Evil electro will purify the soul, and London’s Motor is top-shelf cleanser. These two producers have mastered the art of melding metallic synths and doomy drums to make the harshest dance party imaginable. "Bleep #1" is the demon spawn of Nitzer Ebb and a reminder that Mute's dark tradition is well-kept.Read more »
The drawings by French electro-crooner Joakim, on his new album, Monsters and Silly Songs, inspired XLR8R's first annual Monster Caucus, along with a whole episode of monster talk and monster sketching. In this episode, Joakim discusses rolling corpse hands in couscous with XLR8R TV's Vivian Host, while a team of monster artists across the country ponders a weighty question involving the pus of a dead man and the treacherous Snot Mountain.
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Following the arty noise-pop tradition of Baltimore's Warm City crew (Ecstatic Sunshine, Dan Deacon), Videohippos have taken pop to another dimension. Featuring a collision of driving drums, catchy synths, and the remnants of '90s punk, VH is the B-More gift from the most accessible warehouse in the city.
Chromatics are the new face of swanky disco. Once a spastic-punk band fueled by jangling guitars and hollering vocal fury, Chromatics have evolved into a post-Italo-disco outfit that’s helped spearhead a new wave of analog luster (see Glass Candy, Farah, and Mirage). The duo’s unique passion for lo-fi, minimal drum programming, cosmic piano leads, and subtle female vocals makes for the sexiest dance this side of Cerrone.Read more »
Stefan Betke (a.k.a. Pole) is one of the most respected producers in the history of dub-tech, responsible for not only mastering with the Basic Channel/Rhythm & Sound camp, but also for founding the ~scape imprint (Jan Jelinek, Deadbeat).
San Francisco sound-nerds and old techno heads will be thrilled that a yet-to-be announced location is hosting one of the most anticipated electronic events (at least to us) of 2007–Pole’s live invasion of the city.Read more »
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