News Round-Up: 10/8/18


Where does the music industry revenue go? Is drill music really the cause of London’s wave of violent crime? Matthew Dear releases first album in six years.

1) The CD resurgence? A YouGov report has found that 42% of the UK population still choose CDs as their preferred format for listening to music. Secondhand CDs are also in demand, with hipsters at the helm of this revival, yet their relative affordability serves as a sign of their growing decline. Read the full report here.

2) Drill music and violent crime. Drill music is again being questioned as one of the driving forces behind London’s recent wave of violent crime. The genre continues to be linked to various recent stabbings in the capital, though it’s artists argue they are simply rapping about their experiences which are a result of their environment.  You can find out more here but also this tweet from Plasitician is worth a read.

3) Beers and beats. Beat-loving brewers Mondo Brewing Company, Devilcraft and Melvin Brewing have joined forces to produce the Origin Workshop BR-808 in celebration of 808 day. With tropical and citrus aromas, it’s designed to ‘honour’ the enduring sounds and cultural legacy of the TR-808 drum machine. Watch the video below:

4) Aphex Twin. After various logos surfaced hinting of his return to music making, Aphex Twin has released his first new material since 2016: T69 collapse. The full album is released 14th September on Warp. Watch the full video here.

5) Matthew Dear releases first music in six years. DJ and producer Matthew Dear has announced his new album, ‘Bunny’, will be coming out on October 12th. Various collaborations will feature, with the likes of Simian Mobile Disco and Ricardo Villalobos joining Dear on the album. Pre-order ‘Bunny’ here.

6) Musicians caught short.  An extensive report released this week has found, with little surprise, that despite their contribution to the music industry, musicians only received 12% of the music industry’s $43 billion revenue for 2017. Where does all the money go? Read the full report here.

7) “See You. 9/9”. Jumping on the endless 808 Day marketing, Behringer have released a video of their RD-808 analogue drum machine, the analogue clone of the classic TR-808 drum machine. At the end of the video, a message reads: “See You. 9/9”, possibly suggesting it’s release will be on September 9th. Watch the full video.

7) TR-8S updates. The TR-8S rhythm performer now includes STEP LOOP, the new sequencer function that allows for increased live pattern improvisation. The function, which is also now available for the TR-8, allow greater control over various sequencing methods. Watch the video below.

9) Donald Trump creates headache for Apogee. Apogee Electronics are requesting help from their users. After a trade tariff was implemented by the U.S against China, the cost of materials and components from China has risen by 25% and without a second supplier Apogee relies on these parts from China. The company are asking users to write a letter to your elected representatives to ask for a quick resolution to the tariffs.  Read their story here.


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