Gorillaz will release a 20th anniversary deluxe vinyl box set.
The Damon Albarn-fronted digital outfit, who dropped three-track EP ‘Meanwhile’ back in September, are celebrating twenty years since the release of ‘Gorillaz’ — the gamechanging LP which includes essential tracks ‘Clint Eastwood’, ’19-2000′ and ‘Re-Hash’ — with the first edition of the box set on sale next month.
‘Gorillaz (20th Anniversary Super Deluxe Vinyl Boxset)’ will be available from 10th December 2021, and collects together the previously unknown 27-page DMC dossier of leaked documents, memos, faxes and some early Jamie Hewlett drawings (assumed lost in a fire). As well as ‘Gorillaz’ the box set will include the never-before-released ‘Demoz’, fan favourites ‘G-Sides’, ‘Laika Come Home’ and ‘Live At The Forum, 2001’.
A limited run of ‘Gorillaz (20th Anniversary Super Deluxe Vinyl Boxset)’ will be released on 10th December 2021, ahead of a wider sale next autumn. Pre order the first edition, which is priced at £170.00, here.
As well as celebrating the first LP, Gorillaz will celebrate their most recent, last year’s ‘Song Machine’ with a virtual SONG MACHINE LIVE experience, captured at the band’s Kong Studios HQ in London in December 2020, set to come to cinemas globally on 8th December via Trafalgar Releasing. Find out more here.
Read our recent 20th anniversary feature about how Gorillaz’ self-titled debut ushered in a new era of pop music here.
AmyElle is diving into old-school house with her new single, “Push It.” Aiming to bring a return to Chicago’s signature style of footworking dance music, the rising house producer hooks in with her infectious beats and transports listeners back to early-80s Chicago.
“I always find myself endlessly searching for old classic house records that set dancefloors ablaze, wishing I could have experienced music at this iconic time. For ‘Push It,’ it was important to add that grit and feeling of imperfection to create that older analogue feel which I think is lost in today’s music. I used a memorable repetitive chant of ‘Push It Up, Kick It Up, All You Need To Know’ to have the purpose to be sung along to and have the feeling of freedom and being carefree: all you need to do is dance in that moment. My ultimate goal was to have an interactive feel good energetic record with on goal and that is to get you dancing.”
AmyElle’s new single follows after her exclusive mix on Spotify, which saw the producer testing out the streaming platforms new service that allows DJs to upload their own mixes. Take a trip back to the emergence of popular dance music with a listen to AmyElle’s fresh new single, “Push It,” below.
Returning to streaming platforms with an original track for the first time since April, What So Not is back for an all new collaborative effort, “Messin’ Me Up.” Written and produced alongside CHVRCHES‘ Martin Doherty and EVAN GIIA, the track was an outpouring of emotion from the trying slate of current events that has dominated the last two years, from the Australian bushfires to the pandemic. What So Not comments on the formulation of “Messin’ Me Up” stating,
“This record is a giant crescendo. Beginning sparse and sombre, it evolves into an operatic onslaught of vocals and hardware…The thematics showcase the virulent tendencies of humankind. Chaotic turmoil in everything from relationships to the environment.”
Taking a sharp turn inward, this latest delivery from the Aussie veteran creates a space for introspection and reflection. Pushing his production wherewithal to the brink, What So Not spent months researching electronic sub-genres such as baile funk orchestral compositions, and more to find a unique space where the classic What So Not sound meets something new and unheard of. This, in tandem with GIIA’s powerful and resounding vocals, gives way to an anthem worth repeated listens that begs the question as to what else has What So Not been cooking in the studio over the last few years. Listen to “Messin’ Me Up” below.
BBC Radio 1 DJ Annie Nightingale has launched a scholarship to support upcoming female and non-binary DJs.
Named after BBC Radio 1’s first female DJ and its longest-serving presenter, the Annie Nightingale Presents Scholarship aims to help groups of people that have been “historically underrepresented” in the dance music industry. It will be awarded to three recipients each year, as selected by Nightingale.
The winners of the scholarship will be given a one-hour slot on BBC Radio 1 on a Saturday night, with London-based DJs Martha and LCY, and Adelaide’s GODLANDS, all being named as the first three recipients of the award. They will appear together on radio this Saturday, 6th November.
Commenting on the scholarship, Nightingale said: “Ever since I began, I have wanted to help other young broadcasters passionate about music to achieve their dreams on the airwaves, and now we at Radio 1 are to put that on a proper footing.”
A statement shared by BBC Radio 1 added that the scholarship “aims to celebrate and elevate talented women and non-binary people in the electronic music scene by providing them with a national platform to showcase their taste and expertise”.
Station head Aled Haydn Jones said: “It feels incredibly fitting to have a female dance icon like Annie Nightingale being able to uplift new and exciting DJs to the national stage. This has always been very close to Annie’s heart, so we’re pleased to be able to give her this annual opportunity to celebrate the newest ones to watch, and we’re looking forward to hearing what they each bring to the show.”
HI-LO, the darker trance-inspired side-project of Oliver Heldens, has returned for an entrancing new single, “Hypnos.” The track’s beat stays true to its name as HI-LO proffers a grooving soundtrack perfect for an all-night club romp, capable of keeping the floor atmosphere intact well into the the stumble home in the harsh morning light.
Heldens has been feeding a steady stream of singles through the HI-LO banner throughout the year, his tracks incorporating his signature thumping beats, designed specifically to get dance floors moving. “Hypnos” follows HI-LO’s earlier singles, “Existencia,” “Baleric Mornings,” “Check,” “HADES,” and “Saw of Olympus.” Listen below.
Returning to the NOS Events Center for its annual two-day excursion beginning on December 31 through New Year’s Day, Countdown NYE has just unleashed a lineup jam-packed full of the most in-demand names in dance music, spanning the gamut with this year’s talent roster.
Inviting 70,000 attendees to gallivant across four cosmic stages, the largest NYE festival in America offers performances from 75 iconic producers and DJs such as 3LAU, A-Trak, Major Lazer, Tiësto, Troyboi, NGHTMRE, alongside up and comers like Rome in Silver, Pauline Herr, LP Giobbi, and LEVEL UP, to name a few. Countdown is promising to attract a range of different tastes, representing a wide array of genres with the likes of Claptone, Flosstradamus, Wuki, Lee Foss, and many more.
Tickets to the beloved Southern California event are on sale now. For more information visit Insomniac’s website here.
Hot off the heels of their debut LP’s titular offering, “Youth Is Wasted On The Young,” Anden are back to offer “Grouplove” ahead of the album’s full delivery. Co-produced by Yotto, the hypnotic dance single constitutes Anden’s last hoorah before the album’s widespread release on November 11.
Tom and Pete Cuppernull, the brothers behind Anden, initiated the album rollout back in September with SOHMI-assisted “Chemical.” Now, the pair deliver “Grouplove” just a week before their debut LParrives via Yotto’s famed recording imprint, Odd One Out, on November 11. Stream Youth Is Wasted On The Young‘s third and final predecessor, “Grouplove,” below.
In the latest episode of Rather Have the Story, host Brian Kehew interviews composer & synthesist Steve Porcaro of Toto.
Porcaro discusses his work in the early days of studio gigs with synths, the struggles of working with 70s gear, his work with Toto and more.
This week we welcome Steve Porcaro, of Toto, of film and TV scoring, co-author of “Human Nature” for Michael Jackson, session musician – and much more.
We talk about the world and work of session musicians, Jeff Porcaro growing up and in the studio, the Rosanna solo, making the Toto albums in the studio, our tributes to the GREAT Keith Emerson, film and TV scoring, James Newton Howard, Roger Linn, Greg Ladanyi, Tommy Mars…
The Roland Microcomposer and early sequencers and synths, the venerable Yamaha CS80, DS1 and 2, the DX7, Polyfusion modular synthesizers, “The Blip” (Steve’s creation of complex attack sounds) based upon Frank Zappa and his synthesizer horn sound, and much more!
The 19-track release takes in brand new music from various label affiliates
Thursday, November 4, 2021 – 17:16
Mexico City-based label Infinite Machine is marking its 10th anniversary with a compilation of all-new music.
Out on 3rd December, the 19-track release features new tracks from various long-time and more recent label affiliates, such as Galtier, Avernian, Laughing Ears, Yilan and El irreal Veintiuno.
The artists’ contributions to the release span various tempos and club music sounds, covering dancehall, IDM, drum & bass and grime in different forms. Over the course of the label’s 10-year history, it has put out almost 100 releases, by artists like Ziúr, Otik and Mun Sing, among many others.
You can preview the compilation ahead of its release via Only Now’s contribution, ‘Forged’, below.
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