Redman features on new posthumous Phife Dawg track, ‘French Kiss Trois’: Listen

Wu-Tang Clan’s Redman features on a new posthumous track by Phife Dawg, ‘French Kiss Trois’, which also includes lines by Illa J. 

The late-A Tribe Called Quest member died in 2016. Earlier this year, his estate released the tune ‘French Kiss Deux‘, which Redman heard and wanted to add a verse to. This followed ‘Nutshell Pt.2‘, a follow up to Phife Dawg’s 2016 single, with additional bars from Redman and Busta Rhymes. 

A new video for this latest song has been directed by Redman, Tony Reames, and Konee Rock. Dion “Roots” Liverpool, a close friend of Phife Dawg, is credited as Executive Producer, while his widow, Deisha Taylor, stars in the clip. 

“As soon as I heard the song, I played it back-to-back 100+ times. I had to hit [the producers] Potatohead People and Dion to tell them I was writing a verse,” Redman, who announced his own new album back in April, said in a statement.

“Being in the music video was amazing, and I know I’m doing it for Phife,” he continued. “I don’t think he gets enough credit, so God made this my mission to help best way I can.”

“Phife would be going crazy with Red being on this song. Anytime you hear Redman on any track you know it will be dope. The atmosphere and energy shifts when he is on any song or walks in the building,” said Taylor in a separate statement. 

A full-length Phife Dawg album, ‘Forever‘, is currently waiting in the wings for release. Once landed, it will be the first posthumous LP from the rapper. Last year, fellow Tribe member Q-Tip announced he had three new albums ready to drop, ‘The Last Zulu’, ‘AIGoRhythms’, and ‘Riotdiaries’. 

Noise pollution is killing wildlife in Mexico

Wildlife experts have warned that noise pollution is killing wildlife in the jungles of Quintana Roo, Mexico, citing ecotourism, sporting events, and the region’s abundance of electronic music parties and festivals, largely centred on Tulum, as the main causes. 

Dr. Yann Hénaut, head of the Biodiversity Conservation department at El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (Ecosur), Chetumal Unit, explained that the high levels of sound from events in the area are directly impacting birds and mammals. Some species have been forced to relocate as a result. 

“Generating noise in natural areas causes a serious impact, although we cannot know it, animal species such as birds, monkeys and other mammals feel their territory invaded and migrate to other places. These are things that we do not perceive but that are happening, and it is something very unfortunate, because we affect the environment,” he told The Yucutan Times.

Adventure sports promoter Rodolfo Sánches has also criticised visitors for “disrupting nature” and called on tourists to show “respect” to the area.

“Everything was going very well on the trails until the MTB [mountain bike] groups with their horns and 70 bicycles started disrupting nature, the fauna does not want to listen to their music, these people need to show some respect”, he said in a social media post.

Tulum has continued to host parties and festivals throughout the pandemic. Last December, a “Burning Man-style” event was linked to a surge in COVID-19 cases in the New York area after attendees returned home. In 2019, the city council announced it was introducing new regulations to curb the number of raves and dance music events the area was attracting, and instead emphasise the luxury and environmental sides of the local tourism industry. 

Conducta announces headline show in Sheffield with DJ Mag

Tickets for DJ Mag Presents Conducta’s Crib are on sale now

DJ Mag Staff

Monday, September 6, 2021 – 12:55

Conducta is set to perform a headline set in Sheffield, UK with DJ Mag in November.

DJ Mag has teamed up with the Kiwi Rekords boss to bring his lockdown party concept ‘Conducta’s Crib’ to one of Sheffield’s best clubs – Signal. It’s part of his first ever headline UK tour, where the DJ and producer will take his infamous Conducta’s Crib experience on the road.

Taking place on the 12th November from 11:00pm until 4:30am, you can expect a journey into a multitude of musical styles as Conducta brings his versatile musical home to yours with an all-night-long set.

Tickets for the event are on sale now, with early bird tickets available for £7 plus £1 booking fee. Find out more about the event and purchase tickets here.

Conducta is helping to spearhead the new wave of UK garage. His on-point productions, genre-traversing DJ sets and Kiwi Rekords label have made him a bona fide Black British success story. But just before his smash hit ‘Ladbroke Grove’ with AJ Tracey blew up, and his Club Kiwi label nights were set to launch, he was at a crossroads. For the DJ Mag UK September 2020 cover story, Joseph ‘JP’ Patterson met with Conducta to talk UKG, the whitewashing of dance music, and why he chose music over football.

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DJ Mag Presents announces Conducta’s Crib in Sheffield

Tickets for the event are on sale now

DJ Mag Staff

Monday, September 6, 2021 – 12:55

Conducta is set to perform a headline set in Sheffield, UK with DJ Mag in November.

DJ Mag has teamed up with the Kiwi Rekords boss to bring his lockdown party concept ‘Conducta’s Crib’ to one of Sheffield’s best clubs – Signal. It’s part of his first ever headline UK tour, where the DJ and producer will take his infamous Conducta’s Crib experience on the road.

Taking place on the 12th November from 11:00pm until 4:30am, you can expect a journey into a multitude of musical styles as Conducta brings his versatile musical home to yours with an all-night-long set.

Tickets for the event are on sale now, with early bird tickets available for £7 plus £1 booking fee. Find out more about the event and purchase tickets here.

Conducta is helping to spearhead the new wave of UK garage. His on-point productions, genre-traversing DJ sets and Kiwi Rekords label have made him a bona fide Black British success story. But just before his smash hit ‘Ladbroke Grove’ with AJ Tracey blew up, and his Club Kiwi label nights were set to launch, he was at a crossroads. For the DJ Mag UK September 2020 cover story, Joseph ‘JP’ Patterson met with Conducta to talk UKG, the whitewashing of dance music, and why he chose music over football.

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UK music industry workers with non-visible disabilities fear disclosing their condition, new study finds

A new Arts Council England-funded consultation has revealed many music industry workers with non-visible disabilities are putting their health and safety at risk by not disclosing details of their condition. 

From almost 150 professionals working in the UK music industry who took part in the survey and identify as having a disability or a long-term health condition, 71% stated their impairment was not clearly visible to others.

Of those, 88% said they “sometimes” or “never” tell colleagues and bosses about the condition. From that subset, 69% admitted this would put them at risk, but chose not to say anything because they feared experiencing discrimination or being given less work. 

The report backs up a previous Arts Council England investigation, which found people with disabilities are underrepresented in the UK music business. Just 1.8% of industry workers fall into this category. In the general population, 18% of UK residents are registered or considered disabled. 

Other new findings included 79% of respondents agreeing that a lack of opportunities in music for young people with disabilities was a leading cause of the representation issue. 90% also stated that more visibly disabled people in music would help.

85% claimed they thought media representation of artists with disabilities focused on “tragedy rather than empowerment”, and 73% believe the notoriously long hours of the industry could discourage disabled people from applying for jobs as they may need more flexibility. 

Ben Price, the founder of Bristol-based Harbourside Artist Management, who has a non-visible health condition, designed the consultation. An account of his own experiences working in the industry has been published by Disability Arts

“With my own lived experiences I was keen to embark on this research. I myself have a disability that I didn’t feel able to disclose, and I wanted to explore the perspectives of others in a similar position, as well as solutions of what can be done to improve disabled representation in the music industry,” Price said in a statement.

“This aim is not necessarily to ask more people to disclose their disabilities, but to encourage an environment where those conversations are normalised and more people with a disability or long-term health condition can be welcomed into the industry – at all levels – without barriers.” 

“Ben Price continues to highlight the barriers that disabled professionals face from the music industry and these results reflect similar data to statistics and anecdotes that Attitude is Everything have recently published,” said Suzanne Bull MBE, founder of the charity Attitude is Everything, which works to improve live music access among deaf and disabled people. 

“It’s clear that there needs to be a big shake-up of attitudes and perceptions of disabled people by the music industry; everything from making it safer for colleagues and artists with health conditions to disclose, as well as ridding the industry of some long-held assumptions that disabled people just can’t have a career in music – assumptions which continue to be rooted in the way that our society regards the disability community,” she continued. 

“And yet it doesn’t have to be this way. Attitude is Everything have two key programmes with which we’re seeking to transform this industry for the better – Beyond The Music, an accessible employment programme, and The Next Stage, a programme to support disabled artists with opportunities, information and advice, so we’re well placed to support the industry to improve,” Bull added. 

Earlier this year, DJ Mag spoke to promoters, artists, and venue management about steps being taken to make nightlife more accessible and inclusive for people with disabilities. In 2018, a collaboration between Avnet and Not Impossible Labs resulted in a new technology that allows deaf people to experience live music through vibrations. 

 

Massive Attack call on UK Government to help in cutting carbon footprint of live music

Massive Attack have called on the UK Government to help cut the carbon footprint of live music. 

The Bristol trip hop group previously commissioned a report on the environmental impact of the industry in partnership with the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of Manchester, entitled ‘Roadmap To Super Low Carbon Live Music’. Among the recommendations were abandoning private jets in favour of standard travel options, and a reduction in the amount of touring kit acts and artists take with them. 

Massive Attack’s Robert ‘3D’ Del Naja also criticised Westminster politicians for failing to support the live music industry in its journey towards low and zero carbon. He told The Guardian newspaper: “Where’s the industrial plan for the scale of the transformation that’s required for the UK economy and society? It doesn’t seem to exist.”

“The live music industry, especially after Brexit, is so important to national identity and self-esteem. It’s one of the few areas you could describe as genuinely world-class and has a vast social and economic value, as well-reported, generating over £4.6bn for the economy every year and employing thousands of dedicated people,” he continued. “But where is the government planning to support the rate of adaption we’re going to need to hit compatibility [with the Paris agreement]? It doesn’t seem to exist. The data is not surprising, it’s the strategy that’s missing here.”

Speaking of the ‘Roadmap’, Del Naja said “We looked at our last tour and thought, you know, we’ve allocated x amount of money based on the calculation of the carbon we produced in the tour in 2018. And then it was like, are we just going to go on another offset, or should we do something a little bit more interesting and radical? The proposition to go to [the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research] was suggested to us and we thought that would be a good thing to do, because how many times have we sat in an interview and said we would love to do something but we don’t know what to do?”

In 2020, Massive Attack released an eight-minute film exploring the subject of climate change in the context of the live music industry. The same year the outfit announced plans to complete their next European tour by train in a bid to reduce emissions. 

Here’s a gorgeous chill jam and the excellent 1.9 firmware for the Blackbox sampler

Elektron Digitakt 1.3. Polyend Tracker 1.4. But don’t miss what boutique maker 1010music are doing with their Blackbox sampler. Here’s a look at there just-out 1.9 firmware update – and some lovely music, too.

In this season of nuanced, musical updates for desktop hardware, it’s great to get this, too.

Andreas Roman reviewed the Blackbox for us, and he wrote me over the weekend to share some impressions:

It contains many user requested features and some of the stuff from the Bluebox as well. But we got LFO’s, four-band EQ on the master output, updated granular effect, separate control over cutoff and resonance on the filter, bandpass filter on the delay with adjustable cut-off, separate midi tracks, and much more.

While Elektron’s 1.3 for Digitakt and Polyend’s 1.4 for the Tracker certainly both impress, I really think this one nails it. Blackbox has matured into an extremely powerful and great-sounding sampler in any category now, giving even the most premium products something to think about in the increasingly crowded market.

I threw together a track that goes all-in with the new features. LFO’s, granular loops, filtered delays, and whatnot, all over the place –

US$599 is a steal for this little box once you dive into everything it can do. I’m honestly a bit jealous of Andreas’ model. But yeah, it’s worth just celebrating the music here, too – which is what those little details are ultimately about.

The 1.9 firmware is currently in beta; 1.7 is the latest stable version, available from the support section. You’ll find the 1.9 beta once you’re registered, in the forum.

Here’s what to expect as far as new features:

  • Tap Tempo. Be sure to look for the small tempo button in the upper left of the SONG page. Press this button at least three times to change the current tempo
  • LFO per voice with the option for beat sync. This applies to sample, clip, granular, and slicer modes
  • 4-band Parametric EQ on the master output. Press the FX button twice to find it.
  • Modulation of the envelope Attack, Decay, and Release, including control via MIDI CC
  • Resonance control on the filter, including the ability to modulate it
  • Enhanced Delay algorithm with integrated band-pass filter and the ability to play just a single echo
  • More advanced granular controls, including density, scatter, and pan spread
  • MIDI-only sequences. Choose MIDI as the cell type in the upper left and the sequence will not play internal pads.
  • MIDI based recording of cells.

And some more recent music from Andreas, for good measure:

FL Studio 20.8.4 – Apple Silicon, Frequency Shifter, video scrubbing, 3X oscillators

While everyone argues about subscriptions, let’s return to the lovely world of FL Studio. This time, the “Lifetime Free Updates” delivers new sounds, more visual tools, Apple Silicon support, and more.

That “lifetime free” thing is though a pretty fair description. Once you buy into that, apart from some paid add-ons like extra instruments, your version gets perpetual updates without having to pay upgrade fees.

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FL Studio isn’t for everyone – it definitely demands some adaptation to its unique way of working, even though that can pay some dividends once you do. But it is absolutely chock full of nerdy goodness, and the folks at Image-Line keep stuffing it with more tasty bits.

What’s really funny to me is that the developer that once said they’d create Mac software when hell froze over is now ahead of some major developers (cough) with an Apple Silicon-native version. The honest truth is, Apple’s own Rosetta 2 support for unported code is so good, I’m running various plug-ins and tools like Ableton Live on the M1 Mac mini without much caring. It’s already blazingly fast, and hard to believe that this is supposed to be Apple’s entry-level offering. But native support does suggest better performance.

Of course, if you are still on Windows, FL Studio is one of the best tools to run there, too, with uniquely solid performance on the Windows audio system and UI. Plus, there’s just something about FL that brings out the PC person in me, anyway, and makes me want to run bunches of weird old VST plug-ins and then take a break with some PC gaming.

So, now having waxed poetic, what’s new in 20.8.4?

Apple Silicon support. Image-Line are bringing their “stay compatible with everything” culture from the PC to the Mac – and it’s one I hope others notice. So not only do you get native Apple Silicon support on the M1 or forthcoming M1X, but you can still choose to go back to Rosetta 2 mode to maintain compatibility with some plug-ins. They’ve published a detailed tech note on the subject that explains everything:

FL Studio Apple silicon Computer Compatibility / ARM Support / M1 Chip

FM or ring mod – and beautifully designed. This almost looks like this escaped from Logic Pro, even as Logic still has its old Emagic version of the same concept.

Frequency Shifter. I’m very excited about this one; I like this design more than anything native to a DAW since the one Apple still includes in Logic Pro. (That one’s great, too, even though I think the last major update came from Emagic eons ago.) Ring modulation and FM effects are both easily at hand. Plus, it has a nice, clean UI (uh, unlike the Logic one, which seems to be from a vintage flying saucer cockpit or some experimental 1950s Chevy test car). Check the full documentation. (I always RTFM with FL, and you should, too.)

3x Osc now gives you an option for high-quality anti-aliasing – and you can still turn it off again.

3x Osc. Oscillators now have high-quality anti-aliasing when you want them. Or turn it off again when you want the gnarly original sound. Check the 3x Osc synth. It’s a really clever, elegantly designed subtractive synth. Here, have some sounds, too:

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See, you don’t need hardware or other plug-ins.

There’s a visualizer inside FL.

ZGameEditor Visualizer does video scrubbing. This amusingly powerful visual tool adds still more stuff – now with essential video scrubbing, jumping, luminance average, and a Peakmap effect. Just in case you want to project visuals at a rave or crank out a music video.

MIDI now has a ‘Pickup’ option. There’s one big oversight corrected.

Modern/current Windows File Browser. Oh God. Finally. Part of me screams inside when the standard Windows file dialog is replaced by some kind of alternative chaos. Yes, thanks for fixing this.

Arturia controller support. That includes now the Minilab and Keylab models…

Plus a lot more, as always – fixes, additions, tweaks.

Check out more on their news section (with a link to demo project downloads, even):

Doepfer Introducing 5 New Eurorack Modules At Superbooth 2021

Doepfer Introducing 5 New Eurorack Modules At Superbooth 2021
The Doepfer A-100PB case features a keyboard built into the lid.

Ahead of Superbooth 2021, scheduled for Sept 15-18 in Berlin, Doepfer has introduced five new Eurorack modules, along with a new case that features a keyboard built into the lid.

The Doepfer 100PB is a Eurorack case with a keyboard built into the lid. It features 37 keys, a MIDI interface with 3.5 mm stereo jack socket, power supply (1200mA) and two bus boards.

The A-126-2 Frequency Shifter is a fully analog frequency shifter for audio signals.

A frequency shifter is an audio processing unit that shifts each frequency of the incoming audio signal by the same frequency. If the shifting frequency is e.g. 200Hz an incoming audio frequency of 1000 Hz becomes 1200 Hz, 2000Hz becomes 2200 Hz, 3000 Hz becomes 3200 Hz and so on.

Because frequency shifting adds a fixed frequency to the source signal, it results in very different results than pitch shifting or slowing down/speeding up sounds.

The A-138f Dual 3-way crossfader contains two identical crossfaders, with three inputs and one output each.

Three different signals are connected to the inputs A, B and C. In the ccw position of the corresponding control only signal A appears at the output. Between ccw and center position a mix of the signals A and B appears at the output. In the center position only signal B appears at the output. Between center and cw position a mix of signals B and C appears at the output. In the cw position only signal C appears at the output.

The module is DC coupled and can be used for both audio and control voltage processing.

The A-149-4 Quad Random Voltage Source generates four triggered random voltages, which meet the criteria choosen by several controls.

It features controls for the criteria selection:

  • Octave range (manual control “Oct.”): this parameter defines how many octaves are covered by the random voltages (0 … +5V, with “Oct.” control fully CCW only 0V are generated)
  • Grid (6 illuminated radio buttons): this parameter defines the grid of the random voltages:
    • Octaves (Oct)
    • Octaves + Quin (Quint)
    • Chords
    • Scale
    • Semitones
    • continuous (i.e. stepless)
  • Minor / Major (2 illuminated radio buttons): this parameter defines in case of chords or scales if they are minor or major. For all other grids this parameter has no meaning
  • Sixth / Seventh (2 illuminated separate buttons): these parameters defines if the sixth or seventh is added. Valid only if Oct, Quint, Chord or Scale is chosen as grid.

The A-179-2 Light Controlled Voltage Source II an be used to convert different illumination intensities into corresponding analog voltages and a gate signal derived from the analog voltage.

A light sensitive resistor (LDR) converts the illumination of the internal light sensor into a corresponding analog control voltage. The internal sensor is located at the front panel. Instead of the internal sensor a remote sensor can be connected via a standard patch cable to the module (ext.Sens. socket). An external sensor with a 2 m patch cable (A-100C200) is included. The external sensor is mounted on a small pc board which is equipped also with a 3.5 mm jack socket.

One can choose between passive control by covering/shading the sensor via hand or body, or active control by using e.g. a pocket lamp or flashlight. For this two versions of output voltages are available (CV Out + und CV Out -).

The Doepfer A-182-4 Dual Rotary Switches is a passive module that contains two mechanical rotary switches, with 4 positions each.

According to the position of the control knob socket 1, 2, 3 or 4 is connected to the common socket C.
As the module is fully passive it works bidirectional, i.e. the sockets 1…4 can be inputs and then C is the output. The other way round C can be the input and the sockets 1…4 are the outputs.

By means of an internal jumper the terminals C of both switches can be connected. That way the module can be used as kind of a miniature 4×4 matrix. Rotary switch A is e.g. used to select one of the four sockets 1…4 as input and this signal is sent to one of the four sockets 1…4 of switch B.

See the Doepfer site for details.

Swedish House Mafia to perform at MTV VMAs next weekend

The ceremony is hosted by Doja Cat, with Lil Nas X, Machine Gun Kelly, and Chlöe also on the bill

Martin Guttridge-Hewitt

Monday, September 6, 2021 – 12:42

Swedish House Mafia will perform at the MTV VMAs next weekend. 

The ceremony, hosted by Doja Cat, will air live to the world on Sunday 12th September at 8PM EST on MTV.

Dedicated to the world’s best visual music content, the stadium-filling EDM trio will play the event for the first time, performing a medley of their recent tracks ‘Lifetime‘ and ‘It Gets Better‘. Acts including Lil Nas X, Machine Gun Kelly, and Chlöe are also on the bill. 

In July, Swedish House Mafia confirmed they were preparing to release their first new album in nine years, ‘Paradise Again‘, which is set to arrive before the end of 2021. In the run up to that announcement, the group teased the world with a series of posters in iconic locations across the globe.