New compilation will raise funds for arts, music and sports equipment for refugees in Greece

Gramrcy, Ryan James Ford and more have contributed tracks to the release

Christian Eede

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 – 17:25

A new compilation from Lebanon-based label System Revival Recordings is raising money for a charity focused on providing refugees in Greece with arts, music and sports equipment.

The 24-track compilation, ‘Wave Of Hope’, includes new tracks by a number of key techno artists, such as Gramrcy, Ryan James Ford, Second Storey, Wrong Assessment, Crossing Avenue, Rommek and Drvg Cvltvre. The compilation takes its name from the charity to which funds from sales of the release will go, which is based on the Greek island of Lesvos.

It follows on from three previous charity compilation that have been compiled by System Revival Recordings and released in the last year.

‘Wave Of Hope’ will be released on Thursday, June 3rd. You can pre-order the compilation and check out a number of the tracks on the release via Bandcamp.

All versions of Pro Tools now support Ableton Link

The Link-enabled products page has gotten busy, but here’s one you may have heard of – Avid Pro Tools. It’s the latest to support Live’s tech for jamming together across apps, software, and hardware.

Just don’t call it sync – Link is networked and all about jumping in and out across multiple tools and (if you like) with multiple people.

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Adding Pro Tools is a big deal, because if this is your DAW of choice, you now can instantly connect to sessions with other Link-supporting software including Ableton Live, Bitwig Studio, Rekordbox, Reason, Maschine and MPC, but also tons of apps (mobile included) and even some hardware. SuperCollider and Max and Pd all have support.

All in all, it makes Pro Tools far more flexible and shows the growing support for Link. It might also prompt some other DAW developers that haven’t adopted yet to follow suit.

Oh yeah and – all versions are supported  2020.9 and later, including the free Pro Tools | First edition. So it also means those of you who have to dive into Pro Tools instead of Ableton Live to complete a job can easily sync the two packages, too.

Download Festival to serve as pilot government-backed test event

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The once-cancelled 2021 edition of Download Festival is now set to actually take place, albeit in a revised fashion. The Leicestershire, England mainstay typically welcomes 110,000 alt-rock fans into its home at Donington Park, however, the 2021 iteration will serve as government-backed test event, welcoming a reduced 10,000 attendees. A part of Phase II of the English ministry’s Events Research Program, this new “pilot version” of Download will gauge COVID-19 transmissions at a mass music gathering. Thus, on the weekend of June 4, 10,000 attendees will once again be able to experience maskless, non-socially distanced festival fun.

Phase I of the Events Research Program in the UK included a maskless, 5,000 capacity Blossoms concert at Liverpool’s Sefton Park. Previous ERP events have found that 15 out of a possible 58,000 people would contract the virus due to attending a mass gathering. ERP research further suggests that mass gatherings are about as COVID-safe as going shopping or eating at a restaurant. Therefore, as the UK aims to reopen, the government has decided to double the sample size at the reconfirmed Download Festival. View the lineup below.

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Featured image: David Dillon

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Tracktion Intros ‘Face-Melting’ 11-Operator FM Synth, F.’em

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Tracktion has introduced F.’em, a new software synth for macOS & Windows that they say is one of the most powerful FM synthesizers ever made.

F.’em features a freely configurable 11 operator matrix, and it’s a hybrid quad-timbral synthesizer that can function as an FM, VA and Sample based instrument. Other features include a dual multimode filter, a complex effect section and a flexible modulation matrix.

Here’s the official overview:

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  • 4 Layers, each with 4 effect slots.
  • No fix algorithms, feed any wave operator into any other wave operator forward and backward.
  • Wave operators feature hard sync like in analog synthesizers and offer different waveforms from sine wave over analog waves to the waves found in some classic FM synthesizers.
  • Two multisample operators. One can frequency-modulate any of the other operators, the other multisample operator can be frequency-modulated by any of the other operators.
  • Noise operator that can frequency-modulate any other operator.
  • 2 filters with overdrive stage, freely routable in series, parallel or anything in-between.
  • Each operator has its own pitch and level LFO and its own pitch and level envelope.
  • 2 Flow LFOs with freely editable LFO shapes.
  • Tempo-synced, loopable envelopes with up to 32 stages.
  • Keyboard level scaling of each operator.
  • Modulation matrix with up to 200 entries.
  • Modifier matrix with up to 32 modification algorithms.
  • Quick edit panel for quick and easy adjustment of timbre and overall envelope.
  • Automation of most continuous parameters.

Pricing and Availability

F.’em is available now with an intro price of $107.40 USD (normally $179).

Cherry Audio synths and tons of sounds in $30 Humble Bundle benefiting charities

It’s called the Mega Sound Designer Loop Crate Vol. 2, but CDM readers may want it for Voltage Modular Ignite and DCO-106 (Juno 106). The latest Humble Bundle unlocks all of that for US$30+, and benefits Little Kids Rock and Stop AAPI Hate.

I normally skip over Humble Bundle’s audio stuff just as I’m not normally in the market for a bunch of loops, but the pricing is really inexpensive and you can direct some money to charities.

This one, up for a couple more days, does have some extra bonuses, though.

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Voltage Modular Ignite is a reasonably-sized starter kit of modular stuff for Cherry Audio’s excellent modular environment. It’s not the full bundle package, but it’s a serious set of a view dozen tools – and since Voltage Modular works well as a plug-in, this also means you’ve got modular effects as well as a modular instrument. – plus tons of free presets that would work with this version

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Also included is Cherry’s DCO-106 polysynth, a gorgeous emulation of Roland’s JUNO-106. (There’s also the MG-1, but that one is also free from Cherry Audio’s own site anyway.)

That’s already up to about US$75 even at discount pricing from Cherry, at $25 bucks instead.

Through 11:00 Thursday June 3:


*Purchasing through affiliate links supports CDM.

The rest of the stuff is of course what Humble markets, at a wider audience. It includes Mixcraft, which is a solid package and serious GarageBand alternative for Windows – could be worth getting that license to someone you know who keeps bugging you for where to get started in music production at an entry level. And there is a wide, wide variety of loops and samples, covering a range of electronic genres and glitch and … well, this is pretty hilarious:

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All that being said – if you were into DCO-106 and Voltage Modular, this is the most inexpensive way to get into them.

Toya Delazy’s “Resurrection” is a return to form [Video]

London-based, South African artist Toya Delazy channels her South African roots on her new entrancing single titled “Resurrection.”  As the title suggests, Delazy goes back to the essence of her true being in this post lockdown world with the help of up and coming South African producer Mxshi Mo with assistance from Ahadadream, and Sam Interface. Bolstered by the frenzied trippy backdrop ripe with distorted techno synths, rousing African grooves, Delazy comes through with a fiery performance. She stays true to herself and delivers all the lines in Zulu to give listeners that authentic African vibe dripped in experimental hip-hop aesthetics. In a nutshell, it’s a sonic rebirth for the emerging MC and singer.

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 The visual really peels back with a lot of layers, ranging from the multi-faceted aesthetics, set pieces, and motifs. The fast-cut scenes play a huge role in keeping up with the energy of the track while the expressive choreography and edgy costumes add to the visual dressing. I love how they switch between VHS-styled grainy effects to HD and the seamless transitions between scenes that may not seem connected at first glance. This is definitely not the typical or average music video so kudos to the director Kyle Lewis for seeing and understanding Delazy’s vision and helping her bring it to life. “Resurrection” is the first offering from her forthcoming EP Afrorave Vol. 1 out 18th June.

Get “Resurrection” on all DSPs here.

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Electric Religious explores the fleeting experience of chasing a moment on “One More Night”

Canadian singer-songwriter Electric Religious delivers guitar-led pop anthem “One More Night,” the second single to be taken from his upcoming sophomore album Tragic Lover. Inspired by the forgetfulness that gets conditions humanity to get stuck in an endless loop of making mistakes, learning from them and then doing them again, the psychedelic track weaves an easy-going, groovy soundscape that belies the relatable urgency with which people often try to bury their troubles.

Offering a glimpse of the personal yet far-reaching themes of displacement, hope, trauma and healing that Electric Religious, the project of Edmonton-based rising star Brandon Baker, is set to explore on his upcoming seven-track album, “One More Night,” captures the fleeting feel of “chasing a moment,” through musicianship which is quietly hypnotic at certain points and thrumming with restless energy at others.

Speaking of the inspiration behind the track, Baker said, “Creating this track was an incredibly fun process. I wanted to create a dance-worthy track that has an edge to it. It’s a human condition that I think a lot of people can relate to, myself included. You might forget your troubles with one more drink, one more stranger on the dancefloor. “

Baker whose stage name draws inspiration from the Jimi Hendrix quote, “When I get up on stage, that’s my whole life. That’s my religion. My music is electric church music. I am electric religion”, has already established his signature artistry which marries relatable song writing with catchy sonics right from his 2018 debut album Yeah, Yeah, No.

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David Guetta, Akon and Master KG team up for new single, ‘Shine Your Light’: Listen

The track marks the fourth team-up between Guetta and Akon

Christian Eede

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 – 16:46

David Guetta and Akon have teamed up with South African producer Master KG for a new track called ‘Shine Your Light’.

The track combines Afrohouse influences with Akon’s vocals, with a press release describing it as “a song which gives the world a fresh shot of jubilation”.

‘Shine Your Light’ marks the fourth time David Guetta and Akon have combined on a track, following on from ‘Sexy Bitch’ (2009), ‘Crank It Up’ (2011) and ‘Play Hard’ (2013). It’s the first time either artist has worked with Master KG.

You can listen to ‘Shine Your Light’ below.

Earlier this year, David Guetta urged people to get the coronavirus vaccine in an interview.

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Early ‘00s UK rave culture documented in new photobook, Full On, Non Stop, All Over

A new book from photographer and artist Matthew Smith, AKA Mattko, is to explore UK rave culture from the turn of the millennium until 2005. 

‘Full On, Non Stop, All Over’ collates hundreds of images that Smith took at various parties and events over a five-year period, with many of them appearing in the pages of publications such as DJ Mag, Mixmag, Ministry, The Face and Jockey Slut, among others. The book includes a foreword by noted writer Simon Reynolds, as well as an essay by Smith himself.

Bristol-based Smith went into the millennium having spent a decade dedicating his life and work to the free party community, with the explosion of rave and club culture after that giving him an opportunity to go legit and share his work capturing various forms of club culture with those in the music media business.

Speaking about the book, Smith said: “We now live in times when digitally mediated behaviour seems to have taken over direct human behaviour. We have all just experienced a prolonged period of self-isolation in order to combat a virus.The reason for publishing this book now is to remind people of a time when the joyous unfettered energy of rave was everywhere, of a time when people were actually present in the moment, independent and free.”

He continued: “I hope these images serve as a celebration of the honest human interaction from happier, less complicated times. I hope this book shines a little light during all this darkness, and that it reminds us of why we need to protect and preserve the best elements of club culture. Because that old saying is true: those who rave together, stay together.”

Smith previously authored the 2017 book ‘Exist To Resist’, which looked at the history of outlawing rave culture. His work also appeared at the Saatchi Gallery’s ‘Sweet Harmony’ exhibition in 2019.

TRIP will publish ‘Full On, Non Stop, All Over’ on Monday, June 28th. Pre-order it here.

Earlier this year, four decades of rave culture were captured in a virtual exhibition by Google.

Saffron announces beginners courses in music tech and DJing for women, non-binary people and others in gender minorities this summer

Saffron, the Bristol-based not-for-profit group tackling gender imbalance in the music tech industry, is expanding its programme of educational projects this summer.

The group will soon bring their Saffron For Sound and Mix Nights projects to London and Nottingham for the first time, as well as continuing their work in Bristol.

Saffron for Sound will offer two music tech courses, one in music production and the other in sound engineering, which will both run over four days. Open to women and non-binary people aged 16 and over, the courses will introduce aspiring producers and sound engineers to the fundamentals areas of their subject.

Intended for beginners, the sound engineering course will take students through recording and mixing in a DAW, studio and live setting, while the music production course will focus on working within Ableton Live 11.

Mix Nights, Saffron’s dedicated DJ course for women and non-binary beginners, will run for eight weeks in Nottingham, London and Bristol, comprising weekly two-hour sessions. All three cities’ courses will conclude with an event where graduates play their first ever set at a Mix Nights club night. Over the past five years, Mix Nights has had over 140 graduates while offering courses in Bristol.

The Mix Nights project was co-founded by DJs Daisy Moon, Danielle and Em Williams, with help from Lizzy Ellis and Laura Lewis. The upcoming expansion to new cities will see DJs OK Williams, Saoirse, Shanti Celeste, Rosie Vacci B and Outsider also getting involved.

To find out more about the courses, and how you can apply, head here.

Elsewhere in Bristol, Batu recently launched a free-to-use community music studio in the city, which will begin offering workshops in July.