Benefit Compilation Supports Helly Larsons’ Brain Cancer Fight

Helly Larson

A group of dub techno and deep house producers have rallied to support Lars Helbig (a.k.a. Helly Larson), a Cologne-based producer who was diagnosed six months ago with brain cancer. Helbig, who has released tracks on LucidFlow, Plastic City, Sofa Sessions, Etui Records, desperately needs €30,000 (approximately US $32,800) so he can enter a private clinic for treatment.

He says, “Unfortunately I’m doomed with seizures as a part of this terrible disease and my girlfriend – the love of my life – is always by my side and taking care of me. Being a care giver for me 24/7 is another drop of our financial situation. There is no support for this situation.”

A crowdfunded campaign to support Helbig has spawned a compilation to support Helly Larson’s Brain Cancer Journey Fund. Available now on Deeptakt Records’ Bandcamp for €7 (roughly US $7.68), the 15-track Dub for Helly – A Charity Compilation features tracks from IfIHadAHiFi, Asphalt Layer, Dave Marian, Monomood and Raumakustik.

So far the campaign has raised €16,807, with 12 more days to go. Donations can be made here.

1. Ifihadahifi – Stasis
2. S_EncE – Change Of Perspective
3. Asphalt Layer – The Sound Of Night
4. Dave Marian – Black Dust
5. Basicnoise – Immersion
6. Insect O . – Helly Del Mar
7. Narcotic 303 – Ghost In The Machine
8. Planetary Secrets – Exp1
9. Twin Peetz – Chaos Mechanics
10. Monomood – Resize
11. Matthias Springer – Tunnelbrigade
12. Dan Mad – Caleta Negra
13. Break SL – Deep Space 1 (ew2006)
14. Frank Hellmond – Belief
15. Raumakustik – Short Piece

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FABRICLIVE to Host Drum ‘n’ Bass Legends & Rising Stars This Summer


Now that London’s Fabric is back and firing on all cylinders after a heap of legal woes earlier in the year, the famed club has unveiled a killer summer lineup for its ongoing FABRICLIVE series.

Focusing on drum ‘n’ bass — a genre that all too often gets short shrift from big clubs — FABRICLIVE will feature a host of genre heavyweights including Grooverider, Roni Size, S.P.Y, Bad Company UK, Toddla T and a back to back set featuring Mampi Swift and Crissy Criss. The summer run will also feature debuts from Abra Cadabra, Nadia Rose, Kyrist, Upgrade and T>I.

Obligatory press release gush from booker Rob Cracknell: “FABRICLIVE in summer 2017 is going to be a very special run for us featuring a carefully picked selection of established and exciting new acts and brands coming together to form some of our most diverse line ups to date.” Continue Reading

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Rusko Diagnosed With Stomach Cancer


Fans of dubstep/bass producer Rusko (a.k.a.Christopher Mercer) are rallying to support him after he revealed on Facebook that he’s been diagnosed with stomach cancer.

Rusko’s medical issues began on April 25 when his team posted on Facebook that several gigs had to be canceled as the DJ/producer was suffering from “an unforeseen medical emergency and under the strict instruction of Rusko’s physician the following shows have been cancelled: Colorado Springs, Salt Lake City, Columbus and Buffalo. Ticket holders can get information on how to receive a refund from their point of sale. We are sorry for any inconvenience this has caused.”

Yesterday Rusko, 32, took to Facebook and revealed he was being treated for gastric lymphoma, a type of stomach cancer:

So after a stay in a US hospital and then back here in the UK, I am currently beginning treatment for gastric lymphoma (a type of stomach cancer). Regrettably I will not be able to make any shows this summer, but I do still have loads of music coming out which is awesome – and gonna cheer me up for sure. In the meantime if I’m a bit quiet you know why.
Lots of love and thanks for the support always

Rusko will be off the road for the foreseeable future, currently unable to play a string of US and UK music festivals he’d been booked to play. More on this story as it develops.

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DJ Breaks Guinness World Record for the Longest Non-Stop Set


On Sunday afternoon Chauncey Graves (a.k.a. DJ Colossus) broke the Guinness World Record for longest non-stop DJ set. The world record was previously held by a DJ out of Nigeria who spun for 240 hours in 2016. Colossus played for an additional three hours, 56 seconds after breaking the record.

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Graves’ set, which took place at a local pizzeria, extended 10 days. According to WAVE 3 he was a allowed a five-minute break for every hour he completed, drinking plenty of water and eating pizza and oranges.

Guinness will verify the results in the upcoming weeks.