Slikback collaborates with Objekt, KMRU, Tzusing, more on new album, ‘MELT’

The self-released album is available now via Bandcamp

Christian Eede

Thursday, September 16, 2021 – 15:42

Slikback has self-released a new album full of collaborations with other artists.

Titled ‘MELT’, the 16-track album was initially teased last month with the Van Boom collaboration ‘SKIN TIGHT’. Each track sees Slikback team up with one other artist, with the likes of Objekt, Ziúr, KMRU, Tzusing and Brodinski among those who feature.

The album is available to buy now via Slikback’s Bandcamp page.

Check ‘MELT’ out in full below.

Last year, Slikback contributed two tracks to a split 12″ on PAN with Soda Plains, while earlier this year, he appeared on the ‘Unsound Intermission’ compilation, which also featured SOPHIE & Jlin, Varg2™ & VTSS, and 33EMYBW. His first vinyl release landed in 2018 on the Ugandan label, Hakuna Kulala

Mariana Velleto shows us how bossy she is on “Crazy” [Video]

Emerging NY-based singer/songwriter Mariana Velleto drops the visuals for her single “Crazy,” a laidback sultry ballad that showcases her unique commanding vocal runs and uber-confident swagger. The title refers to Velleto’s way of taking charge of any situation, and reminding us that she is not your average chick as she flexes her vocal prowess with bossy energy. The track’s production is as crisp as they come while Velleto’s silky vocals seamlessly cascade the ears and make for a solid listen.

The three-minute video clip is edgy, sexy, and expressive all at once. From the seductive dance routines, sexy costumes, and of course Velleto’s eye-popping performance style. The director took a hint from the classic 90s R&B videos and flipped it with a modern twist that helps capture the singer’s style. “Crazy” is the follow-up single to her Jazze Pha-produced song “For Me” which was released earlier this year.

Mariana Velleto is a New York-raised singer with Italian and Jamaican roots who started singing at a very young age and she later moved to LA at age 18 to pursue her music career. She currently runs the Diamond Empire Production Inc record label with her father.

Get “Crazy” on all DSPs here.

Idris Elba remixes grandson, Jessie Reyez’s ‘Rain’ from ‘Suicide Squad’

Idris Elba remixes grandson, Jessie Reyez’s ‘Rain’ from ‘Suicide Squad’Idris Elba

Idris Elba has delivered a new remix of grandson and Jessie Reyez‘s “Rain” from Suicide Squad. The track keeps up the slinking aspects of grandson and Reyez’s original, with Elba delivering a more club-like energy that would fit neatly into an action sequence. Elba also adds his own original verse to his remix, the swirling track keeping listeners on edge.

“Rain (Idris Elba Edit)” follows Elba’s June club anthem, “Fudge.” The producer, DJ, actor, singer, dancer, and director also released the track “No More Looking Back” last February.

Featured image: Rich Fury/Getty Images for Coachella

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Jamie Jones to bring Paradise to the Brooklyn Mirage

Jamie Jones to bring Paradise to the Brooklyn MirageJamie Jones Cr Mario Pinta

One of dance music’s most distinguished producers, Jamie Jones, is flying his Paradise event series from Ibiza to all the way to Brooklyn for a three-stage techno endeavor at the Brooklyn Mirage. Back for the first time since 2017, the house heavyweight is gearing up for a very special evening, bringing along with him the powerful minds of Kate Simko, Natalia Roth, Technasia, Tony Touch, and a striking US debut performance from Jamie Jones’ and Kate Simko’s cinematic and orchestral side project, Opus 1.

Beginning the night early with an icredible live orchestral execution from Opus 1, Paradise will continue with Brooklyn’s own Amémé, followed by Toronto’s Demuir, Chicagoan pioneer DJ Deeon, and many more, including nightlife personalities Ladyfag, Boo Lean, and Ruby Fox, to name just a few. Grab your tickets here for a night that won’t be soon forgotten.

Featured image: Mario Pinta

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Keys N Krates dispatch title track ahead of pending album, ‘Original Classic’

Keys N Krates dispatch title track ahead of pending album, ‘Original Classic’Keys N Krates 3 Sonar Bcn 2017

Canadian electronic music band Keys N Krates‘ fourth single of 2021 has landed. “Original Classic” featuring Juicy J and Chip & Marbl is the lo-fi-themed title track of the outfit’s forthcoming studio album, due November 12 on Last Gang Records. The single’s Kaytranada-esque beat, layered under R&B-style vocals, is reminiscent of Keys N Krates’ roots as a live hip-hop act. As Keys N Krates matured, their sound shifted to encompass more electronic soundscapes. Take, for example, “Dum Dee Dum” or “I Know U.” “Original Classic,” however, is proof that Keys N Krates’ sonic identity is constantly evolving.

Original Classic is the follow-up LP to 2019’s A Beat Tape For Your Friends. Stream the lead-off single below.

Featured image: Sónar Music Festival 2017

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Hospital Records announce free Women In Drum & Bass event this week

It’s part of the label’s gender equality initiative, which launched in 2019

Christian Eede

Thursday, September 16, 2021 – 16:48

Hospital Records is putting on a Women In Drum & Bass event this Friday, 17th September.

Taking place as part of the record label’s gender equality initiative, which launched in 2019 with an aim to showcase and develop more female-identifying DJs within the drum & bass scene, the free, in-person event will take place at Shoreditch’s Strongroom in London. 

The seven-hour event is open to female-identifying artists and future industry professionals, and will feature panel discussions and workshops with figures from across the drum & bass scene, which will address gender imbalance. Topics will also include signing music to labels, event management, publishing, copyright and marketing.

The day will also include A&R speed feedback sessions for up-and-coming artists to have one-to-one feedback with label owners, A&Rs and artists.

Production and DJ workshops will be hosted by Beatport, Education & Bass, DJ Rap, Nu:Tone and Keeno, while the panels will include views from the likes of BCee, Rinse FM DJ Emerald and PRS representative Ash Howard, among others.

You can sign up for free tickets here.
Read DJ Mag’s 2019 feature on how drum & bass is finally addressing its diversity problem, here.
Revisit Hospital Records founder High Contrast’s contribution to our Selections series, from December 2020, here. Intros Golden Master, Cockpit & Milky Way 1U Modules

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At Superbooth 2021, has introduced three new modules in a 1U form factor, each of which are based on existing Euro format modules:

  • Golden Master 1U is a Eurorack stereo, end of chain multiband processor. It utilizes 3 behind the panel connectors: AUX IN and MIX OUT for chaining Golden Master with other Mix Bus compatible modules and a 6 pin balanced output for Intellijel 1/4″ I/O outputs. This makes Golden Master 1U a useful end of chain stereo output module.
  • Milky Way 1U is a stereo FX module in 22hp. It features 16 different true stereo FX algorithms, with the ability to pan and crossfade the input signals under CV control. By utilizing the MIX OUT connector on the back the module, it integrates with other Mix Bus compatible modules.
  • Cockpit 1U is a compact 4-channel stereo mixer, with sidechain ducking in 24 hp. It features 4 white labels that can be used for naming your channels with a permanent marker. Channels 2/3/4 now have dual mono inputs, eliminating the need for jumpers on the back, channel 1 has remained stereo. As with other 1U modules, it has three behind the back connectors, namely AUX IN and MIX OUT for chaining and 6 pin balanced output for Intellijel ¼ IO outputs.

Pricing and Availability:

The new 1U modules will be available in October 2021, priced at € 200,– incl. VAT/$210 MSRP.

DJ N**** Fox, Black Obsidian Sound System, more locked for Somerset House Studios annual AGM

Somerset House Studios is opening up for its first large-scale post-pandemic event next month, marking its fifth anniversary with its annual AGM event.

On 14th October, the venue will host a live set from Príncipe label affiliate DJ N**** Fox, while the QTBIPOC collective Black Obsidian Sound System will take over the decks for the night, joined by friends of the group. 

The theme of this year’s AGM is the return of community, following more than a year of closure and cancelled events as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

For the first time, this year’s AGM will also see Somerset House Studios partner with neighbours St Mary Le Strand, located across the newly-pedestrianised Strand Aldwych. The Baroque church will host performances of ‘Latent Joy’, a new music collaboration led by Vivienne Griffin and Emptyset’s Paul Purgas, which will see them joined by invited guests. 

The event will take place as a celebration of Somerset House Studios’ five years of operations to date, which, since its launch, has hosted 116 artists as residents, as well as an additional 12 artists undertaking short term residencies from Finland, Germany, Canada, Peru, Mexico and elsewhere.

Find more information here.

Mayer Intros MD900 Desktop Synthesizer & M800-R2 Eurorack Synthesizer

Mayer Electronic Music Instruments has introduced the MD900, a multitimbral polyphonic desktop synthesizer.

The MD900 offers polyphony of 16 voices, shared by the 4 multi-timbral parts. Each of the 4 parts have their own effect stack (with flanger, chorus, vibrato, reverb, delay and other options).

The heart of the voice are the two aliasing-free oscillators (OSC1,OSC2). The oscillators have two different modes: Wavetable- or Algorithm-oscillator. Each of them can run in 4 instances with detuning capabilities and spread in the stereo channels in a different way. The Noise is a sample based oscillator which can be restarted with the Note-On, run free with fix pitch or follow the Note-On pitch.

All oscillator outputs are stereo. These stereo outputs will feed in the mixer section. The output of the mixer has two paths which are the input for both stereo multimode filters (A/B). Both filter outputs feed the amps (A/B) and final these stereo outputs feed the effect stack.


  • The overall audio path is stereo. The oscillator, mixer filter, amps and effects are all in stereo.
  • Four independent arpeggiator und step sequenzer assigned to each of the four synth parts. The trigger sequencer may trigger the built in transient sample player (Drum Kit .wav) or send triggers to MIDI-Out (USB-DIN or USB-MIDI)
  • The housing is made of aluminum with real walnut wood on the front and back.
  • All components are industrial grade. Precision potentiometers with aluminum covered knobs.
  • Four independent arpeggiators
  • Step sequencer assigned to each of the four synth parts.
  • The trigger sequencer may trigger the built-in transient sample player (Drum Kit .wav) or send triggers to MIDI-Out (USB-DIN or USB-MIDI)

The MD900 XVA engine is also patch compatible with the new M800-R2 Eurorack synthesizer.

The Mayer M800-R2 is an extended Virtual Analog [XVA] eurorack polyphonic synthesizer module.

It’s essentially a Euro format version of the MD900, and patches can be shared between the two.

Details on both synths are available at the Mayer site.

Online ARP 2600 Synthposium, Featuring Jean-Michel Jarre, Coming Saturday, September 18, 2021

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The Alan R. Pearlman Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the legacy of ARP founder Alan R. Pearlman, is holding the ARP 2600 Synthposium this Saturday.

The ARP 2600 Synthposium will be held on September 18th at 11AM EST at The Record Co. in Boston MA, and streamed live on YouTube via Eventbrite. The event celebrates the 50th anniversary of the ARP 2600, and will feature presentations, performances, panel discussions and more.

All proceeds will benefit the Alan R. Pearlman Foundation and the ARPs For All Project. Ticketing and other information is available at the Foundation site.

Jean-Michel Jarre & his ARP 2500

Beginning with a keynote from ARP co-founder David Friend and opening statements by Dina Pearlman and acclaimed synthesist Jean-Michel Jarre, the event will focus on the ARP 2600, the iconic synthesizer that brought semi-modular synthesis to performers and educators around the world.

The Synthposium will feature panel discussions, musical performances, and interviews with artists, former ARP employees, engineers and more. Participants will be able to interact live with panelists via chat.

Panelists include:

Alsún Ní Chasaide, Alison Stout, Antonio Guitterez (Antonus) BT, Brian Kehew, David Baron, David Friend, David Frederick Jr, David Mash, DJ CherishtheLuv, EMEAPP, Jack Hotop, Jennifer Hruska, Jean-Michel Jarre, Jon Carin, Korg, Lisa Bella Donna, Marie Ann Hedonia, Michael Bierylo, Michael Brigida, Richard Boulanger, Richard Devine, Steve McQuarry, Tom Piggott

The event will include new and exclusive content by:

Alex Ball (video performance), Berklee Ensemble (video performance), Bill T. Miller (video performance), David Van Pelt (video performance), DJ CherishtheLuv (video performance + interview), Don Slepian (video performance + demo), EMEAPP (video performance + Live Stream), Ernesto Romeo (video performance + demo),Renzo Torti Forno (video performanc),, Glen Harlock (2600 video patchbook)*, Jennifer Hruska (video performance with ensemble), Jim Mitchmerhuizen (interview excerpt), Lisa Bella Donna (video performance), Marie Ann Hedonia (video performance + interview), Steve McQuarry (video performance + interview)

There will also be a silent auction starting on Thursday, September 16th with a variety of hardware and software synthesizers, books, t-shirts, and other prizes available.

“We are incredibly excited to bring this event to life, with the help of our wonderful friends and partners at The Record Co.” said Dina Pearlman, ARP Foundation founder and daughter of Alan R. Pearlman. “We are overflowing with awesome content for 2600 fans, and we can’t wait to share it with all our generous donors and participants.”