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Feb3

Eternal evolution: why drum’n’bass refuses to die

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Fabio, Friction, Optical and more explain why after two decades, d’n’b is still on top.

2016 started on a high for Goldie, the drum’n’bass musician granted an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List for services for music and young people. It’s an honour that comes 21 years on from the release of his debut album Timeless – a sprawling, futurist record inspired by E-fuelled nights dancing to Fabio and Grooverider at London club Rage that nonetheless entered the UK Top 10, marking drum’n’bass’ breakthrough into the mainstream.

D’n’b spent a couple of years on top, with another landmark dropping in 1997, when Roni Size and Reprazent scooped the Mercury Music Prize with their debut album New Forms. But come the late ‘90s, the music started moving in the direction of a dark, paranoid sound, typified by Bad Company’s The Nine or the pre-millennial tension of Ed Rush and Optical’s debut album Wormhole. Garage went on to replace d’n’b in the charts, and grime and dubstep both followed, hogging the media limelight.

But this wasn’t the end for drum’n’bass. On the contrary, this was a new dawn of sorts, the genre reaffirming its underground credentials. The days of what seemed like every single DJ playing the same rave are now gone – a period affectionately spoofed with 2012’s Raveageddon – but the sound is as vital as ever. In 2012, the genre hit the top of the UK chart for the first time with DJ Fresh’s Hot Right Now, featuring Rita Ora. And closer to the ground, there’s a teeming mass of producers tearing up the rulebook on what d’n’b could or should sound like, producing new offshoots like drumstep along the way.

We asked some of those responsible for the genre’s longevity why it has such enduring appeal, and who is pushing it forward today.

Read the full article at RedBull.com

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Feb1

DJ Earl is Carrying the Torch for Teklife’s Next Generation

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Nowadays it’s impossible to talk about footwork without bringing up Teklife in the conversation. Since the passing of the collective’s brightest star in 2014, the remaining apostles of the late DJ Rashad have been hard at work spreading his musical gospel. Once a loose band of neighborhood kids in Chicago operating under the name Ghettoteknitianz, the collective now includes over two dozen members in cities worldwide

Only 24 years old, Chicago-born, New York-based DJ Earl is proudly carrying the torch of his predecessors. In September, he put out the seven track EP Live Love Teklife, and was featured on fellow Teklife member DJ Paypal’s song “We Finally Made It” off the recent album Sold Out. Like Rashad, Earl also plays with sombre, longing themes masquerading as party jams, and his affinity for samples and deep basslines makes him an artist-to-watch.

With a full-length album on the way this year, we caught up with him before a show in Toronto last month to discuss his late friend’s legacy, footwork’s global acceptance, and how he plans to take his live performances to the next level.

Read the full interview on Vice.com

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Feb1

Shake! presents DJ EARL (TekLife), FENS, DAMIAN SILVA, ANTONIOUS MONK

Posted in: Upcoming Events

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[ February 5, 2016 10:00 pm to February 6, 2016 2:00 am. ]

 

DJ EARL [ TEKLIFE ]
FENS [ SHAKE! ]
DAMIAN SILVA [ SHAKE! / BASSIC ]
ANTONIOUS MONK

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FRIDAY FEBRUARY 5
Party starts at 10pm | 21+ | $5 before 11pm, $10 after

Good Life | 28 Kingston St, Boston, MA 02111

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Jan15

Roni Size & DJ Krust announce Full Cycle relaunch

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As hinted by Roni last time we spoke to him, the legendary Full Cycle Records will relaunch this year with brand new material, remixes and a European tour.

A key D&B label during the late 90s and early-to-mid 2000s, Full Cycle was a dominant jungle platform amid the exciting Bristol scene (which was also home to a thriving beat scene with acts such as Massive Attack, Tricky and Portishead) where Roni and Krust were joined by key instigators such as Die, Clipz, Suv and, beyond Bristol, artists such as Photek, Tali, Heist and many more…

Full story at UKF

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Jan2

Double Drop: The Story of Joe Nice

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Jan2

Elements January 2016 Lineup

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Jan2

Cycle welcomes Quadrant & Iris 1/8/16

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***QUADRANT & IRIS***
**FDOT & BASEK**
**EHT**

21+ with VALID ID || $10 before 11pm || No Dress Code

Good Life
28 Kingston Street
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Dec18

Premiere: Nick Minieri of Zakim drops Boston producer dance mix ‘Hometown II’

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By: Michael Marotta

By now most media outlets have filed their annual Year-End coverage, a content wave of lists and picks and treats and tricks, wrapping up the Year That Was with grand hyperbole and subjective selections. Nick Minieri of Boston’s Zakim Recordings has no such Top 10 to offer up to the dance floor gods, but instead an 80-minute of fresh New England sounds that dominated the clubs and bunkers in 2015.

Minieri’s Hometown II (2015 Boston Producer Showcase Mix) follows up the success of last year’s inaugural collection, and culls together nearly 30 artists and producers from Boston’s vibrant local electronic music community, from the global presence of house master John Barera to the fresh-faced disco revivalism of Camino. There’s a lot to take in here, so it’s best to allow Minieri to break it all down after you hit “play” and let it unfold in your eardrums. Earlier this week, Vanyaland asked him about how the mix came together, how to combine Boston’s diverse dance music landscape into one coherent mix, and what’s next for his always on-point Zakim label…

Read the full interview at Vanyaland

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Nov24

Shake! presents TODD TERRY, ALI BERGER, DEV/NULL, FENS, DAMIAN SILVA – 1ST ANNIVERSARY PARTY!

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TODD TERRY
ALI BERGER
DEV/NULL
FENS
DAMIAN SILVA

Good Life, 28 Kingston St, Boston
$10 Presale / $15 Door / 21+

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Nov2

Elements November 2015 lineup

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Oct22

Behind The Scenes Of Chicago’s Footwork Renaissance

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Photographer Wills Glasspiegel shares his candid shots of the figures at the heart of Chicago’s footwork community.

By Alexander Iadarola

Footwork, the bracing 160bpm dance music which grew out of Chicago house and juke music, has progressed from a long-established local scene into a worldwide movement over the past three or four years. Its rise is in part due to seminal releases by European labels such as Planet Mu and Hyperdub, the latter notably releasing the breakthrough LP Double Cup by the late DJ Rashad in 2013, and through tireless promotion of the sound by Lit City Trax here in New York. Since getting his first taste of it five years ago, Chicago-born photographer Wills Glasspiegel has become tightly embedded in the scene: earlier this year he participated as a founding advisor in the creation of dance crew The Era, led by preeminent dancer Litebulb; he’s worked with the Teklife family in documenting their musical history for a forthcoming film; and the photos he’s taken over the past five years capture the figures at the heart of footwork’s genesis. This selection of pictures, published for the first time today, capture moments both prosaic and career-changing. There’s Traxman, DJ Manny and Rashad blowing up NYC at one of J-Cush’s Lit City Rave (pictured above), DJ Earl and Frost collaborating on a track in Earl’s living room, and dancers Weezy and Murda Moma in the heat of the moment at Chicago’s famed footwork dancing spot Battlegroundz. Below, Glasspiegel shares his story of being in the right place, at the right time, for one of the most important eras in dance music’s history.

Full story and more great photos on the Fader

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Oct19

Shake! presents ONEMAN, FENS & OPENING DJ CONTEST – November 6 @ GoodLife

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ONEMAN (Rinse.FM | UK)
FENS (Shake! | BOSTON)

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 6
Party starts at 10pm | 21+ | $10 cover
Good Life | 28 Kingston St, Boston, MA 02111

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