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Vegas superclub Rain announced this week that they’re to launch a weekly ‘electro’ night called Clash, with resident DJs including Tiesto sideman Diplo.

Rain publicist Jimmy Aston said ‘Clash Fridays’ will run alongside Paul Oakenfold’s long running Perfecto Saturdays and told the Las Vegas Review Journal ‘we still kill it every Friday and Saturday’.

"Electro is doing more numbers bodywise than regular house music," he added.

Details of the new electro Clash night emerged just as Vegas’s newest superclub ‘Marquee at The Cosmopolitan’ opened for business with a residency hosted by house veteran Erick Morillo.

The Las Vegas Sun reported that US$4million dollars of the $60million spent on the 4,000 capacity club went on the DJ booth alone though said its ‘main attraction will be ‘amazing women serving as hostesses and cocktail servers (wearing) provocative mini-dresses with naughty garters and stockings.’

Trance titan Tiesto also kicked off a season on monthly Saturday night Vegas parties last weekend at the Hard Rock Hotel’s club The Joint, while Puff Daddy made two personal appearances at Pure at Caesars Palace and LAX at the Luxor.

“You will have to go to the plastic surgeon to get that smile surgically removed from your face upon getting the chance to hang with Sean Combs not once, but twice this weekend,” Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Jason Bracelin advised before the parties.

“Well, you don't really get to hang with him, but you can stare at the man awkwardly from a distance,” he added.

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Swedish House Mafia men Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso have unveiled details of an 8,000 capacity party in Miami in March  2011 which will see them competing directly with mega-rave the Ultra Music Festival.

Announcing that their ‘One Night Stand at The Masquerade Motel’ event will take place on March 26th, the trio promised a ten hour extravaganza provided by them and ‘special guests’, none of whom will presumably be playing Ultra, given the festival’s demands for Miami exclusivity.

"To clarify, we are not doing Ultra," Axwell confirmed on Facebook. "We will do Masquerade Motel and then solo shows." (Facebook: )

Their announcement ignited a flurry of debate on forums and Twitter, including follow-up numerous postings from Steve Angello in which he clarified their intentions..

Black Eyed Peas star has revealed that he’s suffering from increasingly debilitating tinnitus, which he only partially manages to block out through listening to music as often as possible.

"I don't know what silence sounds like any more,” the American pop-house DJ told the Sun, “There's always a beep there every day, all day. Like now. I don't know exactly how long I've had this but it's gradually got worse,” he revealed.

Swedish House Mafia star Steve Angello launched a furious online tirade against Los Angeles party police this week, after cops ordered him to stop playing halfway through his set at Avalon over fears the Hollywood superclub was over-crowded.

“I had an unbelievable time . . . But extremely bad technical difficulties and cops breathing down my neck . . . Sorry Los Angeles,” he Tweeted hours after the event.

“If the cops wouldn't have shut us down we would have an amazing night ... Officially fuck the police ... Ohh sorry fire marshal. Fuck,” he added.

Paul Oakenfold has released an updated version of his award-winning Radio 1 two hour Goa Mix which became the UK station’s most requested broadcast after it was  first aired in 1994.

The newly tweaked mix includes tracks from Vangelis’ seminal sci-fi classic Bladerunner, Marmion’s proto-trance classic Schöneberg and Leonard Bernstein & New York Philharmonic’s take on Adagio for Strings plus a smattering of new tracks and re-edits.

“I've been asked to released it hundreds of times before but it wasn't till now that it seemed right to do so,” the definitive superstar DJ said in a statement explaining why he’s released it now, “I've re-crafted it so it's all in key and much tighter,” he added.

The release was greeted with cautious enthusiasm by top Indian DJ Arjun Vagale from Jalabee Cartel.

“I remember a Paul Oakenfold underground Goa mix floating around years ago and at the time the mix was legendary just like the man. He was at the peak of his career and honestly was an inspiration to us all,” Arjun told Skrufff.

“Looking at this mix, and its tracks, a lot of familiar names come up and it prompts lots of old memories of the Goa rave scene which exists no more . .
. Wow, I can’t believe he's finally releasing it,” he said.

“The man's a true legend and pioneer, in Goa, India and beyond,” Arjun continued. “For us ‘classic Oakey’ fans it was a bit of a shocker when he decided to move to the mainstream and produce pop records. But still, his Perfecto mixes of the late 90s and his Global Underground compilations remain prized possessions. Maybe this 2011 mix will bring Oakey back to the
underground: we can only wish so,” he said.

Sunburn Festival director and DJ Nikhil Chinapa was less excited about the belated release of the mix, admitting he’d paid little attention to both DJs and track titles when he first started partying in the 90s.

“The songs are from an era where all I was bothered about was dancing and I never tried to find out the names of songs being played,”  Nikhil explained.

“To borrow from a good friend of mine who said (speaking about vinyl Vs CDs), "It’s not about the medium, it's about the music. I felt at the time, that the music mattered more than who was making it. Personally, I still feel this is true,” he added.

Despite his assertions, Nikhil’s been closely involved in bringing out international DJs including Armin Van Buuren and Roger Sanchez to Sunburn and has booked headliners including Ferry Corsten and BT fort this December’s Sunburn event.

“Paul Oakenfold is not as well known here in India as Armin and Tiesto (and now David Guetta) are but he isn't an obscure name either,” Nikhil added, “People in the scene are aware of his sound and his contribution to the global dance music scene.”

Both Indian DJs also noted the legacy Goa’s original trance scene continues to have in India with psy-trance still a force to be reckoned with amongst clubbers.

“The psy scene is still very big in India and we always have DJs coming and playing. The outdoor raves have moved into smaller cubs, but Goa still has its legendary New Years Eve outdoor parties and the occasional word-of-mouth raves,” said Arjun.

“For clubbers and old school DJs, psychedelic trance is almost in our DNA, we grew up with it all around us and even today in our techno productions, you might just find hints of it,” he suggested.

Nikhil agreed.

“Psy still has a strong following in India and it's actually growing steadily. The energy in the music is something the youth can strongly relate to and vibe with. As you get more involved with the music too, its multiple sounds, layers and moods create powerful associations with the genre,” he enthused.

“Goa has been and always will be the home of psychedelic music globally.
Even though strong scenes have been established in Mexico, Brazil, Japan and Portugal, in my opinion, Goa still maintains a mystical hold and soft spot (can we call it that?) for many psy artists.”

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The Swedish House Mafia and Mormon DJ Kaskade criticised organisers of the Miami Winter Music Conference (WMC) this week after the long running event announced their 2011 dates as March 8 to March 12, two weeks before Ultra Music Festival.

Tweeting a series of posts including ‘If you want to experience all the parties at Miami, don't go on March 8 - 12. Go at the end of the month for ULTRA and all the club events!” Steve Angello sounded angry, as did Amy from his Swedish House Mafia’s management.

“WMC. So the news hit,” she wrote in a message posted on the SHM Facebook page.

“Who made the decision . . . someone who worked all year to make electronic sell...who practised what you preached?” she continued, “ Eminem said....will the real WMC please stand up.................let's discuss this publicly.”

Claude Von Stroke was more restrained tweeting ‘super strange Miami WMC dates announced today . . March 8th? I'm already disqualified. Bummer’ while Kaskade was considerably crueler.

“WMC - R.I.P. - It was a good run, we will miss ya'! Now we can just start calling it what it really is, Spring Break. Guidos Unite!” he scoffed.

WMC organizers responded by putting the blame on Ultra Music Festival, accusing them of reneging on a deal to stage their event ‘during and in conjunction with the 2011 Winter Music Conference’

“We were blindsided by Ultra’s last minute announcement this morning,” WMC claimed in a statement posted on their website on November 17.

“WMC remains committed to the artists, delegates and fans that have made the program what it has become over the last 25 years,” they continued.

“The festivals, Ultra and many others, are amazing experiences for the fans and artists alike. By contrast the quintessential WMC experience is really about the camaraderie between pioneering artists and industry legends,” they added.

Luis Puig, the owner of Miami’s highest profile superclub Club Space was considerably less diplomatic in an incendiary blog posting in which accused Ultra of trying to ‘monopolise WMC’ by signing exclusive contracts with superstar DJs preventing them from playing anywhere else.

“What this means to the consumer is that you will no longer be able to enjoy your favorite DJ for extended sets after midnight at your favorite clubs, instead you will be forced to listen to them for a one hour set before midnight in a crowded field of dust, mud and ravers. You can also forget about seeing them at your favorite pool parties,” he warned.

“This year you have a chance to make a difference and bring back what Music Conference and Electronic Music used to be about. You can either come to Miami on the last week of March, support the greedy monopoly, keep taking it up the ass and lose your right to seeing your favorite DJ at your favorite club or you can come the second week of March, claim back your wallet and your nightlife.”

“See you the second week in March,” he added.

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Made To Play records boss Jesse Rose revealed he’s been studying DJ Magazine’s latest Top 100 DJ poll in detail this week, via a Twitter message that was later reTweeted by Sebastien Leger.

“Did anyone notice that every trance DJ in the top 100 now claims to play 'house'!” the Berlin-based Brit electro-house don asked, “In that case what I play must be trance.”

His comment came just a day before Swedish tech-house type Christian Smith tweeted ‘without house there would be no techno!’ and two days before Chemical Brothers producer Tom Rowlands revealed an unexpected interest in dubstep.

Organisers of the Amsterdam Dance Event hailed the 15th edition of their annual music conference their most successful yet, as over 110,000 clubbers and 2,500 music industry delegates flocked to the Dutch city last week.

The hybrid event included parties and gigs at 44 official partner clubs throughout Amsterdam by night and a daytime programme of panels and interviews with luminaries including Jeff Mills, Roger Sanchez and Ed Banger supremo Pedro Winter.

Winter, who chatted hilariously about DJing in blue furry dragon costumes and other animal outfits, also DJed at Boynoize’ sold out party on Thursday night at the Melkweg before jetting out on Friday to make his debut at Berghain in Berlin.

DJ Top 100’s ‘Usual Controversy’

David Guetta swapped places with Tiesto to become the second most popular DJ in DJ Magazine’s annual top 100 poll this week, which saw pop trance maestro Armin Van Buuren coming first for the third year running.

Numerous newcomers including Romanian expat Claudia Cazacu, Arnej, Artey, Pete The Zouk, Noisecontrollers and Dada Life burst into the lower reaches of the poll, which DJ magazine said was based on ‘hundreds of thousands of validated votes.”

“The 2010 results included new talents, new genres, and new standards cementing their status as world class DJs,” said DJ Magazine, “As ever there's bound to be plenty of controversy.”

Factory Records’ original designers Peter Saville and Ben Kelly have designed a special memorial tombstone for the grave of iconic music mogul Tony Wilson which was this week unveiled at his final resting place in Manchester’s Southern Cemetery.

The black granite tombstone describes the man behind Joy Division, New Order, Happy Mondays and a whole host of Manchester bands as a ‘broadcaster and cultural catalyst’ and includes a quote from Isabella Varley Banks' 1876 novel The Manchester Man.

"Mutability is the epitaph of worlds . . . Change alone is changeless,” the tombstone reads, “People drop out of the history of a life as of a land . . . Though their work or their influence remains."

Details of the tombstone’s inscription emerged just over two years after robbers stole the headstone of Joy Division front-man Ian Curtis from Macclesfield Cemetery, 27 years after he committed suicide, aged 23.

The headstone (bearing the message "Ian Curtis 18 - 5 - 80" and the words "Love Will Tear Us Apart") was stolen in June 2008 prompting despairing messages from both his Joy Division band-mates and local cemetery staff

"This has never happened before and we are agog that someone's gone to the trouble of taking it out,” Tony Barker, spokesman for Macclesfield Borough Council told the BBC, “We are stunned."

Joy Division/ New Order drummer Stephen Morris pleaded with the thieves to "have a bit of dignity about it" and return the stone anonymously.

"I just don't understand why anyone would do it. You couldn't sell it on eBay - it's ridiculous and very upsetting,” he told at the time.

"There had been the films (the 2007 'Control' movie and the recent eponymous documentary) so maybe someone thought they could cash in,” he suggested, “Or maybe it's someone who is a bit deranged - you'd have to be." (NME:

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