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Roland to release new 808 drum machine

Great news for all you drum machine addicts out there – Roland Corporation are set to release a new version of the classic 808 drum machine.  The 808 is probably the most used and familiar drum machine in existence, known and loved for its classic, heavy, rich warm sound, especially its kick drum.  Originally released in 1980, it was one the first programmable drum sequencers and, at an original price of around 1000 dollars, was more affordable than the little competition it had at the time (mainly the LinnDrum LM-1).  Even with a glut of decent sounding sample packs and plug-ins, the original 808 collects in excess of £2500 these days, with purists claiming there is nothing like the real thing.

The original 808 below…

There are no official pictures of the new 808, but it is believed this, below, is the closest rendition.  From the subtle glance we get in the video, it looks pretty real… (from Attack Magazine)

Jai Paul – Album

Not posted for a while, but had to put this up…  the debut album from Jai Paul.  Remaining mysteriously anonymous, Paul released only 1 track in 2007, ‘BTSTU‘ which was enough to have record labels clamouring to sign him (XL got him in the end).  Only one more track since then, ‘Jasmine‘, has been sufficient to cement his status as almost legendary.  This album, although mixed and mastered weirdly, is still appealing. 16 tracks in total – all tracks titled as numbers 1 to 16, it includes both ‘Jasmine’ and ‘BTSTU’.  You can download it from Bandcamp, here, and listen to ‘Track 13′ below.

NOTE: Soon after the release, Jai Paul himself, on his facebook page, denied having released the material and took it down.  He claimed his laptop had been stolen and the tracks released unbeknown to him.  Whatever you believe, it’s hard to ignore the hype Paul has accepted/encouraged around himself and his music – mainly due to his covert identity, so whether this is a conscious effort at more mystery, or (as I believe) a pre-release audience test, is up to you.  He has yet to make a follow up statement as of Jan 2014.

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Our most recent project was Raj Pannu’s ‘Old Grey Whistle Test’ Audio Visual remix which was performed live at ‘Space Invasion’ at the Sage Gateshead, alongside other local artists, Lulu James, Jethro Fox, and special guest Ghostpoet. The project was commissioned by the BBC for ‘The Space’ an online and Freeview channel, and the piece is featured along with a ‘making of’ documentary following the production process. If you have any queries about the project, please do not hesitate to contact Raj HERE!.

COLDCUT’s Matt Black talks ‘Apps Albums and Algorhythms – Coldcut, Ninja Tune, Ninja Jamm and Music on iOS’

As a warm up to Fresh Hell on Sunday the 26th of August at the Star and Shadow Cinema with Coldcut, Matt Black gives an informal Q and A, ‘Apps Albums and Algorhythms – Coldcut, Ninja Tune, Ninja Jamm and Music on iOS‘. It’s at RPM Music, Newcastle (the finest record store in the UK tel:+44191 221 0201), at 5pm on Saturday the 25th of August (the DAY BEFORE Fresh Hell) Come down, it’s free!

Oh, and we have some serious Ninja Tune prizes (see below) to give away too, including Stevie Chick’s Ninja Tune book, T-Shirt, signed Albums, CD’s, DVD, badges and Stickers – bring down (to RPM on the day) your rarest/most original/most intriguing Ninja Tune related item or creation, to be in with a chance of winning some goodies!

Plus – go visit our Fresh Hell facebook page HERE to keep up to date.

For the Queen’s Jubilee Holiday weekend Sunday, we are continuing our Bank Holiday Sunday parties at the Star and Shadow Cinema, with special guests, and combining it with an all day warm up across the road in the Tanners Arms, also with special guests!

We are still adding to the line up – but confirmed so far…

Raj Pannu (Coldcut, Ninjatune)

Mr Blazey and Bert Verso, LIVE (first outing of their new live set, featuring their Triptik Records material, plus exclusive new tracks)
Latest tracks by mr blazey

Latest tracks by Bert Verso

Latest tracks by Joonipah

Funk Ethics (Brownswood Recordings)
Latest tracks by Funk Ethics

Professor Ojo
Latest tracks by Professor Ojo

more to come….

Tanners 5pm-12am
Star and Shadow – 10.30pm-4am

Also! There will be a free ‘North East Dubtronic’ CD, featuring all the artists playing, and many more (inc Psyconaught, Smoove, Edmondson, Lucid Directions, the Skrufz and Mr. Bird) for the first 20 people in on the night.
Latest tracks by North East Dubtronic


We at Fresh Hell are really proud to present SHABAZZ PALACES, on Monday May 14th at The Cluny, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Read about them HERE

It will be their only gig in Newcastle as part of their UK tour, so don’t miss it!

With support from…

Raj Pannu (Coldcut and Ninjatune’s DJ)

£9 advance, more on the door, 9pm.


Fresh Hell are delighted to present… Young Montana?
Continuing our Bank Holiday Weekend Sunday events, we’ve got Young Montana? (yes the ‘?’ is part of his name) on Sunday the 6th of May at the Star and Shadow Cinema, Newcastle.

“Sure, plenty of-the-moment bedroom musicians carry a fixation on nostalgia and an (un)remembered past. However, there are more than a few knob-twiddlers making more futuristic sounds as well, taking pages out of the playbook of Flying Lotus and the Los Angeles-based Brainfeeder crew to create their own tech-strewn, off-kilter mechanized fantasias. As these things often go, some artists pull off the style better than others– but very few (if any) thus far have managed to fuse both the past and the future into something of its own time.

This is where Jon Pritchard, aka Young Montana?, comes in. Hand-plucked into the insiders’ spotlight after BBC Radio 1′s Mary Anne Hobbs called him out as her “Favorite Unsigned Artist”, he soon found himself riding an industry buzz and lauded from the likes of Pitchfork (read their review of his LP, ‘Limerence’ HERE) to The Gaslamp Killer as more and more people in the online underground received an earful of his sound. The UK producer’s style, captured aptly on the recent “Sacre Cool“, and his debut album “Limerence”, signed to the Los Angeles label, Alpha Pup, initially evokes Brainfeeder’s dope-hazy beat maths, after a cursory listen. Pop the hood open on this thing, then, and you’ll find that the engine humming under the song’s stuttered tones and warped beat is Made in Detroit – courtesy of J Dilla‘s still-landmark “Donuts“, to be specific. Similar to Dilla’s evocative use of chopped-up samples, Pritchard screws the shit out of some dusty soul vocals on “Sacre Cool”, with the only discernible lyrics being “love me like”. With one foot in the future and another in the past, Young Montana’s sound can’t help but sounding anything less than right now.”

With support from Raj Pannu, Coldcut and Ninjatune’s DJ. Coldcut say… “Raj Pannu has been part of the Coldcut live crew for 4 years and we’ve done over 200 amazing shows together. He is absolutely the best DJ Coldcut have worked with: his sick skills combined with a gobsmacking depth of musical knowledge are unique. Not all DJs can play the RIGHT records and play WITH the records! Raj excels at both. Plus, he rolls perfectly with Audiovisual tricknology too. Somehow, he never has an off day. We’re looking forward to working with him on new Coldcut projects. Raj Pannu rocks! And that’s official from Coldcut

Advance tickets available through Skiddle, HERE, or on the door at £7/8.

Young Montana? on Soundcloud

NOW ADDED TO THE BILL for Sunday 6th May, FUNK ETHICS (signed to Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings) – after his and Lucid Directions’ first ever live set went down a storm at the first Fresh Hell event, we are very happy to have him back for this one.
Funk Ethics & Lucid Directions – Showcase MIX [Free Download] by BOKA