30 January 2015 :

News Round Up 30/1/15

Unreleased Aphex Twin Tracks uploaded anonymously, Logic Pro X 10.1 update, Lil Louis loses hearing and the history of the rewind.

Checking out DEVO’s synth collection. Cool Hunting meet Mark Mothersbaugh, the founding member of DEVO turned award-winning Hollywood composer famous for his use of synthesisers, in his production company’s bright green building in LA. They check out a small part of his synth collection and discuss the future of music with the prolific artist. Watch above.

Unreleased Aphex Twin Tracks Uploaded Anonymously. Following last year’s Syro - the first Aphex Twin release in 13 years – and then this year’s Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2 comes nearly three and a half hours of unreleased music from user48736353001 on SoundCloud. The anonymous user initially tagged the music as “# like early apex” and wrote “like early aphex but I’d never heard of him when I wrote all these tracks im going to be uploading.” Fan site We Are the Music Makers have confirmed that Richard D James is in fact behind the uploads. Listen to the music here, find the full story here.


26 January 2015 :

Mixes Of The Week: 26/1/15

This week’s top mixes include Marcel Dettmann on Dekmantel’s new podcast, Mr G pulling no punches, DJ Funk promoting Bloc ’15, and Luke Solomon’s BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix.

Marcel Dettmann on Dekmantel’s New Podcast. Techno powerhouse Marcel Dettmann inaugurates the Dekmantel collective’s new weekly podcast series with a very special 90-minute live recording from New Year’s Eve 2014 at Berghain, where he holds a residency. “Supple and seductive, then freaky and funky, then deliciously dark and increasingly weird towards the end.” Stream and download above.

DJ Funk “hits it from the back – and beyond”. One of the heroes of Chicago’s pioneering ghetto and booty house label Dance Mania, Charles E Chambers III aka DJ Funk “hits it from the back – and beyond” with lo-fi, high energy club bangers in an exclusive mix promoting Bloc 2015 festival, which he’ll be playing at in march. Stream and download above.

Luke Solomon’s BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix. “I wanted to showcase a little bit of my history and my affiliation with Chicago and hopefully play some hidden treasures that people hadn’t heard before. I also wanted to include some of my productions and forthcoming unreleased stuff. And I really wanted to record it live on CDs, USBs and vinyl. It took a few goes, but I got there in the end!” UK house hero Luke Solomon contributes a long-awaited Essential Mix. Stream here.

Mr G Pulling No Punches. Once part of ferocious techno duo The Advent, Colin McBean now produces and DJs sample-heavy house sounds as Mr G. Download his “groovy, soulful and timeless” RA podcast mix here. (more…)

23 January 2015 :

News Round Up 23/1/15

Caribou shares 1000-song mixtape, MIDI HD protocol discussed, Laidback Luke promo controversy and Disclosure sued over alleged stolen lyrics.

Propellerhead release ‘Make Music Together.’ Propellerhead‘s new service makes it easy to exchange music projects by connecting Reason 8.1 to mobile apps Figure and Take, allowing us to share and collaborate on music. They’re also introducing Discover, which provides feeds of inspiring community-made music ready for you to use, build on, remix and sample in your own creations. Check these out in action above.

MIDI HD Protocol Discussions. The MIDI Manufacturer’s Association will be hosting a new business strategy meeting at NAMM trade show in California to discuss the implementation of new musical instrument control technology standard, MIDI HD, which makes much-needed improvements on the 30-year-old version used in billions of devices. Find out more details here. (more…)

22 January 2015 :

Free Samples From CNTRL

Attack has 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 CNTRL Samples.


The generous guys at CNTRL Samples return to offer Attack readers a second collection of free samples.

This 60+MB pack is all about drums, including hundreds of individual hits, from kicks and snares to tuned percussion and FX.

Taken from four of the company’s most popular sample collections, these drum hits are produced with the same painstaking attention to detail that has seen CNTRL’s packs top the Beatport Sounds charts on numerous occasions over the last couple of years.

All the samples included in this pack are provided on a completely royalty-free basis. They may not be sold or given away, either in whole or in part. A full licence can be found in the zip file.

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19 January 2015 :

Mixes Of The Week: 19/1/15

This week’s top mixes include Helena Hauff’s Secret Thirteen, Grime Don Slackk on Solid Steel, Tony Humphries’ Beats in Space, and the Retro-Futurist Null+Void on RinseFM.

Helena Hauff’s Secret Thirteen Tops 4 Charts. Currently number 1 in Mixcloud’s industrial, new wave, minimal and experimental charts – Helena Hauff‘s Secret Thirteen creates a sonic narrative connecting carefully selected tracks from 1974 to 2014, in which “nocturnal Nico chant perfectly coexists with abrasive lo-fi punk of Asbestos Rockpyle, while monolith Kondaktor pulsations fit together with classy Frenchy new wave charms of Kas Product.” Stream above, full description and track listing here.

Grime Don Slackk on Solid Steel. Instrumental grime don Slackk steps up for Ninja Tune‘s Solid Steel Radio Show – “Some new stuff from people we’ve been playing at Boxed (and have had play at Boxed), some brand new producers that I haven’t really played anywhere before, and some new stuff from me too. Also a couple of collaborations that are getting their first plays, in the Novelist & Grandmixxer stuff, and Edgem, a new project from JT the Goon, Dullah Beatz & Boylan.” Stream and download above.

Ferro for Riffraff at Fabric. Ferro has found international attention featuring on lineups such as tINI‘s tINi & The Gang Ibiza residency, Berlin’s Hoppetose carry-ons and up at Riffraff‘s Midlands based parties. In this forward-facing minimal techno mix, he promotes Riffraf’s takeover of Fabric‘s Room 3 by demonstrating his keen ability to inject the funk and tease tension out of the intricate rhythms of his selections. Stream and download above.

Tony Humphries’ Beats in Space. Producer, remixer and DJ most renowned for his residency at the Zanzibar Club in New Jersey, his mix shows on Kiss FM (New York) and his two record labels, New York’s Tony Humphries has entertained dance music fans across the globe for many years now. This week, Humphries’ represents his “Hump-in-the-Homefries” brand of uptempo soul music as a guest on DJ Tim Sweeney‘s Beats in Space. Stream, download and track listing here.

Retro-Futurist Null+Void on Rinse. Forward-thinking electronic blog Null+Void‘s first RinseFM show of 2015 contains retro-futuristic techno, acid and electro with some exclusives from MNLTH on Weme and CPU, plus the first play of Chris Moss Acid‘s Computer Controled Records release. Stream and download above, track listing here.

Sound Pellegrino “playing old stuff”. The director of Parisian dance music institution Sound PellegrinoEmile Shahidi plays some of his favourite Pop and Rock songs from the 70s during Teki Latex‘s week of special Xmas shows ‘La Hotte Du Père Latex’. Stream above, track listing here.

16 January 2015 :

News Round Up 16/1/15

24-hour parties at London’s Studio Spaces, 15 years of Creme Organization compilation, Ultra Music Festival co-founder found dead and Mr Oizo’s ‘Flat Beat’ allegedly plagiarised.

Mr Oizo’s ‘Flat Beat’ Plagiarised. Italian EDM duo Nari and Milani are facing accusations of plagiarism as listeners accuse their new single ‘Triangle’ of being a little too close to French producer Mr Oizo‘s 1999 track ‘Flat Beat’ for comfort. Oizo was not impressed either: “Good promo plan for cheap: copy a classic tune and put it out like it’s yours. also don’t forget to look douchee.” Previews of ‘Triangle’ have been removed from YouTube and SoundCloud but a copy remains archived here. Philip Sherburne dissects the debate in his column for Pitchfork here.

Meet the 66-Year-Old Rave King of Wall Street. Bob Sillerman is the seasoned music executive notorious for buying up once-independent rave promoters and affiliated service companies including Amsterdam-based ID&T, New York’s Made Event, Chicago’s React Presents, Disco Donnie Presents, and Beatport. He corporatised these and formed the second incarnation of SFX Entertainment, a NASDAQ-traded company as of October 2013. Read an illuminating interview with Vice here.


12 January 2015 :

Mixes Of The Week: 12/1/15

This week’s top mixes include Plastic People’s closing party, Axel Boman, James Holden’s leftfield selections, and Bobby O’Donnell guesting for Hypercolour.

Plastic People’s Closing Party. Four Tet and Floating Points back to back at the basement club that’s shaped much of contemporary London club culture. Kieran and Sam put the superb sound system through its paces for the last time in this six-hour session packed full of the anthems they associate with Plastic People. Stream above, download here.


9 January 2015 :

News Round Up 9/1/15

25 questions for Aphex Twin, Chilly Gonzales reveals pop hit secrets, a flying drum machine, and the original Funky Drummers.


Vinyl Comeback Stories. The Guardian‘s feature article tells the story of vinyl’s comeback from the perspectives of Optimal (the biggest vinyl pressing plant in Europe) and Classic Album Sundays, who run audiophile listening events in the UK for their passionately dedicated listenership. Entrepreneur also offers an interesting perspective on the business of vinyl manufacture. Read them both here and here respectively.


5 January 2015 :

Mixes Of The Week: 5/1/14

This week’s top mixes include Ron Morelli live on Beats In Space, Mister Saturday Night making reputation Fact and DJ Rolando’s Crack Mix.

DJ Rolando’s Crack Mix. One part of the legendary Detroit techno outfit Underground ResistanceDJ Rolando contributes a set to Crack Magazine‘s penultimate 2014 edition, described as “moving through blissful ambience, through emotive, Detroit soundscapes and bucking, jacking drum workouts, this is a mix put together by a true master of his craft.” Stream and download above. (more…)

2 January 2015 :

News Round Up: 2/1/15

The Guardian reports on the deep tech scene, Bandcamp users’ tax problem solved and two free plugins to download.

The rise of the deep tech scene. “The shufflers’ music is an urban, decidedly UK take on house music, a house easily more influenced by garage, grime and jungle than disco and soul.” Dominic Morris charts the rise of deep tech in his feature for the Guardian.

Bandcamp users’ tax problem solved. New European Union VAT legislation seemed to put a cripplingly inconvenient obstacle in the way of small online sellers such as Bandcamp users, requiring them to charge VAT in the country of their customer on even the smallest of sales within the EU – as The Telegraph reported. But blogging bassist Steve Lawson expressed his relief, as Bandcamp responds by doing all the hard work for sellers, and simply giving them a quarterly download to submit.

No questions asked refunds for App Store & iTunes in EU countries. Apple introduces a 14-day no questions asked return policy for iTunes, App Store and iBooks purchases in Europe and states that they will refund users within two weeks of notice of cancellation either through their Report a Problem feature or a written statement. iTunes Gifts cannot be refunded once you have redeemed the code. Find out more here.

Laurent Garnier’s autobiography set for English translation. World-famous French DJ Laurent Garnier‘s internationally best selling autobiography Electrochoc tells the story of how he progressed from spinning records to creating award-winning recordings, building a seminal label and performing at some of the world’s most prestigious venues. The book is set to be published in English for the first time later this year. For more information and to register interest, head here. (more…)

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