Massane releases debut album ‘Another Dawn’ via This Never Happened

Massane releases debut album ‘Another Dawn’ via This Never HappenedMassane

After first stepping onto the scene last year, Massane has become a mainstay on Lane 8‘s This Never Happened label. The melodic house producer has managed to hit the ground running, releasing a trilogy of EPs before announcing his debut LP, Another Dawn. Trailing behind three album singles, including the titular, “Another Dawn,” “5am,” and “Wild,” the full-length album is finally here.

Another Dawn sees Massane collaborating with several artists on various tracks, the producer inviting the alternative UK artist Colouring to join him for the track “Wild,” having vocalist Kinnship assist on the album’s title track, and enlisting British/French singer-songwriter Benjamin Roustaing for “Closure.” The rest of the tracklist expands Massane’s catalog, including a couple of awaited IDs from Lane 8’s “Spring 2021 Mixtape” and solidifying his rise as a premier melodic house producer. The artist has achieved a great deal since his introduction with “hello world” just last year, and Another Dawn marks just the beginning of his promising career.

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Spotify’s Discovery Mode feature may lead to probe from Congress

Spotify’s Discovery Mode feature may lead to probe from CongressSPOTIFY LITE Header

Congress has expressed concern over Spotify‘s Discovery Mode feature, which allows artists to receive more exposure via the streaming giant’s recommendation algorithms. In order for an artist’s tracks to be highlighted in the Discovery Mode feature, artists and labels receive a “promotional” royalty rate on the streams, which is lower than the standard rate received from music streaming on songs.

Now, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Chairman Rep. Hank Johnson Jr. (D-GA) are looking into the feature, citing worries that it may be a “race to the bottom” for artists. The letter states,

“This may set in motion a ‘race to the bottom’ in which artists and labels feel compelled to accept lower royalties as a necessary way to break through an extremely crowded and competitive music environment. Depending on how the program is implemented, there is a further concern that accepting lower rates for this boost in Spotify’s algorithm may not even guarantee more airplay if virtually all commercial artists are also doing the same.”

Spotify has long faced controversy over its streaming royalty rates, with artists making an average of $0.0038 per stream. The streaming platform’s founder, Daniel Ek, spurred even more anger from artists after he claimed musicians not earning enough from streaming is a “narrative fallacy.”

With touring having put on hold during the pandemic, many artists have been struggling financially. Due to low rates from streaming, the bulk of money artists receive come from touring, and Spotify encouraging smaller rates in order to promote their music may set a precedent for artists to begin receiving an even smaller cut. The letter goes on to say,

“At a time when the global pandemic has devastated incomes for musicians and other performers, without a clear path back to pre-pandemic levels, any plan that could ultimately lead to further cut pay for working artists and ultimately potentially less consumer choices raises significant policy issues […] Core copyright industries like music play in integral role in the U.S. economy, and the vitality of the industry is undermined when artists’ hard work is undervalued.”

The letter includes five questions asking Ek whether the Discovery Mode feature is to remain permanent, and how Spotify plans to calculate the reduced rates. Ek has been instructed to respond to Congress’ questions by June 16.

H/T: Hollywood Reporter

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Studio Electronics SE-3X Uber-Synth Like A MIDI Minimoog On Steroids

Studio Electronics has introduced the SE-3X, a a three-voice paraphonic synth, inspired by the classic Minimoog, but offering full MIDI control and four discrete, classic hardware filters.

The SE-3X is an evolution of one of the company’s first products, the SE-1(x). It was based largely on the Minimoog, but also incorporated features from other classic analogs, and added patch storage and extensive MIDI control.

The SE-3X features four analog filters, letting you create sounds from a whole collection of vintage analog gear:

  • SE Classic 24dB Moog;
  • SE Classic 24dB ARP;
  • SE Classic Juno/Jupiter: 4 modes: 24dB, 12dB, Mix; and
  • SE Classic 12dB Oberheim: filter incorporates Low Pass & Band Pass modes.

Here’s what’s new in the SE-3X:

  • Software:
    • Exponential glide routine from the OMEGA and the original linear glide.
    • OMEGA / SE-02 Envelope routines in addition to the original linear & magical quasi-exponential Envelopes.
    • Panel control for Oscillator Mix.
    • Panel control for Oscillator 2 & 3 Fine Tune.
    • LFO Gate from our BOOMSTAR / MIDIMINI V30
    • Spice and “poly” nice nice: Paraphonic Mode: for easy and electric 3X chords and colors.
  • Hardware:
    • Two fuzz modes: 70s & 90s. Front panel switchable.
    • RESONANT FILTER COLLECTION: 24 dB MINI, 24 dB ARP, 24dB, 6dB, “Mix Mode” JUNO/JUPITER. SEM remains the built-in filter. Front panel switchable.

Audio Demos:

Pricing and Availability

The Studio Electronics SE-3X is available now for $2199 USD.

Nonlinear Labs C15 Synthesizer Update Adds USB MIDI Connectivity & More

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Nonlinear Labs has announced a major update for its C15 synthesizer that adds USB MIDI connectivity, an internal digital audio recorder and more.

They’ve also introduced a new accessory, the MIDI Bridge, for connecting the c15 directly to a computer.

USB MIDI Features:

  • Transmits and receives notes, positions of the Hardware Controls, Program Changes
  • Up to 90 parameters can be modulated via the Macro Controls
  • 14-bit resolution for Note Velocities and for Controls available
  • Separate MIDI Channels for Split zones and Parts of the synth engine available
  • Local On/Off

Recording features:

  • Loss-free digital recording of the stereo output signal
  • FLAC-compressed storage of the last hours (at least 80 min) of playing
  • Auto-start when the C15 is booted (optional)
  • Visualization in the browser and play-back controls
  • Download of the selected segment as FLAC or WAV file
  • The sound parameters at any point of the timeline can be restored
  • Complete information about the presets used in the session

Details are available at the Nonlinear Labs site.

Nora En Pure bestows ‘Aquatic’ new single ahead of World Oceans Day

Nora En Pure bestows ‘Aquatic’ new single ahead of World Oceans DayNora En Pure Suzana Paylan

In collaboration with Beneath The Waves, a cutting edge research non-profit focused on understanding the oceans and sharks, Nora En Pure has dispatched a new single to raise awareness for ocean conservation, just ahead of World Oceans Day on June 8. “Aquatic” lands on the heels of the South African DJ’s dual EP releases, Monsoon and Thermal/Oblivion, respectively.

The single’s oceanic soundscape perfectly aligns with the producer’s knack for incorporating organic, natural elements in her sound design. “Aquatic” arrives via En Pure’s longtime label, Enormous Tunes. The deep-house aficionado posted a stunning ocean visualizer on Twitter that previews her philanthropic new single. Stream “Aquatic,” and its extended mix below.

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Bitbird’s Rome in Silver debuts the first music video of his career; watch ‘Like You’

Bitbird’s Rome in Silver debuts the first music video of his career; watch ‘Like You’Rome In Silver Skin Feat. Beach Season

Southern California producer Rome in Silver recently premiered the first music video of his career, choosing his latest single, “Like You” as his visual starting point. Brought to life by DNZ Media, the cinematic visual reflects themes of desire and loss, following a lone forest dweller in search of an ancient artifact, for which she will stop at nothing to acquire. The atmospheric, kalimba-driven track imparts a bubbly underpinning on a video that’s evidently darker in nature. Being the film enthusiast he is, Rome in Silver incorporates elements of science-fiction, fantasy, and horror in the new visual component. In a press release, the bitbird creative explained,

“I always wanted to create something that was as close to a feature film as possible – something that you’d go to the theater with all your friends to see. Working closely with DNZ Media, we were able to bring the vision to life for my very first music video.”

“Like You” marks the follow-up to Rome in Silver’s first single of the calendar year, “Colorblind” with Biicla. On the performance front, the SoCal producer is scheduled to play at Bonnaroo in September, and he has a handful of tour dates locked in with CloZee and LSDream. Stream the official “Like You” music video below.

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Novel probing into Daft Punk’s ‘Discovery’ due in September

Novel probing into Daft Punk’s ‘Discovery’ due in SeptemberDaft Punk

A full-length novel on Daft Punk‘s Discovery era, Daft Punk’s Discovery: The Future Unfurled, will hit shelves in September, thanks to the efforts of Ben Cardew, a music journalist of 25 years. The forthcoming text will pay homage to a groundbreaking album that shaped the music of the 21st century. Released in 2001, Discovery cemented the now-disbanded duo’s enduring brand and sound while influencing countless other artists’ approaches.

Cardew’s book will feature 25 unpublished interviews with collaborators, journalists who interviewed Daft Punk, and fellow artists inspired by the record. Cardew will even resurface a 2013 dialogue with Thomas and Guy-Manuel, to be transcribed for readers. In a recent statement, Cardew explained,

“I’ve been obsessed with Daft Punk for more than three decades. One of the main reasons I wanted to write this book, though, was because they seem to be a bit misunderstood—it’s like the legend has overtaken them and I wanted to get behind that.”

This informs Cardew’s overarching claim in Daft Punk’s Discovery: The Future Unfurled: Discovery was a misunderstood LP. In his forthcoming book, the author intends to shed light on just how influential—and how influenced—this “troubled beast of an album” actually was. To be published by Velocity Press, Daft Punk’s Discovery: The Future Unfurled is currently available for pre-order.

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Don Diablo to address United Nations alongside Pope Francis as part of World Environment Day initiative

Don Diablo to address United Nations alongside Pope Francis as part of World Environment Day initiativeDon Diablo Rukes

In a noble effort to combat climate change, in partnership with Justdiggit, Hexagon founder Don Diablo will join Pope Francis and other world leaders such as Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkelin, and more in addressing United Nations as a part of World Environment Day.

In partnership with Justdiggit, the Dutchman will debut his new single with Ty Dolla $ign “Too Much To Ask,” calling artists to action with his #STREAMTOREGREEN initiative. All profits from the single will be donated to aid environmental work for Justdiggit, which seeks to “inspire and educate smallholder farmers with simple techniques that will enable them to regreen their land.” As stated by UNEP Coordinator of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration Tim Christopherson,

“During the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, it will be World Environment Day every day for the next 10 years, by bringing back nature from the peaks of mountains to the depths of the sea. But it also includes the many small actions everyone can take, every day: growing trees, regreening our cities, rewilding our gardens or cleaning up trash alongside rivers and coasts. Is it too much to ask? By listening to our favorite music, we can get inspired to regreen mother nature with #GenerationRestoration.”

Stream the full forthcoming World Environment Day broadcast here

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Calvin Harris drops new track, ‘By Your Side’: Listen

The track features vocals from Tom Grennan

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Friday, June 4, 2021 – 11:43

Calvin Harris has released a new single just in time for summer.

‘By Your Side’, which is out today (June 4th), features vocals from British artist Tom Grennan, and is primed for the summer months ahead. You can watch a lyric video for the track below.

It follows on from the release late last summer of Harris’ collaboration with The Weeknd, ‘Over Now’, as well as his debut on Defected earlier that summer with ‘Live Without Your Love’, a track released under his Love Generator alias.

In March, it was revealed that Harris was dropping an NFT collection, with him going on to express his belief that they “can completely revolutionise the industry”.

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Chicago councillor calls for two 24-hour clubs dedicated to house music in the city

Chicago city councilor Carlos Ramirez-Rosa has put forward a suggestion that the city should open two new 24-hour clubs dedicated specifically to house music, to honour the city’s status as the birthplace of the genre.

House music was born in Chicago,” Ramirez-Rosa said in a short thread of Twitter which laid out his idea. “I’ve met many tourists who are shocked to learn Chicago has no late-night house music clubs. We should consider allowing two 24-hour nightclubs (one downtown/northside, one southside) to tap into the international market for Chicago house music.”

He continued: “Licensees would pay a premium and be required to support Chicago’s cultural heritage of house music by funding workshops, symposiums, classes, or events,” positing the idea of the club closing and a lecture on the influence of Frankie Knuckles following as one means of combining a celebration of the music with education of its history.

Under Chicago’s current city rules, clubs typically close at 2am, with some having the ability to remain open until 4am. Ramirez-Rosa wants to change that so that club closing hours aren’t so heavily regulated.

It remains to be seen whether his calls for such a celebration of the city’s house music will be heeded by other officials. 

In other Chicago house news, four unreleased remixes from the city’s late house pioneer Frankie Knuckles will be getting a vinyl release next month.

Legendary Chicago house label DJ International Records relaunched at the start of this year.

(Photo via Kevin Dooley)