It’s been in the pipeline for a hot minute. The ALM Pamela’s NEW Workout is out NOW and shipping here.
ALM sent us a Pamela’s NEW Workout to check out . Our resident synth aficionado and moustachioed hipster: Aleks, got a look:
Just realised it’s 06/05 now. Fell before the first hurdle. Having a wee chortle at my own stupidity there. If you can’t laugh at yourself, then you shouldn’t be allowed to laugh at all. In fact I think that’s the laughing police just passing by window just now. Not stopping at my house ! See ye’s later.
I better be quick, tell you about the 4 great records I brought home today, and don’t type pish. That’s what I’m going to do.
First of the four, is Lutto lento – Dark Secret World LP on Where to Now. Oooft. Yes. I loved the Lutto Lento 12 on WTN from while back.. and this record is booting me in the same baw… maybe even the other one as well. And It’s a proper LP. Just listened to two sides, and I think it’s getting flipped. I’m on his journey. Mento Lento.
ASC003 – 7 inch from Niagara. Ascender is the label. We just got stock delivered during week, in the best 7 inch cardboard boxes think I’ve seen. 3 7’s long. 21 inches I hear you think.. but it was probably a bit more like 22 23 with the packaging. Good boxes. And good records therein. In fact no one saw these records getting delivered, we are pretty sure they made their own way here. In fact I didn’t even put it on my deck right now. I’m currently standing arms aloft, saying Praise to the Techno Gods for delivering unto me ! . whilst at the same time, thinking, have I got a Techno Ali Bongo in my midst.
NCA004 – Dunno much more about. Apart from we are distributing and it’s a serious record. I have actually been looking forward to getting this TP.. as heard some of their music before… on Funkineven’s radio show, and we also had some of their tapes in the shop.. that I really wanted to hear more, and even got my old cassette deck wired back up especially to listen.. and it chewed the tape up. But I’ll try again.. it’s a double tape deck, with a dolby button.
and the last one.. which is a bit different from before.. shite, I can’t even read the name. I think that’s down to the artwork being a bit blurred, and not my eyes. I’ll need to check that again tomorrow. It does though sound like Prince and David Bowie camping out my back door.. in Barrhead… with me shouting out the window, ‘Howw cunts, want to keep it down, I’m trying to listen to this new Broken Call Record’ !
It does win the prize for the best label art of the night
I’m on the clock. There’s too many half written un posted blogs on the go here. I’m giving myself half an hour, then hitting the post button regardless. Starting… now. (Im simulating hitting a clock with a button) Like a Techno Chess player. Ahh shit, that would mean it’s someone else turn.. I think I might be falling at the first hurdle here… typing shite for 25 minutes and mentioning a couple of tunes in at the end. I’ve recognised the problem and addressing it.. the records ran out though.
And a good one it was too.. imho. Got few weeks back, and been one of my favourite rotators since.
Just checked link.. seems bit fast.. or maybe as usual I’m pitching down. Or maybe even playing at the wrong speed. Who cares.. I don’t give a fuck how the artist wanted it to sound, just that it sounds brilliant to me. In fact I’m getting a flashback.. I’m sure I’ve said that to someone.. “I really love the xx track, absolute belter.. but at the wrong speed”. Just in case you were about to get above yourself there.
Oh aye, 15 mins gone.. half time. I’ll have wee beer break, and be back to you once refreshed. .. aye if I had time.. it’s fast and furious blogging here. Power Blogging. I’ve only played 1 record right enough. Can you imagine DJ Godfather doing this. 15 minutes, he’s played about 50 records by now. One word about each. I’m going to steal that right off him.. or myself even.. belter.. shite. ..ghetto…love..prism.. artichoke.. etc. But that’s for another blog.
10 mins.. record on now.. STEPBACK001. – ThinkTank. Not heard of them for a while. Just grabbed this up the road today.. not knowing anything about it, and low n behold turns out it’s timeless Edinburgh Techno. When I say that, it’s timeless, as it could have been recorded anytime in the last 20 years.. Certainly ‘W Sludge’ track I’m listening to now…it’s just good techno.. and from Edinburgh.
Which brings me neatly to next record I’m putting on. I don’t know a great deal about it, you may know more about than me, but I know it’s got a gold sleeve, it says GQOM OH ! on it, it’s a double LP, and I know it’s from Durban.
It says “The Future Sound of Durban” on the cover. My first thought was.. “this is brilliant, I’m heading down there”, but apparently Durban is in South Africa, and not Northumberland, as I thought. Anyway, it’s a gatefold sleeve and looks like all the information I need is contained in the inside of the sleeve there, but it’s shrink wrapped and I’m not feeling I want to rip it off to get that info. Who cares.. all I care is that there’s a few belters of tunes on there.
And remember, it’s not where you’re at.. it’s where you’re from !! (or something like that).. Or where you can get to in half an hour to be more precise.
NEW WEBSITE. NEW BACK ROOM BOOGIE EXPERIMENTS.
Rather than just having to listen to one man’s shite (not the artist), then we are extending the Back Room Boogie Experiments, where there will be contributions from various members of the Rubadub clan. ( Ed – We’ll see about that)
The vibe is.. sharing with you what we are listening to in our back rooms of an evening, (when I say back rooms, I mean the house, rather than the super club), and deem that the the record is worthy of a mention. Nothing more than that. You can decide yourself whether they are good or not,. I’d like to think most will be, but while we like to think of ourselves as very professional, I’d imagine there will be few slip through where the author has been on the Tennent’s.
I’m going to kick off this Back Room Boogie Experiments and share what I’m listening to right now with you. . think I might be repeating myself already.. but what I’m not going to do, is talk too much shite. Just records.. do I need to say.. it’s just records ? I’m sure you’ll know that anyway.. (Ed – apart from a cassette)
First few ones I’ve got playing are from a wee batch I brought home today. (Ed – this was actually written couple weeks ago, and just not posted.. common problem that with DJ Doh here). .. Think there could be few belters in here . Just realised the first 2 listened to are from Japan. Samo DJ & Maxxbass – SNAKER008. Sounding like I’ll get my moneys worth out of this, and this other bad ass mofo T’s-001. BRF. Freaky Japanese Techno. On the minor chord, and rough as. (but that might just be my needle). Thinking U-Trax meets Jamal Moss on a bullet train. Japanese Techno records.. like buses. Here’s an upside down pic of the Future Sound of Japan selection..
(Ed – Also from Japan. NCA PAN. on Cassette. Check that out.. if you’ve got a cassette ‘player’)
Now I’m delving in to this blast from the past.. well about 2 weeks ago.. (Ed -now 4) .. but suspect will be on the deck for more than a few weeks to come. ISPT010. Le Matin Isaiah Tapes. However just checked this link, and the killer track I’m listening to now, isn’t there. Guess you’ll just need to buy the record if want to know what that sounds like. There are others on there worth the purchase anyway. VFM.
I also got this wee nugget of a present sent to me last week.(Ed – now 3) It was like Christmas come early. Egg box for packaging, cracker of a postcard enclosed, and a belter of 7 inch record. Amfibia21. I think there’s some Japanese connection there as well.
Thumbs Up record on TTT ! Anthony Naples – Slice for Life. Bought this last week (Ed – now 2), not knowing what was. Nailer. Loving it. Flipping it. Big up ma man Anthony Naples, who’s been releasing some seriously good shit on his Proibito label. Consistently. I’m just looking for my PRB019 test. Had for a while. Love it, but canny find it. But anyway, it’s released next week. (Ed – now last) Check that out as well. Although I think I just ventured into talking about records I’m thinking about, rather than playing. Can’t allow that ! “Oh aye I was thinking about that belter of a tune, in fact I’ve not even bought it yet”. That’s for a different blog. There’s no shite talking on here ! (Ed – too late) . PLAYING NOW.. the new Novel Sound NS-15. .. both sides. I seem to have moved from Japan to NYC ! Here’s a wee pic of some Brooklyn Beats.
I seem to be getting very geographical about my music this evening.
But If your going to get geographical about your music, then you’ll struggle to beat this. Especially if from the west coast of Scotland. Big in Brodick !!
(Ed – You’re barred)
Sequencias is the NYC based label set up by JM De Frias in 2011. The label’s oeuvre is far from easy to generalise, ranging from challenging and cerebral electronics to demented jakbeat workouts, but one thing is certain: Only open minds will reap the full benefit from it’s growing discography, and whether you’re hearing Aroy Dee’s blinding remix of Willie Burns’ “Another Place, Another Time” in the club, or The Healing Force Project’s “Hybrid 1” in the headphones, you can guarantee you’ll be treated to an impeccable palette of sounds thanks to the on-point curation of De Frias and the stunning talents of the artists he chooses to grace his label. He also just happens to be a seriously killer DJ with far-ranging tastes, so we thought we’d rope him into doing a mix for us, and thankfully he obliged. With Ame, Michael Boothman and Agitation Free (to name but a few) featuring, where could you possibly go wrong? Not only that, but we had the chance to catch up De Frias for a chat about Sequencias’ modus operandi, some of it’s highlights so far and hot nuggets scheduled for the future… Continue reading
William Burnett has been making records since 2005. Recent converts to his sound will know him best as Willie Burns, with E.Ps on L.I.E.S, Crème Organization, Sequencias and The Trilogy Tapes. Those who caught on earlier will know him for the Disco-tainted weirdness of Grackle, his work with Legowelt as Smackulator and his collaboration with Elliot Lipp, Galaxy Toobin’ Gang, not to mention teaming up with the mighty Professor Genius as PG&S. Recently he has been known under the names Daywalker and Black Deer, the latter producing a blinding E.P cut by Rush Hour that dropped last month. Whichever name Burnett adopts, one thing is certain: the results are always going to inimitable. Aside from being a prolific producer, Burnett is also a curator supreme in his role as head honcho of W.T Records, putting to wax the likes of Alex Israel, Hunee, Sir Stephen, Ex Vivian and Shawn O’Sullivan to name a few. Mark caught up with Will to ask him a few questions about his status, working at the legendary The Thing, running a label, the mighty Woz and some other highly interesting subjects. In addition he gave us a killer mix for ya’ll to tuck into, consisting of burning psych, cosmic house, recondite bleepcore and beyond, into realms that not even the most adjective-happy journalist could describe….. Continue reading
The 500 series format (or lunchbox) has been around for some time (to be precise: 1978 with the launch of Datatronics first 10 slot powered rack) but it’s only relatively recently come to prominence. Maybe it’s because budgets are getting tighter or maybe it’s because studios are getting smaller but the lunchbox seems to be de-rigeur in a lot of setups these days.
It’s probably because the 500 series is a modular format (and anyone who knows us knows we love modular!) meaning it’s affordable, customisable, compact and portable. What you start with is the rack, which is a powered case with audio I/O on the back. These are available in various sizes from various companies ranging from whopping 10 slot, 19" rack-mountable monsters to compact, wee ultra-portable 3 slot boxes. Once you’ve got your desired rack, then you can start having fun buying modules…
It’s good news then that there are tons of manufacturers around making interesting, high quality audio processors for you to slot into your lunchbox. These range from conventional compressors to weird and wonderful sonic manglers like the Moog analogue delay and ladder filter. Check it’s capabilities in this vid!
We’ve also been impressed by the folk at Golden Age Projects. They’re making faithful recreations of some classic bits of analogue hardware in the 500 series format including this rather impressive microphone preamplifier. Kudos to the first person who can name what it’s been modelled on…
The dons at Radial, who have been making high-end problem solvers and other audio accessories since 1991 have also been pretty instrumental in the lunchbox game and they have a collection of compatible equipment including the incredible Komit compressor.
It’s also worth checking out new kid on the block Lindell Audio who are making a stunning range of 500 series modules and racks at seriously competitive prices. Oh, and when we say they are a new kid, that’s not strictly true because the man behind Lindell Audio is one Tobias Lindell, a music producer who has been around the block and knows a thing or too about high quality audio engineering. Watch this space for some arriving at RAD…
Warm Audio are deserving of your attention too. The WA12 microphone preamplifier sounds lush and, as you would expect, errrr, warm so, it’s perfect for adding a full, rich tone to your vocal processing.
And, of course, we couldn’t talk about 500 series without a tip of the hat to the godfathers of the format: API. They were building modular consoles way back in the 1970s and they implemented the VPR alliance, which is our way of saying that these boys know their onions. Anyway, you should all be checking the API gear out. It’s the nuts.
All that and we haven’t even mentioned the plethora of DIY projects and other nerdy stuff out there for the lunchbox….
It’s been that Long I’ve forgot what number I’m at. But in that time I’ve been learning to put pictures up. It’s the full audio visual experience. Well for me anyway. I’ve been inspired to get back into the blogesphere of recent, as I’ve heard about a couple of people that have actually bought records they have read about in this here blog. Mental ! But what’s more mental is that they actually seem to have liked them.
I was going to try and get a wee MBRBE wax in about the hot current dancing anthems that are making me strip down to the under crackers, don the headphones, close my eyes and go Paisley mental, before we hit the wedding season.. of which there are few this year. I’ve got 3 in 8 days. 2 in 1 weekend, and most are requiring some tunes.. so that will be the ploughed musical furrow for a few months. Watch this space. We’ll see if your so keen to buy the tunes then eh. That will be the Back room test ! Quite looking forward to sharing some of the wedding secret weapons actually.. some of my favourite records.
Back to the task in hand. Listening to records. The wife is away on a hen doo for one of the aforementioned weddings. Fiona’s managed to wangle the girls away to Amsterdam. The guys are going to Tom’s in Loch Lomond. Well not actually in Loch Lomond, well maybe a few, but it will just be a musical lockdown. Perfect. Right looking forward to that. 2 days of good records. Apart from mine of course.
So with the wife away, I have been doing all the things I’m not allowed to do. Like working on my scooter in the hall.
She’ll never know. She doesn’t read this blog.
Oh aye records. Well I canny seem to get off the love and wedding vibe, and started to record some tunes to send over to the girls in the Dam. If you’re interested, some of them were, Gallifre and Mondee’s Don’t walk out on Love on Gherkin, Blake Baxter’s Your All I ever Wanted, Karen Young I’m Hot for You, Shalamar Right in the Pocket, a bit of Church action with Moodymann’s Ya Blessin, and Fiona’s fave Oh Romeo These Mammery’s, sorry Memories from Bobby O. I’m Blessin You’s.. except I better hurry up and get it to them. Which probably won’t happen tbh. Another one strictly for my own enjoyment no doubt.
So aye tomorrows music today. New 3 Chairs promo sounding good. Available soon in way too small quantity. New Dixon Ave Basement Jams, Marquis Hawkes. DABJ-1204. That Higher Forces is pretty killer. Been rocking my back room jams (sounds a bit dodgy) for quite a while now. The privilege’s of the white label. Now released..
Another RAD associated label, well not associated really, as it is ours, is a wee series of releases we are pressing, usual white sketch with a stamp, and by hot talent that make good records, and we want to release. How’s that for a concept for a label ! Thinking outside your box. No artwork or names. But you may get a clue in the catalogue numbers. Or just by listening to the music even. RAD-AN1 being the first. Maybe I’ll give you a bit of inside info, to say thanks for reading this far. Without giving too much away.. if you’re in a club and you think you see Justin Timberlake’s wee brother dropping some quality House jams, then it may be this man.
While we are on tip of self promotion.. not really our style, but I’m going to roll with it for now. Like buses. The other night I had a tune in my head, and was doing the preverbal nut in as knew it so well. The more I sang it to myself, the better it was getting. I knew it was a big record for us, that could have been from anytime in the 15 to 2 years. Then I got it. Turns out it was on our own Dalriada label, which is from not a kick in the arse off about 15 years ago. Stands the test of time, at least in my heid, which I suppose was the main pre requisite of the labels concepts.
It’s about time we got a bit more active on that front.
Watch this space as they say..
That’s it for the licking your own arse show for this evening. I better go and get the wife sent over yon recording for the hen party, before they come home, and I’m still standing here listening to music. Hopefully not in my Y fronts, and headphones on. I’m sure there’s an urban myth in there somewhere.
Oh before I go.. and while on a promotion tip, here’s an avenue of PR we were exploring a few years back. Didn’t catch on though.
Respect to that man. I think I took the tattoo’d promotion a bit far, when I got a flyer for a gig at 69 tattoo’d on my chest. Orland Voorn special guest, 19.11.97. Timeless I thought. Until the day after the gig. It wasny that though.. he never turned up !
Might be about time to stop typing shite.
We’ve been fans of Ableton since day one. It’s no exaggeration to say they totally revolutionised the way the people use computers for making music when it was launched back in 1999. It would also be fair to say we’ve been waiting a little while for this latest update and Ableton have got a lot riding on it. Expectation is pretty high and on first tests we’re pleased to report we’re pretty chuffed with it.
The browser is waaaayyy better than it was previously (with extremely slick link through to MAX/MSP), the time stretch/pitch shift is audibly improved, there are more effects and they all sound gallus, the user interface has the same streamlined, slick look we’re used to and, perhaps most importantly, the new audio to MIDI function is absolutely incredible.
Basically, it’s what we’ve come to expect from Ableton: simple, effective and incredibly usable software with absolutely unparalleled workflow. You can order your copy of Live 9 here or order you copy of Live Suite here.
….and we haven’t even mentioned Push yet….
Wireless technology is pretty slick and also pretty useful and Pioneer have been pretty ahead of the curve on this front: what with the release of their XDJ-Aero last year, which was quickly followed up by the announcement of similar wireless technology being used in their Nexus series of CDJs and mixers. It’s a new frontier and we’ll be exploring the territory with them down at our favourite local haunt, Max’s bar on the 13th March. There’s more information here and a direct link to sign up here.
Oh, and did we mention there will be a free pair of Pioneer HDJ-1500 headphones being given away to one lucky entrant?