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Point Blank Recommends #51 – Ploy, Blawan, Buttechno & Much More

Every month when it’s time for Point Blank Recommends, we get super excited to share with you the tracks that have been flying around the Point Blank office, emailed to one another and generally shouted about whenever the situation allows. Believe us when we say that (beyond very strong coffee) the primary power source of the paragon of productivity that is Point Blank is the music we listen to; which is fitting for a music school we think. This month it’s quite a heavy affair with Ploy returning to Batu’s ever-impressive Timdance imprint, mind-melting electro on Don’t Be Afraid, Blawan serving up his trademark concussive hammer blows and more besides. It’s not all boom and gloom, however – peep one of our favourites from DJ Koze’s new record for some heavy wooze, Pat Ca$h’ lab-made eulogy for a deep dream and Tenderlonius as he reminds us of his (and his 22a imprint’s) impact on London’s flourishing jazz scene. Fun for the whole family.

For more music, tutorials and class insights head to the Point Blank YouTube channel. We hope these sounds inspire you to take the next step in your music making, and whatever that means to you, we can provide the guidance you need at Point Blank. Our comprehensive BA (Hons) in Music Production & Sound Engineering is a great place to start looking, while we’ve also added two new degree courses ready for next semester: the BA (Hons) in Music Production and DJ Practice and the BA (Hons) in Music Industry Management. If you’re looking for something shorter, have a look at our radio and DJ. If you’d like to know more, you can find all the ways to contact us here.

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PB Recommends #50: Sharda, Venetian Snares, Hodge & more

Here we are, a half-century into our monthly whip-round of the tracks being played and obeyed by the Point Blank office crew. Once again it’s been a great month for releases, with new bits on some of our favourite labels like Livity Sound, ILIAN Tape, Lobster Theremin and Tectonic. There’s also new music from Wych aka K-Lone, who returns to the formative pastures of dubstep and grime; a syncopated beast from the one and only Venetian Snares; a joyous slice of breaks from Physical Therapy and one of the most infectious tracks we’ve heard in a long time (and current frontrunner for banger of the year) in ‘Chin Up’ by Sharda, the bassline moniker adopted by Manchester’s Murlo. Here’s to another 50 PB Recommends…

For more music, tutorials and class insights head to the Point Blank YouTube channel. We hope these sounds inspire you to take the next step in your music making, and whatever that means to you, we can provide the guidance you need at Point Blank. Our comprehensive BA (Hons) in Music Production & Sound Engineering is a great place to start looking, while we’ve also added two new degree courses ready for next semester: the BA (Hons) in Music Production and DJ Practice and the BA (Hons) in Music Industry Management. If you’re looking for something shorter, have a look at our radio and DJ. If you’d like to know more, you can find all the ways to contact us here.

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PB Recommends #49: Tessela, serpentwithfeet, Ciel and More

Point Blank Recommends is our monthly guide to the finest releases from across the musical spectrum. The office has been canvassed to find the tracks taking up permanent residence on our staff’s turntables and streaming platforms. London label Whities continues its ridiculous hot streak with tracks from Tessela and label favourite Lanark Artefax. ‘Glisten’, by the former is especially gorgeous: a dreamy cloud of warmth, liberally splashed with cut and paste vocal snippets and playful tinkering with pitch. Elsewhere, hi-def ambience makes its way to you via Dream Catalogue (Sangam), Toronto’s Ciel continues to confidently make a mockery of the confines of genre and Adult Swim Singles ups the ante with two stunning releases by Jaques Green and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith.

With the changing of the clocks, we have, in Britain, emerged from winter’s icy grip at last. The temperature is rising and the evenings no longer spent in complete darkness. This seems to be reflected in the music we are listening to at Point Blank too – you’ll notice an increased volume of warmth, ambience, and bright melodies. Suzanne Kraft has long been a stellar purveyor of sounds in this vein and it’s great to include the hazy ‘Accelerate (Middlesex Edit)’ here. So too, is it to include the latest offering from Dutch repress masters Music From Memory. You can’t spend all day listening to ambient sounds and have any energy to get anything done though, so we’ve thrown in some variation as well: Mytron and Ofofo supply some more oomph with their tropical offering, Let’s Eat Grandma lay the motivation on thick with the stadium-sized ‘Falling Into Me’ and Puma Blue serves up a slice of loose, jazz-flecked sleaze. Special mention also must go to serpentwithfeet, who may well be the owner of the most amazing voice we’ve ever heard.

For more music, tutorials and class insights head to the Point Blank YouTube channel. We hope these sounds inspire you to take the next step in your music making, and whatever that means to you, we can provide the guidance you need at Point Blank. Our most comprehensive course in production is our three-year degree programme in London: BA (Hons) in Music Production & Sound Engineering, and we also offer an online alternative. Perhaps making tracks isn’t your thing, in which case have a look at our radio and DJ courses to focus on selection. If you’d like to know more, you can find all the ways to contact us here.

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PB Recommends #48: Slowthai, Pangaea, Shedbug and More

Point Blank Recommends is our monthly roundup of tracks being played and obeyed in and around the office. 48 is a typically eclectic affair, headed by ‘Noddy’ the latest release by Northhampton rapper Slowthai, as he teams up with Earbuds on production once again as he did on last year’s breakout banger, ‘T N Biscuits’. We also felt the need to give a nod to Dekmantel’s 10-year anniversary series of releases, and what else compares to Ricardo Villalobos’ unbelievable rework of Tony Allen’s ‘Asiko (In a Silent Mix). The five-minute clip hardly does it justice, being one of Villalobos’ mammoth epics that required two sides of wax to even press it. Learn how to put tracks like these to good use with DJ course with Point Blank.

Traditionally this is a fertile part of the year for music – after the end-of-year rush for the major labels push the big commercial records in time for christmas, pressing plants get the chance for printing new music by more interesting, smaller labels, before record store day rears its misguided head and the backlog returns. This year is no different, and for PB Recommends 48 we’ve collected here a bunch of tracks setting the tone for dancefloors across the land. Aside from the aformentioned, some highlights include Pangaea’s latest muscular workout ‘Bone Sucka’, gritty breaks by Shedbug on Lobster Theremin, and a couple of tropical yelpers in K15’s ‘Sunbeams’ (Eglo) and thai artist DOTT’s ‘Unbreakable’ (More Rice).

For more music and tutorials including a deconstruction of Massive Atatck’s ‘Unfinished Sympathy’, by our venerable lead course developer SKi Oakenfull, head to the Point Blank YouTube channel. We hope these sounds inspire you to take the next step in your music making, and whatever that means to you, we can provide the guidance you need at Point Blank. Our most comprehensive course in production is our three-year degree programme in London: BA (Hons) in Music Production & Sound Engineering, and we also offer an online alternative. Perhaps making tracks isn’t your thing, in which case have a look at our radio and DJ courses to focus on selection. If you’d like to know more, you can find all the ways to contact us here.

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PB Recommends #47: Heavy Lungs, Hudson Mohawke, Mor Elian and More

Point Blank Recommends is our regular round-up of the tunes being played around the office. PB Recommends 47 casts the net a little wider, given that the release schedule tends to slow around the end of the year. One of our favourite releases was the big advent drop from Lucky Me, which included a long-awaited cut from Hudson Mohawke – this one’s been knocking around in live sets since 2010 but it was well worth the wait. Learn how to join these dots and more with a DJ course with Point Blank.

Everyone here at Point Blank HQ has just about calmed down after the midwinter festivities, dry januay promises have started breaking, and everything feels like its getting back to normal. The downside of course is that, if your in the UK at least, all that’s left to look forward to for a little while is the long, cold, winter slog toward summer’s welcome return. As such, we’ve gathered this handsome list of heaters to warm those cockles. Some choice cuts include the deliciously deep and dubby Ron Trent remix of Nightmares on Wax’s Citizen Kane, an eighties indebted gem from Nabihah Iqbal (formerly Throwing Shade), a bonus Nicolas Jaar track from last year’s Sirens sessions, mad hype from Faze Miyake and a superb, wiggy roller from Mor Elian.

For more music and tutorials including our recent beginner’s guide to making a track in Ableton, head to the Point Blank YouTube channel. We hope these sounds inspire you to take the next step in your music making, and whatever that means to you, we can provide the guidance you need at Point Blank. Our most comprehensive course in production is our three-year degree programme in London: BA (Hons) in Music Production & Sound Engineering, and we also offer an online alternative. Perhaps making tracks isn’t your thing, in which case have a look at our radio and DJ courses to focus on selection. If you’d like to know more, you can find all the ways to contact us here.

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Point Blank Selects: Ten Essential Productions by The Neptunes

A few days ago rumours began swirling of a new N.E.R.D record after billboards and flyers were spotted with the caption No_One Ever Really Dies.

The band have since dropped their new single ahead of their live reunion this weekend: Lemon ft. Rihanna. It is predictably big.

We thought it a perfect opportunity to round up 10 of the best tracks that band members Pharell Williams and Chad Hugo have done over their career. As The Neptunes, the duo pretty much carved the musical zeitgeist into whatever shape they pleased from the century’s inception, and their influence has hardly wavered. As we wait for the album, read on for a list of the most seismic productions from some of the best to ever do it.

Kelis – Caught Out There

Kelis’ Kaleidescope not only announced the arrival of the singer herself, but was the first big statement that The Neptunes were a force to be reckoned with. The duo weren’t exactly new to the game, having worked with Teddy Riley of Blackstreet since the early 90s, but this was the first sign that in the golden era of superproducers (Kanye West, Timbaland, Just Blaze etc) The Neptunes would stand tall.

Ol’ Dirty Bastard ft. Kelis – Got Your Money

For an artist as unique as ODB, it’s no mean feat to have produced his most memorable record (Ok Shimmy Shimmy Ya aside) but that’s what this is. Kelis makes her second appearance on this list already, which goes to show how closely tied her career is with Williams and Hugo’s. The bassline on this is pure Neptunes too, providing the blueprint for so much of what came later.

N.E.R.D ft Lee Harvey & Vita – Lapdance

We had to include at least one N.E.R.D track, though it’s not strictly The Neptunes. After much deliberation, we settled on the first single, because c’mon…. It’s the neatest encapsulatuion of the hard rock edge to the N.E.R.D output, it had a famously controversial video, and there’s something perfectly sinister about those loungy keys going on in the backrgound.

Britney Spears – I’m A Slave 4 U

When Britney shed her girl-next-door image, it was The Neptunes who were called on to provide the beats. The Neptunes had worked with huge artists before, but in 2001 it didnt get bigger in pop than Britney Spears.

Justin Timberlake – Like I Love You

After Britney, The Neptunes were tasked with flipping the image of another member of Disney’s Mickey Mouse Club. Along with Timbaland, whom The Neptunes had actually worked with when just starting out as S.B.I, though they never released any records, they reinvented the former N’Sync singers persona. Like I Love You was reportedly written for Michael Jackson but combined with JT’s admiral imitation, the flamenco guitar and metallic drums, it was a classic nonetheless.

Nelly – Hot In Herre

By now, in 2002, The Neptunes ran pop music. The previous summer they were named Producer of the Year by both The Source and Billboard, and they went on to produce a string of massive hits in 2002 by Beyonce, Busta Rhymes, Jay-Z, Sean Paul, Royce da 5’9″ and so many more. Arguably the biggest single of that year though, was Hot in Herre, and era-defining track and never topped by Nelly.

Gwen Stefani – Hollaback Girl

If this list was one track long, that track would be Hollaback Girl. The original, the instrumental and all kinds of edits are still consisntently played in megaclubs and dingy basements alike. The drums, lifted from Queen’s We Will Rock You never fail to sound enormous.

Snoop Dogg – Drop It Like It’s Hot

Stripped back and lazy, perfect for showing off Snoop’s laidback raison d’etre, with that iconic clip-clop beat. The Neptunes at the very top of their game.

Kendrick Lamar – Alright

Pharell originally wrote the hook for another rapper, and even when picked up by Kendrick, nobody could know how powerful the track would become. Adopted by Black Lives Matter and chanted at protests across the USA and the world, Alright became a rallying cry, crowed in defiance of police brutality against people of colour everywhere. Pharrell and The Neptunes have been involved in tracks that were bigger, but none have been so vital.

Skepta – Numbers

After so many years, having worked on film scores and even with Daft Punk, Numbers showed Pharrell could still make hard-hitting tracks with an international outlook. On the record that served as both victory-lap of and blueprint for, second coming of grime, Pharrell’s influenced is still felt.

Want to shape music in your image? We can’t teach you how to do that but with our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree, we can give you all the tools you need to try, including mixing & mastering, composition and music business. We also offer an online alternative. For those looking for shorter courses, take a look at our wider range of courses in London and online. We are currently offering a huge 25% discount plus a free copy of Ableton Suite with select online courses until November 6th, so make sure you enrol soon! For more information, contact our course advisors on +44 20 7729 4884. If you are a resident of the USA, you can reach us on 323 282 7660.

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PB Recommends #45: Finn, Giant Swan And More

Point Blank Recommends is your handy digest of our essential new music recommendations, whether it’s box-fresh material or tracks that may have slipped under the radar. If you’re seeking fresh inspiration from unusual places, PBR#45 has got you covered. As always, this one covers a broad spectrum of music, so open your mind, your ears and a fresh tab on your browser and get refreshing those listening habits with our handy Soundcloud playlist.

As the nights begin to close in, leaves fade to brown and inevitably cover the ground in a wet, brown mulch, its tempting to let your musical tastes fixate on darker hues. Saying that, sometimes you just need to surround yourself in sonic sunshine and drag your mind back to the summer. For the 45th edition of PB Reccommends, we’ve got both tendancies covered. Releases from Jasss, Sun Yufka and Giant Swan (on the outstanding Timedance imprint) pander to the darkness, while Nilüfer Yanya, Miles From Kinshasa and Finn exist on the sunny side (the latter has the office divided but we’ll let you make up your own mind).

For more music including the recent live set and masterclass we were blessed with from Octave One, head to the Point Blank Music YouTube channel, where you can also check out what’s going down on our label. As always we hope this inspires you to want to make your own music. If that’s the case why not take a look at our Online BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree. Or if playlisting is your thing, why not have a look at our Radio Courses? As it happens we’re currently offering £1000 off our Radio Broadcasting Diploma until 31st October!

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Point Blank Recommends #44: Minor Science, Special Request & More

Point Blank Recommends is your handy digest of our essential new music recommendations, whether it’s box-fresh material or tracks that may have slipped under the radar. If you’re seeking fresh inspiration from unusual places, PBR#44 has got you covered. As always, this one covers a broad spectrum of electronic music, so open your mind, your ears and a fresh tab on your browser of choice and get refreshing those listening habits with our handy Soundcloud playlist.
Unfortunately, the summer is coming to its end. However, this doesn’t mean that the party has to stop. We’ve done the rounds and put together a selection of tracks, old and new, to keep you moving through September and into October. Featuring new releases from the likes of Minor Science and God Colony, as well as cuts from imprints Hessle Audio, Lobster Theremin, and The Trilogy Tapes this Point Blank Recommends playlist is the perfect listening companion. Check out the playlist above and stay tuned for next month when we will present a whole new batch of tracks for your listening pleasure. Don’t forget to check out our SoundCloud page for previous PB Recommends playlists and the latest PB Music releases.

Still hungry for new music? Get on over to the Point Blank Music YouTube channel to discover what’s going down on our label, and be sure to subscribe to keep ahead of the curve. If all this is inspiring you and you can see yourself on the Point Blank Recommends playlist one day, you should join us. Our online BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree can take your music to the next level. It covers everything from mixing your tracks, composition skills and mastering too. We are currently offering a 25% discount plus a free copy of Ableton/Logic Pro X with our online courses until September 30th. Spaces are limited so don’t delay!

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Point Blank Recommends #43: Helena Hauff, Cru Servers & More

Point Blank Recommends is your handy digest of our essential new music recommendations, whether it’s box-fresh material or tracks that may have slipped under the radar. If you’re seeking fresh inspiration from unusual places, PBR#43 has got you covered. As always, this one covers a broad spectrum of electronic music, so open your mind, your ears and a fresh tab on your browser of choice and get refreshing those listening habits with our handy Soundcloud playlist.
As we come to the end of August, the team at Point Blank have curated yet another Point Blank Recommends playlist to cater for all your listening requirements for September. With new material from artists such as Helena Hauff, Steffi, and KÁRYYN, as well as new releases from the L.I.E.S, Ransom Note, and Prime Numbers imprints, this playlist is packed full of essential bangers to keep you going until October. Check out the playlist above and stay tuned for next month when we will present a whole new batch of tracks for your listening pleasure! Don’t forget to check out our SoundCloud page for previous PB Recommends playlists and the latest PB Music releases!

Still hungry for new music? Get on over to the Point Blank Music YouTube channel to discover what’s going down on our label, and be sure to subscribe to keep ahead of the curve. If all this is inspiring you and you can see yourself on the Point Blank Recommends playlist one day, you should join us. Our online BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree can take your music to the next level. It covers everything from mixing your tracks, composition skills and mastering too. We are currently offering a 20% discount plus a free copy of Ableton/Logic Pro X with our online courses until August 31st. Spaces are limited so don’t delay!

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Point Blank Recommends #41: Levon Vincent, Joe Goddard, Project Pablo & More

Point Blank Recommends is your handy digest of our essential new music recommendations, whether it’s box-fresh material or tracks that may have slipped under the radar. If you’re seeking fresh inspiration from unusual places, PBR#41 has got you covered. As always, this one covers a broad spectrum of electronic music, so open your mind, your ears and a fresh tab on your browser of choice and get refreshing those listening habits with our handy Soundcloud playlist.
Another month, another fresh selection of bangers, old and new, from the Point Blank team. We’ve carefully curated another Point Blank Recommends playlist to soundtrack your month, giving you some essential listening as we roll on into summer time. This month we have new material from the likes of Call Super and Washed Out, as well as classics from Levon Vincent, Joe Goddard and Dollkraut to name a few. Check out the playlist above and stay tuned for next month when we will present a whole new batch of tracks for your listening pleasure!

Still hungry for new music? Get on over to the Point Blank Music YouTube channel to discover what’s going down on our label, and be sure to subscribe to keep ahead of the curve. If all this is inspiring you and you can see yourself on the Point Blank Recommends playlist one day, you should join us. Our online BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree can take your music to the next level. It covers everything from mixing your tracks, composition skills and mastering too. We are currently offering a free copy of Ableton/Logic Pro X with all of our online courses until June 30th. Spaces are limited so don’t delay!

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