Mark Lewis Plans L.A. Homecoming Party After Drug Conviction in South Korea

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British-born LA-based DJ/producer Mark Lewis, who has toured extensively with Paul Oakenfold and shared bills with DJ giants such as Carl Cox, made international headlines in August 2016 when he was arrested at a customs checkpoint at Incheon International Airport.

Lewis was charged with possession of a bottle filled with 3.78 liters of gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB), also known as the date rape drug. It was alleged that he smuggled GHB into South Korea on four separate occasions, from January to June of 2016. Lewis, who was holding down a residency at club Octagon in Seoul, denied the allegations. A YouCaring fundraising page was launched to raise money for Lewis’ legal defense.

After a storm of press the Grammy-nominated mixer was found guilty of drug smuggling in February. The Seoul Central District Court sentenced the 53-year-old DJ to a year in prison, suspended for two years. A Korean-American was fined 20 million won (about US $17,802) for buying and using the drugs. Continue Reading

Premiere: Ivan Latyshev – Art Of Flying (Eddie Fowlkes Fly Mix)

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Russian DJ/producer/musician Ivan Latyshev has recorded his share of wicked deep-house gems for a spate of top dance music labels including What’s In The Box, Large, Toolroom, King Street, and Spaghetti Monster. Separating him from the pack is his wealth of musical chops that enable him to take each production to a heady new level.

Picking up where he left off after he issued the My Youth EP on Steve Bug’s Dessous Recordings, the Barcelona-based Latyshev makes a triumphant return to the Hamburg/Berlin-based imprint this week with the Art of Flying EP.

We’re extremely pleased to world premiere the title track remixed by none other than Detroit techno legend Eddie “Flashin'” Fowlkes. The Motor City master injects his magic into Latyshev’s track with layers of smooth synth stabs and techy grooves punctuated with big drums. Listen below and check the full release on vinyl and Traxsource on May 19 (all other digital shops on June 2).

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

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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

Premiere: Secondcity – Music Is What Brings Us

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In January we introduced you to Rowan John Harrington, a DJ/producer who makes sweat-inducing techno and house under the Secondcity alias. Harrington broke through in a big way with his 2014 jam “I Wanna Feel,” which reached number-one and went gold in the UK. Since then he’s been steadily dropping bomb after bomb for labels like Saved, Suara, Toolroom and Lapus Music.

With his Music Is What Brings Us EP on Yousef’s Circus Recordings, he’s unleashed a pulsating, peak-time floor mover which we’re thrilled to world premiere.

Harrington says of the track, “This track was inspired by a lot of early house disco stuff, wanted to make something that sounded very sample-based and had that real funk and soul element you really got with a lot of early house music. This record means a lot to me and helps maybe show a little bit of where my inspirations when writing music come from.”

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