Next week, Montreal will play host to the 12th annual MUTEK festival, which always serves as one of the year's premiere showcases for techno and forward-thinking electronic sounds. In hopes of getting everyone as much in the MUTEK spirit as we are, we decided to enlist one of the festival's heavyweights for the XLR8R podcast series. And who answered the call? Detroit techno veteran Rod Modell, best known for his work as Deepchord and as one half of Echospace with Steve Hitchell. Read more »
The elusive Bernard Fevre, the lone entity behind Black Devil Disco Club, just put together an amazing mix of French tunes for the always-great, disco-friendly Feel My Bicep blog. Not only does he lace listeners with a set of 21 obscure hits, but he also goes so far as to talk about the influence of each track. It's only available for one week, so check out the tracklist and stream it all below. Read more »
As the freshly minted Marble imprint continues to steamroll through 2011, the world was recently treated to its third release, a two-track single by Surkin and Bobmo (a.k.a. High Powered Boys). The club-lovin' production duo stuffed this 12" with the high-octane jams "Girly" and "Crash," and was also kind-hearted enough to let you have that b-side free of charge. This big tune comes on strong from the get-go with hyped-up vocal samples, bubbling sound effects, and spacey synth melodies, and wastes no time taking things to the next level. A stuttered, punchy beat and a head-rattling bassline announce the drop, but we soon find that Surkin and Bobmo have only just begun. You can get more info and listen to the flip side of High Powered Boys' new single here.
We haven't really written much about London-based duo Jam Factory (just this Ben Westbeech remix they did, so far), but that's not to say the pair hasn't been busy. 2010 saw Jam Factory remixing tunes for the DFA and Strictly Rhythm labels, not to mention dropping a couple of house-heavy singles, and now, producers Dan Beaumont and Ben Rymer have a new record ready to share: their latest single, "One Night Stand." Read more »
Multi-facted DJ/producer/writer Mr. Beatnick (pictured above) has a new EP dropping soon from the Don't Be Afraid label, called Synthetes. Although it's not among the original tracks on that record, we've got an excellent house rework by fresh Rush Hour signee BNJMN. The talented Brit dips "Casio Romance" into a warm bath of swirling ambiance and deep vibes, quickly lathering his remix with a fuzzy bassline or two and sending it on out the door with a healthy four-on-the-floor beat. It's the kind of tune that could likely go on at least four times longer than it does before anyone bothered to notice, but listening for roughly five minutes does the trick, too. We certainly wouldn't be surprised if someone dropped it this Friday at the EP launch party in London. (via FACT)
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