Roland AIRA Compact Series In Action

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The latest Red Means Recording video takes a look at the new Roland Aira Compact Series.

Topics covered:

00:00 overview
02:40 t-8 drums
07:43 j-6 chords
14:48 t-8 bass
18:08 e-4 voice
21:22 jam
25:07 recap

The Roland AIRA Compact line features three new instruments:

  • The T-8 Beat Machine – a mini rhythm factory, with six tracks of TR drums, plus a TB-303 bass track.
  • The J-6 Chord Synthesizer – a “portable synth toolbox”, featuring a four-voice JUNO-60 synth engine, based on Roland’s circuit-modeling technology.
  • The E-4 Voice Tweaker – a compact voice effect that lets you harmonize, auto-pitch, vocode, loop, and glitch your voice.

Pricing and Availability

The Roland AIRA Compact series devices are available now with a street price of around $200.

TSHA’s debut album is coming to Ninja Tune—stream its lead single

TSHA’s debut album is coming to Ninja Tune—stream its lead singleTSHA Credit Nicole Ngai Dancing Astronaut

With everything from an Essential Mix to a Fabric Presents compilation to a collaboration with Diplo and a headlining United States tour, it’s safe to say that TSHA rise over the past two years has been nothing short of arresting. Now, the leading English star, named a Dancing Astronaut Artist to Watch in 2021, has announced her debut album Capricorn Sun.

“Naming the album Capricorn Sun was a good way of saying, ‘this is me,’” TSHA said. “It’s a theme that carries through the album’s creative and artwork, which features several pygmy goats that are a visual representation of the different parts of me, like the songs on the album represent different parts of me.”

Capricorn Sun is pinned for an October 7 release via Ninja Tune, but thankfully, the LP’s announcement comes in tandem with its lead single. “Giving Up,” fuses the old with the new; through commanding breakbeats and what seems like analog-inspired processing, listeners are treated to a gutshot of nostalgic rave bliss, their spirits later lifted to the modern club through modern synthwork.

Pre-orders for physical and digital formats of the album are available on Ninja Tune’s website. Stream the lead single from Capricorn Sun below.

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Mos Def, KMRU, Makaya McCraven, more feature on soundtrack for new Netflix documentary, Civil

Netflix has unveiled the soundtrack credits for its new documentary, ‘Civil: Ben Crump’.

Among the artists whose music features on the film are Mos Def, KMRU – with two tracks from his 2020 album ‘Jar’ – Makaya McCraven, K-Ci & JoJo, and Bobby Womack.

The documentary itself focuses on the life and legacy of American civil right attorney Ben Crump, who has represented the families of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, Black victims of police brutality in the US.

The documentary is available to stream right now on Netflix. You can watch a trailer below.

Revisit KMRU’s 2021 contribution to DJ Mag’s Fresh Kicks mix series here.

Kojey Radical releases mini-doc celebrating youth centre’s music initiative: Watch

Kojey Radical has linked up with a youth club he used to attend, Rise 365, for a new mini-documentary exploring the work that the youth organisation does.

The six-minute film, ‘Through Music We Rise’, explores the music and creative initiatives that Rise 365, also previously attended by Ghetts, is undertaking in order to help young people living on and around East London’s Kingsmead Estate. It also looks at the importance of young people having these spaces to express themselves and create as they grow up.

The film has been released against a backdrop of youth centres across various inner cities being underfunded and subsequently closed down, and the project is the culmination of a grassroots mentorship programme funded by the Dr. Martens Tough As You initiative.

As part of the initiative, a music workshop series was launched for local people, and ‘Through Music We Rise’ documents a day in the life of six young musicians involved in the workshops which Kojey Radical helped with.

Speaking about his involvement in the initiative, Kojey Radical said: “You can’t beat that youthful excitement to be here – if you can give that opportunity to young people that really want it and you can see and feel that hunger, that’s what it’s about. It’s inspiring for me; it’s inspiring to them and it’s only going to do good things in the long run.”

The film, which you can watch below, was directed and produced by Ade Femzo, one of the young people associated with Rise 365.

Kojey Radical released his debut album, ‘Reason To Smile’, earlier this year.

Chemical Brothers confirmed for Glastonbury 2022

The Chemical Brothers will play a DJ set at this year’s Glastonbury festival.

After rumours started circulating in recent days that the duo would be making a surprise appearance, it’s been officially announced that they’ll play on the Arcadia stage from 11 PM – 1 AM on Friday night, 24th June. 

They join the previously announced line-up on the immense Arcadia spider stage, which features the likes Four Tet, DJ EZ, Calvin Harris, Nia Archives, TSHA, Jon Hopkins and Carl Cox b2b Chase & Status. 

Their DJ set comes three years after the pair headlined the Other Stage at the annual Somerset festival

The announcement comes days after the duo shared a previously unreleased track from their archive, ‘Cylinders’. It’s the fourth of five unreleased tracks that will appear on the special 25th anniversary edition of their album, ‘Dig Your Own Hole’. Read Ben Cardew’s long-read feature on how the 1997 ​​album predicted the post-genre pop future here.

Coby Sey announces debut album, ‘Conduit’, on AD 93

Coby Sey is set to release his debut album through AD 93.

Titled ‘Conduit’, the eight-track record marks his second appearance on the label, following a 2017 EP released when AD 93 was still known as Whities. In addition to his vocals, Coby Sey plays multiple instruments on the record, while there are also credits for Ben Vince (tenor saxophone, loops), Raisa Mariam Khan (electronic percussion), CJ Calderwood (alto saxophone) and Biu Rainey (electric guitar).

In a statement about the record, Sey said: “‘Conduit’ is a statement of intent, reaffirming my dedication to transcend the tangible through music. It’s my way to continue and contribute to the musical lineage laid by those before me, locally and worldwide.”

AD 93 will release the album on 9th September. You can listen to the lead track, ‘Permeated Secrets’, below.

The announcement of ‘Conduit’ follows on from Sey’s recent work with Tirzah and Mica Levi, including on the former’s single ‘Ribs’.

Revisit Sey’s December 2021 contribution to our Selections feature series here.

Gorgon City talk homecoming at Amnesia, an extended summer tour, and more [Interview]

Gorgon City talk homecoming at Amnesia, an extended summer tour, and more [Interview]Amne

The summer of 2022 is shaping up to be one of the most memorable years for dance music in a long time. With COVID-19 finally looking to be in the rearview mirror, clubs, festivals, and concerts have come back in full force for the summer months. On the European front, Tomorrowland has been expanded to three weekends, Creamfields has extended programming to a southern UK venue, and the best club parties in the world have returned to the White Isle—nature is healing.

With more than 20 clubs that call Ibiza home, the island is packed every day of the week with residencies from world-renowned DJs, singers, and pop-stars. Dancing Astronaut sat down with Matt Robson-Scott of Gorgon City to discuss the group’s fledging summer tour and Ibiza residency at the famed Amnesia Nightclub.

In 2021, Gorgon City began their Olympia Tour in which they showcased their new album of the same name. Olympia was pushed back by more than six months with the tour, due to the ongoing pandemic. As a result, the road stretch the band charted in support of Olympia lasted longer than usual, due to the lack of club programming possibilities in 2020.

Robson-Scott explained that this summer’s tour will, “be a bit different as we’re still playing tracks on the album, but we’re playing new versions of tracks on the album.” Additionally, Gorgon city will play new remixes, new tracks signed to their Realm Label, and unreleased songs that are slated for release before the end of the year.

One obvious highlight of the duo’s summer is the batch of 16 dates at the iconic Amnesia in Ibiza, Spain. Running every Monday from June 20 through September 16, Gorgon City will play at the 5,000 capacity super club. The clubs in Ibiza had been closed for two years before this May, so a return to a full schedule of club programming across Ibiza’s esteemed club circuit brings a special air of reunion to the island. In fact, it holds an even deeper meaning for Robson-Scott and bandmate Kye Gibbon. Dating back to the mid 2010s, Gorgon City first began a residency at Amnesia in coordination with Defected Records. The year before COVID hit, Gorgon City moved to Eden, though 2022 will find the pair returning to the familiar trappings of Amnesia’s DJ booth, adding a flair of homecoming feels to the mix this summer. Says Robson-Scott,

“It’s definitely up there with the best being the best club on the island. It has one of the longest-running histories on the island. It’s been there since the beginning of the sort of choleric boom of clubbing you know, when the super clubs began to put a roof on top of the clubs. Amnesia was one of the first ones to really kind of embrace that super club culture. Amnesia is still one of the best and it’s got a new sound system. It’s got new production; it’s going to be absolutely sick to get back in there.”

As any reveler who’s made their way to The Isle, and they’ll confirm there’s never any shortage of DJs looking to take the decks. Curating lineups, however, can be a challenge, as some selectors want to play as much as possible and in many different locations. Gorgon City was able to bring in an amazing group of talented producers for support this summer, including the likes of Dom Dolla, John Summit, Nora En Pure, Danny Howard, and more. Each supporting act will rotate through the array of Monday residency dates, adding a welcomed dose of star power to each of Gorgon City’s summer sessions.

“There’s a lot of different nights and a lot of competition. There’s a lot of people doing different things and you know, it’s tough to get the people you know to commit to one thing,” shared Matt Robson-Scott. In the interest of building an in-demand lineup for each Monday night affair, the lineups became reflections of Gorgon City’s great relationships across the industry, calling on their friends to support the shows and being met by eager excitement from their peers to play alongside them at Amnesia. Additionally, in the interest of making sure everyone on the island gets to hit the decks, Sonny Fodera will also co-host the Monday night residency at Amnesia. Curious as to how that would work, we asked Robson-Scott what this would entail, hoping the answer was a back-to-back every single Monday night.

“Each week we’re going to alternate the set time. Basically the two headline sets at Amnesia are from 2:00 – 4:00 and then 4:00 till 6:00. One week we will do 2:00 – 4:00, and the next week we will do 4:00 – 6:00. We have the other guests playing from 10:00 to [midnight] or 12 till 2:00,” says Robson-Scott, adding, “you need to have a late dinner in Spain or you have a power nap before you go out.”

And while club sets well into the wee hours of the morning may be work for Robson-Scott and Gibbon, the pair still manage to squeeze in some relaxation amid Ibiza’s one-of-a-kind hustle and bustle. The pair make time to take advantage of the island’s second-to-none beaches, culinary offerings, and of course the clubs. Robson-Scott even took a moment to wax poetic about Casa Maca; a beloved restaurant with an amazing view. “It is lovely to walk around and see all the local kind of spots and have some good tapas,” beams the UK producer, ready to set out on his annual summer holiday.

For Robson-Scott, Ibiza has become something of a summer tradition, making the pilgrimage to the White Isle every year since he turned 18. And yet, he’s still able to find new appeal every time he goes. Though, these days, Gorgon City’s trips to Ibiza look a little different. In fact, Robson-Scott even purchased a home on the island in recent years, officially making Ibiza his home away from home this summer with a grip of highly in-demand dates at Amnesia to boot.

Tickets are available to Gorgon City and Sonny Fodera’s residency here.

Gorgon City talk homecoming at Amnesia, an extended summer tour, and more [Interview]Amnesia

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Jon Hopkins delivers ‘Deep In The Glowing Heart (Night Version)’ with ANNA

Jon Hopkins delivers ‘Deep In The Glowing Heart (Night Version)’ with ANNAJon Hopkins Tabatha Fireman

Grammy-nominated producer and DJ Jon Hopkins has shared a new perspective of his track, “Deep In The Glowing Heart” from his 2021 album Music For Psychedelic Therapy. Returning more than half a year later, Hopkins had more to get off his chest with the newly released, “Deep In The Glowing Heart (Night Version).”

Joined by Brazilian techno visionary ANNA, the latest release provides an explosive jolt of energy that was inspired by Hopkins’ return to performing in-person over the past year. Playing the track out to large crowds from Coachella to Fabric, “Deep In The Glowing Heart (Night Version)” is finally available in full to the masses. Working closely throughout the years since Hopkins enlisted ANNA for a remix of his critically acclaimed “Singularity,” the two have found a steady cohesion that shines brightly on their latest collaboration. Says Hopkins, “We went back and forth a lot and it flowed really well. I loved how this one turned out, it’s such a meeting of our two styles.” Stream “Deep In The Glowing Heart (Night Version)” below.

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Afrojack, Chasner dive into future rave territory with ‘Starts Right Now’

Afrojack, Chasner dive into future rave territory with ‘Starts Right Now’Afrojack

The burgeoning “future rave” genre has recruited two more DJs, as Afrojack and Chasner have come together once again, this time on “Starts Right Now.” The track serves as the follow-up to their 2021 dance-pop remix of “Back to Life” by Mari Cray. Both Afrojack and Chasner have a vast array of styles and have dabbled in genres such as pop, big-room, future house, and now future rave.

“Starts Right Now” is the perfect name for Afrojack and Chasner’s first future rave single. Opening with catchy lyrical arrangements, the two producers add impressive progressive synth work to the track’s layered appeal, injecting a high-octane energy to their stage-ready blaster. Stream their new single below.

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Premiere: DJ ‘BREAK TODAY’

DJ has released a new single, ‘BREAK TODAY’. Check it out below. 

The Seoul-based DJ, producer and Ghetto-Ray party starter continues his pursuits in bringing UK-influenced club sounds to the South Korean capital with a fresh cut of stomping, breaksy techno. The track samples ‘Wheel It’ by London-based poet James Massiah, which is taken from his 2021 collection ‘New Poems (Volume 1)’. Massiah will also feature on the new album by Daniel Avery, ‘Ultra Truth’, which will be released in November. 

‘BREAK TODAY’ follows the release of DJ’s April EPs ‘SHAME’ featuring ​Liu Lee and ‘BORI’ featuring 이윤정. His debut EP, ‘SOUNDBWOY’, was released in July 2020, followed by a remix EP in December that year. 

You can buy ‘BREAK TODAY’ on Bandcamp