Novation has revealed its latest additions to the Launchpad family of MIDI controllers — Launchpad X and Launchpad Mini MK3.
Respectively priced at £179.99 and £99.99, the former is the first full-sized model in the range since 2015's Launchpad Pro arrived, packing 64 pads with pressure and velocity sensitivity which the company says are its most responsive to date.
The Chemical Brothers have shared full details of their forthcoming 20th anniversary reissue of 1999 album 'Surrender'.
After an outstanding set at AVA Festival, Armagh’s own Holly Lester has emerged as one of 2018’s most noteworthy names to watch. Bequeathed with a pair of CDJs at 14, Lester cut her teeth on electro and progressive house before bouncing between jungle, d&b and hard dance amongst other fast-paced cuts over the years.
Miss Red is an outsider, descended from an immigrant Polish family who “were getting shit ‘cause they were Jewish” when they lived in Morocco, but also for being North African while living in Israel. Eventually leaving Israel, the fierce MC spent time in London and Berlin and became a regular part of The Bug’s touring line-up. For that reason, he has produced her debut album, ‘K.O.’, which does indeed deliver many knockout punches.
The electro-techno contortions of Solid Blake are generating shockwaves deep in the underground. The creation of Copenhagen-based Glaswegian Emma Blake, it was when she moved to the Danish capital (after several years working at Glasgow’s Subcity Radio) that she became emboldened to make her own material and begin playing out more.
Snapped up by Med School, Flexout Audio and Beat Machine relatively early on in his career, Lynch Kingsley has been thrust into the limelight with a sound that manages to artfully combine psychedelic d&b with a juke/jungle aesthetic to create an atmospheric, almost cinematic quality to each of his tracks.
New York’s Abby Echiverri only released her first solo EP in June, but you’d be hard pushed to find a more accomplished debut. Arriving on The Bunker — after a track on the label’s 15 Years Of compilation earlier in 2018 — all four hardware-based tracks reimagine broken beat, techno and electro in refreshing new ways. They swing low, with booming kicks and modulated percussive lines that are all masterfully de ned and pack a visceral punch with equal cerebral clout.
“One of my favourite emotions is surprise and, for me, a good DJ is a master in the element of surprise,” says The Netherlands’ rising DJ Merel, to explain her wildly diverse but always cohesive sets. “This is my ultimate goal when I play music.” Originally from the small city of Leiden, but now Amsterdam-based, Merel ten Braak has generated hype thanks to her appearances on Red Light Radio and rapidly increasing schedule of gigs across Europe.
Fabric have revealed the bulk of their Saturday night line-ups taking them through until the end of the year with the likes of Seth Troxler, Joseph Capriati and KiNK all newly confirmed to play at the club.
The new series of dates kicks off on 13th October with Craig Richards and Prosumer leading the charge in the main room, while Mike Servito and Magda will play an extended b2b in the second room.
Rødhåd is amongst the names confirmed for Moondance, a techno festival set in an historic Croatian castle this summer, adding another reason to head for the Balkans in the coming months.
Now in its sixth edition, the event will run from 9th to 11th August, and takes place at the Kamerlengo Fortress, a 15th Century structure sitting on the Adriatic coast at Trogir, a small island city around 5KM from Split. The town was recently ranked amongst the most stunning settlements of its kind by National Geographic.
inner city electronic, a brand-new, multi-venue festival set over the city of Leeds on Saturday 2nd June, has locked in KiNK, Floating Points, Peggy Gou and more for its launch this summer.
The festival involves a range of electronic music with a collection of live and DJ sets. Artists Joy Orbison, Midland, and Andrew Weatherall will play with more to be announced.
AVA Festival and Conference has confirmed its first names for this year, as the Belfast weekender looks to cement its status as Northern Irelend's most pioneering electronic music event, which is set for 1st and 2nd June 2018.
Boiler Room x Ballantine’s have announced the third instalment of their True Music Partnership.
Titled True Music: Hybrid Sounds, the three-continent tour pairs live electronic music pioneers KiNK, Overmono, Dollkraut and rRoxymore with traditional musicians to explore the exciting possibilities at the intersection of electronic and acoustic music.