How We Made Public Enemy’s Fight The Power

shockwebpic_ftp_guardian_mar2016The song could have gone a lot softer, a lot neater, a lot tighter – but it would have lost the chaos. When something is organised and aligned, it represents passivity. But any resistance, any struggle to overcome, is going to be chaotic.

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Beat Box: Inside Joe Mansfield’s Drum Machine Collection

shockwebpic_dubspotdrummachineCheck out this video feature by our friends at Dubspot of Boston-based beatmaker and collector Joe Mansfield and his fantastic drum machine collection.

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Sampulator Brings Beat Making To Your Browser

shockwebpic_sampulatorCheck out Sampulator, a simple yet fun HTML5 based in-browser sampler. You can trigger and play samples with your computer keyboard [laptop or desktop] and even record and save your track ideas.

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► Helena Hauff – Sworn To Secrecy Part II

shockwebpic_helenahauff_swornA new pulsating, retro gothic-esque release from Hamburg’s Helena Hauff, taken from the album Discreet Desires. Look for this release in September on Actress’ Werkdiscs imprint via Ninja Tune.

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Ice Cube & Hank Shocklee Talk Making ‘AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted’

shockwebpic_amerikkkasmost25anniversaryIce Cube’s album ‘AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted’ just celebrated it’s 25th anniversary and Complex published an interview with Ice Cube and our own Hank Shocklee discussing the making of the album and its 25-Year Legacy. They talk about the recording process, keeping the west coast bounce, the similarities between N.W.A and Public Enemy and the albums importance then and now.

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The Noise And How To Bring It: Hank Shocklee Interviewed By The Quietus

shockwebpic_hankshockleequietusIn case you missed it, music writer John Tatlock had an in depth conversation with Hank for the outstanding UK music magazine The Quietus. Here is an excerpt…

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Shocklee @ SXSW 2015

shockwebpic_sxswshocklee2015Are you heading to SXSW? Make sure to put these events in your calendar and come on through and link with us – networking, parties, panel discussions, a highly recommended new film on sneaker culture, another one on the drum machine to change it all, an awesome art installation and some exclusive DJ sets from Shocklee plus more all below.

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Official Trailer For 808: The Heart Of The Beat That Changed Music

shockwepic_808docutrailer1The first official trailer for 808: The heart of the beat that changed music was just released. The 808 documentary features appearances and commentary from our own Hank Shocklee, Arthur Baker, Pharrell, David Guetta, Phil Collins, Lil Jon, Afrika Bambaataa, Norman Cook [Fatboy Slim], Rick Rubin, Diplo, Goldie and more.

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Hank Shocklee Is On Beat – Interview Now On Medium

shockwebpic_hankshockisonbeat_medium“Music doesn’t exist in a vacuum, man, and neither does music happen sequentially. It all morphs…styles, and cultures shift each other.” The words from Hank Shocklee resonate deeper than an 808 kick. Here was a man directly responsible for shifting the public perception of what drum machines and samplers could do, in the process redefining music during the golden age of hip-hop, now nearly thirty years later still in tune with the latest musical trends and technology.

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► Exclusive! New Djinn Mix

shockleewebpic_djiinshockleeexclusiveThis new exclusive from Djinn is a steady hour of spark. She is holding down Manchester, UK so stop by her page for some more 140 and junglist flavors and while you’re there, give her a proper salute!

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