January 2016

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Jamie XX – Dance music is important to me… it just makes me happy In 2015 Jamie XX conducted an interview with 'The Fader' where he stated "Dance music is important to me because it just makes me happy. There's not that many things that make me happy". This statement immediately struck a chord, no pun intended, and got me thinking about my own personal feelings towards music. Whilst internally philosophising this point it just so happened that twitter was having a collective melt down as many respected publications and commentators were shamelessly reporting that Kanye West had changed the name of his next LP from Swish to Wave, and in that moment, which ... Read more / Preview track
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How To – Create the Perfect Kick Drum | Tech If Resident Advisor did an end of year Top 100 production questions asked, its a fairly safe bet that, How to Create the Perfect Kick Drum, would probably clinch the number 1 spot. To some readers this question maybe as frustrating as hearing a professional footballer describe their teams performance with the same monosyllabic cliches week after week. However whilst a footballer can get away with a limited range of adjectives, a producer cannot get away with a flimsy kick drum. So how to make you kick thump harder than a disgruntled english football fan? As producers ourselves we have ... Read more / Preview track
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Kowton Utility LP via Livity Sound | Music News Its always a curious event when an underground electronic artist announces an LP. In a recent article we posted 'Format Wars' we touched upon the subject of the LP and whether it's legacy is enduring or beginning to wax in a digital age. Since the MP3, iTunes and the iPod gate crashed our music buying habits we no longer just buy an LP on the merits of the artist or a recent review we read, rather we hop, skip and jump through the various tracks and invariably settle on a select few that grab our attention. This type of behaviour is even more prevalent when you step outside the confines of ... Read more / Preview track
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Roman Flugel, Ricardo Villalobos & Fort Romeau | New Music This Monday morning was spent sipping a cup of joe in my local Coffee Shop, an Americano in case you're wondering, none of that 80's Cappuccino rubbish! Masculinity aside, I was captivated, in my window seat, by how much as humans we rush about endlessly, a stream of seemingly fruitless activity marching back and forth in front of me like a well drilled platoon. We have our orders and off we go, rarely any questions asked, just a dogged certainty that what ever it is must get done. It got me wondering, how often do we actually stop and think, 'hang on why am I doing this, is this what I ... Read more / Preview track
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Maribou State – Portrait Outtakes | New Music Outtakes or B-sides have a chequered past, its rare that either offer anything that enhances the original material. Often in the LP format you get albums that stay long past their welcome with 15 tracks diluting what could have been a punchy 10-12 masterpiece. So what do we have here, a marketing gimmick to sell the final few tickets of their tour or a genuine set of three tracks that you would actually listen to? Our gut feeling when the Portrait Outtakes landed on our desk was leaning towards the former, especially as the press release specifically mentions their upcoming KOKO show Feb ... Read more / Preview track
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Matthew Dear Production Masterclass [Point Blank] Often as electronic producers we find ourselves bogged down in the science of it all, like a rabbit caught in the headlights the shear weight of what we dont know freezes our ability to freely express ourselves. Unfortunately much of what we hear today reinforces this rigid approach with its car production line mentality, track after track is built from the same plan, because we know that works, with the odd go faster strip here and there to give the illusion of creativity. The problem with this type of mass production rigidity is that eventually the ideas get stale and the process ... Read more / Preview track
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Physical vs Streaming – Format Wars Music has gone through more wardrobe changes than the average Lady Gaga show and with Universal announcing earlier this year their plan to launch VR (Virtual Reality) music experiences to connect fans and artists in a totally new immersive experience we can only assume that the music industries constantly evolving format has more twists, wrong turns (Mini Disc), and happy endings to come. Even in the early 1900's format wars have always defined the industry, back then it was Edison's phonograph cylinder duking it out with the vinyl disc, in the 80's it was Cassette vs CD and now its CD, ... Read more / Preview track
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Raw M.T & Dan Shake (House & Techno) | New Music Last week we launched our 2016 playlist, yes we know its only Jan 18th, but before you get all judgemental and cynical let us explain. Every Monday throughout the year we will be updating this playlist with the latest cuts that have caught our attention that particular week. Hopefully come the end of the 2016 this playlist will be a verifiable summation of the year just gone... Next up Raw MT & Dan Shake. This week we have got another two tracks for you. First up is RAW MT via Lobster Theremin with his track 'Richard's Revenge'. We couldn't find a single Soundcloud file for Richards ... Read more / Preview track