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Did the Jus-Ed beef lead to Dope Jams closing its doors?

By Ken Taylor
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Well, it’s official. Brooklyn’s Dope Jams record shop has decided to close its doors, and it comes hot on the heels of some controversy with artists named in the store’s Worst of 2012 list. Related? Read on to see, plus more Daft Punk rumors swirl and Deadmau5 heads into the X-ray machine in today’s news.

- Well, add another “Daft Punk new material” report to the list of things to get you jazzed for 2013. This time collaborator Niles Rodgers, who’s spoken on his yet-to-be-released work with the duo in the past, says it’s happening for sure this year. (full story)

- A lot has been brewing since last week’s standoff between Underground Quality purveyor Jus-Ed and Brooklyn record store Dope Jams. Firstly, the recently spurned Ed—who was named in the store’s Worst of 2012 list—took aim with the diss track “Dum Jams,” which you can hear below.


- Then, it was announced this morning, that Dope Jams will be closing its doors for good—at least in its current brick-and-mortar form—for a number of reasons. And no, it’s not because of Jus-Ed’s remarks, they claim. (full story)

- SBTRKT has just released a new live album, which he recorded last year at London’s Sherpherd’s Bush Empire with Sampha and the Heritage Orchestra. (full story)

- Plugin kings Waves have just released their first soft-synth, Elements, an “analog-style polyphonic instrument engineered to deliver the fat, gritty sound of the classics, with all the precision, flexibility and control of contemporary digital synths.” (full story)

- New York disco and house royal Francois K talks with Red Bull Music Academy about his vastly influential career. (full story)

- So what’s bubbling in Bristol these days? Plenty, according to XLR8R. Check out this profile on the scene’s up-and-comers, featuring Vessel, Hodge, and many more. (full story)

- And, just for a giggle, check out Deadmau5 going through and X-ray machine.