Sly & Robbie - "Night Nurse" (feat Simply Red - radio mix) (3:45)
John Holt - "Police In Helicopter" (3:33)
Eek-a-mouse - "Ganja Smuggling" (3:46)
Don Carlos - "Rivers Of Babylon" (3:16)
Freddy McGregor - "Big Ship Sailing" (3:12)
Jacob Miller - "Tenement Yard" (2:33)
The Congos - "La La Bam-Bam" (3:50)
Alton Ellis - "I'm Still In Love" (4:22)
Dennis Brown - "Revolution" (4:15)
Errol Dunkley - "OK Fred" (2:55)
Groundation, Don Carlo & The Congos - "Jah Jah Know" (5:57)
Black Uhuru - "Sinsemilla" (5:14)
Ini Kamoze - "World A Music" (2:45)
Yelloman - "Zungguzungguguzungguzeng" (6:29)
Lee "Scratch" Perry & The Upsetters - "Soul Fire" (3:51)
Alborosie - "No Cocaine" (4:05)
Chaka Demus & Pliers - "Murder She Wrote" (4:04)
Review: Classics are classics for a reason, and this compilation champions them across two slabs of wax. All four sides are jam packed with firm reggae favourites from Bob Marley's stirring "Soul Rebel" to the buttery croons of Gregory Isaacs on "Babylon Too Rough". Mick Hucknall's inclusion will raise some eyebrows, but there is no denying his version of "Night Nurse" with Sly & Robbie has something going on. Smokers will delight in ganga odes from Eek-a-mouse and the lovable innocence of The Congos hit "La La Bam-Bam" will always have a place in anyone's affections.
Notes: The NUX B-3 is a solidly 2.4GHz wireless snap-on microphone system designed for those who want to get rid of the cables and enjoy the wireless world without any complicated set-up. Channel 1 is the default pairing channel but if you want to use different channels for any reason, just press the channel switch on both the transmitter and the receiver to make sure both units are in the same channel. RF LEDs will turn blue when paired.
In the box:
- B-3 transmitter (XLRF)
- B-3 receiver (XLRM)
- USB A to dual micro B charging lead
- Hot-shoe mount for receiver
- XLR to 3.5mm camera input lead
Will I See You Tonight? (feat Vashti Bunyan) (3:22)
Review: Where would we be without our mothers? Literally nowhere, of course, given the medical facts of life. But psychologically and spiritually somewhere very different, too. Just ask Devendra Banhart, whose latest, heartbreaking and poignant LP packs intimidating strength and thoughtful themes by the birth-giving load. Here the synths that dominated more recent albums are replaced by instruments best described as "a bit earthier", with strings and woodwinds joining brass and keys. Despite its title, this album is less a dedication to motherhood itself and more a meditation on emotional ties and links in general. "Memorial", for example, is about the death of Banhart's father, while elsewhere we are told love is like "crowd surfing in an empty club". As per usual, Banhart's songwriting verges on mania, recalling the late-Daniel Johnston's razor sharp observations wrapped in innocent imagery, while the instrumentation conjures Burt Bacharach and the like.
3-way logic module featuring two internal signal inverters - 8HP
Notes: Dual logic module with 3 inputs for each unit. The logical states of the inputs ("1" = high / "0" = low) are linked together in 3 ways: AND, OR, EXOR (exclusive OR). The three functions are available simultaneously at three outputs with LED display of the output states.
Additionally, two inverters are available to obtain the inverted functions NAND, NOR and NEXOR. The sockets of each triple unit are "normalized", i.e. the switched contact of socket 2 is connected to input 1 and the switched contact of socket 3 is connected to input 2. Provided that no plug is inserted into socket 1 resp. socket 2 the socket is connected to the input above it. This simplifies the usage of the module when only 2 signals are combined, e.g. the logic functions AND and OR have different neutral input levels ("1" is the neutral state for AND, "0" is the neutral state for OR).
In case of a fixed input level for the unused input one of the functions (AND or OR) would work no longer.
Applications: combination of digital signals of the A-100 (e.g. gates, clocks, triggers), e.g. to obtain "gated" clocks or certain rhythmic patterns.
Dual trigger modifier, consisting of two trigger inverters for gate, clock or trigger signals - 4HP
Notes: Module A-165 (Dual Trigger Modifier) contains two separate trigger modifiers, to use with logical/digital levels (gate, clock, trigger). Each half of the module enables signals generated by the A-100 to communicate with other instruments (such as an external sequencer) or is simply used where you want to reverse a trigger polarity.
Whatever signal is patched into the input, inverted by the module, and fed out of the Inv. Out (inverted output) socket. At the same time, a trigger signal of roughly 50 ms is generated every time an edge of the trigger pulse is sensed (negative as well as positive). This trigger signal is available at the +/- output.
Two LEDs act as indicators showing the level of signal available at the two outputs.
When both units are daisy-chained the module can be used as level shifter for gate/trigger/clock signals (from min. +2,5V up to +12V)
Review: Turning your hand to the catalogue of a jazz colossus like Yusef Lateef would be beyond most contemporary jazz musicians, but then Nat Birchall is currently one of the best saxophonists in the business. Alongside his quartet and with the aid of some unusual instruments from around the world - something Lateef was famously fond of doing - Birchall has delivered a set of covers that breathe breezy new life into some of the American multi-instrumentalist's most admired compositions whilst retaining some of the original flavour. Our favourites include the droning North African brilliance of "Mashariki", the sun-baked afternoon breeze of "Ringo Oiwake" and the piano-powered bliss of "Willow's Walk".
Notes: The CTRL Case MPK MINI is specially designed to hold the new Akai MPK Mini2 and MPK Mini Play. Crafted from durable and lightweight Durashock molded EVA foam and a water-rejecting polyester exterior, it is furthermore equipped with a removable (velcro) foam that provides extra protection for all encoders, knobs and buttons.
Review: If there were still justice in the digital age, and artists really got what was owed to them exposure-wise, Alex Cameron would be a safe bet for leftfield pop sensation. A multi-faceted songwriter, his previous two albums took us through a horror show of horrible characters and their innermost thoughts, twin roads that have somehow veered onto another course altogether for "Miami Memory". Here a much friendlier face is donned. Nevertheless, opener "Stepdad" makes intentions clear, with uptempo keyboard lines invoking the emotional qualities of mid-80s Prince. "Far From Born Again" tells the story of a "her" who's making bad choices, and the potential fallout of that, set to a Bruce Springsteen-sounding chorus, the likes of which can be found again on "Divorce". Not holding back, but instead holding a light up to a different side of his personality, it's Cameron's most positive to date and his best.
Notes: The CTRL Case Twelve is custom designed to a hold the new Rane Twelve controller. Crafted from rigid Durashock molded EVA shell and a high-density foam interior it’s a very lightweight, protective and convenient carrying solution.
Notes: The 22 HP interface is simple, clean and streamlined. At first glance, Polyend Preset module might look like simple a digital preset manager for Eurorack systems, but it's much more than this. Its vast implications make it a very smart companion for your modular system. But let's start from the basics. With the use of 9 LED coloured clickable encoders, Preset allows you to store up to 9 different CV output values in 32 banks of 32 presets. Yep, 1024 in total!
Program the notes sequences using one of the 32 build-in musical scales. Record the automation using the encoders or external source.
Four modes, totally different possibilities:
Depending on what you want to achieve, there are four modes you can choose from: First, Next, Channel and Note.
Both First and Next modes are perfect for building your unique polyphonic synthesizer.
The Channel mode lets you choose which MIDI Channel is responsible for which voice. This mode is what the majority of users utilise to connect DAWs or external sequencers.
The Note mode translates data received from MIDI Notes C through G and directs them into the corresponding voices (no matter the octave). This scenario works excellent for triggering drums from drum pads or drum triggers.
Notes: Eight-voice modular synthesis? Yes please. Updated version of the Poly splits your MIDI signal to CV and gate for fully polyphonic action. Chain multiple units for even more multi-voice madness.
The Polyend Poly 2 module is a polyphonic MIDI to CV converter Eurorack module, and it will change how you interact with your sequencers, controllers, DAW, and more. This powerful module features MIDI I/O plus USB A and USB B inputs, with a total of four Gate outputs, four Pitch outputs, and 12 outs for CV (CC 0-127) signals. And using the Smart Thru connection, you can daisy-chain multiple Poly 2 modules together for even more voices. And Sweetwater was excited to report that Poly 2 is even compatible with the MPE (Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression) standard used in innovative controllers such as the Roger Linn Design LinnStrument and the ROLI Seaboard series. Once you've explored the polyphonic expression the Polyend Poly 2 module is capable of, you'll never want to be without it.
No matter what kind of MIDI controller you use - keyboard, ribbon controller, pressure pad, or whatever - the Poly 2 module offers built-in scale filtering rewards you with highly musical output. Select a scale, and only the notes within that scale will be passed along to your patch destinations. This is different from scale quantization, which forces ANY input to trigger the note its closest to in the scale, and can make it much more enjoyable to use alternative MIDI controllers with the Poly 2 module.
Review: Red Soul Community is a ska band from Spain founded by Carlos Dingo, and after a small hiatus they make a big return with a punk riddled new album that comes with suitably confrontational artwork. Known and loved by rocksteady fans round the world, this outfit is led by the captivating vocals of Isa Garcia and since 2005 they've turned out a number of acclaimed albums. This new one is an uptempo affair with energetic grooves, hints of American ska, skinhead and 2 tone, and attitude to spare. The songs are both catchy and dance-y, and the whole album is wonderfully colourful.
Review: Long before the electro revival sent producers scurrying into the studio to create their own Drexciya-inspired jams, Jeremiah R was ploughing his own intergalactic furrow for labels including Tabernacle, BAKK and Voodoo Gold. As this fine mini-album shows, he remains one of the most consistent electro producers in the business. The genius of "Tales From The Dark Reef" lies in the long-serving producer's ability to craft shimmering, sci-fi focused electronic music that takes the aesthetic appeal of the best electro records - the intergalactic aural textures, sci-fi intent, skittish rhythms and futuristic synthesizer sounds - and applies them to a variety of Detroit and Chicago-influenced grooves and soundscapes.