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TOKiMONSTA drops mini-album "Desiderium" this fall

By Jason Black
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Korean-born, LA-based electronic pop producer TOKiMONSTA (born Jennifer Lee) has just revealed plans to release her upcoming third album Desiderium coming out this September. It’ll be the debut release on her very own imprint Young Art. This is the first new music since 2013′s critically acclaimed Half Shadows album featuring standout single “Go With It.” In addition, she’s also announced 17 upcoming North American tour dates this fall including major city stops in New York, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Seattle, SF, and, of course, LA.

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Icelanders GusGus on calling their new album Mexico: "It’s a metaphor for going out west."

By Nick Tsirimokos
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GusGus are one the most influential bands to emerge from the notable electronic music scene in Iceland. Their ability to effortlessly weave together combinations of techno, house, and experimental pop has led to both an impressive back catalog spanning nearly two decades, and an uncompromising aesthetic that is distinctly their own. This week, GusGus release their ninth studio album, Mexico — a vibrant, pop driven affair that follows on from 2011′s broody but dancefloor friendly Arabian Horse. Setting an instantly playful tone, Mexico delivers a collection of smooth, intelligent, and slickly-produced tracks that combine cutting-edge pop sensibilities with a lighter, more emotional club feel. Last week, Beatport News was fortunate enough to chat to Biggie Veira and Högni Egilsson about the recording process, their studio gear, and their future plans.

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This week on Play: Win FXpansion software and an Etage Noir release in Bryan Ferry’s “Love is the Drug” remix contest

By Jason Black
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Play fanatics! This week, we’ve got a true art-rock classic just for you. English elder statesman Bryan Ferry is enjoying a well-deserved career resurgence at the moment. Last month, the former Roxy Music frontman performed at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival out in the California desert. He’s also had a fruitful, ongoing creative relationship with Norwegian disco-edit king Todd Terje who’s a massive fan. Their latest effort together, “Johnny and Mary,” a standout moment on Terje’s debut LP It’s Album Time. Ready to step up and triumph in our latest Beatport Play contest? Make your mark by reworking the ’20s Jazz-tinged version of Bryan Ferry’s 1975 art-rock classic “Love is the Drug” which was originally produced for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby soundtrack.

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Moog Music unveils the new Moog Modular System, celebrates synth's 50th anniversary

By Beatport News Editors
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Moog Music has just unveiled one of its largest engineering achievements — the new Emerson Moog Modular System. On the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the Moog Modular, the first voltage controlled synthesizer, Moog Music has honored musician Keith Emerson (formerly of iconic rock super-group Emerson, Lake & Palmer) and his historic collaboration with Bob Moog. Today, Moog Music has revealed its three-year effort faithfully recreating the iconic Emerson Moog Modular.

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This is one Avicii remix we didn't see coming

By Beatport News Editors
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A brand-new Avicii remix and a Rickroll all wrapped into one? Color us intrigued. Certainly, the twangy strings and all-around country vibe of Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” were just waiting to be sampled somewhere, somehow, but who knew that they’d so perfectly suit the vocals of Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” (aka the Rickroll song)?

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