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Listening parties revealed for Aphex Twin's 'Syro'

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UK-based Warp Records have revealed a string of eight listening events to whet the appetite of Aphex Twin fans before the release of his sixth album Syro, his first album in over 13 years. Over the course of September 5th through the 10th, preview parties will be taking place in major European and North American cities including London, Paris, Brussels, Utrecht (Netherlands), New York, LA, Chicago, and Toronto.

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Catch Masters At Work's Boiler Room set in London

By Jason Black
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Last week, legendary New York house duo Masters At Work revealed a historic 40-track anthology forthcoming this fall. Released on September 22nd via UK-based label Defected, their aptly-titled House Masters retrospective chronicles their over 30-year career including seminal MAW tracks like “Work” and the ballroom anthem “The Ha Dance” as well as plenty of hand-picked underground jams. This week, Louis Vega and Kenny “Dope” Gonzalez hit London to promote their upcoming release with a classic hour-and-a-half back-to-back Boiler Room set.

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tINI, Richie Hawtin, and Dubfire delight ENTER.Ibiza next Thursday, September 4, live from Ibiza

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If you’re Richie Hawtin, how do you top the first nine weeks of ENTER.Ibiza? Bring out the big guns, of course. Next Thursday, September 4th at Space, the iconic techno hero will be playing alongside Iranian powerhouse Dubfire in the main room. While over in the Sake bar, German dance luminary tINI will be dropping her curated blend of house and techno. Additionally, ENTER.Ibiza special guests on the night include Paco Osuna, Christian Smith, Mano Le Tough, Guti, BLOND:ISH, as well as resident Bella Sarris.

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Brittney Scott on her freeform EDM avatars: "I'm going for a PLUR-y concept"

By Lina Abascal
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Brittney Scott may not be a name you know, but if you’re on Twitter and enjoy dance music, her art is something you’ve seen before. Her signature Microsoft Paint-looking drawings have been used by some of the world’s biggest DJs including A-Trak, Major Lazer, and Martin Solvieg as Twitter avatar photos. What looks like a simple scribble here and there has grown into a massive following, leading Brittney to design her own merchandise and debut her first art show in Los Angeles last week.

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RBMA launches new six-part, 8-bit music doc series 'Diggin’ In The Carts'

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Ring the bell. Class is in session. Red Bull Music Academy has just revealed its plans to debut a six-part documentary series entitled Diggin’ In The Carts, exploring the history of classic 8-bit-era Japanese video game music to now. In addition to featuring notable Japanese composers like Hirokazu “Hip” Tanaka (Tetris, Metroid), Yuzo Koshiro (Streets of Rage), and Nobuo Uematsu (Final Fantasy), the episodes will charts this music’s influence on some modern underground artists including Flying Lotus, Dizzee Rascal, Just Blaze, Joker, Kode9, Fatima Al Qadiri, and Ikonika, among others.

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DJ Tech Tools charts the life cycle of a career DJ

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The one universal constant in dance music is change. Time marches on and the recent explosion of EDM and its accompanying festival culture is evidence of that fact. So, the burning question becomes, what’s the best way to maintain a sustainable career as a professional DJ over the course of the years? DJ Tech Tools has got you covered. In a new feature-length article, the SF-based community site charts the life cycle of a career DJ, from year zero to year 25 featuring key insights from world-class DJs like Laidback Luke, Garth Emery, Adventure Club, Danny Howard, and Charles Feelgood.

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DJ Shadow reveals new EP 'Liquid Amber,' free track download

By Jason Black
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The Shadow knows how to make an entrance. Josh Davis, better known as the enigmatic DJ Shadow, is launching his new Liquid Amber label with a mint three-track EP of the same name. The 42-year-old Bay Area-based beatmaker unleashed two new tracks two weeks ago, “Ghost Town” and “Mob” that’re exactly the kind of forward-thinking, instrumental hip-hop beats you’ve come to expect from Davis.

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Catch South London Ordnance live at ENTER.Ibiza week 8 now

By Jason Black
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South London Ordnance is best known for delivering his own signature brand of upfront techno business behind the decks. All killer, no filler. Now, as luck would have it, you can hear him for yourself straight from week eight at Richie Hawtin’s summer-long ENTER.Ibiza residency at Space. Last week Thursday, August 21st, the UK-based DJ producer manhandled the Terrace stage with a tight two-hour mix alongside night headliners Dubfire, Maceo Plex, Claude vonStroke, and more.

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Jonwayne blazes Low End Theory tonight in LA

By Jason Black
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Turtle from Entourage would definitely be feeling this guy and UK-based tastemaker Gilles Peterson is a fan. Californian rapper and producer, Stones Throw signee artist Jonwayne (born Jon Wayne) will be laying down his razor-sharp wordsmith skills and tight beats at LA’s bastion of soulful, experimental music Low End Theory located in Lincoln Heights alongside Elusive and Lana Shea. As always, LET residents will also be on-hand in support including event founder and Alpha Pup boss Daddy Kev, Nobody, D-Styles, and Nocando.

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