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Free Mix From the Wireblock Crew

Jack Revill (a.k.a. Jackmaster), Neil Morton (a.k.a. Nelson), and Calum Morton (a.k.a. Spencer) are the three heads behind Glasgow, Scotland's Wireblock imprint, and for their next project, they've crafted a free, three-part mix to Resident Advisor's fine site (there's an extensive feature on the label up as well).

Download now, all ye who love electro, dubstep, techno, grime, and U.K. funky house. And then keep an eye out for our feature on the label in August's Labels We Love issue.

Wireblock:
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  • Filed under: news
  • 06/30/2009

Mary Anne Hobbs' Wild Angels

BBC Radio 1 host and undisputed First Lady of Bass, Mary Anne Hobbs, is set to release her third compilation, Wild Angels. As usual, dubstep is the main ingredient here, but don't expect Benga or Skream to appear on the tracklisting. Rather, Hobbs has chosen to showcase artists like wonk master Hudson Mohawke, up-and-comer Untold, and L.A.'s Nosaj Thing, whose music is more IDM-via-hip-hop than it is dubstep. So perhaps it's more appropriate to say that bass is the main ingredient to Wild Angels. Read more » 

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  • 06/30/2009

ZZK Records Summer Tour

ZZK Records and Zizek Urban Beats Club will continue spreading the gospel of cumbia this summer, embarking on another tour that stops in Europe and North America. Uproot Andy, King Coya, Fauna, Oro11, and a few others associated with the crew will be sharing the Latin sounds in various cities and festivals. Pick this up in the meantime.

07/02 Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival
07/08 New York, NY - Latin American Music Conference ^
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  • 06/30/2009

Listen: Michael Jackson Tribute Sets

The King of Pop is dead, but if this weekend's onslaught of tributes is any indication, then long live the King. We picked a couple of our favorite nods to Michael Jackson from this past weekend. First, Stones Throw boss Peanut Butter Wolf played an entire set of Jackson songs at the Echoplex in L.A. Then, in New York, dirtybird's Claude VonStroke offered up his own edit of "Billie Jean" to a screaming crowd.

Peanut Butter Wolf - Michael Jackson Tribute Set
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  • 06/29/2009

Shir Khan Further Exploits Himself

If we had any doubts as to the mixing abilities of Exploited Records boss Shir Khan, they were squashed by last year's two-part megamix and the release of his first compilation, Maximize. Suffice to say, the man loves his epic electro-house sets, more of which we'll be able to enjoy on September 10, when he releases a second DJ mix, Exploited.

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  • 06/29/2009

Gang Gang Dance to Tour

Art-rock trio Gang Gang Dance named its latest album, Saint Dymphna, after the patron saint of mental illness, epilepsy, and incest. So expect the next round of live performances from the band to be memorable, as they'll be playing songs off the album and already have a rep for their colorful shows. Coinciding with the tour will be the repressing of 2005's God's Money, which is currently out of print.

Gang Gang Dance:
08/02 Northampton, MA - Pearl Street Nightclub
08/03 Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
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  • 06/29/2009

Decibel Festival Line-up Announced

Seattle's Decibel Festival sees its sixth installment this year, and the organizers are rolling out the details. The '09 edition will take place September 24 - 27, and it's going to be a recession-friendly event this year. In response to the economy, Decibel is offering discount passes through July 24, so plan ahead and knock 50 bones off the ticket price.

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  • Filed under: news
  • 06/26/2009

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