Moodymann appears as in-game character in GTA Online, debuts new music

Moodymann now appears as an in-game character in GTA Online, and is debuting new music within the playable environment. 

The Detroit house music and techno aficionado previously held a residency in the game’s club, The Music Locker, but has now returned as a full character in the most recent update, GTA Online: Los Santos Tuners.

In a case of art imitating life, Moodymann, real name Kenny Dixon Jr., plays ‘Kenny’, a contact within the world of underground motor racing. Moodymann himself is a known car lover. The character also dons a Born x Raised jacket, the LA streetwear label that real-world Dixon Jr is known to wear. 

In addition to offering players guidance through the illicit community, ‘Kenny’ is also a huge music fan, hence ‘Kenny’s Backyard Boogie Mix’. The selections span house, soul, hip hop, and funk, with exclusive tracks including collaborations between Moodymann and Channel Tres, Nez and Gangsa Boo, and Jessie Johnson, guitarist from Prince’s band, The Time. The set is found on a media stick and can be plugged in to the in-game radio dial. 

In December, we wrote on how Grand Theft Auto is continuing to push the boundaries of gaming and dance music. Meanwhile, another major video game franchise, ‘Hitman’, recently unveiled its own club within its rendered world, Club Hölle, partly inspired by Berlin nightlife landmark, Berghain. 

Flora Yin-Wong, Space Afrika, OK Williams, Manni Dee, more locked for Space289 reopening party series

London venue Space289 has announced the line-ups for its reopening party series, kicking off at the end of this month.

The 200-capacity Bethnal Green club will reopen for the first time since March 2020 on 29th July with live sets from Qendresa and RADA, and a DJ set from OK WIlliams. More names booked to play in the venue throughout August include Perc, Manni Dee, Space Afrika, Silvia Kastel, Martha and Flora Yin-Wong, who also co-curated the reopening events.

Space 289 originally opened in October 2019 with the aim of providing “a relaxed, inclusive and immersive environment for artists and audiences”. Before shutting its doors for over a year due to Covid-19, the venue welcomed artists including Loraine James, ShyGirl, Bendik Giske, Jessy Lanza & Ariwo, and has worked with promoters and platforms including Threads Radio, Parallel Lines,  Baba Yaga’s Hut, Upset The Rhythm and more. 

The club will be implementing a Covid-19 safety policy for all visitors. Guests must show a negative PCR or lateral flow test taken within 48 hours of attending to enter. Guests and staff will be encouraged to wear masks, though it will not be mandatory. 

Check out the flyer for Space289’s reopening event series below, and learn more about the venue here.

Premiere: Elohim sets a groove with galvanizing ‘HARDFest Selects’ playlist

Premiere: Elohim sets a groove with galvanizing ‘HARDFest Selects’ playlistElohim Hardfest Selects

In preparation for one of Southern California’s most-celebrated festivals, Elohim has curated a collection of tunes for HARD Summer Music Festival’sHARDFest Selects” series. Her 28-track playlist offers a myriad of rhythmic textures, hinging firmly on funky and upbeat expressions from the likes of Elohim herself, Snakehips, Jayda G, Duke Dumont, as well as the late SOPHIE.

Each playlist inclusion carries an understated yet atomic energy, preparing HARD Summer attendees for a set that is sure to incite head bobbing and hip moving. Deeming Elohim’s time on stage as merely a “set” would do the creative a disservice, considering that the singer-songwriter/producer conducts more of what one might call a metaphysical experience—and a powerful one at that. Through Elohim’s HARDFest Selects installments, listeners get as close to this experience as they can in the comfort of their own homes, with less than two weeks until HARD Summer showtime.

The West Coast affair will take place from July 31 through August 1 at San Bernardino’s NOS Events Center. Tickets to the sizzling event are available here. Until then, Elohim’s quirky yet undeniably cutting “HARDFest Selects” takeover is available for fans’ listening pleasure below.

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Bear Grillz, Stryer meet on Rude Service for ‘Sedated’ featuring Concrete Castles

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Bear Grillz continues his recent release run on his own newly formed label, Rude Service, with “Sedated” alongside Stryer featuring Concrete Castles. Established just this past May, Rude Service continues to be the home of Bear Grillz’s productions, as well as those of many other up-and-coming artists such as Stryer, a fellow native of Denver who’s hit the scene running since his first release in 2019 and now realizes his most momentous release to date with “Sedated.” Calling “Sedated” “one of those moments that a young producer dreams of,” Stryer cites Bear Grillz as one of his biggest inspirations, underscoring the single as an early benchmark in his continuously developing career. “Sedated” is the first single from Stryer’s debut EP Raindrops, and marks Concrete Castles’ fourth release of 2021 since their formation earlier this year.

Featured image: Stryer/Instagram

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From the Beirut Synthesizer Center and Bana Haffar, a free introduction to modular synthesis

It’s your chance to get a window into where modular synthesis can begin – and virtually travel to Beirut, Lebanon for the experience – Thursday July 22 at 10AM Pacific / 7PM Central Europe.

Bana (at left, gesturing) teaching in Beirut’s newly-opened center. Photo courtesy the artist.

We got a glimpse inside the Beirut Synthesizer Center – a location that, against the odds, is braving infrastructure and governance collapse continue to keep alive electronic musical practice – even when power supplies are erratic.

Now is your chance to visit, in a live, free workshop hosted by us with EXP_ (a project of Your Mom’s Agency) and LA’s DUblab, an exchange and communication platform in which you can also participate.

Bana is our professor tomorrow; can’t wait to hear what she’s got for us:

Presented by CDM for EXP__:

Always wanted to get into modular synthesis but not sure where to start? The Beirut Synthesizer Center team has got you covered!

“You are only as expressive as your control voltages.” -Todd Barton

The purpose of this workshop is to demystify the process of modular synthesis, specifically the Eurorack format. We will talk about the different types of synthesis, the basics of sound, voltage control, signal types, and patch philosophy.

Join via Zoom on Thursday July 22, 10am PT – 1pm EST – 7pm CET:

EXP___ workshops are free to attend and suitable for artists of all levels, we will focus on music production techniques as well as some industry tips, and will end with an open Q&A (feel free to post your questions on this event wall in advance).

More info on EXP___ exchange platform and contest on

Once again, the direct link to join via Zoom is –

If you can’t join, we hope to present an archived version depending on the success/quality of recording.

Meanwhile, let’s enjoy Bana’s music.

Perfect for digital diggers, here is a wild and hack-y treasure trove of links, ranging from musical projects to synth information and radio shows and mixes and sound presets for Novation Peak. It’s beautiful, a mirror of Bana’s mind –

MALARKEY heads to the ‘Top Floor’ for debut solo round on STMPD RCRDS

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MALARKEY is now the next name in the succession of STMPD RCRDS returnees that’s more than deserving of a standalone original in the eyes of Martin Garrix. After lining up alongside NUZB on “Miss Me” for his first label stint back in March, the UK talent formally strides through the release ring in solo fashion for STMPD RCRDS round two, “Top Floor.”

Setting out to develop a track that was not only forward-looking but also “quite visual,” MALARKEY catapulted right off the pure distinctiveness of his debut STMPD RCRDS showing. “Top Floor” is—as MALARKEY himself put it—a clear favorite of his towering 10 originals of 2021 and wears its track title right on its sleeve. One-upping his defined originality through house music, MALARKEY brings in a shade of R&B that assumes a topline that he felt was the driving force behind the single’s visual direction.

Featured image: MALARKEY/Instagram

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DubVision write off bucket list release with Armin van Buuren, ‘I Should Be Loving You’

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When DubVision previously alluded that their next release would be one of the highest-profile outings they’d make of the past decade-plus, they weren’t joking. None other than the king of trance himself, Armin van Buuren, was revealed to be DubVision’s collaborative partner-in-crime, bringing the brothers back to Armada Music for “I Should Be Loving You” alongside You.

Armin van Buuren explained that he’d purported a tie-up with DubVision ever since their 2017 revision of “I Need You,” and “I Should Be Loving You” is a priceless meeting of dance music legends, stirring both van Buuren and DubVision’s capital brand of house with the lyrical touch of a brand new, enigmatic lyricist known as You. The single precedes DubVision’s ID alongside Martin Garrix, which the duo confirmed to be on the way when fielding guesses from fans as to whom “I Should Be Loving You” would position them alongside. Stream “I Should Be Loving You” as the wait to one of our favorite unreleased tracks of 2021 continues to tick down.

Featured image: DubVision/Instagram

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Beso Palma teams up with Gia Vorne for “Without Measure”

Rising Sydney-based producer Beso Palma releases his new Single “Without Measure” with the aid of R&B vocalist Gia Vorne. The pop-infused cut is ripe with lush keys, pulsing basslines, and smooth backlines that allow both artists to shine. Vorne leads the pack with her high-pitched melodic runs peppered by Palma’s low tone background harmonies and the result is an organic blend of styles that take cues from 90’s cuts. The track details the true meaning of unconditional love on the track and delivers a heartfelt message that we feel couples might learn from. 

“Without Measure” is the follow-up to his previous singles and the third release from Palma’s upcoming debut EP, Us, out in October 2021. He also has other projects under his belt, including his 2020 instrumental project Beats Vol. 1: Verano, and Beso Bumps EP features up and coming Australian musicians.

Get “Without Measure” on SoundCloud.

Connect With Beso Palma: Spotify | Instagram | Facebook | unearthed



Dombresky unlocks third single of 2021—stream ‘Used To Be’

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Dombresky’s third offering of the calendar year has finally landed. Yet another demonstration of the disco-house sensation’s sonic consistency, “Used To Be” is a hard-hitting, piano-driven house anthem from top to bottom. The new single and lyric video pairing arrive on the heels of the French producer’s Toolroom Records appearance earlier this year, “Do You Remember,” which has already accrued close to two million streams since its delivery this spring.

At the height of summer, “Used To Be” is bound to enhance the quality of DJ sets at countless house parties and club nights. The “Soul Sacrifice” producer just recently guest starred at Kaskade’s sold-out concert in LA at the newly minted Sofi Stadium, where deadmau5 made a surprise appearance as well. Batting .1000 through three outings this year, Dombresky hands in another hit on “Used To Be.”

Featured image: Jacob Tyler Dunn for Relentless Beats

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