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Moog are one of the great names in the history of electronic music, having made some of the most iconic and popular equipment since 1953. From their early modular synth wardrobes to the inimitable Voyager, Moog is a name that makes every electronic music-maker’s ears prick up. At Point Blank, it’s no different so they’ve teamed up with Moog Music to give you the chance to win their latest mono monster, the Sub Phatty. Plus, Point Blank are throwing in a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 soundcard, KRK Rokit 5 monitors and an online course!

All you’ve got to do is subscribe to Point Blank’s YouTube channel for a chance to get your hands on “the grittiest Moog synth ever”. Check out PB’s special video below to subscribe and if you’re already part of their YouTube crew, your loyalty will be rewarded and you’ll automatically be entered into the draw.

The competition closes at midnight on Sunday August 9th so make sure you head over Point Blank’s channel, subscribe, enjoy tonnes of free content and maybe end up with a Moog Sub Phatty in your studio. Not a bad deal, eh? For more info on the Moog Sub Phatty, click here.

Earlier this year, Detroit’s saxophone wielding, electro-soul ambassador, GRiZ, dropped one of his biggest tunes yet, “For the Love” featuring Talib Kweli, and over the course of 4 months, it amassed over 1 million plays. With its success, it’s no surprise that a fresh remix has surfaced, and it happens to be from the ODESZA-endorsed artist, Big Wild. This rising talent has given “For the Love” his own California flavor with a re-worked groove and edited elements from the original, as well as melodic percussion, and other new instrumental accents. Enjoy the remix and see where you can catch GRiZ on tour here.

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Ney York-based Gibbz is at it again with a groovy little number.  “Love Again” is a soothing nu-disco draped piece featuring some really nice vocals.  A bit of incendiary guitar pokes through near the end of the tune, offering a nice balance of sound.  This one is off of the “Chardonnay” EP, which you can grab on iTunes here.

Electro-pop virtuoso Gibbz (real name Mike Gibney) got his start in the industry as a full time audio engineer. That path led him to work for a crew that went on to form the Lowtemp record label, founded by Gramatik. They “convinced [me] that it’s OK to drink copious amounts of alcohol and make everyone within a 30 ft radius uncomfortable,” he joked of the project’s genesis. “Out of [that] drunken, obnoxious, offensive mess of a man, GIBBZ was born.”
 
Earlier this summer Gibbz shared “I Found You,” an ode to summer romance and the first track off his upcoming Chardonnay EP. Today Gibbz reveals a second single “Love Again,” a strong follow up and a track with dense layers of synths that swirl together in a daze. So kick back, press play, and imagine you’re on a beach twirling away. “Love Again” is served best with a little (imaginary) sea salt in the air.
 
Gibbz’s Chardonnay EP will be out later this month on July 24th via Ghost Beach’s Crazy Heart Records.  

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For a limited time only, when you enroll on Point Blank’s Music Production & Sound Engineering Master Diploma in London before July 31st, you’ll become the proud owner of a shiny new MacBook Pro, and it won’t cost you a penny! This is in addition to the mountain of free studio kit you already get when you sign up for PB’s comprehensive Master Diploma, which includes free KRK monitors, soundcard, software, keyboard and more. Scroll down to find out more about the Master Diploma and the free MacBook Pro that comes with it for a limited time only…

The Music Production & Sound Engineering Master Diploma is the pinnacle of what Point Blank offers in London, and if you’re looking to launch your career into overdrive it’s definitely the course for you. You benefit from four full practical lecture days per week, on a course that’s been developed by music industry professionals who have worked with the likes of Swedish House Mafia, Chemical Brothers and Björk. When you graduate, you’ll have a 360 view of your options in the music business. Combine this with a free MacBook Pro and a free studio setup, and you’re getting access to a first class education alongside an extensive producer package that you won’t get anywhere else in the world.

If you would like to speak to a Course Advisor about Point Blank’s Master Diploma and getting a free MacBook when you enrol, or to visit PB in person for a studio tour,  contact them via their contact form here or call 020 7729 4884. If you’re an international student, call +44 20 7729 4884. Remember, the free MacBook offer ends July 31st so don’t delay.

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In the future bass sector, few do it better than Sweater Beats.  In the past Sweater Beats has taken on official remixes for artists such as; Flume & Chet FakerKastle and most recently AlessoNow, Australian powerhouse duo Hermitude have asked Sweater Beats to remix their single ‘The Buzz’, from their Australian #1 album Dark Night Sweet Light.  This one has just the nicest touch of everything under the production umbrella.  Sick work on the vocal samples dances over the huge bass sections.  Really nice percussion and background horn-inspired synths serve as the backdrop for this beast.  Stream the track below. 

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Here’s the happiest title of a track you’ll hear all week.  The driving techno sounds packed inside make me equally as happy.  As Dusky gears up to release the forthcoming “Ordinary World” EP, he’s been dropping some gems.  The latest, “Parakeet Feet,” features some charming synths, a demonic vox sample, and booming bass.  Get psyched for this whole EP to be released July 31st.

The latest track to be debuted from their four-track ‘Ordinary World EP’ (out July 31on 17 Steps), Dusky’s ‘Parakeet Feet’ marks another fresh sound from the diverse duo. Channeling the pair’s love of big room techno, the hypnotic ‘Parakeet Feet’ is built around an insistent and repetitive lead line that morphs throughout the song, as well as the distinctive ‘Talk To Me’ vocals. 

Nodding to formative influences such as Underworld, Eric Prydz’s Cirez D alias and Slam, ‘Parakeet Feet’ is match made for the many festival stages that Dusky will be playing across the summer and was debuted on BBC Radio 1 by B. Traits last Friday.   

“Techno in all its forms has always featured strongly throughout our DJ sets – as well as productions – and ‘Parakeet Feet’ is our homage to the big, rolling festival variants of the sound. There’s definitely a melodic touch to the breakdown, as with a lot of our tracks, but the overall effect we aimed for was one of intensity and energy” -Dusky

‘Parakeet Feet’ joins the classy, catchy and ambient-influenced ‘Skin Deep’ and mutant 4/4 rave alarm of ‘Jilted’ in tracks that have been premiered fro the ‘Ordinary World EP’, with the quirky roller ‘Squeezer’ still to come.

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It’s no surprise that we were big fans of Hot Chip’s latest album.  That boy was a masterpiece.  One of the danciest tracks from the record is “Need You Now,” a beautiful fusion of vocals and hauntingly sampled house music.  Moonlight Matters just went and made a huge “piano warehouse” remix, and I can’t wait to play this one for all my friends.  Stream this one pronto!

“When i first heard “Need You Now” i instantly felt a strong connection with the track, it’s one of those tracks that just grabs your attention and puts you in a distinctive and nostalgic mood,” says Sebastiaan Vandevoorde, better known as Moonlight Matters and one half of house duo Arches.

The original, the second release from Hot Chip’s most recent album Why Make Sense? is a brooding house tune with soulful vocals dripping in and out amidst a sparse, but engrossing musical atmosphere.

“Alex’s magical vocals tones never cease to amaze and that Sinnamon vocal sample is just the icing on the cake of what seems to be the perfect blend. “I already had a clear picture in mind of what I’d do to the track when the Hot Chip boys gave me the opportunity to remix this piece of gold,” says Sebastiaan. “I was a kid in a candy store. I wanted to keep the original mood of the track in tact yet make a very personal reinterpretation upping the energy and the diva factor.