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Oct 29
2014

PREMIERE: Jody Wisternoff – Paramour [Anjunadeep]

One of the highlights of Anjunadeep:06, Paramour is a stunning mix of progressive and deep house that showcases Jody Wisternoff's mastery of different styles, and now the full version is set for a full release.

Once again, Jody's trademark style of building little ideas and riffs to create a sonic journey is present from the off. Rather than having "the drums" mixed with "a bassline," the various individual elements interact with each other in subtle ways--a hi-hat pattern dancing with a bass riff, a synth stab working with a snare. But while Jody's prowess at mixing sound to create an aural gem is evident, the musical aspect of Paramour is something else. A deep house groove sits alongside some progressive house chords, before giving way to a massive break packed with lush melodies and plenty of atmosphere--a welcome surprise at the heart of the track. The net result is an emotional piece of music that is simultaneously a killer house track, a rare and welcomed combination that Jody has pulled off with style.

Paramour is out Nov. 3 on Anjunadeep.
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Jody Wisternoff - Paramour (Original Mix) [Anjunadeep]
Oct 29
2014

Escape All Hallow’s Eve Set Times Released

In hopes of sparing you any scary-awful horror cliches (damn it), let's get right to the Escape All Hallow's Eve set times, revealed today by Insomniac.

Headliners Friday include Datsik, Afrojack, and Richie Hawtin, while Saturday will round out with Steve Aoki, Armin van Buuren, and Oliver Heldens. Click the image below for an enlarged version of all five stage schedules, and if you don't have tickets yet, get them here.

Oct 29
2014

Stay Plugged In 16

Welcome to Stay Plugged In 16. This week we bring you a variety of free synthesizers to appease your sonic palate.

Saltline Drzewo Cedr



Drzewo Cedr is a two oscillator subtractive synthesizer that includes a 16-step pitch sequencer. It was modeled after a chip tune synth. You can turn the pitch sequencer on or off for each oscillator. Drzewo Cedr creates some usable patterns with just a little bit of tweaking and will surely be a staple in your collection. It is available in Windows VST format.

Features
  • Two oscillators
  • Pitch sequencer
  • Bit crush and delay effects
  • Step sequencer, step envelope
  • Five modulation slots




Free Download

Alan Vista BellsEbuth



BellsEbuth consists of sampled orchestral bells, which equates to a modern form of a glockenspiel. It uses 40 stereo samples from the University of Iowa Electronic Music Studios public domain library. BellsEbuth is simple to use and the sounds can be modified to create more for your particular application. BellsEbuth is available in Windows VST and Mac Audio Units plus VST formats.

Features
  • 40 Stereo 24-bit samples
  • Release time control
  • Sustain level
  • Amplitude dynamic range control
  • Main volume


Free Download

Solcito Musica SuperSonico



SuperSonico is a single oscillator virtual analog synthesizer. It utilizes a generator of harmonics that can you can detune against each other to create more sound variations. SuperSonico has a sub-oscillator that allows generation of a single low octave that repeats along the keyboard. It can create a wide range of very “Moog-like” sounds including strings, basses, leads, organs, pads and more. SuperSonico comes as a free Windows standalone synth that can be upgraded to a VST plugin for $8

Features
  • Single oscillator
  • Noise generator with density control
  • Two envelope generators
  • Two filters
  • One LFO that can be tempo synced
  • Reverb, chorus/flanger, delay, tremolo, echo effects


Free Download

Got a plugin you want us to check out? Send it over to plugins@lessthan3.com for review consideration.
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Oct 29
2014

Global Gathering Cancelled, Signs Point To Location Problems

After 13 years as one of the UK's major dance music festivals, Global Gathering will not be taking place in 2015, as the organizers have decided to "take a break, in order for all elements of the show to be reviewed."

The brief statement does offer assurances that Global Gathering club and international events will not be affected, though as the website and all social media pages have been taken down, it remains unclear exactly what events this refers to.

Whether the situation is permanent remains to be seen, though plans to cover the airfield with 3500 homes suggests the need for a new location might be an issue. Either way, Global's assurance that they want to "remain at the heart of the UK dance market" certainly suggests we haven't seen the last of them yet.

Global Gathering started in 2001 and was a strong fixture on the UK festival calendar, regularly attracting 50,000 people to Long Marston Airfield in Warwickshire, and featuring the biggest names in dance music. Its departure leaves Creamfields as the sole major dance festival in the UK, an unusual situation given dance music's massive surge in popularity over the past few years.
Oct 29
2014

Stream Calvin Harris’ New Album ‘Motion’

The stage is set for Calvin Harris to release another chart-smashing album with his forthcoming Motion. The album doesn't officially drop for another week, but Harris has decided to give his fans a sneak peek with an exclusive stream on iTunes.

Having already heard tracks like the rough and gritty Slow Acid and perky pop anthem Outside featuring Ellie Goulding, Harris has offered a full glimpse at the multitude of collaborations featured on Motion. Some notable additions are Gwen Stefani's EDM power ballad Together, HAIM's scuzzy contribution Pray To God, and Big Sean's Open Wide (which features the rapper providing vocals to Harris' instrumental track C.U.B.A).

With Motion, Harris finds himself in a unique position. Following the success of 18 Months, the EDM superstar currently has his choice of collaborators when it comes to his musical endeavors. Motion is unique in that it sees Harris branching out further, partnering with artists like HAIM and Gwen Stefani, while at the same time retaining some of his proven standbys like Ellie Goulding. Motion is the result of what Harris can do with his power to pick and choose and create as he pleases. Hear it for yourself by streaming the album over on iTunes here.

Motion is out Nov. 4.



Calvin Harris feat. HAIM - Pray To God (Original Mix) [Sony]
Calvin Harris feat. Gwen Stefani - Together (Original Mix) [Sony]
Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding - Outside (Original Mix) [Sony]