Free Ableton Live Rack – Future, the Garage, Beats, and Bass Music Drumkit

Today we’ve got a really cool free download for Ableton Live – a drum rack filled with completely original, professional quality samples and a heap of technical behind the scenes type routing that will enable you to sound absolutely fantastic without having to do anything (except use it to make cool patterns, of course!). It’s designed for an eclectic slice of electronic musicians, and sounds fantastic for future garage, bass music, beats, and so on. It’s called Future; check out a few demos below, all of which were made solely with Future! Continue Reading

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Number Line Records – Sampler Vol. 2

When it comes to recommending new music – and that’s what our music posts are all about here on Oh Drat, we only post things we think will give you inspiration – there’s little better than a label sampler in our book.
[pullquote]Instead of one new artist, a label sampler is like a seed that branches out into a veritable harvest of new artists to get to know and love[/pullquote]
Instead of one new artist, a label sampler is like a seed that branches out into a veritable harvest of new artists to get to know and love, but a seed that continues to give after all the fruit from the current crop’s been plucked. Number Line Records is new to us, but we’ll certainly be keeping up with them from now on as their second sampler features a superb blend of electronic and acoustic artists, from┬áthe feedback swamped, reverb drenched guitar licks of Pious Kiss by Manuel Nicolas Alvero are perfectly underpinned by some electronic toms and cowbells, before drifting out into the ether. The change of pace with Tarsius’s housey Deathless Gods came at just the right time to assure me that the release would span both pace and genre, and following the grungey, garage band stylings of PNP’s Plant a Tree is another change of pace into a more acoustic themed, noisily mic’d, somehow tactile final third.

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Bonechild – Somnipath

The Oh Drat studio move is complete! The set up, however, seems to be dragging on somewhat. Nonetheless, we’re nearly there and I’m really looking forward to getting some more tutorials out to you guys. As usual though, for now we’re marking the end of the week with some music to get you into the weekend.

There’s a necessary melancholy to music like this, as it conjures nostalgic memories, stirs latent desires and feelings, and ultimately fades into peace

Something about Somnipath’s opening gambit really reminds me of golden era Faithless; the ambience, clean sounds and involving atmospherics plus a certain thing I can’t quite put my finger on. As the LP progresses, the future garage tag seems an appropriate pigeon hole – Burial-esque Ark Vase, with filtered drums and haunting vocal snippets, is an archetypal example of the genre and it’s not alone on the album – but to get to the bottom of what ‘future garage’ is, beyond the recognisable wet drums and distant hums, is a difficult task. In many ways, the genre captures the slow motion, soft focused solitary float from afterparty to home, a soundtrack to silence of sorts as the memories of the night’s music and the distant thumps of the last flickers of the night rattle around a tired brain. There’s a necessary melancholy to music like this, as it conjures nostalgic memories, stirs latent desires and feelings, and ultimately fades into peace. Bonechild captures all of this with Somnipath.

Happy weekend, everyone.

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Jon1st – DROP 2010 Megamix

2010 saw dubstep become so ubiquitous in popular dance music that it lost any semblance of niche appeal, and on the surface of things appeared to become somewhat stagnant. Dig a little deeper, though, and the influence of those initial sparks of innovation from the inception of the dubstep aesthetic can be found in an array of music – not just in tempo, or even style, but in approach.

Jon1st is a DMC finalist and one of the hardest working turntablist DJs in the UK, and is committed to broadening his own horizons as well as those of his fans

Jon1st is a DMC finalist and one of the hardest working turntablist DJs in the UK, and is committed to broadening his own horizons as well as those of his fans; he runs a regular night DROP which over the past few years has become synonymous with forward thinking, boundary pushing dance music. The 2010 DROP Megamix is a journey through the year in electronic music, with hip hop, dubstep, and hipdub-fusion (I might have fabricated that genre name for the sake of this article… think it’ll catch on?!), as well as appearances from the burgeoning UK funky scene, which is bound to explode this year.

It would be remiss of UK fans not to reach out to a DROP in 2011 – next up is the February 4th date with OM Unit, Slugabed, Daredevil, Jon1st, Richie K and Helix the Spacecat at Leicester’s Sophbeck. Check the Facebook page for more info

DROP’s 2010 Megamix by jon1st

1. Rustie-Hyperthrust
2. Slugabed- Power of the Mind
3. Two Fingers- Fools
5. Om Unit- Cradle
4. Alex B- At Channel One
6. Mosca- Tilt Shift
7. Roots Manuva- Witness (1 Hope) [Slugabed Remix]
8. Mosca- Nike (Original Mix)
9.Addison Groove- Footcrab
10. Breach- Fatherless
11. Coldcut & Hexstatic- Timber [Seiji Remix]
12. Roska- Squark
13. Redlight- What You Talking About [Roska Remix]
14. Doc Daneeka- BumbleBeeRiddim
15. Lil Silva- Golds to Get
16. Lazer Sword- Shot In The Night
17. Girl Unit- Wut
18. Ital Tek- Moment in Blue (VIP)
19. Gil Scott-Heron- NY is Killing Me [Jamie xx Remix]
20. Skream-Where You Should Be
21. Om Unit- Searching
22. James Blake- CYMK
23. Africa Hitech- Too Late
24. XXXY- Just For Me
25. Elphino- You’ll Know
26. Breakage- Vial (feat. Burial)
27. Scuba- Minerals
28. Lorn- Cherry Moon
29. Flying Lotus- Mmmhmm
30. Baths- Aminals
31. Eskmo- Color Dropping
32. Bonobo- Kiara
33. Four Tet- Love Cry
34. Caribou-Odessa
35. Gold Panda- Marriage

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