Watch Gorillaz “perform” track from ‘Song Machine’ album on Animal Crossing

Gorillaz have “performed” one of their new tracks via an Animal Crossing chat show.

Following the release of the Damon Albarn-fronted digital band’s new album, ‘Song Machine’, which they first revealed earlier this year with the unveiling of the slowthai and Slaves-featuring ‘Momentary Bliss’, Gorillaz have performed another song from the album on virtual talk show – Animal Talking.

Taking place using avatars inside the popular Nintendo Switch roleplay game, Animal Crossing, Gorillaz founders Albarn and Jamie Hewlett sat down with the host to speak about the band and the ongoing Song Machine series, before virtual Gorillaz member 2D joined them to perform ‘The Valley Of The Pagans’, alongside album collaborator, Beck.

‘Song Machine: Season One – Strange Timez’ was released last week, on the 23rd October, and encompasses 17 tracks in all, featuring slowthai and Beck alongside the likes of Elton John, Kano and St Vincent. 

In addition to the album’s release, Gorillaz have also revealed ‘Song Machine Live’, which will blend visuals with live performance from the group. Songs from ‘Song Machine’ will be performed live for the first time globally during the stream. It’s scheduled for 12th and 13th December.

Check out the Animal Talking episode below, with the performance taking place at around 01:27:00.

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The band also recently launched Gorillaz‘ Song Machine Radio on Apple Music, which is available to listen back here.

Goldie donates custom Fender guitar to The Big Issue charity auction

Goldie has donated a custom Fender guitar to a charity auction. 

Joining up with award-winning magazine and organisation, The Big Issue, UK drum & bass pioneer and artist, Goldie, has donated a customised Fender guitar titled the “Splattocaster” to the forthcoming The Big Art Auction.

Taking place on the 4th November, The Big Art Auction will sell off nine customised Fender guitars, with other designs from the likes of former Young British Artist Gavin Turk, Sex Pistols album artist Jamie Reid, installation artist Lauren Baker, and Glaswegian artist and illustrator, Rugman.

The auction will be a live-streamed event, and will include video messages from the artists involved. Funds raised from the auction will be used to support Big Issue vendors through this challenging winter period, as pandemic lockdown uncertainty makes life even tougher for those who make their living selling the magazine on the streets.

Check out the video for the upcoming auction below, and find out more about the below here.

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Check out last year’s Take Ten feature with Goldie, where the artist selected key jungle and drum & bass classics from his collection.

In August, Goldie launched a new website and portal to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his groundbreaking drum & bass album ‘Timeless’.

Tomorrowland shares documentary on 2020 festival: Watch

Tomorrowland has shared a mini-documentary about the creation of its 2020 virtual festival, Tomorrowland Around The World. 

Never Stop The Music – The Creation of Tomorrowland Around The World is available to watch for free now on YouTube, and gives an in-depth look into the technological feat that was its gamechanging digital event. Check it out below. 

The 18-minute documentary also features interviews with some of the artists who played the virtual festival, including Armin van Buuren, Charlotte de Witte, David Guetta, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Kölsch,  Amelie Lens, Tiësto and more. 

Over 1 million people tuned into Tomorrowland’s virtual festival, which took place in July in lieu of the real life event, which was cancelled due to COVID-19. You can revisit sets from the festival here

Read our in-depth feature exploring how Tomorrowland created a revolutionary interactive virtual world in under three months here

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AIMP is the MP3 player, reborn – and it’ll look like a gorgeous vintage Soviet tape player, too

2020 is the year enthusiasts revived their love of downloaded music – thanks, Bandcamp. So now we just need a player to match, whether you miss Winamp – or even if you miss vintage Soviet hi-fi machines.

Okay, kids. Before iTunes, there was Winamp (still officially at winamp.com) – the prototype MP3 player jukebox of 1997, back when the idea of playing your whole music collection digitally from your computer was still novel. That software would make co-creators Justin Frankel and Dmitry Boldyrev richer in the ’99 tech boom (AOL snapped it up), which also cleared the way for Justin to go on and make beloved DAW Reaper. Pre buyout, the software was still cool enough to boot up with an in-joke about genius schizophrenic Chicago street musician Wesley Willis – something no Apple or Spotify exec would ever do.

The default interface. Looks conventional enough at first, though even the basic skin allows unparalleled freedom for where you want your player on-screen. And then with plug-ins and skins…

AIMP is clearly a spiritual successor to Winamp – customizable, skinnable, with extensive plug-in support, and the kind of compact views that made Winamp beloved. Want to fill the screen and navigate album art, but then collapse to an always-on-top player or views that tuck out of the way? AIMP has you covered, just like Winamp did, in contrast to the sprawling tabular messes that have now become the ugly standard.

And just like Winamp, AIMP can make Apple owners jealous – it’s on Windows and Android, but not macOS. (Mac users wanting to run it, it does look possible with Wineskin – video instructions in Russian.) It’s just in time, too, because Winamp 6 remains elusive enough that you have to beware you’re downloading the official version (developed by Radionomy) and not a clone. AIMP is clearly a better choice – more modern, more fully-featured, and with 64-bit support.

The unexpected bonus of AIMP is that its skins have become a museum of vintage hi-fi stereo equipment, with a particular bent toward pixel-perfect artwork of Soviet machines. So sure, you can download very elegant, minimalist skins that blend in with Windows 10. Or you can go for some 80s USSR nostalgia.

And I don’t mean you can dig up one or two skins. I mean there’s an exhaustive catalog of obsessive recreations of Soviet tape machinery, made into skins so pretty you can stare into them as your music plays – the way we all used to listen to recorded music. There are so many that the gallery I’ve assembled here of favorites isn’t even half of what’s on offer.

AIMP is itself the creation of a Russian developer (Artem Izmaylov), and contrary to Russophobic stereotype, it’s the Russian site that’s legit and the site with a “.us” domain you should avoid. The FAQ is still Russian-only, but the software is localized and perfectly usable. I’m assuming that somehow that lineage cause it to veer into the community of … well, whoever has the time to pour into these skins.

Non-Soviet brands are well represented, too – Nagra, Marantz, Sony Pioneer, Technics, Onkyo, Akai, Telefunken, and the like – but the detail and range of the Soviet models is simply breathtaking.

It’s not just eye candy on AIMP. The software’s stability, playback options, file format compatibility, and ease of use to me make it the best media player on any OS, period. The Android version is also my favorite mobile music software. And that’s having tried everything – macOS, Linux, and iOS included – since more or less the days when this whole thing began.

But it’s just so refreshing to see music playback software made with love again. Llama’s asses have gone, really, un-whipped for far too long. To any software that dares to do that in 2020, Я приветствую вас.

(Anyone behind these, do get in touch. Fans of other download-oriented and enthusiast music players, would love to hear about your stuff, too. For now… let’s gawk, anyway. And if you’re on Windows, obviously – knock yourself out.)

Download – as Wesley Willis would say, “all right, let’s rock it to Russia“:

http://www.aimp.ru/

Of course, it won’t sound quite like this:

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Rezz shares new single ‘Orbit’: Listen

It follows a series of collaborations with Malaa, Zeds Dead and Yultron

DJ Mag Staff

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 – 17:14

Rezz has shared a new single.

Canadian DJ and producer Rezz, who performed three drive-in shows across the U.S. earlier this month, has shared a new single: ‘Orbit’.

Following collaborations this year alongside the likes of Malaa, Zeds Dead and Yultron, as well as remixes from Underoath and PEEKABOO, Rezz’s latest production is an ode to the miracle that is human life.  

“I made this song a while ago as I was exploring a new tempo, while still keeping an eerie, atmospheric vibe,” Rezz said of the track. “I connect with this song more now than ever as I’ve bought a telescope and been gazing at the moon and stars. When I listen to this song I can imagine myself floating in space, and it makes my brain wander. I realize how microscopic we are as humans and how much of a miracle it is that we exist. It allows me to appreciate nature and the beauty of life more often.” 

You can check out ‘Orbit’ below.

FLOHIO teams up with Kasien on new single and video, ‘With Ease’: Watch

It’s the second track to be shared from her forthcoming mixtape, ‘Unveiled’ 

Eoin Murray

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 – 17:55

FLOHIO has teamed up with emerging London MC Kasien on new single, ‘With Ease’.

It’s the second track to be lifted from FLOHIO’s forthcoming mixtape, ‘Unveiled’, which the Bermondsey MC announced last month with its storming title track and Daniel Sannwald-directed visuals. 

‘With Ease’ comes paired with some equally striking visuals, directed by Sekou Abineri, in which we find FLOHIO and Kasien in the red-tinted back room of a vintage London pub, spitting typically heady verses on top of a gravelly beat. The track is produced by Cadenza, who has previously worked with the likes of M.I.A., Jorja Smith and Bad Gyal. Check it out below. 

FLOHIO is one of many artists and DJs who have been vocal in their support for the #EndSARS demonstrations in Nigeria in recent weeks, and originally postponed the release of ‘With Ease’ in order to focus on raising awareness and solidarity for the movement

‘Unveiled’ is out on Friday 27th November. 

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Photo credit: Shenell Kennedy