By Maja C
Subtle roller from German producer SubMarine, forthcoming on Demand Records. Pre-order here.
Read more from the source: https://breakbeat.co.uk/news/submarine-paradiso/
By Maja C
Subtle roller from German producer SubMarine, forthcoming on Demand Records. Pre-order here.
Read more from the source: https://breakbeat.co.uk/news/submarine-paradiso/
By Maja C
After reaching a milestone 10 years as a duo Ulterior Motive are launching Guidance – their very own imprint which will see them experimenting with their most diverse soundscapes to date, and it’s all kicking off with a forward-thinking debut EP due for release on July 7.
Initially starting life in 2007 as an event, Guidance has gone full circle and will now be the home for their music, with the first EP also featuring the likes of Icicle and SP:MC. We caught up to find out more…
Yes fellas, thanks for joining us! Where have we caught you today?
Thanks for inviting us! We’re currently packing for Glastonbury…
Jealous! So, new label – new beginnings .. Massive congrats! Was launching your own imprint something you’d always planned to do?
Yeah it’s been on the cards for a long time, but like everything we wanted to wait for the right time. We took some time out after the album in order to let the dust settle and re-focus on what the next move was. Now seems like the right time to finally kick things off, we have the music we want to release and full autonomy…
What’s the core ethos behind the label?
We just want to release music we believe in!
It’s named after an event you guys ran in Bournemouth back in the mid 00’s, and those days were no doubt formative years for you as artists as well – will the label be an opportunity to pay homage to some of the sounds of those times?
Guidance will give us the opportunity to write what we want, and in some ways we have been taking things back to the 2008 sound but we’re not planning on making old-sounding tunes exclusively, The Wobbler featuring SP:MC is a good example of this.
The Wobbler is outrageous… What a tune. Was it inspired by anything in particular?
Thanks, this one was inspired by our Subtitles days and is the tune that sets the tone for the label.
Did you already have a beat ready for SP or was this made with him in mind?
He wanted to get involved from the first time we played it out. Initially it wasn’t made for a vocal but he really wanted to get on it and we’re good friends so set it up. He nailed it.
That he did! So will you be bringing the event back in conjunction with the imprint?
100%! We’re launching the event at The Clash Stage in Shangri-La at this year’s Glastonbury. There is also a Bristol night, London night, and some shows across Europe as well.
Label launch at Glastonbury… Doesn’t get much bigger than that does it?! Must be absolutely buzzing for that one! How did the prospect of a launch at Glasto fall into place anyways?
It’s crazy right?! It’s going to be a real celebration on Saturday! We’ve played in the area the last few years and the guys who run it offered us a curation opportunity, and we explained we’d be launching our label mid summer and they instantly offered us the launch… The team at Shangri-La are really cool and we respect what they stand for so it’s a real honour to be given such an opportunity!
Will you guys still be releasing on Metalheadz or are you taking this as an opportunity to have a period of complete artistic freedom?
We did a 12″ for Headz recently and we certainly aren’t cutting ties, but the label is our focus for now. If we write something that we feel fits Headz then we’ll still see if they want it. We are all family there and everyone respects the need for creative freedom.
Good to hear! Will you be inviting other artists to release on the label as well?
For sure, we’ve got tunes with DLR, DRS and Jubei already lined up, and we’ve spoken with others who want to get involved. However we aren’t rushing to have a whole roster of artists and releases, we just want to put out what feels right, when it feels right. We’ve started listening to demos from new producers as well, as we feel it’s important to help bring the new guys through.
Absolutely. Were the tracks made for the EP specifically or just tracks you felt deserved to see the light of day?
They were made for Guidance really.. When we decided to start the label we set aside everything we knew would fit. There are a few things that people have been playing that haven’t come out, this should explain why…
How did you go about deciding who you’d like to collab with?
We just write with friends who are on the same page socially and musically. There’s not much else to it.
Clap Ya really showcases your versatility as producers, is there a story behind this one?
Not really, we just tried something different and it worked. Sitting in front of the computer without an agenda often has the best results.
Love the raw feel of Anode with Icicle. Were you guys able to get into the studio together for this one?
Yeah, Icy came down for a for a couple days and we got a few ideas down. We’ve been friends for years so it’s always great to hang out.
Are plans in place for future EPs already? If so, have you thought about who you’d like to collab with?
The next EP is pretty much wrapped up. It will follow the same format as 001, and we’ll aim to put 4 EPs out before an album in late 2018.
Looking forward to it all! If you could give yourselves one piece of advice back when you were doing the Guidance nights, what would it be?
Don’t book a £2000 DJ the same night Dave Pearce and Erick Morillo are playing in a town with 5 clubs….
Haha you live and learn eh! There’s been a bit of a pattern with artists branching out and doing their own thing – do you think it’s important for aspiring artists to find a home at a label before they branch out into their own thing?
I think people should do what they want, there’s no rule book is there… It’s a good thing that people are setting up their own camps as it will mean more creative freedom, which will in turn lead to more inspiration across the scene.
Definitely. Final shouts?
Thanks to everyone who has helped us from the start of Guidance in ’07, right up to now!
Pre-order Guidance 001 here
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PRESS RELEASE: TOLEDO, OH (June 14, 2017) – Reverend Guitars and Matt West united to create a signature model just in time for Neck Deep’s Warped Tour jaunt. Based on the Jetstream platform that West loves, the guitar has a single Reverend CP90 pickup and a Wilkinson tremolo. It’s topped off with a reverse headstock and West’s wizard logo on the back. The model is available in Midnight Black and Powder Yellow, both with tortoise pickguards. The guitar will be released this Friday, June 16, 2017, in conjunction with West’s Warped Tour appearance.
Matt West is a member of the Welsh pop-punk band, Neck Deep, known for their intense and philosophical lyrics as much as their riff-driven music. The band is about to embark on the Vans Warped Tour for the entire US run. They will release their third studio album, The Peace and the Panic, on August 18, 2017.
On all Reverend Guitars, there is a Boneite nut and locking tuners, Reverend’s Bass Contour Control, and a dual-action truss rod – all for maximum performance. You can’t be different if you’re playing what everyone else is. Visit www.reverendguitars.com to start your journey towards being an individual.
Read more from the source: http://iheartguitarblog.com/2017/06/reverend-matt-west-signature-model.html
PRESS RELEASE: AKRON, Ohio — Ohio-based extra special effects pedal manufacturer EarthQuaker Devices will host the second-annual EarthQuaker Day festival at their downtown Akron facility (350 W. Bowery St.) on Saturday, August 5, 2017 from 1:00pm until 8:00pm.
The company, proudly based in Akron, Ohio since 2004, invites music lovers of all ages to converge upon their facility for a day of live music, product demonstrations, local business and art exhibitions, guided workshop tours, food from local favorites the Square Scullery and Nuevo, coffee by Kent’s Bent Tree Coffee Roasters, Dippin’ Dots ice cream, discounted EarthQuaker Devices B-stock, door prize giveaways, the PRS Guitars Riff Contest, fun, and games. The event is free and open to the public.
Each attendee will receive a raffle ticket upon entry for a chance to win one of several door prizes, including contributions from Moog Music, MakeNoise, the Nightlight Cinema, the Akron Symphony Orchestra, SIT Strings, the Akron Civic Theater, Summit Artspace, DeMarco School of Music, Good Life Tattoo, Tri-C Recording Arts & Technology, and more.
One of the 2016 highlights was the Riff Contest, which thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Maryland-based PRS Guitars, will receive a significant prize upgrade. This year’s winner will take home a PRS SE Custom 24 guitar valued at $759, in addition to EarthQuaker Devices’ Erupter and Ghost Echo v3 effects pedals, an EarthQuaker Devices swag pack, and a first place trophy. Contestants will receive 30 seconds to impress a panel of celebrity judges with their best riffs performed through an assortment of EarthQuaker Devices pedals. Participants must pre-register at www.earthquakerdevices.com/eqdayand check-in on the day of the event. Limited to 20 entries. Contest begins promptly at 5:15pm on the Lawn Stage. The 2017 celebrity judges include:
EarthQuaker Day 2017 will feature original music and covers performed by EarthQuaker Devices employees, including:
Effects pedal clinics and Q&A sessions include:
Other notable additions to this year’s festival include a dunk tank, a cash grab machine, and, courtesy of 91.3 the Summit FM, EarthQuaker Day 2017 will be an official MusicAlive Donation Station where attendees may donate their new or gently-used instruments to help keep music in our schools and place instruments in the hands of Akron Public Schools students in need.
The official EarthQuaker Day 2017 after party begins at 8pm at Annabell’s Bar & Lounge (784 W. Market St.) and will feature performances by Black Sabath and This Moment In Black History.
To celebrate the occasion, participating retailers in the United States will offer EarthQuaker Devices products at a 15% discount on August 5, 2017.
EarthQuaker Devices is a manufacturer of hand built guitar effects pedals that has been based in Akron, Ohio since 2004. The company, which began as a one-man basement workshop operation is now an award-winning multimillion-dollar international phenomenon with clients ranging from bedroom rock gods to Grammy Award winners.
EarthQuaker Devices would like to thank each and every one of our sponsors from the bottom of our hearts. Your kindness and generosity makes us proud to be from Akron, Ohio, and we appreciate your contribution to this celebration of Northeast Ohio’s creativity, talent, and passion more than you will ever know. EarthQuaker Day 2017 sponsors include:
What: EarthQuaker Day 2017
When: 1:00pm – 8:00pm, Saturday August 5, 2017
Where: EarthQuaker Devices HQ – 350 W. Bowery St. Akron, OH 44307
Cost: Free, open to the public
PRESS RELEASE: Melbourne rock outfit Drunk Mums return with a new single ‘Ode To Death’ The first single of their forthcoming EP Denim.
The track continues from their recent homage of hard rock and punk heard on their latest release Leather.Taking influence from Johnny Thunders and The Stooges the band takes a step back with this one, or so it seems, considering the lyrics have a pretty bleak undertone. Don’t let that fool you though, it is still something you could probably show ya parents and hell they’d probably like it too.
‘Ode To Death’ is true to the Drunk Mums rock, punk, garage sound which has been witnessed in previous tracks ‘Plastic’ and ‘Nanganator’. Following the release of ‘Ode To Death’ Drunk Mums will roll out a small Australian tour with some of their favourite bands in support.
The four piece, have built a reputation for their rowdy shows over the years, having played at many of the country’s finest festivals: Cherry Rock, Party in the Paddock, Paradise, Sounds of the Suburbs as well as with the likes of Jake Bugg, Dune Rats and Rich Ramone.
Catch ‘Ode To Death’ live in August when Drunk Mums take their Aussie garage rock on the road.
Read more from the source: http://iheartguitarblog.com/2017/06/drunk-mums-ode-death.html
PRESS RELEASE: Amsterdam, The Netherlands (June 20, 2017) — True to its name and purpose, the Phaser pedal for electric guitar has progressed through various musical phases, and across many stages, over the past few decades. Simple in delivery, NEXI Industries’ Phaser (PSR-01) represents the next stage for this effect pedal, with a plug-‘n-play design that makes compatibility a breeze—just like the effect’s signature sweeping and swooshing.
As a modulation, the phaser effect is created by the pedal’s signal processor that receives the input of the guitar and breaks it down into two parts—the first is kept dry, preserving the guitar’s original sound, while the second passes through various stages, creating the “sweeping” effect. NEXI’s analog Phaser is a throwback to the pedal’s earliest days, with a single knob that increases or decreases the speed of the peaks and troughs. Crank it up to “Fast” to create an aggressive swirl for heavy rock or metal, or turn it down to “Slow” for a lush sweep that’s ideal for ballads, reggae, or country.
NEXI’s Phaser was designed by boutique effect pedal creators, the self-declared “Vintage Analog Protection Squad,” who are committed to providing a unique tone without compromise. Like all NEXI pedals, the Phaser is true bypass and hybrid, meaning it can be used standalone with a 9V battery or plugged right into the external power supply of NEXI’s revolutionary pedal board. Aptly named “The Solution,” this heavy-duty board has a two-channel switch and three-step booster to satisfy every guitarist’s ego. It’s also equipped with a built-in tuner and power supply, two charging docks for tablet or smartphone, and covers that protect ports against dirt and beverage spills (splash-proof). Players are free to create those mind-bending swooshes and swirls, knowing that their board—and their Phaser pedal—are safe and sound.
Get a closer look and hear a demo at https://nexi.eu/products/phaser.
Read more from the source: http://iheartguitarblog.com/2017/06/nexi-industries-phaser.html
PRESS RELEASE: June 21, 2017 — Edmond, OK — Keeley Electronics is proud to announce the Tesla MKIII Fuzz, a vintage voiced MKIII Soviet Germanium fuzz with Keeley attention to detail.
With controls for FUZZ, TONE, and LEVEL the Tesla Fuzz makes it easy for players to dial in very wild amounts of fuzz. Modifications to the circuit allow for an increased high frequency not heard of before as well as ultra-low noise. Furthermore, design modifications have solved temperature problems that can affect vintage fuzz units. This particular bender design has a very vintage tone to it. Pure fuzz, no overdrive. Think late 1960’s and very unrefined.
“Our design team focused on building a MkIII style circuit with a stash of 104NU71 Soviet transistors that Keeley obtained. In this particular NPN Germanium design we focused on bringing out the most amazing attributes of the transistor. The 104NU71 has a super sticky, velcro tone and an incredibly unique bass response” said Robert Keeley, founder and chief engineer, Keeley Electronics. “To achieve this, we employed several technical innovations from our Time Machine Boost and Holy Fuzz designs. We also use techniques to nearly eliminate temperature coefficient problems in germanium designs.”
The Keeley Electronics Tesla MKIII will be released June 22nd at RKFX.com and at select dealers worldwide. Street Price is $149. Visit www.rkfx.com for more information about the full lineup of award-winning Keeley Electronics effects.
Read more from the source: http://iheartguitarblog.com/2017/06/cool-gear-alert-keeley-tesla-mkiii-fuzz.html
By Maja C
Mysterious tribal outfit Mohican Sun return with hypnotic rhythm of Providence, out now on the Fixate EP on Integral. Get it here.
Read more from the source: https://breakbeat.co.uk/news/mohican-sun-providence/
Between August 2-6, a massive chunk of the drum & bass industry will be temporarily located in Prague for Beats Evolution Conference (BEC) and Let It Roll. Two days of hands-on industry insight, workshops, talks, and opportunities for aspiring artists such as meet and greets and demo listening sessions. Followed by three days of beats at the biggest drum & bass festival on the planet. It’s the most comprehensive and exciting gathering on the drum & bass calendar.
Turno’s one of the many artists who’ll be present in Prague during this time. Not only will he be making his debut at Let It Roll but he’s also locked in to host a masterclass at BEC… Which definitely isn’t a debut. In the last few years Turno’s developed a fine line in tutoring as one of the aspects of his Time Is Now brand. He’s the perfect man for the job although he’s the first to admit he never planned to become a teacher.
“I was hearing a lot of under-produced tracks that had real potential so I put a lifeline out there and said I’d help people just get that extra bit of production to their tracks,” he explains. “It was more successful than I thought. I’m now having to book time off for Turno or I’ll be a full time tutor. But it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made. You meet some lovely people and it’s amazing to see their development. I think it’s nice to have someone to answer questions no matter how big or small they are. We’ve all been there at the start of our studio journey and wanted to ask artists questions but can’t because we don’t know them on that level so I’ve mentored a lot of these guys and they can hit me up any time.”
Now five years into his own studio journey, Turno’s own production game continues to accelerate. The last 18 months has seen the Bedford-based producer dent discographies on a commendably broad range of imprints; obviously there’s been the ubiquitous Invaderz on Charge, one of the most heavily played tunes of the year so far, but he’s also appeared on Viper with North Base and, last year, appeared on Playaz and Titan. Not to mention his frequent appearances on Low Down Deep and a few cheeky grime bangers and D&B bootlegs of house tracks he’s thrown down in between.
But as broad as his body of work is becoming, there’s one consistency in how he approaches his production. Whether it’s his flighty, soulful rolling take on Jean Jaques Smoothie or his face-melting Frightened, one thing is certain: hardware will be involved.
“It’s an addiction,” he admits. “Once you’ve had a taste of it you’ll want to start collecting things and trying things out. It’s great to explore and try things differently. If everyone’s using the same synths and same VSTs it’s more important than ever to be using these tools.”
Keen to point out hardware doesn’t have to be daunting or hugely expensive, Turno recommends a small selection of tools that not only help to find your own sound but also encourage experimentation, human articulation and essential time away from the screen.
“It’s all about keeping an open mind,” he explains. “It’s what I say to every student I have. Try not to get stuck in set ways or think things must be done in a certain way. Little pieces of hardware and time away from staring at the screen can really help you break out of set ways of thinking.”
Here are three ways Turno breaks out of his own set ways of thinking…
A valve compressor I’ve been using for five years. I run breaks through it, kicks, snares, basses sometimes. Anything I want to put a spin on, I find it gives a nice industrial sound. You have to be careful not to use too much of it, you can ruin the sound but it’s got that analogue character you just can’t get digitally. You can get some fairly decent software compressors but nothing can replace a valve. It makes it warm but gives it a crunch. Anyone who uses analog will the say the same thing; there’s something about hardware that can’t be replicated. Plus it’s nice to take yourself from the screen and get properly hands on and experiment.
Very cheap and fun to use. I’ve got the beats and bass ones. The beats one is like a TR8 mini Roland with kick, clap, sequencer and you can pitch the notes, decays and envelopes. It’s another hands-on tool to take you away from the screen and have some hands-on creative time. Just see what you come up with, then when you’re happy with the sound, record them in. It’s the same with the bass one. It’s got a nice and warm sound and really simple to use. These things are pick up and play. The filter on the bass is really smooth and has a really nice slope resonance with some great sweet spots.
I find myself recording sessions of me playing around and you get some nice articulations with your hands which you can never get with automation. It’s about bringing a personal touch and an originality. They’re a nice introduction to hardware, too. Not expensive, basic and helps you understand how to incorporate hardware into your workflow and process. It’s a lot less daunting than sitting in front of a massive synth with 50 oscillators.
This is quite an old model mixing desk but it’s got such a nice sound, a great five-band EQ and a really nice driver. If I’m using any hardware then I run it through this because the sound of the desk complements it so nicely. When I use the Fatman on breaks, for example, and I find there’s a snare or an element that’s a little thin or not quite sounding right, I’ll use the EQ on this to sculpt or boost them. You can’t go wrong with a hardware EQ if the module you’re using is right.
Not everything goes through the desk, it’s outboard and I assign whatever I want to a channel so it doesn’t affect my original signal. Again it’s about having less screen time, more hands on time and encouraging experimenting. It all works in harmony together.
Work in harmony with Turno August 2 – 3 @ Beats Evolution Conference: Tickets & Info
Read more from the source: https://breakbeat.co.uk/interviews/turnos-hardware-essentials/
By Maja C
Another hench production from certified badman & MasterChef finalist Survival, taken from his forthcoming album on Dispatch. Get the sampler here.
Read more from the source: https://breakbeat.co.uk/news/survival-time-flux/
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