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15 BEST MIXES OF 2012

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For the immediate future, expect to hear the term EDM a lot. Many strides have been made by people with money to build the dance music scene in the United States into an empire of beats, festivals, and cash. What gets lost in these discussions of “had dubstep peaked?” or “what the fuck is Trap?” are the DJs who are out there providing the soundtrack to these festivals, secret raves, and club nights. In a time where EDM is buzzing, without a serious radio push, the DJ turns into the program director. And with bedroom DJs popping up and getting opportunities to spin anywhere that has some extra cash and a Serato box, it can get dicey when trying to find the right mix to rock to. That’s where we come in (obviously), right?

These are the mixes that got us moving throughout the year, and the ones we dug back into when we couldn’t rock to that Lil Poopy mixtape again (sorry, Poop). The line-up is indicative of where the EDM scene was at in 2012, although we wish there were more house/techno mixes out there. Maybe next year? {CHECK OUT THE LIST}

 

Oprah’s India Special Under Fire

Oprah may be the “Queen of Media,” but she’s still susceptible to the backlash that sometimes comes with the title. She recently documented her trip to India this past January for an upcoming two-part OWN special,“Journey Through India.” Considering this trip to be “her greatest life experience,” Oprah visited a wide array of sites, festivals, parties, regions, and individuals, including a well-off family in Mumbai. During a dinner with the family, Oprah asked her hosts whether “some people eat with their hands still.” In another segment, Oprah is seen visiting a family of five living in cramped quarters. Herein lies the contention that has sparked criticism from many. India Real Time, a highly read and influential newspaper in the country, published a negative Op-Ed about the special that read,”The smell of incense (tick), the sari fitting (tick), the aspirations of slum dwellers (tick), and the glitz of Bollywood (tick). Let’s not forget arranged marriages and the fact that Indians, even rich ones, “still” eat with their hands (tick, tick). India as Westerners imagine it, one stereotype at a time.”  READ MORE