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Jack White
Apr 24, 2015 7:02am | Fact Magazine

Brooklyn synth manufacturer Critter & Guitari has also designed an amp for the label’s store.

Though all attention was on the early Elvis Presley reissue Jack White transferred from acetate for release on Record Store Day, it turns out that wasn’t the only thing he arranged for the occasion – his Third Man label also released its own line of boutique synths.

Third Man teamed up with boutique Brooklyn synth operation Critter & Guitari, charging the company with the task of designing an instrument reflecting the identity of Jack White’s Nashville-based label. The result was the Septavox, a tiny aluminium and wood synthesizer available in the black and yellow of the label’s branding, which looks a lot like an expanded version of Critter & Guitari’s famous Pocket Piano model.

Critter & Guitari also went about manufacturing Third Man its own compact amplifier, the Terz. There’s currently no corresponding line in Critter & Guitari’s own range, so Third Man has scored something of a coup with the Terz, which runs off four AA batteries and features built-in analog gain and distortion circuits. Both the Septavox and the Terz are available now via the Third Man store, at a price of $395 and $250 respectively, or $580 for both.

The Septavox isn’t the first time Third Man has des...



The Very Best with Mafilika
Apr 24, 2015 6:52am | Fact Magazine

The Very Best (the duo of Johan Hugo and Esau Mwamwaya) perform



The Very Best with Mafilika
Apr 24, 2015 6:52am | Fact Magazine

The Very Best (duo of Johan Hugo and Esau Mwamwaya) perform


QRATES is a new start-up trying to make pressing vinyl easier for small labels
Apr 24, 2015 6:46am | Fact Magazine

Vinyl is booming, but that doesn’t mean pressing wax is easy.

Labels and artists on small budgets are finding it as tricky as ever to cover costs and avoid being left with armfuls of deadstock, with most plants demanding minimum pressings of 300 or 500 at a time


QRATES is a new start-up trying to make pressing vinyl easier for small labels
Apr 24, 2015 6:46am | Fact Magazine

Vinyl is booming, but that doesn’t mean pressing wax is easy.

Labels and artists on small budgets are finding it as tricky as ever to cover costs and avoid being left with armfuls of deadstock, with most plants demanding minimum pressings of 300 or 500 at a time


Influential grime producers Kid D and Iron Soul return with new records
Apr 24, 2015 6:22am | Fact Magazine

R’n’G, eh? 

There’s no precise definition for the genre, which stands for rhythm and grime, but it comes in several forms. There’s the quickfire, chopped up style, popularised by producers like Blackjack and with the modern-day torch carried by the likes of Finn and DJ Milktray, there’s the song-driven vocal side, showcased on Scratcha DVA’s Voice of Grime CD and by the likes of Terror Danjah and Sadie Ama, and then there’s the likes of Kid D, Iron Soul and Low Deep, who pushed a fuller and more intricate sound that pushed deep strings as much as it did vocal samples.

Grime may have had a period away from the limelight, but Kid D has continued to self-release regular EPs and mixtapes through iTunes. His latest, RnG God, features six new tracks driven by thick basslines, reverberated bell and mallet melodies and ghostly vocals – it’s not hard to see his influence on artists like Visionist. Iron Soul, who has also produced as Kromestar and Dark Knight, has his first EP in over four years en route: there’s no release date at the moment, but clips are streaming on his Soundcloud.

Check Kid D’s EP here, and stream clips of Iron Soul’s below.

The post Influential grime producers Kid D and Iron Soul return with new re...


Influential grime producers Kid D and Iron Soul return with new records
Apr 24, 2015 6:22am | Fact Magazine

R’n’G, eh? 

There’s no precise definition for the genre, which stands for rhythm and grime, but it comes in several forms. There’s the quickfire, chopped up style, popularised by producers like Blackjack and with the modern-day torch carried by the likes of Finn and DJ Milktray, there’s the song-driven vocal side, showcased on Scratcha DVA’s Voice of Grime CD and by the likes of Terror Danjah and Sadie Ama, and then there’s the likes of Kid D, Iron Soul and Low Deep, who pushed a fuller and more intricate sound that pushed deep strings as much as it did vocal samples.

Grime may have had a period away from the limelight, but Kid D has continued to self-release regular EPs and mixtapes through iTunes. His latest, RnG God, features six new tracks driven by thick basslines, reverberated bell and mallet melodies and ghostly vocals – it’s not hard to see his influence on artists like Visionist. Iron Soul, who has also produced as Kromestar and Dark Knight, has his first EP in over four years en route: there’s no release date at the moment, but clips are streaming on his Soundcloud.

Check Kid D’s EP here, and stream clips of Iron Soul’s below.

The post Influential grime producers Kid D and Iron Soul return with new re...


Pye Corner Audio lands on Death Waltz originals with a sci-fi 10
Apr 24, 2015 5:57am | Fact Magazine

Plus seriously covetable artwork.

We’ve made no secret of our fondness for eerie synth sorcerer Pye Corner Audio on FACT, and the same goes for soundtrack specialists-turned-originals imprint Death Waltz, so their pairing on a new 10″ is doubleplusgood news.

After completing his stunning Black Mill Tapes series on Type last year, Martin Jenkins has cranked up the menace for a two-track release that nods to vintage sci-fi soundtracks and spooky childhood memories a la his former label Ghost Box. Stream the lead track ‘Stars Shine Like Eyes’ below; the B-side is titled ‘Quasar II’.

As usual with Death Waltz the artwork, designed by La Boca, is just as good as the music. The vinyl itself comes in a sickly fluorescent green and there’ll be another variation available when it goes on sale next Tuesday, April 28.

Death Waltz Originals kicked off last year with a Texas Chainsaw Massacre re-score from Umberto and Antoni Maiovvi, and they’ll be back for another release on the label soon alongside records from Black Channels, Pentagram Home Video and Charlotte Hatherley.

The post Pye Corner Audio lands on Death Waltz originals with a sci-fi 10″ appeared first on FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music..


Pye Corner Audio lands on Death Waltz originals with a sci-fi 10
Apr 24, 2015 5:57am | Fact Magazine

Plus seriously covetable artwork.

We’ve made no secret of our fondness for eerie synth sorcerer Pye Corner Audio on FACT, and the same goes for soundtrack specialists-turned-originals imprint Death Waltz, so their pairing on a new 10″ is doubleplusgood news.

After completing his stunning Black Mill Tapes series on Type last year, Martin Jenkins has cranked up the menace for a two-track release that nods to vintage sci-fi soundtracks and spooky childhood memories a la his former label Ghost Box. Stream the lead track ‘Stars Shine Like Eyes’ below; the B-side is titled ‘Quasar II’.

As usual with Death Waltz the artwork, designed by La Boca, is just as good as the music. The vinyl itself comes in a sickly fluorescent green and there’ll be another variation available when it goes on sale next Tuesday, April 28.

Death Waltz Originals kicked off last year with a Texas Chainsaw Massacre re-score from Umberto and Antoni Maiovvi, and they’ll be back for another release on the label soon alongside records from Black Channels, Pentagram Home Video and Charlotte Hatherley.

The post Pye Corner Audio lands on Death Waltz originals with a sci-fi 10″ appeared first on FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music..


Album of the Week: Blur
Apr 24, 2015 5:42am | The Line Of Best Fit
The Magic Whip, on one hand inconceivably but on the other utterly expectedly, is Blur at the top of their game.

JONES
Apr 24, 2015 5:29am | Abeano

A new wave of women in R&B has seen recent success with Tink, Kelela and Tinashe; who are in turn inspiring upcoming artists such as Kyndall, Abra and Tkay Davis; all with distinct sounds drifting close to electronica. So it


HEALTH announces new album DEATH MAGIC // hear new song New Coke
Apr 24, 2015 5:20am | Gorilla Vs Bear

[taken from HEALTH's new LP Death Magic, out August 7 on Loma Vista]


The Square
Apr 24, 2015 5:08am | Fact Magazine

Want to clash Novelist? Then go to Lewisham McDeez.


The Square
Apr 24, 2015 5:08am | Fact Magazine

Want to clash Novelist? Then go to Lewisham McDeez.


Passion Pit Backstage with Best Fit
Apr 24, 2015 5:00am | The Line Of Best Fit
The Cambridge MA electro-pop outfit behind the scenes in London by Hollie Fernando.>
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