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Ecstasy island: This is the story of how MDMA reached the UK in 1988

It’s like a question from a pub quiz in a K-hole: what links a hippy chemist, Margaret Thatcher, a free love cult in Oregon, European football, and the Happy Mondays? The answer is Ecstasy. Here’s how. In the UK in early 1987, most city’s nightclubs were violent dens of sexual harrassment and terrible music. A […]

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SoundCloud launches a new digital distribution tool

Soundcloud is taking steps to empower its users and help them monetize their music with SoundCloud Premier – a digital distribution service that uploads a user’s original music posted on SoundCloud to other streaming platforms such as Spotify, YouTube Music, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Instagram and more so producers to get paid for their streams. While most digital […]

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NY police commander allegedly told officers to shoot 50 Cent “on sight”

New York Police DepartmentNew York Police Department commander Deputy Inspector Emanuel Gonzalez is under investigation for allegations that he issued a command to shoot 50 Cent “on sight” during a station roll call. NYPD Sergeant Jessica McRorie confirmed to CNN that the force is investigating the incident, which was not recorded and that reports say Gonzalez attempted to pass off […]

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Grandmaster Flash is a Polar Music Prize winner

Hip hop pioneer Grandmaster Flash has been named as one of the winners 2019 Polar Music Prize. Widely considered to be the musical equivalent of a Nobel Prize, the Polar Music Prize has been awarded to Grandmaster Flash, known for ‘The Message’ with the Furious Five, for his contributions to hip hop and DJ culture. Flash, real name Joseph Saddler, is credited […]

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Berlin clubs and politicians unite to make partying more sustainable

It is no secret that Berlin understands the value of its nightlife scene. The city’s local government has gone to great lengths to protect it and allow it to grow. Back in November, the Berlin government pledged €1 million to help nightclubs equip themselves with proper noise protection to “preserve the Berlin club culture” and “to ensure […]

FUSE resident and UK tech house hero Archie Hamilton, has announced that is debut album ‘Archive Fiction’ will drop on June via his Moscow Records imprint. The 10-track LP is a culmination of over a decade of production experience and showcases Hamilton’s ability to transcend the world of underground dance music. Drawing from his early Bristolian experiences and […]

London-based producer Otik will release his ‘Dioxide EP’ next month on DEXT Recordings, which will be the imprint’s first release of the year. The project is his second release on the label already put out his ‘Deep Red EP’ in 2017. The four-tracker features a suitably wonky remix of the title track by frequent Hessle Audio collaborator, Bruce. Otik has already […]

Berlin label Stroboscopic Artefacts has a new series of material coming out between June and October via its 10″ ‘Totem Series’, which launched last year with releases from label boss Lucy, Edfemin and L.B. Dub Corp. Shifted (pictured) kicks off the proceedings on June 21 with ‘The Light Touch’. Also featuring on the series is Zeitgeber, the collaborative project of label […]

Marco Carola appeared in front of a judge in an Ibiza court on Wednesday to respond to the multiple lawsuits he is facing after moving his Music On night from Amnesia to Pacha this year. He rejected all accusations in a brief appearance. Carola is being dually sued by his former promoter It’s All About The Music SL and Amnesia. The former […]

A recent study in the IMS Business Report found electronic music to be the third most popular music genre, with an estimated 1.5 billion listeners. A third of the 19,000 people asked said they typically listen to electronic, dance and house music, ranking it ahead of hip hop, rap and RnB Pop and rock music were the most […]

Late last year, Eliot Curtis – the Broadcast Operations Manager for KPIX Televisionin San Francisco – took on the task of repairing a Buchla Model 100 modular synthesizer that had been sitting dormant at Cal State University East Bay since the 1960s. While recently working on the repair, Curtis opened up a red module on the vintage synth […]

The famous Paris nightclub Concrete has been threatened with eviction after the owners of the barge that keeps the venue afloat on the banks of the Seine refused to renew the club’s license. The venue is actually a three-floor boat that plays host to the best house and techno acts from the world over since 2012. The […]

Any conversation about Bristol’s music scene can’t be had without mention of Love Saves The Day, the two-day festival that takes over Eastville Park on May Bank Holiday weekend. LSTD’s eighth edition takes place on May 25 and 26, once again bringing high-end stage designs and top-tier artists from around the world. Whether that be in house, techno, drum […]

Multi-faceted artist Virgil Abloh has designed his own CDJ and mixer in collaboration with Pioneer DJ that will be displayed at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. The transparent CDJ-2000NXS2 and DJM-900NXS2 were first revealed on Abloh’s Instagram and later debuted at his Coachella DJ set. Now the collab will be on display at his first museum exhibition entitled “FIGURES […]

A new systematic study of micro-dosing psychedelics that was published in the academic journal PLOS One earlier this month has yielded some fascinating results. The practice of micro-dosing is the administration of drug doses on a semi-regular schedule that is so low they are unlikely to produce whole-body effects, but high enough to allow the cellular […]

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