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The Spotify Issue

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We need to talk about Spotify. Not just Spotify, admittedly, but Apple Music, Deezer, YouTube Music and all the rest. For a consumer, these are all amazing and incredible value for money. All the music you want for a small monthly fee. What could be better? But as an artist, you’re effectively giving your art […]

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Well, that was 2018

I released so much music in 2018 it was ridiculous. First off was my Hastromil EP in January. Hastromil by Dublock This was followed by the Sirius Tau LP in March which featured a host of remixes from Impulse Array, ntrval, echosonic, mrscientificterms and Dubpixel. The Dangrabad Beta EP rounded off the ‘red’ trilogy of […]

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NI Komplete Kontrol A25: Initial Thoughts

Yesterday evening I unboxed a brand new Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol A25 keyboard, to replace my Novation LunchKeyMini. I’ve wanted to replace the Novation for a while as the keys are too small for my sausage-like fingers, and I don’t tend to use Ableton in a way to use the clip-launching tools there. The A25 […]

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The Nostalgia Curse

The Nostalgia Curse

Please note, there is an update at the bottom of this post. I have an issue with Nostalgia. It may be because I’m living in a country that is literally tearing itself to pieces, largely due to weaponised nostalgia. I have my own pet theory that the constant repeats of Dad’s Army – a nostalgia […]

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FavAlbums #1: The Cat

A 1964 jazz album might not be the obvious place to start a list of my favourite albums. But Jimmy Smiths The Cat is about as pure a musical experience you could ever hope for. Melodic, joyous, uplifting, exhilarating and frequently jaw-dropping in its dexterity and impact.  Possibly the biggest reason for the success of this […]

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Releases Roundup

There has been a flurry of Dublock related releases lately, including collaborations, remixes and a quickie solo EP. Third Witness – Illequal  Third Witness – another nom de plume of Trium Circulorum (along with Kanal Drei and 3dtorus) – produced a throbbingly great set of electro dub music. He commissioned myself, Dub Not Pop […]

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Live at Emotion Wave – this Saturday

This Saturday 28th July marks my solo live debut. I’ll be performing a 30 minute set of minimal ambient and tribal techno at 81 Renshaw Street, Liverpool. Doors open at 8pm, and I’ll be on at about 9.30pm. Also on the bill are excellent producers Baron Farg and White Mask. DJ services c/o Oscillik. I’ll […]

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Gigs, Music and Merch

Gig On the 28th July I’ll be performing my first solo, electronica gig at 81 Renshaw Street, Liverpool. Also appearing are White Mask and Baron Farg, with DJ sets from Oscillik. It’s the first time I’ve performed live electronic music, so it’s safe to say I’m moderately terrified! I’ve begun planning, which has involved creating […]

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Man Maschine 1

After much deliberation, I’ve bought a Native Instruments Maschine. I’m going to make a series of posts to explain my immersion into the world of Maschine. This was a considered choice – I’d looked at various MIDI controllers, Ableton Push and the like. My primary intention was to make and perform music live. My music […]

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Resonate – a fair streaming service

Resonate is a new streaming service built on Web 3.0 technologies. Their aim is quite revolutionary, and totally in line with my own feelings. It is built to take down Spotify. It is a fully co-operative movement that aims to build a “Bandcamp for streaming”. The internet has seen the growth of what is perhaps sarcastically […]

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