Ashton James Brown caught up with intrepid beatsmith Scott Xylo and discussed his love of all things animated, his ideal music tech purchases and his latest project “2003 // HeERO Scott”. Leicester-based producer Scott Xylo’s vibrant brand of electronica infused “Boom Bap” and imaginative concept “Beat Tapes” make him one of the most intriguing talents in the UK underground. His latest release, 2003 // HeERO…

Ableton Live 9 has been out for a while now but the question is with so many different methods to make beats these days, how does it stand out? As any producer knows, it is always difficult to find the program that you can connect with when first making beats. You could say that I’ve always kinda had what we now dub a “sampleface”, remixing…

Our very own contributor/producer The Auracle switches up a composition from the Gladiator soundtrack. We have a Midas in our midst. Having already put together a stellar album in chewBLACKa this year, the UK producer tried his hand at FL Studio for the first time. Amongst us, we all use different software (and hardware) for our music so this there would always be a learning…

Our One To Watch, Beat Gates, comes from Croatia via a healthy dose of Dilla inspiration. I found this guy while writing about Croatian hip hop and he’s definitely someone you ought to be checking out. Beat Gates was born in Sarajevo but now lives in Zagreb. It was his love of Slum Village and, in particular, J Dilla that started his love affair with…