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Monthly Archive

Below is a complete archive of all the news stories we've ever posted, broken down by month. Apologies for any missing pictures - the recent host change has seen a few images go walkabout. As I come across them, I'll find them and reinsert them. But I'm sure you'd rather I worked on the all new site than recover 7 year old images.

Reloop in scratchable CD shocker
Posted by Gizmo on November 30, 2006

It's about bloody time I had some new gear news to post. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining about gifted DJs putting out quality releases but that doesn't satisfy my inner nerd, which is after all what skratchworx is all about. So I'm very pleased to announce the Reloop RMP-2. I have a picture, some PR blurb and not much else right now, but from the look of it, it's chokka block with everything you would expect from a CD/MP3 player, including a headphone socket - something that even the big boys don't seem to be able to include in their decks.
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Christmas comes a tad early
Posted by Gizmo on November 27, 2006

For the last couple of years, I've started the Christmas season with the voice of a pissed off kid saying "fuck you Santa", followed by a CD full of quality if eclectic Yuletide music beautifully crafted by the Off The Hook guys. I missed out on last years "Season's Beatings" so you can imagine my delight at finding out about the third (and sadly last) instalment being available and for you lucky people, you can buy volumes 1, 2 and 3 for the price of 2. My order is in already and if volume 1 is anything is anything to go by, I suggest you get yours in as well.
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NAMM - worth the trouble?
Posted by Gizmo on November 27, 2006

It's that time of year, when the big boys get ready to unleash a whole mountain of new gear at NAMM in January - or so you'd think right? After the comathon that was PLASA, I'm racking my brains, going through the list of manufacturers and looking for anything new that might be of even the slightest interest. I'm hard pushed to think of anything earth shattering that would need me to hock another kidney to finance a 1000+ journey to America, only to come back with a stack of business cards, empty promises and a week of jet lag from hell.

So this begs the question - will there be anything earth shattering to see and if so, what's the incentive for me to do a 30+ hour roundtrip, a grand I can illl afford in the hole and away from my family for days on end?
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2 guys named NozL - and 2 copies to give away
Posted by Gizmo on November 25, 2006

I love the fact that the skratch game is opening up beyond formula sounds and music and creativity is beginning to happen on a serious level. Seems like every week that some new scratch music gets released and this week is no exception. Enter NozL - comprising Maroon and Lone Wolf, who've spent the best part of 2006 creating and honing "The Man Who Brought Us Here Has Vanished", their debut 9 track EP. And you'll be able to buy it on 4th December. Or you can try and win 1 of 2 copies I have up for grabs.
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DMC Finals DVD - pre-order now!
Posted by Gizmo on November 21, 2006
2006 saw some much needed changes at the DMC finals. With new sponsorship from LG (you remember the phone we all raved about that they never sent for review?) and Ortofon (who very nicely have given prizes for the Rane Fest), DMC also changed the rules in line with the new sponsors and calls from the scene as well. Still Technics decks but any mixer could be used but Ortofon only for carts.

I and fellow skratchworkers were lucky enough to be present at both days and saw French pretending to Italians (big up!), boob juggles and fire hazards, culminating in the g-force inducing audio blast that was Netik's winning set. Oh bugger - I just gave away the ending... sorry and all that. Now while you'll never get the same atmosphere as actually being there, the next best thing is the DVD which is now available for pre-order from the DMC World site.
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2tall and Lamont Overload your Senses
Posted by Gizmo on November 20, 2006

Times change. Those who previously would have been happy knocking up new sets for the next battle that comes along have realised that there's much more to turntablism and are turning their creative skills to making actual real music. Two such DJs are 2tall and Lamont, who together have pooled their extensive creative skills and brought forth "Senses Overloaded" - a soundscape of eclectic... blah blah blah. Enough overused journo words - all you need to know is it's bloody good and you must buy it immediately after reading about it.
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Shiggar Fraggar - 10 years strong
Posted by Gizmo on November 19, 2006

Take a step back into time, when the ISP/Rocksteady DJs were still together and creating some insane next level turntablism. The year is 1996 and some of the finest scratch skills were brought together in Oakland to record the Shiggar Fraggar Show. Over the years, the session has been put out in different formats but now the 10th anniversary volume 4 brings us the entire session on DVD - unedited.
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Posted by Gizmo on November 15, 2006
Rane Fest

In association with:

Rane Sapphires Rane  Serato

Ortofon  Thud Rumble  überstant litlab  Gigskinz

Project VoidfillSennheiser

I've been teasing visitors to the skratchlounge (what do you mean, you're not a member of the official skratchworx forum?) with this for a while now but it's finally all here and ready...

When Rane and Serato hooked up a few years ago, the whole DJ scene changed forever. Rane had already established themselves as the primary manufacturer of scratch mixers with their range of TTM-52, 54 and finally the industry leading 56. And when Serato showed the first incarnation of what we now know as Serato Scratch Live back in 2002 with the help of a borrowed 56 from Rane at NAMM, the seeds were set for the digital revolution to really kick off.

So the reason for a Rane Fest is obvious - to celebrate the greatness of Rane and Serato's partnership, to publish long awaited reviews and to give a whole bloody great pile of goodies away as well.
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When watermarking just doesn't work
Posted by Gizmo on November 10, 2006

So the postman drops off this big catalogue from Elevator - a European music retailer - through my door today. "That's odd" I thought - I don't know them nor have I requested one. But opening up the catalogue for a quick look revealed something very entertaining - at least to me anyway and explained why they might feel obliged to send one.
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Contains image some DJs may find disturbing
Posted by Gizmo on November 6, 2006

While avoiding the hordes of yoof tribes at Music Live, I stumbled across what I can only describe as desecration, heresy and blasphemy of epic proportions. Vinylux seem to think it's OK to take our beloved vinyl and turn it into household objects - like fruitbowls and clocks. Yeah well we're gonna take guitars and put USB ports in them and make all digital and stuff. Don't click to read more if you're easily offended. P.S. can I have the wall clock please? smile.gif
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Music Live 2006
Posted by Gizmo on November 6, 2006

Being stuck in the skratchlab like I am day after day, I like a trip out sometimes - to mix with the great unwashed, sign autographs and roll around on the red carpet that's always laid out for yours truly... OK perhaps it isn't quite like that but when I saw Numark, Korg and M-Audio on the exhibitor list, I figured it was time to allow daylight to touch my bleached skin and check out the goodness being brought forth in the coming weeks and months.
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Cruel Intentions out now
Posted by Gizmo on November 2, 2006

What do you get when some of the finest UK scratch DJs combine forces? UKT that's what. Silk Kuts, Mr Brown and Vinyl Richie are UKTurntablist and out of this partnership comes some superb vinyl creations, the latest of which is Silk Kuts & Muzzell's "Cruel Transitions". And that's not all - head over the the site now and you find some serious bargains to be had on previous releases.
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M-Audio aren't all Torq
Posted by Gizmo on November 1, 2006

I racked my addled creative brains to come up with a snappy yet cheese-free headline for this story - Torq of the town, Torq is cheap etc, but the one I picked seems to sum up the current state of play. M-Audio's Torq/Conectiv combo is hot property right now, and also DJ rocking horse shit as well. They just can't make enough of them to fulfil the public's craving for the new digital goodness. This is of course somewhat annoying for scratch hacks like us as we don't get to fondle this stuff as soon as we'd like as all units are headed to retailers.

But while the M-Audio droids beaver away putting Torqs and Conectivs into boxes, the M-Audio web monkeys have been busy getting lots of stuff online for you.
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