The vinyl record is having a very weird moment right now where it’s hard to tell if it’s coming or going. While sales are up at a high not seen since the ‘80s, there’s still the issue of not enough record plants existing in the world to meet the demand, not to mention the recent bankruptcy of turntable and mixer manufacturer, Vestax.
If you’re an enthusiast of the wax, however, there’s now a new option for getting your music on the turntable – press it yourself.
For around $7,000 Australian, you can get a Desktop Record Cutter, and press all the vinyl you want in the comfort of your own home. According it its developers, the DRC uses “precision engineered technology for ease of use, [for new cutters], whilst allowing custom control, upgrades and modification for the experienced engineer.” That sounds like it’s going to be pretty easy to use, and a possible solution to the headache of dealing with traditional distributors and pressing plants.
For more information, you can check out the DRC’s Kickstarter page, where they’ve already tripled its goal, so this is definitely happening, and may end up being the answer that vinyl-loving musicians and producers have been hoping for.
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Audiophiles rejoice! Techno aficionado Roberto is launching a new label that is putting sound quality into the forefront. Fossil Archive will be the DJ’s new home after having released killer singles on Fachwerk, Affin, Artform and Be As One for years,. With his new venture, he’ll be delving into the essence of why so many listeners prefer vinyl.
“I come from a background where most releases were traditionally cut at 45rpm, with one track per side on a 12-inch record,” says Roberto. “The music always sounded great, as it was mastered and cut to its highest potential. Increasingly, these days there seems to be a trend where a lot of labels are squeezing a number of tracks onto each side of a 12-inch record. I want to go against that and make sure the music is presented in the purest way possible by cutting one track per side at 45rpm.”
As awesome as it is to hear tracks on crispy 7-inches, Roberto’s not making the Fossil’s output exclusively about the wax.
“The label will release primarily vinyl, although digital versions will also be available to purchase.”
So, everyone goes home happy. Fossil Archive’s inaugural release, “’Prolecanites Gurleyi” will be out February 23.
This is becoming the decade of DJ pair-offs, which is certainly not a bad thing. We’ve previously seen team-ups like Bauuer and Just Blaze’s Big League Tour, Lunice and Hudson Mohawk coming together as TNGHT and currently Skrillex and Diplo are getting ready to rave up Madison Square Garden this New Year’s Eve.
So, much to the delight of everyone, Dirty Bird’s Claude Von Stroke and Relief Records’ Green Velvet are teaming up as Get Real, for a set of trailblazing sets at the end of the month. Having recently played some back-to-back sets in Miami, Las Vegas and Chicago, the two flag-carrying house and techno greats will be hitting up Loa Angeles, Detroit and Chicago. No word yet on any collaborative singles between the two, but one can only hope something gets real over all this quality time together.
Get Real Tour Dates
December 27th – Exchange LA – Los Angeles
December 28th – Elektricity – Detroit, MI
December 29th – The MID – Chicago, IL
The Amsterdam-based label Dekmantel has been having a pretty good year and it’s not over yet. They’re capping off their 2014 with a record by emerging beat maker, Matrixxman (a.k.a. Charles M. Duff). On the Nubian Metropolis EP, the San Francisco-based DJ/producer employs an arsenal of infectious grooves that run the gambit of techno and house, with tracks that range from early ’90s-style Chicago house to more modern, electro pumpers.
Matrixxman has been having a busy year, DJing shows all over the globe (he recently just debuted in Italy for PWP Sounds’ Back To The Future show). Nubian Metropolis is his first release for Dekmantel and will hopefully be the first of many releases for the influential label.
Nubian Metroplis is out December 12. Check out a preview below.
Every year around the holiday season there’s always some new charity compilations, which are definitely a great thing. Unfortunately, many of said comps are not worth even a cursory listen. Luckily, OWSLA just got in the game and are putting out a pretty rad compilation this year to set the record straight.
Eggnog Vol. 1 features 28 tracks, all cuts from the label’s great roster, including four new cuts from Ghastly & Mija featuring Lil’ Jon, Trollphace, Cause & Affect, and Riton. Pre-orders on the album will come with a limited special-edition sweater. If you sign up for OWSLA’s Nestivus Advent calendar via their Drip.FM-powered subscription service, OWSLA IV, you will receive the compilation plus 24 other giveaways leading up to Christmas. All proceeds from will go toward helping Bridges For Music fund the construction of the Langa Music School in Cape Town, South Africa via the label’s Nestivus charity drive.
Eggnog is out December 16 on OWSLA. Listen to “Make It Bounce” by Trollphace, and check out the track listing below.
EGGNOG TRACK LISTING:
1. Heartsrevolution – Ave Maria [Intro]
2. Ghastly & Mija – Crank It feat. Lil Jon
3. What So Not – Jaguar
4. Yogi – Burial (Skrillex & Trollphace Remix)
5. The M Machine – Just Like
6. Moody Good – Hotplate ft. Knytro
7. Alex Metric – Heart Weighs A Ton ft. Stefan Storm
8. Carmada – Realise ft. Noah Shee
9. Etnik – Unclassified ft. Mykki Blanco
10. Cause & Affect – Stampede
11. Valentino Khan – Make Some Noise
12. Hundred Waters – Out Alee
13. Skrillex & Diplo – Dirty Vibe ft. CL & G-Dragon
14. Jack Beats – Beatbox
15. Snails & Antiserum – Wild
16. TC – Get Down Low (Silverback Remix)
17. Aryay – Lawnmower
18. Phonat – Never
19. Rell the Soundbender & Twine – Dome Shot
20. Heartsrevolution – Ride or Die
21. MUST DIE! – Imprint ft. Tkay Maidza
22. David Heartbreak – Tonight ft. Skylar Grey
23. Henry Fong – Stand Up (Milo & Otis Remix)
24. Riton – Need Your Love ft. Jagga
25. Skrillex, Kill The Noise, Fatman Scoop – Recess
26. Trollphace – Make it Bounce ft. Harvey J
27. What So Not – High You Are (Branchez Remix)
28. Jack Ü – Take Ü There
We all know Bristol-born house DJ/producer Eats Everything cuts a great 12”, and we all know he spins a good DJ set, so why such a wait on a take-home DJ mix album? Perhaps he was just waiting for the most opportune time but alas, that time is now, and it’s a king-sized, 130-minute experience called, excellently enough, Fries With That?
Divided into two sections (a hearty “Main Course,” followed by “Dessert”), this set includes a wealth of eclectic artists from the Eats Everything record box, including Jose Nunez, Flux Mode, Mr. G, the Creator Session, and a ton more. Speaking of the set, Eats (a.k.a. Dan Pearce) explains, “These mixes have been a labour of love for me, and something that I really wanted to get across in the right way. Disc One is a collection of records that I am really feeling at the moment and hope will stand the test of time as a mix CD that you can listen to for years to come, whilst Disc Two is basically a collection of ‘my classics’, either records I grew up with, ones that got me into house/techno, or I have discovered along the way and have become classics to me, even if I have only known them for a short while.”
It’s a tall order but one worth gorging on. In the meantime, chew over the track listing below while listening to Eats’ recently released 4×4 remix of Tiga’s “Bugatti.” Fries With That? is out January 26, 2015 on Hypercolour. Continue Reading