Forge announces his first new track in over 2 months! Soon to be released on Silk.
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Forge announces his first new track in over 2 months! Soon to be released on Silk.
Check out the preview below:
Forward thinking audio software / DJ controller giant Native Instruments releases a brand new file format titled – ‘Stems’, but is it any good?
With years of development behind the idea and indeed a brave move by the German manufacturer and from what it sounds like was one that was spurred on by top techno dj’s, we now have – Stems.
With the constant technological advances, every audio company has the ability to change the way people perceive or mix music, you just need a bit of finesse and a committed team behind you and that’s exactly what NI have done, see below for their exact words on how the new format works and what you need to get started.
I’ve already delved into the world of stems as this is exactly what I’ve been waiting for to incorporate into my live techno shows and who knows maybe this format could also work for DNB. I’d really love to see more labels participate in this new audio format and while only a handful have Stems available to purchase on sites like Beatport, only time will tell if more labels decide to join the Stems community.
A Stem file is an open multi-track audio format, Stems enhances creative possibilities for DJs, producers, and live performers. A Stem file contains a track split into four musical elements: A drums stem, a bassline stem, a melody stem, and a vocal stem for example. The Stem format provides the ability to freely interact with a track’s different musical elements. Each ‘stem’ can be controlled independently to create instant new mixes, mashups, instrumentals, acappellas, and more.
To find out more about stems visit the NI purpose built website here – HERE
Silk’s next release brings ‘Akuratyde’ to the labels ever expanding roster, ‘Akuratyde’ has phenomenal depth in his production and approach to making music. His current release on Silk spans songwriting, vocals and experimental music all produced to the highest standard and is one of this year’s artists to watch.
The title track Last Forever spans lush soundscapes, heavy subs emotive melodies and synths which all come together cohesively to bring a sense that this track could really ‘ Last Forever’.
Circles is undeniably the vocalist choice of the E.P, subtle pads and expansive reverbs drip between melodic arps and an intense low sub line, fans of ‘ASC’ will greatly appreciate this track.
The remaining two tracks, Sill Perfect and Breathe You In, complete the E.P in style. Both tracks have amazing musical content, uplifting synths and some of the best minimal and experimental beats in the scene right now. The entire E.P feels very much organic and with plenty of space it’s reminiscent of labels such as Exit, MedSchool and Auxillary.
Preview: (IN ORDER OF TRACKS PLAYED)
1. Akuratyde – Still Perfect
2. Akuratyde – Breathe You In
3. Akuratyde – Last Forever
4. Akuratyde & Misnomer – Circles
Solace Records has been fairly consistent in the last 24 months, however about 12 months ago we decide to stop releasing music for a while and look at our long-term goals, what artists we want to focus on and how we are going to deliver our new ideas and releases to the music world. Both of us strive for perfection in a sound and artist and we don’t want to rush records just because we can. Moving forward we have a bunch of amazing music and new artists to bring to the entire community.
To all our loyal fans – please hold-tight, more info will be announced soon. Thanks for all support thus far and we hope to break some new boundaries in the world of dubstep and electronic music very soon…
Please listen to our last release below – The amazing Jafu!
Silk Recordings podcast Vol.33 mixed by Akuratyde. Please click the button to download and hit subscribe via iTunes link.
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1. Hidden Life – Thinking Thoughts [Unreleased]
2. Blocks – Moon & Stars
3. The Oceanographer – Daydreams Of Crow’s Nests
4. They Live – Pure Palms
5. Nudge – Have No Words
6. Distance – System Reset
7. Marso & Gala – Promise
8. Akuratyde – Still Perfect
9. Fullarity – Loneliness
10. Justice & Metro – The Ills
11. Above & Beyond – Sticky Fingers Feat. Alex Vargas (Om Unit Remix)
12. DAAT & Dominic Ridgway – Crashes
>> The Levels – Remember
13. Mystic State – Faded (Feat. Pandaka & Elias Traynor)
14. Nuage & Gerwin – Lifestyle
15. Queensway – Away
16. Instra:mental & dBridge – White Snares
17. Mobility – Sunrays Through Rain
18. Kharm – Evergreen
19. Bungle – Lights
20. Glen E.Ston – Who We Are
21. Furi Anga – The Night Falls (Bulb Remix)
22. Bulb & Tiiu – 1000 Light Years Between Us
23. Kid Drama – Azure Pt. 1
24. DAAT – 7D [Unreleased]
25. The Architect – Bencq
26. Joe Seven – Juiced
27. Danny Scrilla – Lone Ranger
28. Alix Perex & Stray – RIP N DIP
29. Cirrus – Dark Skies
>> Instra:Mental – Hunter
Expertly crafted and produced by Ghostek, this shadowy figure has curated a huge library that mixes dark and twisted atmospheric sounds with warm and melancholic timbres, bound together by punchy drums and shuffling percussion.
Emotive synths, haunting ambiences, ominous bass lines and lo-fi FX loops are mixed with warm ethereal pads, glowing textures and upbeat garage beats. The drum loops are inspired by 2-step and dubstep rhythms and are littered with intricate foley sounds and percussion. Also included is a unique selection of the one shots that made up these complex loops.
Ghostek’s exceptional production skills shine in glistening 24-bit audio quality, and as ever, all sounds come to you 100% royalty free. So head down underground and enter the eerie underworld of Dark Ambient & 2-Step. Purchase Ghostek’s latest sample pack HERE
The Drum n Bass scene and the music that accompanies it seems to get deeper as the years go by, new artists emerge and push sounds away from the general direction of past years and the genre seems to be in a constant state of change. The positive part for Drum n Bass is that change is such a fantastic attribute for any musical genre and from this stems new artists with quality releases and plenty of labels pushing different sounds. The next release from Silk comprises one such artist – Akuratyde.
Akuratyde’s release on Silk showcases four amazingly thought provoking and indeed forward thinking tracks, the music is moody, emotive and above all else, tells the listener a story. We have prepared some questions for Akuratyde in relations to his latest release, music interests and current and future goals. Below is the extract from this interview.
1. How did you start producing music and what are your main influences?
It was a natural evolution. I started out playing guitar in a rock band and eventually wanted to do my own thing. Got my first synth and learned how to program it. Added a drum machine, and then a sampler. At the time I was very into Industrial music but then the rave scene started taking off in the US and I began going to parties nearly every weekend. I got into D&B (Jungle at the time) and decided to switch musical directions.
As far as influences go, they’re really varied. I grew up during the ‘80s and my parents had great taste in music so they exposed me to a lot of unique music. Stuff like Jean Michel Jarre, Prince, and Talking Heads. I’ve always sought out a lot of new music on my own as well so I’ve gotten into a lot of different genres over the years. Visuals have always had a strong influence on me as well, whether its film, art, or photography. When I was younger I would draw and paint constantly, and that eventually evolved into me having a career as a Graphic Designer.
2. What does your setup consist of?
Right now my setup is pretty minimal. I used to have a lot of hardware that I sold off during a long break from songwriting. After coming back to writing music I decided that portability was important so I don’t have a lot in the way of gear. For those interested, you can view my setup HERE
3. Describe your thought process that went into making you debut E.P for Silk, did you have a concept etc?
A loose concept, yeah. The title track is about a fleeting moment that you want to last forever and the realization that it inevitability won’t. That theme kind of ties the whole EP together.
My wife and I moved across the US to California in 2010 and living here has had a profound effect on me and my music. Conversely, without going into too much detail, I began suffering from some health issues around the same time. So on the one hand I’m elated to be living here, but on the other hand there are days where I’m just miserable. I wanted the EP to straddle the line between those two feelings without going to extreme highs or lows. It starts off more optimistic and then becomes more melancholy yet still hopeful.
4. Your sound is very emotive and has quite a musical / ambient feel to it, is this something that you set out to achieve?
Absolutely. I gravitate toward music that moves me emotionally. That’s the sort of thing that resonates with me, and that’s the type of music that usually comes out when I write. My music is very melody based, so I spend a lot of time just playing chords, working with melodies and harmonies, trying to find that magic combination of notes that stirs something in me.
5. Being based in the USA and with the rise of EDM all across the country in the last few years, how does this affect your sound and what you are hoping to achieve?
I don’t think that it does affect me. The EDM scene and the style of music associated with that term are completely removed from what I’m doing.
6. What’s the best advice you can give to someone just starting out in the studio?
Don’t overthink it. The most important thing is getting your ideas down. You can always come back later and clean parts up, fine tune them, etc.
7. Give us your top 3 tracks of all time?
I don’t think I could ever narrow it down to three, but I’ve chosen 3 which are very special to me.
Telephone Tel Aviv – I Made A Tree On The Wold
TTA’s third album, Immolate Yourself, was a bold stylistic departure from their first two albums. I had the opportunity to see them perform live over a year before the album was released, so naturally I was unaware of their change in musical direction. They opened with “I Made A Tree On The Wold” and it just floored me. It’s such a stunning song, I never get tired of it.
Instra:Mental & dBridge – Translucent
This is the song that introduced me to the Autonomic sound. At the time I was rediscovering a lot of great synthesizer music from the ‘80s. Artists like Tangerine Dream, Vangelis, and this fell right in with those and felt like a natural evolution of that music set to a D&B tempo. It’s a deeply beautiful song that really takes its time to develop yet still draws you in right from the start.
Boom Boom Satellites – Embrace
Boom Boom Satellites are a Japanese band and while they have a large following in their home country they’re not widely known outside Japan. I was introduced to them when I saw them open for Moby on his 1999 Play tour and was completely captivated by their set. Their music has evolved quite a lot over the years, moving in a more emotional direction with more personal lyrics.
Their singer, Michiyuki Kawashima, has overcome brain cancer 4 times and in this song he reminds himself that it’s okay to feel despondent, but that it’s important to embrace life. I can really relate to the subject matter. There are days where I feel beaten down, but I don’t want to just give up. Life is incredible, and I think this song has a compelling message backed by powerful music.
8. Tell us something about yourself that nobody knows?
I’m an open book so anyone who knows me already knows pretty much everything about me.
9. Where do you see yourself music wise in the next 5 years?
I try not to plan too far ahead. There are some people that I’d really like to work with so it would be great if I could make that happen, and I see my output continuing at a steady pace. Other than that, who knows?
10. Any shout outs or final words you would like to share?
Just want to thank my wife for being so supportive and big thanks to Silk for releasing my EP.
Silk’s next release is now available to pre-order on iTunes via the following link!
Full release 14/06/15
Silk Recordings podcast Vol.32 mixed by Forge. Please click the button to download and hit subscribe via iTunes link.
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One of electronic music’s most creative and talented souls – Hiatus, gives us the rundown on his new music and inspiration behind the breathtaking new video that accompanies his new track. The video which incorporates family, mythology and intense landscapes shows just how diverse and creative Hiatus can be when getting a message across to listeners.
The idea for the Precious Little video came to the British-Iranian producer – real name Cyrus Shahrad – during an annual trip to Iran to visit relatives last year.
“Like many Iranians my dad is very nostalgic, and spends a lot of time walking around the streets where he grew up. I’m always happy to follow, as I love watching him soak up his surroundings. One morning I found myself filming from behind as he strolled down the road his mother still lives on, and the idea unfolded from there.” That scene – which opens the video – was the first of many filmed over the course of two weeks, snapshots of Iran covering many locations: from the downtown bazaar to leafy residential streets, and from recreational Alborz mountains trails to coast roads on the island retreat of Kish in the Persian Gulf.
“Dad was oblivious to the fact that he was being filmed ninety-nine percent of the time,” says Cyrus. “There were just two shots that I asked his cooperation for: the footage of him walking towards the Azadi Monument, a hugely iconic structure, and the scene where he walks through the graveyard at Behesht-e Zahra and sits at his father’s grave.”
Those scenes close the video with a sense of Iranian mythology, as though Cyrus’ father is a king from the ancient Persian epic The Shahnameh, returning from exile at the end of his life to pay tribute at his father’s grave. It’s a feeling complemented by the track itself – an instrumental elegy featuring Cyrus on piano alongside strings and stirring sub-bass.
Precious Little, which was first uploaded to Bandcamp in autumn 2014, has so far raised more than £2,000 for Medical Aid For Palestinians, a charity that provides humanitarian relief to citizens caught in a terrible crossfire in Gaza and beyond.
All proceeds from sales of the track go to Medical Aid For Palestinians, a charity providing humanitarian relief to civilians caught in a terrible crossfire. The track has raised more than £2000 since it was uploaded to Bandcamp last year. The link to download it is HERE
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