Aligning his name alongside Edison Cole‘s, SAYMYNAME initiates “CHAOS” with a hardstyle and bass hybrid with genre-blurring appeal. The bold addition to SAYMYNAME’s burgeoning 2021 catalog is one that listeners planning to catch the Californian on the road can expect to experience live during his fall MAYHEM tour. Musically, “CHAOS” tacks on to May’s “Ragga Rave” with Henry Fong, arising as SAYMYNAME’s sophomore single of the calendar year. Stream “CHAOS” below.
The first single from Tony Romera‘s debut studio album has landed in both a standard and extended form, and even comes complete with an accompanying visual, providing a comprehensive preview to what is yet to come on the LP. Cue “VHS,” which aptly features VHS footage from Romera’s childhood.
Romera expanded on the inspiration behind “VHS” in an official release, stating,
“This track comes from my heart. I had so many childhood memories when I wrote it and I wanted to give it that nostalgic but also hopeful vibe. I just imagine myself driving, watching a sick sunset by the sea, or watching childhood VHS cassettes with my family. That’s what this track is made for.”
Although streaming services have increased in prominence in recent years, interest in vinyl has slowly and steadily resurged, with sales hitting record highs in 2020. Vinyl subscriptions have been a key catalyst of the format’s upward trend, and now, Amazon is recognizing the demand for vinyl, joining the ranks of Vinyl Me Please to offer its own vinyl subscription service.
For $24.99 a month, turntable owners can subscribe to Amazon’s Vinyl of the Month Club to receive records from the “golden era of vinyl” delivered straight to their door. Much like Amazon Prime, shipping will be free; however, subscribers do not need to be Prime members.
So far, Amazon’s Vinyl Of The Month Club has dispersed copies of Pink Floyd’s The Wall and The Clash’s London Calling. For those who may be on the fence about dedicating nearly $25 a month to the subscription service, it’s worth noting that The Wall typically sells for nearly $50 while London Calling retails for more than $30.
Subscribers can expect to receive copies of albums from the likes of Led Zeppelin, Aretha Franklin, Fleetwood Mac, Miles Davis, Abba, and more. So long as the record’s are kept in their original packaging and remain unused, fans can send back what they don’t like—at no cost. Subscribe to the Vinyl of the Month Club here.
Los Angeles-based producer and singer AMIDY has united with Slander’sHeaven Sent to release a three-track EP titled Sanctuary. “Where My Heart Goes” with Dancing Astronaut‘s June Supernova KARRA, released ahead of Sanctuary in May leads the tracklist, which also includes “Sanctuary” with Awakend and “The Worst Of You.” Of note, Sanctuary is AMIDY’s debut EP, a project that he says he put his “heart, blood, sweat and tears into.”
The Guardianreports that British composer and synth pioneer Peter Zinovieff has died at the age of 88.
Zinovieff has been described as “Britain’s Bob Moog.” Along with Tristram Cary and David Cockerell, he founded Electronic Music Studios (EMS) in 1969, one of the first synthesizer companies.
While EMS pioneered the use of a wide range of technologies in electronic instruments, it is probably best known for creating the VCS3 and Synthi A, early portable synthesizers that were used by the likes of Klaus Schulze, Pink Floyd, Brian Eno, Hawkwind, The Who, Jean-Michel Jarre and others.
Zinovieff was also active as a composer, with his works exploring cybernetics, sound spatialization, computer music and classical electroacoustic instrument + electronics combinations.
He collaborated with Radiophonic Workshop members Delia Derbyshire and Brian Hodgson in the 60’s as Unit Delta Plus, creating electronic music and multimedia events. Later collaborations include creating the libretto for Harrison Birtwistle’s 1986 opera The Mask of Orpheus, and more recent collaborations with cellist Lucy Railton and violinist Aisha Orazbayeva.
Zinovieff and the story of EMS are the focus of the 2007 documentary What The Future Sounded Like:
Music gear mega-retailer Sweetwater has announced the grand opening of a new 44,000 square feet megastore in Fort Wayne, Indiana, offering over 10,000 different products from than 1,000 manufacturers, a recording studio, piano room and live sound rooms and more.
One of the highlights is the world’s largest pedal display, with more than 1,100 pedals and over 50 working headphones for guests to explore.
The company says that their Keyboard & Synthesizer room “must be experienced to be believed”. It features a giant selection of keyboards, synths, electronic instruments, MIDI controllers and more.
“While we will always be an e-commerce business, we want to ensure our experiences online, and offline in our store, are unmatched. This for our customers,” says CEO Chuck Surack.
The store is officially open to the public at the Sweetwater campus, located at 5501 US-30 West, Fort Wayne, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 7pm and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 pm.
In December 2020 and February 2021, French comrades DJ Snake and Malaa would merge their sound in two monumental Secret Room meetings. Well, the time has come for the conversion of the URL to the IRL, and the Parisian powerhouses are accordingly using their Secret Room livestream foundations to inform their latest in-person initiative, the DJ SNAKE B2B MALAA North American mini-tour, consisting of five dates across five cities.
Kicking off on July 29 at the former Pilsen factory—now a massive music venue known as Radius in Chicago— the duo’s 2021 run also includes appearances at Mission Ballroom in Denver, HARD Summer in San Bernardino, Echostage at the nation’s capital, and Emerge Warehouse in Oakland, California. The longtime friends plan to deliver a full-scale exposé of their combined talents at each venue, likely supplemented by some moombahton and trap, a uniform pour of tech and G-house, and the undeniable swagger of two of France’s finest. Tickets to the b2b tour will be available for purchase on June 29.
Elohim is taking a journey into the center of herself with her new EP.
Featuring five tracks, Journey to the Center of Myself, Vol. 1 finds Elohim experimenting with a variety of different sounds. After initiating the EP with its title track, Elohim battles with her ego on ensuing cuts as she alternates between seeing herself as a god and facing her own insecurities. Paranoia seeps through each track, her instrumentals pulling on unsettling sounds fit such as giggling voices made to raise goosebumps.
Journey To The Center Of Myself follows Elohim’s April collaboration with GRiZ, “Bring Me Back.” The thematic focus, Journey To The Center Of Myself complements that of the Los Angeles-based artist’s 2019 Braindead EP, which centered on mental health. Braindead was the focus of Dancing Astronaut‘s 2019 interview with Elohim.
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