21 November 2014 :

News Round Up: 21/11/14

New high-res music download service on the way from Technics, Kid Massive’s production tutorial, an insight into how plugin emulations are made and Mister Saturday Night’s tips on building a proper DJ booth.


Building a Proper DJ Booth. Seasoned experts in the art of throwing a party, Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter of Mister Saturday Night share their knowledge about the less often discussed topics regarding proper DJ booth setup, such as killing excess vibrations, record storage, mixers and booth placement. Check it out here.

Technics launches high-res music download service. Available in the UK and Germany from January 2015, the new Technics Tracks download store will carry a selection of 24-bit FLAC audio tracks, including tens of thousands in the 192kHz sampling rate. This will be complemented by an extensive collection of 16-bit/44.1kHz, CD quality tracks. Find out more here.

Kid Massive’s EDM Production Tutorial. CNTRL Samples and Kid Massive join forces to unveil the secrets of manipulating samples and fattening lead sounds. Check the video out above and find the sounds used in the tutorial plus more production material here.


17 November 2014 :

Mixes Of The Week: 17/11/14

This week’s top mixes include Deadboy’s Fireworks Special, Ron Trent, Joy Orbison back to back with Ben UFO and Mumdance live from Tokyo.

Ron Trent at Gilles Peterson Worldwide. Ahead of his 8 hour set on Saturday at Plan B, Brixton, legendary Chicago house DJ and producer Ron Trent swung by the Brownswood Basement for a chat and a 60 minute mix. Stream above, track listing here.

Wen – FABRICLIVE x Butterz Mix. This year alone, Wen has released his debut album Signals on Keysound, collaborated with Parris on Tempa and inaugurated the Wisdom Teeth label with his track ‘Late Night.’ Ahead of appearances at Fabric with Butterz this winter, he’s put together a mixtape that outlines his dancefloor-focused brand of muscular, grime-indebted club music. Stream and download above, track listing here.

Joy Orbison b2b Ben UFO. Two recordings from a six-hour set by acclaimed UK selectors Ben UFO and Joy Orbison, at their joint appearance preceding this year’s Amsterdam Dance Event. The Day instalment deals in slow house grooves, while techno dominates the Night mix. Stream and download above.

DJ Earl’s XLR8R Podcast. DJ Earl gives an extended preview of Hyperdub‘s new compilation and charity release, Next Life, which celebrates the Teklife crew with all profits from CD sales given to DJ Rashad‘s son. The music ranges from hard anthems to abstract introspective cuts and Earl closes with a set of his own unreleased tracks. Stream, download and track listing here.

Mumdance Live from Tokyo. Jack Adams, aka UK bass renegade Mumdance, has been busy over the last year, releasing on some of the most exciting labels of the underground, including Keysound, Unknown To The Unknown and Tectonic. Live from Tokyo, he lets loose with his trademark nexus of dubby riddims and grimey half-step techno. Hear above.

Deadboy’s Fireworks Special. Deadboy brought together a blend of twinkling emotional synth tracks, warm athmospherics and neon grime to keep listeners’ toes warm while celebrating Guy Fawkes night with London’s NTS Radio last week. Stream above, track listing here.

Truancy Volume 104: Big Strick. Big Strick aka Leonard Strickland’s Truancy Volume follows his inclusion on FACT Magazine‘s ‘100 underrated DJs’ list last week. Stream and download above, interview here.

17 November 2014 :

Deadmau5 Fans Love Cats & Brown Rice

New market research tool reveals the habits of electronic music fans.


Fans of Daft Punk are Scottish left-wingers whose favourite food is Thai Red Chicken Curry while the typical Deadmau5 follower is a female between the age of 25-39 likely to own a cat who lists hillwalking and Formula 1 as hobbies and brown rice as a top snack.

The unlikely findings are provided by a new publicly-accessible YouGov market research site that uses data from 200,000 UK citizens to create profiles of people depending on their likes and personal preferences.

The site sheds light on the typical Skrillex fan. She is a Welsh lawyer, aged 18-24, whose favourite brands include River Island and New Look. She shops at Morrisons and is a fan of the Jim Carey comedy Liar Liar.

Followers of The Prodigy, meanwhile, are mainly men working in IT who enjoy vegetarian shepherd’s pie, describe themselves as ‘geeky’ and ‘alternative’ and whose favourite celebrities include Will Ferrell and John Peel.

Although critics have argued that the sample size is sometimes too small to provide meaningful results, and while acts from the dance underground are poorly represented, the data is nevertheless likely to provide food for thought for entrepreneurial-minded marketeers looking to cash in on dance music’s popularity: anyone for Daft Punk curry?

Other findings include:

Basement Jaxx

Demographic: Female, 25-39 years old
Favourite food: Bombay Aloo
Hobbies: Music, quizzes, historical sites and attractions
Interests: Fashion, design and cosmetics, video games
Customer of: iPhone, Cunard, Archers


Demographic: Male, 25-39 years old
Favourite food: Chips and curry sauce
Hobbies: Film, dancing, cinema
Interests: Video games, internet
Customer of: Müller, Crunchie, xbox 360

Chase & Status

Demographic: Female, 25-39 years old
Favourite food: Enchilada
Hobbies: Dancing, horse riding, music
Interests: Video games, beauty and grooming
Customer of: Amazon, Twitter, Quorn

Swedish House Mafia

Demographic: Female, 25-39 years old
Favourite food: Pepperoni Pizza
Hobbies: Cinema, internet, travel
Interests: Sex and relationships, beauty and grooming
Customer of: Instagram, Tumblr, Malibu

Massive Attack

Demographic: Male, 25-39 years old
Favourite food: Thai Red Chicken Curry
Hobbies: Travelling, walking, hillwalking
Interests: Music, science, animals and nature
Customer of: Lonsdale, Puma, Lotto

14 November 2014 :

News Round Up: 14/11/14

New CD-less CDJs from Pioneer, Spotify’s passionate response to critics, free Aphex Twin downloads and an in-depth portrait of Todd Edwards.

Pioneer introduces the XDJ-1000. The first in a new line of USB-only, Rekordbox-ready players; the XDJ-1000 is Pioneer DJ’s first ever deck to feature a touchscreen, with a familiar club layout and a host of pro performance features. Available from late November 2014. Watch in action above.

Ableton offers holiday discounts on Live, Push, Pack and Max for Live. This holiday season, Ableton is offering discounts on its Push hardware instrument as well as on all software, including all versions and upgrades of Live, all Packs, and Max for Live. Offer available immediately online and at your local retailer from November 13th, 2014 to January 15th, 2015. For full info check out the details here.

Sample Magic releases underground house pack. Weaving together early Chicago house, classic disco and contemporary tech across 950MB+ of loops, hits, MIDI and kits, House Nation is Sample Magic‘s definitive collection for underground house producers. It’s a cultured blend of classic influences and modern trends that captures the true spirit of house music. Check it out here. (more…)

10 November 2014 :

Mixes Of The Week: 9/11/14

In this week’s best mixes, Theo Parrish live in Pittsburgh, a remastered radio set from grime legend Slimzee, and Tom Trago with a Rush Hour in-store.

Theo Parrish live at Hot Mass. Presented by Pittsburgh Track Authority and The Loud Minority, an epic five-hour Theo Parrish set recorded live at Hot Mass, Pittsburgh. Stream in full above.

History Lesson Business – Slimzee. “I don’t upload many old sets any more but I had to share this one. Super Sunday business from 2004 – just me and a bag of dubs… Me running a few dark instrumentals on RinseFM way back ten years ago. Some of these dubs are lost forever.” Stream above, download here.

Previously unreleased Mala b2b Loefah, 2006. Blackdown celebrates his blog’s 10th birthday with what he describes as “the best live dubstep set I’ve ever heard recorded and it came straight out the mixing desk of Plastic People at the club night that gave birth to and raised dubstep, FWD>>.” Download and find out more here. (more…)

7 November 2014 :

News Round Up: 7/11/14

Aphex Twin’s Noyzelab interview, a Warner-SoundCloud licensing deal and Floating Points creates rotary mixer with Isonoe.

Theo Parrish album details announced. Following previews from Theo Parrish‘s next LP at his live shows and the sale of white label copies in Chicago and Detroit, American Intelligence is coming out through Sound Signature on November 17th. Watch the video for the album opener (and recent single) ‘Footwork’ above.

Zanzibar: An Oral History. Tony Humphries, Danny Krivit and others discuss the famous Club Zanzibar, the New Jersey spot where famed spinner Humphries rose to fame, which along with the Movin’ Records shop and label helped spawn the sometimes raw but always soulful, gospel-infused sub-genre of house known as the Jersey Sound – in RBMA‘s feature.

Bugged Out at 20. “The spirit of acid house had a strong hold” – John Burgess, the co-founder of one of the UK’s longest running club nights, Bugged Out, kicks off a five-part series on how club culture has changed over the past two decades, with a look at Manchester in 1994 here.

Aphex Twin Noyzelab Interview. In part one of his interview with Dave Noyze of the independent art/science music studio Noyzelab, Richard D James provides unprecedented insight into his work with a treasure trove of pictures, audio and words here.

Sample Magic releases Synthwave. SM47 is a vintage synth-laden fusion of Moroder melodics, Nightrider riffs and Drive-style neo-retro pop sensibilities primed for iconic 80s-inspired electronica. Emotive, atmospheric and anthemic, Synthwave serves up 1GB of authentic retro-cool electronica tools. Find out more here.

Smackos Tape Smudge X free download from Legowelt. “Do you use Ableton 9 and are you longing for a saturated smudgy woolllly tape sound???” – Legowelt brings you a freely downloadable effect rack for Ableton 8 or 9 “that simulates the warm tranquill tape smear of worn out cassette tapes”. Download it here and drag it into your Ableton projects.


3 November 2014 :

Attack, Sample Magic & Alchemea Announce 2015 Courses

We’ve teamed up with Sample Magic and Alchemea for another series of music courses to be held in London next summer.

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The courses, to be held at Alchemea audio college in London during June, July and August 2015, cover topics including recording and production, working with Ableton Live, and making a career in the music business.

The Ableton Academy, which runs from June 29th to July 3rd, is an in-depth introduction to Ableton Live and Push, delivered by Ableton Certified Trainer Simon Stokes.

The Summer School (August 24th-28th), led by regular Attack contributor Bruce Aisher, offers a comprehensive overview of dance music production techniques, mastering, law and business information.

The Production Academy (June 22nd-26th) in association with Sound On Sound focuses on traditional recording and production techniques, from tracking instruments, through arrangement and mixdown to mastering.

The Music Business Academy (July 23rd-25th) is an intensive three-day course on business, branding and sources of income in the changing music industry.

Full details of the courses can be found on the Sample Magic site. Discounted earlybird tickets are available for all courses.

3 November 2014 :

Mixes Of The Week: 3/11/14

This week’s top mixes include Ambivalent’s Electronic Explorations, Mount Kimbie’s seasonal selections, Mike Servito at No Way Back and Peverelist spinning for Solid Steel.

Mount Kimbie Autumn-Winter Selections. Mount Kimbie exemplifies the kind of DJ shows they will be touring Europe with this autumn and winter. Expect the duo’s distinctive brand of melodic, textured and avant-garde selections from across dance and electronic music. Stream and download now available above, track listing here.

Ambivalent’s Electronic Exploration. “This is a mix I recorded in my home, including tracks that feel connected to my label, Delft. The label is mostly focused on the outer spectrum of techno, acid, Chicago and electro. I like to say that it’s a techno label with acid tendencies. It’s a vinyl label, so it felt natural to play and mix using only vinyl.” Stream and download above, track listing here.

Jackmaster XLR8s. In advance of shipping his talents across the Atlantic for a substantial US tour, Numbers co-founder Jackmaster‘s XLR8R podcast focuses on various shades of house and techno, showcasing his skills on the decks. Stream, download and track listing here. (more…)

31 October 2014 :

News Round Up: 31/10/14

Watch a new documentary on DJ Slimzee, Dave Smith lectures at RBMA Tokyo, and the Japanese government begins to change ‘no-dancing’ laws.

Dave Smith at RBMA Tokyo 2014. Dave Smith of Sequential Circuits and Dave Smith Instruments is the synth designer and tech visionary whose creations include countless classic synths, the Tempest drum machine and, of course, the MIDI protocol. Watch his RBMA lecture above.

In The Studio: Surgeon. Anthony Child’s 20 year-career as Surgeon has seen record releases via techno institutions Tresor, BlueprintDownwards and more recently Belgium’s Token. In his first studio interview he speaks to XLR8R on keeping the studio an exciting place, the art of live performance and the importance of taking on new challenges here.

Sample Magic release Mainroom Deep House. From deep and sleek to big and bold, Sample Magic‘s “essential tools for the mainroom” effortlessly straddles the line between the Ibiza underground and the charts with an essential mix of jackin’ beats, anthemic big-room bass, sleek and shiny synths, classic pianos, huge FX and more. Check it out here.


27 October 2014 :

Mixes Of The Week: 27/10/14

This week’s top mixes include Caribou’s Essential Mix, Forward Strategy Group, Gerd Janson’s Autumn Blouse and Spooky’s salute to pirate radio garage anthems.

Spooky – ‘A Garage Affair V1′. “A vinyl-only mix recorded and mixed live in one take” from from the east London DJ and producer best known for his grime classic ‘Spartan’. “Free download. Because someone needed to resurrect the pirate anthems.” Stream and download above, track listing here.

Caribou’s BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix. “This mix incorporates some of the music I’ve been playing in my DJ sets over the last little while and also some of the music I’ve been making. It features exclusive new music from friends of mine, Joy Orbison & Boddika, Pearson Sound, Les Sins, Anthony Naples and two new tracks from me under my Daphni alias.” Stream it here.


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