Invol2ver is a mix album by Welsh DJ Sasha, released on 8 September 2008 through British record label Global Underground. It was released as a sequel to Involver. Like its predecessor, tracks from other artists have each been remixed to give Sasha's own interpretation of them. A follow-up was released in titled Involv3r. Invol2ver at Discogs Review of Invol2ver, inthemix
The twelve-inch single is a type of gramophone record that has wider groove spacing and shorter playing time compared to LPs. This allows for louder levels to be cut on the disc by the mastering engineer, which in turn gives a wider dynamic range, thus better sound quality; this record type is used in disco and dance music genres, where DJs use them to play in clubs. They are played at either 45 rpm. Twelve-inch singles have much shorter playing time than full-length LPs, thus require fewer grooves per inch; this extra space permits a broader dynamic range or louder recording level as the grooves' excursions can be much greater in amplitude in the bass frequencies important for dance music. Many record companies began producing 12-inch singles at 33 1⁄3 rpm, although 45 rpm gives better treble response and was used on many twelve-inch singles in the UK; the gramophone records cut for dance-floor DJs came into existence with the advent of recorded Jamaican mento music in the 1950s. By at least 1956 it was standard practice by Jamaican sound systems owners to give their "selecter" DJs acetate or flexi disc dubs of exclusive mento and Jamaican rhythm and blues recordings before they were issued commercially.
Songs such as Theophilus Beckford's "Easy Snappin'" were played as exclusives by Sir Coxson's Downbeat sound system for years before they were released in 1959 – only to become major local hits pressed in the UK by Island Records and Blue Beat Records as early as 1960. As the 1960s creativity bloomed along, with the development of multitrack recording facilities, special mixes of rocksteady and early reggae tunes were given as exclusives to dancehall DJs and selecters. With the 1967 Jamaican invention of remix, called dub on the island, those "specials" became valuable items sold to allied sound system DJs, who could draw crowds with their exclusive hits; the popularity of remix sound engineer King Tubby, who singlehandedly invented and perfected dub remixes from as early as 1967, led to more exclusive dub plates being cut. By 10-inch records were used to cut those dubs. By 1971, most reggae singles issued in Jamaica included on their B-side a dub remix of the A-side, many of them first tested as exclusive "dub plates" on dances.
Those dubs included drum and bass-oriented remixes used by sound system selecters. The 10-inch acetate "specials" would remain popular until at least the 2000s in Jamaica. Several Jamaican DJs such as DJ Kool Herc exported much of the hip hop dance culture from Jamaica to the Bronx in the early 1970s, including the common Jamaican practice of DJs rapping over instrumental dub remixes of hit songs leading to the advent of rap culture in the United States. Most the widespread use of exclusive dub acetates in Jamaica led American DJs to do the same. In the United States, the twelve-inch single gramophone record came into popularity with the advent of disco music in the 1970s after earlier market experiments. In early 1970, Cycle/Ampex Records test-marketed a twelve-inch single by Buddy Fite, featuring "Glad Rag Doll" backed with "For Once in My Life"; the experiment aimed to energize the struggling singles market, offering a new option for consumers who had stopped buying traditional singles. The record was pressed at 33 rpm, with identical run times to the seven-inch 45 rpm pressing of the single.
Several hundred copies were made available for sale for 98 cents each at two Tower Records stores. Another early twelve-inch single was released in 1973 by soul/R&B musician/songwriter/producer Jerry Williams, Jr. a.k.a. Swamp Dogg. Twelve-inch promotional copies of "Straight From My Heart" were released on his own Swamp Dogg Presents label, with distribution by Jamie/Guyden Distribution Corporation, it was manufactured by Jamie Record Co. of Pennsylvania. The B-side of the record is blank; the first large-format single made for DJs was a ten-inch acetate used by a mix engineer in need of a Friday-night test copy for famed disco mixer Tom Moulton. The song was; as no 7-inch acetates could be found, a 10–inch blank was used. Upon completion, found that such a large disc with only a couple of inches worth of grooves on it made him feel silly wasting all that space, he asked Rodríguez to re-cut it so that the grooves looked more spread out and ran to the normal center of the disc. Rodriguez told him.
Because of the wider spacing of the grooves, not only was a louder sound possible but a wider overall dynamic range as well. This was noticed to give a more favorable sound for discothèque play. Moulton's position as the premiere mixer and "fix it man" for pop singles ensured that this fortunate accident would become industry practice; this would have been a natural evolution: as dance tracks became much longer than had been the average for a pop song, the DJ in the club wanted sufficient dynamic range, the format would have enlarged from the seven-inch single eventually. The broad visual spacing of the grooves on the twelve-inch made it easy for the DJ in locating the approximate area of the "breaks" on the disc's surface in dim club light. A quick study of any DJs favorite discs will reveal mild wear in
Mira Aroyo is a Bulgarian musician, known as the secondary vocalist and one of the keyboardists and songwriters of the electronic band Ladytron, as well as a DJ. She sings her songs for Ladytron in Bulgarian as well as English. Prior to a full-time career in music, Aroyo studied for a D. Phil. in genetics at the University of Oxford. Mira Aroyo was born 1977 in Bulgaria, to Bulgarian Jewish background. Aroyo moved with her family to Israel when she was ten and to the United Kingdom; the first musical instrument that Aroyo played was the guitar. When she was younger, she played the accordion. Although her parents were cautious about her decision to pursue music, Aroyo's parents were supportive and respectful of her decision. Following the completion of her undergraduate education, Aroyo pursued postgraduate research studies in genetics. Phil. Student in the Division of Molecular Genetics, Department of Biochemistry of the University of Oxford, where she was supervised by Dr. François-Xavier Barre and Professor David J. Sherratt.
In 2003, the Department of Biochemistry noted that Aroyo was a postgraduate geneticist and recognised the release of her band's second album and Magic. Contrary to claims that she completed her D. Phil. Specifically in or around 2002, Aroyo left science and her D. Phil. Programme before completing it and graduating. In an interview with The Sunday Mail, she explained that, "We all had jobs when we started Ladytron little by little we ditched them. I was a geneticist realizing lab work wasn't for me. We were doing Ladytron at the same time and I was enjoying it more, it was easier and more fun". In a interview, when asked, "Apparently you were enrolled as a PhD student in Oxford. Seems like a pretty prestigious post did you have any doubts leaving academia for Ladytron?", Aroyo replied, "Yes. For the first 3 years of Ladytron I was juggling both, until it became apparent that I would be compromising both if I continued that way. I was young and it seemed a lot more fun at the time to travel the world playing music".
In the summer of 1999, the Liverpudlian producers and DJs Daniel Hunt and Reuben Wu met the students Helen Marnie and Mira Aroyo. Sharing similar interests in music, they formed the electronic band Ladytron in the same year. Since Aroyo is the secondary singer of the band, plays synthesizers and contributes to songwriting. Aroyo collaborated with the indie pop band The Projects; the song "Don't Eat Meat" featured Mira as vocalist. She collaborated with John Foxx & The Maths for the song "Watching a Building on Fire". Aroyo has been married to the photography curator Harry Hardie since 2010. In 2011, it was reported. Indeed, on 23 February 2012, Aroyo gave birth to daughter Noa, she lives in London. Aroyo is an advocate for animal rights. Aroyo has an interest in architecture and has presented a 15-minute short film, titled The Folly about "the cottage home of an elderly lady who has to adapt to her remote surroundings as she gets older". During Ladytron's live shows, Mira Aroyo plays synthesizers and sings.
Her primary synthesizer is Korg MS-20. Aroyo played live the following instruments for the band: Korg MS-20, Jen SX-1000, Stylophone and Spell. On the early part of Witching Hour tour, Ladytron used to name their four identical Korg MS2000B to be easier installed on stage, her MS2000B keyboard was named Babylon. 604 Light & Magic Witching Hour Velocifero Gravity the Seducer Ladytron
Helen Marnie is a Scottish musician, known as the lead vocalist and one of the keyboardists and songwriters of the electronic band Ladytron. In 2012, she started a solo career as Marnie and released her debut solo album Crystal World on 11 June 2013, her second solo album, Strange Words and Weird Wars, was released on 2 June 2017. Helen Marnie was born in Glasgow and grew up in the same city, she is a classically trained pianist. Marnie studied classical piano at the Royal Scottish Academy of Drama in Glasgow, she dropped out of university in Glasgow before going on to study music at the University of Liverpool, where she received in 1999 a BA in pop music. In the summer of 1999, Liverpudlian producers and DJs Daniel Hunt and Reuben Wu met students Helen Marnie and Mira Aroyo. Sharing similar interests in music, they formed the electronic band Ladytron in the same year. Since Marnie has performed as the lead singer of the band, plays synthesizers and contributes to songwriting. On 24 May 2012, her Ladytron band mate Daniel Hunt announced that he would produce Marnie's solo album in Iceland in August 2012.
On 16 September 2012, Marnie set up a PledgeMusic account to help fund the making of her album. The album was produced in 2012 in Reykjavík, Iceland by her bandmate Daniel Hunt in collaboration with the Icelandic musician Barði Jóhannsson. Regarding her album, Marnie said that she wanted "to create an electronic album with more of a pop element and pristine vocals". Marnie shot her first solo music video on 30 April in Glasgow with a group of friends. On 16 May 2013, she announced the title of the album, Crystal World. On 29 May 2013, Marnie premiered on her official YouTube account the music video directed by Michael Sherrington for her debut single as solo artist, "The Hunter". After some delays, Marnie released her debut album Crystal World on 11 June 2013. After PledgeMusic copies of the CD version were delivered in July 2013, Crystal World was issued to stores by Les Disques Du Crépuscule in August 2013. Marnie marked Record Store Day in April 2014 with a limited edition 12-inch single, The Hunter Remixed, featuring mixes by Stephen Morris and Glasgow electro radicals Roman Nose, as well as the album version of the song plus a mix of Sugarland by Mark Reeder.
The single was limited to 500 copies in clear vinyl. She released the James Slater directed music video of "Hearts on Fire" on the same day. On 9 September 2014, she premiered a new single titled "Wolves" from the upcoming second solo album planned for release in 2015; the song was produced by Jonny Scott and was released on iTunes on 14 September 2014. The music video was published on YouTube on 17 September and it was co-directed by Marnie and Michael Sherrington. On 18 April 2015, "Wolves" with a Marsheaux remix as a B-side was released on 7" vinyl as a limited edition. In 2015, Marnie performed vocals on Bang Gang' song "Silent Bite". In 2016, she collaborated with the musician RM Hubbert on the song "Sweet Dreams". On 24 January 2017, she released the first single titled "Alphabet Block" from the forthcoming second solo album, Strange Words and Weird Wars; the second single, "Lost Maps", was issued on its music video, a day later. In 2015, Marnie started touring as a solo artist with a backing live band that consists of Emer Tumilty, Jonny Scott and Peter Kelly.
She performed songs from Ladytron's back catalogue. Marnie and her live band played in Santiago de Chile so far. Helen Marnie grew up with pop music like Whitney Houston, Belinda Carlisle, Michael Jackson, The Bangles, Carly Simon, ABBA, she claimed musical influences such as Kate Bush, Maria Callas, Joni Mitchell. She mentioned artists like Bat for Lashes, MGMT, Fairport Convention, Serge Gainsbourg and Chvrches as her favourites. Helen Marnie was married in 2011. Near the end of 2012 she moved back after living in London for more than a decade. During Ladytron's live shows, Helen Marnie sings and plays one synthesizer, she played live the following instruments for the band: Korg M500 Micro-Preset. On the early part of Witching Hour tour, Ladytron used to name their four identical Korg MS2000B to be easier installed on stage, her MS2000B keyboard was named Cleopatra. On her solo career gigs, she plays a Korg Delta. Studio albums 604 Light & Magic Witching Hour Velocifero Gravity the Seducer Ladytron Studio albums Crystal World Strange Words and Weird Wars Singles "The Hunter" "Wolves" "Alphabet Block" "Lost Maps" "Electric Youth" EPs "The Hunter Remixed" "Lost Maps Remixed" Music videos "The Hunter" "Hearts on Fire" "Wolves" "Lost Maps" "Electric Youth" Collaborations Bang Gang - "Silent Bite" RM Hubbert - "Sweet Dreams" Helen Marnie official website Ladytron official website Helen Marnie on Twitter Crystal World page at Crépuscule
The September Issue
The September Issue is a 2009 American documentary film about the behind-the-scenes drama that follows editor-in-head Anna Wintour and her staff during the production of the September 2007 issue of American Vogue magazine. The film is directed by R. J. Cutler and produced by Sadia Shepard, it was released in Australia on August 20, 2009 after being screened at numerous film festivals including Sundance, Zurich and Sheffield Doc/Fest. The movie was released in American theaters on August 28, 2009; the film revolves around the making of the Vogue September 2007 issue. It depicts the effort that goes into making the magazine, the passion that Grace Coddington, a former model turned creative director and the only person who dares to stand up to Anna Wintour, has for the regarded fashion magazine. In the film, Coddington is portrayed as the leading victim to Wintour's aggressive personality; the relationship between Wintour and Coddington reveals itself to be symbiotic, as Wintour recognizes Coddington's expertise and keen eye for design.
In the end, Wintour approves most of Coddington's ideas and they appear in the final version of the September issue. The film features appearances by many well-known and influential people in the fashion industry, from top editorial models to noted fashion photographers and designers; the film received positive reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 83% based on reviews from 109 critics, with the site's consensus: "This doc about the making of Vogue's biggest issue and its frosty editor-in-chief is fascinating eye candy and light-on-its-feet fun." Metacritic gives the film a weighted average score of 69/100 based on reviews from 33 critics. Due to the popularity of the film, the September 2007 issue of Vogue, documented in the film has peaked to prices between $80 and $115 on eBay, making it one of the most sought after issues ever. Although the 840-page issue is massive, it is not the biggest Vogue issue as the September 2012 issue beats it by 96 pages. Official website The September Issue on IMDb The September Issue at Rotten Tomatoes The September Issue at Metacritic The September Issue at Box Office Mojo
Gravity the Seducer
Gravity the Seducer is the fifth studio album by English electronic music band Ladytron. It was released on 12 September 2011 by Nettwerk. Recorded in Kent, the album has been described as "haunted, romantic", having "a feminine warmth". Three singles have been released from the album, "White Elephant", "Ambulances" and "Mirage"; the song "Ace of Hz" had been released as a single from the greatest hits album Best of 00–10 before appearing on Gravity the Seducer. Release of the album coincided with a tour across the United States. Gravity the Seducer earned positive reviews and reached number 72 on the UK Albums Chart, the group's highest-peaking album in their home country as of September 2012. Gravity the Seducer was Ladytron's second studio album released under the Nettwerk record label, with whom they signed in 2007, their first release through Nettwork was the 2008 studio album Velocifero, followed in March 2011 by the greatest hits album Best of 00–10. Ladytron self-released the live album, Live at London Astoria 16.07.08 in 2009.
Gravity the Seducer was recorded in Kent and was co-produced by Barny Barnicott, who had collaborated with Arctic Monkeys and Editors. as well has having worked on Ladytron's 2005 album Witching Hour. The band felt that the production of the album was different from that of Velocifero, with band member Daniel Hunt noting that the latter record had been "made with performance in mind", as the band had finished touring when it was produced. Gravity the Seducer was produced "while removed from that thinking". In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, singer Helen Marnie described the album as "the warmest, most emotional, thing we've done"; the vocal parts on the album have been mixed at a lower volume than previous Ladytron albums, while four tracks are instrumental. The title Gravity the Seducer is taken from a line in the song "Ninety Degrees", which Hunt has described as "expanding our creative horizons"; the cover artwork, designed by Neil Krug, has been described as an "endless vista" thematically linked the music's "vast atmospheres", has been compared to the works of design group Hipgnosis.
Gravity the Seducer was released on 12 September 2011 in the United Kingdom, the following day in the United States. In support of the album, Ladytron toured Europe, North America, Chile, Thailand and Singapore throughout 2011. "Ace of Hz", the fourth song from Gravity the Seducer appeared on band's greatest hits compilation Best of 00–10 and on their Ace of Hz EP. "Ace of Hz" had been released as a single on 30 November 2010. The song was included in the video game FIFA 11. "White Elephant" was released as the lead single from Gravity the Seducer on 17 May 2011. For further promotion, the songs "Ambulances" and "Mirage" were released as digital downloads on 21 June and 9 August, respectively; the video for "Mirage" was filmed at the Callanish Stones, a five-thousand-year-old stone circle near the Scottish village of Callanish. The video was co-directed by Daniel Hunt. Gravity the Seducer received positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 68, based on 20 reviews.
The Independent's Simon Price praised the album as "faultless", noting that it represented the band "at their most electronically pure". Chris Todd of Clash magazine lauded Gravity the Seducer as "an album of lush and elegant pop music and gloriously cinematic." Slant Magazine's Eric Henderson described the album as "uniformly sleek polished like a summer skyline" and praised singer Helen Marnie's "lightly lilting" vocals, but felt that the similarity between certain songs left the album feeling "almost barren". Heather Phares of AllMusic described the album as "an admirable artistic choice though it doesn't always pay off"; the A. V. Club's Christopher Bahn called the album "heart-on-sleeve and icily detached at the same time". Jamie Crossan of NME found the album to be "nothing new", but felt that the album's content is more of what "the band have always excelled" at. Larry Fitzmaurice of Pitchfork dubbed the album "upsettingly uneven", adding that it represented a transition away from the sound of band's earlier work, which he felt was still evident in "Ace of Hz" and "Mirage", towards a "floatier, airy feel".
Michael Hann of The Guardian expressed that Gravity the Seducer did not measure up to the band's earlier work, picking out their earlier single "Destroy Everything You Touch" as a yardstick "that subsequent work will always be judged against". Spin magazine's Barry Walters remarked that the album "lacks the infectious, dark-disco rumble" of Ladytron's earlier work, noting that it "withhold the hooks that put the sweet in their bitter". John Calvert of Drowned in Sound characterised the album as "slightly bland" and "nondescript in its understated sophistication", concluding that "Gravity the Seducer never manages to get under your skin the way the band intended". In the band's home country, the United Kingdom, Gravity the Seducer peaked at number 72 on the UK Albums Chart, spending one week on the chart, it became the band's highest-peaking album on the chart to date. The album's highest chart position was on the United States' Heatseekers Albums chart, where it peaked at number two; the album reached 112 on the Billboard 200, as well as number 27 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart and number six on the Dance/Electronic Albums chart.
Gravity the Seducer reached number 50 on the Finnish Albums Char
Mu-Tron EP is the third extended play by English electronic band Ladytron. It was released in the United Kingdom in October 2000 by Invicta Hi-Fi Records on CD and 12" formats; the title "Mu-Tron" is a reference to the manufacturer of electronic musical effects with the same name. The cover has been designed by the band member Reuben Wu. "Another Breakfast With You" and "Paco!" will be included on Ladytron's debut album titled 604, while "USA vs. White Noise" and "Playgirl" will appear as bonus tracks to the same album. 604 included an instrumental song titled "Mu-Tron". CD"Another Breakfast With You" "Paco!" "USA vs. White Noise" "Playgirl" 12" A1. "USA vs. White Noise" A2. "Playgirl" B1. "Paco!" B2. "Another Breakfast With You"