The Synthesizer’s Greatest Hits Poster

Synth Evolution has introduced two new Greatest Hits of Synth posters – in royal blue and racing green.

They call the poster “A stunning compliment to your studio and talking point in a home setting.”

The new edition is silkscreened onto high quality 270gsm paper. The design features 99 of the most iconic and interesting synths of the 20th century. The design includes a selection of drum machines, such as the Roland TR-808, TR-909, LinnDrum and samplers such as the NED Synclavier II, Fairlight CMI, Akai S1000 and Ensoniq Mirage.

Each synth is accompanied by a short description explaining it’s importance. The synthesis type is indicated for each synth, along with maximum polyphony and numbers of oscillators per voice.

Pricing and Availability

The Synthesizer’s Greatest Hits poster is available now for £35.00.

Zeds Dead, MKLA reconnect a year later on ‘In My Head’

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Zeds Dead are continuing to show their diverse production pallet, now adding a new garage-leaning crossover to their collection. Out now via Deadbeats, “In My Head” with MKLA comes as a successor to the pair’s wildly successful first outing, “Alive.” Considering “Alive” has progressed into Zeds Dead’s highest-streaming release to date on Spotify, it was a no brainer for the two artists to link up for another go around.

While many know Zeds Dead for their deep and pulsating bass music, they’ve produced everything from pop, ambient, progressive house, and so much more. “In My Head” blends MKLA’s tranquilizing voice over a chill, soothing melody from the production duo. And there’s no question that Zeds Dead’s creativity will enable them to find a way to blend their newest anthem into their heavy live sets. Stream “In My Head” below.

Featured image: Zeds Dead/Instagram

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New vinyl public library opens in Brooklyn

The Brooklyn Public Library now has a dedicated vinyl section complete with listening stations.

Located at its Grand Army Plaza Central Library next to Prospect Park, the vinyl library allows teen and adult members to browse LPs and borrow up to three at a time for a maximum of three weeks. The pilot project currently contains around 400 records — spanning genres jazz, pop, disco, hip-hop, house, classical, funk, soul and more and features the likes of Arthur Russell, Erykah Badu, Talking Heads, ABBA, Notorious B.I.G., Prince and Park Hye Jin — and is hoping to add more. You can browse all the records here.

The library will soon host educational programmes on audio production, DJing and music coding, according to The Vinyl Factory. The BPL website also has information for vinyl newbies on how to properly handle records and turntables.

BPL has pulled highlights from the collection from New York’s own artists — check it out here.

See photos from the vinyl library launch party.

An AI-powered virtual rapper, FN MEKA, has been signed to Capitol Records

Capitol Records has signed an AI-powered virtual rapper named FN MEKA. He’s already released his first single for the major label called ‘Florida Water’; listen to it below.

The “robot rapper”‘s deal is the first of its kind for the major label, according to Music Business Worldwide. Capitol Records claims FN MEKA is the “No.1 virtual being” on TikTok, eyeing his 10 million followers on the platform, and says he’s the first “AR artist” to sign with a major label. 

‘Florida Water’ features human rapper Gunna and Fortnite streamer Clix and was produced by Turbo and DJ Holiday. (In a 2021 interview with MBW, the cofounder of Factory New, the company behind FN MEKA said, “a human voice performs the vocals, but we are working towards the ability to have a computer come up with and perform its own words.” Little else is known about the vocalist.) The track is available for YouTube and Twitch creators to use “without monetization or takedowns” as Capitol has made a royalty-free partnership with music startup 

Capitol Music Group executive Ryan Ruden told MBW this deal “meets at the intersection of music, technology and gaming culture” and described it as an “evolution of Capitol Records’ 80-year history of innovation”

FN MEKA’s first released music in 2019, the ‘Moonwalkin’ and ‘Internet’ singles.

Listen to ‘Florida Water’.

Suzi Analogue announces new vinyl compilation, ‘Infinite Zonez’

Suzi Analogue is releasing tracks from her ‘ZONEZ’ series on vinyl for the first time. 

‘Infinite Zonez’, out 9th September, compiles highlights from the four “audio/visual moodboards”, which the New York-based artist originally released digitally from 2016 to ’19. The 13-track compilation features collaborations with RP Boo, Junglepussy, NAPPYNAPPA, DJ Taye, Michael Millions and Opal Hoyt. The Bandcamp version of ‘Infinite Zonez’ adds three DJ edits by LuckyMe’s Cid Rim. 

“This birthday is pretty full circle,” Suzi Analogue said of the personally timed announcement on Instagram. “To be able to bring the world music of ‘ZONEZ 1-4’ inspired by my life experiences to analogue format is [fire].”

The Never Normal Records founder was recently appointed as a professor at University of North Carolina’s Chapel Hill campus. She’ll be teaching courses on beatmaking, rap and leading the Hip-Hop Ensemble in the coming academic year.

Revisit Tajh Morris’s 2021 interview with Suzi Analogue as part of DJ Mag’s Recognise mix series.

Listen to ‘Infinite Zonez’ via Bandcamp.

UK energy crisis poses “grave risk” to clubs and nightlife industry, open letter to government declares

The UK’s nightlife and hospitality industries are urging the government to act in the face of rising energy costs and the “grave risk” to the future of clubs and venues.

Five industry groups, Music Venue Trust, Night-Time Industries Association, UK Hospitality, The British Institute of Innkeeping and The British Beer and Pub Association, have written an open letter warning the government that the UK’s cultural sector is likely to see substantial venue and job losses if the energy crisis continues unchecked. The organisations predict hospitality operators are soon likely to see bill increases around 300% and are calling for a support package. In February, the NTIA found that UK clubs’ operating costs had already shot up by nearly 30%. 

The open letter cites “chronic challenges in the supply chain, labour shortages, interest rates and inflation, rocketing energy prices” as a “matter of existential emergency”, and calls out energy companies for failing cultural and hospitality businesses. “The primary purpose of a free market for energy supply to businesses is to create competition, which leads to improved services, competitive rates, resilient suppliers, and the ability to invest in long term and sustainable solutions to energy demand,” the letter reads. “In the Hospitality sector, there is unequivocal evidence that this primary purpose is failing.” 

The energy crisis comes as venues spent more than two years trying to persist during the peak of the pandemic and frequently changing government closures and restrictions; a recent NTIA report found that one-in-five clubs closed in the pandemic. “After two incredibly difficult years where venues have had to fight for simple survival, it would be an extraordinary outcome to see them closed and permanently lost because of an energy market that is completely out of control and not fit for purpose,” Music Venue Trust CEO Mark Davyd said in a statement. “The Government must act to create a genuinely functioning market for energy services that can deliver supply at a reasonable cost or step in to create an affordable supply for businesses.”

While UK residents brace for energy bills to hit an average of more than £3,600 for a household, energy companies are seeing record profits, according to the Guardian. The world’s five biggest oil companies have gained a combined £50 billion in profits so far this year, and BP’s tripled in the April to June quarter to £6.9 billion — its highest quarterly profit in 14 years. 

Music Venue Trust recently launched the Music Venue Properties initiative, which seeks to protect independent venues from the whims of landlords and developers through collective ownership so the UK music communities can ‘Own Our Venues’. 

Read the open letter in full via Music Venue Trust’s Instagram.

Premiere: Denham Audio ‘MIssing You’

Denham Audio will release his long overdue solo EP on the Club Glow label he co-runs with Borai and LMajor, Mani Festo and Borai this week. Listen to ‘Missing You’ below. 

In keeping with the Club Glow catalogue, the four tracks on ‘Thirty Eight Snub’ pull lovingly from classic UK hardocre, jungle and rave forms with future-facing techniques. On the A-Side, ‘Could Be’ samples Brandy’s ‘I Wanna Be Down (a lá Blawan’s Getting Me Down’)’ over a snapping breakbeat, while the title track features an ice-cold guest vocal from MC Trim. 

On the B-Side, ‘U Give Me’ and ‘Missing You’ are high-voltage rave bangers, with the latter closing proceedings with a stuttering jungle flourish. 

‘Thirty Eight Snub’ will be released on 19th August. Pre-order it here

The release follows Club Glow’s debut collaborative double A-Side, released via Rinse FM last month. 

Sound System Futures pilot programme launched for young people ahead of Notting Hill Carnival

A new pilot programme wants to help educate and empower young talent to further UK sound system culture in the future. 

The Lin Kam Art Sound System Futures Programme aims to develop the next generation of British Association of Sound System (BASS) leads at Notting Hill Carnival, with a focus on fostering creativity, skills and leadership. Its inaugural programme is already underway in the two weeks ahead of Notting Hill Carnival’s 2022 edition — its first in two years — from 27th August through the 29th.

Between 15th and 29th August, nine young DJs and artists will learn about the history of Carnival and sound system culture, event management, best health and safety practices, inclusivity, risk assessments and technical sound system set up, as well as DJ and production workshops for sound systems. This will culminate in the participants working closely with specific Notting Hill Carnival sound systems, including performing at the historic celebrations on the 29th. 

The programme is founded by Linett Kamala, who is credited with being one of the first women to DJ at Notting Hill Carnival with Disya Jeneration Sound System in the early 1980s. She now manages that sound system and serves as board director for Notting Hill Carnival.

“Like a lot of people, I reflected deeply on things around me during the past two years when Covid changed everything,” Kamala told DJ Mag. “I thought how much had truly changed in terms of access and also representation since I became one of the first female DJs to perform at Notting Hill Carnival 37 years ago. It was obvious that more needed to be done, so I decided to take direct action by creating the Lin Kam Art Sound System Futures Programme.”

“Our founding cohort for 2022 has nine amazing young people who are all passionate about sound system culture,” she said. “My hope is that this is just the beginning of an ongoing programme which will inspire others to continue this incredible cultural legacy of sound system culture we’ve been gifted in the UK by the Windrush Generation.”

London label 404 eros is paying tribute to Notting Hill Carnival and its lost years with a new mixtape series. The Carnival Lost Tapes, part of the outlet’s 5senses series, will feature music by Dennis Bovell, Errol Anderson, Shy One and Blazer Sound System, alongside archival photography and Caribbean recipes. The first edition by Equiknoxx is out now.

Photo credit: Ella Brolly at Kilburn CarniVale 2021 for Lin Kam Art

fabric announces 30-hour party to celebrate 23rd birthday

fabric’s marathon birthday party is back for its 23rd anniversary this October.

The famed London club has shared the first names set to play its 30-hour birthday bash, running from Saturday 15th October, through Monday morning on the 17th. Residents Anna Wall, Bobby., Harry McCanna and Tapefeed are already set for the birthday line-up, as well as fabric veterans Craig Richards and Terry Francis. 

The first rounds of names also features fabric favourite Ricardo Villalobos, AFRODEUTSCHE, Margaret Dygas, JASSS, Dax J, VTSS, fka.m4a, KiNK and DJ Tennis. There’ll be takeovers by North/South Records, with label heads Sam Bangura, Dale Mussington and McCanna, and LoveChild with Paranoid London’s Josh Caffé. 

Ahead of the marathon event, fabric’s flagship series FABRICLIVE will kick off the celebratory weekend with its Friday night party on 14th October. It’ll host South African amapiano artist Vigro Deep, plus Kitty Amor, Charisse C and KILLAMANJARO, with more guest to be announced.

This event is fabric’s first 24-plus hour event at the Farringdon venue since it initially launched its Continuum series last November.

Find more details on fabric’s website.

Energy 52’s ‘Café Del Mar’ to get vinyl-only remastered release for 30th anniversary

Energy 52’s iconic ‘Café Del Mar’ is getting a new series of vinyl remasters and remixes for its 30th anniversary next year.

The series of new reworks of the Ibiza trance anthem, originally released in 1993 as an ode to the White Isle chillout bar, will launch on 23rd September. Superstition Records will kick things off with a vinyl-only release of the original track, freshly remastered, paired with the popular ‘Three N One’ remix. More details on future entries in the anniversary series are still to come.

This is far from the first time the beloved track by Paul M, AKA DJ Kid Paul, has been remixed or celebrated with a special birthday edition. Back in 2017, Superstition Records released a best-of collection compiling 22 ‘Café Del Mar’ remixes. In 2018, Tale Of Us were commissioned for a 25th anniversary remix, and Paul van Dyk released his own spin on the classic just last year.

Check out the first ‘Café Del Mar’ 30th anniversary release on Bandcamp