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Lose Yourself to Dance: A Tribute to Daft Punk

As it nears the first initial anniversary since the French dance powerhouses announced their split this year in February, I thought it be good to have a glance back at their influential chaos on the world of dance music.

Simply put as house pioneers to the eclectic halls of dance floors, Daft Punk were by-and-large the greatest acts to emerge as tastemakers in the 2000s and established creditors of mainstream by the 2010s.

As chique and shiny as their exterior costumes, their catalogue is awash with fanciful dancefloor grooves that is fitting for any celebration playlist. From progressive house rock of Da Funk from 1997 debut of Homework to coming-of-age Discovery in 2001 with venturings of acid-techno, Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger to anthemic funk of Random Access Memories in 2013 which really put the duo on the map frontier. Undoubtedly Insant Crush and Get Lucky pushed the boundaries of mainstream dance-funk collaborations with Pharrell Williams and was their most successful release ever.

Random Access Memories reaped the rewards of scooping up 5 Grammys for Best Dance/Electronica Album and Album of the Year to name a few. The devilishly hook-and-sinker of Get Lucky caused a fetish heatwave to streak across the industry, having sold 4 million copies in the first quarter, in US alone.

After establishing themselves as the creditors to the business of dance, they finally hang their helmets after 28 years in the music industry. To both Guy-Manuel Homem Christo and Thomas Bangalter — many thanks for the (random access) memories. Every moment on the dance floor was worth remembering when your tracks were spinning.

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Artist Spotlight: Black Honey

Similar to that of Black Honey, this indie-grudge grunge quartet are as viscous in their bold music-beatings as they are as sweet in their intriguing delivery.

Tough acts of “Beaches”, “All My Pride”, “Corrine” and “I Like The Way You Die,” are what makes this Brighton collective so unique and wild in their coming-of-age industry story. Love, lust, hate and all-between.

Another band is rising into the limelight showcasing a boss bitch frontman and a no-nonsense attitude knowing exactly what they want.

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Your Autumn Playlist: ‘Delta’ by Mumford & Sons

Good evening, folks. Here’s hoping you had a good weekend and anticipating yourself for a good week ahead.

As we say goodbye to Summer and enter a new season into the fold with Autumn, we start to look for warm nights in with candles and scents of cinnamon not too far away from us. With cosy nights in, comes cosy music playlists to enjoy.

One familiar artist – one familiar album, mind – I’ve been delving into a lot during pumpkin spice season is the work of Mumford & Sons and their most recent release in 2018 named, Delta.

Their warm fusion of bluegrass and anthemic pop/folk is a perfect soundscape for those moments by the fire, and there is no better warmth that than of Delta.

Irrespective of the stigma such a band gets, you cannot deny their inescapable attitude to creating fantastic feel-good moments with their music.

Have a wee listen during tonight if you a moment to spare …

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Let’s Talk: Are Record Labels Relevant Anymore?

With this question an important topic in our modern music manifesto, it seems it is a question that has been begging answers for years now.

With the work of singularity and independence coming into play in the music industry, less and less artists have had to rely on the demanding schedule and pay schemes of record labels. Whether it be independent or corporate, the feelings are mutual with record labels becoming less and less prevalent in our industry.

More so for financial support than anything else – and to merely shift the artists around on a spreadsheet to ultimately balance the books – record labels are not nearly as important for underground and bedroom music artists, who can distribute their own music themselves.

With artists fully in control of their music, their are fantastic sites out there that can allow artists to obtain 100% of all music royalties – without having to do unnecessary splits at the business table.

It is important to uncover that some record labels out there are sourced independently and the majority of them are musicians themselves. Keen, motivated and simply happy to be where they are, these more indie-sleuths of the corporate world are a far more dazzling prospect to keen up-starters and demonstrate a more creative side to the industry. Where investments, global value and profits are still important, these indie individuals like to take a back seat on such matters, and focus more so on the music.

Transgressive, Domino and Mind of a Genius Records are a few that do exactly that. But, with these still alive in our industry, many are far too hesitant with the prospect of incorporating contracts and verbal agreements into their music – when all they want to do is just play it.

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So, what’s your view? Are record labels a dying breed? Should we leave them behind as we get our music industry back on track from lockdown? Or do we need them know more than ever simply for financial stability?

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Isle of Wight Festival this WEEKEND: What are your set highlights?

The Isle of Wight Festival is set to kick off this weekend, and so what are you most looking forward to in set performances and artist appearances?

After Gallagher’s triumphant return to the main stage belting out Oasis classics – and falling out of a helicopter after – it certainly brings out the festival in a new, raucous light.

“Who said Rock ‘n’ Roll is dead, Keith Moon eat your drum skin out.”