Are Roland Set To Reissue The TR-808?

Will we see the return of the classic TR-808? According to leaked details, Roland may well be bringing it back in an updated form. The Roland TR-808 helped to craft a huge amount of electronic music since it was released in the early 80s and it’s still used today in all kinds of genres. So bringing it back would be pretty special, right? Well it…

NEWS: Sun Ra Gets Writing Credit On Lady Gaga’s Venus

The late Saturn-born jazz musician receives some credit from Lady Gaga as she quotes Sun Ra on her track, Venus. Jazz avant-gardes often become playthings for the rich and artsy; the more eccentric the better. Whether that was the intention here or not is questionable (excuse my cynicism) but Lady Gaga gave a meat dress curtsy to Sun Ra on her single “Venus”, giving the…

NEWS: Moogfest 2014 Lineup To Star Giorgio Moroder, Chic And Kraftwerk In 3D

Moogfest 2014 in North Carolina will host a stellar lineup of electronic masters, old and new, including Giorgio Moroder, Kaytranada and a special appearance from Kraftwerk. I recently watched the Moog documentary directed by Hans Fjellestad and found myself in admiration of Robert Moog (RIP) and how he approached the infinite realm of music with his iconic synthesizer. Moogfest has been around since 2004 and…

David Rodigan To Mix Ministry Of Sound’s Next Masterpiece Series

Reggae connoisseur David Rodigan has been chosen to mix the next Ministry of Sound Masterpiece collection. Joseph aka The Auracle was fortunate enough to see David Rodigan perform and the British reggae DJ has been chosen to curate the next Ministry of Sound compilation from their Masterpiece series, where DJs and musicians are asked to choose music that has influenced them. The 3-CD set will…

NEWS: Madonna Wins Sample Lawsuit For “Vogue”

The Queen of Pop Madonna wins her lawsuit for a hidden sample on her classic hit, Vogue. These lawsuits involving uncleared samples are still coming thick and fast and they aren’t exclusive to hip hop. Madonna and frequent collaborator Shep Pettibone recently won their case over a supposed “hidden” sample in their hit single, Vogue. The case was opened in July this year by VMG…

NEWS: Copyright Law Extended To 70 Years

Good and bad news, Samplefacers: copyright law has been extended from 50 years to 70 years in the UK. Joining the bandwagon of the USA, the copyright law in the UK has been extended to 70 years after an author’s death or between 90 and 120 years in some cases. This is due in part to lobbying over the past few years with the stance…

Red Bull Music Academy Announces Tokyo 2014 Event

Red Bull Music Academy have announced their 2014 event will take place in Tokyo with applications opening in January. So Russia and Brazil have two major events this decade so it’s only fair Tokyo joined in (even though they won’t be holding the Olympics until 2020). Red Bull Music Academy gave Japan’s capital their second major event – because it is pretty huge when RBMA come…

NEWS: Stevie Wonder Announces Two New Albums For 2014 With One More In The Works

Motown legend Stevie Wonder announces two new albums for 2014, one of which containing rap elements and another album in the works. If Stevie Wonder was a professor of the universe, he’d have tenure in music. That being said, he hasn’t released a new album since 2005’s A Time To Love so when we heard from Potholes In My Blog that he would be dropping…

Jeremiah Jae – Fun (Dirty Collections 7″ Series)

Warp’s Jeremiah Jae announces his Dirty Collections 7” series and new track, “Fun”. After the success of Jeremiah Jae’s free mixtape, “Bad Jokes”, Warp Records have decided to put out 7″ series called Dirty Collections Vol 1-3. Each volume will be released over the remaining months of this year with all illustrations done in the series done by the man himself. The first track of…

NEWS: Bandcamp Release An App For Android and iOS

At last, Bandcamp have released an app for Android and iOS. Not ones to rush, the folks over at Bandcamp have been working hard to improve their platform and the changes so far have reinforced their stature in online music consumption and distribution. The final jewel in their grown was of course an app and a few days ago, it was released on the App…