DāM-FunK And Nite Jewel's New EP, 'Nite-Funk,' Is Streaming Now

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DM-FunK and Nite Jewel first began their series of collaborations nearly seven years ago when the two (as Nite-Funk) dropped the single, “Am I Gonna Make It.” Last summer, they offered “Can You Read Me?” featuring their signature brand of lilting vocals and throwback synths. On Friday, Nite-Funk dropped their first EP, a self-titled, four-track collection of modern funk on Glydezone Recordings, DM-FunK’s new record label.

Stream Nite-Funk on Apple Music. Listen to “Let Me Be Me,” the first single from Nite-Funk below. In June, Nite Jewel shared her most recent record purchases. In 2015, we met up with DM-FunK in London.

The Avalanches Revealed The Samples On Their New Album, 'Wildflower'

‘Wildflower’ album cover from The Avalanches.

In anticipation of the release of Wildflower, the Avalanches first album in 16 years which dropped Friday, Australia’s Triple J spoke with the group about the myriad of samples that comprise the record. Like their debut, Since I Left You, their sophomore release is an eclectic and densely-packed work of art filled with random, left-of-center sounds and field recordings the group has collected over the years.

Their 15-second opening track, “The Leaves Were Falling,” features a sample from a 1950s home recording by Dion McGregor, an American somniloquist. “Frankie Sinatra,” the first single from the new record features a sample of a song called “Bobby Sox Idol” by a 1930s calypso singer named Wilmouth Houdini.

It also includes a sample of “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music. “My favorite part about this song is the ‘Favorite Things’ sample, because growing up with five brothers and sisters we used to all watch musicals and The Sound of Music was one of the favorites,” said band member Tony Di Blasi. “We were like little Von Trapp family singers ourselves.”

And “Subways,” their latest single, features a sample of Chandra Oppenheim’s “Subways” from 1980. She was only 12 at the time of her recording. “It must be very strange for her today to hear her 12-year-old self sampled in another dimension exploded around in space and time, coming back out through the radio again,” said band member Robbie Chater.

Read the entire interview on Triple J’s website and stream Wildflower below. Last month, we interviewed Chandra Oppenheim about what it feels like to get sampled 36 years later.

The Bug To Release New 12-inch In August

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UK-based producer The Bug will release his latest 12-inch, Box/Iceman, on August 5th through Ninja Tune. This latest, four-track release will feature grime MCs Riko Dan on “Iceman,” and D Double E on “Box.” In addition to their two contributions, the 12-inch will also include instrumentals of “Iceman” and “Box.” This will be The Bug’s first major solo release since his 2014 album Angels & Devils.

Listen to “Box” below. In 2014, we talked to The Bug about his war on mediocrity.

LCD Soundsystem Curated A Music Festival On The Beach

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Riviera Maya’s Beach Vibes Festival is back and this year, they’ve asked LCD Soundsystem to curate the lineup. The recently-reunited group will headline two of the three days of the festival. Other scheduled acts include Carl Craig, DJ Harvey, The Black Madonna, Museum of Love and the Juan MacLean.

The Beach Vibes Festival takes place January 26-28, 2017 in Riviera Maya on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Packages for the all-inclusive festival are available for purchase. View the entire lineup below and plan your vacations accordingly.

Russian Authorities Have Cancelled Moscow's Outline Festival

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Russian authorities have cancelled Moscow’s Outline Festival. The event was set to begin Saturday night.

Late yesterday afternoon, festival organizers announced the cancellation on their Facebook page. “The Festival will be held not beyond the control of the organizers of the reasons,” the organizers posted. “The money for the tickets will be returned.”

According to Russian media reports, the festival organizers failed to meet requirements for fire safety and permitting. However, festival organizers and performers reject this claim. On her Facebook page, Magda said, “This afternoon government officials entered the Outline grounds unannounced and prevented the organizers and works from setting up the festival’s stages, installations and infrastructuredespite the fact that Outline applied for and received all permits and licenses necessary to throw the event in a legally appropriate amount of time.”

Police were later sent to what would have been the site of the festival (Moscow’s MoZAL plant) to control a crowd of about 20 people in fear of any public protests or rioting.

Scheduled performers for the event included Ricardo Villalobos, Rhadoo, Daniel Bell, Magda, Ron Morelli, and Varg. Outline first originated in 2009 and expanded to a two-day festival in 2014. Last month, we asked The Mole what to expect during our first trip to Moscow for Outline.

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Listen To DJ Shadow's Latest BBC 1 Essential Mix

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DJ Shadow’s first BBC 1 Essential mix in 13 years is here. He first announced the mix in April with a brief tweet.

DJ Shadow shared his thoughts about the new mixwhich features Salva and the Ohio Players, among many, many otherson Friday. According to the producer and DJ, the first half of the mix was recorded in April and is dedicated to the “genius” he hears on a regular basis and the music dear to his heart. “I hope this 2-hour mix is fully representative of my DJ aesthetic: demonstrating a love for our musical past and present in equal measure,” he wrote.

Listen to DJ Shadow’s latest BBC 1 Essential mix here. Stream DJ Shadow’s first BBC 1 Essential mix from 2003 below. In 2014, we looked at visualizers for DJ Shadow’s latest EP.

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Robyn Dropped New Remixes With The Black Madonna And Harry Romero

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Robyn’s previously-announced remix series, RMX / RBN, continues with two new selections. The Black Madonna added the remix treatment to “Indestructible,” and Harry Romero took on “Love Kills.” Both tracks appeared on Robyn’s 2010 album Body Talk. Previous remixers for the RMX / RBN series include Axel Bowman and The Mekanism.

The singer will drop two new remixes every Friday. Upcoming remixers include Cassius, Zhala & Heal the World, Joakim and Mr Tophat.

Listen to the complete set of remixes below.

Massive Attack Respond To Brexit With A Rare Performance Of 'Eurochild'

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During a headlining set at the 2016 British Summer Time festival, Massive Attack called attention to the recent Brexit referendum vote with a rare performance of their track, “Eurochild.” The group performed the song, from their 1994 album Protection, for the first time in 20 years.

“As sons of immigrants, we are both very disappointed with the situation,” band member Robert Del Naja said, according to The Independent. “We can’t allow ourselves to fall victim to the populist bulls— going on at the moment. We can’t let the bigots and racists back into this situation.”

In addition to the heartfelt message, the group also displayed messages with political motifs, including “We’re in this together” and #WithRefugees.

Tricky also joined the group on stage for the performance. The musician and producer, who was an early collaborator with the group, had only performed live once before with Massive Attack.

Listen to “Eurochild” below.

What It's Like To Watch Live Sex While Tripping On Acid

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Eric Strom is a photographer best known for his GlitterGuts photo booth, which captures parties big and small with photo backdrops nearly as eclectic as the partygoers. Strom also works as a party promoter and organizer, co-curating Bump & Grindcore, a monthly “r&b sex jams dance party” taking place at Chicago’s Beauty Bar.

For the latest edition of our clubbing horror stories series, Strom shares the pitfalls of taking acid while on the job.

I was a year out of art school and hadn’t touched my camera in months. I worked as an office temp by day, and a DJ by night. One night, I carried two crates of records down the stairs of a polished bar to its gritty, unfinished basement. It was weird spot, nestled right between Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood (read: super-hunks in jockstraps and eight-feet tall divas dancing in windows) and Wrigleyville neighborhood (read: an open-air containment center where Cubs fans can commit petty crime against one another without consequence). For half of the week, this bar features Latin dance and karaoke; for the other half, it’s all goth, industrial, and noise.

A dominatrix who knew the bar’s owner through goth nights and knew me through a bike club asked if I wanted to DJ between acts at a fundraiser. All the performing actspunk rock clowns, genderfuck burlesque, a radical anarchist grindcore band, a noise wizardhailed from either the punk house where she lived or the dungeon where she worked. The theme was Prohibition, and everyone arrived in their own kind of dressed up: leather and lace or ball gowns and ball gags.

Because it was a “friend gig” and not a “money gig,” everyone wanted to take care of me. I received a bottomless glass of wine and tabs of acid on arrival. I impulsively gobbled them down. Tonight’s gonna be an adventure, I promised myself. You’ve earned it.

I set up and started playing. The regular stages of a mild acid trip played out: I wondered if I’d taken a dud; I was a little relieved it was a dud; I was sweating through my clothes because it definitely was not a dud. I saw color trails and had a completely mundane existential crisis. I felt like I would be able to remain in control as long as I had a job to do: lift the needle up, put the record down, find my song, and repeat until the next act was ready.

The night started off typical. There was a striptease and lap dances for charity. The band’s song titles were longer than the songs themselves, and the performers relished announcing them. A skinny clown with a pink mohawk did the alternative circus geek thing with machetes, skin stretching and piercing, and utilizing chains and power tools. A woman in a corset and a top hat walked out with a large wine glass. She ended up auctioning off a glass of her own piss, culminating in her squatting down and filling the glass. A suited man sniffed the glass, swished it in his mouth and downed it like a connoisseur. And l thought my wine was too warm.

My friends’ burlesque troupe was set to perform that night. I didn’t know what to expect. Sometimes they’d be what you’d expect from a regular punk burlesque troupe: bawdy Vaudeville and classy tease, albeit rough around the edges and transgressive in a John Waters way (present-day John Waters that is, where he’s a national treasure, like Betty White). Other times they’re art school x1000, with esoteric chanting and robes and nods to Jodorowski and Kenneth Anger.

What I didn’t expect was a naked avant-garde “sex show” featuring all of my closest friends.

This is where it was too much for me and my acid brain. Not the fucking so much as the acting. I felt like I was back in high school theater. Everyone was so nervous, so emotional, so petty, and it was all I could see and hear.

“I hope everyone recognizes my hard work.”

“Do they think she’s prettier than me?”

“I can’t believe I’m being upstaged!”

“Maybe if you showed up to practice, you wouldn’t miss your fucking cue.”

The show ended with one of the performers on a table in a hospital gown, “giving birth” to two others who emerged drenched in corn syrup blood with fake umbilical cords. She started to go down on the two while they made out and the Peaches song “Two Guys (For Every Girl)” played. The fake babies ripped off their umbilical cords and started dancing. First one, then three, then a dozen people rushed the “stage” and started grinding on each other and the naked performers. I couldn’t tell if this was supposed to happen, or if it was an unforeseen consequence. There was a lot of frenzied sex energy, a lot of grabby hands, and absolutely no stopping to ask for consent.

I looked at the stage manager, the least emotionally wrought but most frazzled member of the group throughout the performance. Stumbling for words with a fried brain, I asked, “Is everything that’s supposed to happen … happening?”

She wearily replied, “We’re 25 fucking minutes behind already, but I think the clowns and the other DJs can adjust.”

Later, I was glad to see my friend Nikola sitting at a table with an extra chair. He was maybe the only person at the bar who wouldn’t treat me any differently if he knew I was tripping. He probably greets children with a three-pump business handshake and addresses dogs by their surnames. Looking out over the now sparse crowd of people in various states of dress, I asked him, “Random night, huh?”

Nikola, who doesn’t fuck with small talk, said, “All life is so random, just a weird series of impulses that send you off against each other. So it all just comes down to the moment.”

It wasn’t not the deepest shit in the world, but it calmed me. I couldn’t force a peaceful, life-affirming psychedelic adventure just because it fit a box in my schedule. I couldn’t control the whims and needs and craziness of the world around me.

I guess that counts as a lesson learned, which was good, because usually I learn common sense lessons like, “Pace your drinking when you’re on diet pills” or “Don’t travel across state lines with guys named Crackhead and Joker because you think you have a shot with their sister.” The moral of this story was simply, “Taking acid at work might make work more difficult.”

The Best Things We Saw On The Dance Music Internet Last Week

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1. Resident Pulse Orlando DJs remembered what Pulse meant to the city’s LGBT community

Before their headlining sets at THUMP’s fundraiser to benefit the victims of the Pulse shooting, DJ Infinite, DJ Simon2001, and DJ Flawlesswho performed the night of the shooting spoke with THUMP.

2. Romain Gavras’ new video for Jamie xx’s “Gosh”

The controversial director created a second video treatment for Jamie xx’s single, “Gosh,” off of his 2015 album, In Colour.

3. Squarepusher’s “Midi Sans Frontieres” remix project

In response to the Brexit referendum vote, Squarepusher created a global collaborative remix project to unite creators everywhere.

4. Aphex Twin’s new EP

The new EP drops July 8, but is available for pre-order and streaming at Bleep.

5. This new video for DJ Koze’s remix of Mano Le Tough’s “Energy Flow”

The prolific producer and DJ added his special touch for this “Miles and More” remix and the haunting video matches the track’s eerie atmospherics. The video premiered on THUMP Thursday.

6. A play about the secret history of Detroit Techno from Omar S’ sister

THUMP’s Features Editor Michelle Lhooq watched the production and spoke with Robbie Taylor, the creator of the project.

7. Franois K’s list of his favorite “danceable and funky records”

Selections include tracks by Jermaine Jackson, the Pointer Sisters, Kraftwerk, Cymande, Can, Prince and Dm-Funk.

8. The 16 most creative totems at Electric Forest

Betty White, anyone?

9. Nicole Moudaber on Ibiza

The prolific DJ and producer reflected on her first experiences in Ibiza as well as the current state of the dance music paradise.

10. Bambounou’s new Upfront mix for Boiler Room

“This is my new mix,” he said. “I found some tracks without hi-hats that I love to play out and put them all together.” And as for that cover art? He created it too. “I was just having dinner and had some carrots,” he added about the cover.

Stream Aphex Twin's Cerebrally Funky New 'Cheetah' EP In Full

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Beloved electronic experimentalist, Aphex Twin, premiered his forthcoming Cheetah EP yesterday on BBC Radio 6, blessing the airwaves with a fresh dose of his signature, cerebrally funky beats. The debut came just a little over an hour into a full two-hour special dedicated to his music hosted by station DJ Tom Robinson. You can hear the entire record now by heading to the BBC’s website and jumping to 01:00:10 of the archived episode.

Back in 2014, Richard D. James announced his comeback LP Syro with blimps and spray-painted logos. He revived his cheeky promotional tendencies for Cheetah, mailing flyers to record stores advising potential customers to “read the owners manual carefully before attempting to operate the Cheetah EP.”

The EP will officially be out this Friday, July 8 on Warp Records, re-watch the music video for “CIRKLON3 ” here.

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10 Essential Early Canadian Electronic Records That Deserve Reissues

Ohama photo courtesy of Polyphasic Recordings

With reissues becoming increasingly commonplace in electronic music, there’s been a rise in labels like Dark Entries, Medical Records, Minimal Wave, and others, who scour crates, Discogs, and the internet for the next lost gem to reissue and repackage. While the bulk of these unappreciated in their time records come from Europe or the United States, there’s a very small portion sourced from Canada, despite the wealth of great experimental, new wave, and musique concrte acts to come out of this country.

From rural Alberta to Burlington, Ontario, here’s ten early Canadian electronic records ranging from the mid 1970s to the late 1980s that we think deserve proper reissues, presented chronologically.

David Pritchard – Nocturnal Earthworm Stew (Bouilabaisse Nocturne Aux Vers De Terre) (1976)

His late 60s and early 70s all-night show on Toronto radio station CHUM-FM was once famously described by Frank Zappa as “an utter freak out,” so it’s not surprising that David Pritchard’s 1976 album followed in the same vein. Experimental, proggy, and melodic, with song titles like “Birth of Merlin” and “Satan’s Seaside Walk,” there’s several tracks here that wouldn’t sound out-of-place on an Aphex Twin release. While Nocturnal Earthworm Stew was reissued on CD by Pacemaker Entertainment in 2004, this one deserves the proper vinyl treatment.

Bunny & The Lakers Numbers (1979)

Opening with a mechanical shriek lasting several minutes, the rest of Numbers is a collage of quirky pop songs, experimental jams, and a 10-minute-long kraut-inspired opus entitled “Batlore,” which sounds like it was recorded from a room beside the studio. The Toronto band allegedly played only one show with a young G.B. Jones (who went on to found experimental post-punk group Fifth Column) sitting at a table.

Canadian Electronic Ensemble Canadian Electronic Ensemble (1981)

Founded in 1971, the Canadian Electronic Ensemble was created to demonstrate the feasibility of live electronic music performances to other musicians, during a time when it was considered extremely difficult to do so due to the sheer size of the equipment. The Toronto group’s dense, sprawling second album draws on prog influences; recommended if you like Cluster.

Ann Southam The Reprieve, The Emerging Ground (1983)

Throughout her lifetime, Winnipeg-born, Toronto-based Ann Southam quietly amassed a catalogue that made her one of Canada’s most prolific and important contemporary composers. Heavily influenced by minimalism, modern dance, and tape music, “The Reprieve” is a haunting piece commissioned by choreographer Patricia Beatty for Toronto Dance Theatre. It’s not available on YouTubeall the more reason for a reissuebut you can listen to an excerpt here.

Bernard Bonnier Cassette (1984)

After studying with French musique concrte pioneer Pierre Henry in the 70s, Bernard Bonnier returned to Quebec City before releasing this absolutely insane proto-everything LP. Visions of post-punk, breakbeat, and acid house can all be found in this sample-heavy collage of drums, field recordings, and vocal samples. It’s since been reissued on CD and hopefully a vinyl reissue isn’t far off.

Broken Tables “The Ruins”/”Image of You” 12″ (1984)

Who’d have guessed that one of the best cold wave records of all-time would be made by a trio from Burlington, Ontario? This 12″ has everything you could ever want from the genredistant vocals, infectious synth lines, and stripped down drum programming. It’s completely unacceptable that this has not been reissued yet.

Ohama I Fear What I Might Hear (1984)

Born on a potato farm in rural Alberta, Tona Walt Ohama built himself a DIY studio, where he recorded some of the most arresting synth-pop to ever come out of Canada. Minimal Wave released a compilation of his early output in 2012, but his debut I Fear What I Might Hear deserves to be heard in its entirety, the perfect soundtrack for disenfranchised, small town youth coming to terms with media and technology during the 1980s.

Ohm and the Secret Sources – Exit From a Dream (1984)

Besides some killer synth lines and lengthy guitar solos, this four-track EP is also notable because it features Astrid Young, Neil Young’s sister, on bass and backing vocals. The music video for “All In My Mind” includes some great Toronto-centric shots of Bloor Street, the Eaton Centre, and for some inexplicable reason, a car being lowered into a grave.

Hugh Le Caine Pioneer in Electronic Music Instrument Design: Compositions and Demonstrations 1948-1972 (1985)

In the mid 1940s, Canadian inventor Hugh Le Caine built the Electronic Sackbut, widely recognized to be one of the first synthesizers. In 1955, he composed musique concrte staple “Dripsody,” which used tape loops and splicing to manipulate and contort the sound of a single drop of water. Released thirty years later, this two album collection of Le Caine’s compositions and experiments only proves that he was ahead of his time.

Story Structure “I Told You” 12″ (1989)

According to Discogs, only 200 copies of this ridiculously catchy synth-pop 12″ were pressed. Though there’s very little info out there about the band, this release was was produced by legendary disco producer and TAPPS founder Allan Coelho. It’s rumored that a full-length was planned, but no material has seen the light of day, yet.

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