Review: For the latest missive on their reissue-focused Attic Salt Discs imprint, Dusty-fingered duo Colin Volvert and Otto Kraanen have snapped up the rights to a sought-after 1984 cut from Belgian new wave band 1000 Ohm. You'll find their original vocal and instrumental versions on the A-side, with both sounding like a delightful cross between bubbly Italo-disco, Bobby 'O' style Hi-NRG and the imperial synth-pop of the Pet Shop Boys. Arguably even better than both original mixes is Vanzetti and Sacco's more dancefloor-focused flipside edit. While this does make use of 1000 Ohm's Heaven 17/ABC style vocals and cheery melodies, there's far more focus on the druggy arpeggio groove and chunky drum machine beats.
Notes: Blackbox is a portable sampler and groovebox that lets you record, save/load, apply effects and edit one-shot samples and beat-sliced loops. Create sequences with samples by tapping on pads, playing a virtual keyboard, using external MIDI controllers or by drawing-in notes using a standard Piano Roll editor on a fast touchscreen interface. Sequences can be played back to create song sections and entire compositions. Finish your song by mixing it, adding stereo effects and by saving it as a Preset for fast and easy recall.
Perform songs live and trigger samples on the fly. Blackbox makes it easy to create and perform music anywhere thanks to its compact and rock-solid hardware design. Just throw it in a backpack and hit the club.
Record hours of song ideas, jam sessions, and performances thanks to a microSD slot that enables you to expand internal memory.
Blackbox comes with gigabytes of premium samples and loops by SoundTrack Loops and Loopmasters to let you start making beats right out of the box.
Blackbox - your own personal sampler.
What Is Included:
- Blackbox compact sampling studio
- MicroSD card with blackbox firmware, about 60 presets and approximately 900 WAV files
- USB power cable and USB wall wart with 3 international adapters
- 2 MIDI Adapters - Male 3.5mm TRS to Female 5 pin DIN, MIDI Class B standard
- Quick Start guide to get you playing right away
Digital oscillator module with sub output & wavefolding - black
Notes: Sine is a harmonically pure VCO with two distinct outputs.
The primary output contains a perfect sine wave with a wide frequency range and pristine volt per octave tracking. The Sub output features two sine tones that can be blended together to achieve a mix of one octave below, or a fifth above the primary output's frequency.
In addition, both outputs have an internal wavefolder that adds harmonic content to the signal allowing for spectrally complex tones within a single module. Keep your tones pure (or not!) with Sine.
Notes: Any vibrations in records during playback is picked up by stylus cartridges and is reproduced by amplifiers and speakers causing muddy sound, distortion and reduced detail. Heavyweight contact pressed flat against the record and platter resolves record vibrations...
The 45 KING turntable heavyweight has been specially developed to stabilize all vinyl records including LP records and removes vibrations.
With real 45 Players in mind, this heavyweight slots over a 7" adapter (included) - enabling control over 7" 45's, giving superior handling and improved mid-range, high frequency, bass response playback detailed sound.
Premium quality high grade solid aluminium turntable heavyweights for vinyl connoisseur home use and club DJs. The 45 Central King also covers up record labels, so ideal for exclusive secret 'cover up' DJs and elusive vinyl play.
Review: Emotional Rescue again delves in the world of private pressings, with a reissue of British electronic pop meets proto-House duo 4AM. With copies of their self titled album now highly sought after, this timely reissue presents two of their songs as a stand alone 7".
Consisting of multi-instrumentalist Steve Kirby - piano, guitar, bass, programming - and vocalist Kevin Finch, 4AM came together after youths filled with a love of music. Following a string of band attempts, Steve dived in to the world of midi, allowing him to build a studio set up and play solo. A meeting with new work colleague Kevin quickly developed to joining forces to expand on his early demos.
Their melodic, dance-influenced pop draws on a love of Japan, OMD and The The, but also ECM jazz and a touch of "white boy soul". The TR-808 drum and hi-hats, string stabs and random acid squelches - although no TR-303 was used - highlights the influence the nascent House sounds emanating from the "second summer of love" of 1988 / 89 had in their music melting pot.
Over this, personal lyrics flow, full of honest emotions and a touch of youthful naivety thrown in - of relationships, love, sex and passions. Intended as a personal artifact, the original album was released in 1990 with no promotion or live shows and has taken until now, some 30 years, to find a cult audience. I want you with a Passion.
Review: We present you 'Mamma Jamma' - an astonishing debut release on Disco Fruit from the Montenegrin up & coming duo 84Bit, inc. hot remixes by : Dr Packer, Hotmood and Tonbe. This release is everything you will ever need for your very special gigs! Fat, funky house driving bassline with powerful & uplifting vocals in the Original Mix, while Hotmood strikes immediately with a groovy & marching bassline - you're gonna love it. Dr Packer plays beautifully with percussions & vocals and manages to leave his recognizable mark on this release. Tonbe brings it home once more with a nice & sexy groove, lovely atmosphere and his identifiable drum hits. This is truly "A Must Have EP" for your vinyl collection.