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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Gesaffelstein: The next big thing in EM

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Gesaffelstein may just be the next big thing in electronic music. The artist, whose birth name is Mike Levy, plays in the Paris Social Club to resounding welcome.

He says he got the name Gesaffelstein while living in Belgium for six months and adds that it was a combination of two names, Gesamtkunstwerk and Einstein.

The Frenchman was not a born convert of electronic music but loved the arts, such as drawing and became attracted to the music after listening to the group Depeche Mode. After becoming initially hooked he started investigating more about electronic music and the sounds of Detroit where the house music first emerged.

He stopped listening and started learning more about playing himself. He got hooked up with a few other producers The Hacker being one of them back in 2007.

The pair now come together often for gigs and they are partners in running Zone Records. Levy states though that even if The Hacker was not around, he would still be doing his thing.

Now he spends time improving himself without the aid of others and got some real publicity and kudos after some releases of his own.

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Annie Mac prepares to go on tour

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British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) DJ Annie Mac has a new album and is preparing to go on tour early in November. She will tour several dates during the month in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

The tour, by the DJ who is known for her intuition about good dance music deejays released the “Annie Mac Presents” compilation disc and will tour as a back up to the release of the album.

The tour will include acts such as Duke Dumont, Cyril Hahn, and Lulu James.

The first date for the tour is in Manchester at The Warehouse Project on Friday, November 8. It then moves to Sheffield on the 12th at the Foundry Studio Fusion, on Friday the 15th the tour moves to the O2 Academy in Bournemouth, then the following day at The Institute in Birmingham.

On Friday, November 22 the tour heads to Edinburgh, Scotland and The Picture House and goes back south to Bristol at the In: Motion on the 23rd.

The final two days of the tour will be on Friday, November 29 and Saturday, November 30 when it goes to the O2 Academy in Leeds and finally The Academy in Dublin, Ireland.

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Online magazine contributor launches new label

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Joe Muggs the contributor to online electronic music FACT Magazine has launched his own music label. Sound of the Cosmos is the new label from the writer/music journalist/ critic.

Muggs had the idea for the label in 2011 and it initially was intended to be a much smaller project but eventually expanded into the current label.

The first issue from the production is expected to be the EP SOTC001 which will be released in about another week or so. The EP will feature five electronic music tracks including beats from artists such as Silkie, Distal, Mite, and Jabru.

According to FACT Magazine the BBC’s Radiophonic Workshop has also prepared a studio piece which will include an analogue version of Jabru’s piece “Glass Floor”.

Muggs is a seasoned writer who has reported for FACT Magazine, MixMag, and The Wire.

He has done reviews on such artists as the Ragga Twins and others.

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Lisbon Artists doing what they love

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It isn’t always often that people get to do exactly what they want in lie but for Lisbon born DJ Marlon Silva, life has worked out and provided him the opportunity to do just that.

Silva, who goes by the moniker Marfox, grew up in the Portuguese capital wanting to be a DJ watching his father and cousin playing at parties and knowing that someday he would too.

The 25-year old Silva has earned kudos and respect in the neighbourhood since his emergence. His music is a mixture of just about everything from American to African to European but relies heavily on the African sounds of his heritage.

Marfox and his protégé DJ NIgga Fox are among of group of young electronic music DJ’s who work in the area including Jose Moura and Marcio Matos of Principe Discos.

Principe Discos releases Silva’s and Nigga Fox’s records… the debut 12’ was in 2012. The group which came together in 2005 has also spread their tunes abroad playing at the Unsound Music Festival in Krakow, Poland.

Other Lisbon artists that work with Marfox and Nigga Fox include The Maquinas Brothers, Pausas, and Fofuxo.

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Snowbombing festival lines up top artists

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Snowbombing, the week-long festival held in the Austrian village of Mayrhofen each year, has already started to announce its line up for the next event in April 2014.

The festival, held high in the Alps, includes not only DJ’s and electronic musicbut also skiingsnowboarding, and music of the highest quality with world class acts and unique venues including an igloo high on the mountains. It’s basically a party in the snow.

The 15 year old festival this year will feature Carl Cox, Nic FanciulliRoman FlugelScubaPaul Woolford, Will SaulBicepHorse Meat Disco, Anthony Naples, and J.G. Wilkes of the Optimo.

The other artists which have been announced including in the drum and bassShy FXBreakageDismantle and reggae artist David Rodigan and garage artists DJ EZ.

The Snowbombing winter and music festival has been held since 2000 moving from France to Austria and has featured among its line up Fatboy Slim,Madness, Pendulum, Example, Magnetic ManSub Focus, and Mylo.

The festival features close to 50 pools and saunas for those who wish to relax before or after they play in the snow and listen to the electronic beat.

A number of major broadcasters have featured the festival including the BBC and MTV Europe.

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Mixmag’s top new artists to watch

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Electronic music is here to stay and new artists keep emerging every day. Mixmag website has put together a list of the finest new artists to watch.

They include E.M.M.A, Archie Pelago, Sonny Fodera, Sam Tiba, and CHVRCHES.

E.M.M.A is a UK producer whose track “Peridot” was featured on the compilation disc “This is How We Roll” on the Keysound label. She made her debut with the album “Blue Gardens” not long after.

Pelago’s sound is a mix of house music and jazz. The beat is highly ranked and Pelago has an upcoming collaboration with Distal. Twenty-seven year old Fodera already has produced an album on the Cajual Records label and will be releasing other records on Soul Heaven’s label soon.

Tiba is one of four DJ’s at Club Cheval who has his own EP, entitled “The Saddest Show in Town”.

CHVRCHES is an Independent sound Scottish group that has worked with several rock and indie bands. Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook, and Martin ‘Doc’ Docherty are the persons that make up the band and they have already seen success on the UK charts. Their album “The Bones of What You Believe” was released on the Virgin label in September.

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