Bloc Weekend to Return in 2015, Unveils Initial Line-Up with Jeff Mills, Modeselektor, Robert Hood, Karenn, and More
After landing in some financial troubles following its 2012 London festival (which was cancelled partway through due to safety concerns), Bloc has spent the last two years rebuilding its organization, opening its own venue in London and curating an ongoing party series. Now, Bloc has revealed plans to return to the Butlins resort in the coastal English town of Minehead (the site of the Bloc Weekend from 2007-2011), next year. Read more »
Sahy Uhns is a Los Angeles-based artist who also co-runs the Proximal label, which has released records from the likes of Benedek, Wake, and Lawrence Grey in recent years. Next on the label, Sahy Uhns (real name Carl Burgin) will issue his own Courtship Dances LP, a 10-track effort split into three parts—a Prologue, Chapter One, and Chapter Two. "Tolerance Training (Part Two)" stems from the record's Prologue and spends much of its five-minute run coyly shifting shapes from a cavernous dance track, to a more energetic house affair led by active (and even a touch funky) synth sequences and lined with an array of minute rhythmic details. An impressive feat of dancefloor evolution, "Tolerance Training (Part Two)" can be downloaded below while the artwork and full tracklist for Sahy Uhns' forthcoming Courtship Dances LP (out November 4 via Proximal) can be found after the jump. Read more »
From the looks of it, The Wanderer is a young producer in the early stages of building his catalog up. To that effect, his latest effort is a remix of Barcelona duo Downliners Sekt's "Eiger Dreams," which appears alongside other reworks from patten, Blondes, Chevel and others on a new remix EP for the InFiné label (for the record, we posted Blondes' contribution last month). Appearing in its original form on Downliners Sekt's Silent Ascent LP, "Eiger Dreams" is a particularly dense and winding affair—two traits which The Wanderer only further develops on his remix, adding even more layers of sonic abstraction and warm-blooded grit to the track's ominously disjointed run.
Brendon Moeller, Clay Wilson, and Certain Creatures Prep Collaborative 12" for Styles Upon Styles; Hear a Track Now
Brendon Moeller, Brooklyn experimentalist Clay Wilson, and modular synth enthusiast Oliver Chapoy (a.k.a. Certain Creatures) will come together under the moniker BM/CC/CW on an upcoming 12" for NY label Styles Upon Styles. Read more »
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There's little denying that Night Slugs and PAN have been two of the most innovative labels in electronic music during the past few years. Founded in London in 2010 and 2008 respectively, both imprints have since worked ceaselessly, carving out their own distinct paths at the increasingly flexible borders between dance music and electronic experimentation. Read more »
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