Nightlife industry experts share Global Nighttime Recovery Plan update

Experts from the night time industry have shared a Global Nighttime Recovery Plan update.

The GNRP is a collaborative practical guide that aims to provide all members of the nighttime industry “the knowledge and tools to aid their cities in planning for safe, intentional, and equitable re-opening”.

The next instalment of the GNRP, Chapter 4, looks at support models for nightlife industry workers, individuals and vulnerable populations, with the results of a recent survey of nighttime workers allowing the GNRP to assess the impact of the pandemic, and the needs of the workers impacted by COVID-19.

Speaking with over 300 nighttime workers, the GNRP found that 98% of workers had reported a loss of income due to coronavirus and 49% had received aid (unemployment assistance) — although 15% reported the aid had not been substantial enough. The survey also documents a growing mental health crisis among nightlife workers.

The document also includes a number of case studies in Germany, South Africa, New Zealand and the U.S., assessing the different government support packages offered to the impacted sector. 

You can read Chapter 4 of the GNRP, and the previously released documents, here.

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Elsewhere, in the UK, the NTIA recently surveyed over 100 clubs about the current struggles they are facing, primarily the lack of appropriate financial support, and an unclear exit strategy for reopening venues.

Of the 100 nightclubs surveyed, which included London’s Egg, Sub Club in Glasgow, and Hangar, the NTIA found that 88% of clubs in the UK are in over two months worth of rent arrears, 86% had been forced to make redundancies — with over 65% making over 60% of their workforce redundant before the end of 2020 — and 43% had still not recieved any kind of financial support or grant from the government.

Subtronics announces official partnership with Twitch

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Bass music luminary Subtronics has penned an official partnership with online streaming platform Twitch. Subtronics has taken to Twitch off and on to stream performances or connect with fans, but going forward he will host weekly livestreams featuring unreleased tracks, demo listening sessions, production lessons, special guests, and more, as he describes:

“Twitch is the easiest, most direct way to talk with my fans in real time. I love sharing my process and thoughts in regards to both music and life, so just having an audience of people who care to hang out virtually and listen to my silly rants is truly awesome and appreciated. I’ve also found a good bit of talent through Twitch chat rooms and other various dubstep streams on there. It has helped me scout talent and make friends, but most importantly of all, Twitch has helped me stay inspired.”

Despite festivals’ continued cancellation, Subtronics has managed to have perhaps the most momentous year in his career. In December 2020, he launched Cyclops Records with the 19-track Boot Camp compilation featuring the likes of LEVEL UPLeotrixAl Ross, Akeos, and Syzy. Additionally, the “Griztronics” collaborator recently delivered a vicious live set for Insomniac’s Park ‘N Rave concert series in San Bernardino, California. With his new partnership and label announced just months apart, Subtronics looks poised for a monstrous 2021.

Visit Subtronics’ Twitch channel here.

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Electronic Music Experimentation In The Films Of Alfred Hitchcock

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The latest video takes a look at electronic music experimentation in the soundtracks to the films of Alfred Hitchcock.

Hitchcock’s films were a perfect opportunity for composers to experiment with new sounds, which led to the use of early electronic instruments like the Hammond Novachord, theremin and Mixtur Trautonium.

While these films and other films of the era brought electronic instruments to a broad audience, they also may have ‘typecast’ electronic instruments, because of the way that they were used as a sort of shorthand to evoke the eerie and otherworldly.

Boys Noize shares piano-driven remix of Shygirl’s ‘TASTY’

Boys Noize shares piano-driven remix of Shygirl’s ‘TASTY’Boys Noize Credit Dance Music Northwest

In November of 2020, rising UK force Shygirl released her critically acclaimed ALIAS EP, featuring standout single, “TASTY.” Following the release of the track’s video earlier this year, Shygirl has recruited a remix from Berlin’s favorite son, Boys Noize, offering a multi-layered, club-ready take on the original.

The BNR helmer spent the better part of 2020 lending his inimitable production talents to a host of various collaborators including Lady Gaga, Omar Souleyman, Willaris. K, along with turning in a handful of his own singles, and his Defected Records debut. Now, he’s kicking off 2021 with another stellar remix effort that reflects the club sonics we all miss the most. Stripping the original’s lyrical and melodic elements back for a more subdued, filtered dancefloor appeal, Boys Noize opts to keep the original piano backbone intact while proffering his own chugging tech-inspired modifications.

Shygirl’s profile is on the rise, and with a grip of intertwined alter-egos, plus added crossover appeal by way of an addictive new Boys Noize, expect to keep Shygirl on your radar from here on out.

Featured image: Dance Music Northwest

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Jeff Mills announces new digital magazine, The Escape Velocity

The first issue will be available “soon” via Axis Records

DJ Mag Staff

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 – 15:15

Jeff Mills has announced plans for a digital magazine.

The legendary Detroit-born DJ and producer, who recently launched a jazz project alongside Jean-Phi Dary, has announced details of a new digital publication titled The Escape Velocity Magazine.

Incoming via Mills’ own Axis Records imprint, the quarterly magazine will be “focused on all that inspires creativity”, with the first issue set for release in Spring 2021.

A tweet from Mills’ Twitter account states that the overall goal of the magazine “is so that one can chart their creative journeys and pathways to be more impactful”, and according to The Vinyl Factory, the content is “focused and concentrated on music and all the things it takes to conceive it.”

You can check out the tweet from Mills below.

Last November, Mills announced the reissue of his classic 1997 cut, ‘The Bells’. He also released an album commemorating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. 

Detroit legends Moodymann, Theo Parrish, Rick Wilhite and Marcellus Pittman release 3 Chairs retrospective compilation

The collection is available via Bandcamp now

DJ Mag Staff

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 – 16:41

Moodymann, Theo Parrish, Rick Wilhite and Marcellus Pittman have released a 3 Chairs retrospective compilation.

Released under their collaborative alias, 3 Chairs, the legendary Detroit DJs and producers present ‘3 Chairs Collection (1997​-​2013)’ – a collection of 35 tracks spanning almost two decades.

The collection includes a number of records which were previously only available on vinyl, with a handful of tracks featuring the likes of Bill Beaver, Norma Jean Bell, Amp Fiddler and Bubz Fiddler.

You can purchase ‘3 Chairs Collection (1997​-​2013)’ via Bandcamp here.

Earlier this year, it was revealed that Moodymann would appear alongside Berlin’s Keinemusik collective and Palms Trax as resident at a new in-game nightclub in GTA V.

In September last year, Theo Parrish announced the ‘Wuddaji’ LP – his first studio album since 2014’s ‘American Intelligence’ and his seventh full-length album to date. His LP debut, ‘First Floor’, was released in 1998.  

David Guetta, Sia flex their serial collaborator status with 10th output, ‘Floating Through Space’

David Guetta, Sia flex their serial collaborator status with 10th output, ‘Floating Through Space’David Guetta 1

Throughout the years, the collision of David Guetta‘s beatsmith skills and Sia‘s vocal prowess has yielded hit after certifiable hit in the dance domain and beyond. Their serial collaborator status has held strong to date, so much so that it’s translated to their 10th all-time liaison, “Floating Through Space.”

On the Guetta-Sia end, “Floating Through Space” materializes as the follow-up to September 2020’s “Let’s Love.” Though Guetta could be found tapping into his time-honored electronic sensibilities on both “Let’s Love” and its future rave-accelerated remix, produced alongside MORTEN, “Floating Through Space” sees him reel them in some to fashion a dance-pop foundation for Sia’s soprano. The tenth chapter in one of modern music’s most profound partnerships can be found below.

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Novation’s Circuit Rhythm is coming in summer; here’s what we know

Novation’s Circuit Tracks is out now – I’ve got one to test. But there’s another Circuit coming. Circuit Rhythm leaked before, but isn’t announced officially yet, other than it’s due this summer. It’s the one that samples directly; here’s what we know so far.

Told you, I did. Sampling onboard, it won’t. Slice on your PC and load onto microSD cards, you must. That boy is only mixing and sidechaining our audio.

But … there is another.

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Circuit Rhythm is the light-gray sibling to Circuit Tracks. Novation declined to comment about Circuit Rhythm, but instead pointed press to this post:

Same form factor, same layout, same I/O, even most of the same triggers and labels – Novation have been a stickler for consistency on their grid devices.

But the big difference is that Circuit Rhythm will have the one feature Circuit Tracks lacks – you can sample directly onto the device. So, while both have 2x audio input jacks, on the Rhythm that’s a “sampling” input. (The Tracks just mixes external audio with device audio, and allows you to route through audio effects or use to sidechain.)


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The rest we can glean from the statement – and the silkscreen image. From the statement, I can extract that the Circuit Rhythm lets you:

  • Record samples directly into the machine
  • Resample (that makes for a nice, MPC-style workflow)
  • Apply Grid FX – apparently synced, rhythmic audio effects specific to this device, including beat repeat, vinyl simulation, and more to come
  • Chop up beats

Like its sibling, it’s both a live jamming/performance and production machine.

So why wouldn’t you just wait for summer and get Circuit Rhythm? Well, it appears to drop the internal drums and, crucially, the polysynth tracks from Circuit Tracks. That means if the appeal of Circuit is partly for its synth, you’ll still want to consider Circuit Tracks now.

Even more telling, Circuit Rhythm may drop those new MIDI tracks available on Circuit Tracks. That means sacrificing the ability to sequence and control external gear. I would hate to lose that, especially since we already know you can still load up Circuit Tracks with your own samples via microSD.

In other words, how tough a decision it is to pick between the new Circuits remains to be seen.

There are also some different options on the encoders that are suggestive.

Unique to Circuit Tracks: FX (presumably the reverb, delay, and sidechain FX). Filter envelope, Amp Envelope. Oscillator + Oscillator Mod.

Unique to Circuit Rhythm: Dedicated HP Filter and LP Filter controls (the Tracks has both, but you switch between them). Distortion. (Oooh.) Length (though that’s probably just the sample-specific equivalent of the Amp Envelope). Dedicated Start position. Dedicated Tune control (for samples)

And there is an actual Sample Rec trigger.

When you see how minimal this is, and how little apparent use there is of Shift, you do start to appreciate why Novation chose to make separate pieces of hardware.

I’m sure it’ll stir controversy, but it’ll be interesting to try in practice. And the price of Circuit Tracks, at least, is appealing.

Watch this space.

And meanwhile – let me know any questions about Circuit Tracks as I get my hands on it. Preview – which looks appealing:

Novation Circuit Tracks Review & Comparison With Original Circuit

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In his latest loopop video, host Ziv Eliraz takes an in-depth look at the Novation Circuit Tracks, the latest member of Novation’s Circuit line of grooveboxes.

Eliraz compares the Tracks to the original Novation Circuit, and then takes an in-depth look at the new groovebox’s capabilities, including 32-step patterns, probability, Mutate, ratcheting, MIDI Sequencing, Scenes, using samples melodically and more.

Topics covered:

0:00 Intro
1:10 Tracks vs Circuit
7:10 Tracks vs Rhythm?
8:20 Overview
11:25 Sequencing
12:00 Sample flip
12:40 1-16/17-32
13:15 Pattern settings
14:15 Melodic seq
14:50 Scales
15:15 Live rec
16:15 Editing steps
17:00 Micro steps
17:25 Probability
18:05 Mutate
19:05 Ratchets
19:50 Automation
21:50 MIDI seq
22:30 Effects
23:10 Sidechain
24:55 Pattern grid
26:15 View lock
27:30 Scenes
29:10 Projects, packs
29:50 Components
32:35 Melody w/samples
35:00 Pros & cons
38:35 Outro jam

AXIS 216: Mixed by Dombresky

AXIS 216: Mixed by DombreskyULTRA MIAMI 2019 2

Parisian mastermind Dombresky has surged his way up the house music hierarchy with an explosive 2020 to show for it. Known offstage as Quentin Dombres, Dombresky added five singles and his Trust The Process Remix EP to his catalog in the past year alone, and this continuous process of expansion has already chugged ahead in 2021, recently culminating in “Down Low,” his label debut on Ultra Music.

After hitting a milestone 20 million streams on his breakthrough 2019 single “Soul Sacrifice,” Dombresky is now gracing Dancing Astronaut with his groovy chops on episode 216 of The AXIS. Featuring too many blazing IDs to count, the 60-minute mix includes the aforementioned release as well as fan favorites like “Call 909” with Samaran, “Get Loose” with Shermanology, and his rework of Anabel Englund‘s “Underwater” from her debut album Messing With Magic.

The rest of the tracklist touts a selection of danceable jams, with crowd pleasers like Adelphi Music Factory’s “People Everywhere (Can You Feel It?)” and Bohemian’s “Jack Them” factoring in, as well. All this and more can blissfully be found below.

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