A frenzy of festive spirit as producers keep giving (apprenticeships in Berlin)… and giving (production tips)… and giving (free tracks).
“The beat is hittin’ and G-funked up,” said Dâm-Funk… “This on some ‘Computer Love,” Zapp & Roger-type shit’,” Snoop replied. Ahead of the release of their 7 Days of Funk album, forthcoming on Stones Throw, XLR8R asked each of the partners in funk to pick five favourite tracks produced by the other.
Levon Vincent seeks protégés. The East Coast house don is offering to financially support an apprentice in Berlin. “Basically I want to facilitate your 24/7 music making. And your partying, too. As long as that’s musical.” The Facebook announcement was met with unanimous jubilation, restored faith in the music industry and mega props to Levon.
In this week’s round-up of the best mixes and podcasts: drum trax from Bok Bok, a history of house from West Norwood Cassette Library, and Mike Huckaby keeps it deep.
“A personal history of house music, albeit only dating back to 1988, because a 25-year retrospective is neater and less boring than getting into a Farley Jackmaster Funk vs Jesse Saunders debate.” West Norwood Cassette Library in the mix for Dummy.
LA beat scene documentary, Black Friday deals, Cubase updated and details of a new analogue synth from Elektron.
Elektron unveils Analog Keys. The Swedish hardware developers’ latest product is a twist on the Analog Four synth, a four-voice flagship keyboard priced at £1,449. Shipping in early December. Full info here.
Snoop samples, hot tub slamz and a tribute to the world’s longest-running club night.
Snoopzilla mixes the samples. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Doggystyle, the artist formerly known as Snoop Doggy Dogg introduces a mix of some of the samples used on his debut album. More funk than you can shake a stick at.
Gesture control for Cubase, on the road with PMR Records, the Radiophonic Workshop returns and your chance to win a vintage Minimoog signed by Gary Numan.
Cubase iC Air gestural control. Steinberg has announced a free add-on for Cubase 7 which enables users to control various parameters through hand gestures. Steinberg also have the dev team at Intel on board, with plans to expand into speech recognition, individual finger tracking and facial analysis. Check out the video above, and get the app here.
Slo-mo gabber, a Chicago house history lesson and How To Dress Well drops some Miley Cyrus.
“Our ultimate tribute to a glorious period in our Belgian musical heritage.” Soulwax take Belgian gabber, a genre they once deemed “devil’s music”, and slow it down to 115bpm, making it “less frantic, ballsier and a lot sexier”. The duo also hired some gabber dancers to celebrate the visual aspect of the genre on video. Have a reccy above.
Ableton discounts, UK garage memories and Ask Autechre Anything.
Vote for best vinyl art of 2013. Nominees include the Tomorrow’s Harvest sunscape, Daft Punk’s dancing silhouttes and this splendidly spacey piece from Ras G. Cast your vote here.
Ask Autechre Anything. Following in the recent footsteps of Nile Rodgers and Beatport CEO Matt Adell, the latest musical figures to take part in an online ask-me-anything Q&A session are Warp Records legends Autechre. The duo’s Q&A over at the WATMM forum is a 161-page must-read for fans of anything even vaguely related to their work. Topics covered include synaesthesia, rugby tackling Mike Paradinas and Sean’s belief that “cats are mental”.
How much is that record in the window? Beatport announces plans to offer banner adverts for new releases to the highest bidder, with prices starting at $2,000.
Beatport has announced plans to auction new release banner positions to the highest bidder.
The Beatport Amplify initiative – first mooted at Amsterdam Dance Event and then officially confirmed by Beatport CEO Matt Adell during a Reddit AMA – has the potential to further skew the playing field in favour of labels with bigger budgets.
When questioned as to whether he believed Amplify “cheapens [Beatport's] position as a fair and impartial marketplace”, Adell replied:
“I hope not. We are experimenting with this because many partners have asked for a way to activate similar programs to what they do at other music stores. We will always mark these items as “sponsored” just like other digital services do. Also, only records we would carry any way can participate.
We spend a considerable amount of time and money blocking “people” who try to buy their way into the charts (which does not work), so our credibility is incredibly important to us.
We are doing this out in the open, knowing that some folks may be concerned, but we decided transparency with the community is vital.”
Jungle headphone highlights, a topless Rødhåd captured in Paris and LuckyMe share classic mixes from HudMo.
Classic mixes from the LuckyMe vaults. The Glasgow collective share two 2006 mixes from Hudson Mohawke, one alongside label directors The Blessings.
Details of new Actress album announced, Maschine goes on tour, RBMA details announced and new modular synth kits from Korg.
Mark de Clive-Lowe approaches Kickstarter funding target. Kickstarter projects are like London buses: you wait ages then loads come along at once. LA-based Kiwi broken beat hero MdCL is close to the funding target for his new album, CHURCH. He’s also created a series of YouTube videos to give a taste of the approach he’ll be employing in the studio. Check out his one-take cover of Pal Joey’s ‘Hot Music’ above.
Korg announces collaboration with littleBits. The latest in Korg’s ever-expanding range of innovative analogue hardware is a joint project with New York-based modular electronics company littleBits. Imagine an MS-20 filter crossed with Lego and you won’t be far off. Korg tell us that they’re still unable to confirm global distribution right now but they hope to make it clearer very soon. For now, sales are limited to Japan.