BPM 2014 Trends Numark NV Traktor S8 Novtion Launch Control XL

October 4, 2014

Native Instruments Kontrol S49 Demo

For the last few years I’ve been using the BPM show as an opportunity to look at the latest offerings in DJ technology and see if I can identify any new trends. It’s also good fun talking to the manufacturers and trying out all the gear! This year, it seems that two general trends are; screens on midi controllers displaying data from software and a tighter integration of software and hardware compared to general third party midi controllers. Read the rest of this entry »

BPM 2014 Kontrol S49 Review

September 16, 2014

Komplet Kontrol Review

Native Instruments Komplete package is a set of sampler instruments powered by the Kontakt 5 virtual sampler and a series of virtual synthesisers and effects such as Massive and Reaktor. It has become an industry standard set of plug-ins used to create all sorts of popular music and film soundtracks. I have been using Komplete for a number of years on music and film projects and I was quite keen to try out the new Kontrol S49 keyboard and Komplete Kontrol software at the BPM Show 2014. I spent half an hour or so trying out the keyboard and scrolling through sample sets and instruments using the Komplete Kontrol software. The Kontrol S49 is part of the Kontrol S-Series of keyboards, which also includes 25 and 61 key versions. Read the rest of this entry »

Transformation Ft. Ola Szmidt Remix EP

November 22, 2013

Transformation James Kelly

Following on from the Healing Remix EP, I recently released the Transformation Remix EP Ft. Ola Szmidt. The EP features the original track, along with remixes from Ed Dowie, MSB and Hervé Perez. The original is an ambient drone piece featuring the Polish singer Ola Szmidt on vocals and Dave Dhonau on cello. Ed Dowie’s mix creates a new vocal lament and MSB takes the track deep into glitch territory, while Hervé Perez extends the three minute track into a 17 minute epic, allowing the listener space to focus on individual textures from the original track, while adding saxophone arrangements and glitch drums. The release is available on my bandcamp page.

iPad DJ and the post-laptop era of DJ’ing continues. BPM 2013

November 22, 2013

Traktor Kontrol Z1

At BPM in 2012, it was clear that the iPad was going to become a serious option for DJ’ing. I wrote a lengthy blog post discussing the post-laptop era of Dj’ing, brought on by controllers such as Numark iDJ Pro, Vestax Spin 2 and the Pioneer XDJ – AERO. A year on at BPM 2013, it seems that the iPad is gaining traction in the DJ market. Read the rest of this entry »

Iration Steppas at Tokyo Dub: Pure Phase Ft I-mitri One Away (Counteraction Dubplate)

October 8, 2013

iration steppas sound system

Great to hear that UK Dub legends Iration Steppas have been playing the Pure Phase track One Away Ft I-Mitri. The track is a dubplate for the Counteraction Soundz label.

Dirty Electronics Ensemble and Kei Miyata

May 30, 2013

Dirty electronics ensemble kai Miyata

I recently worked with the Dirty Electronic Ensemble and Japanese choreographer Kei Miyata (Teshigawara/Karas) in residence at the Curve Theatre, Leicester, UK. It was great getting my hands dirty again with some dirty electronics and it was and honour working with Kei Miyata. Over a two week period led by Kai and John Richards, we built new electronic instruments and devised a performance piece called Rock – Papers – Scissors. Read the rest of this entry »

Record cutting 5″ lathe cut vinyl

May 11, 2013

5 inch lathe cut Earth Rod

Earlier this year I cut a limited edition of 45 5″ records for my brothers band Earth Rod. They sold out at the pre-order stage and we spent a few days in the studio cutting the records. Read the rest of this entry »

United Nations of Dub Weekender 2013

May 10, 2013

dubplate dub siren

It was treacherous weather getting down to the United Nations of Dub Weekender 2013, but once we arrived we could settle into a full on weekend of dub and reggae music where we were spoilt for choice. The sound system arena was one of the highlights and over the course of the festival, featured Jah Shaka, Channel One, Jah Tubby’s, Iration Steppas, King Earthquake, Kabirl La Amlak, and Young Warrior.. Read the rest of this entry »

Record Cutting: Fresh dubplates for United Nations of Dub Weekender (with video)

March 28, 2013

Dubplate cutting

In preparation for our Pure Phase set at the United Nations of Dub Weekender, we cut our whole set to dubplate at our studio. The video shows the disk cutting lathe cutting a record and the dubplates first play.  Read the rest of this entry »

Biscuit Tin Sound System and Wonkey Hifi Soundmash

March 26, 2013

Biscuit Tin Sound System and Wonkey Hi Fi

Fresh from hosting the selectas arena at the United Nations of Dub Weekender, Biscuit Tin Sound System and Wonkey Hi Fi link up once again for an evening of Dub, Dubstep and Jungle.

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