Excision has announced a brand new two-day festival, Reunion, taking place at Legend Valley, the home of his other successful festival venture Lost Lands, in Thornville, Ohio July 16 and 17. In contrast to the bass figurehead’s two flagship festivals, Reunion will not be hosting on-site camping. Instead shuttles will transport attendees from nearby hotels and free parking will be made available to ease into the experience. The Canadian bass producer shared a statement in a release,
“Over the last year, the team and I have had a lot of time to get creative. The one thing we couldn’t stop thinking about was getting back to live shows and celebrating with you all. What better way to do it than a Bass Family Reunion? With Lost Lands being sold out and still many months away, we just couldn’t wait!”
The news comes shortly after the announcement of Excision’s two-night bass rumble in Downtown Las Vegas taking place July 2 and 3, as well as the return his two mainstay festivals, Bass Canyon and now sold-out Lost Lands, both which are set to take place in August and September. Official event information, full lineup, and tickets will be available starting on May 14, 2:00 p.m. ET.
I can’t wait to see you all at Legend Valley on July 16th & 17th for a special weekend! Lineup & tickets will be out on Friday at 2pm EST! pic.twitter.com/WXUtT2qfWH
Feeling destructive? K-Devices’ Shaper2 is a fast route to digital edginess, it’s on discount now. And it is not mentally demanding – it’s a beautiful magical Thor’s hammer, in a good way.
There are quite a lot of waveshapers about. But K-Devices has combined a number of harmonious (or rather intentionally disharmonious) modules for particularly easy hands-on control. I normally read parameters very carefully, but – there’s something about that UI. You just want to start dragging things intuitively, like a toddler with an activity center. And it’s immediately rewarding to do so.
And while synths and modular environments may already give you some of this, it’s really handy to be able to just drop this on a track, as you’ve got quite a lot of stuff in a compact space:
Glitch gate, with new smoothing
5-function waveshaper: “Muffin, Multistress, Cracker, S&M, Bit&Samps” – I could try to describe them, but trial-and-error with your source material is actually the whole point
Transform with Clip, Warp, Fold, and sFold
Delay/resonator doubling as comb filter
Choose which algorithms and parameters you want, dial in some settings, and see what happens. And then you can drag and reorder modules for different signal chains. (Sadly, that’s serial only – this thing is screaming out for some parallel processing, too. Shaper3?)
It’s all very, very digital, whether you’re getting metallic resonating tones or grungy distortion.
New in this version are a number of features that move this into must-buy territory. Smooth on the Glitch Gate makes it far more musical. Lopass/Hipass filter helps tame the output. Blend and Color, Gain and Mix all combine to let you mold your resulting sound rather than just glitch everything blindly.
It all feels honestly like something you ripped out of a couple of high-end Eurorack modules, except it’s 59 EUR – on sale through the end of this month for EUR 39 with this discount code:
Through May 31, for y’all.
They’ve also posted some great walkthroughs of their stuff, including a first tutorial on Shaper 2:
I’d encourage you not to use the presets at first. Okay, I always encourage that, but this time for real. It’s all so specific to source material that it’s great fun to squeeze and squish and glitch your sound while dialing as you play. Hell, I even turned a cowbell into something interesting.
K-Devices I associate with Max for Live as that’s where they got their start – and I’m sure I’ll be using this in Ableton Live regularly – but for kicks, I messed with this using the modulators in Bitwig Studio, too, since I mentioned it yesterday. And it’s right at home there.
Go check it:
Now I have added incentive to work on my production because… huh, this would have been a good secret weapon to not tell anyone about. Keeps me on my toes.
But seriously, K-folk – do think about some multiband or parallel options. Shaper Pro. It’s already too good; I want more.
After a relentless release schedule that stretched across the duration of 2020’s lockdowns, Crankdat took a brief hiatus before bestowing fans with his first track of the year, “Better Without You.” The new cut features singer/songwriter and electronic mainstay JT Roach, arriving via Canadian electronic powerhouse Monstercat.
Serene, melodic, and subtle in the intro, “Better Without You” blends Roach’s captivating vocals with a chugging build-up, culminating around Crankdat’s buzzing future-bass arrangement as the track pushes forward. With a multi-layered approach, distorted vocal chops, and crisp percussion elements, the track is an electric comeback for the lauded producer. Touting bass blow-outs that level crowds with battering low-end, as well as tracks that boast a more atmospheric and uplifting appeal, “Better Without You” is easily tacked on to Crankdat’s versatile catalogue. Stream “Better Without You” below.
India’s Boxout FM online radio station will this weekend host a 48-hour fundraiser for the ongoing COVID-19 relief effort in India.
A lineup of artists from across the world will contribute mixes to the fundraiser, and all proceeds will be donated to GiveIndia, a not-for-profit organisation working to help COVID-19 patients, their families, and healthcare workers in the country right now.
Among the DJs and artists contributing exclusive sets to the station are Jacques Greene, Leon Vynehall, Bok Bok, Jubilee, Kindness, Coldcut, Daedelus, Nina Las Vegas, Truncate and Violet.
The 48-hour radio fundraiser will take place across Saturday, May 15th and Sunday, May 16th, and will be available to stream via Boxout FM’s website. All of the sets will be repeated in the following two days, with the fundraising effort set to conclude on Wednesday, May 19th.
You can find all the details, and donate to the fundraiser, here.
India is currently experiencing a catastrophic second wave of COVID-19, leading to a severe shortage of oxygen tanks, ventilators and beds. As of this week, there have been more than 250,000 deaths related to the virus in total.
As COVID-19 vaccination rates continue to rise, cities across the country have been lifting restrictions. Now, Washington D.C. has joined the ranks of those who have begun opening back up, and has announced plans to lift all capacity restrictions for bars and nightclubs on June 11. Ahead of that, indoor capacity for bars and nightclubs will be increased from 25 to 50% starting on May 21. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said in a press conference,
“We’re very pleased that over the last several days, we have seen our case spread, our community spread numbers, venture out of the red into the yellow and fast approaching the green. You might remember that our daily case rate peaked in January at 45.9. And today you can see it’s down to 6.6.”
Vaccination rates in the District have also been increasing. 672,000 D.C. residents have already received at least their first vaccine dose, while 252,000, or 36.4% of D.C.’s total population is fully vaccinated. The surrounding areas of Maryland and Virginia had previously lifted many of their COVID-19 restrictions, while the June 11 date of lifted restrictions will also allow nightclubs and bars to remain open until 2 a.m. on weekdays and 3 a.m. on weekends.
New York has also gradually been decreasing restrictions, with Governor Andrew Cuomo announcing that indoor venue capacity will increase from 150 to 250 people, while outdoor gathering limits will now be set at 500 people. California has also been decreasing restrictions, and had begun to reopen indoor music venues in April.
Acknowledging the loyalty of fans who have adhered to the unprecedented challenges the events company has faced throughout the past year, Rotella shared an update on Instagram regarding future events and shows stating,
“Looking ahead, I’m excited about what we have in store. The Saturday of HARD Summer, which kicks off the return of large festivals in SoCal, just sold out. Next on our calendar will be Beyond Wonderland SoCal—swipe for lineup leak! A bunch more lineups TBA in the coming weeks, including Escape, Day Trip, Beyond Wonderland Gorge, EDC Las Vegas & Audio Bay Area. Countdown is planned for NYE & Okeechobee is set to return in 2022. Also, keep a look out for a series of upcoming shows in Vegas, SoCal & Arizona!”
Two-day GA, GA+, and VIP passes for Beyond Wonderland SoCal will become available on May 13 and 12:00 p.m. PST for $9.99 down. Purchase tickets here.
Apple Music cordially invites its users to take a musical vacation with its newest add-on, City Charts. Following the tech giant’s release of iOS 14.5, Apple has unveiled a fresh, aesthetically charming feature on its leading DSP. As the world remains divided nearing the end of a pandemic, Apple Music’s newest launch instills a new means of connection with musical communities across the globe.
Apple Music continues to compete against Spotify for a major market share in the digital music streaming space, aided by its virtually monopolized operating system, and now, an intriguing new way to discover music. Updated daily, City Charts gives Apple Music users access to trending music from over 100 cities around the world. Traverse Los Angeles to Chicago, Brisbane to Budapest, Dublin to Cape Town, as Apple Music provides clickable postcards for nearly every major city. To celebrate the launch, Apple Music created a thread on Twitter to recognize every featured city.
After Movement Detroit’s festival cancellation was announced in February, the festival has now returned with a micro-event that will be hosted over Memorial Day Weekend. Paxahau Presents will be throwing Micro Movement, with local Detroit performers spread through three venues around the city: TV Lounge, Magic Stick, and Spot Life.
Each venue will have an extremely limited capacity, with required masks and social distancing throughout each space. Both TV Lounge and Spot Lite are 21+, while Magic Stick Alley Deck is 18+. Additionally, there will be no cover charge for each of the venues, with a full lineup set to be announced soon.
The event will last from day until night throughout the various venues, with capacity limits also not yet announced. While attendees will be required to wear masks while inside each of the venues, it has not been said whether or not proof of a negative COVID-19 test or temperature checks will be required upon entry.
Movement Detroit had canceled both its 2020 and 2021 events due to the pandemic. However, vaccine rates in the city of Detroit have continued to rise, with 55% of those eligible to receive the vaccine in the state of Michigan having already had their first dose, while 33% of Detroit residents 16 and older have had their first dose of the vaccine.
UK mental health charity Mind has shared a number of resources focused on the electronic music industry.
Partnering with Ninja Tune, booking agencies POLY and Paradigm, and promoter Percolate, and marking Mental Health Awareness Week (which is running from May 10th-17th), the mental health resources are designed to provide information and support to those working across the electronic music industry, with specific guides for managers, employees and freelancers in the sector.
The resources look at how people in the sector can access support, look after their mental health and support colleagues, while also identifying problems and solutions faced by those within the industry, depending on which area they work in.
Mind says that research carried out in 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic, showed that musicians are more prone to mental health problems than the general population and may be up to three times more likely to suffer from depression, and the pandemic may have exacerbated this for many with the loss of income from the events sector.
Launching the resources, Emma Mamo, head of Workplace Wellbeing at Mind, said: “We know that working in the music industry can be very rewarding and offers many opportunities. However, it comes with a unique set of challenges, including irregular hours, financial insecurity and high pressure – all of which may have an effect on people’s mental health and wellbeing. Coronavirus restrictions, Brexit, and fluctuating income have only made existing problems in the industry worse, so it’s important that people across the industry can access vital support if and when needed.
“For too long mental health problems and other related issues like alcohol and substance use within the music industry have been neglected and even normalised. Mind’s new resource has been created with contributors from every corner of the music business to make sure the information is as useful and relevant as possible to anyone working within the industry, including artists, DJs, organisers, promoters, creative freelancers and other employees. We’re grateful for their support and dedication in helping to make sure no one across the industry faces a mental health problem alone.”
A podcast, connecting Mind and the music industry, will be launched next month. You can access the four music industry-focused resource packs here.
Read DJ Mag’s 2019 feature on the mental health crisis in electronic music here.
Emerging Atlanta-based multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter Ci Majr caught our ears with her debut EP entitled Side Effects. The 5 track body of work is the culmination of her 10,000 hours in the studio. From drafting demos and loose thoughts to fully fleshing out her ideas with her friend, Fez, who helped produce the entire project. Side Effects is a well-rounded pop project that explores the good and bad side of this thing called love as Ci Majr introduces us to a host of colorful characters and dynamic situations.
The project opens up with the dance-pop number “After Midnight” which helps set the tone of the project. The song is lively and made up of moody ethereal pads, soft four to the floor drums that flow easily with Ci Majr’s reverberating vocals. She reflects deeply on the eternal love-hate dynamics she has with an unknown individual who keeps lingering in her mind but also reminds us that she can do without it. This is followed by the focus single “Summer Drug” which lightens up with bright deep synths, punchy drums, and enthralling vocal performance that is ripe with melodic runs and a tinge of nostalgia. That record is a sure-fire EDM jam that would keep the party jumping. On “Softer” Majr delivers a heartfelt and melancholic piece showcasing her versatility as an artist. The record is somewhat stripped down to allow her vocals to shine bright and the result is a soothing pop ballad that explores heartache in her own unique way.
For this short project, Majr and Fez really pull their resources to create something stunning and cohesive. Fez knows when to push the envelope with his sounds and what he crafted around Ci Majr is pure pop gold. At times, they raise the ante with upbeat vibrant electronic pop records and also give listeners more subtle and solemn tracks to absorb. Overall, I feel it’s well-done and administers the perfect dosage to your daily pop ratio.
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