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Exclusive video album mix – Flip Fantazia – The Trip

Fresh from their release on John Digweed’s Bedrock Records under their more covert Techno guise ‘Cypherpunx’ the Brighton based duo Flip Fantazia unleash their debut album ‘The Trip’.

Touching on influences from Air to Bonobo, The xx to DJ Shadow, ‘The Trip’ guides you down a road less travelled meandering through Downtempo, Electronica & Trip Hop with a few Jazzy twists & turns.

Essentially Flip Fantazia is a meeting of two minds, four hands, several synths, quite a few guitars, some very clever computer software with a variety of drum machines. The prolific duo spend most of their time writing, recording, producing, mixing & mastering original music down in an old bank vault in Brighton… well, Hove actually! Their real names… Douglas Horner & Tim Belcher.

Born from a project focussed mainly on music for Sync, writing for Ninja Tune PM, Cavendish Music, Delimusic, BMG PM & Deep East + more this is their first artist album to be commercially released.

Their first brief for Ninja Tune’s Production Music company was to create an authentic 60s sounding Samba song and a Boogaloo / Salsa, both of which appear on the Ninja Tune Latin Excursions album. Along with a contemporary breaks / glitch remix of the classical masterpiece Flight Of The Bumblebee and a piece of funk with a foodie flavour for two other Ninja Tune production music albums. Another brief came in for some Australian influenced Beach House from delimusic to be used on the BBC Commonwealth Games Gold Coast 2018 coverage, so out came the Didgeridoo and five new tracks were born. Writing to brief is a delight & an adventure for Flip Fantazia covering many genres from authentic Samba to electro disco new-wave post modern cosmic soul funk afro-boogie punk alt+indie dance crossover and everything in between! So it was tough to narrow The Trip down to 10 original tracks which best illustrate the authentic Flip Fantazia sound.

I wanted to make a video every week from the day of release for each track on the album to post across our socials and i tried to remain sympathetic to the lyrics and feel of each songs with the visual elements so it reflects the mood nicely but with a trip across the globe in mind too! Starting off The Trip around a troubled America, passing through tropical waters and over the bushfires of Australia, then on to the Far East taking in the beautiful waterfalls of Asia. Heading North to the Nordic forests then up into outer space to discover life on other planets.

The Trip is a 10 track album which we hope encapsulates just that with a vinyl release set on Ellon Music with orders available from https://flipfantazia.bandcamp.com

Artist ~ Flip Fantazia
Title ~ The Trip
Format ~ Vinyl LP + Digital
Cat.No. ~ ELLONLP001
Label ~ Ellon Music
Release Date ~ 29.05.2020
Style ~ Downtempo / Electronica

Tracklist:
A1 Hombre – 5:54
A2 Breathe – 3:58
A3 Wombarra – 3:42
A4 S900 ft ERaze- 3:22
A5 Protect & Serve ft Ursula Rucker – 4:36
B1 Play The Crowd – 3:29
B2 Fracture – 5:25
B3 Fly By Night – 5:33
B4 Sliver Spoon – 3:36
B5 Free By Design – 4:13

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Turn The Tables announce first ambassador Bushwacka!

Backed with a board of music industry professionals and experts in social activism, Scottish start up social enterprise Turn The Tables have announced plans for expansion after a successful pilot run in Edinburgh last year. With a focus on mixing records, the group – founded in 2018 by Cyrenians volunteer Robbie Tolson – support those who have experienced homelessness by delivering workshops that build mental health resilience through a holistic approach to wellbeing.
 
The group hope to help support even more people facing homelessness across Scotland and beyond – but they need financial support. An estimated 320,000 people are considered homeless in the UK and this number is expected to rise even further as a direct result of the economic and mental health impacts of Covid-19. Donate to the Crowdfunder page here: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/turnthetables.
 
Turn the Tables are also delighted to announce that Bushwacka! has become their first ambassador. The legendary DJ – who recently began working as a therapist – has started his own ‘Listen Up Therapy’ to provide therapy and counselling services to people working within the music and entertainment industries.
 
Bushwacka! said: “From my years djing to working within mental health there is something about the project that has really resonated with me. I have fundraised for homelessness charities in the past, so it is an honour to be supporting the work that Turn The Tables do.”
The concept behind Turn The Tables was sparked when Robbie, a Heriot Watt Graduate Town Planning and Property Development Graduate from Stirling, signed up to volunteer at Edinburgh’s Social Bite Village homelessness support community in 2018. From here, Robbie successfully set up various DJ workshops for people living in hostels or facing homelessness. The opportunity to learn to mix, operate professional sound and light equipment, and reconnect with the music they love, while socialising in a safe environment, was an invaluable experience for those involved.
 
Together with Ryan, who was living in a hostel at the time, Robbie performed the first live Turn The Table’s gig at The List’s 2019 Fringe Festival opening party. The gig was so successful they were hired on the night by Diageo to perform on every day of the festival at their Johnny Walker pop-up site. By reinvesting the profits made from gigs into delivering workshops, training and impactful recovery support for members – while challenging the public’s perception of homelessness – Turn The Tables was born.

Ryan, who has remained closely involved with the project since its inception, said: “I’m really keen to help other people who find themselves in the same situation I was in. It’s so nice to have a space to listen to music and play tunes that I like. It was also great to be around people and to have a bit of fun and have a laugh – which is something I hadn’t had in my life for a really long time.
 
“The project has really helped my mental health and gave me a sense of achievement. Playing in front of 1,000 people was a dream come true for me. Being a DJ and making people dance is just so much fun. It’s a total thrill.”

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Decoded Magazine joins Brighton Music Conference

Brighton Music Conference (BMC), the UK’s foremost electronic music and networking event is excited to be the first music industry conference to take place in 2020, uniting the electronic music industry to collaborate, inspire and find solutions to support business during the pandemic. Taking place from 1st to 2nd October, the award-winning event will return to the prestigious British Airways i360 venue on Brighton’s beachfront for its seventh edition with the addition of a new ‘online virtual pass’ to access the conference online in partnership with Beatport.

In order to comply with the new guidelines both venue & theatre capacity has been reduced accordingly and the team have been working hard to finalise the updated BMC programme to maintain the high level of panels and talks, with key industry speakers. The beachfront complex will host three theatres featuring in-depth discussions and debates on the biggest issues facing the electronic and wider music industry such as ‘the new normal’, diversity, mental health, streaming, the environment and current music and business trends. The Label Lounge A&R Sessions also returns for its second year at BMC, partnering with the Association of Independent Music. View full program here: https://www.brightonmusicconference.co.uk/whats-on-2020/

In addition to the physical conference, BMC are also introducing a new ‘online virtual pass’’ to access all the conference panels and content online. There will also be exclusive events in unique locations including 450 feet above the city in the i360 Pod observation tower. More info coming soon.

All artists and speakers confirmed for 2020 event (In alphabetical order)
Albie Saliba, Alon Shulman, Anna Russell, Aryana Neo, Archie Hamilton, Ben Rush, Carl Cox (via video link), Carl Loben, Carly Wilford, Charlotte Ambrose, Charlotte Spillerova, Chris Goss, Christopher Davies-Smith, Claire Rose, Clara Suess, Damion Pell, Darius Syrossian, Dean Marsh, DJ Kitty, DJ Paulette, DJ Rae, DJ Rap, Ellie Taliban, Faithless, Fleur Shore, Freddy Masters, Georgia Roberts, Gordon Mac, Grahame Farmer, Greg Marshall, Habs Akram, Harold Heath, Harriet Jaxxon, Heiko Hoffmann, Irvine Welsh, Jack Collins, Jaguar, Jake Shillingford, Jasmine Kent-Smith, Jay Forster, Jay Hill, Jeff Gray, John Gold, Josh Butler, Joshua, Judy Griffith, Jules O’Riordan AKA Judge Jules, Jumpin Jack Frost, Just Her, Krafty Kuts, Lee Morrison, Leftwing:Kody, Lutz Leichsenring, Mark Knight, Mark Radford, Markus Saarländer, Martha Cleary, Matt King, Michael Kill, Mike Mannix, Mike Seddon, Mitch Davis, Neil Evans, Nick Lawrence, Nikki McNeill, Niks Delanacy, Nolan, Nomine aka Outrage, Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim, Nurve, Orbital, Patrick Cloherty, Paul Ridney, Pete Jordan, Prok & Fitch, Phutek, Raj Ramanandi, Reju Sharma, Rich NxT, Robbie Murch, Robert Luis, Rowetta, Sacha Lord, Sacha Wall, Sam Taylor, Samantha Warren, Sara Al Hamad, Seb Zito, Serge Santiago, Shino Parker, Silvia Montello, Simon Birkumshaw, Simon Hills, Ski Oakenfull, Sophie Bloggs, Stanton Warriors, Steph, Steve Nickolls, Steven Braines, SUAT, Suddi Raval, Susan Gloy-Kruse, Tammy Tinawi, Tracey Fox, Tristan Hunt, Yousef, Wax Worx, Waze & Odyssey.

Over 200 speakers and representatives confirmed including (In alphabetical order)AFEM, AIM, Amnesia, Audio Rehab, AudioLock, BBC Music Introducing, Beatport, Believe, Berlin-Brighton, BIMM, Black Blandcamp, Blackburn Raves, Blokur, Cavendish Music, Choppersaurus, Clintons, Clubcommission, CMU, Creative Law & Business, Data Transmission, Data Transmission Radio, Decoded Magazine, DJ Mag, Do Not Sleep, Education & Bass, Fabric, Funktion One, Global Publicity, Grade Management, Help Musicians UK, he.she.they, Hospital Records, Hypeddit, Iconic Underground Magazine, InChorus, Keep Hush, Lime Blue Music, Loft Sessions, Loopmasters, LWE, Mi-Soul, Motion Artists, NTIA, Point Blank, PRS for Music, Rights Hub, RSH Audio, Selador, Sentric Music, Shanghaied, shesaid.so, Shogun Audio, Skiddle, Skint, Tik Tok, Toolroom Records, Tru Thoughts, Twitch, TWTMEGP, Ultra Music, United We Stream, plus more to be announced…

Brighton Music Conference would like to thank everyone for their continued support, especially the i360, sponsors and partners. We can’t help everyone in the industry but everyone in the industry can help someone.


Some words of support from some of BMC’s partners and friends:

“It’s great that the Brighton Music Conference (BMC) is happening at the start of October. The electronic music industry has been one of the hardest hit by the Coronavirus Crisis, and it’s important that networking/information-sharing events such as BMC are held — in a safe way — in order for the industry to work together and seek solutions to emerge out the other side.” – Carl Loben, DJ Mag Editor

“We support BMC in its decision to move the conference back to the 1st/2nd October 2020, adhering to the safety measures in line with Government Regulations, with a focus on ensuring the event can take place in a safe environment, Brighton Music Conference is one of the shining lights of the music industry, its commitment to industry education, technology and talent has stood testament to its growth and success over the last 7 years” – Michael Kill, CEO NTIA

“Brighton Music Conference is set to run at the start of October and will be the first physical electronic music conference in many months. From discussions with the organisers, they are planning an inspiring educational event with robust safety standards for the industry to share knowledge and know-how to build a positive future for the scene.” – Greg Marshall, AFEM General Manager

“The news that BMC is going ahead in October is a much-needed boost for the electronic music industry. Finally, a chance to come together in-person to network while knowing our safety is being taken seriously. We can start talking, paving the way for solutions. The collaboration of the industry will allow us to move forward together” – Della Rush, AudioLock Chief Operating Officer

Save the date for BMC 2020 1st and 2nd October with more info on the event program updates to follow. All tickets will be valid for the rescheduled October dates. Any questions please email [email protected]

Tickets:
BMC Pro Pass £155 + b/f
BMC Virtual Pass £25 +b/f
Academy Tickets: sold out
Buy tickets here: http://www.brightonmusicconference.co.uk/buy-tickets/

BMC also supports the charities Help Musicians UK, and Last Night A DJ Saved My Life.

About Brighton Music Conference

The award-winning Brighton Music Conference (BMC) is the UK’s foremost electronic music conference & networking event, focusing on innovation, education & the key issues facing the electronic dance music sector. BMC brings together Industry-leading delegates and speakers at over 60 talks, seminars and workshops, alongside networking events throughout the conference duration. It is attended by 1000s of experienced music industry professionals, the next generation of DJs, producers as well as electronic music enthusiasts.
BMC was also awarded by the NTIA at the Ambassadors of the Night Awards 2019 for their work and commitment to developing awareness and education of the UK Electronic Music Scene internationally within the NTE.

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Red Bull presents ‘Origins, The Story of Irish Hip Hop’ Documentary

‘Origins: The Story of Irish Hip Hop’ is a new documentary presented by Red Bull that chronicles the journey of the genre in Ireland over the past four decades, it’s been in the works for several years and is the most comprehensive oral history of hip hop in Ireland to date. 

Artists featured within the documentary include; Biig Piig, Breezy Ideygoke, Collie Costello, Damien Dempsey, Denise Chalia, DJ Flip, Emmet Kirwan, Fehdah, Frankie Grimes, Scary Éire, DJ Mek, God Knows, Jafaris, Kneecap, Kojaque, Lethal Dialect, Luca Palm, Mango X Mathman, Mark Murphy, Maverick Saber, Messiah J & The Expert, Mr. Affiliate / J.B2, Murli, Nealo, Ophelia, Rob Kelly, Strange Boy, Blindboy / Rubberbandits and Yamma Yamma. 

The 52-minute documentary which is presented by Red Bull and produced by Collective Films, premieres on Ireland’s RTÉ One TV on Thursday, 3rd of September and streaming on RedBull.com from Friday 11th September and features interviews with journalists, music industry figures, musicians, archivists, fans and more, as they explore the reasons behind the booming Irish hip hop scene in 2020 and how exactly it arrived at this point.

‘Origins, The Story of Irish Hip Hop’ goes straight to the source by telling the story of how hip hop slowly infiltrated Irish culture over the course of the past four decades, going from a niche underground genre to one that is nipping at the heels of the mainstream today. We hear about pioneering group Scary Eire‘s ill-fated but entertaining deal with Island Records (a story surely ripe for a Hollywood adaptation) told via journalists and A&R men, and discover why they are still cited as major influences on a generation of Irish rappers. Various members of what you might call the ‘old guard’ – Rob Kelly, Messiah J and the Expert, Ophelia and Lethal Dialect amongst them – talk about laying the groundwork for the current crop, and how they were forced to rail against people constantly dismissing the very notion of ‘Irish hip hop’.

Actor Emmet Kirwan and rapper/author/podcast host Blindboy discusses how hip hop became a voice for the Irish working class, and how the playing field changed when artists found the courage to rap in their authentic accents. Nealo talks about how he uses hip hop to discuss heavy real-life subjects in a light-hearted manner; we hear from Maverick Sabre about how hip hop helped him to fine-tune his identity, growing up with both an English and Irish perspective, while Jafaris, Denise Chaila, God Knows and more discuss the infusion of their African backgrounds with their Irish upbringing and how it impacts their music and the stories they tell in their songs. And then there’s Belfast trio Kneecap, who are pushing the genre on by rapping in Irish – because why not?

We also hear about the challenges faced by new artists as Irish hip hop continues to grow: what does the future hold for artists in Ireland and beyond?

‘Origins’ is both a living, breathing document and a nod to the past. As well as a host of familiar names to those au fait with the current scene, it introduces wider Irish audiences to music that has been there for many years, but is only now having its moment in the spotlight. Mango puts it best when he describes Irish hip hop as “continuing a legacy of artists, poets and writers, but using a completely different art form to say the same thing.” This documentary captures the beauty of how different voices can come together to make something unique and powerful – something that may not have originated here, but which has arguably captured the essence of modern Ireland like no other genre. Now, do yourself a favour and watch it. Streaming on RedBull.com from Friday, 11th of September

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Renaissance announce subscription package on Mixcloud Select

Renaissance has always had a pioneering reputation. Whether the Mix Collection Vol 1 by Sasha and Digweed, the first DJ-lead dance compilation to go Gold or being amongst the first to get mixed album content on to iTunes, the brand has traversed the physical to digital music revolution with a constant eye to the future. 

Now, as digital downloads make way for the exponential growth of streaming, they are delighted to announce a subscription package on Mixcloud’s Select channel. 

“Mixcloud’s Select service provides the perfect platform for Renaissance in 2020,” says Geoff Oakes, “DJ-led content has been at the heart of our operations throughout our entire history so, with the addition of Live, their video streaming channel, Mixcloud have provided a platform to deliver something truly special in the modern day.”

The offer will be spread across each month with new shows available weekly. It’ll be a heady mix of The Sound Of Renaissance, a podcast; Renaissance Radio, a 2-hour DJ mix; Renaissance Live, a 1-hour live stream from the most exciting new talent on the planet and Engage, their 2-hour flagship where the world’s best are invited to play something slightly different from beyond the dancefloor. 

“Variety is very much key to our package,” continues Geoff, “We’re going to deliver over 6-hours of music a month with a different DJ every week for a fraction of the price of a mix compilation! Not to mention the wider benefits of access to our single releases, remastered back catalogue of albums, desktop and screensavers and various merchandise and ticketing offers. We really want to give subscribers as much value for money as possible,” he concludes.

And, crucially, Mixcloud is the first fully legal streaming platform, meaning all artists receive a fair royalty. Renaissance are delighted to be supporting the industry in this way.

For full details and how to support Renaissance on Mixcloud for £3.99 a month visit www.renaissance.dj/select

Upcoming Schedule

28/8 Renaissance Radio #002 – Øostil & Heîk

1/9 The Sound Of Renaissance #001 inc’ interview with BLANCAh

6/9 Renaissance Engage #005 – Yotto

15/9 Renaissance Radio #003 – Julian Wassermann

22/9 Renaissance Live #004 – Matthias Meyer

27/09 Renaissance Engage #004 re-stream – Patrice Bäumel 

29/9 The Sound Of Renaissance #002 inc’ interview with 8Kays

4/10 Renaissance Enagage #006 – Dave Seaman

25/10 Fur Coat Album Launch Special

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Subpac announce the launch of their X1 product

Music is created and enjoyed more than ever before, yet only a small number of people can experience the full spectrum, the full feeling. Today, SUBPAC, the industry-leading audio technology company, announced the next generation of its groundbreaking tactile audio systems: the SUBPAC X1. Building on the success of its previous models, the all-new X1 is the next evolutionary step in immersing users physically in music and media.

For creators, SUBPAC gives a deeper connection and understanding of their mix that is not possible with traditional speakers or headphones by physically transferring frequencies through high-fidelity vibrations to the body. For everyone, SUBPAC opens up the physical dimension of sound and new possibilities for immersive experiences.

The new SUBPAC X1 is a software-driven, modular, wireless design that is focused on creators, audio professionals and serious enthusiasts. The SUBPAC X1 offers an innovative hybrid design allowing for both wearable and seated experiences – one SUBPAC, from the studio to the street to the stage and beyond. The SUBPAC X1 system features a companion control module, the SUBPAC C1, for professional analog, digital and wireless connectivity, offering maximum freedom and flexibility.

“The SUBPAC X1 represents the next step in our journey to empower creators and deliver immersive audio solutions. The key advancements in our software, hardware and form-factor have been several years in development and are based on feedback from and collaboration with our SUBPAC community” said John Alexiou, SUBPAC’s Co-founder on the launch of the new product.

BUILT ON THE SUBPAC FLOWTM PLATFORM

The SUBPAC X1 is built on the SUBPAC FLOWTM platform, an extensible set of software and hardware technologies that are fast becoming the de-facto standard for creating and delivering deep, immersive audio experiences. In addition to the Pro-Audio market SUBPAC is making significant forays into the broader audio markets with partnerships in key industries including Automotive, Home-Cinema, Gaming and Health & Wellness. Its best-in-class patented hardware technologies, advanced content optimization algorithms, and sensor-driven controls are laying the foundation for the next generation of powerful immersive media experiences.

TOWARDS A HEALTHY MUSIC & TECHNOLOGY ECOSYSTEM 

Building on the foundation of the company’s current Artist Affiliate Program, SUBPAC is further reinforcing its commitment to fueling the music ecosystem by developing a progressive Artist Partner Program to include Profit-Sharing, Equity Ownership, and Board Representation from the artist community. Sustainability at the local level is also of importance to the company and the new SUBPAC X1 system will be  anufactured in North America, with plans to implement a local assembly process in every continent starting in 2021.

PRE-ORDER: SUBPAC X-

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Beatchain announces fan builder, automated ad-buying feature for artists

Using industry-leading technology and machine learning, Beatchain is launching its newest tool for artists and music marketers of all levels — Fan Builder

Building off its unique big data dashboard of digital insights, Beatchain has created an easy-to-use feature guiding artists and music managers through building their fanbase with targeted ad buys. 

If an artist would like to increase their Facebook or Instagram presence, or spread the word about a new song release, Beatchain’s Fan Builder feature can start an advertising campaign with just a few simple clicks. After setting a campaign goal, promotion budget, and timeframe, artists will select and purchase online digital advertising curated for them based on machine learning, with ads automatically targeted toward their own unique online audience.  

“The amazing thing about Fan Builder is that it uses data from the artist’s own social media and streaming profiles to hyper-target ads that will focus on audiences that have already shown interest in their music and brand,” said Ben Mendoza, Founder and CEO of Beatchain. “This levels the playing field for independent artists and gives them access to the same tools and processes they’d get working with a marketing team at a major record label.” 

During a Fan Builder promotional campaign, artists and brand managers can keep track of the rise in music video views or social media presence using Beatchain’s extensive data insights page, where they can see the return on investment through website page views, song streams, merch sales, email signups, and even in what country and city these originate, eliminating the black hole long associated with digital marketing. 

“For as little as 5 dollars, artists can start a targeted digital ad campaign that is proven to find them more fans,” said Ed Godshaw, Beatchain CTO. “Even though we believe our distribution platform is best in class, we don’t see ourselves as a pure play distributor and don’t require artists to distribute their music through Beatchain to use Fan Builder. Fan Builder empowers artists to take their releases and deliver them to engaged and growing audiences.” 

With the addition of Fan Builder, Beatchain is making good on its vision to upend the traditional way of marketing and distributing music, and revolutionizing the way artists are discovered. Currently, the Fan Builder tool supports both Facebook and Instagram advertising, but Beatchain plans to deliver both Google and Twitter Ads in the near future.

About Beatchain

Beatchain is a powerful new data science and digital marketing platform that will revolutionize discovery, marketing, and promotion in the music industry. Beatchain provides emerging artists with the right tools and guidance to build a supportive fan base, who gets everything directly from them: their music, content, tickets and merchandise. It was founded to bring all the tools together into one app and give musicians insight and control over almost every aspect of their careers, from their music, to their ads, to even their website.

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Per Hammar & Patrick Siech launch audio engineering service

Esteemed DJs and producers Patrick Siech and Per Hammar have announced the launch of their new audio engineering and mix-down service Euromix, which will specialise in crafting and fine tuning club-music specifically. The service is designed for budding house and techno producers who need that final push to craft and fine-tune their projects so that they’re ready to be signed to a label, and of course fit for the dance-floor.

Euromix is unique in that the music has full attention from two different engineers across two differently equipped studios, one in Malmö and the other in Berlin. The projects all pass through the sound of both studios, and get tested on a separated powerful club-standard PA system. This is to ensure that the tracks are finished to perfection and ready for any club setting.

For over 15 years Per Hammar and Patrick Siech have been developing their mix techniques by playing their music out on a weekly basis on different dancefloors. They understand what it takes to set a crowd in motion and their own productions have been released on labels spanning between Drumcode, Semantica and Parabel in the techno realm, to Infuse and Per Hammar’s own Dirty Hands, 10YEARS and De Vloer imprints in the house realm.

Upon request they will also be offering producers one-on-one mixdown and engineering sessions in either of the Berlin and Malmö studios, for those producers looking for more of a tutorial style service.

Euromix offers Stem Mixing, Mastering, Engineering, Education & Mentoring to take your project to the next level, please visit http://euromix.net/ for full details and pricing.
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‘The only way of really knowing how a track sounds in a PA system is to actually hear it in one. After measuring and calibrating a Funktion One system in a club in town, I calibrated my own PA-system to match the frequency response and feel. To have a proper club PA in an acoustically well balanced space means no more guessing games.’— Patrick Siech


‘Even though Patrick and I worked very closely together for over a decade, we never really had an mutual official project together. We built the studio together, maintained it, and continuously exchanged knowledge. Meanwhile, we spent time on our individual careers, and that made us develop skills in different places. Also, things like which gear to use, and how to use it differs a lot between us. That’s why I think that Euromix will be a unique and useful tool for new producers, since our toolbox is a wide and powerful one.’ — Per Hammar

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The Advent returns with new EP on Ben Klock’s Klockworks

Cisco Ferreira’s seminal techno act The Advent returns to Ben Klock’s imprint this May with three distinctly turbo-charged cuts, following his release on the label’s 22nd instalment in 2018.

A pioneer of early British techno, the London-based producer began his career in the halls of the legendary Jack Trax label as a sound engineer, going on to produce cutting edge releases on imprints R&S, Tresor and Transmat. This latest Klockworks release relinquishes the sparse energy of The Advent’s live sets from the 90’s with these previously unreleased timeless live recordings. Favouring off-kilter percussion and warbled bass, all three strike hard with a distorted and visceral energy.

Listen here https://soundcloud.com/klockworksofficial/kw30-the-advent

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Carl Cox steps up for exclusive Awesome Soundwave mix

Label boss and global DJ legend Carl Cox steps up to the decks once again, only this time to create a compelling mix comprising exclusively of Awesome Soundwave releases – out August 28thThe release coincides with a special Awesome Soundwave stream with Mysteryland Festival on August 29, which includes a set from Carl. 

Carl’s sets are renowned for diversity, innovation and his ever-present dance floor propulsion and this exclusive ASW set is further evidence of the irrepressible and exuberant nature of one of the world’s greatest DJs.  

“When we started this label I wanted it to be about supporting live artists”, says Carl “You know, the ones who are willing to explore new sounds and ideas from the ground up and then go out and play it all absolutely LIVE! I feel this is the way of the future, the excitement and rawness of a live set can’t be described in words. When you go to a party and see Saytek jamming with all the machines or Honeysmack set up IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DANCEFLOOR slamming the acid bangers out rapid fire it brings me back to the old days when there were no rules.”” 

“I felt it was a good time to release this mix as a document of where we are at right now, it shows the diversity of sound and talent we have already been supporting and it’s a nice personal record of how far the label has come already! and there is so much more to come!” 

Originally recorded for the Awesome Soundwave LIVE series presented by Beatport as an online festival earlier in the year, Carl felt this set was a great reflection of the strength of the material released so far through his and partner Christopher Coe’s label.  

This set is a celebration of how far ASW has come in the last two years and a signpost to even more exciting music ahead. With tracks from every artist who has released on ASW thus far, and presented by Carl in such an exciting and different way, it shows how musically diverse, uncompromising and interesting the label is. In a time when many labels are following the formula of releasing EPs from producer DJs, ASW stands alone in its quest to shine a light on artists who perform live and who have something more to say in their creative scope.  

The fact that ASW insists on releasing albums in a time when everyone else is focussed on single EPs and single tracks shows the commitment this label has to giving the artist room for expression that goes beyond the dance floor. This is Carl’s vision, he didn’t want to start another DJ led label, he wanted to create something altogether more expansive and encompassing.  

Starting in 2018 with Christopher Coe’s album MNTNS of SLNC as the benchmark for this new vision, Carl and Christopher set about creating something awesome. And here we are.  

We are proud to present Awesome Soundwave  

Tracklisting: 

  1. Amazone – Julien Chaptal 
  2. Entity – Honeysmack 
  3. Soul Machines – Saytek 
  4. Maum Trassna – Christopher Coe 
  5. Ephermis – Mat Playford 
  6. Semeru – Hannes Bieger 
  7. Nympheum – Mat Playford 
  8. The Future Then – Saytek 
  9. Omnia – Julien Chaptal 
  10. Pick Up The Phone – Christopher Coe/The Upstarters 
  11. Salt Adrift – Julien Chaptal 
  12. Fantasy – Julien Chaptal 
  13. Feel It Raw – Saytek 
  14. 3 Free Body Problem – Mat Playford 
  15. Use Your Mind – Julien Chaptal 
  16. Startac – Honeysmack 
  17. Hard Chord – Saytek 
  18. Tomorrow’s World – Mat Playford 
  19. No Effective Control – Saytek 

Available via Bandcamp: https://awesomesoundwave.bandcamp.com

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