Kimyan Law defies simple description in more ways than one. An exiled child of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s long-running, ever-intractable civil war, his unique personal history forms a key part of his creative puzzle. He tells DJ Mag that this cultural, emotional and familial disconnect from his heritage “really, really hurts”, a pain compounded by racial exclusion in his home of Austria.
Last month, Point Blank made their way to Amsterdam to attend the annual Amsterdam Dance Event, 2019. Whilst there, they visited a variety of panels and parties as well as got the chance to catch up with some incredible producers and DJs – not to mention some exciting newcomers. During the many musical Q & A’s they got stuck into, they made sure to ask one simple question each time: “What is your one tip for an upcoming electronic music producer?” The results were inspiring to say the least.
Point Blank are back with another track breakdown, this time delving into the magic behind Hannah V’s silky smooth ‘No’, featuring the talented Pepper Rose.
'Paul's Boutique', Beastie Boys’ second album, is the sound of unrestrained musical joy; an adventure playground bouncy castle fart-joke of a record where boundary-pushing, world-building fun drips from every pore. It is also utterly influential, a work of sampling technology running wild, free and unencumbered by legal headaches — a cut-and-paste, plunder-phonic masterpiece that The Avalanches, Beck and The Chemical Brothers would all sound very different without. Much of the credit for this must go to the Dust Brothers, the L.A.
Needless to say, this surreal eclecticism was not what the Beastie Boys’ frat-boy fanbase was expecting. Released in July 1989, three years after their debut, ‘Paul’s Boutique’ limped to 24 on the U.S. Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, and the group’s new label, Capitol, soon gave up on it. The album did have some fans, though: Chuck D once claimed in an interview that the “dirty secret” among the black hip-hop community was that “‘Paul’s Boutique’ had the best beats,” while jazz legend Miles Davis apparently said he never got bored of listening to the album.
Point Blank are back with a new video tutorial, this time teaching you how to score a horror film with their Advanced Composition lecturer, Claude Ruelle. Beginning his career as a jazz guitarist, performing alongside artists such as Pierre-Alain Goualch, Claude has since created soundtracks for games such as ‘Penguin Tales’ and ‘My Time At Portia’ – so he certainly knows his stuff when it comes to soundtracks.
Point Blank have again teamed up with Resident Advisor to launch their scholarship programme, the Young Producers Scholarship. This scholarship initiative was created to help passionate musicians who may not have the opportunities or funding to reach the heights that they are capable of.