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Festivals

DAT Music Conference: Techno, tube floating, and "limitless" craft beer in rustic Montana

By Steven Dermody
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Everything about the inaugural Digital Analog Technology (DAT) Conference that took place over the weekend of August 1st-3rd felt like the polar opposite of what the modern day “EDM” festivals seemingly strives for. Missoula, Montana has to be one of the most relaxed, cozy towns in the States, which made the setting laidback and friendly. The line-up was sprinkled with international headliners alongside the rest of the cast predominantly coming from the West to Pacific Northwest.

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Culture

RBMA traces the oral history of '90s illbient in New York

By Beatport News Editors
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It was the halcyon days of the ’90s. While jungle and trip-hop were coming over from the UK, Manhattan’s recontextualization was a new musical style called illbient, blending together dub, ambient, and hip-hop elements that became the experimental electronic backdrop to New York’s burgeoning dance music scene. In a new feature-length article, Red Bull Music Academy traces the extensive history of illbient from the artists, musicians, DJs, and fans who were there including DJ Spooky (aka Paul D. Miller), DJ Soul Slinger (aka Carlos Slinger), event promoter Matt E. Silver, and many more.

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Music News

Aphex Twin unveils 'SYRO'

By Jason Black
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It’s official. Richard D. James just blew up the Internet by revealing the impending release of a new 12-track Aphex Twin album called SYRO, his first since 2001′s Drukqs. Over the weekend, he left some overt hints by way of a blimp flying over South London with the word “2014″ on it as well as some black Aphex logo stencils painted around New York City. Now, we have what looks like confirmation via the experimental mastermind’s verified Twitter account, where he’s post a link. That link, in turn, leads to the TOR proxy-browser that shows his new album’s title and tracklist that’s listed here.

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Music News

Darkside call it quits before New York show, drop two unreleased tracks

By Jason Black
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Brooklyn-based electronic act Darkside have dropped a bombshell, calling it quits for now while announcing their final show this fall at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple in New York on September 12th. Since 2011, Chilean-born auteur Nicholas Jaar and multi-instrumentalist Dave Harrington have been collaborating and recording together, most notably producing the critically acclaimed Psychic album in 2013 featuring standouts like the epic, 11-minute “Golden Arrow” and “Paper Trails.” Now, Resident Advisor is reporting that according to a tweet on the band’s official page, Darkside is “coming to an end, for now.”

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Contests

Win a limited-edition Soulwax CD video

By Beatport News Editors
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Who doesn’t love extremely rare swag? We do—and we’re serving it up to you. Enter our Soulwax giveaway for your chance to win a limited-edition CD video of 2manydjs’ last hour of their Radio Soulwax show. Only 30 of these babies have been produced and one could be on its way straight to you. All you have to do is answer our Soulwax trivia question now.

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Music News

Flying Lotus reveals 'You're Dead!' tracklist

By Jason Black
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He leaked it yesterday. He made it official today. Flying Lotus (aka Steven Ellison), 30, has just unveiled the full tracklist for his latest album You’re Dead! Jazz great Herbie Hancock, Kendrick Lamar, and Snoop Dogg are all climbing aboard alongside the LA-based experimental producer who’s already tipped that his fifth FlyLo LP will be “heavy on the prog vibes.”

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