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The 14 pieces of software that shaped modern music
The 14 pieces of software that shaped modern music
Words by John Twells •  21st April 2014 • 
We're at the stage in history where using music software isn't so much an option as it is a necessity. Sure, there are always going to be some contrarian sorts who take it upon themselves to re [...]
A stack of great footwork mixtapes have come out the US this year, and you’ve all missed them
A stack of great footwork mixtapes have come out the US this year, and you’ve all missed them
Words by Tom Lea •  15th April 2014 • 
Chicago's footwork music is more global than ever, with world tours for its stars (well, Rashad and Spinn) and high-profile releases on European labels. Despite this, there does seem to be a bi [...]
Record Store Day 2014: FACT’s 20 essential releases
Record Store Day 2014: FACT’s 20 essential releases
14th April 2014 • 
It's that time of year again: Record Store Day is right around the corner. While the backlash surrounding Record Store Day (is it an unnecessary burden on record shops, pressing plants and coll [...]
Hometown Hi-Fi: Stories from Five of History’s Most Influential Sound Systems
Hometown Hi-Fi: Stories from Five of History’s Most Influential Sound Systems
Words by Seb Carayol •  8th April 2014 • 
Fresh from curating a new exhibition on the history and significance of Jamaican sound system culture, Seb Carayol gives The Vinyl Factory a potted history of the scene and introduces five of th [...]
The eight best budget turntables that won’t ruin your records
The eight best budget turntables that won’t ruin your records
Words by Paul Rigby •  31st March 2014 • 
Originally published on The Vinyl Factory. A few months ago we rounded up the 8 best turntables for home listening aimed at the committed audiophile, in which 6 of the 8 were priced liberally [...]
Trance is the Greatest Dance Music of All, and Here’s 34 Reasons Why
Trance is the Greatest Dance Music of All, and Here’s 34 Reasons Why
Words by Joe Muggs •  29th March 2014 • 
OK, let's be clear. Trance isn't cool. It never was cool, it isn't cool, and it never will be cool. As a genre, it's also responsible for an awful lot of absolute bilge over the years. It becam [...]
Wu hit it first? 10 absurdly limited records that came before <I>Once Upon A Time In Shaolin</i>
Wu hit it first? 10 absurdly limited records that came before Once Upon A Time In Shaolin
Words by John Twells, Joe Muggs, Tom Lea & Chal Ravens •  27th March 2014 • 
Sorry Wu, but you weren't first on this one. With all the bluster over Once Upon A Time in Shaolin, a new Wu Tang album (or, if you're feeling cynical, RZA and Cilvaringz vanity project) li [...]
Spiritual Aura: 33 of drum’n'bass’s greatest soulful rollers
Spiritual Aura: 33 of drum’n'bass’s greatest soulful rollers
Words by Joe Muggs •  22nd March 2014 • 
A mea culpa: I have been doubly guilty of maintaining the false dichotomy at the heart of jungle / drum'n'bass. As a teenage techno-lover in 1993, I at first resisted the riotous cascades of Am [...]
The Essential… Danny Breaks
The Essential… Danny Breaks
Words by Laurent Fintoni •  19th March 2014 • 
With a career going back 23 years, spanning rave, drum'n'bass and instrumental hip-hop, Danny Breaks is somewhat of an elder statesman in the UK scene. Despite an impressive discography and oft [...]
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