DJ/Producer/Radio Host Steve Sutherland Has Died


Award-winning British DJ/producer/radio host Steve “Smooth” Sutherland has died, according to reports on social media. Details regarding the death are not yet known.

Sutherland’s career spanned more than two decades. He was a major force in the U.K. urban music scene, producing R&B, two-step, hip-hop, UK garage and grime releases. Sutherland, who release 12 mix albums, garnered a faithful following via his shows on Choice FM and Galaxy FM. He won four MOBO awards.

A founding DJ of urban club brand Twice As Nice, he was a resident DJ at Pacha Ibiza, Ministry Of Sound, Gatecrasher and Cookies and Cream London.

Colleagues from the U.K. music scene have expressed their condolences on social media.

Trevor Nelson tweeted, “I just heard the sad news of another great loss for black music in the UK. Condolences to the family of Steve Sutherland with whom I first met and worked at the Kensington Rooftop Gardens 30 years ago.”

The MOBO Awards tweeted: “We are deeply saddened to hear the news of the death of DJ Steve Sutherland. His contribution to the British black music scene will never be forgotten.”

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Jaguar Recalls Last DJ Set Before COVID-19 Lockdown

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Next up in our Last DJ Set series, where we’re talking to a wide range of DJs about their final gig before government-ordered lockdowns and travel bans went into effect in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is London-based Jaguar.

We spoke with the fast-rising DJ talent and BBC Radio 1 presenter about her final set before lockdown and found out what she’s been up to over the past few months. Continue Reading

Electronic Music Heavyweights Donate Unreleased Tracks to ‘Break The Silence’ Benefit Compilation

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Robert Hood, Eddie Fowlkes, 4hero, Goldie, Ben Sims and Rebekah are among a group of high-profile electronic music producers from all over the world who’ve contributed unreleased tracks to Break The Silence, a 14-cut compilation raising money to benefit Campaign Zero’s mission to end police violence in America. The compilation will be released on July 4.

Chicago house producer K. Alexi Shelby, who contributed “State of Emergency” with Tony Loveless, had this to say about his contribution:

“I was more than happy to be part of this project and feel that it was long overdue and beyond necessary for those who know me, know that I’ve never been shy about speaking my opinion about the whitewashing of, well, hell everything. Hopefully this will set things back on the right path and give those who have laid down the groundwork for this thing of ours a chance to be heard.”

Pre-ordering information can be found here.

Break the Silence Tracklist:

1. K’ Alexi Shelby & Tony Loveless ‘State of Emergency’
2. Eddie Fowlkes ‘Pandemic One’
3. Jon Dixon ‘Counterpoint’
4. 4hero ‘Universal Love (Dubstars)’ – Internal Affairs Remix
5. Ben Sims ‘Break It Down’
6. Developer ‘Cultural Conditioning’
7. Robert Hood ‘The Redeemer’
8. Planetary Assault Systems ‘Huddler’s Source of Wonder’
9. Mark Broom ‘Gunna’
10. Mark Flash ‘Voice of Detroit’
11. SRVD ‘In The Dark’
12. Rebekah ‘Stealing Fire’
13. Sinistarr x K-Dan ‘Apollo’
14. Oliver Way & Dany Rodriguez ‘First Act’

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The Chemical Brothers, Groove Armada & More Contribute to ‘CARE4LIFE’ NHS Charity Compilation


CARE4LIFE, a 45-track compilation featuring new, exclusive and unheard tracks from an eclectic mix of electronic music artists including Luke Viebert, JD Twitch, Dusky, Matthew Herbert and Radio Slave, has been released to raise money for the UK’s National Health Service (NHS). The UK’s public health system has been under massive strain due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is a really lovely way to help raise much-needed funds for support now and during the recovery from COVID-19,” said Ellie Orton, chief executive, NHS Charities Together. “The funds will help support NHS staff, volunteers and patients affected by the pandemic. We hope you can support this brilliant project and thanks to everyone that already has.”

“It would be preferable to live in a world where institutions like the NHS aren’t considered charities kept afloat by the caring classes but, today, it’s nice to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with everyone doing what they can,” said Daniel Avery. “The sharing of music feels more powerful now than ever.”

CARE4LIFE comes after the April release of Carebots, another massive 45-track compilation of electronic music artists compiled by Bass Agenda boss Andy Barton, to benefit NHS Charities Together and Médecins Sans Frontières.

In May, R&S Records released In Order To Care, a 41-track compilation featuring UK-based and British artists compiled by Raj Chaudhuri, to raise money supply much-needed PPE to NHS workers. Continue Reading