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Beatport News

Claude VonStroke sources Solomun, Dixon, Jimmy Edgar, Photek, and more for Urban Animal remix album

By Jason Black
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In 2013, Claude VonStroke released Urban Animal, his most personal and dance-eclectic LP to date. Now, he’s following up his second LP with a curated selection of new remixes dropping on May 5th. Like-minded electronic artists like Solomon, Eprom, Dixon, Jimmy Edgar, and label-mate Justin Jay, among others have added their deft studio touch to standout selections like “Dood,” “Oakland Rope,” and “The Clapping Track.” The dirtybird don himself even delivers a deep, electrofied reworking of “Can’t Wait.”

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Interview

Beatport News and Pyramind present an exclusive interview with Justin Martin

By Ken Taylor
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A few weeks back, as he was prepping for a gig with drum & bass legends Photek and LTJ Bukem, San Francisco producer/DJ Justin Martin sat down with us at nearby Pyramind Training for a little chat. The dirtybird stalwart may focus more on bassy house and techno these days, but his electronic music roots definitely lie with early drum & bass. In this video interview, he walks us through that first exposure to those aforementioned heroes, the evolution of the dirtybird mascot, and how his remake of Goldie’s “Kemistry” came to be. Check it out in its entirety after the jump.

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Interview

LTJ Bukem signs exclusive digital 12" deal with Beatport and looks back on his label's classic catalog

By Jason Black
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Legendary. Seminal. Groundbreaking. Visionary. Classic. These words get thrown around in electronic music like bootlegged SoundCloud files. Yet, in the case of pioneering drum & bass maven LTJ Bukem (aka Danny Williamson), the man who helped define an entire generation of liquid D&B, these descriptors are certainly warranted. Beatport News caught up with Bukem to find out why now was the perfect time to re-introduce his legendary label’s full body of work, to dive into his career of achievements, and—ultimately—find out what he thinks the future holds for drum & bass.

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Must Hear 2012

Beatport News selects 10 must-hear compilations and mixes for 2012

By Beatport News Editors
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Sure, podcasts were everywhere this year. And sure, many folks say the dance-music world is a singles game. But to our ears, very little beats a proper DJ mix or compilation, especially when they’re curated and crafted by the world’s finest selectors, clubs, and labels. There were dozens upon dozens of mixes and comps that got our attention this year, and we’re happy to finally bring you the cream of our crop—10 must-hear compilations for 2012. Enjoy!

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Mashbox

New sound packs from Photek, Kiko, Boys Noize, Freq Nasty, MiniCoolBoyz + more!

By Ken Taylor
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As always on Friday, it’s time to break out the week’s brand-new, pre-cut music packs for Mashbox, the app that lets you mash-up your favorite dance music and pop songs on your iPad.

Photek’s brand-new LP is tearing up the charts, and we’re happy to have “Pyramid” from that album, along with a whole lot of other exclusives, in this week’s Mashbox crate:

- Kiko – Wallio [Playmobil]
- Photek – Pyramid [Photek Productions]
- Freq Nasty – Not Givin’ In [Skint Records]
- MiniCoolBoyz – What’s Going On [SCI+TEC Digital Audio]
- Martijn – Green Haze [Deep 8]

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