Spotify has launched new DJ mixes

Spotify has added DJ mixes to its streaming platform, allowing DJs to add full-length mixes to the service. Initially, the mixes are launching in eight territories, including UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Japan, Indonesia, the Philippines, Australia and New Zealand. 

The new format launches with mixes from Noisia, AmyElle, Adam Beyer, Shingo Nakamara and MOTi. It’s not yet clear how Spotify’s monetisation process will work for mixes, or who can upload mixes to the platform – given the fact it’s available in eight territories, it’s likely to be a soft launch and more details will be forthcoming. 

The move comes off the back of Apple recently announcing that their Music streaming service will allow both content providers, DJs and the artists in their mixes to be paid as if the track was streamed through their regular streaming service. 

Find out more about Spotify’s new DJ Mixes feature here

Olive T shares new EP, ‘Birdin In Space’, on Sorry Records: Listen

The EP also features remixes from Martyn Bootyspoon and Overland 

Eoin Murray

Friday, October 1, 2021 – 16:01

Olive T has released a new EP, ‘Birdin In Space’, on Sorry Records. Check it out below. 

The DJ, producer and Lot Radio resident, who featured in our monthly emerging artists feature last year, and who released her ‘Goin Up’ EP in July, has served up two new cuts of soaring house music, introducing an autumnal vibe with its breezy keys and crunchy beats. 

The EP also features remixes from Martyn Bootyspoon and Overland. 

Listen to, and buy, ‘Birdin In Space’ via Sorry Records’ Bandcamp. 

Vaccine passports for Scottish clubs no longer delayed, effective immediately

The vaccine passport scheme for Scottish clubs will no longer be delayed, a Judge has ruled.

On Wednesday (29th), it was announced that the passports proposed for Scottish nightclubs had been delayed for 17 days after the country’s nightlife industry body launched a legal challenge to the scheme, which was intended to begin today (1st October). The Night Time Industries Association Scotland (NTIA) contested the initiative’s legitimacy, describing the idea in its current iteration as “deeply flawed and incoherent”. 

Following the announcement, a team of lawyers were instructed to file for a judicial review of Scottish vaccine passports, with issues including concerns that proposals were drafted without proper consultation on the definition of a ‘nightclub’ — meaning thousands of bars and pubs could potentially be impacted. 

Now, Judge Lord Burns has refused the legal challenge, implementing the vaccine passport scheme in Scotland as of 5AM today. According to a report from the BBC, Lord Burns said the introduction of the scheme is “an attempt to address the legitimate issues identified in a balanced way”, and was within the margin of what the government could decide was a reasonable response to the pandemic.

The scheme means that anyone over the age of 18 will need to prove full COVID-19 vaccination — i.e. both jabs — before entering music venues, unseated indoor events with more than 4,000 people, or any gathering of more than 10,000. 

Representatives from sport and industry have previously voiced concerns about the plans, largely based on infringement of civil liberties. The view is backed by the Scottish Human Rights Commission, which has warned vaccine passports risk discriminating against people from deprived backgrounds and some minority groups. 

Auto-Tune Slice “The World’s Most Advanced Vocal Sampler”

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Antares Audio Technology, creators of Auto-Tune, has introduced Auto-Tune Slice, a hybrid instrument that’s both a precision sampler and flexible synthesizer.

The company describes Auto-Tune Slice as “the world’s most advanced vocal sampler.” Auto-Tune Slice is optimized for vocals, but can also be used for beats, instruments, and other audio.

Auto-Tune Slice turns samples into slices that automatically map to your MIDI controller. The application turns any sample into a playable instrument, enabling you to rearrange slices, create new phrases and patterns, and manipulate sounds with 14 onboard effects.

Auto-Tune Slice also “has Auto-Tune baked into its DNA”. Direct Auto-Tune integration lets you tune your samples without ever leaving the Auto-Tune Slice environment. According to the developers, this – along with advanced transient detection – means that it can slice up vocals more accurately than traditional samplers.

Here’s the official tutorial video:

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Features:

  • A powerful, vocal-optimized sampling instrument
  • Works with almost any audio sample
  • Play any slice chromatically across a keyboard as an instrument
  • Built-in Auto-Tune and the classic “Auto-Tune effect”
  • Exclusive vocal presets representing multiple genres
  • Regular content updates and expansion packs at no extra cost
  • Robust onboard effects rack with 14 recordable effects

Pricing and Availability

Auto-Tune Slice is available with Auto-Tune Unlimited, a subscription service that includes every current edition of Auto-Tune, Auto-Tune Vocodist and all 11 of the vocal effects in the AVOX suite. Current Auto-Tune Unlimited subscribers have immediate access to Auto-Tune Slice at no extra cost. New subscribers can access Auto-Tune Unlimited for $24.99 paid monthly, or $18.74 a month with paid annual subscription. A free, 14-day trial is also available.

Cherry Audio Intros ‘Hot-Rodded’ Space Echo Emulation Stardust 201

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Cherry Audio has introduced Stardust 201 Tape Echo, an unofficial “hot-rodded” software emulation of the classic Roland Space Echo tape echo effects of the 70s and 80s.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

“Stardust precisely recreates the limited fidelity and stability of audio tape, providing a natural rolloff of bass and treble frequencies for super-warm tonality and minor speed variances, lending an organic chorusing quality to repeats. Cranking the intensity knob overloads the circuit, generating the signature other-worldly runaway echoes and feedback that only a tape echo can produce.

Cherry Audio’s Stardust 201 Tape Echo includes features from the original RE-201 and RE-301 Space Echo units, and we’ve added some of our own to create a great-sounding, super-flexible, ideal tape echo effect that never breaks down and never needs demagnetizing, all for less than the price of a Space Echo replacement audio tape loop!”

Features:

  • “Authentically modeled” vintage tape echo, including seven virtual tape head modes
  • 4x-extended “wide mode” delay time range
  • LFO echo time mod section
  • Sync to DAW master tempo
  • “Motor kill” switch
  • True-stereo modeled BBD chorus circuit
  • Modeled input overdrive for crunchy tones
  • Dual independent tape loops for super-wide stereo imaging
  • Stereo spring reverb
  • Selectable mono/stereo modes
  • Bass and treble EQ controls
  • User-selectable color themes

Pricing and Availability

Stardust 201 is available for Mac & Windows, with an intro price of $19 USD (normally $29).

DJ Mag locks line-up for Top 100 DJs awards party in Amsterdam

Featuring the crowning of The World’s No.1 DJ

DJ Mag

Friday, October 1, 2021 – 13:30

The line-up has been announced for the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs awards party, which is set to take place on 13th October at the AFAS Live concert hall in Amsterdam in partnership with AMF.

Alongside the crowning of the World’s No.1 DJ, the night will feature performances from Afrojack, Alan Walker, Armin Van Buuren, Avalan, Don Diablo, MORTEN, Mariana Bo and W&W, with more artists set to be announced next week. 

The awards show and performances will be streamed on DJ Mag and AMF’s Facebook and YouTube channels from 18:30 to 00:00 on 13th October. 

Tickets for the live event will be available from 4th October at 16:00 CEST via the ALDA website

Raving and psychedelics create “meaningful social bonds”, study finds

Raving and psychedelics create “meaningful social bonds”, a new study has found.

In new findings published in Frontiers in Psychology, as part of a research paper dubbed I Get High With A Little Help From My Friends, researchers have “identified prosocial behaviours and bonding amongst people who attend raves” using a novel model of ritual engagement featuring the “4Ds”: dance, drums, sleep deprivation, and drugs.

Dr Martha Newson, a cognitive anthropologist at the School of Anthropology and Conservation, investigated the psychology behind group bonding and identified the 4Ds, exploring whether they were connected to “feelings of awe and personal transformation”.

Speaking about the links between the 4Ds — particularly psychedelics — Dr Newson said that the study “found positive associations between dancing and psychedelic drug use at these group rituals with feelings of awe and social bonding that could prove useful in supporting the growing wealth of clinical therapies”.

She added that “undoing the negative connotations associated with rave culture is a big challenge” but that the new research papers “shows there are indeed social and behavioural benefits that ravers gain from the experience”.

You can read the full paper, ‘I Get High With a Little Help From My Friends’ – How Raves Can Invoke Identity Fusion and Lasting Co-operation via Transformative Experiences, here.

Psychedelics have become more popular in the UK in recent years, with some people using them recreationally to address mental illnesses. These drugs are illegal, but with recent medical developments in the US towards incorporating psychedelics into clinical mental health treatments, what sort of future are we looking at? Do psychedelics have healing potential? Back in 2019, DJ Mag’s Lauren Martin spoke to DJ and producer Lauren Flax about her own experiences with psychedelics, and Prof. Adam Winstock, CEO of Global Drug Survey, to find out more.

Last year, in a study commissioned by streaming giant Spotify for Niall Breslin’s Where Is My Mind? podcast, research showed that making music positively impacts mental health, with relaxation and happiness noted as the most commonly felt emotions when playing.

Arturia launches new MiniFuse soundcard range

Arturia has launched a new series of audio interfaces called MiniFuse. The new cards are designed with portability and affordability in mind, starting with the MiniFuse 1 which costs €99 and has one combi-jack input and two outs for each speaker. It also features phantom power, volume control and a headphone jack and knob. It’s got a USB-C output for connecting to the computer, and handily it also features a USB-A port for connecting a MIDI controller or any other device to the unit, rather than to the laptop, making sure there’s only one cable needed to collect your whole portable studio. 

The MiniFuse 2 is a similar story, with two combi jack inputs and two outputs, and round back it adds a MIDI DIN port for extra connectivity. There’s the same USB-A input and USB-C connector output. It comes in at €149. 

The 4 adds two extra ins, has four outs, two headphone jacks and two USB-A ins for extra kit. It also features an old school MIDI DIN. No word on pricing yet but the 4 will be available in 2022. 

All the interfaces come with a selection of software, including Ableton Live Lite, Guitar Rig 6 LE and Arturia’s own Analog Lab Intro and Arturia FX. There’s also a three-month Splice sub included. 

Find out more about the MiniFuse series here.

Afrodeutsche announces new weekly show on BBC Radio 6 Music

The show launches on 29th October

Christian Eede

Thursday, September 30, 2021 – 15:27

Afrodeutsche will kick off a new weekly show for BBC Radio 6 Music in October.

Launching on 29th October, The People’s Party With Afrodeutsche will air every Friday from 7pm until 9pm. On each show, one listener will be asked to name their dream warm-up act, headliner and afterhours track, which will then form the basis for the two hours.

“From its launch way back when, BBC Radio 6 Music has been a mainstay for me, always playing in the background, delivering everything I needed musically, like a very interesting old friend who loves a good chat,” said Afrodeutsche. “I literally cannot wait to welcome you all to the new show.”

In addition to starting her 6 Music show, Afrodeutsche will also next month put out a new track as part of Tresor’s 30th anniversary compilation

Jacques Greene compiles unreleased and classic tracks on new release, ‘ANTH01’

Jacques Greene is lining up a compilation of unreleased and classic tracks of his.

The release, titled ‘ANTH01’ and forthcoming on LuckyMe, collects a number of early, out of print tracks from his back catalogue, with the music featured across the compilation spanning the first decade of his career.

Classic tracks such as ‘The Look’, ‘Another Girl’ and ‘By Your Side’ all feature in remastered form, in addition to collaborations with the likes of Koreless and How To Dress Well.

The music featured on the 12-track release originally came out on labels such as Night Slugs, 3024 and Greene’s own Vase imprint, and appeared collected together in one place for the first time on this compilation.

In a statement about the release, Greene said: “Time became quite slippery in the past year and a half. As the years go it’s strange how some things feel like just yesterday while others are seemingly lifetimes away.

“It was equal parts challenging and fun to revisit some of this material that laid the foundation for this Jacques Greene project. ‘ANTH01’ is a form of anthology: a collection of songs meant to tell the first few chapters of that story. From bedroom studios in the Mile End in Montreal at the start of the 2010s to now. Thank you for listening.”

Ahead of the release on 22nd October, Greene has also shared one of the two previously unreleased tracks from the compilation: ‘I Won’t’. Check it out below.