A trio of deft electronic tunes made on proper machines.
An Irish man based in London, Johnny Oakley goes under the name Monoak when he’s make electronic music that is the work of a deft mind and a skill for creating nimble textures in that language and admirably uses machines (MPC1000, Roland MKS-50 and more as stated at Get Some) as opposed to a laptop – always a good sign for me.
Newest track ‘Sync Sequence 1′ has a fluttering synth line and some light touches in the rhythm department, ‘When’ has some garage touches to its step while ‘Dawson’ goes deeper. The three tracks are nice intro to the man’s music. Keep up on Facebook,Twitter and Soundcloud.
Huge news for drum machine heads, this.
Roland Corporation, the company behind various classic drum machines, appears to be reviving its most beloved product, the Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer. A vital beat box for both hip-hop and dance music, the 808 was introduced to the market in 1980 and succeeded by the 909 (generally speaking, techno’s drum machine of choice) in 1983. Although a simple Google will bring up high-quality 808 samples to download, for many artists it’s impossible to beat the sound of the original machine – hence them trading hands for £2,000+ on Ebay.
A video uploaded yesterday by Roland Corporation gives a brief overview of the 808′s story, before closing with the statement that it’s time for the company to “take the next step” with the machine. The video’s description, meanwhile, refers to the “evolution” of the 808 “beginning again”. It’s deliberately vague, but whether this “next step” is an updated (or simply reissued) version of the 808 hitting shelves, or an introduction of 808 software in the same way that classic synths like the Minimoog are now available as official software replicas, it will be done under the banner name AIRA. You can watch the video below.
Last year, we published a gallery of Joe Mansfield’s drum machine collection – as showcased in his book Beat Box – photographed by Gary Land, which includes the 808 shot above. You can check the full gallery here, and for more 808 fun, check Bristol 808 devotee Addison Groove’s live session for FACT TV here.
Update: Attack Magazine have published a leaked photo that claims to show how the 2014 808. Its legitimacy is yet to be confirmed (though as pointed out in the comments, if you look closely at 1:03 on the video, the model on the desk looks very similar), but here it is:
Four Tet‘s Kieran Hebden is the latest participant in “Beat This”, a web series from dontwatchthat.tv that challenges producers to make a beat in under ten minutes. For this installment, Hebden chose to make a track using only samples from Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Watch him craft the track in real time and hear what he comes up with, below.
But, keep in mind, as Hebden tweeted, “10 mins is not very long to make a track and I’ve never sampled thriller before so go easy on me :)”
Newbridge duo’s bass-heavy techno turns heads and shakes chests.
Effy are Kieran Craddock and Peter Fleming (Newbridge represent), a Dublin-based duo that have been making tunes just over a year now. Their productions have occupied a bass-heavy house space for much of their short lifespan but the latest tracks from the pair have had a decidedly harder edge, more in the techno sphere of the likes of Boddika.
Their forthcoming release on Disco’s Dead, ‘The Look’ / ‘Forth’ can be heard below and while there’s a release date awaiting that one, another track ‘Move’ was played onSWAMP81 RinseFM show with Loefah & Benton and that tune is another slice of heavy heft described on Youtube as “big time swag full on jacking mode tops off dc10 ket spoons certified let’s have it deep house life broooo.” Can’t beat that.