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The Ghost: The World’s First Mobile Underground Record Shop Located in Berlin

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Dedicated solely to underground dance music, The Ghost is officially the first record store of its kind – that is the world’s first on-the-move record shop that caters to house, techno and other musical offshoots of the underground electronic music scene.

Located in a 1970s Mercedes camper van, The Ghost travels around Berlin armed with listening stations and crates of vinyl, allowing record collectors throughout the city to peruse and buy from its collection. Mostly sourced from retired DJs throughout Europe, the roster of music available at The Ghost features heavily on house and techno, mirroring the sounds and styles of play of the stores two founders, Berlin-based Brits Josh Tweek and James Creed, both of whom have been DJing for years and are now also performing together as The Ghost.

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As of right now, The Ghost has found a semi-regular spot outside Club der Visionaere, while also making appearances at several one-off parties. Those wishing to visit the store can make private appointments directly through The Ghost’s Facebook page.

Resident Advisor caught up with Tweek and Creed to talk about the vision for their project. You can read the full interview here.

 

SXM Festival Returns in 2017

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SXM Festival has now revealed the dates for its 2017 return to the idyllic shores of Saint Martin. Music fans will be flocking to the beaches of the beautiful Caribbean island on March 15-19 for yet another tech-heavy lineup of international talent.

Following an eventful inaugural edition this past March that hosted two and half thousand festival-goers, SXM Festival plans to return with an even bigger and better lineup, as well as more parties on beaches, jungles, rooftops, villas and the best venues on the island.

SXM Festival organizer Julian Prince has vowed to keep pushing quality over quantity, aiming to provide a a fine-tuned and well-curated festival experience in one of the most unique festival locations in the world. We are waiting for the 2017 line-up annoucement but here was last years stacked roster Apollonia, Audiofly, M.A.N.D.Y., Maher Daniel, Blond:ishMia Lucci, Thugfucker, Bedouin, DJ Tennis, AdriatiqueH.O.S.H., Ryan Crosson, Maceo Plex, Danny Daze, Guy Gerber, Rebolledo, Gardens Of God, and Chaim, with many more to be added in the coming months.

Tickets went on sale today, allowing you to begin planning your return or first trip to the festival.

Check out the official SXM Festival after-movie from its 2016 edition below, depicting a stunning array of natural music venues, remote jungle vantages, and a slew of ways to encounter the rich culture of Saint Martin.

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Andrey Pushkarev Announces Debut World Tour

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After two decades of music collection, Russian record selector Andrey Pushkarev announces his debut four-month world tour.

Kicking off in September 2016, Pushkarev will be stopping in 20 cities for a string of extensive sets in carefully selected clubs across the globe. Each show will see him accompanied by artist friends including tINI, Dana Ruh, Varhat and Cab Drivers (Live).

“The tour marks my twentieth year of music discovery and collection” Andrey says. “It is an occasion to celebrate all the good things about the scene and personally thank everyone who has been supporting me in this constant journey. I will pick special records for the occasion, accompanied by talents whose company I enjoy the most, artistically and personally.”

Andrey’s profound musical knowledge and meticulously gathered vinyl collection have earned him a committed and adoring following that transcends his Moscow roots. His sets are always a work of architectural, structural, and musical genius, ranging from deep and sensitive melodic techno, to soul-beating house grooves. He has the ability to bring a deep yet emotive groove that is truly compelling; something that has gained him not only the appreciation of his fans, but also of fellow artists and key taste-makers within the industry.

The Northern Lights tour dates include well respected venues in the scene; StereoBar in Montreal, Bellona in Lyon and Club-Midi in Romania. As well as:

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Trackitdown And Music Choice Have Partnered To Offer Labels A Distribution Stream to 55M US Homes


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Digital download site Trackitdown has partnered with multi-platform video and music network Music Choice to bring the best house and techno programming to 55 million U.S. homes. The music will air seven days a week from 3-5pm ET (12-2pm PT) and 10pm-12am ET (7-9pm PT) as part of Music Choice Dance/EDM Channel’s “The Best of BE-AT.TV” block, showcasing the newest DJ performances from the world’s best festivals on a weekly basis.

When asked about the new union, Nick Coles, Head of Operations at Trackitdown, stated, “with independent labels constantly having to evolve around a shifting landscape of services and revenue streams, this exciting new partnership gives us an unprecedented platform to reach millions of music fans across the US each and every week. It is a fantastic progression for Trackitdown and for all the labels that support us.”

The channel will reach 55 million homes across the US and will generate a new stream of publishing for Trackitdown’s thousands of artists and labels. The digital download store currently works with over 30,000 labels and distributors spanning all electronic genres from Armada, K7, Ministry of Sound, New State, Spinnin’ and Toolroom.

Music Choice has channels on several leading U.S. cable providers: Comcast Cable Communications, Cox Communications and Time Warner Cable. Check your local listing for channel number.

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Vanilla Ace Embarks on “Night Steppin” North American Tour

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To accompany his Night Steppin EP release on Sharam Jey’s Bunny Tiger Records, Vanilla Ace is touring North America from August 11th through the 25th, bringing his unique blend of club-ready house music to many of the US and Canada’s revered underground venues and festivals.

His stops include:
Aug 11th – Avenue Downtown, Edmonton, Canada
Aug 12th – Red Light, Dallas
Aug 13th – Splash House, Palm Springs
Aug 18th – The MID, Chicago
Aug 19th – Effex, Albuquerque
Aug 20th – Tango Room, El Paso
Aug 21st – Up North Festival, Detroit
Aug 25th – Ethics, Austin

Night Steppin is available on Discogs here.

Listen to his InTheLoop Mix:

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The Secret Garden Party Proves That Festival Drug-Testing Services Are A MUST

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This past weekend, UK’s The Secret Garden Party became the first festival to introduce Drug-Testing Services in Britain, spearheading a movement that should become an industry standard world-over.

The festival launched the service, allowing attendees to test their drugs before taking them, in coordination with Cambridgeshire council, local police and charity The Loop. The festival weekend ran from July 21st through 24th at a farm in Abbots Ripton, Cambridgeshire, drawing thousands of music fans from all over the island and beyond.

The Loop has in the past worked on similar initiatives, gaining access to drugs dropped in amnesty bins by festival-goers or confiscated by police, security or paramedics but never from attendees themselves. This past weekend’s initiative was the first of its kind, as Loop co-founder Fiona Measham told The Guardian “For the first time we’ve been able to offer the testing service to individual users as part of a tailored advice and information package provided by a team of experienced drugs workers. This can help people make informed choices, raising awareness of particularly dangerous substances in circulation and reducing the chance of drug-related problems occurring.”

Once the festival was over and the service’s results came in, it became apparent that it was not only welcomed with open arms by attendees, but also achieved impressive results. It is estimated that around 200 people used the tests available to them, with roughly 80 substances of concern found including super-strength ecstasy pills, several amounts of dicey MDMA and ketamine.

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Photo courtesy of The Secret Garden Party

“Around a quarter of people who brought in their drugs then asked us to dispose of them when they discovered that they had been mis-sold or were duds. We were taking dangerous substances out of circulation. Until the laws are reformed, testing and encouraging safer drug use is the least we can do. We hope this groundbreaking service becomes the norm for all such events. It is now up to others to follow, to protect the health and safety of their customers. In truth it would be negligent for them not to,” said Steve Rolles, a senior policy analyst for Transform Drug Policy Foundation whose work was influential in sealing the drug-testing deal with local authorities.

Similar initiatives have been spearheaded throughout the United States by Dance Safe and other groups, aiming to provide personal testing kits to attendees as well as making them available on festival grounds. Dance Safe’s message with regard to drug checking is a simple one, “Drug checking, also known as pill testing or adulterant screening, is a harm reduction service that helps drug users avoid ingesting unknown and potentially more dangerous adulterants found in street drugs.”

It is practically impossible to enforce a no-drug police at music festival, whereas drug testing can be immensely effective in saving lives. Unfortunately, the drug market – and the MDMA one in particular – is a highly adulterated illicit drug market, hence why drug checking services have proven to add an important layer of safety for those who may otherwise be partaking in particularly dangerous usage of drugs that have been cut up with a myriad of adulterants.

There is hope that other festivals will soon follow The Secret Garden Party’s initiative in creating a safer festival experience for all attendees. This is hugely dependent on agreements between local officials, police and councils together with festival owners, promoters and organizations such as The Loop.

Desert Hearts Reveals 13-Show US Summer Tour

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The Desert Heart crew is set to return to the road this summer.

The Endless Summer Tour will see the collective embark on a thirteen-show US tour in twelve different cities. The tour-de-force will begin with a double-header in Brooklyn on June 17-18 and end the weekend of September 22-25 in Oakdale for Symbiosis. In between stops at Flash in Washington D.C., Public Works in San Francisco, the Belasco in Downtown Los Angeles, a show with the Paradigm Underground group in Chicago and more. See below for full dates and schedule.

This of course follows a successful Winter Tour in 2015 and the continuation of their ever-popular festival in the California desert.

The roster for this City Hearts road trip is a selection of familiar Desert Heart artists, including Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, Deep Jesus, Marbs and Porkchop. Desert Heart parties are well known for their effervescent and colorful take on house and techno, and their ability to unite people thanks to a mantra of good spirit and exuberance.

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Listen to 6AM’s Comprehensive Movement Detroit 2016 Playlist

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Techno and house and house fans rejoice!

With Movement’s 10th Anniversary just around the corner, 70+ day and after-parties to choose from and a plethora of artist playing the festival across three days and six stages, we decided that it’s time for the music to do the talking.

It’s likely that even the most seasoned of electronic music veteran is familiar with the more than 125 artists playing the festival this year, and it is for that reason that we decided to compile a special Movement Detroit 2016 Artist Playlist on SoundCloud for your use.

We scoured the entire SoundCloud platform for live sets and mixes from each artist playing in Hart Plaza on Memorial Day Weekend. We tried to post the most recent or telling piece of music compilation we could find for each name, in order to give listeners a fairly up-to-date understanding of the artist’s sound and what to expect from them in Detroit.

The result is a 119 track compilation incorporating over 165 hours of music organized in alphabetical order. Please be understanding that not every artist featured on the lineup had recent live sets or mixes available on the SoundCloud platform, while others had none at all.

We hope you enjoy it. Share the article with other friends making their pilgrimage to Detroit – music is love, and sharing is caring!

Oh and don’t forget to enter our contest for 2 GA tickets to the fest!

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Your Complete Party Guide to Movement Detroit 2016

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Photo by Bryan Mitchell

Movement Detroit is just around the corner, and this year the Motor City is peppered with more parties than ever. We have decided to save you the time and effort by grouping them all in one comprehensive guide to help you choose and plan your weekend with ease.

The list is sorted in order by day, with events displayed alphabetically. While most are after-parties, there are a few day parties too which are clearly marked to avoid confusion. The 6AM staff combed through the entire list and selected favorites that we recommend based on years of experience traveling to Detroit for Movement weekend.

Please be aware that some lineups are still TBD and some parties are altogether still yet to be announced. We will be updating this list daily to ensure it’s complete for your use. When preparing for your trip to Detroit, ensure you also take a look at our expansive City Travel Guide for tips on how to get the most out of your stay. Read more

If you were given a choice, would you pick House or Techno?

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It is with the understanding that sometimes there is absolutely no right or wrong choice that we have launched a new poll. Most love both, but some lean toward a preference. When answering imagine having great quality DJs from both genres playing!

 

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