Slow Magic releases lush, emotive EP, ‘Closer 2 U’

Slow Magic releases lush, emotive EP, ‘Closer 2 U’1 Slow Magic Press Eclusive By @littledreamangel Dream Angel

Masked essence Slow Magic released his Closer 2 U EP through Moving Castle shortly after lead singles, “Somewhere” with Shallou featuring Woven In Hiatus, and “Closer 2 U” with Manila Killa, hit streaming platforms.

The synth-laden soundscapes featured on the EP offer an ode to the importance of connection through lush textures, running melodies, and hypnotizing production. The EP’s namesake track, featuring Moving Castle mainstay, Manila Killa, offers more of an interplay between percussion, vocal chops, and Slow Magic’s production specialties.

“Heartbeat / Helicopter” and “Wild” complete the four-track project’s well-rounded palette with an echoing film-end-credits-feeling, allowing listeners to soak in the immersive listening experience.

In a press release, the producer said,

Closer 2 U represents the difficulties of distance and the importance of connection. I want this EP to encourage and inspire people to reach out to the ones they care about in a time where we are all feeling distant.”

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Zebra Synth ‘Swiss Daisy DSP’ Is A VCA, VCO, EG, Effects Module & More For MU Modular Synthesizers

Zebra Synth has announced the Z506 Swiss Daisy DSP Module, a new multifunction DSP module for MU modular synthesizers, based on the Electro-Synth Daisy platform.

The Daisy is capable of the following functions simultaneously, in a single width module:

  • Voltage Controlled Amplifier (VCA)
  • ADSR Envelope Generator (with additional AR generator output).
  • One of the following additional modes:
    • Voltage Controlled Oscillator with multiple waveforms/modes.
    • Voltage Control Filter – 24dB/Octave Ladder Filter
    • 2 Second Digital Delay with voltage controlled delay time modulation.
    • Digital Reverb with 12dB/Octave High Pass filter, 12 dB/Octave Low Pass filter (damping) and VC “size” modulation.
    • Dual Resonant 6 dB/Octave bandpass filter with variable resonance and wet/dry mix as well as VC modulation of the first resonant filter center frequency.

Here’s the first demo of their prototype module:

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Pricing and Availability

The Z506 Swiss Daisy DSP Module is currently under development. It is expected to be available in October 2020, priced at $325 USD.

The Avalanches share collaboration with The International Space Orchestra, ‘Wherever You Go’: Watch

The video was shot during lockdown

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Thursday, August 20, 2020 – 12:45

The Avalanches share collaboration with The International Space Orchestra.

The Avalanches shared two new tracks earlier this month, including ‘Wherever You Go’, featuring Jamie XX and an interstellar radio recording entitled the Arecibo message. The Arecibo is an interstellar radio signal carrying information about humanity, sent to a galaxy over 25,000 light years away. The message was sent hoping to find signs of intelligent life in the universe.

Now, the group have released a suitably-cosmic collaborative music video for ‘Wherever You Go’, which was made during lockdown alongside The International Space Orchestra. 2020 has been a busy year for The Avalanches, who shared a new track with Blood Orange in February, and the following month released ‘Running Red Lights’, featuring Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo.

Described as “a meteorite shower of space science, planet poking and harp-playing spacecraft operators coming together with The Avalanches”, you can check it out below.

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Aluna keeps the hits coming with ‘Envious,’ accompanying music video

Aluna keeps the hits coming with ‘Envious,’ accompanying music videoAluna By Jeremy Paul Bali 1

Aluna is no stranger to a hit. She’s released a steady stream of traction-gaining singles from her forthcoming album, Renaissance, and “Envious” now joins the corral of cuts to be released ahead of the LP.

As to be expected, the single is nothing short of infectious, with a pulsing backdrop that mixes with Aluna’s punching vocals. Laced with an attitude that lures the listener in while striking an emotive chord, “Envious” is filled with energy.

In addition to releasing “Envious,” Aluna spoke with Zane Lowe on Apple Music about Renaissance. During the interview, Aluna described the inspiration behind the album’s name, stating,

“It is really about who inspired me. I wasn’t the first. I followed. I watched people breaking boundaries. I really felt like there was a Black renaissance going on, especially in film and at that kind of grassroots level where the writing all the way to the directing was being done by Black women. Then I was seeing Black cosplayers, Black girl ravers. And I was just like, ‘Oh my God, all this is happening.”

Renaissance will be out in full on August 28 via Mad Decent.

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Noisia’s Thys sets out into solo waters with debut single ‘Unmoved Mover’

Noisia’s Thys sets out into solo waters with debut single ‘Unmoved Mover’Thys 1

Last year when venerated electronic trio Noisia announced they’d be splitting indefinitely after a distinguished 20-year run together, 2020 was expected to be a year of bittersweet goodbyes with one final farewell tour on the books. Of course those plans changed this year, and while Noisia’s final tour has been postponed to 2021, the group is already starting to splinter off into their own solo endeavors, namely Thys. Shortly after seemingly confirming a new side project with Skrillex under the hood, the Dutch drum ‘n’ bass veteran has returned with his debut solo single, the lead cut from his upcoming debut EP, Unmoved Mover / Unwound.

The EP’s lengthy, seven-and-a-half-minute title track introduces Thys’ solo sound with a club-ready breakbeat effort, characterized by complex percussive arrangements and sinister synthwork. The upcoming project is expected to showcase two different facets to Thys’ sound, showcasing performance-primed DJ set weapons as heard on “Unmoved Mover,” and a more experimental side on Unwound, delving into fringe ambient sonics for a more cinematic listening experience. Thys’ debut solo single arrives via his own VISION imprint, listen below.

Experience a full hour of new, unseen footage from Daft Punk’s 2007 Alive tour [Watch]

Experience a full hour of new, unseen footage from Daft Punk’s 2007 Alive tour [Watch]Daft Punk Live Coachella 2006 No Credit Found

From atop their pyramid pulpit, Daft Punk set the paragon of electronic touring rigs with their 2007 Alive setup. Widely regarded as one of the most iconic stage sets ever, lore from the Alive tour lives on as some of the greatest moments in dance music history. And while footage of the Androids’ unforgettable Coachella and Glastonbury performances from that year still regularly circulate the Internet, now, previously unseen footage of Daft Punk’s 2007 Vegoose Festival in Las Vegas is ready to see the light of day.

The new footage is a patchwork collection of three cameras filming the set, capturing every angle of the duo’s legendary Alive performance like never before. From the opening riff of “Robot Rock” to the midway point at, “Aerodynamic” through the closing medley of “Human After All,” “Together,” and “One More Time” for the encore, the 80-minute performance is an all-engulfing dance experience from front to back. Daft Punk undoubtedly cemented their legacy as electronic deities on the Alive tour— suffice it to say this new video footage effortlessly cements that as fact. Watch Daft Punk’s 2007 Vegoose Festival performance in full below.

Notting Hill Carnival announces line-up for 2020 digital event

Notting Hill Carnival will be held online this year, with a full line-up of music and entertainment taking place over the course of the bank holiday weekend.

In May, organisers for the annual celebration rooted in Caribbean culture announced that, for the first time in its 54 years, the event would not go ahead as planned in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The replacement digital event, Notting Hill Carnival: Access All Areas, will take place from 29th – 31st August, and will be streamed across four channels. Registration for the free event is available via Notting Hill Carnival’s website

Throughout the weekend, there will be sets broadcast from over 40 legendary sound systems including Rampage Sound, Arts-A-Light, Disya Jeneration, King Tubby’s and Carnival’s only all-female sound system, Seduction City Sound. There will also be sets celebrating the sounds of Calypso, Soca and steelpan. 

Spotify, which is an official partner for the online event, has curated a microsite, which will host much of the weekend’s entertainment. A number of special playlists have been curated for the occasion by artists including Jamaican dancehall artist, Spice, The Marleys, and reggae’s rising star Koffee.

BBC Radio 1Xtra’s DJ Ace and Capital Xtra’s Remel London will host the main stage channel, while Ras Kwame and Capital Xtra DJs Shayna Marie and Yinka will host the sound system channel.

The official “afterparty” for the online event will be broadcast on 1Xtra between 11pm and 2am on Sunday night (30th), with DJs and special guests playing “Dancehall, Soca, Hip-Hop, UKG and all Carnival sounds”.

The event, which is normally held in Notting Hill, Westbourne Park and Kensington, and welcomes over 2 million people each year,  will kick off with a live countdown on the largest screen at London’s Piccadilly Circus, featuring exclusive video footage from Carnivals through the years. 

In an official statement, Executive Director of Notting Hill Carnival Matthew Phillip said: ““This year we faced the ultimate challenge of being unable to gather on the streets to celebrate our Carnival. But, now, more than ever, it’s important to keep the spirit of Notting Hill Carnival alive… Carnival is such an important part of people’s lives and key celebration of the multiculturalism of the UK, and we have a responsibility to our community and pioneers to honour that. We also have a responsibility to protect the black community and our elders by respecting social distancing and taking Carnival away from the streets for this year. So this is a fantastic solution for 2020.”

While you wait for next week’s online celebrations, why not revisit Don Letts’ 10 favourite Notting Hill Carnival tunes here

 

(Image via Notting Hill Carnival Village Trust)

The Hacienda is taking over Tobacco Dock on Easter weekend next year

The Haçienda is taking over London’s Tobacco Dock on Easter weekend next year.

Spread across the sprawling labyrinth of Tobacco Dock, legendary Manchester nightclub The Haçienda and LWE will host an all-day party on Good Friday, 2nd April.

Featuring three popular nights from the club, Nude, Hot, and Flesh, each event will host respective rooms. The full line-ups and set times are set to be revealed in the coming months.

Tobacco Dock’s upstairs room, the Great Gallery, will host Mike Pickering’s Nude soundtracked by the imports of Chicago, Detroit, and New York, and The Car Park will pay tribute the summer of 1988 and Jon Dasilva’s Hot. The Terrace will also open its doors to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Flesh, The Haçienda’s influential ’90s LGBT party, with the party planned alongside original promoter Paul Cons.

Ticket registration is now open via www.lwe.events/hacienda.

First opened in 1982, The Haçienda peaked in the Madchester and rave days, as the decade gave way to the early-1990s. It closed in 1997 amid financial troubles, during a notorious era for gang activity in the city’s music venues. Established by Factory Records, then home to the likes of New Order, Happy Mondays and A Certain Ratio, its now world famous aesthetics — including those iconic horizontal black and yellow stripes — were overseen by Peter Saville, who drafted the talents of designer Ben Kelly. It is considered a blueprint for modern nightclub design. 

Earlier this year, The Haçienda was voted one of the UK’s top historic sites, despite the fact the warehouse that once housed the Manchester club no longer exists.

 

 

British sound system culture pioneer Count Shelly has died

British sound system culture pioneer Count Shelly has died.

Count Shelly, real name Ephraim Barrett, has passed away aged 88, a relative confirmed. 

Barrett moved to the UK in the early ’60s from Jamaica, and along with Vincent “Duke Vin” Forbes and Wilbert “Count Suckle” Campbell, pioneered sound system culture in the country. The Count Shelly sound held a residency at 31 Club in Harlesdon and Four Aces in Dalston, and in the ’70s produced music for Dennis Alcapone and Errol Dunkley.

Moving to the United States during the ’80s, Barrett operated Super Power Records, a distribution and retail outlet for Jamaican music in New York, before returning to Jamaica permanently in the ’90s.

David Rodigan posted a tribute to Count Shelly, writing that the late pioneer was a “major proprietor of record shops and Reggae labels thus enabling so many to discover Reggae music.”