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Spotify total losses since 2008 reportedly $698.1 million… How is it possible that a company with a reported 25 million subscribers, close to 100 million users and an annual turnover (2015) of $2.12 billion still be reporting ever increasing losses year, after year, after year? Yet despite a reported total debt, including loans, of $1.56 billion (Source: Digital News), in 2015 Spotify reported that revenue was up 80% and the total number of subscribers had more than doubled to 25 million from the reported 10 million in 2014. What is going on? If streaming is the future and Spotify is leading the charge, surely this evidence suggests, like an ... Read more / Preview track
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Nils Frahm (Ode) ‘Zwei’ & Sleep D ‘Live at the Fairfield’ | New Music Most of this weeks discoveries have been House or a derivative of. Which as an opening statement is oddly fitting considering we watched 'The Big Short' last night; a pseudo documentary on the sub-prime housing crash that practically bought the global economy to its knees in 2008. A darkly amusing film, with numerous outstanding performances that will get you thinking on how those with too much influence and money care little for doing whats right, unless of course doing what's right happened to make them billions of dollars. Even the characters within the movie that claim to be above such ... Read more / Preview track
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Leron Carson – Lemonlime / Sofnthik (Sound Signature) At times creativity is so confusing and exhausting that even the thought of making a cup of tea feels like embarking on some impossible voyage of discovery...milk in first or milk in last, tea bag or tea leaves. The mind gets so bewildered it feels as though someone has reached into our heads, scooped out all the useful stuff and then rewired whats left, the net result being a laborious struggle to find any sort of clarity. Spontaneity is urm...hang on, not to mention an imagination that is duller than, well, a really dull thing. No matter how hard we try the words, notes or brush strokes ... Read more / Preview track
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Electronic Artist of the Week #25 – Palms Trax Electronic Artist of the Week, what does that even mean? Well its not quite as deep as the biggest question of all 'why'?...but it is a deeper look into a particular artist who we've increasingly found creeping their way into our record collection. Typically such a producer will have had to wow us on 2-3 separate occasions for us to even consider the immortal words 'Electronic Artist of the Week'. However like the Pointless Trophy, for winning the game show Pointless our much coveted award is perhaps not quite up there with the Grammys or an RA 'Breaking Through'...but Pointless or not its ... Read more / Preview track
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Pearson Sound – XLB | New Music Where to start? Tricky really as our relationship with Pearson Sound's output is mixed at best. Does anyone remember Ross in Friends, sorry dated we know, when he gets a keyboard and through Phoebe's encouragement starts playing music? If not, its very funny... anyway our point being that as you can imagine the joke is that the noises he's making can be barely be considered musical, in fact all they are, at best, are random sequences of sounds thrown together in a haphazard fashion, yet despite the seemingly obvious lack of musicality Phoebe unlike everyone else thinks he's a genius, and its ... Read more / Preview track
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BBB chat with Bradberry (PBR Streetgang) & Ian Blevins | Interview Longstanding instigators Bradberry (one half of PBR Streetgang) and Ian Blevins decided to put their enduring friendship to the test with a stint of collaborative studio time. PBR have long been on the BBB radar, in fact we almost had them down for a mix back in 2010/11, but alas schedules never quite aligned. Blevins on the other hand, for us at least, is a fresh 2016 discovery. Although he has a longstanding reputation amongst his peers, it wasnt until we came across a Bicep tweet in support of his recently released, banging, ESP Institute record 'Hannibal', that we were to become aware of ... Read more / Preview track
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Pantha du Prince – The Triad (Rough Trade Records) | New Music Some years ago when Daniel Avery was Stopmakingme and not Daniel Avery, well he was still actually Daniel Avery but not on posters, anyway, back then, 2010 to be exact, he wrote a few articles for us. In particular we remember him submitting Pantha du Prince - Black Noise to be included in our end of year 'Top 30 Albums of 2010', we duly obliged and the name has stuck with us ever since. The Triad is effectively Pantha du Prince's aka Hendrik Weber's first LP since 2010's sublime 'Black Noise', and a bit like a frozen in time Austin Powers things have changed quite a bite whilst Du Prince ... Read more / Preview track
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Dekmantel double bill with Palms Trax & Legowelt | New Music You may have noticed recently that BBB has been showing an increasingly keen interest in Dekmantel Records. To date these growing affections haven't got awkwardly amorous, but it is fair to say we're quite taken with the label, with past posts supporting the likes of Call Super, Robert Hood and Palms Trax. We're fairly certain the Dutch based label are largely unaware of our affections, but like any hopeful suitor we're following their every move with keen interest. Perhaps one day will don our finest orange regalia, hire a bike and cycle over to the Netherlands to introduce ourselves? But ... Read more / Preview track