Death Row Records reissue Above The Rim soundtrack on cassette

As part of its 30th birthday celebrations, Death Row Records has reissued the soundtrack for Above The Rim on cassette.

Directed by Jeff Pollack, the 1994 film stars 2Pac and Marlon Wayans, among others, and is the story of a promising high school basketball star and his relationships with a drug dealer and a former basketball star. The soundtrack features the likes of Warren G and Nate Dogg’s classic ‘Regulate’, as well as tracks by artists including Jonny “J”, DeVante Swing and Dr. Dre featuring Daz Dillinger. The soundtrack also features a rare fan favourite from 2Pac and Stretch, ‘Pain’, which you can hear below. 

The reissue is the latest in Death Row’s string of film soundtrack re-releases, which has also included Gang Related, Gridlock’d, which also starred 2Pac, and the 18-minute short, Murder Was The Case.

Beyond soundtracks, Death Row is also making Snoop Dogg’s breakthrough album ‘Doggystyle’ available on cassette, as well as Dr. Dre’s 1992 debut album ‘The Chronic’, 2Pac’s 1996 LP ‘All Eyez On Me’ and ‘The Don Killuminati (7 Day Theory)’, recorded under 2Pac’s Makaveli alias one month before his death.

Founded by Dr. Dre, Suge Knight, The D.O.C. and the late Dick Griffey, Death Row catapulted West Coast hip-hop in the spotlight throughout the early ’90s, releasing some of the most iconic rap albums of all time. Last month, it was announced that a new documentary about former Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight and the murders of The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac would be released this summer.  

The legendary label’s decision to reissue certain titles via cassette reflects an increase in cassette sales in recent times

The reissues can be bought via Death Row here

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KSHMR, Armaan Malik, and Eric Nam celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month with ‘Echo’

KSHMR, Armaan Malik, and Eric Nam celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month with ‘Echo’KSHMR

KSHMR, born Niles Hollowell-Dhar, Armaan Malik, and Eric Nam have teamed up to release their new joint single, “Echo,” in celebration of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. The track was put together virtually over the course of the pandemic, with KSHMR and Malik recording the first demo in-studio, then sending it to Nam to ask if he were interested.

“Echo” sees KSHMR leaning into a more pop-oriented sound, with Malik and Nam trading off verses. KSHMR challenges himself to step outside of his usual production techniques to create a track that highlights both Malik and Nam’s strong vocal work.

With the track being recorded remotely, KSHMR was able to remain in the United States while Malik returned to India and Nam remained in Korea. During a recent interview with GQ India, the three expressed that they hope to be able to see future collaborations with more Asian and Pacific Islander musicians and artists.

KSHMR released his debut album Harmonica Andromeda in March, however, he has been a notable force within the music industry since his beginnings with The Cataracts, who released their hit collaboration with Far East Movement, “Like a G6” in 2010. With his KSHMR moniker, Hollowell-Dhar has leaned into a sound that celebrates his Indian heritage, folding his culture’s music into his sonic complexion.

H/T: GQ India

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ARMNHMR, Maazel, and Zack Gray get angsty on ‘Everybody Feels’

ARMNHMR, Maazel, and Zack Gray get angsty on ‘Everybody Feels’Armnhmr Ubbi Dubbi 2019 Rukes

Following an enthralling Adventure Club collaboration, ARMNHMR present their second single of the calendar year, “Everybody Feels.” Co-produced by French producer Maazel, “Everybody Feels” is an emotive stunner. Aided by Zack Gray‘s gripping vocals, the single perfectly encapsulates the duo’s signature sound in a way that complements their collaborators. Gray is no stranger to toplining electronic productions, and Monstercat-signed Maazel is a seasoned producer who’s gearing up to perform at Lollapalooza Paris 2022; thus “Everybody Feels” demonstrates a promising trajectory. In a Tweet, ARMNHMR wrote, “[Everybody Feels] is such a raw and emotional song with a lot of angst and pain. We really needed to get this one out.”

ARMMHMR are scheduled to take the stage at the Hollywood Palladium on July 30, 2021. The show, called “Infinite Skies”, is an Insomniac event and will stand as the duo’s largest outing to date. Buy tickets here, and stream “Everybody Feels,” via DIM MAK Records below.

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Anabel Englund releases ‘Deluxxe’ cut of ‘Messing With Magic,’ adding five new tracks to formidable debut album

Anabel Englund releases ‘Deluxxe’ cut of ‘Messing With Magic,’ adding five new tracks to formidable debut albumPhoto Apr 04 4 25 55 PM

Anabel Englund‘s musical output has risen exponentially since the start of 2020, and 2021 has proven to continue this steep upward trend. The LA-based multi-hyphenate has turned in the “Deluxxe Edition” of her debut album, Messing With Magic, which features five new singles in addition to the ten previously released tracks on the original album. One of the new additions is soothingly atmospheric joint effort, “Waiting For You” alongside Yotto, which has been a fan-favorite from the duo. Other new additions include “Boogie All Night” with Dombresky, and “Don’t Say Goodbye (I’m Not Ready)”.

Englund has also put out acoustic versions of “Picture Us” and “Underwater” with MK. The latter has been one of the most streamed singles from Messing With Magic to date, and the acoustic version of “Underwater” takes all of the distractions away from Englund’s vocals, giving the track a fresh, new spin. Listen to Messing With Magic Deluxxe Edition in full below.

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Free presets, free filter, TAL-Filter-2 mean a new trance-y Age of Love for us all

After all this isolation, it only seems right to have a new Age of Love. By which I mean, of course – lush, lush 90s trance presets and everything for free.

The folks at TAL Software make some simply wonderful instruments and effects. Those are well worth investing, you know, some actual money, but they’ve got a full range of free plug-ins, too. Best of all, these all support multiple formats – VST2, VST3, Audio Unit, AAX, and macOS (including native Apple M1), Windows, and even Linux. (You have even more options with some older deprecated 32-bit-only stuff, if you’re looking for something to run for example on an older machine.)

TAL-Filter-2 recently hit version 3 with a slick new design. It’s not only about recreating gated 90s trance effects – a range of luscious sound shaping and tremolo and rhythmic effects are possible.

It’s well worth giving a try:

But Boing Poum Tchak! write us to let us know they’ve made more effects presets for that tool – as a special free download. (Free + free = still free.)

No registration, just a free download:

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I think they also work quite nicely as a starting point to some new ideas, too – including some different twists on this now-commonplace effect. At least you can now say you know where it came from. Going back to that, wow, there are a lot of really beautiful details do that remix that people didn’t copy – and the original is really somehow a lot more the Frankfurt sound (plus I realize now that the BBC World News ident completely rips off this track, which is just funny):

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I love deconstructing things in this way, maybe for the same reason the only way to get an earworm out of my head is to just go play the track.

But tons of other directions, trance or otherwise, are possible here so enjoy.

And this is a great reminder to go download TAL’s Reverb-4 and vocoder, among others.

You can support this developer at their site:

Free and commercial preset packs:
Donation on Ko-fi (one time or monthly):

Over 500 million records have been catalogued on Discogs

Over 500 million records have been catalogued on Discogs.

Three months on from revealing that vinyl sales increased by 40% in 2020, the online vinyl marketplace has announced that three million collectors have now catalogued more than 500 million releases on the platform. That figure is almost double the number that was logged in 2019.

Defined by the number of users who added at least one item in their collections, Discogs’ three million users have an average 184 releases logged each. The largest individual collector reportedly has more than 512,279 releases, which is the equivalent of 2,780 times the average collection size.

“The COVID-19 pandemic undeniably accelerated interest in the value of — and passion for — recorded music,” Discogs said via a post on its blog. “As the world spent more time at home in 2020, the number of music fans using Discogs to catalog their collections grew by 40% over the previous year.”

The blog post continued: “Fueled by the increase in new music fans discovering records and established fans rediscovering their collections, vinyl continues to thrive as an enduring symbol of the Discogs Community’s love for music. With millions of people using the site’s Collection capabilities, we wanted to dig into how the Community uses this powerful tool.”

Among other statistics, the study also explored the average worth of a Discogs collection and how collectors organise their records. Read the full study here.

Velvet Machine Sonic Texture Generator Now Available For Mac & Windows

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Developer Yuri Turov of Phonolyth has released Velvet Machine for macOS (AU+VST3) and Windows (VST3), previously available only on iOS.

Velvet Machine is described as “a sonic texture generator / blur / non-linear reverb effect”, based on real-time convolution with enveloped velvet noise.

It’s designed to:

  • Stretch and blur out even short sounds to lengths of up to 10 seconds.
  • Produce reverb-like textures with flexible volume envelope (including reverse, fading in and out, pulsating etc.).
  • Work as a variable density random multi-tap delay (bordering on granular-like sounds).


  • Flexible volume envelope with arbitrary number of segments and curvature.
  • Effect time ranging from 50 ms to 10 s.
  • Response density adjustable from 1 to 2000 repeats per second.
  • Predelay up to 1 s.
  • Host tempo sync for time and predelay.
  • High cut and low cut filters for the effected signal.
  • Mix adjustable from 100% dry to 100% wet.
  • Mix Lock to switch presets while keeping the dry/wet mix constant.
  • Fully resizable vector-based UI.
  • Cross-platform preset format.
  • The Mac version is also a Universal Binary 2, meaning it runs natively on both Intel and Apple Silicon.

Pricing and Availability

Velvet Machine is available now with an intro price of $16 until June 1st 2021 (Reg. $32). A free demo version available. The iOS version is also on sale: $3.99 (Reg. $7.99).

Tickets to Burning Man’s second Virtual Burn are available now

Tickets to Burning Man’s second Virtual Burn are available nowBurning Man 2019 Pc Trey Ratcliff

Despite the cancellation of Burning Man in 2021 due to the pandemic, a second Virtual Burn event will be made available online for those who wish to return to Black Rock City from the comfort of their own homes. Tickets for the event are available here, with the second Virtual Burn taking place from August 22 until September 7.

The event will feature a virtual recreation of Black Rock City, fit with art displays and more than 200 camps. Fans will be able to access the virtual Burning Man event via their mobile phones or VR headsets, and will have the ability to wander around the playa using 3D avatars.

Burning Man announced in April that it would be cancelling its 2021 in-person event due to the current pandemic, and hopes to be able to return to its home in Black Rock City in 2022. Prior to the event’s cancellation, the festival had been considering making vaccines mandatory for all attendees. Burning Man had also changed the name of its 2021 event from “Terra Incognita” to “The Great Unknown” due to the original theme’s insensitive connotations.

H/T: BRCvr

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Amnesia Ibiza announces annual closing party led by Adam Beyer, Jamie Jones, and more

Amnesia Ibiza announces annual closing party led by Adam Beyer, Jamie Jones, and moreAmnesia Ibiza

Amnesia Ibiza will be returning in October for an ultimate season close-out party featuring the likes of Adam Beyer, Jamie Jones, Jayda G, The Blessed Madonna, and more. Scheduled to take place over two days, the event will see a celebration of Amnesia’s return from the pandemic, as well as a send-off to the next year. The event will begin on Saturday, October 23, and is scheduled to last for 18 hours. Amnesia will host an indoor club space and an outdoor terrace, with numerous sets from the event’s massive lineup.

Ibiza has been preparing its return over the past few months, with plans to reopen to tourists beginning in June. The city is expecting to have vaccine passports, called Digital Green Certificates, to ensure that tourists have been either fully vaccinated, recently tested negative for COVID-19, or have recently recovered. While waiting for the club to reopen, Amnesia will host virtual dance floors on Ethereum blockchain so that fans can continue to party from the comfort of their own homes. Tickets for the club’s closing ceremonies are currently on sale.

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VTSS & LSDXOXO share video for ‘Goin Nuts’: Watch

It offers an intimate look at the queer and POC community within Berlin

Brian Coney

Monday, May 24, 2021 – 14:35

VTSS and LSDXOXO have shared a video for their recent single, ‘Goin Nuts’. Check it out below. 

The debut collaborative track from the duo was originally released in February. The new, accompanying short film has been directed by Soul Suleiman and Leanne Mark (co-founders of agency MOTHER), and is intended to show the “perspective of a voyeur or someone watching from the edges of the crowd, offering and intimate peak inside a queer and often unnoticed POC community within Berlin”.

A press release for the release adds. “The video utilises the bodies of many of Berlin’s queer community to offer a reflection on the ways present-day surveillance culture affects the perception of bodies, faces, clothing and people.”

Berlin-based, New York-born DJ and producer LSDXOXO has also just released a new EP, ‘Dedicated 2 Disrespect’.  Back in 2019, we profiled the rise of the now London-based VTSS, “one of the most exciting DJs from the new wave of high-speed and industrial techno artists”.

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Photo credit: Joseph Kadow