GDD™ Morning Update: Ajax, EDMbiz, UZ, Moda Black, Rinse FM

• RIP Ajax
EDMbiz Conference returns for second year
• Masked “trap god” UZ to release debut mixtape, Ball Trap Music Vol. 1
Moda Black Vol. II goes on tour
• Richy Ahmed & Kode9 To Release Rinse Mixes


RIP Ajax

Sydney jock Adrian Thomas AKA Ajax has passed away on his 42nd birthday following a traffic accident yesterday in Melbourne.

A founding member of the notorious Bang Gang DJs crew, Ajax was an instrumental figure in the Australian electro house scene around the mid-’00s. The group’s weekly nights at Kings Cross club Moulin Rouge, which then relocated to Club 77, were legendary among Sydney clubbers and acted as a gateway for many young fans to the underground dance scene, while their mixtapes, podcasts and compilations attracted an international following. Ajax was a revered solo DJ too, taking out the top spot in the national InTheMix top 50 poll in 2006 and 2007, as well as earning street press publication 3D World’s DJ of the Year award three times. Taking a step back from the decks, he founded his Sweat It Out! imprint in 2008, which has gone on to release music from local and overseas talent like Yolanda Be Cool, Oh Snap! and Edu K. 

Our thoughts are with Adrian’s family and friends at this time. He was a valued and respected member of the Australian dance community and will be missed.

(via Resident Advisor)


EDMbiz Conference returns for second year

Insomniac has revealed that the EDMbiz Music conference will return for its second year.

The conference that unites the industry leaders and pioneers will take place during the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas.

It gives a chance for the heads at the top of the EDM pile to discuss key issues to ensure a clear path for the growth of the genre in future years.

Key speakers and a panel, which last year included Richie Hawtin (pictured), Steve Angello and Altlantic Records CEO Craig Kallman, will be announced in the coming weeks.

(via Mixmag)


Masked “trap god” UZ to release debut mixtape, Ball Trap Music Vol. 1

Masked producer and self-declared “trap god” UZ will release his debut mixtape in the coming month.

The French DJ, who reinvented himself as the living embodiment of trap-EDM, or trap-rave, or whatever it’s called this month, broke through with a series of instrumental releases, simply titled ‘Trap Shit Vol. [insert number here]‘. The problems with the trap-as-dance-music trend have been well-documented, but some of UZ’s free tracks were excellent, particularly the icy, paranoid ‘Trap Shit Vol 9′, while his recent remix of Birdy Nam Nam reminded us of Young Smoke’s cyber-footwork turned high-res.

Titled Balltrap Music Vol. 1, the mixtape will drop via Live Mixtapes. There’s no public tracklist yet, but it’ll be available here when ready. Stream that Birdy Nam Nam remix below.

(via FACT Mag)


Moda Black Vol. II goes on tour

Jaymo & Andy George have announced the Moda Black Vol II tour, with a few friends in tow.

Fresh off the back of receiving last year’s iTunes ‘Dance Album of the Year’ for the Moda Black compilation, the boys are back with a new comp and a tour to support it.

This time they’ve enlisted some of the hottest DJs in the world including Miguel Campbell, George Fitzgerald, Ejeca, Huxley, Heidi and Hot Since 82.

Head over to the Moda site for more information.

(via Mixmag)


Richy Ahmed & Kode9 To Release Rinse Mixes

Rinse FM – possibly the most successful underground music station around – have announced details of their forthcoming releases on their label arm, featuring Kode9 in May and house man Richy Ahmed in June.

They’re the latest in a long running series that’s previously included the likes of Plastician, Spyro, Ben UFO and even the station’s founder, Geeneus. The announcement of the forthcoming mix from Hyperdub boss Kode9 ties in nicely after the London label launched their regular show on the station. Kode is also gearing up to release his first single in 2 years, and the forthcoming Rinse mix aims to demonstrate the direction his label and sound shall continue to move in. His Rinse mix is due for release on the 13th May. Check his forthcoming single Xingfu Lu in the Youtube player underneath.

Hot Creations man and deep house creator Richy Ahmed is also billed for a mix CD for release in June, focusing on house and disco and moving in a direction that’s not so usually associated with the urban music station. Release date and tracklisting for both are to come shortly. Stay tuned to Rinse here.

(via Pulse Radio)