who was the assistant to Peter Leay” and that his music was released on Spotify without his consent. He wrote: “Why would the assistant of Peter Leay re-start Rham, who never paid its bills for decades and is now working stealing my royalties through an illegal Spotify page where they use my name and likeness and intellectual property with no permission… it never ends.”

A statement has been shared on Rham Records Facebook page in response to Simpson: “We are aware of a recent social media post by Gerald Simpson regarding payment of royalties. We refute the allegations made in his statement, and his recollection of events. We have repeatedly attempted to communicate with Gerald and his business manager, in order to pay royalties due to him but he has not so far acknowledged us. If Gerald would like to contact us we will be happy to send any money currently due to him immediately.”

Upon its release, ‘Voodoo Ray’ spent 18 weeks on the UK single charts, eventually reaching number 12. The track was later officially recognised by Music Week and the British Phonographic Industry as the best-selling independently released single of 1989.

Tributes paid to Michel Baumann, aka Soulphiction / Jackmate, who has reportedly died

Stuttgart-born DJ, producer, live artist and Philpot label co-founder Michel Baumann, aka Soulphiction and Jackmate, has reportedly died.

Tributes began circulating on social media on Monday (24th May) for the respected deep house artist. While no official statement or cause of death has been disclosed, Baumann had recently shared on Facebook that he was undergoing chemotherapy.

Baumann’s career spanned over 20 years, with dozens of releases appearing on labels such as Accidental jnr, Perlon, Local Talk, UMag and Pampa.

You can read some of the tributes left to the artist below.

Joaquin ‘Joe’ Claussell announces first new album in 13 years, ‘Raw Tones’

It’s coming out on Radio Slave’s Rekids label

Christian Eede

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 – 15:05

Joaquin ‘Joe’ Claussell is to release his first album in 13 years, next month.

The nine-track ‘Raw Tones’ follows on from 2008’s ‘Corresponding Echoes’, which came out on Claussell’s own Sacred Rhythm Music label. The new album is set to be released through Radio Slave’s Rekids imprint. 

The music featured on ‘Raw Tones’ was originally released on a very limited run of cassettes, with Radio Slave later contacting Claussell with the intention of bringing the tracks to a wider audience. “Out of dark times and obscurity rose the creative spirits from within, then came ‘Raw Tones’,” Claussell said of the new album.

‘Raw Tones’ will be released by Rekids on June 26th.

Earlier this month, DJ Mag premiered another new release on Rekids: Terrence Parker remixing Disruptive Pattern Material’s ‘Necessary’. Check it out here.