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Is the Finnish EKS company coming of age with this new digital DJing interface?

The Otus comes across as a truly professional product for controlling DJ software and features a built-in six-channel Burr Brown soundcard, which sounds really fat....

Bangkok comes together for one-day dance festival

With electronic music very much a global commodity these days, new markets have began to emerge with increasing regularity. The latest region to take a shining to the sound is South-East Asia, with Bangkok’s Together Festival very much indicative of the fact.

Loopmasters have joined forces with Hospital Records' to produce new sample CDs.

Top producers from the label provide a full dose of medically proven beats, basslines and musical loops for sick sample heads.


First up is drum...

Spectrasonics new virtual synth Omnisphere 1.5 raises the bar yet again

Spectrasonics have unveiled a major new version of Omnisphere, their flagship virtual synth. This beast has just got even meatier, with a load of new...

iPhone users get a virtual studio

Quit hooting your trap off for a minute and turn your iPhone into a virtual MPC500. Not a joke, but a new native application from...

Julio Bashmore 'Au Seve'

Care, consideration and caution are not always words associated with the fleeting world of dance music. DJs and promoters springing up and disappearing quicker than Eats Everything can guzzle a pint of the black stuff, it's tempting for the next pretty young thing getting hyped to high heaven to go for broke; rush out a series of half-finished tracks off their hard drive and sit back and wait for that cash-money to roll in. Not Bashmore.

Groove Armada

To the uninitiated, Groove Armada's return to making underground house music might appear something of a change in direction. It is, of course, nothing of the sort. Andy Cato and Tom Findlay have found themselves, thanks to a solid decade of commercial success, stuffed clumsily into all manner of pigeon holes; from dance-pop to pop-dance to chill-out to stadium-dance to ragga-dance and any number of other sub genres you might care to mention.

Electronic music conferences are taking place all over the world in 2006: Madrid & San Fran have announced they will host major events this summer.

More proof of the global strength of dance music came this week, with the announcement of two new electronic music conferences.

Madrid and San Francisco...

Shut Up And Dance's triple CD retrospective

Sir Stephen Fry, Dame Judy Dench and Shut Up And Dance, aka PJ and Smiley, might not immediately appear to have anything in common. It's...

Charging through big rooms

This year the British Breakthrough DJ award has gone to a producer. Actually, that might have been how we saw Funkagenda a few years ago...

Make tasty beats online with Beat Maker from Splice

Splice, is a cloud based service for music creation, collaboration and sharing, a new venture that brings DJs and Producers together in one community.

Skream 'Let's Get Ravey Mix' Of La Roux 'In For The Kill' Killer Instinct: Hands-in-the-air anthem slays dancefloors

In 2009, nothing short of Gordon Brown appointing Simon Cowell to advise the government on financial policy could have captured the country's mood more. Only...

Flying High - FLY53 spread their wings

FLY53 had originally been in the business of making t-shirts for friends’ bands, noodling around printing up limited edition t-shirts for mates and other skatewear...

Jack Your Body! - Jackmaster’s searing DJ sets capture the hybrid zeitgeist of dance in 2010 — anBest Breakthrough Producer >>>d beyond...

Not so long ago, DJs were roughly split into two camps. On one side you had the ‘entertainers’; grinning Fatboy Slim-aping goons armed with bags...

Bestival

In its nine-year history, Bestival has become one of the biggest festivals in the country, with only really Glastonbury rivalling it in terms of the legendary names that headline each year. In 2012 it was musical genius Stevie Wonder that provided the big draw, but with hundreds of other acts from Azealia Banks to The xx to New Order spanning numerous genres and generations, Bestival really is the festival for everyone.