u-He Intros DIVA – Dinosaur Impersonating Virtual Analogue Synthesizer. But Can Your Computer Handle It?

u-he has introduced DIVA (Dinosaur Impersonating Virtual Analogue), a new virtual analog synthesizer for Mac & Windows.

Here’s what u-he has to say about DIVA:

The oscillators, filters and envelopes closely model components found in some of the great monophonic and polyphonic synthesizers of yesteryear. Modules can be mixed and matched so you can build hybrids, but what sets DIVA apart is the sheer authenticity of the analogue sound.

This comes at the cost of quite a high CPU-hit, but we think it was worth it: Diva is the first native software synth that applies methods from industrial circuit simulators (e.g. PSpice) in realtime. The behaviour of zero-delay-feedback filters when pushed to the limit clearly demonstrates the advantages of this groundbreaking approach.

Diva works without restriction until December 31st 2011. From then on you will notice a mild crackle, the demo restriction that will remind you to visit our shop.

Check out more than 1200 presets. If your computer can handle it, try them in “Divine” mode.

Diva for Mac & Windows (VST/AU) is available now for US $119 through January 15th, 2012 ($60 off regular of $179).

DJ Lisa Lashes

DJ Lisa Lashes, The Queen of Hard HouseDJ Lisa Lashes, sometimes known as the Queen of Hard House, is one of the top DJs in the world. With her mix albums and busy schedule of performances, she has attracted a global following.

Lisa is the first and only female to be considered among the top ten DJs in the world by DJ Magazine, ranking ninth in 2000 and continuing as the top-ranking female DJ in 2001, 2002, and 2003. Her mix albums, Hard House Euphoria (2002) and Extreme Euphoria Vol. 2 (2003), have been the highest selling hard house compilations in the world. Lisa conquered Ibiza with her own Lashed in Ibiza nights at Eden, packing in the crowds with her superb technical skills and explosive musical style.

According to Lashes, “Whatever style of house it is, I play it hard and dirty; it’s my favorite way!”

Lisa Lashes’s first gig was at a boat party on the River Severn in 1996, where she was discovered and quickly given her first residency. From there, Lisa added further residencies and regular club nights at the most prestigious clubs in the UK. Since 2000, Lisa has headlined at top festivals, including Godskitchen Global Gathering, Homelands, Tidyweekender, Tidy Magna, Creamfields UK and Ireland, Homelands, Knebworth, Escape Into the Park, and Gatecrasher Summer Sound Systems.

Recently, Lisa has taken her DJ skills around the globe. On the Slinky in Heineken Tour in China she played to a crowd of over 5,000. In South Africa, Lisa performed at sold-out shows of 12,000 in Cape Town and 20,000 in Johannesburg as part of the Camel Cigarettes Tour. Lisa has also toured the United States, Canada, and Australia, while making appearances in Brazil with Guess Clothing, Tenerife, and Corfu.

In 2003, DJ Lisa Lashes launched Lashed in Ibiza. For several years, Lisa has held residencies in Ibiza, playing Godskitchen, Judgement Sunday’s, Slinky, and Tonic, to name a few. Lisa, however, wanted to create something completely unique, “to put the fun back into the party.” For 15 weeks in summer 2003, Lisa did just that, bringing her furious brand of music to legions of grateful clubbers. For Lisa, “It has to be the most amazing project I have ever been involved with.”

Now Lashes is working to bring Lashed to an even greater global audience. She has teamed with Nettwerk Management to promote Lashed as a premiere dance event. Lashed will travel to China, Korea, Canada, New York City, Miami, Holland, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.

To all UK fans, however, Lisa says, “I’m not leaving anyone, because hard house and the stuff I play in the UK is still massive here, so there’s no reason for me to go away. I just want to go abroad to show them our style.” In fact, Lisa has already brought Lashed back home to the UK. In December of 2003, Lashed in Coalville was a sold-out event, and she followed it with London and Liverpool shows in early 2004.

In addition to her DJ work, Lisa Lashes has produced Tidy’s two biggest-ever selling hard house tracks, “Unbelievable” and “What Can You Do 4 Me”, along with “Lookin’ Good” and “Dance 2 The House (Don’t Go)” for Tidy, “We Came We Saw” for Sundissential, and “Give It All You’ve Got” for The Originator. In addition, Lisa’s mixed albums for Tidy, Slinky, Mixmag, and Euphoria, which include a gold disc for Hard House Euphoria and a silver disc for Extreme Euphoria Vol. 2, have been well received by critics and fans.

DJ Lisa Lashes plans to keep bringing house music to the world, and she promises to keep it hard and dirty!

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DJ Lisa Lashes Debuts Site

DJ Lisa Lashes, The Queen of Hard HouseDJ Lisa Lashes, known to dance fans as the Queen of Hard House, has a new web site.

Lashes is among the world’s most popular DJs, ranked in the top ten by DJ Magazine, and considered by many to be the top-ranking female DJ. HereEuphoria mix albums are top selling hard house compilations.

The site features play charts, her bio, a discography, tour info and a DJ diary.

Her official site is at http://www.djlisalashes.com

Kylie Minogue – Body Language

This slice of dance-pop is a confection that is hard to pass up. Kylie says that she is a red-blooded woman on her latest CD, Body Language, and her mix of sex appeal and catchy retro dance beats is enough to make even jaded critics believers.

Body Language follows her global hit, Fever. On Fever, Minogue burned through a set of euro-disco and electro dance cuts that kept the pace fast. Body Language has some great dance cuts, but slows things down a bit, too.

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Madonna – Music

Madonna has always been fearless in her passion for adopting elements of cutting edge electronic dance music, and making them more accessible with her pop ear and sexy attitude. On Music, she puts wannabe dance divas in their place by continuing her hot streak of bringing new underground sounds to dance music.

On Music, Madonna gets production of Ray of Light’s William Orbit, and also from French DJ Mirwais Ahmadzi. Though Orbit and Madonna made Ray of Light a great, trend-setting album, Mirwais makes more of an impression on Music. He brings the unique sound of French electro-pop to the CD, without overwhelming Madonna.

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Kylie Minogue – Fever

With Fever, Kylie heads to the dance floor without pretensions.

Retro-disco and electronica collide to create music for a world that doesn’t care about categories or styles, but just wants to have fun and dance. If all you’re looking for is a collection of sexy dance cuts, with hardly a slow tune in sight, Kylie’s Fever delivers.

The CD starts with “More More More”, a disco romp that doesn’t try to do much more than be vaguely sexual and explicitly danceable:

“Here am I with my desire
Feel it burning just for you
My, oh my, this love divine
is talking me to somewhere new

Just slide
Get your body down, down, down
And glide
I gotta feel you all around

Boy you got me wanting more, more, more
Give it all up for love babe
You got me saying more, more, more
Wind me up, wind me up”

“Love at First Sight” sounds like it could be an outtake from Madonna’s first album. It’s got the 80′s dance sound down, and the bass is even similar to Madonna’s Holiday.

The highlight of the album, though, is “Can’t Get You Ought of My Mind”. Never was a song more aptly titled. Once you’ve heard this, you won’t be able to get it out of your mind either! Blame Kylie if it leads to madness. The song is infectious and singable. It captures the best elements of seventies disco, and updates it with today’s dance sounds.

There are several other hot cuts on the CD. “Give It To Me” mixes electronica blurps and bleeps with Kylie’s sexy come-on to “Give it to me like I want it.”

“Come into My World” is an upbeat dance number. The lyrics are an almost religious take on human love:

“Come, come, come into my world
Won’t you lift me up, up, high upon your love”

Kylie keeps it moving on cuts like “Dancefloor” and “Burning Up”.

On Fever, Kylie tries to make a CD of good dance music. She delivers. Fever is good dance music, delivered with the honest love of disco that seems to never have gone out of style in Europe.

Britney Spears – In the Zone

The latest release from this former Mouseketeer tries to sex it up, and to move Spears into the world of global dance electronica.

For this CD, Spears enlisted a who’s who of dance super producers, including Moby, R Kelly, and The Matrix. The question is, can a gang of superproducers turn Britney into a dance diva?

Unfortunately, no. Even though her superproducers do a bang up job, Britney manages to blow it. In the Zone isn’t a coherent CD, but just sounds like a bunch of mediocre club tracks thrown together. Spear’s voice is nondescript enough that it isn’t even clear at times who’s singing.

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