Droolworthy Richie Hawtin Co-Designed DJ Mixer Will Set You Back $2,300

Richie Hawtin PLAYdifferently MODEL 1.4

PLAYdifferently MODEL 1.4, a DJ mixer engineered by Andy Rigby-Jones and co-designed by techno stalwart Richie Hawtin, will begin shipping this month. MODEL 1.4 arrives four years after the launch of the well-received MODEL 1 DJ mixer. It retails at $2,299/€2,199.

Manufactured in the U.K., the unit’s key features include four stereo channels, two stereo send and return channels, two mix outputs and two high-performance phono preamps. (A full list of features can be found below.)

Hawtin, who scored an original track titled “Sin Thetik” for Prada’s Spring-Summer 2021 virtual runway show streamed in September, said of the DJ mixer, “With MODEL 1 we set out to build a new breed of DJ mixer, more akin to an instrument, with levels of control and quality that inspired creativity. We always felt a compact version would be welcomed in home studios and perfect for streaming. At a more affordable price, but with no compromise to the purity of design and components, this is a smaller format MODEL 1 with four channels, perfect for the home, as a compact club mixer, or as a nimble tour instrument.”

He adds, “MODEL 1.4 remains true to our original concept of ‘DJ mixer as instrument’ and delivers it in a compact, more affordable package. I can’t wait to see and hear how it’s going to inspire the current generation of DJs.”

PLAYdifferently MODEL 1.4 key features:

    • 100% Analogue
    • 2 High-Performance Phono Preamps
    • Studio-grade TKD 60mm Faders
    • Precision Sculpting EQ
    • Master high & low pass resonant filters
    • Three-band Master EQ
    • Two-band Booth EQ
    • Contouring low & high pass filters
    • Analogue overdrive
    • Two Independent Cue systems
    • Mixer Link allows linking multiple mixers
    • Balanced Mix Bus with >110dB of dynamic range
    • D-Sub In/Out
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Inner City & Idris Elba Drop Powerful Video Supporting Detroit Anti-Police Brutality Organization


Detroit electronic music group Inner City (pictured above) has released a powerful music video for the title track of their We All Move Together album, a cut featuring well-known British actor/DJ/producer Idris Elba.

The video was filmed in Detroit and is intended to promote the work of Detroit Will Breathe, a local youth-led organization formed this past summer whose goal is to fight police brutality and systematic racism. The music video was produced by Rich Hutchins and directed by Kurt Schneider.

Obligatory press release gush from Idris Elba: “This song and music video will forever embody the spirit of momentum by the people. When we all move together change becomes inevitable.”

Obligatory press release gush from Inner City: “With the challenges in Michigan, the US, and further afield, specific to what we are facing with the BLM movement, we deeply felt that we wanted to release a culturally significant and impactful video that not only embodies the message of the track, but that also directly benefits the Detroit Will Breathe individuals and collectives on the frontline of the movement in the city. Our platform can shine global light on the amazing work they do, and it takes the message of the track to an even higher place. We All Move Together.”

The full video can be viewed here.

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MOBO Awards Returns (Virtually) on December 9


MOBO Awards, an annual celebration of UK Black music and culture, is back after a three-year hiatus and going virtual for the first time.

The upcoming 90-minute awards ceremony will be live-streamed on December 9 on MOBO’s YouTube channel at 7.00PM GMT and broadcast on BBC One at 10.45PM GMT with a highlights special available on BBC iPlayer the same night and supporting content in BBC Sounds.

This year’s ceremony will be hosted by broadcaster Maya Jama and YouTuber Chunkz. Continue Reading

Detroit Swindle Change Name to Dam Swindle


Following in the footsteps of The Black Madonna changing her moniker to The Blessed Madonna in July, Dutch house DJ/producer duo Detroit SwindleMaarten Smeets and Lars Dales — announced today it had changed its name to Dam Swindle.

In a statement, the pair said, “From now on, we’re Dam Swindle. The ‘Dam’ is a nickname of the city we’ve both lived in for so long: Amsterdam. And the Swindle? Well that’s just here to stay.” Continue Reading