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Spacemen 3’s Sonic Boom announce new album ‘All Things Being Equal’

The co-founder of Spacemen 3 and record producer Peter Kember has announced a new album under his alias ‘sonic boom’. This will be the first sonic boom album since 1989 spectrum.

All Things Being Equal is out on the 5th of June via Carpark. You can pre-order your copy online or grab the copy from your local record shop. “Just Imagine” the title track is out now, directed by Nuno Jardim watch the video below. If this taster is anything to go then its definitely going to be one to look out for!

Tracklist: 

1.Just Imagine 2.Just a Little Piece Of Me 3.Things Like This (A Little Bit Deeper) 4.Spinning Coins and Wishing On Clovers 5.My Echo 6.My Shadow and Me 7.On a Summer’s Day 8.The Way That You Live 9.Tawkin Tekno 10.I Can See Light Bend and I Feel a Change Coming On. 

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Melted Session #1- Meet the lineup

MOONBEAR 

How old are you and where are you from?

20 years old, from Rodley Leeds. 

What do you mix/produce? 

I mainly produce baseline but I also make hip-hop/ grime instrumentals, when I’m mixing its mainly baseline but I enjoy mixing a range of genres including garage, future/ bass house and drum and bass. 

What age did you get into mixing/producing?

Studying music in high school meant I got to use logic pro x and I knew the basics on how to make a track, so using the knowledge I started making my own music. I didn’t have the luxury of owning my own laptop to produce on, so my first few tracks were made on garage band for iPhone. 

Have you got anything in the works we should look out for?

Iv got countless projects that are in progress that I’m pushing myself to get released in the next few months. Going to be testing some of those out at the Melted Sessions 1 so make sure you’re there to hear some exclusives! Also going to be working on my mix series Pick ’n’ Mix as well as some collaborations, stay tuned!

S.I.D 

How old are you and where are you from?

I am from Leeds and I am 19 years old. 

What do you mix/produce?

I mix jungle and jungle DNB. 

What age did you get into mixing/producing?

I first started mixing when I was 16 at house parties when I saw other people control the vibes in the house I wanted in.

Have you got anything in the works we should look out for?

 I have a new jungle mix coming out at the end of February, watch out. 

PHAZE 

How old are you and where are you from?

20 years old from Leeds 

What do you mix/produce?

DnB (rollers, jump up, neuro) 

What age did you get into mixing/producing?

17 years old 

Have you got anything in the works we should look out for?

Bloc2Bloc (19/2), a guest mix for OTB (TBA) and a couple more events with ORB (TBA)

Dlln 

How old are you and where are you from?

Originally from a small estate called Gamesley not too far away from Manchester, now living in Leeds. I turn 24 in June. 

What do you mix/produce?

Mostly bass-line/bass and the odd bit of DnB, I enjoy diving into a bit of everything production-wise. 

What age did you get into mixing/producing?

I first got into mixing about 13/14 years old from watching my dad, he brought me up around it and was alway buzzing to do it. I first got into production when I was 16, didn’t really know much to it and iv been self-studying ever since. 

Have you got anything in the works we should look out for?

Got a few hidden gems in the work, just working on making sure my production is the quality I want them to be and not just rush them. Hopefully got a few more shows lined up for this year too, I’ll keep you posted. 

NITTY 

How old are you and where are you from?

I’m from Leeds and I’m 21 years old.

What do you mix/produce?

I predominantly produce and mix drum and bass but l have been known to produce bassline, garage and even hip-hop/trap beats.

What age did you get into mixing/producing?

I’ve always had a passion and been influenced by music, I started messing around with FL Studio and Traktor around 2014 mixing and producing deep and future house and slowly progressed onto drum and bass.

Have you got anything in the works we should look out for?

We have the second melted to announce very soon, also a few other bits that can’t be disclosed right now, in regards to music I have just released a garage flip of a Wiley classic which is on my SoundCloud and have a jungle banger currently in the works!

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Andy Gill, guitarist of Gang of Four, dies aged 64

Andy Gill, the guitarist who provided scratching, seething sounds that fulled British punk band Gang of Four, died Saturday at the age of 64. 

Gill died after a brief respiratory illness unfortunately progressed. Touching tributes were posted online from all walks of life. Gills commitment to the band was outlined on Twitter by one of the other members “His uncompromising artistic vision and commitment to the cause meant that he was still listening to mixes for the upcoming record, whilst planning the next tour from his hospital bed,”

Gill was born in Manchester on January 1, 1956. The band formed in 1976 when Jon King, Andy Gill, Dave Allen and Hugo Burnham met each other at university in Leeds. The band’s debut single “Damaged Goods” backed up with “(Love Like) Anthrax” and “Armalite Rifle”, was recorded in June 1978 and released on 10 December 1978, on Edinburgh’s Fast Product label. It rose to Number 1 in the indie charts and became a regular on the John Peel radio show. This early success led to two Peel radio sessions which propelled the band into international attention, mainly due to their emphatic live performances. 

1979 Gang of Four released the debut album “Entertainment!” To critical acclaim, It was named by Rolling Stone magazine in 2003 as one of the 500 greatest albums ever.

This being said the band wasn’t far away from controversy, the BBC invited the band to play “At Home He’s a Tourist” (which topped the charts) on ‘Top of the Pops’. The band walked off and refused to play after the BBC asked the band to change the lyrics from ‘rubbers’ to ‘rubbish’ as the original line was considered too risqué. The single was subsequently banned by the BBC radio and TV. A later single “I Love a Man in a Uniform” was also banned by the BBC during the Falklands War in 1982. 

The 70s punk scene in Leeds were wreck-less places for the faint-hearted. One extreme saw the first openly Nazi punk bands the Dentists and the Ventz. The other extreme saw the city’s university and the radical leftwing theory popular in its fine art department produced the Mekons, Delta 5 and Gang of Four. As you could imagine the result was frequent chaos and terrible violence through the university campus and at the F Club, the city’s main punk venue. This unrest placed mass influence on the music bands were producing. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said Gill “virtually weaponised the instrument with his stabbing, scraping attack and feedback sorcery.”

The band followed up their debut album with ‘Solid Gold’. The album was a massive success providing us with songs such as ‘What We All Want’, ‘Paralysed’, ‘He’d Send in the Army’ and ‘Cheeseburger’. 

In addition to Gill’s work with the Gang of Four, he was also a record producer. He produced or co-produced all of the band’s albums. He also produced albums for artists such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Jesus Lizard, the Stranglers, the Futureheads, Michael Hutchence, Killing Joke, Polysics, Fight Like Apes, Therapy? and the Young Knives. Most notably working with the Red Hot Chilli Peppers on their self-titled debut in 1984. 

There’s no doubt when it comes to assessing Gill’s talent, you could say he was the most acclaimed guitarist to come from the post-punk era. We’ll leave you with a statement wrote by one of his former band members “We’ll remember him for his kindness and generosity, his fearsome intelligence, bad jokes, mad stories and endless cups of Darjeeling tea. He just so happened to be a bit of a genius too.”

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London Fashion Week Mens

It’s the start of the new year and that means one thing, new fashion. Saturday the 4th saw the opening day of London Fashion Week Men’s. We sent our best snapper to see what all the fuss was about. Collections from Ahluwalia, Astrid Anderson, Per Gotesson and Stefan Cooke graced the stage. Exciting stuff but you’ll have to wait to episode 7 of the melted magic mag to see the good stuff! 

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Nitty

Nitty

Nitty is an up and coming Drum & Bass producer and DJ based in Leeds influenced by the UK Bass scene. 

We were tasked to produce a logo, Facebook cover, Soundcloud banner with a distinctive pattern design with the colour scheme of green and purple. It needed to be distinctive so that can it be transferred onto other media’s while still keeping its identity. We used subtle but powerful triangular shapes to form the pattern. The outcome came out well and we had excellent feedback from Nitty.