An Update on Site Performance

Over the last 18 months, we’ve made a lot of changes to Beatport. We relaunched the store with a new technology platform, added a streaming music service, and expanded our video and news properties. While most of these added some […] The post An Update on Site Performance appeared first … Continue reading

The Beat Goes On

Earlier today, news broke that our parent company SFX Entertainment introduced a financial reorganization plan that includes both new financing and filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. All Beatport users, customers, and partners should rest assured knowing that this action […] The post The Beat Goes On appeared first on … Continue reading

Beatport Sounds to Replace Sounds/To/Sample

Beatport Sounds to Replace Sounds/To/Sample

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When Sounds/To/Sample first launched, the goal was to reinvent how producers, DJs, and other music creators could discover and acquire the sounds, loops, and samples they needed to pursue their creative expression.

We’ve been honored to serve this wonderful creative community since then. But it’s time for a change. The Sounds/To/Sample site is beginning to show its age, and the digital landscape around us has evolved dramatically. We feel the best way to continue serving the loyal customers who have supported us over the years is to migrate the store over to Beatport Sounds.

Sounds/To/Sample will remain operational through the end of the year. On Jan. 1, 2016, all traffic to the site will automatically redirect to Beatport Sounds. But we encourage all our customers to make the switch to Beatport Sounds on their own before then.

Other than a new url (sounds.beatport.com) and a new look/feel, we expect a smooth transition. The catalog is almost exactly the same, and the prices are identical. What’s more, Sounds users will also have access to the Beatport store to buy tracks, releases, and STEMS, all from the same cart and user account. Additionally, Beatport Sounds will benefit from the full weight of the Beatport developer and technical support teams, as well as marketing, label relations, and much more.

We know this will take some getting used to, but we view this not as an end, but rather a beginning. Our support team is here to help address any questions or concerns at support@beatport.com. But the best way to get started is to just jump in—go to sounds.beatport.com now and start using the platform.

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5 Mixes to Warm You Up for Sun City Music Festival

5 Mixes to Warm You Up for Sun City Music Festival

This weekend in El Paso, TX is going to be a scorcher, and in more ways than one. On September 5 and 6, Sun City Music Festival is coming to town for its fifth year at Ascarate Park with an artist roster packing more heat than the weather forecast.

Hardwell and Armin van Buuren have been tasked with headlining the event, with a strong supporting cast that ranges from main stage heavyweights Galantis, NERVO, Dash Berlin and DVBBS to bass-mongers Brillz, Borgore, Jauz and Zeds Dead; along with a Beatport stage boasting some solid house and techno. To prepare for the festival, we’ve compiled a few mixes that will get your ears and muscles warmed up for the long days and nights ahead.

[Photo by Rukes]

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LANE 8

Before he officially starts on his US tour next week, Lane 8 is bringing major house heat to Sun City. The San Francisco-turned-German transplant will be hitting the festival’s first day on the Beatport stage just as night falls, setting the tone for Claptone, Hot Since 82 and Dubfire.

Having recently released his debut album, Rise, there’s high probability that Lane 8 will bust out more than a few cuts to celebrate, but the 90-minute slot gives him ample space to explore the deep, dark and progressive corners of the house spectrum to fit the occasion. His latest mix for Anjunadeep makes for a good primer.

When: Saturday, 8:15 – 9:45pm
Where: Beatport Stage

GTA

GTA

As GTA’s mantra goes, “Death to genres,” and it definitely applies to their mixes. The boys are less concerned with labels than they are about making dancefloors move with a widespread arsenal packed with everything from jungle terror and big-room to ear-wormy rap acapellas and a lot of bass.

With a primetime slot booked at the Main Stage, GTA’s set will seem less like a regular festival gig and more like a massive, raucous house party with thousands of your friends. Let the debauchery commence.

When: Saturday, 9:30 – 10:30pm
Where: Main Stage

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ODESZA

For those looking to take the first day relatively easy, Odesza’s headlining set atop the Bass Dunes stage will be a dreamy session beneath the stars.

The Seattle-hailing duo have been on the ascent for nearly three years, and can already count appearances at Coachella and Lightning in a Bottle among their achievements; but their second album, 2014’s In Return, helped elevate them to a new level of stardom with its experimental-yet-accessible approach to chilled-out bass music. Catch them in El Paso before they jet off on the next big step in their career: a bona fide world tour.

When: Saturday, 12:45 – 2am
Where: Bass Dunes Stage

NERVO

NERVO

In a packed touring schedule between dates at Electric Zoo and their Omnia Las Vegas residency, Mim and Liv of NERVO are squeezing in an appearance at SCMF with their newly released their debut album, Collateral, in tow.

The Australian twin-duo are tasked with following high-octane acts such as Jauz, Borgeous and Zeds Dead on the Main Stage, so expect to hear them at their energetic best before handing the floor over to headliner Hardwell. The latest episode of their Nervo Nation radio show is an example of their ability to pick out the hits that will get the crowd’s hands up in the air from start to finish.

When: Sunday, 11:30pm – 12:30am
Where: Main Stage

Adam Beyer

ADAM BEYER

El Paso is a long way from Stockholm, but leave it to Adam Beyer to bring the essence of Swedish techno overseas to Sun City.

The Drumcode boss is bringing his room-filling, heads-down sound to the Beatport stage on SCMF’s second day alongside partner Ida Engberg and fellow techno torchbearer Chris Liebing with a peak-time slot prime for late-night dancefloor demolition. What better way to close out the weekend than in a blaze of glory?

When: Sunday, 11pm – 12:30am
Where: Beatport Stage

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Technics is Releasing a New Turntable for Audiophiles in 2016

After being discontinued for five years, the Technics turntable is back.

“We are sure that retailers and consumers will understand that our product range has to reflect the accelerating transformation of the entire audio market from analogue to digital,” parent company Panasonic explained, when they discontinued the SL-1200 back in 2010.

Now, they’ve changed their tune, announcing that Technics will return with a new turntable at its annual IFA press conference in Berlin recently. “Turntables are a very iconic product for the Technics brand,” Technics director Michiko Ogawa told Wired, who broke the story. “It is important to show our sincere dedication [to that]. The turntable market is very small, but it is a very important brand product.”

The updated model will differ from the classic SL-1200 body that we are used to, however. The as-yet-unnamed turntable boasts an aluminum redesign that appears geared towards audiophiles, for whom the market is indeed “very small,” more so than DJs, for whom the market would presumably be wider (albeit less willing to spend $100k on a turntable), given Technics’ iconic status. In fact, the new turntable doesn’t even appear to have a tone arm. Check out the specs here, if you speak audiophile.

There are no further details on the product’s price or availability, but it appears that the turntable is not alone, as Ogawa also announced several other new Technics products, including a high-end HiFi network amp, a ‘Premium Class’ all-in-one Hi-Fi speaker system and premium stereo headphones with 100Hz-capable sound quality.

Panasonic initially relaunched Technics back in 2014 with a pair of high-end (in the $20K range) audio systems, so the new direction is not completely out of the blue. Can’t wait to see the audiophile outrage when Craze does his first routine.

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Porter Robinson Teams With Tokyo Brand Galaxxxy On New Streetwear Line

In news we should’ve seen coming, Kawaii enthusiast and all-around sharp dresser Porter Robinson has collaborated on a new clothing line. The vibe? You guessed it: streetwear straight out of Harajuku, Tokyo’s hub for weird and wonderful fashion.

The project sees Porter getting together with his “absolute favorite Japanese streetwear brand” galaxxxy to create a unisex hat, hoodie and long tee bearing the distinctive Worlds design. It’s a “super-limited run” so expect super-comitted fans to be rushing this store link right about now.

Meanwhile, the Worlds album recently hit its one-year anniversary, and the producer has been on a seemingly non-stop tour. This summer alone, he took the Worlds live show to Australia, Japan (aka, his happy place) and Europe, with North American festival dates at HARD Summer, Outside Lands and Moonrise. Following a main stage slot at Mysteryland in The Netherlands this weekend, the roadshow carries on to the likes of North Coast, TBD Festival and TomorrowWorld in September. Pay special attention to what the star of the show is wearing.

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Watch Afrojack Creating New Music Live From His Studio

At the tail-end of another whirlwind summer, big-room pro Afrojack is getting back in the production groove. Tonight (Friday, August 28) the Dutchman is set to work on a new track from his studio, and you can watch the process on Beatport Live. (He’s also celebrating one million followers on SoundCloud, so the occasion calls for making more music.) In between creating the track, Afrojack will field questions from fans.

Afrojack has been consistent with the output of originals and remixes so far in 2015, including the chart-ready pop single “SummerThing!” with Mike Taylor. His tour schedule has taken him to festival main stages like Tomorrowland (where he also played a warm-up set under his real name Nick van de Wall) and Ultra Europe, alongside regular trips to Las Vegas for his residency at lavish superclub Omnia. Get into his Beatport Live studio session below from 7pm CET.

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Listen: Nero’s New Mini-Mix Has a Very Unexpected Tracklist

Leading up to the release of their sophomore album, Between II Worlds, UK trio Nero are keeping their momentum strong with a new ‘At The Movies’ mini-mix made for Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1.

Clocking in at just over five minutes, the mix somehow manages to pack in a wide array of cinematically inspired music clips into its short duration. It opens with the iconic 20th Century Fox intro before delving into a disco-tinged riff of the Star Wars theme. Keeping the disco flare at the forefront, Nero layer in the famous Kill Bill siren along with Paul McCartney’s “Live And Let Die,” the signature tune for the 1973 James Bond movie of the same name.

The entire mix is a slice of nostalgia that spans multiple generations; even overlaying Kavinsky’s anthem “Nightcall” (made popular by the Ryan Gosling epic Drive) over Underworld’s “Born Slippy” and Eminem’s 8-Mile rap ballad “Lose Yourself.” A few classic sound-bites also make their way into the mix at strategic breaks to give the mix a full-bodied representation of cinematic history.

Listen to Nero’s ‘At the Movies’ mini-mix below. Following Between II Worlds‘ release on September 11, they’re heading out on a North American tour that’s stopping in cities such as New York City, Washington DC, Boston, Detroit, Edmonton, San Francisco and more.

[Photo via Nero’s Facebook]

Tracklist
20th Century Fox theme
Vangelis – Chariots of Fire Theme
Galactic Force band – Theme From Star Trek
Meco – Star Wars: Title Theme
Brad Feidel – Terminator II Main Title Theme
Alan Silvestri – Back to the Future
Lalo Schifrin – Theme From Enter the Dragon
Quincy Jones – Ironside
Wings – Live and Let Die
Kool and the Gang – Jungle Boogie
John Williams – E.T. Main Theme
Richard Strauss – Thus Spake Zarathustra
John Williams – The Conversation
Steppenwolf – Born To Be Wild
Blondie – Atomic
Ennio Morricone – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Titles)
Harold Faltermeyer – Intro / Bakersfield
Vangelis – Bladerunner (Main Titles)
Underworld – Born Slippy
Nero – Into The Past
Bernard Herrman – Prelude and Rooftop (Vertigo)
John Carpenter – Escape From New York (Main Title)
Eminem – Lose Yourself
Kavinsky – Nightcall
Michael Jackson – Speed Demon
Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells
Queen – Flash’s Theme
Harold Faltermeyer – Axel F
Clint Mansell – Winter Overture (Requiem for a Dream)
Mahler – Adegietto (From Symphony No.5) (Death in Venice)
Sound of Cinema – James Horner (BBC Radio 3)
Whitney Houston – I Will Always Love You
Prince – Purple Rain
John Williams – Jurassic Park Theme
John Williams – Main Title (Theme From ‘Jaws’)
Elton John – Circle Of Life

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Watch This Classic Documentary Featuring Young Versions of Your Favorite DJs

Modulations: Cinema for the Ear is a 1998 documentary which Create Digital Music recently unearthed, featuring an insane lineup of pioneering DJs and innovators, covering a vast swathe of the “electronica” scene, capturing “a moment in history where humans and machines are fusing to create today’s most exciting sounds.”

The film features interviews with Arman Van Helden, Juan Atkins, Derrick May, Arthur Baker, LTJ Bukem, Orbital, Pierre Henry, Prodigy, Danny Tenaglia, Sasha, Squarepusher, Robert Moog, John Cage, a young turntablist named A-Trak and many more. The cast is basically a who’s-who of electronic music in the late ’90s – it’s interesting to note which names are still relevant which are now unfamiliar.

Modulations also includes some pretty classic footage, from the Love Parade in Berlin to Popkomm, Sonar and WMC, to Seurgon playing a rave in Brooklyn that gets busted up by NYPD. If you ever wondered what it was actually like back in the (latter) day, here you go.

The film “examines the kids who have turned the turntable into a musical instrument, disillusioned disco lovers who created acid house out of primitive synthesizers, Motor City mavericks who saw the drum machine as their escape route out of urban neglect, and a generation of British youth who transformed these blips and bleeps into dance floor anthems of their own alienation.”

It also features a kid sampling a fax machine. Watch Modulations in full below.

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There’s a New Movie Coming About the Days of Legal Ecstasy in Dallas

Remember the days when ecstasy was legal in Dallas, Texas? No? Good thing there’s a movie coming to school you, then.

As reported by Variety, a scripted feature film about one of the most fascinating chapters in US rave history has just been green-lit. It’s set in Dallas, Texas during the 1980s era of legal ecstasy, when clubs and warehouse parties across the city were feeling the uninhibited serotonin rush.

The project has a pretty intriguing team behind it, too. Former NBA player Steve Nash is one of the executive producers (he spent six seasons in Dallas), local dance music trailblazer Wade Randolph Hampton (aka DJ WishFM) is involved, and the director is Dori Oskowitz, whose resume includes music videos for Pharrell, Cee-Lo and Jack White. Oskowitz also directed the 30-minute original film Blackout for Thump, which no doubt helped him land the gig.

“I am excited to bring this remarkable story and piece of cultural anthropology to the screen with my partners at Meathawk and Prettybird,” producer Braxton Pope told Variety. “Dori is a skilled visual storyteller with a narrative sensibility, and with his extensive music background is the perfect choice to explore this world.”

The Dallas story also inspired an earlier film project, the low-budget documentary Warriors of the Discotheque: The Starck Club. Director Joseph F. Alexandre focuses on the reign of the Starck Club, a converted warehouse that hosted the city’s wildest parties in the 1980s. After ecstasy was made illegal in 1985, the club found itself at the center of a police crackdown. The Starck Club closed in 1989. You can watch the eye-opening trailer for Warriors of the Discotheque here.

There’s another documentary coming on the subject, too. After raising funds on Kickstarter, filmmaking team Michael Cain and Miles Hargrove are putting the finishing touches on The Starck Club. As Hargrove put it to the New York Times, “There’s this image of Dallas that it’s all big hair and big boobs and vacuous people. [The Starck] was the first time that Dallas was put on the map for something else, something that was cool and ahead of the curve. That’s probably the reason why it still resonates with people to this day.”

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Ben UFO Cancels North American Shows Due to Visa Issues

Ben UFO Cancels North American Shows Due to Visa Issues

UK DJ Ben UFO is the latest foreign artist to be forced to cancel upcoming US and Canada dates due to visa issues.

The Hessle Audio boss was scheduled to play B2B with fellow UK DJ Joy Orbison, landing in Vancouver tonight and moving on to San Francisco on Friday (Aug 21) and LA’s FYF festival on Saturday, along with a warehouse party or two, all of which have been canceled.

Ben cited “technical faults” on the US State Department’s side, which apparently have stalled or forced quite a few artists to cancel tours this summer.

“The embassy are still in possession of my passport,” Ben explains in a Facebook post which you can read below, concluding “as to what this means, your guess is as good as mine.”

Joy O will reportedly continue to play the SF and LA dates solo, but the Vancouver show has been canceled. Total bummer, Ben UFO is one of the best DJs out. Well, here’s his latest Rinse FM podcast.

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Watch Lightning in a Bottle Festival’s Music & Yoga-Powered Aftermovie

“We came, we loved, we LIBed,” begins the description of Lightning in a Bottle festival‘s 2015 aftermovie – and it’s all Namaste from there on.

Taking place at Lake San Antonio in the central California town of Bradley from May 22-25, LIB 2015 boasted its biggest crowd yet – selling out for the first time in its 15-year history, with over 20,000 attendees, a 33-percent increase from the year before.

But that’s not all it boasted! Southern California’s answer to Burning Man also featured the following highlights, which you can view in the aftermovie below, set to RL Grime’s “Scylla”:

“The Villages powerful Sacred Fire Opening Ceremony, Cheri Rae & Sheela Bringi empowering Yoga Namaste with F*ck Yeah Yoga!, Daniel Raphael leading an equally emotional and beautiful meditation in the Temple, Sunday Morning Revival at the Grand Artique, the powerful Water Ceremony in the Temple, Guru Singh bringing his special Kundalini class to Yoga Om, Aiesha Cosmos enlightening the Temple on the sacred Mayan Calendar, Dennis McKenna’s Renegade Book Reading in the Village and so many more!”

In case you’re wondering, you can also view “Musical Memories” – aka clips of Koan Sound, Bob Moses, Tycho, G Jones and Flume. Namaste.

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Banksy’s Twisted Theme Park Dismaland is Open, and It Has DJs

Banksy’s Twisted Theme Park Dismaland is Open, and It Has DJs

Of all the parties in the world, getting the call-up to play Friday night at Banksy’s just-opened ‘bemusement park’ has to rate highly. Over the next month, a lineup of DJs and live acts – including Massive Attack, Run The Jewels, Sleaford Mods, DJ Yoda and Peanut Butter Wolf – will travel to the UK seaside town of Weston-super-Mare to join in the Dismaland weirdness.

Taking over a 2.5-acre derelict site, Dismaland is described by Banksy as “a festival of art, amusements and entry-level anarchism,” and it has already kicked off a blitz of media coverage in the UK. (You can watch the BBC’s video tour here.)

The park is open five weeks only from this weekend, and it’s not exactly fun for all ages. As you’ll see on the detailed ‘park plan’ at the official website, the attractions include a boat pond peopled by asylum seekers, a loan shop for kids, the Grim Reaper riding a bumper car, and Cinderella’s Castle, which ominously simulates “how it feels to be a real princess.” Meanwhile, a riot control vehicle used on the streets of Northern Ireland is reimagined as a water feature.

Three large galleries showcase a sprawling collection of art from Banksy, Damien Hirst and others. “I banned any imagery of Mickey Mouse from the site,” Banksy writes in a statement. “It’s a showcase for the best lineup of artists I could imagine, apart from the two who turned me down.”

We’re not exactly sure where in this fairground of fucked-up dreams you’ll find the musical acts on Friday nights, but it certainly looks like a good time. Massive Attack in particular – with their steely political convictions and charged live visuals – feel perfect for this setting. (It won’t hurt that Pussy Riot is warming up, too.) Check out the live events schedule below, and all the other attractions you don’t usually see in a sleepy seaside setting.

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