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Interview

Dutch one-man band Binkbeats amazes with live covers of FlyLo, J Dilla, Amon Tobin, and more

By Matt Ferry
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A modern master of the one-man band, Netherlands-based Binkbeats (aka Frank Wienk) covers the gamut of electronic music with the kind of smokey soul and ethereal groove you can only get with true talent—and a tool to loop it, of course. But it’s not so much his audio recordings of said music that get him noticed as it is his live performances, which find him playing drums, synths, turntables, and all sorts of miscellaneous sound-making toys (simultaneously!) while recreating tracks by the likes of Flying Lotus, J Dilla, and Amon Tobin.

In the lead-up to the launch of his seventh video in his Beats Unraveled series, February 10 on Boiler Room, Wienk told us about how it all goes down and let us in on his upcoming album plans.

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Festivals

Movement releases phase two lineup, includes Boys Noize, Claude VonStroke, Kevin Saunderson, Kode9, Ryan Hemsworth, and more

By Ken Taylor
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One of our favorite dance-music festivals anywhere in the world has just released the second phase of its lineup for 2014. Detroit’s Movement Festival, which is already set to host an incredible stream of performers this May 24-26, will also see sets from Boys Noize, Claude VonStroke, Kevin Saunderson, Kode9, Ryan Hemsworth, and about 40 more names—of course, with more names to follow in the months to come.

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Morning Roundup

More summer festival lineups, the Pacemaker gets an app-based relaunch, and stories behind the most legendary samples

By Beatport News Editors
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Is it just us, or is there a lot of stuff going on this summer? In just the last few days, we’ve counted about 10 new festival announcements, and there are plenty more to come. Today, Croatia’s Sonus and Unknown gatherings offered up their lineups, and we’ve got big news out of Detroit tomorrow, so while you ponder a trip to the Adriatic this summer, let us also point you to some music-tech news, mixes from Vladislav Delay and Jimmy Edgar, and the stories behind some of the most prominent samples in modern music.

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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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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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