Eric Prydz releases long-awaited single, ‘All Night’, as Tonja Holma: Listen

The Pryda Presents label boss teased the track via Twitter last month

Amy Fielding

Friday, July 16, 2021 – 10:52

Free Update For Isla Instruments S2400 Sampler Adds 10 Channels Of USB Audio & More

Free Update For Isla Instruments S2400 Sampler Adds 10 Channels Of USB Audio & More

Isla Instruments has announced a major OS update for their S2400 sampler that adds USB Audio, MIDI Tracks & more.

The S2400 is a sampling drum machine, inspired by legendary vintage samplers. It’s designed to add modern convenience and functionality, while retaining old school sound and workflow.

This is the biggest OS update since the S2400’s original release and also includes many other improvements, features and fixes.

Here’s what’s new:

  • Full sound card functionality with 2-in / 10-out USB audio (48kHz, 16-bit)
  • Outputs 10 channels of USB Audio. Stereo mix plus eight individual channels
  • USB sampling allows recording of stereo USB Audio from a computer
  • Up to 32 tracks of MIDI recording and playback
  • Can function as MIDI controller with flexible MIDI fader/knob assignments
  • Improvements to Live Looping
  • Enhanced MIDI control of Sample tracks
  • Undo/Redo for pattern editing
  • Many other small improvements and fixes

Here’s video from a streaming session on the update:

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Pricing and Availability

The S2400 Sampler OS update is available now, free to all S2400 owners, from the Isla Instruments website.

Escape to an abandoned Atlantic island sanatorium with the grooves of SønDER x Szlag

Well, a whole lot of the planet right now is starting another weekend unable to go out safely – so let’s bring the music to you. And where better than some underground music on an Atlantic island ruin?

Yes, whereas the last decade was marked by videos focusing on crowds, this decade has launched with their absence. But instead of some sweaty brand-friendly hipsters (okay, hey, sure I was in a couple of those) – this time it’s spectacular landscapes. The combined crews of SønDER and Szlag took cameras and – yes, of course, a drone – out to a remote Atlantic island. There, the venue was a gorgeously ruined abandoned sanatorium. So, since we all could use some physical and mental health refresh, let’s take it in.

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I came this way via Kasia Gościńska, a Berlin-based, Polish DJ who has been hyperactive in her focus on connecting with networks and communities. That takes on real dimension in her native Poland, where party culture is pushing back against misogyny and anti-queer violence. Accordingly, her freshly launched project “szlag” has an open mission to “cross borders and genres” – but I fully expect it’ll connect a whole lot of people. And that started with linking up with another collective.

Germany’s SønDER is itself an open/decentralized network that says they focus on community and creativity in the party, plus a “cultural space where equity is promoted” – including the relationship to the public and equality across gender, sexuality, and racial divides. Certainly they’ve been an active part of Berlin’s scene as it reboots after this long, long winter – one that recenters some of the artist attention in the process.

I love DJs, but of course have to start with the live performance. Fanciful, intelligent, but often sentimental and melodic beats played on computer/APC and TR-8S come our way from the live act Just Dust.

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Kasia is doing great things seamlessly blending techno, post-punk, and EBM in a dark, but of-this-moment brew. Check out the HÖR set, too, for more of a sense of that (also who the heck downvotes all these videos? stopit!):

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Also, Lukr Range has been a mainstay of Berlin’s techno activity and resident of this crew, so a defining set from her:

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I was new to the rest and … it’s Friday night, I’m running out of words (no offense to the artists here for me going silent). But let’s listen.

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So, at least you’re somewhere you’ve got electricity (for the moment) and a screen and sound to check these out on. I hope that brings some party energy to you. Have a good weekend.

And, honestly, The Island isn’t such a bad place…

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Follow the collectives –

And if you’re in Berlin, this is coming up on the 24th – but wear a mask, of course:

Swedish House Mafia on new music: “This is the start”

Swedish House Mafia joined Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1 earlier this week to chat about their return single, ‘It Gets Better’.

The trio shared the new track on Wednesday (14th July). Accompanied by a cinematic video directed by Alexander Wessely, it is the EDM supergroup’s first new music in almost a decade. 

It’s the first in what is expected to be a lot of new music from the group, who told Lowe that the release is “the start” of a reunion that was spurred on by the pandemic. 

SHM’s Steve Angello said: “We had some time together now and during the pandemic… The only positive thing about the pandemic was we got the year. So [we] just went in there and just dove and discovered and tweaked the synths. And we have something that we love and we feel is super unique and especially unique to us and something that we stand for. All this new music is amazing.”

Swedish House Mafia initially disbanded in 2013, before reforming for an unannounced headline set at Ultra Miami in 2018. The trio toured in 2019, and began teasing new music earlier this year with some cryptic studio footage. 

Speaking to Lowe about the reunion, Sebastian Ingrosso said: “We missed each other. First of all, we missed each other, then we missed the fans and we wanted to hang out together. And now we have the best two years together. We have done amazing things together, but this is like we made a baby together. You know what I mean? Finally.”

You can listen to Swedish House Mafia’s interview with Zane Lowe here.

Watch the video for ‘It Gets Better’ below. 

Goldrush shares gilded 2021 lineup: Zedd, Gorgon City, Above & Beyond, and more

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Dance music’s favorite Southwestern festival, Goldrush Music Festival returns to Rawhide Western Town from September 24 — 26 for its 2021 installment. Touting an array of industry fixtures including Zedd, Olympia album makers Gorgon City, Above & Beyond, Diplo, Above & Beyond, ILLENIUM, hot off the release of Fallen Embers, among many others, the Goldrush lineup engages artists across a multitude of electronic subgenres.

Beyond the modern dance heavyweights, Goldrush also features with emerging talent such as Jessica Audiffred, DEVAULT, and Arizona’s own Ekonovah. Of note, the Western town will also be the first to see a back-to-back between Zeds Dead and GRiZ.

Tickets to the Phoenix, Arizona festival become available at 1:00 p.m. ET / 10:00 a.m. PT on July 16. Stay tuned for ensuing Goldrush-related updates, including a wider wave of artists yet to be announced.

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Arturia’s updated V Collection 8.1: tuning support, engine, control, accessibility

It might be time to hit the updater for the weekend. V Collection 8.1 brings alternative tuning support via a new standard, and new sound and control options.

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In tune. The MTS-ESP support is already exciting – it means V Collection now supports this emerging standard for allowing alternative tunings (aka microtunings) to work across your hardware and software rig. So if it’s an Arabic maqam or Wendy Carlos’ Gamma (itself based on mathematic and ancient traditions), you’re no longer restricted to equal-tempered defaults.

It’s not the whole V Collection there, but these instruments – though the fun part is also having a vocoder in there, meaning you can practice singing in different intonations, even if your ear/vocal cords aren’t quite there yet. (Or, if they are, it means now the vocoder is in tune with you, at last, rather than sounding like some dumb western quantized machine.)

Supported – and these are easily some favorites anyway:

  • OB-Xa V
  • Vocoder V
  • Emulator II V
  • Jup-8 V
  • Jun-6 V

I hope it’s successful and it gets applied to the whole range.

And yeah, this is all thanks to the work of ODDSound with input from Aphex Twin. The great thing is, you can use it across a wide variety of instruments with whatever tuning you choose.

Accessibility. If providing more than just a single western tuning removes barriers to musical practice, the other major issue is accessibility. So it’s also encouraging to see that Analog Lab V adds text-to-speech functionality, meaning the software can read out parameter changes to those who can’t see them on a display. It also works with MIDI controller adjustments.

This is a really big deal, and another time we should really talk about how the whole industry can do better. I spent some time chatting with some of the folks who had previously worked on developing an implementation for Native Instruments that worked similarly, and I was struck by how much feedback this got from artists.

Just like the tuning choice question, too – we’re talking a huge population of the planet here. Failing to design with those audiences in mind means leaving them out of a lot of music technology, and excluding people from music is never good practice. I don’t really have words to say that strongly enough. Talk to musicians – not just equal tempered-tuning-using, fully-sighted musicians.

A new OB-Xa engine. I already loved the engine on this one, but it’s got even more now, via something Arturia calls “analog voice dispersion.” Does that make any difference? I don’t know, but I’m about to run the updater and find out if that actually gives you “the authentically nuanced imperfections of an ancient analog machine.”

Either way, I’m going to start to refer to my own “authentically nuanced imperfections” from now on.

Enhanced control. The full V Collection range is now NKS ready, so it works nicely with your Native Instruments controllers if you’ve got one.

But even if not, this is a better V Collection for hands-on control. There’s now proper MIDI CC assignment and macro customization and a workflow that makes sense. So hide the mouse in a drawer and get some actual control over your patch. Wait. Uh, assign MIDI first, then hide the mouse in a … you got it. I jumped one step ahead there.

Yadda yadda, there’s more presets, you get more tutorials, I know some excellent people who likely worked on both of those, so I’ll check them out, too.

And hope you get a nice weekend playing with these, which is to say it did come out Tuesday, but – maybe, like me, you’re getting to it round about now.

While we’re at it, Arturia’s excellent FX Collection is featured in post-punk guitarist Bowen from the band IDLES. There’s some great inspiration in there I’ll certainly steal.

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FKA twigs directs video for Koreless ‘White Picket Fence’: Watch

FKA twigs has directed a video for Koreless.

As part of a co-commission between Fact Magazine and Young (fka Young Turks), the singer-songwriter and producer — who curated a playlist for Sonos Radio earlier this year — has collaborated with Welsh DJ and producer Koreless to direct the visuals for his track ‘White Picket Fence’.

The video, which is out now, features Koreless on an other-wordly fishing trip, accompanied by a young boy with cartoon eyes, and escorted by three dancers in a green Lamborghini. 

Described as “a modern day fable” by Koreless, the producer said: “Some time ago twigs texted me an idea for a video. I’d not seen myself as someone who suited videos, but the longer we sat with it the more it felt right. I’ve long admired twigs’ visual work for her own music, imo her ability to bring a song to life in this way is unparalleled.”

Speaking with Fact, twigs, who produced the visuals alongside creative studio Object & Animal, said: “Lewis is not only a dear friend of mine but also one of my favourite collaborators. His sonic palette is equally as alien and otherworldly as it is grounded and in me it evokes feelings of being close to nature. For Lewis’ video I wanted to create this in a visual. The mystery intertwined with a feeling of familiarity.

“The ‘White Picket Fence’ visual is a modern day reenactment of a fable that doesn’t exist. Each character represents a sound in the music and the audience is a voyeur as the music is personified into a mystical happening.”

You can check out the video below.

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Plaintiff drops suit against Diplo alleging sexual misconduct

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The plaintiff of a lawsuit filed against Diplo alleging sexual misconduct has voluntarily filed to dismiss the suit.

“In light of the evidence and after consultation with my attorneys, I have decided to withdraw my lawsuit,” the plaintiff told Billboard in a July 15 statement. “No payment was offered or requested. I regret filing the lawsuit.”

In legal documents obtained and first reported by TMZ on July 7, the woman, who filed under the initials “E.K.,” claimed that Diplo intimidated her into performing oral sex on him and recorded the encounter without her consent. The new allegations led The Baltimore Orioles to cancel Diplo’s July 24 postgame performance at Camden Yards, refunding those who purchased tickets to the show.

Diplo’s attorney, Bryan Freedman, told TMZ that Diplo “will not be pursuing charges of malicious prosecution against them at this time.” Freeman continued, “There was absolutely irrefutable evidence that proved that the allegations it contained were false. As soon as we shared that plethora of evidence with the plaintiff’s lawyers, they recognized that they needed to withdraw their suit immediately.”

Via: Billboard / TMZ

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Behringer Polivoks Synthesizer Announced

Russian synth designer Vladimir Kuzmin

Behringer announced today that they have entered into a collaboration with pioneering Russian synth designer Vladimir Kuzmin to create a new Polivoks synthesizer.

The Polivoks (aka Polivox) is a Soviet-era synth analog subtractive synthesizer. While the synth’s 2 VCO/VCF/VCA architecture is similar to other analog synths of the era, the Polivoks is known for the unique sound of its filter and its rugged industrial design.

“I designed the Polivoks in 1980 at the Urals Vector plant in Russia, while it was produced by the Formanta Radio Factory. The Polivoks has features that are very unusual on most analog synthesizers, which creates this very unique and distinctive sound, often referred to as ‘Russian synthesizer sound’,” notes Kuzmin.

“For many years, it has been my dream to create a new and much improved Polivoks,” adds Kuzmin. “Uli’s synthesizer Vision provides a fantastic opportunity for me to contribute to the reimagining of my Polivoks and to make it accessible to everyone – a Vision I profoundly believe in and want to be part of.”

Behringer head Uli Behringer

“It’s an immense honor to have Vladimir Kuzmin on our team as he is a legendary synth designer. We are extremely proud, we could win him for our ambitious Vision,” notes Behringer head Uli Behringer.

“This partnership demonstrates again that we welcome collaborations with boutique inventors and manufacturers, as we believe we can perfectly coexist and complement each other. We invite anyone interested in a possible collaboration to contact us at [email protected]