Listen to Solomun’s Essential Mix, Live From Pacha Ibiza

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Last night, Solomun made his return to BBC Radio 1’s Essential Mix, invited to showcase a recent live recording from a set at Pacha Ibiza during his Solomun +1 residency. This summer, Solomun has also been holding down residencies at Destino and Ushuaïa, as part of his brand new +1 Live project.

The Diynamic boss delivered with a two-hour performance full of house gems. This is his second Essential Mix, having debuted on Pete Tong’s world-renowned radio show for the first time on the 28th of July 2012.

Enjoy it via BBC’s iPlayer Radio or through SoundCloud below:

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Permanent Memorial To Be Built At Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub

Pulse Nightclub memorial

It was with the heaviest of hearts that on June 12th the world learned of the mass shooting that took place at Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub, leaving 49 people dead and 53 wounded.

Just over a month later, the non-profit organization OnePulse Foundation has filed documents to gain permission to build a permanent memorial at the nightclub in the memory of the lives lost.

A few days after the shooting, club owner Barbara Poma voiced the idea of planning a memorial, later forming OnePulse on July 7th with a very precise goal: “conceiving, funding and construction of a permanent memorial on the existing Pulse site.”

There is no information yet on when exactly the memorial will be completed unveiled to the public.

Source: Orlando Sentinel

 

Is SoundCloud Really Worth $1 Billion?

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Following news last month that Twitter reached an agreement with SoundCloud for an investment of $70 million, it is now being reported that the music streaming company is seeking a buyer for an estimated $1 billion.

When the Twitter cash infusion story broke mid-June, experts believed that the funding valued SoundCloud at about $700 million — the same value that investors placed on the company in 2014 when it raised $60 million. According to Bloomberg, however, SoundCloud is now looking to sell for $1 billion.

The publication cites “people familiar with the matter,” affirming that SoundCloud’s investors and founders are exploring ways to reach a sale. The business news outlet states that other sources have confirmed SoundCloud’s interest in finding a buyer, reporting that the music company has been having difficulties finding someone willing to pay $1 billion for the business although talks of a sale have been ongoing now for some time.

Is the streaming platform really worth $1 billion and will they find a buyer willing to match that evaluation? The company reported $44 million losses for 2014, specifying that “in the three years from 2012-2014, SoundCloud lost almost €75m – but only brought in €37m in income.”

A SoundCloud representative declined to comment.

Where Is The Next Ibiza?

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I’ve said it before, and I will say it again: Ibiza is changing – and if anyone tells you otherwise they have either not seen it with their own eyes or are simply lying to you.

In recent months we have seen local officials closing down beach parties, imposing 6:30am club curfews and admitting that the island cannot take in much more tourism due to depleted natural and local resources. And let’s not forget the imminent end of the legendary Space Ibiza (with ENTER and Carl Cox’s Music Is Revolution both leaving the island), the rise of VIP-centered Ushuaïa as well as the increasing prevalence of commercial dance music throughout the Balearic island. On top of that, a recent criminal investigation by local authorities has resulted in raids at Amnesia, Space and Privilege, with four men arrested, including the owner of Amnesia and his son.

Things are changing, and Ibiza is no longer the same Ibiza of 5, 10 or 15 years ago, and while progress is natural, a large portion of dance music fans are now looking for less-regulated new destinations to freely enjoy the underground sounds of their favorite artists. Below are our top picks for the “next Ibiza” – destinations that have been and continue to be more and more popular for those seeking to party while on vacation.

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Watch David August Perform With The Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin And Frieder Nagel

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David August has recently been putting his musical skills to use in a special project called ‘X – Poème Symphonique,’ collaborating and performing live with Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin and Frieder Nagel.

The project debuted live on the Boiler Room, featuring a 50 piece classical symphonic orchestra and the electronic prowess of both August and Nagel.

The idea initially came courtesy of Frieder Nagel, who then proceeded to connect August and the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester early last year to bring the project to fruition. David himself then took it on to compose a symphony that combines both the elements of traditional and electronic instruments at the same time, including live production by the electronic producer himself.

You can watch the one-hour video in full below:


David August Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin by brtvofficial

David August‘s latest project is ‘X – Poème Symphonique,’ a live performance and collaborative project with Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin and Frieder Nagel.

Tracklisting:

X – POÈME SYMPHONIQUE

1. LUX
2. `VIL-LIVE
3. RÊVE
4. SHAME
5. TAKE IT ALL AND FOREVER
6. IRIS
7. PATH TO
8. THE SAVIOR
9. HUMAN
10. STATE OF WONDER
11. KARMA
12. X

Composed by: David August
Conductor: Norbert Nagel
Orchestra: Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin (DSO)
Performed and recorded at: Radialsystem V Berlin
Recording Engineer: Holger Schwark
Recording Producer: Sebastian Nattkemper
Mixed by: David August & Sebastian Nattkemper
Additional Orchestration: Raphael D. Thöne (dasDUR)
Scenography by: Tim Vermeulen (SIDF)

H/T: XLR8R

Introducing The Glow Mat: Light Up Your Car Floor!

The Glow Mat

Every once in a while comes a new product that connects a piece of the world of electronic music with everyday life.

Today saw the launch of The Glow Mat on Indiegogo, originally designed to meet the demand for safe and secure lighting for aviators in the cockpit, and now made available for private use in cars. Aiming to replace the standard-issue car floor mats found in every automobile, The Glow Mat gives the interior of your car an entirely updated aesthetic and feel.

The Glow Mat works as easily as you may expect, illuminating the floor of your car when plugged into the cigarette lighter via USB port. The mats are available in 8 different light-up colors, and also become a versatile tool in illuminating otherwise dark parts of your car when driving at night. Made from densely woven poly-blend yarn on the top and water resistant rubber-nibbed back for extra protection, the mats themselves come in black, grey or tan.

The minds behind The Glow Mats are car and plane enthusiasts Tony Pasquini and Dan Lawrence, who came up with the idea in February 2016 following years of experience in aviation, boating and car customization. The goal is to begin production this month and have the first run of Glow Mats shipped by November of this year, with plans to add new designs, color-changing capabilities and more further down the line.

The Glow Mats turn your car into a quasi-personal club, all the while adding that cool factor and safety that comes with a lit up vehicle floor. The mats come in two-seater and four-seater packages, priced as cheap as $49 for early backers.

Back The Glow Mat’s Indiegogo campaign and light up your floor like never before!

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Seth Troxler Completes Kilimanjaro Climb Mission, Raises $97K

Seth Troxler Completes Kilimanjaro Climb Photo

Seth Troxler and team at the top of Kilimanjaro

In May we reported Seth Troxler would be climbing Kenya’s Kilimanjaro to raise awareness and contributions for the Australian Cure Brain Cancer Foundation’s (CBCF) “Million$Mission”. Last night, Seth took to Facebook to report he had survived the trek to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro stating, “Wow, we made it to the top – this has been the best July for me yet. The buzz of this is incredible, life changing. To do it for brain cancer is even more rewarding.” Seth came in just $2,997 shy of his $100,000 goal with a grand total of $97,003 contributed.

The climb began last Thursday and Seth was accompanied by nine other philanthropists, including CBCF’s founder and renowned Australian neurosurgeon, Charlie Teo. Here is Seth and what he had to say with the first team photo before their 19,000 foot ascent:


Each individual’s mission was to raise $100,000, and have collectively raised $1,210,627 dollars. Surpassing their $1 million dollar goal. Our hats come off for this one to all who participated. Mission complete.

Before you go, Seth is still auctioning 12 records from his vinyl collection for CBCF. Happy bidding!

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Listen To A 45-Minute Unreleased Ricardo Villalobos Tune

Richardo Villalobos

Ricardo Villalobos‘ “Bionic Sad” has popped up in the Chilean-German producer’s minimalistic sets for years now, eluding the most seasoned of record and vinyl searchers simply because it has never been released.

However, the 45-minute tune has now been uploaded to SoundCloud in full for your listening pleasure. The progression is as minimalistic as it gets, filled with rolling sounds and sparse vocals that comprise three-quarters of an hour of signature Villalobos beauty.

Listen to it now in its entirety before it’s taken down:

Music Monday: Listen to Sunday School Sessions Episode 074 with Alex Sibley

Alex Sibley

On this week’s edition of Music Monday, we are featuring the latest Sunday School Sessions podcast by none other than Alex Sibley.

The San Francisco-based producer and DJ has been making waves throughout the United States with his infectious blend of house and techno. With releases on such esteemed labels as Intec Digital, Stereo Productions and Selected Records, Sibley has cemented his reputation as a crafty track selector with a distinctive sound that he described as, “trapped somewhere between the driving force of techno with the soulful swing of house.”

Sunday School’s Session is a weekly podcast series featuring exclusive mixes from the world’s rising and top techno talents, including Joseph Capriati, Luciano, Sian, Monika Kruse and Carlo Lio just to name a few.

This year alone, Sibley has been featured on lineups alongside some of the greatest names of the international DJ touring scene such as Eats Everything, Hobo, Coyu, Julian Jeweil, Pan-Pot and Eric Prydz (as Cirez D). The mix, which you can hear below, includes Enrico Sangiuliano’s remix of “Son Of A Gun” by Vangelis Kostoxenakis, Mark Reeve’s Remix of The Yellowheads’ “Creature” and “All Is Nothing” released on Octopus Recordings by Macromism.

Enjoy!

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The Secret Garden Party Proves That Festival Drug-Testing Services Are A MUST

The Loop

This past weekend, UK’s The Secret Garden Party became the first festival to introduce Drug-Testing Services in Britain, spearheading a movement that should become an industry standard world-over.

The festival launched the service, allowing attendees to test their drugs before taking them, in coordination with Cambridgeshire council, local police and charity The Loop. The festival weekend ran from July 21st through 24th at a farm in Abbots Ripton, Cambridgeshire, drawing thousands of music fans from all over the island and beyond.

The Loop has in the past worked on similar initiatives, gaining access to drugs dropped in amnesty bins by festival-goers or confiscated by police, security or paramedics but never from attendees themselves. This past weekend’s initiative was the first of its kind, as Loop co-founder Fiona Measham told The Guardian “For the first time we’ve been able to offer the testing service to individual users as part of a tailored advice and information package provided by a team of experienced drugs workers. This can help people make informed choices, raising awareness of particularly dangerous substances in circulation and reducing the chance of drug-related problems occurring.”

Once the festival was over and the service’s results came in, it became apparent that it was not only welcomed with open arms by attendees, but also achieved impressive results. It is estimated that around 200 people used the tests available to them, with roughly 80 substances of concern found including super-strength ecstasy pills, several amounts of dicey MDMA and ketamine.

Secret Garden Party

Photo courtesy of The Secret Garden Party

“Around a quarter of people who brought in their drugs then asked us to dispose of them when they discovered that they had been mis-sold or were duds. We were taking dangerous substances out of circulation. Until the laws are reformed, testing and encouraging safer drug use is the least we can do. We hope this groundbreaking service becomes the norm for all such events. It is now up to others to follow, to protect the health and safety of their customers. In truth it would be negligent for them not to,” said Steve Rolles, a senior policy analyst for Transform Drug Policy Foundation whose work was influential in sealing the drug-testing deal with local authorities.

Similar initiatives have been spearheaded throughout the United States by Dance Safe and other groups, aiming to provide personal testing kits to attendees as well as making them available on festival grounds. Dance Safe’s message with regard to drug checking is a simple one, “Drug checking, also known as pill testing or adulterant screening, is a harm reduction service that helps drug users avoid ingesting unknown and potentially more dangerous adulterants found in street drugs.”

It is practically impossible to enforce a no-drug police at music festival, whereas drug testing can be immensely effective in saving lives. Unfortunately, the drug market – and the MDMA one in particular – is a highly adulterated illicit drug market, hence why drug checking services have proven to add an important layer of safety for those who may otherwise be partaking in particularly dangerous usage of drugs that have been cut up with a myriad of adulterants.

There is hope that other festivals will soon follow The Secret Garden Party’s initiative in creating a safer festival experience for all attendees. This is hugely dependent on agreements between local officials, police and councils together with festival owners, promoters and organizations such as The Loop.