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Tommie Sunshine on Frankie Knuckles: "He was a man of musical extravagance"

By Jason Black
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Legendary. Seminal. Groundbreaking. Influential. Classic. Words like these get thrown around on a daily basis in dance music. So much so that they’ve lost their intrinsic luster. But, in the case of house godfather Frankie Knuckles, who died suddenly on March 31 at the age of 59, these terms don’t nearly go far enough to describe his overwhelming contribution to the city of Chicago—and dance music as a whole.

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Todd Terje presents "Leisure Suit Preben" video

By Jason Black
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Norwegian summer-jam king Todd Terje is quite a character. So it’s no surprise that he’s created his very own character named Preben for some of the playful songs like “Leisure Suit Preben” and “Preben Goes to Acapulco” from his new disco-infused album It’s Album Time.

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Coachella 2014: The 10 Must-See Dance Acts

By Beatport News Editors
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So much music. So little time. The 2014 edition of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival returns this weekend to the California desert community of Indio—and what an impressive slate of musical talent it is. Really, the only burning question is, how are you going to catch everything that’s worth seeing? Well, as luck would have it, we’ve got you covered. We’ve culled the massive three-day, six-stage roster, debated the finer points, and come up with our essential picks for this year’s premier music festival. Read on and rejoice!

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Brandy & Coke examines London's '90s garage scene; watch it now

By Beatport News Editors
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If you were dancing in London in the ’90s, there’s a good chance at some point that you traded in your sneakers for Moschino loafers or high heels, your hoodie for a proper shirt or dress, and made the move from jungle to garage. If that sounds familiar, a new documentary on the London scene of yore, Music Nation, produced as a partnership between Dazed & Confused and the UK’s Channel 4 TV, is for you—particularly its first part, Brandy & Coke, which examines the emergence of London’s garage/2-step scene.

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Claude VonStroke sources Solomun, Dixon, Jimmy Edgar, Photek, and more for Urban Animal remix album

By Jason Black
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In 2013, Claude VonStroke released Urban Animal, his most personal and dance-eclectic LP to date. Now, he’s following up his second LP with a curated selection of new remixes dropping on May 5th. Like-minded electronic artists like Solomon, Eprom, Dixon, Jimmy Edgar, and label-mate Justin Jay, among others have added their deft studio touch to standout selections like “Dood,” “Oakland Rope,” and “The Clapping Track.” The dirtybird don himself even delivers a deep, electrofied reworking of “Can’t Wait.”

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Ahead of Record Store Day, Mixmag heads to Hard Wax

By Beatport News Editors
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Berlin’s Hard Wax is one of the most storied sellers of DJ vinyl on the planet—and with good reason: they count folks like Cassy, Modeselektor’s Gernot Bronsert, DJ Hell, and Marcel Dettmann as past employees, to start, and that’s to say nothing of the store’s founder, Basic Channel’s Mark Ernestus. Suffice it to say, if you’re in the market for techno records, Hard Wax is your spot. With Record Store Day just a week away, Mixmag took a deeper look at the store.

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