John B Brings The Heat with Jungle Fire Hot Sauce

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Having brought innovation to drum ‘n’ bass since the ’90s, flamboyant DJ/producer/Beta Recordings head John B is focusing on a new side hustle: hot sauce.

After carefully fine-tuning his recipe, the revered junglist has launched Jungle Fire Hot Sauce, which is available for purchase on his online store.

With the launch of his limited-edition sauces, John joins the ranks of fellow musicians-turned-hot-sauce entrepreneurs including former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, and soul legend Patti LaBelle.

The seed of the idea for the line was inadvertently planted when John started dabbling with growing vegetables. “I love cooking, and the natural path to follow on from that is finding the tastiest ingredients. The best way to do that is to grow your own! So a few years ago I started growing vegetables in my back garden, just simple stuff, Tomatoes, Beetroot, some salads etc and of course Chillies! Before I knew it I had a gazillion chilli plants in pots all around the garden, and come harvest time, more hot peppers than I knew what to do with! So I started experimenting with hot sauces, salsas & drying the chillies for using in BBQ dry rubs & seasoning.”

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According to John, a devout foodie, “The idea behind Jungle Fire is to make limited edition batches of wonderfully flavourful, exciting hot sauces, and to share them with enthusiasts all over the world, the same approach I take to my music! I’ll be making lots of different styles over the summer, some with the focus more on heat, some more fruity & suited to marinades, and some more smokey/BBQ oriented (you will know how much I’ve been getting into American-style ‘Low & Slow’ BBQing if you check my instagram!).”

John adds, “If things go well, and after listening to feedback on what you guys are enjoying the most I may refine certain popular recipes and eventually have a few ‘signature’ bottles that I can make in larger quantities – but for now, this is strictly limited underground Jungle Fire. Dub Plate sauces for those that know!”

Underworld Ready Remastered ‘Beaucoup Fish’ Deluxe Reissue

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After releasing Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future last year, veteran British electronic music act Underworld — Karl Hyde and Rick Smith — have announced plans to issue a remastered deluxe reissue of their acclaimed fifth album, Beaucoup Fish, on August 25. The reissue will be available as a single CD, a four-CD super deluxe box set and a double-vinyl LP.

Beaucoup Fish is notable for containing brilliant tracks including the pulsating “Moaner,” frenetic dance floor jam “King of Snake,” and groovy downtempo number “Cups.” It’s also the last album featuring former member Darren Emerson, who went on to enjoy a productive career as a DJ/producer/label owner.

Audiophile geeks take note: Beaucoup Fish was remastered by Rick Smith at Abbey Road Studios. As per all of Underworld’s releases, packaging and artwork was handled by Underworld collaborators tomato design.

Disc One
Cups
Push Upstairs
Jumbo
Shudder / King Of Snake
Winjer
Skym
Bruce Lee
Kittens
Push Downstairs
Something Like A Mama
Moaner

Disc Two
Nifter – 5 A1317 Nov 97
Bruce Lee – Ricks 1st Dobro Mix
UW Orange Bed – Sept97
Skym – A A1317 Nov 97
Jumbo – Diff Bass 2 A1317 Nov 97
Push Upstairs – Alt 1 A1336 July 98
King Of Snake – Garage Mix A1313 Set 97b
Something Like A Mama – Alt Mix A1340 July 98 A Upstairs)
Please Help Me
Yeah Plan – From A1385
Ramajama

Disc Three
Cups – Salt City Orchestra Remix
Jumbo – Jedi’s Sugar Hit Mix
Jumbo – Futureshock Vocal Mix
Push Upstairs – Darren Price Remix
King Of Snake – Slam Remix
King Of Snake – Fatboy Slim Remix
King Of Snake – Dave Clarke Remix
Bruce Lee – Micronauts Remix
Bruce Lee – Buffalo Daughter Remix

Disc Four
Bruce Lee – DJ Hype & DJ Zinc Vocal Mix
Bruce Lee – DJ Hype & DJ Zinc Instrumental Mix
Bruce Lee – Futureshock Remix
King Of Snake – Claudio Coccoluto Remix
King Of Snake – Martinez Remix
King Of Snake – Dave Angel Remix
Jumbo – Rob Rives & Francois Kevorkian Dub
Push Upstairs – Roger S Narcotic Haze Dub
Push Upstairs – Adam Beyer Rmx 2

Pioneer DJM-750MK2 Four-Channel Mixer Out in September

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Pioneer have announced the upcoming release of a four-channel DJM-750MK2, a mixer they’re billing as perfect for bedroom DJs with dreams of one day spinning at a club.

The mixer is an upgrade packing features and design elements found on the ubiquitous DJM-900NXS2.

The DJM-750MK2 comes outfitted with an arrange of features Loaded and FX, plus high-quality USB sound card. It comes bundled with software that supports Inter-App Audio on iOS devices.

Also included are licenses for rekordbox dj and rekordbox dvs worth a combined €248 (roughly US$293).

The DJM-750MK2 will be available at the beginning of September at an SRP of €1,199 including VAT (roughly US$1,415).

KEY FEATURES OF THE DJM-750MK2

Professional layout
Smooth EQs and channel faders
Magvel crossfader
Independent send/return
Four Sound Color FX
Beat FX
FX Frequency
Professional sound quality
Includes rekordbox dj and rekordbox dvs licences worth €248 combined
XLR terminal
Two headphone outputs
Signal GND terminal
Gold-plated RCAs
Independent Mic section

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Astralwerks Launches 24th Anniversary Celebration

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Happy 24th anniversary, Astralwerks! As someone who has been intimate with the label since its inception 24 years ago, we’re pleased that they’re still relevant and breaking ground.

Known for releasing music by the likes of The Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim and Kraftwerk to Brian Eno, Röyksopp, and Alison Wonderland, the imprint will mark its upcoming milestone with a series of fun celebratory activations (see details below).

Obligatory press release gush from General Manager Glenn Mendlinger: “Astralwerks was established as a response to, and in recognition of, the rise of electronic music in the mid 90’s and since then have remained dedicated to working with and signing innovators that have both transformed dance music and moved culture,” said , who has been with the label for 20 of its 24 years. “We could not be prouder of our incredible roster and wanted to honor our 24th anniversary with a 24 hour-themed celebration. Astralwerks…always on and always open.”

  • a limited edition 24th anniversary t-shirt which debuts today 2:00 PM ET for only 24 cents
  • Vevo Watch Party featuring their best music videos on a loop for the next 24 hours; Spotify 24-hour playlist featuring Astralwerks artists
  • Astralwerks.com contest where fans can enter to win rare and signed items from the label’s 24-year history
  • “24 Things You Didn’t Know About Astralwerks” trivia

Monika Kruse Launches Online Store

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Techno DJ/producer/label boss of Terminal M Monika Kruse has launched an online merchandise store. She joins fellow electronic music artists such as Ellen Allien who are pursing their interest in fashion design.

Kruse’s shops sells an array of unisex clothing, including sweaters, T-shirts, vests and dress designs. All of the products in her debut collection brandish the M for Monika logo design. Additionally, all of the goods are made a blend of organic bamboo and cotton, tencel and brushed fleece.

The shop, which Kruse says was a five-month labor of love to launch, also carries autographed CDs and vinyl from Kruse’s vast discography.

Obligatory press gush from Kruse: “I’m so excited to finally launch my merchandise range! I’ve been wearing the design myself over the past month – both at parties and relaxing casually and they’re so comfortable. Can’t wait to share them with you!”

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Shameless PR Stunt: WeTransfer Boss Offers $10k to Laid-off SoundCloud Employees

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Earlier this month beleaguered music-streaming platform SoundCloud laid off 173 workers (40 percent of its workforce) and shuttered its London and San Francisco offices. In a blog post co-founder Alexander Ljung wrote, “By reducing our costs and continuing our revenue growth, we’re on our path to profitability and in control of SoundCloud’s independent future.”

Shortly after technology media site TechCrunch published a scathing article about SoundCloud, countering many of the company’s assertions about its self-imposed austerity.

Sources told TechCrunch that founders Alex Ljung and Eric Wahlforss confessed the layoffs only saved the company enough money to have runway “until Q4.” It also painted a picture where staffers were kept in the dark about the drastic cuts.

SoundCloud quickly clapped back in a blog post: “The music you love on SoundCloud isn’t going away, the music you shared or uploaded isn’t going away, because SoundCloud is not going away. Not in 50 days, not in 80 days or anytime in the foreseeable future. Your music is safe.”

In an open letter published on Medium, WeTransfer President Damian Bradfield has inserted himself and his company into the conversation about SoundCloud.

Claiming a conversation with a journalist that touched on Hire a SoundClouder — a public spreadsheet shows the names, professions, and locations of people who have lost their jobs at SoundCloud — he came up with the idea of giving each of the dismissed employees $10,000 to not get a new job:

What if each and every one of them had been offered ten thousand dollars to refrain from getting a job? To leave and start something. To leave and start working on the new future of music, whatever that might be.

Bradfield then went on to pat himself on the back for his other philanthropic efforts:

We give away annually 30% of all our advertising inventory to support the arts. Over the past year that’s resulted in five billion impressions. (At $30 cpm, you can do the math). We’ve funded scholarships at Central Saint Martins in London, financed films for the likes of FKA Twigs, helped commission art installations for Kamasi Washington, launched a radio station, Worldwide FM with Gilles Peterson, as well as a university, The University of the Underground with Nelly Ben Hayoun.

Bradfield’s offer is self-serving and completely ridiculous for two reasons: 1. While I am not sure about the tax law in the UK, a US resident would have to pay tax on the $10,000, roughly $33 percent. 2. Those ex-SoundCloud staffers live in some of the costliest cities in the world to live. $10,000 isn’t a lot of cash to float you as you chase your startup dream.

I’ve used WeTransfer for years without knowing much about the company or its president, but maybe ignorance was bliss. Trying to get coveted media “impressions” under the guise of helping people who’ve been given a raw deal is completely disingenuous and rails against the morals Bradfield claims are in his company’s DNA.

Seriously, eff this guy and his money.