Nines, Mahalia, JME and more win at 2020 MOBO Awards

After a two-year hiatus, the MOBO Awards returned last night to honour achievements in music of Black origin – with Nines, Mahalia, and JME among the  2020 winners.

With over 15 categories, the first ever digital awards ceremony was streamed in full via YouTube and was hosted by presenter Maya Jama and Youtube star Chunkz, who won the Best Media Personality award.

After receiving five nominations, Nines beat Stormzy and J Hus for the Album of the Year award for his ‘Crabs in a Bucket’ record – also taking home the top prize in the Best Hip Hop Act category. Ella Mai was awarded the Best Album Award 2017-2019 for ‘Ella Mai’, a one-off additional category to highlight the best albums released during the competition’s absence.

Rising star Mahalia (pictured) walked away with both Best Female Act and Best R&B/Soul Act, while the Best Grime Act went to JME and Best International Act to Burna Boy. The Best Newcomer award went to Aitch and the Video of the Year award went to NSG’s ‘Lupita’, directed by Kevin Hudson. 

Headie One beat fellow nominees Stormzy, J Hus and Nines for Best Male Act, and duo Young T & Bugsy walked away with the most public votes for the Song of the Year award for their single ‘Don’t Rush’, featuring Headie One.

Other worthy mentions go to Buju Banton, who won Best Reggae Act; Calledout Music, winner of Best Gospel Act; and Wizkid, winner of Best African Act. 

Speaking about the awards, MOBO founder Kanya King said: “I feel very proud about this year’s show which will go down in history because of its unique commentary and set of circumstances. This wasn’t just an awards show, this is an empowering show with a purpose that represents opportunity over inequality, that represents pride for an audience that often feels marginalised, that represents achievement against all odds.”

You can re-watch the 2020 MOBO Awards ceremony below and view the full list of winners here. 

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View Disclosure’s visual accompaniment to ‘Watch Your Step’

View Disclosure’s visual accompaniment to ‘Watch Your Step’Disclosure Photo Credit Hollie Fernando

The week of November 30, Disclosure gave their Kelis-assisted track “Watch Your Step” the VIP treatment, transforming the original into a six-minute funk-infused bop. Now, ENERGY‘s opening song stays in the limelight, receiving a visual accompaniment. The video starts out as a low-key affair, but quickly turns into an uninhibited dance party that mirrors the track’s infectious good-mood feeling.

“Watch Your Step” is directed by Kid Studio, the talent behind Disclosure’s “Birthday” and “ENERGY” videos. It joins the increasingly growing portfolio of impressive visuals from the duo’s Grammynominated record, including “Lavender” with Channel Tres and “Douha (Mali Mali)” with Fatoumata Diawara. The visual also joins the absurd video for “My High” featuring Aminé and Slowthai. The ENERGY inclusion notably picked up a 2021 Grammy nomination for “Best Dance Recording.”

Featured image: Hollie Fernando

Slow Magic drops ‘it’s the end of the world, but it’s ok’ LP

Slow Magic drops ‘it’s the end of the world, but it’s ok’ LPSlow Magic Credit @ilikeyourface

After a long string of singles, anonymous veteran Slow Magic has finally released his fourth studio record, it’s the end of the world, but it’s ok. The Moving Castle release features the likes of RUNN on vocals, label co-founder Manilla Killa, and even sees Shallou pick up a production credit on “Somewhere.” Though the title may sound bleak, the record’s core themes focus on positivity and moving forward, Slow Magic explained:

“This album is a collection of songs that I worked on over the past few years that mean a lot to me. The concept and title started as an optimistic twist on a sci-fi apocalypse, but over this past year, the meaning of the album has evolved as 2020 has shown us that sometimes, it truly feels like the end of the world.

The idea that there is always light in the darkness rings true, and these songs, while not written for the current events of the world, can hopefully help you find solace and optimism even when things seem out of control.”

it’s the end of the world, but it’s ok is Slow Magic’s first full release since 2017’s Float, and more recently follows the producer’s 2019 EP, Dreams. Slow Magic teased the record in his recent Digital Mirage Friendsgiving performance, which is now available to relive on YouTube.

Featured image: @ILikeYourFace/Instagram

Toro y Moi takes on Caroline Polachek, Chino Moreno’s ‘Hit Me Where It Hurts’ in new remix

Toro y Moi takes on Caroline Polachek, Chino Moreno’s ‘Hit Me Where It Hurts’ in new remixToro Y Moi

Following the release of her 2019 solo album Pang, Caroline Polachek has unveiled a collection of remixes from the LP, one of which includes Toro y Moi‘s rendition of “Hit Me Where It Hurts” featuring Chino Moreno. Ringing in the track with a fade-in of Polachek’s vocals in conjunction with an electronic staccato beat, Toro y Moi institutes a tone that is a darker and more subtle incantation of the original early in the spin. Tapping Deftones‘ frontman Chino Moreno to take over vocals, the track takes on an expansive and creeping tonality.

After the disbandment of her former band—mid-2000’s indie sensation, Chairlift—Polachek received critical acclaim for Pang, and remixes of the album’s inclusions have been slowly but surely trickling onto streaming platforms since.

Garnering more than 1 million plays on A.G. Cook‘s lauded rework of “So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings,” the remix pack has now revealed outputs from Toro y Moi, George Clanton, Oklou, and umru. Polachek is set to release a full vinyl remix record, Standing At The Gate: Remix Collection, on April 16, 2021.

Stream Toro y Moi’s remix of “Hit Me Where It Hurts” below.

Featured image: Rick Kern

Nodes is a creative visual patcher for people who love code – or is it the other way round?

Love eye candy? Love patching together node-based tools – but don’t want to give up serious JavaScript coding for AI and 2D and 3D graphics and augmented reality? Nodes might be for you. Free, Mac/Windows/Linux.

This tool is now coming into its own – and just as winter 2020, amidst bringing a world of hurt, brings a bumper crop of great visual tools. (Apart from literally brightening this dark time for humanity with some eye-popping visuals, it strikes me that could be vitally important as we work to re-build skills, learn and teach anew, and help artists sruvive.)

At its heart, you still get hard-core support for low-level 3D and GPU stuff. So yeah, if you want some wild realistic lighting or particle systems, it’s there for you. (Specifically, there’s a fancy physically based renderer called PEX.) And you get lots of elegant nodes so you can patch together visually and think in terms of signal flow.

Elegant, ain’t it?

The trick is, this tool gives you unusually robust open source guts based on JavaScript stuff – both the latest bleeding-edge standard open bits, and some special sauce of their own. And it performs well. And they’ve also done a lot of work on collaboration and UI.

And whereas some visual tools seem to treat code as an afterthought – which can make for some clunky shifting from visual editor to code editor – the folks behind Node say they’ve really built this for JavaScript nerds. And you know, that might not only make JavaScript coders appreciate this, but people wanting to learn those tools, too.

For coders, a bit part of the appeal is right here – each node is built around JavaScript, rather than code being tacked on after the fact. There is an atypically clear relationship between code editing, node graph patching, and parameter edits. Part of that is thanks to radically simplifying some of what these tools do.

So the basic tradeoff is this:

What you get: production-grade tools for Web and interactive design, data visualization, AI experimentation, and working for print, screens, still, and video, plus augmented reality.

What you don’t: This is more about building stuff from the ground-up, as timelines and pre-built physics and tons of existing nodes and a built-in live graphics engine – those all get left out. If you want Unreal or TouchDesigner, you still want those tools.

For some, that’ll be a good thing – it means you don’t have a ton of nodes to learn and you have real flexibility with how things appear, plus there is still a nice render engine. (I’m also curious to look at the renderers and what appears to be dependence on WebGL – just in how that translates to what’s happening with Apple’s Metal and Apple Silicon.)

The exciting thing is, now Nodes is in proper, stable beta. And while I can let you read through all the exact frameworks they’ve chosen and whatnot, that’s exciting.

Here they are talking about it:

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And here it is doing nice stuff with data visualization:

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And, wow, this should be like my job, but they’ve also done a neat chart of how a lot of these various tools map out – including things I’ve written about, like TouchDesigner, the JavaScript fork of Processing (p5js.org), Houdini, cables.gl, and whatnot.

https://nodes.io/assets/visual-tools-landscape.pdf

In visuals, I find people are pretty freely creating tools – mixing Houdini with TouchDesigner, for example – so maybe there’s still a place to map this out for creative artists, too.

I’d say meanwhile settle back and appreciate that we do have all these options – and figure that investing time in a tool that does basically what you need will pay dividends, and many skills can translate from tool to tool.

But Nodes, are you on the short, short list? Yes, you are.

The getting started page is tantalizingly clear.

Learn more:

https://nodes.io

And try the playground right now (or download the full tool):

https://nodes.io/playground/

A big thank you to vdmo of Australia’s vjunion for the heads-up on this:

Elon Musk’s Boring Company teases ‘tunnel rave’ in celebration of Las Vegas Loop completion

Elon Musk’s Boring Company teases ‘tunnel rave’ in celebration of Las Vegas Loop completionElon Musk Business Insider

Elon Musk‘s Boring Company is nearing completion on the Las Vegas Loop—a new project that would connect the Las Vegas Convention Center, McCarran International Airport, Allegiant Stadium, and a host of casinos on the strip by a system of underground tunnels. The tunnels would shuttle travelers to these various destinations with high-speed autonomous Tesla vehicles. Marking the Convention Center’s passenger terminal’s completion, the team celebrated with Avicii‘s “Levels,” and a matching light show to boot.

Musk might even be open to the pretense of being the future’s foremost rave promoter too, on top of his various other credentials. Earlier this year, when the tech maverick teased a 3D rendering of Berlin’s new Tesla Gigafactory, a Twitter user asked about seeing, “the rave cave rendering,” to which Musk responded, “Might be an indoor/outdoor rave space on the roof.”

Once it debuts, the forthcoming Las Vegas Loop project aims to move 1,200 passengers per hour. The Loop’s scheduled opening was originally slated for January 2021, though plans have been delayed due to COVID-19.

Roland TR-06 Drumatix Editor & Sound Bank

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Developer Momo Müller has introduced a third-party Midi Editor and Sound Bank for the Roland TR-06 Drumatix drum machine.

With the TR-06 Editor, you have direct access to many parameters and can save them as a Sound Data File and
load them back into the TR-06 at any time. In the PlugIn VST version, you can record controller movements and integrate the Roland TR-06 Drumatix into your DAW project.

Features:

  • Direct access to the sound parameters of the TR-06
  • The volume of LT + HT and OH + CH can be adjusted separately.
  • For BD, SD, LT and HT a random function can be used.
  • X-Y modulation of all parameters
  • The Drum Sound settings can be stored in a Sound Bank as single sounds or drum kit and loaded again.
  • 49 drum sound presets and 8 Drum Kit Presets (TR 606) are included
  • All controllers can be automated.
  • The editor settings can be saved in the DAW with the project

Pricing and Availability

The editor is available for PC as VST / Standalone 32/64 bit and for MAC as VST / AU / Standalone 64 bit for 6,90€ / $ 7.90 USD.

Honey Dijon, Nicole Moudaber and Patrick Topping complete line up for Absolut and Beatport #DanceAway2020

Absolut and Beatport have finalised the line up for #DanceAway2020, this year’s biggest online New Year’s Eve showcase – which will be syndicated to DJ Mag’s Facebook page.

In a year of great challenges, DanceAway2020 is designed to pay homage to the power of connection and pave the way for a better 2021. Latest additions to the bill include Honey Dijon, who will be performing a stream for the first time since the shutdown, Nicole Moudaber, Patrick Topping, Sydney Blu, BLANCah, MACHÌNA & SEKITOVA and Mendy Indigo.

They join previously announced artists including Carl Cox, TOKiMONSTA, Jamie Jones, Nastia, Jaguar, BLOT!, RayRay, and Jixo & Danz.

The 20 hour broadcast, kicks off before midnight local time in Melbourne, Australia with Carl Cox, ringing in one of the first 2021 New Year’s celebrations. From there, the party will seamlessly bounce through 15+ time zones and cities, including Shanghai, New Delhi, Dubai, Odessa, Berlin, London, Florianópolis, Miami, Calgary and Los Angeles, before finishing up back in Melbourne with a closing set from Carl Cox.

Ahead of NYE, Beatport are hosting a remix competition with a $5,000 prize package, including a personalised bottle from Absolut, a release on the seminal house and garage label, King Street Sounds and a global track premiere during the Beatport x Absolut NYE 2020 Livestream.

To enter, producers need to remix ‘President House’ by Roland Clark featuring Urban Soul. You can download the stems and acapella via from the Beatport website and have until 18th December to submit your remix.

For a full list of artists, times and more information please visit www.absolut.com/NYE2020 or follow @AbsolutVodka.

Tulum Burning Man-style festival results in rippling COVID-19 spread

Tulum Burning Man-style festival results in rippling COVID-19 spreadTulum Art With Me FB

A COVID-19 outbreak has been linked with Tulum festival Art With Me. Having taken place November 11-15, the Burning Man-style event observed hundreds of attendees congregate in Mexico for the community-driven music, arts, and wellness experience. Following the festival, numerous festival-goers and performers tested positive, quickly escalating the party into COVID superspreader status.

Travelers have also brought the virus back into the U.S. where medical professionals have traced positive cases back to the festival. Founder of Checkmate Health Strategies Eleonara Walczak spoke to her private testing company’s results, stating,

“I would say that 60-70 percent of my positives in the last couple weeks in New York City have been a direct result of either people coming back from Art With Me, or who have been directly exposed to someone who attended Art With Me. And I test in Miami as well, and my testers there tell me that a lot of their positives are people coming back from Art With Me.”

Mexico currently has over 1 million cases of COVID-19 and more than 100,000 deaths. Art With Me and its 21 hotel partners have not yet provided a statement.

Via: The Daily Beast

Featured image: Art With Me/Facebook

Wavey Garms announces XXXmas Pop Up vintage market this month

The pop-up will also feature DJs, art exhibitions, fashion designers, a record store and live music streams

DJ Mag Staff

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 – 12:44

Wavey Garms has announced an XXXmas Pop Up vintage market.

Peckham-based vintage streetwear dealers, Wavey Garms, who have previously held events at clubs like The Cause and hosted stages at Hackney’s Born n Bred Festival, will take over Walkers Court in Soho for a fortnight-long pop-up from Wednesday 9th December.

The sellers will be taking over two vacant retail units at Walkers Court until the 24th December, and will host more than 20 vintage sports and streetwear sellers, alongside DJs like Oneman and Sweet Lemonade Sisters, art exhibitions, fashion designers, a pop-up from Deptford’s Discworld, and live music streams to support Centrepoint.

Wavey Garms will also present an exhibition from Tottenham bootleggers, Sports Banger, and an art installation featuring a teenage raver’s bedroom, where you can listen to records from the bed with walls covered in rave artwork from the legendary Pez.

The Wavey Garms XXXmas Pop Up will take place from the 9th to the 24th December, each day from 11am until 10pm at Walkers Court in Soho. You can find out more about the event here.