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.
[via Music Radar]
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.