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Morning Roundup

Did Diplo's Major Lazer create its own culture? Plus, understanding panning, Chris & Cosey's first new track in 20 years, and Grimes doesn't need your help, brah.

By Ken Taylor
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There’s been much ado about Mad Decent’s and Major Lazer’s appropriation of Caribbean culture over the years, and, yeah, we can see both sides of the argument. But finally, label head Diplo has spoken in greater detail on that topic. Read up on that and a whole lot more in today’s Roundup.

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Power of Ten

Put Your Hands Up—or Out—For Detroit!

By Ken Taylor
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Earlier today we featured an interview with Fedde Le Grand, the Dutch producer who popularized “Put Your Hands Up 4 Detroit,” but those in the know recall that Fedde’s track sampled Matthew Dear’s now-classic Ghostly International tune “Hands Up For Detroit.” In that spirit, we’ve managed to assemble some of Detroit’s greatest producers and DJs with their hands up—or out—presumably for the D. Enjoy.

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Weekend Weapons

London newcomer Citizen doses us with seven must-hear deep-house tunes

By Ken Taylor
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Brixton-by-way-of-Nottingham producer Citizen can bash out deep house with the best of them, so much so that he’s become something of an up-and-coming star on legend Kerri Chandler’s MadTech label, which released last year’s Deep End EP and just put out his remix of Waze & Oddysey’s “Be Right There.” More recently, though, Citizen dropped his latest EP, Trax, on the newish Love Fever label, which finds him going deeper still. See how deep he goes in his sets with his choice Weekend Weapons below.

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Morning Roundup

Obama loves dubstep, celebrating Whitney's dancefloor contributions, and the cloud-rap phenomenon continues apace

By Ken Taylor
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No joke: To promote last night’s State of the Union address, the White House created a short YouTube clip featuring images of Barack, Hillary, and numerical graphs flowing by to the tune of a pretty bro-y dubstep track. We seriously had to do a double-take (and a double fact-check), so click on through and judge for yourself. (And yes, we know that’s a ghastly photo illustration up top.)

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Legends of Electronic Music

The 10 best house documentaries of all time

By Angie Terrell
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House music has a legacy unlike any other genre of dance music. Born in Chicago in the ’80s, the style grew outward to Detroit, New York, the UK, Paris, South Africa, and all points in between, and, some 30 years later, it’s touched just about every aspect of popular music as we know it. As part of our Legends of Electronic Music series, today we take a look at some must-see documentaries that track house music’s growth and popularity—from Chi-Town to Johannesburg. And while we couldn’t quite include Lil Louis’ The House that Chicago Built since it’s still in production, here are our 10 favorites up to now.

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