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NAM SHUB OF ENKI
Friday 6th June 2014
Red Violin, Level 1, 231 Bourke Street, Melbourne
an innovator in the Australian and European electronic scene, for ten years +, mixing elements of dubstep and breakcore, NAM SHUB OF ENKI remains an integral member of MONSTER ZOKU ONSOMB

this could be your only chance to see him play live

Melbourne get down to this

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via Spraci Events

3 weeks ago
Earthcore 2014




music - lifestyle - culture - arts - experience

International Guests




hallucinogen


1200 micrograms

astrix

boris brejcha

format: b

da vinci code

victor ruiz

audiophonic

day din

behind blue eyes

gus till

zentura

gms

nick sentience

asura

zen mechanics

ticon

shpongle


tripswitch

chicago

lucas

dnox & beckers

gaudi

klopfgeister

fishimself

bliss

vibe tribe

ace ventura

audiotec

hux flux

ritmo

raja ram

john oo fleming

exosomatika

ann clue

liquid soul




+ many more (check http://www.earthcore.com.au for full lineup)





Tickets (limited to 5 tickets max per person)





1st round SOLD OUT

2nd round 9 + bf (300 only)


3rd round 9 + bf (500 only)


Final release 9 + bf

Gate 0




No free list.





History - http://www.earthcore.com.au/history.php

Theme - http://www.earthcore.com.au/theme.php

Artists - http://www.earthcore.com.au/artists.php

Survival - http://www.earthcore.com.au/survival.php

Lifestyle - http://www.earthcore.com.au/planet.php

Art - http://www.earthcore.com.au/artzone.php

Stages - http://www.earthcore.com.au/stages.php

Destiny - http://www.earthcore.com.au/directions.php

Camping - http://www.earthcore.com.au/camping.php

Sustainability - http://www.earthcore.com.au/sustainability.php

Video - http://www.youtube.com/earthcoretv

Theme Camp - http://www.earthcore.com.au/themecamp.php

Music - http://www.soundcloud.com/earthcoreofficial

Cinema - http://www.earthcore.com.au/muffplex.php

Speakers - http://www.earthcore.com.au/worldsbeyond.php

Bus - http://www.earthcore.com.au/muntfreight.php

News - http://www.earthcore.com.au/news.php









Earthcore
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Starts:
Sunday 30th November, 2014 @ 12:00 AM


Location:

Pyalong,Victoria






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Marco Scherer

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3 weeks ago
Free Production Tutorials for download

I refurbished my websites’ workshop section and uploaded some recent stuff these days. So if you’re working with FL Studio, Reason, Studio One, Akai MPCs, NI Massive, AudioRealism ADM, Curve, SynthMaster, Dune, Aalto or Zampler you may find something of interest :)

There’s also some full track How-To’s on Trip-Hop, Techno, House, Dubstep and other styles. Plus four specials:
- How to build an orchester with free sounds
- Podcast yourself
- Optimize your PC
- Mastering your tracks

All tutorials are free (and German language only, sorry guys)

Happy downloading: http://www.marcoscherer.de/?t=writing
Marco
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Antics Christmas Party




A hip hop, breaks and funk jam!
DJs: DJ Antics and DJ Beats

Swap your mince pies, sausage rolls and sherry for hip-hop, funk, breaks and electro. It?s a Christmas rave up here tonight as residents DJ Antics and DJ Beats plus special guests will be offering up the finest hip hop, funk breaks and beats, while the Antics' crew delight your eyes with their awesome visuals. And there's drinks deals, oh yes: check www.anticsclub.com for details. Tickets are only £5 in advance via anticsclub.com. Check out the Antics mix at http://soundcloud.com/antics-2/antics-promo-mix

£5 via http://www.anticsclub.com




Starts:
Saturday 20th December, 2014 @ 10:00 PM


Location:

Koko, 1a Camden High Street, Camden, 7JE






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Antics




A hip hop, breaks and funk jam!
DJs: DJ Woody, DJ Antics and DJ Beats

After several rammed parties at KOKO, Antics is returning for another Saturday night mash up of hip-hop, funk, breaks and electro. Residents DJ Antics and DJ Beats plus a special DJ/AV set from DJ Woody will be offering up the finest hip hop, funk breaks and beats, while the Antics' crew delight your eyes with their awesome visuals. And there's drinks deals, oh yes: check www.anticsclub.com for details. Tickets are only £5 in advance via anticsclub.com. Check out the Antics mix at http://soundcloud.com/antics-2/antics-promo-mix

£5 via http://www.anticsclub.com




Starts:
Saturday 20th September, 2014 @ 10:00 PM


Location:

Koko, 1a Camden High Street, Camden, 7JE






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Sam Binga Sydney Show




UK bass wunderkind Sam Binga brings his unique blend of jungle, dnb, juke and hip hop to Sydney. Supported by local legends Royalst, 8 Diagram and Ncrypt.
DJs: Sam Binga, Royalston, 8 Diagram, Ncrypt

Double Up? alongside Blood and Gold are chuffed to announce one very special guest to play our next show at the Imperial Hotel. A wunderkind of the recent (RE)explosion of drum and bass, Sam Binga has been thrilling crowds worldwide with his infamous fusion of jungle, dnb and hip-hop...

Something's happening to the faster side of dance music. Maybe it's the hyperactive influence of juke's chopped-up 808s, the embrace of dubstep's half-time flow at a higher tempo or perhaps it's simply the ongoing evolution of the mutation started by dBridge and the Autonomic podcasts. Whatever the origin, that spectrum of music between 160 and 170bpm is sounding utterly vital once again.

Sam Binga has placed himself firmly at the centre of this new wave, with releases on some of dance music's most respected underground labels - 50 Weapons, Exit and Critical. His sound spans the anthemic rowdiness of tracks like 'AYO' and 'Lef Dem', to the deeper explorations of his collaborations with Om Unit, and has attracted the attention of legendary artists such as Zed Bias and CHVRCHES - who have both hit him up for remix work - and Kode9, who featured his collaboration with Addison Groove '11th' on his critically acclaimed Rinse CD.

Over the 12 months since the release of 'AYO', Sam Binga has played clubs and festivals across Europe, including regular turns at the world famous Fabric in London, Motion in Bristol, and Stealth in Nottingham.

As a DJ, he has become known for his fearless style, blending juke and jungle with classic crunk and dancehall. His unreleased dubs, such as the 'Sambaata' refix, or the 'Crackney Parrot' rebax, are still in huge demand from DJs such as Friction, Machinedrum and Alix Perez, while forthcoming releases with Fracture and Rider Shafique have attracted early attention from forward-thinking selectors such as Brackles, Murlo and Breakage.

If you're fully in the know, or if you pay attention to wider movements in the music world, you'll realise that there's some serious weight behind the Sam Binga name, with countless gigs and worldwide tours covering pretty much the whole spectrum of underground dance music under his belt. But that's not important right now: what's important is that mix of dirty-south swagger, Chi-town footwork and UK pressure people like Sam Binga are bringing to the table. Fresh, weird and strictly fire on the dance floor.

Royalston

Sydney-based, classically trained, DJ / producer Dylan Martin (middle name ?Royalston?) has been listening to Drum + Bass since ?93, producing for 12 years and DJ-ing for about 10. A man of many talents, Royalston is also an illustrator / designer and first got into music production when he was making a soundtrack to a 3D animation. His music is characterised by a raw, analogue sound with
a tech-y edge (thanks to plenty of hardware like his favourite Korg MS-20) and he has released on labels such as Bad Taste and Black Acre before signing exclusively to Med School in 2012.

Royalston cut his teeth on Med School with ?The Test? ? a track which appeared on ?New Blood 010′′ and remains one of his favourite tunes to date. He swiftly followed this up with his first vinyl release, the vitriolic ?Glitchbitch?, dedicated to his ex girlfriend, on ?More Blood 010′′. Having wowed us with a release on Bad Taste and a super sharp remix of Art vs Science ? ?Magic Fountain?, which started life as a bootleg, was made legit and subsequently received heavy support from London Elektricity, and currently has over 250,000 plays on

YouTube. In November 2011, he returned with more musical mayhem in his exceptional, four-track ?Cerulean Blue? EP. After a short break Royalston returned this year with his album 'OCD'. 18 tracks of profound bass and jungle influence. A showcase of his fine production and attention to details.

8 Diagram

Growing up on a strict diet of Resch?s, raw meat, jungle, drum and bass and hip-hop can never yield anything except the finest of results. In this instance, we have the first ever birth of fully detached Siamese twins, 8 Diagram. This constantly morphing beast has surged into the Australian Jungle//Drum and Bass scene with a killer release on Melbourne?s Detrimental Audio in early 2014, with another E.P in the pipeline due for release in the latter half of the year.

Armed with a battery of breaks, sirens, hip hop and kung-fu influences over gully basslines, this almost-human entity is heading for the outerverse, destination breakbeat utopia, population YOU.

NCrypt

Originally hailing from the Blue Mountains, Ncrypt is rapidly becoming a household name in the Sydney Drum and Bass scene. Forging a reputation for tight, technical mixes this kiddo has his sights firmly set on the ultimate bassline.

Ncrypt?s journey into the electronic music world kicked off in 2009 after being introduced to dubstep. From that moment onwards he began to research artists and gather a collection of music from various international & local record labels. The selection of tunes used in his sets varies from show to show however one thing stays true, by the end of his set you will either have danced your shoes into oblivion or dialled the police. Your call...

The Imperial Hotel Cornerstore (ground level, back room)

35 Erskineville Road

Erskineville

Sydney

Doors open at 9

first release
second release

Tickets via the Ticket Fairy:
https://www.theticketfairy.com/event/blood-gold-double-up-sam-binga-uk-13sep2014/

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Starts:
Saturday 13th September, 2014 @ 9:00 PM


Location:

Imperial Hotel, 35 Erskinville Rd, Erskinville






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Antics




A hip hop, breaks and funk jam!
DJs: DJ Antics and DJ Beats

Get your dancing shoes on, Antics is returning for another Saturday night mash up of hip-hop, funk, breaks and electro. Residents DJ Antics and DJ Beats plus special guests will be offering up the finest hip hop, funk breaks and beats, while the Antics' crew delight your eyes with their awesome visuals. And there's drinks deals, oh yes: check www.anticsclub.com for details. Tickets are only £5 in advance via anticsclub.com. Check out the Antics mix at http://soundcloud.com/antics-2/antics-promo-mix

£5 via http://www.anticsclub.com




Starts:
Saturday 11th October, 2014 @ 10:00 PM


Location:

Koko, 1a Camden High Street, Camden, 7JE






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Dubstep

via Facebook

3 weeks ago
Ahead of TRUTH's huge tour, they drop this banger of a remix!

https://soundcloud.com/truthdubstep/german-whip-truth-remix-free-dowlnoad

Truth Tour dates.

29 Aug - Nicosia, Cyprus
30 Aug - Perth, Australia
3 Sept - Pula, Croatia (Outlook Fest)
11 Sept - Thessaloniki, Greece
12 Sept - Istanbul, Turkey
12 Sept - Bucharest, Romania
13 Sept - Prague, Czech Republic
13 Sept - Sofia, Bulgaria
18 Sept - Brighton, UK
19 Sept - Nijmegan, Netherlands
20 Sept - Rotterdam, Netherlands
26 Sept - London, UK
26 Sept - Wellington, New Zealand
27 Sept - Manifest Fest - Australia
27 Sept - Paris, France
2 Oct - Hamburg, Germany
4 Oct - Leeds, UK
9 Oct - Berlin, Germany
10 Oct - Ljubljana, Slovenia
11 Oct - Darmstadt, Germany
8 Nov - Cambridge, New Zealand
21 Nov -Canaan Down,New Zealand
28 Nov - Deliverance Fest, Australia
28 Nov - Vancouver, Canada
29 Nov - Calgary, Canada
30 Dec - Northern Bass Festival, New Zealand

German Whip (Truth Remix) - FREE DOWLNOAD
Our remix of "German Whip" which has been killing the dance for the last few months... yours for FREE! http://www.facebook.com/truthnz http://www.twitter.com/truthdubstep

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Getter
2014-06-26
DNA lounge, 375 11th Street near Harrison in SoMa, San Francisco
Vital presentsGETTER

trap. dubstep. hiphop.
9pm - after hours.
18+ with ID.

$10 limited advance;
$15 after;
$25 door.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1409450955984785/

Main Room:

Getter AFK Barron Sadhu

Buy Tickets: $15: https://www.dnalounge.com/order/?item=54825 VIP Upstairs: $340: https://www.dnalounge.com/order/?item=54824 VIP Downstairs: $415: https://www.dnalounge.com/order/?item=54823 VIP Double: $680: https://www.dnalounge.com/order/?item=54822

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Power Cuts Reggae Club
Saturday 21st June 2014
Sat 21st June,12th July
The Sly Fox Hotel

Sat, 19th July
The Baroque Room
Katoomba.,

The Vibz continues,
with Djs:
More Judgement, Phantom-Million Vibes,
Louis Basslines, Kamauri & Ted Vassell

Together the Power Cuts Crew, never fails to entertain Jamaican Style,
With some of the best Reggae & Dance Hall Sounds For none stop Dancing.

on,
The Lion SOUND SOUND SYSTEM

Make it a date,

Not to be missed.

@
The Sly Fox Hotel

9pm till Morning.

Entry FREE.

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shamik.

via Twitter Web Client

3 weeks ago
Cheers @EricSchneebeli for featuring 2 tunes from #ChannelingIndia on @thebass_test on CKVS-FM 93.7 @radioshuswap -->

Ep. 24 - Bass In And Around Yo Face

House -> Breaks -> DNB -> Glitch Hop -> Grime -> Footwork -> Dubstep -> Trap.
First aired July 22, 2014.

The Bass Test
Twitter [Eric Schneebeli] - twitter.com/ericschneebeli
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Distance did it again !

CHESTCASTVOL9
Chestcast Vol.9 . Live mix from Distance plus the famous New Talent section, Boom!
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Dubstep

via Facebook

3 weeks ago
UA008 - LSN - Apollo EP - Uprise Audio

OUT NOW!!!!!!!

Exclusively on Juno Download

http://www.junodownload.com/products/lsn-apollo-ep/2554354-02/

#upriseaudio


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Rick Bull

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3 weeks ago
Blawan - Iddy
freshhhhhhh tune. tight dubstep beats
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Dubstep

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3 weeks ago
Big video to go along with a BIG TUNE by Aiko!!!

Track is called 'One Movement'

PUTZMEISTER [RLD X KRPTK CSNZ X MONTAGE]
PUTZMEISTER created by RICKLEWIKDESIGN X KRYPTIK COUSINZ TRACK: Aiko - One Movement AIKO: SOUNDCLOUD: https://soundcloud.com/aikojones FACEBOOK: https://www....

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Dubstep

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3 weeks ago
Brand new FatKidOnFire mix and interview with SUB FM's Katya Shutnizza. Get to know!

http://www.fatkidonfire.com/interviews/shutnizza

[Artist Highlight] Shutnizza x FatKidOnFire | FatKidOnFirewww.fatkidonfire.com

In my nearly five years of working on FKOF, I can count the number of times I've worked with a female producer or DJ on one (maybe two) hand...

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Belgian talent Skar is guesting on the today's BunZer0 show on SUB FM

Don't miss that !

Belgian waffles in the FOB ShowTODAY ! 28 08 14

BunZer0 invites Skar

#FOBshow on SUB FM from 6pm UK time

Vinyl disciple since childhood, Skar started behind the decks with Hip Hop and Dancehall acts in 2001.
Then he enlarged his playlists with Reggae, Dub, Jungle, Drum & Bass and IDM thanks to his Subversive Sounds fellows Val and Rem.
He discovered UK Grime and Dubstep in 2004 through Planet-Mu and Rephlex compilations while the Belgian scene was already budding.
He also owns a radio show called Subversive Broadcast on RUN 88.1 each Tuesday evenings since 2005, which influenced more and more his selections towards electronic musics such as Future Bass, UK Garage, House, Techno, Electro and related sub-genres.
Amongst others, he shared line-ups with DJ Stingray, Lefto, DJ Kheops, Livity Sound, Hatcha, Cyrus, LD, Chefal, Disrupt & Soom-T, Synkro, Funkineven, Arabian Prince, Wonder, Gemmy, Headhunter and Appleblim.
In a nearly full digital DJing era, Skar still plays 100% vinyl mixes.

http://www.subversivesounds.be/
http://www.mixcloud.com/Skar_Belgium/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Subversive-Sounds/29363892520?fref=ts



By: BunZer0 - FOB Show

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Dubstep

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1 month ago
FREE DOWNLOAD of the new episode of Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz!!!
http://soundcloud.com/sashwat/dank-n-dirty-dubz-volume-77

DJ Sashwat [DI.FM DUBSTEP - DANK 'N' DIRTY DUBZ]
01 DJ AD, SubFiltronik Dubstep, & Curzed - Evil Ryu (Maddman Remix) [DUBPLATE]
02 Aftee - Our Empire (ENiGMA Dubz Remix) [DUBPLATE]
03 Legend4ry - ADM [FORTHCOMING DANK 'N' DIRTY DUBZ]
04 Elefant Doc & Step a Side - Faint Dub [DUBPLATE]
05 Legend4ry - Me + You [FORTHCOMING DANK 'N' DIRTY DUBZ]
06 Demure Dubstep UK - Upon Reflection [DUBPLATE EXCLUSIVE]
07 Demon - Chang Caine (Mostapace & Influe Remix) [FREE]
08 Cessman - Havana [FORTHCOMING DANK 'N' DIRTY DUBZ]
09 Bisweed - Springs [DANK 'N' DIRTY DUBZ]
10 Legend4ry - Full Effect [FORTHCOMING DANK 'N' DIRTY DUBZ]
11 Cluekid - Rainy Street Light [BOX CLEVER]
12 Elefant Doc - Walkin [Gradient Audio]
13 Elefant Doc - Dull [DUBPLATE]
14 Freud & IZ - Jazzual Concepts [Substruct Audio]
15 Darj Dubstep - The Samba Brush [DUBPLATE]
16 ORIEN - Strawberry Kiss [Dub Police]
17 IFA-DUBSTEP - Fear of Fallin' [I-F Label ( Inspire-Factory )]
18 Demure - Submerged [DANK 'N' DIRTY DUBZ]
19 Lamb - Butterfly Effect (Demure Remix) [DANK 'N' DIRTY DUBZ]
20 Demure & Tasqa - Aurora (Oxidia Remix) [FORTHCOMING DANK 'N' DIRTY DUBZ]
21 Octane & Cymatic - Hound Dog [BOX CLEVER]
22 Kim Cesarion - Brains Out (L-Wiz Remix) [SONY MUSIC]
23 Joker - Official - Old Era [KAPSIZE RECORDINGS]
24 Gemmy - No1 Stunners [World Of Wonders
25 Psy:am & Stinkahbell - Time To Think [DUBPLATE]
26 Psy:am & Stinkahbell - Time To Think (Vocal Mix) [DUBPLATE]
27 Radikal Guru - Wicked Dub [Moonshine Recordings]
28 Terrafonix AKA Cessman ft. Kromestar - London Eye [dubliminal]

[DUBSTEP]Sashwat - Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz [Volume 77] (DI.FM Dubstep Channel)
Please Comment, [↻ Repost] & "♥" if you like the mix!!! Download more shows in the radio archives: http://bit.ly/SashwatMixes Sashwat - Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 73) http://soundcloud.com/sashwat

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Dubstep

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1 month ago
Out today!

Vinyl - http://www.redeyerecords.co.uk/vinyl/54329-tempa092-skeptical

Echo Dub / Chain Reaction - Single by Skepticalitunes.apple.com

Preview and download Echo Dub / Chain Reaction - Single on iTunes. See ratings and read customer reviews.

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Dubstep

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1 month ago
Another tune from the next MindStep release

Vaun - Into The Night (ft Animai) [Clip]
FORTHCOMING! 'Vaun - Sidelines EP [MSEP016]' 6 track EP - more information coming soon... > Mastered by Bob Macc @ SC Mastering < www.mindstepmusic.com/subscribe

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James Arthur LIVE at Musicalize
Friday 11th July 2014
IndigO2, Millenium Way, London, United Kingdom
HEADLINING MUSICALIZE IN JULY WILL BE:

JAMES ARTHUR (with his full live band)

plus support (TBC)

MORE INFO / DISCLAIMER:

The Venue security reserves the right to refuse admission to the venueThe Venue reserves the right to search people on entryThis event is 14+ (live music from 7-11pm)
Under 16's MUST accompanied by an adult (18+) and can only be seated in the upstairs balcony area.


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Death Guild
2014-06-23
DNA lounge, 375 11th Street near Harrison in SoMa, San Francisco
DEATH GUILD

gothic. industrial. synthpop.
9:30pm - after hours.
18+ with ID.

$3 < 10pm;
$5 after.

http://www.deathguild.com/

Main Room:

Decay Joe Radio Melting Girl

Lounge:

Sage Lexor

Ticket giveaways to The March Violets show on Wed, June 25.

Death Guild is the oldest weekly goth/industrial dance night in the country, and the second oldest in the world! Every Monday, six DJs in two rooms play a mix of gothic, industrial, synthpop, noise, ambient, and weird stuff for those who love the darker side of things.

Join the Death Guild group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/deathguild/

Tickets:
VIP Upstairs: $340: https://www.dnalounge.com/order/?item=54290 VIP Downstairs: $415: https://www.dnalounge.com/order/?item=54291 VIP Double: $680: https://www.dnalounge.com/order/?item=54292

Watch and listen:
Death Guild: 2009 Trailer: http://youtu.be/c9L2pOVeLHo

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3 weeks ago
Friday 6th June 2014
Red Violin, Level 1, 231 Bourke Street, Melbourne
an innovator in the Australian and European electronic scene, for ten years +, mixing elements of dubstep and breakcore, NAM SHUB OF ENKI remains an integral member of MONSTER ZOKU ONSOMB

this could be your only chance to see him play live

Melbourne get down to this


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The Range

Although The Range (a.k.a. James Hinton) released a couple of low-profile EPs in 2011 and 2012, it wasn't until last year that the Rhode Island producer really caught fire. The Seneca EP found Hinton impressively dipping his toes into faster tempos, while Nonfiction, his subsequent debut full-length, offered a variety of bass-infused musical explorations. In terms of style, The Range is a difficult project to pin down; strong currents of hip-hop and R&B run through Hinton's work, and there's undoubtedly a certain cleanliness to his productions, but his vision extends beyond what's playing on mainstream radio. Last month, his development continued with the release of the Panasonic EP (another Hinton effort for the Donky Pitch label), but the record ultimately left us wanting a longer look at what The Range had to offer; as such, we invited him to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series.

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Kid Smpl

Kid Smpl (a.k.a. Joey Butler) isn't a particularly outspoken artist. The low-key Seattle producer (and former Bubblin' Up subject) maintains a relatively modest profile, quietly issuing music from his perch in the Pacific Northwest. Though his arrangements are often rather sparse, Butler's work has always been something of a hybrid effort, combining elements of instrumental hip-hop and R&B with leftfield bass explorations and pastoral melodies.

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Visionist

It was early 2012 when XLR8R first profiled Visionist (a.k.a. Louis Carnell) in our ongoing Bubblin' Up series, and even then, the London-based producer seemed like an incredibly busy guy. Over the past two years or so, he basically hasn't stopped working; the latter half of 2013 proved to be a particularly fruitful period, as Visionist records popped up on Leisure System, RAMP, and Lit City Trax, solidifying the young producer's position as one of the leading figures in the resurgent grime scene. Of course, what makes Visionist's music so interesting is the fact that he's not a classicist; grime may be at the center of his artistic vision, but his tracks often bare traces of hip-hop, R&B, footwork, and other urban sounds from across the Atlantic. Now that the calendar has flipped to 2014, he appears poised to properly stake his claim, not just as a grime producer, but as one of the UK's most intriguing beatmakers. As such, we figured that there would be no better time to enlist his services for the XLR8R podcast series.

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DIVA

Back in January of 2013, XLR8R was rather worked up about Paris Stabbing EP, the three-track debut EP from DIVA, a producer whose true identity was shrouded in mystery. Having been assured that more music was in the pipeline, we even tabbed DIVA as one of that year's Artists to Watch, but our excitement was initially met with, well, nothing, as the then-anonymous beatmaker remained silent for an entire year. However, when DIVA finally did speak up again, what he had to say was fairly significant, as he not only announced the launch of a new label, Obsession, but also revealed himself as Canadian producer Matt Didemus, better known as one half of Junior Boys. His young imprint officially began its run last month, dropping a four-track compilation EP that is still streaming here, and more releases are on the way. Ahead of their arrival, we thought now would be a good time to get a larger look at Didemus' current musical headspace, so we invited him to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series.

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KZA

It's not often that Japan is touted as a hotbed for disco, but those familiar with the work of KZA (a.k.a. Yotsukaido Nature) have little trouble acknowledging that the Tokyo-based producer is one of the genre's most compelling figures. For most of the '00s, KZA was best known as one half of Force of Nature, his collaborative?"and similarly disco-minded?"project with DJ Kent. But with the release of his debut full-length, Dig and Edit, the veteran artist established himself as a formidable solo act. Next week, he'll be issuing a follow-up LP, Dig & Edit 2, once again via Mule Musiq's Endless Flight imprint. Given the record's impending release, not to mention the fact that KZA is often renowned as one of Japan's most dedicated vinyl collectors, we figured that he would be an excellent candidate to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series.

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Actress

Every Tuesday morning, XLR8R presents the latest installment of its podcast series, highlighting an exclusive mix from an artist whose work has piqued our interest in some way. Having posted more than 300 podcast mixes over the years, it's safe to say that a wide variety of acts have contributed to the series, from intriguing up-and-comers (some of which were never heard from again) to indisputable electronic music legends. And though we're generally quite enthusiastic about all of our podcasts, we're not ashamed to admit that our anticipation levels do spike when someone particularly exciting agrees to participate. Today is one of those instances, as this week's mix was delivered by UK producer and Werkdiscs boss Darren Cunningham (a.k.a. Actress).

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Frankie Knuckles

The history of house music is littered with iconic characters, but the influence of Frankie Knuckles can't be understated. Often referred to as "The Godfather of House Music," the Bronx native got his DJ start in New York City alongside fellow legend Larry Levan, but it was only after he relocated to Chicago that he truly made his biggest impact. Serving as a resident at early house hotspots like the Warehouse and later at his own club, The Power Plant, Knuckles played an instrumental role in growing house from a small scene into a global movement. Over time, he also extended his talents into the production world, and eventually became one of house music's most in-demand remixers. Now, after more than 35 years in the game, Knuckles remains active, continuing to turn out both remixes and original tracks and regularly touring the globe. On June 14, he'll be performing he was scheduled to perform for Love Fever at London's Found Festival, sharing the stage with Moodymann, Bicep, San Soda, and more, and the festival's organizers inquired if XLR8R would be interested in having Knuckles contribute to our podcast series. Given his pedigree, it didn't take long for us to say "yes."

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Heatsick

Much of the attention surrounding Heatsick (a.k.a. Steven Warwick) focuses on his relatively spartan set-up, as the UK-born, Berlin-based producer makes music with just a Casio keyboard and a series of guitar pedals. It's certainly intriguing that Warwick relies upon these rudimentary tools, but fixating on his process does his music something of a disservice, as his intricate, loop-based creations are noteworthy in their own right. Heatsick releases have been popping up since the mid '00s, but there's little question that Warwick's efforts for the PAN label in recent years, especially 2013's Re-Engineering, have significantly elevated his stature. Still, after hearing so many of his original creations?"many of which sound like off-kilter takes on house music by someone who most definitely didn't come of age in that scene?"we found ourselves wondering what exactly a Heatsick DJ set would sound like. He's responded to that question with Back 2 Asics, an exclusive mix and the latest installment of the XLR8R podcast series.

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Efdemin

In recent years, the term "deep" has been used and reused, to the point where the word has almost no concrete meaning in the context of electronic music. That's why artists like Efdemin (a.k.a. Phillip Sollmann) are so important; there's little question that his work is "deep," but in Sollmann's case, the descriptor has a lot more to do with the actual depth and nuanced nature of his music than it does any specific sonic signifiers. He's long been associated with Dial Records, an imprint with a long history of thoughtful, detail-oriented house and techno. On March 31, the label will be delivering Decay, Efdemin's third full-length and an effort that was largely recorded in the serene environs of Kyoto, Japan. Ahead of its release, we've enlisted the veteran German producer to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series.

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Lucy

The music of Lucy (a.k.a. Luca Mortellaro) is perhaps most closely related to techno, but attempting to neatly file the Italian-born, Berlin-based producer's work into any particular genre is essentially a fruitless endeavor. His 2011 debut LP, Wordplay for Working Bees, hinted at IDM while experimenting with foreboding sheets of atmospheric noise and abstract beat patterns, and garnered Lucy plenty of admirers in the process. The output of his Stroboscopic Artefacts label has been more straightforward, albeit no less impressive, as the imprint has become a reliable home for dark, driving techno sounds. In the midst of all this activity, Lucy has somehow also found the time to link up with other artists in the studio, turning out collaborative work with the likes of Speedy J (as Zeitgeber) and Silent Servant, amongst others. Later this month, however, he'll be heading back into the solo spotlight with the release of his sophomore full-length, Churches Schools and Guns, an occasion we've elected to celebrate by inviting Lucy to put together the latest installment of the XLR8R podcast series.

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The Range

Although The Range (a.k.a. James Hinton) released a couple of low-profile EPs in 2011 and 2012, it wasn't until last year that the Rhode Island producer really caught fire. The Seneca EP found Hinton impressively dipping his toes into faster tempos, while Nonfiction, his subsequent debut full-length, offered a variety of bass-infused musical explorations. In terms of style, The Range is a difficult project to pin down; strong currents of hip-hop and R&B run through Hinton's work, and there's undoubtedly a certain cleanliness to his productions, but his vision extends beyond what's playing on mainstream radio. Last month, his development continued with the release of the Panasonic EP (another Hinton effort for the Donky Pitch label), but the record ultimately left us wanting a longer look at what The Range had to offer; as such, we invited him to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series.

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Special Request

It's not often that an already successful artist comes up with a new alias and sees their career trajectory suddenly jump to another level, but that's exactly what seems to have happened to Paul Woolford. For more than a decade, the UK producer has been releasing a steady stream of well-received music, both under his own name and a variety of monikers, including Bobby Peru, Hip Therapist, and Skip Donahue. Still, at the start of 2012, he was still generally known as Paul Woolford, respectable and reliable techno producer. It wasn't until he began making hardcore- and jungle-referencing music as Special Request that things started to change. Initially issuing a series of white-label 12"s, the project was eventually snapped up by the young Houndstooth, which has just released the first Special Request LP, Soul Music. Coming at a time when nostalgia for the pirate-radio era and a renewed interest in jungle and drum & bass appears to be surging, Special Request has quite simply exploded, placing Woolford on a bigger stage than ever before. Given that, it seemed like the perfect time for the veteran producer to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series.

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Lucy

The music of Lucy (a.k.a. Luca Mortellaro) is perhaps most closely related to techno, but attempting to neatly file the Italian-born, Berlin-based producer's work into any particular genre is essentially a fruitless endeavor. His 2011 debut LP, Wordplay for Working Bees, hinted at IDM while experimenting with foreboding sheets of atmospheric noise and abstract beat patterns, and garnered Lucy plenty of admirers in the process. The output of his Stroboscopic Artefacts label has been more straightforward, albeit no less impressive, as the imprint has become a reliable home for dark, driving techno sounds. In the midst of all this activity, Lucy has somehow also found the time to link up with other artists in the studio, turning out collaborative work with the likes of Speedy J (as Zeitgeber) and Silent Servant, amongst others. Later this month, however, he'll be heading back into the solo spotlight with the release of his sophomore full-length, Churches Schools and Guns, an occasion we've elected to celebrate by inviting Lucy to put together the latest installment of the XLR8R podcast series.

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