PIONEER INTRODUCES NEW GOLD-COLOURED HDJ-X5BT-N HEADPHONES

The HDJ-X5BT series is now available in gold, metallic black, metallic red and gloss white

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Pioneer DJ has revealed the new gold-coloured iteration of its HDJ-X5BT headphone series, the HDJ-X5BT-N.

The over-ear, Bluetooth® headphones boast a range of cool features, including: wireless technology for monitoring music anywhere you go, flexible functionality for comfortable DJing, lasting durability, a foldable, easy-to-carry design, well-balanced, dynamic sound, comfortable ear pads and original unique sounds for each beep when connecting via Bluetooth, powering and pairing.

The series is now available in four colours: gold, metallic black (HDJ-X5BT-K), metallic red (HDJ-X5BT-R) and gloss white (HDJ-X5BT-W).

To find out more about the headphones, head to the Pioneer website.

Check out more shots of the HDJ-X5BT-N, as well as the introductory video for the HDJ-X5BT range, below.

 

 

AN EARLY METALHEADZ DOCUMENTARY WILL BE SCREENED IN A CINEMA FOR THE FIRST TIME

A conversion between Gilles Peterson and Goldie will follow the exclusive screening

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On October 3, Metalheadz and Commune will screen ‘Talkin’ Headz: The Metalheadz Documentary’ (which was originally released in 1998) at Dalston’s Rio Cinema, the first time the documentary has been shown in a cinema before.

It features an array of influential Metalheadz DJs and producers around the turn of the century, including Adam F, Dillinja, Doc Scott, Ed Rush, Grooverider and Randall; there are even appearances from Liam and Noel Gallagher.

The screening is part of the label’s 25th anniversary celebrations; a conversation between Goldie and Gilles Peterson will also take place after the screening.

Grab your tickets here.

Check out the film’s trailer below.

ROBERT DEL NAJA TO TALK AT BRISTOL FESTIVAL SIMPLE THINGS EXT.

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Three-day Bristol festival Simple Things has announced its extended programme of events, talks, workshops and experiences that will run alongside the festival.

On October 17, Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja will talk with frequent collaborator and creative technologist, Andrew Melchior (both pictured), while the following night, the festival’s opening concert will feature a world premiere of ‘10,000 Peacock Feathers in Foaming Acid’, a new audio-visual work from William Basinski, Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand.

Squidsoup, the UK-based, international collective of artists that arranged the light design for Four Tet’s stunning live shows at the Alexandra Palace, will also debut a “newly-commissioned immersive real-time spatialised sonic ecosystem”, with the accompanying music provided by Hyperdub’s Lee Gamble.

Fellow Hyperdub alumni Aïsha Devi will showcase ‘I Am Not Always Where My Body Is’, an unprecedented multi-user Augmented Reality experience on October 19; on the same day, Kode9, Hyperdub label manager Marcus Scott, and frequent contributor Cooly G will host a ’15 Years Of Hyperdub’ talk at Bristol IMAX.

Kode9 will also present a unique live performance inspired by video game music, accompanied by original visuals from legendary animator Kōji Morimoto and VJ by Konx-om-Pax, while Justin Barton and the late Mark Fisher’s audio essay ‘On Vanishing Land’ will be screened in pitch darkness.

To find out more about the festival’s extended programme, head to the Simple Things EXT. website.

TOTTENHAM CLUB THE CAUSE TO CLOSE NEXT JANUARY

The club has raised £50,000 for charity in just over a year

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London club The Cause has announced it will be closing when its tenancy ends in January 2020.

Initially opened as a temporary venue last March, it extended its lease this April and announced its first, and last, birthday party a month after.

It will be throwing a number of high-profile parties to round out its time in Tottenham, including a Tribes night on September 24 (in collaboration with neighbours Grow Tottenham) that will feature sets from Jennifer CardiniAxel BomanA Guy Called GeraldTruly MadlySubb-an, Adam Shelton and Silverling, and a Whities takeover on August 31, which will be headlined by label mainstay Avalon Emerson.

London party Faith celebrates two decades with Byron The Aquarius and Maurice Fulton on September 7, with Lil Louis heading to the club on September 13.

Joy Orbison and Will Bankhead’s Hinge Finger label takes over the club on September 20, followed by Mr Ties and Kiwi’s “sex-positive rave” Crossbreed on September 27.

There’s a bunch of parties happening around Halloween, with Alienata, Ben Sims and Kirk Degiorgio’s Machine all playing. Queer party Adonis is also locked in for November 1.

Known for its fundraising angle, The Cause has already raised £50,000 for charity – the bulk of which has gone to CALM and MIND in Haringey – over its short lifespan.

Ultra Music Festival Is Relocation To A New Florida City and Venue in 2020!

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Following a challenging year with an unprecedented and hasty relocationUltra Music Festival has announced that it will not return to the Virginia Key location and will be seeking a new, permanent home in South Florida.

In an official statement released today, Ultra acknowledged the largely negative feedback to the Virginia Key location, which was stretched across a venue that at some points, took attendees 45 minutes or more to walk across. Additionally, due to its isolated location, ride shares were banned and provided bus transportation leaving the island and festival had extended delays that caused hundreds of attendees to walk across a three mile bridge.

“After listening to feedback from many of you, it is clear that the festival experience in Virginia Key was simply not good enough,” the statement reads. “This is Ultra Music Festival, after all, and our attendees expect us to deliver on our commitment to excellence. Being committed to excellence not only means constantly striving to become better, it also means being willing to change things when they are not working.”

Ultra has voluntarily terminated their license with the City of Miami, where the festival has been based for two decades. The statement was released strategically, the day before the Virginia Key commission was meant to vote on potentially revoking a year-to-year licensing agreement with the festival. The statement continues to allude to a new “unique and impressive” location in South Florida that will become the new, permanent home of Ultra for “many years to come”. According to Miami Herald sources, it is rumored that the Homestead-Miami Speedway, a race track located about 35 miles South of Miami, could be the new home for the festival.

The statement concludes with a promise to reveal details about the location and dates soon.

Though Ultra plans to relocate within South Florida, it remains to be seen how the annual Miami Music Week and Winter Music Conference, both of which have traditionally been planned throughout the week just prior to the festival, will be affected.

See the full statement below.

Sony reveals first Playstation 5 details

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Sony has revealed details of its highly anticipated PlayStation 5 in a new interview with Wired.

Among the new features promised is support for 8k graphics, 3D audio, lightning fast SSDs, and cross-generational compatibility with all released PlayStation 4 games, making for a more immersive gaming experience with rapid gameplay and load times.

The new console will feature entirely new hardware from its predecessors the PS4 and PS4 Pro, including an eight-core CPU based on a new AMD chip that will make it the first gaming console to feature ray-tracing graphics.

No details about games, media features or a release date have been revealed, and unfortunately Sony isn’t participating in E3 this year so we’re unlikely to hear anything then. But developers have been granted access to kits to develop games for the console, indicating a launch next year could well be on the cards.

HOUSE MUSIC VOCALIST KIM ENGLISH HAS DIED

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House music vocalist Kim English has died.

The Chicago singer’s death was announced by Nervous Records, a label she worked with on numerous occasions on tracks such as ‘Nite Life’ and ‘Learn 2 Luv’.

Having started out as a gospel singer, she went on to work continuously with Nervous from 1994 until 2016, releasing both of her albums – 1998’s ‘Higher Things’ and 2006’s ‘My Destiny’ – on the New York label. She had eight number one songs on the US Club/Dance charts, the first coming in 1999 with ‘Unspeakable Joy’.

Her career included collaborations with the likes of Mood II Swing, Masters At Work and François K. A recent collaboration came with Paul Woolford on his 2018 track ‘Hang Up Your Hang Ups’.

DJs and members of the dance music community have been paying tribute to the singer. See some of them below.

 

MYSPACE HAS LOST ALL MUSIC UPLOADED TO THE SITE BETWEEN 2003 AND 2015

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Myspace has confirmed that all photos, videos and audio files uploaded to the site by users between its launch in 2003 and 2015 have been lost, including more than 50 million songs from more than 14 million users.

Music links stopped working on the site around a year ago, at which point Myspace said they were working on a fix for the issue.

The social media platform has now confirmed all the data has been lost during a server migration operation.

An announcement at the top of the website reads: “As a result of a server migration project, any photos, videos, and audio files you uploaded more than three years ago may no longer be available on or from Myspace. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you would like more information, please contact our Data Protection Officer at DPO@myspace.com.”

Although Myspace’s popularity has dropped significantly this decade, the platform was very popular with musicians in the 2000s and hosted archives of music history that, if not backed up, have now gone forever.

This data loss serves as a warning that cloud storage is not as secure as we may believe it to be, and the likes of YouTubeFacebookSoundCloud and Instagram are no invulnerable to similar disasters. Those concerned about personal data they have stored on such sites may want to seek alternative storage options.

LuckyMe commented on the Myspace data loss on Twitter, writing: “They had demos. First songs. They had communications. Connections between artists. An important archive of youth culture. And completely fucked it.”

THE DANCE MUSIC WORLD REACTS TO THE TRAGIC PASSING OF KEITH FLINT

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The Prodigy frontman Keith Flint – widely considered one of the greatest live electronic performers of all time – has passed away at age 49.

Flint played a major roll in establishing dance music’s credibility in the mainstream for his work with The Prodigy with smash hits such as ‘Firestarter’ and ‘Breathe’ – both of which topped the UK singles chart in 1996.

Tributes to the vocalist from the dance music community continue to pour in online from a plethora of respected artists, DJs, producers, labels and others.

Scrolling through, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook today, it becomes abundantly clear that Keith Flint’s rave-induced energy, high-octane sound and unparalleled stage presence touched every corner of clubland and beyond.

Artists such as Daniel Avery, The Black Madonna, Nina Kraviz, Skrillex, Andy C, Charlotte de Witte, Pete Tong and many more have all taken to social media to pay their respects.

In social media posts, bandmate Liam Howlett paid tribute to Flint and revealed the cause of death as suicide. Learn more here.

KEVIN SAUNDERSON TO CELEBRATE 30 YEARS OF INNER CITY WITH NEW TOUR

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Kevin Saunderson is celebrating 30 years of his and vocalist Paris Grey’s chart-topping Inner City project with a brand new tour.

The Good Life tour, named after the pair’s hit 1988 single, will kick off in Europe this spring.

As Inner City celebrates the next chapter in its influential journey, Saunderson’s set-up will now feature his son and creative protégé Dantiez as a full-time member. The new set-up was first premiered at 2018’s Movement Detroit.

“We have an enormous catalogue of classics from our previous years and now we are moving and shaping a new sound for a new generation. It’s been 30 unforgettable years of Inner City,” says Saunderson. “Thinking back to when I first started the group, I could never have predicted how it would transform, now with my son Dantiez by my side, leading us into the future with great music for years to come. It’s going to be exciting for sure!”

The European leg begins on April 18 in Amsterdam, before hitting up Leeds, London, Barcelona, Glasgow, Belgium, Lyon and more. Other guests announced for the tour include vocalist Steffanie Christi’an.

Check out the tour flyer below and grab tickets here.