27 July 2015 :

Mixes Of The Week: 27/7/15

This week’s top mixes include Juan MacLean’s Pop-Kultur Mix, Andrew Weatherall for Crack, the Dekmantel Soundsystem Festival Edition, and Posthuman Loving Acid.

Weatherall: Class Act. Andrew Weatherall‘s 30-year-long career has included compelling solo work plus production for Primal Scream and remixes of everyone from Siouxsie Sioux to My Bloody Valentine. His mix for Crack is a class act “…from the seductive DJ Sotofett opener through to blissed out mid-tempo chugs and irresistible, fizzing house and electro.” Stream and download above.


24 July 2015 :

News Round Up: 24/7/15

Richie Hawtin’s Performance Masterclass, fascinating shots of London’s Bagleys, I Dream of Wires documentary premiere, and Glasgow, Make Some Noise!

Richie Hawtin’s Performance Masterclass. A masterclass in live performance and DJing from techno superstar Richie Hawtin, via Point Blank Music School‘s college campus tour, CNTRL 2015. Hawtin reveals his live-DJ setup, based on Traktor and Live, explaining why he enjoys introducing human timing imperfections to the digital realm. Watch above.

Inside Bagleys Nightclub. Once recognised as one of London’s most influential venues, Bagleys has sat silent for eight years. Take a step back through time with an amazing set of photos from inside the legendary venue, later known as Canvas, which has lain empty since it was finally repossessed in 2008. See for yourself here.

Ableton share Battles studio video and launched Loop music summit. Ableton share Battles: The Art of Repetition, a studio video that finds out the philosophy and workflow of one of live music’s most respected experimental groups – watch in full above. Alongside that, Ableton have also launched Loop: A Summit for Music Makers, set to take place in Berlin from October 30th to November 1st. Its daytime program will feature talks and moderated conversations with Matthew Herbert, Robert Henke, Holly Herndon, Young Guru and many others, exploring the artistry and creative strategies of modern music makers; they’re geared to sharpen perspectives on how music, creativity and technology intersect. Find out more here.


20 July 2015 :

Mixes Of The Week: 20/7/15

This week’s top mixes include Scuba’s Awakenings, rare dubs from Kode9 and an improvised ambient performance from Surgeon.

Teki Latex Just Jams. Teki Latex, co-founder of Sound Pellegrino and curator of the online DJ show Overdrive Infinity, steps up to play pure party music, lurching from grime to new wave via old school UKG and electro on Just Jam, creating some jaw-dropping unexpected blends along the way. Watch the video stream above.

Scuba’s Awakenings. Berlin-based producer, DJ and Hotflush Recordings founder Scuba performs an ultra-streamlined set of icy big room techno selections at day one of Amsterdam’s Awakenings Festival. Stream above, track listing here.

Kode9 showcases DMZ favourites. Hyperdub founder Kode9 used his monthly Hyperdub show on RinseFM to showcase the records he didn’t find time to play at DMZ‘s tenth anniversary party last Friday night. Veering from highly swung 2-step to the deepest dubstep, it’s a masterclass in bassweight. Stream and download above.


17 July 2015 :

News Round Up 17/7/15

FM Synthesis as metaphor, Goldie on hardcore, the ethics of sampling and the untold story of London techno.

Rare footage of New York house from ’89. Watch newly unearthed footage of the New York house scene in 1989, including a rare interview with Larry Levan, above.

Mills, Hood and FM Synthesis as a Metaphor. Producer, DJ and owner of the Macro label, Stefan Goldmann publishes an expanded version of an article which first appeared in the July edition of The Wire‘s Epiphanies section. The piece examines the influence of electronic equipment on musical creativity and the new aesthetico-ideological distinctions between machine and human musics created thusly, with special regards to FM synthesis and the early techno music of Jeff Mills and Robert Hood. Read that here.

Nina Kraviz – How I keep up when things go horribly wrong. Nina Kraviz contemplates the fragility of the DJ performance, what her job as a DJ really entails, and what a good show actually depends on. Read it here.

Roland Introduces System-1 Software Synth. At the Summer NAMM Show, Roland announced the System-1 Software Synthesizer, a version of the AIRA System-1 synth in plugin format, offering the same sound as the hardware and many of its features. It also provides complete DAW integration and advanced editor-librarian functions to System-1 hardware owners. Available now, regularly priced $145, and $95 as an introductory upgrade for System-1 and System-M hardware owners. Find out more here. (more…)

13 July 2015 :

Mixes Of The Week: 13/7/15

This week’s top mixes include Madlib’s African Earwax, Sven Väth’s Essential Mix and Gerd’s Touch of Disco.

Madlib – African Earwax. LA beatsmith Madlib has joined MixCloud and uploaded the sixth instalment of his mixtape series Mind Fusion. African Earwax digs deep into Madlib’s crates, with the focus squarely on African music. 30 copies of the mixtape were sold at a show on June 20, as bare CD releases, with just the name Madlib, styled like the Tamla Records logo and individually hand-drawn covers. Essential listening. Stream above, track list here.

Semtek’s Precise Experiments. One of the UK’s most reliable producers and label owners for half a decade, Benji ‘Semtek’ Roth launched Don’t Be Afraid in 2009 in order to release his own singles, but has also released his own brand of precise experimental house and techno via World Unknown, Andy Blake‘s In Plain Sight, Awkward Movements, and Niche-N-Bump. His FACT mix rolls out music from Mo Kolours, DJ Spider, Batu and more. Stream and download above, track listing here.

Sven Väth’s Essential Mix. “When I was asked to do this Essential Mix I thought it might be something special to compile a selection of tracks from my label Cocoon Recordings. You’ll hear old stuff, current releases and some unreleased music which will be out soon.” Iconic DJ Sven Väth was among the first people ever to play trance records, and one of the founders of legendary trance music labels Harthouse and the now-defunct Eye Q. He’s also the latest DJ to play an Essential Mix on BBC Radio 1. Stream, and full track listing here.


10 July 2015 :

News Round Up 10/7/15

Yamaha launches Reface synths, Surgeon shares details of his modular rig, and is Facebook entering the music streaming game?

New MPDs from Akai. Building on the popularity of their pad-equipped USB MIDI controllers, the MPD series, Akai has announced three new MPD models, adding extra controls and a brand-new pad design. They say that their new black (not grey) Thick Fat MPC pads are more sensitive and responsive than previous generations, while the whole control scheme has been designed to promote intuitive creativity, and over $400 of free software included. Watch the introduction video above, and find out more here.

Is Facebook Entering the Music Streaming Game?  Though they have publicly denied these intentions, the social media giant is “planning to launch its own streaming service” according to the music and tech news website Music Ally, which cites sources speaking off the record to reveal that Facebook will be launching its own native video streaming service soon, as an intermediate step in the direction of an on-demand audio service. Per-stream rates will apparently match those of YouTube. Find out more at The Guardian, and in Music Ally’s report.


6 July 2015 :

Mixes Of The Week: 6/7/15

This week’s top mixes include Citizenn bringing some heat, Hatcha Upfront for Boiler Room and Jon K’s Silencio Edit.

Citizenn Bringing Some Heat. Midlands-born house producer Citizenn recently put out his debut album Human Interface via Crosstown Rebels. He has also had releases on Love Fever, Madtech, and 2020Vision Recordings – including his single ‘Tied’, a remake of Miami house master Murk, and remixes of Maya Jane Coles, Adele and Hercules & Love Affair. Listen to him go “from moody to massive real quick” in his exclusive mix for Thump, above.

Hatcha Upfront. Dubstep originator Hatcha gives new life to the roots of the sound, presenting half an hour of percussive, rude and subtle dubstep for Boiler Room. Selected from his Hatched label’s roster of “talents out there making a really good, proper dubstep sound,” listen above, check out the full track listing here.

Jon K –  The Silencio Edit. Resident of Manchester’s Hoya:Hoya alongside Illum Sphere, Krystal Klear, Lone and Eclair FifiJon K follows up his recent appearance supporting Legowelt at Room 2 of Fabric with a new mix for Berceuse Heroique entitled The Silencio Edit. It moves dextrously between acidic electro, double-time UKG and half-time US rap, with some synthetic oddities bordering on psychedelia. Stream above.


6 July 2015 :

Free Samples: ModeAudio Drums & Percussion

We’ve teamed up with some of the world’s best sound design companies and sample vendors to offer a series of free sample packs. The latest of our exclusive collections comes courtesy of ModeAudio.


ModeAudio return to offer Attack readers a second collection of free samples.

This 60+MB pack is all about drums, with a selection of loops and individual hits taken from seven of ModeAudio’s packs. The contents include 40 hits from Undercover, six loops from Reflect, six loops from Diamond Web, 40 hits from Analog Snap, 20 hits from Beat Voltage, 40 hits from Fracture and 30 hits from Klang.


3 July 2015 :

News Round Up 2/7/15

Labels sign up to NI’s Stems format, James Holden live on Late Junction, Softube release drum synth and Pepe Bradock discusses ‘Deep Burnt’.


James Holden Live on Late Junction. Joined by Mark Holub on drums and Marcus Hamblett on electric guitar and cornet, James Holden used his modular synth to play a selection of tracks, one of which was based on a work by Ornette Coleman, live on BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction show. Between tracks, Holden discussed how the collaboration functions, and how it worked with his Humaniser – a program he designed in MaxMSP to emulate the reactive responses of live musicianship and the inherent imperfections of human rhythm. “Timing becomes more natural,” says Holden. “It doesn’t feel like you’re playing with a robot who’s not listening to you. That’s the idea.” Stream the whole episode here.

Softube’s drum synth Heartbeat released. Heartbeat is an innovative software drum synth inspired by many of the classic Japanese analogue drum machines, with a familiar, yet unique, sound character. It combines modelled analogue synthesis with forward-thinking features, offering eight analogue drum synthesis channels, a fully featured mixer, a four channel Auto Layer Machine for layering sounds or triggering beat patterns, and adapted versions of Softube’s TSAR-1 Reverb and Valley People Dyna-mite plugins included, as well as Filter Echo and output saturation. Heartbeat costs $219 and is available now. More information in the promo video above, and here.

The Year British Dance Music Exploded. Sparked by a second consecutive sunny and idyllic Glastonbury, hedonism exploded in the fields and clubs as British dance music came of age 20 years ago, transforming how Britain thought, listened, partied and came down afterwards. 1995 was the year of Leftfield’s Leftism, Tricky’s Maxinquaye, Goldie’s Inner City Life and Coldcut’s Journeys By DJ. Major musicians and DJs involved, including Paul Hartnoll of Orbital, Neil Barnes of Leftfield, and Karl Hyde of Underworld share their memories of the explosive year with the Guardian here. (more…)

29 June 2015 :

Mixes Of The Week: 29/6/15

This week’s top mixes include Willie Burns Moving On Dekmantel, Hessle Audio Introducing Bruce, Eugene Ward Blowing Up The Workshop, and House Shoes’ Fresh Selections.

Willie Burns Moving On Dekmantel. When he’s not releasing records on the likes of LIES, The Trilogy Tapes and Creme Organization, Brooklyn-based Willie Burns makes absurdist home movies with Legowelt, has his own regular radio show, and runs W.T Records and The Thing record store. His mix for Dekmantel‘s podcast rushes into energetic and abrasive lo-fi rhythms and textures, decorated with sirens and rave stabs, and effortlessly moves between styles from there on. Stream and download above.

Hessle Audio Introducing Bruce. Bruce, aka Larry McCarthy, arrived from Buckinghamshire via Bristol on Hessle Audio and Livity Sound‘s sub-label Dnous Ytivil as one to watch for 2014/15 for his distinctively dancefloor-conscious experimental techno productions. Ahead of his Room One debut next month, Bruce places unreleased and untitled cuts of his own between tracks from Bjørn Torske and Pangaea in this FABRICLIVE x Hessle Audio Mix. Stream and download above, read an interview with the artist here, and full track listing here.


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