GDD™ Morning Update: Benga, The Cure, Dimensions Festival, Cyril Hahn/Javeon

• Dubstep pioneer Benga announces “my DJ career is finished”
The Cure Plan New Record, Live DVDs, Another Album Trilogy Tour
Dimensions Festival announces line-up for 2014
• Stream: Cyril Hahn and Javeon, “Breaking”


Dubstep pioneer Benga announces “my DJ career is finished”

In a surprise announcement on his Facebook page, London dubstep original Benga has ‘retired’ from DJing to start a family. “Big up to all my real supporters,” he signed off. “It’s been a lovely time.” You can read the post below. (It’s unclear, however, whether Benga is quitting making music too.)

“Salute to my brother Benga,” the producer’s right-hand-man Skream wrote on Twitter following the bombshell. “It takes a lot to announce something like that. He’s been nothing but pure inspiration to me over the years.” From there, he went on to re-tweet a string of supportive messages from fans.

Benga’s status as a dubstep figurehead began at the Big Apple record store in London neighbourhood Croydon, where he got his electronic education with friends Skream and Artwork. From there, he became a guiding force in the genre’s meteoric rise from the underground, including the crossover success of his live ‘super-group’ Magnetic Man.

Last year, Benga released his third album Chapter II, following the definitive Diary Of An Afro Warrior and his 2006 debut Newstep. In making Chapter II, the producer told inthemix at the time, he was looking beyond the ‘dubstep’ tag. “I just think if I use the term dubstep, it definitely does limit my music,” he said. “It doesn’t let me be as creative as I want to be. In order for me to be creative Benga in the studio, I have to remove that tag and just write Benga music.” In recent years, Benga and Skream have held a post on BBC Radio 1, showcasing ‘slammers and bangers’ from all corners of electronic music.
(via inthemix)


The Cure Plan New Record, Live DVDs, Another Album Trilogy Tour


The Cure have announced plans to release a new record this year, following 2008’s 4:13 Dream and their Bestival Live 2011 live album. It’s tentatively titled 4:14 Scream. According to a press release, it was recorded at the same time as 4:13 Dream.

Along with the studio album, the Cure will also release a string of live concert DVDs and tour the world this year. As in 2002 and 2011, they’re planning a “Trilogy” show, in which they perform three records in full. This one will feature The Top, The Head on the Door, and Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me.

The Cure will perform at the Royal Albert Hall in London on March 28 and 29, part of theTeenage Cancer Trust benefit shows.

Watch the Cure play “The Kiss” in 2002:

(via Pitchfork)


Dimensions Festival announces line-up for 2014


Croatia’s Dimensions Festival has announced its first acts for 2014.

Brought to you by the same team as Outlook, for the past two years Dimensions has been providing a second dose of dubstep, house, techno and more to Fort Punta Christo.

This year, it takes place from Wednesday August 27 to Sunday 31, and features performances from Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington’s Darkside, Juan Atkins and Moritz Von Oswald’s Borderland, and Underground Resistance presents Timeline.

Elsewhere, there’s Metro Area live, Nina Kraviz, Gilles Peterson, Floating Points, Mala live, Kode9, Moodymann, Theo Parrish, Roy Ayears, Caribou and more.

Not bad, eh? You can run through the whole line-up here, and watch Dimensions’ accompanying video below.

(via FACT Mag)


Stream: Cyril Hahn and Javeon, “Breaking”


London’s PMR has shared plans for their first-ever compilation. Called 20 Square Feet in Acton and with a release date TBD, the comp will collect hip-hop, R&B and dance tracks that influenced the label, as well as never-before heard tracks from PMR artists—the stable has included Jessie Ware, Disclosure and Julio Bashmore—and their allies. To celebrate, second-wave PMR powerhouses Cyril Hahn, T. Williams and Javeon will tour Europe along with special guest Lone. See dates below, along with a brand new, dancefloor-devastating collab between producer Hahn and singer Javeon, “Breaking.”

PMR April Tour:

9th April – Manchester – The Ritz
10th April – Paris – La Machine
11th April – Glasgow – The Arches
12th April – London – Shapes (Hackney Wick Warehouse)


(via Fader)