If any audio company could be said to be candy flipping, it's Germany's Native Instruments. NI has an amazing knack when it comes to developing its digital processing "instruments" for cross-promotion, cross-pollination, and cross-genre shenanigans. Latest to augment the synergistic effect is MASCHINE Drum Selection—20 full drum kits pulled from the banks of the previously released MASCHINE groove production system. Read more »
Mad Decent is making it a yearly affair with its second installment of the Mad Decent Block Party, taking place on Saturday, August 15, in Philadelphia. Seeing as how last year was so much fun, it is almost guaranteed that the second go-round will be even better. Featuring Major Lazer, Blaqstarr, Maluca, DJ Sega, and more, the free, community-oriented street fest and carnival runs all day, and features all sorts of fun for kids and adults.
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The autumn brings two new treats from Planet-E founder and Detroit techno wizard Carl Craig. In September, C2 will be re-releasing the four EPs that he recorded under his 69 moniker on his own venerable label; including such instant techno classics as "Desire" and "My Machines," the four-disc vinyl-only boxed set will be released in an edition of 500, and 100 of those come with limited 69 t-shirts. Read more »
London-based dubstep purveyors Hyperdub will be celebrating the label's first five years come October with a wealth of gifts. Not only is founder Kode9 releasing a double-CD featuring past label favorites on one disc and new tunes on another, there are also five 12" releases planned, featuring the new disc's best tracks. Read more »
It used to be only on Sunday nights at the Eagle London in Vauxhall, London that you could enjoy the pure disco pleasure of Horse Meat Disco, but now, thanks to the release of their first official mix CD, you can get down to their choice sounds any time you like. Read more »
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