• BBC teams up with Spotify, Deezer and YouTube to unveil new BBC Playlister music platform
• It’s official: Sankeys to open New York club
• Delorean kidnapped in Mexico City
• Sei A Readies EP for Aus Featuring Breach Remix
BBC teams up with Spotify, Deezer and YouTube to unveil new BBC Playlister music platform
Track down music heard on TV and radio.
The BBC is preparing to launch a music-orientated version of its iPlayer service in partnership with Spotify, Deezer and YouTube, as initially speculated a year ago.
BBC Playlister will allow audiences to add and save tracks heard on the BBC – on radio shows as well as television programmes like Later… with Jools Holland – to a personal playlist. Once added to Playlister, tracks can then be exported to one of the platform’s three online partners to be heard in full. Listeners will also be able to discover new artists with recommendations from DJs and presenters.
Spotify’s Chris Maples said of the new service: “Through the BBC Playlister app on Spotify, you can be the first to hear and follow playlists from your favourite DJs, radio stations and TV programmes, and explore a world of hand-picked music content from across the BBC.”
The launch is the latest effort by the Beeb to engage music fans, following this year’s Glastonbury extravaganza which saw around 250 hours of festival performances made available to audiences.
BBC Playlister will be available in the UK and throughout the world – you can start playing with it now.
(via FACT Mag)
It’s official: Sankeys to open New York club
As we told you a while back, UK club brand Sankeys is set to open a new club in New York. Now the official launch details are out, with the club opening this Halloween, October 31.
The theme of the launch is ‘The British are Coming’ with the new venue planning to bring a slice of UK club culture to the Big Apple. The club will be located on 29 West and 36th Street and will house two rooms complete with the world’s first hydraulic LED grid matrix system and a Void Incubus sound system.
Reboot will play an extended set alongside No Regular Play and My Favorite Robot on the opening night. The following night, on Friday November 1, Amirali, Slow Hands and Fur Coat will be showcasing their prowess, followed by DJ Sneak and Julian Perez on the Saturday.
Sankeys is promising to continue showcasing underground sounds as well as bringing some already well known faces to its new venture.
Club boss, David Vincent, revealed this has been three years in the making, and says: “I really cannot wait to finally bring a lot of new music and artists to the city that taught me about what house music really means”.
The new club’s website can be found here.
Delorean kidnapped in Mexico City
Last week, Spanish dance-pop act Delorean hit Mexico City to play the local edition of the Barcelona and Montreal based festival Mutek, sharing the bill with names like Amon Tobin, Mount Kimbie,Jamie Lidell, James Holden and more. Delorean, however, never made it to their set – according toSpin (via Spanish newspaper El Pais), the four band members fell victims to a two-day “virtual kidnapping” while in Mexico City.
The alarm was first raised when an unidentified caller phoned the band’s family members in Spain, claiming the band were being held captive and demanding a ransom equivalent to over AUD$400,000. While the exact details are unclear and the band is yet to respond to requests from Pitchfork for clarification, reportedly a kidnapper phoned the band at their hotel and claimed to be a member of a Mexican gang, telling them there would soon be a shootout at their hotel and that they should move to new accommodation for their own safety. The band complied and kidnappers held them at the new hotel, where they were dialed into three-way calls with their families in Spain and ransom demands were made.
The twist is that Delorean weren’t actually in the physical custody of the kidnappers. Rather, they were manipulated into thinking they were being watched and that their lives were in danger if they didn’t comply the kidnapper’s demands. They were told to withdraw money from ATMs, buy a Mexican mobile phone to stay in contact with kidnappers, destroy their old phones and strictly instructed not to contact their families, the festival or police.
A “virtual kidnapping” is a sophisticated form of extortion, one which exploits Mexico’s nationwide fear of kidnapping and what the New York Times called the country’s “latest crime craze”. In a nation where kidnapping is rife, criminals don’t actually need to hold their victims their hostage – they just need to trick their families into believing their loved ones are in danger. With the victims and their families kept out of contact, families are made to believe their loved ones are being held and that they need to immediately transfer a ransom to ensure their release.
After a two day ordeal, the members of Delorean are now free and safe. Fellow Spaniards John Talabot and Pional – who were set to play in Mexico this weekend – have cancelled their tour in response to the news. “We are cancelling our tour in Mexico for security reasons,” Talabot Tweeted overnight. “We are happy that our friends Delorean are OK.”
Sei A Readies EP for Aus Featuring Breach Remix
Following his solid Blades of Brazil EP for Turbo, London-based DJ/producer Sei A has announced that a new EP is on the way via the reliable Aus imprint. In a press release,Make It Work‘s four cuts are described as a “blend of muscular drums, pitched-down vocals, and hypnotic synths,” productions which include a remix of the titular track by fast-rising Bristol house producer Breach. Make It Work is set to drop on November 18, but before then, its tracklist and artwork can be found below.
01 Make It Work
02 I’ll Take You There
03 Make It Work (Breach Remix)
04 Hing (Digital Only)