Dax J Gets Year in Prison for Remixing Muslim Call to Prayer

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Berlin-based British DJ Dax J, who was charged with public indecency and offending public morality after he placed a remix of the Muslim call to prayer at El Guitone nightclub in Nabeul, Tunisia during an event associated with Orbit Festival, has been sentenced in absentia to a year in prison. After footage of Dax J playing the track was posted on social media, the nightclub was shut down.

“We will not allow attacks against religious feelings and the sacred,” the governor of Nabeul, Mnaouar Ouertani, said when the club was shut down.

Tunisia’s religious affairs ministry said, “Mocking the opinions and religious principles of Tunisians is absolutely unacceptable.”

Dax J, who already fled the country before the court case, offered his “sincere apologies to anyone who may have been offended by music that I played at Orbit Festival in Tunisia on Friday” on a Facebook post.

“It was never my intention to upset or cause offence to anybody,” he said.

After news of the conviction broke, Dax J posted on Facebook, “I wish to express my deepest apologies to anyone who has been offended by the music that I played at the Orbit Festival in Tunisia last Friday. I am incredibly saddened that anyone would believe that I played a track, featuring a 20 second vocal of the “Call To Prayer / Adhan”, for any reason other than its musicality and the beauty of the vocal.”

Organisers of Orbit Festival apologized earlier in the week on the event Facebook page, but did not accept responsibility for the playing of any offensive music.

Michael Mayer Mixing DJ-Kicks Compilation

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DJ/producer/Kompakt Records co-founder Michael Meyer has announced the upcoming release of his DJ-Kicks compilation on May 19. The 16-track set features an assemblage of tracks and mixes from CSS, Alter Ego, Kasper Bjørke, Death in Vegas and Jon Hopkins.

Mayer’s DJ-Kicks follows a momentous 2016 where he upped his creative ante with &, an album of collaborations featuring Gui Boratto, Joe Goddard of Hot Chip/The 2 Bears, Friendly Fires’ Ed Macfarlane, Miss Kittin, Roman Flügel, Agoria and Prins Thomas.

Obligatory press release gush from Mayer: “Kicks has turned out to be a pretty international affair, especially if you compare it with Immer 1 or Fabric 13, which consisted almost 100% of German productions”, highlights Mayer. “At that time, there were such incredible things happening in my direct neighborhood and all over Germany. In the meantime, that spark has traveled a lot since then. The sound I’ve been pushing is often falsely described as “minimal”. Minimal used to be a thing in the pre-Kompakt days, mid 90s.After that I took much more interest in an eclectic way of playing music.”

Michael Mayer DJ-Kicks track list

  1. Peter Zummo – The Tape Is Chill
  2. Michael Mayer – The Horn Conspiracy (DJ-Kicks)
  3. Bvoice,Anrilov, Danilov – Papas Groove (dOP & Masomenos Remix)
  4. SAVE! – The Darkness (I:Cube Remix)
  5. Justus Köhncke – Feuerland
  6. CSS – Honey (Michael Mayer Remix)
  7. Alter Ego – Gary
  8. Kasper Bjørke – Apart feat. Sísý Ey (Michael Mayer Remix)
  9. Lionheart Brothers – The Drift (Prins Thomas Diskomiks)
  10. Mekon feat. Marc Almond – Please Stay (Röyksopp Remix)
  11. Dreems – Mirages (Michael Mayer Remix)
  12. Boreal – Canopy Target
  13. Throbbing Gristle – Hot On The Heels Of Love (Ratcliffe Remix)
  14. Death In Vegas – Consequences Of Love (Chris & Cosey Remix)
  15. Idioma – Landscapes
  16. 16. Jon Hopkins – Abandon Window (Moderat Remix)

Joe Goddard Plots North American Tour

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Joe Goddard of Hot Chip/The 2 Bears fame might be one of the busiest people in dance music. After releasing “Lose Your Love” in December, he started 2017 with a bang by dropping a stunning video for an even more stunning cover of Danny Tenaglia’s “Music is the Answer.” He quickly followed by tapping Morgan Geist to remix his track “Home,” which also boasts a jaw-dropping video. Other recent endeavors include Goddard interpreting Busy P featuring Mayer Hawthorne’s “Genie” and Nils Bech’s “Glimpse Of Hope.”

The flurry of activity is taking place in the run-up to the release of his upcoming solo album, Electric Lines, due out April 21 on Domino/Greco-Roman. We’ve been living with an advance copy and can attest Electric Lines will go down as one of 2017’s most compelling and thoughtful dance albums.

After the full-length’s release, the London-based Goddard will trek across the pond to play a series of live dates and DJ sets in North America. There’s only eight, so catch Joe Goddard if you can.

May 10 Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club
May 11 San Francisco, CA – Public Works
May 14 Seattle, WA – Nectar Lounge
May 15 San Diego, CA – Casbah
May 17 Denver, CO – Bar Standard (DJ Set)
May 19 Brooklyn, NY – House of Yes
May 26 Chicago, IL – Smart Bar
May 27 Miami, FL – Electric Pickle (DJ Set)

Roland Corporation Founder Ikutaro Kakehashi Dies at 87

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Ikutaro Kakehashi, the pioneering engineer, musical instrument developer and founder of Roland Corporation, Ace Tone and ATV, has died at the age of 87. The sad news was shared via a Facebook post from Roland developer Tommy Snyder:

Ikutaro Kakehashi, founder of Roland, father of the TR-909,TR-808,Godfather of MIDI, and someone who I have collaborated with for 38 years, and also considered him as my 2nd father, passed away at the age of 87. He was a super funny, wonderful and gifted human being, and his contributions to the musical instrument world , and music, touched millions of people worldwide. RIP dear Taro……….

Kakehashi began his career repairing organs in the 1950’s, later launching Ace Tone, an organ company that evolved into Hammond Organ Japan. He left Hammond to start Roland in the early 1970s. At the helm of Roland he brought to market a series of drum machines, including the Roland CR-78 and the iconic Roland TR-808, which would inspire a generation of hip-hop and electronic music producers.

Read: Producers Pay Homage to Roland’s TR-909

In the early ’80s he worked with fellow instrument innovator Dave Smith to develop MIDI, a protocol that allows digital musical instruments and assorted devices to communicate with each other. Kakehashi and Smith later received Technical Grammy Awards in 2013 for their key roles in the development of MIDI.

Roland Corporation has not made a public statement as of yet, but there’s been an outpouring of love on social media for this influential man.

Soma25 Vinyl Box Set is For Techno Fans Only

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Soma Records, the revered techno imprint helmed by Glaswegian DJ/production duo Slam, announced plans at the beginning of the year to issue Soma25, a compilation marking the imprint’s 25th anniversary. Soma enlisted the talents of techno legends Jeff Mills, Robert Hood, Josh WinkSteve Bicknell, Andrew Weatherall (appearing as Woodleigh Research Facility), Blawan, Funk D’Void and Adam Beyer to conjure original productions as well as rising stars Kobosil, VRIL, Deepchord and Jonas Kopp to remix cuts from their vast catalog of material.

The 5×12″ box set edition of Soma25 designed by Scottish artist Kyle Irvine, featuring exclusive Soma 25 logo stickers, a poster and illustrated vinyl sleeves, will be released April 14.

Last week we finally got a chance to listen to the release, and we can report that it’s everything we hoped it would be. Look for an upcoming review but in the meantime feel free to drool over the track listing below.

Soma25 Vinyl Box Set Track Listing

A1. Robert Hood – The Bond We Formed
A2. Jeff Mills – A Tale From the Parallel Universe
B1. Daft Punk – Drive (Slam Modular Interpretation)
B2. Adam Beyer – Just Things
C1. Blawan – Clipper
C2. The Woodleigh Research Facility – S.O.M.A 25
D. Josh Wink – Synodic Period
E1. Slam – Stepback (Jonas Kopp Remix)
E2. Slam – Visions (Kobosil Remix)
F. Percy X – X Track (Vril Remix 2)
G1. Slam – Tempest
G2. Steve Bicknell – Mind Cycles
H. Funk D’Void – 808 Planet
I. Joe Stawarz – Cry (Deepchord Remix)
J. Joe Stawarz – Beebear. (Deepchord Remix)

Glitch Festival 2017 Boasts Star-Studded House & Techno DJs

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After a wildly successful 2016 debut featuring techno luminaries Carl Craig (pictured), Ben Klock and Dave Clarke, Glitch Festival in Malta is back September 7-8, 2017, featuring the return of Ben Klock along with Jon Hopkins, Maceo Plex, Mr. G (live), Marcel Dettmann, Blawan, Recondite (live)DJ SeinfeldVRIL (live), Dax J, Palms Trax, Jupiter Jax, Legowelt and more.

Judging from the lineup (see flyer below) Glitch will once again be a haven for those who savor quality techno and house music.

Watch the 2016 video recap below and get a taste of what went down at last year’s event at Gianpula Fields.

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