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Posted in: New Music

Tom Trago Voyage Direct with ‘Maxi Mill’ // Big Strick ‘Twisted Faith’ Two records for you this afternoon; Maxi Mill 'Lost & Found' via Tom Trago's Voyage Direct imprint, a record that actually dropped in 2014, but we missed it, and it still sounds great, and Big Strick 'Twisted Faith' taken from his forthcoming Gathering EP on 7 Days Entertainment. Maxi Mill is a young Amsterdam based artist who according to the Soundcloud blurb is an established Tom Trago collaborator, and with this being our first introduction to his music, we can see why. Lost & Found's humble opening refrain sets the scene with vinyl aesthetics colouring a tight tom groove that ... Read more / Preview track
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Daphni ‘Vulture’, Ian Blevins ‘Hannibal’ (ESP) | New Music Ever noticed how the majority of people you know dont really get your passions, your fever pitched enthusiasm may gather a modicum of polite attention, but in the main your monologue is either cut short by a sudden change in subject or you simply give up trying to articulate your thoughts as you sense their agitated disinterest dousing your enthusiasm like a cold shower. However we can't expect everyone to see things in the same way we do and no doubt we have probably been guilty of quenching anothers flame. All is not lost though, as there is more than likely a whole army of fellow ... Read more / Preview track
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Posted in: Tech

Vinyl Emulation, Electric Guitar Synth, Juno 60 | FREE Plugins Nothing is ever FREE, as the age old adage goes, and if it is free there is usually a catch, or its about as good as a screen door on a battleship. In regards to plugins there are many free options out there, many of which dont actually fall into the 'whats the catch' category but often times lack the quality to become a staple of your production work flow. Having said this, there is the odd exception and like an unexpected first class upgrade iZotope's Vinyl Simulator, AfroDJMac's Electric Guitar Synth and TAL's U-NO-62 mean we can live the high life without breaking the bank. iZotope - ... Read more / Preview track
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Bicep Recommends: Ceephax Acid Crew ‘Emotinium’ | New Music Anyone else watch Super Bowl 50? Not the most thrilling of games truth be told, but it has to be said the Americans sure know how to put on a show. Whether it be the race to the Whitehouse or the half time Super Bowl performance you can guarantee no expense will be spared in their bid to put on the grandest spectacle possible, so much so that at times it can feel as though spectacle takes precedence over substance. Now this isn't some back handed swipe at America but more of a fundamental observation that we could all make more effort to not get caught up in the dizzying headlights of well ... Read more / Preview track
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Posted in: Music News

150 Miles in 6 Days across the Sahara Desert!… Come April 8th 'Blah Blah Blah' aka Jon E Cassell will be running 150 miles in 6 days across the Sahara Desert, which is effectively 6 Marathons in 6 days in 50°c heat. The race is called the 'Marathon Des Sables' and is widely regarded as the toughest foot race on earth (see pictures below). Like most of his family and friends you are probably thinking why? Well, long story short, the aim is to inspire those who struggle with depression, anxiety, low self esteem or any other mental condition that erodes their personal sense of self worth and value. Jon himself has been battling with ... Read more / Preview track
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New Music: Buz Ludzha & Leon Vynehall At times you have to wonder why we do the things we do, day after day, after day. Particularly when those things that we strive to be successful at, our passions even, get trampled on by the community around us. We can put our heart, soul and sinew on the line believing that our dedication should at least count for something, and yet despite our greatest efforts there is always someone ready to pounce at even the slightest show of weakness. All to often the self appointed expert, a blogger or reviewer like myself, neglects to consider the person behind the music. Music like all creativity is ... Read more / Preview track
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Posted in: Features

How the Producer created: Motown, Hip-Hop, Rock & Pop Ever wondered how Motown or Hip-Hop became a thing or why David Bowie's Hero's or the Beatles 'Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band' are considered amongst the greatest LP's ever written. Perhaps like us you've often looked back at the golden ages of rock in the 60's or Hip-Hop in the 70's and 80's, not to mention perhaps the most influential music movement in history 'Motown', and wished you could have been there to soak it all up.  Without these movements, future innovators wouldn't have created the bedrock of many a DJ's current set list. Motown and Disco led to the invention of House, ... Read more / Preview track
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Ólafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm – Trance Frendz | New Music With the faint buzz of the weekend still ringing in our ears and the post Red Bull lethargy seeping into our aching limbs it came as a very welcome and pleasant break from the noise to discover Olafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm stunningly beautiful 'Trance Frendz'. Recorded during an unedited 8 hour jam session in Nils Berlin studio, the 7 collaborative compositions that make up 'Trance Frendz' were first released as a 45 minute documentary film on YouTube in August of last year. Originally the compositions were only available on the second CD of their 2CD 'Collaborative Works LP', however ... Read more / Preview track