Copenhagen-based TEAL Recordings has broken its silence after a year-long period of inactivity. True to form, label-head Psimono has chosen not to mince his words, with a clear, yet characteristically abrupt message: TEAL009 is on its way.
Distortion Festival treated us to the world premiere of Francesco De Nittis aka. Mr. Ties' new live set-up, The Streetband Orchestra - a show so huge, it needed a stage of its own for the duration of the final party. Alongside his bandmates Manon Parent, Michal Matlak, Asger Hartvig & Holger Hartvig, he tweaked, creaked and smashed a multitude of drums, strings, synths and machines for a staggering 12-hours - working their way around disco, R&B, house, techno, krautrock and experimental jams. Ties himself stayed centre-stage, behind a rotary mixer and a monster 32-channel mixing board, switching from playing vinyl to singing, stabbing keys and occasionally messing with the master mixer, all absolutely seamlessly.
In 2013 FaltyDL released his album Hardcourage, with a real concern for what people would think about his music. Now only a year and a half later, the New York-based producer and label owner has dropped his fourth album In The Wild - a rich voyage through sample-based jazz, hardcore, and unorthodox drum & bass. This album was apparently the easiest album for FaltyDL to make, the most challenging for some people to listen to, and the favorite of many reviewers. Dunkel Radio’s Najaaraq Vestbirk caught up with FaltyDL last week, prior to his gig at the STRØM Festival for a talk about transit fans, Japanese drug culture, and his experiments with science fiction.
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 deserves more attention. For this edition Najaaraq caught up with Benjamin Damage who delivered an impressive techno set at this years STRØM Festival in Copenhagen. The Welsh producer, who releases on Modeselektor’s imprint 50Weapons, unveils some strong selections in this installment of Overlooked.
Annie Hall is a DJ, producer and vinyl cutter based in Windsor, Canada. She lives in Detroit Underground HQ, and from her home she can look down on Detroit, a city that has evidently shaped her output as a producer; whether she is making complex IDM, possessing techno, or lush classic electro. Three years ago Hall and her partner Kero invested in “the machine”, as she refers to it, the invention that allows the couple to cut vinyl from the comfort of their own home. Dunkel Radio’s Najaaraq Vestbirk caught up with Hall for a chat about her love for classic electro, her business with producer E.R.P and this rare vinyl cutting machine.
Detroit youngster Jay Daniel jumped up the ranks from being completely unknown in 2012 to being now regarded as one of the keenest new house DJs (and producers) on the underground circuit. His 2-hour set at Distortion Festival on Wednesday the 4th of July cemented these claims and made us feel obligated to delve into the Sound Signature & Wild Outs affiliated musician's discography.
Click Festival is definitely up there as one of my favourite Danish festival experiences. The music programming is wide-ranging and genuinely interesting with lots to discover and explore, along with a selection of legendary (yet still relevant) names on the lineup to draw in the crowd. On top of that, the organisers appear to take a lot of pride in stretching far beyond the remit of the standard music festival, delivering workshops, exhibitions and lectures with a slickness and professionalism that many events of this type struggle to achieve.
Dunkel Radio will welcome DJ Richard and Anders Vendelbo into the studio to talk about their experiences running their respective labels, White Material and Nord Records.
Will Bankhead's The Trilogy Tapes has steadily been churning out music on cassette, CD and vinyl en masse over the last 6 years, yet due to the fact that half of its artists are absolutely unknown, it has retained the kind of mystery that usually only surrounds younger platforms. It continues to deliver some of the most exciting experimental technoid underground music out there today, combined with Bankhead's own unique artwork, and it is this secrecy and brilliance that has seduced me into giving TTT some attention with a proper write-up.
The central team at Dunkel Radio is Najaaraq Vestbirk, Daniel Bruhn, Emma Blake and Oscar Börjeson, and each of them acts like they’ll die of boredom if they don’t have at least another 10 projects orbiting their person at any one time. Najaaraq provides a glimpse at the Dunkel Radio Diary, for the purposes of bragging, shameless self-promotion, and possibly also as a point of reference for some of the more forgetful members of the crew.
Emma caught up with French producer Low Jack before his set at Culture Box for Untitled Tricks. He talks a bit about making an album for L.I.E.S and his relationship with Ron Morelli, his local scene in Paris and his own musical progression. He also gives us some insider info on the inspiration and sound for his next record for In Paradisum.
The silvery sound of Fatima of Eglo Records fame is at the forefront of defining a new approach to electronic music, that praises songwriting and musicianship over sole club functionality. Her recent Resident Advisor Sessions performance plus the announcement of her debut album this year meant we had to give this blissful voice some love.
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 deserves more attention. For this edition Najaaraq caught up with KiNK, the Bulgarian with an enthusiasm for Detroit techno, who toured so much over the past year that ‘music almost started to feel like work’. Here providing some illuminative tips on overlooked music.
Following the launch of a new website and the announcement of a new record label focusing on Danish talent, Dunkel Radio returns to the air for this season of fortnightly shows. Najaaraq and Emma were joined in the studio with Sara Svanholm and Simone Øster for for a chat about the weekend’s partying schedules and some fawning over Xosar and her wonderful live set from Distortion last year.
Dunkel Radio is celebrating their two year anniversary and the launch of their new website with a get-together at the AIAIAI studio today
Purveyors of electronic soul Flying Lotus and Dâm-Fûnk have gained a new funky L.A. ally - Samuel "Seven" Davis Jr.
‘Electro. Yo! I heard electro is back man. Break out your Speak & Spells and shit.’ - Ron Morelli, Dazed Digital 10 Things
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.