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Bit and Pieces: Tristan Perich's 1-Bit Opus Takes the Idea of 'Lo-Fi' in a Whole New Direction

Tristan Perich’s 2005 release, 1-Bit Music, presented an idea so straightforward, it was a little revolutionary: By inserting a single microchip, along with a headphone jack and some simple controls, …

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Leave Them All Behind: As Shed, Producer Rene Pawlowitz Casts Off Remnants of Techno Past

It’s almost ironic that since the release of his landmark debut album, 2008’s Shedding the Past, German producer Rene Pawlowitz (a.k.a. Shed) has been viewed a savior of modern techno. …

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Bubblin': Munchi

Who: Munchi Where: Rotterdam, Netherlands When Dave Nada slowed down some Dutch house tracks to reggaeton speed and stumbled across a new sound that he eventually called moombahton, he had …

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Brenmar: These Are Powers Percussionist Makes Leftfield Juke and Ghetto House Tunes Inspired By His Hometown

Bill Salas is chuckling during our email conversation. “I’m in Trier, Germany now,” he writes. “The toilet paper is like cardboard.” The Brooklyn-based producer and DJ is spending most of …

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Midnight Mass: The bewitching Midwest trio Salem ponders Juggalos, cultural authenticity, and not giving a fuck.

Salem—the trio of John Holland, Heather Marlatt, and Jack Donoghue—is a gothy/witch-house/dream-crunk/”fucking hipster”/drag-step/worst.band.ever./genius/crack-core/amaaaazing/hiding-behind-fuzz/wigger/fake-black-metal/angelic/homo-thug/Michael Stipe-endorsed/post-juke band from no place in particular. They make the kind of music you play for adults …

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Mr. G: London House Pioneer Colin McBean Finally Sees the Fruits of His Labor

Though he’s been practicing the art of DJing since the late 1980s and producing since the mid-1990s, the productions of London’s Mr. G (a.k.a. Colin McBean) are only now getting …

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Five Star: Jammer

The Big Dada MC and Producer Tells Us About His Favorite New MCs P. Money Brand new and breaking bars in grime, P. Money came into the scene later on …

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Flying Solo: Barcelona's El Guincho Creates a Greatest Hits Collection for an Imaginary Genre

Diaz-Reixa, the soft-spoken fellow behind El Guincho, needed to start his interview about one and a half hours later than was originally planned. “I had the chance to ride a …

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Bubblin': Canblaster

Who: Canblaster Where: Douai, France Cedric Steffens used to compose music for videogames. But after founding the Club Cheval crew in early 2009 with fellow Frenchmen Myd, Sam Tiba, and …

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Battle Cats: From the rise of house in the '80s to today's juke and footwork scenes, Chicago's circle keeps expanding

“It’s so fucking hot in here!” is the cry heard from almost everybody in the building. That includes the DJs, the spectators recording video with their iPods, the girlfriends sitting …

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Bubblin': LOL Boys

Who: LOL Boys Where: Los Angeles, CA/Montreal, Canada In 2010, the notion that the internet brings people together is already cliché, but in some cases it really rings true. Producers …

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Five Star: Ghosts on Tape's Ryan Merry Discusses the Industrial Albums That Warped His Teenage Mind

Throbbing Gristle Assume Power Focus Paragoric Brutal, borderline obnoxious, completely fucked. The OGs of noise music sprinkled this harsh record with a few bits that could be considered proto-techno. Then …

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