Ultra announces new agreement with city of Miami to remain at Bayfront Park through 2027

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Ultra‘s “Back to Bayfront” slogan can be put to rest, at least for the next few years. In the newest development in the longstanding saga between the festival and the city of Miami, the two sides have announced a renegotiated deal that allows Ultra to officially call Bayfront Park its home through 2027.

According to the Miami Herald, the main difference in the unanimously agreed upon contract with the Bayfront Park Management Trust states that beginning after Ultra 2023, the city of Miami will raise Ultra’s annual fees by 4%—based on the $2 million base rent—each year until 2027. Another change in the deal is that while the agreement had previously been indefinite, Ultra’s new contract will end following its 2027 festival and the sides will have to come to a new agreement moving forward. The contract also keeps the same year-to-year agreement from before that allows either Ultra or the city of Miami to revoke the deal during a two-month timeframe following the festival’s conclusion and upholds the terms around Bayfront Park’s 28-day closure, reduced decibel levels, and Ultra’s daily hours.

Ultra has also announced that on May 17, a limited number of tickets will be available here. Ultra also used an unreleased ID from John Summit and GUZ titled “What a life.” in its announcement video.

H/T: Miami Herald

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Enter to win a 4-pack of VIP passes to Relentless Beats’ Under Construction show [Contest]

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Arizona’s leading dance and EDM promoter, Relentless Beats, is back to bring concert-goers a once in a lifetime VIP experience. Under Construction: Chris Lake b2b FISHER will soon be taking on the Phoenix Raceway from May 28 – 29 and we are giving you a chance to win a four-person ticket package complete with everything to watch the show in full VIP fashion. With support including Loco Dice, Hot Since 82, Anna, Eli & Fur, Joshwa, Cloonee, Miane, and Sosa, Relentless Beats has once again pulled all the stops to make this show memorable for all fans in attendance.

Enter for a chance to win below.

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SONOS adds voice control and announces new speakers

SONOS has launched a new voice control system for its speak range, allowing users to control their music, including SONOS Radio and streaming apps, using their voice. They’ve teamed up with Breaking Bad and Mandalorian actor Giancarlo Esposito to provide the silky voice for the speakers, and unlike Alexa and Siri, there’s no cloud aspect that sees your audio uploaded to the cloud. For privacy reasons, any commands are processed within the speaker, giving you peace of mind if other voice services put you off. 

Everything you might expect can be controlled such as volume, next track, and playing and stopping, as well as asking what battery percentage your device is on for any Bluetooth speakers you might own. You can also use voice controls to group speakers together and play music in certain rooms. The new voice system is supported on all SONOS speakers that feature a microphone. 


Elsewhere, SONOS also launched a new affordable soundbar called Ray. While it won’t feature Dolby Atmos like its older siblings the Beam and Arc, it still includes similar tech with a wide soundstage using front-firing speakers. While soundbars are usually associated with home theatre setups, SONOS worked with their Head of Audio and legendary mix engineer Giles Martin to perfect the speaker for music listening, using their Sound Board consultants – including Nigel Godrich and multiple Grammy-winning engineer Manny Marroquin – to continue to tweak the device. It works either as standalone or connects to other SONOS One speakers to create a wireless surround sound setup. It also supports the new voice control functionality. 

Finally, SONOS’s Roam speakers, announced last year, have been given a splash of colour, with three new colour options. All three support SONOS’s new voice control. 

The Ray costs £279 while the Roams are £179. Find out more on the SONOS website.

FKA Twigs to star in The Crow remake

FKA Twigs will star in a forthcoming remake of The Crow.

The acclaimed UK vocalist, songwriter, producer, dancer, director and actor will appear alongside Swedish screen star Bill Skarsgård, who plays lead character Eric Draven. He’s previously appeared in 2017 and 2019’s IT remakes, Atomic Blonde (2017), and the recently unveiled Netflix series, Clark

No release date has been confirmed at the time of writing, but English filmmaker Rupert Sanders, whose back catalogue includes 2012’s Snow White & The Huntsman and Ghost In the Shell (2017), is directing. 

“i am absolutely thrilled to announce that i will be appearing alongside bill skardsgård in the crow directed by rupert sanders,” FKA Twigs, who put out a new mixtape in January, wrote on Instagram. “I feel so honoured to be amongst such a powerful team and am already having the best time working on my character lewks with the iconic @kurtandbart2.”

First hitting big screens in 1994, The Crow follows a murdered musician who comes back from the dead to avenge his death and that of his fiancé. The Neo-gothic visuals and dark, brooding atmosphere received widespread critical acclaim at the time, with the movie building a major cult following in the years since. Brandon Lee, son of martial arts icon Bruce, was cast as the anti-hero, but was tragically fatally wounded during filming, making the original version his final acting role. 

Teenage Engineering Intros $1,999 OP-1 Field Portable Sound Studio

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Teenage Engineering has introduced the OP-1 Field, a successor to the original OP-1 that they say is ‘injected with more than a decade of ideas, refinements and improvements.

The Teenage Engineering OP-1 Field features an updated design with 100 new features. OP-1 field has a new low profile frame with floating keyboard, new field color palette, a high resolution screen with flush glass cover, stereo throughout the whole signal chain, bluetooth midi, 24 hr battery life, multiple tapes, styles and recording formats, a new reverb and the ‘dimension’ synth engine.

Other updates include a new speaker system with a passive driver; an FM antenna now with receiving and transmitting; upgraded connectivity with usb-c, 4-pole audio jack for headset mic support, and line in and out sockets are more durable.

The OP–1 field is TE’s second addition to their field system. Together with the TX–6 portable mixer, it can be used as an ultra-portable sound recording and performance system, that’s battery powered, rechargeable via usb-c and with full interconnectivity with iOS, macOS and windows.

OP-1 Field Feature Highlights:

  • lowered frame with new floating keyboard
  • dual velcro back fasteners
  • 32-bit audio
  • FM antenna for receiving and transmitting
  • MFi for iPhone USB MIDI and audio connectivity
  • Eight tapes to record to
  • New speaker with passive radiator
  • Dimensions: 28.8 cm x 10.2 cm x 2.9 cm

OP-1 Field Video Overview:

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Pricing and Availability

The Teenage Engineering OP-1 Field is available now for $1,999.

Oberheim OB-X8 Sound Demo – “One of the Best Sounding Synths I’ve Ever Played”

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Synthesist and sound designer Paul Schilling shared this hands-on sound demo of the new Oberheim OB-X8, the new flagship analog synth from pioneering instrument designer Tom Oberheim.

In the video, Schilling demos some of his custom patches for the new OB-X8.

“It is a great honor for me to contribute factory patches to this, an absolute dream machine by Tom Oberheim and the Sequential crew,” notes Schilling, adding that the OB-X8 is “Easily one of the best sounding synthesizers I have ever played.”

Technical notes:

‘A bit ‘ of reverb and delay to a few of the patche,s but no EQ or other processing.

The unit in this video was pre-production, so it had temp knobs, not the Oberheim style knobs of the production units.

Deptford Queer Soundsystem Day party to take place this month

The Deptford Queer Soundsystem Day party has been announced for later this month, with the free event set to take place in the grounds of The Shipwright’s House on Sunday 29th May. 

Conceived to celebrate queer soundsystem culture in the UK capital, with a specific focus on cultural heritage south of the River Thames, attendees can expect catch the likes of OK Williams, Black Obsidian Sound System, Deptford Northern Soul Club, Sugarbear and rave institution Adonis, which recently launched a label. Crew members Hannah Holland and Shay Malt are also taking part. 

Adonis’ Gideon (pictured), also part of NYC Downlow and R3 soundsystem, is heavily involved too as curator and Guest Creative Director of Music at London Borough of Culture, which is partnering on the event. “I grew up in south London, and free sound systems in London parks were the highlights of my summers. I’m excited to update this phenomena for 2022 with DQSD,” he said. 

Venue wise, the Master Shipwright’s House is the oldest remaining building from the Royal Naval Dockyard at Deptford, and dates back to 1513. Remodelled in the 18th Century, the address boasts a large garden area, which is where May’s event will run from midday to 6PM.

UK’s first regular drug checking service set to launch this month in Bristol

The UK’s first regular drug checking service is launching in Bristol this month, delivered by non-profit harm reduction specialists The Loop in a new partnership with the local authority. 

Funded by Bristol City Council, and delivered by the award-winning drug checking and evidence-based information organisation, the new scheme uses a multi-agency partnership model involving the Bristol Drugs Project (BDP) and People’s Republic of Stokes Croft (PRSC). The overall goal is to reduce high-risk use of substances and build a fuller picture of the local illicit drug market. 

Members of the public can confidentially test illegal substances free of charge, engaging in a process that has been proven to significantly reduce risk and harm. Personalised health advice will be available, with the doors set to open for the first time on 28th May 2022, sessions running monthly, with additional opportunities tied to significant local events in the city. 

Samples can be dropped in an amnesty box located at the BDP — 11 Brunswick Square, BS2 8PE — where a specialist laboratory is now located. Non-judgemental, individually-tailored consultations with trained healthcare professionals will then take place one hour later at PRSC — 14 Hillgrove St, BS2 8JT — by which time substances will have been tested, with contents analysed and identified. No drugs will be returned after the service.

“As the first and only dedicated drug checking service provider in the UK, The Loop has been working for nearly a decade to establish regular drug checking services direct to the public and we are extremely grateful to the Home Office for issuing the licence to be able to offer this vital service,” said Professor Fiona Measham, Director of The Loop and Chair in Criminology at the University of Liverpool.

“The Loop has a proven track record of designing and delivering evidence-based innovative interventions to engage with people otherwise not in touch with health services and to support them in making safer choices. Furthermore, the intelligence on local drug markets gained from drug checking is shared with stakeholders to inform emergency services, public health surveillance networks, and wider drug using communities. We would also like to thank our local partners for their support in introducing this groundbreaking multi-agency initiative,” she continued.

Last summer, DJ Mag published an in-depth feature looking at the UK’s drug laws. According to estimates from the Office for National Statistics, three million people took banned substances in the year to March 2020, including 21% of 16-24 year-olds. During the first year of the pandemic, 4,500 deaths were recorded as a result of drug use, up 4% on the previous 12 months but still significantly lower than the 7,500 alcohol fatalities registered in the same period.

In February 2022, the Home Affairs Committee launched an inquiry into the use of substances in the UK, current laws and regulations, and the impact on society, which includes assessment of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016. This will conclude in summer, and a full report is expected shortly after.

Revisit our 2018 feature on The Loop’s vital work at UK festivals

Oberheim launches new analogue polysynth OB-X8

Oberheim has announced the launch of a new polysynth called the OB-X8, featuring sounds from some of Oberheim’s most iconic synths, such as the OB-X, OB-8 and OB-Xa. Those originals became a defining sound of ’80s pop and R’n’B, with famous users including Prince, Depeche Mode, Stevie Nicks and Jimmy Jam. The new version – OB-X8 – features select components of these originals, including a mixture of filter types, allowing you blend characteristics of the original series. 

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Elsewhere, the 61-key, eight-voice poly features a faithful recreation of the sound engine that powered those classics, with two VCOs per voice, across sine, wave, tri and square. Oberheim’s famous SEM chips are also present, giving the synth an aggressive tone, if required.

While it’s a modern synth, it allows you to dial in some of the quirks of the originals, similar to the new Prophet-5’s Slop feature. You can recreate the “voice-to-voice variability of OB-X8 envelopes, oscillators, and filters to replicate the behaviour of vintage instruments with all of their organic instabilities.” Round back, they’ve also added USB for integration with modern studio setups. 

As you might expect for an eight-voice analogue poly from Oberheim, it’s not cheap, coming in at $4,999 and available this summer. Find out more on the Oberheim website and hear it in action below.