7 innovative VST synths for making cutting-edge sounds

It’s possible to get stware versions almost any classic synth. But why go for a vintage sound when there are innovative VST synths being made today? Scott Wilson picks seven the best for making cutting-edge sounds.  We’re currently awash with clones, reissues and emulations vintage synths. It doesn’t matter whether you want a TB-303 replica to make acid house or a cheap Minimoog […]

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Light In The Attic dig up Japanese folk, city pop and new age rarities

Expect mountains rare disco, new age and city pop. Reissue specialist Light In the Attic has announced a new series exploring Japan’s vast heritage music, from folk and rock to new age, boogie, starry-eyed city pop and groundbreaking electronica. The series will begin with a compilation called Even A Tree Can Shed Tears: Japanese Folk & Rock 1969-1973, which the […]

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Coachella 2017 review: A truly escapist experience

Coachella has grown from oddball desert getaway to one the world’s biggest weekenders. Veteran FACT contributor and DJ Tamara Palmer finds out what it’s like to go to the festival in 2017 after being there for its inception. The last time I went to Coachella, I was 27, the age that rock legends typically start dropping dead — or, at […]

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Ravers Love Starbucks' New Color-Changing Frappucino

Starbucks recently unveiled its new color-changing unicorn frappucino. The electronic music community is known for its love unicorns and bright colors, so it’s no surprise that ravers were among the most excited Starbucks fans. The product joins the trend in rainbow ‘unicorn’ foods like brownies, cakes, bagels and even . The Seattle-based cfee company describes it as a drink with flavors that, “start […]

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Watch Gorillaz's first ever on-camera interview

The virtual band go under the spotlight. Gorillaz have leaped f the page and onto the small screen for their first on-camera interview. The interview, which is being billed as the “online event the century” by organizers Telekom Electronic Beats, is currently being livestreamed from the YouTube Space London. It’s being hosted by BBC Radio 1’s Mistajam, who is fielding questions […]

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Midori Takada to play London's Barbican with Visible Cloaks

Visible Cloaks are self-confessed Takada fans. Following a sold-out show at London’s Cafe Oto earlier this month, Japanese composer and percussionist Midori Takada will perform at London’s Barbican on September 28. The re-release Takada’s 1983 minimal ambient masterpiece Through the Looking Glass last month prompted her live return to Europe after many years away. Hailed by many as one  the defining Japanese […]

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Laurel Halo returns with new album, Dust

The LP is a collection “loose and languid” songs. Laurel Halo will release her next album on Hyperdub in June. According to the label, Dust sees the artist return to songwriting after the abstract electronic sounds her last few releases, such as 2015’s In Situ. The album features a collection “loose and languid” songs, “sun-filled, melted and at times, heavy-hearted and obscure”. While […]

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Swedish club artist Toxe to release audio-visual project, Morning Story

It arrives as a film and vinyl release. Swedish electronic artist Toxe will release a new experimental audio-visual work through The Vinyl Factory next month. Created in collaboration with artist Niclas Hille, Morning Story will be released as a film online with music from the project being pressed as a limited edition vinyl EP, as well as being released digitally. […]

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Gorillaz release The Lenz, their second augmented reality app this month

They’ve already released one AR for their new album. Have you heard? Gorillaz are releasing a new album Humanz on April 29. In anticipation, the animated band have released a new augmented reality app called The Lenz. The app reveals exclusive Gorillaz content when it is pointed at anything magenta, like the T-Mobile logo. The Lenz was made in collaboration […]

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Dutch techno veteran Steve Rachmad to release debut Sterac Electronics album

Futuristic techno from a Dutch master. Dutch techno veteran Steve Rachmad will release the first album from his Sterac Electronics alias in June. Things To Think About will arrive on Tom Trago’s Voyage Direct label on June 10, and consists tracks recorded by Rachmad over the past 15 years on his collection vintage synths and drum machines. The Sterac Electronics alias was started […]

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