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My apologies firstly as wrote waaayyyy too many words, started to proof read, then got bored and decided I couldn’t be arsed. The grammar and spelling is probably terrible in places, however this is written with certain people in mind so I hope they enjoy it on some level.

Some names have been changed to protect the identities of those involved. My name is Nub.

So we got off the plane and hit the hotel, it was muggy and warm the second we stepped foot in Ibiza Town, but the sea breeze offered some  cool air to balance out the humidity and the view was pretty amazing. My simple friends, Callum, Lucifer, Terry, Byron and Omega decided they need burger king much to my frustration. Whilst eating we met some chick and her mate who took us to the “west end” insisting that is was awesome. It was not, it was basically a load of students 18-24 getting drunk and fcked up then throwing up in the street. We vowed never ever to return to this place, it was literally one of the most disgusting scenes i have ever witnessed. I fear I come across as elitist or judgemental of these people. I am not. I do however despair at an area who’s sole purpose is too offer cheap drinks and boobs to kids that are already too fcked and clearly gurning.

We checked into our proper rooms the day after and settled in, we didnt really have much of a plan so it basically became a day of drinking and exploring San Antonio, which we had high hopes would gleam with treasure and joy in comparison to “the west end” unfortunately is also a shit whole.

We did however end getting the number of a kind man who would accomodate the holidays needs, including transport and party supplies.Unfortunately this lead to Terry gettin fcked at 2 in the afternoon and then mistaking something for something it was not and proceeded to wolf it down without using his mouth. He then proceeded to pretend that he was hallucinating and talking to the air, about nonsensical things. The gentleman with which he was talking seemed very kind and proper though, I would certainly one day like to meet them. I understand one was called Nelson and the other Franz. Luckily he passed out relatively early and we didnt have to look after him all night. In retrospect it was probably the cocktail he had made himself without using any liquid.

This was thursday night, and after spending some beach time and playing a game called hurley, where two of my biggest Derrick and Hector, would take a leg each and then hurl me into the air, at which point I would do a back somersault into the sea. After meeting a kind man who gave us all a can or two of monster energy drink the game was taken to the next level and reportedly I was hurled 7 feat into the air and managed to get all the way round twice for a double back somersault. We rejoiced by high fiving and applauding ourselves after this and I’m fairly sure everyone on the beach wanted to make love to each of us.

After this we went to a club called amnesia,  pretty spectacular to view and quite stimulating in all things lights and soundsystem. It got sooooo busy and i got frustrated not being able to dance so couldnt be arsed and me and Franz Broderick left to go home and chat shit and make up some mighty puns and enjoy the sea air, tinged with cigar, weed, and smelly man odour.

Friday we ended up on a beach for the night with lots of randoms after my friend Lewis had a small episode due to him being slightly Bi-polar and drinking a bottle of brandy, mostly out of a hat, or shoe, or licking it off the table. Equally funny and annoying were the results. The beach was nice and chilled, myself and Fatima chatted some more shit, did some more rum and drank whilst strangers came and joined the group before leaving. The relationships were fleeting but honest in their simplicity and purity. That night was good. I made sure we were all safe from danger by encasing all of us in several circles made in the sand which no-one could penetrate unless welcomed priorly or had equally or more powerful magic than I. We met some kind Romanian girls who were on the island for one day and night to “Make Memories” which I thought was a simple but perhaps often forgotten way of approaching an activity. They declared that “We were ok guys” for which we thanked them.

During our journey from the beach, we encountered a group of very rowdy females. They were on the same bus as us and one was pretending to be asleep. I am not certain however I think their names were Mildred, Moard, Urgleton, and Mampi. They seemed nice so we offered them companionship and our company for the remainder of both our holidays, they seem very eager and gave the impression that maybe they didn’t really know how to have fun. Luckily a great group of British guys were on hand to show them how to live.

Sat we hit up a beautiful beach down the west coast which was hollowed out of a cliff and had three small sections all of which you had to scale down natural steps to reach. We got an stunning spot looking out over the sea but had to get a bus back which meant we missed the sun setting, mainly due to an ass faced taxi driver what decided 20minute journeys cost a minimum of 40euro. In retrospect he may have been fair in this estimation as there was 6 of us which meant we would have had to get 2 taxis. Each of which would probably have cost around 20euro sooo…… yeh fair enough. I  was, nevertheless, very disappointed by this as it is meant to be a special spot to watch the sun go down on the ocean. Later that evening I shed a small tear and comforted myself with a pillow and a photo of my favourite animal model and a quote from my favourite film involving Micheal Cane and a set of doors.

The Americans had followed us and casually bumped into us when we were say by the pool. They wasted no time in inviting myself Wilfred, and Gargamel into their room that night where we were made to play confusing card games and admit personal details of our lives, through these hellish games, which one should only really discuss perhaps 3 or 4 meets into any relationship. Despite this very un-British way of doing things, I enjoyed my self alot and smiled with great mirth bearing my less than perfect British Teeth. Agatha who had pretended to be asleep on the bus also fell asleep again. We thanks all of them for their hospitality and meant it.

It was this day, sunday, that we, as a communal group, all went to a different beach. It was a site that must have been both wild and stimulating to behold, America and England united under one banner of sunshine and beach worship. The tales were thick and fast, with many people feinting in disbelief. One man jumping infront of car. Afterward his wife explained he had decided that reality was about to collapse in on itself so he decided this was the best way was to finish himself off before this occurrence. We understood once this was explained and apologised for being at least a part of the cause.

The beach? This was very different and perfect in its own way. the waves were big and the seaweed everywhere down one side of the beach. The beings of the sea decided that the Americans were not welcome within their lands and so punished them dutifully with stingers. We had previously arranged our stay, so were welcomed with kind eyes and a marvellous roast dinner hosted by thor, odin, and Aladdin. Myself and one other, she called herself  Mandarp which I thought was an odd name but did not wish to be rude so smiled and nodded, went exploring. We found a large expanse of rock in the middle of the water that we could jump and dive from. During our time on the rock we met a naked man and a pair of twins. They were French.  We stayed here, the beach, all day and had an awesome time, the water was amazing and the company enthralling. I kept on wandering off for adventure and swimming, I also lost my sunglasses in the sea. I also encouraged one of the americans, she introduced herself as Dave, which again I though an odd name however I once again smiled and proceeded, accepting her despite our differences, to jump off stuff and we spent a time within the seas grasp and conversed as people do. I had arranged for her to have a temporary visa, kindly granted by Merlin and his band of underwater travelling midget sharks so no more harm came to her. Shouts.

That evening we all, eleven of us went for dinner and got drunk. Myself and one other ended up on the sea at around 1am whilst everyone else had gone off to a club where i had arranged a few guestlist. My guestlist worked but they needed i.d to prove they were me. Unfortunately none could prove they were me because I had my i.d and I was in the ocean. My friend Kitano’s guestlist did not work either. They all returned annoyed and un-clubbed. In retrospect, despite going against the Ibizan grain and choosing the slightly more mellowed of nights I gained the upper hand in this particular game of thrones and enjoyed myself much.

Monday was our final day and we all slept hard, and sunbathed, swam and Arnold met a romanian girl. They explored each other, cloaked by the sea yet in plain sight. It was a confusing time but we all made it through the experience and felt as though we had understood something that most barely consider during their lives.Arnold was pleased.  It was very romantic and such things, people stared and clapped joyously as they left the water. We made our way to the airport after drinking on the beach, at this point of the trip everyone was skint and nobody wanted to go to a bar as the drinks are expensive. we were stuck in the airport for a couple of hours where we all slept and commented on how it was probably the best sleep of the entire trip. I had od

Upon arrival back in london I looked back at the trip with a wry smile and a slightly heavy heart. I feel as though we might have learnt more about where not to go in ibiza and what not to do rather that where to and what to do. Next year will be something special indeed.

beautiful island, sections of it ruined by very rowdy english people and an industry that has grown and built itself around them. The people are stunning (outside of San Antonio) and the love is free, there is an atmophere that is not comparable to anywhere, the postiivity and friendship that runs through everyone is electric and greviously beautiful to experience.  You can almost put the love on like a duality shoe drawn from people who want to both party and get away from life at home.

I like Ibiza, I like American girls, all of the them – Maud, Mildred, Agnis, and Mecy-Drew. Grinning at all involved. photos to come maybe…….

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DILLINJA – LIVE IN SOUTH AFRICA

I can honestly say I never thought I’d hear twist em out again. After the battering that Skibadee, in a weak attempt at a mainstream crossover mc sess, gave the track it was probably a good thing that the track was put to sleep.

Sometimes things have a funny way of telling you to fck off and smash any preconceptions or happy ideals you might have settled on, it’s almost like the world doesn’t actually mould itself to accomodate each of our needs. What a cock.

Upon scanning through the latest list of Rbma rare gemstones, my eyes skipped, did a flip and shot up into the back of my head, rolled all the way around, became blood shot, protruded a good inch out of my face and then re set themselves. I like Dillinja, I like dnb and I like jungle. Anyone who complains about not being able to dance to it is either hopelessly lost and probably can’t dance to anything other than shitty house anyway or just hasn’t experienced a proper night of dnb rave ups. Oh and they are probably a dick as well (just kidding I have great love and admiration for all people and things, including cans of capitalism and saucers full of lies).

So in summation, if you like DnB then put this through your head holes and skank out like back in the days when Fabric was good and DnB nights were busy even when they were being held on a Wednesday

PART 1 HERE 

PART 2 HERE

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RBMA – WORLD TOUR

Red Bull Music Academy World Tour: Amplifying local scenes beyond the beat from Red Bull Music Academy on Vimeo.

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KILL IT KID – BURST ITS BANKS

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DAILY TAOIST: Be Content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you. – Lao Tzu

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BENCH REAL SCENES – BERLIN

ORIGINAL POST FOR NEWESTRA.COM

Despite sobbing into a pillow and getting a cold within the first 12 hours of returning from Ibiza, I feel positive and full of promise at this new, cold and rainy London town I have been so cruelly hurled back into.

A slightly different post from me today, make sure you drop a comment or throw up a finger and get some feedbacking involved on the content.

Bench have teamed up with RA to make a series of films delving into the world of Electronic Dance Music and the cities that have influenced the scene since its inception. Already down are Detroit and Bristol, check both through the jump. This time round they travel to Berlin, home to easily one of the best music scenes in the world.

Check the vids for Bristol and Berlin below. Shouts to all those involved.

Real Scenes: Bristol from Resident Advisor on Vimeo.

Real Scenes: Berlin from Resident Advisor on Vimeo.

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DELILAH – GO EP

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The more I look out upon the vast musical wastes of pop culture, home to possibly some of the most disturbing and ugly of record execs creations, the more you can see little rays of sunshine, or patches of crisp green green grass springing up from the battered and burnt earth. With a wry smile on my face I’m very pleased to see that many of these gems are British artists.

Delilah is hopefully set to go the same way, with a distinct voice, easily recognizable from her peers and a sound that almost takes the best of Portishead, jazz and bass influences it would be a fools bet to disagree.

Go – Ep has just been released which features 2 brand new tracks and an official video to single Go. Slightly in love with this most distinguished of ladies voices and still happy to admit the shivers and goosebumps are showing no signs of subsiding.

Check the video below as well as a stream of all the tracks of the ep which you can purchase from HERE

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YOGI FEAT AYAH MARAR – FOLLOW YOU (VIDEO)

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One of my two favourite UK lady singers at the minute. Everything is tight and right, looking set to blow up in a timely fashion for Ayah Marar. We featured this track a while back, which got a lot of love and thankfully now it is getting an official release!

I briefly and very cunningly stalked and eventually, casually and completely unplanned, met this most lovely of ladies and know for a fact she appreciates all the support so another big cheers on her behalf.

Check the video below, complete with abs definition and Ayah’s trademark moves that only she has that certain something to pull off.  The track gets an official release September 25th. Pre-order from here.

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ALEX CLARE – UP ALL NIGHT (SKREAM REMIX)

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I make it no secret, I am an avid fan of Alex Clare. His smooth yet powerful vocals and his dubstep influenced soul/pop music make me want to dance and sing along equally.

He has been dicing with Magnetic Man for a while, standing in on vocals for John Legend amongst others, and delivering pitch-perfect live performances every time.

This time round Skream returns the favour and remixes single “Up All Night.” Now the obvious comparison with this remix is to La Roux‘s “In For The Kill (Skream’s Let’s Get Ravey Remix)” and there are some similarities. A deep, slightly wobbly bassline plus vocals that leads into a ravey DnB section at the end of the track. However, let’s be honest, who the fck really cares. This is an absolute tune that is bound to get dropped all over for the next few months and you know it is going to go off wherever it lands.

No release date set as of yet but check out the stream below.

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DEATHSTAR – ULTRAVIOLET HALO EP

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We here, the minds what are Newestra all agree that Minnesota is fcking sick.

We have interviewed and featured his bass heavy, glitched out, bro, dub, stepping styled out tracks several times. What I still find so alarming is how fast he seems to bang them out, all of them still standing up to quality standards and successfully passing the “Can this wobble your brain and send shivers up a ladies spine who is sat on the speaker test”.

As with all good schizophrenic, artistic men and women, Minnesota now has an alter ego. Himself and Marty Party have combined bass lines to create something that is probably going to kill someone. Like seriously. They call is Deathstar

Apologies for being a bit late on this one however the EP is sick and completely free as well. So hopefully that makes up for it!

Check, cop and listen, with volume at reasonable level please, belowwwwww.

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SCROOBIUS PIP – INTORDICTION

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Really pleased to see some new material on the way from Scroobius Pip. Easily one of the most lyrically profound and intelligent guys on the UK scene, or realistically, the world scene at the minute.It’s is not exactly easy listening “hooked out” hip hop that is going to have stadiums singing along.

It is however really bloody clever. The way he laces stories together and relays his message is pretty jaw dropping. Just make sure you give it a good listen!

This track was produced by Danny Lohner (yes Danny Lohner Aka Renholder of A Perfect Circle and Tool, I know sick indeed!) and has drums courtesy of Travis Barker. 

The video was reportedly maybe for a measly 100quid. Check it below.

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KILLIAN MARTIN – A SKATE ILLUSTRATION

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EMELI SANDE – HEAVEN (ACOUSTIC)

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Every now and again, a lady comes along who seems to defy boundaries between music tastes. Someone who is both hugely respected by the underground and artistic side of the scene but at the same smashes through the mainstream charts into no.1 spot off the back of her songwriting and undeniable music singing skillz.

I think young Emeli Sande is one of those people. Her single “Heaven”, that we featured a few weeks back, was locked in battle for the UK no.1 spot over the weekend and the track itself seems to be following me around. Heard it everywhere from my “hipster” mates car, to the off license and petrol station, to some club I can vaguely remember being in when after a series of oddly coloured shots and a few deep and meaningful chats with old friends about how far we’ve all come as people.

Fair games really, I LOVE it too!

This version kind of takes my breath away, both for the acoustic performance and also for the director and filming. Stunning batch of stuff from all involved. So thanks very much.

Shout out to the Pinboard Film guys for making this series. Goosebumping moments galore.

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