November 2015

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Posted in: Articles

Here’s One I Made Earlier – Is the Mixtape Still Relevant? Its been over a year since the last Blah Blah Blah mixtape and as the weeks and months tumbled past our faith in the mixtape began to wain in the face of an ever growing and bewildering range of mix options. A range so bewildering that finding anything of lasting value was becoming increasingly difficult, and like the number of channels on your TV we were becoming so desensitised to the shear volume of options, that we were either settling for the C.S.I of mixtapes, razzle dazzle with no memorable value, or simply switching off. So what does these mean for the mixtape, is it still ... Read more / Preview track
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Posted in: BBB Records

PREVIEW – ‘Albany’ taken from our 14th Record ‘Because Because’… So far the response to our 14th record has been really exciting with Laurent Garnier, Joris Voorn, Tensnake, Carl Craig amongst others all showing their support for the music. Which to be honest is a huge relief as you're never quite sure if the rest of the world (internet) will agree with your enthusiasm for the music. Admittedly Fortunate War's sound is probably not on message with a lot of whats out there, sorry, but when you've got greats such as those mentioned above giving it a seal of approval, who cares... 'Albany' is the closing track on the EP and can be best described as an ... Read more / Preview track
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Has Music Lost Its Meaning?… Read a very interesting article on BBC News titled 'Why Its time to turn the music off". Essentially the article was lambasting the current state of musical expression and consumption likening it to fast food; quick, simple, banal, tasteless and devoid of any real lasting quality. Is this a fair assessment or is it just the musing of a cantankerous 50 something who thinks all modern music is just noise? We all know, without going into an intense music history lesson, that music traditionally originates from community with melody and rhythm helping to communicate a message. This community ... Read more / Preview track
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Posted in: BBB Records

First listen to Blah Blah Blah’s 14th Record… At times running a record label seems like the most illogical use of ones precious time and resources, especially when your primary focus is supporting relatively unknown artists and trying to get the music buying public to try something new. For those who dont have their own label its a bit like trying to get all your mates to agree where to go for New Years Eve, an impossible task of conflicting opinions, tastes and fear of the unknown...what if its no good! That said running a record label does bring great reward, especially when you see prominent music types supporting your music, and the ... Read more / Preview track
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Jackmaster judging, £1.5k of Native Instruments gear to be won… Do all your mates say your music is amazing, does your mum thing you're better than Daft Punk? If so stop reading now! and check out Simon Cowell's 2016 DJ Talent Show, where, like the X Factor you can pit your misguided talent against other misdirected hopefuls. HOWEVER if your ambition's are not to release the first House Christmas Number 1, or appear on the One Show, you may want to check out Audiosplitters competition: search for  'The Best New Electronic Music Producers'. Sponsored by FACT Magazine with Jackmaster as the lead judge. Audiosplitter is a social media platform that aims ... Read more / Preview track
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Posted in: New Music

Special Request – Can Pastiche be forward thinking or is it just lazy? So much of what we consume on a daily basis is either the past or whats presently popular repackaged, very little is genuinely innovative. When we look at music and in particular electronic music this cyclical regurgitating of ideas happens on an unprecedented scale. Therefore can 'Pastiche' be forward thinking or is it just lazy? Lets take Paul Woolford's most recent alias 'Special Request' as a case in point. As Special Request Woolfords music is often touted as drawing direct influence from the days of pirate radio and early dance culture, in particular early 90's Rave. In order to draw ... Read more / Preview track
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DJs & Producers without a Brand can’t succeed? Initially this post was just going to be an eloquent introduction to Roman Flugel's new record 'Monday Brain' in particular the lead track Teenage Engineering. However as I began to write the post I began to think about branding and how important a consistent message is to an artist's longevity. Unlike 'Daft Punk', who were arguable the benchmark for electronic music branding, Roman Flugel has a more meandering approach to his music, an approach that has little regard for prevailing trends or consistent musical direction; which begs the question: As a modern artist is branding the key to ... Read more / Preview track