The final chapter of BM Soho, a Korg M1 for iPad, indie retailers launch Vinyl Tuesdays and Chrome integrates MIDI control.
KORG iM1 for iPad. Korg have released a complete reproduction of the iconic M1 synth for the iPad. Their legendary music workstation became a fixture of the music scene from the late 80s onwards, and its instantly recognisable piano and organ presets have appeared on countless hit records. Watch the app in action above, and find out more here.
Indie retailers launch Vinyl Tuesdays. Every Tuesday, independent retailers will celebrate by highlighting a mixture of special-edition, catalogue, promotional and new vinyl releases releases. The goal is to maintain and grow physical sales while giving music fans more compelling reasons to support vinyl generally. Find out more here.
The final chapter of BM Soho. The closure of BM Soho – formerly Blackmarket – has prompted reminiscence on the legendary London record shop. In Defected Records‘ interview with Gerry ‘Goldie’ McGoldrick, one of two partners running the premises upon its demise, McGoldrick speaks in depth about what happened, and discusses what his future holds. Read it in full here.
This week’s top mixes include I-Fs intergalactic mix up, Ambivalent’s techno exclusives, Kuedo defying musical borders, and Björk’s Tri-Angle Records birthday set.
Björk’s Tri-Angle Records Birthday Set. A surprise set the Icelandic pop artist played at Tri Angle Records‘ fifth birthday in New York last weekend, about which she said “i would like to wish tri angle label an incredibly sublime birthday and thank for having been invited to dj at their party . couldnt possibly been more honoured than to play in that company !!! the mix i played was my present to them : merging together some of my fav beats last year with some of my fav vocalists doing some of their best songs.” Stream above, track listing here.
Intergalactic I-F Mixing Up RA. I-F is the stage name of Dutch producer and DJ Ferenc E van der Sluijs, who through the constantly-running cult radio station he heads – Intergalactic FM – has built a global community around his crew from The Hague, which includes Legowelt, and Guy Tavares of Bunker Records. He is also a former member of the Dutch techno-pioneers Unit Moebius and is the latest contributor to RA‘s podcast series. Download the mix and read an interview with I-F here.
Ambivalent’s Techno Exclusives. In the most recent edition of The Boiler Room‘s weekly Upfront mix series, where artists, DJs and record labels are asked to peer into the near future of music, Ambivalent – the boss of both techno and acid label Delft and weird-leaning warehouse techno label Valence, plays 100% hypnotic and nearly 100% exclusive “strobelit, smoky techno timelessness”. Stream, download and full track listing here. (more…)
Google Maps creator plans BPM-variable music format, Qbert designs a laptop replacement for digital DJs, and create ascii beats with Type Drummer.
The end of the laptop in the DJ booth? DJ Qbert‘s Thud Rumble have paired up with Intel on a project that they claim will eliminate the need for laptops in a digital DJ’s setup, by replacing them with a $55 microcomputer module called the Intel Edison. Thud Rumble has taken the board and helped develop applications that allow control over audio playback and production gear. Find out more here.
Ron Hardy at The Music Box. As a part of Red Bull Music Academy‘s Daily series, a long-form feature telling the story of enigmatic DJ Ron Hardy, the house music pioneer best known for playing at Chicago’s Music Box club and his edits of disco, soul, funk and early house. Read the full article here.
Our favourites this week include Scuba’s Essential Mix, a live Legowelt performance, Andrew Weatherall and Krysko live from Manchester, and LuckyMe’s Rave At The Poetry Club.
Legowelt Live. A bootleg recording of Legowelt‘s live performance of his ‘professional ambient’ album Occult Orientated Crime at the FOAM Amsterdam Museum of Photography last month. “Lots of unreleased stuff that will be released later this year and some Occult classics too!” wrote Legowelt about the performance, and you can get some of the tracks from it via his Bandcamp page. Stream and download above.
Scuba’s Essential Mix. “This mix is a summation of the kind of sets I’ve most enjoyed playing recently. End of the night slots where I’ve got a lot of space to play around, from a peak time starting point to an almost after hours kind of finish. There’s a point around half way through mix where it’s almost as if the sun is rising and after that point all bets are off, in the same way it happens in real life where you feel like there’s total freedom to play whatever you like. Those are the kind of moments I love as a DJ and this mix captures a bit of that.” Scuba describes his BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix. Stream it here.
Enter our prize draw to win one of five tickets to this year’s Brighton Music Conference.
We’ve teamed up with Brighton Music Conference to offer five tickets to this year’s event, set to be held over the weekend of June 5th and 6th.
Highlights of this years’s line-up include sessions with YouTube, Beatport, Dave Clarke and Ableton, a full party schedule and an extensive programme of technology showcases as part of the Academy programme.
To enter the prize draw, just email email@example.com with “BMC” in the subject. Each winner will receive an Academy ticket for the full weekend.
Prize draw closes at midnight on May 29th. Standard competition rules apply. Winners will be notified by email.
Roland offer summer internships, SoundCloud announces rights agreement with NMPA, Thomas Cox talks Pittsburgh, and Prince shares Dance Rally 4 Peace recording.
Goldie’s Guardian Webchat. The drum and bass pioneer and Metalheadz boss joined the Guardian to answer questions in a live webchat, where he covered everything from why drum and bass is shit these days to being the “Dorian Gray of breakbeat”. Read it here.
Thomas Cox talks Pittsburgh. CDR interviews Attack columnist and member of the production trio Pittsburgh Track Authority Thomas Cox. In his interview, Cox discusses the development of the city’s dance music scene, from 90s raves through to the present day. Read it here.
James Murphy Opens Wine Bar. Co-founder of DFA Records and former frontman of LCD Soundsystem, James Murphy announces plans to open a new wine bar in Brooklyn this June: “I need something with really low margins, high risk, brutal hours and which I have no experience at,” he explains in his New York Times interview.
Teenage Engineering’s Pocket Operator Project Competition. “Submit your ideas, videos or designs for the Pocket Operators to win a package of great prizes!” One project will be selected to win a PO-12, PO-14, PO-16 and three t-shirts. Download the official measurements and CAD files for the Pocket Operator, and send them your contributions using the hashtags here.
Prince Shares Dance Rally 4 Peace Recording. Prince shares a full 41-minute soundboard recording of his live performance with 3rdEyeGirl at Paisley Park on May 2nd, titled Dance Rally 4 Peace, where he asked attending fans to wear grey in honour of Freddie Gray and closed the set by saying “it doesn’t matter the colour, we are all family”. Stream above.
Waves run $49 sale. Plugin experts Waves are offering a range of their award-winning plugins at a reduced price of just $49. Check out the full offering here.
Bob Williams Leaves Analogue Systems. Amazona.de reports that Bob Williams, the man behind one of the most successful British synth manufacturers, Analogue Systems, is retiring from his company. Known for their variety of electronic instruments, including the Integrator semi-modular synthesiser system and several stand-alone synthesisers, Analogue Systems will continue thanks to Andreas Schneider of Schneidersbüro of Berlin.
Novation launches Giorgio Moroder signature synth. The MoroderNova is a special edition of the MiniNova with presets based on Moroder’s classic productions. Only 500 will be produced. Check out the full details here.
EMS Founder Releases Early Synth Experiments. British engineer and inventor Peter Zinovieff, noted for his EMS company that made the famous VCS3 synthesiser in the late 1960s, is releasing a compilation of his earliest experiments. The synthesiser was used by the likes of Pink Floyd, Kraftwerk and David Bowie. Trained as a mathematician and atomic physicist, Zinovieff was turned on to electronic music in the 1960s by a pre-Radiophonic Workshop Daphne Oram. Find out more here.
Designer Readies Synthex 2. Mario Maggi, the Italian synth designer who conceived and developed the original Elka Synthex – a polyphonic hybrid synth produced from 1981 to 1985 and used by Jean-Michel Jarre and Stevie Wonder – is working on a new hybrid synth that is currently being referred to as the Synthex 2 in these forum posts. Find out more and check out its features here.
Roland Offer Summer Internships. Roland Corporation is currently recruiting for paid summer college internships in the US, designed to help train future leaders in the musical instrument industry by offering real-world experience in a variety of business areas. The internships are available for college sophomores or juniors in the LA area looking to learn more about marketing, sales, finance or operations, as they pertain to the music industry. Students working toward a bachelor’s degree are encouraged to apply. The ability to play a musical instrument is a bonus. Interested candidates can submit a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
SoundCloud announces rights agreement with NMPA. SoundCloud and The National Music Publishers’ Association have announced the negotiation of a Rights Agreement. “This agreement ensures that when SoundCloud succeeds financially, so do the songwriters whose content draws so many users to their site,” said the NMPA’s president and CEO. “I am thrilled that we could agree on terms that will benefit both creators and the SoundCloud platform that has brought online music access and creativity to a new level.” More info here. But not everyone’s convinced. Blogger Adam Marx is sceptical, positing that the agreement fails to address that “SoundCloud is fast becoming an obsolete option for independents, because it doesn’t address the real problem of independent artists: the problem of competition and exposure.” Read more here.
Daniel Avery’s Electronic Explorations, DJ Harvey’s Essential Mix ’98, Luke Vibert and Rob Booth on Solid Steel, and Bicep’s African mixtape.
Daniel Avery’s Electronic Explorations. “I’m deep into recording new music at the moment. There are good energies in the studio and it feels exciting. I wanted this mix to simply represent one of the spaces my head is currently in” – Daniel Avery steps up to deliver the latest of the award-winning Electronic Explorations mixes, ahead of his appearance at the next Divided Love event at Fabric this Friday. Stream above, download here, and track listing here.
Luke Vibert and Rob Booth on Solid Steel. Hour 1 of Ninja Tune‘s institution of a podcast Solid Steel features the man behind Electronic Explorations, Rob Booth, for a mix celebrating two years of the Houndstooth label, where he heads A&R. Rob had this to say about his mix: “No better way than starting with our inaugural record, the Present Tense 12” by Call Super, such an exciting artist culminating with his recent critically acclaimed debut album. Of course I also had to include a few tracks from the Soul Music LP, Paul Woolford’s Special Request moniker, especially the ‘Hackney Parrot VIP’, coupled with the polished jungle/techno experimentalism of Akkord and the 160bpm mosaic of Throwing Snow. As the mix enters the 2nd half the emphasis moves to our latest signings, Berlin based Marquis Hawkes, Norwegian duo Soft as Snow and LA duo 18+, who’ve kept us busy this past year with the mix concluding with Jassy Graz on vocals, a personal favourite.”
Hour 2 comes from the pioneering acid producer whose records were released by many of the UK’s top electronic labels in the 90s including Rephlex, Warp, Planet Mu, and Ninja Tune – Luke Vibert, a man of many monikers such as Wagon Christ, Plug, Amen Andrews and Kerrier District, under which he recently released an album entitled 4 on Hypercolour. To sum up his mix, he simply said: “It’s sum of my stupid mash-ups put together!” Stream and download above, track listing here.
Bicep’s African Mixtape. This week’s Gilles Peterson Worldwide guest mixtape comes from RinseFM residents Matt McBriar and Andy Ferguson, aka Bicep. They have a distinguished track record with their own productions and their blog and imprint Feel My Bicep. The mix looks to Africa for inspiration, finding 30 minutes of afrobeat and disco selections. Stream above, track listing here.
DJ Harvey’s Essential Mix ’98. Promoters International Artist Support showcase DJ Harvey‘s first ever BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix, from 1998, in which the London-born LA-based cult selector plays all kinds of classic disco. Stream above.
Jamie xx’s homage to UK rave, the indie publisher saving music, and Mixcloud takes on SoundCloud.
The Indie Publisher Saving Music. Since forming in 2000, Kobalt has not only become the largest independent music publisher in the world, but has also changed the rules of the music industry using data and technology to empower artists, songwriters and publishers with transparency, flexibility, ownership and control. Read Wired‘s piece on Kobalt, and an interview with its CEO and founder Willard Ahdritz, here.
Jamie xx’s Homage to UK Rave. The story behind the rave nostalgia found on Jamie xx‘s debut solo album and homage to UK club culture, In Colour. The album was conceived while Jamie was homesick on tour with The xx, with the first single ‘All Under One Roof Raving’ sampling old pirate radio recordings and YouTube documentaries on the UK rave scene, which he watched to transport him home. Read The New Yorker‘s full story here.
Brighton Music Conference reveals details of technology showcases for this year’s event.
Full details of the technology showcases at this year’s Brighton Music Conference have been revealed.
Orbital’s Paul Hartnoll (pictured) will take part in a tech showcase hosted by Novation, who will also present hands-on sessions with their new Launchpad Pro.
Elsewhere, Ableton will draw inspiration from their recently released Making Music book for a series of seminars aimed to inspire producers.
The extensive line-up also includes presentations and tech showcases from the likes of Allen & Heath, Numark, Pioneer, Denon and Roland.
BMC takes place in Brighton on June 5th and 6th. Tickets are available now, priced from £15.
This week’s top mixes include Nicky Siano’s Last Party, Strobewax hosting Roger Gerressen, Opal Tapes’ MUTEK preview, and Squarepusher’s ‘Shut Up And Dance, 1990-1992′.
Nicky Siano’s Last Party. The legendary NYC DJ, party host and nightlife icon who opened SoHo’s The Gallery in 1972 and held a residency at Studio 54 uploads a four-part recording of the sounds that soundtracked his recent Coney Island party, at which he span “NYC classics all night” in celebration of his 60th year. Downloads here. Read our in-depth interview with Nicky here.
Squarepusher – Shut Up And Dance, 1990-1992. Following the release of his latest album Damogen Furies, the Warp Records titan and bass guitar experimentalist Tom ‘Squarepusher‘ Jenkinson steps up to the latest FACT mix, titled Shut Up And Dance, 1990-1992, in which he remembers the rave music from the turn of the 1990s that inspired him and many of his contemporaries, ahead of what is billed to be his biggest live show yet in October. Stream and download above, track listing here.
Strobewax Radio hosting Roger Gerressen. Strobewax is a Leeds-based underground label, and a radio show run and hosted by Bobby O’Donnell and Annie Errez on independent radio station KMAH Radio. They recently uploaded a recording of one of last months shows, which features a guest mix from the Dutch DJ and producer Roger Gerressen, who co-founded techno label ESHU Records. Stream and download above, track listing here.