Vertere unveils new turntable, the DG-1S

Vertere is putting a new turntable on the market this September.

The DG-1S is an evolution of Vertere’s now three-years-old DG-1 model which promises to “bring higher resolution replay, greater dynamic contrasts, improved stereo separation with greater precision,” according to the manufacturer

Highlighted improvements include: platter bearings, tonearm counterweight, Motor Drive software, mechanical noise reduction, 

HiFi Corner lists the price for the DG-1S at £3,550. It’s expected to be available in September. 

Find more details about the new model on the Vertere website.

New five-part documentary series explores The Evolution of Black British Music

There’s a new documentary series highlighting the Black origins of British dance and electronic music.

The Evolution of Black British Music‘ is a five-part series from the UK arm of Black Entertainment Television (BET) by Against All Odds directors Femi Oyeniran and Nicky “Slimting” Walker. Each part will highlight Black British genres, including jungle, UK garage, grime, AfroBashment and UK funky, and road rap and drill.

The first episode, which premiered on Thursday, 11th August, hones in on jungle’s Hackney roots and features revered scene figures like Fabio & Grooverider, Roni Size, Goldie, Shy FX and General Levy. That’s available to stream now via My5. E

Episode two, which explores the history of UK Garage, will air this Thursday (18th August).

Watch promo clips for the jungled-focused episode and the series at large below. 

Lose yourself in this trippy video and Mangled Dreams – WDE x The Microgram

Starting with a cut titled “Birth,” find yourself in lo-fi, acid-washed hallucinations and a bath of music. It’s a lo-fi, vapor-y, glitch-y sort of womb – but where better to feel at home? Detroit Underground does it again.

Here’s “Birth”:

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There’s a beautiful team on the visual side of this one. That includes frequent DU collaborator and “dreampunk idol” Vera Masyutina on 3D / VFX / video edit, with additional VFX processing by Seoul-based Prekursor – more on their music below.

And then that dreamy music – the future, but all melted in your pocket:

Written, arranged and produced by
WDE
https://twitter.com/wde_log
https://wetdreamsexciter.bandcamp.com

and

The Microgram
https://microgram.bandcamp.com
https://twitter.com/TheMicrogram

Guitar by Alec Malyshev

https://www.instagram.com/blackhumourgeneration/ [needsmore followers – awesome Insta userid]

Vocals by Mallthansis
https://linktr.ee/mallthandeanirs

Every single track is a dreamy wonderland, and every single track gets corresponding loving visuals from Vera, for a total of 58 minutes of audiovisual voyages. That’s available on limited VHS, too, so enjoy this on CRT, please.

And look at that physical edition – my VHS tapes of the 80s and 90s wished they looked like this:

https://wetdreamsexciter.bandcamp.com/album/mangled-dreams

This is really a dream team / super band – there’s a ton more music from this crew in their solo operations.

From the UK (uh, somewhere), The Microgram – let’s give this release a lift and be the first to acquire it, in fact:

This is fab, too:

From Detroit, WDE, short for Wet Dreams Exciter, you incubus/succubus fans:

Ah, yes, “Wet Dreams May Come.” (Sorry. Yeah yeah, remember the 90s?)

Tons of stuff on Tokyo‘s Angel Lips and… yes, Bandcamp needs ways of linking music without the labels we’re on having label accounts. (Grrr. Epic? Help?)

Full discography: https://wetdreamsexciter.bandcamp.com/

In Berlin, or space, or somewhere, Alex Malyshev‘s own music project:

From Brazil, Mattheus aka Mallthansis has this dark forest of sound – see also:

And lastly, from Seoul, Prekursor “is a project that contemplates a possible future. As new technologies proliferate, environmental collapse becomes evident and sociopathy is increasingly incentivised, what happens as the dread and euphoria of our world become something tangible?”

That is a whole label / platform that is “a foreshadowing of our dark future.” I would say we don’t need foreshadowing, as we’re in this present, but of course – things can get so much worse. So… uh… listen to this:

More visual tastiness:

There’s a world of darkness out there.

Enjoy, kids.

Nipsey Hussle posthumously honoured with star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

The late Nipsey Hussle has been honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in his hometown of Los Angeles.

The Crenshaw rapper, who was fatally shot in March 2019 at age 33, was posthumously honoured in the star-unveiling ceremony on Hollywood Boulevard on Sunday 15th August, which would have been his 37th birthday, the LA Times reports. The City of Los Angeles and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce recognised Nipsey Hussle’s achievements in music and charity and declared 15th August to be celebrated as Nipsey Hussle Day in LA.

Hussle’s widow Lauren London, their son Cross, father ​​Dawit Asghedom and grandmother Margaret Boutte were among those present at the ceremony, set outside local music landmark, Amoeba Music. 

“Nip would’ve been honoured by this moment,” London said. “I think he would want everyone to remember that you can’t get to what’s possible unless you commit to moving forward. That doesn’t mean forgetting where you come from, but it requires acknowledging the reality you were born into and the power you have to change that reality for the better. 

“So whenever you’re in the City of Angels and you see this star, I hope it encourages you to break away from whatever might be holding you back, and for you to run your marathon until God says that it’s finished,” London said.

Last month, Eric Holder Jr. was found guilty of the 2019 murder of Nipsey Hussle outside his Marathon Clothing store in LA. The LA Times says it is likely he will spend the rest of his life in prison.

On Nipsey Hussle’s would-be 35th birthday in August 2020, Snoop Dogg released a tribute track titled ‘Nipsey Blue‘. 

Kendrick Lamar’s ‘We Cry Together’ video qualifies for Oscar nomination

Kendrick Lamar’s ‘We Cry Together’ video has qualified for an Oscar nomination following a short run of theatre screenings in LA.

The ‘We Cry Together’ video, an extended visual version of his track of the same name off his new May album ‘Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers‘, is eligible to be nominated for the upcoming 2023 Academy Awards, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The six-minute short film was screened six times at the Laemmle Royal Theater in West Los Angeles earlier this summer, from June 3rd through the 9th, qualifying it for Oscars consideration in the Best Live Action Short Film category. 

The short film stars Lamar and Zola actress Taylour Paige, who features on the album version of ‘We Cry Together’. The two artists play the quarreling couple in an abusive relationship at the centre of the “harrowing” track.

Taylor Swift’s 14-minute short film for her ballad ‘All Too Well’ is also eligible in the same category thanks to a similar limited run of the video at a New York cinema in November 2021. 

Kendrick Lamar’s first and currently only Oscar nomination was in the 2019 Best Original Song category for his and SZA’s track ‘All The Stars’ on the Black Panther soundtrack.

Kendrick Lamar is on the road for his global Big Steppers Tour through December. Watch his Glastonbury 2022 headline closing set here.

The ‘We Cry Together’ video has not been released yet, but you can listen to the track below.

Tomorrowland’s Mainstage has been recreated in VR

Tomorrowland’s Mainstage has been recreated in VR. You can watch a video of the metaverse version of the stage below.

VR developer Jake Donaldson was inspired by his experience at the Belgian festival’s recent 2022 edition, his first time at Tomorrowland. The Australian designer set out to rebuild the premier “Reflection of Love” stage in VR using the Horizon Worlds app developed by Meta, formerly known as Facebook.  

Next up, Donaldson is looking to put on VR gigs at his Tomorrowland stage and is seeking willing DJs for future metaverse line-ups.

Explore the Mainstage on MetaQuest here, and check out a preview clip below. You can also revisit sets by ANNA, Paul Kalkbrenner, Jennifer Cardini and more from Tomorrowland 2022 here.

The event, which took place across three weekends from the 15th until 17th July, 22nd until 24th and 29th until 31st July, featured over 800 artists, with a majority of the headline sets broadcast by Tomorrowland’s One World TV & One World Radio.

John Summit recruits Volaris as first Off The Grid Records signee on ‘Slow Motion’

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There’s a number of rationales as to why Dancing Astronaut‘s 2021 Breakout Artist of the Year decided to launch his own label. At the top of that agenda is—of course—providing the right platform for undiscovered artists to share their newest productions. And considering how lucrative IDs placed in John Summit‘s sets can instantaneously become, Off The Grid couldn’t be a more efficient label to do that through. After owning the label’s first pair of offerings since its inception back in May, Summit is now turning the release reigns over to Volaris for their sophomore single—and first solo appearance—”Slow Motion.”

After a night at Ushuaïa Ibiza at the beginning of June, Summit shared a clip of his set that featured an unreleased demo that’d been a part of his sets ever since his overpacked debut at Ultra’s UMF Radio Stage. And the swarm of replies searching for the track in question ultimately dotted the i’s and crossed the t’s to Summit making Volaris his first label signee. “Slow Motion” drives Off The Grid’s “house without limits” ambition forward, with the UK tandem infusing their stylistic branding of “big melodies and massive beats” with melodic tech-house in its purest state.

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Rony Seikaly adds to ‘Moonwalk’ remix series with cuts by DAVI, Fur Coat

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Fresh off the heels of his May album Moonwalk, Rony Seikaly has expanded once more via his own Stride imprint. Following his previous six-track remix offering from July, this time the pro-hooper-turned-dance-music-phenomenon has delivered all new remixes from DAVI, Joseph Capriati, Fur Coat, as well as Andrea Olivia and Black Circle.

Sending listeners to the dance floor with DAVI’s techno take on “The Last Dance Feat. MJ 23 Tribute,” in addition to Fur Coat’s bass-driven styling on the same track, Moonwalk’s diversity continues to mount with each impending release. Honoring His Airness, and of course paying homage of Seikaly’s past life in basketball, the latest tracks capitalize on Seikaly’s clear love for both his lifelong passions, and make for crisp additions to his catalog of dance tunes. With these two trophies and two more on the way in the coming weeks, Seikaly has assuredly continued to give fans even more reason to celebrate following Moonwalk.

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Chris Lorenzo, Walker & Royce go head-to-head remixing Idris Muhammad’s ‘Could Heaven Ever Be Like This’

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Coming off of the viral sensation of “MAMI” featuring COBRAH, Chris Lorenzo is wasting no time fueling up with more house brilliance, this time joined by Walker & Royce on a collaborative new remix. The new joint effort sees the trio of producers wade into deep-house waters with an enchanting spin on Idris Muhammad’s hit, “Could Heaven Ever Be Like This.”

With Walker & Royce making the original work a staple in their performances for more than a year, the delivery of a new remix strikes as an obvious play from the pair, with welcomed assistance from Lorenzo. Fusing Muhammad’s light-hearted and upbeat groove with a modern deep-house persuasion, “Could Heaven Ever Be Like This” remix is the perfect late summer vibe-setter that artfully complements its original counterpart.

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Nora En Pure shares new twofer EP, ‘Gratitude’

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Following the delivery of “Us” and “Tribe Of Kindness” earlier this spring, melodic house magnate Nora En Pure has returned with two more new works on a short, sweet EP titled, Gratitude. While it’s only two tracks, the EP packs of concentrated dose of quality in a very neatly packaged seven-minute run.

The title track, “Gratitude” is a mounting, club-centered shaker that pulls together all of Nora En Pure’s intricate, inventive sound design tendencies into one succinct groove. The second track of the pair and opener to her beguiling Purified 300 livestream, “Forsaken Dream” is anchored by the Swiss-South African producer’s classic piano progressions with all the enchanting qualities of a Nora En Pure production. Poignant and evocative, the Gratitude EP gives fans a glimpse into the next wave of creativity from the Monsoon producer, hot off the heels of a North American tour this summer.

Find tickets to Nora En Pure’s next stop here, and stream Gratitiude via Enormous Tunes below.

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