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28 July 2014 :

Mixes Of The Week: 28/7/14

This week’s best mixes include Galcher Lustwerk’s summer vibes, Green Velvet’s Essential Mix and two sides of Jay Simon.

Galcher Lustwerk’s high school vibes. Chilled hip-hop, R&B and soul for summer evening atmospherics from Brooklyn’s Galcher Lustwerk, who on this mix blogged: “Dam I can’t believe ppl are feeling this sad summer mix so much I just wanted to quickly channel some high school vibes I guess the feeling is mutual around the world :) now I wont take it down just yet…” Stream and download above.

Club sounds from south of the river. Fresh from the release of his latest EP Contact via Hotflush, South London Ordnance showcases his serious techno sound in the latest RA podcast. In-depth interview with the artist and podcast download available here.

Green Velvet’s Essential Mix. Green Velvet, aka Curtis Alan Jones, aka Cajmere was behind one of last summer’s biggest Ibiza tracks ‘Bigger Than Prince’ and this summer sees him playing everywhere from Exit to Global Gathering. His first ever Essential Mix features music from Claude VonStroke, Maceo Plex, DJ Rush and Pirupa. Stream above, download available here.

Sound Pellegrino’s FACT mix. The latest FACT mix comes from DJ Orgasmic and Teki Latex, two thirds of the team behind France’s Sound Pellegrino label. “We tend to favour live blends over bootlegs and edits, and the occasional tweaks and glitches you will hear in this mix are made live using (and abusing) the slip mode on the CDJs”, they explain. Stream and download above, full track listing here.

Armando’s Tales From The Trackside. Berlin’s The Record Loft presents Chicago house pioneer Armando‘s classic Tales From The Trackside #1 mixtape, straight from the mid 90s. Stream below.

Jay Simon’s Side A. Must Have Records head Jay Simon spins irresistibly stylish old-school house and retro disco tracks on Side A of his mixtape upload. Stream and download above.

… and Side B. More from DJ Jay Simon, side B of his mixtape consists of harder techno selections. Stream and download below.

25 July 2014 :

News Round Up: 25/7/14

Understanding human hearing, J Dilla instruments to be displayed, Martyn’s 5 influential Ninja Tune releases and Pete Tong does an AMA.

J Dilla instruments to be displayed. Pioneering hip-hop producer J Dilla‘s MPC and Moog synth are to be displayed in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC ahead of their forthcoming Museum of African American History and Culture. The touching announcement from Dilla’s mother above.

Record Store Week: Hard Wax. XLR8R, as a part of their Record Store Week series, take a close look at one of the world’s favourite record stores and electronic music institutions, Berlin’s Hard Wax. From its history to business practices and staff culture here.

Understanding Human Hearing. Alchemea delve into the functioning and specific technicalities of human hearing: loudness, frequency and 3D perception are explained and made extremely easy to understand. Check it out here. (more…)

23 July 2014 :

Say Hello To The Modulus.002

This all-new hybrid from Britain raises the bar for the hardware synth renaissance.

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There’s no doubt that the resurgence of interest in hardware synths over the last few years has revitalised the market from top to bottom. You can’t have missed the countless new hardware releases from medium and large manufacturers over the last few years, but what you may not realise is the impact on smaller boutique ventures; the increased market for quality synth hardware has given the little guys a shot in the arm too. Most of the products we’ve seen from small-scale manufacturers are relatively humble – Eurorack modules, perhaps, or fairly affordable mini synths. The newly announced Modulus.002 from Bristol-based Modulus Music is a different matter entirely.

The Modulus.002 is the brainchild of Paul Maddox, a British synth designer previously responsible for the VacoLoco Zira synth and the GorF and Tron sequencers. The Modulus.002 is a huge step up from those previous designs. It’s a high-end 12-voice polyphonic synth will full multitimbrality, based around numerically controlled (digital) oscillators which lead into a fully analogue signal path, including custom-designed 24dB/octave transistor ladder filter.

The spec sheet reveals that the Modulus is a whole lot more than the average rehash of vintage synth features. There are genuine 21st-century innovations here, not least the inclusion of an Ethernet port to allow updates and patch sharing over the internet directly from the keyboard itself.

Whether you’re a potential customer or not – and, let’s face it, given the hefty asking price it’s not likely that many of us will be able to afford the Modulus.002 – it’s exciting to see the emergence of small companies designing and building innovative new synths. If this is the shape of things to come, we can’t wait to see what else Modulus have in store.

The Modulus.002 will go on sale at £2,995 ($5,200/€3,750), not including shipping or taxes. You can find more info and listen to sound clips on the Modulus Music website.

Check out more photos of the Modulus.002 and the full spec below (click the images to enlarge). (more…)

21 July 2014 :

Mixes Of The Week: 21/7/14

This week’s top mixes include Surgeon’s ambient set, Seven Davis Jr’s Worldwide Family Mixtape and DJ Barely Legal getting tropical.

Seven Davis Jr‘s Worldwide Family Mixtape. Producer and vocalist Seven Davis Jr drops some exclusive tracks of his own, alongside some gems from musicians that have influenced him for Gilles Peterson Worldwide. Stream above, track listing here.

Surgeon’s ambient set. “This hybrid DJ / Live Set was recorded in a yurt structure at the Freerotation Festival in Wales. This time my idea for the set was to take us all much further out, much deeper inside than the set from last year. A more disembodied experience.” Stream and download above, track listing here.

Jamie xx guest presents. Jamie Smith steps in to guest-present Benji B’s Radio 1 show. There’s exclusive mixes from John Talabot & Nic TaskerModeselektor pick three records and James Blake swings by and drops off some exclusive new music. Plus there’s music from Midland, Gil Scott-Heron, Talaboman, Aebelo and more. Steam in full here.

Raw, hard and soulful. Stacey Pullen spent the 1990s helping to both continue the legacy of his friend and collaborator Derrick May’s generation, while also opening it up to influences like broken beat. Although he was at his most prolific in the 90s, Pullen still regularly releases music and runs his own label, Blackflag. Stream and download his raw, hard and soulful FACT mix above, track listing here.

DJ Barely Legal gets tropical. Rooted in grime and garage, Chloé Robinson aka DJ Barely Legal has been smashing up dancefloors since the age of 19 and has been championed by BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra and Rinse FM, playing alongside the likes of Four Tet, My Nu Leng and Wiley to name but a few. Stream and download her i-D debut with Music to… get tropical above, track listing here.

Logos on Solid Steel. “I really enjoyed constructing this mix for Solid Steel, which is a blend of the stuff I listen to a lot at home and some banging material you might catch me playing in the club. Look out for a couple of tracks from the forthcoming EP of weightless material on Different Circles, which is the new label me and Mumdance are launching shortly, along with a track from my forthcoming split EP with Rabit on Glacial Sound…” Stream and download above, track listing here.

18 July 2014 :

News Round Up: 18/7/14

Independent labels’ Fair Digital Deals Declaration, Pioneer’s modern classic, DSI’s Curtis filter For Eurorack, and every touchscreen a controller with Tuna Knobs.

Pioneer’s modern classic. Pioneer mark 20 years in the DJ industry with the launch of their PLX-1000, a professional turntable precision engineered for the booth, drawing on 50 years of experience. The result is a familiar layout with some next generation improvements, including a high-torque direct drive system, multi-pitch control, club-grade build and sound quality, and detachable power and audio cables. Check it out above. Peter Kirn of Create Digital Music compares the PLX-1000 to the classics Technics SL1200 in this excellent breakdown.

Mathew Jonson’s Slices Tech talk. Electronic Beats pay Jonson a visit in his well-equipped Berlin studio to talk technology and approach. Watch the video above and check out our My Studio feature for a closer look at some of the amazing gear on show.

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14 July 2014 :

Mixes Of The Week: 14/7/14

This week’s top mixes include early morning Scuba, Nguzunguzu’s new batch and Jackmaster and Oneman’s Can U Dance.

Nguzunguzu’s new batch. LA duo Nguzunguzu spin a colourful batch of bottom-heavy millennial R&B, soul and rap for their new mix for THUMP, celebrating their eclectic tastes. Stream above, track listing here.

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11 July 2014 :

News Round Up: 11/7/14

Looking for the perfect beat in LA, a message from Beatport’s new president, Machinedrum’s live session and a Komplete Frenzy.

Sole selector Ben UFO. Dutch dance festival Dekmantel tell their performers’ stories in their new video interview series Sole Selector, which begins with Hessle Audio label co-founder Ben UFO speaking on the roots and motivations behind his music, in the video above.

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7 July 2014 :

Mixes Of The Week: 7/7/14

This week’s top mixes include Mr Mitch’s grime contemporaries, DJ Clent’s history of footwork and the latest from Pearson Sound.

Seven Davis Jr drops a Fact mix. Classic cuts like ‘Shari Vari’ and ‘Promised Land’ rub shoulders with newer material from Jamie Jones, Adam Feingold and Davis’s own remix of Four Tet’s ‘Buchla’.

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4 July 2014 :

News Round Up: 4/7/14

Theo Parrish & Gilles Peterson in conversation, Roland reproduces SH-101 as software, Four Tet on Glastonbury’s Park stage…

Theo Parrish & Gilles Peterson in Conversation. Theo went to the Brownswood Recordings basement to have a short chat with Gilles in preparation for Worldwide Festival 2014, sharing some memories and selecting a few of his all-time favourite tracks. Listen above, full track listing available here.

...and Theo chats about his live show.I guess in a sense live musicianship has always been around me, however I never guessed as a youth that I’d be touring a band.” Talking to Red Bull, Theo lays out the plan for his live performances this summer. Tickets for the shows in London and Manchester on the 14th and 15th of this month are available now through SeeTickets or TicketWeb.

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30 June 2014 :

Mixes Of The Week: 30/6/14

This week’s top mixes include a Jamie xx rooftop Boiler Room session, a Sound Pellegrino label mix by Teki Latex, Zinc mixing ’92 proto-jungle and Matthew Dear at Sonar.

Jamie XX rooftop Boiler Room session. Jamie XX’s Boiler Room session from the Young Turks roof terrace in London. A homage to London, this one’s a whip through the nostalgic touchstones of UK club music, laced with some new material. Watch above.

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