Joué’s Entry-Level Instrument for Musical Experimentation, Joué Play

Available on Kickstarter now, a multifunctional tool that renders music production more approachable

Previewed at this year’s CES (where we tested it), Joué‘s multifunctional instrument Joué Play is both easy to use and expressive. Comprised of a set of silicone pads and a board, it’s a stark contrast from the company’s complex modular MIDI controller, which debuted on Kickstarter three years ago. The designers found the MIDI less approachable for beginners and dabblers, as much of the software …

Neil Frances: Shallow End

Soulful and carried along by an upbeat groove, “Shallow End” by Neil Frances (aka Marc Gilfry and Jordan Feller) incorporates silky vocals for a decidedly summery, breezy piece of indie-pop. The track was part of a double-sided release that features the very danceable “Rewind.” Listening to the two in sequence creates a pleasant contrast. While “Rewind” offers a thumping bass-line, “Shallow End” creates piano-led brightness.

Masego: African Lady (ADM Remix)

Made in collaboration with Lagos-based producer TMXO, Masego’s “Lady Lady” is refreshed and released as “African Lady” (ADM Remix). The Africa Dance Music rework is distant from the original, which is soulful and sweet, but still feels like a natural progression—this remix is rhythmic and drenched in talkbox-filtered vocals. Masego, who’s touring internationally through the end of the year, culls influences from all over for …