I first encountered Oracy one morning in Panorama Bar, the house-oriented top floor of everyone's favourite monolithic temple of techno. The first track he dropped was a particularly demanding 90s-sounding rave number, as if to present a challenge: accept it and dance, or disappear. And some did - maybe 30 percent of the floor emptied out, but the brave ones who stayed were subject to something stunning: his set was diverse, soulful and utterly ballsy. Behind the moniker stands German Thomas Wendel, who you may be familiar with as techno connoisseur Don Williams, or the man behind the imprints Mojuba, a.r.t.less and Wandering. On the 25th of October we’ll be bringing this bold Berliner to Jolene Bar, Copenhagen, for our Dunkel Radio party. We decided to catch up with him before his visit, for a chat about where his journey with electronic music started and how he developed his esthetic on DJing. We even managed to uncover some very promising news about a future Convextion release on a.r.t.less...
In this series we'll be asking a variety of names from the scene to point out who and what they believe is being overlooked, so they get a chance to big up the stuff that they think deserves more attention. To kick things off, Najaaraq spoke to two of the UK’s most exciting producers right now: techno champions Blawan and Pariah, after their live set as collaborative project Karenn at PHONO Festival last month.
Ever since his childhood, Yosi Horikawa has always been the DIY type. At just thirteen he spent most of his time with his tape recorder, recording and overdubbing different elements onto tape, using his headphones as a microphone. Now, although his setup has changed substantially, the same inventive attitude prevails in his work. Horikawa has more recently been keen on field recording and using organic elements in his music, like creating soundscapes of forest rain to rhythms using the sound of bubbles. We caught up with the Japanese experimental producer after his astonishing performance at PHONO Festival and had a talk about reunion with nature, his home country, and Bento.
PHONO Festival is happening in Odense 12th-14th September. Dunkel Radio selects a guide to the three Danish acts not to be missed on the lineup this year.
Mysterious, dark and uncompromising techno in all guises, Modern Love has stayed true to its’ unique sound palette of experimental techno. Whether it's the submerged, sub-hundred BPM compositions of Andy Stott or the lush dub of Deepchord or Demdike Stare’s breakbeat techno, the output remains of the highest quality. The Manchester-based label is closing in on its 100th release, which prompted me to consider and compile walkthrough of my personal faves from the Modern Love back catalogue.
Musikdagen is yet another of Denmark's somewhat infinite number of Festivals, but still one of the odd ones out. The seasoned gentlemen and now schoolteacher Paw Seitzberg is one of two people behind the one-day festival. Daniel had a talk to him about the festival, it's ongoing upgrades and his own improvisational "fuck-up" act T.R.I.
Tired of the endless amount of burned out, home-built sound systems blasting (awful) music in the campsites? Then your agony is over, as the festival site opens today! So stop the beer-bowling and come on up and rave with us to these amazing acts.
Svengalisghost makes dystrophic, acidic techno, comparable to a more distorted Levon Vincent, but his music still manages to be uniquely jaunty, savage and incredibly danceable all at the same time. This is something he certainly managed to prove during his live set at this year’s Distortion Festival. He arrived to an empty floor, but during the hour-long set managed to pack the tent with enthusiastic Copenhagen ravers. Najaaraq sat down with the refreshingly candid producer from the reputable NYC imprint L.I.E.S. for a spacy talk about his risky existence in the underworld of Mexico City and the essentiality of dancing.
Ladies and gentlemen these are the results of the Dunkel Radio International Distortion jury.
Distortion Festival 2013 is closing in and we can’t wait. 5 days of good music, happy people and lots of beer. We have made a list of the talented Danes, playing at Distortion who you should check out.
The third monthly podcast of Maskinrum is now available for your listening pleasure with Aebeloe (Farver Music, Averos) and Liquido (Pattern Abuse, Secret Selector Selections)
- the man behind one of the most important electronic music labels of our time.
The second monthly podcast of Maskinrum is now up! On the 20th of March we had the pleasure of presenting two acts from the ever-growing electronic scene in Copenhagen - Beastie Respond and Lauge & Baba Gnohm. Both acts played delectable live-performances and we present you with the full concert from Lauge & Baba Gnohm. And before you ask - don't worry : Beastie Respond's amazing set will also be available in the near future. All music in the video above is taken from the live recordings.
Calling out all of Copenhagen's techno fans, house fanatics, disco freaks and general vinyl nerds. There's a new record shop in town for us - and it's called Dorma 21!
Dunkel Radio's Andreas Rosendal had a talk with the co-host Torsten Cordes about his new monthly club i/ O.
Stuart Li has been turning heads all over the globe with his super raw productions as Basic Soul Unit. His techno and acid-inspired house is being released on impressive labels such as Nonplus Records, New Kanada and Ostgut Ton, to name a few. Step inside for the interview.
A guitar, a unique voice and a devotion is what Schultz and Forever is all about. The young wiz-kid has, in a very short period of time, given the danish folk scene something to chew on.
The first monthly podcast of Maskinrum is now up for your listening pleasure. The live recordings from Mana Pool, Nature Won and Sekuoia, who performed at the first event on the 23rd of February, have been narrowed down to a an hour's mishmash of electronica, ambient and dubstep. All music in the video above is also taken from the live recordings.
Dunkel Radio takes a stroll with label owner, DJ, Producer and new father: Will Saul.
The past year we have presented a horde of interviews and top-notch DJ mixes by the Danish underground and some international high rollers.
Maskinrum - the new concert series for live electronic music - is opening on the 23rd of February with wonder kid Sekuoia as the header. The people behind, Simon, Daniel and Niels-Christian, gives a walkthrough of their project.
Techno-emperor Shed aka. Réne Pawlowitz was recently featured in the acclaimed DVD video-interview series Slices by Electronic Beats and you should check it out.
"A definite length of time marked off by two instants." Latency Recordings is a vinyl-only label that combines the exploration of new sounds and feelings with a classic basis of house & techno. Just coming down from the rush of the immediate sell-out success of their debut release "The Post Industrial EP" by Innerspace Halflife, Dee caught up with founders Souleymane and Sidney.
"Three machines, two people, taking you to a pocket galaxy all day." Daniel caught up with Chicagoan duo Hakim Murphy & Ike Release for a talk about their blossoming project Innerspace Halflife ahead of their upcoming first tour of Europe.
We've compiled a few of our favorite freebies. Cause you can never really get enough presents, right?
As an electronic music lover visiting Paris, these are the 3 must-go-to places in town.
Nsyde Music is a Berlin-based label aiming to bring together different electronic genres with one similarity – it’s ‘deeper soul’. Releasing timeless pure house & techno from some of the finest names in the business including New Yorker Fred P of Soul People Music and Underground Quality fame, Japan’s current #1 producer Imugem Orihasam and Denmark’s’ own Samuel André Madsen, Nsyde are on a roll. Dunkel Radio’s Daniel Bruhn Jensen had a chat with head honcho Richard Zepezauer.
As an electronic music lover passing through Hamburg, there are at least 2 places you must check out.