An ambitious music festival is set to start its first year this coming January at New York City's Merkin Concert Hall, the first ever Ecstatic Music Festival. From January 17 to March 28, Merkin Concert Hall and New Amsterdam Records will bring together more than 150 musicians, producers, and composers to perform 14 concerts of unusually large scope. Read more »
Legendary Detroit techno duo Octave One (pictured above) had begun reviving its material early this year in a series dubbed Revisited, on which the two Burden brothers reworked two of their classic tracks, "Meridian" and "Dema," to bring them up to speed with the contemporary techno scene. Now we've gotten word that the second in the Revisited series will be released in January with remixes from burgeoning location-less label/collective Sandwell District and Sweden's frequent Kompakt and Peacefrog contributor Aril Brikha. Read more »
Who: Dark Sky
Where: London, UK
Just when London's post-dubstep scene seemed like it couldn't possibly spawn any more talent, Tom Edwards and Matt Benyayer of Boogaloo Crew hooked up with classmate Carlo Anderson and started dropping quality tunes under the name Dark Sky. Read more »
Well, it certainly has been a while since we've heard from UK jungle pioneer Photek. (Seriously, we really haven't heard anything from him since his 2007 collection Form and Function II.) Now Photek is ready to make his 2011 resurgence with a new EP, Avalanche, set for release in February of next year. "Slowburn" is the first track released from said EP and, well, it's not exactly what we expected over here at XLR8R HQ. There is definitely a new Photek at work here, one that's not sounding much like his early jungle output or even like his later dabblings in house, as "Slowburn" instead presents itself as the veteran producer's step into new territory, one defined by slower tempos, heavy bass, and aggressive drums. We won't know the full extent of this transformation until Avalanche is released on February 28, but we figured you'd be curious to hear this first offering in the meantime.
Over the last eight months, Germany's Tiefschwarz brothers, who have long been combining house, electro, and techno into their own uniquely potent brew, have released two out of a scheduled three remix EPs titled Melted Chocolates on their own Souvenir imprint. The third installment, which comes out later this month, will finish the duo's "chocolate" year—which also included the Chocolate and More Chocolate albums—by enlisting artists like Bruno Pronsato, Reboot, and Marcus Meinhardt for remixes. To celebrate the final chapter of Melted Chocolate, Souvenir is giving away a free remix from part two by Soul Clap, whom you may remember as the guys who put together the Beantown edition of our City Guide podcast series. For their remix of Tiefschwarz's "Home," the Soul Clap boys play fast and loose with the song's 4/4 beat, turning in a remix that stumbles as much as it chugs, adding even more disorientation to a track whose vocals are already about losing one's way home.
In honor of XLR8R's and Dirtybird's Holiday Party, San Francisco culture portal SF Station asked for a mix from XLR8R's NYC-based Creative Director and TURRBOTAX® resident DJ Rem Koolhaus. Read more »
The duo of Al Bleek and Kid Drama, better known as Instra:mental, will be unleashing its debut album on its own Nonplus+ imprint, which has also been home to releases from Actress, dBridge, and ASC since its founding in 2009. The album is hardly Instra:mental's first release. The Londoners originally formed as a drum & bass duo back in 2000, then went on a six-year hiatus before returning to the collaboration. Read more »
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