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Krystal Klear – ‘Keith Haring’

Taking its name from the iconic New York graffiti artist and the ’80s New York club scene, ‘Keith Haring’ is a silky synth-funk percussive dancefloor throwback to that era on a Cold Tonic release that also pays homage to the club ‘Danceteria’ with a classic house jam. ‘Keith Haring’ is a tribute to inclusivity.

“No matter an individual’s social status, sexual orientation, colour or creed, there was always explicit enjoyment and inclusivity within the musical surrounding”.

The song is out now on 12″ and digitally later this month.


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TODD TERJE – Jungelknugen (Four Tet remix)

A headspinning Four Tet remix for an as yet unreleased Todd Terje song finally gets a full release after numerous radio rip uploads.


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The Juan Maclean – ‘Can You Ever Really Know Somebody?’

The return of Nancy Wang and John for some DFA dancefloor grooving. It’s the pair’s first release since 2014’s In A Dream. A remix from LA-4A, aka Ambivalent is on the B-side. A new album is on the way.


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Lowly – ‘Mornings’

A highlight from the Danish five-piece’s new album Heba on Bella Union, that crosses sustained synths, frantic drums and sweet vocals.


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Girlpool – ‘123’

I’d a soft spot for Leo Tucker and Harmony Tividad’s teenage indie rock music project Girlpool and I played it on my TXFM show often during the two years of broadcasting. A new album called Powerplant is on the way on Anti Records, and the duo have finally added a drummer to their lineup. ‘123’ is on the lovely lilting end of what they do best.


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Charlotte Adigéry – ‘Senegal Seduction’

An uncharacteristically laidback atmospheric release on Soulwax’s Dee Wee label from Beglian singer Charlotte Adigéry with production by Bolis Popil, who gave us the absolute jam ‘Wei’ already this year on the label.

Check the full EP here.


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Alt J – ‘3WW’

As debuted this morning, Alt-J released the opening song from their third album Relaxer this morning. ‘3WW’ starts out as a quiet atmospheric English folk-song which builds into an orchestral ballad. It’s certainly a change for the band. Guest vocalist is Wolf Alice’s Ellie Rowsell. Visuals are from Playstation game LSD: Dream Emulator.


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Posted on March 6th, 2017

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After teasing last week and I speculated, Alt-J released their first new song from their third album Relaxer this morning. ‘3WW’ starts out as a quiet atmospheric English folk-song which builds into an orchestral ballad. It’s certainly a change for the band. Guest vocalist is Wolf Alice’s Ellie Rowsell. Visuals are from Playstation game LSD: Dream Emulator.

Relaxer is out on June 9th and this is the tracklist:

Alt J – Relaxer  Tracklist

  1. 3WW
  2. In Cold Blood
  3. House of the Rising Sun
  4. Hit Me Like That Snare
  5. Deadcrush
  6. Adeline
  7. Last Year
  8. Pleader
  9. Video

The band are playing Trinity in Dublin in July.

We’d like to thank you for your patience over the last year or so. After finishing touring ‘This Is All Yours’ in December 2015 we took a long break. Thom released a solo album; Gus opened a restaurant; Joe has been watching a lot of films. We hadn’t set a time limit on our time off but by August 2016 we were ready to get back into the studio. The result is our third album, RELAXER, and we are really excited for you to hear it.

Posted on March 6th, 2017

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The Pixies just announced they are to play a new series of Dublin gigs called Trinity College Park Summer Series on July 9th this year, alongside a load of other acts in early July.

Also playing in Trinity will be Gregory Porter (Thursday July 6), James Vincent McMorrow (Friday July 7), Bell X1 (Saturday July 8), Two Door Cinema Club with Circa Waves, (Monday July 10) and Alt-J (Tuesday July 11),

Tickets

Tickets for Gregory Porter, James Vincent McMorrow, Bell X1 & Two Door Cinema Club are priced €44.05 incl. booking fee on sale at 9am this Friday, February 10th from Ticketmaster.

Tickets for Pixies & alt-J: €54.65 incl. booking fee also on sale Friday and from
Ticketmaster http://pixiesmusic.com/shows.

Posted on February 6th, 2017

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There are plenty of albums to look forward to in 2017 and here are just a few of them which don’t have release dates yet. I’ve also included a few which we likely won’t see this year – just so you’re prepared. See also – My top New Artists of 2017.


Alt-J

Possible Date: Summer 2017

It’s been three years since the Leeds band released their second album This Is All Yours, so time is ripe for another in 2017. Last August, drummer Thom Sonny Green told NME, the band had loads of ideas, which wasn’t exactly – “songs are written, we’re recording them and they’re sounding awesome,” but after a period where Green released a solo record, bassist Gus Unger-Hamilton opened a café in east London and singer Joe Newman featured on a Clams Casino track with Lil B, there are rumblings.

The band have posted pics from the studio including ones at Abbey Road where they were recording strings only last week.The band have announced festival dates this summer so a good guess would be around the time of June, when they start.


Caribou / Daphni

Possible Date: Late 2017 but more than likely 2018

Three years on from a career apex record Our Love and a song which dominated the summer and the rest of the year. Dan Snaith is DJing as Daphni a lot this year including Coachella so a new album from Caribou doesn’t feel likely at this moment (maybe a Daphni 12″ / single release though?)


Daniel Avery

Possible Date: Autumn 2017


After last year’s DJ Kicks, 2017 looks to be the year that Daniel Avery follows up his superb 2013 album Drone Logic, according to this tweet.


Empress Of

Possible Date: Summer / Autumn 2017

Loreley Rodriguez’ debut Empress Of album Of Me was followed up with a killer once-off single and one of the best songs of 2016 collaboration with Blood Orange – ‘Best Of You’, as well as one with Pional, so I really want a followup in 2017. This is more hopeful than concrete, though signs are good.


FKA Twigs

Possible Date: 2018

Tahliah Barnett’s debut LP1 came out in 2014 and she’s been plenty busy with dancing, documentaries, stage shows, a once of single, and a 2015 EP. Last week, though a Nike ad directed and made by her featured a new track produced Oneohtrix Point Never suggested something isn’t far away, tweet replies to fans suggest it won’t be til 2018. 🙁


Flying Lotus

Possible Date: Late 2017 but looking like 2018

A new album was promised in 2016 from the Brainfeeder boss but Stephen Ellison was working on his feature-length film debut Kuso (starring Hannibal Buress and Tim Heidecker), which will premiere at Sundance this year. He also scored a short too. It looks like we’re getting V, a Captain Murphy record some time this year, as ‘Crowned’ featured in the recent Adult Swim Singles club. As for Fly Lo, a Kuso some songs on the soundtrack may be all we get.


Future Islands

Possible Date: Summer / Autumn 2017

Three years on from their breakthrough album Singles, things are heating up with some dates at festivals like Bonaroo, Panorama and Coachella. Last year, Sam T. Herring collaborated with Badbadnotgood. Their last music was single ‘The Chase’ in 2015. An album is definitely on the way very very soon.


Grimes

Possible Date: Summer / Autumn 2017


Grimes’ followup to Art Angels was halfway there last April ( “more chill vibes, downtempos, synth-y shit. That makes it sound boring. It’s not boring.”) and in a November interview, she said it would be “slow and reflective”.

“I’m really vibing on making something really slow and gorgeous that just breathes, and has room to breathe,” she explained. “I feel like my work has always been fast paced, kinetic, and almost just manic and I feel like for me the hardest thing I can do is make something that’s slow and heavy.”


Grizzly Bear

Possible Date: Spring 2017

Come on already. The Grizzlies’ last album was 2012’s Shields and a few years before, Jay Z and Beyoncé were showing up to their shows and a lot has changed in music since American indie folk was the dominant genre of choice, However in October, a tweet saying “Album 90 percent done. Last update until you hear it,” was posted. Any day now?


Haim

Possible Date: Summer 2017

Another album long overdue now. The LA sisters’ self-titled debut Days Are Gone dropped in 2013 and they even cancelled their appearance at music festivals last summer to finish it. It arrives this Summer.


Holy Ghost!

Possible Date: Autumn 2017

DFA Records’ disco dons Holy Ghost! will surely followup last year’s Crime Cutz EP with a third album, a followup to Dynamics. Alex Frankel released a solo EP last year too. I’ve a soft spot for these two.


Hundred Waters

Possible Date: Spring / Summer 2017

Gainesville Florida band Hundred Waters have made two stunning albums of folk and electronica thus far in their career and it looks like 2017 will see their third released. On Christmas day they posted (with a Neil Young cover) that they were finishing the album. Last year, they made a big remix with their label boss Skrillex and Chance The Rapper among others.


Jon Hopkins

Possible Date: Summer 2017


The followup to 2013’s Immunity is due this year according to Jon’s reply to a fan on Twitter. Yes. In the meantime, Hopkins plays piano on a track on the new Bonobo record.


Kelela

Possible Date: Spring 2017

A followup to 2013’s Cut For Me mixtape after 2015’s Hallucination EP is on the cards (check out this Song Exploder about ‘Rewind’). In an interview with Dazed, Arca, Jam City, and Bok Bok are to be reprising their role as co-producers and Kelsey Lu, one of my picks for new artists of 2017 guests.


LCD Soundsystem

Possible Date: Summer or Autumn 2017

After last year’s triumphant live return, that promised LCD Soundsystem album is indeed on the way as James Murphy told someone on Facebook this weekin response – “Sure. still working on it, but it’ll be done soon. winter tends to mess with my voice, so finishing the thing drags out.”


Le Galaxie

Possible Date: Autumn 2017

The Dublin electro band’s third album is done and it likely to get a worldwide releasearound September time. Former Fight Like Apes’ singer MAy Kay is set to feature on six tracks too.


Little Dragon

Possible Date: Summer / Autumn 2017

The followup to Nabuma Rubberband from 2014 looks to be coming this year from the Swedish band. They are playing Coachella so that’s a good sign.


Mount Kimbie

Possible Date: Spring / Summer 2017

Mount Kimbie played some new songs at Metropolis Festival in November so it’s a safe bet a new one is coming to followup the brilliant 2013 album Cold Spring Fault Less Youth.


St. Vincent

Possible Date: Summer / Autumn 2017

Annie Clark promises “the deepest, boldest work I’ve ever done” on her new record which is inspired by the topsy-turvy world events of the last year. “I feel the playing field is really open for creative people to do whatever you want, and that risk will be rewarded – especially now that we have such high stakes from a political and geopolitical standpoint,” he told Guitar World (while managing to get a dig in on the cover). The last St. Vincent album came out in 2014.

Posted on January 18th, 2017

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Longitude Festival has revealed its first headline acts and its first names for the festival in general for the Marlay PArk event from Friday July 17th to Sunday July 19th.

Hozier headlines the Friday, Alt-J headline Saturday and the Chemical Brothers are Sunday while Caribou, SBTRKT, Wild Beasts, Jungle, Little Dragon, Young Fathers, Kaytranada, Hudson Mohawke, Wolf Alice, Slaves, Girl Band and Gengahr are also on the list.

Tickets

Tickets are €149.50 plus fees for a weekend or €59.50 plus fees from Ticketmaster on sale next Friday 30th January at 9am.

Presale

As Three are now a partner of the festival, Three and O2 customer will have access to presale tickets which go on sale this Wednesday January 28th at 9am ahead of general sale on Friday. Customers who wish to sign up can register by texting MUSIC to 51020, those already registered can simply text LONG to 51020.


Posted on January 23rd, 2015

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Right, your band have won a Mercury, you book a big arena tour (they play O3 Arena in Dublin on Saturday), you have a sanctioned Miley Cyrus sample in the bag. What do you do next? Use the first album as a formula? Collaborate with Iggy Azalea? Get 2Chainz on a guest verse?

No, you strip down everything that people love about your music into something even more beguiling.  Alt-J, the band who famously don’t use cymbals on their drum kits, have made an even more potent reduction of their odd musical sauce.

This Is All Yours is a quiet, slow record that tones down the band’s debut album eclecticism but makes up for it by being one of the most sumptuous records you’ll hear this year.

The three songs released prior to the album’s actual date, ‘Hunger Of The Pine’, ‘Every Other Freckle’ and ‘Left Hand Free’ are standalone tracks. ‘Every Other Freckle’ is the closest the band get to a ‘Tessellate’ with lyrics like “I’m gonna paw, paw at you like a cat paws at my woolen jumper” or the memorable “Turn you inside out to lick you like a crisp packet. ‘Hunger Of The Pine’ is an epic construct making a sweeping scape from a heart bruised by a lover, bleeps, Miley Cyrus sample, and avant-pop shades. ‘Left Hand Free’ meanwhile, the self-described “least Alt-J song ever” is the most grating track here, a Levis ad-style rock song only saved by vocalist Joe Newman’s warbled purr.

Those three tracks suggest an album with a multi-faceted lean, but it’s really all soundscapes and delicate vistas. Arrangements caress the vocals like a warm hug with precision and imagination. The album’s first three songs leaps into the void: ‘Intro’, ‘Arrival In Nara’ and ‘Nara’ establish the mood through threadbare harmonic coos, drums let loose with folksy strings, meandering piano, whispered vocals with Nara, a place in Japan occupied by deer, adding further mystique to the cryptic cinematic arrangements.

Birdsong and olde English folk vintage recorder interludes reinforce the natural world’s fingerprints on This Is All Yours as does references to rare creatures, blue dragonflies and quelea birds.

‘Warm Foothills’ is the album’s most beautiful track, and it may well be one of the tracks of the year. On it, the interpolating vocals of Newman, Conor Oberst, Marika Hackman, Lianne La Havas and Sivu finish each other’s sentences in a romantic gender-morphing fashion to a simple acoustic folk backing augmented by a whistle solo and subtle strings. “I tie my life to your balloon and let it go.”

The imagery is vivid on This Is All Yours. The lyrics of ‘Nara’ triptych’s finale ‘Leaving Nara’, “I’ll bury my hands deep / into the mane of my lover,” has a callback to an earlier ‘Arrival in Nara’ lyric – “I’ve found a love to love like no other can / he’s found me, my Aslan.” ‘The Gospel Of John Hurt’ takes inspiration from the actor’s famous chest-splattering death scene (“Chest bursts like John Hurt”), ‘Nara’ drowns its subject (“She never finds her bearings / Sucking splash into her lungs”), and ‘Pusher’ pines for indie-movie love (“We could hold hands for fifteen minutes in the sauna”) while ‘Choice Kingdom’ has some things to say about their home country (“Rule Britannia / Bright ideas hide in caves.”)

Those more direct lyrics are delivered in a less idiosyncratic manner than on An Awesome Wave because the arrangements are less forced into strangeness.

Rather than codify their sound into something that will easily fit that arena tour, Alt-J have made a moving mimimalist album of substantial songs with their trademark embedded deep.

Posted on September 25th, 2014

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Posted on September 23rd, 2014

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I love this.

Alt-J are streaming their new album This Is All Yours through an app. But there’s a catch.

You can only listen to it if you’re in specific locations in the world, which looking at Dublin as an example seem to be the major parks – Stephen’s Green, Phoenix Park or Herbert Park.

Other Irish locations include a park beside a Lidl in Cork, and others in Limerick, Galway, Belfast and Derry. See the map here.

If you fancy doing that, you can get the app on iOs or Android. It is a nice day for it after all.

The band play the O2 3Arena later this month.

Posted on September 10th, 2014

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After the Miley-featuring ‘Hunger Of The Pine’ and ‘Left Hand Free’, Alt-J have dropped a third track from their This Is All Yours album due September.

It’s a cross between An Awesome Wave style dynamics, English folk, Oompa Loompa chants and electronica with libidinous lyrics suggesting Joe Newman wants to “turn you inside out and lick you like a crisp packet.”

The band play the O2 on September 27th. The album is out the week before.

This Is All Yours tracklisting

  1. ‘Intro’
  2. ‘Arrival In Nara’
  3. ‘Nara’
  4. ‘Every Other Freckle’
  5. ‘Left Hand Free’
  6. ‘Garden Of England’
  7. ‘Choice Kingdom’
  8. ‘Hunger Of The Pine’
  9. ‘Warm Foothills’
  10. ‘The Gospel Of John Hurt’
  11. ‘Pusher’
  12. ‘Bloodflood Pt II’
  13. ‘Leaving Nara’

Posted on August 14th, 2014

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I prefer the low-moving epic sound of Alt-j’s ‘Hunger Of The Pine’ than the spindly rock of ‘Left Hand Free’ (it still sounds like it’s been designed to soundtrack an advertisement).

‘Hunger Of The Pine’ is weighty, defies expectation and samples Miley Cyrus for chrissakes.

The video, directed by Nabil, has a similar epicness to it, as a running man gets shot at with arrows for the entire duration of the song.

Posted on July 17th, 2014

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Anyone who thought ‘Hunger Of The Pine’ was an indication that alt-j were turning into a more-experimentally Miley-Cyrus-sampling direction, may want to have a listen to the second track from This Is All Yours, the band’s second album out in September.

‘Left Hand Free’ has a bluesy-rock riff of sorts that made me at first think of Zun Zun Egui or the kind of direct song that would obviously soundtrack an advert due to its breezy catchiness.

This Is All Yours on iTunes.

Alt-J play the O2, Dublin on September 27.

Posted on July 7th, 2014

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Tracks of the Week playlist


1. Alt-J – ‘Hunger Of The Pine’

A slow-moving weighted return for the Mercury Prize-winning band who manage to defy expectations by legitimately sampling Miley Cyrus on their new single from second album This Is All Yours. This coarses through the veins the more you listen to it.


2. Jamie xx – ‘All Under One Roof Raving’

“I wanted to make something I could play out when I got home that reminded people of how good home is.”

“I made All Under One Roof Raving whilst on the tail end of another year on the road with The xx. I was missing life in London and trawling through any music and videos that reminded me of home. One in particular I found very inspiring, Mark Leckey’s ‘Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore.’


3. FKA Twigs – ‘Two Weeks’

Twigs sits on a throne in an Egyptian-style temple, looking bronzed, exotic and elegant, singing the words which obfuscate explicitness through her hushed singing and style. There are no others in her category.


4. Lethal Dialect and Jacknife J – ‘Headstrong’ feat. Jess Kav

On the first single from the album, ‘Headstrong’ which does feature a great vocal hook from Dublin singer Jesse Kav (who appears throughout the album), JackKnifeJ’s brooding bumping ambient production (reminds me of Banks’ ‘Drowning’ in tone) is the perfect backdrop for Paulie remaining positive among the curveballs that life throws at him.


5. Rustie – ‘Raptor’

The bass on this track gave me a headache when I first heard it. But there’s something endearing about a producer who uses the mechanisms of trap music in such a bright and brazen way that subtly subverts the form. Clap trap happy music from Rustie’s second album Green Language out in August on Warp.


6. Jessie Ware – ‘Tough Love’

No sign of Ms. Ware going full-on electronic-pop just yet. Instead, her new Benny Blanco and Two Inch Punch-produced single sticks to her modern Sadé  R&B template. Super smooth.


7. Carriages – ‘Roots’

The Dublin folk electronic duo’s encouraging new single.

Their new double A-side single, takes it first step forward with ‘Roots’ (‘Significant Landscapes’ is the other track). It’s their most direct track yet, a suitably clip clopping rhythm and synth stabs swell towards the chorus of Page singing “roots run deeper when we play / roots grow high when we lay,” which despite the recordings of the metropolis, firmly place the song in a more pastoral setting.


8. Spies – ‘Moosehead’

The Dublin band stretch their indie-rock M.O. into some more expansive, yet past-referencing.


9. Zola Jesus – ‘Dangerous Days’

The first single from the 25 year-old’s fifth album is her most accessible yet. That glorious warble is still in full flow. Free download.


10. Busdriver – ‘Ego Death’ (feat. Aesop Rock & Danny Brown)

The first single from Busdriver’s forthcoming Big-Dada-released Perfect Hair album ropes in cackling Danny Brown and old favourite Aesop Rock on a Jeremiah Jae beat.

Posted on June 27th, 2014

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The Nialler9 TXFM show` airs every Thursday night at 10pm for two hours. You can listen on FM, online, the TXFM app or if you missed it, on the listen back function on the site. Last night’s show featuring 22 brand new tracks in indie, electronic, rap, R&B and dance.

Listen: Hour One

Listen: Hour Two

Hour One

  1. alt-J – ‘Hunger of the Pine’
  2. Lone – ‘Airglow Fires’
  3. EMBRZ – ‘Slow Down’
  4. Carriages – ‘Roots’
  5. Zola Jesus – ‘Dangerous Days’
  6. God Knows + mynameisjOhn – ‘Throw The Spear’
  7. Kali – ‘Neon’
  8. Lethal Dialect and Jacknife J – ‘Headstrong’ feat. Jess Kav
  9. FKA Twigs – ‘Two Weeks’
  10. Jessie Ware – ‘Tough Love’
  11. Orlando Volcano – ‘Chimi’
  12. Ménage à Trois – ‘Bobby’s Prism’

Hour Two

  1. Rustie – ‘Raptor’
  2. Modeselektor – ‘I’m not into Twerk, I’m into KrafTwerk’
  3. Jamie xx – ‘All Under One Roof Raving’
  4. Ambassadeurs – ‘Hide and Seek’
  5. Busdriver – ‘Ego Death’ (feat. Aesop Rock & Danny Brown)
  6. Bishop Nehru – ‘You Stressin’
  7. Sega Bodega – ‘Jansen’
  8. Catching Flies – ‘Stay Forever’ (Live Version)
  9. Floating Points – ‘King Bromeliad’
  10. Woman’s Hour – ‘Conversations’ (Fort Romeau Remix)

Posted on June 27th, 2014

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alt-J today announced their second album, This Is All Yours to be released on September 19th via Infectious. Not only that but they’ve announced an extensive tour including a gig at the O2 in Dublin on
Saturday September 27th.

If you pre-order the album at their site, you get a code for the European tour dates in advance for the presale this week on Wednesday June 11th at 9am with tickets on sale to general public this Friday at 9am. Tickets for The O2 show on Saturday 27th September are priced €31.50 excluding booking fee.

alt-J European tour – September 2014

18 September – Glasgow, Academy
19 September – Manchester, Apollo
22 September – Wolverhampton, Civic Hall
23 September – Brighton, Centre
24 September – London, Alexandra Palace
27 September – Dublin, The O2
29 September – Paris, Casino de Paris

alt-J – This Is All Yours tracklisting

  1. Intro
  2. Arrival In Nara
  3. Nara
  4. Every Other Freckle
  5. Left Hand Free
  6. ❦ Garden Of England
  7. Choice Kingdom
  8. Hunger Of The Pine
  9. Warm Foothills
  10. The Gospel Of John Hurt
  11. Pusher
  12. Bloodflood pt.II
  13. Leaving Nara

Posted on June 9th, 2014

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Break Bread is a fortnightly beat cypher challenging numerous producers to make a beat with set samples, limitations and rules.

The idea is simple. Every two weeks, a contributing producer sets the ground rules and picks the samples that everyone else must use. After two weeks, the finished tracks are posted online for all to hear and to download.

SertOne and Monto came up with the concept originally while on the Lightbox tour last year. “Myself and Monto wanted a challenge to force us to practice our craft and push ourselves outside our normal parameters hence the rules,” says Sert. “The rules and sample(s) are set by a different member every edition, in the hope that this forces creativity and for everyone to try something new.”
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Posted on April 26th, 2013

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