Björk Says She Was Harassed by Danish Director

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This weekend the #MeToo hashtag popped up on social media, and droves of women bravely came forward with tales of abuse, sexual harassment and assault.

On Sunday Björk entered the fray, posting on Facebook that she too had been sexually harassed by a Danish director. Though she did not name him, her story led many to assume she was calling out Lars Von Trier, who directed her in 2000’s Dancer in the Dark.

Noting that she comes “from a country that is one of the worlds place closest to equality between the sexes and at the time i came from position of strength in the music world with hard earned independence , it was extremely clear to me when i walked into the actresses profession that my humiliation and role as a lesser sexually harassed being was the norm and set in stone with the director and a staff of dozens who enabled it and encouraged it.”

She went on to state that “when i turned the director down repeatedly he sulked and punished me and created for his team an impressive net of illusion where i was framed as the difficult one.”

Lars Von Trier denied treating her badly, telling Danish paper Jylannds Posten that while he and Björk had conflicts during the filming of Dancer in the Dark — which were widely reported at the time — he did not act inappropriately.

On Sunday Björk took to Facebook in a follow-up post, where she wrote “in the spirit of #metoo i would like to lend women around the world a hand with a more detailed description of my experience with a danish director.” In the post she recounted six incidents that transpired with the Danish director, including “after each take the director ran up to me and wrapped his arms around me for a long time in front of all crew or alone and stroked me sometimes for minutes against my wishes.”

As more brave women step forward, we can only imagine how many more horror stories will come to light in the coming days.

Amy dB 5 Tracks of the Moment

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Singing and playing piano since the age six, music has been a constant thread in the life of Chicago native Amy db. Her musical studies laid the groundwork for her career as a DJ/producer. She’s gone on to champion a warm, life-affirming sound that encompasses electronica, tech- and progressive house. Whether behind the boards, spinning at clubs or helming her Redemption mix show on Frisky Radio, Amy’s sound is something to truly behold.

Fresh from releasing The Revered / Ibizaaa EP on Stan Kolev and his production producer and friend Matan Caspi’s Outta Limit Recordings, Amy elevates her production career to the next level. Her EP is brimming with emotive deep-tech goodness. Kolev contributes a mind-bending remix of “The Revered” and Yuriy From Russia peppers “Ibizaaa” with an extra dose of euphoria.

Related: Listen to Stan Kolev’s Big Shot Guest Mix

We checked in with Amy and asked her to share her tracks of the moment. She was more than happy to comply! Continue Reading

David Granha 5 Tracks of the Moment

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David Granha is a name I’ve been seeing come through my inbox a lot lately. He’s been doing some incredible work in the realm of tech-house and techno.

In the past year the veteran Spanish DJ/producer has remixed “Slapstick” from Marc DePulse’s Famekiller EP on Selador Recordings. He’s also done a ton of great work for house label of the moment Sincopat, contributing to the imprint’s Been Touched series, remixing Darlyn Vlys’s “Discovery” and dropping his Stand Up EP featuring his “Ghost in a Shell” collaboration with Vincent Brasse this month.

Ahead of the release of his debut single for Coyu’s revered Suara label — a driving tech-house tour de force called “The Liver” — out next Monday, and a release on Kattermuke arriving in early 2018, we connected with Granha and asked him to select five of his favorite new tracks. Continue Reading

Premiere: Noer the Boy – The Birds (Rebirth) (Woolymammoth & Tsuruda Remix)

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Noer the Boy is a Portland bass explorer bringing fresh ideas to the game. His list of credits include releasing tracks on Division Records, Saturate Records, STYLSS, and Daruma.

In August he attained a career milestone by releasing his full-length debut, Mechanism, an apocalyptic full-length of grinding post-dubstep bass and serrated beats, on DJ Shadow’s Liquid Amber imprint.

Currently on tour with Shadow, NTB is getting ready to release remixes from Mechanism. We’re extremely pleased to world premiere the Woolymammoth & Tsuruda Remix of “The Birds (Rebirth),” a sprawling bass workout peppered with glitchy beats and wonky bass.

Noer the Boy told us the following about the remix: “Woolymamoth, Tsuruda, and myself are all members of Courteous Family, a Los Angeles-based music crew that’s pumping out some of the freshest sounds. I couldn’t be more excited to have them remix one of my songs from Mechanism. They took it and created a totally new adventure showcasing their unique low-end styles. I hope you enjoy!”

Review: Re.You – Work It Now

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4 Stars

Re.You, the proprietor of Younion, consistently decimates dance floors by way of his dark, brooding tech-house productions for labels like mobilee and Moon Harbour. “Work It Now” finds the Berlin resident reconnecting with Cacao Records after lending his remix touch to K.E.E.N.E.’s Bocaracá EP issued in the spring.

The Work It Now EP shows us more sides of Re.You’s musical personality. For starters, the title track is unadulterated deep-house manna. It’s set atop a smoldering bedrock of soulful vocal loops, heady filters and a groove that won’t quit.

Jeudi boss Doctor Dru transforms “Work It Now” for the big room, edging up the tempo and building up suspense and drama. Tiefschwarz’s iteration goes in the opposite direction, with Berlin-based brothers Ali and Basti Schwarz reimagining the track as a stripped-down tech-house dalliance.

The EP is rounded out by “Mlu,” a hypnotic loop of tribal chants and beats. It’s a wickedly good mixing tool from an artist who’s at the top of his game.

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