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Nov 20

Dada Life’s Olle Diagnosed With Cancer

Dada Life announced today that member Olle Cornéer (pictured, left) has been diagnosed with cancer, but it's "the best cancer you can get," and he's already begun the treatment necessary to be completely rid of it.

The news came via a blog post from Dada today, which goes into depth on the situation:

"As some of you know I’ve been away from the touring. And now I want to tell you why. In the beginning of September I went to the doctor. It was a Monday. On Wednesday I had surgery (moving fast is important). Since then I’ve been taking blood samples, going through x-rays and talking to doctors. And now I'm in chemotherapy.

"Yes, it’s cancer. But after talking to the doctors I've realized that this particular form really is "the best" cancer you can get. Most people that get treatment become completely free from it."
The news comes less than a year after the dance music world lost Bingo Players' Paul Baumer to cancer and only months after Dada Life counterpart Stefan Engblom was forced to miss a handful of shows while undergoing emergency surgery on his abdomen. Cornéer shares his experience after surgery and goes on to highlight how important Dada fans have been in his recovery:

"After coming home from surgery I laid in the dark of my room, feeling completely numb. Darkness outside, darkness inside. But pretty soon I got up. In a way the world outside had changed. Now it’s like I see the contrasts clearer. I see what’s important, and what’s not. Family, friends, of course. But also my large dysfunctional family – you. I have realized how important all of you are."
Cornéer also announced that he's been working on a side project called Night Gestalt, dabbling in music inspired by darkness that "doesn't really have a beat."

"It’s the stuff I hear inside my head after the lights go dark at a big show, alone winding down at night. I’ve decided to finish those songs and release them."
Cornéer is currently undergoing chemotherapy and hopes to be back touring with Dada Life by the end of the year. Until then, Engblom will preside over Dada Land solo.

"It won't be long until the bass hits you in the stomach and you look up towards stage and see two DADAS bouncing up and down smiling."
Read the complete message from Cornéer here.
Nov 20

ULTRA Europe Releases 2014 Aftermovie

Nov 20

10 Things We Learned From RL Grime’s Reddit AMA

It's been a busy week for trap icon RL Grime. Following the release of his highly anticipated debut album, VOID, the trap icon stopped by Reddit to answer questions from his fans, including how his debut album came together, his thoughts on working with rappers vs. DJs, and his opinion on goats.

1. How the concept for VOID came about.

“i began with the concept before making any music for it. in general i like to go in with an idea or something visual to work off of before i start making music. once the idea and concept was down, the album came together pretty organically. i worked with an amazing artist named david rudnick on the concept and identity of the album.”
2. How he feels about DJs who talk during shows.

“i mean ive been seeing all these dudes that talk over literally every song and it kind've kills the vibe for me. i like getting on here and there but i try to just let the music play for the most part.”
3. The difference between working with hip hop artists like Big Sean as opposed to other DJs.

“working with a hip hop artist is way different because i wanted to make sure to give him space on the record. big sean has such a realized sound already and i wanted to make sure to let him do his thing without overdoing it on the production side... ive worked with rappers in the past and for the most part its essentially just wasting time in the studio. sean was super professional and eager to work which was incredibly refreshing.”
4. His thoughts on vinyl and whether he will release VOID on vinyl.

"YES, we are releasing it probably sometime beginning of next year. the vinyl industry is pretty fucked right now because they are totally backlogged. thats why the core vinyl has taken so long to ship because there are a lot of people trying to get vinyls pressed but there are not as many manufacturers anymore.”
5. When it comes to 808s: sample or synthesizer? Go-to DAW? Favorite VST?

“i do both [samples and synthesizers]. i try to take a new approach to 808's in every song--usuaally make them but sometimes sample... [For DAWs] i use reason mostly, but rewire with ableton (i use only stock things in ableton) for audio stuff... i dont use any vst’s.”
6. His favorite tracks on VOID.

“golden state or julia... julia is a sound [I] sampled in that record. its on this list of unexplained sounds that i found on wikipedia. its basically the sound of an enormous iceberg moving. you can find more info on it here"
9. What he was listening to while recording VOID.

“music has a right to the children [Boards of Canada], aleph [Gesaffelstein], fat of the land [The Prodigy], take care< [Drake]”
8. Can you do a collab with Gesaffelstein?

"would love to at some point. hes one of my favorite producers and aleph was def top 3 albums of the yr for me”
9. What he would do if he woke up one morning as Drake.

“call nicki.”
10. You like goats?

"ya lol"
Read the full AMA over on Reddit here.
Nov 20

Armin van Buuren’s Top 100 Anthems

Armin Van Buuren asked his fans to vote for their favourite songs among his many and varied productions, with a hope of getting a Top 20 list. The response was so great, however, that the results now take the shape of a definitive Top 100 list, including 50 "never-before-released edits."

For the discerning Armin fan, there are few surprises in the list, but it certainly displays the vast scope of his work over the past 17 years. Hitting the top spot is his recent smash This Is What It Feels Like, while one of his earliest productions, 1997's Blue Fear, sits in fourth place. Indeed, the ten highest ranked songs are made up of a healthy mix of the new and the old, with Ping Pong sharing a platform alongside Communication, showing that even in 2014, Armin's fanbase is as diverse as his back catalog.

You can listen to the Top 100 playlist in full via Spotify, along with an audio commentary version from Armin himself.

Top 10 Armin Anthems
01. Armin van Buuren feat. Trevor Guthrie – This Is What It Feels Like
02. Armin van Buuren feat. Sharon den Adel – In And Out Of Love
03. Armin van Buuren feat. Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Not Giving Up On Love
04. Armin van Buuren – Ping Pong
05. Armin van Buuren – Blue Fear
06. Armin van Buuren feat. Laura V. – Drowning (Avicii Radio Edit)
07. Armin van Buuren feat. Justine Suissa – Burned With Desire (Rising Star Edit)
08. Armin van Buuren – Hystereo
09. Armin van Buuren – We Are Here To Make Some Noise
10. Armin van Buuren – Communication
Nov 19

‘No Reason’ Not To Dance To Giraffage’s New EP

Giraffage’s hipster demeanor and quirky Twitter persona might not scream proficiency in crafting the baby-making vibes of future bass, but don’t let this throw you, because he is quickly establishing himself as one of the genre’s leading innovators. He released his EP No Reason this week on Fool’s Gold Records, and it’ll have you dancing down to the very last bedspring effect.

Seems fitting to open the EP with the track Hello--a simple introductory phrase, but Giraffage has strategically placed enough phone effects throughout to really drive home the meaning of "hello." From a dial tone to a hold signal to an incoming message chime, it’s all represented in this track against a backdrop of double-time hi-hats and squealing synth work.

Tell Me progresses smoothly and again integrates those signature trap hi-hats and rim shots throughout the track. Broken-up vocals cry, “can you tell me?” as if the caller didn't get the message from the last track, Hello.

If Giraffage was looking to expand on the EP’s title of No Reason, the third track, Chocolate, certainly plays along with the comedic disconnect between all the of the EP’s track names. It opens with swirling chords before expanding into a bevy of future bass effects including the never absent bedspring and vocal clips to pay homage to the genre’s hip-hop roots.

The last two tracks Anxiety and Be With You keep with chill trap attitude with their fair share of pitched-up vocals between both tracks.

All bedsprings and high-pitched vocals aside, Giraffage’s track arrangements are beautifully constructed. Even the most nuanced effects get their fair share of exposure within each track. Whether you prefer the term "chill trap" or "future bass," Giraffage continues to prove that he has no issue producing gem after gem alongside his heavy-hitting contemporaries Cashmere Cat, Lido and even Flume.

Pick it up here on Beatport.
Giraffage - Hello [Fool's Gold]
Giraffage - Tell Me [Fool's Gold]
Giraffage - Chocolate [Fool's Gold]
Giraffage - Anxiety [Fool's Gold]
Giraffage - Be With You [Fool's Gold]