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Ed Banger live-streams their 10th anniversary party in just a few minutes (4:30 PM EST)

By Ken Taylor

That’s right. It’s Ed Banger’s 10th anniversary today, and for us folks not lucky enough to be celebrating with them in the flesh, they’ve decided to live-stream their event huge with Justice, Breakbot, Feadz, Busy P, and tons more.

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Artists to Watch 2013

New Zealander Unsub rolls multiple personalities into one and drops a new EP

By Jack Wiggins

Despite a longstanding presence in electronic music, it was not until recent years that Unsub (aka Lily Alice Kaitlyn Luck) began gaining international exposure, with her remix of Ill-esha’s “Only Fair” doing some damage on the Beatport charts in 2011. After spending almost six years developing her sound under a number of different monikers, including Alexis K, Kidsader, Reiko Che, Josie Gets Naked, Slightly, and Sub Affair, the Wellington, New Zealand-based producer decided to combine her different projects as Unsub in 2012. Inspired by the likes of Massive Attack, Peaches, Burial, and Jimmy Page, Unsub has been garnering attention for her post-rock-influenced take on dubstep and bass music. Her 2013 four-track EP Methodology was released last month to wide acclaim, and we can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.

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Morning Roundup

A salute to Ajax, interviewing the legends of dark and abstract UK techno, and lights out—or is it lights on?—for SHM

By Ken Taylor

After yesterday’s news of DJ Ajax’s death, the dance-music community has come together to honor him with a fitting tribute. Check it out, along with plenty more music news, after the jump.

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Track of the Day

Riva Starr delivers summertime grooves with RSSLL on "Absence"

By Lauren Salm

When you think that you’ve heard every side of Riva Starr’s musical range, think again. From the filthy beats of “Get Naked” to the housey foreign theme of “Opa” to the haunting yet powerfully sexy sounds of his new track, “Absence,” Starr’s unique style is truly hard to pin down.

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Interview

Mixmash don Laidback Luke launches into 2013 with a sold-out stint in London

By Dan Carter

Kung fu-fighting crowd-pleaser Laidback Luke (born Lucas Cornelis van Scheppingen) makes no apologies for waving the flag of old-school attitude in the face of modern dance music. Initiated by homeland legends Chocolate Puma and consistently hailed as one of Dutch house music’s longest-standing heavyweights to date, the Philippines-born Luke’s scattered discography of studio landmarks has made him a consistently relevant player in the scene, one who has surpassed new trends despite his mainstream credentials.

Leaping from his own diverse peak-timers to upfront house gems alongside underground favorite-turned-wife Gina Turner as Nouveau Yorican, the consistent development of his own Mixmash imprint has seen Luke pay his own success forward considerably over the years. With his latest single “Pogo” to set 2013 in motion, Beatport News caught up with the Dutch star to talk about taking his Super You&Me club night to London and the lessons learned from his dynamic global overhaul.

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    Tools of the Trade

    Revolutionizing DJ performance with the head of Traktor DJ's product design team

    By Chris Galvin

    After last week’s review of Native Instruments’ new Traktor DJ for iPad app, we had an opportunity to chat with Jim Mazur, head of Traktor’s product design, to get him to answer a few questions about how the software came about, the iterations it took to solve the user-interface paradigm, and a much more.

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    RIP

    Australia's DJ Ajax dies in Melbourne

    By Ken Taylor

    We’re sad to report that DJ Ajax (aka Adrian Thomas), formerly of Australia’s Bang Gang crew, and the head of Sweat It Out! Records, has died in a car accident in Melbourne.

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    Morning Roundup

    Afrojack smacks up his Ferrari, Autechre's marathon radio broadcasts this weekend, deep inside Flume's oeuvre, and 12 types of people everyone hates at shows

    By Ken Taylor

    Man, it must be nice to drop 200K on a car and just sorta laugh off shredding the thing to pieces a couple hours later. Oh, Afrojack—just livin’ la vida loca! Click on through to see what else we’ve got in store for today’s roundup.

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