Music As A Force For Good

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Therapy sessions help aid recovery at Liverpool’s Alder Hey hospital There are all kinds of motivations for picking up and learning an instrument. Some people aspire to be like their heroes, the guitarists and DJs which fuel our passion for music in the first place. For others, music is simply an effective way of making… Read More

Musikmesse 2014 – Our Top Picks

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Every year the Musikmesse show in Frankfurt brings us new pieces of gear from every corner of the musical equipment world. This year the show promised a lot and has given us even more with huge releases from Roland, Boss, Akai, Korg and plenty of other suppliers. Check out our top picks below and make… Read More

Synth Icons – The Roland TB-303 Bass Line Synth

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Like many synth icons, the Roland TB-303 transformed the music by being used in ways it was never intended… aciiieeed! There are bits of musical equipment that are so well designed for a given purpose that they quickly become a standard, used by nearly everyone. More often than not, however, the gear that truly changes… Read More

The Evolution Of Beats – Roland TR-909

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The Roland TR 909 did for House and Techno what the 808 did for Hip Hop, and here’s how… Think of House and Techno music, and certain defining qualities spring to mind. The first is most likely to be a four-to-the floor beat, with a kick drum sound whose almighty ‘thump’ would cut through any… Read More

New Bombay Bicycle Club Single Launched With Interactive Video

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New Bombay Bicycle Club Single, ‘Carry Me’, is here with an incredible interactive video A new Bombay Bicycle Club single has been launched, the first since 2012’s ‘Beg’. The band has been busy writing and recording the follow-up to their last album, ‘A Different Kind Of Fix’, and this new single is the first hint… Read More

New Jon Kenzie Album ‘Sing A Little Higher’ Released

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This week sees the launch of the new Jon Kenzie Album ‘Sing A Little Higher’, where he explores a more intimate palette… It’s been a while since we heard from Jon Kenzie. The last news from his musical camp was that he and his band were holed up in a studio in Dorset, recording the… Read More

New Wombats Single – ‘Your Body Is A Weapon’

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There’s a new Wombats single coming imminently, and to celebrate, you can get a Farida Wombats at a great price! An all new Wombats single was announced last week, the first new material from the Liverpool band since 2011’s ‘A Modern Glitch’. ‘Your Body Is A Weapon’ is set for release on the 2nd October,… Read More

Mercury Prize 2013 – Some Of The Arctic Monkeys Gear

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Once again, we take a look at how the Mercury nominees create their sound: this time, we take a look at some of The Arctic Monkeys gear They were the toast of Glastonbury in the summer, 5th album ‘AM’ became the second fastest selling album of the year (debuting at no.1) and now, the lads… Read More

Mercury Prize 2013 – Jon Hopkins’ Gear

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We take a look at some of Mercury nominee Jon Hopkins’ gear… Jon Hopkins is part of a very select group of musicians that have been nominated for a Mercury prize more than once. Back in 2011, his album ‘Insides’ was nominated, and this year, current album ‘Immunity’ made the shortlist. (In addition, his collaboration… Read More

BPM 2013

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BPM 2013 has been and gone, but we have some interesting perspectives on the show coming very soon… The UK’s huge, annual DJ fest is over for another year. BPM 2013 closed its doors for another year yesterday, but what a show it was… Team members from all of Dawson stores were in attendance at… Read More