Music World Mourns Passing of MC Skibadee

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Skibadee, the legendary London-bred drum ‘n’ bass MC, has died at the age of 54. His passing was announced by his family. The cause of death is not currently known.

“Hello everyone, as Alphonso’s first-born, I unfortunately come with some with sad news to say that Skibadee has passed away,” read the statement. “As a family we ask for some privacy, but may he rest in peace.”

Skibadee, who was born Alfonso Bondzie, began his career behind the mic in the early ’90s as drum ‘n’ bass was taking root as a musical force in the U.K. His rise to prominence began at City Sound Radio around 1993. He went on to win a spate of awards, including the 1Xtra award for Best MC in 2007 and Best MC Southwest Drum n Bass award. In 2008 and 2009, Skibadee won Best Lyrical MC and Best Hype MC in the national Drum and Bass Awards.

During his career, Skibadee appeared on various releases, collaborating with d’n’b artists such as MC Shabba D, Dillinja, Shy FX, T Power, Bryan G and DJ Hype.

Notable d’n’b artists including Jumping Jack Frost, Friction and DJ Hype took to Twitter to pay tribute to Skibadee and his musical legacy.

NYC Health Department: Electric Zoo Attendees Need COVID-19 Test ‘Immediately’

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According to New York City health officials, 16 ravers who attended the three-day Electric Zoo festival held over Labor Day weekend on Randalls Island have tested positive for COVID-19.

Eight people have been identified so far as “potentially contagious and could have exposed others.”

As a result, attendees, who were required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the festival’s first day to enter the festival, are being urged by the city to get tested right away.

“The Health Department is leading this investigation, but New Yorkers have a vital role to play,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Dave A. Chokshi in a statement.

“Anyone who attended this festival should get tested immediately, regardless of whether or not they have been vaccinated. This is especially urgent if attendees are experiencing symptoms.”

Electric Zoo has yet to issue a public statement about the cluster.

Anyone looking to get tested, should visit nyc.gov/covidtest.

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John ‘Quivver’ Graham Readies Third Full-Length, ‘Revelate’

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Since his days pioneering progressive house and breakbeat in the ’90s, British DJ/producer John ‘Quivver’ Graham has elevated his sound with every release.

Like all of us, Graham found himself at home last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Unable to travel, he channeled his creativity into producing a selection of tracks that comprise his upcoming third full-length album, Revelate.

Due for release on October 15, 2021, on John Digweed’s Bedrock Records, it’s his first long-player for Diggers’ esteemed label.

Big Shot got an advance listen to the 10-track full-length. While we can’t share any tracks, we can report that Graham used his time in lockdown wisely.

Revelate opens with the cinematic “Moonlight Pools” and finds Graham investigating deep electronica with heavy nods to breakbeat and electro. No stranger to handing vocals — Graham sang “Choke” and “Until Tomorrow” on Hybrid’s third LP, I Choose Noise — he lends his voice to the dreamy cut “Nothin’ New To Feel.”

Put this album on your radar. In the meantime, here’s the tracklisting for Revelate:

1. Moonlight Pools
2. Horizons
3. Nothin’ New To Feel
4. Atomised
5. Funkily
6. Altered
7. Shine
8. Hold
9. 5 AM
10. Crystals

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Here’s How You Could Win a Vintage Minimoog Model D Signed By Bob Moog

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Formed in 2005 after the death of musical instrument pioneer Dr. Bob Moog, The Bob Moog Foundation is marking its 15th anniversary by raffling off a fully restored vintage Minimoog Model D synthesizer signed by Moog himself.

The highly coveted analog synthesizer was built at Moog Music’s Williamsville, NY factory in the mid-’70s and is said to be worth almost $10,000.

The raffle ends on August 30, 2021, at 11:59 pm EDT, or when all 5,000 tickets sell out, whichever comes first. Tickets are $20 each, six for $100, 14 for $200, or 40 for $500, and can be purchased here.

Proceeds from the raffle will benefit Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool in Asheville, NC.

Obligatory press release gush from Executive Director, Michelle Moog-Koussa: “The Bob Moog Foundation is excited to offer this extraordinarily special Minimoog synthesizer with Bob’s distinct signature in concert with our upcoming 15th anniversary later this month. The Foundation formally launched on August 21, 2006, exactly one year after Bob’s passing. Since that time, his legacy and spirit have been the inspiration that fuels our work in education, archive preservation, and the creation of our beloved Moogseum. We hope that the winner of this Minimoog will also be deeply inspired by Bob’s spirit.”

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