Morning Roundup

The most inspiring DJ story you'll ever hear, plus podcasts from Don Rimini and Massive Attack, FACT's favorite labels, and Bill Brewster on the EDM craze

By Ken Taylor

Happy Monday! To get you psyched for the week, you need to check out today’s top story, which involves a 15-year-old kid, DJ Focus, from Sierra Leone, who reverse-engineers electronics and builds his own radio transmitters. So get on it!

- Here’s an inspiring Monday-morning story for you: a 15-year-old from Sierra Leone builds his own broadcast transmitters and wows MIT’s tech wizards.

- Unknown to the Unknown, PMR, Hyperdub, and more make the cut as FACT names their 10 best labels for 2012. (full story)

- New York reggae and house DJ/producer legend Bobby Konders is given some shine by Big Shot in this great little featurette on five of his classic tunes. (full story)

- Bill Brewster, the writer responsible for the dance-music bible Last Night a DJ Saved My Life takes the current dance trend in the US to task in a piece in the Guardian: “EDM has effectively bypassed the club culture on which house and techno were founded and gone straight for the stadiums and festival jugular,” he says. (full story)

- This week’s DJ Mag podcast features the wonderful Don Rimini at the controls.

- Wait, you want more free music? How about Massive Attack’s recent BBC 6 Mix, featuring Kraftwerk, Addison Groove, The Bug, Man Parrish, and more?

- Stream Clone’s latest Drexciya reissue, Journey of the Deep Sea Dweller III, over on RA. (full story)

- Beatsmith AraabMUZIK is set to work with Skrillex and Diplo on his next album, Billboard reports. (full story)