30 March 2015 :

Mixes Of The Week: 30/3/15

This weeks top mixes include Four Tet & Jamie xx, Lapalux’s R&B and house selections, Jam City’s Earthly V, and Nicky Siano Live at the Gallery Part 2.

Lapalux’s R&B and House Selections. English producer Lapalux moves between tempos in this week’s FADER mix with a set of colourful modern R&B and house selections, before his second album Lustmore drops on April 7th via FlyLo’s Brainfeeder label. The mix includes an unreleased edit of ‘Throw Dem Bands’, as well as Kendrick Lamar and Earl Sweatshirt‘s latest releases. Stream and download above, interview and track listing here.

Four Tet & Jamie xx. 2 hours of Four Tet and Jamie xx sharing the turntables for an exclusive mix recorded in BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge. Featuring exclusives and brand new music from Throwing Snow, Four Tet, Tyondai Braxton, Koreless and Roots Manuva. Stream available here.


27 March 2015 :

News Round Up 27/3/15

Abbey Road launch music institute, fake Sennheiser trader convicted, and Don Buchla takes new owners of his brand to court.


The Father of the Digital Synth. “I was aware that I was probably the first person to ever hear these sounds, and that what I was hearing was something musical that had probably never been heard by anyone before — at least, not by anyone on this planet.” John Chowning‘s story is told, from his musical beginning as a percussionist in a US Navy jazz band, through American and European avant-garde modernism as a composer and an academic, to his discovery and invention of a synthesis technique that would revolutionise synth-making and prove a gigantic commercial success: FM synthesis. Read the long form piece here.


Three creative strategies for electronic music producers. Ableton‘s first book, which was recently released as a 350-page hardback and is soon to be as an ebook: Making Music—74 Creative Strategies For Electronic Music Producers by veteran composer and electronic producer Dennis DeSantis suggests practical ways of solving 74 kinds of creative dilemma. The book is broken into three main sections—Problems Of Beginning, Problems Of Progressing and Problems Of Finishing—and in each offers simple steps to combat familiar studio issues, from staring at an empty project screen to finishing a failed track. Resident Advisor presents the first chapter of each section. Check them out here.


23 March 2015 :

Mixes Of The Week: 23/3/15

This week’s top mixes include Bicep’s Hot Tub Slamz II, Mr G’s funk influences, a 100% Prince special and Andreas Tilliander’s tongue-in-cheek response to a critic.

Bicep’s Hot Tub Slamz II. Slammin’ disco, house and techno in part two of Bicep‘s Hot Tub Slamz mixes. Textbook stuff from the duo behind the ever-enjoyable Feel My Bicep blog. Stream and download above.

International Women’s Day 2015 Special. “With so many women who have inspired me over the years and who are currently doing amazing things it just seemed like the perfect opportunity to pay respect to them.” Kirsti of the underground electronic music blog, radio show and record label null+void presents a special show for Future Music FM‘s celebration of International Women’s Day 2015. Expect an eclectic selection from the likes of Andrea Parker, Helena Hauff and electronic music pioneer Daphne Oram. Stream and download above, a full track listing can be found here.


20 March 2015 :

News Round Up 20/3/15

YouTube launches YouTube for Artists, Ableton publish a book on making music, Krystal Klear on club history, and Ultimate Breaks & Beats: An Oral History.

YouTube launches YouTube for Artists. YouTube for Artists is a set of tools to help musicians share their music, build and audience, and make their creative career happen. The tools optimise your videos for YouTube’s discovery algorithms, give you data on your audience to help you keep them engaged, and provide an easy way for fans to buy merchandise or donate via videos. Watch the introduction video above and find out more here.

Ableton publish a book on making music. Making Music: 74 Creative Strategies for Electronic Music Producers is a collection of solutions to common roadblocks in the creative process, with a specific emphasis on solving musical problems, making progress, and (most importantly) finishing what you start. You can read some of the strategies taken from the hardback online here, buy the hardback here, and ebook versions are coming to Amazon Kindle Store and Apple iBooks soon.


17 March 2015 :

Brighton Music Conference Programme Revealed

Brighton Music Conference unveils the first details of its 2015 professional programme.


Brighton Music Conference (BMC) has revealed the first details of its professional programme for the 2015 event (to be held on June 5th and 6th), with two days of master classes, panels and talks featuring speakers and brands including YouTube, Beatport, Dave Clarke, Ableton, AFEM, Native Instruments, Rhys Hughes (BBC Radio 1/BBC 1Xtra), DJ Pierre, Hospital Records, Believe Digital, Icicle, X-Press 2, Mobilee, DJ Magazine, and many more.


16 March 2015 :

Mixes Of The Week: 16/3/15

This week’s top mixes include Fred P landing Butter Side Up, Uncle Dugs 100% vinyl 90s jungle, Kassem Mosse’s SHOPPING mixtape and Slackk’s Boxed classics.

Fred P Butter Side Up Mix. NYC deep house veteran Fred P aka Black Jazz Consortium delivers a set of deep house and techno in the latest episode of Leeds-based Butter Side Up‘s mix series ahead of his appearance at the club night last Friday. Stream and download above.

Uncle Dugs 100% vinyl 90s jungle mix. Award-winning DJ and presenter of the only legal daytime jungle radio show broadcast on UK airwaves, RCFF (Run Come Follow Friday) on RinseFM, Uncle Dugs uploads a 100% vinyl mix of jungle, hardcore and rave classics from circa ’94/’95. Stream and download above.

Kassem Mosse’s SHOPPING Mixtape. A 20 minute mixtape named SHOPPING has been quietly made available by German house and techno producer Kassem Mosse via his social media channels. Download it here. Expect weird and wonderful sonic collages layered with ambient sound and field recordings. (more…)

13 March 2015 :

News Round Up 13/3/15

A global record store database, James Holden’s group humaniser, Juan Atkins explains missed shows, and Williams and Thicke fined $7.5m for plagiarism.

Game Changer Goldie. DJ Mag profiles the artistic life of jungle and drum and bass innovator Goldie, who gives an in-depth history of his own artistry from the very beginning: the roots of his b-boy and graffiti days, to the growth of his music over the course of his many years as an artist. Watch above.

Free Digital Synsations synth from UVI. An exclusive offer for a free copy of Digital Synsations, a synth with the classic sound of units including the Korg M1 and Roland D50. Download from the UVI site using the voucher code FREEDS.


9 March 2015 :

Mixes Of The Week: 9/3/15

This week’s top mixes include Nicky Siano live at the Gallery, a Vangelis primer, Sunday morning with Danny Daze, and the mysterious T.B. Arthur.

Nicky Siano live at the Gallery. Having opened Manhattan party The Gallery in 1972, Nicky Siano went on to become the resident DJ at Studio 54 during the height of its legendary status. Stream a rare recording of Siano playing at The Gallery in October 1976, above.


6 March 2015 :

News Round Up 6/3/15

Inside the bizarro universe of Italo disco, a documentary on disco pioneer Cerrone, and visualising rhythm with the ‘wheel method’.

Visualise rhythm with the ‘wheel method’. An animated TED-Ed lesson that demonstrates a different way to visualise rhythms than the usual linear musical bars, taking us on a musical journey around the world. Watch above.

Pitchfork goes disco. Pitchfork explores Italo-disco, the genre born of an alliance between Italian pop music and disco at the end of the 1970s to mid-1980s, in a feature here. Meanwhile, the site’s video documentary series profiles French disco pioneer Marc Cerrone. Watch it above.


2 March 2015 :

Mixes Of The Week: 2/3/15

This week’s top mixes include Secretsundaze dons making some magic, DVA’s Gem City part two, Slimzee’s hardcore roots and Jeremy Underground in Paris.  

Secretsundaze Dons Making Some Magic. The London authorities in charge of 14-year strong label and party Secretsundaze, Giles Smith and James Priestley precede their Australian tour with a mix for Melbourne Deepcast. Stream and download above, track listing and an interview with the artists here.

Kirk Degiorgio live at Fabric. Recorded at last month’s instalment of his Machine event, UK techno institution Kirk Degiorgio offers a typically slick 80-minute techno selection, building from slightly more low-slung grooves to in-your-face bangers.


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