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Production Tips

Point Blank breaks down Ben Pearce's "What I Might Do" for Logic Pro X in a new video tutorial

By Ken Taylor
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You’ll likely recall when Ben Pearce’s super-deep and funky cut “What I Might Do” made a run up the charts at Beatport a couple years back, because it was a pretty unforgettable track. Riffing generously on Anthony Hamilton’s “Cornbread, Fish, and Collard Greens,” “What I Might Do” signaled more than just a push for the young upstart, making it clear to the masses that deep house was dead set on gaining some chart traction alongside all the progressive and electro-house tracks that typically occupied the top slots.

So just how did Pearce do it? Well, the always-reliable Point Blank Music School has taken a look at the tune in their series of deconstruction tutorials, to give you a better idea of how this jam came together.

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Power of Ten

More than Moroder: 10 dance-music legends you need to know about

By Joshua Glazer
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After four decades of existence, dance music has no shortage of unsung heroes and forgotten favorites for every new generation of fans to rediscover. Two of the genre’s earliest innovators, Giorgio Moroder and Nile Rodgers, were given huge boosts last year, thanks to their involvement with current kings Daft Punk. But those disco legends certainly aren’t the only past princes of dance music worth investigating. Here’s our list of 10 more names that are more than worth Googling.

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Power of Ten

10 things we want to see change in dance music in 2014

By Joshua Glazer
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Ask almost anyone and they’ll tell you that 2013 was a banner year for electronic music, with the scene hitting new heights, both artistically and commercially. Now with the new year fully upon us, we’re excited to see dance music’s massive potential play out around the world. Here are a few things our scene needs (and a few it needs to dump) to become better than ever in 2014.

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Production Tips

Here's how to get Daft Punk-caliber sound without spending Daft Punk-caliber money

By Glenn Jackson
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Over their long and fruitful career, Daft Punk have crafted an iconic sound, one that often looks to electronic music’s most legendary—and sometimes most expensive—pieces of gear as its building blocks. To most modern-day bedroom producers, though, these heralded, decades-old production tools are a luxury few possess. Still, that doesn’t mean that Daft Punk’s sound palette is entirely out of reach, as a new guide has surfaced offering suggestions for some more modern and less costly pieces of gear that can serve as fruitful replacements for the classic equipment Daft Punk so often utilize.

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Music News

Beatport News' top 10 stories of the year

By Ken Taylor
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This year, we dug into a ton of news pieces—from DJ Shadow getting booted off the decks, to Feed Me playfully trolling our charts, to Nina Kraviz getting herself into some literal and figurative hot water (god knows why). But what surfaced as the most noteworthy stories for our readers?

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Must Hear 2013

The Beatport staff chooses its 50 favorite tracks of the year

By Beatport News Editors
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There’s the Beatport Top 100—and then there’s what the folks who work here are playing at their desks and during their weekend gigs. And, no, the two don’t necessarily cross over that much. Our staff, stretched across four offices and nine time zones, is a diverse bunch with all sorts of dance-music tastes, which run the gamut from peak-time big-room electro-house chart-toppers to esoteric suites of Reichian drone to dark-and-dank bass-heavy bangers—and every shade in between. But to rank these favorites would be to do them a disservice, as there’s no winners and losers when it comes to the music we all love.

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Weekend Weapons

Parisians Discodeine share six disco-striped tracks for faint-hearted dancefloors

By Glenn Jackson
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It’s all in the name—French duo Discodeine (aka Dirty edit kings Pilooski and Pentile) have been serving up luscious slices of disco-fied dance music for over six years now, with the Parisian pair delivering its impressive new full-length, Swimmer, late last month via Dirty/Pschent. To celebrate, we’ve tapped the pair for the latest edition of Weekend Weapons, asking them to show off a handful of their favorite club-ready tracks—a request the pair has returned with six smooth selections tailor-made for all those lovers on the dancefloor.

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