Hello everyone. Now here is something else from our man Giovanni Damico. Recorded in a fruit and vegetable market in Salerno, Italy, the following 1 hour video mix has Gio spinning a bag full of disco, funk and soul amongst fresh and ripe produce at Piazza San Francesco. We've never seen anything quite like this and I have to say the idea is simply amazing: taking the music out from the clubs and into the streets. Congratulations for the newly founded 180gr crew for pulling this one out!
Our good friend and fellow vinyl enthusiast, The Model did an entire 2 hour long 90% wax session at Radio Deea a couple weeks ago and part of the video stream finally surfaced on their youtube channel. This 80 minute eclectic recording of the finest, funkiest and sunniest house and disco selection topped with garage, warehouse, dub, techno and acid is just a glimpse into his full 2 hour set, soon to be released on his soundcloud page.
We also had a quick chat with The Model on skype today and he revealed that the test pressing for his next Adult Central instalment is ready and that it sound absolutely stunning. He also disclosed that he's working day and night for an upcoming Autoreply release and vaguely hinted at a much bigger project, presumably an LP is in the making so stay tuned for more info as we will keep a close eye on him!
Posting news and updates from the music industry is definitely not part of our ethos, but when it comes to such a cornerstone announcement, even we can't ignore it. You might remember a certain video teaser shot earlier this year at Musikmesse, portraying a turntable prototype from Pioneer and after months of secrecy, the company finally let the official press release loose today along with a promotional video featuring the ever-present DJ Qbert and DJ Shortkut. What is interesting is that Pioneer seemed to have been listening to the user market and taking notes so that they implemented some nice features on their device to set them apart from the Technics king of all TTs.
The most important feature is a variable pitch fader with selectable range of ±8%, ±16% and a whopping ±50% for those out there that like to mix gabber with trip hop. Cable management has been taken into account so you can say goodbye to the usual mess of phono, ground and power cables that makes every other TT out there a pain to store and carry. This also means that you can forget opening the unit and soldering various cables and connectors and can simply hook up your best RCAs right at the venue. The design is basically the same tried-and-tested layout that worked for the past 40 years, the only difference is that it features the company's trademark cirlce play/stop button you find on their CDJ line and gorgeous blue lighting, a very popular hack among 1200 users. For a full spec list, please read the official press release.
Priced at $700 per unit, the PLX-1000 is targeted mainly to professional users such as heavyweight vinyl DJs and clubs or to rich kids with plenty of daddy's cash to burn. Amateur wax lovers or upcoming bedroom DJs will be better off hunting Technics auctions on ebay as there will be quite an influx of 1200 and 1210 in the following months.
Taking a small break from our usual release-oriented posting, we give you a one hour long music production-oriented conference focusing on The Art Of Sampling. For this special session, recorded back in April and published online 2 weeks ago, LEME invited Greymatter and Mr. Beatnick for a show-and-tell revolving around the act of sampling and music making in general. You get a glimpse into Graeme's very simple workflow and also get to see some live MPC fooling around courtesy of Nick's "ancient device". This one goes out to all the avid beats producers out there who are sick of the same old sample packs and want to get their productions to the next level.
The first instalment of Mixmag's '100% Vinyl' series features the British-born, Vienna-based female DJ and producer Cassy Britton in an 80 minute vinyl tour de force inside the Hard Wax store in Berlin. I have to admit it's surprising to see such a bold initiative coming from Mixmag, but looking at the recent rising trend of vinyl sales, it's easy to understand why they decided to tackle the (still) taboo subject of vinyl records. Enjoy this amazing mix and check out the official post for a bonus interview with Cassy.