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Electric Zoo 2014: The 10 Must-See Dance Acts

By Beatport News Editors
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So much dancing. So little time. The sixth annual edition of New York’s Electric Zoo returns this Labor Day weekend to Randall’s Island Park—and what an impressive slate of electronic musical talent it is. Honestly, the only true question is, how are you going to catch everything that’s worth seeing over the long holiday weekend? Take heart. We’ve culled the monolithic three-day, six-stage roster, debated the finer points, and now present to you our essential Beatport News picks for one of this year’s premier dance music festival. Enjoy!

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Goldie's 10 marquee moments

By Sean Lewis
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First there was acid house, then there was hardcore, and forged from their trappings, jungle formed drum & bass and gave a new generation an urban soundtrack. Over the years, drum & bass has proven itself as one of the most successful exports of the electronic music scene despite an era that fostered grumblings of its demise some years ago. It’s true it may have suffered after a peak, losing fans and some of its great producers in the process, but its true legends remained. All these years later, even some of drum & bass’ most veteran producers still manage to penetrate the charts and rule dancefloors with a feeling that other genres just can’t emulate. If the D&B scene could nominate a face as an ambassador to represent the community’s legacy, no icon would be more recognizable than Goldie.

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Discover Attack's top 10 tips for better drum sounds

By Beatport News Editors
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Let’s face it. We all want our original productions to sound the best they possibly can. So let’s take it from the top with a killer beat. Need help? Well, Attack’s got you covered with 10 essential tips for getting the most from your drums on vital topics including a variety of compression options, sample layering, hardware drum machines, breakbeats and loops, advancing drum programming, and so much more.

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Catch 10 must-see acts at Montreal's 15th annual Mutek Festival

By Beatport News Editors
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Although Detroit’s 2014 edition of its annual Movement Festival just wrapped over the long Memorial Day weekend, that doesn’t mean the music stops. Oh no, on the contrary. Starting today, electronic music artists and fans are heading north to Montreal for the 15th annual Mutek Festival. Set to take place at the city’s Museum of Contemporary Art from Tuesday, May 27th to Sunday, June 1st, EM 15 (a new collaboration between Mutek and the digital arts festival Elektra) showcases more than 150 Canadian and international artists across several music venues as well as plenty of premieres, showcases, conferences, and workshops during the day. Techno icon Richie Hawtin, Ricardo Villalobos, Nicholas Jaar, Holly Herndon, and Oneohtrix Point Never (aka Daniel Lopatin) are just some of the highlights from this year’s leading-edge music culture festival.

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LCD Soundsystem’s 10 standout moments

By Beatport News Editors
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Like its irreverent sonic predecessors, dance music has catapulted from a revolting sub-culture into the mainstream spotlight. Acts that once prided themselves on defying authority are now fighting to get even a slice of electronic dance culture’s swelling pie. But it hasn’t always been that way. In 2005, when dance music was in its awkward pubescent stage of rebuilding itself from the rubble of bad press, LCD Soundsystem released its first eponymous album, which happened to be a confluence of sounds that steered itself through the winding world of multi-genre collections. Dance music, for all intents and purposes, was given new life. Lead by grizzly-bearded frontman James Murphy, LCD spent the next six years honing their own signature sound that danced on the borders of punk, house, rock, and blues, while never declaring ties to any one specific genre. That was all LCD needed to establish itself, and by 2011, with just three full-length albums to its credit, they announced their retirement with one final show on April 2, 2011, at Madison Square Garden to mark their exit. Now, in honor of this influential band that have just released their swan song recording The Long Goodbye: LCD Soundsystem Live at Madison Square Garden digitally this week, let’s take one long, last look back at their 10 standout musical moments. Ah, the memories…

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Thump reveals its 10 must-see acts at Movement 2014

By Beatport News Editors
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Tickets purchased. Hotels booked. Bags already packed. With Detroit’s historic Movement Electronic Music Festival just over a week away, the countdown can truly begin. Now, our collective attention turns toward the lineup. This year’s truly massive performance roster boasts over 150 acts including notable standouts such as Underground Resistance, Richie Hawtin, Carl Cox, Green Velvet, Stacey Pullen, Kenny Larkin, Kevin Saunderson, Seth Troxler, and Jeff Mills, among many, many others.

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A-Trak and Armand Van Helden's 10 essential moments

By Joshua Glazer
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Duck Sauce have just released their long-awaited debut album, Quack, on Fool’s Gold. The dynamic duo of A-Trak and Armand Van Helden have been delivering crossover hits like “aNYway,” “Barbra Streisand,” “Big Bad Wolf,” and “It’s You,” for half a decade, but their individual careers span back much further. Below are the 10 essential musical moments by A-Trak and Armand that help to illustrate just how their current Duck Sauce sound came to be.

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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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The 10 Best Beards In Dance Music

By Beatport News Editors
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Studies say that women may find men with beards more attractive than those with freshly shorn faces—but does that make bearded DJs more appealing as well? You’d have to ask the fans of these scruffy sonic saviors for the answer.

With Todd Terje’s newly formed patch, and his awesome new LP, It’s Album Time, on the way next week, it got us thinking about our 10 favorite heavily haired DJs who deserve a look and a listen.

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