As with every single year, the 2014 Musikmesse in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, has crept up on me again and Sonic State have just made me aware that the show is NEXT WEEK! Of course, with NAMM stealing the early 2014 thunder for product announcements, it's interesting to see what other new products are going to be announced.
In particular, with Bitwig confirmed to attend as exhibitors in their home country ahead of the final release date of the Bitwig DAW in two weeks, it's a good time for them to highlight new features of their software.
Judging from Sonic State, there's plenty of new product announcements from Arturia, Korg and Waldorf, so it's great to hear that there's more products coming out. Perhaps they have purposefully held back a lot of gear from NAMM to present here? Either way, it's good to stoke the rumour mill and I look forward to hearing the news next week!
Monday, 10 March 2014
Sunday, 9 March 2014
Well, the word "new" is relative...this little bugger is really old, but it's new to me! Picked up for fiver in a local car boot sale with a ropy box and a manual, this was quite a surprise to find. It's a Casio PT-30, described even at the time as a very budget-level digital keyboard, and is an offspring of the original Casio PT-1 (as featured on German one-hit wonder Trio's Da-Da-Da), albeit it with some new and improved features.
Listen along to Trio as we dive deeper to this little box of tricks (the PT-1 can also be seen in the video)
Thursday, 27 February 2014
Sometimes it's nice to get something unexpected. I've been a big fan of Berlin-based club Watergate since I first heard Sebo K's Watergate 4 in Swag Records (RIP) as a place to get really good quality house music that has more emphasis on underground vibes and as few commercial tracks that might feature on a throwaway Ministry of Sound compilation as possible.And in keeping with the rest of the series, the album art is really striking and impressive. It's the sort of artwork that really makes owning a physical copy of the CD worthwhile
So cue Kerri Chandler. Oddly enough, the first track I ever heard from him was the lovely Digital Love Affair from Sebo K's Back Up Volume 1 and this really set the scene for this release. It's deep, American house with some excellent synth bass and lead lines, opening up with a really soulful number from Detroit Swindle and continuing with funky basses, some lovely vocal samples and that Chicago drum shuffle that makes this a catchy little mix. It's at once a nostalgia-infused throwback to older records from the early nineties as much as it is a presentation of more recent productions.
In terms of slotting in with the rest of the series, this really hits all the right notes you would expect from a Watergate mix: an excellent compilation and well worth owning.