Festival

Lollapalooza 2018 Argentina bigger than ever

11/02/2018
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Lollapalooza 2018 will count with more than 100 bands and will last three days for the first time in Buenos Aires in its 5th edition. Lollapalooza offers 12 hours of music per day, it starts at 12:30 hs and finishes at 1:00 am. Lollapalooza had sold out the tickets of day 1 and the general pass, entrances for day 2 and 3 are available tough.

Stages

This year Lollapalooza will count with 5 stages Two Main stages, Perry’s stage, the Alternative Stage and the Kidzpalooza for the youngest ones. Perry’s stage host electronic artists all day.

Lollapalooza’s stage size exceeds any other stage of Argentina´s events. They are colossal and the quality of the music is unique too, the sounds pounds on your chest, it´s incredible.

Gastronomy

The gastronomy of this festival distinguishes for its quality and variety. Last year they offered “The Food Trucks Camp” where the most renowned chef´s and restaurants offer their most relevant gastronomic proposals. The gastronomy central sector was called “Lollapalooza Food Town” and included “Street food Argentina” that had regional gastronomy, on the other hand, other food trucks provided food from cities like Paris Berlin, Tokyo, San Francisco and London. Naturally the “Green Spirit” was also present and it extended proposals for coeliacs, vegetarians, vegans and naturists.

LOCATION

Lollapalooza is held at the “Hipódromo de San Isidro”, a lovely fresh and green racecourse. It extensive field is full of relaxing spots, entertainments and different gastronomic sites.

Electronic Artists Resume

Lollapalooza offers diverse electronic music types and artists. We will hear the best EDM from Hardwell, DVBBS, DJ Snake. For the trap, trip hop and dubstep lovers Dillon Francis, Alison Wonderland, Yellow Claw and What So Not would appear at Perry’s stage. The remarkable tropical and deep house of Kygo is another quality leap of the lineup. Then Deorro, Galantis and Cheat Codes are in charge of the progressive house mixed with captivating pop voices.

Friday

The electronic line up of the first day will be led by the hardstyle EDM of Hardwell, one of the most successful DJ’s of the moment. DVBBS is another highlight of Friday, this two DJ’s make an explosive progressive house and they also include some techno and dubstep in their shows. Alison Wonderland will stand out with her trap and trip-hop. Her music is also influenced by elements of the acid house and she also plays with mysterious atmospheres. The bass and post-dubstep will be represented by What So Not. Unstable beats and experimental sounds are protagonists at his set join by girly voices. Shiba San’s deep house is another a particular proposal. He distinguishes itself for creating a personal sound that is obscure and embracive.

Saturday

The French producer of EDM and trap oriented, DJ Snake, is the most known electronic artist of Saturday line-up. His famous hits will put everyone to dance. Yellow Claw, is a duo which combines a wide range of electronics genres like trap, dubstep, big room house, and hardstyle. Their shows are powerful and really entertaining due to the diverse rhythms. Nghtmre’s future bass and trap music will surprise more than one with his precise use of synthesizers and a large variety of sounds. Louis The Child is composed by two DJ´s that make future bass too. Their style is softer and has a slower rhythm. Finally, Deorro’s seductive EDM pop and progressive house will invite us to move.

Sunday

Kygo is the Sunday electronic star, his renowned deep house and tropical house songs will hypnotize the public. The Norwegian DJ characterize for its catchy rhythms that enchants the audience. The dance-pop music and voices of Galantis conformed another attractive show thanks to their stimulating and uplifting sounds. If you want to boost your energy to its top level I highly recommend you listening to Dillon Francis dubstep. I think he would be one of the most acclaimed DJ of the edition, and I hope he plays some songs with Nghtmre. The danceable songs of Cheat Codes, the American trio, that combines pop voices with friendly melodies. Alan Walker, the youngest DJ in the lineup, will present his popular electro house.

Events Music

Squarepusher, Floating Points, Tzusing added to Sónar Hong Kong 2018

10/02/2018
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Another two-dozen names have been joined the March festival’s bill.

Sónar has announced another two-dozen acts for its Hong Kong festival on March 17th.

Topping the list are Squarepusher, who plays his first show for 2018, and Floating Points giving a solo live performance. Recent Breaking Through subject Tzusing leads an extensive list of artists based in the region appearing at the one-day event, including Romi B, Kelvin T, Steve Yau and PUSH. Showcases also come from Seoul Community Radio and local label WM Records.

They join previously announced acts Laurent Garnier, The Black Madonna, Laurel Halo, Heidi and Mount Kimbie when the festival returns to the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park for its second edition.

Festival

Fighting the tide: Underground dance music in the Bay Area

10/02/2018
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In Oakland and San Francisco, cities once defined by radical creativity, electronic artists are finding it ever harder to survive. But as Matt McDermott finds out, they’re not giving up just yet.

The push and pull between San Francisco’s past and future is on plain display in The Mission. The neighborhood’s parallel main streets, Mission and Valencia, reveal the city’s messy, diverse underpinnings and beckon towards a whitewashed present. Walking on Mission, you see discount shops, open-air produce markets, hole-in-the-wall restaurants. Just a couple of blocks away on Valencia, it’s single-origin coffee, boutique clothing stores and towering lofts for the city’s moneyed class.

I meet San Francisco-based music journalist, DJ and label owner Chris Zaldua at the Latin American Club, a watering hole that gestures towards the city’s fading bohemia, on 22nd street between Mission and Valencia. “The main reason everyone wants to live here and the reason that it’s so fucked up is because it’s a bubble,” Zaldua says. “There is no other place like it in The States. It has the high-roller financial energy of Manhattan… but it also has this free-spirited creative, living-on-the-edge undercurrent that makes it such a weird place. So many musical, artistic, literary traditions and scenes have thrived here—there’s a history that has coexisted with the strivers, the hustlers and the moneymakers. At different points in history they’ve been symbiotic to greater and lesser degrees. Right now it’s a low-point.”

A few notes on San Francisco. The peninsula city is just seven by seven square miles—it doesn’t crack the top 100 largest US cities measured by area. It’s devastatingly beautiful. The ride in on the Bay Bridge is among the most dramatic preambles to an urban environ I’ve experienced. Sometimes the fog rolls in as you crest the hills over Hayes Valley and the city feels alive with mystery and promise. You can walk or take public transportation damn near everywhere. There’s also rampant homelessness. It’s the most expensive place to rent in the US.

Zaldua talks about the city like a spurned lover, with a mix of affection and chagrin. “Everything I love about the Bay Area is also what makes it so hard to be here. Rent is the obvious one. Space. The city is so beautiful because it was built in a certain way… That’s the trickle-down thing that affects everything else. That makes it hard for artists, for waiters, for teachers… for all these people that cities need to thrive, it becomes an inhospitable environment. So much of the culture that San Francisco is historically known for has been pushed out.”

Festival

CTM Festival 2018: Five key performances

10/02/2018
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CTM, Berlin’s festival for “adventurous music and art,” offers a wide variety of musical experiences. This year’s action, which ranged from Chinese club experimentalists and Holly Herndon’s utopian ensemble to gabber and hardcore infiltrating Berghain, was centred around a single theme: “Turmoil.” The word was interpreted in many different ways across the ten-day period. In a world of precarious employment, physical displacement, emotional detachment and hyper-digitization, the current cultural moment is filled to the brim with turmoil. But its connotations aren’t all negative: “turmoil” can also serve as a creative catalyst, and during CTM’s daytime lectures it was often cited by artists as a powerful source of inspiration. Indeed, the music I found myself enjoying the most contained an optimistic energy. My highlights were those moments when all pessimism faded away and pure joy erupted on the dance floor.

Here are five key performances from CTM 2018.

Festival

Kraftwerk among acts announced for Dimensions Festival 2018

10/02/2018
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The Croatian festival, which kicks off Wednesday, August 29th, has revealed its first wave of DJs and live acts.

Kraftwerk will play the opening concert for Dimensions’ latest edition.

The quartet, who last month won a Grammy Award for 2017’s 3-D The Catalogue album, will perform at the Croatian festival’s amphitheatre on Wednesday, August 29th. They’ll be joined at the concert by Moodymann, the saxophonist Nubya Garcia, Josey Rebelle and Debora Ipekel.

Over 100 other artists have been confirmed for the Pula-based event’s seventh edition. Among the DJs listed are DJ Stingray, Courtesy, Nina Kraviz, The Bug, Helena Hauff, Anastasia Kristensen, DJ LAG, Paula Temple, Detroit In Effect, Vladimir Ivkovic, Jon K, dBridge, Peggy Gou, Darkhouse Family (AKA Earl Jeffers and Don Leisure), Sonja Moonear, Skee Mask, Lena Willikens, Peanut Butter Wolf, Billy Nasty, Nicolas Lutz, Marcellus Pittman, DJ Python, Saoirse, Hunee, K-HAND, Petar Dundov, Alexander Nut, Bonobo, Eddy Ramich and Craig Richards, among others. Discwoman’s Umfang and Volvox, will also DJ, as will the full Hessle Audio crew—Ben UFO, Pangaea and Pearson Sound. Maximum Joy, Jon Hopkins, Amp Fiddler, Azymuth & Marcos Valle, James Holden & The Animal Spirits, Underground Resistance’s Depth Charge, The Exaltics, Heinrich Dressel & Teslasonic, Ariwo and Jan Kinčl & Regis Kattie are among the live acts locked in.

Festival

Sugar Mountain 2018

01/01/2018
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Line-up /

Actress, Ara Koufax, Beaches, Body Type, Cut Copy, Dan Shake, Eclair Fifi, Fantastic Man, Gerd Janson, Honey Dijon, J Hus, Jamila Woods, Joey Bada$$, Kardajala Kirridarra, Laurel Halo, Love Deluxe, Project Pablo, Sevdaliza, Shanti Celeste, Stella Donnelly

— Sensory restaurant —
Sugar Mountain’s acclaimed immersive restaurant experiment is back, and the 2018 offering will be a love note to the real MVP… dessert. This year, it comes in collaboration with one of the absolute benchmark eateries in Australia.

You can book your Sensory add-on at the same time as your festival ticket, which is recommended if you don’t want to miss out. Stay tuned for the full reveal.

— Boiler Room —
The global cultural phenomenon makes its very welcome return to Sugar Mountain in 2018 for another huge broadcast. With the stage newly relocated to a new location, expect the same intimate vibes, sunshine and easy access. Brag alert: Sugar Mountain is Boiler Room’s only Australian festival partner, and one of only eight worldwide.

— Future Culture —
A new world order. Stay tuned for the reveal on a brand new space and initiative on-site within ACCA. Curated by Grace Dlabik it is a collaboration between BE. x i-D.

Future Culture pays homage to cultures from around the world and will be an explosion of colour, fashion, photography, art and music. The curation will be centred around creative pillars with a focus on shifting paradigms.

— An evolving home —
Arrive via the Sturt St festival entrance and SM 2018 reveals itself afresh, as we’ve introduced an expanded site and key new spaces. Indoor venues include the Grant Street Theatre, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, and Malthouse Theatre. For the first time ever, SM will expand into the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) footprint, and take over Grant Street (the area between). Plenty of green and new places to discover.

Music

2017 best Albums

23/12/2017
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Here are favourite albums from this year.

    • Jlin - Black Origami
    • Jlin
      Black Origami
      Planet Mu

      “You made something ’cause it sounds good?” Jlin said in an interview this year. “For real? You’re not doing enough.” Her second album lives up to that ethos: Jlin completely rewrites footwork’s DNA into something complex and sinister. Through singular rhythms and stark soundscapes, the American artist shows the kind raw power you can harness with drums, samples and an incredible imagination.

      Listen: Apple Music / Bandcamp / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • Equiknoxx - Colón Man
    • Equiknoxx
      Colón Man
      DDS

      Here’s an example of how to make radically weird music that still rocks a party. Since their first album last year, the Jamaican duo have sharpened their sound down to a dangerous point, arriving at a style that is menacing, psychedelic and even silly at times.

      Listen: Apple Music / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • Lee Gamble - Mnestic Pressure
    • Lee Gamble
      Mnestic Pressure
      Hyperdub

      Among many other subjects, Lee Gamble was wrestling with artistic development, premodern musical notation, politics and soundsystem culture when he wrote Mnestic Pressure. This makes sense. The record achieves an incredible collision, where complex themes and ideas meet the raw immediacy of the dance floor.

      Listen: Apple Music / Bandcamp / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • Kelela - Take Me Apart
    • Kelela
      Take Me Apart
      Warp Records

      With Take Me Apart, Kelela did what few artists can in following up a standout debut: she transformed while also getting to the heart of what makes her unique. Though she recruited a number of star producers for the album, what emerged from those sessions was an R&B masterwork that’s saturated with her personality. It mixes sex, sadness, vulnerability and empowerment in a way that captures the beautiful, messy essence of real life.

      Listen: Apple Music / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • Four Tet - New Energy
    • Four Tet
      New Energy
      Text Records

      Four Tet showed us his range in 2017. There was “Question,” a simple yet insanely catchy club cut, followed by New Energy, a gorgeous, elaborate record that swings from Rounds-era sounds to lush house and quasi-trance. If his recent run of dance floor singles were lost on any of his original fans, then this album will have won them straight back.

      Listen: Apple Music / Bandcamp / Spotify

    • DJ Sports - Modern Species
    • DJ Sports
      Modern Species
      Firecracker Recordings

      Was there a more assured debut album in 2017 than Modern Species? With its humid atmospheres, light-footed percussion and wafting melodies, is the perfect soundtrack for an introspective summer’s journey. In a year of great records from Aarhus’s blossoming Regelbau crew, this is the standout.

      Listen: Apple Music / Bandcamp / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • Sublee - Ideepsum
    • Sublee
      Ideepsum
      Metereze

      Ideepsum captures an artist looking to the past for inspiration. Made up of six club tracks for the body and mind, this double-pack is a breakout release from a little-known Romanian producer with a cosmic touch. Tech house might be a dirty term in 2017, but Sublee reaffirms its potential for enchanting dance floor moments.

      Listen: Bandcamp / SoundCloud

    • Young Marco - Selectors 002
    • Young Marco
      Selectors 002
      Dekmantel

      Young Marco worked old-school rap, digi-dub and all manner of global oddities into his sets this year, and his Selectors compilation for Dekmantel feels like a trip around the world at 80 BPM. On this journey, we take in Wolf Müller’s tropical drums, Dutch cosmic music from The Force Dimension, and new age house from Larry Heard.

      Listen: Apple Music / Bandcamp / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • JASSS - Weightless
    • JASSS
      Weightless
      iDEAL Recordings

      Weightless? This was one of the heaviest experimental electronic records we heard this year. The Spanish artist confirmed her status as one of the scene’s most interesting newcomers, releasing this dense, industrial-infused full-length on the one hand, and tearing up Berghain’s new Säule venue with her DJs sets on the other hand.

      Listen: SoundCloud

    • Fever Ray - Plunge
    • Fever Ray
      Plunge
      Rabid Records

      On Fever Ray’s 2009 debut, Karin Dreijer, appearing on her own for the first time, kept her cards close to her chest, with a sound still wedded to The Knife’s Silent Shout. Arriving eight years later, Plunge is an altogether different proposition, a tour-de-force that explores sexuality and politics with lyrics so blunt they can feel like rallying cries (“Free abortions! And clean water!”). Paired with characteristically alien sounds, produced together with Peder Mannerfelt, the album confirms Dreijer as one of the visionary musicians of our time.

      Listen: Apple Music / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • John Maus - Screen Memories
    • John Maus
      Screen Memories
      Ribbon Music

      Screen Memories is the result of five years spent alone in a house in rural Minnesota, where John Maus not only wrote and recorded these odd bits of synth pop, but also built the synthesizers he played them on. This gives you an idea of the eccentric mind behind Screen Memories, a record that, like all of Maus’s work, is made from baroque synth melodies, post-punk rhythms and inscrutable lyrics, this time touching on subjects like the apocalypse, pets dying and football.

      Listen: Apple Music / Bandcamp / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • Visible Cloaks - Reassemblage
    • Visible Cloaks
      Reassemblage
      Rvng Intl.

      Reassemblage synthesises some of 2017’s most recognizable crate-digger trends—Japanese ambient, fourth world music, new age—into startlingly modern music. Using complex processing and production techniques, the American duo pay a respectful homage to their influences. It’s music that hints at various cultural traditions without directly touching on them, like folk music from an alternate reality.

      Listen: Apple Music / Bandcamp / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • Laurel Halo - Dust
    • Laurel Halo
      Dust
      Hyperdub

      Laurel Halo calls her third solo album, Dust, the happiest album she’s made. Of course, it’s not that simple—the LP’s sunny dub motifs, cryptic lyrics and scattershot percussion make for a journey that’s both beguiling and distant. This intricate dreamworld—constructed with help from collaborators like Klein, Lafawndah and Eli Keszler—is alien, yet intimate, with moments of warmth that draw us in again and again.

      Listen: Apple Music / Bandcamp / Spotify

    • LCD Soundsystem - American Dream
    • LCD Soundsystem
      American Dream
      DFA Records

      Well, they pulled it off. One of this year’s big talking points was how LCD Soundsystem wrote a comeback record that exceeded expectations. American Dream doesn’t soar to the anthemic highs of its predecessors, but as a front-to-back listening experience it’s arguably the best record they’ve ever written.

      Listen: Apple Music / Bandcamp / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • Tzusing - 東方不敗
    • Tzusing
      東方不敗
      L.I.E.S.

      Tzusing’s debut album is inspired by a literary character who castrates himself in order to become a more nimble martial artist. The Malaysian-Chinese producer’s approach to techno is similarly concerned with agile attacks. With broken beats and exotic instrumentation borrowed from industrial and EBM, 東方不敗 is techno cut with the supple strokes of a master swordsman.

      Listen: Apple Music / Bandcamp / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • Arca - Arca
    • Arca
      Arca
      XL Recordings

      On the afternoon of Wednesday 22nd February, lots of people simultaneously gasped, “Oh, shit.” That was the day Arca announced his third album with “Piel,” the first taste of his new vocal-led music. Exactly ten months later, it feels like the record, along with its accompanying live show and videos, is the boldest artistic statement made in electronic music this year.

      Listen: Apple Music / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • Pessimist - Pessimist
    • Pessimist
      Pessimist
      Blackest Ever Black

      On his debut album, Bristol producer Kristian Jabs pulls a striking range of ideas from a limited palette. He blends drum & bass, techno and trip-hop with a touch that’s so technical it’s a little scary, while immersing the listener in a bleak miasma that sticks to you. It’s fitting that it came out on Blackest Ever Black: the album is draped in only the darkest hues.

      Listen: Apple Music / Bandcamp / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • Bicep - Bicep
    • Bicep
      Bicep
      Ninja Tune

      Genres like trance and progressive house are popular for a reason: they’re often produced with maximum pleasure in mind. Bicep know this. On their long-awaited debut album, they siphon the best elements of those genres into something that fits with contemporary house and techno, making for some of the best dance floor moments of the year.

      Listen: Apple Music / Bandcamp / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • Jana Rush - Pariah
    • Jana Rush
      Pariah
      Objects Limited

      Last year, Chicago native Jana Rush quietly emerged from an almost 20-year hiatus with a wild-eyed footwork EP called MPC 7635. It reintroduced her as one of this year’s artists to watch, and she made good on that promise with Pariah, a rhythmic rollercoaster that proves her remarkable versatility, taking in soul samples, erratic acid lines and next-level rhythmic manoeuvres.

      Listen: Apple Music / Bandcamp / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • Call Super - fabric 92
    • Call Super
      fabric 92
      Fabric Records

      Dresvn into Objekt, Photek into Don’t DJ, Walter Brown into Yves Tumor—fabric 92 is perhaps the finest example yet of Joe Seaton’s fearless and idiosyncratic DJ style. But more than that, it’s a monument to DJing itself, showing how, with the right combination of taste, skill and daring, mixing records can have transcendental results.

    • Various artists: Visceral Minds 2
    • Various
      Visceral Minds 2
      Fractal Fantasy

      The Visceral Minds 2 compilation is exemplary in two ways. Firstly, it makes a coherent body of work out of 20 different collaborations between the label’s founders, Zora Jones and Sinjin Hawke, and others artists. Secondly, and crucially, its tracks are impressively experimental without losing a connection to the dance floor.

      Listen: Apple Music / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • Porter Ricks - Anguilla Electrica
    • Porter Ricks
      Anguilla Electrica
      Tresor

      The full-length return of a techno and sound design dream team, Anguilla Electrica is a perfect blend of form and function. There are hints of dub techno in its six tracks, which modulate and morph while staying tethered to a steady 4/4 pulse. Abstract yet accessible, this is 2017’s most evocative techno album.

      Listen: Apple Music / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • Octo Octa - Where Are We Going?
    • Octo Octa
      Where Are We Going?
      HNYTRX

      Where Are We Going? is that rare thing: a club-ready album that grips you all the way through. Its secret is its stylistic range, subtly guiding the listener through sublime deep house, uplifting garage and brooding techno in a way that feels intuitive. As anyone who saw Octo Octa’s brilliant live show can attest, hearing these tracks on a big system was a treat.

      Listen: Apple Music / Bandcamp / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • Special Request - Fabriclive 91
    • Special Request
      Fabriclive 91
      Fabric Records

      The average mix CD can get across a DJ’s style and taste, but they’re less common as a medium that shows artistic growth. Special Request’s Fabriclive 91 is a spectacular exception. By absorbing electro and ambient into the hardcore continuum that, over the years, Paul Woolford’s alias has refreshed with such style, the mix moves with a devil-may-care freedom and energy, summoning the spirit of one of dance music’s most celebrated eras.

    • Various - Outro Tempo: Electronic And Contemporary Music From Brazil 1978-1992
    • Various
      Outro Tempo: Electronic And Contemporary Music From Brazil 1978-1992
      Music From Memory

      A golden rule of crate digging is to root around sections that others are ignoring. Madrid-born, London-based selector John Gómez went one further, following a hunch and unearthing a little-known scene of visionary experimental electronic music from Brazil. Outro Tempo introduces us to singular artists like Andréa Daltro, Maria Rita and Priscilla Ermel, and shows an important bridge between their techniques and fourth world theory.

      Listen: Apple Music / Bandcamp / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • Burnt Friedman - Pestle
    • Burnt Friedman
      The Pestle
      Latency

      In a way Burnt Friedman’s music is destined to be overlooked—the Berlin artist does his best to defy all existing musical traditions, essentially ensuring he has no comfortable place in today’s musical landscape. Some of his records are so good, though, that they simply demand to be heard. Enter The Pestle, a striking and hypnotic collection that presents six of Friedman’s compositions in reverse chronological order, offering a tantalizing starting point for one of electronic music’s most creatively ambitious artists.

      Listen: Bandcamp / SoundCloud

    • Varg - Nordic Flora Pt. 3: Gore-Tex City
    • Varg
      Nordic Flora Pt. 3: Gore-Tex City
      Northern Electronics

      If you couldn’t already tell from his takeover of our Instagram account this year, Varg’s relationship with techno is a little different from most artist’s. Also see this singular album, on which, among other twists, AnnaMelina drops autotuned R&B vocals over a techno-meets-trap beat and, on a heady techno track, Yung Lean sings about killing his landlord. But don’t mistake these creative decisions for gimmicks: Varg’s best asset is how natural he makes breaking the rules sound.

      Listen: Bandcamp / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • Steffi - World Of The Waking State
    • Steffi
      World Of The Waking State
      Ostgut Ton

      Unlike her past work, Steffi’s third album doesn’t feature any vocals, but it still feels like her most personal release yet. Delicate and deeply evocative, it explores a nocturnal blend of IDM, electro and techno, the culmination of years spent collecting records and tinkering with synths. Recalling the alien sound of Ostgut Ton’s early years, it’s a refined LP from a veteran artist with more facets than most.

      Listen: Apple Music / Bandcamp / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • Juju & Jordash - Sis-boom-bah!
    • Juju & Jordash
      Sis-boom-bah!
      Dekmantel

      On Sis-boom-bah!, Jordan Czamanski and Gal Aner break open electronic music’s rigid grid by bringing a jam-band method to the table. By framing delicate keys and guitar licks within the language of psychedelic techno, they drift elegantly between driving dance tracks, ethereal electronica and transcendent ambient moments.

      Listen: Apple Music / Bandcamp / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • Actress - AZD
    • Actress
      AZD
      Ninja Tune

      Darren Cunningham seemed inspired in 2017. In between travelling around India and collaborating with the world-renowned London Contemporary Orchestra, he put out AZD, an album full of the kind of woozy club music that made us fall in love with him to begin with. It contained, among other strange jams, “X22RME,” one of the year’s underrated club tracks.

      Listen: Apple Music / Bandcamp / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • Karen Gwyer - Rembo
    • Karen Gwyer
      Rembo
      Don’t Be Afraid

      Rembo is everything you’d want of a house and techno album. Its eight tracks are loaded with personality, conveyed through wild synth melodies, uptempo drums and amusing track titles. You’d dance all night to this music—the opportunities for which are increasing—yet its mist-in-the-woods atmosphere gives it a subtly mysterious pull.

      Listen: Apple Music / Bandcamp / Spotify

    • DB1 - Zwischenwelt
    • DB1
      Zwischenwelt
      Hidden Hawaii

      In comparing Zwischenwelt to a “mysterious obelisk,” Mark Smith aptly summarised the album’s enigmatic sound. It draws equally from dub techno and drum & bass, but resembles neither style. That’s partly down to its use of Euclidean rhythms, each one taking turns to draw the ear. Not that much of this would cross your mind on a dance floor—you’d probably just ask, awestruck, “What the hell is this?”

      Listen: Apple Music / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • Thundercat - Drunk
    • Thundercat
      Drunk
      Brainfeeder

      Thundercat is a virtuoso bassist who uses his powers for good—Drunk weaves tangled basslines through a psychedelic smear of funk, R&B and hip-hop, as catchy as it is complicated. It’s dazed like a Saturday morning spent getting high and watching adult cartoons, with a sense of humour and the odd social commentary to match.

      Listen: Apple Music / Bandcamp / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • Micronism - Inside A Quiet Mind
    • Micronism
      Inside A Quiet Mind
      Loop Recordings (NZ)

      Inside A Quiet Mind collects music made in the midst of an extraordinary transformation: from techno artist to Hare Krishna. The Kiwi artist Denver McCarthy recorded these tracks in the second half of the ’90s—the final stretch of his life as an artist and, by his telling, a person with an ego. It’s hard not to hear this in the music itself: exquisitely reflective and atmospheric, these tracks seem to emanate from an elevated inner state.

      Listen: Apple Music / Bandcamp / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • DJ Python - Dulce Compañia
    • DJ Python
      Dulce Compañia
      Incienso

      Out of all of Brian Piñeyro’s aliases, it’s the “deep reggaeton” of DJ Python that stands out the most, and Dulce Compañia is the best example of it The project’s formula—slow dancehall beats that swing with the heft of dub techno—is so satisfying that you wonder how no one else thought of it before.

      Listen: Apple Music / Bandcamp / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • Ron Trent Presents Prescription - Word, Sound & Power
    • Ron Trent
      Presents Prescription – Word, Sound & Power
      Rush Hour Music

      There’s a “can’t miss” appeal to Rush Hour’s Prescription retrospective. For a few magical years in the ’90s, house legends Ron Trent and Chez Damier focused on the spiritual, deep and healing aspects of dance music, crafting some of the genre’s all-time classics. This six LP box set contains a staggering amount of heat—you could mix an hour or two of perfect tracks using only Word, Sound & Power.

      Listen: Apple Music / Bandcamp / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • Colleen - A Flame My Love, A Frequency
    • Colleen
      A Flame My Love, A Frequency
      Thrill Jockey

      “Descending milky night”; “Rain, rain, rain”; “be like the bat that nearly flew into my room”: Cécile Schott’s music has a sense of poetry well beyond what we’d normally expect from electronic music, and not just in the lyrics. Her quivering synths, delicate and vivid, are at least as expressive as her breathy, self-trained singing voice. A Flame My Love, A Frequency is her first LP free of acoustic instruments, and it may well be her best.

      Listen: Apple Music / Bandcamp / Spotify

    • NASW. - UntitledME
    • SW.
      Untitled
      Sued Records

      Until last year, SW. had been SUED’s more silent member, with a subtler sound and slimmer release count than the label’s cofounder, SVN. That all changed with Untitled, AKA The Album, a massive leap forward for both artist and label that came out on vinyl last November and then digitally this year on Apollo. A dreamlike swirl of fluttering rhythms and moonlit atmospheres, blending elements of house, ambient and drum & bass, it’s rich enough that we’re still picking it apart a full year later.

      Listen: Apple Music / Bandcamp / SoundCloud / Spotify

    • Errorsmith - Superlative Fatigue
    • Errorsmith
      Superlative Fatigue
      PAN

      2017’s most fun and creatively unhinged dance record arrived after six torturous years of work. “Turning the potential into a finished track is very, very hard for me,” Erik Wiegand told Lisa Blanning. We’re glad he persevered. The neon blend of techno and dancehall on Superlative Fatigue was unlike anything else out there this year.

      Listen: Apple Music / Bandcamp / SoundCloud / Spotify

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DJ dies and more injured after stage collapses at Brazil’s Atmosphere Festival

23/12/2017
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Kalleby Freitas da Rosa, 30, suffered fatal head trauma when extreme weather toppled the structure on Sunday afternoon.

A DJ has died and more were injured at a Brazilian dance music festival after a stage collapsed due to extreme weather conditions.

Kalleby Freitas da Rosa (AKA DJ Kaleb), 30, was standing behind the EDM event’s O Santuário Stage on Sunday afternoon when heavy rain and gale-force winds caused the huge metal structure to topple. (DJ duo Pura Vida were performing when it fell.) Da Rosa suffered head injuries and was immediately rushed to hospital, where he died on arrival. Three others were injured in the incident. The festival took place at Parque Estadual De Exposições Assis Brasil in Esteio, a municipality near Porto Alegre in the south.

Atmosphere Festival issued a statement via Facebook yesterday evening, which has been translated from the original Portuguese.

“We always cherish the security of our audience, following all the processes, reports and authorisations requested by the local authorities. And to our audience we will keep them informed of all our actions to keep the truth about the facts that have occurred. We’re sorry, we lost a friend, an artist. Our priority is to assist the wounded and their families. We thank the military brigade and the fire department for all their assistance.”

An attendee captured the moment the stage collapsed:

Events Festival

Dekmantel reveals lineup for Selectors festival 2018

07/12/2017
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The Dutch crew will return to Croatia for the event’s third edition next August.

Dekmantel has announced the lineup for next year’s Selectors festival, taking place at The Garden Tisno, Croatia, from August 23rd through 27th.

A number of DJs will make their Selectors festival debuts, including Donato Dozzy, DJ Harvey, Mr Scruff, Mafalda, Phillip Jondo, Elena Colombi, Zozo and Brilliant Corners’ Donna Leake. Return guests at the 2000-capacity event include Hunee, Lena Willikens, Antal, Sassy J, Gilb’R, I-F, Izabel, Orpheu The Wizard, Objekt and Marcel Dettmann.