• Rusko plans to release all of his music for free
• Brodinski pulls out of Hard Day of the Dead
• Jay-Z signs Sander van Doorn to Roc Nation
• Video: Tensnake “Mainline (feat. Syron)”
• Foxes Release FIXYN Remix of their hit song “Echo”
• Alixander III of Azari & III preps solo album
• Ableton Officially Announces Live 9, Unveils Push Controller
Rusko plans to release all of his music for free
Earlier today we reported that Rusko is going to release an EP for free on November 4. Now we can reveal that he’s planning to put out all of his future records free of charge.
It’s a bold and unexpected move from the LA-based producer. Shortly after announcing his ‘KAPOW’ EP would be available at no cost, it was confirmed that all of his forthcoming material would be given away free.
In a statement, Rusko said: “It’s about promotion and not profit – I want to give the fans the music in real time. If they can help me promote it too then it’s essentially what a label does anyway but just without copyright restrictions… I just want everyone to be able have my music if they want it.”
What looked to be a one-off gesture of goodwill to fans has now become a certified career strategy.
Both of Rusko’s albums have been released on Diplo’s Mad Decent label but now the UK dubstepper’s contract with the imprint is up. A spokesman for Rusko said: “He finished his deal [with Mad Decent] and rather than renew it, or find another label, he’s decided to self-release for free to fans with the aim of getting his music out there widely to the max amount of people in the easiest way possible.”
We’re yet to see if this means that he’ll only be releasing music in digital form from now on or whether he’ll endeavour to make his material available physically too.
Brodinski pulls out of Hard Day of the Dead
Hold back the tears, Bromance boss Brodinski has had to pull out from this year’s Hard Day Of The Dead.
The one event takes place on November 3 in Los Angeles at LA Historic Park.
Brodinski took to Facebook to deliver the message to his fans that he would no longer be performing at the event.
“To all my fans who were planning on catching my b2b set with Gesaffelstein at Hard Day Of The Dead. Unfortunately I will not be able to attend the festival this year for reasons that are completely out of my control. It is my last intention to let down all of my fans, and there is nothing more in the world that I want than to be able to perform at Hard Day Of The Dead this year, but the reality is these things happen.”
He went on to say that best pal Gesaffelstein would be going solo instead and he would be representing the Bromance crew.
“Gesaffelstein will be performing a full set by himself at Hard Day Of The Dead representing the Bromance Records crew. And as we all know, his sets are incredible, and he will be able to hold it down without me. I sincerely apologise to all my fans and I promise that I will make this up to all of you as soon as I am able to perform in the USA once again!”
Jay-Z signs Sander van Doorn to Roc Nation
With a roster that hinges on names like Rita Ora, J. Cole and even 11-year-old pop star Willow Smith, Jay-Z’s Roc Nation isn’t the first place you’d associate with big-room Dutch house and trance. All that’s about to change, though, as Stereosonic-bound scene hero Sander van Doorn dropped some surprise news to Vibe.com in an interview at Amsterdam Dance Event. “My biggest friend at the moment is actually Jay-Z,” the DJ told Vibe, looking like he can’t quite believe it himself. “I just got signed to his label, Roc Nation. So he’s my new best friend.” We’ll have to wait to find out just what’s coming from that friendship.
Roc Nation came about in 2008 as a collaboration between Jay-Z and touring giant Live Nation. Another high-profile dance act in the Roc Nation empire is Chase & Status, who have said they politely turned down working with high-profile associates like Rihanna for their No More Idols album. Other sign-ups to the Roc Nation ‘family’ include UK gun Switch and Stargate, the Norwegian production team that works behind the scenes on pop blockbuster after pop blockbuster.
Sander van Doorn’s last album was 2011’s Eleve11, which impressed our reviewer: “Steering well clear of dropping a collection of disparate club bombs (like he might have been a little guilty of in the past), Doorn has crafted a tight and polished affair with Eleve11. Though in some respects it might sideline the fans that prefer him exclusively in peaktime trance mode, it’ll be a joy for anyone who’s embraced the full range of his musical personality.”
The Dutchman told Vibe at ADE that his recent career has been a whirlwind. “I just did a collaboration together with Mark Knight, and another with a dance group I can’t say too much about yet. My schedule is absolutely ridiculous right now.”
Video: Tensnake “Mainline (feat. Syron)”
Breakout German DJ/producer Tensnake has just unveiled the video for his new “Mainline” single, which features a powerful vocal performance from singer Syron. The clip, much like the song, effortlessly evokes feel-good vibes in an old-school fashion. Similar to Kanye’s “Good Life” video, director Pondr‘s footage features colorful, ’80s-inspired animation over the top of Syron doing her thing while dancers groove around her, on top of her, and in the palm of her hand. Look for the single when it drops via Defected Records November 5.
Foxes Release FIXYN Remix of their hit song “Echo”
Los Angeles based up and coming production duo FIXYN is releasing their stellar remix of the marvelous indie track by Foxes called “Echo.” The Southhampton based songstress, Foxes, recently provided vocals on the amazing title track of Zedd’s LP Clarity and is rapidly growing into a musical force. With one of the most beautiful voices in indie music today, Foxes have place their vocals on a canvas for electronic producers to work into EDM bliss. FIXYN has properly transported these vocals into the electronic music world by giving it the upbeat edge and hard-hitting twist it deserves. Their official remix for Foxes is available for free download on their Soundcloud page.
FIXYN takes these phenomenal vocals and transforms “Echo” into bassy piece of EDM art. Utilizing deep synths and infectious wobble sounds, they have created a crossbreed between electro house and POP music. This catchy remix exemplifies FIXYN’s ability to create electronic music that appeals to various music listeners. This remix marks just the beginning of a trend we called FIXYN, as the guys have been hard at work in the studio developing projects for numerous artists. Keep your eyes peeled for more FIXYN music coming soon by “Liking” them on Facebook.
Alixander III of Azari & III preps solo album
Azari & III member Alphonse Lanza, AKA Alixander III, will release his first solo album this November.
The record is grandiosely titled The Incline of Western Civilization Pt. III. According to a press release, Lanza recorded it after getting home from what ended up being about three years of touring with Azari & III, which could partly explain the sound of the album: Incline… is 90 minutes of warped techno and electro that’s conspicuously light on melody and vocals, a far cry from the pop-friendly house he makes with his bandmates. The album’s first single is its final track, a 22-minute epic called “The Jugular.” You can hear that one below. Both records will come out on Lanza’s new label, Idol Hanse.
01. Well Hello
03. I Like To Go On Vacation With You
04. Bare With Me?
05. Naked Brunch
06. In A Vacuum
07. One Thing
08. Tubular Hell
09. Answers From The West
10. Hot Zone
11. Love Comes Calling
12. The Jugular
Idol Hanse will release The Incline of Western Civilization Pt. III on November 23rd, 2012.
(via Resident Advisor)
Ableton Officially Announces Live 9, Unveils Push Controller
Not to toot our own horn or anything, but XLR8R sent ripples across the internet earlier this week when we shared a “leaked” video showcasing some features on the forthcoming Ableton Live 9. The video wasn’t exactly official, but have no fear, the folks at Abletonhave gone ahead and confirmed that the latest version of its DAW will finally arrive at the beginning of 2013. The announcement also came with word of the software company’s first piece of hardware, a controller called Push.
Both forthcoming products boast a bevy of upgrades and features, which are too numerous to outline in complete detail here. Suffice it to say that Live 9 arrives with improvements to the automation functionalities, a more efficient built-in browser, brand-new stock effects (including the Glue Compressor we saw in the aforementioned video), a new version of Max for Live that comes with Live 9 Suite, and much more. Pricing for Live 9 starts at $99 for the Intro version, with the Suite coming in at $749.
As for the controller, Push is described as a “hardware instrument designed to solve an old problem: how to make a song from scratch.” Utilizing 64 velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads in conjunction with 11 touch-sensitive, “endless” knobs, the machine is touted as being able to make quick work out of producing with its “folded” keyboard arranged across color-coordinated pads, streamlined button layout, portable-but-durable structure, and seamless integration with Live 9. Push, which will arrive around the same time as the new Live, also comes with a copy of Ableton Live 9 Intro, which—at the cost of $599—is kind of a steal for anyone getting started with music production.
What’s more, Live 8 is now on sale! So, if you just can’t wait until next year, you can hit Ableton’s shop to score its most current DAW at 25% off the usual price, which also comes with a free upgrade to 9 as soon as it’s released. Now that you’ve digest all of that information, you can check out a couple of teaser videos for each of Ableton’s forthcoming new products below.