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.

The Gaslamp Killer Accused of Rape

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Los Angeles DJ/producer/promoter William Bensussen (a.k.a. The Gaslamp Killer) has been accused of rape by Twitter user @chelseaelaynne. In addition to his DJ sets and production work, The Gaslamp Killer, along with Daddy Kev, is the co-founder of LA club-night Low End Theory which showcases underground artists alongside established names such as Thom Yorke and Erykah Badu.

On Twitter the accuser claims she and her friend RaeAn met Bensussen four years ago at the Standard Hotel in Los Angeles and were drugged by Bensussen. She alleges that Bensussen had non-consensual sex with them while they were impaired.

“We went to the bathroom together, TGK handed us two drinks. That is the last clear memory I have, and that was our first drink of the day. After that, everything is pitch black except for a few sharp but at the same time blurry, memories.” She added that he’s tried to surpress the memory for the past few years. “I buried it as deep as I could.”

The accusations against Bensussen come after film executive Harvey Weinstein was fired from his job at Miramar in lieu of a New York Times article that chronicled years of abhorrent behavior toward actresses, including him allegedly raping Rose McGowan. Police in the US and UK police have launched investigations into sexual assault allegations against Weinstein.

Bensussen has yet to make a statement about the charges leveled against him. More on this story as it develops.

Update: Bensussen has released a statement about the allegations:

My name is William,

I think it’s important that I be a part of this conversation. Firstly, I want it to be known that I would never hurt or endanger a woman. I would never drug a woman, and I would never put anyone in a situation where they were not in control, or take anything that they weren’t offering. Consent is intimate, and has left room for people who were not present to wonder what happened. In this case consent was between three people, in the form of an offer which I accepted. Allegations carry a lot of weight on social media these days, and the bravery of women who expose their stories can create necessary dialogue that leads to real change. But Chelsea’s version of this story is not true. I am thankful that I have been contacted by witnesses and my roommates at the time, in support. Please know that while I am shocked, I take this all very seriously. It is all so sensitive and needs to be treated with the utmost care and attention.

Sincerely,

William.

In lieu of recent events, BEMF canceled Low End Theory’s showcase. LET also announced they had parted ways with Bensussen.

Brainfeeder posted a statement, noting that GLK isn’t currently signed to the label.


MANIK to Debut on Kim Ann Foxman’s Firehouse in November

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NYC bred house and currently West Coast based DJ/producer MANIK is on fire. After retracing his musical evolution growing up in Queens, NY, on his brilliant sophomore Undergroundknowledge album released this month on Josh Wink’s Ovum Recordings, and dropping another 909 Til Infinity collaboration with Option4, the rising dance floor star will make his debut via his Mortal Frequencies EP out November 10 on Kim Ann Foxman’s Firehouse label. Whew! That’s a lot of music.

Where Undergroundknowledge is an exploration of his love affair with ’90s deep house — a style championed by some of his DJ influences including Tony Humphries — Mortal Frequencies is a back to the future take on rave music. The four-track affair brandishes a range of styles, ranging from acid-fueled romps to breakbeat jams.

Related: Read a review of MANIK’s Undergroundknowledge (Ovum Recordings)

Obligatory press release gush from MANIK: “Everything was rolling in the studio when I hit the record button. Kim Ann Foxman is an inspirational artist and someone whom I respect tremendously. To be able to work with her and her label, Firehouse, is nothing short of an honor. Her vision is forward thinking and it is exactly where I’m at artistically too.”

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DVS1 Mixing fabric 96

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Techno stalwart DVS1 (a.k.a. Zak Khutoresky) has been tapped to mix fabric 96 due out December 8, 2017. Known for two decades of releasing genre-pushing tracks on his own renowned labels, HUSH and Mistress Recordings, fabric 96 is comprised almost entirely of unreleased material, mixed live in one take on 3 decks and a Zone 92.

Obligatory press release gush from DVS1: “This mix CD concept was much more difficult to put together than I had imagined… As I don’t do mixes and haven’t released any mixes in over 4 years, I kept going back and forth in my mind leading up to selecting music about what style and vibe to present confined to the length a CD allows. Most people know me for techno, but I love such a broad range of music and had to find a way to limit myself to have a focus. In the end I decided on a snapshot of a more straightforward focused mix…Created from asking friends and colleagues, known and unknown to send me unreleased music. I gathered what I was sent and tried to extract the parts and pieces and a few ‘released’ tracks that stood out in my current mindset. This mix is a moment in time captured.”

Track list

  1. Unknown Artist – For All Mankind
  2. Gabriella Vergilov – Boring Shit [Thema]
  3. Kirill Mamin – Silent Prayer [Mistress]
  4. Border One – Curve [HUSH]
  5. Doubt – Just Pain [HUSH]
  6. DJ Surgeles – Witness New Species (No Vox Mix) [HUSH]
  7. Mike Storm – From The Human Eye To Earth [HUSH]
  8. Sirko Müller – Our Blood [Tokomak]
  9. Steffi – 1E-4 [HUSH]
  10. Psyk – Falling [Unreleased]
  11. Neel – The Vancori Complex [Spazio Disponibile]
  12. Planetary Assault Systems – Fathoms Deep [Mote-Evolver]
  13. Oscar Mulero – Drops [HUSH]
  14. Jeff Mills – Fly Guy [Purpose Maker]
  15. Maan – Vert [HUSH]
  16. Steve Bicknell – space 13 [HUSH]
  17. Dustin Zahn – Politics Of Seduction [HUSH]
  18. Mike Gervais – Set Me Free [Enemy]
  19. Adriana Lopez – Last Path [HUSH]
  20. Truncate – Pseudo V2 [Unreleased]
  21. ROD – Duchi Kaal [HUSH]
  22. Kirill Mamin – Dunning-Kruger Effect [Mistress]
  23. Mark Broom – Drum Jamz 2 [HUSH]
  24. Henning Baer – Code Buster [Manhigh]
  25. Lando – Ceremony [Mistress]
  26. Strain -Theory [HUSH]
  27. d-56m – Question Authority [Poverty Is Violence]
  28. Anthony Rother – Technic Electric [Psi49Net ]
  29. Jeff Mills -The Dancer [Purpose Maker]

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