Boris Brejcha recruits Malena Maria for hypnotic club single, ‘Puzzle’

Boris Brejcha recruits Malena Maria for hypnotic club single, ‘Puzzle’D PuP6lUAAOFAs

Boris Brejcha caps off the year with a captivating new single titled “Puzzle” featuring Malena Maria. Released via Ultra Records, “Puzzle” embraces Brejcha’s signature deep minimal techno sound while enthralling listeners for the duration of the eight-minute club track.

A clinic in how to achieve a dream-like hypnosis, “Puzzle” takes a step forward toward Brejcha’s hyper-progressive blend of mesmerizing melodies and dimension-expanding synths. Of note, “Puzzle” follows Brejcha’s misty remix of Theydream’s “Equilibrium” and his 2020 opus, Space Diver, which was crowned one of Dancing Astronaut’s top 20 electronic albums of 2020.

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See CamelPhat’s haunting visual for ‘Easier’ with LOWES

See CamelPhat’s haunting visual for ‘Easier’ with LOWESCamelPhat

Just one day before Halloween, CamelPhat graced fans with their very long-awaited debut album, Dark Matter. Nearly two months to the date of Dark Matter‘s release, one of the LP’s standout singles, “Easier” featuring LOWES, is getting a visual treatment.

Dynamic dancing in a club in the most abstract of ways describes just what proceeds in the music video for “Easier,” which follows MK‘s recent remix of the Dark Matter inclusion. A series of dancers take over the dance floor in dark underground locations that befit the general mood of the song’s sonics. The track has a hint of darkness that the music video embodies, setting the stage for the pulsing visual that proves the perfect accompaniment to the haunting yet energizing single.

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Gorillaz release ninth and final episode of ‘Song Machine Season One: Strange Timez’ video series [Watch]

Gorillaz release ninth and final episode of ‘Song Machine Season One: Strange Timez’ video series [Watch]Gorillaz

Gorillaz have now concluded their Song Machine Season One: Strange Timez, bringing the episodic video series to a close with its final release, “The Lost Chord” featuring Leee John. “The Lost Chord” is the ninth video in the Song Machine Season One series and visually expands the third track from the group’s full-length LP, released on October 23.

The eccentric yet eye-catching series has foregrounded Gorillaz’ creativity throughout the year, and “The Lost Chord” is no exception. The video features the animated Gorillaz members washed up on the shores of Plastic Beach, which fans of the group will recognize as a nod to the 2010 album. The animated makes way for a blended reality as British singer Leee John emerges from the depths of the cartoon ocean, dressed as a monster. John is very much a part of reality while the rest of the video remains in the animated world, and ultimately destroys the Island on which the group has landed. But—spoiler alert—Gorillaz escape just in time, paving the way for their next journey.

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Ian Boddy Live Modular Synthesizer Performance

Ian Boddy Live Modular Synthesizer Performance
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Synthesist and DiN label head Ian Boddy shared this live Eurorack modular synthesizer performance, originally streamed live on Dec 19th, 2020.

The performance starts about 30 seconds into the video, and features Boddy performing with Roland 100M & Eurorack systems.

He shared this information about the technical details of his performance:

Sequencers:

Varigate 8+ for drums, bass line & triggering.
Make Noise Rene for top sequence line.
Roland 182 for filter sequencing on 100M.
Make Noise Pressure Points for filter sequencing percussion.

Roland System 100M:

Provides the bass line + white noise percussion.
CV for bass line from Varigate 8+ via Intellijel Shifty & 4 x AJH V-Scale Buffers.

Sampling:

1010 BitBox Micro providing ambient sound beds.

Voices:

Top melodic sequence line from Braids sequenced by René.
Low bass drone from Morphing Terrarium.
Vintage synth FX from Make Noise DPO through FSH1 Frequency Shifter in Ring Mod mode.
Industrial grunge from Rings being fed phased white noise from 100M.

Percussion:

Bass drum from Bastl Tea Kick.
Metallic hats from WMD Chimera.
3 layers of white noise percussion from 100M.

FX:

Clouds, Erica Black Hole, Tip Top Z5000, Disting 4 in delay mode & Echo Fix EF-X2 tape echo.

Modulations:

Maths, Livewire Vulcan Modulator, Instruo øchd, Marbles & Intellijel Quadra.

Filters:

Qu-Bit Tone, Make Noise QMMG, Roland 505 & 510.