LXR-02 Drum Synthesizer Now Available To Pre-Order

Sonic Potions and Erica Synths have introduced the LXR-02 Digital Drum Synth, an updated version of Sonic Potions’ renowned DIY kit.

The LXR-02 is described as “a complex standalone drum synthesizer with a powerful integrated sequencer”. It features six voices: three multipurpose drum voices, a dedicated subtractive clap/snare voice, FM percussion voice, and a hi-hat voice.

Each voice is equipped with a variety of modulatable and tweakable parameters, including oscillator, amplitude envelope, frequency modulation, transient generator, filter, and variable waveform assignable LFO. This means it can create classic analog drum sounds, but has the flexibility to go much further.


The sequencer is split into seven tracks—one for each voice, and an additional one to control the open hi-hat of the sixth voice.

Each track can be set to a different length, with a maximum length of 64 steps. This opens up the possibility for creating complex polymetric patterns.

The sequencer also allows for automation recording, with two parameter changes per step. The sequences programmed in all seven tracks can be stored as a Pattern, and up to 64 patterns can be saved as a Song, and furthermore 64 Songs can be hosted by a single Project.

Performance Mode:

The LXR-02 also features a dedicated ‘Performance Mode’. In this mode, parameters like track muting are easily accessible, without a ‘shift’ function involved. It also provides access to Manual Rolls, which can be simply triggered via the first seven sequencer buttons with adjustable rate, and even recorded into the pattern if the recording mode is active.

Global sample rate reduction provides another way to mometarily “inflict radical sonic destruction to a beat”.

Finally, a ‘Morph’ function allows for morphing between the active and target presets (the latter can be any preset file on the SD card).


  • Powerful drum synthesizer with integrated 64 step sequencer
  • 6 synth voices: three multipurpose drum voices, a dedicated subtractive clap/snare voice, FM percussion voice, and a hi-hat voice
  • 7 sequencer tracks: 1 per voice plus an additional track for open hi-hat
  • Per step parameter automation
  • Performance mode features manual rolls per voice, global sample rate reduction, and a special Morph feature for morphing between presets
  • Comprehensive project structure
  • 4 x 1/4″ outputs
  • Dedicated headphone output
  • MIDI I/O
  • USB
  • Analog Clock I/O

Audio Demos:

Here are official audio demos of the original LXR Drum Machine:

Pricing and Availability

The Sonic Potions and Erica Synths LXR-02 Digital Drum Synth is available to pre-order via Perfect Circuit and other retailers for about $600.

Valentino Khan returns to hip-hop roots on latest—stream ‘Digest’

Valentino Khan returns to hip-hop roots on latest—stream ‘Digest’Valentino Khan

Valentino Khan‘s latest single, “Digest,” features the lyrical talents of young rappers Wifisfuneral and YBN Almighty Jay. The Four Loko Records track audibly strays from many of Khan’s Mad Decent offerings—a hip-hop beat rather than a hardstyle or electro-leaning dance cut. The stylistic sidestep is however a return to roots for the mustachioed beatsmith.

Khan actually began his career outside of the confines of dance music, producing rap beats for artists including T.I., 2 Chainz, and B.o.B. He then embraced his calling as an electronic music producer after co-producing Major Lazer’s 2013 hit, “Bubble Butt.” Khan explained,

“Tapped back into my roots as a hip-hop producer. I got in the studio with Wifi [and] Almighty Jay and they delivered in a big way. Enjoy.”

Just because “Digest” occupies a different soundscape than “Deep Down Low” doesn’t mean it wouldn’t do equally well in a festival setting. In fact, Wifisfuneral and YBN Almighty Jay’s heated flows over Khan’s distorted piano guarantee an elevation heart rate. Stream “Digest” below.

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Halsey’s new album will be produced by Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Halsey’s new album will be produced by Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and Atticus RossHalsey Victorias Secret Fasion Show

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have dominated the music industry for decades, with the pair being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year before snagging an Academy Award for Best Original Score for Soul. Now, pop star Halsey has recruited the pair to produce her upcoming fourth studio album, If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power. Teasing the album with a billboard in Los Angeles and a snippet of a track on her Instagram, Halsey sings “All of this is temporary” above Reznor and Ross’ signature dark guitar riffs.

Reznor and Ross are currently working on their next Nine Inch Nails album, following the success of their scores for the films Mank and Soul last year. Ross has been a frequent collaborator with Reznor over the past 20 years and officially joined Nine Inch Nails as a member in 2016.

Halsey first teased her collaboration with Reznor and Ross earlier in June, when she posted a picture of a Nine Inch Nails’ t-shirt laying across her baby bump. The singer has long been a fan of more rock-oriented music, and collaborated with Travis Barker and Yungblud in 2019 for the single “11 Minutes,” and she released several songs with Bring Me the Horizon. Her last album was 2020’s Manic.

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DJ livestream series, Move The Record, returns with celebration of independent record stores

The four-week series will include sets from Carista, Prosumer, Willow and more

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Move The Record, an initiative originally launched in 2020 in response to the economic strain that independent record stores worldwide have faced due to the pandemic, will present a four-week series of livestreams next month.

Taking place on four consecutive Thursdays from July 1st, each week will involve a six-hour broadcast from a number of European record stores. Each stream will feature locals to the shops as well as special guests, with a view to driving online sales and footfall to those shops that can open, and to encourage customers to invest in their local record stores.

July’s streams will take place across Kristina Records (London), Café Artum (Birmingham), Mad Piano (Bucharest), Seawolf Records (Amsterdam), NUT Records (Barcelona), La Rama (Montreal) and more. Guest DJs will include Carista, Prosumer, Willow, Adam Shelton, Kerrie, San Proper, Ingi Visions and lots more. 

Supporters of the initiative can also contribute and buy merchandise via a Crowdfunder, with 100% of proceeds to be split evenly across the stores.
Watch a video about the campaign below, and find more information here.

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Dirtbagjack dives into stark reality on “Dirtnap”

Odd Future affiliate and West Coast MC Dirtbagjack share the new single “Dirtnap” in lieu of his upcoming LP. The Hawthorne, CA, native goes for a somber and reflective tone on the track as he explores real-time issues and how they affect him on a personal level. From police brutality, gun violence, and more, Dirtbagjack takes us deep into his hometown with vivid illustrations of his life over a moody production. He opts out of using gimmicky hooks and delivers straight bars that linger in the ears for a while.

For those who may not be familiar with the rapper, we feel “Dirtnap” is the perfect re-introduction to the artist who is making a re-entry into the music game. The LA native burst into the scene in 2011 with his debut album One Up which boasts production from Tyler, the Creator, and has since worked with several OF members doing live shows and events. “Dirtnap” is his first release since he took a hiatus from music after his 2015 Dirtbag EP. The single is the focus track off his forthcoming eponymously titled project Dirtnap.

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Nyege Nyege Tapes announces debut collection from De Schuurman, ‘Bubbling Inside’

Nyege Nyege Tapes has announced the release of the debut album from Den Haag-based producer De Schuurman.

‘Bubbling Inside’ is named after the bubbling genre that came out of Den Haag’s Club Voltage in the late ’80s after, a press release explains, Curacao’s DJ Moortje “accidentally dropped a dancehall track at 45RPM rather than 33, and let it play out”.

De Schuurman produced most of the tracks that make up ‘Bubbling Inside’ between 2007 and 2009, though some newer tracks also feature. His tracks fuse trap percussion, dubstep, Dutch electro house and more.

You can watch a video for lead track ‘Nu Ga Je Dansen’, ahead of the album’s full release on July 2nd, below. You’ll be able to buy the release via Nyege Nyege Tapes’ Bandcamp

Nyege Nyege Tapes’ sub-label Hakuna Kulala has also revealed details of a new white-label vinyl series, which will launch on August 27th. It will kick off with a first-time vinyl release for Durban producer Menzi’s ‘Impazamo’ EP, which originally came out digitally in April 2020. 

On the same day, the white-label series will add a six-track EP from Kampala-based producer OYISSE, called ‘Elembo’.

Hakuna Kulala also released an album by Don Zilla, ‘Ekizikiza Mubwengula’, earlier this month.

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RepresentAsian podcast and Shado Mag to host DJ live stream for Medical Aid for Palestinians

RepresentAsian, the podcast exploring South Asian representation and contributions to the UK music industry, is teaming up with Shado Mag next month for a live stream that will look to raise money for Medical Aid for Palestinians.

The one-off stream, which kicks off at 7pm on Thursday, July 8th, will feature DJs from across the UK, Netherlands and the US, with Saf, Zoe Saidah, The Sultan, Ayesha, and Shimmy x Hungama all playing sets. 

The stream is taking place following a recent increase in violence against civilians in the Israeli-occupied territory of Palestine, which has been deemed as some of the most serious in several years.

You can support the stream and find more information via Eventbrite and donate money, which will be going to Medical Aid for Palestinians, via Just Giving.

RepresentAsian is the podcast that was founded earlier this year by siblings Yusuf and Safiya.

Album Review: Flamingosis – Daymaker

Album Review: Flamingosis – Daymaker
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Celebrating the release of his debut studio album Daymaker, Brooklyn-based electronic solo-act Flamingosis has spent the past several years innovating electronic music behind the scenes. Through an array of production styles, masterfully curated samples, he has melded the fine line between indie electronic and funk. Expanding upon the foundation set via the release of the debut projects singles: “Wild Summer,” “Daymaker,” and “Cosmic Feeling” the new work comes warmly welcomed by fans and fellow producers alike. 

Daymaker is an electronic journey through time and space, melding high energy future-funk beats with melodic soundscapes, spaced out synths, and groovy guitar riffs. Available now on all streaming services of choice, limited edition Daymaker vinyl and merchandise options are also available inclusive of 180g double LP with pink discs and a 12×24 poster insert, beach towel, sunglasses and more exclusive items.

Having set forth with a mission of exploring sounds across live and experimental electronic elements to span a journey from day to night, Famingosis accomplishes this through incorporating potpourri of collaborations and samplings from both all-star talent and up and coming artists across a breadth of complimenting genres. With contributors ranging from keyboardist Borahm Lee [Pretty Lights], Jeff Franca [Thievery Corporation], Hunter Roberts, hip-hop funk duo Recess and Mike Tallman [Euforquestra], all while incorporating samples from the late ’70s, early ’80s, from the likes of Graham Central Station, Tim Maia, The Voices of East Harlem, Eddie Hazel, Niteflyte, and more.  

A bright, brief introduction to the ambient, otherworldly sounds of Daymaker, “First Light” transitions smoothly into the funk-fueled instrumentals of the title track, utilizing complementing synth melodies and exacting a vision of an album that sonically scales a scene of the sunup to sundown. Capturing the rays of a summertime vibe, the album’s inaugural single “Wild Summer,” originally released last August, is a kick-back tune for the season and takes listeners to a warm place in any setting. Paying homage to his family in the official music video incorporates old footage of his father and uncle who were world-renowned professional frisbee players back in the 1970s-1980s. In fact, his father and uncle coined the term “Flamingosis” as a freestyle frisbee move, inspiring Aaron’s stage name for his projects.

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Diversifying Daymaker’s palette to a Latin variety, the Joe Battan inspired “Make It Happen” is composed of plentiful organic elements across guitar, synths and percussion — both this and the following Eddie Hazel driven cut “Sunnyvale” feature both inspired samples and original studio recordings.

The album’s title track and sophomore single “Daymaker” is a roller coaster through buoyant varieties in style, implementing a vast array of organic string and brass alongside an eclectic percussive profile. Set in the midst of summer, the animated video for ‘Daymaker’ , produced by Tandem Media, takes the viewer on a unique visual journey through the city —  from the viewpoint of the frisbee – to experience the best aspects of a perfect summer day. As the album draws towards sunset, “Avenue of the Fireflies” resembles a summer night in New York at dusk when the streets are brightened by their bioluminescence. 

Having served as the penultimate single ahead of the album’s release in full, “Cosmic Feeling” brings Daymaker to its conclusion. A massive collaborative effort,‘Cosmic Feeling’ was recorded at Color Red Studios in Denver, Colorado. Engineered by Tallman, Eddie Roberts and produced by Flamingosis, ‘Cosmic Feeling’ arranges an eclectic variety of unique sonic elements.  Seeing the album’s progression from morning into night to day’s end, the final track and animated video for Flamingosis’s debut studio album captures a nocturnal venture into the cosmos.

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In the midst of the buzz for the release of the new album, just last week Flamingosis hosted an interactive Super Smash Brothers tournament over Twitch, where fans had the opportunity to face off with Aaron as well as compete against each other for a private preview of Daymaker ahead of its release.  Alongside his passion for producing innovative music, Flamingosis enjoys engaging with his fans over common interests and fans can expect more opportunities to connect with the burgeoning artist in the time ahead. 

He is now preparing tirelessly for an extensive North American fall tour supporting the release of Daymaker, which will see him play 24 live shows hitting all major markets, With full dates listed below, tickets are on-sale now for all shows on the upcoming tour set to run from September through to December 2021.

Connect with Flamingosis via the socials below for the latest news on the project.

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Global electronic music industry tumbles 54% in value, hits 10 year low in wake of pandemic

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With live music only just returning after a year and a half, it comes as no surprise that the music industry across the board saw immense losses. In the most recent IMS business report, it has now been revealed that the electronic music business has seen an overall decline of 54% in 2020. The $3.4 billion lost over the year came mostly from music festivals, which have typically been where most of the revenues come from.

While 2020 saw a steep decline in revenue for the electronic music business, and led to the lowest revenue in 10 years, 2021 is already seeing things pick back up. While revenue for 2021 is expected to still be lower than most years as live venues slowly continue to reopen, there is hope that revenue will only continue to grow in the coming years.

While revenue was lost in the form of live music, other avenues saw growth in 2020. Livestreaming allowed for Twitch to register 1.2 million new users, while Beatport experienced a 33% growth margin. Revenues for recorded dance music pushed past $1 billion in 2020, with global recorded revenue growing 7%. Vinyl sales also grew in 2020, up by 24% in total.

According to the IMS business report, ticket sales skyrocketed in 2021, and had been up by 3999% in March 2021 compared to the year before. While last year saw the global electronic music industry tumble in value, a steady swing in the opposite direction is on the horizon.

Download the full IMS business report here.

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Damon Albarn shares update on new ‘carnival-themed’ Gorillaz LP, ‘We’re really going back to the spirit of the first record’

Damon Albarn shares update on new ‘carnival-themed’ Gorillaz LP, ‘We’re really going back to the spirit of the first record’Gorillaz 2020 Facebook

Damon Albarn has kept busy as of late. He’s rolling out his sophomore solo LP, The Nearer the Fountain, More Pure the Stream Flows, following a newly inked deal with Transgressive Records, he’s teased a Gorillaz movie in the works, and kept the better part of 2020 soundtracked by an atypical, collaborative album project, Song Machine: Season One: Strange Timez. And while the prolific UK producer has also alluded to a possible Plastic Beach follow-up, in a recent interview with NME, Albarn describes the next Gorillaz album as a return to roots, explaining,

“We’re really going back to the spirit of the first record [their self-titled 2001 album].”

Without giving too much away, Albarn says he’s been working on new Gorillaz music since early 2021, revealing, “Since then I’ve been working on carnival-themed music with Gorillaz with a lot of people from west London.” Albarn admits, diving right back into writing new material for his digital band proved to be a well-balanced creative foil to the process of writing The Nearer the Fountain.

While he doesn’t divulge any sort of timeline as to when new Gorillaz music will be underway, elsewhere in the interview, Albarn does suggest a Blur reunion could also be in order. Read the full interview here.

Via: NME

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