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Festivals

Ultra Music Festival releases wrap video of 16th edition entitled U Are Beautiful

By Beatport News Editors
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Nope, it has nothing to do with the refrain of Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful”—but it does have to do with “you.” “Thank U for a great 16th edition of Ultra Music Festival Miami,” says the intro to the festival’s wrap-up clip, just posted on YouTube. “This video is for you, and all the rest of the Ultra fans worldwide that attended the event at Bayfront Park Miami or viewed the UMF TV live-stream on YouTube.”

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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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Music News

Get your acieeeed on with Solid Steel's 30 Years of Acid mix

By Beatport News Editors
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Coldcut’s Solid Steel radio program has been one of the most solidly challenging assemblages of music known to modern dance culture, ever since it came into being back in 1988. Today, to help celebrate the last-ever installment of the London-based I Love Acid party, Posthuman put together a 30 Years of Acid mix, with each of its 30 tracks representing one year in acid’s history.

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Music News

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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Music News

Here's a brief primer on Busy P's Justice-rearing Ed Banger label

By Beatport News Editors
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If electro house is your thing in 2014, there’s a man you need to think—and his name is Busy P. Sure, the producer/DJ/impresario born Pedro Winter isn’t exactly singlehandedly responsible for electro house’s popularity, but his role can’t be understated. Not only did he manage Daft Punk for 10 years (during which they launched their monumental live show in 2006), but he also helped give birth to Justice—the Parisian duo who proved to be the lynchpin between the older French house style and today’s huge electro sound—via his Ed Banger label, which also ushered the careers of DJ Mehdi, Uffie, Feadz, Breakbot, and tons more.

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Todd Terje on It's Album Time: "It's 1,000 times more rewarding to make something from scratch"

By Ken Taylor
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In the years prior to his 2012 breakout hit, “Inspector Norse,” Todd Terje was a prince among the disco-edit royalty of the Scandinavian dance scene. But all that changed on the strength of a couple original singles, and before long, fans of his slinky, synthy house were clamoring for more. Today, the man who takes his stage name from house legend Todd Terry (his real name is Terje Olsen) releases his first full-length LP, appropriately titled It’s Album Time, and it takes in all manner of influences from dance music’s past—including a notable guest appearance from Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry. We spoke with the Oslo-based Olsen about the new album, his songwriting approach, and the importance of label independence.

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A day in the life of a party photographer, courtesy of Thump

By Beatport News Editors
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Party photographers can live a pretty fast and fun life—at least according to one whose photos popped up on Thump late last week. Kaitlin Parry spent a week in Miami with camera in hand, snapping all manner of shots while taking it way into the dawning hours with the likes of Diplo, Drop the Lime, DJ Craze, GTA, and more.

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Tools of the Trade

Producer Nick Hook reviews the Bass Bot TT-303 clone of Roland's TB-303

By Beatport News Editors
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The Roland TB-303 was introduced in the early ’80s to help guitar players have a little buddy to play bass along with them—but they hated it. Then some cats in Chicago picked it up and started making house with it and acid was born. Fast-forward 20 years, long after the original was taken out of production, and we have a million clones on the market: from the plugin, to the one that looks like a pizza box, to the x0xb0x, and on down the list to today’s review subject, Cyclone Analogic’s Bass Bot TT-303.

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