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America’s Best DJ Contest Awards Bass Boomers

Posted: September 10th, 2014

Bass is the place, says 2014’s America's Best DJ poll, sponsored by Pioneer DJ USA and DJ Times. Congratulations go out to beloved bass boomers like Dieselboy (#23), A-Trak (#3), Bassnectar (#4), 12th Planet (#45), Shogun (#26), DJ Craze (#39), Kill the Noise (#31), Skrillex (#5), Dillon Francis (#7), Carnage (#15), Vice (#11), DJ Godfather (#27), and others!

“It feels good to be recognized for DJing on a list in which I didn’t wear a Halloween costume, throw food at people, or crowd surf on people’s faces,” says Dieselboy of his achievement. “This is a win for real DJing and drum & bass.”

See the complete list here.

 

By Lori Denman-Underhill

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Andy C Recruits Ravers to Donate Bone Marrow

Posted: September 9th, 2014

Andy C took a philanthropic turn at the recent SW4 festival in London in an effort to promote awareness for bone marrow transplants. As he explains, the “Give a Spit” campaign seeks to take the phrase “Last Night a DJ Saved My Life” to a whole new level. “It’s your age group in particular that will make a difference,” said the RAM Records label boss.

Statistics say that every 20 minutes a person is diagnosed with blood cancer.  UK blood cancer charity and bone marrow register Anthony Nolan—an organization that matches 1,000 individuals in need of bone marrow transplants with willing donors each year—set up shop at SW4 on August 29 and 30 and tested festival attendees for eligibility.

Watch Andy C’s video below, where he explains the process of donating blood stem cells to those with blood cancer.

By Lori Denman-Underhill

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Netsky to Tour North America

Posted: September 8th, 2014

Netsky has announced new plans for his Stay Up With Me North American fall tour, which will feature a live band that includes drummer Michael Schack, keyboardist Babel, and vocalist Script MC. Netsky’s new single “Running Low” (featuring Beth Ditto)—along with classic tunes and other tracks from his upcoming third album on Ultra Music—will undoubtedly be showcased. 

Tour stops will include Seattle, Phoenix, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, and Chicago, with a closing date in Washington D.C. on Dec. 13. For more info on Netsky’s newest releases, including the single “Running Low,” check our recent story.

By Lori Denman-Underhill

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Safe in Sound Tickets Now On Sale!

Posted: September 5th, 2014

You’ve heard about Safe in Sound Festival's banging speaker system. Now, we're bringing you the news that Bassrush is presenting the October 16 installment of the 20-city tour at the Hollywood Palladium and tickets are now on sale! Flux Pavilion, Adventure Club, Destroid, Caked Up and Terravita will be creating some low-end magic on a one-of-a-kind speaker system. PK Sound will be enhancing the show with a 150,000-watt rig that the company says is the most "powerful touring sound system" ever used in dance music. This is seriously something you have to hear to believe. To get your tickets to Bassrush Presents: Safe in Sound, click here

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Legion & Logam Rise Up on Program

Posted: September 4th, 2014

Rising high in the dance charts is the hit “House of Cards” (feat. Adam Wright) by Atlanta’s Legion and Logam. Junglists have their ears on this on Program Records track, as well as the b-side, “Solace,” another new guitar and percussion-based release which is now being played on Beatport. AK1200 shared his support:

“So proud to see these guys finally get the attention they deserve. They have been at it for a long while, and have been a huge participating factor in the growth of drum & bass here in the US. They are always out supporting the sounds and fellow artists and DJs alike, and some of the nicest guys you could ever meet. Their tunes keep getting better and better, and I cannot wait to see what's coming next.”

“There was no real direction stylistically other than quality production with a musical structure, something more or less ‘timeless,’” Hunter (Legion) Lee said of the release. “We wanted to combine mainstream US pop sounds with underground UK rhythms; something slightly different on offer than the currently oversaturated market of tech bangers that are easily disposed of in a week’s time.”

A recent, 60-minute RAM Records mix, featuring a selection of the duo’s newer and older material, is on BBC Radio 1xtra. This session also includes top D&B acts Delta Heavy, Sub Focus, Prototypes, Stealth, Spektrum, Ed Rush & Optical and more.

“What I love about ‘House of Cards’ is that not only is it our first track together, but it’s really just the result of two artists seriously vibing together,” Griffin (Logam) said about the synergy with his partner.

 

By Lori Denman-Underhill

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Icicle Chills in the US

Posted: August 28th, 2014

Catch the chill from top drum & bass artist Icicle while you can. He’s got a new single, a forthcoming album, and is in Los Angeles tonight, ready to cool the city down.

His mini tour includes stops tonight at L.A.’s longest running drum & bass weekly, Respect, New York’s Webster Hall on Friday, and Denver’s Vinyl Basement on Saturday. Then he’s off to Europe and Croatia before a more extensive tour is announced after the album release.

The album drops around Halloween, yet junglists are getting their fix of the single (featuring MC Metropolis of Foreign Beggers) entitled “The Edge,” which was recently played on BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Drum & Bass Soundclash. The two-track single features also features a collaboration with UK MC Skittles. Icicle, born Jeroen Snik, met up with Bassrush while visiting L.A. and described the new album, due out on Shogun Audio, this way:

The album is made up of [mostly] drum & bass, with dubstep and some experimental electronica mixed in. It features an overall dark and progressive sound palette , [but] a few lighter moments, too. There are collabs on there with Mefjus, Proxima and vocalists like SPMC and Sarah Hezen, who is an amazing female vocalist we came across.”

Tickets for tonight’s L.A. show can be purchased here.

 

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By Lori Denman-Underhill

 

 

 

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