bangin collab featuring ATL’s @Drill_Cosby & @STYLSS artist Modeling.
“bring a bitch down like I break a brick down”
Stefan Kozalla, aka DJ Koze, is staple to the german club scene and one of the most underrated producers. Known for his hip hop skills, as well as house and disco, Koze brings something on the more minimal side showing us the genre boundaries don’t scare him whatsoever.
Mixing together a weird concotion of what sounds like Willy Wonka, Alice in Wonderland, And Nicolas Jaar, DJ Koze creates a psychedelic soundscape. Bringing on Matthew Dear, who is known for his unorthodox production style and Dj sets, they create an auditory lucid dream with a heavy bass line reminiscent of slowed down binaural tones. A trippy, distorted vocal over the track tops it off to create absolute wonderment, as it takes you on a 7 minute ride, which feels more like 3.
Definitely something for the daring dj’s to work into their sets and the out-of-the-box listeners, DJ Koze’s full project, Amygdala, can be picked up from Juno in the link below!
Purchase: DJ Koze – Amygdala
HPNTK linked with Whiskey Pete on the west coast to bring yall this free summertime anthem. Check the official drop on Run The Trap & grab the download. This dope video was shot by Guerilla McGavin. Please share around if you dig!
With the insight of Toyboy and Robin, Asona has released a stellar EP named Body Works. Released through Toyboy and Robin’s Cool Kids Label, the EP consists of three songs that deliver quality deep house music that evokes lots of feeling.
The east coast native, Asona, offers up a simply awesome and aptly titled EP, that definitely encourages body movement on the dance floor. With deeply strung melodies and emotive vocal samples, Asona has preparded three original tracks which are testament to his smooth production style and ear for a good groove. Each track delivers its own special blend of danceable soul music, leaving Asona with a project he should be very proud to call his own!
Definitely pick up the Body Works EP , forthcoming on May 27th, if your a true fan of deep house!
FKi dropped that new ‘Transformers N The Hood 2’ mixtape today. Follow @FKi1stDown & @FKiRich these guys are the truth
Freaky Loops has released EDM Bassline, a sample library featuring a collection of EDM bass hooks. This pack features 200 of the most current-sounding Electro and Dance Basslines have been designed for a variety of EDM styles from house to electro, progressive to techno and more.. Combining elements of nu-rave, electro and house, fidget has [...]
For this weeks show Murder He Wrote is back with another eclectic mix of electronic beats for his monthly Drum Clinic takeover.
Featuring brand new music from Numerology Records, 10-David, Tuesday Born, Ty, Platypi, OL & Yoin, Lewis James, William Arcane, Two Inch Punch and Pedestrian.
Ty – Playing With Fire (instrumental) [Tru Thoughts]
Platypi – Lassitude [Numerology Recordings]
IMYRMIND – Orange Skin Food [WotNot]
K15 – Returning Is Impossible [WotNot]
Pedestrian – Hoyle Road [Be Electric]
Murder He Wrote – Push It [unsigned]
Lorca – Have I Told You (Citizen Remix) [2020 Vision Recordings]
iO Sounds – You/Me (Forget Me Not Remix) [Diamond and Raw Records]
Ore – Cafe Torrefies [Civil Music]
10-David – Empty Sky [WotNot]
William Arcane – Want Somebody [Pictures Music]
Tuesday Born – Wake ft. Dnae (Two Inch Punch Remix) [Audio Doughnuts]
Etch – Black Diamond [unsigned]
Murder He Wrote – Find Me [unsigned]
OL & Yoin – Nails [Fine Grains]
Lewis James – Mr Cannibal BBQ [OG Cultures]
The Range – Life Like This [Donky Pitch]
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Toyboy and Robin, a production duo out of London, have been turning out some very solid tracks. Much of their early music combines house and bass music in a unique fusion, but lately, there’s been a slew of Disclosure-ish house on their soundcloud, and I’m not complaining. On their latest, ‘Jaded,’ the boys deliver a groovy masterpiece, featuring a cut-up vocal sample that blends perfectly with the disco-house beat. Check out ‘Jaded’ and another favorite, Everything You Want, below.
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SWEDI$H HOUSE MVFIA / DON’T YOU WORRY CHILD [EDDIE GOLD X OREON X VILLAINOID REMIX] / FREE DL
A very potent experimental remix of a classic anthem….download it for free!!!
Loopmasters has launched the Frontline Producer Label Sampler, a sample library featuring content from 6 previously released titles. The Frontline Producer specializes in collections of superbly recorded samples, loops and sound fx, recorded both in house and at some of the countries finest recording facilities. We spend our time fiddling with only the best Mics, [...]
dope new release from @FortyOzBeats on @ClubTapes this is full of heat // free dl
Sorry I’ve been away, I have been busy with my school, vacations, and playing music myself. Hope this makes it up to you. Bring on the bass!
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Lana Del Rey / Cola (George Antonios Remix) / FREE DL
Share this track if you have had a pussy that tasted like Pepsi Cola.
3. Donkey Kong
Short and sweet is the type caliber this tune “Frenzy” brings to the table, the vibe it precedes all the way to the drop will truly test any EDM crowd. Shapes of Light does this just right and I can only expect bigger tunes in the future!
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(INDIE DANCE/NU DISCO)
Check this brand new mix from @Chromatiqdj and come out to Union in east atlanta tonight to catch her set 11:30pm. Also secret set from Heroes x Villains in the backroom.
1.Grey -Chromatiq & Soundgrave
2.The World Is Yours- Valentino Khan Remix (Sidney Samson)
3.Blaow! -Styles &Complete
4.The Whistler – Claude Vonstroke (Samples remix)
5. Crowd Control -Flosstradamus, Dj Sliink
6. It’s A Trap -UFO! (SPL remix)
7. Mosh It Up -Kill The Noise
8. Barrier -Thugli
9. Color Blind (Amit, Rani)
10. Do A Trick – MartyParty remix
11. Callisto Final -ETC!ETC! x Brillz
13. Dimitri Vegas & Like Me – Wakanda (Echo Palante trap remix)
14.Bring The Noise (ETC! ETC! remix) -Benny Benassi x Public Enemy
16.Toy Box -CRNKN
17.Low Key (G Jones remix)
18. Lit – L3gion & Chromatiq
19.My House (Thugli, Grandtheft remix)
20.Fallout -The Others, Emalkay
21.Bad Boy Flow -ETC!ETC!, Protohype
22.Who U Wit -Valentino Khan
23.BMW (Backthen) ETC!ETC! VS BARE
24.Tear It Down -Valentino Khan
26.Lucid- Chromatiq &Soundgrave
27.HVRDBEVT MARKET -RoughUgz
28.Champion Sound- Evol Intent vs. Q-Project & Total Science
29.Tantrum – Luminox
30.Therapy (Pogman remix) Robokop
31.Where That Dank -FKI X Flosstradmus
33.Scared Now -Gladiator x Stooki Sound
34.Fok Julie Naieers – Die Antwoord (DarkElixir remix)
He’s not a household name. But Tatsuya Takahashi is the man from Korg’s development group behind instruments you almost certainly know. Starting with the first Korg monotron, followed by the Monotribe, monotron DUO and monotron DELAY, Takahashi has been standards bearer to a legacy of Korg stretching back to the early analog days. These newer instruments return to some of the analog circuitry and ideas behind earlier instruments, bringing a new playful approach to electronic music making for the masses, at stunningly low prices that put the products in reach of those musicians.
And now … well, now there’s volca, three new instruments covering bass, beats, and keys (in name and function), each under $150 bucks. And so we’re really lucky that their designer Tatsuya Takahashi from Korg in Inagi-City, Japan visited us in Berlin. He had all three volcas in hand, and shared his experience as a musician and designer, complete with a live improvised jam for us on the products he and his team at Korg built.
It was a rare pleasure – Christmas in May.
The three new instruments are both more value-packed and more capable, complete with (at last) MIDI input ports that let you connect other gear. volca beats, volca keys, and volca bass each focus in on a specific sound design task, while sharing common sequencing and sync features, and tidy bodies with big touch strips. They’re self-contained music instruments (complete with speakers), but also play nicely with each other and other gear.
You may have seen a look at volca from Musikmesse, but there, these babies were locked inside big “don’t steal me” cages and had to be heard over the din of a trade show. Tatsuya stopped by my studio last week with the items so we could hear them on proper monitors and play. And play we did, for a delightful afternoon filled with grooving volca sounds and chatter, joined by Benjamin Weiss of DE:BUG and Engadget Germany (who has also been a musical collaborator of mine lately).
I thought they sounded pretty good at Musikmesse. Then I heard them properly and got to play for more time. And I can say this: they’re even better than you likely think. With street prices now aiming for around US$139 and €139 (official European list is €166, for instance, but street looks lower), they’re looking just ridiculously desirable.
Something about them also suggests that Korg has gone from experiment to real instrument. Those early Korgs were nice, but the absence of MIDI was a pain (especially on monotribe), and they weren’t for me at the level of must-have sonically. These are different. I got to talk to Tatsuya for a long time about his ideas. He’s an extraordinarily-insightful designer; a long-time UK resident with a proper English accent, you get a real sense of focus on the designs he works on, a degree of confidence that shows in the designs. I understood from our conversation that Korg was unsure – as the rest of us were, frankly – how the original monotron experiment would be received.
If the first blush of monotron was “toy,” those of you who picked them up and made music with them proved they were more. And volca seems to acknowledge that, not only with the much-needed MIDI port, but with more spacious touch strips that are more playable, with deeper sound design options that set them apart not only as “cheap” but genuinely “unique.” A friend on Facebook asked if monotribe owners wouldn’t be frustrated by the availability of volca beats. I said, quite the opposite, I think those monotribe owners – putting up with the rest of our skepticism, going to the trouble of shipping off their hardware to add MIDI mods – may now feel vindicated. The volcas are a triumph of the design thinking behind monotron.
Let’s talk specifically, though, about what I mean and how I’d pick between the instruments.
First, here’s a listen to music made by Tatsuya on the spot using each, so you can hear what they sound like. (A shame, actually, that we didn’t record more, as we were having fun all day long.) Recorded for CDM in my studio, direct from the instruments, no additional effects. (That means they’re also completely dry.)
And here’s a jam with our friends at KOMA Elektronik, also from Tatsuya’s Berlin visit – thanks to Wouter for sharing this with us.
Things you may not know about the volcas:
The delay is not the same as the one on the earlier monotrons. The new delay is actually running on the microcontroller, a custom-implemented delay routine squeezed into the volca’s processor cycles. And it’s irresitable. In fact, it was the thing that drew me to the volca keys first at Messe, capable of whipping up spacey ambient dubs from your synth leads. (The earlier monotron used a dedicated chip for delay. My intern messed around with his own delay implementation using that same chip last summer — this stuff isn’t a secret, once you open the case, and Korg even shared the earlier design in public sechematics. What made the monotron special was fitting the analog filter into the delay line.) No matter: it all sounds great, and it’s certainly in the spirit of the original.
Sync is a blast – and you can sync up other monothings, too. You can connect minijacks to sync these different instruments, including both volcas and Korg monotribe. Now, you can also sync from MIDI in – and then use that to clock something else from the sync port. So, for instance, you could add a volca bass, run MIDI from your laptop, and then run a sync cable to your monotron, and everything will clock together.
MIDI out will be hackable. Tatsuya didn’t let us unscrew the cases – these things are rare – but he did confirm for us that “MIDI out” is spelled in large letters on the board. So, hackers, just as you added MIDI capabilities to past Korg boxes, you’ll be able to supplement the included MIDI input with output.
The battery lasts. The suspect East German wiring in my studio never got tested as everything was happy running off batteries. Having built-in speakers is fun, too, though the only problem is you’re unaware how big the sound of these instruments can be.
You can automate the (digital) knobs. Korg advertised this, but using it in practice is endless fun – for acid techno lovers, but anyone wanting to sequence more complex sounds, generally.
The filter sounds great. Both the bass and keys use a 1974 miniKORG700S filter, recreated here. It’s been tuned differently: on the bass, it feels more like a squelchy acid filter, whereas on the keys it is a little bit tamed for subtler sound designs (though still capable of some acid-y sounds if you push it, making deciding between bass and keys doubly tricky). I was a bit unsure of this move, having grown accustomed to the MS-style filter on the monotron (and, more recently, recreated for the MS-20 mini). But while this filter sounds different, think of it as yet another characteristic Korg filter, capable of some fairly out-there sounds. In fact, it may make you a bit sad that the new volcas lack an audio in jack. (Having seen the case; trust me, there wasn’t room!)
Slide touch makes the sequencers more usable. Slide along the touch strip, and you can quickly silence and mute drum parts on the volca beats, for instance. You can also use Active Step to add and remove steps on bass and beats, and hop around the sequence on beats with Step Jump for rhythmic effects. It makes the beats and bass really performance-ready.
The sound is poor, but I love the virtuosity of this demo, apparently as given to dealers in Japan – it makes you want to buy all three, then spend a lot of time practicing (and means we can never complain about the touch strip again):
volca beats has added some sound features that keep things fresh. The “grain” parameter adjusts the digital wavetable on the hat, and can make some glitchy, tight sounds. (Yes, the hat is a hybrid digital/analog circuit, which makes sense for this case. Had a bit of discussion last time in comments about this – I said it was digital, you said it was analog, and we were both right.) PCM Speed creates some creative effects, as well, for other digital timbres. And the Stutter effect can be tuned to all kinds of different results. We talked a bit to Tatsuya about this; a real goal of the beats was keeping things original, and all of this helps. But, and this is important:
You’ll get deep bass when you want it. That “toy” criticism can be fair if an instrument can’t rumble the floor with bass or hold up in a club or mix. With all three, I was impressed in better acoustic environments by the sounds of the bass drums and bass lines.
So, if I had to get only one volca… I’d probably get the volca beats. It’s tough to beat a drum machine for under $150. Two, or if I had another drum machine/sequencer I liked: definitely the keys. It has a distinctive lead sound, the various unison options are a joy, and the delay really opens it up. You can still use it for basslines, happily. But it’s really genuinely tough to choose. The bass is definitely acid friendly, and having the three oscillators is great. It’s not hard to imagine some people getting all three.
But this isn’t a review. We expect volcas to appear in the summer. By then, we’ll have more hands-on video showing how these work, and certainly more sounds. (We expect more from Korg, too. And Korg, Tatsuya was making great sounds with his instruments, so we told him we wanted more from him, too!)
Oh, and it was nice that both I and the folks at Koma got to talk to a Korg veteran about instrument design. We’re not sitting still on the MeeBlip project – we’re hard at work on something new, something different than what the volcas offer. And we’re thrilled that you can now put together a very affordable hardware studio, as it means MeeBlip is more useful than ever. At the same time, part of why I’m humbled and happy to have had the MeeBlip experience is that I now appreciate the work done by someone even as big as Korg. Korg owns their own factory in Vietnam; Tatsuya had just visited to work with the manufacturing team. The result is something incredibly high-quality, consistent, and affordable, that was even recently not possible at this price point. When you’re making physical products, every manufacturing detail therefore matters.
And speaking of manufacturing, it’ll all be shipping later this summer. We’ll be watching.
More photos, courtesy Benjamin at DE:BUG.
Frontline Producer has released Bass Breaks – Ultimate Collection, a solid grooving collection of bass samples that will move your tunes to the next level. How often do you get to work with the players that straight out of sessions with Mark Ronson and Katy B? Well, lucky for you, these guys are on the [...]
Representing Australia, Ghetto Funk & Bombastic Jam, Busta has proved that he is a worthy contender in the Ghetto Funk Music scene. Currently approaching his 20th official release spanning over 15 different labels, Busta has become a staple in your musical diet. Having just come off a U.K./Europe tour with Vancouver’s very own Timothy Wisdom, Busta has earned himself reputable slots at events such as the famous Shambhala Music Festival, Soundwave Festival & Regrooved events. Check out this new ep Busta recently dropped, grab the free download below.
Spitfire Audio has announced the release of Sable Volume 2, a string library for Native Instruments Kontakt. Spitfire are delighted to release the hotly anticipated second volume in our detailed new String library. Volume 2 contains the Violin 2 section (providing you with a smaller totally different group of violinists, sat in a different position [...]