The Daily Show takes on the Black and gay origins of house music

“You’ve never heard me say – surprise, it’s Caucasians!” The always-on-point Roy Wood Jr. tackles the origins of house music for general audiences on The Daily Show. And while you likely know that history, this one is well worth a watch.

I don’t want to spoil the guest appearance, but actually, watch to the end.

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It starts with a deserved roasting of the horrific Disco Demolition Night and takes off from there. (“Here’s a tip – if you’re ever at a mass burning, you’re probably on the wrong side.” Yup. Hans, are we the baddies?) With so much tone-deaf coverage in mass media of house music in the wake of high-profile summer pop hits, it’s refreshing to see someone get it right. (CP Time has always nailed the public-access Black TV culture show, natch.)

Now that we’ve got that to share with your friends and family, if you want to delve deeper and pan out a bit – here is a terrific conversation with Greg Tate and Ytasha Womack about Afrofuturism from the Black perspective, conducted by our friend, the great King Britt:

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More background on that piece.

And see what King did for Google Arts & Culture.

Figured I should add some nutrition after our pudding there.

I subscribe to The Daily Show but missed this so – a big hat tip to Akua Grant aka Femanyst aka Lady Blacktronika for this one!

Premiere: War ‘Beefy’

Cologne DJ and producer War will release a new EP, ‘Edena’, via Bristol label Utopia Music this month. Listen to ‘Beefy’ below. 

In a first for the artist and the label, both of which have become known for their slick drum & bass releases, ‘Edena’ sees the artist diving into the dubstep depths, turning out four tracks that channel the speaker-shaking sub bass wobbles of UK soundsystem culture, peppering them with shuffling percussion and velvety jazz textures. The experiment pays off, with War’s productions hitting a striking stride between rowdy bass weight and trippy elegance. 

‘Edena’ will be released on  26th August. Pre-order it here and check out the aptly titled ‘Beefy’ below. 

COUCOU CHLOE shares COBRAH remix of ‘WIZZ’: Listen

COUCOU CHLOE has shared a COBRAH remix of her 2021 track ‘WIZZ’.

The new high-octane rework also features vocals from the Stockholm multi-hyphenate, COBRAH, and follows the release of COUCOU CHLOE’S ‘One’ EP, which came out late last year. ‘One’ was preceded by 2019 EP ‘Naughty Dog’.

French producer, singer and DJ COUCOU CHLOE is a founding member of the peerless NUXXE collective alongside Sega Bodega, Oklou and Shygirl, recently unveiled a remix of ‘BLINK’ featuring Eartheater and Brooklyn producer Tony Seltzer.

Tomorrowland announces Eric Prydz HOLO show in Amsterdam this October

Tomorrowland has announced an Eric Prydz HOLO show in Amsterdam this October.

Taking place at the city’s Ziggo Dome on 20th October as part of Amsterdam Dance Event, the holographic show promises “state-of-the-art visuals and light effects, resulting in an immersive experience the world has never seen before”.

The upcoming show will be the only European performance of HOLO for the remainder of 2022.

Pre-sale tickets are available from Wednesday (10th August). Tickets go on general sale on Friday (12th August). Pick up tickets here.

Prydz debuted his HOLO show in Glasgow back in 2018 and toured in New York the following year. He announced the return of the audio-visual spectacular earlier this year, having lit up Creamfields festival at Hylands Park, Chelmsford, where he performed under Eric Prydz, Pryda, and Cirez D.

This month, the Pryda boss will play his only Ibiza gig of the summer at the iconic Ushuaïa poolside stage on Sunday, 21st August.

Club Glow debut double A-Side, ‘Mosquito’/’Our Style’, via Rinse FM: Listen

Club Glow have launched their debut double A-Side single, ‘Mosquito’/’Our Style’, which is out now via Rinse FM’s label.

The UK-wide rave collective and production group comprising LMajor, Denham Audio, Mani Festo, and Borai touch on everything from breakbeats and house to techno and club for two hefty rave belters of uncompromising force.

“’Mosquito’ and ‘Our Style’ are the results of our first ever studio session together,” they said. “After years of collaborating in pairs, we finally found a weekend we could get into the studio together, and this is what come out of it! Our first collaborative single as Club Glow! Both tracks have been doing damage in our sets this year, so we are stoked to finally be releasing them to the world!’”

Check out ‘Mosquito’/’Our Style’ below.

Self-described “UK rave evangelists” Club Glow have been lighting up Europe’s clubs and festivals this year, from the Totem at Glastonbury Festival, to Wavey Garms at The Cause, Fitzroy in Berlin and a residency at Peckham Audio. Their label of the same name, which has so far put out releases by Club Glow’s Denham Audio and Borai as well as three compilations, was ​​nominated for ‘Breakthrough Label’ at DJ Mag’s Best Of British Awards in 2020.

DJ Jayhood launches GoFundMe after fire destroys home

DJ Jayhood has launched a GoFundMe following the destruction of his home due to a fire.

“With a heavy heart I’m asking for any donations. Me and my family are now homeless due to an electrical fire.. we have nothing.. I lost all my studio equipment, clothes and more. Thank you all & my cash app is $djjayhood if you prefer to send there,” he tweeted last Friday (5th August).

Writing on his GoFundMe page, the Jersey club figurehead alleged that his landlord hired “unprofessional people to work on the household”, which caused a fire that left his family homeless. “I lost all my studio equipment, songs, files, clothes and more. We literally have nothing so please I ask that any donation I would really appreciate. Anything helps! Thank you all and I love y’all.”

You can donate to DJ Jayhood’s GoFundMe here. At the time of writing, the fundraiser has collected $5,107 USD of its $20,000 goal.

The New Jersey producer’s killer track ‘Hands on Ya Hips’ was recently featured on Local Action’s greatest hits collection, ‘Do What You Want Forever’, which also featured contributions from Finn, I. JORDAN, DJ Q, Dawn Richard, UNiiQU3, E.M.M.A., LOFT (aka aya), 96 Back and more. 

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Good Morning Mix: Swedish House Mafia convert Ushuaïa Ibiza return into BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix

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To Dancing Astronaut‘s fortune, it’s been a never-ending string of Swedish House Mafia content this past week. Between the long-awaited kickoff of their Paradise Again tour—which has made stops in Miami, New York City’s Madison Square Garden, Toronto, and Ilesoniq thus far—the delivery of “Turn On the Lights again..” with Fred again.., and a last-minute, Boiler Room-style show in Queens with the Dancing Astronaut Artist to Watch in 2022, the trio is keeping their foot on the gas by sharing an entire high-quality recording of their return to Ushuaïa Ibiza from mid-July.

Outside of unofficial stream uploads, Swedish House Mafia have typically held live set recordings close to the chest in years past. But after a surprise upload of their portion of the Coachella set with The Weeknd back in June, it seems like they’re all in on allowing fans to re-experience some of their newest shows. The trio’s appearance at Ushuaïa—their first trip to the White Isle since 2019—marked their first official solo set since the completion of the Save The World tour, and they decided to convert it into their first BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix in more than a decade. After supplying BBC with a thirty-minute mix for Radio 1 Dance Weekend exactly a year ago, Swedish House Mafia went back to give it a proper full-length session with their Ushuaïa set. Running at two hours in length, their Ushuaïa set sums up what makes Swedish House Mafia one of dance music’s most iconic names, opening with their “Can U Feel It” introductory edit before rinsing several unreleased 2022 reworks, a “Laktos,” “Apologize,” and “Calling” mashup, the forenamed single with Fred again.. with “Sufficate,” Axwell’s unreleased “Moth To A Flame” remode, and their closing edit of “Save The World” with “For You” and “Don’t You Worry Child.”

Enjoy their Ushuaia Ibizia return-turned-BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix below.

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London club, The Cross, is reopening in September

Iconic London club, The Cross, is reopening its doors in a new form this September.

Located in York Way Goods Yard, King’s Cross between 1993 and 2007, the club attracted a fashion crowd and was known for championing progressive house, as well as long-standing promoter residencies.

Now called The Cross 2.0, the new luxe iteration of the club is fashioned from velvet, exposed brick and reclaimed timber and spans six floors “offering luxuriously designed spaces to drink, dine and dance”. These comprise a rooftop terrace – which looks out on a 360-degree view of London – as well as a basement club, three bars and a restaurant.

Billy Reilly, the original founder of The Cross, and his wife Gemma Reilly, managing director, are behind the  new clubbing venture. “The Cross holds a special place in our hearts, so we wanted to be involved in every step of reopening this beloved institution. From interiors, menus to the live music, this is still The Cross as we knew and loved it, but a renewed version, in keeping with modern times,” they said.

The Cross opens to the public on 9th September. Find out more info on The Cross site.

Fatboy Slim announces Big Beach Boutique 20th anniversary documentary

Fatboy Slim is currently working on a new documentary to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his momentous Big Beach Boutique party.

Announcing the documentary on Rebecca Judd’s Apple Music 1 show last week, the Brighton DJ – real name Norman Cook – explained how he ‘has revisited the party in his brain quite a few times’. “And just the idea of what’s happened to me and my life over the last 20 years, how the scene and music business has changed in the last 20 years,” he said. “And yeah, it’s quite nice to take stock. So rather than counting down the days until doing this, I’ve been taking stock of what it means to come back and do it 20 years later.”

During the interview, he discusses the “good-natured chaos” of the party, which saw more than 250,000 ravers – twice the size of Brighton’s population – gather on the beachfront for the free event on 13th July 2002 to watch Fatboy Slim. The rave was described as the “biggest event the UK has ever seen”. 

“It cemented my relationship with the city,” he said of the landmark rave, describing himself as a “sort of local boy made good”, and referring to himself and ex-wife Zoe Ball as “the Posh and Becks of the acid house generation”. “20 years ago I was probably at the height of my powers; and it’s like being on a big wave, it’s fun when you’re on the top of it but you’ll be looking down thinking ‘whoah, what if I fall off!'”, he said.

“Looking back on it and reassessing it 20 years later for the documentary, I’m like ‘it kind of was like a Woodstock moment’. It was like a moment when this idea of our culture or what we were doing suddenly became bigger than unmanageable’… I’m happy with people describing it as “historic”, I think we made history”.

No further details about the documentary are known as yet but the announcement follows the previously announced Big Beach Boutique deluxe box set, ‘Right Here, Right Then’, which comprises a brand Fatboy Slim new DJ mix, a DVD of the original concert, a 48-page,12” book with exclusive photos and a foreword penned by Cook, and much more. 

12 emerging artists you need to hear this August

It normally takes years, decades even, of honing your music-making skills to get yourself on a label like Radio Slave’s Rekids — but Mona Yim, it seems, is a quick learner. It was only this past spring that the clubbing world first caught wind of the Berlin-based DJ and producer, when she remixed DJ Seinfeld’s ‘Tell Me One More Time’ into a gently swooning, dubbed-out clubland love song — and the recent Rekids release, the ‘Gotta Do This, Gurl / Dots Obsession’ EP, marks her debut as a creator of original music. Both tracks are intimate and engrossing house cuts, with Radio Slave himself supplying a touch of his trademark throb with a pair of remixes.

In reality, of course, Yim (real name: Simona Miranda Melzer) didn’t just come out of nowhere. Growing up in Singapore and Germany, she studied violin for years; later, she began to make beats on her laptop, and later still started hitting the clubs. “I was out in Berlin at Berghain, Printworks in London, and clubs in France and America,” she says. “I got this real sense of community, and experienced the music with all of my senses, and how DJs played it.”

In 2019, she landed a spot in London at The Roundhouse as part of their ‘Rising Sounds’ artist mentorship program — and now she’s already on one of the world’s most respected dance music labels. It won’t be the last time, we’d wager. Bruce Tantum

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