Are record labels set for extinction? Mathew Herbert’s Brexit Big Band set to tour Europe. How the prescription drug epidemic has changed hip-hop.

Fresh threads. Influential Detroit techno collective Underground Resistance have teamed up with Motor City company Carhartt for a new hoodie, parka, jeans and t-shirt which all bear the UR logo. Check it here.

Meaty module. Tip Top Audio have released a new compact Eurorack module called TG One. It comes with two sample banks of sounds culled from original Throbbing Gristle recording sessions. More here.

Last of the labels? A new company from the former president of Interscope Records, UnitedMasters, has raised $70m and aims to be an alternative to record labels by acting as a multi-format, cross-platform distributor. Read the full story here.

RIPeep. After the passing of talented young rapper Lil Peep this week, the Guardian investigate how America’s prescription drug epidemic is changing hip-hop, here.

The sound of Brexit. Mathew Herbert’s Brexit Big Band has received a grant from the UK government to tour Europe. Shows will see him spread a musical message that says the UK “are still listening, we want to be friends, we want to collaborate.” More here.

17th November, 2017

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