Not even noon yet, and nearly finished my artwork for the next single and picked up donuts… Productive day!

Not even noon yet, and nearly finished my artwork for the next single and picked up donuts… Productive day!

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Our lads Shaka Loves You, and Goatboy are just some of the huge names announced for this summer biggest festival to hit the south of Scotland.
Between the 18th and 20th July, located near Cranshaws, the 3 days inlcude; Over 100 live acts, cocktail bars, theatre, and is for all…

Review #004: “Porter Robinson - Sad Machine”

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Click Here to buy “Sad Machine” on iTunes.
Click Here to listen to previews via SoundCloud.
Click Here to listen on Spotify.



With thanks to Kevin Thom, through our collaborative efforts with our (now retired) International Fidelity podcasts. Without him, I don’t think I’d have ever found any interest for Porter Robinson in the first place…

Who:
Robinson, 21, is most notable for his works “Spitfire (EP)”, “Language" & my favourite, "Unison”. His 2012 Language single tour around the North American continent, saw him team up with Anjunabeats’ Mat Zo, to craft the lead single to Zo’s “Damage Control" album, "Easy”. Currently, We’re eagerly waiting the release of (what is considered) his debut album, “Worlds”, due for release 12 August on Astralwerks. Of which, “Sad Machine" is prominently featured…

What:
Sad Machine" is Porter’s first outing as lead vocalist, a 5-start award for effort and execution as this dreamscape-dub track just gives hook after hook with it’s appropriately childish mix of vocaloid girl and boy storytelling. Seriously impressed.
The production is also solid, with my only gripe being that some of big-room synth work is some-what cheesy, I suppose this is to keep his American EDM following fixed, but the good news is that it’s not as over-done as aunty’s christmas turkey. It’s not something I’d play out to a crowd, but it’s a sure-fire headphone rocker, and I love it!

Why:
This, i’m sure, is one-hell-of-a teaser for the forthcoming album which is still a few months away. It’s preparation for what might be a change in direction for Porter’s following. That being said, I’m looking forward to it, and “Sad Machine” has (Ironically) something to keep everyone happy.
Again, very impressed.

Where, When & How:
Out now on Astralwerks, “Sad Machine” is available on iTunes, BeatPort, Spotify and all other good stores. Mr. Robinson has an unbelievably extensive tour lined up for North America, check out details for it here!…

Click Here to buy “Sad Machine” on iTunes.
Click Here to listen to previews via SoundCloud.
Click Here to listen on Spotify.

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(7/10)
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Links:

Porter Robinson
Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud | YouTube (VEVO)| BeatPort | Spotify

Yesterday, it was taperecorder's birthday. This guy is nothing more than a genius and a matser at lo-fi shoe-gaze electronic dreamyness.
By all means, you should give this guy a huge follow via Facebook.

Here’s the awesome music video to “California 74" as part of the "Jetyr EP
http://vimeo.com/88223317


Sorry for the rant but…

Mobile phone producers need to acknowledge the fact that there this not a overwhelming need for mobile phones to be thin.

If you’ve made all your components for a next gen. device mega thin, then great! But use the extra space you’ve made, for a big battery or greater disc storage!

Edinburgh To London in under 4 minutes.

So, I recently went to London, and on the way there, I had the huge opportunity to place my GoPro in the cab of the train we were heading down in. Ladies and Gentlyfried, let’s go to London in less than 4 Minutes…

Click Here to view on YouTube…

Yesterday, Edinburgh never saw a single cloud. I had the awesome opportunity to capture that said day, here is my first timelapse with the GoPro!…

Click Here to view on YouTube!…

Review #003: “King Unique - Some Break The Shell EP”

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Click here to buy EP from Beatport
Click here to listen to the previews on Youtube.
Click here to listen to the previews on Soundcloud.

King Unique is back on my radar with another storming progressive headphone-rocker via MicroCastle.

Warning, a rant:
It’s actually been sometime since I’ve actually thoroughly liked a real progressive track or two. Sadly, it’s because the the scene is changing somewhat. It’s a change that I initially thought I’d welcome. (And before you jump to conclusions, I’m talking about the music that used to be called progressive house, not pre-pubescent, womp-soaked big-room Miami fodder.)
I am of course talking about the move by music producers from progressive house to deep house. A lot of artists have done it. Oliver Smith, now Meramek. Solarity, now Dusky. Mindset, now Tom Ferry. And yes, unfortunately, I’ve not taken to same water as these guys as much as I had with their alter egos.
Perhaps one of the reasons is because deep house has become even more popular than we collectively had originally though it would be, with artists like Duke Dumont and Clear Bandits have blasted away chart fodder wankers like Drake and Chris ‘Cunt’ Brown. Whether or not this is a good thing is debatable, but deep house is a fine sliver of the electronic music spectrum that is fertile ground for producers to experiment in.
It would not be fair of me to assume that most prog. house producers are moving into deep house because there is money and/or fans to be made, but it is a fad and there is one thing I know for definite…

Progressive house is much more rewarding to listen to; there are so much more elements, layers and stems to a prog. track than deep house, and producers seem focus more on melody and song-writing than that of the low-end attention seeking deep house. But weirdly, I’d go as far to so say that, that’s just about the only differences. The rest is just blurred between genres and production techniques, and (I risk saying this, however) it seems like deep house producers are just lazy/sub-standard prog. house makers.
Now is one of the only times I hope that, in the future, I will eat my own words. Rant over, now for a slick segway…

That being said, you could imagine my surprise that when I sunk into the seemingly never ending list of re-shared tracks on my SoundCloud stream last week, and King Unique’s “Some Break The Shell” EP shone out at me like a golden nugget is a stream of dirty bass-heavy arse-water…

Who:
Matt Thomas aka, King Unique is a down-right clinical tech/prog. house producer, this is reflected in his earlier works with “2000000 Suns" on Bedrock Records and pre-2006, King Unique also included Matthew Roberts, together they worked on suck tracks as "Sugarhigh" on Junior London and their epic remix of "Underworld - Two Months Off" in 2002.

What:
The EP “Some Break The Shell" starts us off with the vocal version of "Raydrop (7 Hours)”, a finely executed slice of prog-tech features the beautiful voice of Natalie Arnold. Equal measurements of gnarly low-end grooves and squelching yet tasteful leads, equipped with a perfectly tech drum-track makes this EP fore-runner perfect as a Saturday night warm-up and Sunday afternoon Hi-Fi rocker. It’s dub/instrumental or just simply “Raydrop" is just as sublime.

Flip-side “Some Break" is an atmospherically spooky and epic club track with a slight tickle of breaks on the percussions side of things. If the ghosts from the Pac Man game go clubbing, this is what they would dance to. Lastly, "Without Boxes”. An unashamedly emotional storyteller and worthy of any dystopian cinematic adventure, sounds like a quartet of robotic hums. An odd, yet fitting finale, indeed.

Why:
Returning back to my rant, “Some Break The Shell" is crammed with soul and focuses more on the composition than that of trying to impress you with hooks, and even after your first listen it’s clear that King Unique would take more care in his productions than he would if he was defusing an atomic bomb.
If you like it, that alone is enough reason for you buy it.

I love music that makes me think “That’s incredible, how the f*** was that made?!”, this is such an EP.

Where, When & How:
"King Unique - Some Break The Shell" EP is out now on Canada’s foremost prog. label, microCastle, and is available via Beatport. The whole EP is also available to preview via SoundCloud.
Click here to buy EP from Beatport
Click here to listen to the previews on Soundcloud.


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(9/10)
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Links:

King Unique
Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud | YouTube | BeatPort

microCastle
Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud | YouTube | Beatport

Hills n’ Stuff.

Hills n’ Stuff.

Taperecorder & Lewis Bergen - Jetyr EP // OUT NOW!


★★★★★★ - “…definitely worth checking out.” - DJmag

Brand new 4-track EP, a finely blended mix of audio sketches from the collaboration of North American electronic music producer Taperecorder and British progressive electro house cross-over Lewis Bergen.

Out now, buy the EP from these stores, or stream for free via YouTube.

Google Play | iTunes | Amazon | JunoDownload