If you’re already a fan of Point Blank Music School, you’ll know that they’ve had some amazing prizes for giveaway competitions in recent months. Partnering with the likes of Moog, Novation, Native Instruments and Korg, they’ve been able to bring you some of the latest and greatest studio gear. Maschine Studio, Komplete 10, Samson RXA-7 monitors, Korg Volcas and the Sub Phatty have all been part of their previous giveaways, and they’re happy to have been able to improve the studios of all our competition winners so far. For August, they’ve partnered up with Ableton to bring you a very special ‘Ableton Month’!
Ableton Month has been packed with tutorial and masterclass content focused around Ableton Live and Push. Point Blank are also giving away Ableton goodies throughout the month on their Facebook and Twitter channels, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled – they’ve got bags, t-shirts, sticker sheets, mouse mats and loads more prizes coming your way.
However, the month really wouldn’t be complete without a boost to the studio, and for that Point Blank has got an almighty prize of Ableton Push and Ableton Live Suite to give away to one lucky winner who registers with them before Monday 31st August! Simply register on the Point Blank website to be in with a chance to win – the winner will be drawn on the following day and notified via the e-mail address they used to subscribe with. If you’ve already registered with Point Blank, then there’s no need to re-register as you’re already part of the competition.
And lastly, for those of you interested in studying with Point Blank in London, Los Angeles or online, there’s never been a better time to enrol – for this month only they have some huge discounts on both Ableton Live and Push, giving you some amazing savings. To find out more about the discounts we can offer, e-mail one of Point Blank’s course advisors or call them on +44 20 7729 4884.
The Miami by-way-of Kentucky based producer Amtrac needs no introduction around these parts – he’s been a GDD favorite since the start and his next release is no substitute. His new single “Hold On’ was premiered by Radio 1 legend Pete Tong and has finally dropped today on Mark Knight’s imprint Toolroom. Deep yet soulful, with funk forward vocal that rides atop a rolling sub bassline all the way through – we wouldn’t have it any other way. Listen below, and pick it up now on beatport!
Los Angeles – Don’t miss Amtrac next Thursday, August 27th as he takes over Night Bass @ Sound Nightclub!
Our little brother and Dirtybird young gun Justin Jay has finally graduated college, and announces his new EP with a fitting title. Listen below, and look out for it dropping on September 11th!
From the heat of the BBQ to the smoking hot talent of Justin Jay, as he returns to the feathery fold with his latest release. The youngest of VonStroke’s proteges, the 22 year old producer continues to build on the promise shown on a string of heavy hitting Dirtybird releases (Femme Fatale, Static, Instincts, Le Voyou.) With all of his tracks created on the same college-dorm studio set up, it seems fitting that we bring you the last from those late night bunker sessions and a brace dedicated to the end of his studies and the start of the party.
‘Mom I Graduated’ launches in to life with the sassily titled ‘Hit It.’ Spring loaded beats adorn an eerie, vocoder-aided atmosphere, before double claps on the beat turn the track into an intensified stomper. The drop descends into thick sub bass, chopped up vocal samples and chiming, echoing percussion around its half time rhythm. This is big!!
Rain Dance starts life out of earshot. A progressive melodic flurry gradually enters in to range through a mist of pitter patter FX touches, while ascending woodblocks bring us to the vocal drop and a thumping kick drum -“I’m gonna make it rain” – Booty aesthetics with a slowed tribal rhythm and swathes of sub bass leak through the speakers. A second summer anthem from the young Californian.
Vibe cultivator Gallant has seen a plethora of remixes on his new single “Weight In Gold” – and this new flip from On Planets is literally holds it weight with a melodic downtempo groove and even a live horn section. No more talking, just baby making. Press play.
The productions of Craig Williams go a long way in my MP3 library – his remixes are known for taking dance pop anthems and morphing them into techno laced dance floor stompers. A hefty trait to be known for, to say the least. His latest is no exception taking Duke Dumont‘s 2015 fanfare “The Giver” and reducing it into it’s simplest four on the floor counterpart. Ripe for anytime past midnight, it’s sure to bring the ruckus to any club or festival setting.
DJ Dodger Stadium are back with a brand new track + visuals to suit and the result is another smash hit for the forward thinking Body High label heads. The simplicity of the vocal tracking on DJDS records is what strikes me as so refined, (thanks Jerome LOL) and you can really feel the idea become a song in that regard. “You don’t have to be alone,” starts out as just words and becomes a feeling invoked sonically through progressive piano riffs and mind bending synth stretches complete with sporadic yet well placed percussive patterns (thanks Samo Sound Boy). It’s intrinsic in its nature, something we first heard from their debut LP and is more refined in their second run at production.
The visuals complete the package with courtesy of Directors Daniel Pappas and Nick Walker. Pappas is responsible for a majority of the visual treatment from “Friend Of Mine” and is complimented by Walker’s portfolio of video work for FKA Twigs, Beyonce, and Freddie Gibbs. I’m sure there are a lot of interpretations available as well as people who would say I’m thinking too much, but for me, the video represents a sense of disconnect from the city/suburban life and a reunion with the primordial relationships we developed with Mother Earth and others who cherish it’s sacred nature. Also, it could just be some dogs having a bomb ass day. Either way, the message is clear, you don’t have to be alone.