Find Your Lo-Fi Beat Track Names With These Tools

You’ll forget what a vowel is with these text converter tools. I used to find it difficult naming my tracks. I didn’t want to give away the sample I used *ahem* and I also wanted it to be interesting. Eventually, I made a list of hundreds of random titles and dip in as and when I need them. But for a lo-fi producer, there’s a…

How Lo-Fi Took Over Music

From bedroom set ups and Bandcamp LPs to the mainstream, the lo-fi aesthetic is in a lot of your favourite music. Mackenzie Cummings-Grady wrote a great article on how lo-fi minimalism has permeated different genres. He opens with Jim Morrison’s famous 1969 interview with Rolling Stone: “Some brilliant kid will come along and be popular,” he said. “I can see a lone artist with a…

RecordRadar turns your e-digging into crate digging

The web app integrates your Spotify music and finds records near you to buy from Discogs. Whether you’re an e-digger, a crate digger, or both, you have a love of music. The method of acquiring it shouldn’t matter. But maybe you’d like to buy the physical copies of songs you’ve found on Spotify. RecordRadar is the app for you. The service has already matched tracks…

Review: Clear Soul Forces – Still

We reviewed Clear Soul Forces’ new album, Still. It’s been way too long since we last wrote about Clear Soul Forces. So when I heard they had a new album out, I had to right that wrong. The acclaimed Detroit trio released Still, their first full-length album in four years after numerous solo projects in that time. The last joint LP was Fab Five, released…

VIDEO: Beatnick Dee & Pheo – Patience

Anglo-American producer Beatnick Dee and rapper Pheo suit up for their thrilling new video. I’m all for a balance of form and function and that’s precisely how Beatnick Dee & Pheo have described their joint album, Patience. The video for the title track pays homage to Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction and those cheesy LA cop/crime duo dramas from the 60s. Expect plenty of cruising, conversations…

Zero 7’s Simple Things Turned 18 Today

An album that changed my life in so many ways. This is my clumsy ode to Simple Things by Zero 7. This will be a stream of consciousness type essay because Simple Things is that kind of album to me. And the way I found Zero 7 – and the album – was in an unlikely place. I spent my college years (that’s ages 16-18…

DJ Manipulator – ARP Revisited (feat. Blu & Louie Gonz)

DJ Manipulator flexes his synth muscles on ARP Revisited, featuring Blu and Louie Gonz. What’s that, another synth stonker from DJ Manipulator? Hell yeah it is! The producer/DJ gave his guest MCs something to rap about on ARP Revisited, a reimagining of the original “ARP” from his Synth Tape album. East Coast met West Coast over Manipulator’s “skillfully blended” scratches and chops, warped together with…

70s French Jazz Mix by Magical Mystery Mix

Just over an hour of underground 70s French jazz from the likes of Michel Sardaby, Brigitte Fontaine, Jean Luc Ponty, and Henri Texier. I’ll dive into anything jazz related, especially when it’s prefixed with a country. Japanese jazz is a particular favourite and Magical Mystery Mix have given us a few mixes of that variety. Now it’s the turn of France and 63 minutes of…