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Mecca: 83 'Sketchbook Pieces'

Sketchbook Pieces by Mecca:83


Here is a collection of recent remixes and productions by the UK's J Dilla inspired Mecca:83.  'Midnight Kids' and 'Jay's Theme' are immediate standouts to me, but the whole collection is sumptious on the ears.  Enjoy. Find out more: www.solarsoundsmusic.com

Credits Music: www.highpressuresound.com Image: www.bandcamp.com

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Aesop Rock 'Skelethon' Stream

Underground legend Aesop Rock's new album is here in it's entirety - legally.  Expect tounge twisting lyricism, imaginative narritives and a backdrop of diverse beats.  
Find out more: www.rhymesayers.com

Buy 'Skelethon' from Amazon US here

Credits
Video: www.youtube.com/user/TheRealRhymesayers
Image: www.aesoprock.com



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Novation MiniNova

'An amazingly powerful but compact synthesizer that packs brand-new features, including push-button Animate controls and Novation's brand new voice effect:  VocalTune.capable of generating dirty bass synth sounds, soaring leads and fat pads.  It is also has powerful vocal effects including a vocoder and the brand new VocalTune™ effect which enables you to tune your voice to whatever notes you are playing on the keyboard...'

Find out more: www.uk.novationmusic.com

Video:www.sonicstate.com
Links:www.global.novationmusic.com

Buy Novation MiniNova Analog Modeling Sythesizer Here
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Pat Mastelotto on the Linn Drum

Pat Mastelotto of legendary rock group Mr. Mister revisits their classic track 'Broken Wings' and even digs out the actual Linn Drum that helped make it such a timeless rock song. Find out more: www.patmastelotto.com

Credits
Video: www.youtube.com/user/4DrummersByDrummers
Image: www.patmastelotto.com


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Big KRIT Interview: US Rap News

This interview touches on various topics, including K.R.I.T.S.'s well received collaborations with Yelawolf and the place of sampling in contemporary hip hop.
Find out more:www.bigkrit.com, www.usrapnews.fr

Credit
Video: www.youtube.com/user/USRapNews
Image: www.lastfm.com


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Jeremy Ellis Interview and Performances: Urban Media

I am partial to the skills of Mr Jeremy Ellis.  Quite simply, dude is a BEAST on the 16, or 32, pads.  Here, Urban Media provide a nice, in-depth interview with Jeremy, spliced with some great footage of him doing his thing on Akai MPDs and the Native Instrument Maschine.  If you have just got yourself, or are looking into getting, anything pad related I strongly recommend you watch this for entertainment and inspiration.  Then check out Jeremy Ellis' MPC tutorial on the Developing Further page, where he very generously shares some extremely useful tips and excercises for beginners and anyone looking to improve their pad techniques.
Find out more: www.jeremyellismusic.com; www.urbanmediashow.com; www.akaipro.com; www.native-instruments.com

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Video: www.youtube.com/user/jeremyellismusic
Image: www.ubiquityrecords.com


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Joey Bada$$ 'Waves'

With a delivery which mixes a 90s Jay Z and Jay Electronica, Joey shows why he gets love from the blogs to the broadsheets.  Exquisite wordplay over a rugged but warm golden era style backdrop.






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El-P, Killer Mike and Despot: 'Tougher Colder Killer'

Listen out for the overly compressed, distorted drums after the first breakdown, which add a real sense of drama.  Wowzers.

Find out more: www.fatpossum.com/artists/el-p

Buy 'Tougher Colder Killer' from Amazon US here

Buy 'Cancer 4 Cure' LP from Amazon US here

Credits
Video: www.youtube.com/user/elpossum
Image: www.fatpossum.com


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Dubspot Hits 75K Youtube Followers

In celebration of hitting 75, 000 youtube followers, music production school Dubspot brings this short clip showcasing what they do.
Find out more:
www.dubspot.com

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Video: www.youtube.com/user/DubSpot
Image: www.residentadvisor.net


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808 Documentary: 'Planet Rock and Other Tales of the 808' featuring DJ A-Trak, ?uestlove and More

DJ A-Trak, ?uestlove and other renowned artists share their love of the classic TR808 Drum Machine, one of the most vital pieces of music equipment ever made.  Allow me to go into fan-boy mode for a minute: this, this right here, is going to be awesome.  *Straightens tie*  *Regains composure*
Find out more: www.planetrock.com

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Video: www.potholesinmyblog.com
Image: www.roland.co.uk


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Bob Moog Mini-Documentary: 'Bob Moog's Legacy' Featuring Moby, Wayne Coyne and More

To promote the Bob Moog Foundation many celebrated artists, including Moby and Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips, pay homage to Bob Moog’s impact on electronic music.
Find out more: www.moogfoundation.org 
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Video: www.youtube.com/user/MoogMusicInc
Image: www.moogmusic.com


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DJ Khaled Mini-Documentary: The Making of 'Hip Hop' Featuring The Justice League, DJ Premier and Nas

DJ Khaled, The Justice League and DJ Premier share studio time making one of the most talked about hip hop tracks of 2012.
Find out more: twitter.com/djkhaled; twitter.com/JusticeLeague; twitter.com/meanjoepreem

Credits
Video: www.rapradar.com
Image: www.vimeo.com


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The Beat Junkies Documentary: 'For the Record'

The legendary turntablists tell their story in this short documentary.
Find out more: www.beatjunkies.com

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Video: www.nahright.com
Image: www.lastfm.com











Theo Parrish Mini-Documentary: 'Slices' DVD

Slices DVD follows Theo Parrish as he goes crate digging in his home town. Find out more: www.twitter.com/Soundsignature

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Video: www.youtube.com/user/ElectronicBeatsVideo
Image: www.redbullmusicacademy.com


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Klimeks 'Lost Without'

The lovely contrast between the drums, which have a lot of knock in them, and everything else, which is very subtle and elegant. Find out more: www.soundcloud.com/klimeks

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Video: www.youtube.com/user/beatslife
Image: www.soundcloud.com


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Textures 'Consonant Hemispheres'

A great example of how tempo/pattern changes can make a song more engaging. 'Constant Hemispheres', in my opinion, switches from a rock ballad - don't run away screaming just yet - to drum n bass, hip hop (with plenty of swing) into metal, stepping up a gear each time it switches.  I had hoped to find a legit copy of the album version, as it packs even more of a punch but this is a very good performance.  Find out more: www.texturesband.com/en/news

Buy 'Consonant Hemispheres' from Amazon US here

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Video: www.youtube.com/user/dwddtv
Image: www.texturesband.com

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Killer Mike 'Untitled'

The very dramatic intro which shows off the high-end moog keys and heavy 808 rumbling beneath them.  When the beat drops notice the tom-toms in the background.  The beat is fuller than it first sounds, though not cluttered.  There is a nice use of reverb at points, especially on the vocals.
Find out more: www.twitter.com/KillerMikeGTO

Buy 'Untitled' from Amazon US here

Credits
Video: www.soundcloud.com/wmstrecs
Image: www.hiphopdx.com


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TOKiMONSTA 'Darkest'

Lovely arrangement with haunting vocals.  A great example of a tune which, given the right push, could be a huge pop hit without selling out. Video directed by Doug Chang. Find out more: www.tokimonsta.com; www.brainfeedersite.com

Buy 'Darkest' from Amazon US here

Credits
Video: www.youtube.com/channel/HCBfnmC2zb4ys
Image: www.lastfm.com


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Behringer X32

Behringer’s new digital mixing desk reviewed by the guys over at Sonic State. Find out more: www.behringer.com,www.sonicstate.com
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Video: www.sonicstate.com
Image: www.behringer.com


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Drum Sample Website: BoomAndBap.com

Another favourite of The New Beat Maker, Sounds and Gear, announce their new venture, BoomAndBap, an online drum sample store.
Find out more: www.boomandbap.com; www.soundsandgear.com

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Video: www.soundsandgear.com
Image: www.illmuzik.com







Hip Hop Beatmaking Video: MorFiy Beats on the AKAI MPD32

Some really haunting melodies mixed with that good ol' boom bap.
Find out more: www.soundcloud.com/morfiy_mc

Credits
Video: www.youtube.com/user/MrMorFiy
Image: www.youtube.com


Taurus Scott Performance: Beat Society

Here's Mr Scott getting it in at Beat Society, using a Maschine/Traktor set up and the newest addition to my Birthday/Christmas wishlist, DJ Techtools' Midi Fighter. 
Find out more: www.taurusscott.com

Click to buy:
Buy Native Instruments Maschine MK2 Black
Buy Native Instruments Maschine Mikro MK2 Black Buy Native Instruments Maschine MK2 White Buy Native Instruments Maschine Mikro MK2 White

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Video: www.youtube.com/user/Taurus602
Image: www.taurusscott.bandcamp.com

Jeremy Ellis Performance: Native Instruments Maschines

For when one Maschine just isn't enough.  'The amazing Jeremy Ellis came through our DJcityTV studio to bless us with another Maschine/Mashine Mikro routine. Checkout Jeremy rock these awesome drum machines like only he can.' 
Find out more: www.jeremyellismusic.com; www.native-instruments.com

Click to Buy
Buy Native Instruments Maschine MK2 Black
Buy Native Instruments Maschine Mikro MK2 Black Buy Native Instruments Maschine MK2 White Buy Native Instruments Maschine Mikro MK2 White

Credits
Video: www.djcity.com
Image: www.ubiquityrecords.com


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OriJanus 'NoctilucenT.two'

NoctilucenT.two by oriJanus


Closer was the track that led me to this project.  The drums, which are EQ'd and compressed to perfection have a real hip hop thump alongside the delicate keys.  The tune is very crisp and clinical sounding without sounding soulless. Find out more: www.soundcloud.com/orijanus

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Music: www.orijanus.bandcamp.com/album/noctilucent-two
Images: www.soundcloud.com/orijanus



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Cormega featuring Action Bronson, Roc Marciano and Saigon 'MARS'

The juxtaposition of rugged percussion and almost operatic vocals.  Cormega recently announced an upcoming alternative version featuring AZ, Redman and Styles P.  That will be posted on The New Beat Maker as soon as it's released. Find out more: www.legalhustle.net;www.actionbronson.com; www.twitter.com/rocmarci; www.twitter.com/TheRealSaigon

Buy 'MARS' from Amazon US here
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Video: www.vimeo.com
Image: www.lastfm.com


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Taurus Scott 'The Intro'

The Intro by Taurus Scott


'With a foundation in Hip-Hop, LA based Producer/DJ/Engineer Taurus Scott has transcended into the territory of Dub Step. Accused of “making grown man music” by producer, 9th Wonder, Taurus has worked w/ heavyweights like: The “G-Unit” Crew, Mike Jones, Mase, Mobb Deep and has performed at popular venues like Beat Society [NYC], Low End Theory [LA/SF], Heavy [LA], SXSW [AUS] and The Flyball [LA].' (Bandcamp 2012)
Find out more: www.taurusscott.com

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Music: www.taurusscott.bandcamp.com/album/the-intro
Image: www.soundcloud.com

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Jean Grae and M-Phazes 'U & ME & Everyone, We Know'

The introduction, which really builds up expectation for the tune.  M-Phazes repeats a keyboard motif which provides an anchor for the track.  There is plenty of instrumentation throughout, which makes it more tuneful than a lot of hip hop records.  Find out more: www.jeangrae.com; www.mphazes.com

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Video: www.soundcloud.com/m-phazes
Image: www.lastfm.com




DJ Premier Interview: Combat Jack

An interview which is at times irreverent and NSFW.  DJ Premier talks at great length about his musical background, how he started out as a producer and his relationship with Guru.  He also shares experiences of working with a number of stellar artists.  A fascinating interview made all the more so by one of his interviewers being fellow super producer Just Blaze.
Find out more:
www.djpremierblog.com, www.thecombatjackshow.com

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Video: www.rapradar.com
Image: www.hiphopdx.com


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Masters at Work Interview: Red Bull Music Academy

An in depth interview/lecture with the house music legends covering everything from their childhood musical influences to modern music production.
www.vervemusicgroup.com/mastersatwork, www.redbullmusicacademy.com

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Video: www.illmind.biz
Image: www.lastfm.com