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Beatport News

Ultra Music Festival 2014: Despite controversy, still a success

By Jacob Schulman
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Ultra Music Festival 2014 is officially a wrap, and between the massive production, nonstop music, and eye-popping outfits, it’s safe to say that the 16th annual edition of Miami’s largest music festival was one for the record books. In fact, a whopping 9.6million people from 190 countries tuned in to the UMF TV livestream and the festival trended on social media throughout the weekend.

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Music News

Vinyl envy: Carl Cox has more than 150,000 records

By Ken Taylor
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Despite our obvious love for the digital format over here at Beatport, we still very much cherish our vinyl records. So color us envious of UK DJ and producer extraordinaire Carl Cox’s collection—the man has more than 150,000 of the things all catalogued chronologically, he says in this interview with FACT. According to the story, he stopped buying them about seven years ago, when he moved to his current home of Melbourne.

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Morning Roundup

Seth Troxler reviews singles from J-Lo and Willow Smith, new tracks from My Nu Leng, Chromeo, Toro Y Moi, and Thievery Corporation, and "Animals" breaks another record

By Ken Taylor
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Love him or hate him, you can’t deny that Seth Troxler’s got personality—so upcoming DJs, take a cue here when it comes to making yourselves interesting. Today, the outspoken Visionquester reviews a handful of tracks for FACT TV in his always-entertaining, oft-controversial style. Come on in and see what’s up.

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Morning Roundup

@DJsComplaining comes to life, Paul McCartney hooks up with the Bloody Beetroots, and why do DJs love sex sounds so much?

By Ken Taylor
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@DJsComplaining has got to be one of the funniest assaults on celebrity we’ve seen in a long time. It’s one of those hilarious give-’em-enough-rope sorts of pages that highlights the hardships of the jetsetting-DJ lifestyle and nicely puts them into perspective for the rest of us. It truly is a thing of beauty—and with Mixmag now illustrating some of the best tweets in the feed, it’s been made funnier still. Check it out, along with a whole lot more news, in today’s Morning Roundup.

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Cratedigger Essentials

Five essential Carl Cox jams

By Dan Carter
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If you read our feature this morning about dance-music legend Carl Cox, you can probably imagine that the producer, DJ, and remixer has a discography a mile long. With that in mind, we’d like to turn you on to five essential cuts from that long list of accomplishments.

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Interview

Carl Cox on catering to the American market: “It’s my way or the highway.”

By Dan Carter
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At 50 years of age, Carl Cox remains a techno provocateur on all counts. From scaling the globe’s biggest festivals and the UK charts over the years, he’s had an iconic reign over dance music, one which began by fueling London’s rave culture decades ago. Since then, he’s racked up four albums, countless singles, and even more nights behind the decks—all with that unmistakeably winning smile. With no plans to retire and a strong second wind behind his Intec imprint, Cox’s sense of preservation is not only one for the history books, but an inherently relevant case study in keeping your cool in the face of universal adoration.

Back on track for 2013 with fresh Ibiza plans and the return of his Pure Intec compilation series, Cox pulled up a chair with Beatport News in London to talk bringing Intec back from the dead, his consistent run on the White Isle, and taking America on his own terms.

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Jon Rundell on the rise of techno: "Historically, this wasn't the sound of youth"

By Dan Carter
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As a consistent mainstay on the global underground circuit, Jon Rundell has made the transition from starry-eyed fan to influential tastemaker look incredibly easy. But for the Brighton-based DJ, whose early encounters with Carl Cox would lead to the now fruitful partnership known as Intec Digital, his penchant for diverse studio offerings has sent him on leaps and bounds across the digital market and dancefloor. Despite taking a brief hiatus from duties at the helm of Intec, Rundell has returned in full form to fuel the increasingly influential outlet with forward-thinking music.

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