It has been 11 years since Kid Cudi planted his flag on the moon. Now, the beloved Man on the Moon trilogy will officially come to an end on December 11 with Cudi’s highly anticipated final installment, Man on the Moon III: The Chosen.
Just ahead of the LP’s release, the Cleveland-native emcee shared the project’s extensive tracklist, artwork, and delivery date much to fans’ excitement. Following suit with the lengthier format set by its predecessors, 2009’s The End of Day and 2010’s follow up, The Legend of Mr. Rager, Kid Cudi’s final Man on the Moon entry will be presented in four acts across 18 tracks. Notably, the album doesn’t host much guest work, with Trippie Redd, Phoebe Bridgers, Skepta, and a posthumous appearance from Pop Smoke landing as the project’s only features.
Cudi’s first two Man on the Moon LPs are both widely considered to be genre classics now. Before the launch of the Man on the Moon trilogy in 2009, when Cudi was a far from the arts icon he is today, his debut mixtape, A Kid Named Cudi landed on a similarly unrecognized Brooklyn-based record label called Fool’s Gold Records. The mixtape made noise behind its standout single, “Day N Nite,” which would go on to jumpstart Cudi’s career. Now, Man on the Moon III: The Chosen finds Kid Cudi at a much different status than the lonely, misunderstood stoner he emerged on the scene as, and if history has taught us anything, its that we might have a future classic just around the corner. Watch the trailer for Man on the Moon III: The Chosen below.
Los Angeles trio Cheat Codes has released its latest collaborative effort, “Do It All Over,” featuring pop vocalist Marc E. Bassy. The fourth dance-pop prelude to their upcoming album Hellraisers, “Do It All Over” recants a feeling that the global collective knows all too well after a year like 2020.
With lyricism evoking the pervasive thoughts of an ever-desired redo, be it of a moment or a relationship, “Do It All Over” is the summation of an emotion with which many fans can empathize. Bassy’s jovial vocals liven up the contemplative track, adding an undeniably upbeat pop influence to the genre-bending trio’s latest.
Since they burst onto the scene in 2014, the boys have undertaken collaborations with Liam Payne, Fetty Wap, Demi Levato, and more. With six years under their collaborative belt, Cheat Codes are set to offer a more in-depth look into each of their three member’s creative minds with Hellraisers. Expected to be split into three parts, the forthcoming album will paint an intricate picture of Kevi, Trevor, and Matt’s sonic personalities and style under the Cheat Codes header. Keep an eye out for Hellraisers and stream “Do It All Over” below.
The Glitch Mob have shared their highly-anticipated reissue, Drink The Sea (10 Year Anniversary Deluxe Edition) in celebration of the long-spanning journey to the trio’s present day status. In the decade revisit to their debut studio album, the electronic stalwarts have delivered remastered versions of the record’s original tracks alongside seven additional releases, from shiny new cuts to coveted remixes.
The 17-track deluxe package pays homage to the distinctive bass sound that has become synonymous with The Glitch Mob, featuring beloved productions like “Fortune Days,” “Animus Vox,” and more. The auditory goody bag also stocks rare remixes including The Glitch Mob’s rework of Linkin Park‘s “Waiting for the End,” Nalepa’s “Monday,” and STS9‘s “Beyond Right Now” as well as a collaborative original with Theophilus London.
Kerri Chandler’s Spaces And Places will be performed in London next year
DJ Mag Staff
Monday, December 7, 2020 – 17:33
Kerri Chandler will debut a new live show at The Roundhouse in North London on 28th November, 2021.
Dubbed Kerri Chandler’s Spaces And Places, the six hour event will be Chandler’s first ever public performance of his reel-to-reel tape DJing using four machines – a concept inspired by watching early House DJs like Frankie Knuckles mix on tapes when his career was still in its infancy.
The immersive performance, running from 4-10pm, will be the first of its kind to utilise Panasonic’s new projection technology – mapping live projections tailored to the venue’s round interior as well as holograms of vocalists from some of house music’s best known tracks.
Pre-sale for Kerri Chandler’s Spaces And Places’ opens at 10am on 2nd December with the general sale going live at 10am on 4th December 2020. Tickets range from £25.50 – £32.50 plus booking fees and can be purchased here.
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Words by: Natalie Pereira, Mitch Rose, and Jessica Mao
In a year that struck industries down in a snap,dance music has shown true resilience in its ability to combat and overcome the obstacles presented by COVID-19. Despite this year’s numerous setbacks, esteemed trance giant Anjuna has come out as a trailblazing champion, deservedly earning the designation of Dancing Astronaut‘s 2020 Label of the Year.
2020 brought an abrupt end to live events, forcing people away from dance floors and in front of screens for musical liberation. Though, within the challenges posed this year, Anjuna saw opportunities to not only connect with a swelling fan base through a unique series of online livestreams and arts/culture events on Twitch, but also embark on new projects that would define the label’s dominating digital presence in 2020. Anjuna artfully homed in on using music and community initiatives as both a uniting and healing force in a year where we desperately needed those comforts.
Split into imprints Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep, Anjuna has collectively developed a passionate following of dedicated fans spanning all corners of the world. In a typical year, label heads Above & Beyond can be caught hosting weekly radio episodes of their own “Group Therapy” series, jet-setting from Miami to Mumbai for arena and club shows. Of notable importance this year, Above & Beyond were slated to embark on a worldwide tour for the release of their third acoustic album, Acoustic III, though touring plans were placed on an indefinite hold as the year unravelled. Moreover, Anjuna was set to deliver the milestone ABGT400 show—a yearly occurrence marking each 50th episode of Group Therapy that brings together the global community for a two-day festival featuring label artists and friends from both imprints.
Despite not being the ABGT400 many expected, Anjuna’s annual destination celebration still called in a joyous occasion, pivoting to a four-hour extended set from Above & Beyond livestreamed from The River Thames. The virtual congregation featured music from a treasured trove of Anjuna’s 20-year chest laced with welcoming video messages from artists. Anjuna also forged onwards in its momentous 20-year Anjunabeats anniversary this year, simultaneously observing the formative origins of its progressive and trance sounds while embracing its own divergence into new territories.
This year, Above & Beyond honored the importance of mindfulness and mental wellness through their Flow State Meditations album—a series of spoken word meditations in collaboration with female yoga instructors spoken in four different languages. Paired with the album’s release, Anjuna hosted its own Wellness Week on their Twitch channel, featuring a number of free online fitness and conversation sessions to round out the project. This year also saw Above & Beyond take a nostalgic walk through their own extensive vault, unveiling The Club Mix Collection. The three-disc collection convened the trio’s most essential hits over the past 15 years, featuring mixed, unmixed, and extended club versions of tracks like “Sun & Moon,” “Alone Tonight,” “Alchemy,” “Bittersweet & Blue,” and more.
Aside from the bosses’ formidable 2020 output, Anjunabeats also took an all-encompassing approach to highlighting its prolific discography. The first of several celebrations presented a 20-volume artist-curated mix that welcomed Anjunabeats signees to compile their all-time favorite releases from the imprint’s 20-year history. Debuting with the first-ever act signed, Oliver Smith, the bi-weekly installment has since welcomed the likes of Mat Zo, Maor Levi, Nitrous Oxide, Andrew Bayer, ilan Bluestone, and more to the curatorial seat. Spotlighting new and old releases, the series showcases both the Anjuna catalogue’s timelessness and depth. With activity on every side of the label, Anjunabeats still maintained its reputation as home for burgeoning newcomers and veteran producers alike, evidenced by this year’s 34-track Anjunabeats Vol. 15, which spanned releases from Tinlicker, ALPHA 9, Andrew Bayer, and Genix to inaugural appearances from gardenstate and Jordin Post.
The label also unveiled a glossy handful of albums. While Mat Zo made his triumphant return to Anjunabeats with Illusion of Depth in a full-circle moment for the label, which hosted his seminal debut LP, Damage Control, Spencer Brown extended his catalog with his sophomore full-length, Stream of Consciousness. Following up on 2017 indie masterpiece, The Only Road, Gabriel & Dresden also delivered their new studio album, Remedy. 2020 proved a fruitful year for newer artists as well: the supergroup Elysian, comprising Ilan Bluestone, Maor Levi, and Emma Hewitt, surfaced with their debut EP Water, and the Ejeca-headed project Trance Wax submitted his self-titled debut LP.
2020 saw Anjunadeep similarly flourish with an equally impressive stream of new music. James Grant and Jody Wisternoff opened the year on a high note with the surprise release of the first half of Anjunadeep 11. Bringing together Lane 8, Ben Böhmer, and Cubicolor with lesser known artists like HVMP, miru, and several others, Grant said that the compilation surprised dropped early to “give each CD mix its moment in the sun and, more importantly, shine a light on each individual artists’ contribution to the album.” Two weeks later, Yotto, Dosem, and Durante arrived on sidetwo, completing what is arguably the imprint’s most impressive compilation to date.
Just two weeks after the mixed LP dropped in full, Anjunadeep was already back with another full-length record, Cubicolor’s Hardly A Day, Hardly A Night. The trio’s remarkable sophomore LP combined ethereal instrumentation with poignant musical story telling, kicking off Anjunadeep’s 2020 trend of uniquely stunning bodies of work. Just a few weeks later, the imprint was back for another highly anticipated record, this time supplied by Luttrell, whose beaming brand of melodic house shined as a hopeful and inspiring beacon amid COVID-19 doldrums.
Three months and three albums into the year, Anjunadeep was only just warming up. Several more full records would arrive in the following months, including dazzling LPs from Marsh, CRi, Dosem, and Jody Wisternoff.Perhaps Anjunadeep’s most interesting and singular album was Reflections, its first foray into downtempo and ambient music. The nine-track compilation proved to be an immaculate first venture into uncharted waters, managing to stay true to Anjuna’s sound while proving the label’s ability to embrace growth. Throughout 2020, Anjunadeep stayed devout to its ethos while managing to branch out—subtly or dramatically at times—without compromising in the slightest.
The journey to establishing the Anjuna brand as one of the most recognized electronic labels in the world has charted a vast and dynamic history of artists, milestones, and music that have all contributed to the building of a synergetic ecosystem. Its humble origins as Anjunabeats in 2000 first served as a platform for Above & Beyond to release their original works. The creation of sub-label Anjunadeep came in 2005, helmed by James Grant and the Above & Beyond founders, with quality only paralleled by consistency. Now, fast forward to 2020, Anjunabeats now celebrates its twentieth anniversary in the way its always known how—great music and great community—while Anjunadeep reaps its 15th year of existence as not just its counterpart’s underground sister, but as its own distinguished imprint of hyper-prolific releases.
With an industry uprooted by the tumultuous events of the year, Anjuna found exponential reasons and means to connect with its listeners, delivering both depth and range in its programming of state-of-the-art live streams, engaging albums, and exclusive projects. In its continuous effort and dedication to make music the common denominator between us all, Anjuna has solidified itself as a brand to be remembered this year and throughout the ages.
Featured images: Doug Van Sant, Luke Dyson, Rukes, Jake Davis
There’s been plenty of talk of comfort foods. For some of us, piano is a comfort instrument. And here are a couple of especially cozy piano instruments to add to your computer – for free.
Remember the days of being stuck with truly soulless piano sounds in hardware? It really is a joy now to plug a good MIDI controller in – ideally one that simulates hammer action – and enjoy virtual piano sounds. And there is a terrific range – idiosyncratic and rare instruments oozing personality, the very opposite of the caricature of a dull upright that was once the norm. I’m finishing a story now on Modartt’s Pianoteq 7, which I think is unequaled in physically modeled pianos, and if you want the most versatile instrument possible – complete with tweakable tuning and morphing and simulation of resonant strings – that’s the easy answer. There are also lavish sampled instruments that reproduce the details of a specific instrument. If you have Arturia’s value-packed V Collection, you’ve got their excellent Grand V already, and just have to grab an external drive and hit install if you haven’t already.
These instruments are nothing like that, though. The ‘free’ aspect is useful if you’re zeroed out on budget, but it also makes these instruments nicely specific. You aren’t presented with a bunch of choices or deciding which hall reverb you want. You don’t get the feeling that you’re behind a 7′ concert grand in Steinway Hall, nervous that you’ve completely forgotten Liszt.
No, these instruments are also particular. They’re intimate. One note already feels a bit melancholy, like you’ve made yourself some tea on a rainy day and you’re the only one around, and you can play whatever you want. And that makes them kind of priceless.
They’re also small, so – not only do you not need to worry about whether you’ve got cash, you also don’t have to check that over-stressed internal hard disk the OS keeps warning you is too full. (Back to Pianoteq – that’s also a very, very important advantage of their tool.)
In my inbox today is the wonderful Room Piano V3. (It’s okay; I missed V1 and V2, too.) It’s Windows-only, but it has that perfect comfy sound. It reminds me of days I had my third-favorite piano in a practice room, or house-sitting someone’s apartment – someone with a fairly friendly, slightly chubby cat napping while you play. It’s fitting they have a window open in the simulation with some birds singing; I literally have memories of this. And yeah, specifically that means nailing the room reverberation and sampling an instrument which was cared for but has its tuning slipping just enough for real character.
1 lightweight piano sound (60 MB) Amplitude ADSR Multi-LFO Highpass/Lowpass filter Room reverb 64-bit VST plugin instrument for Windows 8.1/10
The multi-LFO seems out of place here based on everything else I’ve said (uh, the person you’re house sitting for left a tab of acid?) but you get the point.
Free/donationware – give them an email. It’s on Gumroad, which means it’ll also automatically be added to your account if you’ve nabbed other similar items on that platform.
In a similar category, if you aren’t already on Spitfire’s brilliant LABS series, you absolutely need to be. I think. I wonder if I don’t hear friends talk about this more just because they’re afraid to give away some secrets.
SOFT PIANO is recorded on a stage – Air Edel Studios, London, to be precise – but the trick is adding some felt.
This actually kicked off Spitfire’s series – you were in the know when it happened if you were reading CDM in 2008. But here you are:
Some of the LABS series definitely feel like cheating, although at that point they’re worth downloading just to inspire you to then go try layering some instruments yourself. But see also the very-lovely PIANO PADS.
Honestly, this stuff brings back some of the first experiences a lot of us had with keyboards, when you’d dial up a patch and get lost.
Bass music icons Zeds Dead have blessed fans with an exclusive care package of previously unreleased dub cuts and IDs from 2008 to 2009. More specifically, THE LOST TAPES VOL. 1 includes 10 eclectic tracks that fans of the duo’s old-school dubstep sound are sure to obsess over. Speaking on the release in an Instagram post, Zeds Dead said,
“We’ve been in the studio a lot this year and got the chance to dig through the vaults a bit while working on new music. This Friday we’re sharing some of what we found. THE LOST TAPES is a collection of old-school dubs and misplaced IDs that have never been released until now. Vol. 1 is 10 beats we made sometime during 2008-2009, with future volumes to cover other time periods.”
The newest collection features deep experimental hits like “Lost in Space” as well as brighter tunes such as “Ice Crack.” With more THE LOST TAPES volumes confirmed to be on the way, fans can look forward to an in-depth exploration of the behind the scenes progression of Zeds Dead’s production over the years. Stream THE LOST TAPES VOL. 1 below.
Dubbed Electric Mile, Rotella described the event series as an “audiovisual drive-thru adventure, filled with beautiful lights, art and sound”, and confirmed the events will take place at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California.
Speaking in a post on Instagram, Rotella said that he wanted to create an adventure for the whole family. “As a Dad, and still a kid at heart myself, this project has been a huge passion project for me,” Rotella said. “Creating something that can WOW both our festival goers and families alike has been an amazing challenge. I can’t wait to experience this new adventure with you all!
“We’ve created an amazing light-synchronized dance music soundtrack for the journey, as we transport you into seven magical Worlds, including EDC, Beyond Wonderland, Nocturnal Wonderland, Escape & Countdown. The road down Electric Mile comes complete with over 5,000,000 lights, 500+ art installations, disco balls, lasers and much more— all in a COVID safe, super FUN, drive-thru environment.”
The events begin on the 1st January 2021, and will take place every week thereafter. To find out more information and purchase tickets, visit the Electric Mile website here.
Last year, EDC shared the most-played tracks at the Las Vegas edition of the festival. You can also watch full sets from the event courtesy of Armin van Buuren, Skrillex, Alison Wonderland, Alesso, and more.
Krake Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary with three days of online programming this month.
The special 2020 World Wide Web Edition of the festival will feature live audiovisual works, a 12-hour multi-stream rave and more exclusive content curated for the event.
The interactive, virtual rave is taking place on Saturday 12th December, consisting of 10 exclusive streams from various crews including London’s Fold, Mechatronica, Ismus and HÖR and artists such as Helena Hauff, DJ Stingray, Shed, Salome and Transforma.
Other highlights include KRAKE TV – which will host a techno workout by Wes Baggaley and an “Ambient Sleep Concert” to decompress come Sunday.
On Friday 11th the festival will screen the premiere of ‘Xenoprobe’, an electronic music musical following an alien landing in Berlin, and ‘Underground Kitchistance’, a b2b2b DJ & cooking show.
Krake Festival 2020 – World Wide Web Edition, is taking place Friday 11th- Sunday 13th December 2020.
Tickets range from €1 for the lowest-tier day pass to 50€ for a Full Festival 3-day ticket, which includes a 82 track 10-year anniversary digital compilation.
Get your tickets here, and check out a trailer for the festival below.
Spotify is in the process of acquiring a patent for a new Plagiarism Risk Detector And Interface technology. The tool should help prevent musicians and songwriters unwittingly infringing on existing copyrights and facing potential lawsuits and legal action. Lead sheets, which express a song’s unique chords, melody, and lyrics, are fed into an AI program that can then gauge how similar it is to other existing tracks in its database.
The new tool will detect similarities in real time, allowing artists to edit their compositions as the song itself is written, should there be any accidental similarity to an already existing release. Spotify’s Plagiarism Risk Detector And Interface Technology is a significant step forward in anti-plagiarism technologies, offering a more concise process and result than preexisting tools that rely only on melodies and sampling.
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