Akai releases the iMPC, Boards of Canada to be reissued on vinyl, Prince goes social and Jacques Lu Cont goes ambient.


Boards of Canada back catalogue to be repressed on vinyl. Warp will reissue the titles in two batches on 21st October and 18th November and each purchase will include an MP3 download and a 12″ x 12″ print. Skam will reissue the Hi Scores EP later in the year. Read more here.

Akai launches iMPC. The iPhone and iPod app is based on the traditional MPC workflow and includes sampling, built-in effects, the ability to create new sequences and to record and overdub beats. Making use of the iPhone’s accelerometer, the app also allows you to manipulate sound through motion. More info here.

RBMA Sound System at Notting Hill Carnival – ticket ballot closes today. Great food, free booze, tasty line-up – surely worth a go? Apply here.

Toolroom Records celebrates ten years, releases video on technology in dance music. The label’s ten week birthday series is focussing on ‘The Experience of Technology in the Dance Music Industry’ this week. Watch Fatboy Slim, Steve Angello, Sub Focus and Loco Dice discuss the effect of technology on production, live shows and the quality of artist talent below.

Electronic Beats publishes vintage Aphex Twin interview. As part of their ‘From the Vaults’ series, Electronic Beats have shared editor in-chief Max Dax’s 1996 interview with Aphex Twin, in English for the first time. A lesson in passive aggression, the interview sees the pair questioning and comparing the arts of journalism and music-making and musing on the ethical implications of lying.  Full interview here.

VirSyn launches AudioReverb for iOS. The app can be used on your iTunes library or is compatible with Audiobus as input/effect/output.  Features include an audio pasteboard for exporting to other apps, a four band equalizer and 118 factory presets. Watch a demonstration here.

Prince takes to Twitter – or does he? Prince logo.svg appears to have embraced the platform; he’s already provided fans with a #selfie, a ‘throwback Thursday’ photo of a Princelet and a snippet of new material (‘Groovy Potential’). Is it really the man himself? The jury’s out – have a gander and decide for yourself. Speaking of the purple poet, we recently caught up with Black Asteroid about his time working for Prince at Paisley Park.

Jacques Lu Cont releases ambient album Palindrome. Once again flexing his multigenre prowess, the man of many names has produced a 75-minute ambient album.

RA streams Theo Parrish’s Black Jazz Signature mix. The jazz and funk connoisseur curates a compilation of his favourite Black Jazz records from 1971-6. The mix will be released on CD and double vinyl on Snow Dog Records and is part of a series for which Gilles Peterson and DJ Mitsu The Beats have also curated mixes. Listen here.

George FitzGerald signs to Domino imprint Double Six, releases new video. The London boy announced the news on Twitter, including a link to their first piece of work together, the video for his latest single ‘I Can Tell (By The Way You Move)’. The single will be accompanied by mixes from Breach and Paul Woolford.

Native Instruments announces Traktor DJ Cable and offers Kontrol S2 and S4 discount. The cable is, er, a cable. There’s not much to say. Uninspiring but essential for iPhone and iPad version of Traktor. The Traktor Kontrol S2 and S4 are on sale throughout August – the S2 is priced at $399 / €399 (a saving of $100 / €100), and the S4 is reduced to $599 / €599. New versions on the way soon?

Giorgio Moroder drops remix of Donna Summer’s ‘Love To Love You Baby’. 73-year old Moroder premiered the remix at Way Out West festival in Sweden, declaring that he and Chris Cox had “just finished it last night on the plane”. Can you tell? The EDM-dubstep-electro version will appear on a Donna Summer remix album, Love To Love You Donna, which also features Hot Chip and Chromeo. The album is out on 22nd October on Verve Records.

This week’s best mixes:

James Lavelle presents : Urban Archaeology – A Classic Mo’ Wax Def Mix by Dale Cooper on Mixcloud

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16th August, 2013

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