Here’s a nu disco track I produced under my different alias Lawrence Philip. It will be released as part of Cloud Lounge compilation, to be out on Laxity Recordings. It will be available digitally worldwide and in CD form in Indonesia.
Recently, Native Instruments has been putting both the S4 & S2 on sales. Usuallt, thats a sign that new products are on the way. Today, NI just announced the new and improved S4 & S2. Also check out the video above for an excellent demo from Mad Zach.
- 2-deck controller for S2 and 4-deck controller for the S4, soundcard, flagship TRAKTOR software
- Plug-and-play with TRAKTOR DJ for iPad and iPhone
- Improved look, feel, and visual feedback
The S4 is $799 while the S2 is $499 and both will be available worldwide on October 1st.
You can pre-order them here.
After slew of releases on his own label Javabass Recordings, Random is ready to follow it up with the brand new ‘So Alive EP’. The title track ‘So Alive’ is an uplifting hands in the air drum’n’bass roller with positive lyrics that celebrate life no matter how hard it gets. It’s a drum’n’bass tune with pop sensibility. The track also features vocal appearance from lead vocalist of Indonesian all girls pop-rock band STOYA, Aliya Sachi.
‘So Alive EP’ is out now exclusively at Juno Download and will be available at iTunes and other digital download stores on March 11,2013
Logic session of a new tune that I worked on with my favorite collaborator Yacko. It’s almost done.
The man that start it all! Not dubstep but brostep. Yes, Rusko the man responsible for dubstep subgenre brostep is back with his sophomore album Songs. It’s nice that he’s actually distancing his self from the monster he created as Songs shows more variety and multiple facets to his production.
The first single from Songs is Somebody To Love, a track that pay heavy tribute to the hey day of rave with its melodic piano riffs and diva vocal before dropping into some wobbly bassline. Pressure is another outstanding tune with its major chords creating happy vibe and something that brings back the UK Garage era in the early noughties. In Opium he goes with epic trance like intro a la Magnetic man then proceed to bring back his trademark bass and switched it up to 4-4 goodness in the middle. Thunder is a surprise since its basically a straight up 4-4 big room number with epic chords build-up similar to Swedish House Mafia with an added twist. Instead of your standard 4-4 beats where the snare falls in 2nd and 4th beat, he opted with half time where the snare lands in 3rd and 7th beat. Reggae/dub influence are also present in the form of Mek More Green, Skanker, Love No More and Roll Da Beats. Asda Car Park represent the one and only tune that somewhat resembles brostep. M357 a droning down tempo track close out the album.
Overall, Songs is a solid album with excellent mixes of styles and sounds. It’s much more well rounded album when compared to his debut effort O.M.G. It also showcases Rusko’s progression as producer and reminded us why he is one of the premier dubstep artist today. I think it’s great that this album is being released in Diplo’s label Mad Decent which is an American label because it will show the American public out there that dubstep is not just Skrillex
Rusko – Somebody To Love
The Agony & The Ecstasy is the 4th full length album from Hospital Records’ golden child High Contrast. The album opens up with the album titled track The Agony & Ecstasy featuring vocal from Selah Corbin. If you’re familiar with High Contrast’s earlier work, you’ll find similar melodic and haunting piano in this track with his classic tune Music is Everything. Cinematic feel can also be found in this tune and all are being tied together with a very driving beats to create a moody yet uplifting tune.
The 2nd track The Road Goes On Forever pays tribute to the WHO’s Baba O’Reily with its arpeggiated synth and big piano chords in the middle. Other track that stood out in this album is his collaboration with Underworld and Tiesto in The First Note is Silence. This track is one those that you either love or hate. It got all the right ingredient to become a crossover hit with Karl Hyde’s vocal and it’s epic big room feel.
Overall, this is a great album. He successfully manages to create a proper album instead of compilation of tracks. With this album, I get to witness High Contrast’s evolution from a dance producer with great track to complete musician that produce a complete album.
High Contrast’s The Agony & The Ecstasy is out now on Hospital Records