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May 06
2015

Sony Pulls Music From SoundCloud

Negotiations between SoundCloud and Sony Music have allegedly hit a new low, with the major label pulling music by several of its artists from the streaming service, largely due to what an industry insider calls "a lack of monetization opportunities" from the platform.

Affected artists so far include Hozier, Passion Pit, Adele, and MS MR, with plenty more looking likely to follow. The takedowns, which currently only affect official artist pages, come as SoundCloud is still in a transitional phase regarding the monetization features of its service. Warner was the first major label to sign an agreement with the company, who now offer an ad-supported service called "On SoundCloud," which has already paid out over $2 million in advertising revenue since its launch in December last year. The other two of the three majors, Universal Music and Sony, have officially declined to comment on the status of their talks with SoundCloud, though the takedowns seems to suggest that the latter isn't happy with the choice.

Billboard cited a "notable artist manager" in saying that "[SoundCloud] has been a good place for exposure, but at the same time, artists and labels need to get paid for music. Until that can be worked out, we’re going to have situations that are incompatible with artist development." Though plenty are hypothesizing that Sony's actions are due to the label taking issue with the income SoundCloud is offering, a lack of official word means the true reason remains a mystery for now.
May 06
2015

The Rinse 10: Curated By Culture Shock

Drum & bass brethren, it's time for another dose of new D&B with The Rinse. For this week's episode, RAM Records producer Culture Shock checks in to give us his favorite cuts at the moment.

Through his undeniable production talent, Culture Shock has become one of the brightest beacons in D&B over the last decade. From his start at the noteworthy Moving Shadow imprint to his current home at the mighty RAM Records, Culture Shock's story is one of spontaneous generation.

While the Londoner's hits date back to the beginning of his career, it was 2007 that the young producer took his career to new heights after signing to RAM. Subsequently, countless hits ensued, including the anthemic Troglodyte, I Remember, and massive Brookes Brothers collab, Rework.

Just a few short weeks ago, the coveted artist released yet another instant classic just in time for summer called City Lights. The tune has garnered support across the entire BBC Radio 1 and is getting regular rotation from scene's top DJs including Friction, Andy C, and Matrix & Futurebound. To add to the buzz already surrounding the tune, RAM recently released a limited run of vinyl strictly for the die-hards.

Be sure to catch Culture Shock at one the various festivals he'll be smashing in the coming months including South West Four and Sundown. Now, let's see what Culture Shock has to say about his top tracks at the moment.

DLR & Break - Human Error (Original Mix) [Dispatch]
I love the super crisp production on this track. Minimalist drum & bass at it's best--very cool. One for the headz.
PURCHASE

Madface - Bright Future (Original Mix) [RAM]
This is really great for the end of the night, such a vibesy track. Works just as well at the end of my set or even on the flight or car on the way back home.
PURCHASE

Culture Shock feat. Bryn Christopher - City Lights (Original Mix) [RAM]
My new single, am so pleased this is still getting a great reaction on dance floors considering I've been playing it out for a few years. Super excited this is finally getting an official release. PURCHASE

Crystal Fighters - Love Alight (Culture Shock Remix) [Zirkulo]
Another tune for the end of the night, always gets a big crowd reaction. I really enjoyed doing this remix for the Crystal Fighters.
PURCHASE

Mind Vortex - Against The Grain (Original Mix) [RAM]
Huge track, proper drum & bass in your face. Guaranteed to get the party started--this is Mind Vortex at their finest. I've been double dropping this with my tune Troglodyte in my sets and it goes off.
PURCHASE

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DLR & Break - Human Error (Original Mix) [Dispatch]
Madface - Bright Future (Original Mix) [RAM]
Culture Shock feat. Bryn Christopher - City Lights (Original Mix) [RAM]
Crystal Fighters - Love Alight (Culture Shock Remix) [Zirculo]
Mind Vortex - Against the Grain (Original Mix) [RAM]
May 06
2015

Digitalism Ain’t Slippin On ‘Roller’

German electro duo Digitalism returns with a brazen electro-tech number they're calling Roller and hint that they are returning to the studio to complete their next album.

In an interview with Thump, the duo shared details for their next album and how they plan to go back to their roots:

"Musically, we've had quite a journey since our first record. But then, it can also be exciting to go back to where you're coming from––Which is why we spend a lot of time in our Hamburg WWII bunker studio. There's no windows, you know, so there's no outlook. You have to come up with it yourself. And you have to be loud in there, because the walls are three feet thick."

Roller definitely has enough frenzied synth work to harken back to Digitalism's earlier productions, making this track perfectly suited for a sweaty, after-hours club or warehouse haunt.

The entire Roller EP will be available June 8 via Magnetism with a couple unreleased remixes, and you can pre-order it here.
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/204153913
Digitalism - Roller (Original Mix) [Magnetism]
May 06
2015

‘Believe’ In Maya Jane Coles’ Nocturnal Sunshine

Dark, soulful, and ambient would be the best three words to describe Believe, the latest single from Nocturnal Sunshine, the alias of tech house superstar on the rise Maya Jane Coles. ​

The stuttering groove feels more rhythmic ballad than peak-hour player as UK-based vocalist Chelou's lovelorn entreaties combine with the unique bassline of the track for something heavier-than-expected but certainly not off-putting. With two mesmerizing singles already in the books, it's clear that this side project is one worth sticking around for. ​

Pre-oder Noctural Sunshine ahead of its May 26 release on iTunes here and instantly pick up Believe. You can listen to the album's first single, Take Me There, here.
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/203848602
Nocturnal Sunshine feat. Chelou - Believe (Original Mix) [I/AM/ME]
May 06
2015

TWRK’s ‘We Are TWRK’ EP Is Your Summer Soundtrack

DJ Benzi and DJ Esentrik's pairing as TWRK has consistently involved creating ear-worming, twerk-styled tracks that have gained favor both in clubs and at festivals worldwide. On their just-released Mad Decent EP We Are TWRK, this trend continues. In four tracks, the duo retains their trademark style while also expanding their well-regarded pop and rap-friendly sound.

Spring Break and Helicopter are the previously released tracks here. The former features Jersey-based rapper Dougie F of DJ Fire's Jersey club crossover hit Back Up On It and California party rap/EDM trio The Rej3ctz rapping about cavorting with female college students on their favorite yearly mid-semester excursion. With warped, guitar-style synths resonating against a thumping bassline, the overall production is cleanly mixed and well-executed. Helicopter carries much of the same froclicking feel, but bears more of a Major Lazer-meets-DJ Mustard tropical/twerk sound.

Make It Bounce is a collaboration with Canadian producer Lambo and has a vibe similar to Diplo's Express Yourself. The track combines the booty-grooving party flow of a New Orleans-based rapper (insert Fly Boy Keno for the now-deceased Nicky Da B) and impressively maintaining the swing of bounce within the bombast of big-room kicks, claps, and synths. It's likely as impressive of a listen in the club as it is over headphones for a deeper critique.

However, the EP's best overall production is the deep house, future bass, and twerk-combining track Dump It. Dump what you ask? Well, the vocal sample on the track advises that in trying to "dump it," "don't get frustrated if you can't do it on your first try." We'll leave the rest to the imagination. Sounding similar to what would happen if you locked Duke Dumont, Lido, and Mannie Fresh in a studio for a weekend, it packs a thrilling and melodic thump.

We Are TWRK is available via Beatport here.
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/204042276
TWRK - Dump It (Original Mix) [Mad Decent]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/204042283
TWRK - Make It Bounce (Original Mix) [Mad Decent]