ISOxo‘s edit of Boombox Cartel, Kaaris, and Mr. Carmack‘s “Chargé” has officially been set loose, arriving through both his SoundCloud as well as his newly launched kidsgonemad Discord server, where a free download link is available. The edit from the ascending trap king out of San Diego is pure trap bliss and features a high-octane first drop that gives way to its house-driven latter drop, reminiscent of “REPloop,” where ISOxo perfectly fused those different styles together on Sable Valley.
Listeners got their first glimpse of ISOxo’s “Chargé” flip when he unleashed it during his Nightrealm tour stop in New York this past March. And as ISOxo tracks typically do, the edit began making the rounds on the festival circuit soon after its debut, with 4B dropping it at Beyond Wonderland, SLANDER and NGHTMRE dropping it at Ultra Music Festival, Gigantic NGHTMRE dropping it at EDC Las Vegas, and last but certainly not least, DJ Snake firing it off during his historic set at Paris’ Parc des Princes in front of more than 60,000 people.
The San Diego Waterboy and former Dancing Astronautartist to watch continues to reinvent the trap space with every single release and remains one of the hottest names in both the genre and dance music as a whole. With ISOxo’s sold-out Nightrealm tour run having just wrapped, he’s now looking ahead towards his debut festival set at HARD Summer. Stream ISOxo’s “Chargé” edit below.
deadmau5 returns to solo production with “XYZ,” out now via mau5trap. Sampling a popular TikTok trend, “XYZ” occupies nearly 10 minutes with a blissful progressive melody and Joel Zimmerman’s unique drum patterning. “XYZ” is deadmau5’s first single since he debuted Kx5 with Kaskade via the release of “Escape” in March.
“XYZ” doubles as the lead single for mau5trap’s We Are Friends Vol. 11 label compilation, to hit streaming platforms later in 2022. The euphoric new single will kick off deadmau5’s upcoming tour of the same name (We Are Friends) under the mau5trap header. The label’s first-ever branded tour, We Are Friends will feature up-and-coming producers from mau5trap. A complete list of tour dates is available here.
Few acts in all of dance music have grown alongside the industry like the Netherlands’ Showtek. From early releases like “Bassment” and “Controller” to the now infamous “Bad,” the duo’s collaboration with David Guetta that just surpassed 1 billion streams, Showtek have demonstrated their constant ability to stay ahead of the sonic curve.
Their latest single, a joint effort with MC Ambush titled “Welcome Back Home” continues this trend; however, it sees Showtek look to the past before turning their gaze to the future. The release takes clear inspiration from piano-driven classic house anthems, but gives the genre-defining melodies more room to play with a modern palate of synths. Driving the track home is the earnest and powerful vocal track from MC Ambush, who boasts, “Now bring back the music,/Now bring back the love, /Now bring back the unity,/And all of the above.”
As invigorating for the soul as it is for the ears, Showtek’s latest track is out now via their very own Skink Records. Listen below.
Nigerian artist Omah Lay has had a meteoric rise to fame in the past few years after setting the world ablaze with his standout Afrobeat single, “Do Not Disturb.” Since then, the rising artist has effectively introduced himself to the musical world at large, landing features and collaborations with the likes of 6lack, Olamide, Adekunle Gold, and Wizkid. Most recently, Lay took his next stride towards becoming a true global AAA artist, not only featuring Justin Bieber on his new track “Attention,” but also securing a remix from two of dance music’s trendsetters, Disclosure.
Disclosure have a penchant for house-ifying rousing Afrobeats, and this holds true on their take on “Attention.” Dynamic builds and sappy-yet-melodic synthwork draws a line between the radio leanings of the original and the club orientation of their spin.
Omah Lay’s debut album is expected for release later this month, although the artist recently alluded to further delays. In the meantime, Disclosure’s remix can be streamed in full below.
We haven’t seen an official announcement on this yet, but it looks like Akai Professional is introducing the MPC Key 61, a new standalone Music Production Center synthesizer keyboard.
The MPC Key 61 builds on recent standalone MPCs, but adds a 61-key semi-weighted keybed with aftertouch. Features include 25 built-in virtual instruments, a semi-weighted keyboard with aftertouch, 2 audio inputs, wireless connectivity, 4 outputs, 128 tracks of MIDI sequencing, CV/Gate connectivity and more.
25 Instrument Plugins
61-key semi-weighted keybed with aftertouch
4GB Ram / Quad Core ARM Processor – no need for a computer
16 RGB Velocity-Sensitive MPC Drum Pads with Note Repeat
Assignable Touch Strip Controller
2 Mic/Line Inputs with high-end preamps
7” Color Touch Screen with Multi Touch & Gestures
Audio Interface with high-quality AD/DA converters
Accepts Class Compliant Audio Interfaces and MIDI devices
Sounds Button for Fast Browsing
128 Track Midi Sequencer
4 Assignable Q Link Controller knobs
Pitch Bend/Modulation Wheels
Dedicated Transport Section
4 Discrete Line Outputs
8 Audio Tracks
8 CV/Gate Output Jacks for modular integration
With 128 tracks of internal and external MIDI, Keygroup Instruments, Clip Launching and 8 plugin instruments and audio tracks, MPC standalone has the power to capture any musical production. The color touch display stands up to any task like editing notes on the drum grid, triggering Step Sequencer events, writing/editing automation, and more. And Akai says that the MPC sequencing workflow is “the most advanced and integrated standalone system available for today’s modern music creators.”
MPC Key 61 is a true “sampling production synthesizer” with sampling features from the leading MPC Line, including built-in microphone preamps with high-end converters, combined with Vintage MPC60 and MPC3000 emulation.
The 16-velocity sensitive RGB pads on MPC Key 61 are the same award-winning pads as the MPC One. In addition to the iconic MPC pads are the renowned Time Correct, Swing, and Quantize features of MPC that continue to endure as mainstays of modern music production.
Connect up-to 32 MIDI devices via USB with MIDI Multi, expand your Audio I/O to 32 inputs and outputs using Class Compliant interfaces, or connect your vintage synths using MIDI In/Out/Thru.
For Live Daw-less production, MPC Key 61 also includes 8 CV/Gate jacks allowing you to connect to a wide variety of synthesizers, sound modules, analog modular gear and more. Onboard WI-FI/Bluetooth allows for wireless synchronization with Ableton Link and updating to the latest MPC OS. Two USB-A ports also come in handy for storage and MIDI controllers while an additional SATA storage bay allows for volumes of expandable sounds and tracks.
The MPC Key 61 has an onboard 24-bit Audio Interface, with high-end preamps and AD/DA converters. Individual gain knobs control the input of the combo XLR/TRS ¼” inputs with phantom power for driving condenser microphones. 2 main outputs, 2 sub outputs and an additional headphone output further allow for expansive connections. Capture vocal tracks and then process them with the onboard AIR Vocal Suite, or record guitars, bass, or even other keyboards.
DAW Integration with MPC2 Software
The bundled MPC2 Desktop DAW for Mac and PC supercharges the MPC experience, with expanded track counts and support for 3rd party AU/VST plugins. Run it as a DAW or as a VST/AU plugin in 3rd party DAWs like FL Studio, Logic, Ableton, Pro Tools, Studio One and more.
Pricing and Availability
Official details are still to be announced, but the MPC Key 61 is expected to have a street price of about $1,900.
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