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Swet Shop Boys Release New EP ‘Sufi La’

Hot off their debut album, 'Cashmere', the Swet Shop Boys are back with a new release. ‘Sufi La’ officially dropped on 22 April as a Record Store Day exclusive - released only on vinyl as a limited pressing. It now sees a digital release with the EP already charting around the world. The 6-track EP picks up where ‘Cashmere’ left off: abrasive, politicised bars injected with a bit of humour; production that is at once dark, melodic and infectious...
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26 May 2017

First Listen: ‘Interlude’ By Time Machine

Time Machine, a new duo composed of Chayan Adhikari and Tarun Balani, have just released ‘Interlude’, a track off their upcoming ‘Around The Corner’. Singer/songwriter Chayan and beat-maker/composer Tarun came together to create Time Machine as they had an innate and restless desire to create something that’s “imaginative, fearless and pushing the envelope” when it comes to electronic music. This new adventure sees the two of them taking...
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26 May 2017

HVOB Announce India Tour

After recently touring Jasper James as part of their 1-year anniversary, WAVLNGTH has just announced a 3-city tour with Vienna based HVOB. HVOB made their debut with ‘Dogs’ back in 2012 - which shot them into prominence. Fast forward to 2017 and the duo made up of Anna Muller and Paul Wallner have just released Silk; their 3rd album, a collaboration with Winston Marshall. The first time HVOB have collaborated with an artist, ‘Silk’ makes for...
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25 May 2017

An In-Depth Look Into Dekmantel Amsterdam

Amsterdam-based label and collective Dekmantel was founded six years ago by a group of buddies in their early 20s. Initially established in 2007 as a small club night (with a capacity of 150 people), it has now grown to become one of the most important and illustrious events and labels in the world. Dekmantel Festival had its first edition in 2013. Since then the Amsterdam label has thrown events in Tokyo, Melbourne, London and various cities across...
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25 May 2017

Listen: Gentle Robot - Feel

Gentle Robot is Lahore-based musician Ibrahim Imdad - who has just released his debut EP; ‘Feel’. Whether it’s guitars, synths, bass, drums or glockenspiel, everything is performed, arranged and produced completely by Imdad. A one-man project that’s got a mellow, laid back feel to it with focused and tight instrumentals to boot. With support from Pakistani musicians Natasha Noorani, Yusuf Ramsay, Sameen Qasim and Varqa Faraid, Imdad has created...
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24 May 2017

Watch: A Year Of BFR Soundsystem Via Al Jazeera

Over the course of a year, Delhi-based filmmaker Vikram Singh followed musician Taru Dalmia on his travels with BFR Sound System. Convinced of the role reggae can play in political activism, Taru has long dreamed of building a sound system - a representation of the very origins of reggae music. After raising money and investing some of his own to build one of just 3 existing authentic, Jamaican style and custom built systems in the entire country...
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24 May 2017

International Synthesizer Day: boxout.fm Broadcast

Today marks the inaugural Synth City - International Synthesizer Day. In appreciation of the event, radio stations around the world will be live-streaming via Facebook all day. This includes India’s very own boxout.fm. Indian producers Dualist Inquiry, Abhi Meer and Hashback Hashish will be playing live on boxout.fm from 6pm to 8pm tonight. Worldwide FM (UK), dublab (USA), Teder.FM (Israel), Soi48 (Japan) are a few of the other confirmed participants...
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23 May 2017

International Synthesizer Day: An App For Sharing Synth Melodies

If you have an iPhone, there’s a new app that allows you create synth melody messages and send them to your friends. MusicMessages! is a new app for iMessage that allows you to create melodies and rhythms. If you’re in a group chat, you can now start a mini-studio in the chat itself on a multi-octave, polyphonic step sequencer. In a classic grid format, you can choose from a variety of instruments to construct tiny tunes which can be collaborated...
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23 May 2017

International Synthesizer Day: Synthesizer Masterclass In Mumbai

23 May is Bob Moog’s birthday. It also marks the internationally recognised Synthesizer Day - a day to appreciate one of the fundamental instruments in electronic music today. Mixtape and True School of Music in Mumbai are doing their bit in appreciation of the holiday with United Machines, Paraphoniks and Aditya Nandwana (of Animal Factory Amps and Sawhorse) putting on a synthesizer masterclass in Mumbai later this evening. Starting at 8pm, the...
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23 May 2017

Listen: zzz

Over the course of April, Mumbai-based artist zzz (aka Brij Dalvi) released five tracks that caught our immediate attention. Very much still a ‘bedroom producer’ - his first compilation was called ‘sounds from my room #1’. The first tune uploaded to his SoundCloud is a flip of the outro to Sandunes’ debut album - the rest are a stark distinction from it. Old clips of Bollywood movies make their way into his production, endlessly and melodiously...
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22 May 2017

Thorens Unveils New Retro Turntables

Combining vintage design with brand-new materials and build, Thorens has unveiled a new range of retro-inspired turntables. Inspired by the classic decks from the ‘60s and ‘70s, the 900-series is the latest from the 130-year-old Swiss audio company. The 3 new turntables are made of Tricom, an aluminium/POM composite that is both firm and good for dampening sound. The sleek new models have minimal differences between them; mainly the damping architecture,...
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22 May 2017

Watch: A TEDx Talk On Vinyl Culture

The brains behind online platform Music Is My Sanctuary as well as the 24 Hours of Vinyl series, Alexis Charpentier aka DJ Lexis knows a few things about vinyl culture. At a recent TEDx event in Montreal, Alexis spoke in detail about the cultural significance of the community of crate diggers, DJs and producers who are “music archeologists.” Record collectors have always played a pivotal role in preserving musical heritage and culture; for most,...
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19 May 2017

Listen: ‘Closet Dancer’ By Cowboy And Sailor Man

Cowboy and Sailor Man has just released his debut EP, ‘Closet Dancer’. The 4-track project, reminscient of Washed Out’s ethereal, calming force is a synth-heavy, chillwave EP. An opulent piece of work that indulges in itself, at times, almost a bit too much. As a debut EP, though, ‘Closet Dancer’ is a great foray into the industry for the Mumbai-based artist. A confident and well defined piece of work. “The lyrical themes range from self-reflection...
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17 May 2017

Watch: A Video On The History of Sampling

In collaboration with Brownswood Recordings and Ableton, Point Blank Music School held an event with sampling as its main focus at its London studio complex. Amongst a variety of activities, Chris Read from whosampled.com discussed, in detail, the history of sampling. Exploring the evolution of musical genres from jazz and rock to hip-hop and house, Read examines how each genre has borrowed from one another giving examples of contemporary musicians...
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16 May 2017

Listen: ‘Azuma Kazuma’ By Sid Vashi

Sid Vashi has just released his debut album ‘Azuma Kazuma’. The 7-track LP is a distinctive project that marks Vashi as one of the more inventive and imaginative artists coming out of the country at the moment. Although it opens with an underwhelming track, 'Paper Bones' the album incorporates wide-ranging influences with intriguing results, ‘Azuma Kazuma’ is bizarre and brilliant; a controlled mess of melodies, beats and samples. With single...
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16 May 2017

Call For Applications: Music Basti ReSound 2017

Delhi-based NGO Music Basti has another great opportunity for those looking to develop their skills as a music teacher and educator. Music Basti will select 30 musicians from the Delhi/NCR region for the 9-month ReSound program. It runs from June 2017 to March 2018. Placing prospective teachers in schools and community-based organisations, they also train teachers through ongoing training sessions. Music Basti’s ReSound program is designed to enable...
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16 May 2017

Watch: Femme In Music - On Tour With Ikonika

Enigmatic producer and DJ Ikonika was filmed for a short documentary during her teaching and performing tour of South Africa. The eight-minute film sees Ikonika reflect on her time mentoring other femme-identifying people as part of the DJ workshops hosted by Pussy party in partnership with British Council and Connect Za. Ikonika spoke to the likes of Kajama, DJ SoKool, Phatstoki and many others. The documentary sheds a light on what it means to be...
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15 May 2017

Listen: ‘No Need To Hide When It’s Dark Outside’ By Nawksh

With almost no word or warning, Karachi-based artist Nawksh has just released a 14-track LP titled ‘No Need To Hide When It’s Dark Outside’. Done in collaboration with the outer c warehouse - an ambiguous and relatively mysterious moniker for who we’re not entirely sure - the project is as eccentric and mesmerising as everything we’ve come to expect from Nawksh. Nawksh is known for his offbeat, multi-media releases; notably for ‘Told No...
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15 May 2017

Azadi Records: A New Independent Record Label

Azadi Records, a new Delhi-based independent record label launched this week. The imprint was started with the aim to release “progressive, conscious music”. With artists like Prabh Deep, Sun J and Sez already on the roster, the music is sure to critically engage with audiences through powerful lyrics. Azadi Records aims not to remain underground, but rather shine a spotlight on stories that deserve more of the limelight, ones ignored by mainstream...
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12 May 2017

Watch: Tuning 2 You - A Documentary Series

Over the past year, two London-based brothers, Soumik (virtuoso sarod player) and Souvid Datta (award winning photojournalist), travelled through some of India’s most remote regions filming, recording and playing with musicians. The series is an ode to India’s incredible diversity, the range of cultures within the country and to music’s ubiquitous power, one that transcends societal barriers. Shining a spotlight on musicians with extraordinary...
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12 May 2017

SoundCloud Launches New Music Discovery Feature ‘The Upload’

SoundCloud’s latest feature The Upload has been created to curate a better selection for their listeners. It works by recommending tracks that have been uploaded to SoundCloud within the last few days. Based on what you’ve ‘liked’ and what you’ve listened to, the more someone listens to music on SoundCloud, the better the feature works. Much like competitors such as Apple Music, Spotify and Tidal, it aims to ensure new artists and new music...
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11 May 2017

Ableton’s New Website Teaches Basics of Music Production

Ableton is pivotal for producers today. It’s become an essential tool for artists looking to make music. For those looking to get their start in production, Ableton has launched a new website called Learning Music. Over seven chapters, the interactive website takes you through an introduction to electronic music production by addressing the fundamentals of writing music on a computer. By transposing Ableton’s basic functions and elements into...
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11 May 2017

Listen: ‘URL Utopias’ By The Sine Painter

2016 Red Bull Music Academy alumnus The Sine Painter has released his highly-anticipated EP, ‘URL Utopias’. The 4-track release is neatly split into 2 parts, a ‘-’ (negative) and ‘+’ (positive) side. The Bangalore-based musician has built an incredible microsite, hosted on Red Bull’s networks, to accompany the EP. The product of arduous work, the microsite is a visual masterpiece, allowing yourself to be lost amongst the abyss of the...
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10 May 2017

Listen: ‘OK Dance’ By Bombay Bassment

Bombay Bassment, the three-piece reggae act, have released a 5-track EP called ‘OK, Dance’. The project is packed with infectious rhymes and rhythms; the mood remaining energetic throughout. The Mumbai-based group may veer towards pop but they allow their authentic reggae sound to come through on tracks like 'Miss Goody' and 'Put 'Em Up' - songs that could as easily be found on a dusty vinyl from the '80s. The band currently consists of Bobkat...
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10 May 2017

Suman Sridhar and Natasha Mendonca To Present Work At Tate Modern

Award-winning filmmaker Natasha Mendonca will be premiering her feature film ‘Ajeeb Aashiq / Strange Love’ in the UK at the Tate Modern Museum whilst Suman Sridhar will have an exclusive world preview of her album ‘The Black Mamba’ later this year. ‘Ajeeb Aashiq / Strange Love’ is Natasha Mendonca’s debut feature film. Exploring gender identity, class and love in the bustling city of Mumbai, Suman Sridhar plays the lead role. ‘The...
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08 May 2017

Watch: City2City Mumbai Featuring Music From Sandunes, Lifafa & More

City2City is a new series of documentary films put together by Manchester City and Etihad Airways, depicting untold stories of football at a grassroots level. With episodes that cover stories in Paris, New York and Beijing, the series also travelled to Mumbai alongside Manchester City Women’s player Jill Scott. The episode focuses on the Magic Bus Foundation and Parvati Pujari, a local resident and volunteer at the foundation who had her life changed...
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08 May 2017

Listen: ‘Just This Once’ By Bulli Bainbridge

Zain Calcuttawala is a music producer and sound engineer who has taken on the alias of Bulli Bainbridge to release his debut EP, ‘Just This Once’. More of a beat-tape than an EP, ‘Just This Once’ has a thematic approach to it. Portraying the story of a night out and the various frames of mind or situations one might face. It also features local musicians Sid Talwar, Rohan Rajadhyaksha and Jishnu ‘Short Round’ Guha. ‘Just This Once’...
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05 May 2017

Dasta Announces New Initiative ‘Producer Circle’

Dasta is a collective of emerging and forward-thinking artists from India. Made up of members Sandunes, Zokhuma, Kumail, Tarqeeb, Oceantied and OX7GEN, the collective have been teasing little snippets over the past few months of a residency they recently undertook together. They’ve just announced that they’ll be starting an initiative called Producer Circle - a coming together of artists, producers, beatmakers and musicians to share skills as...
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05 May 2017

San Soda To Play One Off Show In Delhi

San Soda is known for his unpredictable sets. Each one made up of carefully chosen gems unearthed after years of digging - a gimmick-free selector who doesn’t stray too far from his vast collection of records. Helsinki Nights, as the promoters put it is “Delhi’s ode to groovy house and disco coming out of Scandinavia”. Their first international touring DJ, San Soda will be playing at Summer House Cafe in New Delhi on 6 May. You can check out...
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03 May 2017

Tippa Irie Announces India Tour

Acclaimed reggae singer and DJ Tippa Irie recently announced a three-city tour of India. The London-based artist first rose to prominence in the 80s as part of the sound system Saxon Studio International. Going on to produce chart topping hits such as “It’s Good To Have The Feeling You’re The Best” and “Complain Neighbour”, he eventually earned international recognition with the 1986 release 'Hello Darling', a track still played by selectors...
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03 May 2017

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