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Weaves Definitely Started the Fire in “Walkaway” Video

Burn it all down, start again.<p>Sometimes you have to burn everything to really start over. And that's fine! Figurative "burning" works well enough but Toronto's garage rock band Weaves take that sentiment very literally in their new video for "Walkaway." The latest single from their upcoming …

How to make your kick fit without ducking

<b>With modern electronic music typically boasting a full, dense sound, it's always good to make the main elements of a track stand out - and the kick</b> …

How to tune electronic beats to fit a track's key

<b>Among the many things that have to go into a track before it can be considered well produced, making sure the drums are in tune sits somewhere very</b> …

Start music on iOS, finish it on Ableton Live., with new Blocs Wave

For many of us, <i>finishing</i> something is still a task best left to a laptop. The precision and familiarity of a desktop interface, the favorite suite of …

Ableton Live export comes to an SDK, plus Triqtraq, Patterning

So, this just happened – Ableton quietly announced an SDK for working with file export. That follows up the company’s wildly popular Ableton Link …

The 5 Ingredients for the Perfect Festival: the Story of Piknic Electronik

What makes a good festival?<p>There’s no shortage of electronic music festivals these days. And they keep getting bigger and bigger.<p>You’ve probably been …

Slow is a super long reverb delay from Tim Exile and it’s free

Well, if you’re on a tight deadline for delivering an ambient/experimental/IDM album, and you’re totally out of money (and even possibly ideas), good …

iZotope Neutron could be the 'smart' plugin that helps you to create better-sounding mixes

<b>It turns out that iZotope's free Neutrino plugin was merely a sonic hors d'oeuvre to whet your appetite ahead of the company's new main mixing</b> …

Songs in the Key of Zzz: The History of Sleep Music

The two-dozen concertgoers spread out their sleeping bags on the ground and settled in for a long night. It was a cold January evening in 1988, but the setting was soothing inside New York City’s Penine Hart Gallery, with incense and lavender wafting through the air. A fireplace crackled on a video …

Kaytranada’s 99.9% Wins 2016 Polaris Music Prize

Kaytranada has won the 2016 Polaris Music Prize, which honors the year’s best album by a Canadian artist. (The honor comes with a $50,000 check.) <i>99.9%</i> won over albums by Grimes, Carly Rae Jepsen, White Lung, and others. Find the full shortlist below. “Wow, this is amazing,” he said to start his …

Ableton Live: Asymmetry, Polyrhythms the State of Non-Alignment

It’s no secret that one of the essential keys to producing innovative, forward thinking art is to break away from norms and think outside the box. …

Kornél Kovács: The Bells Album Review

In techno, few records are more iconic than “The Bells,” a 1996 track by Jeff Mills. Relentless and reduced, it exemplifies the building-block nature of Mills’ art as something meant to be layered across three or four turntables. Thanks to its queasy, carnivalesque melody, it also stands easily and …

Singles Club: The ‘90s revival reaches tipping point with CL, Metallica and Mr. Oizo & Skrillex

<b>Each week on the FACT Singles Club, a selection of our writers work their way through the new music of the week gone by.</b>This week, K-pop star CL gets …

11 grime producers to watch in 2016

<b>The big story in grime last year was the rise of a new generation of MCs.</b><p>But there was plenty of new talent bubbling up on the instrumental scene as …

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Santigold: 99 Cents review – solid stab at omnivorous pop

Genre is dead in the Spotify age, when we’re all switching from Parisian deep house to grime battles to slacker-punk with barely a crunch in the gears. So it’s about time we had pop stars that reflect it, and Santigold makes a pretty good stab on her third LP. Rendezvous Girl channels Twin Shadow’s …

“Respect My Grind”: Bebe Rexha Steps Up

She’s written hooks for Eminem and Minaj. Timbaland wants in on her LP and Kanye’s a fan. No longer just a featured artist now it’s all about Bebe.<p>You might not know Bebe Rexha yet, but you'll definitely know some of her hooks. This 26-year-old New Yorker co-wrote Eminem and Rihanna's massive 2013 …

FACT mix 558: Strict Face

<b>Here comes a tropical storm.</b>Thank the magic of high-speed internet for the bounty of eerie club mutations and emotional bangers offered up so far by …

This is the worst year for album sales since 1991

<b>As streaming booms, listeners are consuming more music than ever – they’re just not buying it.</b><b>Billboard</b> reports that 2016 is the worst year for album …

For Club Use Only: The month’s best under-the-radar dance tracks

<b>There’s no shame in admitting it’s hard work keeping up with today’s rapid release schedule.</b>With on-demand services like SoundCloud and Bandcamp …

Still Got It 4 Cheap: Clipse and the Rise of Online Mixtapes

When Chance the Rapper wonders out loud if he’s the only one who still cares about mixtapes in the middle of his new release <i>Coloring Book</i>, it’s hard not to scratch your head a little: <i>This</i> is a mixtape? Sure, yes, it’s technically free; no, it isn’t affiliated with any major-label distribution …

The New Lady Leshurr Video is Fire Emojis, Even If Wiley Doesn't Turn Up

In her latest track and visual, Leshurr shades the has-beens with savage disregard.<p>It’s been five years since Birmingham MC Lady Leshurr burst onto the scene with a Guardian profile proclaiming her the UK’s answer to Nicki Minaj, and since then she’s seen a slow burning kind of success. The third …

Spice Girls' "Wannabe" Just Got An Incredible 2016 Feminist Makeover

I'll tell you what I want, what I really, really want: to tackle inequality for women across the world!<p>This Friday, Spice Girls debut single "Wannabe" will turn twenty. Twenty! That's two whole decades of girl power and "zig-a-zig-ah" being an official part of the public lexicon. Listening to it …

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Jamie xx Shares “Gosh” Video: Watch

Jamie xx has shared a new music video for “Gosh,” taken from last year's excellent album <i>In Colour.</i> He teased the Romain Gavras-directed video yesterday. (Gavras was responsible for the videos for M.I.A.’s “Born Free” and “Bad Girls.”) In the video, a cast of 400 people storms the streets of a …

Jamie XX and Romain Gavras’s Video For “Gosh” is Hella Stylish and Very Dope

There is nothing cooler than wearing gold gum shields and being dressed in all-white.<p>Earlier this week, we received a mysterious package in the post that turned out to be the trailer for Jamie XX and Romain Gavras’ video for “Gosh”. Despite arriving in badly photocopied packaging that looked like a …

Rihanna Continues to Make 'Star Trek' Cool in Her "Sledgehammer" Video

Also, check out a video of her speaking about her love for the franchise.<p>There's a new <i>Star Trek</i> movie coming out that you're probably not going to see, but somehow the soundtrack to the flick is turning out to be pretty sweet, thanks to Rihanna. Earlier this week she dropped her new single for the …

Listen to Squarepusher's Brexit Protest Song, “MIDI sans Frontières”

Squarepusher (aka Tom Jenkinson) has released “MIDI sans Frontières,” a new composition written in response to the Brexit vote. Squarepusher is offering “MIDI sans Frontières” for free download on his website, accompanied by the track's sheet music and stems. He describes the composition as an …

'Freetown Sound' Is Blood Orange's Perfect Pop Collage for Right Now and Forever

'Freetown Sound' is lovingly handmade, soothing, spectral, and political in the most elemental way.<p>Dev Hynes’s career thus far has achieved a near-perfect symmetry with the musical landscape that surrounds him. The London-born artist was a member of short-lived electro-punk group Test Icicles right …

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Boiler Room is Cracking Down on Sexism and Bullying After Comment Section Gets Nasty

“We can’t allow straight-up vile transphobic, misogynistic, racist things to carry on.”<p>The comment section on Boiler Room's website is usually a place where online viewers rant about the lack of dancing or extraneous smartphone usage, but things took a particularly nasty turn this week.<p>As FACT …

They Mad They Ain't Famous: A Kanye West Story

In which Kanye West pitches his "Famous" video idea to Kim Kardashian, the Jenners, Tyga, and a few celebrity guests.<p><i>Illustration by Kat Aileen</i><p>*Kanye sits at the head of a white fiberglass table, looking at Kim Kardashian, Matthew Barney, Kris Jenner, Caitlyn Jenner, Pusha T, and a random white man …