Premiere: Gabriela Penn – Attack

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We’ve been down with Swiss technocrat YENI from day one. From premiering DJ Emerson’s mindblowing remix of John Haden’s “Different World” last July (the first release on her Cyborgs In Love label) to giving the world a first listen to Andres Campo’s interpretation of her stunner “Axon” last November, we’re 100 percent #teamyeni.

In advance of the release of CIL’s upcoming debut compilation, We Are All Cyborgs! Vol. 1, we’re pleased to world premiere Gabriela Penn’s “Attack” (pictured below) from the 11-track session mixed and compiled by YENI.

Over the span of seven minutes the rising underground Dutch techno DJ/producer/live performer delivers a dark, hard-hitting banger that’s vacuum-packed with a fresh, funky groove.

Hit the play button below and check the full compilation on June 1.

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Russ Yallop 5 Tracks of the Moment

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Since setting dance floors ablaze in 2010 with his “I Can’t Wait” debut release on Crosstown Rebels, London-based house DJ/producer Russ Yallop continues to cultivate his bespoke sound. On the production front, he’s delivered scorchers for Rebellion, No.19, Foot & Mouth. He’s also a demon behind the decks, spinning at high-profile festival’s such as Tomorrowland, Kazantip, Global Gathering and playing venues such as Tokyo’s Womb, Berlin’s Watergate and Circo Loco at DC10.

Yallop recently provided an absolutely smashing re-rub of SPNCR feat. Lorde Sanctus’s “In This Moment” on Emerald City Music. Curious to know what’s on heavy rotation at his HQ, we asked the man himself to share his top five tracks of the moment. Continue Reading

Moved by Avicii’s Suicide, Luciano Reveals Rehab Treatment and First Year of Sobriety

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I’m still trying to unpack Grammy-nominated EDM DJ/producer Avicii’s suicide on April 20 in Muscat, Oman. Only 28, Tim Bergling scored massive global success with “Wake Me Up” and “Levels,” remixed the biggest acts in the world, and played every major festival. In 2014, when he was 24, he bought a 7,000-square-foot mansion in the Hollywood Hills for an estimated $15.5 million. Before he retired from the road in 2016, he was the world’s sixth-highest-paid DJ, earning an estimated $19 million a year.

Bergling’s ascent from bedroom producer to superstar was nothing short of miraculous. But it came at a cost. His health struggles  — his gallbladder and appendix required surgeries in 2014, and he learned at age 21 that he had acute pancreatitis caused by excessive drinking —had been widely documented. After taking himself off the road and getting treatment, he was reportedly in good spirits and working on his next album. But all was not as it seemed.

At the suggestion of a friend Bob I watched True Stories, a documentary directed by Levan Tsikurishvili. The movie gives a behind-the-scenes glimpse into Bergling’s meteoric rise. It portrays a wunderkind trying to cope with persistent anxiety of fame and fortune, and how a relentless work schedule wore him down to a nub. Some of the scenes with hard-charging former manager Ash Pournori pushing Bergling to perform while his physical and mental health were clearly failing are difficult to watch. I wonder how Pournori, a self-described Svengali, can live with himself.

Bergling’s suicide has been weighing on Luciano‘s mind too. The Swiss DJ/producer/Cadenza Records boss recently took to Facebook to reveal how he was deeply troubled by Bergling’s death. Last year, he revealed, he entered a rehab facility in Thailand to kick a long-standing addiction. Doctors had told him that he’d be dead if he didn’t enter treatment and change his out-of-control lifestyle.

Luciano wrote: “There is such an enormous sadness to see the story of Tim Avicii a young hard-working person and talented in his genre of music dying from pushing it over the limit, I wanted to make a point about it because somehow so many times I felt so close to what happened to Tim , that loneliness, isolation and specially the feeling of not being understood was generating high level of anxiety, depression and driving me confused cause nobody ever spoke about the illness that touring and pushing generates , and the only way to survive to those extremes demanding lifestyle is self medication .. so like lot s of other artist i found a cure to an unexplainable disease thru any type of drugs medicine and alcohol….”

He added, “I kept this in my secret box for almost 22 years, with lots of shame and it is still today one of the hardest battle, but i have chosen to speak about it, almost a miraculous case sharing an experience of life, and making sure I can help as much as I can.”

Luciano revealed that May 4 was the one-year anniversary of his sobriety. He concluded, “There’s no greater freedom than the freedom to be yourself. Give yourself that gift, and choose to surround yourself with those who appreciate you exactly as you truly are.”

In a new book about actor/comedian Robin Williams, Robin, writer New York Times reporter Dave Itzkoff chronicles the beloved star’s heartbreaking decline. Williams committed suicide in August 2014 after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s. A post-mortem revealed he was suffering from Lewy body dementia. The excerpt I read in Vanity Fair is utterly tragic.

Hopefully someone will piece together the narrative of Bergling’s final days, one that will go deeper than True Stories and reveal how this talent eventually succumbed to his demons.

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Louis Vuitton and Devialet Collaborate On Insane Haute Couture DJ Trunk

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Legendary French luxury brand Louis Vuitton and high-end audio company Devialet has collaborated on the DJ Trunk. The trunk is designed to allow DJs to travel with the necessary equipment for their sets: high-performance limited Gold Phantom speakers marked with both brands’ logos, turntable and vinyl recordings, mixer, computer and headphones.

Each trunk is handcrafted in Louis Vuitton’s historic workshops in Asnières near Paris and emblazoned with a Monogram Eclipse canvas (a grey and black Monogram), with ruthenium metal accessories on the outside and dark grey microfiber on the inside.

Made up of a folding beechwood table, covered in black cowhide, the DJ Trunk also contains a custom-made bag in Monogram Eclipse for storing about 20 vinyl records, as well as a box to accommodate a turntable.

Obligatory press release gush from Quentin Sannié, co-founder and CEO of Devialet, about the collab: “Only Phantom could meet Louis Vuitton’s requirements of a transportable product capable of delivering a powerful and immersive sound, allowing to experience true emotions at a live concert level from home. The DJ Trunk is the dream come true of an exceptional product combining high technology and unique and secular know-how.”

The DJ Trunk is available via special order. Translation: If you have to ask how much it costs, you can’t afford it.

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