Daily Archives: April 18, 2013
Oxium has gained a solid foothold in the competitive computer-centric music marketplace since successfully launching last year to critical acclaim. Its intuitive GUI and awesome realtime modulation capabilities conspire to deftly deliver those still-sought-after analogue sounds of yesteryear alongside today’s more modernistic adventurous tones. Thanks to the Grid, Oxium’s onboard advanced sequencer modulator adapted from the Mask concept introduced in XILS-lab’s Le Masque: Delay timeline-driven delay effects plug-in namesake, users can create, delete, and edit the different Masks; specify Grid length; quantise locators; swap between Mask and non-Mask areas; and specify the background quantisation of the Grid itself, both horizontally and vertically. Sounds amazing? Absolutely! As such, obviously Oxium appeals to those simply seeking a quick musical fix and also deeper-digging sound designers.
Of course, time stands still for no one, and XILS-lab has hardly been resting on its laurels, working hard on the Oxium 1.5 update. Besides being on the receiving end of a graceful GUI makeover — with welcome ergonomic enhancements including a redesigned Double Filter Block (that is easier to locate and identify), relocated KEYB/FX/INFO toggle buttons (to the right of the keyboard), a third skin (Ice, complimenting the original Orange and Rusty ones), and much more besides, Oxium 1.5 benefits from several well-thought-through new features to further increase its functionality and musicality, benefitting both existing users and all-new adopters alike.
More than 10 new modulation targets have been implemented, including both mixers’ global levels, as well as all oscillator levels and noise source levels in each of those mixers. Think mind-blowing morphing filters, LFO-controlled components of sounds, and excellent evolving textures — just a few flexible examples of what is now musically possible with Oxium 1.5 as a direct result! Additionally, each Mask now has its own elementary envelope, elements of which have also been added as modulation targets. This allows the creation of hitherto-unheard sequence stylings when modulating those parameters in realtime with the mod wheel or other hardware controllers. All told, the Modulation Matrix and Musical Gestures Modulation pages now boast 59 modulation targets between them, making Oxium 1.5 one of the most powerful virtual analogue soft synths for serious sound designers anywhere!
Meanwhile, Mask functionality and usability has been dramatically increased and improved, thanks to MultiSelection and MultiEdition selection options of continuous or discontinuous Masks for speedy simultaneous editing. New Select ALL, Select ODD, and Select EVEN toggle buttons are available for this very purpose. Moreover, Mask Locators now gradually change colour when approached while onscreen editing, making it easier to grab them to change their lengths without running the risk of accidentally moving them. Thanks to these new Oxium 1.5 developments, Masks can easily be adapted to quickly create complex grooves and sophisticated syncopated music material — mimicking old-school step sequencers or gating techniques, and much more besides!
Rounding off this major update, Oxium 1.5 comes complete with over 50 new presets that mostly make use of its new features. So why not check out the downloadable demo and try before you buy? Rest assured, we’re sure you’ll like what you hear!
Post-punk is not dead, it’s just been resting for the past 10 years, waiting for Interpol to put out a decent follow-up, leaving those who like their punk rock dark and danceable (when surrounded by other people wearing black), in an unenviable position. They could continue listening to the same records by The Cure and Joy Division. Wait for Interpol. Or, and here’s where things get novel, get hip to this new British four-piece, Savages.
This is an act who have a lot going for them — Attitude, atmosphere, chops, and jams. Just take a peak at their new single, “Shut Up,” and you’ll see and hear what I mean. Plus, they neither have silly mustaches like Interpol nor do they make you cringe with their lyrics when you pay too close attention, as Interpol often did. Hell, I was disappointed when I read the spoken introduction heard at the beginning of this video isn’t part of the album track. Take that, Paul Banks and your awkwardly and obtuse (and down right silly) romanticism.
So, find your fishnets in the back closet and rip them ’til they fit, prime that black nail polish, and start practicing your empty glare: Post-punk is back.
On May 7th, 2013, Mat Zo and American producer Porter Robinson team up for “Easy,” a big room melodic house anthem that weds feel-good soulfulness with massive contemporary dynamics. The track has already reached #1 on Beatport and Hype Machine and was premiered to great acclaim on Radio 1 by Pete Tong. This eclectic 6-track EP will feature a range of new remixes of “Easy” by such luminaries as Belgium-based Modek, indie darlings Lamaitre and drum n’ bass legend Andy C. The track began life as a demo for Zo’s album, until Robinson brought him on the road to tour for his successful single "Language" which sold more than 250,000 copies and hit #1 on Beatport and iTunes Dance charts. While on the road, the solo effort turned into collaboration between two of the world’s hottest young electronic music talents, and together, Robinson and Zo have created one of the most incendiary crossover dance records of the year.
“Easy” Remix E.P. Tracklisting:
1. Radio Edit
2. Andy C Remix
3. Modek Bright As Day Remix
4. Botnek Remix
5. Lemaitre Remix
6. Extended Remix
LA-based trio The Gloss tout an instantly accessible art-rock sound that sits at an interesting intersection; they combine the sleek punchy garage-rock of The Strokes with the trashy drugged-out glam touch of Suede’s Dog Man Star era. Dark jangle-pop collides with tight garage-rock for refreshing results on “Words”, a track nicely representative of what makes The Gloss’ sound so striking. The vocals sound like the lovechild of Julian Casablancas and Robert Smith, complemented by an assortment of sharp guitar leads and reverberating background jangles. The chorus, with a bustling bass reflecting tinny guitar chords, sounds like a vintage New Order hook — before switching back to the fun Strokes-esque verses. An older track released six months ago, “The City”, shows more promise from the group with its jaunty keyboard-guitar fusion, but there’s no doubting that “Words” is their most polished and engaging effort yet.
- the gloss music los angeles
As they now gear up for the imminent 9 stop European leg of their momentous 32 date world tour – commencing at Paris’ legendary Social Club on the 25th April and finishing at the eagerly awaited Mad Decent label party at Komplex 457, Zurich on the 8th May – the Zeds Dead guys have decided to gift their loving fan-base with an extra special ‘Spring’ Mix to bounce you out of those winter blues and into the party spirit of Spring.
Featuring top-drawer music from the eclectic likes of AraabMuzik, Zinc, Wilkinson, Sander van Doorn, Major Lazer and Biggie among others, as well as a first listen of Zeds Dead’s incredible new remix of Nina Simone’s iconic record Don’t Let Me Be Alone, the prolific duo take us on a diverse musical journey from Dubstep, Breakbeat and Trap to Hip-Hop, House, Drum & Bass and more, in an hour long mix of truly epic proportions.
Following the incredible reception of their winter ‘Snowstorm Mix’, which dropped back in January of this year, these boisterous seasonal mixes from the Zeds Dead boys look set to be a firm favourite amongst fans and music aficionados alike from here on in. Stay tuned...
*ZEDS DEAD EUROPEAN TOUR*
Zeds Dead European Tour Dates:
Apr 25, Social Club, Paris, France
Apr 26, Festival Artefact, Strasbourg, France
Apr 27, Festival Le Printemps, Bourges, France
Apr 29, RFLX @ Heineken Music Halll, Amsterdam
Apr 30, Altes Zihwerk, Leipzig, Germany
May 2, The Bus Club @ Razzmatazz, Barcelona, Spain
May 3, Magnolia, Milan, Italy
May 4, Wobble @ Bootshaus, Cologne, Germany
May 8, Mad Decent Party @ Komplex 457, Zurich, Switzerland
Zeds Dead ‘Spring’ Mix Tracklisting
Paloma Faith - Just Be (Distance Remix)
Ellie Goulding - Explosion (Gemini Remix)
Eptic - Gutter
The Others - Fallout
Trollface, Roto - Take It
AraabMuzik - Succubi
Figure - Brown Note
Zeds Dead - Rave (Fendi Ravestep Remix)
Salva - Drop That B
Taiki & Nulight - Take me Up
Zinc - Family Riddim
Mighty Dub Katz - Just Another Groove (Lookback Remix)
Kill The Noise (with Brillz & Minxx) - Saturn (Jay Cosmic Remix)
KW Griff - Bring in the Katz featuring Pork Chop (Original Mix)
Wilkinson - Take You Higher (Foamo Remix)
Posij - Duikbril
Skoop - Baby Papu
Velvetine - The Great Divide (Seven Lions Remix)
12th Planet - Smoked Out
ETC!ETC!, Protohype - Bad Boy Flow
Sander Van Doorn - Joyenergizer
Doorly - Rush ft Soraya Vivian
Gorgon City - Thor
Proxy - Cypher
The Upbeats - Diffused
Thesys - Propulsion
Quentin Hiatus - September Rising
Dead C.A.T Bounce, Emily Underhill - Closer To Me (Dabin Remix)
DJ Marky & S.P.Y - Yellow Shoes (Calibre Remix)
Nina Simone - Don't Let Me Be Missunderstood (Zeds Dead Remix)
Young Digerati - Next Phase (Leisure Council Remix)
Zomboy - Here to Stay ft. Lady Chann
Major Lazer - Watch Out For This (Bumaye)
Nishin Verdiano & AK9 - Bitch Please (Receptor Remix)
Biggie - Suicidal Thoughts