May 2017

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Posted in: Indie

[Listen] Shouty opinionated post-punk: Shame – Tasteless Shouty, aggressive, forthright ranting from South London 5 piece, can sometimes signal up tight teenagers with a parental axe to grind. Not here. 'Shame' like any self-respecting associated punk act have plenty of bite and trousers. According to the bands lead singer Charlie Steen Shame - Tasteless is about: "protesting against people's constant acceptance and indifference towards deeply troubling issues within society as well as politics, only seeming to care when it is something that will affect them. a comment disregarding some people's over-sensitivity when a person or group of people ... Read more / Preview track
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[Listen] Erol Alkan produced: Ride – All I Want In a time when following your favourite indie band is about as cool as voting Conservative, it's interesting that one of the UK's most revered early 90's pioneers 'Ride' has elected to make 2017 their comeback year. In fact guitar music is at such an all time low in the UK that apart from the Foals we're struggling to think of any other UK bands that regularly make a noticeable impression on our pop addled charts. Perhaps Kasabian. But even still the traditional four piece would appear to be a declining aspiration for young musicians, not to mention the waning relevance of the LP format. But ... Read more / Preview track
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Listen to DJ Shadow & Nas – Systematic At times we need music that tells us how it us, something incendiary that doesn't beat around the bush. Whilst it's nice to have uplifting records that make us feel better, at times we need music to be a cathartic release. Articulating the fears, issues and frustrations that can dog our daily walk through life. Hip-Hop is arguably the most consistent genre when it comes to saying how it is and DJ Shadow & Nas - Systematic is another such Hip-Hop record. DJ Shadow kicks things off with a simple yet irresistible guitar loop, a loop that is later accompanied by an equally simple yet ... Read more / Preview track
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How To Write a Hit Song – Is Three still the Magic Number? Ever wondered how the big names write hit song after song. Well the answer is collaboration, which in itself is not much of revelation when you consider the icons of old such as Lennon/McCartney, Jagger/Richards, Page/Plant etc. However what may come as a surprise is that in Music Week's recent analysis of the Top 100 singles of 2016 the average number of heads needed to write a hit song is 4.53! For example Beyonce needed 16 songwriters, producers and composers to complete her latest LP 'Lemonade'. So what does this mean? Should we be outraged by this revelation? Well before we jump on ... Read more / Preview track
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Posted in: Features

How To Make Music: Ableton – Get Started [Interactive Guide] Have you just started writing your own music? Bewildered by what you don't seem to know? Don't know where to start? Don't worry Ableton are here to help with their interactive how to make music guide: Ableton - Get Started. Launched earlier this month Ableton - Get Started like their legendary DAW is intuitively designed to get you writing music as quickly and as easily as possible. If you really don't know where to start in terms of making drum patterns, selecting sounds, writing melodies, song structure etc then this is the ideal place to start. Admittedly it's not the only available ... Read more / Preview track
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Pop-Sicle: Part 1 – Katy Perry, RAC, Sigrid Do you have a sweet tooth? One that needs a regular sugary fix? Well look no further than this weeks three irresistibly candy coated pop-sicle bangers from Katy Perry - Chained To The Rhythm, RAC - This Song and Sigrid - Don't Kill My Vibe. As a primarily underground House Music, Techno and Electronic Music blog talking about the latest pop bangers is potentially a risky proposition. Traditionally a love for tight production skills and sick beats is not synonymous with an equal interest in saccharine coated melodic hooks that even your mum would like. That said, apart from the odd diehard ... Read more / Preview track
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Posted in: New Music

Minimal tech-house glory: Makcim & Levi Remix via Mountain People You know that House music that is often called Deep House where the DJ turns the bass off and then turns the bass back on to get your hands in the air? Well, technically this is that type of record. However to leave our description there would be an unfair generalisation of this sound, the DJs who play it, and the record featured here: Mountain People 011.2 – Makcim & Levi Remix. In truth a better genre classification, as used by Phonica and Juno, would be Minimal / Tech-House. A classification that indicates that what you’re actually getting will be stripped back, mostly likely ... Read more / Preview track
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FREE Vinyl press of your music via PRS Music Foundation ‘Flash Funding for Vinyl’ aims to give you the artist the opportunity to release your music on wax, for free. Your only obligation is to convince the panel of judges that your music is fresh, exciting, and full of passion. Following a successful partnership with MODO in 2016, PRS Foundation is pleased to announce the return of Flash Funding for Vinyl – offering emerging UK artists and bands the opportunity to develop their careers with: 500 x 12” VINYL FROMKEY PRODUCTION GROUP & MODO Worth over £1,500, artists receive 500 x stunning 12” vinyl, with Modo supporting ... Read more / Preview track