These Headphones Are Made From Ninja Tune’s Recycled Vinyl

AIAIAI & Ninja Tune headphones

With the topic of sustainability on many people’s minds these days, Danish audio design company AIAIAI has unveiled an environmentally friendly collaboration with Ninja Tune — the TMA-2 Ninja Tune Edition headphones made from the label’s recycled vinyl.

The cans retail for USD $250 and have a customized detailed and rich sound representation based on AIAIAI’s Bio-Cellulose S05 drivers and sport both on-ear and over-ear vegan leather cushions. The model offers 20 hours of high-quality wireless audio via Bluetooth 5.0.

Obligatory press release gush from AIAIAI co-founder Frederik Jørgensen: “Since 2010 with the launch of the TMA-1 headphone we’ve been committed to doing things better. Sustainability has since been a key aspect of our design and development process and we still believe we’re only just getting started. Informed by a heritage of Scandinavian design we create products far beyond trend-driven aesthetics, with sustainable modular functionality and recycled materials we extend the longevity of every product and create less waste for the planet – designed to last.”

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Beatport To Accept Bitcoin, Readies ‘Music For Future Dance Floors’ Audio-Video NFT Compilation

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Online music retailer Beatport will begin accepting bitcoin as payment from customers beginning in June. The store says it is the first dance music retailer to do so.

In related news, Beatport has partnered with Crypto.com to release an NFT created by Berlin-based Leif Podhajsky, Music for Future Dance Floors, to be released on April 23.

The collection will feature exclusive, unreleased tracks from Sasha, Charlotte De Witte, Boyz Noize, Pan-Pot, a new collaboration between Nic Fanciulli and Alec Monopoly called Sold As Seen, and a bonus track from Sama’ Abdulhadi.

This rare collection, the first of a series of A/V compilations planned from Beatport, will also feature emerging artists including Alignment, Third Son, Anna Lann and Risa Taniguchi that will join each established star in mini drops priced at $303 each.  All ten tracks will then be packaged with bonus material as a 10-of-10 auction, and will include the bonus track, four guest passes to one show for each artist and extra visual content. A portion of the proceeds will be contributed to charity, including a carbon offset donation from Beatport.

Obligatory press release gush from Leif Podhajsky: “As a digital artist who has worked extensively creating visual worlds for music – I’m genuinely excited by what NFT’s can offer all creatives. It’s breathed new life into what it means to create artwork and collect music in the modern age. I’m thrilled to be teaming up with Beatport and the amazing lineup of electronic musicians, to offer a new way to collect and experience art and music, something that I think is truly worth collecting.”

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Soul Clap Launch Back 2 Love Collaboration Beer With Finback Brewery

SoulClap Back 2 Love Finback

Not only is April 22 Earth Day but it is also the release date for Soul Clap’s long-awaited new album, WTF (World Transformation Force), a sprawling 15-song affair featuring collaborations with Nona Hendryx, Desmond ‘DSP’ Powell, Harry Dennis, Rich Medina, Tra’zae Clinton and more.

To commemorate the album’s launch, Soul Clap’s Eli Goldstein and Charles Levine have collaborated with revered New York City craft brewery Finback on a limited-edition beer.

Named after one of Soul Clap’s new songs, Back 2 Love is a sour ale brewed with rhubarb and ruby red grapefruit. The brew clocks in at a quaffable 6 percent. Finback’s sours are as funky as Soul Clap’s music, so this is a match made in heaven.

On Earth Day, Finback’s Brooklyn studio will be livestreaming the release party for WTF with sets at 4 PM, 6 PM and 9 PM.

Proceeds from sales of the beer will go to Climate Justice Alliance.

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First-Ever Boombox Candle Is Lit

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As an homage to the classic JVC RC M90 boombox depicted on the cover of LL Cool J’s 1985 debut album, Radio, which featured the lead single “I Can’t Live Without My Radio,” and The Beastie Boys’ Solid Gold Hits, London-based candlemaker Cent LDN is offering King of the Boom Box, a hand-poured soy wax candle replica of the legendary blaster.

For those too young to remember, in between the advent of the cassette tape and the Walkman (ask your parents), portable boomboxes were a mainstay of urban life. Able to be taken anywhere — as long as you had extra D batteries — the portable AM/FM/cassette sound machines were a vital part of hip-hop’s musical and cultural rise in the ’70s and ’80s.

Though mainly intended as a piece of conversational home decor, each of the boombox’s 22 candles is made to order and burns for 100 hours. The piece weighs 1900 grams — 4.18 pounds — and measures 28cm width, 14cm height and 6.6cm.

Cent LDN’s King of the Boom Box can be yours for £149 (about $192). Compared to the sky-high asking prices stereotypical collectors are willing to pay for the actual vintage units, it’s an offer some boombox aficionados won’t be able to turn down.

CENT.LDN RC M90 BOOMBOX

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