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Jus-Ed throws down the gauntlet with a New York record shop, Benji B dazzles with a string ensemble, and Alesso looks back at 2012

By Ken Taylor
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2012 was clearly a huge year for electronic music, and we’re still seeing the ripples of its greatness reverberate into 2013. Case in point: this amazing video of the BBC’s Benji B DJing for an hour alongside a full string ensemble, and recreating some gorgeous soulful hip-hop, electronic, and R&B tracks of the last few years. Check it out, along with a whole lot more, below.

- Here’s one awesome way to get the new year started. Three hours of Move D b2b with Optimo from the Boiler Room Berlin.


- Record shops, consider yourself on watch. Connecticut house legend and Underground Quality purveyor Jus-Ed has got Brooklyn’s Dope Jams store on his shitlist. We can’t tell you why, but we will say that Ed’s video, which he posted yesterday, with Fred P pleasantly in the background mix, has got us intrigued.


- Remember a couple weeks back when Eats Everything’s gear was stolen from DJ Mag’s Best of British Awards party? Well, weirdly enough, someone anonymously sent all the gear in question to the magazine’s office the other day with a note attached, saying, “It was an accident. Sorry! Merry Christmas.” Guess that puts that one to bed. (full story)

- We’d been curious about what was gonna happen regarding Skrillex and Ellie Goulding’s collaborative efforts since their romantic breakup, and now we’ve got a small piece of the puzzle—the Pilerats-directed video for “Summit.”


- Benji B’s performance at BBC’s Maida Vale studio with a string ensemble really is something else. Together they tackle FlyLo’s “Do the Astral Plane,” Ossie’s “Love Crazy,” Drake’s “Headlines,” and plenty more soulful hip-hop and dance tunes with aplomb.


- And guys, sorry, but according to Rob Da Bank, Daft Punk are definitely not touring in 2013. (We’re guessing Rob Da Bank knows this because, as an organizer of Bestival, he was, presumably, in touch with Daft Punk’s booking agency.) (full story)

- Already excited about what’s in store for new music in 2013? We are too, of course, but handily, Big Shot Mag has already assembled a nice list of what’s to arrive in the months to come. (full story)

- Lastly, Alesso, who just turned 21, reflects on the biggest year of his career in this video roundup of his 2012.