2013 has been quite the year for Curtis Jones, the multifaceted Midwesterner known variably as Green Velvet and Cajmere. As if having standout reworks of his hit single “Bigger Than Prince” become the respective anthems of Ibiza and Amsterdam Dance Event wasn’t enough, Jones recently delivered his first Green Velvet album in nearly four years on his Relief Records imprint. Rather than representing a cohesive conceptual whole, Unshakable is an unapologetic assortment of club-ready collaborations with some of the brightest names in the techno business.
Remixing a standout song is no easy task. Simply imprinting one’s sound and calling it a day will not suffice, as any remix need rise to the level of the original to warrant relevancy. Many have tried their hands at reworking Kavinsky‘s dark downtempo gem “Nightcall,” and while a few (most notably Breakbot) have succeeded, it’s hard to argue that any of its successors hold a candle to the gritty original.
The Drive soundtrack staple may yet reign supreme, but British trip hop trio London Grammar and Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard have given the track a brilliant reinterpretation that spins its unique charms in an entirely new direction. Goddard takes Hannah Reid’s haunting vocals from the album cut and sets them against a minimal yet masterful deep house backdrop, employing a vintage analog bass line amid tense synth modulation and stuttered snare breakdowns to mesmerizing effect.
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Hype Machine darling Thomas Jack has turned heads this year with his immaculate melodic productions, including chart-topping remixes of One Republic, Adrian Lux, and Of Monsters and Men. The Miami-based Aussie has returned with a noteworthy original mix that showcases his unique blend of tropical rhythms and laid-back woodwind leads. Featuring well-timed vocal snippets from JFK’s inaugural address and the sultry saxophone stylings of Adrian Symes, “Symphony” is a thoughtful production that follows no formulas in its progressive arrangement. In an era when cookie-cutter singles tend to crowd the airwaves, it’s always nice to see catchy and creative songs receive their just desserts. Download the track for free from Jack’s Facebook page.
Welcome back to Dancing Astronaut Studios with Dubspot! Picking up right where our last edition left off, our recent Dubspot Online Mixing and Mastering courses have focused on effects and techniques for keeping elements dynamic and moving within a mix. Just as we learned how delay and filter modulation could transform our sounds and help them fit more fluidly within the overall canvas of a song, this week we’ll take a look at how the addition of tremolo and pitch modulation to our audio arsenals can improve our productions. Our Dubspot instructor Daniel Wyatt swears by the Soundtoys Tremolator and Crystallizer plug-ins to achieve this.
Remember Volta Bureau‘s “Alley Cat,” the nu disco anthem that stormed to the top of the Beatport Indie chart a couple years back? Its architects have returned from a bit of a hiatus with a brand new remix of a classic house tune in advance of further pending projects. To herald their return, the trio have given Blunted Dummies’ 1993 vintage club track “House 4 All” a modern rework, infusing it with funky arpeggiated synths and patient percussion over a modulated Moog bass. The new take is available on a recently released compilation on Tittsworth and DJ Ayres’ T&A imprint.
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With iPads now running Traktor and a multitude of touch-oriented apps available for mobile music producers, it’s clear that touch sensitive technology will play a leading role in the dance music of the future. Deadmau5 has been using custom touch software longer than iPads have even existed (who remembers the Jazzmutant Lemur?), so it’s only fitting that he’s throwing his mau5head in the ring.
In a minute-long video uploaded today, the Canadian producer test-drives the software, which he describes as “still early in development,” on an enormous touch screen, setting up virtual knobs, faders and grids that will presumably control parameters in digital audio workstations like Ableton Live. While Deadmau5 revealed that he is partnering with Microsoft on the initiative, he was coy with any further details, only hinting that the software would drive OSC and MIDI to “other stuff.”
Techies shouldn’t sleep on this news. For all the headlines he makes for matters unrelated to music, there are very few artists out there who understand audio technology as well as Joel Zimmerman, and if his BSOD BFF Steve Duda has any hand in it, then it’s likely to be revolutionary.Posted by
Welcome back to Dancing Astronaut Studios with Dubspot! After a brief break, we’ve commenced Level 2 of the Dubspot Online Mixing and Mastering course and shifted our focus to the ways in which producers can modify elements to keep sounds fresh and dynamic. The first two techniques we’ve tackled have been the creative use of delay and modulating filters to breathe life into otherwise static sounds. Our Dubspot instructor Daniel Wyatt is a big fan of Soundtoys Echoboy and Filterfreak for achieving these effects.
While there’s plenty of great music to be heard at Amsterdam Dance Event, one would be remiss to neglect the many events, panels ,and keynote speakers unique to this conference, beginning today and running through Sunday, October 20th in fair Amsterdam. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all of the music, technology and industry offerings, but fear not — we’ve perused the list and selected our top three picks for next week’s festivities.
Dancing Astronaut Auditions is a feature dedicated to providing an outlet for fresh and original material to earn the audience it deserves. Each edition of Auditions will showcase a handful of standout submitted original mixes from a diversity of genres.
While the Internet has ushered in a new era of digital music collaboration that can transcend physical distance, the process remains far from easy. Missing samples, corrupted files and other technical snafoos still threaten each online exchange between music producers. In a content-driven profession in which ease and efficiency are vital to maximizing output, Splice offers a new beacon of hope.