MJ Cole

MJ Cole

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A Royal College of Music graduate who has released some of the important UK dance records of the last ten years, MJ Cole's intricate, heart-wrenching garage productions did more to link the abstract, avant-garde tendencies of the sound to the exploding mainstream scene than any other artist’s work. Releasing Sincere in 1998, an era-defining single that was both one of the biggest influences on 21st century British dance music, and an overground smash, MJ Cole went on to sign to Gilles Peterson’s Talkin’ Loud label where he put out Sincere the album; one of – if not the – defining garage full-length, and one that spawned the massive single ‘Crazy Love’. It was also nominated for the Mercury Music Prize.


Reviews

  • Supreme FX Essentials

    Rating: 8/10

    Useful well organised pack of sounds for various genres. Great sweeps and builds which are edited well to cover a range of BPMs, very versatile. Would recommend.


    Disturbia

    Rating: 9/10

    A great 'go to' pack of dark and atmospheric FX for all genres to add some sinister undertones. Huge amount of content making this a very worth while purchase. Particularly a fan of the hits and transition effects. Highly Recommend!


    Dark Cinema

    Rating: 8/10

    A cohesive collection of sounds, able to transport you to a darker sound world. Particularly like the bass hits which can be easily transferred to a range of genres. Also the granular processed percussion is a standout. Would recommend.


    A great pack of FX, builds and drops to cover a wide range of styles. Love some of the atmospheric samples and the metallic drum fills were particularly a standout, wish there were a few more.


    Frame Drums

    Rating: 7/10

    Great pack of frame drum sounds. Love the mix of processed loops and dry loops to allow manipulation for a wide array of genres. Would recommend!


    The FX hits and atmospherics are the highlight of this pack and make it a recommended purchase. Great for adding organic ambience to any track.

    A useful filler sample pack to add to an existing library for some signature Detroit flavours. Would have liked more samples in some of the folder sections but an all together strong cohesive selection of sounds.


    Rare Tones

    Rating: 8/10

    Love this huge pack of world sounds! Great well organised collection of sounds from across the globe covering both percussion and harmonic/melodic elements. Will definitely find a use for these with some simple manipulation. Recommend!


    Marimba

    Rating: 8/10

    Large well recorded pack of Marimba samples. Love the inclusion of a playable sample instrument as well as loops which can be easily manipulated. Wish there were loops in some minor keys as well as major but definitely usable.


    A well constructed pack of recorded bass samples. Usable across many genres and the addition of playable sample instruments makes this pack very practical. A concise set of sounds, great as an addition to a pre-existing library.


    Huge collection of vocal one shots and riffs. Big fan of the crowd vocal sounds and I like that Dry and Wet samples are included. All sounds can be easily dropped and manipulated in a range of genres but great for electronic production in particular.


    Drum & Bass Fx

    Rating: 7/10

    Great extensive selection of FX which can be used across a huge array of genres. Some of the folders such as Bass FX could have included more samples but the sound quality and timbres are great and other folders full of sounds make up for it.


    Large collection of track stems/loops which can be manipulated and used in a large set of genres. Useful information on keys and BPMs so can be easily dropped in at any point.


    Strong and hefty collection of well recorded percussion instruments. Love the inclusion of single hits for greater flexibility. The loops also sound organic and can be used across a multitude of genres.


    Cinerobotic Fx

    Rating: 8/10

    Useful collection of machinery FX which can easily be manipulated for use in tunes and projects to give a strong organic morphing sonic quality. Reccomend


    Oriental Synths

    Rating: 7/10

    Strong collection of oriental themed synth melodies and loops. In particular like some of the higher lead lines utilising the pitch wheel, very authentic to the style. Great small addition to any library when writing for an oriental niche.


    Cinematic Sci Fi Stems

    Rating: 7/10

    Strong collection of long wav atmospheric samples. Would be nice to have individual elements of the atmospheres separate in each sample. The samples are ready to go though and can be dropped in to a project easily and swiftly to add immediate atmospheric sci fi tension.


    Future Bass Drum Hits

    Rating: 8/10

    Great collection of drum hits to add to any library to add textural spice to a mix. Love the additional sonic processing on the drum kit hits to give countless new rhythmic possibilities. Would recommend as an add on to any existing library.


    Gully Grime

    Rating: 8/10

    Quick way to get stuck in with authentic raw grime sounds and explore that sonic world. The effective bass & synth multis and processed drum hits compliment each other well, though more multisample instruments would have been welcomed. However, the ones available prove essential to the style. Would recommend!


    Chords & Stabs

    Rating: 9/10

    Extensive library of chords & stabs for a variety of styles and genres across various synths and keyboard instruments. Love the 4 different types of sound treatment to give greater sonic variety. Would certainly recommend if you want to add clear rhythmic stabs to any groove.


  • Lounge Breaks

    Rating: 8/10

    Well recorded high quality collection of organic drum hits and break loops. Perfect for adding a highly polished acoustic drum sound to a mix. Includes a useful collection of simple lounge break loops which can be easily manipulated for further sonic possibilities. Would recommend!


    This is a great back of varied sound FX and one shots. Particularly love the atmospheric soundscape samples and bass hits. Would certainly recommend for high quality other worldly sounds to spice up any production style.


    Well organised pack of synth FX and one shots to assist with all genres and styles. Love the bass and synth one shots though some of the other pack elements could have added more samples for greater depth. Would definitely recommend this pack as a high quality set of sounds to add new variety to any existing sample library.


    Great well recorded pack of should vocal lines. Would have preferred if audio started from the start of vocal rather than the previous bar line but this can be easily adjusted. Great for sampling for a variety of genres and styles.


    Great well organised back of tropical house sounds. Particularly love the drum fills and one shot drum hits. Will fit easily into any mix. Would recommend! Impressed by the large amount of ready-to-go material.


    The Sound Of Hammond

    Rating: 8/10

    Great pack of well recorded authentic Hammond Loops & Chords! Played to a high skill level so can easily be utilised in any professional productions. Would definitely recommend!

    Cinematic Hip Hop

    Rating: 8/10

    Great concise pack of sounds to add instant character to any production or mix. Particularly a fan of the melodic one shots which add variation from across the sonic spectrum for any genre or style. The Foley percussion is also a great addition, very well recorded and with innovative sounds.


    Zen Ambient

    Rating: 9/10

    Thorough collection of sounds to add beautiful ambient and relaxing musical touches to any production. Primarily percussive melodic sounds with an ethnic twist, this pack adds a whole new palette of sounds to any sample library. Would highly recommend!


    Zen Ambient - Vol 2

    Rating: 9/10

    This pack builds upon its predecessor adding an array of new recordings and sounds to its previous incarnation while maintaining its stunning sonic qualities. It adds several new instruments to the Zen Ambient library including the Hang Drum & Halo for added versatility. Primarily percussive melodic sounds with an ethnic twist, this pack is a great addition to any sound library.


    Dubtech House

    Rating: 7/10

    A strong select pack of sounds for use in electronic music productions. A greater quantity of samples could have useful, primarily bass hits, drum hits & atmospheres, but the sounds on offer are well produced and can easily be manipulated to create new sonic possibilities. Would recommend to beginners in the genre or to top up existing libraries.


    Foley FX

    Rating: 9/10

    Well recorded collection of Foley FX for use across all genres and audio production. Love the foley drum sounds to add an alternate textural layer to drum tracks as well as the powerful bass hits. Additionally, there are crisp found sound recordings from around nature and the urban soundscape. Would recommend!


    Well organised varied pack of sound effects for the space age era. Particularly like the granular sounds allowing endless further manipulation. Also love the atmospheres to immediately transport you to another place in space.


    Well organised pack of sounds to get any starting producer straight into making some ‘bass heavy’ music. In particular liked the bass one shots and drum hits. Great gateway pack into this style!


    Very well recorded pack of Turkish Clarinet to add immediate eastern flavours to a track or mix. Well organised, covering a range of BPMs with very distinct sonic qualities. They can also be manipulated and processed to be used a wide array of music styles.


    Vintage Synth Bass

    Rating: 9/10

    Powerful collection of vintage synth bass essentials. Well recorded and organised to be easily played with any sampler of your choice. Would certainly recommend if you are looking for an authentic analogue vintage sound.


    House Brass Vol. 2

    Rating: 8/10

    Great collection of well organised brass samples across a range of instruments. Mix of loops and riffs which can easily be swapped and manipulated to create unique melodic passages. Would recommend for electronic tracks in particular.


    Jazz Sessions

    Rating: 8/10

    A large pack of well organised jazz samples which can be used for both electronic and acoustic composition/production. Like the addition of a playable sampler jazz piano to add flourishes to the existing melodic and harmonic passages. Would recommend as a comprehensive sonic palette to benefit any track with a jazzy touch.


    Oriental Orchestra

    Rating: 8/10

    A sonically rich pack of orchestral (primarily string) samples filled with hints of the orient. Very well recorded sounds with wide dynamic range for all occasions. If you want a touch of Asia to your orchestral sound be sure to look here!


    Large collection of percussive loops with a wide array of traditional instrumentation which allow endless acoustic possibilities when processed further. Well recorded samples to bring an instant authentic Arabic touch to your mixes.


    Jazz/World

    Rating: 8/10

    An extremely useful well organised pack of Jazz & African sounds. Big fan of the melodic content (Flutes & Sax), ready to give immediate implementation of the Jazz sound. While the percussion and drum loops give strong hints of the African continent rhythmically while staying within the Jazz style.


  • Laya Project

    Rating: 8/10

    Large well organised pack covering musical recordings from a variety of locations across the world. Well recorded and diverse set of sounds covering melodic instrumentation, percussion and vocal cuts. Would definitely recommend if you are looking to add musicality from across the globe.


    Tribal Vocal FX Vol 2

    Rating: 7/10

    Well recorded and processed pack of tribal vocal cuts to add exotic timbres to your mix. The vocal samples are manipulated in a multitude of ways to make the most of the vocal recordings. Very useful when a mix needs other worldly elements.


    Tribal & Tech House

    Rating: 8/10

    Great variety of percussion loops which have been crafted and processed well, giving an authentic live sound. Would have preferred to have one shots in addition to the loops. However, the grooves can be easily chopped and manipulated to give rhythmic and tonal colour. Well recorded and organised pack of endlessly usable live percussion sounds.


    Complete Drums

    Rating: 9/10

    Enormous pack of well organised drum hits for all occasions. Perfect for careful sonic layering or that quick solution. Love the addition of tape saturated drum hits giving warmth and tonal colour to the production sound palette. Essential drum pack!


    Great pack of drum fills for structural transitions with huge punch and clarity. Love the variety of groove to compliment a wide array of electronic styles. Would recommend!


    Drum Fills & Builds

    Rating: 8/10

    A great focused batch of drum fills to cover a huge array of tempos & styles. Perfect for section transitions. Well recorded and infinitely useable.

    Grime Revival

    Rating: 8/10

    Well organised pack covering a huge variety of sounds from all corners of the grime sonic palette. Many of the sounds are extremely playful interspersed with dark tones which gives a strong reflection of the evolving genre. Particularly a fan of the bass hits.


    Synth Drums

    Rating: 8/10

    A huge well organised pack of drum hits. I like the use of processed, special processed and unprocessed drum hits to give sonic variety. If you are looking for authentic synthetic drum hits with high quality processing then this is the pack for you. Would recommend.


    Synth Revs

    Rating: 8/10

    As a big fan of reversed sounds this pack came as a welcome addition to my sample library. It's highly specific which I love. A veritable smorgasbord of ramped synth delights from ambient to sizzling. Perfect for transitions or as a starting point for textural weavings. Good one!


    Drum Tools 02

    Rating: 10/10

    I cannot rave enough about the Drum Tools packs. The first became a staple for my productions years ago and I was blown away to find there was a new one. If you're looking for one shot drums this is the one stop shop. No loops and frills just brilliant drums which lay the foundation to solid sounding tracks. Highly recommended!


    SFX Collection 03

    Rating: 8/10

    Always a fan of Wave Alchemy packs. The perfect finishing kit for productions. If you need to transition from one section to another all the tools you could need are here. A ramp is not just a ramp : a whoosh is not just a whoosh.


    Well recorded and varied Tabla loops which adhere to the discipline of North Indian Classical music very well. Expertly recorded and laden with feel and groove. A great addition to more traditional productions when distorted and layered behind other beats.


    Always a fan of the Push Button Bang packs. Another brilliantly presented offering. Very specific sounds which are perfect if that's what you're looking for. Excellently recorded and incredibly useful if you're looking to add some real world bangs and clangs to your productions!


    Delicious left of centre textured meanderings. Tactile drum hits and wonky crackly dashes of sound-scaped colour. Fantastically vibrant and inspiring sounds. Good one :)


    Well presented pack. Not the biggest selection of sounds I've come across but useful nevertheless. The live drum loops are especially good. Synth loops are great.


    Hip Hop Shadows Vol1

    Rating: 8/10

    This pack packs a punch. In yer face drums laid out in kits with some very useful one shot samples to create an instant vibe and lay out a harmonic base. The WAV loops are full of ideas - varied and all treated differently. Would recommend.


    Top spread of textural pads which can easily provide the fuel to start a track. Perfect for less dance floor productions - hip-hop, ambient, songwriting, production music. A good addition to any sonic arsenal.


    Live Sessions

    Rating: 8/10

    Does exactly what it says on the tin. Impressively recorded drums and bass guitar all at slower tempos 84-100 BPM with real live feel. Some subtle but effective processing means you can just slip these into a track and give the impression you've spent hours honing that perfect drum sound. Good swing and funky feel. Would suit hip hop / funk / r&b projects. Solid.


    Big fan of this pack. Great selection of old school stabs and chords which span over the keys to create some authentic wonky grainy vibes. Very useful and would recommend if you're looking to steer away from the synth world an introduce some vinylesque magic.


    House Drum Kits

    Rating: 8/10

    Broad range of useful drums as loops and hits. Well presented and immediately useable.


  • Great selection of authentic sounding african vocals. Good for chops and hooks. Would recommend.


    Abstractions

    Rating: 8/10

    Excellent pack if you're looking for evolving background textures. Would really suit some more musical drum and bass productions and soundscapes. Well thought out and original sounding. Really well recorded and presented.


    Deep Chords & Bass

    Rating: 7/10

    Really useful collection of stabs, chords and basses which would slot in nicely to any House / Deep House production. Definitely on the softer, warmer side of things. Don't expect any searing Dutch House synths or distorted basses. Would recommend.


    Highly satisfying rage of classic Jupiter sounds. Loads of chords and stabs as well as the typical lush pads and strings. Well recorded - retaining the warms and character of the original instrument. Still wish I could tweak some of the parameters on the real keyboard though!


    Great collection of solid, useful, "in your face" drums. No messing around with fillers or sounds you're never going to use. To the point, direct and efficient. Geared towards the higher energy genres.


    Complextro Vol. 2

    Rating: 9/10

    If you are after that Deadmau5 / Madeon sound this is 100% for you. Even if that's not your bag, this collection is crammed with quality audio nuggets which will deliver life and vitality to your productions. Only presented as WAV, which I like, as it means you can chop up / import in your chosen format in the way you like it. Searing basses, a multitude of ducked musical loops and some killer drum sounds. Highly recommended :)

    Organic Textures & SFX

    Rating: 9/10

    Great collection of long, textural, morphing sounds. Infinitely useful as pads, breakdowns, intros, atmospherics and cinematic constructions. Good addition to sparce, dark beats or more lush instrumental pieces. Recommended.


    Lively, energetic spread of well presented samples and loops. This pack stays on track with Electro and Fidget as it's theme and builds a solid, versatile soundworld. The one shots are great. Good selection of drums, synths, FX etc.


    A fine spread of audio garnish for your productions. Beautifully recorded analogue synth sweeps, fizzes, zips, whooshes, bells and whistles. Definitely an FX library as opposed to collections of syth notes. Very useful.


    Atalanta Chill

    Rating: 9/10

    Exceptionally good pack this. Musically rich and colourful. The drum loops are very good indeed if it's downtempo grooves you're looking for. Very wide and detailed. One of my favourite packs this year...


    Cinematic Tools Vol.1

    Rating: 8/10

    Excellently presented collection of sounds which gets to the point straight away. Every sort of cinematic bang crash whoosh and pop is covered. All laid out expertly for your favourite sampler. The WAV loops are very useful too. Does exactly what it says on the tin and very well too.


    Heavy Bass Oneshots

    Rating: 9/10

    Spine tingling eye-popping rear rumbling collection of great bass sounds. Infinitely useful in any bass heavy production whether it be for a looped modulated Dubstep bass or just a simple distorted 808 kik. All one shots can be spanned to make them even more versatile. Recommended.


    Real Strings

    Rating: 9/10

    A fantastic spread of real string sounds from one of the finest arrangers in the UK. This pack is immediately useful straight out of the tin as phrases in grouped keys. Much more mileage is available to those willing to chop and regroup. Beautifully recorded. Expect to hear these on future productions ;)


    Dark Dub 2

    Rating: 9/10

    I am a huge fan of the first Dark Dub and am impressed by the sequel too. One of my favourite collections ever. I'm a fan of one shot samples and Dark Dub 2 provides loads in all areas. The kiks are phat, the snares (or snaps) are punchy and the basses are different from the stock sounds you've heard before. Recommended.


    Designer Dance FX

    Rating: 8/10

    Does just what is says on the tin. Includes all the bells and whistles (not literally) you might need to spice up a production. Enough tools for any barline whether it be approaching a breakdown or drop. Good contour action. Well recorded and categorised.


    High energy pack with a savage range of all the things you need to make a Rankin'esque tearout masterpiece. There's no wasteage in here. All sounds are hi-fi and useable in the extreme. I haven't checked the loops but the single shots are great - have been looking for that dubstep snare for a while...


    Minimal Tech Vox

    Rating: 7/10

    Great introduction to vocal chopping. A good selection of short percussive vocal samples, some laid out according to key. Really handy for those glitchy techy textural beats. Loads more possibilities if you start playing with the start points / envelopes / sample direction etc.


    Sizzling selection of booty tingling bass delights from the bass maestro himself. Have had the pleasure of knowing Mr Solo since the SOUR days and he is without doubt a master of the rumble. The sounds range from the classic to the contemporary and are nicely multi-sampled to allow continuous mod wobbles for all tempos and genres. Recommended.


    Fantastic collection of infinitely useable strings. Well recorded and simply laid out in terms of key and tempo. There's scope for chopping the audio into smaller chunks to create even more possibilities. Highly recommended.


    Light Textures

    Rating: 8/10

    Good selection of useful pads and textures. Well recorded with great stereo interest. Ranging from smooth and organic to the more futuristic. Great for ducking by drums and breakdown sections. Simple and to the point. Atmospheric and infinitely useful


  • Tropical Tech

    Rating: 8/10

    Great selection of percussive loops with that tropical feel. They work really well in addition to Kik, Hat Snare programming for some swing / stereo interest. The morphed loops are especially good. If you're after a clap this is also the place for you...


    Twist

    Rating: 9/10

    This is a great collection of sounds for soundscaping / film / tv ad work. There's just about every kind of ramp, impact and transition you can imagine. Sounds are well grouped and presented. Great for darker / deeper forms of Dubstep / D&B / FG too. Highly recommended.


    Cult Club Synths

    Rating: 9/10

    If you're looking for a big selection of synth patches this is the one for you. The patches are simple and effective with a great selection of ARP, PAD and BASS sounds. Very handy for punching in synth lines and then just flicking between presets. The ARP patches are all percussive in their ADSR and these can be opened out to create more paddy effects (which duck really well too). Great collection. I like.


    Atjazz Deep & Analogue

    Rating: 7/10

    A great little collection of to-the-point sounds. The emphasis is on real analogue synth sources and the soundworld is jazzy and mellow. The lead and pad sounds are colourful and rich. Not many drum hits here but the ones that are are well recorded and useful. You could create a nice jazzy groove from this CD alone :)



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