Restoration work unveiled as Big Ben’s clock turns 160 | AFP

The world’s most famous clock, known as ‘Big Ben’ after its bell, turns 160 this year. The monument is currently being renovated, and the first face to get its makeover is unveiled ahead of July 11th, the date in 1859 when the clock in Parliament’s Elizabeth Tower first chimed.

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Delta Heavy – ‘Take Me Home’ ft Jem Cooke



After the huge success of their Zeds Dead collaboration ‘Lift Me Up’ and the consequent confirmation of upcoming second studio album ‘Only In Dreams’, bass dons Delta Heavy continue the onslaught of huge hitters, this time calling on the talents of one of electronic music’s most in demand vocalists, Jem Cooke, for new single ‘Take Me Home’.

After the uplifting bass euphoria of ‘Lift Me Up’, ‘Take Me Home’ has a more intimate edge, the production duo encouraging the listener to fall over and over into sublime runs of percussive arpeggios that provide a waterfall of rhythm for Jem’s evocative, dreamy topline, vocodered harmonies and their insistent melodic hook. It’s a deft, delicate touch from Delta Heavy but one that’s masterfully done, comfortably fusing the raw energy of drum and bass with glittering electronica and the US-influenced grooves of trap and emotive future bass.

“‘Take Me Home’ is one our personal favourites on the new album,” Ben said. “We are so grateful to feature our good friend and longtime collaborator Jem Cooke on the record, and her vocal performance on the track is just incredible. The second we played the basic demo together in the studio we all had goosebumps and we knew then it was going to be the one of the key singles from the album. Musically this represents so many of the influences that are defining our sound at the moment; it’s very much a transatlantic hybrid, equally at home on the dancefloor of a sweaty nightclub in Europe or in the car driving through LA at night.”

UK duo Delta Heavy, who have been producing together since 2008, have refused to be constrained by genre limitations, resulting in a plethora of celebrated productions including ‘Ghost’, ‘Get By’ and their massive debut album ‘Paradise Lost’, which spawned the 18 million+ streaming monster ‘White Flag’. With news breaking last month about their second album ‘Only In Dreams’ and an accompanying world tour, fans from the North America to Australia and everywhere in between have become increasingly ramped to hear upcoming music from the pair.

Having worked with everyone from Cher, Zero 7, Friction, Eric Prydz and Martin Garrix to Camelphat, Jamie Jones, Hot Since 82, Rebecca Ferguson and Wilkinson, London singer-songwriter Jem Cooke is one of the most requested top line collaborators in the industry. Her vocals have soared across countless tracks, including her previous cut with Delta Heavy, the 2017 single ‘Nobody But You’.

Delta Heavy ft Jem Cooke ‘Take Me Home’ is out for international release via Ram Records.

Meet the Dog Walkers

Meet Ben and Ginger Walker. Ben is an AP sports reporter and Ginger works on Broadway. For the past 19 years, they have covered the Westminster Dog Show for The Associated Press. In this video, they share the insights they have gathered other the years.

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Hans Kamperman: An Act of Love | Cannabis News Network

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Hans Kamperman is fighting for the decriminalisation of cannabis. Since the beginning of 2018, he has been camping out in front of the parliament building in The Hague. The sad peak of his campaign was a failed suicide attempt.

Many people believe that cannabis is legal in the Netherlands. However, this is a wrong assumption. As part of the so-called “tolerance policy”, the sale and consumption of cannabis is merely tolerated. This also applies to growing up to five plants, provided these are intended for your own consumption. This last point sealed Hans Kamperman’s fate.

Because of five cannabis plants, he has had a ton of trouble on his back since 2016. Kamperman wanted to use the plants to produce oil for cancer patients. But the police put a wrench in the works of his plan. They confiscated the plants and arrested him. In December 2017, the court in Arnhem-Leeuwarden found him guilty.

The sentence did not lead to any punishment, but it did have consequences. Because Kamperman had a previous conviction, he will not be able to travel to Canada for the next five years, where he has invested a lot of money in a nature reserve. His company in Groenlo also suffered along with him as a result of this case.

Kamperman regards himself as more of a fighter than a victim. Although he is of course just that: the victim of an out-of-date cannabis policy, that was pioneering and innovative in 1976, but has not been updated since. Even those who oppose legalisation are not happy with the current situation. Coffeeshops can sell cannabis, but have to purchase their stocks on the flourishing black market. This inherent contradiction in the Dutch drug policy is described as a backdoor issue.

With his campaign, Kamperman wanted to draw the attention of politicians in The Hague to these unhappy circumstances. He came out swinging: “I will not end this campaign until this bizarre policy is changed.” Because he did not achieve this, he took the most extreme measure:

He jumped from the visitors’ gallery in the parliament, after posting a farewell letter on Facebook. Kamperman survived his suicide attempt and was able to leave hospital the next day.

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Hans Kamperman strijdt voor de decriminalisering van cannabis. Sinds begin 2018 bivakkeerde hij voor het parlementsgebouw in Den Haag. Het treurige hoogtepunt van zijn actie was een mislukte zelfmoordpoging.

Veel mensen geloven dat cannabis legaal is in Nederland. Maar dit klopt niet. In het kader van het gedoogbeleid wordt de verkoop en consumptie van cannabis slechts getolereerd. Dit geldt ook voor de teelt van maximaal vijf planten, voor zover deze voor eigen consumptie zijn bedoeld. Dit laatste punt werd Hans Kamperman noodlottig.

Sinds 2016 maakt hij zich kwaad om die beperking tot vijf cannabisplanten. Kamperman wilde olie uit de planten halen ten bate van kankerpatiënten. Maar de politie liet dit niet toe. Ze namen de planten in beslag en arresteerden hem. In december 2017 verklaarde het gerechtshof Arnhem-Leeuwaren hem schuldig.

De veroordeling bleef onbestraft – maar niet zonder gevolgen. Vanwege zijn veroordeling mag Kamperman de komende vijf jaar niet naar Canada afreizen, waar hij veel geld in een natuurgebied heeft geïnvesteerd. Ook zijn bedrijf in Groenlo werd door deze zaak geraakt.

Kamperman ziet zichzelf meer als strijder dan als slachtoffer. Maar dat is hij natuurlijk wel: slachtoffer van een verstarde cannabis-wetgeving die in 1976 vooruitstrevend en baanbrekend was, maar sindsdien nooit meer is herzien. Zelfs de tegenstanders van de legalisering zijn ontevreden met de huidige situatie. Coffeeshops mogen cannabis verkopen, maar moeten hun producten op de bloeiende zwarte markt kopen. Deze tegenstijdigheid in de Nederlandse drugspolitiek wordt omschreven als achterdeurtjesproblematiek.

Met zijn actie wilde Kamperman politiek Den Haag persoonlijk op deze misstanden wijzen. Hij was strijdbaar: ”Ik stop pas met deze actie als de bizarre wetgeving wordt aangepast.” Omdat dit hem niet lukte, ging hij over tot het uiterste redmiddel: hij sprong van het bezoekersbalkon in de Tweede Kamer, nadat hij een afscheidsbrief op Facebook had geplaatst. Kamperman overleefde de zelfmoordpoging en werd de volgende dag uit het ziekenhuis ontslagen.

Ben jij ook een Nederlander die cannabis gelegaliseerd wil zien? Onderteken dan de petitie van Hans Kamperman: elke stem telt!

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“Taliban Resurgence” and what’s next for Afghanistan

The war in Afghanistan is now in its 16th year. VICE reporter Ben Anderson has been covering the conflict from the front lines for the last decade.

Ahead of his VICE on HBO special, “Taliban Resurgence,” Ben joins VICE News International Editor Nick Miriello, and Afghan journalist Aleem Agha to discuss what’s next in the conflict.

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Creatures – Mirage

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Infidelity Records are proud to present their latest signing and hot tip to take the D&B World by storm. In come, Creatures.

The Lost Gods EP is their 1st solo project with Infidelity Records, following on from their label debut on the recent ‘Calm B4 The Storm Remix EP’, which also included remixes from label regulars TerraHawk, plus Dope Tingz (Dope Ammo & Run Tingz Cru) and Salaryman.

Harvey, Jake and Ben (Creatures) have been in talks with the Infidelity camp for a while now and there is a full plan in place for a broad and exciting release schedule over the next year. There are collaborative EP’s in pipeline alongside TerraHawk, Subtle Element, Safety In Numbers & Bass Sheriff, as well remix work and further solo EP’s due for release on Infidelity Records and it’s sister label Ramajam Recordings.

This current offering has a Greek mythology theme throughout, with the connection between the title ‘Lost Gods EP’, the track titles (Mirage, Hades, Desert Shadow and Cerberus) and the deeper tech-­minded style prominent across the body of work. This is certainly a slightly different direction than we have seen in previous releases on Infidelity, however the label is more than willing to endorse talent of this magnitude from across the D&B scene.



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After a two year hiatus ‘Hospitality’ is back, and bigger than ever! This massive fifth instalment comes fresh from winning “Best Club Night” (for the fourth year running!) at the Drum&Bass Arena awards.

This time round the album has doubled in size, with not one but two full CD length mixes. Put together by Hospital stalwart Nu:Tone, who hits the turntables fresh from his recent album success with ‘Future History’ which reached no 7 in the iTunes dance chart.

Containing 22 brand new previously unreleased tracks, Hospitality 2015 features a full spectrum of D+B artists; from High Contrast to Icicle, from Hazard and Etherwood to Noisia, all flavours of D+B are covered in these two exhilarating mixes. With some superb remixes from the likes of Break, Logistics, Culture Shock and LSB also included – no stone is left unturned.

Exclusive unreleased tracks to the album include a special VIP edition of Nu:Logic’s ‘Everlasting Days’ which both Gresham brothers have been unleashing in recent sets, as well as a cheeky re-rub of legendary Zed Bias’s jungle classic ‘Something About This’.

Other exclusives come from D&BA best newcomer producer 2014 winner Maduk, as well as Technimatic, London Elektricity, Russ Chimes, Nu:Tone and more.

To celebrate 18 years of Hospital Records throughout 2014, Hospitality brought together thousands of people, who all shared the same love for music, in a series of worldwide events. Bringing Hospitality firmly into 2015, this compilation provides a panoramic snapshot of D+B and brings you the very best of Hospitality.

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Bahrain: More Bloodshed

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Earlier this year, VICE News correspondent Ben Anderson traveled to Bahrain undercover to document the ongoing protests there. Bahrainis — inspired by the Arab Spring — have been taking to the streets every night for almost four years, calling for democracy.

One of the people Ben interviewed was Yousif Badah. His son, Ali Badah, was killed while protesting three years ago, when a police SUV repeatedly ran into him, pinning him against a wall.

On the third anniversary of his son’s death, Yousif and others held a vigil for Ali. That vigil turned into a march, and was similarly met with police violence, this time resulting in injury to Yousif himself.

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Delta Heavy – Badboy Style

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We’re excited to present Delta Heavy’s first release of 2014! Ben & Si have been hard at work on their next level new material. Concentrated lockdown business: the explosive fruits of this dedication are set to be unleashed throughout the year. The ‘Apollo’ EP is the first of such harvests…

‘Apollo’ has recently enjoyed ‘intro tune’ status for many of Andy C’s sets. A startling, heart-stopping agenda-setter, every single element tingles with heavyweight production electricity. We ignite with emotive synths, subtle snake-like percussion and a riff so stimulating it could motivate the dead. Deep throat bass shots tease before the drop, then BOOM: when the full bassline and tungsten-tipped drums kick in, there is no avoiding the prize-fighting level of power. Immaculately massive.

Next up: ‘The World Is Yours’. As the title implies, there’s an overwhelming sense of uplift coded into every twist and turn. A contemporary roller rich in textures and melodic subtleties, positivity seeps from every ingredient as we wriggle and writhe to the multiple layers of thick basses and lush, spine-melting synth flourishes.

Finally, as a digital exclusive, we have ‘Badboy Style’. Rudeness abounds as Si and Ben fuse some of the most distinctive genre-setting rave sounds with a bashy contemporary riddim. Comparisons to The Prodigy should never be handed out lightly, but in this case it applies; savage, solid and sizzling with dancefloor heritage, this sings to every raver from every era. ‘Badboy Style’… It’s in the name!

Three incredible workouts from two of drum & bass’s most talented individuals, 2014 is going to be yet another vintage year for Delta Heavy. Stay tuned for more next level business very soon.

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