Technics SL-700 spotted, Carl Craig talks Detroit post-bankruptcy, Kompakt’s 20th Birthday at Ableton HQ, sales at Juno and Big Fish Audio, and new music from Four Tet, Julio Bashmore and Kowton.


Biz Markie has the only pair of Technics SL-700s in the world.  After years of speculation and Photoshop mock-ups of a near-mythical Technics ‘SL-700’ turntable built for 45s, DJ Worx reports that Biz Markie whipped out a pair at the hip-hop vet fest Tools of War (Crotona Park Jam).

Kompakt take their 20th anniversary pop-up store to Ableton HQ in Berlin. Kompakt will be hosting a week of events at the Ableton HQ from August 31 – September 7 (coinciding with Berlin Music Week). The week is rounded off by a ’20 years of Kompakt’ party at Berghain.

Ben UFO airs a new collaboration between Bashmore & Kowton. As yet untitled, the track was played on Hessle Audio’s Thursday Rinse show. Elsewhere Jamie xx revealed his plans for a solo mixtape, including a collaboration with Four Tet.

Juno have launched their Big Summer Sale – up to 90% off over 5,000 records and CDs.

Tim Westwood leaves BBC Radio 1 after nearly 20 years. The hip-hop DJ has been removed from the schedule in an attempt to attract younger audiences. A controversial figure (attacked – verbally, not physically – by David Cameron, defended by Nicki Minaj), the Big Dawg’s absence from the roster will deprive future listeners of airhorns, dog barks and explosions.

Big Fish Audio’s annual 50/50 sale is on until 22nd August – save 50% on 50 of their top selling products.

Carl Craig speaks about Detroit through art, politics, music and decline. French website Sourdoreille caught up with the second generation Detroit techno producer just after the news hit of his city’s bankruptcy.

“An extraordinary new sound exploded out of London’s council estates.” Dan Hancox, some time writer for The Guardian, New Statesman and Frieze, attempts (in 15,000 words) to document the rise of grime, and its musical and cultural implications, in his new ebook Stand Up Tall: Dizzee Rascal and the Birth of Grime.


Previously unseen Sun Ra photos and ephemera on show in Edinburgh from today. ‘The Immeasurable Equation’ will display unseen artwork and backstage photographs of the jazz musician and cosmic philosopher and his Arkestra, including work from Rolling Stone photographer Baron Wolman.

Listen to Four Tet’s ‘Kool FM’ from his forthcoming album. After airing on Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 show, Kieran Hebden has released the single publicly. The artist recently announced the imminent release of his next album Beautiful Rewind on his own label.

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2nd August, 2013

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