23 November 2015 :

Mixes Of The Week: 23/11/15

This week’s top mixes include Lemmy Ashton’s Bugged Out Sampler, Paul Woolford’s Essential Mix, DJ EZ’s old and new skool mixes, and Hieroglyphic Being’s We Are Not The First.

Lemmy Ashton’s Bugged Out Sampler. With just under two months until the Bugged Out Weekender 2016, Bugged Out resident Lemmy Ashton put together an exclusive SoundOf sampler mix, an hour “of the kind of forward thinking dance music and leftfield party classics that’s come to be a hallmark of the Bugged Out brand”. Stream above, find out more here.

Paul Woolford’s Essential Mix. DJ Paul Woolford has renewed his residency at Ibiza’s Space on Sundays for the 6th year running, and regularly plays key global spots like Panorama Bar and Fabric. Find a stream and track list of his BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix, performing as his alter ego Special Request, here.


20 November 2015 :

News Round Up: 20/11/15

The dark clouds on SoundCloud’s horizon, new Roland System-500 modules, and Ableton Link is available now.

iMaschine is Updated. Native Instruments has updated its iOS beatmaking app iMaschine to version 2, turning it into a fully-fledged music creation tool, with an arranger for turning loops into full tracks, a step mode for grid sequencing, scale and chord modes for melodies and harmonies, and many other new optimisations. It’s available now for $4.99. Watch it in action above, and find out more here. (more…)

17 November 2015 :

Derrick May Talks Jazz, Detroit & Champagne

The techno icon discusses jazz, Detroit, and why you should never drink champagne before DJing.

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Derrick May at Sonos Studios AMS (photo: Jesaja Hizkia)

Detroit techno icon Derrick May dropped in to Sonos Studios AMS at Amsterdam Dance Event to chat about his home in Detroit, his influences and his thoughts on DJing. In his interview, May explained the perils of drinking champagne before DJing, explaining why “no alcohol and no dinner” are his golden rules when preparing for a set:

I never prepare for a DJ set. I also don’t have a certain fixed pattern I go through before a performance. Although there is one thing I never do before going on stage: eating dinner – so I guess I do have a ritual! I like to feel light and strong in advance. The idea of being full doesn’t make me feel at ease. Also, I don’t drink alcohol at all before I play. I drink while I play, but only an hour after I’ve started. You know why? Because, number one: I drink champagne. Number two: do you know what white wine or champagne does to you when you’re playing? It deafens your hearing! You lose a certain definition to your hearing while you’re playing, which causes you to turn the music up louder and louder and louder. The audience gets ear fatigue, and that makes people want to fuck off. So no alcohol and no dinner; that’s my preparation for a DJ set.

With permanent bases in London and Los Angeles and pop-up events taking place globally, Sonos Studios were launched in 2012 to encourage artists to experiment and share ideas.

Tune into the full interview and listen to the podcast here.

16 November 2015 :

Mixes Of The Week: 16/11/15

This week’s top mixes include Carl Cox going Global, Romare’s Rough Autumn Mix, Motor City Drum Ensemble at Dekmantel, and Gilles Peterson’s Rainy in São Paulo Mix.

Carl Cox Going Global. Mainstay British house and techno DJ Carl Cox tops almost all of MixCloud’s electronic music charts with his Global mix, a live performance recorded in Amsterdam during the Amsterdam Dance Event, which features tracks from Scuba, Erick Morillo, Steve Rachmad, Phutek and more. Stream above, track listing here.

Romare’s Rough Autumn Mix. London-born house producer Romare‘s popular style of collage composition has found a home on UK labels like Ninja Tune and Black Acre. His disco-influenced Rough Autumn Mix blends classy vintage house tracks. Stream above, full track listing here.


13 November 2015 :

News Round Up: 13/11/15

Compensation for Amen break creator, Berghain’s walls welcome transcendence, and Bloc 2016 first wave line-up announced.

Bloc 2016 First Wave Line-up Announced. UK electronic music festival Bloc Weekend have released their first wave of line-up announcements for 11-13 March 2016, at Butlins, Minehead. So far the line-up includes Thom Yorke, Four Tet, Jeff Mills, Floating Points, Carl Craig and former world snooker champion Steve Davis. Watch the promo video above.

The World’s First Samplethon. WhoSampled have called out to all producers and beatmakers to take part in a first-of-its-kind event, Samplethon 2015, “the world’s first ever Hackathon for music”. Samplethon will provide producers with access to rare and sought after sample material from a leading music library, and mentorship from world class producers. Watch the promo video above, and find out how to apply here.

Berghain’s Walls Welcome Transcendence. In light of a new book, Art In The Club, published by Hatje Cantz and documenting Berghain‘s engagement with visual art, Crack Magazine compares the intersection of art and clubbing in Berlin and the UK, and examines the art of the legendary club’s notorious, decadent depths. Read the article here.


9 November 2015 :

Mixes Of The Week: 9/11/15

This week’s best mixes include a studio set from Scuba, Ron Morelli’s Thirteen Secrets, Simian Mobile Disco’s Jas Shaw, and Happa’s Criminal Justice.

Accelerating with Scuba. Based in Berlin, Scuba is the revered DJ behind Hotflush RecordsSUB:STANCE parties at Berghain, and numerous releases on respected UK labels. In the latest XLR8R podcast, he delivers two hours of quality house and techno selections from the likes of Aphex Twin, Sigha and many more. Stream above, track listing and download here.

Ron Morelli’s Thirteen Secrets. Founder of Brooklyn’s L.I.E.S. Records, Ron Morelli‘s Secret Thirteen mix blends two hours of diversely forward-thinking music from many different eras, and has been charting top in both MixCloud’s experimental and industrial charts. It features tracks from Blood Music, Inhalants, Monolith and many more. Stream above, track listing and download here.

Jas Shaw Invites You To Feel His Bicep. For the latest Feel My Bicep mix, one half of the mighty Simian Mobile Disco, Jas Shaw turns in an indicator of some of the music he’s been gravitating towards recently. Stream and download available here. (more…)

6 November 2015 :

News Round Up: 6/11/15

UVI release new hybrid synth Falcon, Red Bull Studios celebrate fifth birthday with unique events, James Holden discusses his setup for Terry Riley tribute shows and The Rise and Fall of French Touch.


James Holden’s ‘Hello Terry Riley’ Performance Tools. Traxmag finds out the five essential tools of experimentalist musician James Holden‘s live homage to minimalist composer Terry Riley. The tools include Monomes, tablas, a modular synthesiser, a map and magic stones. ‘Hello Terry Riley’ will be performed at MARATHON! Festival, 13th November. Find out more here (in French and English).

Red Bull Studios Celebrate 5th Birthday with Unique Events. Celebrating five years of projects, people and parties, Red Bull Studios London are opening ballots to attend a series of unique celebratory opportunities, including Studio Science with Disclosure, during which the Disclosure brothers will offer an intimate technical insight into their album recording and studio processes in a unique workshop. Find out more and enter here.

Win Adam monitors. Adam Audio’s Soundtrack Competition is now open, with prizes including a pair of special edition A77X monitors for the winner and A7X, F7 and F5 models for the runners up. To enter, create a 30-second soundtrack to accompany one of the images provided. Find out more here.


6 November 2015 :

Tom Trago Talks Curating, Music Discovery And Production With Sonos

Amsterdam native Tom Trago talks about his musical roots, inspiration and why he doesn’t consider himself a record collector.

Trago, right, at ADE (photo: Jesaja Hizkia)

Trago, right, at Sonos Studio AMS (photo: Jesaja Hizkia)

As part of the Sonos Studios AMS temporary home at this year’s Amsterdam Dance Event, Tom Trago and Elias Mazian came in for a listening session.

Speakers at this year’s edition of Sonos Studio Amsterdam included the likes of Derrick May, DJ Vadim and Osunlade in addition to Trago himself. With permanent bases in London and Los Angeles and pop-up events taking place globally, Sonos Studios were launched in 2012 to encourage artists to experiment and share ideas.

In his interview, Trago explains why he doesn’t consider himself a collector and discusses some of the places he finds inspiration, from conversations with friends all the way through to a recent exhibition of French visual artist Henri Matisse’s work:

Inspiration can come from the most unlikely sources. Can you give an example of how this has worked for you? 

My inspiration comes from a lot of different sources! Sometimes, I get really inspired by conversations with friends about certain things in life. They can help you figure out the direction of your music. I can go into the studio straight away with a clear mind and very strong idea. Stuff comes out way easier and faster.

I also went to see the Matisse exhibition at a museum here in Amsterdam recently. He made these clothes for priests, and I was so blown away by these clothes that I became full of inspiration to create myself. Not necessarily in a specific direction, but just to make something, and my way of making something is music most of the time.

Tune into the full interview and listen to the podcast here.

2 November 2015 :

Mixes Of The Week: 2/11/15

This week’s top mixes include A-Trak’s bloghaus revival, Avalon Emerson’s Solid Steel selection, Perc’s club trax, and Stephane Ghenacia meets Kaoz Theory.

A-Trak’s Bloghaus Revival. Canadian DJ, producer and owner of Fool’s Gold Records, A-Trak presents a mix of his favourites “from the era of blog haus, indie dance, distorted electro, and fidget – roughly 2007-2009. If you ever wore a neon-colored all-over hoodie you can probably relate…” Stream above, track listing here.

Avalon Emerson’s Solid Steel Selection. Berlin-based US DJ, producer and software developer Avalon Emerson‘s quality selection for Ninja Tune‘s Solid Steel Radio Show features “personal favourites, unreleased treats, drum machine jamming, weirdo new and old things, etc.” Stream and download above, track listing here.


2 November 2015 :

Ableton Release Live 9.5 & Push 2

Updates and new software announced as Ableton’s Loop summit draws to a close in Berlin.


Ableton have announced a significant upgrade to Live and a second-generation version of their Push hardware, plus a new software protocol to allow different devices to stay in sync wirelessly.


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