Sam Prekop’s New Video Was Made With a Modular Synth

Sam Prekop A Geometric

When he first became known back in the ’90s, Sam Prekop was at the forefront of the post-rock revolution with his band The Sea and Cake. He’s been involved in plenty of projects since then, but in more recent years, while nobody was looking, Prekop immersed himself in the wonderfully weird world of modular synthesizers, becoming a bit of an ace on the big analog beasts. In 2010 he made an album of analog synth music, Old Punch Card, and this year he released a new modular-oriented opus, The Republic, which is full of warm, aqueous, hypnotic synth sounds.

But now Prekop has taken his modular obsession to new heights. Enlisting the aid of a video artist who works under the moniker brownshoesonly, he gave the world a music video made with a modular synth. God only knows how it was done, but the visuals provided by brownshoesonly make the perfect companion to “A Geometric,” an engrossing track from Prekop’s latest album.

Be warned that extended viewing of a video like this can quite likely lead to tripping one’s bloody brains out. But then again, that’s probably just what Prekop and his brown-shoed buddy had in mind from the beginning.

 

New CFCF Album on Limited Edition Vinyl

CFCF Radiance and Submission

Montreal’s Michael Silver, better known by his artistic alias, CFCF, has spent the last few years gracefully blending ambient techno, modern minimalist composition and more. His upcoming third album finds him moving even further into new sonic paradigms. Radiance and Submission, due out July 31 on Driftless Recordings, brings together everything from synths and acoustic guitars to hammered dulcimer, film samples, and nature recordings in the service of a sound with dashes of ambient music, folk, and God knows what else.

But there’s also an important visual element to the album — the cover was created by Japanese artist Matsuda Matsuo, and in the special limited-edition vinyl version of the record, the art makes a striking statement.

As you’ll soon learn if you’re inclined to hop on over to the pre-order page for the record, there will only be 500 copies of the vinyl pressing made available; 300 of those feature a matte finish jacket and come with an art print insert, while 200 come in clear vinyl.  In either case, given the scarcity of copies on offer, if you’re a CFCF aficionado you certainly won’t want to sleep on this one. (Yes, it’s available as a download too, you Philistine).

Premiere: Adham Shaikh – “Vibe Hunter” (The Elders Dance Mix)

Adham Shaikh Basswalla

Over the past two decades Canadian musician Adham Shaikh has worked diligently to infuse his Indian roots into his electronic soundscapes. His dedication to his craft is encapsulated on Basswalla, a chronicle of his global bass endeavors.

Over the span of 10 captivating tracks which are divided between new cuts and updated versions of songs released over the past 13 years, Shaikh, who has produced other artists and scored soundtracks, presents his first set of new material in five years.

We’re pleased to world premiere “Vibe Hunter” (The Elders Dance Mix) off Basswalla. The groove is tight, the strings are absolutely compelling and the bass and beats are hypnotizing.

Now go on and hit the play button below. You know you want to.

Adham Shaikh’s Basswalla is out now on Black Swan.

DJ Chart: Avidus’ Top 10 for May 2015

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Avidus’ Top 10 for May 2015

  1. Avidus – “Heptachord” (4/4 Version) (Empore Music)
  2. WhoMadeWho – “Yes” (Get Physical Music)
  3. Tiefschwarz – “Do Me” feat. Khan (Frank Wiedemann Remix) (Watergate Records)
  4. Robag Wruhme – “Volta Cobby” (Pampa Records)
  5. Lauer – “Mausback” (Permanent Vacation)
  6. Frankey & Sandrino – “Cephei” (Moodmusic)
  7. Daniel Bortz – “Hot In The Fridge” (Pasta Musik)
  8. Sven Weisemann – “Nijo” (Delsin Records)
  9. Mark King – “Water of Life” (Omar S Remix) (FXHE Records)
  10. Alan Fitzpatrick – “A Subtle Change” (Figure)

DJs, submit your top 10 chart along with a photo and we’ll publish them.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Visits Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland-Ban-Ki-Moon

In his challenging position as Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon is a diplomat and advocate for world peace and the disenfranchised. Today Mr. Ban had an atypical day, which included a visit to Tomorrowland in Brussels, Belgium. There he met with Michiel and Manu Beers, the founder-brothers of Tomorrowland and TomorrowWorld.

During his visit Mr. Ban proclaimed “let’s work as one towards dignity for all,” a message that was engraved on a wooden board and mounted as part of One World Project, the 600 meter-long bridge at the recreational domain De Schorre, designed by Arne Quinze. The permanent bridge is also a piece of art within the Tomorrowland venue.

Kudos to Mr. Ban for making a symbolic gesture to young people and building a bridge with fans of DJ culture.

Obligatory press release gush from Ban Ki-moon: “Young people today are growing up in a world full of change. Tomorrowland demonstrates that it’s possible: tens of thousands of people coming together in peace and respect for one another to share a weekend. 210,000 messages from all over the world have been incorporated into the One World bridge and we are pleased that our message can be one of them. Let’s work as one towards dignity for all, a message for the People of Tomorrow and for all young people in the world.”

Obligatory press release gush from Michiel Beers, TomorrowWorld/Tomorrowland: “In the past 10 years, we have built a magical world in which everyone comes together in a spirit of positivity. Tomorrowland has become the world’s most international event and welcomes more different nationalities than the Olympic Games. We are now organising three “global gatherings” per year: one in Belgium, one in the USA and one in Brazil.”

Obligatory press release gush from Manu Beers, TomorrowWorld/Tomorrowland: “When we decided to design the bridge in honour of the 10th anniversary of the festival in collaboration with the province of Antwerp and Arne Quinze, as a permanent symbol of the annual gathering, we felt it was important for the entire world to be able to take part. The One World bridge now displays 210,000 positive messages from everyone from our neighbours in Boom, Belgium to faraway friends in Australia. We are very honoured to receive the contribution from the Secretary-General of the United Nations and we intend to continue to spread this message for many years to come.”

DJ Chart: Gimmix’s Top 10 for May 2015

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Gimmix’s Top 10 for May 2015

  1. Glenn Astro – “Users Guide To” (WotNot Music)
  2. Throwing Snow – “Paint By Numbers” (Houndstooth)
  3. Frits Wentink – “Glints” (Wolf Music)
  4. Jungle – “Busy Earnin'” (Special Request Remix) (XL)
  5. Lapalux – “Don’t Mean A Thing” (Ninja Tune)
  6. Insightful – “The Energy In The Sheds” (Insightful)
  7. YOUANDEWAN – “Isabel” (Aus Music)
  8. Bok Bok & Sweyn Jupiter – “Papaya Lipgloss” (Night Slugs)
  9. Submerse – “Trip” (Project Mooncirle)
  10. Nosaj Thing feat. Chance The Rapper – “Cold Stares” (Innovative Leisure)

DJs, submit your top 10 chart along with a photo and we’ll publish them.