DJ Mustard protégé RJ is the everyman rapper who represents a new wave of LA stardom
FACT Rated is our series digging into the sounds and stories the most vital breaking artists around right now. This week Andrew Friedman meets RJ, the LA rapper and protege DJ Mustard. It takes stones to claim your entire city the way RJ has. Not only did he name his new album MrLA, he also […]
10 under-the-radar club tracks you need to hear in August 2017
For Club Use Only is your one-stop guide to the best underground dance music from across the world. Each month, The Astral Plane’s Gabe Meier forecasts the next wave sounds due to break through into the mainstream. The past month has been a true celebration summer, with high prile releases from Asmara, Pan Daijing, Hitmakerchinx […]
Howie Lee is the cyberpunk-obsessed club producer concerned we're trapped in the Matrix
FACT Rated is our series digging into the sounds and stories the most vital breaking artists around right now. This week, Claire Lobenfeld talks to Beijing-born club innovator Howie Lee about 3D design, GarageBand’s Chinese instruments library and the possibility that we’re all just living in a simulation. Howie Lee thinks we might be living […]
Alan Vega IT review: The final sermon from Brooklyn's late 'Screamin' Jesus'
Suicide frontman Alan Vega died in his sleep last July at age 78 and IT, his last solo effort (which is being touted as “his masterpiece and final statement”), has been released into the world. April Clare Welsh breaks down the master destruction’s final grisly transmission. Alan Vega didn’t dodge flying axes or slice his face with safety pins on stage as part […]
Marching band performs Daft Punk at Paris Bastille Day parade
National treasures. Daft Punk received a surprise tribute during today’s Bastille Day parade in Paris when a marching band performed a medley hits by the French duo. The medley included ‘One More Time’, ‘Harder Better Faster Stronger’ and ‘Get Lucky’. Commemorating the storming the Bastille and marking France’s independence. Appearing in the video are President […]
Thelo-Que Releases New Project, "Life's Wonderful Up Here"
Recently Thelo-Que released a project entitled ‘Life’s Wonderful Up Here’ . It’s a genre-bending mixtape filled with depth and creativity. The lyrics provoke thought and are delivered in such a smooth tone that each word sticks with you and it provides an effortless listen through with the whole project only spanning barely over thirty minutes. […]
Daft Punk’s Roland TR-909 is up for sale
The influential drum machine includes the presets Homework classic ‘Revolution 909’. The original Roland TR-909 used by Thomas Bangalter Daft Punk has gone on the market. Writing on Facebook this week, Vintage & Analogue Occasion listed the drum machine as a “collector’s item” and said they will “sell it to the highest bidder.” Bangalter’s 909 features the original […]
Regis 'rebuilds' debut album Gymnastics for 21st anniversary reissue
The new version adds two new tracks. Techno icon Regis has released a 21st anniversary edition his debut album, Gymnastics. The new edition is described by Downwards as a “stronger, fitter version” the original, with tracks ‘rebuilt’ from the original stems alongside “unreleased sequences”. It features two tracks not seen on the original album, ‘Model Friendship’ and ‘Allies’. It also […]