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Exclusive: John Dalton – Fifteen – The Remixes

iva1003-juno-front2Remixes of John Dalton’s ‘fifteen’ EP are masterfully executed by Danseizure, Ebauche and Eomac. Even more rolling beats, peppered with tech stabs and layered with crisp highs. Check out Danseizure’s smoothly crafted builder, Eomac’s distorted relentless monster and ebauche’s driving 4 to floor rework.

Crank up the volume and check out these high-octane remixes available exclusively on Juno until the 1st of September. They will be available worldwide on all our other online shops from the 1st of September.

Warren DalyAdded by: Warren Daly | 20th August 2010 Leave a comment!

Live music & clubbing in Cambodia, South East Asia

The Internet is helping the music scene in CambodiaIf you’re in living in Phnom Penh, Cambodia or just passing through you’ll have noticed a burgeoning arts & culture scene. Art exhibitions, theatre, movie festivals and live music events are all stepping up in quality, diversity and frequency. It’s exciting times for the arts in Phnom Penh and soon we’ll be going head to head with other capital cities in south-east Asia and beyond.

It’s easy to get vital information on the latest events from a number of free magazines and publications such as Asialife, L’Echo and City Life Cambodia. For up-to-date informative reviews, extensive listings including underground musical events, look no further than the following online resources: Leng Pleng, Phnom Penh Gigs and Lady Penh. They’ll help you get proper live music listings and reviews in a flash.

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Warren DalyAdded by: Warren Daly | 22nd July 2010 2 Comments

New albums and singles on Invisible Agent Records

new invisible agent releasesThere are a several singles and albums circling Invisible Agent HQ and I’m too excited about these upcoming releases to stay quiet any longer. Here’s some exciting new music about to coming in for a smooth landing:

First in the holding pattern is the rising star Eomac who will soon grace us with a new EP entitled ‘Battery Baby’. It’s getting increasingly difficult to lock Eomac down to one genre which is a good thing. I guess this EP could be described as an amalgamation of dark and dirty baselines, rave-o-matic riffs and breakbeat stylings. This will be Eomac’s inaugural release on Invisible Agent and will be available in all good download stores worldwide in August.

Remixes are ready and mastered for John Dalton’s well received techno production ‘fifteen’. This EP has diverse remixes by Danseizure, Eomac and Ebauche. It was always going to be difficult to top John’s original output, but I am sure you’ll be as impressed as I was when I first heard these distinct and fresh re-works by fellow Invisible Agent producers. This EP is bound to send x-ray machines in to overload. More information coming soon…

Last but not least is Danseizure who’s weighed in with some heavy cargo. Known to hang out at the Forest Record Collective counter, Dan Gorman has produced experimental soundscapes and scores for several years. This Dan’s 3rd album to be released on Invisible Agent Records and I’m very excited about his latest body of work. As always, Dan’s sounds are meticulously crafted and will leave you mesmerized. Touch down of these releases is imminent, stayed tuned to cash in on your frequent flier miles.

Warren DalyAdded by: Warren Daly | 21st July 2010 Leave a comment!

Lots of services, not much choice.

monkey businessPurchasing music online? Ever wonder why certain songs are labeled as ‘Album Only’?

If you have an account on any of the popular music download services you will notice selected tracks labeled as ‘Album Only‘, meaning that you can’t buy them individually, only as part of the entire ‘album’. So who’s in control of this activity? the artist, the record label or the distributor?

Consumer choice verses artistic integrity?

Large record labels have a range of digital-release strategies designed to optimize revenues. They want you to buy the entire album, they don’t want users to ‘cherry pick’ the best tracks. Some will argue this approach is about maintaining artistic integrity, it’s not just the record labels who demand restricted sales. For instance, Pink Floyd only want you to download their entire album, not individual songs. Some argue that they have a right to these demands. I’m not going to argue with a band that has sold over 200 Million albums. They consider their albums as a single piece of art, that’s their choice. The likes of AC/DC, Led Zepplin and The Beatles take the same approach. So you won’t find those bands on iTunes. According to figures this approach doesn’t affect their album sales.

However, I’ve come across many remixes and compilations containing tracks marked as ‘Album Only’. In certain cases, I own most of the tracks already. I’ve had to buy a bunch of tracks that I already own, just to get two tracks marked as ‘Album Only’. It’s a rather frustrating experience. I now refuse to buy any releases that are sold this way. I’ve seen Emusic and other distributors lambasted by users for selling music in this way. Write a note to the record label, in these cases they are in control of this ‘Album Only’ option, not the distributor.

Billions of track sales but not that much profit

Even though iTunes is credited with pioneering the uniform 99 cents a song pricing model, they still get up to skullduggery with track pricing. After doing further research, it appears iTunes automatically marks all songs over 10 minutes long as ‘Album Only’. Most distributors and shops allow an opt out, but not with iTunes. In this particular case, it seems artisitic integrity has nothing to do with it. Apple has said it makes little profit from iTunes because of the costs of running the online store. iTunes had a cash turnover of $4 billion last year and are just a minimal profit-making lure for prospective iPhone and iPad customers. I wonder will the upcoming Google Music offer more choice and give the artists a fair cut of the sales? Is it just a lure for prospective Android customers and a gap filler in the Google portfolio. Let’s wait and see.

Warren DalyAdded by: Warren Daly | 19th July 2010 2 Comments

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