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Jay Z Is Buying A Scandinavian Streaming Music Service
Jan 30, 2015 7:39am | StereoGum

Now that every last tech giant is jumping into the music-streaming-service game and paying artists fractions of pennies on the dollar, maybe it makes sense for already-rich artists to try buying their own damn streaming services. And now Endgadget reports that Project Panther, a company owned by Jay Z’s S. Carter Enterprises, has made a bid on the company behind the Scandinavian streaming service Tidal. The company’s reviewing board is already recommending that shareholders take Jay up on his offer, which is worth about $56 million.

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Kanye West and Drake appear on Big Seans Blessings listen
Jan 30, 2015 7:30am | Cosequence Of Sound

The perks of being signed to Kanye Wests G.O.O.D. Music label are once again realized by Big Sean, as his latest single, “Blessings”, features a verse from Yeezus himself in addition to Drake. The track was co-produced by frequent Drake collaborator Boi-1da. Listen below.

Despite hitting the studio together last year, “Blessings” is only the second time Kanye and Drake have appeared on the same track: They first teamed up for the 2009 posse track “Together”, which also featured Eminem and Lil Wayne.

“Blessings” appears on Big Sean’s new studio album, Dark Sky Paradise, which arrives February 24th.




2:54 Now (Paramore Cover)
Jan 30, 2015 7:27am | StereoGum

2:54 have covered Paramore’s 2013 single “Now” for Rookie. The British sister duo turn the track into a wispy, gloomy slow-building ballad. “Paramore’s song just sums up dedication for us. It’s about hope and determination. It’s about believing in something and fighting for it, and being in a band is a belief system in itself. It’s an empowering song,” Colette Thurlow explained. “Hayley Williams is such a superb singer. We saw Paramore last year at Reading Festival. Their set was was disrupted by some technical problems, but Hayley Williams was just so pro, she held it down so well.” Listen and compare it with the original below.

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Photos: Jessie Ware at O2 Academy Brixton, London
Jan 30, 2015 6:53am | Fact Magazine

Last night at Brixton’s O2 Academy, Jessie Ware performed highlights from her two albums so far, Devotion and Tough Love, to a capacity crowd.

Check Arianna Power‘s photos over the next six pages.

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Track by Track: Shinies on Nothing Like Something Happens Anywhere
Jan 30, 2015 6:23am | The Line Of Best Fit
Mancunian DIYers Shinies, who peddle a blend of shoegaze, rock, kraut-pop and post-punk, are streaming their debut album in full via Best Fit, and have given us an in-depth Track by Track guide to help us decipher it.>

You can now explore modular synthesis on Ableton Live
Jan 30, 2015 5:40am | Fact Magazine

Want to explore the possibilites of modular synthesis without shelling out thousands of pounds on a modular synthesiser?

OSCiLLOT, a new product by Max for Cats for Ableton Live, aims to bring modular synthesis to the popular music-making software, allowing users to tinker with over 100 soft modules – such as oscillators, filters and amplifiers – to create custom synth patches.

As Resident Advisor report, there’s also 79 preset patches that come with the set, and those who want to dive even deeper into the possibilities can edit the different modules in Max/MSP, or connect OSCiLLOT’s patches to a hardware set up. Unlike most modular synthesisers, OSCiLLOT is polyphonic.

For more information, head to the OSCiLLOT mini-site and watch the demo below.


Kutmah digs deeps for a mix of Steve Spacek classics, collaborations and unheard gems
Jan 30, 2015 5:39am | Fact Magazine

The latest Solid Steel mix celebrates the release of Beat Spacek’s Modern Streets, the new solo album from storied UK producer Steve Spacek.

At the controls is one of the finest selectors we know, Low End Theory affiliate and now London-based DJ and producer Kutmah, who’s gone deep into Spacek’s back catalogue to dig out highlights from his collaborations with the likes of Mark Pritchard, Theo Parrish and J Dilla as well as his vast array of solo productions.

The IZWID boss is a huge fan of Spacek apparently, so he’s been able to shine a light on some lesser known Spacek cuts and even an unreleased gem in the shape of a track from his shelved album collaboration with Raphael Saadiq.

Stream it below and see the tracklist underneath, and don’t miss FACT’s in-depth conversation with Spacek from earlier this month, where he talks about his roots in London’s sound system culture and why he made Modern Streets with iPhone apps.

Next, grab Kutmah’s beat tape Wintah Hu$tle, which he released at the end of 2014.


Tracklist:

Theo Parrish feat. Steve Spacek – Chemistry (Sound Signature)
Beat Spacek I Wanna Know (Seven Davis Jr Remix) (Ninja Tune)
Mark Pritchard & Steve Spacek Turn It ...


Brian Wilson cuts Frank Ocean and Lana Del Rey from new album No Pier Pressure
Jan 30, 2015 5:35am | Fact Magazine

Brian Wilson has revealed details of his 11th solo album, No Pier Pressure.

As rumoured, the Beach Boy’s latest record features contributions from She & Him, aka Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward, country singer Kacey Musgraves and fun. frontman Nate Ruess, along with Beach Boys Al Jardine and David Marks.

Conspicuous by their absence are Frank Ocean and Lana Del Rey, who worked with Wilson on two of the album’s songs ‘Our Special Love’ and ‘The Last Song’, respectively but have been cut from the final versions, according to the tracklist below.

The album was produced by Joe Thomas, who reprises his role after overseening the Beach Boys’ 2012 record That’s Why God Made the Radio, and also features session players Don Was, Jim Keltner, Dean Parks, and Kenny Aronoff. Bonus songs ‘Don’t Worry’, ‘Somewhere Quiet’, and ‘I’m Feeling Sad’ will feature on a deluxe edition and 2xLP vinyl release. [via Pitchfork; NME]

Tracklist:

01 This Beautiful Day
02 Runaway Dancer [ft. Sebu Simonian]
03 What Ever Happened [ft. Al Jardine and David Marks]
04 On The Island [ft. S...


Pond - Man, It Feels Like Space Again
Jan 30, 2015 5:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
Perth's psychedelic stars churn out another LP that has its moments, but lacks enough focus to hold your interest the whole way through.

Shackleton remixes cult Japanese band Nisennenmondai for new 12
Jan 30, 2015 5:22am | Fact Magazine

Berlin-based dark lord Shackleton has remixed Nisennenmondai for a white label.

The 12″ is being distributed by Hardwax and sees the Skull Disco boss tackle two as-yet-unreleased tracks by the Japanese dance-punk trio.

The remixes are coming out just in time for the band’s gig at CTM in Berlin this week, but have been in the works for some time. According to Sam Shackleton, the band sent him only “very minimal” parts to the tracks, so he converted them into a basic MIDI skeleton “and worked from there” to create a pair of spartan yet club-friendly tracks.

The 12″ is out now, and you can hear some tasty clips of his frosty handiwork over at Hardwax. The remixes will also be available on CD as part of Nisennenmondai’s new six-track EP, N’ (or N-dash), due in March.

Last year Shackleton kicked off the Deliverance Series on his Woe To The Septic Heart label and released a stunning three-track, Freezing, Opening, Thawing.


Disco trailblazer Daniele Baldelli readies Cosmic Drag LP on Endless Flight
Jan 30, 2015 4:52am | Fact Magazine

Cosmic slow-disco pioneer Daniele Baldelli has announced a new album on Mule Musiq’s Endless Flight offshoot.

The aptly titled Cosmic Drag follows a taster EP of the same name released at the tail-end of 2014, and sees the veteran Italian DJ and producer blending “careless funky ’70s vibes, offish ’80s coolness and the freedom of the ’90s rave culture,” as RA reports, with influences drawn from his collection of over 65,000 records.

All four tracks from the EP reappear on the album, including the title track hear clips over at Phonica. Cosmic Drag is out on Endless Flight on April 6.

Mule Musiq has also announced a new album from ambient producer Kuniyuki, AKA Koss. Silence is a downtempo exploration of jazz-inspired piano, hardware synths and software, and is due on April 27.

Meanwhile, let Baldelli take you to school with his epic list of 50 favourite records from the original cosmic disco scene.

Tracklist:

01 Ballbearing
02 Chop And Roll
03 Cosmic Biker
04 Mooneyes
05 Cosmic Drag
06 Oleopneumatico
07 Cosmic Glide
08 Pinging
09 Cosmic Particles
10 Space Dumper
11 Desmodromico
12 Lowride


Pusha T runs a second Instagram account specifically for dressing up his dog
Jan 30, 2015 4:39am | Fact Magazine

Pusha T: coke-rap trendsetter, Re-Up Gang head honcho, G.O.O.D. Music lynchpin… and a guy who dresses his dog up in elf outfits.

Turns out that King Push has been running an impossibly adorable Instagram account for his dog, CJ Thornton, since 2012. Not content with dressing his dog up in sunglasses [above], Push also decks CJ out in Pyrex hoodies, King Push merch and elf outfits, and even seems to organise play-dates with other dogs. Maybe Pusha’s infamous “ugh” adlib was really an “awww” all along? Check some of the best photos below, via The Fader (and excuse the screenshots – Instagram and WordPress aren’t playing nicely together this morning).



Pusha T has an Instagram account where he dresses his dog up in elf outfits, Pyrex hoodies and more
Jan 30, 2015 4:39am | Fact Magazine

Pusha T: coke-rap trendsetter, Re-Up Gang figurehead, G.O.O.D. Music lynchpin… and a guy who dresses his dog up in elf outfits.

Turns out that King Push has been running an impossibly adorable Instagram account for his dog, CJ Thornton, since 2012. Not content with dressing his dog up in sunglasses [above], Push also decks CJ out in Pyrex hoodies, King Push merch and elf outfits, and even seems to organise play-dates with other dogs. Maybe Pusha’s infamous “ugh” adlib was really an “awww” all along? Check some of the best photos below, via The Fader.

A photo posted by CJ Thornton (@reupgangcj) on Oct 30, 2014 at 12:35pm PDT


Listen: Oscuro - Cant Stop Now [Premiere]
Jan 30, 2015 4:11am | The Line Of Best Fit
Almost nothing is known about Oscuro, a burgeoning producer with post-rock and electronica tendencies, but we do know that he's incredibly talented.>

Chance the Rappers album features Andre 3000 and Frank Ocean, and hes not moving in with James Blake anymore
Jan 30, 2015 4:05am | Fact Magazine

In a new interview with GQ, Chicago’s Chance the Rapper reveals that Andre 3000, Frank Ocean and J. Cole will all appear on his upcoming debut album.

The follow-up to acclaimed mixtape Acid Rap, it’s not the only record Chance is working on: he’s also busy with Surf, as part of his group The Social Experiment. For an insight into Surf, it’s worth checking out The Fader‘s new cover feature on The Social Experiment, where Chance also reveals that his much talked-about “compound” with James Blake fizzled out at the last minute, for reasons that Chance isn’t exactly sure about.

Revisit Maya Kalev’s review of Acid Rap.

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