German house and techno producer Rainer Weichhold throws a bit of a twist into his repertoire with his latest single, "Infernal." The veteran DJ seems to try something new—making techno beats with the sounds of classic disco. Instead of hypnotic synth and drum machine loops, Weichhold used samples of live drums and percussion, bass guitar, and string sections to bring his grooves to life. The affect is still as chilly as any run-of-the-mill techno track, but "Infernal" stands apart thanks to its unique sonic lineage.
These 10 new tracks, plus electro-boogie romp "The Beat of the Heart" from 2008, mark a departure from Berliner Daniel Meteo's deep, dubby, island roots-inspired productions on ~scape and his own Meteosound imprints. His new approach crisscrosses genre borders, adding ambient and pop flavors, and the results are mixed. Read more »
The venerable Hyperdub label will be staying as busy as ever come the new year, with three highly anticipated singles arriving before the end of March. The first is from young grime upstart DVA (a.k.a. Scratcha DVA), who goes into more UK funky territory on his latest slice, Natty/Ganja. "Natty" features collapsing percussive elements, intense polyrhythms, and a tribal feel that wouldn't sound out of place on a Culoe de Song record. Read more »
Cheap lunch, good coffee, music, parks, and kittens. We love Minneapolis.
For part two of our City Guide episodes, we sent a camera to producer and longtime MPLS resident Martin Dosh. Dosh braved the mid-November chill to show us where to find lunch for under three dollars and places to make and buy music, and then offers up some potentially apocryphal local park history.
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The man from Dijon finally brings his world tour to North America this February, hot on the heels of his Flashmob album, which was one of the more eagerly anticipated records of the past year. Considering Vitalic's reputation for sensational live shows, audiences in Canada and the coastal climes of the US should be getting themselves tickets to these shows as soon as they go on sale.
Vitalic North American Tour Dates
Fri 02/19/10 Avalon Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA
Sat 02/20/10 103 Harriet Street, San Francisco, CA
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Kid606's latest EP is a medley of sorts, featuring odds and ends from the Kid himself as well as remixes from Tigerbeat6 cohorts Eats Tapes and Baltimore weirdo Cex, among others. But perhaps the most proper techno track on the laughably titled Dance With The Chorizo EP comes from San Francisco's C.L.A.W.S.. Just imagine dub-techno minus the warmth, with some jackin' percussive bits propping up synth stabs and a retro, minimally inclined bass line. With some similarities to recent output from Chris Fortier's Fade label, this remix is the highlight of the EP, which comes out today.
As the full-band project of Leeds-based DJ Ralph Lawson, 2020Soundsystem prides itself primarily on its live performances, but their M.O. as a studio outfit is unclear. Their second full-length album, Falling—not a mix, but 12 discrete tracks—forgoes guest vocalists, putting bassist Fernando Pulichino’s voice up front throughout, but even with a consistent frontman, Falling still feels faceless as a band project. When they try to “rock,” as on opener “We Get Down” and the overlong, goth-aping “Closure,” it rings rather hollow. Read more »
Internet, you asked for it and we have delivered: Behold, the absolute best, most definitive guide to str8 jackin' tracks for the year of our Lord, Two Thousand Ought Nine. Will you find other year-ending lists of great music on the web? Sure. Will they be as completely comprehensive, amazing, and indisputable as this one? We certainly don't think so. Also, will they be called "Jackin' 2K9"? Doubt it. So save the "we give this disc a 9.439859" drama for yo nerdy brother and get on the bumpin' techno, house, and disco releases that made us jack all night in '09. Read more »
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