Shut Up & Play: The Rare ArmonConcert Synthesizer

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Synthesist Alberto Napolioni shared this 100% blah-blah-blah free demo of the rare Armonconcert, a vintage Italian paraphonic synthesizer from 1974.

It’s not just a great demo of the possibilities of the Armonconcert, but also a great demo of the performance possibilities of paraphonic synths of the ’70s.

Timings:

0:00 Ice Waterfall
0:09 Creamy
0:17 Funky Clav
0:28 Rubber Piano
0:41 Chamber Strings
1:27 Stranger Feet
1:34 The Escape
2:06 Funky Brass
2:15 Purple Sunset
2:35 Jazzy Snippets
2:47 Ennio’s Pad
3:10 Plucked Beauty
3:37 Filter
3:49 Dance of Mosquito
4:38 Ascension
4:58 God is in da house
5:14 Say Goodbye
5:51 Brass Tinto
5:59 Permutations
6:04 Harpsichord Stairways

Technical details:

Some patches are dry and other with FX used on it:

OTO Bim delay
OTO Bam reverb

Noizu sets a ‘Moon Groove’ on self-founded label, Techne Records

Noizu sets a ‘Moon Groove’ on self-founded label, Techne RecordsNoizu Moon Groove Dj Life Ian Beckley

Noizu‘s steadily climbed the club ranks ever since he launched his career via Chris Lake and Skrillex‘s co-curated HOWSLA imprint in 2017. Now, four months after stamping his Black Book debut with “Mi Corazón,” the Los Angeles producer is setting a “Moon Groove” on his second official release of 2022.

Dispatched via his self-founded label, Techne Records, Noizu’s latest exemplifies a tasteful fusion of synth-pop and tech-house. The DJ explained on Twitter,

“MOON GROOVE was inspired by Justice, MGMT, and Empire Of The Sun. Growing up on that music, I wanted to do something like that with a modern tech-house flare.”

Tech-y, melodic, and dangerously catchy, “Moon Groove” will undoubtedly serve as one of this summer’s go-to vibe setters. Hear why below.

Featured image: Ian Beckley

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Wenzday cements second consecutive hau5trap single—stream ‘Nowhere’

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Classically trained vocalist Wenzday has officially unlocked her second consecutive single, “Nowhere,” on deadmau5 and Chris Lake‘s illustrious hau5trap imprint. Following “Shake,” her BINGEWATCH-assisted label debut, “Nowhere” materializes as a lovesick house anthem. The Insomniac Radio host touched on the track’s deeper meaning in an official press statement, stating,

“The basis for ‘Nowhere’ is about that gray area in the beginning of a relationship. When you are confused about where you stand and are afraid to admit your feelings. I wanted the call and response of the vocal to emulate the back and forth that goes on inside your head right before you text someone and tell them how you truly feel.”

Wenzday’s strategic marriage of sound design and songwriting exemplifies the innate artistry behind her driving house production. Prior to hau5trap, the Bay Area native graced esteemed labels including Dim Mak, Deadbeats, and Kannibalen Records, among others. Check out Wenzday’s upcoming shows here and stream “Nowhere” below.

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Patrick Adams, legendary disco producer and songwriter, dies, aged 72

Patrick Adams, the pioneering disco producer who was an unwavering force on the New York dance music scene, has died.

News of the legendary artist and songwriter’s passing was confirmed by his daughter, Joi Sanchez, today (22nd June) who wrote in a Facebook post that Adams died in his sleep. He was 72. 

Sanchez wrote: “He who dubbed me joy at birth, taught me how to live in love, made himself unforgettable in every way to me and to so many others in the world. Patrick Adams has moved on but some of us, like me, will forever be stuck [happily] in what he created for us and by us. My father passed away earlier today at on his sleep at the golden age of 72 after living a life of music. Forever grateful for what I learned from him? Who I became because of who he was.”

Born Patrick Peter Owen Adams on March 17, 1950, in New York City, Adams cut his teeth with Harlem band The Sparks and soon began managing R&B/soul group Black Ivory, after discovering a teenage Leroy Burgess, as well as producing and arranging their debut 1971 album, ‘Don’t Turn Around’, for Today Records/Perception Records.

After leaving Perception/Today Records in 1974, he launched his own production company, PAPMUS (Patrick Adams Productions Music), and spent the ’70s producing for artists including Astrud Gilberto and Debbie Taylor, before jumping on the disco train and steering the troupe Musique – who counted Jocelyn Brown among their members – to commercial success with 1978 track ‘In the Bush’.

He worked on Sister Sledge’s 1974 debut LP ‘Circle of Love’ and scored writing, producing and arranging credits for a number of disco and R&B favourites including Inner Life’s ‘I’m Caught Up (In A One Night Love Affair)’ and Fonda Rae’s ‘Touch Me (All Night Long)’, which was remixed by Cathy Dennis in 1991 and went to number two on the pop charts.

Adams also worked with a number of notable hip-hop artists, including Coolio, Keith Sweat, Teddy Riley, Eric B & Rakim, and Salt-N-Pepa, and claimed an impressive 32 gold and platinum records to his name.

The international music community has paid tribute to Adams online. Read some of the tributes, and listen to Inner Life’s ‘I’m Caught Up’ below.

Watch Patrick Adams’ in-depth, career-spanning interview with RBMA from 2015 here.

Premiere: Yaseen ‘Siteh ft. Dakn’

ZULI and Rama’s irsh project returns next month with the release of a new compilation, ‘did you mean: irish vol. 2’. Listen to Cairo-based producer Yaseen and Palestinian rapper Dakn’s opening track, ‘Siteh’, below. 

‘did you mean: irish vol. 2’ builds upon the video project launched in earlier stages of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, in which the two Cairo-based artists broadcast jam sessions with friends and other local artists. This led to the formation of the first  ‘did you mean: irish‘ compilation in September that year.

The second volume presents a mix of returning artists and new irsh connections made in the time since the first compilation’s release, as well as emerging local talent. Among those returning are ABADIR, 3Phaz, El Kontessa and Itfll, with new contributions from Postdrone, Liliane Chlela, Seleem and more.

Yaseen and Dakn’s ‘Siteh’ kicks the compilation off with a slice of tempo-shifting beat science, with the former’s beats jumping from intricate drumfunk into warped, dubwise half-time and back again. Dakn surfs these rhythmic waves with a deft, smoky flow, laying the groundwork for a release that darts through experimental club sounds, jungle, trance, hip-hop and more at an electrifying pace. It’s wall to wall bangers with more twists and turns than you ever knew you needed.

Yaseen is a producer, DJ, writer and community organiser from Cairo whose music touches on everything from ambient and breakbeat to trip-hop and trap. He is the founder of net-label KHABT, and is a member of Egyptian audiovisual collective MOSHTRQ.

Dakn is a producer, foley artist, sound designer, MC and DJ from Ramallah, Palestine who has released music on Bilna’es بالناقص, a label run by Muqata’a along with the visual artists Ruanne Abou-Rahme and Basel Abbas. He has previously collaborated with the producer and MC Julmud, whose DJ Mag Fresh Kicks mix and interview you can check out here

‘did you mean: irish vol. 2’ will be released on 7th July. Pre-order it here

Roska announces new LP, ‘Peace’, shares single, ‘Do Me Wrong ft Aleisha Lee, Jammz’: Listen

Roska has shared details of his first album in four years, ‘Peace’.

His fourth album, and third for his own Roska Kicks & Snares label, comprises12 tracks, and features vocals from the likes of Flowdan, MC GQ, Serocee, Sweetie Irie and Dread MC. Aleisha Lee and Jammz also appear on a new single from the album, ‘Do Me Wrong’, which you can listen to below.

Speaking to Resident Advisor about the album and his collaborators, Roska said: “They are artists I’m fans of and appreciate as people beyond music. It’s an honour to have legends like Flowdan and Sweetie Irie. Also to have artists who don’t generally work on this tempo like Jammz and Emz.”

He also told RA that the album’s title, ‘Peace’, “came from embracing my style more as the years go on”.

One track on the record, the MC GQ-featuring ‘Kaboom!’ was originally released last year, while the title of another track on the record, ‘Heung-Min Son’, nods to Roska’s support of Tottenham Hotspur.

‘Peace’ will be released on 9th August. Stream ‘Do Me Wrong ft. Aleisha Lee, Jammz’ here, or check it via Bandcamp below. 

Check out Roska’s contributions to our Selections feature series, from March, here.

Gorillaz release new single, ‘Cracker Island (ft. Thundercat)’: Listen

Gorillaz have released their first new music of 2022, a Thundercat-featuring track called ‘Cracker Island’.

Out today (22nd June), the track was first teased by the group earlier this month via a series of images and social media posts. It’s been a fixture of Gorillaz’s live shows for some time.

Alongside the release of the track, a special website has been launched – called The Last Cult. Gorillaz member Murdoc is said to be the cult’s “self-appointed Great Leader”, with the group having relocated to Silverlake, California for its founding.

Speaking about the new track, Gorillaz’s 2D said: “It’s nice to be back, I’m well into our new tune, it brings back weird and scary memories of stuff that hasn’t happened yet.”

Gorillaz are currently on tour with an appearance lined up later this summer at London’s All Points East.

Listen to ‘Cracker Island’ below.

Little Gay Brother announce Pride party with ABSOLUTE., Bklava, Reece Spooner, more

London queer party Little Gay Brother has confirmed plans for its first event since New Year’s Eve.

The promoter will be heading to Hackney venue EartH for a special Pride event on 2nd July, featuring an all LGBTQ+ line-up.

Among those set to play at the party are ABSOLUTE., Bklava, Jaye Ward, Reece Spooner, Bestley, Maze&Masters and resident Oli Keens. 

Tickets for the party are live here.

Revisit Bklava and ABSOLUTE,’s 2021 contribution to our Selections feature series here and here. Reese Spooner is featured in DJ Mag’s “emerging artists you need to hear” feature for June. 

Stormzy receives honorary degree from University of Exeter

Stormzy has been given an honorary degree by the University of Exeter.

The UK rapper, real name Michael Owuo Jr, was given the honour for his “remarkable contribution to society and extraordinary talent,” the university said. Professor Lisa Roberts, University of Essex’s Vice-Chancellor added that he is “an outstanding musician and wordsmith [who] inspires people to speak openly about their beliefs and fight for their rights”.

She continued: “The University of Exeter has put social justice at the heart of its new ten-year strategy which includes opening doors to people from all walks of life into higher education and it was wonderful to hear Michael’s powerful speech today to students and graduates.”

Stormzy gave a speech when receiving the honour, and praised the graduating class for having “the guts and the grit and the dedication that it takes to study for years and to finish your degree”.

Reflecting on his own time in education, he added: “I got my AS results in my first year of college and said, ‘Yeah, see you later’. I didn’t have the same minerals that you guys have. A year later I took another swing at my A levels at a different college… until I sat down for my English exam in January and walked out after 10 minutes.

“It took a hell of a lot for you to get here today. Your journeys to get to this moment were hard-fought. The road you took was not easy. And this is coming from someone who tried to walk that exact same road and failed.

“So from the bottom of my heart, I say congratulations, well done and you should all be so proud of yourselves, what you have achieved is incredible. Don’t let anybody downplay it and don’t let anybody undermine it. If you are sat in this room today you are worthy and you are brilliant.”

Speaking about what the university said to him relating to why he’d been given the degree, Stormzy said: “I asked what exactly I am receiving this honour for I was told, and I quote, ‘It is in recognition of your outstanding achievements in the field of higher education, philanthropy and widening participation’, and I was like, ‘Rah boy… check me out. They’re calling lil’ old Mike a philanthropist.”

Among the artist’s philanthropic efforts in the field of education is his #MerkyBooks imprint in partnership with Penguin Random House, through which he has given young and under-represented writers the chance to publish their own writing.

You can watch Stormzy’s acceptance speech via the video below, with it beginning at the 1:10:10 mark.

Earlier this year, Stormzy revealed that fans could expect to hear his third studio album later this year.

New London venue, The Beams, from Printworks and Tobacco Docks team to open this year

A spacious new East London venue, The Beams, is set to open its doors on 1st October. 

Located in the heart of the Docklands, the new 55,000 sq ft venture is a partnership between electronic music promoters LWE and Broadwick Live – the teams behind Printworks and Tobacco Docks – and comprises three rooms, both indoor and outdoor spaces.

The multi-use hub is housed in a former Tate & Lyle warehouse and will also be available for set builds, film and art production, photo shoots, brand events, exhibitions, and fashion shows, with music and cultural events taking place at the weekends.

Broadwick Live and LWE are set to co-promote 12 shows over 12 consecutive Saturdays, starting on October 1st and running through to 17th December. The shows will be announced on 5 the July, with tickets on sale from 7th July.

Back in March, we reported on the arrival of a new open-air venue at Greenwich’s Morden Wharf in London. The 500-capacity space, Morden Wharf Terrace, is located in a historic industrial yard overlooking the Thames and will feature street food from Black Eats LDN – the UK’s first and only Black-owned restaurant directory – as well as DJs, and a Funktion One soundsystem.