Moog 10 returns. Ableton’s Loop announces their 2020 edition. Ninja Tune release a hardware delay with Erica Synths. New venue in London.

Looping back to Berlin. Ableton have announced that the next edition of Loop festival will return to Berlin in 2020. Beady-eyed readers will notice the dates clash with Superbooth but allegedly plans are in place to make sure attendees don’t miss the best bits of either event. After a year in LA, the move is seen as easier to manage for the Berlin based company and will take place at the new Silent Green Kulturquartier and adjoining contemporary art spaces Savvy, Ebensperger Rhomberg and Luxoom Lab. Ableton are offering 80 subsidised passes which creators and music makers can apply for here, alongside student, summit and youth passes. Registration closes on October 1st. 

Ninja Tunes-s–s—s—–s——–s. In what appears to be a first for a label, Ninja Tune have teamed up with Erica Synths to release a hardware FX unit. Dubbed as ‘dub-friendly’ and conceived at Superbooth this year, the “Zen Delay” offers a BPM-synced delay line with massive feedback, a multimode 24dB synth filter and valve overdrive. The standard price is €499 plus VAT, but the first 300 units are being sold for €454 plus VAT and come with a free limited edition Zen Delay T-shirt. The units are set to ship in time for Christmas. We’re not promising you’ll be releasing the next award-winning album on the label in Ninja-like speed, but it’s worth checking out.

Brick Lane becoming cool again? A new venue complete with a Function-One soundsystem has opened in East London. Werkhaus, located in the Truman Brewery complex on Brick Lane, is a 300-capacity venue outfitted with two possible room setups in order to accommodate both DJ and live events. Follow them on Twitter.

Win win win. We’ve teamed up with New Era and Moodymann to offer a lucky winner a free giveaway of his new album on vinyl plus a bucket hat from his New Era clothing line. Pretty dope. More here.

The 50 year wait is over. No we’re not talking about England winning a world cup (or indeed anything) but instead Moog has announced that the legendary Model 10 is to return. Originally debuted in 1971 it bucked trends as it was so small compared to the synths of it’s time which could fill your bedroom. But in side was a world out sound where your could “explore new frontiers of self-expression”. Staying true to tradition, each device is hand-crafted which inevitably has pushed the price to a whopping $9,950. So yea, two please… Watch it in action:

Welcome to the family. BAE have released the latest family member among its renowned 1073 series: the 73EQ L 500. Featuring the same Carnhill/St Ives transformers, inductors and Elma switches as its 19” rack brethren, the new 73EQL offers powerful sculpting and surgical EQing capabilities. Achieving an authentic 19073 sound inside a 500 series format is a siginfiactn milestone. Yours for $950. More here.

DJ Mag sets it straight. We were pleased to see this week a substantial feature this week from Declan McGlynn at DJ Mag concerning how producers are missing out on royalties owed. A lack of data, information, and will has left electronic music producers lagging way behind their commercial counterparts and this article, the beginning in a series, is going to go someway to addressing the issue. Read the full feature.

Amazon take another bite of the Apple. Jeff Bezos has announced that is launching a HD music streaming service. They become the first of the big three – Apple, Spotify and Amazon – to offer music in CD-quality audio. It also offers some music in “Ultra HD” which they say is better than CD-quality. It’s priced at £13 a month and you can learn more here.

XOYO’s new residents. In terms of nightclubbing news, London has been undergoing a real transformational period recently, with the Hip-hop/DnB residency from Mantra pushing Brixton’s Phonox into a completely new direction. Now, XOYO reveal Dekmantel Soundsystem will play each Friday from October through to December at the East London club, bringing in guests Palms Trax, LTJ Bukem, Helena Hauff and tonnes more. Disco and house heads and previous Phonox-goers, alas, the groove goes on! Tickets available here.

20th September, 2019

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