Vinyl lovers can now make in-app record purchases on Discogs’ iOS app

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Discogs browsers surfing the platform’s stock of nearly 40 million items will newly be able to make in-app purchases, thanks to Version 2.0 of the Discogs iOS app.

Whereas the iOS supported Discogs app previously redirected buyers to Discogs’ mobile website, Apple users can now browse Discogs’ fully integrated marketplace and proceed with their purchases without ever leaving the app. Version 2.0 additionally integrates Discogs’ sister site, VinylHub, allowing shoppers to peruse VinylHub’s database of more than 7,000 record shops around the world from within the app.

The iOS update follows in the footsteps of the previously introduced Android version, debuted in January.

H/T: Resident Advisor

YouTube record label NoCopyrightSounds hits milestone $1 million in sales despite free downloads

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In 2011, Billy Woodford established a unique UK-based record label and music organization known as the YouTube channel NoCopyrightSounds. Since then, NCS has transformed into a global music label with millions of listeners and more than 13 million YouTube subscribers.

NCS is a unique service in that it provides the option for listeners to enjoy music for free, but at the same time, users are presented with the ability to support artists through paid services. By giving away the music for free, creators are able to easily access more material for their work. Free downloads also mean new audiences will discover more music through easy access.

Despite the free download option, NCS has just announced it’s reached more than $1 million in record sales. This unique milestone is good news for the electronic music community as it cements the opportunities labels have in the channels they are monetizing for their acts. Companies like NCS have access to an entire generation of artists and can possibly alter the state of musical communication altogether.

“The demand for fresh original music from Creators is enormous and growing daily,” asserts Woodford. “I believe the music we support on the label compliments all types of content, from the Make-up and Beauty community through to the vlogging and gaming world. The fans of these content creators from each community are discovering NCS artists, and that is translating into traditional sales.”

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The U.S. has the most record shops in the world

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When it comes to vinyl, the U.S. seems to have set its own record.

Music database Discogs and its ‘sister site’ VinylHub have determined that the United States is the host of the most record shops in the world, with 1,482 total vinyl-selling storefronts. The United Kingdom trailed behind the US with 537 shops, with Germany coming in third with 453.

When Discogs and VinylHub narrowed its focus to specific cities, Tokyo emerged as the city with the highest number of record stores, at 93 total shops. Berlin followed with 87, and London with 79.

The top three U.S. cities were New York with 47 shops, Chicago with 30, and Los Angeles with a close 29. Berlin surfaced as the site with the ‘densest cluster of shops in the world,’ where 46 record shops exist within a kilometer of each other. Discogs and VinylHub’s results indicate that even in the digital age, vinyl remains a preeminent musical form.

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Wilkinson and Dimension release hotly anticipated collab, ‘Rush’

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Dimension has made a name for himself in the UK drum and bass scene with his standout production talents. The producer has released track after track that capably highlights his abundance of skill— the most recent of them being “Black Church.”

Ending his three-month hiatus, Dimension has just released his hotly anticipated collaboration with another one of England’s finest producers, Wilkinson— aptly titled “Rush.”  Each producer’s contribution to the melodious single is clear to hear, as their combined effort has surely produced a modern drum and bass classic.


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Mixcloud solidifies deal with Warner Music Group

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Mixcloud — the British counterpart and streaming rival to SoundCloud — has just signed a licensing agreement with Warner Music Group.

The agreement will allow the UK-based streaming company, which has previously implemented statutory radio licenses for its music usage, to begin implementing subscription services.

Nico Perez, the co-founder of Mixcloud recently spoke with the Financial Times on the rollout, “We don’t want to do the $9.99 a month. That’s done. That market is served. What we’re building is going to be very customized.”

Perez continued, “Since the beginning, we have worked with rights holders to both monetize long-form audio and champion the importance of curation in the streaming industry. As we embark on direct licensing relationships with the major labels, we are committed to doing what is best for artists, curators, music fans, and the industry.”

Currently, Mixcloud has around 17 million monthly users with 12 million long-form radio shows, podcasts, and DJ sets. In addition to the recent agreement with Mixcloud, Warner Music Group recently purchased Spinnin’ Records. The agreements come with immense excitement in the music industry. With the preservation of long-form content presently called into question, the move towards track alternative long-form content suggests that the industry will not entirely move towards instant gratification. Mixcloud is also reportedly working out contracts with two other major music groups, Universal and Sony, respectively.

H/T: Resident Advisor

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This miniature turntable plays teeny tiny cookie records

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Lovers of records can, at last, have their vinyl and eat it too thanks to the amazing work of the Dimensions Plus agency in Hong Kong.

Dimensions Plus was tapped by Oreo themselves to create perhaps the collaboration of the year in an effort to make the sugary treats hip again. Oreo Vinyl is thus a mini turntable capable of playing vinyl record versions of the specially crafted cookies.

With etched grooves on the surface of the cookie, the delectable treat is packaged alongside its very own mini record player. Oreo Vinyl is capable of playing the Oreo anthem in four distinct styles: jazz, classical, Chinese, and yes— electronic.

Dimensions even went on to detail their creation of the mini records:

“The data on the cookie is embossed with a mod which is made with laser cutting and engraving technique. And we wrote a program to transform the music into a pattern. After that, we make it into a laser-engraving friendly format and produce the mod for the Oreo Vinyl production. ”



H/T: Mixmag

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Former ghost producer Maarten Vowerk releases ‘You’re the One’ under own name

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Ghost producing is a term that has been widely associated with dance music in recent times. A substantial portion of famous big room acts, in particular, have allegedly used ghost producers for a number of hit songs in the past. Ghost producing is definitely frowned upon by a number of producers worth their salt, and rightly so.

Maarten Vowerk became famous as one of the industry’s most prolific – and talented – ghosts, regularly creating new tracks for illustrious DJs with no true talent. However, over the course of a year or so, he has emerged from the shadows to shed light on this scandalous practice, prevalent in the seedy underbelly of the EDM industry. The revelation of this malpractice has given him the recognition he deserves, has culminated in a new release on Spinnin’ Records. Listen to Vorwerk’s “You’re the One,” featuring Mazare and Matthew Steeper, below:

Via : YourEDM

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French legend Agoria announces new label Sapiens

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Legendary French producer Agoria has announced the launch of his new imprint Sapiens, his second label project to date after cofounding Infiné. In addition to releasing music, the new label will also feature work by visual artists, sound designers and film directors. For now, Sapiens will be digital-only, but Agoria has announced plans to release vinyl in the future.

Set to launch November 25, Sapiens will make its debut with a five-track double-EP by Agoria himself titled Up All Night. The compilation features both a radio and extended version of the track, as well as remixes by Eagles & Butterflies and Gerd Janson.

The official label description notes: “Releases could aim to be as diverse as political speeches, radio hits, dancefloor tunes, sensorial or cognitive music or a gentle computer virus. Sapiens will be multiple disciplinary.”

Listen to Agoria’s recent tribute to Fabric Nightclub below:

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