The Chemical Brothers Auctioning Roland TB-303 For Charity

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Electronic music stalwarts The Chemical Brothers are auctioning off their coveted Roland TB-303 bass synthesizer for the #ILoveLive initiative. They’re doing so to raise money for crew members who’ve been unable to work since government-ordered lockdowns shut down concerts and festivals in March 2020 to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The Chems’ trusted 303 was played live on classics such as “Go,” “Got To Keep On” and “Got Glint.”

The rules of the auction are as follows:

To be in with a chance of winning the synthesizer we are holding a prize draw with each entry costing £5. You can enter multiple times.

Entries can be purchased between Friday 27th November and Thursday 17th December. The winner will be announced on Tuesday 23 December.

Says Ed and Tom, “This is a favourite piece of our live gear that we’ve sadly not been able to use this year on the road, so it seems a suitable fund-raiser for music crew and technicians across the UK. Hopefully, it will also help someone else keep working & create something special in the future.”

Enter to win The Chems’ 303 here.

If you’re itching to mess around with a TB-303 or TR-808, check out 808303.studio, a site created by Roland musician Yuri Suzuki and the London Design Museum.

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Man Power Launching ‘2013-2016’ Remix Comp & Subscription-Only Label

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Geoff Kirkwood (a.k.a. Man Power) has announced the upcoming release of Remixes by Man Power (2013-2016) on December 11 via his Me Me Me label.

The 14-track compilation features Kirkwood’s interpretations of tracks by Bryan Ferry, Made In Sane and Alexander Khov.

December will also see the launch of Kirkwood’s Value subscription-only label (more info here). For a monthly or yearly fee, subscribers will receive four new Man Power tracks and additional music not available elsewhere.

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Obligatory press release quote from the Man himself about Valve: “This subscription model feels like a way that I can offer true value for the people who want to support my music, while also maintaining value in the music itself. It makes things feel exclusive and hard to find, and not readily available for people who don’t understand it or value it, which is how music used to feel when I started collecting it.” Continue Reading

Watch Peter Hook & The Light Cover New Order’s “The Perfect Kiss” [Video]

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While there’s been no shortage of virtual performances and DJ sets during COVID-19 lockdown, we want to point your attention to Peter Hook & The Light’s spot-on cover of New Order’s 1985 classic “The Perfect Kiss” which debuted today.

Hook was a member of Machester bands New Order and Joy Division. While he parted ways with New Order almost a decade ago due to ongoing differences, the venerable bassist has covered his former bands’ songs in the past both live and on record.

That said, this version finds Hooky and crew nailing their take on the dance-rock classic. You might even say it’s a perfect version of “The Perfect Kiss.”

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DJ Godfather Talks First Solo Album, ‘Electro Beats For Freaks’

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Detroit-based ghetto tech/juke/bass music stalwart DJ Godfather (a.k.a. Brian Jeffries) has presented the world with his sprawling full-length debut, Electro Beats For Freaks (Databass). It’s an electro-charged opus filled with 44 tiptop club tracks and a slew of collabs. We connected with Godfather to learn more about his bouncin’, party-perfect release. Continue Reading