Though he has worked stages and studios for nearly 30 years alongside veterans like Carl Craig, Derrick May, and Juan Atkins, Anthony "Shake" Shakir has only produced one-off compilation tracks, EPs, and 12" releases in the past. With the forthcoming release of Frictionalism 1994-2009, the seminal Detroit-based techno producer will soon have an official full-length album under his belt. Read more »
Is the multitude of year-end lists breaking your brain yet? If so, let us provide the grey matter a little respite by lacing you with ANOTHER CRAZY AMAZING LIST OF AWESOME SHIT FROM THE LAST 12 MONTHS!!!! Today, the jubilant jamz that kept us Bumpin' in 2K9—a.k.a. hotness for cruisin' down tha avenue in our pimp-ass rides. Read more »
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.
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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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