MuSeq MU Step Sequencer (Sneak Preview)

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Dove Audio’s Paula Maddox shared this sneak preview of their upcoming MuSeq sequencer module.

The module is in the prototype stage (which explains the lack of labeling) but it’s already clear that it will be very different than other step sequencers available in the MU format. It’s a two-channel step sequencer in 3U that’s has a rich feature set, including control over step length per step, gate length per step, start and end points, etc.

It can also save and recall banks of sequences.

Here’s an example of the MuSeq in action:

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No info on pricing or availability has yet been announced.

Drake checks in—don’t miss ‘Scary Hours 2’

Drake checks in—don’t miss ‘Scary Hours 2’Screen Shot 2021 03 06 At 10.26.00 PM

On the road to Certified Lover Boy is a detour: Scary Hours 2. But, this map should be familiar; after all, Drake took the same course in the months leading up to the June 2018 delivery of his fifth studio LP, Scorpion, dispensing Scary Hours just months prior in January 2018. Scary Hours 2 can be considered an appetizer to the main course, which is being “cheffed in every way possible,” Drake disclosed on OVO Sound Radio on March 5. “I don’t have an exact date, but it’s in the pot and it’s coming soon,” he said.

In the meantime, he’s given his devotees something to chew on. Bearing one Drake solo cut and two A-list features with Lil Baby and Rick Ross, respectively, Scary Hours 2 sees Drake dropping bars—and supposedly, some disses—as he finger rolls his way back to the charts.

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Ten City announce first album in 25 years with 2021 rework of ‘Devotion’

Ten City announce first album in 25 years with 2021 rework of ‘Devotion’Ten City

Ten City‘s first album in 25 years is on the way.

The Chicago R&B and house vocal group comprising Byron Stingily and Marshall Jefferson announced their forthcoming LP Judgement with Jefferson’s rework of their 1987 classic, “Devotion.” Of the 2021 update of “Devotion,” Jefferson said,

“The lyrics are about two women that myself and Byron went on a double date with. They seemed to have been in bad relationships before. Byron started singing and we came up with the idea that if previous men had treated them better, they wouldn’t be so bitter. I took Byron’s original and positive vocal ideas, ‘I want to give you Devotion,’ and came up with the music the same night because it was a great vibe.”

The hit single, an extended version of which was included on their 1989 debut album, Foundation, receives a lush rework from Jefferson that stays true to the group’s soul, disco, and Chicago house roots. Jefferson’s conversion of “Devotion” will soon be packaged on a remix EP (due March 19) that will also include an underground remake from Glasgow-based duo Illyus & Barrientos. In the meantime, Ten City and their fans alike will also be anticipating the release of their fifth studio album, Judgement, which is slated to arrive this summer via Ultra Music.

Listen to Marshall Jefferson’s rework of “Devotion” below.

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So Dope is back to take the ‘Crown’

So Dope is back to take the ‘Crown’So Dope Press Image

On his first production of 2021, So Dope is dead set on defending the throne—and the “Crown.”

After a statement-making opening to the new decade that saw So Dope drop off four originals, “Concrete,” “Soundbwoy,” “Ride or Die,” and “Waiting 4 U,” the New Yorker is kickstarting another year of music with “Crown.” As longer-term So Dope listeners will note, “Crown” channels the reggae influence that colored May 2020’s “Soundbwoy,” and similarly does so with a dubstep twist. Fans of So Dope’s former release can consider “Crown” a complementary companion cut meanwhile those who enjoy “Crown” but have not been exposed to “Soundbwoy” now know where to head next.

On “Crown,” distributed via JustUs Recs., So Dope breaks out his black belt in crowd incitement. Though the mosh pit-inducing power of the dynamo’s most recent material has yet to be realized, it’s not a characteristic that comes with an expiration date, meaning that its first moment of live play out will be a memorable one, to say the least. Stream below.

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