Just in time for the peak of summer, Surf Mesa and Bipolar Sunshine have teamed up for the shimmering single “Lose My Mind” released via Astralwerks. The single plays to each artists’ strengths flawlessly, showcasing Surf Mesa’s bright and breezy production chops while leaving space for Bipolar Sunshine’s vocals to float through the track. Drenched in pop influences with twinges of club-ready house strewn throughout, “Lose My Mind” is sure to make the rounds as the dog days of summer draw closer.
“Lose My Mind” continues Surf Mesa’s rapid ascent to stardom, closely following Tchami’s remix of Mesa and Madison Beer‘s single “Carried Away.” He might have blown up thanks to the TikTok popularity of “ily (i love you baby)” with Emilee, but since then Surf Mesa has permanently stamped his name as one to watch in the industry. In contrast, Bipolar Sunshine has made a career out of vocalizing some of the biggest dance hits over the last half-decade, and it seems he may have another smash on his hands.
Described as “a heady love letter to Baltimore Club and fast music”, the ‘Wish It Would Rain’ EP features an original cut alongside a Massive Vibe edit, and follows a remix from Aya for OCTUBRXLIBRV earlier this year.
2 B REAL won the breakthrough label award at DJ Mag’s Best of British Awards last year, with label affiliates Anz and India Jordan taking home the awards for Breathrough DJ and Breakthrough Producer respectively.
‘Wish It Would Rain’ is out now, and you can listen to it below. Click here to purchase the EP via 2 B REAL’s bandcamp, where there’s also music from Clemency, Gage and Martyn Bootyspoon.
The hip hop collective’s new catalogue owners are working with De La Soul to bring albums to streaming services
Monday, June 7, 2021 – 14:09
De La Soul’s back catalogue could finally be coming to digital platforms.
It comes following the sale of hip-hop and electronic imprint Tommy Boy Music to music rights company Reservoir for $100 million (£70 million).
De La Soul and Tommy Boy were embroiled in various legal and legacy disputes over the years, which means classic albums including ‘3 Feet High and Rising’ remain unavailable on streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music.
Speaking to Variety, a rep from Reservoir said, “We have already reached out to De La Soul and will work together to bring the catalog and the music back to the fans.”
Following the announcement, De La Soul shared the following via Instagram:
As well as De La Soul’s discography, the acquisition comprises more than 6,000 tracks, including hits including Coolio’s ‘Gangsta’s Paradise,’ House of Pain’s ‘Jump Around’ and Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force’s ‘Planet Rock’.
After kicking down the 2021 door to formalize his first one-off of the new year with “Focus” in February, JustLuke is back and applying his house sensibilities to IN / ROTATION‘s Rotate Vol. 6 compilation. In line with his legacy of bassline-oriented, club-targeted offerings, “Eat The Beat” drills down into JustLuke’s dastardly brand of bass house, punctuated by a muffled vocal sample and a shuffling beat.
The third tracklisting on the Insomniac Records‘ holding’s LP, “Eat The Beat” adds impact to the sixth volume in the ongoing Rotate series, which corrals 10 bass house and tech house selections in heady fashion. IN / ROTATION joins the sprawling list of labels that have hosted JustLuke’s subgenre-traversing talents in recent years, such as The Myth of NYX, Uprise Music, Generation HEX / HEXAGON, and Future House Music, among other imprints. Stream JustLuke’s ear-catching sophomore single of 2021 below.
A new record store has opened its doors in Detroit.
Specialising in house, jazz, R&B and soul, Spot Lite is based at 2905 Beaufait St. in the Islandview neighbourhood on the city’s east side. As well as a record store, the 5,000 square-foot space also features a gallery, music venue and bar.
The space is the latest enterprise by Roula David and Jesse Cory, who co-run boutique publishing house 1xRun (one-time-run), releasing limited-edition prints and original artwork by artists from Detroit and further afield.
“This place is a love letter to each other, but it’s also our combined love letter to Detroit,” said David, who revealed the opening of the venue coincides with the day the couple met 10 years ago. Keep up to date with all things Spot Lite here.
In his latest in-depth review, Sonic State’s Nick Batt checks out the new IK Multimedia UNO Synth Pro, a new synth design that’s available as in keyboard and compact module formats. .
The new synths, developed in collaboration with Italian boutique synth-maker Soundmachines, expand on their earlier UNO Synth design in many ways. They feature three wave-morphing oscillators, dual filters with 24 modes, deep modulation options, 3 effects slots with 12 effects, a sequencer with automation of 80+ parameters and MIDI/CV/Gate connectivity.
00:00 Intro and overview 5:43 Oscillators 9:35 Patch break 13:29 Filters 17:48 LFO envelopes 19:31 FX 24:57 observations 25:59 Matrix 28:55 Sequencer and Arp 31:34 Foibles 32:26 More Sounds 35:24 Conclusions
Check it out and share your thoughts on the UNO Synth Pro in the comments!
The full line-up has been revealed for this year’s EDC Las Vegas.
Set to return to Las Vegas Motor Speedway across October 22th-24th, the festival will feature sets from Eric Prydz, Charlotte de Witte, Black Coffee, Martin Garrix and many more.
Two months on from revealing that the event was officially postponed until October, Insomniac events CEO, Pasquale Rotella, revealed the poster for the weekender — North America’s largest dance festival — via Twitter:
Postponed in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s outing sold out in under 24 hours last August. All tickets for EDC Las Vegas 2020 are valid for this year’s festival.
Last May, Insomniac hosted an EDC Las Vegas-themed Virtual Rave-A-Thon, featuring David Guetta, Afrojack and more.
Along with the main Las Vegas event, EDC is held annually in Orlando, China and Mexico.
It’s five years in the making, and easily the most important touch controller app release in a decade. It’s the all-new TouchOSC, and it’s a touch controller that runs basically everywhere.
We’ve been waiting for this one. Hexler really launched the genre of touch apps in 2008, by making the original TouchOSC for iOS (later Android). At the time, Lemur was still a hardware-only solution. TouchOSC was inexpensive, enduring, well-supported, and so for a great many musicians and visual artists became the tool that allowed them to make their own computer rigs more like the LCARS touch system we grew up watching on Star Trek. It was in a very real sense science fiction made part of everyday life.
The basic idea – use new multi-touch capabilities to take control of music and visual software. Use OSC and not just MIDI for high-resolution messages and easier integration with live visuals. And then make whatever layout you need to perform or work with in your favorite software.
That original TouchOSC, now dubbed TouchOSC Mk1, will remain “as long as humanly possible.” That’s because it is essential for older, low-power devices and a lot of existing workflows. So maintenance and fixes are still coming, according to Hexler.
But it’s clearly time for something new. TouchOSC’s interface options seem restrictive in 2021, editing is a bit clunky in light of more dynamic systems, and there’s a new diversity of systems to support.
So, now there’s the next-generation TouchOSC, rewritten with cross-platform GPU support, embedded scripting, more stability, and a new foundation. And wow:
Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android – iPad Pro, iPhone, Raspberry Pi, Windows Surface whatever you’ve got this runs
Multiple simultaneous connections
OSC over UDP and TCP
Wired, wireless MIDI, and MIDI over USB on iOS and Android
Multiple instances of TouchOSC with network-synced editing (uh, whoa)
A new “lightweight and fast scripting engine” for further customization
Local messages for wiring up controls quickly
A new editor you can use on all platforms (this alone to me sells it, but hey, all the other great stuff is cool too)
New shapes – round, triangular, hexagonal (finally, since the company is Hexler, huh?)
Multi-line text with Unicode support
Nested containers (finally!)
There’s still a TouchOSC Bridge application, but of course some of the connectivity options here mean you don’t need it. And while you can use TouchOSC with anything, there’s also new TRAKTOR support by Andrew Norris so you can celebrate the release with a new DJ set.
It’s a great chance to see what TouchOSC can do, generally, in this new release: