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Apr 01
2015

What So Not Drops George Maple Collab, ‘Gemini’

After losing member Flume (pictured above, left), avant-garde beats outfit What So Not's remaining half Emoh (above, right, formerly Emoh Instead) released the first taste of the forthcoming Gemini EP today featuring vocals by 2014 breakout star George Maple.

Chris "Emoh" Emerson is joined by his former partner Flume, listed in the production credits as Harley Streten, on the lush, shimmering R&B item and the title track of WSN's soon-to-be-released EP. Depending on when production ended in relation to the split, Flume could be featured on more or all of the release. No release date or tracklist has yet been announced, but check back for more of the Gemini EP, and catch What So Not tour dates below.

The Gemini EP - North America Tour
April 2 Thu - Miramar Theatre - Milwaukee Wisconsin: bit.ly/1NKdojC
April 3 Fri - The Marc - San Marcos Texas: ticketf.ly/1BNJoer
April 10 Fri - Mezzanine - San Francisco California: bit.ly/1BNJsKV
April 11 Sat - Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival - Indio California
April 15 Wed - Whiskey Bar - Portland Oregon: bit.ly/1GMAaFF
April 16 Thu - Stereo Live - Houston Texas: bit.ly/1MBwo6I
April 17 Fri - Beta Nightclub - Denver Colorado: bit.ly/1Dw7hww
April 18 Sat - Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival - Indio California
April 22 Wed - The Coliseum - Tallahassee Florida: bit.ly/1CydQwB
April 23 Thu - Venue 578 - Orlando Florida: bit.ly/1IRLsHO
April 24 Fri - U Street Music Hall - Washington District of Columbia: ticketf.ly/1MBwE5L
April 25 Sat - The Broadberry - Richmond Virginia: ticketf.ly/1BNJW3J
May 1 Fri - Shaw Conference Centre - Edmonton Alberta
May 16 Sat - GoHARD Bayfront Park - Miami Florida
May 23 Sat - CounterPoint Music and Arts Festival Kingston Downs Georgia

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What So Not feat. George Maple - Gemini (Original Mix)
Apr 01
2015

The Knocks Revive Classic Disco With ‘Collect My Love’

The Knocks have experimented with a diverse range of sound recently, but the New York production duo returns to their disco roots for Collect My Love, the latest track from their forthcoming So Classic EP.

A stark contrast to the downtempo quality of the group's last release Dancing With Myself, Collect My Love is brimming with feel-good, high energy vibes. Soulful and melodic piano chords blend with bright synths to give the track a retro disco quality, a sound that's augmented by Alex Newell's soulful and euphoric vocals. Once again, The Knocks prove that no matter where their inspiration leads them, it sounds incredible.

Collect My Love will be featured on on the duo's So Classic EP, which releases April 7 on Big Beat. Preorder it here.
The Knocks feat. Alex Newell - Collect My Love [Big Beat]
Apr 01
2015

Stay Plugged In 27

Welcome to the 27th installment of Stay Plugged In. This week we are all about the analogs. We review three free analog synthesizers that you will most definitely want to add to your stable.

Phutura



Fans of the Roland Alpha Juno series of synthesizers and the “Hoover sound” will be blown away by this plugin and its faithful emulation of both. Install this baby, fire her up, and have tons of fun making classic rave sounds or just playing the very useable presets. Phutura is a must-have for any analog purist's plugin collection. It is available in Windows VST format.

Features
  • Eight voices polyphony
  • 3 oscillators (sawtooth, pulse and sub, with 4-6 subtypes each) and white noise waveform
  • Non-resonant high pass filter (4 modes), resonant low pass filter
  • LFO, ADSR envelope, pitch bender, mod wheel and key tracking
  • Chorus effect
  • 128 Presets


Free download

Club Voltage



Club Voltage is a three-oscillator subtractive synthesis plugin. The included presets just scratch the surface of what this synthesizer can do. Your time will be best spent tweaking the knobs to create your own form of sonic mayhem. Once you play around a bit, some great sounds can be coaxed forth from this little gem. Club Voltage is available in Windows VST format.

Features
  • Three oscillators
  • Modulation Matrix
  • Three Envelopes
  • Bitcrusher
  • Chorus and delay effects plus equalizer


Free download

Twin Bass



Twin Bass gets its name from the twin filter architecture it employs. This allows it to deliver great mid-range bass sounds. Its modulation matrix allows you to further coax forward low Hz goodness. Twin Bass can deliver some great and very usable sounds with very little effort due to its simple and well laid out control structure. Twin Bass is available in Windows VST format.

Features
  • Two oscillators
  • Two filters
  • Feedback loop for filter section
  • Two-mode distortion effect
  • Three LFOs
  • Three envelopes
  • Modulation matrix
  • Mono or polyphonic modes


Free download

Submit plugins for review consideration to plugins@lessthan3.com
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Apr 01
2015

ZHU And Lido Cosign Gallant And His New Single, ‘Open Up’

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Gallant - Open Up (Original Mix) [Mind of a Genius]
Apr 01
2015

The Rinse 06: Curated By Dr Meaker

(Pictured from left to right: Tom, Laurent, Lorna, Clive)

Ladies and gents, The Rinse is back to again to sate your D&B addiction for the week. For this special episode, multi-genre outfit and LT3 favorite Dr Meaker gives us their weekly selection of tracks worth a proper rinsing.

Originally starting as a live band back in 2004, Dr Meaker has explored various genres of electronic music over the years, crafting a sound that can be described as mildly acoustic with layers of heavy synthetics. The group eventually hit their stride in the late 2000s, coalescing around a funk-inflected style of D&B, bubbling with dancefloor energy.

Success-bound, the Bristol natives reached new heights in 2012 after releasing their massive tune Music in the Night on Bryan Gee's V Recordings. Since then, Dr Meaker has gone on to produce a slew of D&B anthems such as Fighter, Don't Think It's Love, and Right Back, while making appearances at huge festivals like Outlook and Bestival, to name a few.

Now, the streaking band readies their superb new drum & bass tune called Freaks, due out April 16th on Circus Records. Already getting huge support from MTV and BBC Radio 1Xtra, the tune is available for pre-order on iTunes and can also be streamed via Spotify.

Without further ado, let's have a listen to the selections handpicked by Dr Meaker, and check out what they had to say about this eclectic mix of tunes for this episode of The Rinse. In the inimitable words of Dillinja, "All Aboard!"

Iyes - Simmer (Acoustic)
Clive: The chords, melodies and harmonies are so sad and soulful. It's a beautiful track and although it is produced in an almost demo-esque live lounge style, I wouldn't have it any other way. Perfect.
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Kwabs - Perfect Ruin (Orignal Mix) [Warner]
Tom: The vocal is amazing and the music supports this perfectly. His voice really impresses me in this track. The production is next level. I especially love the piano in this as it reminds me of Massive Attack, it has a darker edge.
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Jack Garratt - Chemical (Original Mix) [Island]
Laurent: He has a great voice with a particularly smooth falsetto. I like that the texture in the song is apparent in every aspect of it - from the production, to vocal technique, to lyrical content. It's very gritty, yet lovely all at once.
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Madeon feat. Kyan - You're On (Original Mix) [popcultur]
Ben: Hooky vocal snippets, sparkling Chiptune elements with uplifting chords, soaring vocal chorus and a slamming four-to-the-floor beat.
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DJ Hazard - Bricks Don't Roll (Original Mix) [Playaz]
Clive: A wicked, rolling DnB tune with all the funk and groove to keep me coming back for more. Long live the king. Reeeeewind!!
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Iyes - Simmer (Acoustic)
Kwabs - Perfect Ruin (Original Mix) [Warner]
Jack Garratt - Chemical (Original Mix) [Island]
Madeon feat. Kyan - You're On (Original Mix) [popcultur]
DJ Hazard - Bricks Don't Roll (Original Mix) [Playaz]