Fact Mix 785: Silvia Kastel

Italian experimental producer Silvia Kastel explores rhythms with a “certain duplicity” on a wide-ranging Fact Mix.

On Silvia Kastel‘s debut album Air Lows, released on Blackest Ever Black in 2018, the Italian producer took the steady pulse of techno and club music and fused it with the influence of musique concrete and Japanese minimalism. With her shrouded vocals at its heart, it made for one of the year’s most spellbinding albums.

This disparate mix of styles and musical elements is something that carries over into her practice as a DJ. As a resident on NTS Radio, Kastel’s tracklists are as exploratory as her own music, taking in pop, fringe electronics, no wave, dub and regional club sounds from across the globe. Her latest project, a collaboration with Wilted Woman under the Shakey moniker, is a weird and wonderful combination of digi-dub, jungle and early electronic influences. Continue reading

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World’s Most Expensive Bar of Soap Is Made with Gold and Diamond Powder, Costs $2,800

A small family-owned factory that has been making soap since the 15th century sells claims to sell the world’s most expensive bar of soap, at $2,800.

The Khan Al Saboun brand of handmade soap created by Bader Hassen & Sons, a soap factory in Tripoli, Lebanon, makes a variety of luxury soaps and skincare products containing essential oils and natural fragrances. They are sold in some of the most exclusive shops in Dubai and the UAE, but its most expensive product is only offered to special guests and important personalities. First made in 2013, as a unique gift to Qatar’s first lady, the world’s most expensive bar of soap contains gold and diamond powder and reportedly costs $2,800. Continue reading

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Sub Zero Discusses New Label: Propaganda Audio

With well over a decade’s worth of releases and DJing experience behind him, Sub Zero has embarked on a new journey with his latest project: Propaganda Audio.

Not to be mistaken with previous collaborative label, Propaganda Recordings, ran alongside Original Sin, this label is fresh in 2020 to host both new and established drum and bass artists and their best tunes. It launched last month with Buffalo Stance, a powerful kick off release in collaboration with Miss Trouble, T95 and Genetics. Continue reading

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“Coming 2 America” Lands Release Date For Amazon Prime Video

The highly anticipated sequel Coming 2 America is officially set to release through Amazon Prime Video on March 5, 2021.

Eddie Murphy, Coming 2 AmericaLars Niki / Getty Images

The Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall led film will be directed by Craig Brewer. As for the story, King Akeem and Semmi will begin a new journey that will see them traveling the globe. James Earl Jones, Shari Headley, John Amos, and Louie Anderson will also be returning for their respective roles.

Coming to America was a cultural phenomenon that is one of the most loved and celebrated comedies of all time,” said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios. “Thanks to Eddie Murphy’s comedic genius along with the brilliant filmmakers, writers and fabulous cast, we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate this new adventure. We know audiences around the world will fall in love with this hilarious, joyful movie that will surely become a timeless favorite.” Continue reading

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Nelly Performs Throwback Hits From “Country Grammar” At 2020 AMAs

Nelly took the stage, Sunday night, at the American Music Awards to perform his iconic 2001 hit single, “Ride Wit Me,” as well as “Country Grammar” and “E.I.”

Nelly, Country GrammarCindy Ord / Getty Images

This year marks the 20th anniversary of his debut diamond-selling album Country Grammar. Nelly dropped the legendary album back on June 27, 2000. In 2016, it became just the ninth hip hop album to be certified Diamond by the RIAA. “I would say that I raised the bar as far as being able to have a hip-hop album that can compare to anybody’s album: to a pop artist, to an R&B artist, to a country artist, or whatever,” Nelly told Complex, earlier this year. Continue reading

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