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Weekend Weapons

Blakkat bestows his top 10 club tracks of the moment

By Jason Black
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As an original member of the multi-platinum-selling, Mercury Prize-winning British house group M People, Mark Bell, is a class act all his own. Under his underground alias Blakkat, the LA-based artist continues to push the envelope by collaborating with a multitude of artists like Doc Martin, DJ Sneak, and King Britt and recontextualizing their sound in a way that’s specific to them while keeping true to his own deep dance roots. Recently, we caught up with the accomplished DJ producer in Southern California to find out what’s moving him behind-the-decks at the moment. Here’s his current top 10 underground club tracks including standout selections from Slam, Terranova, Moodymann, Adam Port, Chiapet, and more.

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Morning Roundup

3LAU's surprise Beatport set, the top DJ beefs of all time, Robert Hood on Slam Radio, why Avicii won't take ecstasy, beatmaking in the Congo, and Armin Van Buuren—This Is Your Life

By Jack Wiggins
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Who can refuse a cute baby pic of a world-famous DJ? Not us! But we’re not only about babies and puppies and cute overloads—check out some of dance-music’s most heated rivalries and a couple awesome sets to take you into and through the weekend in today’s roundup.

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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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Interview

Glasgow techno and house legends Slam tell us about what to expect on their US dates, which kick off tomorrow

By Ken Taylor
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They’ve just settled into Mexico for Playa Del Carmen’s BPM Festival, but Glasgow’s Slam (aka Stuart McMillan and Orde Meikle) are busy gearing up for a series of dates in the US this week, which will see them hit San Francisco tomorrow, with Denver, New York, and Chicago to follow.

“We’re really excited about all four cities we are getting to on this tour, which is our first for 10 years,” says McMillan. “We haven’t been to Denver before and we hear great things about the Roots parties and we also have a few days off there to get in the studio with H-Foundation—and that’s definitely appealing to us.”

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Beatport News

One more tune: The Beatport staff waxes nostalgic on the closing-track experience

By John Donaghy
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We all know the feeling when an epic DJ set or live performance comes to an end, and how, when that last track is nailed, the experience can become something truly unforgettable—the moments when the dancefloor refuses to go home, when “One more tune!” turns into 10, or the whole crowd unifies into a singing frenzy. Everyone has their story to tell of those memorable closing moments that define for us what makes dance music so unique.

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The Art of the Warm Up

Glasgow's Quail on the warm-up: "It's best to relax and let the vibe take you where you think."

By John Donaghy
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Darren Quail (aka Quail) is a resident DJ at one of Glasgow’s most respected underground techno parties, Animal Farm. Their events take place at the legendary Sub Club, and at them Quail has had the opportunity to play alongside such luminaries as Ben Klock, Luke Slater, Shifted, Skudge, and Rolando. Quail is a busy man, splitting his time between finishing his studies, working for Soma Records, producing music, and promoting the now seven-year-old Animal Farm party with friends Chris Lamb and Charles Turtle, and he’s soon to launch the Animal Farm label, whose first release comes from the emerging production talent Bleak. With all of that going on, we’re happy to say that he also recently offered up some views on the art of the warm-up.

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