ILLENIUM extends Grammy-nominated album ‘Fallen Embers’ with full remix package

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Just under a year since Fallen Embers‘ arrival, Dancing Astronaut’s reigning artist of the year ILLENIUM is now giving his Grammy-nominated album the exhaustive remix treatment. The 17-track extension not only includes remixes from singles that had already been delivered in the run up to Fallen Embers‘ July release, but also eight previously unreleased remixes.

Some of the highlights from the newly minted remixes are Ophelia Records mainstays Last Heroes‘ take on “Fragments” with Natalie Taylor, which we’d been searching for every since their set at Ophelia Records’ Miami Music Week showcase. Next up is Dancing Astronaut 2020 Breakout Artist of the Year Moore Kismet, who puts a refreshing take on “Blame Myself” with Tori Kelly, blending their boundary-pushing production in tandem with ILLENIUM’s melodic wizardry. Included in the tracklist’s remaining remixers are Deathpact, who injects even more bass into ILLENIUM and Excision‘s “In My Mind” with HALIENE, STMPD RCRDS regular Julian Jordan, who completely reimagines ILLENIUM and Said The Sky’s “I See You,” and Nikademis‘ rework of “U & Me” with Sasha Sloan from ILLENIUM’s Ultra set, among numerous others.

Those previously never-before-head remixes join already released Fallen Embers spins that include Kayzo‘s heavy take on “First Time” with Iann Dior, NGHTMRE‘s remix of “Heavenly Side” with Matt Maeson, Kaivon‘s remix of “Nightlight” with Annika Wells, and—of course—ILLENIUM’s co-remix with Virtual Riot of “Blame Myself”.

ILLENIUM’s remix LP arrives on the eve of a date at Tampa’s Sunset Music Festival as well as a brace of dates at The Gorge Amphitheater and comes on the heels of the release of “Shivering” with Spiritbox, which debuted when he shut down day two of Ultra. And the new ILLENIUM doesn’t stop here, with both an unreleased collaboration with Dillon Francis and EVAN GIIA named “Don’t Let Me Let Go” and “All That Really Matters” with Teddy Swims being debuted in back-to-back weekends. On top of all that, ILLENIUM was able to take home his first trophy for Fallen Embers, earning Billboard Music Awards‘ top dance/electronic album in 2021. Listen to the full slate of Fallen Embers remixes below.

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I. JORDAN is the new alias of artist formerly known as India Jordan

The artist formerly known as India Jordan has announced their new alias: I. JORDAN. 

The Local Action and Ninja Tune producer and DJ shared the artist name change on Monday, May 30th. “I’ve been really excited to share this as it’s felt heavy carrying around ‘India Jordan’ when it really doesn’t resonate with me anymore,” they wrote on Instagram

“From now on, you’ll see ‘I. JORDAN’ on line ups, posters, all socials and music streaming platforms etc.,” they said. “There might be a bit of lag in the changeover process but hopefully it won’t be too long before it’s all switched.” 

On this year’s Trans Day of Visibility in March, I. JORDAN shared how they were now going by Jordan in their personal life and hinted at the now-revealed professional change. They came out as non-binary in December 2019.

Earlier this year, I. JORDAN contributed to a Harvey Sutherland remix EP and collaborated on a single with Fred Again… called ‘Admit It (U Don’t Want 2)‘. They’re set to perform at a slew of festivals this summer including Primavera, Parklife, Glastonbury, Body Movements, Hideout and Outside Lands. 

Revisit Eoin Murray’s in-depth interview with I. JORDAN from spring last year, ahead of their Ninja Tune debut ‘Watch Out‘. (Please note the feature is from before I. JORDAN’s artist name change.)

Real I. JORDAN’s post in full below.

Emeka Ogboh explores the soundscape of Lagos’ Ojuelegba district on new album

Emeka Ogboh will release his new album, ‘6°30′33.372″N 3°22′0.66″E’, via his newly launched Danfotronics label in July. Listen to the track ‘Ayilara’ below. 

The Berlin-based Nigerian sound and installation artist’s latest project follows his 2021 album on Ostgut Ton’s A-TON sub-label, ‘Beyond The Yellow Haze’, which combined field recordings captured across Lagos with downtempo beats and ambient electronics. The vision for that album was to capture the soundscapes of the Nigerian city, and to create an immersive listening experience in the process.

That idea is magnified even further on ‘6°30′33.372″N 3°22′0.66″E’, which is presented as an audio portrait of the Ojuelegba district in Lagos. Packed with field recordings and voices speaking in the Nigerian Pidgin language, the album is described as “zooming-in” on the bustling urban district, which previously featured prominently in Fela Kuti’s 1975 release, ‘Confusion’.

Speaking about the album, Ogboh says: “6°30ʹ33.372ʺN 3°22ʹ0.66ʺE, continues my exploration of the theme of ‘place’ and how ‘place’ impacts on us.”

Ayilara’ featured in Berghain’s Studio Berlin exhibition in 2020. You can hear it below. 

Ogboh’s Danfotronics label, which he co-runs with former Ostgut Ton label manager Alex Samuels, is intended as a platform for experimental electronic music from West Africa, with a view to expanding to music across the continent and beyond in future. 

‘6°30ʹ33.372ʺN 3°22ʹ0.66ʺE’ will be released on 29th July. Pre-order it here

Calvin Harris DJs on Liverpool FC team bus after Champions League final

Calvin Harris joined the Liverpool Football Club atop their bus for a parade through the city on Monday, 30th May.

The Scottish DJ and Liverpool FC fan soundtracked the festivities, playing on decks set up on the open top floor of the double-decker bus surrounded by players. The parade was to celebrate Liverpool FC’s two League Cup and FA Cup wins, although they just missed out on the Champions League title after losing the final on Sunday to Real Madrid. With Calvin Harris’s surprise appearance, spirits still seemed plenty high.

Prominently featured in many of the videos from the raucous parade is Calvin Harris’s 2018 collaboration with Dua Lipa, ‘One Kiss’, which has become the club’s unofficial anthem. GALA’s “Freed From Desire” also appears in some clips. 

Just last week Calvin Harris, real name Adam Wiles, released a new track with Dua Lipa called ‘Potion’, which also features Young Thug. ‘Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 2’, his first new album in five years, is due out sometime this summer

See more footage of the parade below.

New Ibiza club, Club Chinois, to open in June

A new club is set to open in Ibiza, run by the team behind central London’s upscale Chinese restaurant Park Chinois.

Club Chinois will take over the space left by HEART, which has been closed for two years, at the Ibiza marina. The venue has undergone a renovation with decor headed up by Parisian design studio Laleh Assef and now has a capacity of 1,000. Like with the Mayfair restaurant, decadence and escapism appear to be themes for the club. 

The club aims to invite a range of DJs, live musicians and performers, though there’s no word yet on programming for its opening party on 17th June.

Check out a teaser for the venue.

Cre8audio Intros West Pest, An Affordable ‘West Coast’ Synthesizer

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Ahead of the 2022 NAMM Show, Cre8audio has introduced the West Pest, an affordable ‘West Coast’ style synthesizer that complements their recently introduced East Beast synth.

Created in partnership with Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers, West Pest is a semi-modular monophonic desktop synthesizer, integrating imaginative sound-shaping tools with traditionally “west coast” concepts. West Pest has at its core 8 patchable modules (Oscillator, wave contour, dynamics controller, LFO, multi-mod tool, MIDI to CV converter, step sequencer, and button keyboard), with 18 Eurorack compatible patch points. West Pest is patched internally to create a flexible full synth voice. Using the patch points, though, lets you reroute internal signal flow, as well as use with external eurorack format modules and synthesizers.

West Pest’s unique sound has been influenced by Pittsburgh’s Voltage Research Lab synthesizer. The Pittsburgh-designed core oscillator technology has matured through the development of their SV-1 and later with Voltage Research Laboratory. This iteration’s waveforms have been optimized to be run through West Pest’s wavefolder.

Wave folding/shaping is integral to West Pest’s foundation. Wavefolding amplifies incoming waveforms. Rather than clipping or distorting, the wavefolder circuit folds the waveforms back onto themselves, creating upwards of six folds to add vast harmonic complexity and depth.

West Pest’s snappy, responsive articulation is accomplished by the Dynamics Controller. This unique concept is designed to behave like a traditional filter, a VCA, and an envelope generator, all at once. Upon note trigger, the filter opens fully and rapidly, producing a sharp, percussive attack. At release, the Dynamics Controller adds a ringing, resonant decay, resulting in a rounder, more musical sound.

The Dynamics Controller is the product of years of research by Pittsburgh’s founder Richard Nicol, and Chief of R&D Michael Johnsen. Inspired by the developments of West Coast synthesis pioneer Don Buchla, Pittsburgh Modular has modernized and evolved these concepts, adding wider range, consistency, stability, and resonance control, as well as an infinitely variable, ringing decay.

Going beyond these analog sound-sculpting tools, West Pest also includes a deep new digital multi-mod /multi-function tool concept to add more flavor to the Pest’s production. The multi-mod lets users select between additional clock synced LFO, decay envelope, MIDI-controlled modulation, and random voltage generator modes.

West Pest can be controlled via MIDI, control voltage (CV/Gate), and its function keys, which double as a keyboard controller. Also included is an integrated sequencer & arpeggiator that can also be controlled via MIDI and is externally clockable.

Features:

  • West coast style additive monophonic synthesizer
  • Controllable via MIDI, CV, and integrated button keyboard
  • Fully patchable – use West Pest’s components as separate modules with external devices or reroute its internal patching. It’s like having 8 individual modules (Oscillator, wave contour, dynamics controller, LFO, multi-mod tool, MIDI to CV converter, sequencer, and button keyboard).
  • 32 step sequencer with up to 13 presets
  • Generative sequencing mode
  • Clock-synced arpeggiator
  • Step sequencer can be manipulated & transposed via MIDI and the integrated button keyboard
  • Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizer developed 100% analog oscillator
  • Oscillator waveforms – sine, triangle, and saw – Waveforms can be combined
  • Oscillator includes frequency modulation (FM)
  • Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizer famous wave folder/shaper circuit – folds inputted waves back onto themselves to yield rich harmonic texture
  • Pittsburgh Dynamics Controller – 100% modern circuitry designed to behave like a traditional filter, VCA, and envelope generator all at once.
  • Dual range analog LFO with square and triangle wave outputs
  • LFO Range – High: 2 Hz to 500 Hz Low: 41s to 5 Hz
  • Digital multi-mod tool – modulation control via CV, random generator, and extra LFO and envelope generator
  • Internal clock with tap tempo and can be clocked via an external source.
  • Built-in clock divider
  • Use standalone in its included case or removed to use as a eurorack format module
  • Specifications for when used as a eurorack module
  • Width when used as a module = 40hp
  • Depth when used as a module = 25mm
  • 213mA power draw when running +12V rail
  • 151mA power draw when running -12V
  • Input voltage range of oscillator = 0-10V
  • Included in the box – 1x West Pest, 1x West Pest wall-wart power supply, 5x Amazing Nazca Noodles Patch Cables, 2x 3.5mm to 5 pin MIDI Din pigtails, and love (love’s presence likely, but not guaranteed)

Pricing and Availability

West Pest is expected to ship ‘immenently’, with an estimated street price of $249.99 / €249.99. See the Cre8audio site for details.

Playtime Engineering reveals synth and groovestation for kids

Playtime Engineering has unveiled two new music makers for kids.

The easy-to-use SK2 synthesizer and the myTRACKS production groovestation have been added to the US-based company’s Blipbox line of production tools designed for children.

Furnished with a built-in microphone for sampling and two FX processors, the five-track groovestation is akin to an MPC, comprising of a grid of playpads that trigger 48 real instrument sounds (acoustic, electronic and percussive). You can connect myTracks to a computer via USB-C and download new sound sets, including hip-hop and EDM.

Aimed at children aged between eight and 14, the SK2 synth comes loaded with 400 built-in melodies, including chiptune and classical music, as well as 16 oscillator schemes and stereo multi-tap delay. It is also fitted with a set of pitch-shifting drum samples and fun LED lights that flash in sync with the music. The synth supports MIDI In, 6.35mm audio out.

The Blipbox SK2 will be available in November 2022 at a price of $199 (£158) and the Blipbox myTracks will be available in early 2023 at a price of $249 (£198). Check out demo videos for each item below and find out more on the Playtime Engineering site.

Moodymann and fellow Mahogani Music member injured in “severe auto accident”

Moodymann and an unnamed person on the Mahogani Music team have been “injured in a severe auto accident,” according to the label.

Mahogani Music shared the news on Instagram last night, 30th May, with a brief statement saying Kenny Dixon Jr. and “another cherished member of our Mahogani Music family” were hurt in an auto accident. The statement also confirmed that the DJ would not be able make his scheduled performance at yesterday’s Where Are My Keys’ Memorial Day Weekend party over Movement Detroit festival week. The label apologised for the late cancellation, while the promoter said, “We’re sending nothing but love and wish for his speedy recovery.” 

A few hours later, Mahogani Music posted another update: “Everyone involved in the collision is on the road to recovery. Please allow us the time and space to heal.” There have been no further details provided on the accident or the recovering peoples’ conditions. 

The label also said to expect changes to Moodymann’s schedule. “Unfortunately we must cancel some upcoming tour dates,” they wrote, with more information to come.

“Thank you for the support and well wishes,” Mahogani Music concluded. 

Read the statements below.

FRANK is a free plug-in with a “best-of” analog EQs, and it looks and sounds pretty

Analog Obsession is creating some beautiful free plug-ins. And for all the various analog EQ emulations out there, here’s a unique take – combine them into a single set of easy-access “best” bands.

Okay, “best” is in quotes because I’m not sure you can objectively characterize frequencies, let alone particular EQ bands on particular devices. (In my role, at least, I need to pretend to be diplomatic. Dear digital frequencies, I love all of you equally … erm, even as I slowly lose touch with the higher-pitched among you as I age.)

But the idea is clever, it’s in a cute package, and it’s got some robust platform support. (You get VST, VST3, and on Mac AU, for macOS 10.9+ and Windows 7+.) Plus the price is right – it’s a free direct download from Patreon.

Version 2, released at the start of this month, is the one worth talking about as it added proper oversampling and added more modules, plus even added a custom line amp.

I suppose I should be scientific here and talk about consistency, but to be honest, I don’t mind occasionally swapping something like an EQ just to force myself to listen differently.

Features – each with bands from the Helios, Pultec, API, and Neve (hence the letters there)As:

– H-Type Low Cut @50Hz

– P-Type Boost/Atten @60Hz

– A-Type Mid Band @1.6kHz

– N-Type High Shelf @12kHz

– P-Type High Atten @20kHz

– Custom Line Amp with compensated gain

– Oversampling (ANALOG OBSESSION label)

The V2 update added redesigned circuit and DSP improvements throughout, reduced CPU usage, added gain-compensated line amp, 4X oversampling, and came up with this eye-popping GUI with full Retina/HiDPI support and readouts on the knobs. Nice.

Grab it here:

https://www.patreon.com/posts/65955720

Analog Obsession has an interesting model generally. So any plug-in you can grab without jumping through any hoops whatsoever. From $5+ a month, you can throw in support to the developer in the hopes they keep doing this. And there’s a ton of stuff in there, covering a range of compressors, EQs, consoles, and other analog essentials. It’s all the project of developer Rıdvan Küçük (Tunca). It’s amazing seeing what independent devs can do, even as (cough) bigger vendors give us complex subscription schemes and whatnot.

FRANK is a nice play to start.

Big hat tip to UK production institute dBs, who are doing a regular “Free Software Friday” series.

https://insider.dbsinstitute.ac.uk/free-software-friday-analog-obsession-frank-v2

As dBs writes:

Analog Obsession is one of the best developers of hardware emulations and mash-ups such as FRANK and none of their plugins come with a price tag. However, we encourage anyone who can donates through their Patreon to help them continue their stellar work. 

You know, I miss having editors. They would add some cheesy pun, like… HOT FRANK. Or FRANKLY, darling, I do give… a damn… about EQ. See, I can barely do it.

Iconic UK rave locations and clubs celebrated in new “road map” style prints

A new collection of road map-style prints celebrates the legacy of UK festivals, clubs and illegal raves.

UK creative agency Dorothy has added four new designs to its Road To Nowhere collection highlighting iconic settings in the North of England, Scotland and London, as well as the UK’s free festivals and events of yesteryear. 

Fans will spot shout outs to Manchester clubs The Haçienda, Konspiracy and Thunderdome, London’s Shoom, Labyrnth and The End, Glasgow’s Sub Club and Tin Pan Alley, and many more spots throughout the UK.

The Free Festivals print features nods to the freebie days of Glastonbury, free party site Forest Hill and the week-long 1992 illegal rave at Castlemorton. Read DJ Mag’s recent feature celebrating the 30th anniversary of “the most infamous illegal rave that ever took place” that “changed UK dance music forever.”

This is far from Dorothy’s first project centred on dance music history. Check out previous print highlighting the Minimoog and The Haçienda, plus design tracing the histories of rave culture and electronic music

See the collection on Instagram and Dorothy’s website.