17 April 2015 :

News Round Up 17/4/15

SoundCloud partners with copyright enforcer, AIAIAI introduces modular headphones and Google offers a tour of the iconic Abbey Road studios.

Google Presents: Inside Abbey Road. Google opens the doors to Abbey Road with their interactive virtual tour Inside Abbey Road, which makes it possible to explore the rooms, discover stories and play with innovative equipment inside the iconic British recording studio where The Beatles, Pink Floyd and Michael Jackson produced some of their most influential tracks and albums. Watch the promo video above, and try it out for yourself here.

AIAIAI Introduces modular headphones. An evolution from the popular TMA-1 family, AIAIAI‘s TMA-2 Modular is a headphone system based on modular technology, allowing you to build and adapt the interchangeable system from scratch or customise the setup for various applications, from DJing and studio use to casual listening or being on the move. Watch the intro video above, and find out more here.

SoundCloud Partners with Copyright Enforcer. SoundCloud has announced a new partnership with content tracking company Zefr, which currently works with YouTube to help identify songs on the platform and enforce copyright. There are few details as to what the companies plan to do together, but users worry it could mean stricter copyright enforcement and more ads on SoundCloud. Find out more here.

A Top 40 Vinyl Chart. The vinyl revival prompts the Official Chart Company to begin weekly vinyl singles and albums charts, ahead of this year’s Record Store Day and eight years on from the all time low of UK sales – just 205,000 LPs in 2007. Read The Guardian‘s full story here.

13 April 2015 :

Mixes Of The Week: 13/4/15

This week’s top mixes include Anthony Naples on Gilles Peterson Worldwide, Joey Anderson’s deep NY techno, William Carrà’s Extraordinarily Moving Mixtape, and Legowelt’s Retroist Selections.

JD Twitch’s Bigfoot Tea Party Eclecticisms.  The man who alongside JG Wilkes co-founded the Optimo club night at Glasgow’s Sub Club, and was once a resident DJ at the legendary Pure, JD Twitch (aka Keith McIvor) records an hour and a half of wide-ranging eclecticisms for the first instalment of a new mix series from Scottish promoters Bigfoot’s Tea Party. Stream and download above.

Joey Anderson’s Deep Techno From NY. Joey Anderson contributes the 12th of Dekmantel‘s podcast series, having previously performed at their events and released an album via Dekmantel Records. The mix tactfully builds from the deep sound he represents, becoming more techno throughout. Stream and download above.


10 April 2015 :

News Round Up 10/4/15

Inside the mind of Ron Morelli, Elijah on vinyl, Scuba goes shopping, and do musicians really die young?

Parva Polyphonic Analog Synthesiser. Futuresonus introduce their “revolutionary” new polyphonic synthesiser, which combines the classic warmth of an all-analogue signal chain with the convenience of digital control in an elegantly designed tabletop package at an affordable price. Check it out above and at their Kickstarter.

What’s In Scuba’s Bag? The man behind Hotflush Recordings, Paul Rose (aka Scuba) goes shopping at indie record store Amoeba Music in Hollywood, and talks about his purchases of seminal tracks by Dave Clarke, a UK garage classic by Sunship, and his favourite album by The Smiths. Watch above.


8 April 2015 :

Roland AIRA Goes Modular

With a teaser image released ahead of next week’s Musikmesse trade show, Roland looks set to introduce a new modular system as part of the AIRA range.

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Having brought us the TB-3, TR-8 and System-1 last year, Roland’s more recent additions to the retro-inspired AIRA range have focused on utilities (a mixer and a sync box) rather than instruments. That looks set to change at the Musikmesse trade show in Frankfurt next week, where the Japanese giants are due to introduce a new modular synth system. The teaser image above, posted to the AIRA website today, shows what appears to be a central control system and a series of individual modules.

It’s been over three decades since Roland discontinued their last modular synth, but the obvious inspiration for the AIRA modular gear remains that final synth, the excellent System 100m. Unlike the digital AIRA models inspired by the TB-303 and TR-808, it seems likely that the modular system could contain more substantial analogue circuitry, especially given the inclusion of analogue sections in the JD-Xi.

The big question is to what extent the AIRA will be compatible with other modular gear, most notably the incredibly popular Eurorack format. A photo circulated last week showed what appeared to be AIRA modular gear alongside Eurorack modules, so we’re cautiously optimistic that this means fully analogue CV and gate patching rather than a proprietary system.

Full details of the AIRA modular will be revealed next week. To get you in the mood for Roland gear, here’s Zombie Nation jamming on his System 700 and System 100m:

6 April 2015 :

Mixes Of The Week: 6/4/15

This week’s top mixes include Mumdance’s hardcore classics, De Sluwe Vos’s Feel My Bicep mix, Frankie Knuckles mixes from the archives and Keysound’s third phase.

Mumdance drops some hardcore classics. 25 minutes of jungle and hardcore classics from Mumdance, in his Lights On Mix for DJ Monki’s BBC 1Xtra Radio Show, where she takes you to all corners of the club each week. Stream above, track listing here.

De Sluwe Vos’s mixtape for Bicep. Next up on the Feel My Bicep mixtape series is Dutch house and techno producer-DJ De Sluwe Vos, ahead of the release of his debut album Kontra via Patron Records. He “
…wanted to show the different sides of dance/electronic music that I dig at the moment and also wanted to give you guys a little preview of some of the album tracks.” Stream here, download here. (more…)

3 April 2015 :

News Round Up 3/4/15

Frankie Knuckles tributes, Amen Break royalty update, the unexpected return of MySpace and Roland goes modular?

Jay Z’s Tidal streaming service launches. Gawker reports: “The entire music industry stood on a stage in a collective display of how rich and out of touch they are. They think you are willing to pay up to double the price of other streaming music services to pay for their streaming music service, because they are crazy.” The 16 celebrity co-owners (combined net worth: $2.8 billion) pledged their commitment to the cause that will “change the course of history” according to Jay Z. Watch above.

Frankie Knuckles Tributes. Chicago comes together at events across the city, paying respect to the godfather of house music Frankie Knuckles, a year since the he sadly passed away aged 59. Boiler Room hosts a tribute at Chicago’s Smart Bar, and the lineup includes Knuckles-favourite Elbert Philips, owner of Gramaphone Records Michael Serafini, and one of Knuckles’ close friends DJ Derrick Carter, the Guardian reports. Elsewhere, Elton John and Underworld discuss what the DJ means to them here, and Defected release a commemorative compilation with all profits going to The Frankie Knuckles Fund and The Elton John Aids Foundation – find out more here.


2 April 2015 :

BMC Academy Programme Revealed

Brighton Music Conference announces details of this year’s Academy programme.


BMC has announced its 2015 Academy programme, the latest additions to its Professional schedule and news of further tech and artist showcases across the event.

The Academy programme is aimed at the next generation of artists, DJs, entrepreneurs, promoters, managers and engineers looking to break into the industry.

The BMC programme includes more than 30 masterclasses and talks from YouTube, Beatport, JFB, Ableton, The Hydra, Hypercolour, Anjunabeats, PRS, Hospital, Rebekah, Loopmasters and more.

Beatport will be running a UK label seminar at BMC Professional (a closed, invite-only event). For the Academy programme, Vice President of Music Services Terry Weerasinghe will be running a Q&A session giving delegates the opportunity to ask questions.

YouTube’s Academy workshop will be hosted by the company’s Audience Development Strategist, Olga Golab, covering topics including how to optimise videos, drive longer viewing sessions and how to retain subscribers.

Meanwhile, new Professional hosts and panellists include Kobalt, Coda, Resident Advisor, Back To Basics, Native Instruments, and Involved management.

Newly announced tech and artist showcases include those hosted by Ableton, Native Instruments, Pioneer, Audio Technica, Allen & Heath, and Novation & Focusrite in BMC’s Founders room and official tech partner Funktion-One, will be presenting the PSM318 professional DJ monitors.

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.


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