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    Artslaves demonstrate a desire for amazing house and techno

    ITALIAN duo, Artslaves have started this year firing on all cylinders.The Moan Recordings  heads, Alessandro Rondinone and Domenico Gei, have a plethora of new music forthcoming on the label  from the likes of Leon, Cuartero, Detlef,  Darius Syrossian and many more. 
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    Artslaves’ own latest release, the Desire EP is out now on Neverdogs’ Bamboleo Records and features legendary Spanish talent Hector Couto, who drops a cool remix of the title cut. 
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    We caught up with Artslaves this week to find out more about their plans for 2024 and what they have in store for us in their exclusive mix for The Night Bazaar Sessions on Mixcloud. Read what they had to say following.
    Hi guys, I hope 2024 is off to a great start? What are your hopes for the summer and the year ahead?
    “Hi there! Thank you for the warm wishes. 2024 has indeed kicked off on a positive note for us, and we’re excited about the possibilities this year holds.”
    Can you give our readers a little bit of background as to how you got started as a duo back in 2012 and the benefits you find from working as artists in a partnership?
    “We are driven by a shared passion for music and a desire to create something unique together. The benefits of working as a partnership are numerous – there’s a constant exchange of ideas, different perspectives that enrich the creative process, and emotional support that keeps us going through the challenges.”
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    Your new Desire EP is out now on Neverdogs’ Bamboleo Records with an amazing remix from the excellent Hector Cuoto. Great release. This is your first release I understand with Bamboleo, what drew you to the label?
    “The Desire EP on Bamboleo Records has been a thrilling experience for us. Neverdogs’ Bamboleo Records is a label we’ve admired for its dedication to quality music, and the opportunity to release our work there was too good to pass up. Hector Cuoto’s remix added an extra layer of excitement to the project.”
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    Can you tell us a bit about your superb Moan label and the artists you release music with? How important is it to have a label as artists in todays super competitive world of underground electronic music?
    “Our Moan label holds a special place for us. In today’s competitive world of underground electronic music, having our label allows us to have creative control and support emerging talents. It’s a platform where we can curate a unique sound and collaborate with artists who share our vision.” 
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    Can you talk us through some of the stand out releases on Moan and what you have coming up and dropping right now?
    “Moan has seen some standout releases, showcasing diverse electronic sounds. We’re proud of the artists we’ve worked with and the musical journey Moan represents. As for upcoming releases, we’ve got some exciting projects in the pipeline that we can’t wait to share with our audience.
I can spoiler some upcoming artists: Leon, Cuartero, Detlef, Joe Vanditti, Kirik, Darius Syrossian and more to be announced.”
    You have recorded a mix for The Night Bazaar Sessions. What can our audience expect to hear in the session?
    “Our mix for The Night Bazaar Sessions is a sonic journey through our current influences and favorite tracks. Expect a blend of our own productions, exclusive tracks, and tunes from artists we admire. It’s a snapshot of our musical world at this moment.
    We’re grateful for the support and the opportunity to share our thoughts with your readers. Here’s to a fantastic 2024 for everyone in the electronic music community!” More

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    Legendary rock band announce shock reunion five years after retirement and guitarist’s feud with frontman

    THEY’RE one of the founding fathers of thrash metal and have earned legendary status.But five years ago fans of Slayer thought they’d never get a chance to see the band live again after they announced their shock retirement.
    Slayer have announced two huge comeback showsCredit: Getty
    The legendary metal band ‘retired’ in November 2019Credit: Getty
    And the band looked firmly done and dusted just a matter of days ago when founder and guitarist Kerry King unveiled his new solo band and dropped his heavy first single Idle Hands.
    But overnight the metal greats announced two festival performances for later in the year at Chicago’s Riot Fest on September 22 and Louisville’s Louder Than Life on September 27.
    In a statement, frontman and bassist Tom Araya said: “Nothing compares to the 90 minutes when we’re on stage playing live, sharing that intense energy with our fans, and to be honest, we have missed that.” 
    King added: “Have I missed playing live? Absolutely. Slayer means a lot to our fans; they mean a lot to us. It will be five years since we have seen them.”
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    The announcement has been met with a mixed response with some rejoicing while others slammed them for ‘cashing in’ on their farewell.
    Fellow guitarist Gary Holt’s wife Lisa has had her say on the situation, writing on social media: “Yes, it’s true… and an exciting adventure for the band and fans!
    “To all the people saying ‘they are liars’ ‘they must have ran out of money’ ‘it’s not Slayer without so and so’… I have an idea for you all… DON’T GO… and for all the people who did go to the final tour dates and enjoyed it… awesome!!
    “This isn’t a ‘TOUR’ it’s some dates… and GREAT NEWS!!!
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    “And everyone that thinks they know all the inside info… you can’t possibly know. So just enjoy the fact that this amazing band will play some amazing shows this year… go or don’t… nobody cares!!!!!”
    The announcement is perhaps not completely surprising given that King told Rolling Stone recently that there was scope for one off shows.
    He said: “Will Slayer tour again? I’m pretty sure that’s not going to happen. Could Slayer play a show again? I’m sure there’s a scenario.
    “Am I looking for it? No, I’m just getting ready to start my [solo] career. So if that happens, it happens. But I’m going to be doing this for the next 10 years at least.”
    However, he also said he hadn’t spoken to Araya since the retirement show and the only positive words he could muster about him were that he was glad he wasn’t dead.
    King and Araya founded the double Grammy winning band in 1981 along with the late Jeff Hanneman and former drummer Dave Lombardo.
    They are one of the big four of thrash alongside Metallica, Anthrax and Megadeth. The groups famously toured together for the first time in 2010.
    Slayer have released 12 studio albums and have sold more than 20million records worldwide.
    Their best known songs include Raining Blood, Angel of Death and South of Heaven.
    Guitarist Kerry King announced his first solo material earlier this monthCredit: Getty More

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    US rock band announce comeback four years after lead singer’s tragic death

    US rock band Power Trip has announced its huge comeback four years after lead singer Riley Gale’s death.They’re due to perform in California with tickets going on sale Friday, February 23 at 7pm GMT.
    Rock band Power Trip are returning to the stage after four years away following their lead singer’s deathCredit: Getty
    Lead singer Riley Gale pictured in 2017, died in 2020Credit: Getty
    Misfits, Iggy Pop, Sublime and The Damned and others will join them on teh line-up at the new Goldenvoice Punk festival No Values on June 8.
    Power Trip’s surviving members announced their return to the live stage on social media.
    Singer Blake Ibanez, guitarist Nick Stewart, bassist Chris Whetzel and dummer Chris Ulsh said in a statement: “Nearly four years ago to the day, unbeknownst to us, we would perform for the last time as POWER TRIP.
    “It has been a difficult road since then, marked by deep pain, grief, and everything else that came with losing our brother Riley.
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    “We know this can’t be undone, and it will always remain part of us.
    “We have thought deeply about the future of POWER TRIP and what always comes back to us is that this band was founded on resilience, perseverance, and most importantly: a love for the music and for all of the people it has brought us closer to along the way.
    “We’ll never have the words to convey our appreciation of the enduring support we’ve received over the years, and we feel as though the time is right to get back on stage for all of you who’ve been there throughout our existence as a band.
    “With that, we are excited to announce a round of upcoming 2024 performances starting with @novaluesfestival on June 8th in SoCal.
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    “Joining us will be our long-time close friend/collaborator, and singer of @fugitive_tx / @skourge713 — Seth Gilmore — who will be handling vocals for these upcoming shows.”
    They ended their words writing: “Stay tuned, more info on the way… Riley Gale Forever. POWER TRIP Forever. See you in the pit.”
    Legendary US band splits with frontman as original singer’s son steps up to replace them
    Gale, who fronted the Texas thrash metal band, died from the toxic effects of fentanyl in 2020.
    He was 34 years old and had fronted the band for more than a decade.
    The band got its start in Dallas, Texas and released two albums, Manifest Decimation in 2013 and Nightmare Logic in 2017.
    The band also released a compilation of early tracks and two live albums.
    Sublime will be performing shortly after announcing a line-up change.
    They revealed they will be performing with Bradley Nowel’s son as Rome Ramirez steps down later this year.
    The band initially split in 1996 after Nowell tragically died of a heroin overdose.
    They then reformed with a new lead singer, Ramirez but had to change their name to Sublime with Rome as Nowell’s estate had the rights to the original name.
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    In late December, Ramirez confirmed he had left the band – and in a surprising twist, Nowell’s son Jakob, has taken his dad’s original place.
    Ramirez will leave after the band’s 2024 tour dates.
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    Roman Kemp reveals he was in TEARS after being asked to host BRIT Awards – after ‘handing’ radio show to Jordan North

    ROMAN Kemp has revealed he broke down in tears after being asked to host this year’s Brit Awards.The TV and radio star will be joined at London’s O2 Arena on March 2 by presenting powerhouses Maya Jama and Clara Amfo.
    Roman Kemp is co-hosting the Brits with Maya Jama and Clara Amfo
    Jordan North is taking over from Roman at CapitalCredit: instagram/Roman Kemp
    “When they told me, I cried,” said Roman. “The BRITs has always been on this pedestal for me, because in terms of excitement in the UK, there is nothing like it.”
    Fresh from finishing Love Island All Stars in South Africa, Maya said: “It’s been a dream since I was a teenager, so I’m super over the moon… The BRITs was the last goal that I had to tick off my 19 year old list for presenting. Gonna have to come up with new goals!”
    While Radio 1 star Clara said: “This is such a bucket list job for me and I am genuinely overjoyed and honoured to be doing it.”
    The One Show host Roman has established himself as a household name in recent years, but he’s still sought advice from those that have come before him.
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    He revealed he’s spoken to some legends to glean some tips for the big night.
    Roman said: “I spoke to Ant & Dec and they said it was the hardest show they’d ever had to do. But there’s a masochist side to me that really wants to experience that. That’s what it’s about; putting your head above the parapet sometimes and if it scares you, that’s good. 
    “I spoke to Jack [Whitehall] about how to play it. Comedians do different things, [but] we’ve got something they didn’t have. We each bring our own vibe to the table, Maya knows all these cool celebrities, she’s mates with Idris Elba, and Clara is this incredible muso whose knowledge is just out of this world. My presenting style [is] a horrific tale of self deprecation.”
    Earlier this week Roman paid an emotional tribute to Capital breakfast listeners and his team after it was revealed he’s leaving the show and will be replaced by BBC star Jordan North.
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    Speaking on the radio alongside his co-hosts Sian Welby and Chris Stark, Roman said: “I’ve got quite a big announcement and it is one that is really weird to say out loud.
    “It’s really odd, to be honest I had no idea how I start this. So I’ll come out and say it. “This is going to be my last six weeks on Capital. Which is a weird thing to say.”
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    He continued: “What I can tell you is I’m not saying goodbye right now, I’m not leaving the show today and that’s it, but it’s not far away.
    “It will come and that goodbye will come in five to six weeks.
    “It’s not a decision that has come overnight either, it’s massive, I’ve not found it easy at all.”
    The star, whose best friend and producer Joe Lyons tragically died in August 2020, went on: “Capital is my family, you as the wonderful listeners that you’ve been, you’ve been with me at my best times and my absolute lowest.
    Roman, the son of eighties pop stars Martin and Shirlie Kemp, was just 22 years old when he first joined Capital in 2014.
    Reflecting on his time on the radio, he continued: “I know that it started out as me being just Martin Kemp’s son, I hope that now you can call me your friend.”He thanked his co-workers Sian and Chris, and Sonny Jay, and former co-presenter Vick Hope and said it will be “so tough” to leave but admitted he’s looking forward to getting more sleep.
    Roman went on: “I’ve loved every single moment of my time at Capital.
    “The last 10 years have been amazing and hosting the legendary Capital Breakfast is the best job ever.
    “But after almost seven years of early alarms, I’m looking forward to some lie-ins and it’s time to hand over the baton!
    “It’s been a privilege and an honour to wake up millions of people every day.
    “It’s the best job in radio and I’ll miss our listeners and the team at Global lots.
    “Whoever the next host of Capital Breakfast is, they’re in for the most incredible ride.”
    On Friday, it was revealed that Jordan North was signing a big money deal to join the Capital FM Breakfast team after quitting Radio 1.
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    Massive noughties pop star forced to cancel UK & Ireland tour dates and hits back at trolls claiming he’s faking illness

    SINGER and rapper Example has been forced to cancel UK and Ireland tour dates after being struck down with illness.The music star – real name Elliot Gleave – was devastated to let down his fans and apologised in a video shared on Instagram.
    Example has had to cancel two tour datesCredit: Instagram
    The flu-stricken star, 41, didn’t take the decision to postpone his Belfast and Dublin shows lightly, but he has still been criticised by some.
    He wrote on social media: “Belfast and Dublin are off. It is with great regret that I have to announce this. I’ve been looking after myself all tour. Getting to bed early. Sleeping loads. Going to gym most days. My body has succumbed to the tour bus flu that a few people have had.
    “If I were a DJ or a guitarist I would soldier on. But I have to be able to sing my heart out and MC and hype the crowd and jump around to deliver you the best performance possible, which I can’t do in my current state. In the next few days we will let you know if the two shows have been rescheduled or cancelled and you can get a refund. Thank you for understanding. E.”
    In the accompanying video he coughed and spluttered as he revealed he’s spent the past two days in bed and taken a whole host of remedies to try and get better.
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    He had been set to perform at Belfast’s Telegraph Building last night and Dublin’s 3Olympia Theatre tonight. It remains to be seen if he will be well enough for his show in Cardiff on Friday.
    Acknowledging complaints from his fanbase, Elliot set the record straight and denied faking his illness.
    He wrote: “To all the people saying ‘I’ve paid for hotels and trains and planes’. I feel you. It’s an awful situation. But I didn’t get sick on purpose.
    “To all the people saying I’ve got a hangover – I don’t drink.
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    “To all the people saying it’s a fake cough… I am in the UK right now to work. I am missing my kids every minute of every day. If I was faking this I’d be an idiot. Cos I miss out on being paid. I miss out on entertaining my fans. All while missing my kids. It’s been almost a month now without them.”
    The Brit-nominated hitmaker’s biggest tracks include Kickstarts, Changed the Way You Kissed Me and Stay Awake.
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    Elliot split from his model ex-wife Erin McNaught in 2022 after 11 years and two children together.
    He said at the time: “At the start of the summer we decided to separate. We had an amazing 11 years together, but a few too many adventures.
    “Obviously we spent a lot of time behind the scenes trying to figure things out, but we came to the realisation that perhaps our time as a couple had just come to a natural end. 
    “We have decided to go our separate ways whilst there is still an abundance of love and respect for one another.”
    In one of his newer tracks, Eye To Eye, he called Erin his “saviour” after he admitted doing “every drug under the sun” and “getting absolutely battered every night” when he first started out in the music scene.
    He told The Sun: “Eye To Eye is really about loads of back-stabbers and how people use you for money and fame.
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    “Erin saved me from an early death. I was partying too much. You’re burning the candle at both ends, doing 120 festivals a year, 100 flights a year and you’re partying four or five nights a week.”
    He is now in a relationship with art advisor Daisy Cox.
    The music star was devastated after being struck down with fluCredit: Getty
    Example with ex-wife Erin McNaughtCredit: Getty
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    Radio 1 thrown into chaos as Greg James plays ‘sex tape’ live on air

    RADIO 1 was thrown into complete chaos as a “sex tape” appeared to play out live on air.Breakfast show anchor Greg James, 38, was understandably red-faced after the prank involving a male caller.
    Greg James was left taken aback after a sex tape played out live on air
    The same prank has also hit Match Of The DayCredit: BBC
    Greg, 38, sounded dismayed as the pranker struckCredit: Rex Features
    He rung in to the station and announced: “i’m here,” before Greg replied: “You’re here!
    “But but but what time is it?”
    There was a loud pause before sex tape scenes of a woman moaning could be heard.
    Greg let out a loud sigh and said: “Urgh OK,” before swiftly closing down the call.
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    Yet the deed was already done – with many listeners taking to X to comment on their fury that it had interrupted the segment.
    One wrote: “My take: it’s such a crap prank.”
    A second put: “Genuinely boring, unimaginative, and tedious now,” as a third continued: “About as funny as a nail being hammered into a hand.”
    One then added: “If you’re gonna do a prank, at least be original with it.”
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    It came after the same audio clip was used on a Match Of The Day prank in January.
    It left host Gary Lineker lost for words as it played out during FA Cup coverage of Wolves versus Liverpool, when pranksters hid a phone on the set.
    It was later revealed that a notorious prankster had hidden a mobile phone on the TV set at Molineux.
    Daniel Jarvis, who is a serial pitch invader, then activated the sexy sounds ring-tone simply by ringing the mobile as he watched the live pictures on BBC1.
    It came shortly after Greg appeared to throw shade at Jordan North, who left the station last week.
    Last week, The Sun exclusively told how Jordan, 34, had signed a big money deal to join Global after quitting Radio 1.
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    Yet breaking his silence on the Yorkshire star’s new big-money deal at Capital he said: “Enjoy the money Jane.”
    Greg, who has been hosting the breakfast show since 2018, also made it clear he was staying put and in another dig, he posted a picture of earplugs and wrote: “Renewed my breakfast show contract so bought myself a little something to celebrate.”
    It came shortly after Greg appeared to throw shade at Jordan’s Capital gigCredit: PA
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    Noughties pop star over the moon as he reveals he’ll be a dad for first time – 15 years after split with famous wife

    NOUGHTIES pop star Andy Scott-Lee has revealed he’s going to be a dad for the first time.The Pop Idol finalist, who was married to Liberty X’s Michelle Heaton between 2006 and 2008, announced his happy news on Instagram.
    Andy Scott-Lee is going to be a dad for the first timeCredit: Instagram / @andy_scottlee
    The former pop star shared a picture of his unborn babyCredit: Instagram / @andy_scottlee
    Andy first found fame in boy band 3SLCredit: Getty
    Sharing a picture of his girlfriend’s ultrasound scan, he wrote: “Baby Scott-Lee.. COMING SOON! I cannot put into words the love that I feel for you!”
    His brother Ant said: “Yessss… The Scott-Lee name carry’s through to the next generation… Proud of you brother… woo hoo.”
    While sister Lisa, who is in the pop group Steps, said: “We are thrilled for you both Andy.”
    A fan wrote: “Amazing news Andy huge congrats.”
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    Another said: “Wow! Congratulations.”
    Andy, 43, regularly posts loved-up photographs with his girlfriend, though keeps her name private.
    The pair recently enjoyed a romantic trip to Rome, where they stopped for a picturesque drink overlooking the Colosseum.
    Sibling Lisa commented on that pictured: “Such a beautiful couple. Proud of you both.”
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    Andy’s music career began in boyband 3SL with his brothers Ant and Steve, and they had top 20 singles Take It Easy and Touch Me Tease Me.
    In 2002 he made the final seven of Pop Idol, which was ultimately won by Michelle McManus.
    The twice married star has had cameo roles in numerous TV shows including Nevermind the Buzzcocks and Saturday Night Takeaway.
    His first marriage to Michelle came to an end after she cheated on him on holiday in Marbella.
    Andy told the Mirror at the time: “She’s cheated on me, and once she started she just couldn’t stop.”
    He then went on to wed Big Brother 13 contestant Lydia Louise in 2016.
    Andy once tried to represent the UK in EurovisionCredit: Instagram / @andy_scottlee
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    Huge Noughties RnB singer announces first UK tour in ten years after selling 150 million records

    SUPERSTAR singer Usher has announced his first tour of the UK in a decade.The RnB star – who headlined last weekend’s Super Bowl – will perform in London and a host of European cities in April 2025.
    Usher at the Super Bowl last weekCredit: Getty
    He stripped off for exhilarating performanceCredit: Getty
    Usher, 45, has sold a whopping 150 million records during his 30-year career.
    He was celebrated on the world’s biggest stage as he performed a medley of his biggest hits in front of almost 125 million TV viewers.
    The Love In This Club singer is now bringing his show to London’s O2 Arena for three shows in April 2025 as part of his Past Present Future tour.
    European fans will also get the chance to see him in Paris, Amsterdam and Berlin from April 15 to May 1.
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    Usher said as he announced the news: “Europe, you ready? After the epic experience at the Super Bowl and the huge demand for shows across North America, I’m happy to announce I’m coming your way as well – for shows in London, Paris, Amsterdam and Berlin.
    “This tour is both a celebration of the past 30 years and a glimpse into the future. We are just getting started!”
    Usher’s ninth studio album was released two days before his epic Super Bowl performance.
    Coming Home is his first solo track since 2016’s Hard II Love.
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    At the very beginning of Usher’s Super Bowl performance, the sound from the hitmaker’s microphone cut in and out.
    The giant microphone, that stretched across his face and covered half of his mouth, just wasn’t cutting it.
    It wasn’t until Usher brought out another major star, Alicia Keys, that the sound finally stabilized.
    He also brought out his friend Ludacris to perform their hit song Yeah!
    Then after his performance, Usher reportedly tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend, Jennifer “Jenn” Goicoechea.
    While at an afterparty, Usher, 45, was photographed wearing what appeared to be a gold band on his left ring finger.
    The couple had also filed for a marriage license in Clark County, Nevada, before this weekend’s big game in Las Vegas.
    Adding to the earlier speculation, the couple showed up to the party all dressed in white.
    Usher married his girlfriend Jennifer Goicoechea after his performanceCredit: Getty
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