Inner City & Idris Elba Drop Powerful Video Supporting Detroit Anti-Police Brutality Organization

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Detroit electronic music group Inner City (pictured above) has released a powerful music video for the title track of their We All Move Together album, a cut featuring well-known British actor/DJ/producer Idris Elba.

The video was filmed in Detroit and is intended to promote the work of Detroit Will Breathe, a local youth-led organization formed this past summer whose goal is to fight police brutality and systematic racism. The music video was produced by Rich Hutchins and directed by Kurt Schneider.

Obligatory press release gush from Idris Elba: “This song and music video will forever embody the spirit of momentum by the people. When we all move together change becomes inevitable.”

Obligatory press release gush from Inner City: “With the challenges in Michigan, the US, and further afield, specific to what we are facing with the BLM movement, we deeply felt that we wanted to release a culturally significant and impactful video that not only embodies the message of the track, but that also directly benefits the Detroit Will Breathe individuals and collectives on the frontline of the movement in the city. Our platform can shine global light on the amazing work they do, and it takes the message of the track to an even higher place. We All Move Together.”

The full video can be viewed here.

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MOBO Awards Returns (Virtually) on December 9

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MOBO Awards, an annual celebration of UK Black music and culture, is back after a three-year hiatus and going virtual for the first time.

The upcoming 90-minute awards ceremony will be live-streamed on December 9 on MOBO’s YouTube channel at 7.00PM GMT and broadcast on BBC One at 10.45PM GMT with a highlights special available on BBC iPlayer the same night and supporting content in BBC Sounds.

This year’s ceremony will be hosted by broadcaster Maya Jama and YouTuber Chunkz. Continue Reading

Detroit Swindle Change Name to Dam Swindle

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Following in the footsteps of The Black Madonna changing her moniker to The Blessed Madonna in July, Dutch house DJ/producer duo Detroit SwindleMaarten Smeets and Lars Dales — announced today it had changed its name to Dam Swindle.

In a statement, the pair said, “From now on, we’re Dam Swindle. The ‘Dam’ is a nickname of the city we’ve both lived in for so long: Amsterdam. And the Swindle? Well that’s just here to stay.” Continue Reading

Influential Breaks DJ/Producer Phil K Has Passed Away

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Melbourne-based DJ/producer Phil Krokidis, who was better known as Phil K, has died following a battle with bladder cancer. He was 51.

Krokidis was diagnosed in July 2018. In February 2019, a GoFundMe campaign was launched to raise money for his medical expenses.

During his career, he helped popularize the sound of the Aussie breaks scene. He dropped his first record called “Summer Breeze” as The Free Radicals with Andy Page and Ivan Gough in 1996.

He went on to release music on Global Underground, Lobotomy Records, Audio Therapy and Institution Recordings.

He also mixed a selection of well-received mix albums, including 2002’s Balance 004: Phil K (EQ/Stomp), 2003’s Retro>Future (Functional Breaks) and 200’s: Renaissance Presents The Therapy Sessions: Dave Seaman & Phil K (Renaissance).

Krokidis was also half of Lostep, a production duo featuring fellow Australian Luke Chable, and in a trio with Damon Fonooni and Dave Preston, known as The Operators.

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