The initial lineup that MUTEK announced last month for its 2009 Montreal festival looked promising enough, but we're two clicks away from hitting the "purchase" button on Expedia after getting wind of the finalized artist roster for this year's festivities.
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It's no secret that touring comprises a huge part of Au Revoir Simone's collective life as a band, and the Brooklyn-based trio will prove that again this spring, with the gigantic world tour they’ve just announced. Dates are in support of the group's latest synth-pop opus, Still Night, Still Light, being released through the girls’ own imprint on May 19.
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Brooklyn-based experimental hip-hop artist Kotchy recently released his fun, R&B-inflected I’d Have to Be High EP, which features remixes from The Chap, Dev79, and Hrdvsion, among others. Here, Parisian Dj dÉbruit remixes “Check Out My Keychain” as his bump-hop alter ego KeeCLAC. I'd Have to Be High is out now.
Canadian DJ Eric San (known as Kid Koala) has opted to take the family-friendly approach to touring and will stay for a number of days in a few select spots (rather than spending one night in many different locations) for the next round. Each stop of the tour will include a dynamic event called LOUD PARTY/QUIET WORK, a back-to-back combination of two distinctly different types of parties.
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A.M. Architect is the San Antonio-based experimental side project of Daniel Stanush (a.k.a. Magic Note, the lead guitarist for Panic Division) and Diego Chavez (a.k.a. Aether216). This Ernest Gonzales remix of their track “Next of Kin” blends ambient outdoor sounds with the din of distant conversation, giving the impression of a garden party interrupted by a complex instrumental of buzzy bottom synths, light interwoven electric guitar, and sped-up bongo and electronic hand claps.
Krazy Baldhead’s forthcoming album, The B-Suite, will feature four movements and 49 minutes of music from the playful Ed Banger vet. This club remix of “Sweet Night,” off the new album, features the jazzy vocals of Outlines on top of a funky electro beat punctuated with tinny accents and robotic back-up vocals. Halfway through the song, the pulse trips into driving, choppy, polyrhythmic layers that speed to a serene close. Catch Mr. Baldhead on tour in Europe this spring with fellow Banger buddy, DJ Mehdi. The B Suite comes out on April 27.
Brazilian DJ and producer Maga Bo recently unveiled his new documentary, an interview with Montreal's king of bounce, Ghislain Poirier. A dry biographical piece this is not. Filmed over two months, between New York City and Berlin, the film features video clips of Poirier’s songs interspersed between the bass-loving producer’s thoughts on musical influences, the importance of dedication, and his process behind making music.
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