17 October 2014 :

News Round Up: 16/10/14

Bloc are back at Butlins, a chat with the CEO of Ableton, watch the 808 documentary trailer and LFO’s Mark Bell passes away.

Bloc Back at Butlins. Three years since their previous weekender, from the 13th – 15th of March 2015, Bloc will be back at Butlins resort at Minehead accompanied by: Modeselektor, Carl Craig, Hudson Mohawke, Jackmaster, Omar S, Karenn, Hessle Audio & many more. Check out the promo above & find out more here.

Berlin Club Mogul Eyes Detroit Auto Plant. Dimitri Hegemann, the founder of one of the world’s most famous techno clubs Tresor, hopes to open a club in a dilapidated auto plant near the intersection of I-94 and I-75 in Detroit, according to The Wall Street Journal. Find out more here.

Ableton CEO Speaks. HighSnobiety dropped by Ableton‘s headquarters in Berlin to talk to CEO Gerhard Behles about the company, its beginnings and its future. Read here.


13 October 2014 :

Mixes Of The Week: 12/10/14

This week’s top mixes include a unique trance set from Teki Latex, Midland at Dance Tunnel, and Bicep’s BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix.

Bicep’s BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix. “It was an honour to be asked to contribute to a mix series which we have been listening to throughout our teens growing up in Belfast. In this mix we tried to cover quite a lot of ground, across a fairly wide spectrum of our taste, whilst still keeping it club focused.” Stream & download above.

Teki Latex Reconstructs Trance. Paris DJ Teki Latex dismantles and rebuilds the concept of trance in this incredible three-deck studio mix, blending elements of techno, grime and DJ tools. Stream above. Philip Sherburne’s article about the mix for Pitchfork is also well worth a read.


10 October 2014 :

News Round Up: 9/10/14

The Spaceape passes away, Live at the Gallery 1976, a build-your-own Moog kit, and new wavetable synths from Xfer and Waves.

Build-Your-Own Moog Kit. Moog announce the release of their compact semi-modular Werkstatt kit, produced originally for workshops at the Moogfest 2014 festival. Werkstatt is affordable, requires no soldering to build, and is a true, fat-sounding Moog analogue synth. Watch above, find out more here.


6 October 2014 :

Mixes Of The Week: 5/10/14

This week’s top mixes include Jam City’s Earthly III, Pangaea’s Unrelenting Rhythms, Carnival with Grime Elites & Caribou Opens Dimension Festival.

Jam City’s Earthly III. The UK artist teases his forthcoming new full-length with the third instalment of his Earthly series – a dreamy dub mix of worldly funk and pop selections. Stream above, download and track listing here.


3 October 2014 :

News Round Up: 3/10/14

The Inside Story of Primal Scream’s Screamadelica, HMV Stages £17m Comeback, Fabric Turns 15, and a Prophet VS for iPad.

Spatial, Immersive 4DSound. A new two-part video series that looks to the future of live performance and immersive sound. With a three-dimensional grid of 48 speakers, 4DSound allows a musician to position and fluidly move sounds spatially, for a performance that envelopes the audience. Check it out above.

Fabric Turns 15. London’s premier nightclub Fabric honour their 15th with an invitation to two celebratory lineups in October and a website of nostalgic photos, stats and infographics representing the last decade and a half. Check it out here.

Sample Magic launches Back To School Sale. For producers looking to brush up on their skills this new academic year, SM are offering up to 50% off all books and 25% off the Magic AB plugin for a limited time, exclusively on the Sample Magic store.

Urban Outfitters Doesn’t Sell the Most Vinyl. While Urban Outfitters may be telling the world that it is the world’s premier seller of vinyl, record label executives tell Billboard that Amazon is the largest retailer. Find out more here.

Prophet VS For iPad. Arturia announce availability of iProphet — an authentic iPad emulation of the 80s-vintage, California-created Prophet VS Digital Vector Synthesizer, Sequential’s first digital design. Watch the promo above.

HMV Stages £17m Comeback. Staging a dramatic fightback less than two years after it was saved from collapse, annual accounts show that the high street chain racked up nearly £17m profit in the 11 months after it went into administration. More in The Telegraph‘s report.

The Inside Story Of Primal Scream’s Screamadelica. Sabotage Times go deep inside the making of the classic album that defined an era. Give it a read here.


29 September 2014 :

Mixes Of The Week: 29/9/14

This week’s top mixes include ‘techno bass funk from Timothy J Fairplay, El-B’s roots of dubstep and Hyperdub’s beatless best.

Ed DMX – Numbers x RinseFM. Numbers‘ special guest Ed DMX, aka DMX Krew, throws down two hours of squelching acid and electro for the Numbers x RinseFM radio show, broadcast live from the RinseFM popup stall in East London’s Brick Lane. Stream and download above.

Hyperdub mixes its beatless best. As Hyperdub mark their 10th anniversary and in preview of a new compilation, Dazed present an exclusive mix and video of the revolutionary London label’s spaciest productions. Check it out here.

Techno Bass Funk. From being one of the founding members of the now sadly defunct Battant to Andrew Weatherall‘s engineer (and then going on to form The Asphodells with him) to running his own label, Crimes of the FutureTimothy J Fairplay has earnt his stripes. Stream and download his R$N mix above, interview here.

Jimmy Edgar b2b Bambounou. Three hours of Berlin-based Detroit native Jimmy Edgar and 50 weapons / ClekClekBoom‘s Bambounou playing together on RA‘s stage at Nuits Sonores festival in Lyon earlier this summer. Expect plenty of rump-shaking club tracks. Stream and download above.

El-B’s This Is the Roots of Dubstep. The originator who played a large part in creating the dubstep sound, El-B endorses the upcoming This is the Roots of Dubstep compilation with a mix that follows the sound’s trajectory from its garage-affiliated roots to the early days of whomp, for THUMP. Stream above.

26 September 2014 :

News Round Up: 26/9/14

Detroit to NYC: Underground Resistance, Masters At Work extended interview, WhoSampled app launched for Android and the outer reaches Of 8-Bit.

A Guy Called Gerald on tech in electronic music. The man behind some of electronic music’s most definitive tracks explains why dance music and technology have always gone hand-in-hand, and how digital DJing gave birth to limitless possibilities in the video above.

Berlin TRAKTOR Competition. Win a VIP weekend in Berlin with access to some of the city’s most renowned clubs and private TRAKTOR tuition. To enter, record a set with TRAKTOR DJ and upload it to your Mixcloud profile. Or create a Spotify playlist and post it as a comment on the video linked here. Mixes can be any genre and must contain a minimum of 6 tracks. Recordings must be between 15 and 30 min. Full details here. Competition closes October 30th.

Masters At Work talk to Defected and RA. In a two-part interview with Defected to promote their forthcoming House Masters compilation, Louie Vega and Kenny Dope discuss their roots in salsa and hip-hop, their use of live instrumentation and the changes in technology over the course of their career. Essential reading. Check out part one and part two.

And for even more insight, stream RA‘s exchange with the duo below:


22 September 2014 :

Mixes Of The Week: 22/9/14

This week’s top mixes include Magic Mountain High Live @ Stattbad, New Simian Mobile Disco, Ben UFO’s Truancy Celebration and Willie Burns’ Dope Jams Tribute.

Magic Mountain High Live @ Stattbad. Move D + Juju & Jordash‘s live collaboration act at Stattbad Wedding, Berlin. “Improvised and uncut, as always… this might have become a proper release, but I [Move D] recorded as 128kbit mp3 accidentally – so here’s a real freebie!” Stream and download above.

New Simian Mobile Disco. The UK duo put together an exclusive 82-minute mix of vibrant melodies and classic machine rhythms for XLR8R‘s podcast, ahead of a North American tour of their new album Whorl and a 12-week residency at London’s XOYO. Stream, download and track listing here. (more…)

19 September 2014 :

News Round Up: 19/9/14

Share projects via Splice, Pioneer to sell DJ business, Wired’s iPod requiem, and a potentially important legal precedent in Jay Z’s copyright lawsuit.

Share projects via Splice. Splice have engineered a platform that connects musicians and their tools to the cloud, modernising the way music is shared. Their DNA Player visualises a song’s arrangement, plugins and samples along with notes from the creator. Test it out above and check out the public beta here.

RIP iPod. Wired‘s requiem for the iPod, charting the life and death of Apple’s revolutionary gadget, which confirmed the MP3’s reign over music formats and liberated them from the confines of your computer. “You can fit your whole music library in your pocket. Never before possible.” Read here.

Pioneer to sell DJ business. A private equity firm is buying Pioneer‘s DJ business. RTT News reports that the US firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (which appears to be owned by SFX Entertainment) is paying 59 billion yen, or around $551 million, for the division, which is responsible for both the industry-standard CDJ and forthcoming PLX-1000 turntable. Find out more here.


15 September 2014 :

Mixes Of The Week: 16/9/14

This week’s top mixes include Silent Servant representing Jealous God, Mumdance eclecticism on RinseFM, Danny Daze’s Motor City Cuts, and a Notorious BIG Ready to Die 20th anniversary mixtape.

Silent Servant Representing Jealous God. Juan Mendez, who came to prominence as a part of Sandwell District and co-founded ambient techno label Jealous God, creates another beacon of brutal yet brooding techno as Silent Servant, delivering a wealth of Jealous God output in the Fabric mix above. Download available here.


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