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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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When you register with Point Blank, you access an array of free sounds, plugins, online course samples, access to our social network Plugged In and much more! Simply register below and visit our Free Stuff page to get your hands on a range of exclusive music-making tools and tutorials provided by the team. Fill your boots!

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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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When you register with Point Blank, you access an array of free sounds, plugins, online course samples, access to our social network Plugged In and much more! Simply register below and visit our Free Stuff page to get your hands on a range of exclusive music-making tools and tutorials provided by the team. Fill your boots!

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Point Blank Recommends #40: DJ Koze, Flying Lotus, Moon B & 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#40 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.

The sun’s out here in London and we’re back with another set of bangers to soundtrack your month. We have cuts new and old from Harvey Sutherland, Moon B, Steven Julien, DJ Koze, SPECIAL_REQUEST and many more, sure to keep you entertained through April. So sit back, relax and dive into the latest Point Blank selection, curated especially for you by the PB team. Don’t forget to lock in next month for the next playlist, or check out previous PB Recommends for more special selections.

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 huge 20% off all of our online courses until March 31st. Spaces are limited so don’t delay!

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When you register with Point Blank, you access an array of free sounds, plugins, online course samples, access to our social network Plugged In and much more! Simply register below and visit our Free Stuff page to get your hands on a range of exclusive music-making tools and tutorials provided by the team. Fill your boots!

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Point Blank Recommends #39: Levon Vincent, Fatima Yamaha, Call Super & 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#39 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.

Spring is in the air, and what better way to warm yourselves up for summer than another Point Blank Recommends playlist. Featuring the likes of Levon Vincent, Jaques Greene & Hunee, this selection showcases some of our favourite tracks, new and old, from the world of electronic music. Have a listen and stay tuned for next months edition!

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 huge 20% off all of our online courses until March 31st. Spaces are limited so don’t delay!

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When you register with Point Blank, you access an array of free sounds, plugins, online course samples, access to our social network Plugged In and much more! Simply register below and visit our Free Stuff page to get your hands on a range of exclusive music-making tools and tutorials provided by the team. Fill your boots!

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Point Blank Recommends #38: Young Marco, Paranoid London & Marquis Hawkes

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#38 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 February flies by, we thought we’d accompany you through the rest of the month and into March with another Point Blank Recommends playlist. Featuring releases from The Trilogy Tapes, Dekmantel and Aus Music, fresh cuts from Joy Orbison and older bangers from Paranoid London, this selection is sure to keep you on your toes and set you in good stride for the coming weeks.  Plug in your headphones or turn up your speakers, it’s gonna be a ride!

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.

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When you register with Point Blank, you access an array of free sounds, plugins, online course samples, access to our social network Plugged In and much more! Simply register below and visit our Free Stuff page to get your hands on a range of exclusive music-making tools and tutorials provided by the team. Fill your boots!

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Point Blank Recommends #37: Featuring The Black Madonna, Romare, Fold + 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#37 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.

Hello, 2017. A New Year provides new opportunities (and hopefully less loss to the music industry). 2016 was a compelling year for electronic music and club culture. We saw London’s legendary Fabric nightclub closing, only to reopen after overwhelming backlash and support from the electronic community and the focus being shifted from Western European club staples to a fast rising, up and coming Eastern European rave scene. We’ve lost some of music’s finest pioneers and seem some amazing new artists break through, so with January speeding past its time to take stock and push forwards into the New Year with positivity, and a whole batch of new music! Whether you’re still recovering from NYE (come on now) or are back into the swing of things we’ve got you covered with a new playlist, featuring cuts old and new from the likes of The Black Madonna, Romare and Fold, not to mention new releases from Lobster Theremin, The Trilogy Tapes, Phonica Records and more.

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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. And 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 diploma course can take your music to the next level. It covers everything from mixing your tracks, composition skills and mastering too.

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When you register with Point Blank, you access an array of free sounds, plugins, online course samples, access to our social network Plugged In and much more! Simply register below and visit our Free Stuff page to get your hands on a range of exclusive music-making tools and tutorials provided by the team. Fill your boots!

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