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HBF’s resident producer James Trigo checks out Sample Magic’s latest plug-in Stacker – which is billed as a powerful drum layering plugin that uses sampling and synthesis across multiple layers. Sample Magic’s jump into the...

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It must be difficult for Breakbot. Whilst his label cohorts – Justice, SebastiAn and Riton et al – created an entire scene out of compressed, glitchy electro that soundtracked an entire generation, Breakbot – real...

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I’m sat down on a Tuesday morning with Bromance Records’ newest compilation, ‘Homieland Vol.2’, the label’s second foray in the fictional world of Homieland. A land without borders, stylistic boundaries or genre restrictions, ‘Homieland Vol.2’...

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How long is an EP? And when is an EP actually an album, or vice versa? We’re faced with this conundrum with French Horn Rebellion’s new EP, ‘Foolin’ Around’, their first piece of original material...

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I spent yesterday evening attending the launch event for Sennheiser’s newest addition to their headphone range – the Momentum 2.0. I’ve been a Sennheiser fan for years now. Upon my first foray into the DJing...

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Zac Effron’s EDM-inspired film We Are Your Friends bombed badly on its opening weekend. Apparently, the film’s opening weekend Box Office was so bad it has set a new record for the lowest opening for...

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Smoking and club culture have been inextricably linked for decades, but in last couple of years that’s beginning to change – and it’s thanks to the rise of vaping. To say vaping is taking over...

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It’s good to hear an artist who has found their voice, or in this case, their sound. LeBreton has his style nailed down. Unashamedly beat-driven, his tracks have a fantastic raw, gritty, analog feel, and...

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Field Day 2015 Review

June 11, 2015 |

I spent last weekend stood in a field. There were other people there, and we all looked the same, and dressed the same, and had the same haircuts. That might sound like a horrible dystopian...

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Nils Frahm and label-mates ‘Dawn of MIDI’ put on a stellar show at one of London’s most iconic venues. Last night’s show at The Roundhouse was a big gig by most almost anyone’s standards. In...

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LG challenged me to use their new flagship Android handset, the G4, to run the blog for the last two weeks to see if it made my life easier than using my trusty iPhone –...

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If Jupiter’s two albums were siblings, their first, ‘Juicy Lucy’, would be the younger, more excitable one, full of the joys of life. That would then make their newly released album, ‘Bandana Republic’, the cooler,...

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It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say Above & Beyond’s headline show at Transmission on Easter Sunday was a religious experience for many. Especially so given the venue, Manchester’s Albert Hall, a disused chapel in...

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Jean Tonique is the latest artist to get a release on Yuksek’s ever-impressive Partyfine imprint with six tracks of up-beat disco pop. Split across 6 tracks and three guest vocalists, ‘You’ represents Tonique’s finest work...

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I was as surprised as anyone to hear that Ableton, software giants behind the now ubiquitous Live, were publishing a book; namely ‘Making Music – 74 Creative Strategies For Electronic Music Producers‘ by Dennis DeSantis....

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Review: Mason ‘Nite Rite 2’

February 27, 2015 |

Listening to Nite Rite 2 has triggered something in my memory; there’s something strangely familiar about the building organ riff lurking in the background of the track that takes me back to better times spent...

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I’ve always wondered what the noise is a couple of houses down from mine. About once a week there seems to be a faint gabble of voices drifting across the gardens, the sounds of a...

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Etienne De Crecy’s previous two Super Discount albums have been cemented into electronic folk law – so much so that it would be fair to say that De Crecy doesn’t really have anything to prove...

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Update: Fabric has released a statement after the outpouring of support for the club – you can read their response in full here.  According to the Evening Standard iconic London nightclub Fabric could face closure...

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Review: Shook ‘Spectrum’

December 3, 2014 |

Dutch producer Shook will be a familiar name to lots of you. We first came across him via a remix of Electric Youth’s ‘Replay‘ some four years ago – that remix was a hard hitting...

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