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Preview Charli XCXs collaboration with SOPHIE
Mar 28, 2015 10:09am | Fact Magazine

The UK pop princess has connected with the PC Music crew.

Earlier this week, BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens unveiled his interviews with PC Music talents A. G. Cook, Hannah Diamond, GFOTY and QT. Cook mentioned plans for albums by GFOTY and Diamond, with the latter confirming a collaboration with Charli XCX.

Now, Charli has taken to Twitter to tease her collaborations with the PC Music crew, writing “XCX X @SOPHIEMSMSMSM FUTURE/SOON” and posting a brief video from a SOPHIE DJ set.

Watch the preview below; the BBC Radio 1 interviews follow. [via DIY]

The post Preview Charli XCX’s collaboration with SOPHIE appeared first on FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music..



Preview Charli XCXs collaboration with SOPHIE
Mar 28, 2015 10:09am | Fact Magazine

The UK pop princess has connected with the PC Music crew.

Earlier this week, BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens unveiled his interviews with PC Music talents A. G. Cook, Hannah Diamond, GFOTY and QT. Cook mentioned plans for albums by GFOTY and Diamond, with the latter confirming a collaboration with Charli XCX.

Now, Charli has taken to Twitter to tease her collaborations with the PC Music crew, writing “XCX X @SOPHIEMSMSMSM FUTURE/SOON” and posting a brief video from a SOPHIE DJ set.

Watch the preview below; the BBC Radio 1 interviews follow. [via DIY]

The post Preview Charli XCX’s collaboration with SOPHIE appeared first on FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music..



The 13 best affordable, pocket-sized, hackable, off-the-wall synthesizers
Mar 28, 2015 9:57am | Fact Magazine

As computers gradually replaced hardware synths towards the end of the last century, it seemed as if outboard gear was a dying relic of another era.

Despite this, the demand for hardware on the second-hand market showed manufacturers that there was still a place for physical objects with tactile control, and the past few years have seen giants like Roland and Korg re-enter the market with affordable outboard technology aimed at beginners and professionals alike.

It’s not only large companies who have got in on the act. In fact, there are plenty of small, boutique operations and entrepreneurial individuals funding their projects through Kickstarter. Freed from expectation, they have given us hackable, modifiable units with alternative control methods aimed at encouraging creativity and making it possible to make music whatever your ability level.

In this list we look at 13 of the most interesting from all spheres, from off-the-shelf, plug-and-play synthesizers to units you can program with open-source Arduino processors. Whether you’re a curious beginner or you already have an extensive studio setup, there’s sure to be something in here that will grab your attention.

The post The 13 best affordable, pocket-sized, hackable, off-the-wall synthesizers appeared first on FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music..


The 13 best affordable, pocket-sized, hackable, off-the-wall synthesizers
Mar 28, 2015 9:57am | Fact Magazine

As computers gradually replaced hardware synths towards the end of the last century, it seemed as if outboard gear was a dying relic of another era.

Despite this, the demand for hardware on the second-hand market showed manufacturers that there was still a place for physical objects with tactile control, and the past few years have seen giants like Roland and Korg re-enter the market with affordable outboard technology aimed at beginners and professionals alike.

It’s not only large companies who have got in on the act. In fact, there are plenty of small, boutique operations and entrepreneurial individuals funding their projects through Kickstarter. Freed from expectation, they have given us hackable, modifiable units with alternative control methods aimed at encouraging creativity and making it possible to make music whatever your ability level.

In this list we look at 13 of the most interesting from all spheres, from off-the-shelf, plug-and-play synthesizers to units you can program with open-source Arduino processors. Whether you’re a curious beginner or you already have an extensive studio setup, there’s sure to be something in here that will grab your attention.

The post The 13 best affordable, pocket-sized, hackable, off-the-wall synthesizers appeared first on FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music..


Ghetto house originals, Detroit grooves and halal disco: The weeks best vinyl releases
Mar 28, 2015 8:05am | Fact Magazine

Few people are onto great records as quickly as a great record store.

After years spent discovering gems in Phonicas end of year lists, it made sense to give them a regular space on FACT. Every Saturday, staff from the Soho institution pick out the five vinyl records you should grab this week.



ANDRES
‘Believin” 12″
(La Vida)

Detroit’s Andrés comes through with three mulchy, sample-heavy house hypnotisers on his own La Vida imprint. ‘Believin” brings a splash of colour with its jazzy breaks and sweet vocals, while ‘Can’t Shake It’ takes it down low and ‘Jungle Pain’ follows a skipping soul beat hewn from upright bass and piano trills. A lush trio.

Audio / Buy here



DJ DEEON
Deeon Doez Deeon!
(Numbers)

DJ Deeon pitches up on Glasgow’s Numbers outlet for a shut-up-and-dance lesson in the birth of Chicago ghetto house. Four raw, gritty and unapologetically upfront tracks  all originally released on Dance Mania  have been remastered from the original DATs, from the twisted disco madness of 1996’s ‘2 B Free’ to the hammering Jeff Mills favourite ‘House-O-Matic’. Still fresh.

Audio / Buy here



NO P...


Ghetto house originals, Detroit grooves and halal disco: The weeks best vinyl releases
Mar 28, 2015 8:05am | Fact Magazine

Few people are onto great records as quickly as a great record store.

After years spent discovering gems in Phonicas end of year lists, it made sense to give them a regular space on FACT. Every Saturday, staff from the Soho institution pick out the five vinyl records you should grab this week.



ANDRES
‘Believin” 12″
(La Vida)

Detroit’s Andrés comes through with three mulchy, sample-heavy house hypnotisers on his own La Vida imprint. ‘Believin” brings a splash of colour with its jazzy breaks and sweet vocals, while ‘Can’t Shake It’ takes it down low and ‘Jungle Pain’ follows a skipping soul beat hewn from upright bass and piano trills. A lush trio.

Audio / Buy here



DJ DEEON
Deeon Doez Deeon!
(Numbers)

DJ Deeon pitches up on Glasgow’s Numbers outlet for a shut-up-and-dance lesson in the birth of Chicago ghetto house. Four raw, gritty and unapologetically upfront tracks  all originally released on Dance Mania  have been remastered from the original DATs, from the twisted disco madness of 1996’s ‘2 B Free’ to the hammering Jeff Mills favourite ‘House-O-Matic’. Still fresh.

Audio / Buy here



NO P...


LuckyMe to release debut by experimental pop band Naked
Mar 28, 2015 7:39am | Fact Magazine

The Glasgow label plays outside its usual sandbox.

LuckyMe is best known for its trendsetting approach to electronic music, with key releases by Jacques Greene, Machinedrum, TNGHT, Cashmere Cat and the like. But while the label has released more than its fair share of R&B and rap-influenced club hits, it has occasionally shown an appreciation for Scottish experimental rock, with releases by American Men and Sevendeaths.

The label’s latest signing is in that vein: Edinburgh trio Naked, who sound more like Beach House than the trap house. The band, comprised of Agnes Gryczkowska, Alex Johnston and Grant Campbell, “mix cold, neon-lit beats, glacial bass and guitar sculptures, filtered under hypnotizing and ephemeral vocals,” according to the write-up on Rough Trade. Their debut, a deluxe mini LP entitled Youth Mode, is due out on April 6. For a taste of what to expect, stream ‘void’ below.

Tomorrow (March 29), the band joins Jacques Greene, Eclair Fifi and Mykki Blanco for RBMA’s A Night With LuckyMe. Previously, the band produced Blanco’s ‘Moshin In The Front’.

The post LuckyMe to release debut by experimental pop band Naked appeared first on FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music..


LuckyMe to release debut by experimental pop band Naked
Mar 28, 2015 7:39am | Fact Magazine

The Glasgow label plays outside its usual sandbox.

LuckyMe is best known for its trendsetting approach to electronic music, with key releases by Jacques Greene, Machinedrum, TNGHT, Cashmere Cat and the like. But while the label has released more than its fair share of R&B and rap-influenced club hits, it has occasionally shown an appreciation for Scottish experimental rock, with releases by American Men and Sevendeaths.

The label’s latest signing is in that vein: Edinburgh trio Naked, who sound more like Beach House than the trap house. The band, comprised of Agnes Gryczkowska, Alex Johnston and Grant Campbell, “mix cold, neon-lit beats, glacial bass and guitar sculptures, filtered under hypnotizing and ephemeral vocals,” according to the write-up on Rough Trade. Their debut, a deluxe mini LP entitled Youth Mode, is due out on April 6. For a taste of what to expect, stream ‘void’ below.

Tomorrow (March 29), the band joins Jacques Greene, Eclair Fifi and Mykki Blanco for RBMA’s A Night With LuckyMe. Previously, the band produced Blanco’s ‘Moshin In The Front’.

The post LuckyMe to release debut by experimental pop band Naked appeared first on FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music..


Music industrys first global release date set for July
Mar 28, 2015 7:13am | Fact Magazine

The latest update in the on-going story.

Earlier this year, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) announced plans to enact a global release date in an effort to curb piracy.

Music Week reports that the first day that the new policy will come into effect will by July 10. In addition, it was announced last week the Official Chart on Radio 1 will move to Fridays in July.

The move will bring the US and UK in line with Australia and Germany, and has been welcomed by some retailers, artists and distributors. It has not been without its critics, which include independent labels and merchants, as well as US retailer Target.

“If a global chart reigns supreme, development artists and local artists will have to get used to hearing the voice of America, everywhere. Big money, big global campaigns, will dominate,” said PIAS co-founder Michel Lambot in a blog post. “This can only help the blockbusters become even bigger, for a longer period of time, in more markets.”

The post Music industry’s first global release date set for July appeared first on FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music..


Music industrys first global release date set for July
Mar 28, 2015 7:13am | Fact Magazine

The latest update in the on-going story.

Earlier this year, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) announced plans to enact a global release date in an effort to curb piracy.

Music Week reports that the first day that the new policy will come into effect will by July 10. In addition, it was announced last week the Official Chart on Radio 1 will move to Fridays in July.

The move will bring the US and UK in line with Australia and Germany, and has been welcomed by some retailers, artists and distributors. It has not been without its critics, which include independent labels and merchants, as well as US retailer Target.

“If a global chart reigns supreme, development artists and local artists will have to get used to hearing the voice of America, everywhere. Big money, big global campaigns, will dominate,” said PIAS co-founder Michel Lambot in a blog post. “This can only help the blockbusters become even bigger, for a longer period of time, in more markets.”

The post Music industry’s first global release date set for July appeared first on FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music..


Listen to Four Tet and Jamie xxs Essential Mix
Mar 28, 2015 6:52am | Fact Magazine

The duo’s collaborative Essential Mix is here.

After a short conversation between Four Tet and Jamie xx in which they reminisce about how they first met, the duo get stuck into a two-hour selection of favourites and exclusives for Radio 1’s Essential Mix series.

As well as cuts from Caribou, Throwing Snow, Walls, Koreless, Roots Manuva and even avant-garde Japanese techno producer Nhk Yx Koyxen, the pair throw in tracks from Jamie xx’s recently announced debut album and some unreleased Four Tet collaborations featuring Champion and Designer.

Stream the mix on BBC iPlayer, or download it from Core News.

The post Listen to Four Tet and Jamie xx’s Essential Mix appeared first on FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music..


Listen to Four Tet and Jamie xxs Essential Mix
Mar 28, 2015 6:52am | Fact Magazine

The duo’s collaborative Essential Mix is here.

After a short conversation between Four Tet and Jamie xx in which they reminisce about how they first met, the duo get stuck into a two-hour selection of favourites and exclusives for Radio 1’s Essential Mix series.

As well as cuts from Caribou, Throwing Snow, Walls, Koreless, Roots Manuva and even avant-garde Japanese techno producer Nhk Yx Koyxen, the pair throw in tracks from Jamie xx’s recently annonced debut album and some unreleased Four Tet collaborations featuring Champion and Designer.

Stream the mix on BBC iPlayer, or download it from Core News.

The post Listen to Four Tet and Jamie xx’s Essential Mix appeared first on FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music..


What's going on Saturday? (Deerhoof, Bjork, Kool Keith, Wand, JSBX, Action Bronson, The Get Up Kids & more)
Mar 27, 2015 11:00pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photo: Deerhoof at Baby's in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Deerhoof, Perfect Pussy, Zula @ Marlin Room at Webster Hall
Experimental rockers Deerhoof and their noise punk pals Perfect Pussy team up for this sold-out show, and there's solid support from psych popsters Zula.

Action Bronson @ Rough Trade
Action Bronson just played two huge Terminal 5 shows in support of his major label debut, Mr. Wonderful, and tonight he's doing something way more intimate. To get in you had to buy his new album and get a wristband at the Rough Trade store starting this past Tuesday. They're out of wristbands, just so you know.

Kool Keith (Lucky Bears Foot) @ Joe's Pub
People throw the term "eccentric" around, but veteran (ultramagnetic) MC is in a different universe, having stayed resolutely weird for the last 25 years. Tonight will be the debut of his new live band, Lucky Bear's Foot.

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion @ Singlecut Brewery
The JSBX released their cracking new album Freedom Tower: No Wave Dance Party 2015 this week and are celebrating by playing shows in every borough. The tour wraps up tonight in Queens and its a free show.

The Get Up Kids, PUP, Restorations @ Paramount
Nineties-era greats The Get Up Kids last reunited in NYC before every '90s emo band...


Trevor Noah emerges as favorite to succeed Jon Stewart at The Daily Show
Mar 27, 2015 8:42pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Jon Stewart will step down as host of The Daily Show later this year. Who might be in line to fill those monumental shoes? According to Variety, current Daily Show correspondent Trevor Noah has emerged as a favorite to succeed Stewart.

Noah, a native of South America, only joined The Daily Show late last year. However, after fellow correspondents John Oliver, Jason Jones, and Samantha Bee departed for opportunities at other networks, Noah is “gaining consideration” and has “moved to the short list being put together by executives at the Viacom-owned cable outlet.”

Prior to joining The Daily Show, Noah hosted his own late-night show in South Africa.

Below, watch Noah’s inaugural segment at The Daily Show.



Shut Up, Dude: This Weeks Best And Worst Comments
Mar 27, 2015 7:18pm | StereoGum
This week we got the Outside Lands and Lollapalooza lineups both decent, especially if you like old British rock stars. We ranked 10 Marvin Gaye songs, 17 beach bands, and 30 Max Martin tracks. We recommended the movie Montage Of Heck and the new albums from Sufjan Stevens, Courtney Barnett, and Action Bronson and Earl Sweatshirt. We talked to OK Go, Royal Thunder, Chilly Gonzales, NEEDS, and Algiers. And of course we said goodbye to Zayn. Bye Zayn! THIS WEEK'S 10 HIGHEST RATED COMMENTS
#10 constantino_chr | Mar 23rd Score:21

Managed not to cry during my latest listen. Proud.

Posted in: Premature Evaluation: Sufjan Stevens Carrie & Lowell
#9 marko | Mar 26th Score:21

I assume this isnt from the Home soundtrack.

Posted in: Rihanna - "Bitch Better Have My Money"
#8 dn | Mar 26th Score:21
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