Monthly Archives: October 2017

Pharrell is the new Chief Creative Officer at ROLI


ROLI’s new starter has quite the track record and are pleased to announce that Pharrell Williams — singer, producer, designer, cultural icon — is joining ROLI as Chief Creative Officer. He’ll be helping Roland Lamb, our founder, create next-generation instruments that are as innovative as the Seaboard and BLOCKS and that help even more people make music. Read more about it here.

ROLI has already launched their first collaborative project, and more are to come. “Happy by Pharrell” is fun, free, and ready for you to download right now. It’s a special studiopack for NOISE that deconstructs all the elements of Pharrell’s hit “Happy,” so you can make your own song with its unmistakable vocals, beats, and bass. Clap along to the demo film here:

Pharrell and ROLI kicked off the partnership in October 2017 at the Hackney Empire theater in London. Watch Roland and Pharrell, discussing the question of why people create — and how everyone is more creative than they may realize. It’s just the start of many more discussions in the months and years ahead.

Check out “Happy by Pharrell” in the NOISE app today. You’ll find it under “Bundles.”

NEW VIDEO: ‘Say It’ ft. Terry Dexter from ‘Love on High’ presented by Juan Hoerni on Cha Cha Project Recordings


NEW VIDEO from “Love on High” presented by Juan Hoerni feat. Terry Dexter “Say It” on Cha Cha Project Recordings.  Video directed by Chris Etheredge

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Following the “Love Rewind” single from Los Angeles-based soulful house mainstay Cha Cha Project Recordings returns with flavor-packed full-length, Love on High.

Throughout, the album is a showcase of expert craftsman production whose disco elements are perfectly offset with spare jazz-infused instrumentation.

Love on High drops with “Love Rewind” featuring vocal performances from Maurice Smith and Chezere. The singers create a moving interplay that brings home the song’s positive message over jazzy keys, a rolling live bass line, and a tastefully driving drum section.


Roy Davis Jr. remixes “Love on High” with cascading percussion, driving bass, and expertly placed embellishments (more cowbell!) amplifying the original vocals by Terry Dexter. The perfectly produced “Cabaret Le Freak” is a disco stomp-and-romp with spare keys.

Elsewhere, with vocal support from Irantzu and remixes by Terry Hunter and Jovonn, “Love On High” is jam-packed with juicy house and disco love primed and ready for summer. Drop Love on High, an album teeming with future house classics—and you’ll be sure to do so for years to come.

Produced, written and arranged by Juan Hoerni
Rhythm sections by Juan Hoerni
Co-production on “Love Me” by Juwan Rates
Keys by Scott Wozniak
Sax by Steve Graeber
Trumpet by David Soto



Juan Hoerni; DJ, producer, remixer, began his career, unknowingly in 1988 at Upstairs Records where he purchased his first 12″ record. Born in San Francisco, California, of Swiss/French and Mexican background, his love for House Music grew out of Disco and early Eighties dance music. It was in 1993 when Juan bought his first pair of technique 1200′s and began working on his craft of mixing.


His influences at this time were Dj’s Pete Avila (on of the main men responsible for breaking house music in Northern California), Doc Martin, Julius Papp, and the infamous DJ’s Jeno and Garth of the Wicked crew. In 1998, he moved to the bay area and landed an assistant producer job for 106.1FM where he helped Lawrence Petty aka Foxxee Brown, David Harness, Patrick Wilson, and Pete Avila run “Yo Mama’s House,” a 4 hour house music show that brought in legendary guest Dj’s such as Danny Teneglia and Louie Vega to the greater bay area audience.

In 1999, Juan moved to Los Angeles to begin his promotion company; Cha Cha Project, and his new record label, Cha Cha Recordings. Cha Cha Project was formed by Juan in order to bring world renowned deep house dj’s on a weekly basis to Los Angeles. Since then he has been running Niteshift (which has enjoyed great success) along with co-promoter Joseph Munguia.  Juan has successfully brought his dj, producing career to new heights with a discography of over 30 original tracks that he produced, for labels such as Vega Records, Large Music, WAX, and his own Cha Cha Recordings. Juan brings a style of Deep, Latin, and moody house to the tables and the studio and is also known for his obscure and tasty selection of classics.  Check out Juan’s debut album “Move Mountains,” and his upcoming album, “Love on High” on Cha Cha Project Recordings!





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This Friday Fri 10/27: 4th Annual Dia De Los Muertos in South LA


This Friday October 27, 2017


@ South Park | 4 – 9 pm | Free & All Ages!

[ 345 E 51st St, Los Angeles, 90011 ]

Day of the Dead celebration features live performances, altars and activities for children and families

For the fourth straight year, LA City Councilman Curren D. Price, Jr. will host the “South Los Angeles Día de los Muertos Festival.” The FREE, family-oriented community event includes live music, altars (offerings), arts & crafts and food.

Artists performing at the outdoors festival include: EASTSIDE ALL STARS  ft. members of Tierra, Thee Midnighters & Poncho Sanchez, Cuban/Caribbean group Changüí MajaderoJukeBox playing Spanish Rock, Cumbia, Flashbacks and Norteñas; Los Angeles-based Mariachi Quinto Sol, DJ Gazoo & hosted by RaqC

A Tree of Life sculpture and Day of the Dead altars (ofrendas) produced by Self Help Graphics & Art - a nationally-recognized organization dedicated to the production, interpretation and distribution
of prints and other art media by Chicana/o and Latina/o artists.

More information, schedule and park map can be found at



CES: Discover 800 startups at CES 2018 + Sports Zone to Showcase Game-Changing Innovation

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As the launchpad for innovation, CES provides the perfect start for entreprenuers. With access to more than 3,500 financial professionals, 7,500 members of the media, key investors and suppliers, Eureka Park provides startups with a unique opportunity to showcase their ingenuity. Be there to uncover 800 of the world’s most promising tech pioneers—and maybe a few unicorns.


CES Sports Zone to Showcase Game-Changing Innovation

CES Partners with Turner Sports to Highlight Technology Changing the Business of Sports

CES® 2018 brings together athletes, sports leagues, media and companies dedicated to the development of technology in sports. The new CES Sports Zone, presented by Turner Sports, is a dedicated showcase at CES that combines exhibits, demonstrations and conference programming. Sports Innovation Lab , through its partnership with the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), is also a supporter of CES Sports Zone. Owned and produced by CTA, CES 2018, the world’s gathering place for technology, will return to Las Vegas January 9-12, 2018.

“We are thrilled to announce the new CES Sports Zone. CES touches every industry, reflecting and driving global tech innovation as it evolves, and sports tech is now a major area of focus,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CTA. “CES Sports Zone embraces this exciting relationship between sports and technology by bringing together key players from both sides to show the world how technology is changing everything from individual performance to the fan experience.”

The CES Sports Zone also includes four days of sports-themed content. The conference program includes two dedicated tracks: The Sports Business Innovation Track and the Sports Technology Innovation Track. CES Sports Zone will provide a complete experience for industry professionals interested in the intersection of sports and tech:

The Sports Business Innovation conference track, presented by Turner Sports, will feature leading business executives, major sports leagues, investors and celebrity personalities who are harnessing technology to impact the business of sports.

Turner Sports’ two full days of CES programming will include a live ELEAGUEshowcase and TNT’s Sports Emmy Award winning Inside the NBA studio team – Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal – live from the show floor.

The Sports Technology Innovation conference track, presented by CTA and Sports Innovation Lab, will feature expert panel sessions about sports technology, and will showcase the results of Tracking Trends in Sports Technology, a research project addressing five key areas of sports innovation: the quantified athlete, smart venues, immersive media, next-generation sponsorship and esports.

“We take great pride in being at the forefront of driving innovation throughout the sports media industry and CES presents a tremendous opportunity to showcase our thought leadership, products and capabilities with some of the brightest in the business,” said Lenny Daniels, president, Turner Sports. “We’re looking forward to further expanding our presence at this year’s event through the creation of the new CES Sports Zone and its overall commitment to furthering the convergence of sports and technology.”

Turner Sports, a division of Turner, is the presenting sponsor of the CES Sports Zone and an industry leader in the delivery of premium sports content across all multimedia screens. It is home to some of the most prestigious events in all of sports including partnerships with the NBA, NCAA, MLB and professional golf, along with UEFA beginning in summer 2018. The Turner Sports portfolio features some of the most popular sports destinations across digital and social media including Bleacher Report and its top-rated app. Turner Sports will also launch a premium sports OTT platform next year.

“The opportunity to co-produce the Sports Technology Innovation Track at CES is very unique, and we are honored to be chosen as the trusted partner,” said Sports Innovation Lab Managing Director Isaiah Kacyvenski. “Sports Innovation Lab and CTA both take pride in raising awareness of innovative sports technologies, products, and thought leaders, and in pushing conversations in the sports industry forward.”

Sports Innovation Lab (SIL) is a sports technology market research company that delivers insights and analysis through an innovative software platform. SIL is led by former NFL player Isaiah Kacyvenski, Olympic Gold Medalist Angela Ruggiero and former VP of Research at Forrester Research Joshua Walker.

Check out sports tech highlights and the top athletes that converged at CES 2017. Visit for more information about CES Sports Zone or contact the CES sales team to exhibit.

BOOK: Crystal Bliss: Attract Love. Feed Your Spirit. Manifest Your Dreams | by Devi Brown

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In the spirit of The Soul Searchers Handbook, this guide offers a fresh approach to healing crystals with advice for selecting, preparing, and using crystals for meditation and energy healing.

If you’re feeling worn out, uninspired, and unmotivated, you can change your energy with the help of crystals. Crystal Bliss provides you with everything you need to harness the innate energy and vibrations of crystals. This guide walks you through the process of selecting crystals, cleansing and preparing them for use, and incorporating them into your meditation and energy healing process.

With the help of Crystal Bliss, you can learn how to boost your own energy, beat back negative vibes, open your heart to love, manifest wealth, and promote good health.

Hip hop radio and television personality Devi Brown, who is married to NFL player Duane Brown, is the founder of Karma Bliss. A retail + lifestyle brand specializing in tools designed to kick-start your self-discovery journey, including healing crystal collections, healing crystal jewelry, and centerpiece meditation chairs. She is known for her innate ability to get the hip-hop industry’s biggest and often most reclusive names to share their journey and personal struggles.



Pre-orders for Strictly the Best Volume 56 (Lovers Rock and Roots Reggae)


VP Records’ iconic “Strictly the Best” compilation series is back with two new albums (Volume 56 & 57) that set the standard in today’s hottest Reggae and Dancehall music. Both volumes will be available for physical worldwide distribution on November 17th. Volume 56 is now available for pre-order.

Volume 56 features current and emerging lover’s rock and roots reggae jams such as “Trouble” from Romain Virgo and “Better than the Stars” from Christopher Martin, in addition to exclusives such as “This Is Love” from Gentleman, “Smile from Jah-Lil, and “No Soul, No Heart, No Love” from Junior Kelly. Other standouts include ‘Hustling’ by Huntington Beach California based band Simpkin Project who recently released their album “Beam of Light” on Dub Rockers label (A VP Records imprint) on September 29th. Newcomer Spiritual’s passionate ‘Time has Come’ is also a gem on the compilation. A new remix to ‘Would you Love Me’ by Grammy nominated band Raging Fyah featuring Brazil’s Cidade Negra and Queen Ifrica’s ‘All That I’m Asking’ and more bring the album full circle.

The concept of the cover, designed by illustrator Kim Wells (@kimwellsill) veered into the world of hyper-realism with a unique air and delicate quality, incorporating graphic elements representing sound wave movement.

“Strictly the Best” continues to be one of our most anticipated releases each year due to its ability to maintain a loyal following while being the perfect introduction for those new to reggae and dancehall,” said Christopher Chin, President of VP Records. “The 2017 editions have a nice balance popular and rising artists as well as exclusive tracks for a great listening experience.”

To further heighten the brand, this year “Strictly The Best” has teamed up with Beach Roadtrip Weekend (BRT) for a DJ contest that gives contestants the opportunity to join the team as a DJ on BRT’s 2018 tour. The top 5 mixtapes will be judged by followers of the BRT Page via Soundcloud, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and the website. The finalists of that round will then be invited to the Riviera Beach in Florida this November during BRT Weekend to have the chance to DJ a set for a chance at the final prize.

Stream an exclusive Spotify Strictly the Best Playlist here.

Strictly the Best- Volume 56
1. Better Than The Stars – Christopher Martin
2. Trouble—Romain Virgo
3. Let Me Ease Your Pain (ft. Gentleman) – Shuga
4. Smile – Jah-Lil
5. All That I’m Asking – Queen Ifrica
6. Would You Love Me (ft. Cidade Negra) [Remix] -
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7. This Is Love – Gentleman
8. Have You Seen The Rain – Droop Lion
9. Troubles Away – Ginjah
10. Changes – Iba Mahr
11. California – Richie Spice
12. Time Has Come – Spiritual
13. No Soul, No Heart, No Love – Junior Kelly
14. Hustling – Simpkin Project

About the Strictly The Best Series:
Established in 1992, Strictly The Best is the longest running reggae compilation series in the business. Following the Reggae Gold release, the annual STB series offers a more comprehensive collection of dancehall and roots sounds that have crossover potential and cater to reggae fans alike. Each year, VP carefully compiles a library of most exclusive dancehall/reggae tunes to keep the pace with the biggest Jamaican hits. Showcasing the most buzz-worthy and talented artists, STB series has been the proving ground for many of reggae’s biggest stars including Sean Paul, Mavado, Buju Banton, Bounty Killer, Capleton and many others. If you want to know what the next big reggae hit is in the streets or on the airwaves, Strictly The Best is the only compilation.

Moodymann on RBMA ‘Couch Wisdom’ Podcast


Podcast Series featuring Essential Conversations with Today’s Most Notable Music-Makers, Recorded on the Red Bull Music Academy Couch

Latest Episode features Detroit House Hero Moodymann

Recent Episodes include Icelandic Iconoclast Björk, Young Thug. Producer Alex Tumay and Inuk Throat Singer, Tanya Tagaq

New episodes available every week on Red Bull Radio

Chuck D’s Expansive Hip-Hop History Book “Chuck D Presents This Day In Rap and Hip-Hop History


Chuck D Presents “This Day In Rap And Hip-Hop History,” one of the most comprehensive, chronological histories of rap and hip-hop ever written, will be available on October 10 at all major retailers, including Amazon and Target. Assembled by Chuck Dco-founder of Public Enemy and a respected, influential voice in the genre, the book includes pivotal moments from 1973 to the present alongside artistic portraits of people who have shaped the sound and the culture of hip-hop for over 40 years. This definitive history book takes readers from the Bronx to the billion dollar global phenomenon it is today.

The massive anthology opens with a house party on August 11, 1973 when DJ Kool Herc unleashed “the break” on his turntables. By 1979, rap had become embraced by mainstream audiences as “Rapper’s Delight” sold over two millions copies and went on to be the first hip-hop record on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart the following year. “This Day In Rap And Hip-Hop History” follows the art form through more than four decades, examining artists and moments that drove the messages and the music with exacting details that can only come from a musicologist who has witnessed it firsthand.

“If you want to understand our culture. To learn knowledge itself. Truth about the art form of poetry in motion. The struggle of our community through rhyme and rhythm. This is the book that inspired me long before I found my place in hip-hop,” says Kendrick Lamar. “The power of self-expression. Unapologetically. Taught by the teacher himself. Chuck D!!!.” “Reading this book is like reliving my life all over again,” adds LL Cool J.

The entries in “This Day In Rap And Hip-Hop History” are brought to life by over 100 portraits of the most influential figures in hip-hop, created by Shepard Fairey (who also contributed the book’s foreword), ASKEM, Amy Cinnamon, Andre LeRoy Davis, Holtom, Glen E. Friedman, A.J. Katz, Timothy McAuliffe (Gold Van), Scared of Monsters, Rinat Shingareev and Marco Ventura.

Chuck D is considered one of the most influential lyricists in contemporary music. Both as a solo artist and as the leader of the groundbreaking group Public Enemy (which was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013), he helped pave the way for political, social, and culturally conscious hip-hop. Public Enemy’s albums remain among the most critically acclaimed works in the genre, including “It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back” and “Fear of a Black Planet.” Chuck is also a prominent figure on the speaking circuit lending his voice to issues and causes ranging from technology to race relations. He is a founding member of the new supergroup Prophets of Rage, alongside members of Rage Against the Machine and Cypress Hill. Prophets of Rage have played to almost 3 million people around the world in the last year, with their first full length album released in September 2017.

Deep Just (aka DeepJust Aquabeat) | A GetOpen Session for Fusicology

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DJ / Producer Deep Just (aka DeepJust Aquabeat) is a veteran of the NYC house music scene with over 25 years behind the turntables and even more on the dance floor. Head honcho of GetOpen Sessions, Deep Just is known for his technical approach, thoughtful selection and passionate sets. His productions, like his playing are a soul filled blend of afro inspired rhythms and deep tech beats rooted in musical exploration.

DeepJust has releases on United Music Records, Soul People Music, Heavy, WhasDat Music, Sound Designers Recordings, Open Bar Music & Fred P’s Boards imprint. Enjoy this GetOpen Session exclusive for Fusicology.