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Power of Ten

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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Power of Ten

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

Hot Since 82 chats werewolves, "Peter Pan," and his meteoric rise in new Mixmag cover story

By Jason Black
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Hot Since 82′s Daley Padley has been on a total tear lately thanks to the recent chart-topping success of his remixes like Green Velvet’s “Bigger Than Prince” and Rudimental’s “Right Here” taken from his album Little Black Book. Gracing the April 2014 cover of Mixmag, the Yorkshire-based hot house hand hits the trail for a hike in the English countryside while chatting about werewolves on the moor, being a hero of the Beatport generation, his “Peter Pan” nickname, hitting Ibiza with his rave entourage, his new label, and so much more.

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Interview

Chicago's "ageless, unapologetic raver" Green Velvet remains defiant and Unshakable

By Jason Black
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Even in notoriously “weird is wonderful” dance-music circles, Chicago’s Curtis Jones is quite a character. Over his 20-year career, the Windy City native has charted his own course across the dance-music galaxy while donning his signature day-glo green mohawk and cyberpunk sunglasses. Under his many monikers including Cajmere, Geo Vogt, Green Velvet, Half Pint, Curan Stone, and Gino Vittori, Jones, 46, has churned out quite a quiver of outside-the-box tracks like 1992’s “Percolator,” 2000’s “Answering Machine,” and 2001’s “La La Land.”

Now, steaming along on the momentum of this year’s notable single “Bigger Than Prince,” Jones is set to release a new full-length album entitled Unshakable on which he combines his well-defined clubland pedigree with some of dance music’s underground heroes including Boo Williams, Paul Johnson, DJ Sneak, Gene Farris, Nicky Romero, and Harvard Bass, among others.

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Track of the Day

Hot Since 82 brings some purple groove to Green Velvet's "Bigger Than Prince"

By Lauren Salm
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In an incredibly short amount of time, Hot Since 82 has gone from relatively unknown to a name on the lips of just about every deep-house fan out there. He first entered the spotlight with remixes of Shadow Child’s “So High” and Yousef’s “Beg,” but it wasn’t until he released his original “Knee Deep in Louise” that things really took off for the Leeds-based producer more formally known as Daley Padley.

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Beatport Live

Perc joins Beatport Live on Friday, February 22

By Ross Jackson
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On Friday, February 22, Beatport Live presents UK techno talent Perc. Having gained early recognition for his hit “Up” on Kompakt, Perc went on to catch the ears of Richie Hawtin, Luciano, Chris Liebing, Slam, John Digweed, Green Velvet, Erol Alkan, Steve Lawler, and many more. That critical and peer acclaim led to him being signed to bona fide techno powerhouses like Ovum, Drumcode, and CLR. As well, his own label, Perc Trax, has become a force in itself.

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Weekend Weapons

The Japanese Popstars drop a new EP with Green Velvet and reveal some of their own favorite groovers

By Jack Wiggins
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From the looks of things, the Irish outfit known as The Japanese Popstars has slimmed down a bit. Once operating as a trio, the group now consists of principals Gary Curran and Gareth Donoghue. Still, that doesn’t seem to have slowed down their run in any way, as the pair of current Popstars topped off their summer with a brand-new EP last month via the Gung Ho! label, again tapping the talents of Green Velvet (he was also featured on the group’s “Let Go” tune) to lend his vocals to the record’s grinding title track, “Matter of Time” (which, incidentally, was commissioned to be the official anthem of the 2012 International Music Summit in Ibiza).

With all that in mind, we decided to put the young Irishmen to the test, and pinged them for a peek at their weekend arsenal. Clearly, they were up to the task.

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