Ken Ishii Releases “Leaps” Under Flare Alias

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Legendary Japanese DJ and producer Ken Ishii delivers “Leaps” under his Flare alias, a full-length album that will be a notable accolade on his already impressive musical resume.

“My earliest music was experimental so it’s like going back to my roots. I’m still like a kid when I’m in front of my computer,” Ishii stated in an interview with Yahoo. Read more

Apple, Dubset Partner Up To License Streaming Mixes

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As the world of streaming becomes increasingly competitive, largely due to market saturation and legal action on behalf of artists and labels, each company is looking for a leg-up to bring in paid subscribers. It seems as if Apple Music will be taking the metaphorical cake for the time being; the company has just entered into a partnership with Dubset Media Holdings, which will allow Apple to stream unlicensed DJ mixes and bootleg remixes. Launched in 2015, Dubset has developed and refined their MixBank technology,which analyzes tracks and mixes to identify the samples and songs used, for the purpose of distributing royalties to the (often multiple) copyright owners. MixBank also allows copyright holders to blacklist certain tracks or set limits on how often they can be used.

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“You’re talking about hundreds of millions of dollars,” Dubset CEO Stephen White explained in a statement via International Business Times. “This is a huge day not only for the music industry, but also for DJs across the globe. We’re very, very proud to be able to support that community.” This is a big day for DJs and producers alike – the former can have their mixes heard without fear of takedowns or legal action, and the latter can finally be compensated for their works that have always been sampled left and right.

Markus Schulz Releases Details on New Album and Tour Dates



Markus Schulz, the well-known German trance DJ, is dropping clues about his sixth studio album, leaving us all curious for more as it is due to drop on April 29.

Watch The World was announced as the title of the forthcoming album recently, along with intriguing cover art fitting to its name. The album will be a joint venture between Schulz’ own Coldharbour Recordings and Black Hole Recordings.

The tracklist includes his well-known single ‘Destiny’, collaborations with Delacy and Lady V, and Schulz’ remix of the collab ‘Face Down’ with Soundland.

Tour dates have also been released, including an opening weekend that has quite a stacked schedule along the West Coast at Exchange LA and Audio SF. These are both relatively small venues, guaranteeing fans an intimate experience with a new sound. Since these tickets will be high in demand, there will be a limited number of pre-sale tickets available through a ticket request form.

The tour then shifts to the East Coast and into Europe. See below for the entire schedule.

For more information, visit his website.

April 08 – London, UK – Ministry of Sound (Open to Close)
April 09 – Wetzikon, Switzerland – Hall of Fame (Open to Close)
April 29 – Los Angeles, CA – Exchange
April 30 – San Francisco, CA – Audio
May 05 – Washington, DC – Soundcheck
May 06 – Miami, FL – Heart
May 07 – New York, NY – Cielo
May 13 – Dubai – Zero Gravity
May 14 – Istanbul, Turkey – Garaj
May 20 – Munich, Germany – Neural
May 21 – Prague, CZ – Club Saszau (Open to Close)

Movement Detroit Comes Out Strong With Phase 2 Release

Movement Detroit released its Phase 1 lineup earlier this year, announcing the festival debut of German techno giant group Kraftwerk who will be landing in Hart Plaza with their famous 3D set-up.

Alongside them, a list of who’s who of today’s dance music scene with focus on house and Detroit techno. Names such as Carl Craig, Chris Liebing, Eddie Fowlkes, Maceo Plex, Stacey Pullen and Tale of Us are all coming back to what is certainly recognized by many as a yearly must-attend underground house and techno event.

Today, Paxahau has unveiled the festival’s Phase 2 roster, adding more talent to an already filled selection of artists:


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Richie Hawtin (Sort Of) Revealed His New Mixer

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Richie Hawtin kicked things off for his Prototypes Tour last night at Sound Nightclub in Los Angeles. This tour has been anticipated by many, with a great deal of buzz revolving around the announcement of his new mixer. Well, the time has (sort of) come to reveal the mixer, but don’t get your hopes up.

Prior to the event, Hawtin took time with esteemed entertainment photographer, Michael Tullberg, to pose for a photoshoot with his new mixer. To my upmost disappointment, it reveals nothing, as it is essentially just Richie Hawtin holding the bottom of the mixer to face the camera. While tech gurus and music fans were probably eager to see what the legendary Hawtin had up his sleeve for this design, it’s safe to say that no one is salivating over a five by five black metal box with no knobs or fancy gizmos.

Alas, it’s a step forward in finally revealing the mixer that will (hopefully soon) be on display for the world to see.

For the complete gallery of photos from Michael Tullberg and Richie Hawtin, head over to the gallery at Getty Images.

[Photos Courtesy of Michael Tullberg/Getty Images]

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Party inside a Dormant Volcano at Secret Solstice Festival


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Iceland’s Secret Solstice Festival is about to give you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

The event is choosing a handful of attendees to experience a live performance inside the magma chamber of the Thrihnukagigur volcano, a dormant volcano near the festival grounds. This comes after the announcement of their Into the Glacier event, where 100 guests have the opportunity to party inside a glacier each night of the festival.

Though the full festival is happening in Reykjavik from June 16-19, the volcano event will happen on Saturday night for 20 ticket holders. The attendees will be flown inside the volcano mouth by a helicopter and then descend an elevator shaft to reach the final destination of the live performance.

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Tickets for this volcanic event are estimated to sell for $1,920, which also includes a VIP ticket to the entire festival. Secret Solstice has an amazingly stacked lineup for 2016, including Radiohead, Jamie Jones, Action Bronson, Of Monsters and Men and many more. The event occurs during Iceland’s 24-hour summer solstice, during which it will be daytime for the entire time span. General admission tickets for the festival begin at $191. Camping, VIP, and Super-VIP tickets are also available.

If you’re uncomfortable with being so close to a major natural hazard, fear not – the volcano last erupted over 4,000 years ago.

You can get your Secret Solstice tickets here, and see the full lineup for the festival below.


Watch Latest Cartoon Animation Featuring Skrillex, Out On Adult Swim


There is no denying that Skrillex makes for the perfect cartoon character. Be it the hair, edgy yet cool personality or the music that has infected the lives of many since he took over as one of the worldwide faces of EDM, Skrillex is a visually ideal person to translate into animation.

This latest cartoon sees Skrillex featured alongside Juaz and Fatman Scoop as part of their latest track “Squad Out!”  Directed by Adam Fuchs, who has previously directed for major artists the likes of Flying Lotus and Neon Indian, the highly stimulating video depicts animated Skrillex and Juaz losing their minds to a crazy and angry elephant-like version of Fatman Scoop who proceeds to torture them with a variety of odd sounds and scenarios.

You can watch the video through Adult Swim’s YouTube channel below:

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Live Electronic Trio Autograf Release “Future Soup” EP


It is no secret that over the last thirty years, Chicago’s electronic music scene has given birth to some of the industry’s most talented and acclaimed producers. Lately, electronic trio Autograf have been making a splash thanks to well-produced originals, remixes and a heavy touring schedule that has seen them play all four corners of the globe.

Today, the group has released their debut EP, a five-track showcase entitled Future Soup. Blending characteristic melodic house, catchy bass and soulful notes, Future Soup is truly signature Autograf work – pun intended.

The trio is known for skillfully encompassing the use of unique instruments in their live performances, an element that shines through the lively and energetic title-track “Future Soup” with Patrick Baker on vocals as well as the much darker and sultry “Heartbeat.” Strong emotions and deep vibes are the name of the game in these and the rest of the tracks the form the release, truly underscoring the production prowess and unique characteristics of the trio.

It comes to no surprise that Autograf have been named as artists to watch in 2016 by Billboard, DJ Mag and Mixmag after scoring over 20 #1 hits on Hypemachine. They have since unveiled a brand new live set-up as part of their Metaphysical North American Tour, the band’s first headlining tour with sold-out nights in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York City.

You can purchase Future Soup on iTunes and stream the full release through SoundCloud below:

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KiNK and Kölsch To Remix Two Sven Väth Early 90’s Classics


Cocoon is set to release a two-track EP on April 15th containing remixes of timeless Sven Väth tracks by none other than KiNK and Kölsch.

KiNK, top-notch Bulgarian producer listed as #1 on Resident Advisor’s poll for Best Live Acts of 2015, is poised to put his signature on 1992’s “Accident in Paradise,” while Kölsch is remixing “Robot” from the 1994 LP The Harlequin, The Robot And The Ballet-Dancer. Both tracks saw plenty of dance floor play at Omen, the Frankfurt club Väth was part-owner of until its closure in 1998 and were originally released on Eye Q Records, the imprint he started together with Matthias Hoffmann and Heinz Roth.

Whereas KiNK’s influence turns “Accident in Paradise” into a true acid-influenced re-work, Kölsch’s product has a bigger more energetic sound. Both remixes clock in at well over 9 minutes without feeling drawn out.

You can listen to both clips on Wordandsound.

Source: Resident Advisor

Humble Beginnings with Hito

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Hito was born in Japan, but she truly is a citizen of the world. Having traveled the globe learning new languages and cultures, Hito has amassed experiences that undoubtedly had a major impact on her life and career.

Many will know Hito as one of the major influences behind ENTER.Sake, but her dynamic history and influence on modern day electronic music extends far beyond the revolutionary concept. From her humble beginnings in Japan and Berlin, Hito continues to rise and fulfill her passion for music and culture.

I left home in 1999. I already had a feeling that my type of personality is usually killed by a Japanese kind of society, so instinctively I decided to leave Japan. I had no idea how to live and what to do. I just felt safe in myself, mentally” – Hito

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