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Flying Lotus apologises after defending the Gaslamp Killer over rape allegations

Delivered... Ben Beaumont-Thomas | Scene | Tue 17 Oct 2017 10:28 am

The Grammy-nominated producer, who told an audience ‘the internet is a liar’, admitted his comments were insensitive

Grammy-nominated electronic music producer Flying Lotus has apologised after he made comments supporting fellow producer the Gaslamp Killer, who has been accused of rape.

The Gaslamp Killer has been accused of drugging and raping a woman and her friend in 2013 – one posted an account of the alleged attack on Twitter. He has since issued a statement denying the allegations, saying: “I would never hurt or endanger a woman. I would never drug a woman, and I would never put anyone in a situation where they were not in control, or take anything that they weren’t offering.”

Related: #MeToo named the victims. Now, let's list the perpetrators | Jessica Valenti

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No Bounds festival review – pristine rhythms, punky noise and visceral electronic thrills

Delivered... Chal Ravens | Scene | Mon 16 Oct 2017 1:45 pm

Various venues, Sheffield
Terre Thaemlitz’s polemic kicked off an extraordinary festival celebrating everything electronic, from Jeff Mills’ minimalism to Giant Swan’s improv rave

Rare is the music festival that kicks off with an audiovisual polemic against reproduction pieced together from blurry clips of Japanese pornography – but then not every music festival is bold enough to book Terre Thaemlitz as its opening act. The Kawasaki-based DJ is always good for an unorthodox viewpoint, and by the end of this thrillingly provocative presentation a room full of twentysomething ravers find themselves unexpectedly committed to the destruction of the nuclear family.

Thaemlitz’s disturbing, thought-provoking show adds a brief political frisson to a festival that’s otherwise all about the sheer thrill of electronic sound. Sheffield’s legacy as a crucible of electronic innovation seems to hold little sway over this first edition of No Bounds, which draws its lineup from around the world – though local computer-music elder Mark Fell is given a hero’s welcome, a testament to this crowd’s appetite for challenging rhythms.

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No alternative: how brands bought out underground music

Delivered... Rachel Aroesti | Scene | Mon 16 Oct 2017 1:06 pm

Timberland hosts rap gigs. Princess Nokia makes films for Maybelline. And Red Bull is the new school of rock. Have brand partnerships destroyed counterculture? Or are they all that’s keeping it alive?

Timberland hosts rap gigs. Princess Nokia makes films for Maybelline. And Red Bull is the new school of rock. Have brand partnerships destroyed counterculture? Or are they all that’s keeping it alive?

Kiran Gandhi (@madamegandhi stage name: Madame Gandhi) is an activist and electronic music artist. The former drummer for M.I.A. and the iconic free-bleeding runner at the 2015 London Marathon, she now writes music that celebrates the female voice. The womens #SUPERSTAR Slip-On is available now.

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High Contrast: Night Gallery review – muscular rhythms, winning melodies

Delivered... Damien Morris | Scene | Sun 8 Oct 2017 8:00 am
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Lincoln Barrett pushes himself further out of his drum’n’bass comfort zone on this sixth High Contrast album, with varying results. Disconcerting glam call-to-arms Shotgun Mouthwash (which puts forward the uncontroversial proposition that the former is “a good substitute” for the latter) doesn’t quite succeed, but on the marvellous, audacious Tobacco Road he effectively invents drum’n’blues. Barrett’s latest shot for the charts, The Beat Don’t Feel the Same, is tepid Chic-ish house, yet the previous single, Questions, is a glorious success. The best songs are smart, bassy takes on EDM, blending muscular rhythms and winning melodies reminiscent of Barrett’s anthemic Adele remixes.

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The month’s best music: Post Malone, Björk, Lorenzo Senni and more

Delivered... Ben Beaumont-Thomas and Rachel Aroesti | Scene | Mon 2 Oct 2017 12:29 pm

From Charlotte Gainsbourg’s delicate minimalism to kick-ass indie-punk by Dream Wife – plus Somali disco and elegant techno – here are 50 of the month’s best tracks

Last month we launched the first of an ongoing series at the Guardian where we round up 50 of the month’s best tracks, across all genres – and tell you a bit more about 10 of the most exciting ones below. You can subscribe to the playlists via various streaming services in this widget, and let us know what you think in the comments. Google Play Music users can access the playlist here.

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Andrew Weatherall: Qualia review – sumptuous take on dancefloor solitude

Delivered... Damien Morris | Scene | Sun 1 Oct 2017 8:00 am
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Qualia” is a lovely word for the private sensations of experience. Or the private experience of sensations. Either way, it’s an excellent take on the communal solitude of the dancefloor, all of us alone together. Appropriately, where Weatherall’s last album Convenanza was largely expansive and vocal-led, Qualia is more insular and instrumental. Over the last few years, the DJ-producer has been proselytising for slower, lower dance music, but this set goes for a mid-paced, light feel with live-sounding drums, no brass and little bass. Apart from Vorfreude 2’s militant chug, it’s unexceptional. Sumptuous listening, immaculately constructed, but lacking the malevolent heft of his classics.

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LCD Soundsystem review – euphoric dancefloor pop reignited

Delivered... Jude Rogers | Scene | Sun 17 Sep 2017 3:59 pm

The Warehouse Project, Manchester
Six years after a farewell tour, frontman James Murphy gets back under the glitterball to revive his special brand of thunderous, emotional dance music

At midnight in Manchester, blue neon bathes the bricks of a former air-raid shelter under Piccadilly station. The floor is sardined with young clubbers and ageing, ecstatic ravers, all heralding a band currently at No 1 in the US.

Related: LCD Soundsystem: American Dream review – virtuosic comeback full of harmonies and humblebrags | Album of the week

Related: LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy: ‘I was a joke. My wife said I was going to die’

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10 of the best clubs in Paris – chosen by the experts

Delivered... Interviews by Will Coldwell | Scene | Wed 13 Sep 2017 6:30 am

House, techno, grime and hip-hop all get ear-space at Paris’s coolest clubs. In this selection, local DJs, producers and promoters share their favourites

Nuits Fauves opened in June 2016 beneath the Wanderlust as a “warehouse solution” for central Paris.

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‘We were just clowning about’: how cartoon rave changed pop

Delivered... Ben Cardew | Scene | Mon 11 Sep 2017 11:45 am

Twenty-five years ago, the British charts exploded with cheap and cheerful songs such as Sesame’s Treet, Trip to Trumpton and Ebeneezer Goode, that turned a whole generation on to dance music

Underage discos could be pretty strange in the early 1990s. You’d get a blast of Nirvana; maybe even REM for the more sophisticated pre-teen. But you were also guaranteed to hear at least one example of speaker-rattling, drug-referencing rave music that borrowed samples of children’s TV tunes for its hooks – samples that its pre-teen audience was too young to have nostalgia for.

Related: Machines of loving grace: how Artificial Intelligence helped techno grow up

It was pretty bizarre. I had to do Top of the Pops, then carry on working as a chef

There was a time when I'd get annoyed that people would ​be ​go​ing​ on about this tune like it was a joke

Related: Cult heroes: Altern-8, the pop jesters who took rave music to the playground

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‘The hippie dream is still alive’: how Ibiza went from techno to boho

Delivered... Will Coldwell | Scene | Fri 8 Sep 2017 12:32 pm

Railing against VIP areas and generic EDM are a crop of promoters tapping into the original spirit of Ibiza: bohemianism, Balearic beat and cosmic alignment

It’s Friday afternoon in Ibiza, the sun is beating down and I’ve arrived at an old army barracks in the centre of the Spanish clubbing mecca for the inaugural Aniwa Gathering. It resembles a rave; the police, naturally, have already tried to close it down. But despite the troupes of hippies, decorative canopies and the totem pole demarcating the entrance, it is most definitely not a rave.

While the tech house superclubs prepare for another night of narcotics and vest-clad fist pumping, this is an event singing to a different tune. If you’ve ever wondered what happens when a former Brazilian model and a ex-director of a tech startup discover ayahuasca, then you’ve found your answer: they launch a foundation dedicated to the promotion of indigenous culture, start a festival and fly in 40 spiritual leaders from around the world to lead a series of talks, performances and ceremonies including the ritualistic sharing of cacao, the consumption of “plant medicine” and sweat lodges. Whatever your poison, Ibiza is always going to be an island of excess.

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‘It sent us down all kinds of wormholes’: Bicep’s secret dancefloor weapons

Delivered... Joe Muggs | Scene | Tue 5 Sep 2017 3:36 pm

The Northern Irish duo have become one of the biggest acts in dance music – partly thanks to their DJ sets of ultra-obscure house and disco. They lift the lid of the darkest corners of their record collection

Andy Ferguson and Matt McBriar are dance music royalty, playing alongside house music’s biggest names and making waves with their new self-titled debut album. The former schoolfriends from Belfast are also scholars of dance culture: before their success as DJs they had built a reputation with their blog, Feel My Bicep. Since 2008, FMB has showcased the pair’s obsessive trawling of record shops and online sources for unknown club music oddities across the decades – this collectors’ mania has influenced a generation, and it has given Bicep’s music an extraordinary maturity. We asked them to pick their 10 favourite curios from the deepest corners of their record boxes.

Clashing Egos – Aminjig Nebere (I Trusted You) (Joakim’s Afrobot Remix)

Related: Bicep: the bloggers who became house music heroes

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The month’s best music: Beck, Cardi B, Zomby and more

Delivered... Ben Beaumont-Thomas | Scene | Mon 4 Sep 2017 3:48 pm

In a new series, the Guardian rounds up the 50 songs you need to hear each month in playlists across all major streaming services

Welcome to a new monthly feature on the Guardian, where we round up the best 50 songs from the previous month and stick them in a beautifully sequenced playlist for you (available on streaming services Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music). We’ll also pick out the 10 biggest, most zeitgeist-squatting tracks from it below – this month there’s everything from psychedelic dance-rock by the Horrors, to Latin pop from J Balvin, to glacial dub techno by Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe.

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Opaque Poetics festival review – beautiful beats in Silicon Fen

Delivered... Robert Barry | Scene | Sun 3 Sep 2017 1:19 pm

Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire
The African electronic music collective NON Records take over the countryside with lineup of truly global sounds

Wysing Arts Centre is located deep in Cambridgeshire’s Silicon Fen, a landscape of science parks and tech incubators, a place where microprocessors and bluetooth sets issue from isolated country barns. But for 12 hours on Saturday, this corner of the fen was sending out high-tech emissions of a very different kind, as Wysing Arts Centre became a satellite of NON, an artist-run record label turned global collective of artists.

Last year’s Wysing music festival enforced one rule: no electricity. This year, however, everything is electric. From the throbbing digital scree that opened London-based producer Venus Ex Machina’s set to the woozy north African vocal samples used by Milan’s Petit Singe, no sound came unmediated, unamplified or unprocessed.

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LCD Soundsystem: American Dream review – sombre but satisfying

Delivered... Kitty Empire | Scene | Sun 3 Sep 2017 8:45 am

The spectre of mortality stalks LCD’s comeback album but mainman James Murphy seizes the day in style

LCD Soundsystem had rarely put a foot wrong before they announced a huge farewell in 2011 – and then reformed, with what many felt was indecent haste, in 2015. But LCD main man James Murphy had a good excuse for bringing back the band: his idol, David Bowie, thought he should. (If you took Bowie’s passing badly, just imagine how Murphy must have felt, with his three albums riddled with Bowie tributes, and a dream-come-true contributor credit on Blackstar.)

On this evidence, Bowie was not wrong. Tonite – released ahead of the album – is as succulent an iteration of LCD’s core squelch as fans could wish for. Accompanied by guitarist Al Doyle (Hot Chip), Murphy sets up a motorik disco groove mighty enough to carry the weight of Murphy’s pin-sharp musings on death and music.

Related: LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy: ‘I was a joke. My wife said I was going to die’

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Bicep: Bicep review – analogue deep house duo flex muscles on fitfully riveting debut

Delivered... Ben Beaumont-Thomas | Scene | Thu 31 Aug 2017 8:45 pm

(Ninja Tune)

After months of shaky-cam YouTube uploads from fans capturing unreleased material, paired with the kind of feverish rapture that usually accompanies UFO sightings, Belfast deep house duo Bicep finally release their debut LP, and it fitfully lives up to expectations. Built with the rounded corners of analogue gear rather than the planed-off shards of digital, the aesthetic is of vintage techno, both breakbeat and ambient (their nostalgia is unlined by Vespa, an interlude with impressionistic raver vox pops). Their fiendish melodic coherence is sometimes riveting, particularly on the the Caribou-esque rushes of Opal or adrenal spikes of Aura – one of the dance tracks of the year. Even the cheesily “exotic” vocal sample on Spring works when paired with a stern, exacting synth line. But it’s filled out with greige ballast, be it the Reich for Dummies of Drift or the tame trip-hop of Ayr and Vale.

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