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Gear: This Week in Music Tech: MiniBrute, Native Instruments, Ableton Pro Tips, and Vocal Recording Masterclass

What with the internet and all, a lot can happen in seven days—especially in the rapidly evolving field of music technology—so we're launching a new weekly feature to keep up on the constant onslaught of information and catalog the highlights of gear and production-related news and videos into one condensed place. Here, we have our inaugural congregation of juicy tidbits, a roundup which we've cleverly titled This Week in Music Tech. Read more » 

  • Filed under: gear
  • 09/14/2012

Press Play: Theo Parrish, Zed Bias, Oneohtrix Point Never, Tyondai Braxton, and More

Where to begin with our batch of Press Play goodies for this week? Well, we've got some classic Detroit magic courtesy of Theo Parrish, a never-before-heard proper choon from UK garage stalwart Zed Bias, the bubblin' first single to drop via Bicep's new label, a bit of spacey synth-funk from B. Bravo & Teeko, Tyondai Braxton's wild reworking of Philip Glass, the new EP from Nicolas Jaar collaborator Dave Aju... You get the picture. Dive into the bounty of Press Play's streams and downloads after the jump. Read more » 

Download: Lamin Fofana "Africans Are Real (feat. Matt Shadetek)"

Label: Dutty Artz

The elusive producer known as Lamin Fofana is set to release his latest EP, Africans Are Real, via Brooklyn-based label Dutty Artz. The record's title track boasts a sub-driven, half-time grime beat flanked by a wealth of eclectic percussion, trancey synths, and a mysterious piano outro, and features Dutty Artz co-founder Matt Shadetek. "Africans Are Real" will be paired with remixes from South Africa's Spoek Mathambo, DJ /rupture, and Chief Boima, as well as another original production from Fofana, when the tunesmith's new EP drops on October 2. 

Average: 7.5 (60 votes)

Review: Kid Koala 12 Bit Blues

Label: Ninja Tune

Owning an E-mu SP-1200 sampler/drum machine was Canadian turntablist Kid Koala's teenage dream. Released in 1987, just a year before Koala (a.k.a. Eric San) started DJing, the SP-1200 pretty much defined the sound of hip-hop's golden age. Everyone from Public Enemy to Gang Starr to the Beastie Boys expertly deployed beats crafted on the machine, making the SP-1200 San's ideal sonic weapon. But at around $5,000, San was totally priced out of owning one himself, and he was forced to shelve his dream of working with it for many years to come. 12 Bit Blues, his fourth solo LP, is the sound of that dream becoming a reality. Read more » 

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  • 09/14/2012

Ben Klock, Benga, and More Added to Amsterdam Dance Event Lineup

Earlier this summer, we reported on the initial lineup of 2012's Amsterdam Dance Event, which includes the likes of Blawan, Planetary Assault Systems, and Richie Hawtin, among loads of others. And the big names keep rolling in, as we now have word of more artists being added to the festivities. Read more » 

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  • 09/14/2012

Download: Ultrademon & DJ Kiff "Green Room Hill Zone"

Label: Coral

Chicago producer Ultrademon and New Jersey Brick Bandits affiliate DJ Kiff have just released their collaborative Bubbles EP via Coral's Bandcamp. Although the pairing seems rather random, the tunesmith's respective styles and sonic inclinations complement one another surprisingly well. For example, "Green Room Hill Zone" reps some typical Jersey Club vocal chops, though the samples are brought down in the mix to make room for the squelchy synthesizers and water-drop sound effects. Ultrademon & DJ Kiff's tune continues to explore new sounds during the half-time breakdown—including trancey synths, thudding hip-hop percussion, and various sound bytes. The pair also dropped a CGI-heavy video for another track from the Bubbles EP, the hyper-active and super-melodic "Yr So Wet 3.0," which you can check out after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.7 (98 votes)

Review: Tom Demac Critical Distance Pt. 2


In fairness, it sometimes feels like every episode of the Boiler Room leads to a mini-takeover of everyone's Twitter feed, usually with customary comments along the lines of "DJ So-and-so is killing it right now!" But every once in awhile, an artist on the Boiler Room will do something truly outstanding, prompting a sort of palpable Twitter mania in the process. Tom Demac is one such artist. Back in August, he headlined the Hypercolour label's Boiler Room takeover with a live set. The first 45 minutes were good enough to garner some serious praise, but just before things came to a close, Demac unfurled this absolutely monstrous bassline and the crowd erupted. Online, the Twittersphere was alight within seconds, with people everywhere asking, "What is this tune?" Demac could only let it roll for a minute or two before he had to wrap up the performance, but he had clearly gotten everyone's attention. As it turns out, that tune was "Critical Distance Pt. 2," the UK producer's next single on Hypercolour. Read more » 

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  • 09/14/2012

Video Premiere: Pixelord "Been Lookin"

Just a few days ahead of the September 17 release of his Supaplex EP and following the recent freebie tune "Freeze Star VIP," Russian producer Pixelord (a.k.a. Alexey Devyanin) has unveiled the peculiar video for his new record's lead track, "Been Lookin." Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 09/13/2012

Download: Copy Paste Soul "So Good"

First Listen

This week, the 2 Swords label welcomed the return of anonymous South London producer Copy Paste Soul with the release of a two-track 12". "I Need Ya" b/w "Careful With Me" will see a digital release on September 24, but in the meantime, the tuensmith has offered up non-EP track "So Good," a cut which builds to a soothing, garage-influenced lull with dreamy synthscapes and pitched vocal coos nestled into the mix. 

Average: 8.1 (93 votes)

Blackbelt Andersen to Release Sophomore LP via Full Pupp

One of Oslo's many space-disco patrons, Blackbelt Andersen is set to release his new album, aptly called Blackbelt Andersen II (artwork above). Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 09/13/2012

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