“Naturally we are always looking for new things, new challenges, maybe even niches, because we want to do new things.” Those are the words of Robert Fehse of software company Sugar Bytes, and go some way in explaining the success of the small Berlin set-up which specializes in production plug-ins. Unlike many companies with their eye on the bottom line, Sugar Bytes is dedicated to catering to the niche user with programmes like Cyclop, Consequence or Turnado becoming key pieces of kit for the likes of Boys Noize, Mouse on Mars and Matthew Herbert.
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Anyone looking to travel back in time this year won’t have to. Eighties pop legends Human League are returning to the studio, to create a new album for British label Wall of Sound. The Sheffield trio made up of Phil Oakey, Ann Sulley and Joanne Catherall will be returning to the studio for the first – more
Grammy Award and Mercury Prize nominated artist M.I.A. aka Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam is ready to bump out a new remix EP titled Internet Connection (The Remixes) courtesy of some exciting knob twiddlers. What started off as a promising year for the contentious artist ended in a pretty lacklustre 12 months after putting out the not – more
Australian duo HTRK are known for their cold, syrupy electronic darkness, so it’s fitting that their latest single ‘Synthetik’ would get a similarly sluggish video. The eerie blank-faced masks of two mysterious figures cavort with each other in a pantomime parody of sexuality. It’s beautiful and disturbing, the perfect Friday afternoon treat before being released – more