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Mar26

Shake! presents L-VIS 1990, HELIX, & DEV/NULL

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[ April 3, 2015 9:30 pm to April 4, 2015 2:00 am. ]  
Shake! at Good Life | 28 Kingston St, Boston

L-VIS 1990 (Night Slugs / UK)
HELIX (Night Slugs / ATL)
DEV/NULL (Shake!)

Friday, April 3rd
Doors at 9:30pm | 21+ | $10 before 11pm | $15 after

Good Life | 28 Kingston St, Boston MA

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Mar26

DARPA drops the bass to extinguish fire

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Citing a lack of innovation in fire-extinguishing methods over the last 50 years, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) last week revealed an ear-buzzing new method for putting out fires: blast it with fine-tuned frequencies.

Officially referred to as “acoustic suppression of flame,” this simple yet potentially revolutionary method simply relies on two speakers playing a specific low frequency toward the fire.

The resulting acoustics increase air velocity, making it easier to alter the origin of the fire’s combustion, also known as the flame boundary layer…

Full story at CNET

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Mar26

Throwback Thursdays: Todd Edwards & The Birth of UK Garage

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UK Garage is probably made most famous today by the likes of Disclosure and our recently featured artist Friend Within, whose modern takes on the genre have been exploding across the world with the style’s chopped up beats and smooth bass leads. But what if I told you that this genre, whose name takes itself in part from the United Kingdom–the country that’s most famous for expanding the sound–was started by a lil’ ol’ American dude by the name of Todd Edwards?

You see, back in the early 90s, house music was starting to spread out from its underground roots in Chicago and New York. The 4×4 dance rhythms were beginning to become popular in clubs across America and Europe and various artists began to experiment with the various directions the genre could be taken. Todd Edwards was largely influenced by this burgeoning house scene and began to produce his own interpretations. Partly through his inspiration from artists like Todd Terry and Marc “MK” Kinchen, and partly through his own experimentation, Edwards started incorporating chopped up and pitch-shifted vocals into increasingly more syncopated percussion lines. The hallmarks of UK Garage had come into being and the style slowly started to catch on…

full story and videos at okfuture.com

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Mar12

Five Producers To Keep An Eye On in 2015

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5 up and coming DnB producers including Boston’s own Cirrus! (And somewhat confusingly also a producer named Boston)

2015 is set to be a big year for D&B once again, with the scene looking stronger and more diverse than ever. With that in mind, here are our picks of five up and coming producers to watch this year, who are pushing the sound in interesting new directions.

Xanadu
When you’re talking about a producer who’s debut release is a seriously impressive full length for Dom & Roland Productions, you better believe this’ll be a man to watch! So far little has been revealed on future releases but the smart money says we’ll hear more from Xanadu on Dom’s label later this year.

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Feb27

London record store BM Soho – formerly Black Market – has closed

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Long-running London record store BM Soho appears to have closed.

Techno artist Truss tweeted a picture of the storefront today, explaining that the shop was empty, “except three or four records in the window.”

We’ve been down and can confirm that this is the case (see a closer image of the storefront below). The sign simply reads “due to circumstances, BM Soho has to close”, and says that Dub Vendor, the specialist store in its basement, will stay open until March 1.

The store, which opened in 1988 as Black Market Records, tweeted this week that they were now opening at 9am on weekdays, and were still tweeting about new releases as recently Wednesday. As pointed out on Facebook, the property is available for let.

Full story at FACT

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Feb15

3 Reasons Why You Should Be Paying Attention to Bass House

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History repeats itself, and dance music is not immune to this, albeit cliché, absolute truth. As everyone begins to adopt the fashion stylings of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Beverly Hills 90210, dance music is following suit in returning to the ‘90s—the decade that saw the rise of UK garage.

In a nod to the legendary Paradise Garage, the name “speed garage” was coined by UK DJs who were playing American soulful house at a higher tempo. It was marked by heavier basslines, shuffling hats, sampling and pitch-shifting of soulful, R&B vocals, and its lack of adherence to the strict 4/4 beat.

In the UK, artists like MJ Cole and Artful Dodger helped make it a mainstream sound—and they still hold it down today—while artists like the Stanton Warriors defined the sound anew for the underground in the early 2000s. They ran with the breaks vibe to create something entirely fresh and funky.

Over the years, it has broken off and influenced all forms of bass-heavy electronic music, including 2-step, breaks, dubstep, hardcore and grime. Its recent resurgence can be partly attributed to the massive success of artists like Disclosure bringing this classic sound back into the conversation. Of course, from the depths of the underground, a sometimes darker, but always dirty, sound has emerged: bass house. While this edgier, more jackin’ style of house music is deeper than the big room sounds that have ruled the main stage for the last decade, it isn’t exactly deep house. But whatever you decide to call it—G-house, bass house, deep house, garage, jackin’ house—it’s got the goods, and it is making us move.

Full story at Insomniac

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Feb8

Strictly Underground Productions Presents: MELTDOWN. With Scott Brown, Luna

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[ March 28, 2015 7:30 pm to March 29, 2015 2:00 am. ]  

****Scott Brown**** UK. Evolution Records
****Luna-C**** UK. Kniteforce Records
***PKat B2B Mike Bounce***
***Chaos D***
***Chananagains***
***Leila***
***Evac Protocol***
***3 The Hardway – Miztah Lex – G Notorious – Andis*** 3-way tag
***Elzwerth***
*** LUCIUS NATICK***
***Badboon***
***BICLOPS***
*** BIG C***
***MASSAPPEAL***
***KARL KRAZEN***
***PRETTY RICKY***
*** GLOWWORM***

Tickets are on sale!!!
Limited $15 pre-sales
$20 pre-sales
$20 at the door

Saturday, March 28, 7:30pm – 2:00am

Waterfront Tavern
920 Main St, Holyoke, Massachusetts 01040

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Feb3

Low Frequency or Bust: Joe Nice on the Watering Down of Dub Culture in America

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Last week, the highly respected dub figurehead, Baltimore DJ, and Dub War founder Joe Nice left a mysterious note on his Facebook page: “No longer playing reconstrvct events. Time to move on. All the best to the crew.” Nice was referring to Reconstrvt, New York City’s most prominent dubstep party, which he has been involved with for years.

Founded over three years ago by Luke McCann, the no-frills event has worked tirelessly to push the ethos of soundsystem culture through all-night dub, reggae, and dubstep parties. Their Tsunami Bass soundsystem has been rattled by acclaimed UK artists like Compa, Youngsta, Kahn & Neek, and Gantz, as well as American mainstays like their resident DJ True Nature. Last year, they even hosted an international event at Europe’s Outlook festival.

As the founder of Dub War, one of the first major dub parties in America, Nice is considered a sort of godfather to the scene. His sets have closed out the Reconstrvct parties for years, so this announcement was a shock to many fans. When we reached out to him to hear the full story on his decision to leave Reconstrvct, he ended up going deep on the current state of the dub scene in America.

Full story at Thump

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Jan19

Zed Bias returns to the stage with a new four-person live show

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Last year, UK soundsystem veteran Zed Bias shocked fans when he announced his retirement from DJing.

Speaking to Joe Muggs for FACT, he revealed that “Being made me think. I’ve been in the game producing for 20 years now – this is my 20th year – and DJing has gone hand in hand with that… I’d really like to see what it’d be like if I could dedicate 100% of my time to the music itself, having the studio as my main focus”, explaining that a new album for Swamp81 was on the way.

Bias “hung up his headphones” on New Year’s Eve, but he won’t stay away from the stage for long. On Saturday January 24, he’ll make his live debut as part of the Zed Bias Soundsystem at London’s Ministry of Sound, joining a bill that also includes Pedestrian, Drums of Death and James Zabiela.

Full story at FACT

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Jan11

Flowdan – FACT Freestyles – Episode 5

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Dec27

Albion Collective Presents – EL-B

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It was only a few weeks back we kick started this feature series and it appears to be coming together nicely, Phaeleh last month, and now the one and only El-B is gracing us with his time and music. El-B is considered to be one of the key figures that took UK Garage from its raw form and and gave it some serious bass, opening the door to a fresh sound dynamic, and indirectly causing the worldwide explosion for dubstep.

El-B has remained illusive throughout his career, sporadically resurfacing with golden releases, so to host such a timeless legend on AC is an absolute honour, I got chatting with the man himself, so have a little read…

Throughout your career you’ve consistently adapted your style and sound whilst remaining underground, has this come naturally?

Yeh, just doing what comes natural to any producer coming from the club scene I suppose.

How much of an impact do you feel living in London had an impact on your career and sound even?

London (without its many music scenes) has had a massive influence on
my music. Some of my favourite combinations are city skylines & a good soundtrack. Or London rain at night & a big warm coat.

Full interview at Albion Collective

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Dec22

Elements January 2015 Lineup

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[ January 1, 2015 10:00 pm to January 2, 2015 2:00 am. ]

 

January 2015

01 New Years Day with John B

08 Siouxside

15 Evol Intent

22 Riedlinger

29 Elements 16 Year Anniversary Party!

Elements – DrumnBass Thursdays since 1999
Phoenix Landing
512 Mass Ave, Cambridge
19+ | 10pm – 2am

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