Larry Heard Will Reportedly Release a New Album Next Year

House pioneer Larry Heard is reportedly releasing a new album early next year, according to Resident Advisor. The as-yet-untitled project would be his first full-length since 2005’s Loose Fingers (Soundtrack From The Duality Double-Play). The album is said to also be preceded by a 12-inch, titled Virtual Emotion / Supernova, due in September on Alleviated Records.

Fans of Heard will supposedly get to preview tracks from the album during his upcoming live set at London’s Sunfall Festival, which is scheduled for Saturday, August 12 at Brockley Park alongside performances from Ben UFO, The Black Madonna, Theo Parrish, and more. It will mark Heard’s first such set in 20 years.

Last month, we talked to Heard about the making of house classic “Can You Feel It.”

Cityfox is Building a Digital Doorman for its Parties

The team behind the Cityfox Experience’s deluxe warehouse parties has created an exclusive, invite-only app for purchasing tickets for events at its ambitious Bushwick venue the Brooklyn Mirage.

The Visionnaire app, which offers members advance access to discounted tickets before they go on general sale, can only be accessed with an invitation code from Cityfox, giving the promoters a level of control over the crowd more commonly associated with clubs like Berlin’s Berghain, which is famous for its selective door policy.

According to Simar Singh—Cityfox’s head of strategy, marketing, and development—the purpose of the app is to foster “a music-centric and respectful audience” at Cityfox events.

The launch of the app a few weeks ago came just before the reopening of the Mirage, the outdoor space at Avant Gardner, a sprawling 6,000-capacity events space which was granted a liquor license earlier this year.

With the Mirage’s summer program now in full swing, THUMP caught up with Singh to learn more about the concept behind Collective Visionnaire.

THUMP: Tell me about the concept behind the Visionnaire app. What are you trying to achieve with it?

Singh: Very fundamentally, Visionnaire is a way to foster a music-centric and respectful audience at Cityfox events, to curate a great crowd, and grow it organically. To understand why it’s necessary to introduce something like Visionnaire moving forward is to recognize that the dance music scene in NYC is exploding, and that the atmosphere at an event series or establishment can shift quickly if it becomes popular or “mainstream.”

We’ve keenly observed how the audience at our own events has evolved as we grew, and how many [people] would attend our events never having been to dance music events before, or having attended events that were a totally different style. That’s not a bad thing—it’s great to introduce our music and vibe to new audiences. But if that happens too quickly, or at too large a scale, we begin to lose what we built, and our events become less appealing to our original attendees.

The idea of Visionnaire isn’t to be exclusive per se, but to maintain a level of control on growth so we don’t risk losing what we’ve created. Though many may not recognize it, we’ve always toed a fine line between an “underground” sensibility and commercialism, and when confronted with a choice between the two, we’ve always chosen the former.

“Pure growth—numbers, ticket sales in the short term—are not why we do this. We want to create a great experience, and the audience is not only a fundamental pillar of it, but the center of our attention.”—Simar Singh

Are you expecting the app to impact turnout at all, at least initially while you’re still building the community?

Of course. We’re already seeing it. But Visionnaire is a long game. Pure growth—numbers, ticket sales in the short term—are not why we do this. We want to create a great experience, and the audience is not only a fundamental pillar of it, but the center of our attention.

How are you determining who gets invitations to join the Visionnaire community? And how many members are you targeting?

We extended thousands of email invitations to frequent attendees of Cityfox events. We also disseminated thousands of member codes and physical invitations to ambassadors within the music community—friends, fellow promoters, advocates. From there, members can then recommend a friend. We’re receiving email and messages, and we will add a “request a membership” function soon to the app and website. We’re up to several thousand members. There is no target or cap—it’s about growing organically through connections within the music community.

Can you give some more detail on what the perks are of being a member?

The first and primary perk is discounted tickets to currently announced Cityfox Experience events (only four more this summer!). The next big Cityfox show is coming up this Sunday, July 23. We’ve also held two free events for Visionnaire members, where they could bring friends, who were then given invitations to join the app.

We also use the app to recommend other promoters’ events and offer discounted tickets if they make [them] available to our members. Going forward, we’re developing the app so that members can offer feedback and complete polls that will influence lineups.

We want to interact with the Visionnaire Members. We can offer discount tickets for non-Cityfox events (think: rock, indie, special events, etc) held at The Brooklyn Mirage. It’s an evolving system, and we’re looking for ways to strengthen a sense of community.

These days, the NYC electronic music scene tends not to have the restrictive door policies that are used at clubs like Berghain. How would you defend the app and the concept to people who say it’s too restrictive?

NYC clubs did have very exclusive door policies in the past, using door selectors during the 90s and early 2000s (Twilo, Limelight, etc). But things definitely changed with the flourishing of the warehouse scene, which is different from the European club scene, where door selectors are more common.

There’s an ongoing debate between inclusivity and the experience. To be 100% inclusive is to exercise zero control on what we feel is a fundamental pillar of a great event experience: the audience and the vibe they create. And if you’re growing, highly visible, and becoming very popular, that’s just not an option if you want to keep a good thing alive. At present, we make a limited number of tickets available to the public, but the large majority of tickets to our events are available to Visionnaire members, and membership is growing daily. We feel that’s a fair balance between inclusivity and exclusivity.

How have other promoters reacted to the release of the app?

Almost all promoters we’ve spoken with understand why we created and launched Visionnaire, especially those who seek to curate their audience but are experiencing rapid growth. Several have even asked to license it. We think that’s a good sign that we’re on to something.

Much of Aphex Twin's Catalog is Now Available in His New Online Shop

Don’t count on Aphex Twin for a conventional news announcement. After last month launching a cryptic countdown that led to a live stream of his Field Day set in London, the English producer today launched an online shop and archive with a simple Tweet reading, “Open. Come in…” and a link.

The site offers much of Aphex’s extensive catalog for streaming and sale, including many tracks labeled as “New”—some having popped up online over the years (such as “4xAtlantis take1”), while others are previously unreleased. Also included in the catalog are works by Aphex’s various aliases including afx, Polygon Window, and GAK; as well as a digital version of the record he sold at Field Day, which is currently selling on Discogs for as high as $521.

Visit the site here. If you want a laugh, click on the purchase links (labeled “Cherish…”), which spout off cheeky comments including “Give money to afx,” “Party transfer my wealth,” and “I have to have this.”

Teenager Dies After Attending Elrow Party in Barcelona

A teenager died this past weekend after attending a party thrown by Spanish promoter elrow in Barcelona.

The Grimsby Telegraph reported that Alex Masterson, a 19-year-old and from the UK, collapsed on Saturday, July 15 during elrow’s seventh-anniversary event with Adam Beyer, Jackmaster, and Richie Hawtin. Masterson had attended the party with friends, one (identified only as Miles T.) of whom told Spanish outlet Crónica Global that the heat was “unbearable,” while drink lines were long and the 100ml water bottles expensive. Masterson was transported to the hospital where he later died. Elrow confirmed the news in a statement to Mixmag.

A cause of death has yet to be confirmed by authorities, though drug usage is suspected to have played a role because Miles told Crónica Global that Masterson had taken ecstasy. While high temperatures can lead to severe dehydration and heatstroke for sober people after spending hours dancing or performing other physical activities, drug use can increase the risks. According to harm reduction organization Dance Safe, the high that recreational drugs bring can mask symptoms, and stimulants such as ecstasy increase one’s internal temperature by inhibiting the natural process that keeps one’s body from becoming too cold or too hot.

THUMP has reached out to elrow for comment.

Oneohtrix Point Never Shared a Beguiling New Track from 'Good Time'

Warp Records signee Oneohtrix Point Never today shared a disquieting new track from his original soundtrack to the upcoming feature film Good Time. Following the Iggy Pop-featuring lead single, “Leaving The Park” sees 0PN return to his instrumental roots, conjuring a digital swarm of tense synths evocative of cyberpunk, new age, and prog styles. It also features an extended lead synth solo that plays with a sense of panic and rapture.

The American experimental producer won a Cannes award for the Good Time OST at the prestigious French film festival in May. The movie is a crime drama set in New York starring Robert Pattinson and Jennifer Jason Leigh, directed by brothers Ben and Joshua Safdie. Good Time marks the NYC-based filmmakers first time working with Oneohtrix Point Never; their previous work includes 2014’s Heaven Knows What and 2009’s Daddy Longlegs.

“I had a good feeling when I walked into [the Safdie brothers’] midtown office, which was more like a shrine to everything they loved—amongst which was a massive Akira print side by side with one of King of New York ,” said 0PN in a press release. “To me the Safdies are doing something really unique and yet drenched in tradition. We share an affection and reverence for bruised and battered stuff, and I think we both feel this urge to enshrine the history as it is now, not as it was then. On our own terms.”

Good Time arrives in theaters August 11.

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Bjarki Fires Label Partner Following Transphobic Comments

Reykjavik producer Bjarki fired his label partner at bbbbbb Records last night, Johnny Chrome Silver, after he made transphobic comments from the imprint’s Instagram account. Silver commented on a video posted by Resident Advisor of a performance by Brooklyn producer Octo Octa, and said, “Better to make it as a DJ to be a she than a he. She-man!” The comment has since been deleted.

Bjarki apologized for the incident on behalf of the label in a Facebook post. “[Johnny Chrome Silver] has now been removed from the label and relieved of his duties, including social media.” He also said that the label is rescheduling its current United States tour.

Octo Octa took to Twitter on Monday to address transphobic comments being made on the video, although she did not mention bbbbbb specifically. THUMP reached out to her and her PR representative but they declined to comment.

Bjarki, who has also released material through Nina Kraviz’s трип label, was supposed to play at Brooklyn’s House of Yes venue tomorrow night, July 20, but the multimedia space has now cancelled the performance. “We’re not okay with transphobic behavior of any kind,” said representatives from House of Yes on Twitter. “We stand [with] our trans sisters forever,” they later added. “If you don’t, our house isn’t for you.”

A representative for Seattle’s Decibel Festival also took to Twitter to address the incident. “The Bjarki show has been cancelled, unanimously,” they said, presumably referring to his upcoming July 27 performance at the Kremwerk events space co-presented by Decibel. “Absolutely zero tolerance for any transphobic behavior of any kind.” THUMP has reached out to Decibel Festival directly for confirmation of the cancellation and comment.

Johnny Chrome Silver, who is Bjarki’s childhood friend, released a statement about the incident on Facebook yesterday in which he said he took full responsibility for the comment. “I feel so bad regarding the stupid comment I made on bbbbbb label’s Instagram,” he said.

THUMP has reached out to Bjarki, bbbbbb, and Johnny Chrome Silver for comment.

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This Tropical House "Thong Song" Remix is Real and It Is My Friend

This post appeared originally on THUMP Canada.

As we’ve noted a few times over the past couple of weeks, 1999 was a great year for pop culture. Britney Spears put out her multi-platinum debut album …Baby One More Time. Haley Joel Osment saw dead people in The Sixth Sense, which duked it out with Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace for box office supremacy. Also released in 1999? A little ditty called “Thong Song” by Sisqo, which is probably the only song about butts to ever be nominated for four Grammy Awards.

Blame it on nostalgia for the decade or (more likely) somebody needing to remodel their living room, but the Dru Hill founder has teamed up with Norwegian production trio JCY (pronounced “JUICY” as their SoundCloud bio helpfully notes) for a 2017 remake of his chart-topping smash. To update it for modern times, the latter ran the song through some boilerplate tropical house filters, though thankfully its heart-warming original message remains intact.

They’ve also shared a music video, which features the dragon chain-wearing singer and a bevy of bikinied women in various locations, including a roller disco (where JCY are behind the decks) and a runway beach show. Watch it above if you dare.

Nine Inch Nails Treat The Studio Like an Electronic Instrument on New Single

Industrial rock veteran Trent Reznor today shared a sinister new track off Nine Inch Nails‘ upcoming five-track EP, ADD VIOLENCE. “THIS ISN’T THE PLACE” is structured as a single glacial build that grows in entropic intensity until, at the very last second, it comes to an unexpected total halt. Reznor leads the track with a measured, agitated vocal, singing over utilitarian drum hits and bluesy synth bass while orchestral strings swirl in discordance.

The forthcoming EP marks the second in a planned trilogy of EPs that began with 2016’s Not the Actual Events; Reznor’s band has not released a studio album since 2013’s Hesitation Marks.

Yesterday he shared the back cover for ADD VIOLENCE with a note on their website suggesting that fans pay close attention. “REMEMBER WHEN RECORDS HAD BACK COVERS? NO? MAYBE THIS ONE IS IMPORTANT,” he said.

ADD VIOLENCE will be released this Friday, July 21, and is available for pre-order.

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Paul Woolford Is Worried SC Will Fold So He Released 20 Free Tracks

Amid recent rumors of SoundCloud’s imminent end—since denied by the company’s founder—UK polymath Paul Woolford has taken to the music streaming platform to share several hours of unreleased material. The 20 tracks he’s released since last Thursday, July 13 reflect his interest in a diversity of styles, ranging from a 17-minute disco suite (“The Head Of Goliath – Parts V & VI”) to euphoric house (“Unreleased Project Volume 853”) and self-described “moody hoover-driven psychedelic mindcore” (“Forcefield.”)

“The archive is vast and probably runs to about 2300-ish tracks stretching back 15 years,” Woolford said in a note on SoundCloud. “There is no point in releasing everything, some things work as exercises or as developments on the way to other locations, but I think SoundCloud is a context in itself that is strong enough to warrant things being released on here alone.” He added that he was “Going ham on SoundCloud right now before the platform goes out of the window” in a Facebook post.

Last year THUMP interviewed Woolford ahead of the release of his “Mother & Child” single on Hotflush, and he said “the best [artistic] inspiration is to go to a gallery and stand in front of a 400 year old masterpiece.”

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The 'Blade Runner 2049' Soundtrack Is Going to Kick So Much Ass

Canadian director Denis Villeneuve today shared a new trailer for his upcoming film Blade Runner 2049, the long-awaited sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi classic. The clip continues the slow reveal of the film’s story, characters, and ambiance, and also shows off more of Jóhann Jóhannsson‘s score; it prominently featuring a track that’s heavy on neon-specked synths and clamoring, militaristic percussion. It sounds simultaneously like hardstyle and cybernetic modular synth music, combining soaring melodic gestures with nimble sound design.

Ryan Gosling stars in the film as LAPD Officer K, who uncovers an important secret and has to track down Harrison Ford (who returns as Rick Deckard) in order to try to prevent society’s unraveling. The trailer also features snippets of ominous monologue by Jared Leto, who plays the villain Neander Wallace in the film. The storyline of Blade Runner 2049 takes place thirty years after the events of the original.

Villeneuve and Jóhannsson recently worked together on the Amy Adams-starring alien film Arrival, which was released last year and received eight Oscar nominations.

The film will be in theaters October 6, 2017.

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Trump-Shaped Ecstasy Pills Have Showed Up on the Dark Web

Drug manufacturers in the Netherlands have gotten creative and begun producing MDMA pills shaped like—what else?—the 45th president’s head. They are allegedly being sold on the dark web and by dealers in Amsterdam, while one seller even advertises them with the slogan, “Trump makes partying great again,” reports the Daily Star.

The tablets come in orange or pink, and depict the former television host with his signature, ever-mysterious haircut. They reportedly contain 220 milligrams of MDMA, and are currently selling for about $10.50 (£8) a pill in the UK, according to the Star.

It is not unusual for drug manufacturers to take inspiration from pop culture when trying to market their product. Last year Pokémon-themed ecstasy pills were reportedly being sold around Europe, while a load of Minions-shaped pills were seized by authorities in Chile.

If you’re wondering how to party this festival season without destroying yourself, THUMP has got you covered with a handy, straightforward guide.

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Moby Made a Cameo on 'Twin Peaks' Last Night

Moby made an appearance in the final scene of last night’s episode of Twin Peaks. The dance music veteran performed alongside singer-songwriter Rebekah Del Rio at the Bang Bang bar, playing rhythm guitar while she sang “No Stars” from her 2011 album Love Hurts Love Heals.

Both artists had previously worked with Lynch before their cameos in the season reboot’s tenth episode. Del Rio appeared in Lynch’s enigmatic 2001 film Mulholland Drive, where she sings an acapella version of her song “Llorando.” Moby, meanwhile, enlisted the filmmaker to animate and direct the music video for his track “Shot in the Back of the Head,” off the 2009 album Wait For Me.

LuckyMe affiliate Hudson Mohawke premiered a new song on last week’s episode of Twin Peaks while Sky Ferreira nodded along in the audience. Nine Inch Nails, Chromatics, Dirty Beaches’ Alex Zhang Hungtai, and more have all also made appearances this season.

Last year, THUMP spoke with Moby about the cultural impact of music in David Lynch’s filmography.

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