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Weekend Weapons

Erol Alkan serves up his lucky seven peak-time jams

By Jason Black
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UK-based tastemaker Erol Alkan knows a slammin’ club track when he hears one. So much so, the Phantasy Sound boss has been tapped to deliver the latest installment in the Fabriclive series later this month. That’s 77, for those of you keeping score. Anyway, we were super intrigued by his musical taste and decided it was high-time he hand-pick some tracks for us. Now, without further adieu, here are his lucky seven peak-time dance tracks of the moment.

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Interview

Preview Matthew Dear’s awesome Audion performance pod

By Beatport News Editors
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Earlier this year at Montreal’s MUTEK fesitval, Bay Area-based community site DJ Tech Tools got an exclusive first-look at Matthew Dear’s tricked-out, spherical live setup for his Audion project. Commissioned from Vita Motus’ Heather Shaw (the same group that built Amon Tobin’s ISAM live show), he calls it Subverticul—and it’s a definite game-changer as to how techno is presented in a live space.

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Music News

A-Trak, Destructo, and DJ Mustard lampoon Top 100 DJs poll for Funny Or Die

By Beatport News Editors
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Funny Or Die has created a new sketch comedy clip that lampoons this year’s DJ Mag Top 100 debate, ahead of the source’s annual DJ ranking and unveiling later this year at the ADE conference. Hilarity ensues…. DJ pals A-Trak, Destructo, and DJ Mustard joined forces, alongside two TV actors portraying Euro-DJs. Hosting this mock-debate is DJ Tanner (actress Candace Cameron Bure) from popular ’90s sit-com Full House. During the course of the spoof, debate topics include Ibiza immigration reform, festival ticket taxes, DJ healthcare (“Needs a remix,” according to beat master A-Trak), confetti gun control, and marijuana legalization…in outer space.

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Maya Jane Coles, Apollonia, and Richie Hawtin charm ENTER.Ibiza next Friday, September 18, live from Ibiza

By Beatport News Editors
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Ready for some magical, memorable deep house? Celebrating ENTER.Ibiza week 12 next Thursday, September 11th at Space, the reigning techno lord will be performing alongside Adam Beyer and Paco Osuna in the main room. Over in the Sake Bar, it’s very special guest Maya Jane Coles, as well as Hito and resident Bella Sarris. Additional ENTER.Ibiza artists on the night will be Apollonia, Markus Guentner, and Matthew Hawtin.

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Catch Jack U debut their new AlunaGeorge collaboration at Burning Man

By Beatport News Editors
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A fan video of Skrillex and Diplo debuting a new track entitled “To U” from their upcoming Jack U project at Burning Man’s Camp Question Mark has surfaced online. The brand new track is expected to feature on the forthcoming Jack U album that Diplo confirmed is on the way soon back in June. The UK duo of Aluna Francis and George Reid were featured on the Disclosure smash “White Noise” in 2013.

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Deadmau5 could be your Uber driver, watch it now

By Beatport News Editors
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On Wednesday night, Deadmau5 (aka Joel Zimmerman) became an Uber driver in his hometown of Toronto. It’s all part of a promotional stunt for alt-taxi service UberX, a cheaper version to the original Uber black-car service. Apparently, Zimmerman picked up passengers in his custom McLaren 650S and drove them around to grab coffee and hit Chipolte for a burrito. What rating do you think his passengers gave him?

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Interview

Bobby Puma on his process: "I get inspired a lot when I travel"

By Beatport News Editors
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Bay Area-bred, LA-based Bobby Puma is one-to-watch in the current E-house scene. Leading off back in May with his collaboration with Belgian dance duo Wolfpack entitled “Jump,” he’s just released its follow-up “Rocking With The Best.” It’s a bouncy party jam with a dirty electro vibe that’s garnering support from a slew of marquee names like Calvin Harris, Sander van Doorn, Nicky Romero, Martin Garrix, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Steve Aoki, Laidback Luke, Tommy Trash, and many more. We caught up with Puma jetting back to California from some summer touring over in France and the idyllic White Isle of Ibiza to find out more about his latest single, his creative process, what kind of gear he rocks in the studio, and lots more.

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Weekend Weapons

Groove Armada curate their top eight club cuts

By Jason Black
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Groove Armada’s Andy Cato and Tom Findlay have hand-crafted the kind of long-standing electronic-music career that most dream of—and many might (metaphorically) kill for. Since the London-based dance duo first surfaced on the scene with 1998’s well-received debut album Northern Star on Tummy Touch, they’ve churned out quality house music year-after-year spanning across seven albums.

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Morning Roundup

FKA Twigs is favored early to win UK's Mercury Prize, SBTRKT and Andy C drop new music

By Beatport News Editors
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Welcome to our awesome Thursday edition of the Morning Roundup. Today, we’ve got FKA Twigs sitting safely in pole position to win the UK’s influential Mercury Prize, Jimmy Edgar on his own dance label Ultramajic, plus SBTRKT and Andy C are dropping new music in the weeks and months ahead, and so much more. Right this way for our complete wrap-up.

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Culture

Catch RBMA's 8-bit music mini-doc 'Diggin’ In The Carts' episode 2 now

By Jason Black
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Red Bull Music Academy has revealed the second installment in their six-part documentary series Diggin’ In The Carts that explores the history of classic 8-bit-era Japanese video game music to today. In episode two, “The Outer Reaches of 8-Bit,” we trace the history of influential late-’80s, early ’90s-era video games from Sunsoft and Konami like Castlevania, Contra, Gimmick!, and more, as well as its direct influence on and inspiration for modern producers from hip-hop to dubstep, and beyond. Modern artists like Flying Lotus, Fatima Al Qadiri, Oh No, and more all weigh in with their childhood memories and impressions.

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