Preview: taMe – Karma EP

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taMe is at it again with dance floor ready bombs on their new EP, Karma. For the sixth release on taMe Music they’ve pulled no punches, and bring forth three tracks with excellent variety while still adhering to a distinct sound. With early support from the likes of Carl Craig, Joseph Capriati, Stacy Pullen, and Tom Novy, the Karma EP will be making it’s rounds across many dance floors in the future. Take a listen to the previews below, and stay tuned for the official release in June.

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Beatport Exclusive Release: 06/15/2015
Release on All Other Outlets: 06/29/2015

taMe – Yah (Original Mix)


The EP kicks things off with the pulsating roller that is Yah. Whether you’re already in the peak of the party or you’re about to take it to the next level, Yah has all the ingredients to make it a go to track. The low end dominates while a gritty and resonate tone sits in the perfect range to make a serious impact on the dance floor. And in true taMe fashion there’s just enough sounds from left field to give it a cerebral touch.

taMe – Positive Vibes (Original Mix)

Positive Vibes is similar to Yah in the sense that it is direct and hard-hitting. But there’s something about Positive Vibes that gives it an air of subtlety. Chugging along at a steady and comfortable pace, the arrangement is embellished with various textures and percussions that keep things interesting. The break is an appropriate length and allows for DJ’s to have some fun before bringing it back into the immense groove.

taMe – Sonix (Original Mix)

taMe finishes the EP with Sonix, a track that fully embodies their sound and vision. With a definite main room vibe to it, the track takes a turn towards epicness with a huge break filled with the sounds of echoing chords and synthetic qualities. However, the break is short lived and it’s back to the action relatively quickly with active percussions and melodic arrangements.

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Jamie Jones Announces A Planet Called Paradise

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Paradise, one of Ibiza’s most highly-anticipated underground dance events, will be opening for the 2015 season on Wednesday, July 1 at DC-10. Running weekly through September 23, the events will feature some of the finest talent hand-selected by Jamie Jones and company. Although the talent is amazing throughout the whole summer, the opening party boasts an especially exciting lineup with The Martinez Brothers, Maya Jane Coles, and Jamie Jones himself. This weekly party will be full of debauchery, so be sure to get your tickets before it’s too late. For more info, please click here, or see below for the full summer lineup.

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Google Chrome Adds MIDI Capability

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As bandwidth and hosting become increasingly affordable, we are seeing a number of cloud-based audio production apps spring into existense Fortunately, there is now a way to use your favorite MIDI controller with in-browser software; simply download the latest Google Chrome update, which allows Chrome to scan your computer for connected MIDI devices and allow those devices to control cloud-based plugins. This update will facilitate collaboration and is a big step toward making cloud-based production a legitimate means of remote musical collaboration. As of now, only a couple of cloud-based apps have included MIDI functionality, but we expect the vast majority of them to follow suit now that Chrome will be able to transmit MIDI data between your computer and the apps.

Throwback Thursday: Acid Trax

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Trax Records is virtually synonymous with house music; the Chicago-based label has launched the careers of dozens of artists, including pioneers such as Marshall Jefferson and the late Frankie Knuckles. The first label dedicated exclusively to house music, Trax Records has facilitated the genre’s spread through it’s entire existense. Let’s travel back to the early days of house, when the and 808 reigned king and their grooves ruled above all else. Artists like DJ Pierre, Phuture, and Maurice Joshua got truly whacky with their 303 synths, creating the “acid house” sound that would resonate both at home and overseas. These acid house pioneers would pave the way for and greatly influence the development of rave culture in 1990’s UK. Here are some of our favorite “Acid Trax.”

DJ Pierre – Box Energy (1988)

Phuture – Acid Tracks (1987)

Maurice Joshua – This Is Acid (1988) 

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Gear Maintenance – Learn To Protect Your Equipment

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Maintenance is often overlooked in the blogosphere; many people watch tutorials and reviews, but there seems to be a lack of information regarding proper maintenance and care within this world. We have compiled a list of tips and suggestions for DJs/performers, producers, engineers, and even just the average listener. Read more

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Guda Audio “KickR” Kick Drum Plugin

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A great kick drum is absolutely essential for any dance music production; more often than not, however, we find ourselves digging into the same sample packs over and over. While using kick samples definitely has its benefits, there is also something to be said about dedicated kick drum plugins; one that stands out in particular is Guda Audio’s KickR. Its three sections (Body, Thump and Noise) allow for precise control and sculpting of. The plugin also features “Warm EQ,” a vintage-style EQ that adds mild saturation when driven hard. This can be especially beneficial for shaping the tone and giving your kick that extra oomph. The GUI is streamlined yet customizable, offering different color themes and knob styles. At an affordable price of $19, this little beast packs quite a punch. Click here for more information

Artist Spotlight and Q&A: FAT SUSHI

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“Decades of electronic music inspire us to do what we do: produce and play the music we love” – Fat Sushi

The industry has got a new appetite for some Sushi; Fat Sushi that is – the duo artist based in Switzerland have been making significant waves in the past few years choppin’ and dicin’ releases from top notch labels such as Suara, OFF, Hive Audio, Kittball, and Stil Vor Talent with upcoming remix duties for Berlin’s Nils Hoffmann on Wankelmut’s Poesie Musik. Their deep-hypnotic house and chunky techno sound is gaining support from the likes of Marco Carola, Nicole Moudaber, Maya Jane Coles, Oliver Koletzki, Roger Sanchez, Andhim, Coyu, Eats Everything, Reboot and more.  Fat Sushi is making their U.S. debut in San Francisco at Monarch this Thursday. Read more

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R Is For Roland – Book Of Synths & Drum Machines

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Roland is one of the companies directly responsible for the creation of house and techno music; their legendary 808 and 909 drum machines are some of the most highly-sought after machines in the world. In addition to the classic drum machines, Roland has been producing many types of synthesizers for over four decades and continues to dominate the modern hardware synth market.

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Last week, renowned photographer/illustrator Tabita Hub released “R is for Roland,” a coffee table book filled with high-quality photographs of classics such as the Space Echo RE-201, System-100, SH-7, CR-78, Jupiter-4, RS-09, TR-808, Jupiter-8, TB-303, TR-606, Juno-6, SH-101, Jupiter-6, MC-202, JX-3P, TR-909, Juno-106, TR-707/727, Alpha-Juno 1/2, TR-505 and TR-626. Along with these photographs are charts, graphs, and quotes/interviews from a number of heavy hitters, such as Lee “Scratch” Perry, Nightmares on Wax, and Portishead. Jeff Mills, one of techno’s greatest minds, has used Roland products since his early days, has contributed a quote saluting Roland’s iconic status in the dance music community: “Certain machines do have a particular fashion in which they spit out the sounds. The Roland TR series were revolutionary in this respect.”

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The visually stunning collection of photographs and other material is available for 44.64 EUR (53.80 USD). For more information and/or to order the book, click here to visit the official website. To learn a bit more about the amazing woman responsible behind it, check out the video below.

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Till von Sein & Tigerskin In-Studio Interview

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Till von Sein and Tigerskin (AKA Dub Taylor), both highly successful artists in their own right, have received a great deal of attention for recent collaborations. Last year, the duo made a major splash with “Dance,”  a groovy, Jackin’ House bomb released on their Arkansas City EP (Dirt Crew Recordings) Now, Future Music Magazine takes us behind the scenes with an in-studio interview; Till von Sein and Tigerskin discuss the inspirational, creative, and technical aspects of creating the record. Essentially, they say, it is just a drum track; while they use a very simple bassline and vocal sample, those parts are auxiliary and serve to highlight the drums. Both producers clearly have a sense of humor, and you can tell that they don’t like to take themselves too seriously in the studio. Watch the full video below!

 

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Giorgio Moroder Teams Up With Novation

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Giorgio Moroder is a nothing short of a living legend; at the age of 75, he continues to maintain a strong presence in multiple sectors of the music and film industry. We’re thrilled to announce that the man himself has partnered with Novation to create the MoroderNova, a so-called “signature edition” of the Novation “mini-nova,” with 500 of Giorgio’s patches and presets, to be released in the near future.

The synthesizer is stamped with moroder’s signature moustache/sunglasses sillouhette, and the silver-on-black color scheme looks incredible. Unfortunately, the synth will only be produced in a limited run of 500 units; however, this marks the beginning of a new era in dance music. Dozens of rockstars have released signature series guitars for decades, and dance music artists have enjoyed software brand endorsements for several  years. However, as far as I am aware, this is the first signature series hardware synthesizer by an established electronic musician. And Giorgio truly is the ultimate electronic musician to bear this burden. Although is his first time using his name on any instrument, and Novation’s first ever signature synth, we are confident that this synth will live up to the hype. Although we can’t wait to get our hands on it, no release date has been announced – be sure to check back for updates. In the meantime, take a moment to listen to a couple tunes and learn a bit more about his fascinating history:

Giovanni “Giorgio” Moroder rose to prominence in the 70’s as a producer for disco artists, shaping the careers of Donna Summer and countless other legends, many of whom were enormously influential on the early pioneers of house and techno in the next decade. In the 80’s, using a number of synthesizers, he produced soundtracks for classic 80’s films such as Scarface and Top Gun. Through the 90’s he remained relevant via his productions with the same disco superstars that he helped launch decades before, ultimately winning a Grammy in 1997. His 2013 collaboration with Daft Punk sparked an enormous revival of interest in disco music (from both him and other artists); as a result, he has recently produced music for some of the world’s leading pop-stars, and had his own tracks remixed by some of (both underground and commercial) dance music’s heaviest hitters.

For more information, click here (MoroderNova site)