Qrion releases latest single, ’11-11′ from forthcoming debut LP

Qrion releases latest single, ’11-11′ from forthcoming debut LPQrion Anjuna

While rooted firmly on the leading edge of dance music’s melodic-house wave, Qrion adds yet another atmospheric anthem to her rapidly expanding catalogue with “11-11.” The new track lands hot off the heels of her debut LP’s lead single “Your Love,” which landed in September. Now, the second single from the forthcoming album, I Hope It Lasts Forever, is ready to see the light of day.

The album’s complexion comes together around Qrion’s childhood nostalgia and memories with her father in Sapporo, Japan. The emerging producer has already shown off a knack for sharp sound design sensibilities as “11-11” slinks in with layers of chilling kicks and the producer’s signature misty ambiance.

With the album release date of October 29 on the horizon, one of Dancing Astronaut’s Artists to Watch in 2021 has done well to convince dance music devotees of an assuredly memorable tour experience, delivering one notable track after the next. Stream “11-11” below.

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Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan sets course for new covers album

Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan sets course for new covers albumDepeche Mode

Depeche Mode‘s Dave Gahan and Soulsavers, born Rich Machin, will be releasing a covers album that will see them providing their take on tracks from Neil Young, PJ Harvey, Bob Dylan, and more. Titled Imposters, the album is set to be released on November 12 via Columbia records. Speaking on the new release in an official press statement, Gahan said of the project,

“When I listen to other people’s voices and songs—more importantly the way they sing them and interpret the words—I feel at home. I identify with it. It comforts me more than anything else […] There’s not one performer on the record who I haven’t been moved by […] I know we made something special, and I hope other people feel that and it takes them on a little kind of trip—especially people who love music and have for years.”

Gahan and Machin recorded Imposter at the famed Shangri-La Recording Studio in Malibu, California back in 2019. This new record follows their 2012 album, The Light the Dead Sea and their 2015 LP, Angels & Ghosts. The first single from Imposter, a cover of Cat Power’s “Metal Heart,” will be released on Friday, October 8.

H/T: NME

Featured image: Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images

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Tiësto submits melodic rework of French 79’s ‘Diamond Veins’ under VER:WEST alias

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Tiësto has released his official rework of French 79’s “Diamond Veins” under his deep-house moniker VER:WEST. The Dutch megastar joins Kid Francescoli, Dj Oil, BLOWSOM, Dawad & Mokic, and You Man on a set of remixes as he adds his Midas touch to the 2016 single taken from the electro-pop producer’s debut album, Olympic.

The veteran DJ continues to prevail on the evocative themes of his “5 Seconds Before Sunrise“ and “Elements Of A New Life” releases as he ushers in a renewed version of his progressive, deep, and trance-inspired project. Leaning into a fresh, alternative take on “Diamond Veins,” the new rework is available via Tiësto’s AFTR:HRS imprint and can be streamed below.

Featured image: Jordan Loyd

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Spotify tests addition of DJ mixes to streaming service

Spotify tests addition of DJ mixes to streaming serviceNoisia Ballet 1

Trailing closely behind Apple Music, after the streamer’s official announcement that the service will be adding full-length DJ mixes to its platform, Spotify has done what any good competitor would do and followed suit. Spotify has added DJ mixes to its streaming platform, allowing DJs to add full-length sessions to their pages.

Soft launching in the first week of October, the mixes will be available in eight countries to start, including the Philippines, Australia, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Japan, the Netherlands, Indonesia, and New Zealand, and will bestow listeners with mixes from Noisia, Adam Beyer, AmyElle, Shingo Nakamara, and MOTi.

Spotify has yet to dole out any further information regarding monetary assets for artists and which of them will be viable to upload their own mixes. Once the initial eight market launch has seen some statistics roll out, the platform will share more information with streamers, although according to Spotify, “fans should expect the experience to continue to evolve over time.”

Via: Spotify

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Notorious B.I.G and Tupac action figures launched by Funko

Ice Cube and Lil Wayne will also feature as part of the ‘Funko Gold Line’ series

Brian Coney

Monday, October 4, 2021 – 11:18

The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac are among the latest artists set to become Funko collectibles.

The rappers, whose East Coast-West Coast rivalry dominated hip-hop in the early-to-mid-1990s, will take form as vinyl Funko action figures later this year.

As part of the company’s ‘Gold Line’ pack of premier figures, the series will see Biggie and Tupac rendered in their respective iconic clothing. See below for a preview. 

Following on from previous rap Funkos including Post Malone and Run-DMC, the forthcoming series will also include figures of Lil Wayne and Ice Cube.

Last month, The Brooklyn apartment where The Notorious B.I.G. recorded his 1994 album ‘Ready To Die’ went up for sale.

A new documentary about former Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight and the murder of The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac was released in July and is currently available to watch in the UK on the BBC iPlayer.

Louis The Child teams up with Livingston for new single ‘Hole In My Heart’

Louis The Child teams up with Livingston for new single ‘Hole In My Heart’Louis The Child Holy Ship 2017 10 Rukes

While fans are patiently awaiting Louis The Child‘s new album, Euphoria, the duo has released the next single off the record. “Hole In My Heart” finds the pair of producers teaming up with Livingston on vocals for the latest standout ahead of the full project’s release. The new single adds to Louis The Child’s playful bank of well-rounded productions as Livingston’s velvety vocals dance along the track’s instrumentals.

“Hole In My Heart” follows Louis The Child’s previous album singles, “hate u cuz i don’t,” “Keep On Moving,” and “So What.” Listen to the duo’s latest below.

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This new book documents Europe’s free party scene from 1997 to 2005

A new book documents Europe’s free party scene.

Taking in 1997 to 2005, Dirty Dancing is Italian photographer Mattia Zoppellaro’s self-described “homage to the iconic faces, makeshift dancefloors, soundsystems and hairstyles that have come to symbolise the legendary movement.”

Released on 5th November via electronic label Klasse Wrecks and Berlin’s print and design studio We Make It, Zoppellaro book takes in free parties in London, Milan, Barcelona, Turin, Graz, Bologna and elsewhere.

In a statement, Milan-based Zoppellaro wrote: “I’m not a writer, the only way to express my feelings about this project is with a snippet, almost like a photograph) of a dialogue from “The Shanghai Gesture” a 1941 movie by Jozef Von Sternberg, when Gene Tierney, describing a sleazy gambling house/brothel says: “It smells so incredibly evil! I didn’t think such a place existed except in my own imagination. It has a ghastly familiarity like a half-remembered dream. *Anything* could happen here… any moment…”

Pre-order Dirty Dancing from £35 here

A new documentary exploring the history of the UK’s Free Party Movement is in the works. A recent photo exhibition also captured the euphoria of the ’90s free party movement.

Dubler 2 Turns Your Voice Into A MIDI Controller

Dubler 2 Turns Your Voice Into A MIDI Controller
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Vochlea Music has released Dubler 2, a software-only voice-to-MIDI desktop application.

The app is a follow up to their earlier Dubler Studio Kit, a complete voice-to-MIDI solution that included a microphone. The developers say the Dubler 2 is lighter on CPU, while also offering more features and a built-in audio engine.

Here’s what’s new in Dubler 2:

  • More Accessible: Dubler 2 will be software-only with a free 7-day trial available for users before purchase. Dubler 2 will work with any DAW.
  • Use Any Microphone: A new calibration process allows you to make Dubler 2 compatible with your preferred microphone.
  • Customizable Audio Settings: Allows for professional set-ups with advanced audio interfaces.
  • Inbuilt Audio: A selection of synth presets and an 808 sample pack, allows you to play with Dubler 2 without connecting to a DAW (a DAW is still required for recording).
  • Scales: At least 14 new scales added, and improved key detection and suggestion.
  • Advanced Chords: Library of chord presets, voicing options, custom chord options and more.
  • Advanced Pitch Bend: Featuring; IntelliBend— a smart pitch bend that will anchor you to a note until you want to bend away from it and TruBend— an true-to-voice pitch bend option.
  • CPU Improvements: A completely rebuilt engine with performance improvements, making Dubler 2 ultra light on CPU.
  • A New UI: A more intuitive tab-based UI and design— making Dubler 2 easier to navigate.

Pricing and Availability:

Dubler 2 is available now for $249 USD.

Humbletune Intros Rymdigare Reverb + Drone Machine For iOS

Humbletune Intros Rymdigare Reverb + Drone Machine For iOS
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Humbletune has introduced Rymdigare, a new iOS effect that they say is part reverb, part noise and drone machine, part quality degrader and part wave shaper.

The reverb is built from 5 reverberation ‘boxes’, where you can control the sound with length and ratio parameters, tail and weight skew parameters and an internal feedback parameter, that could be used to create swelling tails. There is also a built in octave shifter, resonant filter, speed and level degrader and 4 LFO sources for modulating a selected set of parameters, including the LFO speeds themselves.

The app can run stand-alone, connecting to other apps through Inter App Audio or AudioBus or it can run as an AUv3 plugin. You can map and control any parameter with MIDI using Core MIDI, Bluetooth MIDI, Inter App Audio MIDI or AUv3 MIDI.

Features:

  • Resonant filter (low, band or high pass)
  • Noise and drone machine
  • Level and speed degrader
  • Waveshaper (input and output gain)
  • Reverb (length, ratio, skew, tail, feedback and type: free, bpm, tuned)
  • Reverb random variation controls
  • Octave shifter up and down
  • Planet orbits (LFO: double tap on parameter controls to map)
  • Inter App Audio, AudioBus and AUv3
  • Map Midi CC using Core MIDI, Bluetooth MIDI, IAA Midi or AUv3 MIDI.

Pricing and Availability

Rymdigare is available now for $4.99 USD.

DJ Oh Annie Oh launches podcast, Don’t Call Me “Exotic”: Listen

London-based DJ, radio presenter and promoter Oh Annie Oh has launched a new, six-part podcast series.

Imagined during lockdown, Don’t Call Me “Exotic” is described as a response to the rise in anti-Asian hate, before evolving into a wider conversation between the Seoul-born, Toronto-raised artist alongside fellow creatives.

Featuring various guest DJs, musicians, label managers and more, the series finds Annie leading chats on creativity, the industry, and how individuals navigate their careers in the midst of continuing racism.

Speaking about the series, Oh Annie Oh said: “Don’t Call Me “Exotic” is an open conversation about what it is like to work as a creative, whilst also living within societal systematic racism – a dialogue that I wish I had access to during the rise in anti-Asian hate, but that didn’t exist. So I decided to start it.” 

Three episodes of the series are currently available to stream. Featuring London-singer-songwriter Amahla, stream episode 1 below.