Big Freedia Ordered To Live In Halfway House After Failing Drug Tests

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Big Freedia, born Freddie Ross Jr., has been ordered by a federal judge to live in a halfway house and submit to substance abuse testing after repeatedly testing positive for illegal drugs, according to The New Orleans Advocate. She reportedly tested positive for marijuana and methamphetamines across three drug tests administered between April and June. The presiding official, US District Judge Lance Africk, ruled that these actions violate the conditions of her existing bail terms.

Back in March, Freedia pleaded guilty to felony theft, having understated her income on housing aid applications between the years of 2010 and 2014, accepting approximately $35,000 in Section 8 vouchers despite being ineligible to do so. Though the “Queen of Bounce” was granted release ahead of her sentencing date by posting bail for $25,000, the results of the drug tests change those circumstances.

As a result, The FADER adds, Big Freedia will need permission from her probation officer to leave the halfway house, and all of her upcoming live dates must be approved by the US Probation and Pretrial Services.

Big Freedia’s sentencing is scheduled for August 11, where she faces up to ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Let Lauren Lane Take You Through An Idyllic Week In Her Life In Ibiza

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The Summer season in Ibiza is one of the most important nodes in the world of international dance music. As DJs and clubbers from all around the world descend on the White Isle, the year’s musical identity is defined through all-day beach parties, all-night sessions at clubbing meccas, and secret jungle parties tucked into leafy enclaves.

To get an inside look on what’s it like right now in Ibiza, we’ve invited some of our favorite DJs to bring us along on a week in their life on the island, in a series we call White Isle Journals. This week, we welcome LA-via-New York DJ /producer Lauren Lane, who shares how Ibiza prompted her to pursue a full-time career in DJing, as well as a week in her life on the island.

“I came to Ibiza for the first time in 2008. At that point I was DJing in local clubs in NYC, and going to Ibiza definitely changed my whole opinion of music and club culture. At the time I thought NYC was the whole world and then my mind was blown after I experienced the island. I planned to stay for one week and eventually I made it home about a month later. I knew from that point on I only wanted to DJ and produce music and that there was no possible way to go back to my “old life.” A lot has changed since then on the island. That first year DC10 wasn’t open and a lot of the clubs were focused on more commercial sounding dance music. Things have evolved quite a bit now and tech-house and deep-house have a much more substantial footing. This makes me happy considering that’s the music I love.

THIS WEEK

There are so many amazing things about living in Ibiza that sometimes it gets a little overwhelming because there’s so much to do and so many friends around. My week usually starts on Sunday when I go to Rumors to hear Guy Gerber & friends. Some weeks I play, other times I go just to hang out and catch amazing music in a beautiful outdoor venue. Afterwards we either go to Heart or just hang at a friend’s place. Mondays I try to get some productive things accomplished then go to Circoloco or possibly just relax if I can resist the FOMO. Tuesday I like to go to a beach or on a boat ride to Formentera. Some of my favorite beaches are Aguas Blancas and Cala Comte, which is great to watch the sunset.

This past Wednesday I played at Paradise at DC10. I spent most of the day going through music and getting ready to play on the Terrace. Jamie Jones has created one of the best parties on the island there and it is an honor to play with so many talented artists. The night was a lot of fun and after we went by The Martinez Brother’s place after to hang with friends.

Thursday I spent time resting a bit and celebrating my friend’s birthday on a boat. We went by the “magic rock” on Es Vedra for Sunset and it was beautiful to see the sun sink perfectly between the two rocks. When the boat returned to the port we enjoyed a walk around Old Town where Dalt Villa is. That’s the charming old area of the island that looks like a castle. There are lots of shops and restaurants to sit and people watch there. On Friday we went to a late lunch at the legendary Fish shack and then for a refreshing swim in the sea by Talamanca. After we got ready to go to Blue Marlin for dinner/party followed by Music On with Marco Carola at Amnesia. This Saturday I play at Ants at Ushuaia which is the biggest outdoor venue in Ibiza. Besides taking in the beauty of the island I’m really looking forward to all of my upcoming gigs this summer at Rumors, Paradise, Ants, Abode and El Row.

TRACK OF THE WEEK

Chaim is a talented DJ and producer and I always appreciate his tracks. This one is perfect for early in the night, sunset or sunrise set. It is really perfect for Ibiza in general. Each track on the EP is ideal for a different part of the evening. Saved, as a label, is always pushing ground breaking artists with a vast array of styles and I’m honored to release my music on Saved as well.

Bob Moses’s Tom Howie Has A Brother Who Is Releasing His Debut EP

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Take a look at the wide-ranging tracklist from Bob Moses’s Essential Mix earlier this year and you’ll see a track called “Fleur” by a little-known artist named Iain Howie, whose surname matches that of the fast-rising duo’s own Tom Howie. It’s no coincidence: Iain is Tom’s younger brother.

While Tom and his Bob Moses partner Jimmy Vallance have been touring the world following the crossover success of their 2015 debut album Days Gone By, Iain has been building a name for himself in the Howies’ native Vancouver with track releases on labels including 6n7 Music, Re:Fresh Your Mind, and SOSO. On Monday, June 11, he’ll step further out of his famous sibling’s shadow with his debut EP, Awake, via Vancouver-Berlin collective Rhombus.

In an interview with The Georgia Straight, Howie discusses Awake, describing the overall sound of it as “quite varied.” The eerie, melancholic title track is vocal-heavy in the vein of Bob Moses, but the other three tracks are crisp, instrumental club cuts more suited for seamless play on dark dancefloors than during a stop-and-go show on an outdoor stage at Coachella.

“It’s worked out really well that the record’s got a range of different styles,” he told the Straight. “It helps set me apart.”

Listen to the EP below ahead of its release Monday, July 11.

Culoe De Song Envisages A Fictional Apocalypse On His Label's Debut Release, 'Washa'

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South African DJ Culoe de Song is gearing up for the upcoming release of his Washa LP, the debut offering on his new label, De Song Music. Despite already receiving international acclaimthrough his globetrotting performances alongside the likes of Dixon and Black Coffee, and his releases on Germany’s famous Innervisions labelde Song is further proving his creative prowess with this LP. Washa is no casual techno record, it’s a concept album which tells the tale of the Guzu empire, a new civilization erected in place of an earth destroyed by evils, and it celebrates mankind’s entitlement the joy of music. As King Gasa, the Guzu Empire’s beloved monarch, says on the “King Gasa’s Proclamation” track: “It is now our duty to eliminate our fear through our right to hear music, through our right to dance…”

The music itself functions differently on and off the dance floor, but is tremendous in either context. Catching basslines are met with powerful chants, many of which de Song recorded himself, of political speeches regarding de Song’s fantastical Guzu Empire, and field recordings. It’s danceable music that makes you think: meant to be listened to through a giant rig on a packed dancefloor, or through your headphones in your room.

Over email de Song said to THUMP: Washa is a story of overcoming fear and bringing faith into life. Growing up, self-doubt has been my biggest enemy, but I seemed to achieve so many things when I address the will to do them. Like in the story, the Guzu Empire was saved through the powers of music and the energy generated through the act of rejoice. It’s the same for me, music has been my biggest saviour and I’ve fought my own enemies to the end with this great weapon.”

Washa is out on De Song Music on July 8.

Gucci Mane And Canadian Footwork Collide In Hood Joplin’s High-Energy Mix

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While Edmonton isn’t a city that many think of when it comes to electronic music, in Canada or elsewhere, DJ and producer Hood Joplin is working to change that. The Alberta native’s playful and in-your-face mixes for local labels slash collectives including Manicure Records and carepackage, the latter of which she co-founded, blend footwork, trap, and everything in-between with plenty of personality to spare.

Last month Joplin released her debut EP, #75FFA1, via Drama Hands, consisting of five tracks that see her expanding the palette and possibilities of her sound. Composed during a typically frigid Edmonton winter, the music takes a darker direction, tempering the high-energy of her DJ sets with thoughtful exploration.

Naturally, we asked her to make an exclusive mix for us, and the result includes expertly selected songs by artists including Baltimore rapper TT The Artist (who Joplin played with recently during Calgary’s Sled Island Festival), the recently freed Gucci Mane, and Albertan talent like footwork and jungle producer HomeSick. Listen to it below while you read our Q&A with the up-and-coming DJ and producer.

THUMP: Tell us a bit about your mix.

Hood Joplin: With this mix I wanted to showcase a selection of tracks and sounds that I’m listening to as of now, rather than stick to a genre, I guess most of my sets are like that as well. The BPM goes from 140-160 which is my favorite range for club tunes. You’ll find a blend of everything from tread to footwork.

How did you get into DJing?
The scene was kind of stale in Edmonton and no one was putting one another in check. Some dudes have been playing the same set over and over and I was sick of it. There was a turning point where I was like, okay I know enough after years of studying hip-hop, so how can I contribute? I literally locked myself in my room for a long-ass time until I was comfortable enough mixing, no one really knew but a few of my URL friends.

My homie Mier asked me to do a mix for a compilation he put together based out of Philly, so I did. The mix made its way through the digital realm and ended up in Canada where the homies who threw the legendary Rude Haus parties caught a listen, asked me to play my first show, and I’ve been playing shows ever since.

The title of your EP is an HTML color hex, do you think about the music you make or play when you’re DJing in terms of color?
I think I have some form of audio synesthesia. Colors are prevalent but I definitely can taste music if that makes sense. Some classic boom bap feels like the first bite of a good burger; conversely, trance gives me the feeling of fluoride after leaving the dentist. #75FFA1 is my favourite colour and the glue holding the tracks together. Seeing that color takes me to a point in time and certain headspace in which I made those tracks.

Is there anything particularly “Edmonton” about your sound?
There’s quite a bit of footwork influence in my production and DJing. Alberta surprisingly has an small but incredible footwork scene, with artists like HomeSick, Sven K, and parties like Percolate. I was born and raised on the internet though so I think my regional sound is more Wi-Fi than Edmonton. No one is doing what I’m doing here.

Tracklist:

AJ Tracey – Naila (Murlo Remix)
TT The Artist – Queen
Ghostwhip – Warehouse Tech
LSDXOXO – LOVE TAPS
Ganjoid – Lounge Out
Branstone – Cloud Rhythm
Young Thug – Amazing
HomeSick – Carnivore VIP
Tracy T – They Watchin’
Philthkids – Hydrolics
wavyOD & Lashington – Quinoa
FLP X Megablown – YOUNG PLANT
Gucci Mane – My Kitchen
DJ Earl – Gettin Blowed
Banta – Frost Glacier Cherry
Sinistarr & Philthkids – Pay Billz
DJ FLP – Bounce Like
100s – Ice Cold Perm
Hesk – Dig It
VANTAGE – Dat Boi

Hood Joplin is on Twitter // Facebook // SoundCloud

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A Conversation From A Rave Road Trip With Derek Plaslaiko

Derek Plaslaiko is one of the finest DJs to come out of Detroit’s mid-90s techno scene. The current Berlin resident is known for playing extended sets that test the very limits of what might be considered house or techno, with a fearless attitude that’s guided him through several important residencies over the past 20 years, including Family and Untitled in Detroit, and The Bunker in NYC. It’s also the sort of musical muse that lead him to play an hour of hip-hop during his record-breaking 12-plus hour DJ set streamed from his living room on Boiler Room in 2014.

“In Detroit, you could play anything you wanted,” he says of the environment where he developed his DJ discipline. Derek drove down the California freeway with host Joshua Glazer for a casual conversation unlike any other you’ve heard on Rave Curious. Check it out.

Subscribe to the Rave Curious Podcast on iTunes or listen on Soundcloud, and get a new episode every other week, plus download past interviews with Adam Beyer, Chris Liebing, Danny Tenaglia, Radio Slave and more. While you’re at it, you can also follow Rave Curious on Facebook and Twitter.

Daft Punk's New Windbreaker Is Too Fab Not To Wear In This Heatwave

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Three years have passed since Daft Punk released their Grammy-winning comeback album, Random Access Memories, and since there’s not even an inkling of an idea as to when any new music will drop from the iconic duo, fans are making do with all the official merchandise they can get their hands on.

The French robots have just rolled out their new line of Summer-themed merchandise on their website, which comes rife with their nostalgia-inducing, stylized advertisements. Daft Punk fanatics can lay out or wrap up post-swim in a branded beach towel, or they can become a gilded human furnace in a sweet silver or gold reversible windbreaker, which is an odd sartorial choice in the midst of a toasty summer, but never fearthere’s also a branded bandanna to help mop up the inevitable pools of sweat.

For for the real die-hards, there’s the new “Declassified” line of merchandise, which is described on the below poster as “authentic, never before owned Daft Punk memorabilia, previously ‘CLASSIFIED’ and stored away for safe keeping.” Each itemwhich ranges from vintage tour shirts, patches, to toysis guaranteed to come from original first run stock and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity. So if you don’t want to wear your love for Daft Punk on your sleeve, you can put it on display in a dust-collecting collectors box, never to be worn or used in the hopes that it’ll make you massive bank one day on eBay.

View the ads below, and head to Daft Punk’s website to scope the new line.

Did A Reddit User Just Uncover A New Justice Track?

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The latest development in Justice’s long-overdue comeback has given fans cause to D.A.N.C.E in celebration. Nine years on from the release of their debut album, Cross, and five from their last release, Audio, Video, Disco, a new song seems to have emerged from the iconic French duo, thanks to the handy sleuthing work of one Shazam-wielding Redditor.

The latest chapter in Justice’s slow-burning saga began inconspicuously last month with what was otherwise an ordinary DJ set at Barcelona’s Snar Festival by Busy P, Boston Bun, and Para One of French label and collective Ed Banger (also home to Justice). The first track of the two-hour set, an unidentified dreamy, space disco groover, caught the attention of outlets such as The French Shuffle, which speculated that the duo might be behind it, despite the sound being quite removed from their typical jagged electro.

Once the article made it to Reddit, user Ronny_t37 put the track to song-identifying app Shazam (via iPhone’s Siri), which pulled up a track called “Safe And Sound” by one Justice. THUMP has reached out to Justice’s publicist for confirmation of the track and is awaiting a response.

Justice’s return has been unfolding at a drip-feed pace. Ed Banger boss Busy P first hinted at a new album from the duo of Xavier de Rosnay and Gaspard Aug back in 2013 during a Reddit AMA, and then confirmed in 2015 that it was indeed on the way. Last year, they also came out of hiding for a select handful of appearances, including a guest mix on NTS Radio, a DJ set at London’s XOYO, and a NYE performance in New York. In April, their label, Because Music, posted a photo on Twitter of them signing paperwork.

Watch Ed Banger at Snar below and hope that more Justice music surfaces sooner rather than later.

Squarepusher Responds To Brexit Vote With Global Collaborative Remix Project

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Squarepusher
has announced a global-wide remix project on his website in protest of last week’s Brexit vote.

“It has amplified many divisions in society and in particular has helped to re-establish xenophobia as legitimate and acceptable,” the iconic UK-based IDMproducer wrote about the referendum. “Witnessing this against the global backdrop of a resurgence of the far-right, it’s essential that those who find these developments unacceptable make their thoughts known and take action.”

In response to the aftermath of the referendum vote, Squarepusher crafted a song titled “Midi Sans Frontieres” and offered a finished mix down of the track on his website along with the audio stems of the instrumentals, scores, and a midi file of the “note to note information.” Participants can create their own interpretation or remix of the track and get it listed on his website so long as they title it “Midi Sans Frontieres.”

“I present it as the basis of an internationalist collaboration with sound makers irrespective of what kind of music they make, where they live, their background, their ageall are invited to participate,” he wrote about the project’s goals.

Learn more about the project and download the files on Squarepusher’s website. In 2015, we interviewed Squarepusher about his 14th studio album. Last week, other members of the electronic music community responded to the controversial vote.

This Researcher Believes The EDM 'Drop' Holds The Key To Understanding Craving Disorders

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Kiralee Musgrove, a Melbourne University researcher, is seeking volunteers who enjoy EDM for a new study. In an interview with 774 ABC Melbourne, Musgrove said, “We’re looking for people to help us understand why and how certain people crave what we call ‘the drop’ when they’re listening to electronic music.” The university has requested Melbourne-based volunteers proficient in English between the ages of 18 and 40 who enjoy EDM and do not have any hearing difficulties.

Waiting for “the drop“where instruments, rhythms and the volume ascend to a peak before the song transitions to the normal rhythmis “a very predictable formula,” according to Musgrave, yet also potentially a key pillar to his ongoing study.

Because people use music as a tool to regulate their emotions, understanding why EDM fans crave the drop will help researchers create therapies for people with craving disorders including eating disorders, substance abuse disorders or self-harm issues. In 2014, we created a short documentary about the rise of superstar DJs titled, Waiting for the Drop.

NYC Mayor's Office Convened A 'Brainstorm Session' To Help Improve The City's Music Industry

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Representatives from more than 75 companies or organizationsincluding labels, management companies, recording studios, promoters, venue owners, brands, and musiciansgathered this past Tuesday for the first “New York City Music Industry Convening.” Organized by the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME), the industry-wide “brainstorm session” was created to determine ways in which the city can continue and improve its support of the music industry and its creators.

Until the appointment of new MOME commissioner Julie Menin, the office only had focused on film, television, and theater. It now includes music as well as digital content, advertising, and real estate pertaining to the arts. “There was a tremendous response from everyone in the room,” Menin told Billboard. “Everyone was excited that music is now housed within a City agency that, soup to nuts, is going to deal with issues within the music business, both focused on bringing new opportunities to New York City and being supportive of the music industry.”

The meeting comes at a particularly fraught time in the city’s music scene, as a number of beloved performance venues closed within the last decade, including the likes of CBGB, Roseland Ballroom, Death by Audio, 285 Kent, Glasslands, Cameo Gallery and most recently, Palisades. Rising rent costs and restrictive city regulations have thus made it difficult for new venues to open in reaction to the closures.

“We were hearing the same kinds of issues emanating from the music industry; that when they’re opening up new businesses there are a lot of different agencies to deal with and a number of different regulations,” Menin said. “So one of the ideas that we discussed was to have someone in the office to almost serve as an expediter to help navigate different regulatory requirements.”

In addition to adding someone to their office to answer questions about city regulations, the office has also supported the Empire State Music Production Tax Credit, while will provide tax breaks for music projects records in the state of New York. The new state legislature is still waiting to be signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.


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Discogs Will Host Their First Crate Diggers Record Fair In Berlin

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After successful events in Portland, Los Angeles and Miami, Discogs will bring their Crate Diggers record fair to Berlin. This will mark the first Crate Diggers event in Europe. In partnership with the Grimey record label, Crate Diggers combines a massive record fair with a series of afterparties. Past afterparty guests included Dam-Funk and Theo Parrish.

Crate Diggers will take place at Prince Charles on September 24. A lineup announcement and vendor information will be announced soon on the Crate Diggers Facebook page. In 2015, we beta tested Discogs’ app.