BALI CLUBBING'S GUIDE TO NEWS NORMAL CLUBBING PHAZE 1
Things have taken a few steps forward in Bali with the entertainment sector and we as supporters across the industry couldn't be more happy to see some of the venues put their first stages of opening protocols in place. Social distancing and hygiene at the top of the agenda while each business begins to reinvent themselves in the new normal of July 2020 and beyond. With trading hours currently limited to 11pm and no live music things have gone back to basics for now and that's enjoy yourselves with a small group of friends with the amazing venues that Bali has to offer. Check out this week's guide to the new normal across Bali and be sure to bookmark our feature as we regularly update it as more becomes available.
PUBLIC ENEMY NEW SINGLE 'STATE OF THE UNION (STFU)' An Anti-Trump anthem and produced in support of the protests currently taking place across the Globe, ‘State of the Union (STFU)’ takes aim at the current political climate, and was released on Juneteenth — a holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved people in the U.S. On the track, Public Enemy speak about the current White House administration and police brutality against Black Americans, and shared the video alongside visuals featuring footage from recent BLM protests, where the group’s ‘Fight the Power’ saw an 89% surge in streams amid the ongoing movement.
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Anjunadeep always deliver the goods, taking the melodic house movement into the more feel good vibes than the general dark side of the whole genre that we commonly find ourselves raving to. Tinlicker have been on a role with huge releases across Deadmau5's Mau5trap recordings and their amazing soundscape of an album back in September 2019 with Anjuna and this is the followup we have all been waiting for. Double A side in its finest format with both "Sleepwalker' and "Blackbirds' sliding straight into your latest listening requirements wherever you may find yourself this weekend! DRW 10/10
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More dreamy poolside affairs from the UK's Hot Since 82 and his Knee Deep In Sound imprint. Lizz Cass's soaring vocals drive this journey thru all kinds of emotive ups and downs. Rumbling deep bass sits perfectly in the mix and keep things ignited just enough to want more while the melody work just keeps the good times and smiles at a level that sit perfectly amongst another amazing Bali sunset. Essential listening and additions to a already amazing June 2020 of playlist scouting. DRW 5*
DJ SNAKENEW SINGLE 'TRUST NOBODY' IS PRETTY MAJOR From ominous times comes ominous music. Today (June 24) DJ Snake dropped a new single “Trust Nobody”, which effectively nails the doomy vibe of the current moment with brick hard beats, sirens and vocals that focus on how you can’t trust anyone…like, nobody. Altogether these elements amalgamate into a massive anthem that would certainly get tens of thousands of heads banging if DJ Snake were able to play it live this summer. Alas, as that form of collective catharsis is currently unavailable, we recommend that you just turn this one up as loud as is appropriate to your current surroundings and just headbang by yourself or with a group of socially distanced friends. You may also consider turning it up in your headphones and just running as fast as you can for as long as you can. Another option is to blast it through your car speakers while driving.
CALVIN HARRISDEFECTED DEBUT 'LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE' Scottish producer and DJ Calvin Harris went from self-releasing his music online to selling millions in the 2000s and 2010s with radio-friendly, electronic dance crossover anthems. Last month, Defected shared a letter that head honcho Simon Dunmore had penned to Harris in 1999, in response to a demo CD the then 15-year-old Scottish producer had sent to the label. Now, 21 years later, Harris will make his debut on Defected alongside The Internet’s Steve Lacy, with new track ‘Live Without Your Love’. Speaking about the track, Simon Dunmore said: “I heard ‘Live Without Your Love’, reached out and our discussions led to our involvement on the project. I am all about long term relationships and the fact that Calvin remembers our first exchanges says so much to me, and clearly demonstrates that first impressions are lasting impressions.”
BLACK EYED PEAS NEW ALBUM TRANSLATION OUT NOW Black Eyed Peas unleash their anxiously awaited eighth full-length album and debut for Epic Records, TRANSLATION, today. Get it HERE. Additionally, they unveil the music video for “FEEL THE BEAT” with Maluma. To celebrate the record’s arrival, the six-time GRAMMY® Award-winning, genre-bending pioneers launch a full-scale television takeover. On June 24, they kick off the day by performing on ABC’s Good Morning America “Summer Concert Series” and closing out the night with a performance on CBS’s Late Late Show Starring James Corden. Next up, they ring in Independence Day by taking the stage at Macy’s 4th of July Special on NBC. Yesterday, Black Eyed Peas headlined Rock The Vote’s Democracy Summer Concert alongside. The two-hour virtual gig drew thousands of live viewers as the group.
BOY GEORGE HAS HE SAY ON CURRENT GLOBAL MADNESS Boy George doesn’t understand how people can look at the protests over the death of George Floyd taking place around the world and not sympathize with the protestors. “If you’re a human being and you see these things, you cannot be not affected,” he says. “I mean, if you’re not affected, you have no soul!” George joined Billboard staff writer Taylor Mims for Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter’s Pride Summit on Saturday (June 13) to have a frank discussion about our current state of affairs. Dressed in a purple hat, glam makeup and an all-black outfit, the Culture Club singer was ready to get real about his past and his present. Part of the reason the star says he can relate so directly to the protestors is because of his own experience with arrest in New York in 2005 on drug-related charges.
CHEMICAL BROTHERSNEW MUSIC ON NHS CHARITY COMPILATION The Chemical Brothers will feature on a new charity compilation. Released today via London label Above Board Projects’ Bandcamp, ‘CARE4LIFE’ features over 40 production from both The Chemical Brothers and a more underground selection of artists, including Archie Hamilton, Daniel Avery, K-LONE, Jamie Jones, and Nightwave. Proceeds from the 45 track compilation of exclusive music will be donated to NHS Charities Together, who are currently working to provide, in their next round of funding, additional support they feel is most urgently needed by NHS staff, volunteers and patients in their area. They also place particular focus on support for people who are disproportionately affected by the pandemic, such as patients and staff from the BAME communities and other groups including those living with disabilities.
PARADIGM SHIFT: BALI MOVES TO DEVELOP INDUSTRIAL ZONES
Tourism is a double-edged sword. When times are good and visitor numbers are high, stakeholders are more than happy to reap the rewards. But when times take a different direction and the world’s economy grinds to an unprecedented halt, tourism – and the money it generates – can quite literally stop overnight and so can a lot of people’s livelihoods. Bali’s dependency on the tourism industry is a case in point. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Bank Indonesia (BI) claim “tourism contributes between 54 percent and 58 percent to the province’s economy” according to a recent article in Coconuts Bali. Some observers would suggest between 60 to 70-percent of the island’s population are somehow involved with tourism.
YOUTUBE ADDS CHAPTERS FEATURE TO DESKTOP AND MOBILE YouTube announced a new “chapters” feature for its platform that allows users to easily navigate sections of a longer video. Following a positive testing period for the feature, YouTube has stated it will apply “chapters” permanently this week. The new feature is available on desktop as well as on the Android and Apple iOS YouTube apps. Viewers will be available to use the duration bar to click through various sections of a video, which is more convenient than scrubbing throughout a video to find particular moments. Chapters are visible at the bottom of the video player and show timestamps from the video description. However, chapters are optional.
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