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Music News

Dubfire, Sven Väth, and Maceo Plex lead ENTER.Ibiza tomorrow, August 21, live from Ibiza

By Beatport News Editors
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We’ve reached the halfway point in the ENTER.Ibiza 14-week summer season at Space and the hits just keep on coming: strength to strength. For week eight, tomorrow, August 21st, Richie Hawtin will be joined by German techno icon Sven Väth in the main room for a memorable performance. Elsewhere that night, Iranian powerhouse Dubfire, Maceo Plex, Claude VonStroke, South London Ordnance, and Bella Sarris, are just some of the special guests gracing the decks.

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DJ Tips

Marcel Dettmann delivers his five keys to DJing success

By Jason Black
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No ifs, ands, or buts, German techno luminary Marcel Dettmann, 37, is a world-class DJ. As the reigning resident at Berlin’s infamous Berghain nightclub, he’s made a quality name for himself with a rugged, raw moon patrol-type sound that permeates all corners of your mind and body. One listen to his recent fabric 77 mix and you’ll catch our meaning. In a new feature-length article, XLR8R consults with the Berliner decknician to get his five keys to mixing success including such universal pearls of wisdom like “be yourself,” “have role models,” and, of course, the ever-essential “master beat-matching.”

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Tools of the Trade

Traktor DJ reveals 1.5 update, introduces Superslicer mode

By Beatport News Editors
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Ready to slice and dice your beats? Native Instruments has got you covered with the unveiling of a new software update to its iOS-only Traktor DJ app, version 1.5. The most notable new feature is the exciting SuperSlicer mode that combines a variety of effects into one. Loop stutter FX, turntablism FX, and pitch FX are all in there for you to plug and play with. Catch SuperSlicer in action in the short video now.

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Play

This week on Play: Win Novation controllers and a Crosstown Rebels release in Ali Love’s “Emperor” remix contest

By Jason Black
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Play fanatics! Welcome to another edition of our weekly remix contest. This time out, we’ve got English-born singer songwriter Ali Love (real name Alexander Williams), 35, who’s perhaps best known as a member of house band Hot Natured alongside Hot Creations’ Lee Foss and Jamie Jones. But, as you’ll soon discover, he’s also an accomplished solo artist. His latest single, “Emperor” is a rolling deep-house groover ripe for a stellar remix. Ready to make your mark in the dance industry by winning our latest Play remix competition? All you have to do is rework Ali Love’s deep-house shimmy “Emperor” featuring singer Kali taken from his 2014 sophomore album P.U.M.P.

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Culture

RBMA traces the oral history of '90s illbient in New York

By Beatport News Editors
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It was the halcyon days of the ’90s. While jungle and trip-hop were coming over from the UK, Manhattan’s recontextualization was a new musical style called illbient, blending together dub, ambient, and hip-hop elements that became the experimental electronic backdrop to New York’s burgeoning dance music scene. In a new feature-length article, Red Bull Music Academy traces the extensive history of illbient from the artists, musicians, DJs, and fans who were there including DJ Spooky (aka Paul D. Miller), DJ Soul Slinger (aka Carlos Slinger), event promoter Matt E. Silver, and many more.

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Music News

Toro Y Moi preps debut album as Les Sins

By Jason Black
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Southern Carolina native Chaz Bundick, 27, is planning to drop his debut album under his decidedly dance-centric Les Sins alias this winter. You might know Bundick better as indie phenom Toro Y Moi who’s already racked up four albums to date. Now, as Les Sins, he’s releasing Michael, his first album on Company Records (a new label by Bundick and his regular home of Carpark Records) on November 4th.

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David Guetta: "My original influence for 'Lovers' was Spaghetti Westerns"

By Jason Black
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Like most globe-trotting DJs of his stature, David Guetta, 46, is spending the summer months in idyllic Ibiza. Why not? He can. Seasonally based in the splendid Spanish White Isle, the Frenchman currently hosts two weekly residences at Ushuaia (on Mondays) and Pacha (on Thursdays) respectively. Over the weekend, he jet-sets across Europe gigging wherever the tailwind takes him. And, as if his relentless touring schedule weren’t enough, he’s also carved out a sliver of time to collaborate with Swedish chart-topper Avicii on his new single “Lovers on the Sun” featuring singer Sam Martin. Interestingly enough, Guetta says he drew personal inspiration from some classic Morricone Spaghetti Western scores like 1964′s A Fistful of Dollars and 1966′s The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. Both were directed by Italian director Sergio Leone and starred Clint Eastwood. We immediately perked up and wanted to know more about it.

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