Ryuichi Sakamoto Is Thinking About Returning to Work

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A year after he was diagnosed with throat cancer, legendary Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto says he is thinking about returning to work after taking a self-imposed sabbatical. In a rare posting to his website, Sakamoto, whose massive list of credits include membership in iconic ’70s electronic music band Yellow Magic Orchestra to acting and composing the 1983 film Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, recapped the past year that required him to pull out of all projects and focus on his health. He apologized for inconveniencing his fans and musical partners, adding that he “never felt more loved.”

“One year has passed since and thanks to everyone I am in great shape. I am thinking about returning to work,” he wrote. “For the time being I intend to prioritize composing work that I can do from home and so, for my first job, I will be responsible for the music of Haha to Kuraseba (Living With My Mother), a film by the great Japanese director Yoji Yamada. I will be refraining from performing live for now.”

“Forgive me if this sounds corny, but the illness brought me to a realization, which I am thankful for,” Sakamoto concluded. “It is truly a sign from nature or heaven. Taking this sign, I will make sure to avoid my old habits and treat my last days left with the utmost care.”

Essential Dance/Electronic Albums for August 2015

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People often talk about the dog days of summer, and the term applies to album releases pretty well, since it’s often been the practice of larger labels to cool their schedules down in the summer months, waiting until the last quarter of the year to drop their biggest bombs. But that also means that the field is open for the indies and the less ubiquitous artists to sneak their wares onto the table without too much undue competition. In the spirit of that notion, you’ll notice the underground bubbling up to the surface as we zero in on some of the most intriguing releases coming our way this month. Continue Reading

Ketami’s Top 10 for July 2015

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  1. Escape feat. Daudi Matsiko – “Just Escape” (Justin Martin Remix)
  2. Billy Kenny, Abby Jane – “I Operate” (Original Mix)
  3. Jesse Rose feat. Ed Weathers – “Love The Feeling High” (Original Mix)
  4. Benoit & Sergio – “Principles” (Original Mix)
  5. Clyde P – “I’m Gangsta” (Tim Baresko Remix)
  6. Claptone – “No Eyes” (feat. Jaw)
  7. Sinistar – “Say What” (Original Mix)
  8. Volac – “Drug Dealer” (Trak B & D.O.P.E Remix)
  9. Hardrive – “Deep Inside” (Low Steppa Remix)
  10. Gene Farris, Sonny Fodera – “We Work It” (Original Mix)

DJs, submit your top 10 chart along with a photo and we’ll publish them.

Premiere: Michael Klein feat. Geneviève Marentette – “Pattern Movement”

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Berlin duo Pan-Pot announced this month that their Second State label will release their new album, The Other, in September. The duo — Thomas Tassilo and Benedix Ippenberger — also use their imprint to shine the spotlight on artists they believe in, building a tidy roster of talent in the process.

Enter fellow Berliner Michael Klein to the fold. He’s a wildly inventive techno producer/DJ/live performer/product designer at Native Instruments and formerly half of DJ duo Klein & Meister. His artistry and technical prowess goes deep into the cosmos on his standout three-track Drawing EP.

We’re extremely pleased to world premiere the pulsating closing cut “Pattern Movement” featuring Geneviève Marentette from his new EP, a dark, hypnotic and thoroughly pulsating romp. As the vocal sample on the track urges, get it!

Michael Klein’s Drawing EP is released July 31, 2015 on Pan-Pot’s Second State imprint.

Per QX’s Top 10 for July 2015

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  1. Eli Escobar – “Seeing You”
  2. Riva Starr feat. Dajae – “The Loft”
  3. KDA – “Rumble” (Shadow Child Re-Edit)
  4. Sleepy Tom feat. Anna Lunoe – “Pusher” (Costello Remix)
  5. Kydus – “Transatlantic”
  6. Doorly feat Dajae – “It’s About the Music Man”
  7. Per QX and Elias Bravo – “Dirty Dancin'”
  8. Carlo Caldareri – “My Drink”
  9. DJ Mes and Rescue – “One People”
  10. Dantiez Saunderson and KPD feat. LaRae Starr – “Place Called Home” (Christophe remix)

DJs, submit your top 10 chart along with a photo and we’ll publish them.

Pioneer DJ’s Gold HDJ-1500 Headphones: Donald Trump Would Approve

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Earlier this year Pioneer DJ unveiled its limited edition gold DDJ-SZ controller for Serato DJ. Only 1,000 were made available to the public and it wasn’t cheap. Retailing for €2,199 (roughly US $2,596), the controller seemed to be marketed as a vanity statement for the baller DJ who rolls like Donald Trump, a tycoon who owns a gold-plated private jet. Pioneer DJ’s fascination with gold continues as the brand has announced a warm gold model to its popular HDJ-1500 headphones series, which for the more conservative among us is available in black, silver and white.

The HDJ-1500 promises to deliver superior audio quality thanks to 50 mm drivers, rare earth magnets and 38 μm thick diaphragms, while high output levels ensure pristine sound at loud volumes. A sound chamber blocks background noise, and the lightweight build, hinged ear cups and interchangeable foam ear pads give DJs a comfortable fit, even over long periods. The HDJ-1500-N gold headphones are available in August for a measely €199, including VAT, or US $220.

Would you wear gold headphones? Perhaps the specs and product video below will help you to decide.

KEY FEATURES OF THE HDJ-1500 HEADPHONES
Available in gold, black, silver and white
50 mm driver units
Proprietary soundproofing chamber
Lightweight, rugged magnesium alloy headband and hinges
Low-resilience urethane memory foam ear pads (can be changed for HDJ-EP01 open-cup leather ear pads, sold separately)
Replaceable cable
Carrying pouch included
The HDJ-1500-N gold headphones are available from August at an SRP of €199, including VAT.