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Max Cooper is bringing his epic surround sound show to London
Apr 29, 2016 6:33am | Fact Magazine

Frontiersman electronics.

Ahead of what promises to be an epic show at Shapes in Hackney on May 14, Max Cooper has offered some behind-the-scenes insight into his ambitious surround sound project.

The Belfast-born producer explains how his current exploration of spatial sound is an extension of his earlier experiments in psychoacoustic effects, tapping into natural biological processes to create specific effects in our brains (he also has a PhD in computational biology, so we reckon he knows what he’s on about).

Written specifically for surround sound, the show was debuted in Berlin through the phenomenal soundsystem at Berghain, and has been adapted especially for the forthcoming gig in London.

Support on the night comes from London musician Guy Andrews and Warm Up resident Aidan Doherty. Tickets for the show are available from Soundcrash.

Last year Cooper got involved in the launch of The Institute of Spatial Sound in Budapest, where sound researchers have built an omnidirectional, four-storey soundsystem.

Find out how spatial sound design is opening new frontiers in music production and performance with our in-depth feature.

Check out Cooper’s FACT mix.

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Live Review: Jeff Lynne's ELO
Apr 29, 2016 6:09am | Drowned In Sound
A music critic can be a fan, right? They should be, otherwise why bother - just writing about stuff with no joy beyond the immediate satisfaction of the moment is shallow and insatiable, surely? The carrying of this joy, the internalising of it by sentient beings is what makes people, music critics included, fans.

Fucking hell. Jeff Lynnes ELO is an amazing live show.

ELO are amazing.

Physical it cruises, unsurprisingly at an MOR pace. Lynne offers few crowd interactions, stopping only occasionally to offer a warm thanks. Most of the time Lynne standsat the mic, looking like a shaggy dog, playing guitar, singing and pounding out endless hits and incredible arrangements. Sure, the introduction of Tightrope is bombastic but the secret is conviction. Youve got to over-act to be convincing on screen, its the same with music composition.

So as Evil Women kicks off the concert properly, the stadium duly goes bat shit. Man this is smooth. Super-slick. For a stadium gig the clarity to the sound is remarkable, that vocoder peppered, hi-end, studio production is replicated on stage by a 10-piece band (apparently the same band that play behind Take That on their arena tours), including two cellos and a violin. Each song is nailed. For example, as the violinist takes centre stage to kick off Living Thing - again - 30,000 people lose it.


E.M.M.A announces second music production workshop for girls
Apr 29, 2016 5:54am | Fact Magazine

“Ever heard a shit tune in the club and thought ‘I can do better than that?'”

Hot on the heels of February’s event, London producer E.M.M.A has announced a second workshop for June 4, designed to help girls get started in music production.

Taking place once again at Radar Radio’s London studios, FL Studio 12 software is provided, with grime producers Dexplicit and P Jam and Hyperdubs Ikonika all heading up the teaching element.

already getting the first tunes through from our #producergirls workshop, what a great feeling @Dexplicit @Pjam100 @ikonika @RadarRadioLDN

— E.M.M.A. (@oiiiemma) April 26, 2016

Email to enter. Applications close on May 8.

"Now I'm going to bring in the young chop snare"- @ikonika going through arrangement in our #producergirls workshop

— E.M.M.A. (@oiiiemma) March 19, 2016

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Drakes Hotline Bling streams will help Views reach platinum status
Apr 29, 2016 4:59am | Fact Magazine

Streams of last year’s mega-hit count towards the certification of Drake’s new album.

Recent changes in the way the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) calculates the numbers needed to achieve album award certifications mean that Drake’s Views should quickly reach platinum thanks to ‘Hotline Bling’.

The RIAA’s new rules mean that 1,500 streams in the USA have the same value as 10 track sales or one full album sale, meaning artists like Nicki Minaj and Kendrick Lamar retroactively reached platinum when the changes took effect.

RIAA CEO Cary Sherman confirmed in a recent interview with Billboard that streams of songs released ahead of an album also count towards album certification, saying: “These are lifetime awards, so before and after an albums release all count.”

As Forbes notes, Drake will be able to take advantage of these rules with the inclusion of last year’s hit ‘Hotline Bling’ along with recent singles ‘One Dance’ and ‘Pop Style’.

There’s no way to confirm how many times ‘Hotline Bling’ has been streamed in the USA, but it’s been streamed over 400m times globally on Spotify alone, meaning that Drake has a head start in terms of reaching platinum status.


Rihanna and Calvin Harriss This Is What You Came For is a slow-burning banger listen
Apr 29, 2016 3:24am | Fact Magazine

Happy massive releases day, aka Friday April 29.

After announcing their latest collaboration on Wednesday, Calvin Harris’s new single with Rihanna has now been unleashed.

‘This Is What You Came For’ is not quite as good as the pair’s 2011 outing, ‘We Found Love’, but it’s still pretty banging, with Rihanna’s insurmountable voice moving through the octaves to a low-key EDM backdrop from Harris. Listen below.

Rihanna dropped her video to Needed Me, the third single from her exquisite ANTI album, earlier this month, directed by Kids’ filmmaker Harmony Korine. The collaboration appeared inspired by both Spring Breakers and the cash-covered bloodbath of Bitch Better Have My Money‘, but skewed far darker.

It was also reported this month that Rihanna wil be the subject of a documentary by Peter Berg the director behind flop blockbuster Battleship. The film is said to be an unfiltered look into Rihannas life inspired by the 1967 Bob Dylan feature Dont Look Back, and is expected to land later this year.

Read next: Rihannas ANTI is no fun, and thats no problem

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Hear Keshas first new track since her Dr Luke legal battle, True Colors with Zedd
Apr 29, 2016 2:31am | Fact Magazine

“It ain’t your rainbow.”

After performing together at Coachella and teasing a collaboration earlier this week, Kesha and Zedd have finally dropped their new single.

Powerful and emotionally-charged, ‘True Colors’ sees Kesha belt out lines like “No I won’t apologise for the fire in my eyes,” to a piano ballad soundtrack from producer Zedd.

But if you’re waiting for Zedd’s signature EDM-ready drop, you’ll be waiting a long time.

‘True Colors’ is the first single Kesha has released since her battle with Dr Luke began back in 2014.

It's here!!!! #truecolors

— kesha (@KeshaRose) April 29, 2016

Read next: Who we talk about when we talk about Kesha

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WFMU Record Fair is this weekend (James Chance added to live performance lineup)
Apr 28, 2016 11:00pm | Brooklyn Vegan

The 2016 WFMU Record Fair begins today (4/29) at Brooklyn Expo Center and runs through Sunday (5/1). In addition to all the sweet wax, there are loads of live events happening in the AV Lounge, and WFMU has added lots more since our last post...

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What's going on Friday?
Apr 28, 2016 11:00pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Bob Mould, The Helio Sequence, Jame Chance, NOFX, Pharmakon, Håkan Hellström, Naughty by Nature and lots more NYC show options for your Friday.

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Drake's new album 'VIEWS' is here, features Rihanna, Future, Pimp C & more
Apr 28, 2016 10:49pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Drake's new album VIEWS was supposed to premiere on his Beats 1 show at 10 PM EST earlier tonight, which didn't happen, but it's out now.

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Drake releases new album Views
Apr 28, 2016 10:23pm | Fact Magazine

It’s finally here.

After months of anticipation Drakes new album Views (formerly Views From The 6) is now here.

The album is streaming now on Beats 1 Radio as part of the OVOSound Radio Show. Following the stream the album will be released on iTunes tonight.

As teased in the production credits released earlier today, the album includes collaborations with Rihanna, Future, Kanye West, Popcaan and more.

Revisit Views first single, ‘Hotline Bling’, below.

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Drake releases new album Views: Stream/download
Apr 28, 2016 10:02pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Tonight, Drake returns with his new album Views (formerly titled Views From the 6). It’s now available to stream  and purchase exclusively through Apple Music.

Views serves as the proper follow-up to 2013’s Nothing Was the Same and comes after a pair of 2015 surprise-released mixtapes from the Toronto MC, If Youre Reading This Its Too Late and the Future-aided What A Time To Be Alive. Due out through OVO/Young Money/Republic, it marks Drake’s fourth studio album to date.

The album collects a whopping 20 tracks, including previously released singles Pop Style featuring The Throne (aka Kanye West and Jay Z), One Dance featuring WizKid, and last years smash Hotline Bling. Early single Summer Sixteen, which was presumed to be on the record, did not make the final list.

Other big names that make cameos throughout: Rihanna, Future, Popcaan, and PARTYNEXTDOOR. Longtime collaborators Noah “40” Shebib, Boi-1da, and Nineteen85 receive production credits. OVO Sound label mate Majid Jordan also provided work behind the boards.

Views Tracklist:
01. Keep the Family Close (prod. by Maneesh)
02. 9 (prod. by Noah “40” Shebib and Boi-1da)
03. U With Me? (prod. by Kanye West and Noah “40” Shebib)
04. Feel No Ways (prod...

Comment Party: Drakes VIEWS
Apr 28, 2016 9:38pm | StereoGum
DrakeDrake has been teasing Views, the album formerly known as Views From The 6, for what feels like forever now. We've already heard "On...

Popcaan Ova Dweet
Apr 28, 2016 8:13pm | StereoGum
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Drake unveils Views production credits, teases collaborations including Rihanna, Future and more
Apr 28, 2016 7:45pm | Fact Magazine

One final tease before his album drops.

Drake will premiere his new album Views tonight, but only hours before the big event he’s begun unveiling who’s actually on it.

On Instagram, Drake revealed production credits from his usual collaborators including Noah “40” Shebib and nineteen85, as well as Kanye West, Boi-1da, Southside and more.

Following that, he began teasing collaborators using the same Views album art generator that’s became kindling for the latest Drake meme over the last few days. Artists posted include Rihanna, Future, the late Pimp C, Popcaan and dvsn.

Take a look at the credits and some of the collaborators below and look for Drake’s new album tonight.

Family ting.

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Levitation Fest Cancelled Due To Weather
Apr 28, 2016 7:35pm | StereoGum
LevitationLevitation Fest, formerly known as Austin Psych Fest, managed to assemble quite an impressive roster for this year's lineup, including Brian Wilson, Animal Collective, Caribou, and Oneohtrix Point Never. But unfortunately, it looks like we won't actually get to see any of them perform -- the fest was scheduled to kick off tomorrow at … More »
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