Native Instruments’ Maschine Mikro is a compact, travel-friendly beat-making station. You can use it to create melodies, “jot down” ideas, or build beats from the base up—all for an incredibly reasonable price. The Mikro can stand on its own as a production tool but it’s also compatible as a plug-in for a number of other audio production programs (like Ableton Live, Logic Pro or FL Studio).
Recommended for ages 14+, this kit, designed by Little Bits and KORG, lets young music-lovers build their own modular synth. Featuring a delay, filter, micro-sequencer, oscillator, synth speaker and much more, the builder has limitless options as far as sound and execution go. Learning how to build a synth is only the first step; playing it is second—and both are equally educational and enjoyable.
40 years after the release of The Sex Pistols’ 1977 album Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols, comes a book that documents that wild year. With photographs, gig posters and album art (much of which has never been published before), there are also plenty of stories about secret shows, media events, recording sessions—and, of course, fights.
Geotic’s upcoming album Traversa, out on Ghostly on 19 October, will be pressed on limited edition translucent vinyl. The record promises to be beautiful (like all the ambient pop outfit’s music) and the vinyl accompaniment is packaged beautifully too—adorned with iridescent cover art and a geometric sleeve-liner.
Featuring Stephen “ESPO” Powers’ hand-drawn work, this pin will resonate with art and music enthusiasts alike. With an original record and train drawing, ESPO’s familiar sweet and sometimes sarcastic lettering, this pin measures 1.5 inches across.
A super-fun audio-recording device, Player One boasts a looping feature, playback button and pitch-shifter. Handmade in Dallas, it’s easy to use, with two arcade-style buttons on top—pink for record and yellow for play. Playful, user-friendly and heavy on DIY spirit, this is a sweet gift for children (aged four and up) and kids at heart.
Phony Ppl‘s newest album, mō’zā-ik.—out now on 300 Entertainment—has been pressed on dark purple vinyl. Including CH favorite “somethinG about your love.” and plenty others, the record perfectly encompasses the Brooklyn-based band’s wildly satisfying blend of neo-soul, hip-hop, funk, bossa nova, pop and beyond. Included are two 12-inch records and a digital download.
This vintage-style map is a geographically accurate guide to songs that reference cities, landmarks, rivers, mountains and more across the United States. With 1,000+ songs in total, it’s easy to become a little entranced by the print—from “Under the Bridge” (an undisclosed location in downtown LA) to “Harlem Shuffle” to “Space Oddity” which name-checks Cape Canaveral. Measuring 60cm by 80cm, it’s printed on 120gsm uncoated art paper. Price in British Pounds.
Holy Ghost! (aka Nick Millhiser and Alex Frankel) joined forces with iconic, pioneering disco label West End Records for this special release. The 12″ single comes complete with a Tom Moulton mix, a B-side with the Chuck Davis Orchestra and a Holy Ghost! remix. Honoring West End Records founder Mel Cheren’s legacy, proceeds from the sales of this record will go to LIFEbeat and Gay Men’s Health Crisis—helping to fight the AIDS epidemic, and support and empower those living with the illness.
Prolific and multi-talented Georgia Anne Muldrow‘s satisfying blend of jazz, hip-hop, soul and more is evident in every track on her album Overload. Political and personal, the record is saturated by singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer Muldrow’s familiar but transcendent sound—compelling, laid-back and lush.
Subscribing to the Third Man Records Quarterly Vault guarantees a gift every quarter—with deliveries made in March, June, September and December. Each exciting package will include limited edition, exclusive vinyl along with various other goods from the Jack White-founded label—from patches to photo books, invites to exclusive events, access to the members-only online store and more.
Master & Dynamic has released the MW07—their iteration of compact, case-carry bluetooth earphones. The brand has made—and perfected—over-ear and standalone headphones, but this is their foray into the growing wireless earbud market. The technical specs in these tiny devices are inexplicably good—making them some of the best sounding in-ear speakers out there. 10mm Beryllium drivers deliver rich, deep sound to listeners and the handcrafted acetate looks great. They’re packed away, when not in use, in a stainless steel case that also acts as its charger. And no worries about either of them falling out of the ear—the wide range of bulbs and “fit wings” lets you customize the size to your liking.
A-Trak has spent the past two decades cementing his legacy as one of the most influential figures in music—as a co-founder of Fool’s Gold Records, a producer and beyond. None of this surpasses his work in remixing—the foundation of his live sets. Now, his best remixes from the past 10 years can be found exclusively on this vinyl pressing out on Fool’s Gold. The set comes in a collector’s box, with a 32-page behind-the-scenes booklet and an accompanying digital download.
From two of the three Beastie Boys themselves—AD-ROCK (Adam Horowitz) and Mike D (Mike Diamond)—comes a wildly comprehensive retrospective on the iconic trio. Telling the tale of how they—of course with the beloved MCA who passed away in 2012—went from teen punk rockers when they formed in 1981 to hip-hop legends (with a few stops via jazz, funk, experimental and more along the way) the “Beastie Boys Book” also features contributions from Amy Poehler, collaborator Spike Jonze, Luc Sante and others. In addition to the memoir components and rare photos, the tome features a graphic novel, a map of Beastie Boys’ New York, cookbook and more. The book is as much of an amalgamation as the band itself.
German manufacturer Hohner has over 160 years of experience in producing instruments like this bright, durable glockenspiel. Made from renewable mango wood, the musical toy tracks along the C-major scale. The sound produced is crisp and clear, so little maestros can begin to equate keys with notes.
Delivering the signature, high-quality Bang & Olufsen sound, the Beoplay E8 earphones are made from the finest materials. With four hours of playtime on one charge, the E8s feature intuitive touch-control which means you never have to take your smartphone out. These earphones come with a super-efficient leather charging case which has been designed to power them up while on the move.