UK Garage’s New School Stars Discuss the Future of 2-Step

It’s hard to keep track of UK 2-step garage’s countless permutations. New terms seem to crop up every few months – future garage, nu-garage, post-garage, post-dubstep – and all this change is making us want to re-rewind back to the good old days of classic 2-step. Of course, there’s no turning back the clock, so we’ve satisfied our craving for outdated beats by looking to the handful of UK producers who have drawn inspiration for their contemporary sketches from the genre’s origins.
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Winehouse Family ‘Disassociates’ From ‘Amy’ Documentary

Amy Winehouse’s family have slammed the upcoming documentary Amy, saying they consider the film to be “misleading” and biased against the family. “The Winehouse family would like to disassociate themselves from the forthcoming film about their much missed and beloved Amy,” a spokesperson for the Winehouse family said in a statement.
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Eska: the finest female vocalist in the UK

“Too many people listen with their eyes in this industry,” says Eska Mtungwazi as we sip tea outside a south London pub on a Sunday afternoon.
“I mean, look at me: I’m a round, black woman. I’m a soul singer, right?” Except she’s not. Tickled by her ability to confound social expectations, the Zimbabwean-born, London-raised singer makes a distinctive, trippy kind of folk music. With her fluting upper octaves and gutsy, stuttering rock outs, she sounds like the love child of Joni Mitchell and Prince.
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Bill Withers: The Soul Man Who Walked Away

On a clear day, you can see the Staples Center from Bill Withers’ house, which sits high in the hills above West Hollywood. Today, in about two hours, the Los Angeles basketball arena will host the Grammy Awards; every once in a while, a limo will rush through Withers’ neighborhood, on its way to the event. But the 76-year-old Withers could not be less interested. He’s padding around his home wearing Adidas track pants, an old T-shirt with a drawing of a bus on it, and athletic sandals with blue socks. On the mantel in a hallway, there is a Best R&B Song award, for 1980’s “Just the Two of Us,” from the last time he attended the show, three decades ago; it sits next to two other Grammys, for 1971’s “Ain’t No Sunshine” and 1972’s “Lean on Me.” A few years after “Two of Us,” Withers became one of the few stars in pop-music history to truly walk away from a lucrative career, entirely of his own volition, and never look back. “These days,” he says, “I wouldn’t know a pop chart from a Pop-Tart.”
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Jean-Michel Jarre collaborates with Gesaffelstein for Conquistador

Jean-Michel Jarre has released his first song since 2007.

The French electronic music legend revealed last month that he had a new album on the way, and “Conquistador” is the first track to be revealed from it, according to FACT.

Made in collaboration with his countryman Gesaffelstein, it’s a percussive, hip-hop influenced number that also comes in a heavier remix from Jarre himself (as well as an extended cut of that remix).
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Norway to Become First Country to Switch Off FM Radio in 2017

Steely Dan, the jazz-rockers who scored a hit in 1978 with their single “FM (No Static At All),” would not be pleased.

In what will likely be the opening move in a global transition to digital radio, Norway has announced it will shut down its FM band. Norway will start turning off FM radio on Jan. 11, 2017, and plans to stop transmission of the last FM signal to the country’s northernmost regions by Dec. 13 of that year.
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record store day

In the music world, today is all about bricks and mortar. It’s the annual Record Store Day, when music fans are urged to get out to support their local shop.

From new releases to vintage finds, people have been posting photos of beloved albums and record stores Saturday.

Music companies are putting out dozens of limited-edition releases for the occasion. One example: Johnny Marr doing a live version of his old band The Smiths’ song “Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want.”
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