Beatport Launches New Hype Charts Supporting Independent, Smaller Labels

Beatport’s newest feature, “Hype Charts”, has just launched on the website with a fresh new perspective on music discovery and appreciation for lesser known artists. It has been created with the concept of showing more love to smaller and independent labels that don’t quite always nab the platform’s spotlight.

“Hype Charts” is Beatport’s new route to “strengthen its commitment to developing independent music and labels” and provide “greater visibility” to the smaller labels. Terry Werrasinghe, the Chief Product Officer of the internationally-known company, also explains that it’s a new effort by the platform to encourage artists and music-lovers alike to keep digging into the thousands of songs that are available for purchase.

The feature will be updated on a weekly basis and is available for the top ten genres on the platform, which includes techno, tech house, house, deep house, melodic house & techno and more. There’s also an overall top picks Hype Chart available on the homepage – just scroll midway down the page.

We’re excited to see this shift into a newfound support for smaller labels and independent music – and hope this push for exploration beyond industry giants continues.

Audio Artist Spotlight: Fatima Yamaha and Spencer Brown

What a weekend we have ahead! Lights Down Low returns for an intimate night with Fatima Yamaha on Friday and Spencer Brown is back in the house this Saturday.

Two nights of stunning talent are heading your way – listen to them here first.

Friday, June 15: Fatima Yamaha

Fatima Yamaha has often been known by name, but not much further – his biography much shrouded in mystery – thus allowing his sound to speak for itself. His downtempo disco-house fusion offers a dance floor exploration through synths and sounds unlike any other.

Yamaha is just one of the many pseudonyms of Bas Bron, who has also made music under monikers such as Bastian, Seymour Bits and Gifted. The Amsterdam-hailing electronic music producer has been making beats since the late 1990s.

Grab a ticket to Fatima here.

Saturday, June 16: Spencer Brown

Saturday is quite the special occasion at Audio, as the unbelievable talent of Spencer Brown is back on the decks at the club as part of his “Illusion of Perfection” tour in honor of the release of his debut album, out earlier this spring. This isn’t just any ordinary set, either – he’ll be playing from start to finish, open to close. As one of the forerunners of the Anjunabeats crew, his unique take on progressive house music brings together an artful mix of powerful production skills and emotive sounds.

Join us on Saturday – purchase a ticket to this show by heading here.

Allen & Heath Releases Xone:96, First Update To Xone:92 Mixer In 15 Years

Big news from the crew at Allen & Heath – makers of the iconic analogue DJ mixer Xone:92: the next edition of the Xone is here. To put it simply, as A& describes, it’s the delivery of the “space-shaking analogue sound” Xone is known for.

The Xone:96 – which A&H calls “the long-awaited follow-up to a genuine club classic” – is the first update to the Xone:92 since its release back in 2003. The company describes it as taking “the legendary soul of the acclaimed Xone:92 and redelivers it, enhanced, and with state-of-the-art digital connectivity.”

All in all, the new Xone puts a modern twist on the masterful art of what the Xone:92 already provides. In other words: it takes the base of the Xone:92 we all know and love and adds updated features you need as a DJ in the tech world we live in today. This includes new dual USB ports – so two DJs can connect their own laptops at the same time, making for easy movement back and forth and access to the six channels on the mixer – and two separate headphone CUE systems. In short, it’s the perfect elements you need to set up seamless B2B sessions with other DJs.

Other new features also include a new three-band EQ added for booth output, a “Crunch” control feature to add to the list of Xone’s iconic filters and more. As put by A&H, it “Xone:96 lets you connect your whole rig, from laptops and turntables, to pedals, synths and drum machines.”

Though the price and release date have yet to be released, we’re excited about this new update to a classic piece of gear. You can find more details on the new features of the mixer on the Allen & Heath website and check out the intro video below.

Audio Artist Spotlight: Hernan Cattaneo, Detlef, Treasure Fingers and Davi

Four nights of music kicks off tomorrow! We have a full schedule of stellar beats coming your way. Hernan Cattaneo returns to the decks tomorrow night, Detlef hits the club for his first time on Friday, Treasure Fingers is in the house on Saturday and – last, but definitely not least – Davi and Groove Cartel take over for a Sunday evening affair.

But enough talk – let’s give them a listen below.

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