Alcohol free parties, FKA Twigs Leak, Ray-Ban x Meta
Alcohol can be quite central and inescapable at clubs and parties. So what would happen if someone banned alcohol completely from their party? That’s basically what journalist Michelle Lhooq did at her ‘Shroom Raves’. OttO Kent talks to her about her inspiration for the idea and about what it means to create a space for experiencing other kinds of drugs. Plus: Drunk Brits are being banned from the Balearics, half of Bandcamp employees have been laid off, FKA Twigs is mad because 85 of her demos were leaked and Meta and Ray Ban released smart glasses.
Host: OttO Kent
Writers for this episode: Aaron Gonsher & Carlos Steurer
Edit and sound design: Marc Übel
Lead Producer: Isabel Woop
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29. fka.m4a about divas in house music, African languages in AI, Nina protocol26:10With their soulful vocals and melodies divas bring themes of love, acceptance and power to the dancefloor. Kikelomo talks to someone who brings the same energy to their sets: fka.m4a. Plus: A campaign in the UK to stop the use of rap lyrics and videos as evidence in criminal trials, an AI model that can understand and identify South African languages, and streaming platform Nina Protocol launches an editorial arm.The Week is a production by Telekom Electronic Beats and ACB Stories.Host: KikelomoWriters for this episode: Aaron Gonsher and Helena SchmidtEdit and sound design: Marc ÜbelLead Producer: Isabel WoopFollow Kikelomo.Follow Electronic Beats.Follow fka.m4a.Check out Art not Evidence.Read the feature in Resident Advisor by Carlos Hawthorn.
28. Anetha about family values in music, AI Pins, the Warehouse returning28:39Will “AI Pins” replace smartphones? That's not the only question about new generations that we ask ourselves in this episode. OttO also talks to Anetha about intergenerational understanding and exchange in dance music. Plus: the Warehouse is returning as a touring party brand, Cassie sues Diddy for sexual assault and André 3000 releases his debut solo album.The Week is a production by Telekom Electronic Beats and ACB Stories.Host: KikelomoWriters for this episode: Aaron Gonsher and Isabel Woop Edit and sound design: Marc ÜbelLead Producer: Isabel WoopFollow Kikelomo.Follow OttO Kent.Follow Electronic Beats.Follow AnethaCheck out Anetha’s label Mama told ya and her agency Mama loves ya.Listen to Selassie’s EP Retro Future Kid.
27. Genre vs. Identity, Controversial streaming royalties, Missy Eliot29:53Music taste and fandom have always been tied to our identities, but today it can seem like musical genres themselves are being replaced by identity-driven scenes. At least, according to music researcher Kriss Thakrar, who recently wrote a piece for the music industry blog Midia Research. OttO Kent invites Christa Belle to the studio to discuss this potential ‘tug-of-war’ between genre and identity. Plus: Controversial changes for Spotify streaming royalties, Missy Elliot becoming the first female rapper in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, rap history slipping away online and new Grammy categories.OttO Kent recommends you read this piece on the beef between DJ Akademiks and Saucy Santana.Check out Christa Belle’s new favourite genre Skwee and OttO’s favourite @thealgorythm on TikTok.Follow OttO Kent.Follow Electronic Beats.Follow Christa Belle.The Week is a production by Telekom Electronic Beats and ACB Stories.Host: OttO KentWriters for this episode: Aaron Gonsher, Helena Schmidt and Jacob SperberEdit and sound design: Marc ÜbelLead Producer: Isabel Woop
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25. Social Media in times of crisis, UMG invests in NTS, Sustainability28:10What a time to be online. In this week’s episode Kikelomo and OttO Kent discuss whether or not artists are obligated to post on social media in the wake of political crises. Plus: Fashion labels are recruiting and exploiting models from refugee camps, UMG is now NTS's largest shareholder, US states file a lawsuit against Meta accusing the company of harmful features, and can music hardware be environmentally sustainable?The Week is a production by Telekom Electronic Beats and ACB Stories.Host: KikelomoWriters for this episode: Aaron Gonsher, Carlos Steurer and Helena SchmidtEdit and sound design: Marc ÜbelLead Producer: Isabel WoopFollow Kikelomo and OttO Kent.Follow Electronic Beats.Follow Shawn Reynaldo’s newsletter First Floor.Check out Neema Githere’s post on Instagram.Listen to the podcast “Slate News: You don’t need to post about Israel and Palestine”Read the Sunday Time’s investigation “How modelling agencies recruit refugees” Read Adam Douglas’s article “Is music hardware environmentally sustainable?”.Here you can find the book “The Musical Human” by Michael Spitzer.
23. Intentional Spaces, Prada on the moon, Crystal Waters29:24Why is it more important than ever to create ‘safer’ spaces and awareness concepts in our club culture? And what can we all do, so that everybody feels safe while going out? Kikelomo talks to diversity consultant Lewamm Ghebremariam about the evolution of safer spaces, why she rather speaks about intentional spaces, and how the Netflix series “Sex Education” is a great learning experience for basically everything. Plus: Prada designing the space suits for NASA’s next moon mission, reggae icon Max Romeo suing his publishers, the amapiano community showing love to its originator, and the psychic story behind the classic “Gypsy Woman”. The Week is a production by Telekom Electronic Beats and ACB Stories.Host: KikelomoWriters for this episode: Aaron Gonsher, Helena Schmidt and Carlos Steurer Edit and sound design: Hakan Halaç and Marc ÜbelLead Producer: Isabel WoopFollow KikelomoFollow Lewamm Ghebremariam Check out Awareness Akademie and LemLem Culture. Watch “Capital B” – the 5-part documentary on ARTEs YouTube channel.
22. Turkana on queer culture in Uganda, Bandcamp, Greenwashing Ban28:48While West-African music is celebrating new milestones globally, the electronic music scene is still underrepresented. The Nyege Nyege festival in Uganda and its community have been a centerpoint for highlighting dance music and queer culture from East Africa. In this episode Kikelomo talks to Turkana, who’s part of the experimental Anti-Mass collective from Kumpala. She opens up about the danger of building safer spaces in a country where being queer is a crime and the troubles of getting working visas as African artists in Europe. Plus: Bandcamp being sold – again, grassroots music venues under threat, cable-free studio monitors, and the EU to ban generic environmental claims. The Week is a production by Telekom Electronic Beats and ACB Stories.Host: KikelomoWriters for this episode: Aaron Gonsher, Carlos Steurer and KikelomoEdit and sound design: Marc ÜbelLead Producer: Isabel WoopFollow Kikelomo.Follow Turkana. Check out the recommended multimedia project “Union Black – Sounds Of A Nation”.Read more on the challenges African artists have to face when applying for visa.