• Duke Dumont takes UK top 40 #1 spot
• Diplo sets the record straight on split with Switch
• Ushuaia confirms Vath, Luciano, and Loco Dice for opening
• Danny Avila to join Hakkasan’s all-star lineup
• Novation brings back Bass Station
Duke Dumont takes UK top 40 #1 spot
Duke Dumont has topped the Official UK Top 40 Singles Chart with his latest single, ‘Need U (100%)’.
The single, which features A*M*E on vocals, has been at the top of the iTunes charts all week and it was no surprise when it came in at #1 in the UK Top 40 today after selling 92,000 copies.
Congratulations have been pouring in for the UK producer from all over the dance music scene and beyond, and you can find out a bit more about his story here.
‘Need U (100%)’ is out now via Ministry of Sound and the Duke’s own imprint Blasé Boys Club.
Diplo sets the record straight on split with Switch
On Friday, Major Lazer’s long awaited second album will finally drop. It’s been four years sinceDiplo’s dancehall project released their debut record Guns Don’t Kill People…Lazers Do and since then, a lot’s changed: former collaborator Switch and the newly-religious Skerrit Bwoy have both departed, making room for new members Jillionaire and Walshy Fire to join the Mad Decent boss at the helm. While we’ve known since 2011 that the Switch and Diplo partnership was no more, the reason behind the split has never really been clear – up until now, the only official word was that there were “creative differences”.
But when inthemix got our King of Twitter on the phone last week, Diplo set the record straight on the reason behind the Major Lazer lineup change. “I couldn’t make music if it weren’t for Switch – he and M.I.A. were my main influences, and he taught me how to make music and gave me my style 100 percent,” he assured. “But in terms of actually making records and finishing them, Switch doesn’t do that. And everyone knows that. He just can’t finish songs. He’s the best when he does it, though. But for me, I had to take it in my power to finish this record because no one was helping me.”
“With Walsh and Chris, although I write the music we all come up with the ideas together: Chris names most of the songs for me and comes up with the artwork, and Walsh has been my main influences in terms of dancehall music for years,” he continued. “We live for our project 100 percent now. And that’s why I love the group: we all love the music so much and we 100 percent live for this. For Switch, music is just a hobby for him. He’s still my homie though, and we still work on some stuff together when it makes sense, but now it’s about the real music. The first album was just a case of simply trying to get it out there. I was always trying to convince Switch that “this is a big deal” but he never really cared. This album is not about that. But he’s still my homie, 1000 percent. He still wrote some records with me for the new album, like Get Free.”
Diplo was keen to dispel those rumours of there being any bad blood between the pair. “We had to legally break up the crew, whatever that means,” he explained. “But it wasn’t anything weird. He made a decent amount of money and he’s able to do what he wants to do now, which is produce more pop stuff. And that’s good for him, that’s what he wants to do. I don’t to make him feel like it’s a job to be on tour with me and make music with me. I want people who love it like I do to be involved. And that’s what it’s like now.”
Ushuaia confirms Vath, Luciano, and Loco Dice for opening
It’s been confirmed that Sven Väth, Luciano and Loco Dice will headline Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel’s opening event on May 25, with support from Maya Jane Coles, Joris Voorn, Reboot, Andrea Oliva and Uner.
The opening marks the start of Ushuaïa’s daytime parties, with doors opening at 1pm. In addition to the beefy line-up, the venue promises “dazzling acrobats and dancers and a stunning display of pyrotechnics”.
As we reported, the eight-floor avant-guard Ushuaïa Tower is due to open this season, next door to the original building.
The inauguration of The Ushuaïa Tower is also scheduled for May 2013. For those who have the cash to splash, the tower will have 181 rooms and suites, many of which come complete with private Jacuzzis, enabling visitors to watch DJs perform at The Ushuaïa Club below whilst enjoying a cocktail in their own hot tub. Or you can just get sweaty up front with the riff-raff.
Danny Avila to join Hakkasan’s all-star lineup
DJ sensation Danny Avila today announces that he will join Hakkasan Las Vegas opening at MGM Grand in April. Avila will also extend his talents to the daytime at the MGM Grand’s iconic WET REPUBLIC Ultra Pool.
According to Neil Moffit, CEO of Angel Management Group, it was Avila’s “captivating drive” and “youthful spirit” that “breathes life into his performances.” He added, “(Danny’s) nascent but ambitious career mirrors the spirit and drive of Hakkasan Las Vegas, and we are excited for this synergistic partnership.”
Speaking from his current tour of the US, Avila said, “It’s very exciting to be performing at a club as groundbreaking as Hakkasan Las Vegas – 2013 will be an important year for me and the EDM world, as a whole.” For fans of Avila in the US and Canada, his exclusive event series at Hakkasan Las Vegas further highlights just how dramatically his presence has been felt on the North American continent, particularly over the past six months. Consistently headlining at the some of the biggest venues and festivals in both countries – including Pacha NYC, LIV, EDC, Ultra Music Festival and Coachella – the youngster has smashed all preconceptions and raised the bar with every set.
At the tender age of 18, Avila has become one of the hottest acts in the world of electronic music. From winning the ‘Best Newcomer DJ’ at the prestigious 2011 Vicious Music Awards at just 16, through an incredible 2012 Ibiza season that caught the attention of everyone from Tiësto through to dance bible DJ Mag, to the announcement of his residency as the youngest ever prime time resident on SiriusXM, Avila is the name on everyone’s lips – and rightly so. Spearheading the next generation of superstar DJ/producers, his star continues to rise with every new announcement.
Novation brings back Bass Station
Novation has announced Bass Station II, an update to one of the company’s earliest creations.
The original Bass Station, a dual-oscillator monophonic synthesizer with a two-octave keyboard, first appeared in 1993 as a compact and relatively inexpensive analog tool for making basslines. Novation’s update, hot on the heels of their just-announcedLaunchpad revamp, is fully redesigned and expands upon the original’s feature set. The 25-note Bass Station II remains an analog affair, with two independent oscillators, one sub-oscillator and a noise generator forming the backbone of its sound. The synth’s effects—two ADSR envelopes, two LFOs, distortion and filter overdrive—are also all analog. In the filter section, you’ll find a new “acid” filter for crafting 303-style bass tones in addition to a filter just like the one found on the 1993 version. Patch memory has been expanded to allow for 64 bespoke patches in addition to the 64 included with the synth. (USB connectivity, now ubiquitous on the analog synth market, allows you to store even more patches on your host computer.) Additionally, you’ll find an arpeggiator, a programmable step sequencer and MIDI I/O.
Novation will release Bass Station II in June 2013 at a suggested retail price of $499.99 / 469.99 Euro.