Clone Records Joins Drip
We’re proud to announce that Clone Records now has a drip! You can join one of the most significant labels in dance music, as releases old and new are carefully selected at least twice per month from within the company. This will also include Clone’s sublabels, which include Royal Oak, Jack For Daze, Basement Series, West Coast Series, Classic Cuts, Dub Recordings and more.
Our most recent newsletter included a link to Resident Advisor’s roundtable with the founders of Clone’s various successes, as the company has flourished as a label, shop and distro. The photo above, taken by Paul Langlade, features Serge Verschuur in the warehouse. Both the brick & mortar store in Rotterdam and Clone’s webshop (check it out if you haven’t!) are top-notch, the latter being an excellent portal to discovering new music with its minimal look and easy navigation.
Whether you’re new to dance music or a long-time fan, Clone’s drip will surely be a goldmine of access to music that has inspired producers over and over again in genres that make you move your body.
» Join Clone Records on drip.fm
A Lack of ALAC
UPDATE: December 2, 2013
After some extensive trial and error, we’ve decided to discontinue offering ALAC on drip.fm
The decision comes after an inability to consistently encode from FLAC or WAV to ALAC without either producing audio artifacts or spiking the audio signal and causing it to clip.
The library we used was the successor to the popular FFMPEG called AVCONV.
In the future, we will look to add AIFF as a replacement.
Until then, we will continue to offer files in lossless WAV and FLAC and lossy 320k MP3.
Thank you for your continued support.
- Miguel Senquiz
Staff Spotlight: Daniel Hunninghake
Daniel Hunninghake is drip’s lead designer. Here for nearly two years now, his goal is to create a rich and interactive experience for the site’s users.
Shortly after the Kansas transplant settled down in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights, he got fed up with working out of his apartment. Forcing himself to take the train every morning and feel like a normal commuter, he happened to meet Miguel Senquiz (drip’s co-founder, pictured above with Daniel) at Coffee Foundry in the West Village, which he’d instated as his new home base. Miguel saw Daniel coding his website at the bar one day, and struck up a conversation that lead to his design work with Ghostly and ultimately making him a key figure in drip’s development.
What about drip initially drew you to the idea? Do you think it’s changed much since its inception?
The allure of drip at the beginning was having paying work and gaining experience…my career was just beginning, after all! It wasn’t until later on that I realized how central music is to my life and how much I want to be working to disrupt and improve its current model online.
In a lot of ways, drip is like an old school fan club - did you belong to any of those as a kid?
I was never a big fan club person, but I am a child of the Internet — a Gmail early adopter, Photoshop hacker, conquer-the-map enthusiast from an early age. Sadly, my childhood music taste consisted of Top 40. After working with this team for a couple years, though, I’ve developed a deep appreciation for label culture and the process of discovering new music.
Which labels on drip are some of your favorite?
I’m really keen on the Spectral Sound releases that occasionally drip through Ghostly International. Love those dance tracks! Dirtybird Records, too — their drip is so consistent with delivering high quality music and engaging with the fans.
What are some of your hobbies outside of drip?
Cruising around Brooklyn on my bike, shooting black and white film, playing in the APA on Tuesday nights, chess in Washington Sq Park, giving Beatport all my money…generally, discovering all that NYC has to offer.
» Read our previous profile on drip engineer Downtown Cole Brown.
Signal to Sound: Q&A With John Luther Adams
The post-classical aficionados at Cantaloupe provide their latest release through Alaskan composer John Luther Adams’ Inuksuit. Named after the stone signposts found across the Arctic by its native people, the project has been declared “the ultimate environmental piece” by the New York Times.
» Hear an exclusive stream on drip before it comes out later this month.
Inuksuit is your first piece performed outdoors. Was the early summer performance at the Banff Centre in Alberta in 2009 the premiere?
My music has always been inspired by the outdoors, and pieces such as songbirdsongs and Strange and Sacred Noise have sometimes been performed outdoors from time to time. But Inuksuit is the first piece I conceived from the start to be experienced outdoors.
The premiere performance took place at the Banff Centre on the summer solstice 2009. Since then it’s been performed frequently, all over the world.
Austra Projection: A Stellar Show in NYC
Since the sophomore release of Olympia in June, Austra have been on the road in worldwide support of the record. This past weekend, Katie Stelmanis & Co. landed at Webster Hall in New York for a performance that took the crowd by musical force.
The band will continue to tour non-stop through the end of November. Check out their artist page on Domino for upcoming tour dates.
Join Domino’s drip to receive new music from the label as it comes out, along with some awesome perks saved exclusively for members.
Bird Is the Word: Catching Up With Claude VonStroke
Being the boss is never easy, but Barclay Crenshaw knows how to make it fun. Better known as Claude VonStroke, the founding father of Dirtybird Records is at an all-time high with his all-star roster, devoted fanbase and an anticipated LP out next week.
Where and when did you record ‘Urban Animal?’
I recorded most of it in Los Angeles and San Francisco over a six month time period from January until June.
Music has changed so much since your last LP in 2009 - is there anything in particular about electronic music’s evolution that you find particularly inspirational?
Yes, I think people are less hung up on specific genres. Yes, there are the purists who will never accept Claude VonStroke doing a drum n bass track, but overall I think people are ready to hear more than one kind of music from someone who might traditionally only be thought of only as a house music DJ. This is great because who in the world only wants to make house music?
Dirtybird had its first Ibiza residency this summer - got any good stories?
I think our villa had a dead animal in it…that we never found. It was so stinky that we started naming the rooms. My favorite room was “The Snake Pit.” Everyone stayed there, which led to some really fun times with all the people on the label. Overall, the season was fantastic. But certain nights were amazing and then other nights we thought we were doomed like when we sent home 2,500 people because the power went out in the club. When you do 12 weeks somewhere anything can happen I suppose.
Dirtybird’s drip has been going strong for some time - what do you think of drip and what it offers your fans?
I love drip because it allows us to connect with the people who REALLY care about the label. It also gives us a little bit of extra freedom to do special things outside of the traditional Beatport/iTunes outlets.
Are there other labels on drip that you’re into?
Yeah of course! It’s crazy to look at the list now because I think we were the first label to come on board after Ghostly. The growing list of labels is a testament to the technology and the concept. Of course I love Ninja Tune, Stones Throw, Ghostly and a bunch of them.
Also…thanks to everyone who is on our drip right now, and if you haven’t checked out our label come listen to some tunes!
Watch: Kala-OK “Stars Are A Sailing”
Members of the Tambourhinoceros drip, The Lodge, just received the debut LP from Kala-OK - the project by multi-instrumentalist Kristian Mondrup. Reminiscence Of A Bodily Blues is a collection of eleven gorgeous songs that touch on the Danish producer’s travels through China, both geographically and culturally far from his friends and family. Below, you can watch the video for “Stars Are A Sailing.”
Captured Tracks: An Ever-Growing Success Story
With a solid crew on staff, owner Mike Sniper celebrated the record label’s fifth year with a two-day festival in Bushwick while opening a brick & mortar store in Greenpoint. In addition to CT and its subsidiaries, the label has started a drip to open a line of communication with its superfans - of which there are many.
"As a customer, I really like the ease of downloading/listening to catalogs," says Sniper. "It’s always a nice surprise when a new release pops in my email." Captured Tracks recently put out the new sophomore LP from Holograms as well as the CT5 anniversary compilation. Previous drips have already included exclusive material, such as unreleased demos and alternate versions, from Widowspeak, Beach Fossils and Mac DeMarco.
photo: Tawni Bannister
The label has been as nomadic as any New York resident, starting in the basement of Academy Records in Flatiron, where Sniper was the store’s buyer at the time. Their next move was to a warehouse space that also housed Sacred Bones, Mexican Summer and RVNG Intl., but Captured Tracks has now settled both its office and record store of the same name at 195 Calyer Street in Greenpoint, an area known as a booming artistic nucleus of culture.
Sniper is also a huge fan of classic Latin music. “I think that comes from working in record stores for years,” he told us. “You really get tired of hearing 4/4 and then you start listening to lots of Dub and Reggae, and then you get into Jazz, and then you get into Latin (or reverse order). It’s just really refreshing to hear to my ears always.” He’s been digging the Fania Records drip to digitally replace the lot of his vinyl from the legendary imprint, which are beat up from repeated plays over the years. “These were party records that weren’t meant to be carefully placed in a jacket, you know?”
photo: Tonje Thilesen [more photos]
The CT5 festival at the end of August had a big turnout, including Ryan Schrieber - CEO and founder of Pitchfork, who was impressed by the vibe. “Everyone here is having a blast and you can tell that they really love these bands,” he noted to Billboard. “I actually hate festivals,” Sniper himself disclosed, “But when you see a bunch of people having fun and listening to music…that’s the best feeling as a record label.”
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Gold Panda Visits Half of Where We Live
UK producer Gold Panda just landed in New York for some downtime before embarking on a full US tour, stopping in to our Brooklyn office today to hang tough with drip’s co-founder, Miguel Senquiz. Mr. Panda will set out across America for eight weeks’ worth of gigs in support of Half Of Where You Live - his new LP, out on Ghostly International.
You can see his full list of tour dates on Ghostly’s page, but if you want all the GP goodness as its released, join the Ghostly Music Service on drip for music and exclusive content from Ghostly International and Spectral Sound.