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Music News

RBMA launches new six-part, 8-bit music doc series 'Diggin’ In The Carts'

By Beatport News Editors
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Ring the bell. Class is in session. Red Bull Music Academy has just revealed its plans to debut a six-part documentary series entitled Diggin’ In The Carts, exploring the history of classic 8-bit-era Japanese video game music to now. In addition to featuring notable Japanese composers like Hirokazu “Hip” Tanaka (Tetris, Metroid), Yuzo Koshiro (Streets of Rage), and Nobuo Uematsu (Final Fantasy), the episodes will charts this music’s influence on some modern underground artists including Flying Lotus, Dizzee Rascal, Just Blaze, Joker, Kode9, Fatima Al Qadiri, and Ikonika, among others.

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Music News

Disclosure unleash Wild Life in Detroit this August

By Beatport News Editors
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The Lawrence brothers certainly know how to rock a party — and pay their respects to boot. Following recent shows in Los Angeles, Berkeley, and Chicago, Disclosure have announced an upcoming Detroit date later this summer for their traveling Wild Life event series. At each stop on their current US tour, the UK-based house duo have extended an invitation for local dance heroes to play alongside them: Green Velvet in Chicago, Claude VonStroke in San Francisco, and MK in LA. For the Motor City’s installment of Wild Life on Saturday, August 2nd, Disclosure will be joined by homegrown techno icon Kevin Saunderson alongside Tom Trago, Ryan Hemsworth, Schoolboy Q, and Erno the Inferno.

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Morning Roundup

Depeche Mode pulls out of Ukraine gig, James Murphy produces a New York subway symphony, and will Tomorrowland head to Brazil?

By Beatport News Editors
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Today, we’ve got dance-music news from the far corners of the world. Depeche Mode won’t be playing the Ukraine just yet, Tomorrowland drops some hints about its next South American endeavor, MikeQ gives us the lowdown on Jersey’s other style of club music, and James Murphy gives the New York subway system a Brian Eno-style makeover.

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Festivals

Movement releases phase two lineup, includes Boys Noize, Claude VonStroke, Kevin Saunderson, Kode9, Ryan Hemsworth, and more

By Ken Taylor
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One of our favorite dance-music festivals anywhere in the world has just released the second phase of its lineup for 2014. Detroit’s Movement Festival, which is already set to host an incredible stream of performers this May 24-26, will also see sets from Boys Noize, Claude VonStroke, Kevin Saunderson, Kode9, Ryan Hemsworth, and about 40 more names—of course, with more names to follow in the months to come.

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Culture

10 amazing Fashion Week soundtracks from Ryan Hemsworth, Jon Hopkins, Nicolas Jaar, and more

By Emma Robertson
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Don’t let the name fool you—Fashion Week is hardly a seven-day-long affair. If you include menswear and womenswear, what’s commonly known as “Fashion Week” spans a little over two months. Held in over a dozen cities around the world (including London, Paris, New York, and Milan), Fashion Week is where designers and houses from all over the globe showcase their latest collection to critics, buyers, and the industry’s elite. Clothing aside, music, naturally, is crucial to a show’s success, and plenty of electronic music’s hottest names are enlisted to score these high-profile affairs. Check out some of our favorites from the most recent Fashion Week below.

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Justice, Disclosure, Empire of the Sun, Claude VonStroke, and more make Hard Summer one to remember

By Evan Shamoon
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Now in its seventh year of existence, the Hard Summer festival once again grabbed Los Angeles’ State Historic Park by its cojones over the weekend. Featuring a roster of artists from across the electronic spectrum, the music was spread across four stages and two days, and performed for some 70,000 people. Somewhere between a high school rave and a state fair that you really wouldn’t want to bring your parents to, there were many things in abundance. Among them: syncopated hi-hats, undergarments disguised as clothing, and young people absolutely on one. Or two.

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