This Week We Heard

Relevant and inspiring happenings tied into music and media

Grime Fridays!

Music always helps us get through the working week – I’m usually blasting out old Drum & Bass tape pack sets when writing presentations. Although we did hear that non-lyrical music is best for cognitive function and productivity (http://www.dancingastronaut.com/2015/05/music-improves-cognitive-function-productivity-heres/), we love a bit of Grime music, and it seems to be the perfect fit for Fridays. So here’s JME with his aptly titled track ‘Work’.

Grime Fridays!

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Typedrummer

Get ready to waste the rest of your afternoon away: Typedrummer is a drum machine that turns words from your keyboard into a rhythm. You get to create your own complex arrangements simply by typing a sentence and hey presto, instant groove! A quirky tool that allows you to effortlessly create a drum pattern, and share your sonic creation in a simple custom URL. Here’s a little tip: add triplets to your pattern by using a parenthesis. Check out this cool beat: http://typedrummer.com/6haxm2

Typedrummer

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Parlour Gigs

It’s the Airbnb of live music venues! Imagine being able to host your favourite musical acts in the comfort of your very own home surrounded by your friends. Bridging the gab between fans and music is an appealing proposition (even for brands: see Smirnoff’s current positioning of ‘Exclusively For Everyone’) and a real win-win proposition for both the artists and punters alike. Both the musician in us and the entrepreneur loves this. Very cool indeed.

Parlour Gigs

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Junglists are you ready? BO!

Are you a true junglist since long time like myself? This set from 1998 by a true DJ’s DJ – Randall at Slammin Vinyl in 1998 – captures perfectly the energetic vibe that has filled dance-floors for over 2 decades the world over. Featuring the late and great MC Stevie Hyper D as well as Fearless and Skibadee on the mic, it’s the perfect accompaniment to your Friday afternoon. While you’re at it why not browse through Rave Archive UK’s legendary sets. BO!

Junglists are you ready? BO!

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Instagram launches @Music

Instagram has announced its first ever content vertical – a dedicated music channel! When a tech giant-owned company decides to align with music, it’s an undeniable head-nod towards the weight music carries in connecting with audiences. With a big focus on spotlighting dynamic emerging talent, Instagram says it is taking a different approach than Twitter’s short-lived effort with #Music.

Instagram launches @Music

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