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Arad – Haon

Producer Dara Smith may be better known as one half of Lakker. His debut solo EP, under the moniker Arad, is out soon on Speedy J’s Electric Deluxe Label. First track, ‘Basswave,’ has the kind of fast, dull, repetitive bass line that you will want to speed up, just to get you to the break just a little bit quicker …

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Fabric Nightclub To Close?

Frightful news has emerged that super-club Fabric may face closure over drug deaths. We have witnessed many of London’s staple clubs vanish from the scene over the years. The End came to an end back in 2009, Vauxhall’s Hidden will remain hidden under rubble, beloved Cable was pushed aside to make room for London Bridge station. There were even rumours that Ministry Of Sound would have no place …

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Simon Heartfield – Ornament & Crime

The South coast of England has spawned a few great techno DJs and producers over years. One of their biggest unsung heroes is Simon Heartfield. In the techno game since the early 90s, people in the know have long pioneered his tracks, with past releases found in the records boxes of Colin Dale, Joel Mull and Carl Cox. This latest …

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5 minutes with… Wild Culture!

WILD CULTURE is the new project from Austrian sound experts Florian Fellier and Felix Brunhuber. The duo have excelled in producing smooth melodies, driving beats and developed an affinity for experimentalism and high technical finesse along with remixing the likes of London Grammar, Andy Caldwell, Daughter and more. They are set to release a new double A-Side on their home …

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5 minutes with…. Octave One!

Octave One are duo comprising of siblings Lenny Burden and Lawrence Burden, part of the 2nd Generation of Detroit Techno artists. In 1989, Octave One debuted on Derrick May’s Transmat record label with the single “I Believe.” In 1990 , with their brother Lynell, they formed the record label 430 West Records to release the vinyl record “The Octivation EP.” Mainly …

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5 minutes with… Cherokee

Re-contextualising the golden age of house music, Franco-Luxembourgish wunderkind Dorian M. AKA Cherokee is at the forefront of the latest French Touch wave. Departing as a duo and continuing as a one-man act, Cherokee is writing music with a heritage far beyond its years. With the ‘American Spirit EP’ and hit-single ‘Don’t Matter’ tracking thousands of summer-romances, the young yet …

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‘Syro’ to grab a grammy?

Aphex Twin’s 2014 album ‘Syro’ has been shortlisted for a Grammy. 2015 will be the Grammies’ 57th year and will see the addition of two new categories, ‘Best Dance Recording’ and ‘Best Dance Album.’ In previous years The Grammies have had a rocky relationship with the Dance Music scene, having awarded newcomers, like Skrillex, awards in order to seem “current” and their “clumsy” Tribute To EDM which shoehorned David Guetta, …

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5 minutes with… Luke Slater!

A techno alchemist, Luke Slater has always sought out the extreme often melding influences and styles into a furious and unique sound that has seen him acclaimed as one of the pioneers of British techno. His many and varied releases have seen him mature from an acid house inspired amateur to respected elder statesman of the global electronic empire. From launching …

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The Playground Presents…. KOKO Competition!

We’re bringing 2014 to a tremendous close with another outstanding show at KOKO! Join us on the 27th December where Ellen Allien will be headlining with support from Luke Slater as Planetary Assault Systems, Octave One, A Guy Called Gerald – Live In Session & Dasha Rush. As well as a Bad Life takeover in Room 2 featuring Raving George, MIXHELL, Autokratz & D/R/U/G/S.  As its the season of giving and good will we’re …

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Richie Hawtin Sound-Crash!

Has Techno legend Richie Hawtin been caught lashing out at a female fan?! iPhones have become somewhat of a nuisance for live performances with many debating about their over-use in clubs and artists, like Kate Bush, even banning them. During a performance at Time Warp it seems that Richie Hawtin has decided that enough is enough and takes a more direct, aggressive stance against the iPhone, as seen in …

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