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Morning Roundup

Skrillex drops another surprise, plus, Camp Bisco might move locales, FACT offers a BRIT Awards alternate, and RA documents Magda

By Ken Taylor
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Just what will Skrillex do next? In just a week of San Francisco-area shows, he’s already got Dave Chappelle to crowdsurf and honored his friend Paul Baumer of Bingo Players with a touching tribute. Turns out, he’s got a lot more in store. See what else went down this weekend in the Bay, plus, check out a new documentary on techno queen Magda and have a gander at FACT’s alternate BRIT Awards nominees in today’s roundup.

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5Qs

Former Minus alumnus Marc Houle gives North America some Razzamatazz with live shows

By Brittany Gaston
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Though Marc Houle first came to our attention in the late ’90s as a stalwart member of Richie Hawtin’s Minus outfit, it is his penchant for techno, house, new wave, and sarcasm that has kept him on our radar throughout the years. Launching the Items & Things imprint with Magda and Troy Pierce in 2011, Houle’s sound continues to be a revolving door of evolving ideas. “A lot of people know me from my minimal bleep days,” says the Berliner-by-way-of-Windsor, Ontario, “which will still be thrown in there, but my sound has changed a lot and I want to see how people will react to the new material.”

Still buzzing from the 25th release on Items & Things in September, a five-track collaboration with Click Box, Razzamatazz, Houle is in the midst of tying up a 22-day tour of North America, bringing his one-of-a-kind live shows, in which he only plays his own productions (he’s said to have over 1000), to 13 different cities. While blazing the trail, we caught up with him to talk about the hardships of being a live act, North America’s love for techno, and what’s up for 2014.

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Interview

Ellen Allien on her early love of electronic music, running Bpitch Control, and Detroit's Movement Festival

By Emma Robertson
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A veteran of the dance music scene in both London and Berlin, Ellen Allien has been a crucial female voice within the music community for decades. Her BPitch Control label has signed artists like Ben Klock, Seth Troxler, Safety Scissors, Apparat, Modeselektor, and Sascha Funke, to name a few, so it was a thrill to catch up with her just minutes before her set a couple weeks back at Detroit’s Movement Festival. It quickly became clear where her music gets its ineffable character: in real life, she exudes all the same upbeat energy as her famously danceable techno. Here, Allien tells us about falling in love with electronic music, taking up the extraterrestrial moniker, and her favorite moments at this year’s Movement Festival.

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Beatport News

Upgrade to lossless for less, and win a pair of Funktion One F101s

By Ken Taylor
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Want to be entered to win a pair of Funktion One F101 speakers and guarantee your fans “the best audio experience for every set”? Then follow the advice of Sander Van Doorn, Madga, Loco Dice, Andrew Weatherall, and countless other DJs and upgrade your Beatport library to lossless AIFF files. We’ve lowered our prices for all lossless upgrades by 25%, and, if you upgrade in the next 21 days, for every 10 tracks that you upgrade, you’ll get another chance to win a pair of Funktion One F101s.

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Heartthrob drops an official Beatport Mix for ENTER. and talks about his Ibizan summer

By Ken Taylor
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Richie Hawtin’s ENTER. residency at Space Ibiza has been a rousing success this summer—and it’s not even over yet. In fact, tonight’s installment of the weekly event takes place in conjunction with Luciano’s Cadenza night, and next week, Maya Jane Coles, Ambivalent, Marc Houle, Magda, and our own Clark Warner will take over the decks as the Ibizan summer slowly gives way to fall.

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The Art of the Warm Up

Troy Pierce shares his experience opening up for Plastikman in Paris

By Dan Cole
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In our new feature series The Art of the Warm Up, we take some time to focus on one of the most important, but often overlooked, parts of any clubbing experience—the warm-up set. For our first edition, we speak to Troy Pierce of the renowned Items & Things label (which Pierce helms alongside techno veterans Magda and Marc Houle) and ask him to share with us the DJs he most enjoys opening for and some tips for budding mixmasters.

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