RESPECT (LA) presents DJ Dara (05.20)

Los Angeles- One of LA’s favorite weekly DnB events is back with another rock solid installment this month featuring NYC Jungle OG Dara, bringing his styles back to the West Coast. If you’re in LA tonight, definitely come out and support your local scene!

Thursday May 20, 2010

RESPECT Presents…

DJ DARA

[Planet of The Drums, BreakbeatScience, NY]

CLUTCH feat. JAE STYLUS [Respect / Drumz]

DTRAXX [Zen One, DJ Culture]

RESIDENT MC: XYZ

SPECIAL GUEST: MC RIDDA


RESPECT Thursdays

Strictly 21+..Entry // 10PM-2AM
Drinks Til 11PM

@THE DRAGONFLY
6510 SANTA MONICA BLVD.
HOLLYWOOD, CA 90038
http://thedragonfly.com

PHONE: 310.281.9595

http://respectdrumandbass.com

http://twitter.com/respectclub

http://myspace.com/respectclub

http://facebook.com/respectclub

TECH TALK: Roger Linn Touch Screen Protoype

Berkeley- If you didn’t know already, Roger Linn is a God amongst men when it comes to electronic music. He’s probably best known for his invention of the LM-1 Drum Computer, the first programmable, sampled-sound drum machine in 1979. The LM-1 and its successors the LinnDrum and Linn9000 provided the drums for countless hit records during the 1980s by artists including Prince, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Tina Turner, Peter Gabriel, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Devo and Bruce Hornsby, and are considered a major influence on the music of the era.

In 1988, he designed the MPC60 for Akai, with his signature appearing on the product’s front panel. Combining a sampling drum machine with a real-time MIDI sequencer, this product gradually became the industry standard in the production of hip-hop, rap, dance and related music styles throughout the 1990s, and has been credited as a significant influence in the evoluation of hip hop music. This was followed in 1994 with the enhanced MPC3000 and others, and the MPC product line is still successful 20 years later.

Now it appears that he is taking on touch screen devices with the LinnStrument. The prototype (we need an iPad version of this application STAT!) he’s built consists of a multi-touch, pressure-sensitive, high-resolution USB touch surface from a company called TouchCo (which alas Amazon bought and put out of business), plus a Max/MSP patch written by Roger and his wife Ingrid, and an OSC/TUIO driver written by Tim Thompson.

Check out the video:

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MIXTAPE MADNESS: Stunna- Rubiks Spring 2010 Mix

Chicago- Every week The Windy City’s DJ Stunna takes listeners on a journey during his Greenroom show on Bassdrive. With this mix, Stunna is back with a blend of forthcoming and previously released Rubik’s tunes to give you a taste of what this man can do. Stunna will also be making  his Rubik debut in June 2010 with his remix of “Premonition” by Calculon feat. Kelly Dean for RRD017.

TRACKLISTING:

• KOMATIC – SEASONS SLEEP
• DYNAMIK – CIVIL SWING
• SWITCH – ALL NIGHT
• GLEN E STON – LEMON SNEAKERS
• ADAM FORM – DOWN INSIDE (SUBTERRA + DEKKO RMX)
• CALCULON FEAT. KELLY DEAN – PREMONITION (STUNNA RMX)
• DERRICK + TONIKA – HI LIFE
• ATMOSPHERIX – DEEP THOUGHTS
• DECADE – ONE LOVE
• BCEE + LOMAX – REGULATE
• SICKO – HONEYBEE
• CALIBRE – THRUST
• THE BURBS – ALONE
• dbAudio – JOURNEYS
• PK + FONIQZ – CELTIC
• I WANNABE – A MIRACLE OF 21ST CENTURY
• SUBZ + J-CUT – TRUTHSEEKER
• BROKEN DRUM – CRYING GAME

CHECK OUT THE MIX HERE: STUNNA RUBIK PODCAST MIX SPRING 2010 by Rubik Records

STUNNA Info:
http://www.greenroomdnb.com
http://www.twitter.com/stunnachi

RUBIK RECORDS Info:
http://www.myspace.com/rubikrecordsuk
http://www.twitter.com/RubikRecords

Also out in digital retailers’ shops May 24th is the Heavy1 release “Livin’ in the Dark” and “Rains” (RRD016)

Unite to help free KUTMAH!!!!

Los Angeles – LA Based DJ / Producer, Kutmah was born in the UK to an Egyptian mother and Scottish father. He moved to the US with his mother when he was 12 years old. They immediately applied for residency to keep them from being sent to Egypt. As a British citizen the court ruled that he would be able to live in the UK which in their eyes wasn’t such a bad place. They denied their application.

Kutmah and his Mom returned to court to plead their case 14 years ago when Kutmah was 20. They were again denied a green card and were urged to sign a document stating they would voluntary leave the US.

On Wednesday morning, May 5th armed agents entered Kutmah’s house and detained him. He was brought to a facility in downtown LA where he was interrogated. On Thursday he was moved to New Mexico. We need to show how important Kutmah is to the LA and US community. Please write a letter and spread the word!

Sign the Petition Here

http://freekutmah.com/

If you are in LA, here’s a few shows with an ILL Line up you can catch and show support. ( one is TONIGHT!!!)

TONIGHT!

Friday May 21st!

Crane Laptop Stands poised to become industry standard for DJs

Seattle- Stateside equipment manufacturer Crane has recently launched their mobile DJ laptop stand line and based on some of the buzz that we’re seeing around the net including big plugs from artists such as Bassnectar & Technique Recordings’ Simon “Bassline” Smith, these guys are making quality products that are poised to become industry standard kit for any of you out there using a laptop for your music.

According to their website:

“The CRANE crew is a collective of DJs, designers, musicians and innovators whose main objective is to offer a premium quality mobile laptop holder with a user-friendly, adjustable design.

We make our stand right here in Seattle, WA, utilizing sustainable manufacturing practices and all Pacific Northwest companies for our product, from construction to shipping to feedback from the many local DJs who have adopted the CRANE Stand as part of their music performance.”

As a special thank you to our readers, we’re giving you the discount code that Simon “Bassline” Smith has graciously shared with the world via Twitter yesterday. The stands run $159USD, but if you enter “sbs2010” when ordering, you can get a discount on your order.

MIXTAPE MADNESS!!: Udachi Spring 2010 Promo Mix (FREE D/L)

Staten Island- NYC-based badboy DJ Udachi is back with a slammin’ new mix just in time to take those Spring time vibes into the heat of Summer and get you prepared for the onslaught that this guy brings when he throws down.

We had the good fortune to catch Udachi b2b with B.Rich down in Miami at WMC and from all of the sets we saw that week, this was the best of the bunch…They ab-so-lutely MURDERED the dancefloor and had people going insane.

Without any further ado, check out the latest mix, download it, love it, let him know!

Spring 2010 Promo Mix by udachi

The end of an era, NYC’s notorious nightclub Limelight now a foodie market

New York City- I have to admit I am sad to be writing about this, though something like this was inevitable for the club that throngs of NYC clubbers knew simply as The Limelight.

It was where I landed my first DJ residency, when I moved to NYC in 97 (playing hiphop in the Chapel @ L.O.U.D.’s weekly) and could be seen MCing with some of the world’s best DnB artists for any number of events between ’97 and when the club closed in 2003. With all of the cavernous rooms and hidden passages, there was plenty of illegal fun going on throughout the venue (not to mention a wide variety of sexual adventures for those wild enough to partake), but THAT is another story best kept for private times.

Goodbye old friend, you are missed!

Limelight Food Market

Hiroko Masuike for The New York Times

(From Wikipedia.com) :

“The Limelight in New York, was owned by Peter Gatien, designed by Ari Bahat & opened in November 1983. Located in the former Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion on Sixth Avenue in an area once known as the “Ladies’ Mile,” located in Manhattan‘s Chelsea district, and originally started as a disco music and rock music club. It earned the media’s attention in 1996 when club and party promoter Michael Alig was arrested and later convicted for the killing and dismemberment of Angel Melendez, a resident drug dealer at the club. The 2003 film Party Monster, starring Macaulay Culkin and Seth Green, was based on this event.”

(From the NYTimes Article):

“Though it’s the sweet tooth that will get the most attention at this shiny new marketplace in the once notorious neo-Gothic Limelight, there are savories, too, including Peak Season, a farmers’ market in what used to be a churchyard, with 8 to 10 stands from nearby growers.

An outlet for Petrossian caviar; olive oils at Carter & Cavero; and Jezalin’s, a fancy-food shop stocked with breads, charcuterie, cheeses and condiments, are all on the first floor, along with Whisk, a cookware shop based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Rounding out the edible wares on the ground floor are MarieBelle chocolates; Mari’s New York brownies; Butterfly Bakeshop; Cupcake Stop; It’Sugar, for candy; the Little Candy Cake Company; a bakery called WannaHavaCookie; Baci Gelato; Miss Tea, for teas and accessories; and Jala frozen yogurt. A MarieBelle tearoom is on the top floor. A branch of Grimaldi’s pizzeria will open in about a month, and there are still two more restaurant spaces to be leased.”

Limelight Marketplace
656 Avenue of the Americas (20th Street)
(212) 226-7585, opening May 7 at 2, and then Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.