Ice Creamery Dedicates New Flavour To Frankie Knuckles

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Do you have a sweet tooth and want to celebrate the life of one of house musics founding legends? A gourmet Aussie ice creamery by the name of Gelato Messina has done a fitting tribute by inventing a delicious new flavour in his honour dubbed the ‘Frankie’s Knuckle Buster’.

The ice cream concoction is no less than decadent with the ingredients list detailing:
‘caramel and honey nougat gelato with chocolate coated hazelnut nougat. Bustin’ through with his smooth, soulful & comforting chocolate love. Here’s to you Frankie!’

The flavour has come out in good timing to his honorary presidential tribute at The White House by POTUS Barack Obama. A treat as sweet as his tunes!

A UK Man Is Petitioning To Legalize Raves After 20 Years of Archaic Laws

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A UK man has taken it upon himself to change up a longstanding British law that prevents people from having free parties, something that was created by John Mayor’s Conservative Government way back in 1994 and has since for over 20 years pushed raves into the illegal scope of things.

Christian Morrison the Brit behind the petition, that has already notched up an impression 27,000 plus signatures  believes that regulation is the way to go, offering advice on the roll out of his new legislation that includes Police presence while also pointing out exactly why UK dance fans should be able to boogie on down without the worry of personal harm or that of equipment brought in by professionals be seized or destroyed under the current ‘Criminal Justice Bill’ – bloody cobbers!

Excerpt below or read the full thing here.

We request that you address, in parliament, the appeal for the legalisation of free parties and celebrations of a similar manner. We believe it would be in the interest of all involved to allow the control and regulation of said gatherings rather than merely confiscating thousands of pounds worth of equipment and falsely persecuting a majority of those involved. It would make such events considerably safer which, after 3 stabbings in the last 2 months, is becoming more and more necessary.

In short Christian looks to lift the unnecessary and far reaching laws that apply to all parties and instead fall in line with most other countries around the world that let people enjoy the basic elements of life… music and dancing. The UK for a long time has heralded a strong dance history, as seen in a recent Channel 4 Rave doco series on English TVs and more recently has watched as both Route 94 and Duke Dumont earned UK Chart #1′s respectively.  Add that to the bubbling talent on offer from Disclosure, Gorgon City, Katy B, T. Williams and Skream more and you’ve got to agree that the UK’s got things pretty sorted.

If you’re feeling inclined feel free to sign the petition here.

Not wow: There’s now a DOGE record label

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No, no, no!!!

Doge, i.e. the worst attempt at being Internet funny in 2014 with the cute picture of a shiba inu dog with near-incomprehensible neon comic sans lettering plastered around it, has now created its own self-titled record label in an attempt to release DOGE001, now up for pre-order over at the Kristina Records site. Have a gander at the hilarious presser below:

“Wow.. Such release. Very house. Much vinyl! The wise meme-tainted words of Doge ring out wide across the internet and now come stamped onto wax with this mysterious white label release, featuring analogue house cuts spanning Chicago, Detroit, New York… This be the fiyaaaah! Limited run so don’t sleep!”

While DOGE was occasionally funny for a couple of months, a record label devoted to an Internet meme? Nah – hopefully you can only pay in dogecoin so nobody can buy it.

However, providing you’re in the market for some chunky “analogue house”, you can head over there now to check out the sweet sounds of a dog and pay a cool 8 pounds for a limited edition 12″. *Facepalm*.

Check out more details and stream the first release here. At least its better than ‘Dubstep Doge’ right?

Have You Ever Wanted to Shelve Alcohol?

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The future of having a cold one could be not far away… nor cold anymore thanks to the help of a product called Palcohol that looks set to hit US shelves.

Palcohol is a powdered alcohol that is to be sold in a pouch equivalent to one shot of alcohol. The company quotes that the product will be available in six flavours and can be added to a drink with water or had on it’s own.

The reasoning behind why a person would consume powdered alcohol by the company is most entertaining with the company site explaining:

“Mark is an active guy…hiking, biking, camping, kayaking, etc. After hours of an activity, he sometimes wanted to relax and enjoy a refreshing adult beverage. But those activities, and many others, don’t lend themselves to lugging heavy bottles of wine, beer or spirits. The only liquid he wanted to carry was water.”

This story is all well and good but I thought for the sake of REALITY, I would paint a more realistic picture

“Darryl has $100 in his pocket but he needs to save $70 to buy 2 dingers. He wants to have a good night out at Joel Fletcher’s headline show and stay within his budget, so he shoves some Palcohol powder in a couple of caps and shelves it up his butt. Fuuuuark, what a hangover but he stayed within his means. Plenty of cash for some Maccas breakfast.”

The product has not quite hit US shelves with a discrepancy on how much powder is in each bag, meaning the product has been approved but the labels for the product are not. The company quotes to those thinking about snorting it, “it would take more than a half of a cup of powder to get the equivalent of one drink up your nose”

Could this be the answer to drinking after the 3am last drinks policy in NSW?

source: palcohol

Ex Quest – The Wild Strand [Unsigned] FREE DOWNLOAD

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And the unsigned Aussie gems keep on comin’.

Introducing, Ex Quest – a producer from Melbourne’s Coburg whom will promptly and effectively freak out and delight your earholes. Latest release ‘The Wild Strand’ has got us feeling all funny inside – not only because we’re rejoicing in a different kind of ‘Melbourne Sound’. The track, which aims to encapsulate the desolateness of the southern African coastline, is a techno journey – spanning seven minutes and leading the listener through a mystically transposed soundscape.

The release is the first from the producer’s ‘The Wild Strand’ EP, follow him here.

Listen and download ‘The Wild Strand’ below.

Ex Quest – The Wild Strand [Unsigned] FREE DOWNLOAD

avatars-000036594088-t5vmu7-t500x500

And the unsigned Aussie gems keep on comin’.

Introducing, Ex Quest – a producer from Melbourne’s Coburg whom will promptly and effectively freak out and delight your earholes. Latest release ‘The Wild Strand’ has got us feeling all funny inside – not only because we’re rejoicing in a different kind of ‘Melbourne Sound’. The track, which aims to encapsulate the desolateness of the southern African coastline, is a techno journey – spanning seven minutes and leading the listener through a mystically transposed soundscape.

The release is the first from the producer’s ‘The Wild Strand’ EP, follow him here.

Listen and download ‘The Wild Strand’ below.

Frankie Knuckles Earns Presidential Tribute from Barack Obama and Sir Elton John

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Dance innovator Frankie Knuckles has been remembered in a touching tribute from President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama as shown by an official White House letter that has found its way onto the internet.

The entire outpouring, written and dated April 17th looks back at the tragic passing but more importantly how his work managed to “bring people together” with his “blending genres” that helped to capture the attention and ignite the imaginations  of the Obama’s and generations of disco and dance fans.

Another surprising waiver of support came from Sir Elton John who upon hearing of the passing of the godfather of house launched the ‘Frankie Knuckles Fund’ – an organisation that looks to benefit HIV research in African-American communities sharing on his official website;

“Frankie was such a lovely man and a great talent, and his legacy provides a powerful voice to reach out to people, particularly men of color, about their essential role in helping to create an AIDS-free future,”

BBC also offered their condolences shortly after his passing by digging into their archives and offering up a stream of an Essential Mix recorded at Pacha in 2000 before airing it, a first for the station. There was also a campaign to get Frankie Knuckles disco burner “Your Love” to the number 1 spot in the charts to show the united support of dance floor lovers and Frankie fans.

Electronic producer Jimmy Edgar, who we recently interviewed also wanted to show his support and released a free edit of another Frankie bomb “Baby Wants To Ride” – get it here before reading the full letter below.

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AUCAN – RIOT

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AUCAN’s interesting story is a group who morphed from the underground noise rock scene in Europe to DJ duo gone trap. Once you go trap you never go back? From the hooks of drums and guitars we’ll let you decide.

Starting with live band performances the duo has moved its production towards a very dark anarchist aesthetic sound, dark electro merged with hyped up Anarchy trap.

They’ve also done official remixes for the likes of Skream, Die Antword, and The Bloody Beetroots. Their new track Riot exemplifies the energy filled Anarchist trap that looks to be gaining momentum within the genre. Mixing in live instruments with dark synths and dirty drops it’s a catchy sound that deserves a replay or two. The essence of the video gives question to if there really is that big a difference between a mosh pit and the energy of trap acts.

AUCAN – RIOT

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AUCAN’s interesting story is a group who morphed from the underground noise rock scene in Europe to DJ duo gone trap. Once you go trap you never go back? From the hooks of drums and guitars we’ll let you decide.

Starting with live band performances the duo has moved its production towards a very dark anarchist aesthetic sound, dark electro merged with hyped up Anarchy trap.

They’ve also done official remixes for the likes of Skream, Die Antword, and The Bloody Beetroots. Their new track Riot exemplifies the energy filled Anarchist trap that looks to be gaining momentum within the genre. Mixing in live instruments with dark synths and dirty drops it’s a catchy sound that deserves a replay or two. The essence of the video gives question to if there really is that big a difference between a mosh pit and the energy of trap acts.

Hard Summer Announces Lineup and Jack U’s new Fruit Medley

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Destructo and his two-day Hard Summer massive have release lineup details and it’s a bomb. The Los-Angeles based festival has outgrown it’s spot in downtown, moving to a nearby open recreation area fit for a rave. Boasting 5 stages and 90 artists, Hard events are always perfectly booked with our favourite producers. Known for the cult following of Holy Shippers, Gary has even brought his new friend Tiesto along for this year’s event.

In true Hard fashion, the usual suspects made a hilarious intro video for party. Including grannies, fruit medleys, and original gangstas. Mastermind behind it all, Destructo aka Gary Richards started out hosting Sunday events in LA Djing ‘The Sermon while dressed in robes. As a true LA Funky producer and one of the most sought after tastemakers in dance, Destructo’s parties top the list for us.

Grab tickets now as this one will most definitely sell out.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 2
JACK U
A$AP MOB
AXWELL
FLOSSTRADAMUS
BAAUER
TOMMY TRASH
DJ SNAKE
CARNAGE
JACK BEATS
SETH TROXLER
KILL THE NOISE
JUSTIN MARTIN
PUSHA T
TIGA VS. AUDION
THE MARTINEZ BROTHERS
JOSH WINK
GRIZ
WHAT SO NOT
TCHAMI
OLIVER
DUSKY
RUSTIE
BRO SAFARI
ALEX METRIC
LUNICE
THE M MACHINE
CYRIL HAHN
HENRY FONG
GOLDROOM (DJ SET)
J. PHILIP
AEROPLANE
JUAN MACLEAN (DJ SET)
JUSTIN JAY
SHIFT K3Y
TWRK
VALENTINO KHAN
DAVID HEARTBREAK
LOUISAHHH!!!
SHAROOZ
WORTHY
EPROM
HARVEY McKAY |
ALESIA
ETNIK
CUT SNAKE
ALIX PEREZ + MORE

SUNDAY, AUGUST 3
TIESTO
DISCLOSURE
NERO
DILLION FRANCIS
2MANYDJS
MARTIN GARRIX
A-TRAK
CHASE & STATUS
MAYA JANE COLES
RUDIMENTAL (LIVE)
SUB FOCUS
BRODINSKI
CLOCKWORK
DESTRUCTO
JULIO BASHMORE
DJ MUSTARD
THE CHAINSMOKERS
GORGON CITY
CASHMERE CAT
MERCER
HUCCI
BREACH
JESSE ROSE
CLAPTONE
DANNY DAZE
WAVE RACER
JACQUES GREENE
KASTLE
JIMMY EDGAR
SHARAM JEY
100S
DJ SLINK
TRIPPY TURTLE
BRANCHEZ
MILO & OTIS
ETC! ETC!
KILL FRENZY
SHIBA SAN
HANNAH WANTS
BLOOD DIAMONDS
MR. CARMACK
VANILLA ACE
DJEMBA DJEMBA
WAX MOTIF
VINDATA
KRY WOLF
CORY ENEMY
BONES + MORE

The teaser video is their funniest yet with Skrillex and Diplo attempting to explain their Jack U project. After constructive feedback including the ‘dead guy with the hat’ getting all the attention they finally don two strawberry helmets and get cruising.