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It’s been about nine months since we last got a new single from Party Bois. We don’t need to tell you this, but that’s how long it takes to make a baby.

A baby.

Today, the Boston-based dance party machine return with twins — two new purely romantical jams, just in time for their show Friday night at Bearstronaut’s record release throwdown at the Sinclair in Cambridge.

The a-side, “True Confessional” is their very own “La Isla Bonita” — a tropical synth-pop shake and bake that tattoos its “Wha oh oh ohhh!” refrain on the inside of your lips. The flip, the more mechanical “Hit The Coast” is what happens when you make out too much in the back of your JEEP after a weekday at Revere Beach. If they ever made a sequel to Top Gun, this will soundtrack the long-anticipated beach volleyball rematch.

“It’s all about summer romance,” Party Bois frontman J-Boi tells us. “That was the theme. ‘True Confessional’ is the starry night song; ‘Coast’ is the sunny beach song.”

Lather up.

 

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First full jam in the new studio space!

Usual suspects:

DRUMS: OB-DMX, Simmons SDS-V

BASS:  Arp 2600, SCI Pro One

SYNTHS: Jupiter 6, Jupiter 8, OB-DPX sampler

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So, there’s a lot of confusion around what classic Rolands sound like other Rolands.  And on keeping with my previous post on The History of Roland I figured i would put a concise thread together.

First there is a master chart:

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There’s also a short cheat sheet jpeg for the big boys of Roland fame borrowed from here::

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So, in my experience the Jupiter 6 and MKS 80 are very similar in sound ( i’ve used an MKS80 rev 4 ).  not particularly ‘deep’ but capable and very useful.

But the Jupiter 8 sounds DEEP.  Like DISCRETE transistor DEEP.  It’s beautiful sounding no matter how ugly a sound you make.

This is something the Juno 60 can do too in it’s own way. Tight Big Clear Fast.  But it’s oscillators aren’t as big feeling and they are DCO so they don’t drift in any real musical way.

The JX 8P / MKS 70 / JX 10 are in a separate category all together.  They are a bit grungier in sound and vibe and you sometimes have to work harder to get them to sing but it is in there.  It’s just not obvious at first or easy to squeak out.

The Juno family is split into two groups.  The Juno 6 and 60 are almost identical.  The Juno 106 / Alpha / and MKS 50 are thinner and less deep than the jupiter 6 and 8.  The Juno 106 kicks ass above the others in this class though because it has all the tactile control and good MIDI implementation ( MKS70/MKS80 have decent implementation, the Jupiter 6 has barely any and the Jupiter 8 had none! )

So, you pick your battles with old hardware i guess.  I happen to love the JP6 Europa because it’s more MIDI slick than a Juno 106 and sounds way better.  Plus you can do great interfacing with it!  For instance, you can trigger the arpeggiator from an external analog source and the Europa JP6 will transmit the arpeggios created via MIDI.  this is really fun for creating bass lines and other bouncy 80’s bits on multiple instruments rhythmically generated from an 808 for instance…

food for thought…

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I had a few days off from the studio and made some music.  This is my fave from that batch.  It’s buoyant and uplifted, how i’m feeling these days!  Featuring arpeggios from the white Europa Roland Jupiter 6  and Roland Jupiter 8, Pads and single note layers via Oberheim DPX-1 and Oberheim OB-8, and Drums by Oberheim DSX, Simmons SDS-V, and Linn LM2 on percussion.  So, the usual cast of characters!

I have been diggin’ the Europa JP-6.  The europa arpeggiator is awesome and adds a lot to the performance aspects of this bad boy in white…

In this track the DSX sequencer is just looping the chords so i could get the arpeggiators working together.  i also experimented with arpeggiating in unison mode. this is cool as it makes a monophonic melodic figure pop out of the arpeggiated chords…

…heavy mellow…

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XBS has been busy… jammin… fixin… jammin’ n fixin’… Still totally obsessed with some of the Midnight Starr, Deele, etc etc…

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So, this is what came out this week when we fired up the synth army.  The original idea was to get some David Frank style bleep bloops a la Beat Street going:

…But it ended up being slower and more groovy which is still fun by me.  It’s more summery and less on the John Carpenter tip we’ve been on too.  Usual suspects include Oberheim DSX Sequencer, Arp 2600, SCI Pro One, Mirage sampler ( OB-DPX-1), Linndrum LM2, Oberheim DX Stretch, Simmons SDSV, Roland JP-8…

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One of these days i’m going to just get a talk box and become Roger Troutman and drop some really beautifully vapid loves jams all over the ground. Zapp is great in the summer time.  I love running to some Roger jams.

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PS, D.F. has content on his site now:

David Frank | music production

COOL!

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