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Perc, A.G. Cook, Max Cooper and more join the line-up for Dour Festival
Apr 24, 2015 7:59am | Fact Magazine

The Belgian festival expands its bill for 2015.

Belgium’s Dour Festival already looks to be one of the summer’s most diverse events, and it just got even more enticing after the addition of 60 new names to the bill.

The festival will see the PC Music experience travel to Belgium with a set from label boss A.G. Cook, while Kero Kero Bonito will be on hand to showcase their J-pop influenced sounds. They’re joined by PercMax Cooper presenting his Emergence show, Skepta, Kasra, La Priest, Ninja Tune artist Romare, Santigold, hardware techno outfit Paranoid London and more.

The new acts join the already announced Autechre, Julio Bashmore, Sunn O))), Evian Christ, Seven Davis Jr, James Holden and more – Modeselektor are also curating their own stage at the festival, which features a collaboration with Siriusmo, Ben UFO, Kink performing live, Benjamin Damage and Doc Daneeka.

The festival takes place from July 15-19, and is located 88km from Brussels in the small village of Dour ...



Perc, A.G. Cook, Max Cooper and more join the line-up for Dour Festival
Apr 24, 2015 7:59am | Fact Magazine

The Belgian festival expands its bill for 2015.

Belgium’s Dour Festival already looks to be one of the summer’s most diverse events, and it just got even more enticing after the addition of 60 new names to the bill.

The festival will see the PC Music experience travel to Belgium with a set from label boss A.G. Cook, while Kero Kero Bonito will be on hand to showcase their J-pop influenced sounds. They’re joined by PercMax Cooper presenting his Emergence show, Skepta, Kasra, La Priest, Ninja Tune artist Romare, Santigold, hardware techno outfit Paranoid London and more.

The new acts join the already announced Autechre, Julio Bashmore, Sunn O))), Evian Christ, Seven Davis Jr, James Holden and more – Modeselektor are also curating their own stage at the festival, which features a collaboration with Siriusmo, Ben UFO, Kink performing live, Benjamin Damage and Doc Daneeka.

The festival takes place from July 15-19, and is located 88km from Brussels in the small village of Dour ...



HEALTH
Apr 24, 2015 7:42am | StereoGum
It's been six years since astral L.A. punks HEALTH released Get Color, their second album, and after teasing a big return this year, they've finally announced the follow-up. Death Magic, the third HEALTH album, is finally coming out this summer. In making it, the band worked with people like the Haxan Cloak and … More »



Reference Points: Freddie Dickson
Apr 24, 2015 7:31am | The Line Of Best Fit
We caught up with the rising singer-songwriter to find out what influences his approach to songcraft.>

The Weather Station keep things light and airy, in sound if not in subject
Apr 24, 2015 7:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
The two aspects of physical and mental space interplay constantly in everyday life and the ability to reproduce that process with music is very special.

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...


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..

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