Roland Brings More Synths To Roland Cloud, Zen Core

Roland today introduced Model Expansions, a collection of new synth models for Roland Cloud and its ZEN-Core Synthesis System.

The first in the series is the JX-8P Model Expansion, with SH-101, JUNO-106, and JUPITER-8 Model Expansions in the works. The new synth models will work in Zenology for macOS & Windows, and in Zen Core compatible hardware, like the Jupiter-X and Jupiter-Xm.

Here’s the official video demo:

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Here’s what Roland has to say about the first synths in the Model Expansions series:

  • JX-8P Model Expansion—Launched in 1985, the innovative JX-8P took analog a step further with capabilities that could generate tones associated with digital synthesizers, making it highly versatile. Scheduled for release on June 30, 2020, the JX-8P Model Expansion reintroduces the unique voice of this sought-after instrument for the first time ever. The user interface also includes the hands-on editing functions of the PG-800, a companion programmer unit that was available for the original synth.
  • SH-101 Model Expansion—The SH-101 monosynth has been a key ingredient in shaping electronic music styles from the mid ‘80s until today. It’s been reborn as a polysynth with the SH-101 Model Expansion, bringing new and exciting possibilities to today’s music creators. The SH-101 Model Expansion is scheduled for release on July 16, 2020.
  • JUNO-106 Model Expansion—Introduced in 1984 as an affordable polysynth for the masses, the JUNO-106 has risen from humble beginnings to become an all-time favorite of synth lovers everywhere, and its built-in chorus is the stuff of legend. The JUNO-106 Model Expansion is scheduled for release on August 8, 2020.
  • JUPITER-8 Model Expansion—One of the most revered polysynths of all time, the JUPITER-8’s lush, complex sound is part of countless hit songs over the last four decades, and its massive voice is simply unmatched when it comes to warm pads, strings, and lead tones. The JUPITER-8 Model Expansion is scheduled for release on August 31, 2020.

See the Roland site for details.

Disclosure drop new track, ‘My High’: Watch

It’s the latest single from the UK duo’s forthcoming album

DJ Mag Staff

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 – 10:52

Disclosure revealed another new track from their forthcoming album, ‘Energy’.

Shared alongside visuals featuring Aminé and slowthai, ‘My High’ follows on from the album’s first single and title track released in May this year.

‘Energy’, which will be released in August, marks the Lawrence brothers’ first new album in five years, following 2015’s ‘Caracal’, and comprises 11 tracks featuring a wide array of collaborators. Guest appearances on the album come from the likes of Common, Kelis, Kehlani & Syd, Channel Tres and Fatoumata Diawara, who also appeared in the duo’s 2018 single, ‘Ultimatum’.

The trippy visuals for ‘My High’ were shot pre-lockdown between Mexico City & L.A. Check it out below.

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A Skrillex collaboration with Ty Dolla $ign, Kanye West & FKA Twigs is coming this week

‘Ego Death’ will land tomorrow (1st)

DJ Mag Staff

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 – 11:26

A Skrillex collaboration with Ty Dolla $ign, Kanye West & FKA Twigs is coming this week.

Slated for release on Thursday 1st July at 9AM, the new collaborative effort will be titled ‘Ego Death’, and also features Brooklyn-based experiemntal artist, Serpentwithfeet. 

The new music follows Skrillex’s announcement earlier this year that his new album is “almost finished”, and the US producer also revealed in February that he was working on new music with Noisia.

Check out the announcement post from Ty Dolla $ign, who also worked with Skrillex and Boys Noize on ‘Midnight Hour’ last year. 

Glastonbury could face bankruptcy as festival’s 2021 fate remains uncertain

Glastonbury could face bankruptcy as festival’s 2021 fate remains uncertainGlastonbury Photo Credit John Hines

With the lights turned out on Glastonbury 2020 and growing uncertainty regarding next year’s festival season, organizers Michael and Emily Eavis worry that the iconic UK festival could face bankruptcy.

In a recent interview with The Guardian, Michael Eavis bluntly stated, “[2021] has to happen for us, we have to carry on. Otherwise it will be curtains. I don’t think we could wait another year.” Like many events in music, Glastonbury uses the profits from one year’s festival to fund the next, a formula that’s proving to be unsurprisingly vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In noting the hefty sum of money lost in canceling this 2020’s event, which was posed to be Glastonbury’s 50th year anniversary, Emily Eavis calls on the UK government to walk-the-walk and show more support Britain’s crippled music industry.

“This country’s venues, theatres, festivals, performers and crew bring so much to this country financially and culturally, but they need support now.” Eavis continued, “Otherwise, I think we face the very real possibility of so many aspects of our culture disappearing forever.”

However uncertain, the marquee UK festival is still drumming up contingency plans for how 2021 could happen, including pre-festival testing for all attending and on-site mobile tracing of contact between those in the audience.

Via: The Guardian

Featured image: James Hines

Australian clubs reopen without social distancing policies

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Western Australia’s clubs, live music venues, bars, and restaurants have reopened to the public as the area enters phase four of its reopening plan amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. According to a recent report, Western Australia’s Premier Mark McGowan will dial back on past restrictions, while continuing to implement “two-square-meter” policies, using that floor space distance to determine venue capacity.

The phase four move stems from reports of single digit COVID-19 cases, as “the state now has five active cases, all of whom are in hotel quarantine,” according to ABC News Australia. “Queues formed outside venues ahead of 11:59 p.m. lifting of the limit on crowd numbers,” enabling establishments to open for standing beer drinkers, removing seated service requirements.

Venues like Perth’s Geisha bar are fully operational for drinking and dancing alike, while other clubs will delay reopening until July 18, when the two-square meter rules are expected to drop in phase five. Larger venues like Perth Stadium and the Perth Arena can only operate at 50 percent capacity, which hold regular sporting and entertainment events. The government still recommends withholding from kissing and holding hands, but it seems for now, Western Australia is moving closer to a sense of normalcy.

“We anticipate that at some point in the future, particularly as you see greater movement of people, that there will be outbreaks in Western Australia,” said Health Minister Roger Cook. “We are planning for that in order to respond to it—we know what to do, but everyone [should] continue to be vigilant.”

H/T: ABC News / 7 News

Featured image: Matthew Gedling

Hip hop MC Jordan Groggs dies, aged 32

His collective, Injury Reserve, released their debut album in 2019

DJ Mag Staff

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 – 16:34

Hip hop MC Jordan Groggs has died, aged 32.

Jordan Groggs, also known as Stepa J. Groggs, was a member of Arizona hip-hop trio, Injury Reserve, who formed in 2015 and released their debut self-titled LP in 2019.

Surviving members of Injury Reserve confirmed that Groggs had passed away via the trio’s Twitter page, calling the MC a “loving father, life partner, and friend.”

On Twitter, Injury Reserve also shared a GoFundMe page to support Groggs’ family, including his four children.

Kendrick Lamar’s ‘good did, m.A.A.d city’ becomes longest-charting hip-hop LP

Kendrick Lamar’s ‘good did, m.A.A.d city’ becomes longest-charting hip-hop LPKendrick Lamar Livestream 2018 Album Rumors

Kendrick Lamar‘s sophomore studio album, good kid, m.A.A.d city, is now the longest-charting hip-hop LP in United States chart history, according to new data from @chartdata.

The production, which boasts fan favorites such as “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe,” “Swimming Pools (Drank),” and “Poetic Justice,” has logged 400 weeks on the Billboard 200 album chart to date, notching a new record that serves as a testament to the LP’s timelessness. Good Kid M.A.A.D City is also notable for attracting Lamar’s first Grammy nominations of his career, securing Lamar nods for Best New Artist and Album Of The Year in 2013.

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Make no mistake—dance music is born from black culture. Without black creators, innovators, selectors, and communities, the electronic dance music we hold so dear would simply not exist. In short, dance music is deeply indebted to the global black community and we need to be doing more. Black artists and artists of color have played a profound role in shaping the sound and culture of dance music and now more than ever, it is necessary for everyone in the music community to stand up for the people that have given us so much. Dancing Astronaut pledges to make every effort to be a better ally, a stronger resource, and a more accountable member of the global dance music community. Black Lives Matter—get involved here:  

Black Lives Matter

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National Lawyers Guild Mass Defense Program

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Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Legal Defense Initiative

The Bail Project

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Color of Change

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Ty Dolla $ign, Skrillex, Kanye West, FKA Twigs, and Serpentwithfeet join forces on ‘Ego Death’

Ty Dolla $ign, Skrillex, Kanye West, FKA Twigs, and Serpentwithfeet join forces on ‘Ego Death’Ty Dolla Sign Ego Death Artwork

A joint effort between Skrillex and Kanye West has been in the works since as early as 2012. While the collaboration was ultimately shelved pre-Yeezus, nearly a decade later two of modern music’s most titanic forces have officially come together on a track, this time surrounded by an impressive list of collaborators. Ty Dolla $ign, frequent collaborator of both Skrillex and West, brings the two together on “Ego Death,” along with additional firepower from FKA twigs and Serpentwithfeet.

“Ego Death” lands hot off the heels of West and Travis Scott’s latest, “Wash Us in the Blood,” cropped from West’s upcoming LP God’s Country. The star-studded collaboration also comes shortly after Skrillex and Ty Dolla $ign’s untitled piece highlighting racial injustice from earlier this summer. The collaborative ties between these five run deep, with Skrillex also assisting on the production of FKA twigs’ critically lauded late 2019 LP MAGDALENE.

Kanye and Ty Dolla $ign had reportedly teased an early version of “Ego Death” sometime during the Yandhi or pre-Jesus Is King era. Though now, with some final touches from Serpentwithfeet and FKA twigs, the track is finally ready to see the light of day, and based on the sheer collective star power these five bring to the table, this might be the posse cut of the year.


Make no mistake—dance music is born from black culture. Without black creators, innovators, selectors, and communities, the electronic dance music we hold so dear would simply not exist. In short, dance music is deeply indebted to the global black community and we need to be doing more. Black artists and artists of color have played a profound role in shaping the sound and culture of dance music and now more than ever, it is necessary for everyone in the music community to stand up for the people that have given us so much. Dancing Astronaut pledges to make every effort to be a better ally, a stronger resource, and a more accountable member of the global dance music community. Black Lives Matter—get involved here:  

Black Lives Matter

My Block My Hood My City

National Lawyers Guild Mass Defense Program

Black Visions Collective

Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Legal Defense Initiative

The Bail Project

The Next Level Boys Academy

Color of Change

Committee to Protect Journalists

Novation launch Made to Create live stream series

The event has been happening all this week

Declan McGlynn

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 – 14:45

Novation has launched a series of live streams covering discussions and panels around technology, creativity and inspiration. There’s also live performance streams, as well as artist roundtables, and discussions around the industry and business side of music. Some of those involved have worked with the likes of Leon Vynehall, Jon Hopkins, Shogun Audio, Ninja Tune and Fatboy Slim. 

The streams, which are happening across Novation’s Facebook and YouTube channels, began last Thursday with an in-depth look at the tech behind the newly-announced Launchkey MK3. Since then, there have been roundtables on inspiration and performances from Novation product specialist and “machine music whisperer” Ehsan Gelsi. All the previous streams are available to watch on Novation’s YouTube channel

Tonight – Wed 1st July – sees Novation’s -CALC- perform live “with a combination of sequencers and plug-ins from Ableton and his hardware, with the Launchkey [MK3] at the heart of his studio setup.” You can watch it at 8pm BST on Novation’s Facebook and YouTube. The full schedule can also be found on their Facebook