After the massive success of their latest hits ‘Get Down’ on Doorn and ‘Fire In Our Hearts’ on Revealed, Russian trio Swanky Tunes are back again with ‘Fix Me’ featuring stunning vocals from Raign. Set for release through Flamingo Recordings on 21st July 2014.
With a catchy vocal and rolling staccato synths, ‘Fix Me’ combines all the elements of a high energy and infectious club track. The latest in a long line of stand out electro tracks, ‘Fix Me’ looks set to rival the success of its predecessors and further propel Swanky Tunes into dance music superstardom.
Having spent the past 15 years working in the music industry, the trio have gained increasing support from the likes of Tiësto, David Guetta, Laidback Luke and many others, establishing themselves as one of the most noteworthy electronic dance music acts of the moment.
They boast releases on leading dance music labels Axtone, Spinnin’, Refune, Size and Doorn as well as massive collaborations like ‘Make Some Noise’ with Tiesto [Musical Freedom] and ‘No One Knows Who We Are,’ from Kaskade’s acclaimed ‘Atmosphere’ album.
Backed by some of the biggest names in the game and having performed at Ultra 2013 and WMC in Miami this year, Swanky Tunes can look forward to playing at coveted festival Electric Zoo in August and Tomorrowworld in September.
Following the release of an exclusive teaser EP via Spotify on May 12th, virtuoso producer/DJ Afrojack is proud to present his inaugural major album project, ‘Forget The World’ on May 19th. Comprised of 12 tracks, with a further 4 featuring on the album’s deluxe edition, ‘Forget The World’ offers up a wonderful mix of dance floor styles that illustrate every inch of Afrojack’s musical pedigree.
Thoughtful and measured in it’s approach, it’s an album that sees Afrojack bridge the gap between the dance floor and home listening, enlisting a whole collection of star names to collaborate on a body of tracks that go beyond the realms of conventional dance music production. Hip-hop icon Snoop Dogg, legendary Police frontman Sting, global chart-topper Chris Brown, US rapper Whiz Khalifa, rising star Matthew Koma and revered rockers 30 Seconds To Mars are just some of the names that contribute to making ‘Forget The World’ a thoroughly absorbing debut.
From the soaring, anthemic feel of opener ‘Ten Feet Tall’, a track that received it’s world premiere during Superbowl XLVIII in February, the acoustic leanings of euphoric, synth-rich club track ‘The Spark’ and electro-house flavoured trap beats with Snoop Dogg on ‘Dynamite’, Afrojack showcases an exploratory new side to his production remit right across ‘Forget The World’. The softer notes and soundscape-like composition on ‘Mexico’, featuring a stunning vocal from Shirazi, is also a highlight and one that contrasts perfectly with the harder, club-centric sound of his rip-roaring ‘Do Or Die’ remix.
Further defined by more intriguing collaborations, ‘Forget The World’ also plays host to the stripped back sounds of ‘Too Wild’ featuring Whiz Khalifa & Devin Cruise, two bold, exhilarating club tracks alongside much sought-after vocalist Matthew Koma and the incredible ‘Catch Tomorrow’, featuring iconic frontman Sting.
The sheer range of collaborators, sounds, influences and production styles that Afrojack exhibits across his debut album are indicative of an artist keen to make his music as accessible as it is ground-breaking. Delivered with a firm message for fans to literally ‘Forget The World’ and follow their dreams, it is a body of work that explores Afrojack’s infectious, feel-good outlook in more ways than ever before.
Afrojack – ‘Forget The World’
01. Ten Feet Tall (ft. Wrabel)
02. Illuminate (Afrojack & Matthew Koma)
03. Born To Run (ft. Tyler Glenn)
04. Freedom (Afrojack & D-wayne ft. Jack McManus)
05. The Spark (ft. Spree Wilson)
06. Dynamite (ft. Snoop Dogg)
07. Too Wild (ft. Wiz Khalifa & Devin Cruise)
08. Three Strikes (ft. Jack McManus)
09. Catch Tomorrow (ft. Sting)
10. We’ll Be Ok (ft. Wrabel)
11. Mexico (ft. Shirazi)
12. Keep Our Love Alive (Afrojack & Matthew Koma)
14. As Your Friend (ft. Chris Brown) (Arranged Version)
15. Do Or Die (Remix) (Afrojack VS. Thirty Seconds To Mars)
16. Sovereign Light Café (Remix) (Afrojack VS. Keane)
The year was 1965 and the Formula One circus was on the move once again bringing the carnival to the East coast of South Africa where the host of the race, Prince George circuit was located. The teams arrived 3 days ahead of the scheduled race day carrying huge and heavy bulks of apparatus and components that would become the backdrop of a Formula One car’s technical framework. The 1965 South African Grand Prix was about to open the floor to what would become one of the most exciting years in the Formula One’s history.
The Most Advanced Formula One Car of The 60s circa, The Lotus 33-Climax
As for the mindful founder and engineer of Lotus F1 team, Mr. Colin Chapman, the chronicle was about to launch a brand new start to his own career. He was about to unveil Lotus’ latest and most innovative vortex from the already expansive benchmark of Lotus racing car series. The latest magnum opus of Formula One’s engineering pioneer was made in the wake of its predecessor, the Lotus 25-Climax and spotted the same iconic colours that had become a sentimental trademark of the team. The new Lotus 33-climax was engineered to perfection; spotting the universal praxis of its maker, with the usual striking yellow that was set within a swaddle of green – yes, that was the car that was set to drive its pilot to his second World Championship title as far as hopes and resolutions were concerned, it created a magnetic vibe it the air, the confidence was equally strong.
The 33-Climax materialised Chapman’s ground breaking discovery that was first idealised in the Lotus 24, which was later preceded by the 25-Climax that became the first car that broke Formula One’s provincial grounds. The speed machine had gone through some prominent changes and upgrades to be raised as an obvious winner on the field. The car was the quickest in the field, but as far as consistency was concerned, its aerodynamic features failed to deliver the expected proficiency hence ripping its pilot off his 2nd World title in 1964 after suffering technical problems at the most important race of the season. However it was also the car that managed to take 7 pole positions and set the 6 fastest laps out of the 10 cycle race. The narrow miss at the penultimate lap of the final race that was contributed by an engine burst became a cause of frustration for both the team and the pilot. The technology was achieved and quite astonishingly so to speak, but the downfall of its breakdowns were equally unrealistic and with that, the team was set to reattribute the 1964 lost with the development of the first ground breaking and most advanced F1 car out of the 60s racing dominion.
When Colin Chapman decided to fully discard the 25 for a brand new prototype; it quickly became a major metamorphosis to the previous model. Build using the most advance 33 chassis, the new 33 was constructed with the G.R.P body as opposed to the previous model’s fibreglass body on the aluminium monocoque. With the addition of cantilever top arm and lower wishbone to the front suspension, it dramatically increased the car’s horsepower by a 10% margin while still being able to remain within the approved weight that was allowed for the Formula One cars. It was indeed a total reformation compared to all the previous models, it was one of its kind – in fact, it was one of the best and the most technically advanced Formula One car of its time.
It was the car that first contributed to Formula One’s major and prevailing changes that would continue until the dawn of the latest century. The 33-Climax set the tone and pace of the European sport’s most pivotal moments and spawned the beginning of revolutionary engineering at its best. It was set to live through the jewelled vision of another constructor’s trophy and award for the year. That was the vibe that kickstarted the season.
The 1965 South African Grand Prix was held on a very special day as it marked the end of 1964’s succession and ushered in the 1965 evolution. The Formula One teams celebrated the final day of the year during the qualifying session that saw Lotus’ driver taking the first pole position of the season – a streak that would continue till the end of the competition. The car quickly dominated the tracks setting the bar suitably high by taking the pole, setting the fastest lap of the race and finishing the race at the top of the podium. A spectacular streak on its debut by any standard.
When the American journalists arrived in East London, South Africa to the genesis of British’s motor sports, the instructions from their respective publications and editors couldn’t be any clearer. The man they were to lookout for was the foregoing World Champion, John Surtees but it wasn’t the only thing they had to oversee. The focus was set on the 1964’s second runner up, the man who had engaged title winner, John Surtees and second place’s Graham Hill in a season-long battle to the championship title that was marred with a technical failure just as he was closing up on the title. He did not win but somehow he managed to catapult the kind of debate that continued to travel way past the 1964 Mexican Grand Prix, the race that decided the season’s champion. The debate conquered the fact that Surtees was the official winner but in an alternate reality, it was the Lotus’ driver who was the most worthy of the title, he was after all the season’s favourite. The ongoing analysis somehow blighted Surtees’s first and only Formula One victory leaving the British driver struggling for relevance in between the paramount comparison that was known to instantly shackle Grand Prix drivers and race winners who emerged victorious in a close run-outs and the aftermath that obliterated their statures.
The man they had been inferring to was none other than the naturally talented farmer and Lotus driver who was 4 and a half years old in his Grand Prix experience and a single title to his name. Nevertheless, Clark had accumulated a cult that had consorted him as the most exciting talent in the history of motor sports if not the most incredibly gifted driver the racing community had lived to witness. His supreme abilities had already out-shined many of his ilk with a reputation that was immediately rising above many legends from the past. The man’s overall persona confirmed his sovereign artistry.
The Man Who Was Known As Jim Clark
The fertile grounds of Scotland has unleashed many gifted and effectual legends from its vault and some of them are still highly regarded in the modern history. Some of the most imposing figures would be the man who invented the first practical telephone; Alexander Graham Bell, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle, Alexander Flemings who discovered the most effective life-saving drug known as Penicillin and there’s no end to the list that holds the names of historical aristocrats that has served this generation one way or another.
As for the post World War 2 generation when the British motor sports finally hit its most pivotal moments, Scotland once again gave birth to a giant of a man 78 years ago. Jim Clark had the kind of charisma that was almost instantly audible without the downside of being all too flashy. His finest traits was his modesty and ordinary attitude that was instantly visible in his character, his manner and his style. But the one thing that made the man so arresting was his simplicity. His idiosyncratic image only made him all the more desirable and by the 1965 season he had become far more popular with the opposite gender compared to any other driver of his generation. In simple words, any news about Jim Clark would make a solid headline for any publication anywhere in the world with an advantage of completely selling the print material for the day.
Jimmy Jim Clark, born on March 4, 1934 in Kilmany, Scotland made a solid proposition on the Formula One tracks but in person he was not as you would have imagined him to be. Your first impression would travel through a myriad of thoughts because he had none of the champion’s imperiousness or vanity. Neither was he the typical rabble-rousing Scottish from the land that was famous with its century-old whiskeys nor did he looked like the kind of man who would have marched in unison with the rest of the Scottish troops in the Battle Of Stirling Bridge. That facet would have better suited the likes of Stirling Moss, Fangio or even Gurney who by all means were not even Scottish. Clark in his truest form was just another Scottish farmer as how he liked to be known but instead of plowing the fields of Berwickshire, he was plowing the race tracks with moments of sheer vehemence and raw power. In the sight of the 1965 Formula One Championship, when he was yet to win his second crowning glory; his stature was already firmly cemented. There was a genuine presence to the proceeding.
Here was, another legend in the making if it wasn’t already done. He was a simple a man who was always profoundly lost somewhere in his thoughts with a distant look in his eyes while subconsciously biting on his nails. Besides the thick black hair that was always combed to the side like a Scottish revolutionist, perfectly ironed blue racing overalls, which at times was matched with a subversive cardigan, the nail-nibbling was yet another prominent feature of the man known as Jim Clark. Was it pre-race jitters or just the force of habits, no one really knew. But he was somehow always nibbling on his nails, deep down to the roots of his perfectly trimmed fingers. Yes, he was Jim Clark, motor racings most genuine talent, the man who had the ability to harness and civilise even the most unruly and decisive race machines. Aye! Jim Clark and race cars got together like Scotland and rain.
The Clark-Chapman Formation
By the 1965 season as the new Lotus 33-Climax was introduced and Clark being in his most outstanding form, the man who was to benefit the most out of the combination was of course, Colin Chapman. Chapman was also the man who kickstarted Clark’s career in the Formula One racing after the then 24-year-old Scotsman managed to leave behind a lasting impression on the technologist when he took the second place to Chapman’s first in a 10-lap GT race at Brands Hatch. After launching him as the most imposing prospect out of the Formula One’s dominion, the Scot’s further outlived the first impression he made on Chapman through his sheer aggression as he quickly picked up the pace in becoming motor racing’s most exciting talent in recent years.
While his skills skyrocketed on the tracks, his stardom started to travel at an equal pace and yet Clark remained endearing humble throughout his extraordinary stature. He was camera shy, never truly got adjusted to the fame as he was never really comfortable with all the huge media attention. Part of this could be due to the fact that he never truly understood his own extensive abilities, which always left him with a question to why he was becoming insanely famous. The shyness was incredibly touching as it was arresting. His natural talents in tuning the most difficult of cars was not only impressive but also consequential and he was the most beloved champion on the racing grounds that it was almost difficult for others to see him as an opponent or a contender, he had such a special aura that it illuminated the path and the rest would just gladly follow his trail with no questions asked. The pairing between Colin Chapman and Jim Clark left behind a legacy that has travelled through universal kalam and is still highly credited and accorded in the motor racing history. Together, the Chapman-Clark combination soared to grandiose heights, took the drivers and constructers title and became the augurs that succeeded in pushing the claustrophobic envelope.
His Existence Was Like The Emergence Of A Rare Comet – It Happens Only Once In A Lifetime
The 1965 South African Grand Prix that kicked off the racing season started on the same day as the Scottish New Year eve known as Hogmanay and proved to be one of Clark’s sweetest victories when he won his first Grand Prix race of the season by half a minute from BRM’s Graham Hill. Clark led the race from pole breaking the 100mph barrier and even had the time to complete an extra lap after the chequered flag. This further proved Clark’s succession on the map and the Lotus 33-Climax’s adduce in the Formula One circuits, with the South African race being the first out of the 6 winning streaks for Clark. It would have been 7 continuous wins if he had not been away winning the Indianapolis500 and missing the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix. Clark’s title was secured as early as August that year with 3 races left to the end of the season for winning more races than any other drivers in the league. Not only did he win 6 races out of the 10 contested cycle, he also took a total of 6 pole positions and equalled the number by setting 6 fastest laps out of the race season. The 1965 Formula One Season is held in great respect in accordance to Clark’s racing career for his early dominance from the start of the Grand Prix season, which secured his second World Championship title. It was also the year where Clark emerged as the Indianapolis 500 champion that automatically sealed his merits in the book of history. He became the only Grand Prix racer who had commanded both the European and American motor sports in the same year – a record that has never been challenged or bested. His Indianapolis 500 win is highly regarded in terms of his skills and talents. He commanded the race for 190 laps out of the 200 with a phenomenal and unparalleled speed of 150 miles p/h (240 km/h) that broke new grounds in the America’s most prestigious motor racing’s history as he became the first British driver to win at such an outlandish and incomparable feat in almost half a century.
Clark was also among the only 17 drivers in motorsports history who had the merit’s of competing in all three legs of the Triple Crown and to have won at least one of the events comprising of Indianapolis 500, 24 Hours of Le Mans and Monaco Grand Prix with Graham Hill being the only driver in history to have completed all three levels of The Triple Crown. Since two out of the three prestigious races were contested over the same weekend with Indianapolis 500 practise session and race day clashing with Monaco’s qualifying and weekend race, it was humanly impossible for a driver to be able to compete in all three races without missing one. The most ludicrous prospect of the two races was the fact that they were located on the opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean and scheduled on the same day.
What he himself never understood was what the world couldn’t truly digest. What he did was something that was never done before. How he won was something that no one was able to replicate and how incredible was his talents was something that Colin Chapman summed up by simply stating;
‘There are other racing drivers who have generally to attract attention to themselves to make up for the lack of ability; but Jimmy has not had to do any of that and if he left motor racing tomorrow, he would leave with an example which other would find hard to follow’ – Colin Chapman, Lotus F1 team founder, 1965.
The Resignation Of Clark And The Persuasion Of Chapman
The late great Ayrton Senna once described his feeling at the speed of 300 mph as emotion, pleasure and challenge. The man who has visually remained as motor sports most outstanding talent summed up the essence of speed in three simple words that left behind such a momentous effect. Speed for racers was some form of art, created through layers of moving images in which they expressed their greatest fears and also their tremendous desires. From the starting grid to the first corner as the momentum starts to rise at the increasing speed that would at one point of the race reached its maximum performing power, the world around them disappeared. It was in return replaced by moments of sheer clarity out of the shadowy presence of existence. Life had no meaning where speed was concerned for speed was life itself. There was no ruler here, nothing to fight over, nothing to lose, because at the height of personal satisfaction, even death became trivial. Speed was such a treacherous form of art for it made them believe that they could be mortal, in full control of everything and yet it never did travel alone. It travelled in the favour of its closest companion who understandably had such a paramount obsession with the fearless. They said it was merciless and yet it was the most merciful form of destruction because the dead did not see what they had left behind, the life ended too quickly to have the time to reflect.
The biggest lessons in life are learned through experience and failures, and the best encounters with reality happens when destruction is witnessed firsthand. It was in one of the most cruel events that came in a form of one of the most gruesome encounters that finally snapped him back into reality. It wasn’t rocket science even when it did sometimes appeared to be just that, the sport was extremely dangerous and it didn’t need some form of scientific explanation to break down the formula for one’s understanding. Formula One cars were the most powerful speed machines in the world but there were also known to be the deadliest apparatus invented by man. It was only his second race out of his debut season and he managed to finish in the top 6 position at number 5. A very impressive performance by a rookie by any means or standards but the joy was an ill feeling. He left the 1960 Belgian Grand Prix at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit with no joy, nothing left to celebrate. His finishing stunt and first ever championship points of his Formula One career came at the expense of two dead drivers. He went back with a feeling of resignation. The joy was subdued.
The 1960 Belgian Grand Prix became the first ever darkest day in Formula One history – a day that would live until it was preceded by the great Imola tragedy 26 years later at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix when the tragic weekend of the race, which would start with Simtek rookie’s death, Roland Ratzanberger during the qualifying day marking the first fatality of the season hence ending the fatal-free era that stood for a record of 12 years. The week came to a tragic end with the second fatality in a race weekend with the premature death of Formula One’s most supreme legend, Ayrton Senna. The events in Imola was a reminiscent of the Great Belgian tragedy in which 23-year-old Chris Bristow lost his life after loosing control of his vehicle at the fast right hand bend known as the Burneville corner. Bristow fatal crash was followed by Clark’s Lotus’s team mate 26-year-old Alan Stacey who also crashed fatally at the same exact spot just a few minutes after Bristow.
Bristow’s fatal crash occurred at Lap 19 in one the most gruesome freak accidents when he lost control of his car and crashed into the embankment throwing the driver into the barbed wire fence. The impact decapitated Bristow throwing his lifeless body back onto the track’s surface and an approaching Clark narrowly missed running over the headless body of the unfortunate driver. The start to the tragic race weekend was already marred with two heavy crashes when both team mates Stirling Moss and Mike Taylor would crash separately with Moss’s crashing at the same corner that would contribute to the premature death of two other drivers. Both Moss and Taylor were seriously injured in the crashes, with Taylor’s most prominent career ending injuries that left him paralysed.
The nightmares were just taking its form for Clark when after the race he no longer felt the urge of staying in Formula One but Chapman managed to persuaded him to stay, which he did only to face yet another awful tragedy in the following year where he was unwillingly dragged into the crash that eventually became the deadliest F1 Grand Prix tragedy, which included non-drivers fatalities. Von Trips’s Ferrari collided with Clark’s Lotus and while Clark escaped unhurt, the crash killed the impending World Champion, German’s Wolfgang von Trips and 15 spectators.
The reality robbed him of his impending joy, the sports that he had come to love and hate at equal measures proved to be more treacherous than he had ever imagined. Death followed the Formula One circus at a close proximity and it travelled like a mad man without a steering wheel going at 350mph. When it came, it took away more than it gave. It was then when Clark decided that it was just too much for him, there was nothing ideal about a sport that offer joys in one moment and grief in another. He felt partially responsible for Von Trip’s death even when it was clear that he had nothing to do with the tragic end of the future world champion. Sadly for Clark, he was at the wrong place at the wrong time. It was the ironic flair of the statement because the tragedy in Hockenheimring also happened under similar affairs.
Chapman, Lotus team founder and chief who had build a close bond with the Scotsman, acted as the only encouragement force that stood between Clark’s prorated desires towards the whole racing circa and its constitution. He would have not ventured very far from the race tracks even if he had decided to leave – it was too obvious that the man was born to be in a Formula One car, he was enormously gifted and strikingly resilient. If an insane man was to describe Clark in the most glaring term, he would say that Clark brought out the soul in the machine, it was as if there was some kind of cosmic reality being woven together between the man and the machine that would nullify the law of man. What Clark had would profess above the law of man, he was delivered from the divine law of God. He was curated to understand a language no man could or would be able to do, he spoke to the machines, and seemingly they understood him as they would eventually obey.
Clark descended from the divine law and Chapman was almost a rocket scientist who practised on cars and together they were known as the Chapman-Clark twins. The Chapman-Clark interfusion has lived to serve as the most innovative and revolutionary era in Formula One history. But the divine law was nowhere near Hockenheimring on the unfortunate day when the Formula 2 championship was contested as it eventually robbed Formula One out of its most outstanding and irreplaceable talent.
7 April 1968, Hockenheimring, Germany
The day was 7 April 1968 when Clark’s Lotus 48 disappeared while running on an isolated path of the track in a Formula 2 race – a drive that was taken rather reluctantly due to the obligations the team had with the sponsors. Clark’s fate was sealed and the man who had been so enormously famous in life with reporters hunting him down all the way to his private sanctuary, died in a solitary confinements of Hockeinheim’s thick and brooding jungle with only the ancient trees bearing witness to the end of a legacy. And with that Clark’s secrets was forever buried within the forest of the ring. His death left a significant mark on the racing community, it was as huge as his life had been. No one knew what happened, was it the tyres? Was it the steering column that gave up on him ? Was it the debris? Or simply a driver’s error? No one knows and the momentary sadness left behind a permanent damage, there was never really a closure here because no satisfactory conclusion was ever provided. It was the first time the racing community was investigated ever so thoroughly, no one was spared, not the teams, not the drivers who tragically only found out once the race was over, no one. If they could have spoken to the trees, they would have done that too because it was printed in words, sealed in such high expectation that asserted the impracticality that Clark cannot die. For that reason alone, the aircraft crash investigators was called to investigate the cause of his death. The world called for a complete inquiry. It had to be done, people needed some kind of comfort and there was none, never been. The closure is still open somewhere in the heavily constructed circuit. The scene that ripped away the life of the legend is no longer a part of the track’s course, it is just a grim memory of a distant past that still calls to millions of fans to sometimes visit the spirits of the forest who waited with his cold body.
The simple irony was that, if Clark could die than the sport had lost all of it virtue and decency. What Chris Amon said about Clark’s death would be the cliche of assertion to what Clark had been through his short years;
‘If it could happen to Clark, what chance do the rest of us have?’
Lotus was placed under heavy interrogation, Chapman struggled to cope with the devastation citing the lost of not only the greatest driver to have ever lived but also a very close friend. It is to Graham Hill’s credits that the team managed to go through the 1968 season when he pulled the heartbroken team together to win the 1968 championship title which he later dedicated to Clark.
It was here when the divine law ended and in its place, the very elements of the man-made law stood out. Even the greatest of men dies and the path to the tragedy is always taken alone on live’s loneliest roads. There was a marshal at the scene who was too dumbfounded to even speak. Who wouldn’t be when Clark, the safest driver out of the Formula One’s vault almost took the marshal out on his way to his own tragic end.
His death altered the vibe, the settings and everything Formula One was at the time of Clark’s life. Every department from the nuts to the bolts to every specs of the car was inspected, altered, modified, changed and all this was just the beginning of a life long attempts to make the sport’s safer. And yet, the death toll somehow continued to rise. From the premature death of Formula One beau ideal, Jim Clark whose graven image would follow F1 to its grave to the sad dismissal of Formula One’s notable icons, title holders and uncrowned kings – this sport’s that had given the world some of the best heroes of this century also took back on equal terms. It was after all the unforgiving nature of the sports, everyone knew this the moment they stepped into the Formula One cars, Senna knew this when he took the unfaithful drive at Imola that marked his tragic end that catapulted him into what became known as the pagan symbol, worshipped till the end of civilisation.
His talents and skills was beyond comparison and in the modern Formula One history, the closest any Formula One driver ever got in replicating the great Jim Clark could have been French man Alain Prost. His achievements and notoriety would be on equal grounds like the late great Ayrton Senna and 7-time-world-champion, Michael Schumacher. It would take the combination of Tazio Nuvolari’s swagger, Alberto Ascari’s style, Fangio’s mastery, Gilles Villeneuve’s gallantry, Ayrton Senna’s unprecedented speed, Alain Prost’s perfection and Shucmacher’s greatest success to create one and only Jim Clark that this generation of racers had come to know or see. His success was never measured with the 2 championship titles he won, his arrival to Formula One circuits kickstarted an era that lasted throughout his reign and ended with his unfortunate demise while his small build and humble nature minified his generation of drivers.
Jim Clark remains as the epitome of perfection in the modern Formula One racing, with his heart-on-sleeve passion, he kickstarted an era, in which the Lotus empire reach the peak of it prowess, and no one has ever come close to emulating him almost half a century after inception. He was Jimmy Jim Clark, who was more comfortable being the farmer that he was rather than the World Champion he had become. He was Jim Clark, the race car whisperer.
Jim Clark would have turned 78 today had he not died in the deep forest of Hockenheimring in the spring of 1968, exactly 46 years ago when his glorious life was cut short by an unidentified cause while his death was witnessed by the ancient keepers of the jungle that had stood through the test of time, through the legendary birth of modern superheroes such as Ayrton Senna, they have refused to die and they will continue to carry the deadliest secret of one of Formula One’s greatest tragedy and insurmountable sadness in recent history. He was Jim Clark, he was only a farmer, a short man with broad shoulders, he could have been a boxer if he wanted to but he was never meant to be one, he was born to be in a Formula One car, it was one of those dangerous love affairs, the killing kind of love.
For additional reading, log on to Peter Windsor’s website as he explores the life of Jim Clark from his own personal experience of having met the legend in person.
For your warmth and for your credibility, for your youth is sealed in your tragedy, in your short years, you left behind a legacy, the world will remember you for who you are and not for what you’ve been. You are alive in the hearts of those who carries your memories in every waking hour of their lives. Rest In Peace, Mr Farmer.
Hot on the heels of their last hit ‘Get Down’ on Doorn, Russian trio Swanky Tunes are back with another big room electro anthem, ‘Fire In Our Hearts’, due for release via Revealed Recordings on 12th May. A result of their collaboration with musician & fellow producer C. Todd Nielsen, it represents a solid addition to the trio’s impressive discography.
Swanky Tunes trademark electro rhythms and high energy style give the track plenty of dance floor credentials and with a wonderfully infectious pop vocal tying the track together, ‘Fire In Your Hearts’ is sure to make a big impression on listeners.
Benefiting from over 15 years of experience in the industry, the trio have gained increasing support over the past few months, releasing one hit after another to establish themselves as one of the most noteworthy Russian acts of the moment.
They boast releases on leading dance music labels Axtone, Spinnin’, Refune, Size and Doorn as well as massive collaborations like ‘Make Some Noise’ with Tiesto [Musical Freedom] and ‘No One Knows Who We Are,’ from Kaskade’s acclaimed ‘Atmosphere’ album. Backed by some of the biggest names in the game and having performed at Ultra 2013 and WMC in Miami this year, Swanky Tunes can look forward to playing at coveted festival Tomorrowworld in September and Russia’s legendary Fruit Vibrations this July.
“I feel a storm is somewhere near,” are lyrics sang on the haunting track “Get Me Outta Here” featuring Flux Pavilion which appears on STEVE AOKI’s NEON FUTURE I album due out September 30 on Dim Mak/Ultra Music. Set over a shuffling beat punctuated by synths that could double for laser blasts from a starship circa 2114, the words tie together on the future music composition created with Flux Pavilion, one of the U.K.’s most prominent producers.
Meanwhile, STEVE AOKI is set to appear on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Tuesday, September 30 in support of Neon Future I. He will perform the song “Rage The Night Away” featuring Waka Flocka Flame.
At the same time, he is still heating up radio waves with his first Top 40 radio track “Delirious (Boneless)” with Chris Lake and Tujamo featuring Kid Ink. The song–touted by Zach Frydenlund of COMPLEX (June 3) as a “…club anthem that’s all about a night on the town with no worries. Kid Ink molds right in with the club record, delivering quality verses and an infectious hook on the song” — has just been added to KHKS Dallas and WNOW Indy and still continues to see strong support from stations like KAMP in Los Angeles, KMVQ in San Francisco, KKHH in Houston and WFLC in Miami just to name a few. Currently it ranks at #28 on Shazam overall in the U.S.
The follow-up to his 2009 Grammy-nominated debut Wonderland, Neon Future I is an all-star extravaganza from one of dance music’s most heralded entertainers. It features collaborations with the likes of Fall Out Boy, Empire of the Sun, will.i.am, Afrojack and Bonnie McKee. Album tracks “Rage The Night Away” featuring Waka Flocka Flame, “Free The Madness” featuring Machine Gun Kelly and “Delirious (Boneless)”–are out now.
About STEVE AOKI:
STEVE AOKI is a Grammy-nominated international producer/DJ, electronic dance music entrepreneur, and founder of the trendsetting record label, events/lifestyle company, and apparel line Dim Mak. Since launching in 1996, Dim Mak has broken bands such as Bloc Party, The Bloody Beetroots, Klaxons, and The Gossip through deftly marketed single and full-length releases and now has nearly 500 releases to date. As a solo artist, AOKI has become a force of nature averaging over 250 tour dates per year. Currently, Aoki is gearing up for the release of his second artist album NEON FUTURE I, scheduled for release September 30, 2014 via Ultra Music/Dim Mak. His most recent releases include: “Bring You To Life (Transcend)” with house producer Rune RK and vocalist RAS, the massive Linkin Park collaboration “A Light That Never Comes,” “Can”t Stop The Swag” his first foray into hardstyle with label mate Coone and of course, “Boneless,” his global chart topping collaboration with Chris Lake and Tujamo. “Rage The Night Away” with Wacka Flocka Flame and “Boneless” remade with a vocal by Kid Ink with “Delirious (Boneless)” are out now and will both appear on NEON FUTURE I.
Since his debut release for Refune with ‘Million Voices’ back in 2012, Swedish talent Otto Knows has been hard at work and is now back with the follow up ‘ Parachute’ – premiered by Danny Howard on BBC Radio1 on Saturday (17/05).
Back with a bang, ‘Parachute’ encompasses all the elements of a perfect summer dance anthem, with hard-hitting drums, and intense synths laced over cool vocals. Be prepared to hear a lot of this track over the next few months.
With a background firmly rooted in the vibrant underground of his home country, Otto Jettman’s youth spent sneaking into nightclubs soon escalated into a deep love first for DJing and not long later, production. With his rapid ascent through the ranks it was not long before his prodigious talents were noticed by hometown legend and Refune label boss Sebastian Ingrosso.
Taking him under his wing, things have accelerated at breakneck speed ever since. With ‘Million Voices’ setting a new standard for breakthrough debut records, almost an entire year on the road in 2013, and now a new residency at Light in Las Vegas as well as a whole summer of shows for 2014, including Departures at Ushuaia, Ibiza with Axwell^Ingrosso, the road ahead looks to be one of impending success for Otto Knows.’
The first world championship is contested under the FIA
Giuseppe Farina (ITA) becomes the first world champion winning the race in his Alfa Romeo.
Argentine’s Juan Manuel Fangio will win his first of five world championship title. The record will stand unbroken for almost 50 years.
Nürburgring hosted its first GP and would go on to become the most notorious circuit in the F1 history. Although the German GP is the most dreaded leg of the season, a win here is always special due to the difficulty in mastering the track. Many drivers will loose their lives here and the track will go through major overhauls throughout the years. Even when it would be noted as the most dangerous tracks in the world, it would continue to be one of the most special tracks in F1 history.
Argentinian driver, Jose Froilan Gonzalez wins Ferrari’s first World Championship victory
Luigi Fagioli wins the French GP making him the oldest winner in history at 53-years-old
Ferrari becomes the only serious contender during the 1952 season when most championship organisers switches to Formula 2 due to the rising cost in Formula One. Ferrari wins all races in the season except the Indianapolis 500.
Buenos Aires becomes the host for the first South American Grand Prix known as the Argentine GP at the Autodromo 17 de Octubre. The track was exclusively build by Argentine president Juan Perón after witnessing the dominating success of the country’s native, Juan Emanuel Fangio. Fangio remains as the only Argentine driver to win a race at the Argentine Grand Prix.
Mercedes will re-enter the Grand Prix racing for the first time after the second world war and will continue to dominate the Formula One seasons with the exceptional creation of conventional open-wheel body.
During the practise session at the German Grand Prix at Nurburgring, Argentine Onofre Marimon is killed driving his Maserati making him the first fatality in a formula one race weekend.
Louis Chiron who enters the Formula One Grand Prix in 1955 becomes the oldest man to enter a Formula One racing at the age of 55
Alberto Ascari is killed in Monza after his Ferrari suffers a tyre deflation
Tony Brooks and Stirling Moss brings victory to Vanwall; a team that starts to emerged at the top of the formula one series. This would also be the final time points are awarded for combined drivers
Juan Manuel Fangio wins his 5th world championship title; a record breaking of almost 5 decades of unchallenged standing in the F1 history. It was also announced that Fangio would not be returning in the next season.
Vanwall wins its first victory by grabbing the international cup for F1 manufacturers making it the first British manufacturers in history to win the title.
Italian Maria Teresa de Fillipis becomes the first woman to compete in the Formula One racing.
1958 became one of the most tragic season in F1 history with the death of 3 Formula One drivers. Luigi Musso is killed after crashing his Ferarri at the French GP
Peter Collins from Britain is killed during the German GP at Nurburgring after crashing his Ferarri into a tree.
English driver who had a huge influence in Vanwall’s victory died 6 days after suffering from severe burns following a crash at the Moroccan GP.
American driver, Pat o’Connor is killed at the Indianapolis 500 in a non Formula One race.
With Fangio battling in one or two races, the season’s title goes to Jack Brabham who wins the world championship title and becomes the first driver to win in a rear-engined car
Mike Hawton who won the 1958 title is killed in a road accident following his retirement from the Formula One Racing. His death, which came early in the year made the 1958 one of the most tragic seasons in the Formula One history.
1960 was the final championship to include the indianapolis 500. The post Formula One era for Indianapolis 500 will continue to be known as the British Invasion as many British manufacturers and drivers will make a return to the race after its detachment with Formula One.
Stirling Moss is gravely injured following a crash during a practise session at the Belgian GP and will not compete for most of the season. The following day, another 2 drivers will be killed at the same and nearby spot where Moss crashed the previous day.
Harry Schell is killed in a practise session in a non-championship international trophy event at Silverstone when his Cooper slid into the mud and lost a wheel causing it to somersault and penetrate a safety barrier and causing the brick wall to collapse in the process.
Chris Bristow is killed at the Belgian Grand Prix while trying to stay ahead of two other competing cars. Bristow’s Cooper impacted a Four-foot embankment with barbed wire, which hurled in the impact beheading him in the process. Bristow and Stacey’s death happened minutes from each other and at the same place where Stirling Moss suffered grave injuries during the practise session.
Alan Stacey is killed within minutes from fellow racer Bristow and about a 100 yards away when he crash his Lotus after being hit by a bird. His Lotus climbed a waist-high embankment, penetrated a ten-foot of thick hedge before falling into the field. It is safe to assume that Stacey could have been knocked unconscious or even dead after the initial hit. It is also known that Stacey had one artificial foot while he was racing in Formula One.
The movie world especially has been left utterly devastated and heartbroken with the passing of 40-year-old Paul Walker who died tragically in a deadly car crash in which he was the passenger in Valencia last November 2013. Walker was in the middle of filming the 7th edition of the Fast & Furious series and was back in LA for a short break before returning to Atlanta when the tragedy claimed his life.
Paul Walker started his career in the entertainment industry at the age of 2 posing for Pampers advertisement. His mother, Cheryl a former model started bringing him along for casting and soon he was scoring more jobs than her with the 1986 mystery/horror movie, Monster In The Closet being his first acting stunt. He then appeared in a handful of dramas and a few chic flicks before landing his first leading role in the 1998 comedy, Meet The Deedles where he played Phil Deedles, a surfer boy turned ranger.
Following Meet The Deedles, he appeared in supporting role for a few more movies including Pleasentville alongside Reese Witherspoon and Toby Maguire, high school star quarterback in the 1999 Varsity Blue followed by She’s All That alongside Freddie Prinze Jr and Racheal Leigh in the same year. He then assumed the role of Caleb Mandrake for the fraternal-type crime/thriller, Skulls. Skulls ended Walker’s streak of trumpery role as his performance in Skulls caught the eye of Fast and Furious’ big brass ultimately landing him the role of Brian O’Conner.
The movie, which debuted in 2001 officially launched Paul Walker as a prominent actor and polished him to the shiny spectrum of Hollywood A-listers. The Fast and Furious endurance has spun over 6 sequels and spin-offs with the current one still in the midst of filming until the untimely death of its lead character.
The cast and crew of Fast and Furious were filming in Atlanta for the upcoming sequel, which is the franchise’s 7th edition when they took a break from filming to continue in December 2013. Walker came back to LA but unfortunately was involved in a deadly crash in Valencia that took the life of both passengers onboard the ill-fated 2005 Porsche Carrera GT his co-owned auto-mobil shop has recently acquired. Following his shocking departure, the filming and production of Fast & Furious 7 has been left in a stilted state of limbo.
As the movie world is still reeling with the shocking news, questions remain to who would replace Waker in the upcoming film or will it be previewed at all. Some newly emerged rumours has stated that some names are being considered to replace Walker. Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake and James Franco has all been connected in a string of endless tattles as the possible replacement for the movie/character while the official statement has never revealed the possibilities of a replacement or how Brian O’Conner’s character in the movie will end.
However in the latest rumours, it has been stated that Paul Walker’s almost identical younger brother, Cody Walker, 25 might stand-in for the character until the creator’s figure out how they will end the longest running protagonist’s role in the show. Walker’s brother Cody has had some previous experience in movies as a stuntman and is familiar with the process.
Cody might not be Paul Walker but there is a huge part of our beloved Paul Walker in him and the sentiment is far more clearer in Cody than any of the suggested names that has been circulating the web. Some of the most prominent resemblance is of course the eyes which is a deep set of azure and the height that would match Walker’s incredibly well.
So far nothing has been confirmed but the possibilities are there as the creators has met Cody and suggested the whole idea to him. Having Walker’s brother to portray him would be the right thing to do, we guess. The creators of the film franchise has clearly stated that they will keep updating fans on the movie’s progress as they do not mean to withheld any information regarding the updates. However in this grief-stricken phase, everyone needs time to recover from the tragedy. It has been a great lost to the family since Walker has been a part of this amazing production for almost 14 years and the cast and crew are utterly devastated with his shocking departure.
One of the most ironic thing that circulated the web in light of Walker’s death was a clip from the upcoming production where the characters gathers at a cemetery for Han’s (Sung Kang) and Giselle (Gal Gadot) mass, the camera moves in on Walker and Gibson where the below dialogue is exchanged:
Roman: Promise me Brian, No more funerals Brian: Just One More…
We are all sure the dialogue exchange was in reference to Owen Shaw’s (Luke Evans) character, but somehow, somewhere by tragic twist of fate, the very words led the scene to became such a travesty.
After scoring a landmark 7th UK #1 single with ‘Lovers On The Sun’, a track that also topped charts in France, Germany, Austria and Finland and boasted Platinum streams in Denmark, Sweden and Norway, David Guetta is about to shift the needle yet again with his new global lead single ‘Dangerous’, featuring once more the vocal talents of emergent new artist Sam Martin.
Although David is renowned for working with some of the world’s biggest artists, he is also credited for collaborating with talent such as Sia. He believed in her incredible Titanium spirit and now she is a global sensation. With Sam, David found another unbeatable voice. With ‘Listen’ firmly on the horizon, Guetta has announced his new global lead single ‘Dangerous’, which again features talented US vocalist Sam Martin, out on October 6th.
‘Dangerous’ is a departure from David’s famed sound. With its mid-tempo beat it is a mighty statement from him. But then he is an artist that likes to take risks, as he did when he merged electronic music with hip-hop on his album ‘Nothing But The Beat’. Opening with subtle piano key notes and delicate string work, before Martin’s voice is introduced to resounding affect. Beautifully pitched, it punctuates a sea of swirling, synth FX that soon make way for, down-tempo, funk inspired bass guitar licks matching electronic sensibility with classic instrumentation. ‘Dangerous’ is a single that represents his ability to pair solid dance music credibility with chart ingenuity – a facet of his work that makes him one of the world’s most successful artists.
David Guetta’s new album ‘Listen’ is will feature a wealth of exclusive new material with an eclectic array of collaborators. Set for release on November 24th, the album will undoubtedly build on the remarkable success of his 2011 triple-platinum album ‘Nothing But The Beat’, which won him multiple awards, including a Grammy, AMA and was widely credited as changing the landscape for Electronic music world-wide and breaking open America.
Constantly touring and playing live to over 2 million people this year alone, this is one that’s already seen Guetta play headline slots at some of the world’s biggest festivals such as Tomorrowland, where he announced a Brazilian festival debut that sold out in just 3 hours, hold coveted residences in both Las Vegas @ XS and at Ushuaia and Pacha in Ibiza, headline the iTunes Festival in London and open BBC Radio 1’s Ibiza Weekend. All this hard work has lead him having hit 57 million fans on Facebook.
David Guetta’s ‘Listen’ is available to pre-order now:
The track comes off the five-track Bingo Players EP Knock You Out Remixes available on iTunes June 17th. The EP features additional remixes from Gorgon City, Champion and Flaxo. The Hardwell Remix is available on Beatport exclusively on June 2nd through Hysteria/Positiva Records.
Hardwell debuts the song following the video premierefor ‘Knock You Out’ which debuted last week on and is “an incredibly special song, as it was one of the songs Paul and I worked on together before he passed away,” said Bingo Players’ Maarten Hoogstraten. The video delivered with it a triumphant message about domestic abuse.
Bingo Players – Knock You Out
Bingo Players – Knock You Out (Hardwell Remix)
Bingo Players – Knock You Out (Gorgon City Remix)
Bingo Players – Knock You Out (Champion Remix)
Bingo Players – Knock You Out (Flaxo Remix)
** apologies due to the error in depicting the flight number. It is MH370. We are trying to fix this once our designer is up and hopefully sober.
Malaysian Airlines; Malaysia’s national flag carrier, which started operating back in 1947 under the extraction, Malayan Airlines had gone through a stunning revolution since its inception developing into the flagship that is Malaysian Airlines today. A remarkable achievement throughout the years saw the Arline achieving gold status with over 100 of groundbreaking awards, which includes World Best Cabin Crew, Asia’s Leading Airline, World’s Best Economy Class Award and much more. Having slated a substantial lost over the years, Malaysian Airline remains as the favourite carrier for travellers around the world.
However, the image was dreadfully tainted when an airplane bearing its symbol was lost over the South China Sea shortly after taking off from its hub at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), Sepang. Flight Malaysia Airlines, MH370 bound to Beijing took off from KLIA at 12:41am (0041hrs) on 8 March 2014 was later reported to have lost contact with Subang Air Traffic Control around 2:40am. The Boeing777-200 aircraft, which was scheduled to land in Beijing at 6:30am on the same day has since been missing. The fate of the 227 passengers including foreign nationals (inc 2 infants) together with 12 crew members aboard the aircraft is currently unknown.
The first media statement from Malaysia Airlines was officially released at 7:30am followed by a few more consisting of nationalities, passengers manifest and others but nothing on what could have caused the aircraft to loose contact with the tower. As of 9 March 2014 and more than 12 hours since the aircraft gone missing, the cause of the incident, and the location of the missing flight is still unknown. Search and rescue efforts has since been deployed and carried out throughout the night with several countries including the United States, Japan, Philippines, and Singapore further aiding the Malaysian government in their quest to find the ill-fated aircraft.
Since the aircraft’s disappearance there has been much speculation on what could have possibly gone wrong and yet no conclusion has been achieved since Malaysia Airlines has refused to confirm any reports of the aircraft crashing in the South China Sea as opposed to the claims that has been made by the Vietnam officials. Terrorist attack has also been accounted as one of the many possibilities.
Reports of the plane safely landing in Nanning that first started to circulate the web after the announcement confirmed the lost of signal with the aircraft has since been denied as the plane did not make any landing at any nearby airports. Malaysian Transport Minister has urged the public to stop speculating and allow the officials to continue their search before any conclusion is made.
In China, it has been a very distressing situation for the loved ones as they wait for some positive news that is yet to come and considering the fact that more than 12 hours has past since then, the hope is slowly fading away. The world has united in prayers between the thinning hope while still wishing for some kind of miracle. The fact that two passengers onboard was using stolen passport has further raised concern about a possible sabotage. While the Malaysian authorities refused to indulge in any news until they can confirm that the worse has happened, the officials will continue the search effort until something could be found.
Meanwhile in Vietnam, two oil slick was detected in the sea consistent with the flight’s pattern, which is feared to belong to the Malaysian Airlines’ missing aircraft. However there has not been any signs of crashes or wreckage as off yet. Experts around the world gathers to shed some light over the aircraft that vanished from the radar shortly after taking off. The flight tracking images however shows the aircraft had gone astray from its route before totally vanishing from the radar.