Jamz Supernova launches new podcast, DIY Handbook

Jamz Supernova is launching a new podcast, DIY Handbook, kicking off on 24th May. 

A first for the BBC 6 Music and 1Xtra regular, and former BBC Radio 1 host, confirmed guests include producer Toddla T, entrepreneur Ciara Madden, broadcaster June Sarpong, and Zubin Irani, manager of acclaimed singer-songwriter, Jorja Smith. 

A range of topics will be covered in eight weekly episodes, ranging from diversity and trauma to successful team relationships. The first instalment focuses on ‘The Art of Persistence’, featuring British Olympic gold medallist Katarina Johnson-Thompson.  

“Through a collection of conversations and real-life anecdotes with a range of brilliant business and creative minds, I take the lessons I’ve learned and dissect that experience with people I admire. In a world that praises perfection and overnight success, we’ll aim to be painfully honest, personal and practical! Welcome to my DIY Handbook,” Jamz Supernova said of the idea behind the podcast. 

DJ Mag’s March cover star, 2021 also marks Jamz Supernova’s tenth year on UK radio, and the first vinyl release on her Future Bounce imprint — ‘Future Bounce Club Series Vol 1’ is currently on preorder and lands to buy 31st May. Cuts from Bamz, KG & Uniqu3 and Rose Bonica all feature, alongside a track from Sam Interface, who dropped his ‘Going In/Shadows’ two-tracker for the label last month. A London event is planned to celebrate all this in the form of a day and night party at Night Tales in Hackney, London, on 17th July. 

DIY Handbook

24th May – The Art Of Persistence with Katarina Johnson-Thompson 

31st May – The Power Of No with Toddla T

7th June – How To Build A Team with Ciara Madden (Body By Ciara/Ciara London)

14th June – Who Owns Your Ideas? with Zubin Irani 

21st June – Evolving & Adapting with Georgia Lewis Anderson

28th June – Work Friends Becoming Real Friends with Keturah Cummings

5th July – When Life Comes At You Fast with Lauren Mahon

12th July – Why Diversity Matters with June Sarpong

Solomun and Jamie Foxx collaborate on new single, ‘Ocean’: Listen

Moodymann and Amp Fiddler have also remixed the track

Martin Guttridge-Hewitt

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 – 16:02

Solomun and Jamie Foxx have collaborated on a new single, ‘Ocean’. 

This unlikely pairing sees the renowned deep house and tech DJ and A-list Hollywood movie star team up on both studio production and accompanying music video, which sees Foxx navigate a desolate city, curiously inhabited by creatures from the deep. 

In addition to the original version, a remix has also been unveiled courtesy of Detroit production hero Moodymann and another of the city’s most-treasured artists, Amp Fiddler

Back in February, Solomun graced the historic Cocoon Records 20th Anniversary compilation, alongside the likes of Josh Wink, Planetary Assault Systems and Rampa. 2018 saw his own label, Diynamic Music, drop its 100th release, and marked the start of his virtual residency inside the video game ‘Grand Theft Auto V’.

Keep up with our regular State of Play column for the latest on the intersection of gaming and electronic music. 

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KG shares new single, ‘Nzinga’, with Toya Delazy, announces new EP: Listen

KG has shared a new single featuring South African star Toya Delazy. ‘Nzinga’ is taken from a forthcoming EP due to land next month. 

The track combines afrobeat, gqom, hard drum and R&B elements, paying homage to the roots of both artists involved. “Nzinga name wise is of African origin, has multiple definitions — Higher Level, Beautiful, Queen of Africa. Queen Nzinga fought for the Independence and stature of her kingdoms against the Portuguese in a reign that lasted 37 years,” KG said of the track name. 

“In the years following her death, Nzinga remains a historical figure in Angola. With Nzinga her title was ‘Ngola’, and Ngola means ‘King’,” and she was known to be quite androgynous in nature with queer interests. She occupied the throne – a position that was only ruled by men, so she was rebellious, unconventional,” she continued. “This track mirrors that energy, Toya and I go back-to-back empowering ourselves, ‘Nzinga’ is a bit braggadocious but in the same breath, we are celebrating womxn and those who identify as such who fearlessly go against the grain.”

On 25th June, acclaimed UK imprint Black Acre Records will present the full EP from British-Ghanaian KG, ‘Sensei II’. Guests include house and dance vocalist Aymos, hypnotic singer Taliwhoah and London-based afrobeat legend Mista Silva, who appears on recent single, ‘Koko’. The release follows on from ‘Sensei I’ on Goon Club All-Stars in 2018, and ‘Touch’, an outing on Hyperdub with label stalwart Scratchclart, formerly Scratcha DVA

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Lollapalooza locks in highly anticipated 2021 lineup: Foo Fighters, Post Malone, Illenium, Kaytranada, and more top ticket

Lollapalooza locks in highly anticipated 2021 lineup: Foo Fighters, Post Malone, Illenium, Kaytranada, and more top ticketPost Malone Credit Vanity Fair

Per usual, Lollapalooza pulled out all the stops when booking its 2021 comeback lineup. Set to be back in person at its longtime home of Grant Park this summer, the Chicago mainstay boasts headliners including Post Malone, Foo Fighters, Tyler, The Creator, Illenium, and Journey. Megan Thee Stallion, also a headliner, will make her festival debut this summer, coming off of three Grammy wins earlier this year, with added support from Roddy Rich, Brockhampton, and more.

Lollapalooza’s 2021 roster appeals to a range of ages and tastes, from Miley Cyrus and Orville Peck, to Jimmy Eat World and Limp Bizkit. There’s plenty of hip-hop to go around too, with acts like Young Thug, DaBaby, Freddie Gibbs, JPEGMAFIA, Slowthai, and Playboy Carti all slated to perform. Finally, the lineup features a mammoth electronic billing that includes Alison Wonderland, Kaytranada, Oliver Heldens, Subtronics, Tchami, Lost Kings, Dombresky, Steve Aoki, Slander, Sullivan King, and so many more.

Weekend passes are officially on sale for Lollapalooza 2021, whereas single day tickets have not yet been announced. Chicago’s Mayor, Lori Lightfoot, issued a statement through her office stating that entry protocol for the festival will be announced in early July. Set to take place on the weekend of July 29 at “near-to-full capacity”, Lollapalooza’s official lineup is listed in full below.

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Porter Robinson reshares ‘Nurture’ tracklist in chronological order

Porter Robinson reshares ‘Nurture’ tracklist in chronological orderPorter Robinson Rukes Min

The seven-year gap between Porter Robinson‘s two studio LPs proved to be well worth the wait, with fans and critics alike now quenching their thirst on Robinson’s sophomore album, Nurture. Now, fresh off the heels of the April release, the 28-year-old star has shared another way for fans to savor the project by divulging the chronological tracklist, ordered by the timeline of when each track was written.

Beginning with his popular album singles, “Something Comforting,” and “Look at the Sky” to the more instrumental tracks “do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti-do” and “Trying to Feel Alive,” Porter’s most recent release allows for fans to take a deeper dive into the mind of the producer and sift through the album in a way that reflects Robinson’s writing process. With the earliest track’s inception dating as far back as 2015, Robinson imparts the new tracklist to fans in hopes that they may be able to “feel the shifts over time,” giving and even more informed perspective on the album with a listen through this version.

Nurture has already received critical acclaim within the first month of its release, though, how it will sit among the rest of Robinson’s pantheon of work still remains to be seen. Experience Nurture in a whole new way with the chronological tracklist below.

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New Serum-Inspired Eurorack Wavetable Synth Module, The Centre

New Serum-Inspired Eurorack Wavetable Synth Module, The Centre
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1V/Oct has launched a Kickstarter project to fund production of a new Eurorack wavetable synth module, The Centre.

The Centre is a four-voice polyphonic module, with each voice featuring a wavetable oscillator LFO, VCO, Envelope and filter. This means you can use it as a complete polyphonic synth within your rack. It can also be used for sample playback, so you can use it as a MIDI drum module. Other features include clocks, effects, digital VCA and more.

The developers say that The Centre was inspired by the popular software synth Serum:

“The Centre is not a replacement of that great plugin, it just tries to use similar techniques to reproduce similar sound in hardware packages. Using software is not always convenient and running modular performance is much easier without a computer and by using knobs and patching modulations.”

Features:

  • Polyphony (up to 4 voices of polyphony all controlled independently from V/OCT inputs)
  • Wavetable Oscillator with Unison/Detune/Warp
  • LFO with Sine, Square and Triangle output that can be freely controlled
  • VCO standard high resolution oscillators with Sine, Square and Triangle
  • Low Frequency Shaper – Shapes – shapes for low frequency modulations (Serum file-format shapes can be imported)
  • AHDSR Envelope
  • Filters (Bi-Quad and Diode Ladder)
  • Drum Racks – MIDI powered drum sets playing sampled drums
  • Sample playback controlled by Gate or MIDI
  • Clocks, MIDI clocks, gate dividers
  • Ring Modulator
  • Wave Folder
  • Digital VCA – Voltage Controlled Amplifier
  • Simple Multiband Compressor
  • 3-Band Equaliser

Pricing and Availability

The Centre is available to project backers as a Eurorack module or as a compact semi-modular synth. It’s available to project backers, starting at about $390 USD.

Eli & Fur announce forthcoming album ‘Found In The Wild’ with lead single ‘Wild Skies’

Eli & Fur announce forthcoming album ‘Found In The Wild’ with lead single ‘Wild Skies’EliFur Cr Www.lukedyson.com

After years of flawlessly crafted singles and EPs, Eli & Fur have finally announced their debut studio album Found in the Wild alongside the release of its first album single “Wild Skies.” The deep house mainstays have honed their skills immensely over the past decade, appearing regularly on several labels including Anjunadeep, Spinnin’ Records, Armada Music, and more.

“Wild Skies” rings in a mesmerizing beat joined by hypnotic vocals with an intricate-yet-mellow persuasion. While the two are widely acclaimed for their production and DJ mastery, Eli & Fur are lauded for their singing and songwriting as well. Being such multifaceted talents, the pair have split their forthcoming 12-track album into two parts—each showcasing a different side to the group’s sound. Found presents a closer look into the melodic and airy point of view, and In The Wild, shows off a deeper soundscape fit perfectly for the return of clubbing.

In a press release, Eli & Fur commented on the forthcoming LP,

“We spent a lot of our career trying to work out who we are and what our sound is, being told we can’t make club tracks which have the type of vocals we love. What’s great is that every single track on the album sounds like us, it’s all Eli & Fur but it’s two different sides of it. We want people to hear more structured songs and we also want to show the type of darker, clubbier music we love—there’s no reason why we can’t do both. It’s been such a creative journey so far but we feel more and more sure of what we want to say musically.”

Returning to Anjunadeep, “Wild Skies” is a subtle yet powerful glimpse into the pairs’ thoughtfully crafted debut album. Stream the album’s lead single below.

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Apple Music is bringing lossless quality to streamers

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Starting in June, Apple Music will officially bring lossless audio quality options for more than 75 million tracks in the Apple Music library at zero extra cost. The technology company will use ALAC (Apple Lossless Audio Codec) to preserve each bit of the artists original recording quality. In other words, Apple Music subscribers will be able to hear the exact same audio that artists have originally created in the studio.

In addition to the launch, Apple will support lossless and spatial audio music with the use of Dolby Atmos. Artists and users alike will be able to create immersive audio experiences with enhanced multidimensional effects and sound clarity options on products that include an H1 or W1 chip such as the AirPods, AirPods Pro, AirPods Max and Beats headphones. In an official statement, Oliver Schusser, Vice President of Apple Music and Beats said,

“Apple Music is making its biggest advancement ever in sound quality. Listening to a song in Dolby Atmos is like magic. The music comes from all around you and sounds incredible. Now we are bringing this truly innovative and immersive experience to our listeners with music from their favorite artists like J Balvin, Gustavo Dudamel, Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, Kacey Musgraves, The Weeknd, and so many more. Subscribers will also be able to listen to their music in the highest audio quality with Lossless Audio. Apple Music as we know it is about to change forever.”

Kevin Yeaman, Dolby Laboratories’ president and CEO added,

“Today marks the introduction of Dolby Atmos on Apple Music—a new music experience that is transforming how music is created by artists and enjoyed by their fans. We are working with Apple Music to make Dolby Atmos widely available to all musicians and anyone who loves music.”

The move follows the launch of Amazon‘s Amazon Music Unlimited, which gives subscribers lossless music quality at no extra cost, and will most likely launch alongside the release of iOS 14.6.

H/T: 9to5Mac

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Getter announces forthcoming EP, tracklist with morse code message

Getter announces forthcoming EP, tracklist with morse code messageScreen Shot 2021 05 19 At 12.10.51 PM

Poised to release a batch of new music, Getter has taken to social media to announce his forthcoming EP in a seemingly unconventional manner—morse code. In a tweet posted in April, the San Jose-born producer promised fans that “some crazy EP(s)” are on the way. On May 7, the producer posted an encoded message on Instagram which deciphered into, “GETTER/SOME/CREATURE/EP” and “SIX/ORIGINAL/SONGS.”

On May 17, the producer cryptically revealed the EP’s tracklist in a series of tweets through low contrast images which read: “BLOOD HARVEST,” “SOME CREATURE,” “WITH NO EYES,” “FROM THE DIRT,” “LEAP OF FAITH,” and “WHY IS IT STILL RAINING.” With no further details currently available, the waiting game begins for Getter’s forthcoming EP, which will be his first release of the year, following his six-track NAPALM EP released in November 2020 as well as his debut mixtape from his rap side-project Terror Reid titled HOT VODKA 1 released in May of last year.

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One of Sweden’s most-visited venues has been renamed the Avicii Arena

One of Sweden’s most-visited venues has been renamed the Avicii ArenaAvicii Live Arizona Credit Rolling Stone Dancing Astro

While more than three years have passed since the tragic death of dance icon, Avicii‘s influence continues to permeate throughout the genre’s culture. Now, one of Sweden‘s most-visited venues, Ericsson Globe, is renaming itself to become the Avicii Arena to honor the musical juggernaut, which was actually predicted in Avicii’s VIP remix of “Wake Me Up” in 2014. Avicii’s father, Klas Bergling, said in a statement regarding the venue’s name change,

“It was a significant milestone in Tim’s career when he played here nine years ago, and he would be extremely proud that this iconic building from today will bear his name.”

Numerous tributes to the late Avicii, born Tim Bergling, continue to arrive. Tomorrowland had honored the third anniversary of his tragic death with a day-long tribute last April. Stockholm also has plans to open an Avicii tribute museum sometime this year. Stockholm’s Östermalm district also has plans for an Avicii memorial site.

Klas Bergling has been the driving force and founder of the Tim Bergling Foundation, charged with raising awareness for mental health. Bergling also added,

“It is only by listening to the young people and working with them that we can really make a difference. We will start from that in everything we do. We call the collection of young people’s thoughts For a Better Day because we focused our surveys on what they need for a better tomorrow, and their answers will form the basis of our work inside and outside the AVICII ARENA.”

In celebration of the music venue’s name change, 14-year-old Swedish singer Ella Tiritiello and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra performed and recorded a cover of Avicii’s “For a Better Day.”

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