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Massive Attack's "Blue Lines" Hits Very Differently in 2021

As the album celebrates its 28th birthday today, it takes on a whole new meaning amidst a pandemic.

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In 1988, before Massive Attack even existed, a reporter went to meet a vivacious rap and DJ collective known then as the Wild Bunch, five of whom would soon create Massive Attack.

The braggadocious group described themselves as "originators" and said they had invented a new genre called "minimalist lover's Hip-Hop." "Put that in your magazine. Let's get some f**king respect around here," said one.

The genre would eventually become Trip-Hop, but to revisit Massive Attack's 1991 debut Blue Lines in 2021 is to bask solely in its scaling paranoia. When revisited under the guise of 2021 anxieties, love seems to be more of a fleeting theme on Blue Lines. "Don't need another lover, just need, I'm insecure," 3D stutters on "Daydreaming." A gluey guitar riff and dragging scatter of drums slink behind Horace Andy as he pines for unattainable monogamy on "One Love," purposefully contradicting Bob Marley's communal sense of the word that had become commonplace.

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Bassnectar Allegations Prove the EDM Community Enables Rapists

The allegations against Bassnectar come amidst a slew of other disturbing claims against high-profile DJs that have rocked the dance industry these last two years.

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TRIGGER WARNING: rape and sexual assault.

For years, the music festival circuit has downplayed the risk of sexual assault.

Camp Bisco's safety guidelines don't mention assault or harassment at all, and merely state that "event producers are not responsible for attendees' actions." Bigger festivals such as Coachella mention "sexual harassment" in their "Every One" promise but follow up the pledge with vague reprimands, stating that harassers are subject to "immediate removal from the festival site." Suffolk, England's Latitude Festival takes it one step further and offers an ambiguous list of "personal safety" tips, including that festival-goers should "keep their wits" about them.

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Farewell, Daft Punk: The Robot Duo's 15 Best Tracks

The electronic music icons announced their breakup this week.

After a 28-year run, Daft Punk are reportedly shelving their robot helmets for good.

A publicist confirmed to Pitchfork this week that the legendary and elusive dance duo, composed of Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter, have broken up. Daft Punk announced the news in a clip titled "Epilogue," taken from their 2006 film Electroma, in which the band explodes. Their publicist gave no reason for the breakup (although they've been pretty quiet over the past few years).

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Martin Jensen

Armed with pyrotechnics, kaleidoscopic lights, and "fun tunes," Martin Jensen took his infectious melodic house discography and set up shop in Copenhagen's Telia Park.

The performance was part of Jensen's recent "Me, Myself, Online" livestream event, a heartwarming digital concert series that featured Jensen performing full sets in a handful of gorgeous locations around Europe. It was a feat that Jensen had been planning a year before the pandemic, but instead of performing in abandoned locations, the project was meant to feature concert footage instead.

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At just 19-years-old, Jasmine Thompson has led a career many can only dream of.

With a soaring voice, her features on Felix Jaehn's "Aint Nobody (Loves Me Better)" and Robin Schulz's "Sun Goes Down" elevated the tracks to new heights. Both were certified platinum across the world. It became clear to Thompson very quickly that her fusion of pop and melodic house music deeply connected with people.

"I can't lie, sometimes it is really strange looking back," the singer told Popdust. "It's important to be gentle with yourself. I think that's why I don't feel that much pressure, because the only reason I'm doing this is because I love to create music."

"Funny" the singer's latest collaboration with Zedd, is a kaleidoscopic dance song that's brought to live by Zedd's signature array of bright electro house. "The song is about that old phrase: you only know what you've lost once it's gone," said Thompson. "'Funny' is a kind of modern twist on a new way to say it."

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Interview: Georgia Ku Steps into the Limelight

The pop singer has penned countless hits for others, and now she's finally ready to embark on a solo career

Georgia Ku is finally ready to enter the spotlight.

The multi-platinum ghostwriter and vocalist had no problem at the start of her expansive career loitering behind the scenes. The UK-born singer, whose debut EP REAL was finally released today, has built a massive discography of anthemic pop songs over they years. Featured alongside NOTD & Felix Jaehn on their international smash hit "So Close," Ku more notably penned hits for some of pop's biggest acts, from Rita Ora and Fifth Harmony to Skrillex and Martin Garrix.

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