This promises to be an insightful & honest portrait of one of the most important artists music has ever seen…

Out now in cinemas & On Demand via iTunes, XBox & Facebook (although apparently not in the UK).

Squarepusher is back with a new album! Ufabulum is out on the 14th of May and here’s the first track from it complete with incredible video of his live stage show. Pre-order the album on double vinyl, double cd or get the T-Shirt with free MP3 / Flac here.
 
Dark Steering in his own words: “For a while I had apocalyptic nightmares about trails of nuclear missiles in the night sky. So I aimed to recreate that strange combination of exhilaration, terror and sadness both visually and emotionally through this piece. It lead to the idea of a spacecraft leaving earth at vast speed to escape, but oddly the music also made me think of it flying through a library. So I generated the visual aspect such that, as the piece progresses, it seems as if the viewer is ever accelerating through massive corridors of books.”
 

Synkro is back with a new 4 track ambient / minimal LP released on recently resurrected Apollo Records. In times where every bass-based track feel fast, hectic, screechy and over processed, it is a breath of fresh air to stick this on, sit back and let the luscious chords, heavy pure bass tones and perfectly placed vocal phrases glide over you.

Plus, at only £6 for the 4 track 12″, it really is a no-brainer! (Go get it here).

 
Broken Promise Tracklist

  1. Broken Promise (Youtube)
  2. Why Don’t You (Youtube)
  3. Memories of Love(Youtube)
  4. Knowledge (Youtube)

Bonus

Thanks to Annie Mac for this one. Something a little bit different for us … great UK Hip Hop

Bonus #2

Again, courtesy of the Annie Mac Presents… Soundcloud

UMT Academy

Generator’s UMT Academy is the North East’s leading music training facility for DJs, Producers and Singers and it’s lead tutors will be hosting an open day at its state-of-the-art studio in Newcastle’s Hoults Yard.
 
DJ & Production Open Day
Wednesday 7th March 2012
4 – 6pm
 
The UMT Tutors will be on hand to discuss available spaces on upcoming DJ & Production courses.
 
UMT:BEATS
Starts Tuesday 13th March 2012
Tuesday & Thursday 4-6pm (12 week course)
 
DJ Basic
Starts Saturday 7th April 2012
Saturday & Sunday 1 – 4PM (4 week course)
 
DJ Advance
Starts Saturday 5th May 2012
Saturday & Sunday 1 – 4PM (4 week course)
 
PRO
Starts Monday 3rd September
Monday & Wednesday 6 – 10pm (12 week course)
 
Find full details on Generator’s UMT programme here.
 
Please email Bob to register your space on the Open Day.
 
Directions to UMT Academy (Word Document).

Santigold Master of my Make BelieveHere is the first look at the cover artwork for Santigold’s new album ‘Master of My Make-Believe’ (due on the 1st of May).
 
The full story of the cover is documented over at the NY Times We’ve also linked to the ‘making of’ video below. But first, the first offering from the album. Great dub vibe to this:
 

 

Blue SeaRAM Records DnB legend Sub Focus returns with the second track from his new album (first being Falling Down). I actually think this is better than Falling Down – the vocals by Alice Gold are fantastic.
 
By the way, Falling Down is available as a free download from the official Sub Focus website.
 
Did we mention that the already-brilliant Sub Focus live show has been given an overhaul & is bigger & better for 2012!? He described it (on Annie Mac’s BBC R1 show as being more responsive to the events happening on stage ‘in real time’)… That certainly is a gig to go & see if his tour comes anywhere near you.
 

 
Bonus

 
BIG Bonus
I found the Chris SU remix of this track, which isn’t bad, via the UKF Youtube channel but I much prefer the original.
 

Author AlbumIt struck me the other day that I hadn’t blogged about one of my favourite albums of 2011, the self-titled Author.
 
The album consists of 99 tracks although only 8-9 of them are full length tracks, the others are 5 second clips of silence which don’t actually play (I have no idea why they’re there either). The duo consists of two of dubstep’s finest producers who have both had huge success in their own right. Jack Sparrow & Ruckspin.
 
Their first track together “Dread” was released in mid-2010 and since then they have decided to continue to produce together (and damn we’re glad they did!)
 

 
Mr Sparrow has produced remixes for Skepta, Count & Sinden & Submotion Orchestra. While Ruckspin is a classically trained musician and has worked with a host of other dubstep artists including Planas & is part of Submotion Orchestra. You can certainly hear the Submo elements creeping into the Author collaboration material (Submo members as session musicians?)
 
If you’re in the North East tonight (16th February) then make sure you check them out at WHQ alongside RAM Record’s Basher. More details here.
 
Here is their brilliant live mix from DMZ in Leeds a while ago:
 

 
Bonus Material
 
Author – Turn (ft. Ed Thomas)

 
Author – Fix

MOBO, Urban Development and PRS for Music Foundation in association with SJM concerts and UMT, have announced the MOBO Tour, a free tour of eight UK cities that will also offer opportunities to emerging talent from each region.
 
The MOBO Tour 2012 in collaboration with Generator’s Urban Music Training Academy will be providing an afternoon of workshops and seminars at The Sage Gateshead followed by a live event at Newcastle’s O2 Academy.
 
Industry experts from RWD Magazine, PRS for Music Foundation, SJM Concerts and more will be sharing insider industry knowledge, answering questions and offering advice to audiences across the country.
 
Industry Takeover at The Sage Gateshead – Monday 27th February – SIGN UP HERE
 
Free entry 12 – 6pm

  • Workshop 1 – Top of the Blogs with RWD Magazine
  • Workshop 2 – Step Your Game Up: Building Your Brand with SBTV
  • Workshop 3 – How To Make Money From Your Song
  • Seminar 1 – Star in the Hood
  • Seminar 2 – How To Steal My Job

Open Mic session
 
Live event @ 02 Academy Newcastle 7pm – APPLY FOR TICKETS
 
Starting on February 22 in Birmingham and winding up in Newcastle on February 27, the MOBO tour will feature Youngman, recently tipped MC Lady Leshurr and MTV Brand New pick for 2012, seven piece hip-hop-rock collective Clement Marfo & The Frontline, Josh Osho, Cleo Sol, The Rascals and Smiler.
 
Generator is looking for a team of volunteers to assist with the coordination of ‘The MOBO Academy Industry Take-Over’, please contact bob@generator.org.uk for info