More than 2,500 at an illegal rave in France

French police on Saturday shut down an illegal rave in northwestern France that had been underway since New Year’s Eve in defiance of a curfew and coronavirus restrictions.

A statement from local authorities said police faced “fierce hostility from many partygoers”. At least three officers were injured while attempting to shut down the party after attendees threw objects at them. A vehicle was also set on fire.

More than 2,5000 people attended the warehouse rave in Lieuron, near Rennes in the region of Brittany. Police said a number of them were from the UK and Spain.

The ongoing investigation has not seen sanctions yet though 800 fines for COVID-19 violations and 400 fines for drug offenses have been issued. Upon discovery of the event, police blocked passage to it but somehow the trucks escaped through a single lane. When attempting to shut down the rave, “violent hostility” ensued. That included setting a police car on fire, damaging other vehicles, and spraying soldiers with projectiles. Gendarmes officers seized trucks, sound systems, and generators from the event.

Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said on Twitter that trucks, sound equipment and generators were seized at the scene and an investigation has been opened.

More than 1,200 fines were issued for non-compliance with the curfew, not wearing a mask and attending an illegal gathering, Mr Darmanin said.

5 techno tracks released this week you should hear

For true techno heads, there is never enough great techno music, so besides timeless classics of the genre, great tracks are being released every day.

Here are Top 5 techno tracks freshly released. Play them loud and let us know your favorites in the comments.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXMItqXOd-g&feature=emb_title

Nastia plays her set at the haunting area of Chernobyl in Ukraine

For the second episode of Scary Beautiful – the audiovisual project created by DJ Nastia in collaboration with Ballantine’s, the DJ along her team visited the haunting area of Chernobyl in Ukraine – specifically the Chernobyl-2 facility, where the over-the-horizon radar station ‘Duga’ is located and where she played a DJ set.

The Soviet over-the-horizon radar station “Duga” located at the Chernobyl-2 which is not far from Pryp’yat facility is one of three comparable stations that survived to this day. The obvious reason for the aforementioned was the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant – the destruction of the reactor of the fourth power unit of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, located near the city of Pripyat, Ukraine. Until the mid-1980s, any information regarding the topic was classified which led to many speculations about the mysterious object. In terms of its impressive magnitude, the antennas of ‘Duga’ are 140m high and 300m wide. A rocket launched from the US reached the territory of Ukraine in just 20 minutes, so radars stationed at the border could detect the missile just five minutes before impact. Accordingly, an early warning system was required that was capable of detecting a rocket three to four minutes after launch. Undoubtedly, Chernobyl is a place that to this day stirs the hearts and minds of mankind.

As part of the Scary Beautiful project and following Ballantine’s with its notion of ‘True Music’ , Nastia has been pre-selecting unreleased tracks by producers from all over the globe, some of which you can hear in the episode’s DJ mix – later, some of these tracks will become a part of an LP that is going to be released via Nastia’s label NECHTO.

As the world has to adapt to a new pandemic reality, Nastia DJ is looking for new ways of supporting the global music community and club music through exposing fresh and upcoming talents. Scary Beautiful is aimed to not only support new artists, but also holds an objective of discovering our world anew and seeing it from a perspective that is so frightfully enchanting.

TRACKLIST:
Metarøs – Static Influence (NECHTO)
ORBE – Minds Over (NECHTO)
David Löhlein – Insights
Boan Leitt – Pandemic Call (NECHTO)
LLL – 00 Phaze (NECHTO)
Phil Molchanov – Kuzyuka (NECHTO)
Ben Kinsky – Crystals Falling From The Sky (NECHTO)
Elijah Tarkhanov – Perfomance (NECHTO)
Iván Cubillos – Onofre (NECHTO)
Samuel Andrášik – Remain (NECHTO)
Soned – Thought it Was A Dream (NECHTO)
A.V.D. – Silence (NECHTO)
Metarøs – Сlosed Area (NECHTO)
Inigo Kennedy – Trees Fell In Brody (NECHTO)

Christian Smith drops ‘Your Lovin’

Christian Smith returns for his first solo release on Drumcode since 2016, re-contextualizing a classic vocal work.

The Sweden-born journeyman has been friends with Adam Beyer since dot one. In the rare instances he has released outside his own label Tronic, Drumcode has received the fruits of his studio labour. Besides the recent contribution to this year’s A-Sides Vol.9 compilation, we haven’t seen a stand-alone Drumcode release from Smith in four years, when his excellent ‘Force Majeure’ stood as one of the year’s label highlights.

‘Your Lovin” is his fifth release on DC, taking inspiration from a ’90s D&B classic. Driven by a Minimoog bassline and hypnotic arpeggios, Smith, a renowned perfectionist, made six versions before settling on the final cuts. The original is stripped back and searing, perfect for late night moments as restrained vocal grabs add colour to the techno palette. The ‘Ombi Dub’ is a straight-up propulsive tool that hits you straight between the eyes.

https://www.beatport.com/track/your-lovin-original-mix/14312296

Nusha drops Chaos/Mood EP

Nusha is the next techno’s rising star according to numerous portals about electronic music that follow her work. She started back in 2007, but she has been into the music since she was very young. In a very short time, she shared the DJ booth with Dubfire, Solomun, Green Velvet, Monika Kruse, James Zabiela and many more, playing on the best techno scenes around the world, from Buenos Aires to Singapore

Now, Nusha is back on Autektone! Be ready to get a taste of Nusha’s chaos with her brand new banging two-tracker.

Hear the preview below and grab your copy here.

10 Memes that perfectly describe your festival experience

A normal life is not worth living when there are so many festivals out there year round.

A brief escape from reality can be an experience of a lifetime, and that’s why we gathered some memes we believe to describe the festival experience perfectly.

Which festival you’ve been at was a blast?

Covid may cause sudden and permanent hearing loss

Covid-19 may cause sudden and permanent hearing loss, experts have found, adding that such problems need early detection and urgent treatment.

The coronavirus has been found to affect the body in myriad ways, from a loss of taste and smell to organ damage.

Now doctors have reported fresh evidence that Covid could also affect hearing.

Writing in the journal BMJ Case Reports, experts at University College London report the case of a 45-year-old man with asthma who was admitted to intensive care with Covid, ventilated, and given drugs including the antiviral remdesivir and intravenous steroids.

A week after leaving intensive care he developed a ringing sound – tinnitus – and then hearing loss in his left ear.

The team say none of the medications the man was given would be expected to cause damage to his hearing, while he had no problems with his ear canals or ear drums. Further investigation showed no sign of autoimmune problems, while he did not have flu or HIV – conditions previously linked to hearing loss. What’s more, the man had never had hearing problems before.

Subsequent tests revealed the man had sensorineural hearing loss in his left ear – a situation where the inner ear or the nerve responsible for sound is inflamed or damaged. This was treated with steroids with partial success.

Ibiza DJ José Padilla dies aged 64

José Padilla, the Spanish DJ who helped define chillout music in the 1990s, has died aged 64 from colon cancer.

An update on his Facebook page reads: “It is with great sadness that we bring you the news that José passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday night here on his beloved island of Ibiza … Now he has gone and the sunset in Ibiza will never be the same without him, but the beautiful music of José Padilla will stay with us forever.”

Padilla was born in Girona in 1955 but moved to Ibiza in 1976, and began DJing in the island’s clubs. He made his name as resident DJ at Café del Mar, the San Antonio bar that became famous for pairing relaxed music with sunset vistas.

Mdma could cure cancer?

“MDMA could be a cure for tinnitus.” Yup, the much-loved club drug could treat illnesses, according to some university lecturers in Australia.

Research into the medicinal use of MDMA should come as no surprise. After all, it was discovered in 1912 by a German chemical company looking for a drug that would help blood to clot, and then brought to wider cultural attention by Alexander Shulgin in the 70s, who undertook lengthy research into the effects of MDMA and proposed its use in psychotherapy. However, after it was criminalised (’77 in the UK, ’85 in the US), any potential benefits were swiftly set aside. But some 100 years since it was found, there’s increasing feeling that it could be used in the treatment of depression, post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, Parkinsons and even cancer. Is it finally time to admit that MDMA could be a beneficial drug?

Its potential therapeutic qualities are clear. It’s been reported that American war veterans suffering from chronic post traumatic stress disorder have been treated effectively. MDMA could also be used to fight depression and anxiety as some studies show that it has the power to help ‘switch off’ negative thoughts and it’s eased the trauma felt by victims of violent crime and sufferers of incurable diseases, too. No wonder MDMA was dubbed the ‘penicillin of the soul’ back in the day.

You’ve most likely partied on the drug, so you’ll know the effects it induces. You’ll have felt happy, open, willing to share your emotions, memories and thoughts. You can easily imagine it being used to help matters of the mind. But there’s more to it than that. Ex-stuntman Tim Lawrence has found that taking ecstasy eases the symptoms of his Parkinsons, allowing him to regain control of his body and subdue pain. He acknowledges the side effects but takes it twice a month, reckoning it’s better medicine than that prescribed by his doctor. There’s also the ‘prospect’ of an MDMA-derivative one day being able to fight blood cancer. When you put all of this down on paper, the possibilities seem crystal clear. And it’s gob-smacking that these possibilities are being ignored by governments on both sides of the pond.