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Production Tips

Here's how to deconstruct Todd Terje's "Delorean Dynamite" in Ableton

By Beatport News Editors
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One of the first jams off of Todd Terje’s instant-classic It’s Album Time was the Italo/kosmische-influenced “Delorean Dynamite”; its motorik arps and slappy bass got every Terje fan out there stoked for the record’s impending release. Now, those same fans, particularly those with a penchant for making tracks on their computers, can see, more or less, how the man made that awesome track via a Point Blank-produced video segment that deconstructs the tune.

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Music News

Deadmau5 fires back at Arcade Fire's 'real instruments' comments

By Beatport News Editors
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Today, it’s Canadian dance-music god Deadmau5 in a grudge match against Canadian indie-rock gods Arcade Fire. You may recall recently, when, during Arcade Fire’s Coachella set, frontman Win Butler took a couple cheap shots at dance music’s rise to prominence by, one, bringing some pretty rough Daft Punk imitators onto the stage with him to play a slowed-down version of “Get Lucky,” and two, shouting out “all the bands still playing instruments at this festival.” Well, Deadmau5, being the confrontational guy that he is, has fired back at the band on—you guessed it—Twitter, saying, “arcade fire needs to settle down. some dudes devote their lives to instruments, others to electronic composition by cpu, dafuqs yer problem?” among many other things.

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Your favorite DJs just might be coming to an airplane flight near you

By Beatport News Editors
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With dance music slithering its way into every element of modern culture, it was only a matter of time before it took over the inflight entertainment systems of large-carrier airlines. Fortunately for you, dear dance-music fan, that means an altogether new listening experience for your next zip across the Atlantic as airlines like British Airways are tapping some of electronic music’s biggest names to craft special mixes for their flights.

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Moving Pictures

Arcade Fire have some fun with Daft Punk at Coachella

By Beatport News Editors
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No, Arcade Fire didn’t literally have fun with Daft Punk—it’s likely that the real French house duo were nowhere in sight. But the Canadian indie-rock gods did play a little prank of sorts at their performance to close out the last weekend of Coachella, and it involved some Daft Punk lookalikes taking the stage with them.

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Music Video

Disclosure's banned "Help Me Lose My Mind" video is back

By Beatport News Editors
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The video for Disclosure’s tune with London Grammar, “Help Me Lose My Mind,” was quite the controversy-stirrer a few weeks back when it was first released—and then yanked because of its supposed glamorizing of youth drug use. Well, it’s back, for those of you who can access the Daily Motion video portal.

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Think you know your stuff? Take a Diplo trivia quiz!

By Beatport News Editors
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Before the internet became the world’s largest repository of unnecessary lists, it was the world’s largest repository of unnecessary trivia quizzes. Well, consider today a step back in time to the golden age of simple tests of knowledge, as you show yourself (and, presumably, those with whom you’ll share such a thing on your Facebook page) just how well you know producer/DJ/impresario Diplo.

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FACT takes a look at the new stars of album art and design

By Beatport News Editors
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Despite the claims of many that the art of the album sleeve is lost within the digital world, there are still a number of brilliant artists working to translate the themes of our favorite music into things of visual beauty. Like Peter Saville and Vaughan Oliver before them, today’s cover artists use all manner of techniques to make our favorite tracks pop—particularly if you find them on the shelves of your local record shop. In that spirit, FACT has gone and plucked a handful of the most prolific and thought-provoking visual artists working today in the medium of album art for a series of interviews.

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Girl Talk reveals all in a Reddit AMA

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Girl Talk’s sole member, Gregg Gillis, had one helluva showing at last weekend’s Coachella Festival, joining forces with MCs E-40, Too $hort, Juicy J, and Busta Rhymes for his performance. Which is a bit unusual, considering he’s used to just taking their tracks and mashing the crap out of them with popular radio hits and recognizable riffs from rock ‘n’ roll’s past. Yesterday, he hosted an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit, and from it, we learned that, one, he didn’t get in near as much trouble for sampling as many once predicted—in fact, “It’s been kind of the opposite,” he wrote.

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