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The masked mau5 has teamed up with The Neptunes, the celebrated production duo of Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, for his new single. ‘Pomegranate’ possesses the bouncy funk flair we’ve come to expect from Pharrell, and especially reminiscent of his various Daft Punk collabs, but it’s new territory for Deadmau5. The track leans closer to the realm of silky RnB-pop than the festival-ready EDM the American producer’s made his name on. But hey, it works, and it’s definitely a grower. You’ll have Pharrell’s high-pitched vocals rattling around your head in no time. If clubs were allowed to be open right now, ‘Pomegranate’ would be getting rinsed, for sure. For now, our loungerooms will have to do.
Wu-Tang Clan have launched their own brand of hand sanitiser, “Protect ya hands”. The product is part of “A Better Tomorrow”, a new collection from the legendary hip-hop group raising funds for several Ottawa-based charities: the Ottawa Food Bank, Ottawa Mission and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. A play on the title of their 1993 breakthrough track ‘Protect Ya Neck’, the hand sanitiser is one product in a line that also includes an Ottawa x Wu-Tang Clan shirt, and a Korean meal kit.

V E E R U S 

Veerus's career is a brilliant slow burner, releasing EPs sparingly over the course of his 14-year career. All three cuts from his latest 'System' EP are made for big moments. The title track was created with Amsterdam's holy rave cauldron the Gashouder in mind, and was completed by Veerus just a few days before ADE last year. Balancing on a knife's edge between tension and euphoria, the track's twisted synth lines sent an energy surge through the iconic venue. 'Year' is a deadly one-two combo of synapse-searing synths and sharp drums as jagged waves of sound throb with panoramic effect. More cutting edge techno coming straight outta Italy. DRW 10/10.
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2020 marks the tenth of collaboration for Red Axes, the Tel Aviv-based duo of Dori Sadovnik and Niv Arzi. Informed by post-punk, new wave, and a plethora of club sounds old and new, they have cleaved a singular path with their hefty discography. To celebrate their anniversary, they reunite with Dark Entries for an eponymous 11 track LP brimming with jagged guitars, spacy arpeggios, and hypnotic vocals.This work flows effortlessly through a variety of stylistic detours, highlighting their ears as both keen listeners and skilled DJs and exactly what you should expect from an artist album and from our favourite Isreali duo. Please turn this up loud and warn the neighbours. DRW 5/5.

A name you will have no doubt noted if you’ve dipped your toe in Techno waters anytime during the last few years. Italy was his playground, with the explosion of its illegal rave scene stirring an innate desire to compose and perform. The catalyst for international success came in 2015, with his remix of DJ Boris’s “Can You Hear Me” claiming Beatport’s highest selling techno track. As he began adding to his flourishing discography, further recognition came from “X-Pollination” via Unrilis, “Trrbulence” and “Start Of Madness” (Drumcode) which collected further Beatport accolades. However, it was his 4-track “Moon Rocks” offering that stood out as a career highlight. The EP cultivated a lasting impression with a global audience, steam-rolling his career into quick maturity and earning him Beatport’s No.1 best-selling Techno artist
Straddling the most experimental and mainstream sides of pop with ease, Charli XCX — aka singer/songwriter Charlotte Aitchison — is just as comfortable working with cutting-edge producers like SOPHIE as she is touring with Taylor Swift. As a songwriter and collaborator, she helped create some of the biggest pop singles of the 2010s, including Icona Pop’s 2012 smash “I Love It” and Iggy Azalea’s 2014 chart-topping hit “Fancy.” Charli XCX has used her lockdown time wisely. During the past six weeks in isolation, the British producer and pop renegade got to work and cut a new album, how i’m feeling. The DIY LP, executive produced by Charli, A. G. Cook and BJ Burton, spans 11 tracks and dropped at midnight. How i’m feeling is the product of a special two-way connection with fans
Figures in New York City nightlife have banded together to launch an emergency fund for clubs, venues and employees affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. NYC Nightlife United has been launched by Brooklyn bar Friends and Lovers and event promoter and publication AdHoc, and aims to provide “immediate relief to shuttered cultural spaces affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.” The fund has been launched in collaboration with performing arts non-profit organisation Solo Foundation, and will prioritise small, independent venues and artists who have lost income through cancelled gigs. “Businesses in live music need immediate aid and face challenges unique to our industry, but there were no relief programs made just for us,” AdHoc Presents owner Ric Leichtung shared in a statement. 
David Guetta is set to play another charity live stream this month, raising funds for COVID-19 relief. Taking place on 30th May in New York, Guetta’s second United At Home stream will take place in an iconic location that will be revealed on the day. All donations made during the stream will go toward the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, Feeding America, the World Health Organization, and Fondation Hôpitaux de Paris – Hôpitaux de France. Guetta’s stream will begin after New York’s “daily clap” for frontline and healthcare workers at 7:00 pm (EST), and can be viewed live through his Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. The stream follows Guetta’s April United At Home stream in Miami. 
London streetwear brand Aerosoul has unveiled a face mask featuring its iconic Junglist Movement design. Aerosoul’s founder and designer Leke Adesoye launched a crowdfunding campaign this week to raise funds for the production of the masks, with a view to donating £2.50 from the sale of each mask to UCLH charity Haematology Cancer Care. “I have been attending UCLH for over five years for treatment,” writes Adesoye on the Just Giving page. “If it wasn’t for the hard work and passion of the front line staff within UCLH myself along with thousands of others could well be living a much less life expectancy and quality of life.” Made famous after its appearance on a t-shirt in cult ‘90s rave flick Human Traffic, the Junglist Movement designed masks will be made of 100% cotton.
Porter Robinson debuted a new track during a live-streamed set last weekend. The producer/DJ hosted an all-day live streamed festival, Secret Sky, on Saturday 9th May, and at the end of his own set dropped a new single, titled ‘Look At The Sky’. You can check out the full set below, or skip to the end to hear the track. More sets came from artists including Madeon, San Holo, G Jones and Jai Wolf. 100% of proceeds raised during the stream will be donated to the MusiCares COVID-19 relief fund. Back in March, Robinson shared a new single, ‘Something Comforting’ from his forthcoming album, ‘Nurture’. Later that month, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Robinson launched an interactive website based around the new album.
It’s an idea that has been kicking around since lockdown began but we can now confirm that drive-in cinema is making a return to Sydney this month. The DJ and producer Carnage has announced that he is staging a drive-in music festival next month, billing it as “the first ever North American festival in corona[virus] history”. Several clubs in Germany hosted “drive-in raves” last week as a way of circumventing lockdown restrictions. Following in the footsteps of the Germans and how they are dealing with life post-lockdown… We are teaming up to bring Bristol a series. A drive-in cinema is coming to town to quench film lovers’ thirst for watching movies in public. Event organizer Ergo and Co plans to bring the cinematic experience while still adhering to the rules of the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in Jakarta.
The travel industry has been one of the hardest-hit sectors by the COVID-19 pandemic, but travelers around the world have also been eager to get back on the proverbial road and visit new holiday destinations. Dutch online ticketing company has recorded growing wishlists on its app, listed by people in quarantine around the world in March and April. On the list, Bali ranks second among the most desirable tourist destinations. The island is listed along with international destinations such as Andalusia and Catalonia in Spain, as well as Florida in the United States. Krasnodar Krai in Russia tops the list. In a statement, said the list was based on the number of likes for properties listed on the app. The data was compiled in March and April and compared to similar data in March and April 2019.


Somewhere within the walls of Studio Eksotika lies a gallery that houses one of the most extraordinary collections of dance music memorabilia in the world. But just days before Desa Potato Head was to open the doors to its newly acquired Wild Life Archive, disaster struck — the fury of COVID-19 led to the closure of Desa Potato Head (along with almost everything else in Bali…and the world). Always ones to innovate, a full-on digital strategy ensued featuring sustainable lifestyle hacks, in-house recipes (like their Flores Margarita) and Daily Morning Rituals. Best of all, they also brought the exhibition online.



Beverage giants Coca-Cola and Carlsberg have given their backing to an exciting new plant-based plastic being developed by Dutch biochemical company Avantium. This planet-friendly material, intended to completely decompose within just one year, would use plastics made from plant sugars as opposed to fossil fuels; tackling both plastic pollution and the overuse of fossil fuels. This material would be used to create a protective, recyclable layer within a cardboard bottle, replacing regular containers while helping to reduce the carbon footprint inflicted by drinks manufacturers.

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