After a three-year hiatus, one of France’s funkiest producers, Breakbot, is back with a new album and single, “Back For More,” featuring long-time collaborator Irfane on vocals. Known for his funky stew of electro-pop and cosmic disco, Breakbot (real name Thibaut Berland) has taken a similar sonic path as his robot brethren, Daft Punk. Loads of inspiration pulled from the sun-drenched vibes of the music coming out of southern California in the ’70’s and ’80’s along with a healthy dose of Prince and Michael Jackson.
The folks over at Line Phono launched the Kickstarter campaign for their baby, the Turntable Station, and blew out their $10,000.00 goal in just a couple of hours. Pretty impressive for a piece of furniture. Targeted at the audiophile audience, the Turntable Station is a highly functional audio furniture solution dedicated to the vinyl lover. The brainchild of the guys behind Turntable Lab and designed by ‘a renowned architecture firm,’ this beauty makes a great addition to pretty much any space (home, apartment, office, store, etc.) with its durable construction and flexible usage.
The Turntable Station makes use of a hybrid wood/fiber material called MDF which is the same stuff used in most audiophile turntable bodies for its durability and vibration-dampening qualities. It has a matte look to it with some textural/speckled characteristics when you give it a look up close. With a combination of interlocking parts and minimal hardware (nuts and bolts), the Turntable Station doesn’t take long to put together and ends up being quite sturdy.
The turntable shelf at the top is suited to house most standard turntable models from the large format professional models like the Technics 1200 to the host of entry level decks on the market. The shelves underneath provide ample room for your amp, accessories, and a bunch of records. They’ve even added a hook on the side to hang your headphones and/or extra cables.
At the time of publishing, they’ve got 25 days to go for the Kickstarter campaign. At just over $70,000.00 USD now, they have more than enough funding to get these bad boys out this fall to early adopters. There are still plenty of opportunities to donate in return for getting one of these beauties ahead of the public. You’ll save $50.00 of retail price if you act quickly.
Exciting to hear/see news from the Dewaele brothers. First, they built an epic new studio slash living space in their home base of Ghent, Belgium. They commissioned by Dutch architectural firm Glenn Sestig to work with them to create a monolithic modern building that encompasses a magnificent studio, record library, and living space. This place is unbelievable. Deemed “Studio Deewee,” it’s the new home to all things Soulwax and 2manydjs.
They’ve also unveiled a new label, also called Deewee. The first release from the new imprint comes from an act by the name of Klanken which is thought to be a new alias for Stephen and David Dewaele. A short teaser is now available ahead of the release.
Last, but certainly not least, we have a stellar remix of Tame Impala’s “Let It Happen.” Clocking in at just over nine minutes, the Soulwax reinterpretation is a cosmic-funk odyssey. Surely, this is going over well in recent 2manydjs sets. Good stuff.
Back in April, it was reported that Samuel Goldwyn Films acquired North American rights to Rock Baijnauth’s documentary “Barista,” a look at the world of coffee competitions. We now have a final trailer ahead of its release on November 6th. Director Baijnauth combines his love and passion for filmmaking with this behind the scenes look at the National Barista Championship and some of the rising stars in coffee making game.
Unbeknownst to many, thousands of baristas go head to head in competitions around the country with the hopes to step into the ring for the national title. The film takes viewers along for the ride as five of the top contenders prep for the main event. In line with the approach that the film “Somm” (another Samuel Goldwyn doc) took with wine, “Barista” takes you beyond the beloved caffeinated beverage and opens up a world that not many knew existed.
“Barista” will premiere in select theaters as well as be available on iTunes and on demand November 6th.
Straight out of college, San Diego-based co-founders Chase Fisher and Blake Jensen began setting the foundation for their lifestyle brand, Blenders Eyewear. In just a few years, the project has gone from sketches drafted in their living room to thriving e-commerce business. The brand’s ethos is simple, feel good and look good doing it. With a successful Indiegogo campaign, strategic marketing strategy, some great PR mentions, and a collaboration with Lollapalooza under their belt, things are looking bright for the upstart.
As you’ll see, the southern California ‘beach life’ vibe is a predominant source of inspiration for the design of these vibrant shades. It’s been crucial from the beginning that Blenders were of a high-quality at an affordable price point. Mission accomplished on both fronts. There are six distinct styles (including Polarized options) all with various combinations of frames and lenses to choose from with new iterations hitting their online shop all the time. Blenders ship to countries all over the world now with key retail relationships in Hong Kong, Brazil, Spain, and Japan in place. Domestically, they’ve developed relationships with surf shops and boutiques all over the west coast in addition to a key retail channel via Nordstrom stores across the country.
Be sure to check out Blenders Eyewear co-founders on CNBC’s newest series “West Texas Investors Club.” The show, similar to “Shark Tank,” airs on September 15, 2015.
Despite a resurgence in vinyl sales, the iconic Technics SL-1200 turntable was discontinued and the company was sold off back in 2010. Five years later, new Technics parent company, Panasonic, has announced that it has reinvented the SL-1200 and plans to relaunch the turntable line next year. A prototype was unveiled at Panasonic’s annual IFA press conference in Berlin last week and as you will see, design-wise, it’s quite a reinterpretation.
To be clear, this is just a prototype. The focus of the announcement was that they’d developed the new and improved direct drive motor that would lead to optimized sound production due to reduced vibration and speed fluctuations. Looks like we will get a new version of the SP-10 turntable as well. Look for more news on the official launch in the fall.