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Ski Sunday – An alternative view on the history of the UK Garage scene

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Underground Garage. Tha Sunday Scene. UK Garage. Speed Garage. Ragage…
Garage has always been a style of music dat gets you up and movin’… it’s also always been a style surrounded by controversy – all tha way from Larry Levan to DJ Luck… It’s come a long way from tha Paradise Garage, tha club that gave it it’s name, and it’s changed and split into one of tha most varied scenes in modern music. A lot of well repected US Garage DJs and producers, most notably Tony Humphries, have rejected tha UK’s version of Garage, and called it a cop-out from tha old skool New York vybe…

… but as far as Garage in tha UK goes, there are no rules – as we’ve all heard…

Why ‘Sunday’?
Back in 1993 and 1994, Garage had moved away and back into tha underground due to its rejection from mainstream clubs playing more house, jungle and even hardcore. Tha sound moved down to the unlikely location of tha South coast of England, where DJs such as tha Tuff Jam duo and the Dreem Teem would play at events like ‘Deja Vu’. Small raves and parties were springing up around inner city London and tha Jungle pirates were dying off in favor of tha new wave of underground Garage stations. Old skool originators Girls FM, London Underground, and Freek FM were joined by ICE, Magic and others later on (we now have over 30 when they’re all up). Most of tha DJs were playing their US Garage pitched up for these new audiences, and dropped these old classics alongside tha new tunes that were starting to emerge…

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[ May 29, 2015 9:30 pm to May 30, 2015 2:00 am. ]  
This next Shake! we’re bringing yet another wild double headliner strictly for the freaks featuring the Godfathers of Ghetto House / Booty Music:
Dance Mania’s DJ Funk and Parris Mitchell!

Back-to-back support from the Shake! residents:

Doors 9:30pm | 21+ | $10 before 11pm, $15 after
Good Life | 28 Kingston St, Boston, MA 02111

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CYCLE welcomes TOTAL SCIENCE (CIA- UK) 5/15 – Together Festival 2015

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[ May 15, 2015 9:30 pm to May 16, 2015 2:00 am. ]  
** LENORE **
** BASEK / EHT / FDOT (Tag Set) **

Good Life Boston
28 Kingston St, Boston, Massachusetts 02111
Friday, May 15 9:30pm – 2:00am

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Living with Vinyl – J Sweet Audio Interview

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05. Living with Vinyl – J Sweet – April 2015 by Hark1karan on Mixcloud

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The Universal Record – play any song on a turntable

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This Wednesday at The Half Door
1516 Hancock St, Quincy, Massachusetts

DJ NEVAMORE (Rump Shaka Prod)

G NOTORIOUS (SoulChampion)






This Wednesday at The Half Door
1516 Hancock St, Quincy, Massachusetts

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

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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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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…

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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…

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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.

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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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.

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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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