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Watch: Rise of the DJ and the 808 in 80’s LA – Red Bull Music If like us you've read 'Last Night A DJ Saved My Life', watched 'Hip-Hop Evolution' on Netflix and are yet to miss an episode of Resident Advisors Real Scenes series, then this needs to be next on your watch list. Red Bull Music Academy in association with Your's Truly provide an informative and intriguing insight into the birth of West Coast Hip-Hop. Unlike the majority of Hip-Hop documentaries, that tend to focus on Dr Dre, NWA Gangster rap and Flash, 'Pioneers of the Modern Party' endeavours to delve a little deeper and farther back. At only 17 minutes it's a swift watch, yet ... Read more / Preview track
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What are your – All Killer No Filler LPs? We’ve listed ours… Recently BBC Radio 6 ran an article on 30 LPs that they considered 'All Killer No Filler'. As you'd expect the list was considerably diverse if perhaps a little obvious in places. Anything from Chemical Brothers through Led Zeppelin to Dolly Parton was considered worthy. Question is what are your Killer No Filler LP's? We've listed ours (see below), and if you're feeling chatty hit up the comment section below and let us know yours. Blah Blah Blah - Killer No Filler LPs (In no particular order) Chemical Brothers - Exit Planet Dust Daft Punk - Discovery (Obvious, but had to go ... 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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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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BBB Interview Phil Kieran feat. Roman Flugel & Andrew Weatherall Phil Kieran is one of those names that is synonymous with dance culture. Much like Kelly Slater is to Surfing, Madge Bishop to Neighbours and Donald Trump to Russia! Hopefully our IP address hasn't been tapped after that last comparison. Comparison's aside, since the year 2000 Phil Kieran has, as Erol Alkan would put it, kept the kids dancing. And last year he was back with his third full length LP - Blinded By The Sun, released via Jamie Jones imprint. The LP has since acquired two bang on remixes by two further legends of dance culture, Roman Flugel & Andrew Weatherall. With these ... Read more / Preview track
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[Watch] Inspiring Ableton Beat Tools promo Video Tech giant Ableton have just released Beat Tools, a comprehensive Drum and Instrument rack for Ableton Live. The idea behind this package is that it is a one stop shop for all your creative music production needs. In their own words... "...Drum Racks are packed with percussive hits, bass and melodic samples so you can work on tight-knit ideas for groove and melody together. More than 100 Instrument Racks offer a huge sound palette to create a range of moods – from weighty bass and smooth electric pianos, to icy pads and sharp leads. Plus there are 182 audio loops for chopping up and ... Read more / Preview track
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Best House & Club Tracks [ Of All Time ] – Playlist Defected Records, in association with the general public, have compiled a - Best House & Club Tracks playlist. Weighing in with an initial 600 tracks it may take some patient prospecting to sift out the gold, but we're confident in forecasting a rich return for your efforts. After all Defected Records know a thing or two about house music and the general public...well that's you! If you can't trust yourself, who can you trust? Merry Prospecting... Best House & Club Tracks You can also access the playlist via Apple Music, Deezer and Tidal Related Listening - Blah Blah ... Read more / Preview track
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Who killed UK Clubbing & why so many Nightclub Closures? Annie Mac recently recorded a short BBC documentary, Who Killed The Night, in which she investigates why UK clubbing is haemorrhaging venues and clubbers. During the show Annie considers a number of possible explanations as to why almost 50% of UK clubs have closed since 2005, leaving us with just 1753 in 2017. As you'd expect the usual arguments are raised - property developers, local counsel meddling etc. However it was a simple phrase that 'Sink The Pink' promoter Amy Redmond used that struck home for us - 'Punk-Spirit'. Whilst considering this short film we also stumbled across the ... Read more / Preview track