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Blues Legend B.B. King: Dead at 89

The King of Blues is gone. After an iconic career spanning nearly seven decades that influenced countless musicians after him, B.B. King passed away peacefully in his sleep on Thursday evening at his home in Las Vegas. He was 89 years old. Raised in poverty in the Mississippi cotton fields, Riley B. King learned to sing in church, and reportedly learned to play guitar from a great uncle. His signature […]


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Paul Van Dyk ‘The Politics of Dancing 3’ – Album Review

Ultra Music (2015)

A decade on after his last concerted attempt to unite people through the power of trance, German dance legend Paul Van Dyk returns to his The Politics of Dancing concept for a third volume of high-energy floorfillers. Unlike the 2001 first chapter in the series and its 2005 follow-up, this latest collection is a proper studio effort rather than a compilation of other artists’ work, meaning that the 43-year-old takes […]


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MG ‘MG’ – Album Review

Mute (2015)

The driving force behind the world’s most enduring synth-rock band, Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore has recently had to share songwriting duties with frontman Dave Gahan, which perhaps explains why the 53-year-old has now revived his brief solo career for an eponymous second effort released under the guise of MG. A completely different beast from that of his ’03 covers album Counterfeit, this belated follow-up is an entirely instrumental affair which […]


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Ben E. King, R&B Legend, Dead at 76

R&B legend Ben E. King, best known for his early ’60s hit “Stand By Me,” passed away Thursday at the age of 76, according to the singer’s publicist. The exact cause of death has not been released at press time. King got his start in music in the 1950s singing with a doo-wop group called the Five Crowns, but rose to fame when George Treadwell hired him, along with several […]


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The May 2015 Dance/Electronic Playlist

From Diplo and co.’s latest star-studded single to the welcome return of the Big Beat scene’s pioneers, to an underrated UK vocalist’s rebranding, here’s a look at the finest dance/electronica singles making waves this month. Major Lazer feat. Ellie Goulding – “Powerful” Following on from their hit collaboration with MØ, the usually chaotic supergroup Major Lazer continue to tone down their hyperactivity by teaming up with another European synth-pop songstress. […]


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Passion Pit ‘Kindred’ – Album Review

Columbia (2015)

The first Passion Pit record since Michael Angelakos severed all ties with his one-time bandmates, essentially reducing the Massachusetts quintet to a solo vehicle, Kindred sees the falsetto-voiced frontman once again combine effervescent synth-pop with cathartic confessionals. It’s an intriguing contrast which has already seen his pet project rise from cult heroes to the upper reaches of the Billboard charts – predecessor Gossamer peaked at No.4 back in 2012 – […]


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Introducing: Tourist

South East London producer Will Phillips, aka Tourist, has yet to release a full-length album, but he has already picked up a Song of the Year Grammy thanks to a co-writing credit on Sam Smith’s ubiquitous ballad, “Stay With Me.” The prestigious accolade isn’t the only thing the 28-year-old has in common with the man labelled the male Adele. He’s also signed to the label fronted by Disclosure, the deep […]


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Pale Blue ‘The Past We Leave Behind’ – Album Review

2MR (2015)

Hot on the heels of Johnny Jewel’s score for Ryan Gosling’s much-maligned directorial debut, Lost River, New York producer Mike Simonetti (the other co-founder of Italo-disco label Italians Do It Better) returns to the fray under the guise of Pale Blue for his first album, The Past We Leave Behind. Named after the Pale Blue Dot term used to describe the photograph of Earth taken by the Voyager 1 space […]


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AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Pleads Guilty to Murder Threats

It would appear that in the midst of their comeback tour, Aussie rock icons AC/DC are experiencing another personnel change. Remember last November when their drummer, Phil Rudd, was arrested in New Zealand on murder-for-hire charges, then the charges were dropped for lack of evidence? As is usually the case, that wasn’t all there was to the story. There were other charges to be addressed, including drug possession and threatening […]


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Introducing: Blonde

Having become the toast of the deep house scene with a Justin Bieber-sampling affair recorded before they had even met, it’s fair to say that British duo Jacob Manson and Adam Englefield, aka Blonde, didn’t exactly have the most conventional of starts to their promising career. Inspired by artists as varied as Mount Kimbie, James Blake and Stevie Wonder, the Bristol-based pair’s partnership began in 2013 when fledgling producer Manson […]


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Shlohmo ‘Dark Red’ – Album Review

True Panther (2015)

Four years after his debut album Bad Vibes saw him hailed as the next Flying Lotus, Henry Laufer, aka Los Angeles producer Shlohmo, finally returns with his long-awaited follow-up, the suitably-titled Dark Red. Following remixes for Laura Mvula, Flume and Lianne La Havas, production work on Banks’ Goddess, and last year’s collaborative E.P. with R&B lothario Jeremih, the 25-year-old hasn’t been entirely missing in action, but there’s still a sense […]


Soul Singer Percy Sledge Dead at 74

We’ve all heard his signature voice singing his signature song. On April 14, soul singer Percy Sledge—best known for his 60s smash hit “When a Man Loves a Woman”—passed away in his home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, after a battle with liver cancer. He was 74. His was the storybook tale of an artist being discovered. Growing up in Leighton, Alabama, Sledge grew up working in the cotton fields, then […]


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Introducing: Clarence Clarity

It’s difficult to determine what’s more positively deranged about the mysterious oddball known as Clarence Clarity: the mind-bending videos that could make even David Lynch flinch, or the twisted wall of sounds that appear to have been beamed in from another planet. “The Gospel Truth” is an unsettling blend of grinding synths and helium-pitched vocals accompanied by a promo in which three machine gun-branding skeletal figures lip-sync against a backdrop […]


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Madeon ‘Adventure’ – Album Review

Columbia (2015)

Arriving four years after he went viral with his “Pop Culture” mash-up, debut album Adventure sees French whiz kid Hugo Pierre Leclercq, aka Madeon, turn his back on the EDM world that he was once tipped to rule. Inspired by his behind-the-scenes work with Lady Gaga, Ellie Goulding and Two Door Cinema Club, the 20-year-old largely abandons the maximalistic electro of his earlier output in favor of a more melodic […]


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Brand New Unveil Brand New Song ‘Don’t Feel Anything’

It really says something about a rock band’s grass-roots popularity when they’ve all but gone off the grid for six years, with very little but rumors about a new album to go on, and when they play a new song at a show with no introduction, the fan video goes viral. This week, the Interwebs lit up when punk/alternative band Brand New gave concertgoers a foretaste of their long-anticipated upcoming fifth […]