In last night’s episode Last Week Tonight, HBO TV host John Oliver attempted to warn about the potential dangers pursuing a close partnership with Putin. Although Oliver spends much the show focusing on the Russian politician’s questionable practices—such as his in 2014 and his history stifling political opposition—he eventually turns to song and dance to try to get his point across.
The end the show features aperformance a tune called “A Man Like Putin” by a fictional Europop girl group, which is based on an dedicated to the politician. The track is awfully catchy, and it includes lyrical gems such as, “A man like Putin is really bad/That you need that explained is just so fucking sad.”
“We’ve put together a quick explanation guaranteed to stick in Trump’s mind in the catchiest possible form: shitty techno music,” said Oliver, introducing the performance.
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Scott Wiener, the Democrat state senator for California, introduced a bill on Wednesday that would allow bars and restaurants to serve alcohol between the hours 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. Bars and restaurants currently must stop serving alcohol at 2 am., a rule that has been in place since 1935.
The new legislation, according to the , would give local jurisdictions control over last-call hours for bars and restaurants.
“California currently has a one-size-fits-all 2 am end to alcohol service, regardless circumstances,” Wiener said on about the bill. “Nightlife matters a lot, culturally and economically, and it’s time to allow local communities more flexibility.”
Wiener’s bill is a follow-up to Mark Leno’s 2013 bill. Leno, his Democratic predecessor, proposed a bill in 2013 but it failed to get enough votes.
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Warp Records mainstay returns this spring with a new album, Death Peak, scheduled to drop on April 7. Last week, the producer released “Peak Magnetic,” the first single from the new full-length.
“I’ve had the title Death Peak since August 2016. It felt so right, I would repeat it to myself like a mantra. Death Peak Death Peak Death Peak,” the producer said. “It starts gently, all meadows and butterflies and ends with you on top this gnarly fearsome mountain peak, surveying a shattered landscape below.”
That gentleness can be heard on lead single “Peak Magnetic.” The bright and airy track sounds imbued with the early morning soundscapes heard after a long night out.
“I wanted the kick to sound like some massive natural event, barely controlled, a boulder bouncing down a hill with birds tweeting around it,” Clark said about the track. “A complete mud-ball a pulse that anchors everything to it through sheer mass. It makes me think outdoor spring time raving.”
Listen to “Peak Magnetic” below. , we spoke with the Berlin-based producer about his favorite cinema gems for our ongoing Crate Expectations column.
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Rapper detailed an encounter they faced with the police and a fellow airplane passenger on a Delta Airlines flight on Friday.
The police were reportedly called after Blanco’s seat mate called the police because the person was “not comfortable” sitting next to them, Blanco said on Twitter.
“He said that he was not comfortable and did not know how Delta allowed ‘someone like me’ to board the plane with him and sit next to him,” Blanco tweeted.
The incident reportedly occurred on a flight from Toronto to Detroit. Blanco said they were sleeping on the flight and learned the police were called when they woke up.
Blanco reportedly was also told that an FBI report would be made from the “interaction” and they would go to jail if they continued to ask questions about the treatment they faced.
“This is the most bizarre form homophobia I have ever encountered,” Blanco tweeted Friday. On Saturday, Blanco followed up the story with more thoughts. “If the story I shared earlier involving my flight from Toronto to Detroit seems vague it’s because it is,” .
Blanco Delta’s cabin crew will come forward to corroborate Blanco’s claim that they were asleep. THUMP has reached out to Delta for a comment.
Read all Blanco’s tweets below.
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is clearly not afraid to collaborate with performers outside the EDM world. On his most recent single, “It Ain’t Me,” he joined forces with actress and pop princess Selena Gomez.
And now, the producer has added Vin Diesel–yes, that Vin Diesel–to a special remix the track.
“You are going to be as shocked as I am… Kygo the magician just took my voice and added it to his new track. Speechless,” the action star wrote on his Twitter.
Diesel seems even more thrilled by the development than the producer. He posted pictures and clips on his Instagram, , and Twitter pages.
“I stepped out my comfort zone for this one, haha,” he wrote on Instagram.
This isn’t the first time the actor has shown his love singing and music. , Diesel was captured dancing to some Kygo’s music. Diesel covered Rihanna’s “Stay.” The video soon went viral.
Listen to the remix below.
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More than 20 people have been hospitalized after reportedly ingesting synthetic GHB during the in Melbourne.
According to reports from the Guardian, medical personnel treated 30 people at the festival and 25 them needed hospitalization from reported overdoses the substance. In addition to the people transported from the festival, Ambulance Victoria state health commander Paul Holman said other people across the city have also been hospitalized after consuming the same substance. Seven other people reportedly collapsed in nearby parks or on the streets, according to the Guardian.
“It’s the highest number overdoses we have seen at a music event for some time,” Holman told the Guardian. “That we haven’t seen any deaths] tonight is probably just good luck and not anything else.”
The Guardian reports that seven people have already been discharged from St Vincent’s Hospital and were reportedly found to have GHB and other drugs in their system.
Days before the music festival, organizers the event on their Facebook page about a zero-tolerance policy.
“We have an absolute zero tolerance for drugs and other illicit substances at Electric Parade. Anyone caught using illicit substances throughout the event will be swiftly ejected by security and will not be allowed to return,” the event wrote. “In light recent news surrounding potentially life threatening MDMA or Ecstasy, its important to not buy any illicit substances at the event as you will not know the potential health and safety risks associated with the substance you are buying.”
Prolific Chicago footwork crew Teklife have returned with their lated 23-track compilation, ON LIFE, which dropped Friday.
The compilation is the fourth release from the crew. Featuring selections from producers such as Traxman and RP Boo as well as Teklife stars like DJ Spinn, DJ Paypal and DJ Earl, the new compilation serves as a perfect introduction to the crew’s distinct, but still captivating style.
“ON LIFE is a musical snapshot, capturing the TEKLIFE family’s present state mind in these uncertain times,” the group said. “As a statement intent, the message is clear: The future Footwork is in safe hands.”
Stream the entire compilation below, Spotify.
It’s been less than a month since was inaugurated as the President the United States, but that hasn’t stopped protestors, journalists and artists from analyzing his words and actions.
Alexis Kirke, a British composer and filmmaker dubbed the “Philip K. Dick contemporary music,” took a deep dive into Trump’s words, analyzing 84,000 them uttered during the years 1990 to 2017 to create trumpTones. The latest were taken from Trump’s highly controversial and infamous February 16 press conference.
According to Kirke, the valence (emotional positivity) and arousal (emotional activity) Trump’s words were analyzed. In an email, Kirke said part one trumpTones, “uses the frequency cut-f an acid house bassline to sonify the valence, and part two uses the resonance a second bassline to sonify the arousal.” Kirke regularly utilizes art and science for his compositional and film creations.
Stream “Sonification a President’s Emotions” below. , we wrote about “trumpwave” and “fashwave,” disturbing examples the alt-right appropriating electronic music.
Every week, we round up a list our favorite videos, stories, mixes and other dance music-related news from our own site and other places across the internet. Here’s our list. We think you’ll enjoy it. And don’t forget to check out our tracks, which features John Talabot, Axel Bowman, the Rhythm Method and more.
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Whether it’s for playing out at a club or listening at home, DJs and producers typically have an encyclopedic hoard music, new and old. In , they tell us about the last three songs or albums they’ve purchased, and why these were important additions to their music collection.
This week, we spoke to , who is maybe one the busiest DJs around. You can catch her every third Saturday at Trophy Bar, at the dance party every fourth Friday at Friends and Lovers, at GIGGLES every first Friday at C’mon Everybody, and the Oui R&B party every second Thursday at Kinfolk 90. She is also a weekly resident at the Samsung 837 Experience store and co-hosts Goodside Radio with Spree Wilson on every fourth Tuesday.
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While everyone to the Weeknd’s chart-chewing, 80s-referencing behemoths “Starboy” and “I Feel It Coming” last year, weren’t the only French producers on the Canadian R&B singer’s third album. Tucked away towards the tail end Starboy is “Die For You,” a confessional ballad which sees Abel Tesfaye crooning about a long-distance relationship, over fluttering synths and slowly building percussion. If a song on one the best-selling records 2016 could possibly be described as “underrated,” “Die For You” certainly fits that description.
One the musicians credited on the track was , a mysterious French producer, who appears in his press photos wearing a prosthetic mask straight out a slasher flick. Though his identity is unknown, he’s revealed that he’s also spent time living in New York and Toronto (where he met Tesfaye and would end up opening for the artist on the latter’s 2013 European tour), and there’s a trove original material and remixes on his SoundCloud and Bandcamp (including a Kanye West’s 2013 album Yeezus). On the heels his biggest placement to date, he’s dropped his latest solo EP, , which splits the difference between John Carpenter’s horror scores and fellow countryman Kavinsky’s throbbing, after-dark electro-house.
Following his excellent , we asked him to make us one, and he obliged with 46 minutes trap bruisers, 90s big beat anthems, and his own bump in the night, synth-hewn instrumentals. Appropriately given his background, it’s heavy on Weeknd cuts and French electronic titans past and present (DJ Mehdi, Gesaffelstein, Justice), with more than a few left turns (when’s the last time you heard songs by Harlem rap crew the Diplomats and Britpop kings Oasis in one place?). Over email, Prince 85 described the mix’s ideal listening coordinates as “in the middle the Antarctica during an aurora while waiting for the mothership to return,” which gives you a sense the otherworldly approach he takes to his craft.
Judge for yourself below, and read our brief Q&A with the anonymous French producer.
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Following his work with acts including Prince, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Flying Lotus, and more, Grammy Award-winning composer, producer, singer, and drummer is gearing up to release his long-awaited debut album, Triumph.
Recorded with help from his brothers Stephen Bruner, aka , and Jameel Bruner (formerly the Internet) during the same West Coast sessions that produced Kamasi Washington’s 2015 LP The Epic, the 11 tracks draw on influences ranging from deep fusion to jazz to pop. Today we’re premiering “Sensation,” a breezy, upbeat cut featuring Los Angeles singer-songwriter Danielle Withers and Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller, which sees the multi-hypenate artist showing f his soul chops.
“‘Sensation’ is my combination LA’s sunshine, fun, girls and complex street rhythms with a taste Heinz Field,” Bruner Jr. told THUMP over email. “Coming in the studio to write this song was filled with so much joy. With such heavies in the room, you can’t help but float.”
Listen to the track below and preorder Triumph before it comes out March 3 World Galaxy/Alpha Pup.
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Last year, Philadelphia rapper put out two energetic mixtapes, Lil Uzi Vert vs. The World and The Perfect L.U.V. Tape, which firmly established him as a newcomer to watch. His machine gun-referencing moniker comes from his rapid-fire triplet rapping style, but on those releases, he nimbly jumped between rhyming circles around his peers (“”) to crooning love ballads (“”) to basking in near-tropical-house euphoria (,” which THUMP named as one the ). While he got beats from well-known heavy-hitters including Metro Boomin, Nard & B, and Zaytoven, both tapes started with the same distorted drop: “That, that, that, that, th-that be Maaly Raw.”
Songs like “,” “,” and “Do What I Want” captured the creative energy that exist between the two Philly natives, with the 22-year-old producer setting a perfect runway for Uzi’s lightning-fast raps. ‘s FruityLoops beats burst with the thrill a rocket blast, hewing closer to an over-caffeinated video game soundtrack than simply another trap production. Not surprisingly, he’s since become highly in-demand, working with acts including Lil Yachty, A$AP Ferg, and most recently, PnB Rock on the Philly singer and rapper’s debut album, GTTM: Going Thru the Motions.
Increasingly splitting his time between his home in Philadelphia and various studios across the country, we recently caught up with him on the phone from Atlanta to discuss his whirlwind year, earliest influences, and more.
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Dallas-bred and LA-based dreamy trap DJ and producer will release his first EP in three years next Wednesday, February 22nd. Titled 4 Ever, its coming out on Japanese label and will feature four songs that range from head-nodding hip-hop sounds to airy electro-dance. Lil Texas gave a sneak peek the EP’s title on Wednesday; today, he premieres “I’m Yours” with THUMP, the third single on the EP and the most dancefloor-ready track.
“I wanted to put a club joint on the EP because the rest the tracks are at 150+ BPM,” said Lil Texas in an email to THUMP. “‘I’m Yours’ came to me one day on a Saturday afternoon. It was raining outside and within three hours this really cool melodic piece came together. It’s intended to have a hopeful yet melancholic feel and make the listener move but also get lost in the sound.”
Formerly signed to , Lil Texas decided to release 4 Ever with Trekkie Trax after watching the label’s prolific output, including artists like and. He approached the label for a collaboration, and the EP was born.
“We met Lil Texas online,” the label said in a statement. “We had already liked his music since his release on Donky Pitch in 2013. So we were hyped when he started following us on social media in 2015. For this EP, he hit us up with his demo first. We’ve been checking his music for a long time, so we decided to release the EP and to plan his tour in Asia with C.Z.!”
You can catch the whole 4 Ever EP on on Wednesday, February 22nd.
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GHE20G0TH1K founder Venus X and Asmara Nguzunguzu have put their heads together for a fiery 40-minute mixtape titled “Putaria Maxima Volume 1.”
The first edition the mixtape series initially aired last night on ‘s Planet X Radio. According to Venus X’s , it was inspired by the pair’s trip to São Paolo last year. Described by GHE20G0TH1K as “Brazil meets the trap,” it aims to amplify the underground street sounds Brazil and America, the tracklist boasting an equal representation bumping baile funk and Brazilian MCs like MC Novinho, DJ Juninho, and ; and American rap artists such as OT Genasis, Migos, Lil Uzi Vert, Travis Scott, and DRAM.
The selections are tight and quick—meaning some surprises like Evanescence classic “Bring Me to Life” and Linkin Park’s “Numb” drop out nowhere and disappear just as quickly as they came. In all, it’s a mix in which you can feel sweat dripping f the ceiling. Listen to it below.