The Soundtrack Album Revival Of 2017

Soundtracks are back in a big way.

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Camila Cabello’s Manager Teases Her Debut Solo Album

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Miley Cyrus Has An Uncredited Role In ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol. 2′

“I was admiring the tone of Miley Cyrus‘ voice,” said director James Gunn.

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The Drop: Your Guide To New Music Friday Featuring Sigrid & Highasakite

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Maluma’s “Felices Los 4″ Is A Summery Banger With Crossover Appeal


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Videos Of The Week: The Aces, Sir Sly & Blondie

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Christina Aguilera Before and After Plastic Surgery

Cosmetic surgery leaves Aguilera looking like a different person to the pop princess we remember

Blond Ambition

Christina Aguilera shot to fame after appearing on the Disney Channel, as well as the American talent show ‘Star Search’. Her sassy voice and stunning appearance made her the perfect idol for millions of teenage girls and admiring teenage boys alike. Her forays into acting have been hugely popular, too, with Burlesque becoming a cult favorite among young women in particular! Known for her power ballads, ongoing promotion of female power and unashamed female sass, Christina is a firm favorite among many. In Hollywood, the rumor mill is constantly churning, and its latest load suggest the singer has undergone multiple surgeries to alter her appearance…

Storm in A C-Cup

The singer turned actress has gone through some changes that no diet or lifestyle choice can be held responsible for. That said, we would love to know if there is a natural way to go from an A to C cup overnight! In her early days as a starlet, Christina was a tiny lady in all aspects of the word. She quickly joined the troops of female celebrities giving themselves a boost, through surgery, it seems. We’re in absolutely no way judging Xtina for undergoing breast augmentation, and think she looks fab either way.

At first, it seems she had a breast augmentation – a form of plastic surgery which increases breast size, as well as changing the shape and positioning on the body. After giving birth, her breasts did naturally expand and it’s believed that she then had reduction surgery to take them back to a more ‘natural’-looking size. Breasts do change shape throughout a woman’s life, constantly altering slightly based on hormones, lifestyle and diet choices. Either way, we’re pretty sure she had a hand in it all, and not from Mother Nature!

Botox Injections

Botox is all the rage amongst Hollywood celebs, and has been for some time. A rather uncomfortable-sounding procedure involving needles, Botox fills out skin, refreshing it of any wrinkles or sagging – things that come naturally with age. The aim of this painful little game is to have skin that looks revived and youthful. However, Botox can all too often result in faces becoming devoid of expression, or the ability to move as before, due to ‘numbing’ muscles and tissues in the face. Xtina seems to have chosen to go for Botox – her skin is smoother than when she first started out in the music business! We think we’ll stick to having wrinkles, thanks – needles and an inability to raise your eyebrows seems like too much of a risk to take, especially given our penchant for sarcasm…

Lip-fillers are incredibly popular, too, promising to give you a sexier, fuller smile. It appears that Christina opted for this type of cosmetic surgery as part of a package deal! Luckily for her, the effect is fairly natural and suits her face. Other celebrities who have gone under the knife have not been so fortunate. The ‘Bride of Wildenstein’ is one of the latest celebs to have experienced what can happen if surgery doesn’t go 100% your way. Whilst the surgery was her choice, we think she looked better before – sorry, Jocelyn!

More Rhinoceros Than Rhinoplasty?

The infamous ‘nose job’ is yet another household term in Hollywood, with many celebs rumored to have turned to this type of cosmetic surgery to work on their facial features. Professionally known as ‘rhinoplasty’, nose jobs include the removal of facial tissue and cartilage to alter the appearance of the nose, be it shorter, slimmer or svelte that you’re after! Christina appears to have had nose surgery; the shape is slightly slimmer if you look closely. Her cheeks, too, seem to have been worked on and have a fuller appearance than they did in her youth. Nose jobs can go horribly wrong – Lil Kim, we love you, but your natural nose was so much nicer!

Sizing Up the Situation…

We want to make it crystal clear that we are in no way judging Christina for the choices she’s made regarding her own body and appearance – it’s totally her choice what she does! There are many reasons to undergo surgery, and you never know someone’s true motive for going under the knife.

Some people choose to get surgery to correct birth defects, including cleft lip palates and birthmarks – whatever makes you feel more comfortable! For others, cosmetic surgery can be restorative after an accident that effects skin tissue and leaves burning or scaring.

And, in many cases, it’s for aesthetic purposes. Most of us are hung-up on at least one aspect of our appearance, and some of these insecurities are easier to ‘fix’ than others. Gym, diet and lifestyle can be helpful in altering certain aspects of how we look, especially given that a high proportion of our bodily confidence comes from our shape and size. Certain parts of how we look are not so easily to alter, however, which is why surgery can be the ideal solution for some of us.

Give Yourself a Boost!

Too many people spend time letting their hang-ups hold them back from doing what they really want. Life is too short to be spent sitting indoors and hiding yourself from the world. Cosmetic surgery can be a great way to improve your self-confidence if you genuinely see no other way to get around the feelings of insecurity you’re experiencing. Nose jobs, lip fillers and breast augmentations are all ways to help boost your confidence if you have a certain facial problem or body area that you really want to change. And why not? If you have the funds, and bravery, to go under the knife, go for it!

Keeping It Under Wraps?

So, why the silent treatment, Xtina? We understand that it must be hard to be honest about your appearance when you’re already under so much scrutiny, but there’s no judgment! We, along with an awful lot of people out there, believe that your body is yours to do whatever you want with.

Tattoos, hair dye and makeup are all ways that we alter our image, so why should surgery be any different? Sure, it’s normally a permanent change, but if it’s something you feel strongly enough about to be operated on, you’re pretty likely to be happy to commit to if for that long!

Nothing but Love!

Christina, let it be known that we will always love you for your sass, and for inspiring a generation of young women to be independent and full of ‘girl power’, whatever you do or don’t do with your face! We believe that it is 100% your choice to have surgery or stay natural, and to keep quiet about it if you want to, we just want you to know that you’ll always have our support. ‘You are beautiful, in every single way’ – remember?

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Watch how the Ninja Jamm app can turn a track into an instrument

Four years on, Ninja Jamm continues to steam ahead as an app. We covered this app at its creation; I had provided some voluntary guidance as it’s built on libpd. Over those years, it’s built up a base of users and content, added Android support atop iOS, and enabled support on both platforms for Ableton Link. But I myself find myself playing with it again, after contributing a free content pack via the Liquid Sky Berlin series. And I find this remains relevant and addictive.

I think it’s always worth listening to the founders of Coldcut and Ninja Tune, in that they have led in their use of samples, remixing, and cut-up techniques – they were consistently ahead of where things were going. And they did that not only with their own musical output, but also by building tools for audiovisual / VJ cut-up.

Sometimes it takes some time to wrap your head around that vision. But it’s worth following – particularly with outspoken artist/thinker Matt Black.

It’s turned out to be really tough to describe Ninja Jamm, their touch-based production and remix app. Okay, so it’s an app that lets you live remix your favorite tracks from Ninja Tune artists and friends. And it’s also a production tool, in that you can massively transform those tracks, and can load more basic building blocks in the form of high-quality loop packs from the likes of Loopmasters. And, that’s cool – got it.

But you feel something else entirely when you actually start to dig into the app. You can see that in this video, as demonstrated by creator Matt Black:

You start to realize that it’s a four-channel tool with extensive effects – that it’s not so different from digging into someone’s Ableton Live or FL Studio project in that way.

Then, you start playing with a bunch of ninja-themed glyphs and … things start happening that you kind of haven’t heard even from your arsenal of desktop computer plug-ins and so on.

Basically, what makes Ninja Jamm slightly unmarketable and elusive is the thing that makes it genius. It’s some glimpse of the imagination of Matt Black and his team.

To put it in a more personal, less theoretical/philosophical way, I didn’t really get a complete sense of how this works with Ninja Jamm until it was one of my own tracks in there. I don’t want to sound like this is serving my own vanity. On the contrary, with my own music as the content, I began to understand what the tool could do. In fact, I almost needed to know my track back and forth just to follow the wild and complex combinations of sound mangling possible. Like, “wait, that’s my sound — that’s — where did that come from, even? — wow.”

In other words, I think Ninja Jamm is an instrument. Just in the way sampling can make something genuinely new (whatever copyright courts may say about that), you can really do something with this app. Maybe it’s even more interesting as a way of interacting with artists and the minds of Coldcut than what you get out of loading up a preset or sample in conventional software.

And now, with Android and iOS support, functionality on phones and tablets, and even Ableton Link support for synchronization, there’s no reason you can’t use this in a set. I’m certainly going to take it along when I play live next, later this month. And frankly, it’ll be far more live than a lot of the press-play sets I see people perform (some of which don’t really amount to DJing).

Plus, while you might get a little traction out of downloading an artist’s music and DJing with it, or even going to the four-channel STEMS format from Native Instruments, using something in the format in Ninja Jamm provides essentially limitless variation. (And you could drop it into another set, since it’s all synced with Link.)

You might or might not particularly like my track, but there’s a lot of content there. I was presented via the Liquid Sky series, a series rooted deep in the German underground. (Curator and infamous acid legend Dr. Walker instructed me that, no matter what, my track should be dirty. And it gets much, much dirtier from there.)

There are also really wonderful experimental sounds beyond that, both from the best of Ninja’s own catalog, and the likes of the wild music of IRRUPT and sounds from our friends at Bastl Instruments.

It’s actually a fascinating way to explore music. I wouldn’t want to do this with every track I love, but with this collection, it’s like being able to get your hands into a sandbox full of sound toys you love – to touch the tracks yourself.

Grab a few packs you like, and you’ll already have more than enough to do. But if you wish you could load your own tracks, Matt and Ninja Tune tell us they are working on a new tool for that, to be revealed later. In the meantime, Ninja Jamm I think is one of the most overlooked gems on mobile.

The app is free, and my pack (along with a selection of others) is free. Other packs are available as in-app purchases. Check it out:

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Lights Introduces Concept Album & Comic Book Series ‘Skin&Earth’


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Marshmello Has Something To Do With Rita Ora’s New Single

A collaboration?

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