Bigger, Better Zagreb Festival

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This year’s Zagreb Music Festival set for tomorrow night in the Croatian capital promises to be so big that the organizers have to change the event to a much larger venue to accommodate the anticipated crowds. The festival will now be held at the Zagrebački Velesajam.

The Electronic Beats magazine hosted live show this year will feature performances from the group EfterklangFritz KalkbrennerDena, and MS MR and regular tickets for the show were sold out weeks in advance.

The organisers of the festival were offering special discounted tickets to fans who were interested in attending the show.

Some highlights expected for the evening include a DENA remix by one of the favourites of the EB FestivalComa; a preview of A/V’s 4AD’s orchestral music stars Efterklang which was sliced from the group’s fourth album Pirimida. The track is entitled “Black Summer”.

Electronic Beats has been hyping the festival all month had have previews of the song on their website.

It’s also possible to listen to a track from “Between The Walls”; a bonus track from Fritz’s latest album, as well as a new MS MR remix.

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Fanu ends his musical career

FanuThe Finnish producer Janne Hatula, better known to the electronic music crowd as Fanu is to bring an end to his alter ego at the end of this year when he releases his final album entitled Departure on December 2nd.

Fanu, described as a “man of many beats”, began his dance music career in the 2000s and had tracks on labels such as Ohm Resistance, Subtitles, and Commercial Suicide. He also has his own label known as Lightless Recordings on which this latest and last album will be released. The album will be his fifth.

According to Fanu, he had great difficulty earning money under his musical alter ego and has also struggled to get jobs and earn money. He will start new projects under a new name soon in hopes of better results.

The new album will feature arrange of sounds including drum funk, choppage, down tempo and techno.

The track list includes Drumsö Fuzz, Street Sermon, Hop And Bass, Ranch Dance, To Blessed To Be Stressed, Holograms, Waxcavation, The Unconscious, Dirt, Like This Girl I Once Knew, and Pääteasema.

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Secret Boyfriend prepares to release new album

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Secret Boyfriend is preparing to release its debut album later this year. The album, entitled “This is Always Where You’ve Lived” will be released in December on the label Blackest Ever Black.

Secret Boyfriend was started by Ryan Martin who founded the North Carolina-based Hot Releases and has been releasing tracks and cassettes as well as 12-inch rhythms since 2009.

This will be the first full-length release since the inception of Secret Boyfriend and the 12-track record will be the most high profile to date.

Among the track listing including the tunes Summer Wheels / Mysterious Fires; Silvering The Wing; Form Me; Flashback; Remarkable Fluids; Beyond The Darkness; Dream Scrape; Glint And Follow You; Have You Heard About This House?; Last Town; Deleted Hill, and the title track This Is Always Where You’ve Lived.
Ryan Martin has been making music for several years now. He staged a launch party for the sound back in 2010. He has studied communications at the University of North Carolina.

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Idris Elba hospitalised

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British actor Idris Elba was hospitalised in the UK Saturday after he had an asthma attack while on his way to the premiere of his new movie “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom” in Johannesburg.

The star of the new film about the life of former South African president Nelson Mandela is recovering after suffering the attack on his way to the film’s premiere. The incident happened on a plane but he was taken off before the flight left the United Kingdom.

He was unable to attend a news conference surrounding the film in South Africa because of illness.

Elba stars in the movie alongside fellow British star Naomie Harris who will play Mandela’s former wife Winnie in the movie.

Harris has had roles in such movies as the James Bond flick “Skyfall” where she played Miss Moneypenny.

The film tells the story of Mandela’s imprisonment on Robben Island and his later release and election to the South African presidency. The movie premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September.

Elba moved to South Africa for three months during the filming to help him better understand the society. The film is set to be released in January next year.

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The Warehouse plans fewer projects for 2014

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The Warehouse Project, that series of nightclubs in Greater Manchester that has been around for the last eight years has decided to cut back on some of its projects for the upcoming year 2014.

According to the organisers of the project, which has staged winter events regularly since 2005, 2014 will feature only a “handful of special events” but the line-up will go back to its full quota of events for the following year 2015.

The Warehouse Project will celebrate its tenth anniversary in 2015.

The project, which runs from September through New Year’s Eve annually, has had difficulty in 2013. In September, a partygoer died after taking some bad drugs at one of the parties which prompted organizers to undertake new drug-testing plans that were also revealed in October.

This year’s New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day events includes performances by Andy C, Tiga, Sasha, James Zabiela, Tensnake, Jamie Jones, Carl Craig, and Maceo Plex.

The New Year’s Day event will also feature several back-to-back sets with Dixon against Âme and Ben UFO against Joy Orbison in the line-up.

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One Grimy Production

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Over a decade after its emergence Grime music is still going strong. Artists such as Visionist, Slackk, Rabit and Filter Dread, have seen the genre reaching new heights.

While older producers have stuck to the original concept of the London-based sound there has been a new set of the grime music producers on the scene who believe the genre is about something else.

Many of these new producers are younger and not centralized in London.

Some of the more established names in the grime genre include the older heads such as Wiley while the new breed includes Preditah, Darq E Freaker, and Faze Miyake.

Grime keeps appealing to newer audiences as the years go by. A lot of the artists have now found new audiences online via the Internet.

This new move has caused a suffering for MC’s who are the ones that are most important in grime music.

Observers are saying the last time they saw any mixed tapes from MC’s could be as far back as 2009. The shift has also seen more grime producers doing their own productions.

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Daniel Avery a Solid Gold Investment

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If there is one electronic music DJ you can bank on then it is Daniel Avery. The DJ hails from Bournemouth, England.

Avery grew up in the seaside town in the UK and spent much of his days honing his skills playing on independent nights at venues in the city and has now grown to become one of the most recognised names in electronic dance music.

Avery, 28, spent a bit of his history in residency with Fabric which helped to shape his growth. Avery’s beat is known for its mix of mechanical, industrial, and psychedelic sounds.

Among his resume are the tracks ‘Drone Logic’, ‘Water Jump’, ‘Simulrec’, ‘These Nights Never End’, and ‘Reception’. ‘Drone Logic’ is his debut album, which he released in October, on Erol Alkan’s Phantasy label.

The 12-track album is being described as a masterpiece and has Avery’s own contemporaries and critics discussing its mastery. The sounds of the EP are said to blend al that Avery is about. Producer Weatherall has described Avery’s record as “gimmick-free machine funk of the highest order.”

Avery currently makes his home in London.

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