Despite his penchant for crafting hazy, atmospheric suites of ambient techno, The Field's sole member, Axel Willner (who also records as Cordouan and Lars Blek), is a pop music specialist. His debut LP, From Here We Go Sublime (Kompakt), is a 10-track interpretation of pop's past, with major-label samples painstakingly edited for maximum dancefloor efficiency and minimum recognizability. Even when he won't admit it, the Stockholm native knows his stuff, musically. Read more »
Sometimes Gomma's DJ Mooner and Balihu's Danny Wang have the same wet dream. They're in a ritzy club in a seaside town just south of the Italian resort Rimini, and it's 1977 and they're dancing slowly, oh so slowly, like swimming through syrup while a DJ in a glass elevator moves up and down between two dancefloors.
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Little-to-no lighting or ventilation. Borrowed gear. Sensitive circuit breakers. A sketchy, ex-con landlord. A five-dollar strobe light. Welcome to Digitalism's first fully functioning but decidedly low-budget studio, a converted World War II bunker right in the middle of a retirement community in Hamburg, Germany. In other words: a suffocating, isolationist environment better suited for a one-man doomcore band than a pair of club-trotting, night-crawling DJs/producers. Or so it seems.
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The world of Superdeux resembles an adult version of Saturday morning cartoons, combining vaguely ominous characters with elements of hip-hop culture and playful surrealism. The international company, brainchild of 32-year-old French computer geek/ex-graffiti artist Sebastian Roux, had a humble start. While he was a programmer for Team cHmAn in the mid-'90s, Roux spent his evenings tinkering around with early versions of Flash. Read more »
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