Biscits 5 Tracks Of The Moment

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Dance floors are a vital testing ground for DJs to debut unreleased tracks, see what works and make tweaks back in the studio. This invaluable real-time research has been helping mixmasters refine productions and remixes since the days of reel-to-reel machines.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic shut clubs and festivals in March 2020, U.K.-based DJ/producer Luke Jones (a.k.a Biscits) was able to road test the pair of brawny house tracks that comprise his upcoming Jungle Sounds EP out April 30 on Sola Records. It’s evident when you listen to the title track’s finely tuned big-room vibes and swinging beat of the tough-as-nails rager “Drum.”

Below Jones shares five tracks he can’t wait to drop once lockdown ends. Continue Reading

First-Ever Boombox Candle Is Lit

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As an homage to the classic JVC RC M90 boombox depicted on the cover of LL Cool J’s 1985 debut album, Radio, which featured the lead single “I Can’t Live Without My Radio,” and The Beastie Boys’ Solid Gold Hits, London-based candlemaker Cent LDN is offering King of the Boom Box, a hand-poured soy wax candle replica of the legendary blaster.

For those too young to remember, in between the advent of the cassette tape and the Walkman (ask your parents), portable boomboxes were a mainstay of urban life. Able to be taken anywhere — as long as you had extra D batteries — the portable AM/FM/cassette sound machines were a vital part of hip-hop’s musical and cultural rise in the ’70s and ’80s.

Though mainly intended as a piece of conversational home decor, each of the boombox’s 22 candles is made to order and burns for 100 hours. The piece weighs 1900 grams — 4.18 pounds — and measures 28cm width, 14cm height and 6.6cm.

Cent LDN’s King of the Boom Box can be yours for £149 (about $192). Compared to the sky-high asking prices stereotypical collectors are willing to pay for the actual vintage units, it’s an offer some boombox aficionados won’t be able to turn down.

CENT.LDN RC M90 BOOMBOX

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Ken Ishii, Greencross & Different Is Different Team Up To Mint ‘Collusion NFT’ Collection

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“Collusion 33,” the first collaboration from techno artists Ken Ishii and Greencross and Different Is Different RecordsCollusion NFT series, will be minted and made available for purchase today via Mintbase Fiundation at 3:30 PM Central European Time.

The premise of the nine-part series is that each producer creates a track, then “colludes to remix each other’s originals and deliver it as a four-track release.”

Each NFT has its own 33-second animation created by Federico Bebber, an acclaimed Italian VFX and 3D artist. To view the entire nine-part animation, you will need to watch each track’s animations in order.

With the purchase of each non-fungible token (NFT), collectors — who will own 33 percent of the publishing rights — will unlock the master file for the track in lossless WAV, plus a 4K video file of the animation.

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DJ/Producer Tim Baker Has Died

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Highly influential DJ/producer Tim Baker has died, according to reports on social media. The cause of death is not yet known. On May 28, he took to Instagram while at the United Center in Chicago to share that he had received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. “First shot is in the books! Can’t wait to see all you guys again soon!!!”

A native of Detroit, Baker, who ran the clothing line turned record label Elephanthaus, came of age during techno’s nascent days in the ’80s. Influenced by hometown heroes Derrick May and Jeff Mills, he went on to earn an international reputation for his flawless productions released on Spain’s Minifunk Label, Ovum and BML in America., and NovaMute in Germany.

Known for a wide-ranging sound that covered every corner of techno, he graced the decks at club bastions including Berlin’s Tresor and Paris’ Rex Club.

In 1998, Baker moved to Chicago. The Windy City’s vibrant house scene inspired him to launch his house label, Real Estate Records.  

This is a breaking story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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