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

CARE4LIFE-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

Fundraising Campaign Launched to ‘Pay for Stolen Royalties’ Owed to Chicago House Producer Adonis

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UK-based DJ Steve Morgan has launched an online fundraising campaign to raise £1,000 to “pay for stolen royalties for Adonis – No Way Back (1986) The first Acid (303) House Track!”

Taking to Facebook Morgan posted, “Did you know Adonis Smith has not received one cent for this tune! Well I am going to write this wrong, even if these shysters wont at Trax Records I have kicked the donations off with my own £10 which someone overpaid to me this week, and wouldnt accept back, so I am paying it forward! #NOWAYBACK #PAYITBACK #PAYITFORWARD #ADONIS 🙂 Please fellow ravers, donate £1, or share if you cant afford it. thank you xxxx”

The campaign has significantly exceeded its goal. As of this writing, over £6,500 has been pledged.

Adonis confirmed on Facebook that he’s never received any royalties from his tracks:

34 years not one cent in royalties, Thank you for sharing the post everywhere. Yesterday facebook removed the post.

Posted by Adonis Smith on Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Trax Records has yet to respond publicly about the campaign.

The Chicago-based label has been accused of wrongdoing many times over the years.

DJ Pierre of Phuture once claimed, “Trax never paid me royalties.”

Jamie Principle, who released the house classic “Your Love” via the label in 1986, alleges he wasn’t properly signed to the label, saying they “literally just stole my stuff.”

In April, Larry Sherman, who co-founded the label with Jesse Saunders in 1984, died.

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Joy Division’s ‘Closer’ LP To Be Reissued on Limited-Edition Clear Vinyl

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A remastered 180g clear vinyl version of Closer, the second full-length album by pioneering Manchester band Joy Division, will drop on July 17, 2020, to celebrate the acclaimed full-length’s 40th anniversary.

Originally released on clear vinyl by Factory Records on July 18, 1980, Closer is the second and final album by the famed Mancunian post-punk band consisting of Ian Curtis (guitar/vocals), Bernard Sumner (keyboards), Peter Hook (bass) and Stephen Morris (drums). The album was released two months after the suicide Curtis on May 18, 1980.

In addition to the LP release, non-album singles “Transmission,” “Atmosphere” and “Love Will Tear Us Apart” will be reissued on the same day with 2020 remastered audio.

TRACKLISTING
Transmission 12”
A: Transmission
B: Novelty

Love Will Tear Us Apart 12”
A: Love Will Tear Us Apart
B: These Days

Atmosphere 12”
A: Atmosphere
B: She’s Lost Control

Closer 12”
Side A
Atrocity Exhibition
Isolation
Passover
Colony
A Means To An End

Side B
Heart And Soul
Twenty Four Hours
The Eternal
Decades

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2019 Rewind: Red Nailmaker

Red Nailmaker

How was 2019 for you?
Red Nailmaker: It was the year the Red Nailmaker project started. I’m happy to see how warm these noises were met by the industrial-techno scene.

Highlights?
The first vinyl single by Red Nailmaker was released in April on Folgsamkeitfaktor, a new industrial sub-label by Wunderblock Records. Also, Red Nailmaker was featured on the WR label showcases in Berlin, Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Lowlights?
Sad to see a further commercialization of the techno scene.

Song of the year?
Not just a track, but a whole new album, Ostalgia, by the one of the godfathers of EBM and industrial, Rhys Fulber, on Sonic Groove. It’s totally over everything else that was released last year. Fresh sounding and epic work.

What’s your New Year’s resolution?
A lot of work on new music, new single on Folgsamkeitfaktor and then an album are in near plans.

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