UK Record Label Young Turks Changes Name to Young

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Young Turks, the pioneering British record label launched by Caius Pawson in 2006 known for releasing music by The xx, Jamie xx, FKA twigs and Kamasi Washington, announced today it had changed its name to Young.

Taking to Instagram, Pawson said the change in moniker came after “a long period of reflection and I wanted to explain the origins of the Young Turks name and the reasons for the change.

He added, “We originally named Young Turks after the Rod Stewart song of the same name. When I first heard the song, it took a week of 2005-era internet searches to find out what it was and even longer to understand its meaning. The name intrigued me, evoking the solidarity of youth. In 2005, it seemed to perfectly sum up what we were: teenagers, wanting and waiting to do something, anything.”

“However, we were unaware of the deeper history of the term and, specifically, that the Young Turks were a group who carried out the Armenian Genocide from 1915 onwards. Through ongoing conversations and messages that have developed our own knowledge around the subject, it’s become apparent that the name is a source of hurt and confusion for people. We loved the name for what it meant to us, but in retrospect should have listened more carefully to other voices and acted more quickly. We have always tried to affect positive change and knowing what we do now, it’s only right that we change our name.”

Ahead of the commemoration of the 1915 Armenian Genocide on April 24, the label has made a donation to the Armenian Institute based in London.

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International Music Summit’s IMS Ibiza Will Return in April 2022

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After a two-year hiatus imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, International Music Summit has announced its return.

The electronic music industry schmoozathon’s 13th gathering will take place April 27 to May 1, 2022, at Destino Pacha Resort in Ibiza.

Attendees can expect a full three-day schedule, including panels, workshops, masterclasses, networking and nocturnal club events.

Obligatory press release gush from founder Ben Turner: “As the majority of the world is still in the grip of the pandemic, it feels irresponsible to encourage our community to gather together until it is safer to do so. Therefore, the next IMS Ibiza event will now be 27th April – 1st May 2022, a time which feels very realistic for a huge coming together of our industry. IMS was created at a time of crisis for electronic music, we have galvanized the genre before, and we remain committed to supporting the industry that we love. The next edition of IMS Ibiza will mark a huge reset for the industry, for the world, and for IMS.”

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The Knife’s ‘Tomorrow, in a Year’ Set For Vinyl Release

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Vinyl collectors, rejoice! Karin and Olof Dreijer, of the now-defunct Swedish electronic outfit The Knife, have announced the 180-gram double-vinyl edition release of Tomorrow, in a Year set to arrive on August 20.

In 2009, the brother-sister duo was commissioned by the Danish performance group Hotel Pro Forma to write an electro-opera based on Charles Darwin’s 150-year-old-book, The Origin of Species. To accomplish the task, they enlisted the help of Planningtorock and Mt. Sims. The studio recorded versions of the compositions were released digitally as Tomorrow, in a Year in 2010 via the siblings’ Rabid Records.

Currently commemorating the 20th anniversary of their formation, The Knife is planning to unveil more special releases in the immediate future. Continue Reading

MF DOOM Signed, Limited Edition Augmented Reality NFTs Set For Auction

MF DOOM Signed, Limited Augmented Reality NFTs Set For Auction

An auction of signed, limited edition MF Doom augmented reality non-fungible token (NFTs) began today at 4:00 PM PST and will conclude on Friday, March 12, 2021, at 10:00 PM PST.

The auction is being conducted on Illust Space – an augmented reality NFT marketplace – in cooperation with Rhymesayers, MF DOOM’s wife Jasmine and the late MC’s estate.

The masks are estimated to be worth between 10 to 50 eth ($15,000-$75,000).

Ten percent of total sales will go to MF DOOM’s estate in the form of royalties along with an individualized donation from the current holders of the masks. Proceeds will support the family as well as future creative projects.

In addition to his game-changing output of work, DOOM (real name: Daniel Dumile) was known for his signature metal mask and supervillain stage persona.

According to a statement, Doom’s art will be available for fans to purchase:

MF DOOM died on October 31, 2020, one day following the close of the original Illust Space beta auction making this one of MF DOOM’s final collaborations. Due to blockchain’s immutable and decentralized ledger technology, all of MF DOOM’s AR NFT collection will be available for future generations of fans and collectors, creating a new model for royalties and posthumous creative control legacies.

More information on the auction is available here.

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