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.
The tall music oracle who has tweaked the soon-to-be-released TMA-1 Studio Engineered by Young Guru ruminates on the art of crate-digging. There was, for example, that time in Amsterdam where he had to go past several drug dealers and a sketchy brothel to get to a vinyl goldmine guarded by an old lady. Not completely sure what that was all about, but this interview is definitely a fascinating must-see if you’ve got more than a passing interest in music. Click play and get inside the crate-digging mind of one of hip hop’s most prominent engineers.
Ghostly’s Fort Romeau comes up trumps with a summer-y mix that provides the aural equivalent of a giddy teenage stroll beneath the iridescent lights of an amusement park in June. If you’ve no idea what the hell that means, we can assure you it means warm, imaginative and thoroughly inviting disco and house that has a bliss-inducing, anticipatory vibe about it.
Our with-it Swedish pals at Discobelle hook up with Sound Pellegrino’s mighty Teki Latex for an exclusive mix full of uncompromising, dubby, industrial dance floor mayhem from the likes of Kowton, Pearson Sound, MikeQ, Edmx and Truss. Teki - who happens to one of the original TMA-1 testers - goes in hard with a mix that hints at angular new dance music genres. Give it a spin and tell us what you think.
Yet more proof that we do actually live in remarkable times. Google have apparently found a way to connect everyone to the internet. And when we say say everyone we mean EVERYONE. As in the entire planet. Assuming the project succeeds, this effectively means that the remaining 5-6 billion people who are not wired in like the rest of us will get access to the internet by way of Google’s high-altitude balloons, which will eventually form a planet-covering network. Yes, the ambition and scope of Google’s latest project is dizzying to say the least.
A couple of weeks ago we posted a video featuring a group of disabled people who were given the chance to create music with their brainwaves through a new technology called Emotiv EPOC. This week we give you a guy who knits himself a scarf using the same technology with some added modifications. It may not have the same life-altering, grandiose feel to it, but it certainly is very entertaining nonetheless.
The impossibly talented Copenhageners rock their unique brand of forward-thinking house on the world’s best dance music show. The crowd is small, but the vibe is BIG.
Today is the day that Modeselektor’s Monkeytown records release the 3rd album from the mad, Berlin-based, disco professor, Siriusmo. On first listen, ‘Enthusiast’ is punishing a tour de force through Diasporic grime, futuristic electro, disco, funk and abrupt, disorienting shifts in tempo and mood. We can safely say that it’s never boring.
Every once in a while you stumble upon a true gem of music history, whether through ground-breaking production, an immaculate voice or the most bizarre background story. The Apollo Stars and their EP 'Power of Source' fit right into that last category.
Conveying duality through two-dimensional work on paper, illustrator and designer Alext Trochut has made a series of prints that feature some of the most remarkable electronic musicians of our time, such as James Murphy, Caribou, Four Tet, Acid Pauli, John Talabot and Lucy. Truchot has invented a process through which separate images can be shown on one surface: one that appears in light and one that appears in the dark.
Aching, frail vocals sung just above a whisper, chiming piano and gauzy, trip hop-y soundscapes are the order of the day as Majke Voss Romme AKA Broken Twin takes you through her vulnerable emotional register that articulates the familiar but still affecting tales of longing and loss.
Let’s just clarify: utilizing state-of-the-art technology, Smirnoff got some severely disabled people together and let them create music USING THEIR BRAINWAVES. This is actually jaw-droppingly incredible. We had no idea that this kind of technology had come so far. Prepare to be amazed.
Is a stunning multimedia installation that will, quite frankly, leave you reeling. And begging for more. We’ve been following the work of artist, illustrator and Ghostly International collaborator Sougwen Chung for a while and it’s nice to see that that her lofty ambition and unyielding talent keeps developing into bigger and better entities.
Remember that guy who played Massive Attack’s Teardrop on fruit & veg? Well, this is the actual invention that he used to wow us with! A couple of MIT students dreamt up this brilliantly goofy invention that lets you turn your banana into a keyboard, and makes your cat take pictures of itself when it’s having a drink. Sound weird? It is. But it’s also the very quintessence of awesome.
Just in time for the summer, Neeon made the French touched electronic pop album that a lot of people were expecting from Daft Punk. Step inside and surrender your inhibitions to German-based Neeon's effortless, warm and impeccably produced 'Zero Gravity'
The fact that we haven’t yet featured the brilliant work of Ryoji Ikeda must be down to some sort of collective blip. The Japanese artist’s fusion of art, technology and wide-eyed wonder strikes at the very heart of our nerdy fascination with the Art & Technology continuum and this post can bee seen as an attempt to rectify that embarrasing blunder. Inspired by the mathematical notions of quantum mechanics, his latest performative piece is called Superposition and explores the way we understand the reality of nature on an atomic scale.
Ladies and gentlemen these are the results of the Dunkel Radio International Distortion jury.
Yup, we talked to the sound of the underground, the sound of Scuba, that influential bass music producer turned larger-than-life dance music don who's on a seemingly never-ending ascent. Check within for pointers on vocal samples, running a succesful electronic music label and why the 90s is the best decade for dance music.
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.
Here’s little run-down of his achievements and a couple of reasons why you should check out the upcoming album.
Watch and learn as Brenmar and MikeQ throw it down in a bassy, bouncy, XXX-rated stylee.
And this is meant in the most literal sense. Have you ever tuned into a radioshow, which suddenly got polluted by the incessant, grinding voice of a person so utterly in love with themselves that you lack the appropriate tool to make it stop. To really ram it home that this infuriating wall of self-congratulatory inanity must cease and never be allowed to speak again? Well, it turns out you’re in luck. Norwegian company Skrekkøgle has invented a radio with an accompanying cork that let’s you whip out a can of STFU on that cretin of a radio host.
One of our favorite new house duos dispense the 4/4 to the appreciative floor and even have time to pose for a few party photos while doing it. A great set from a class act.
"Yūgen" is dense. Koreless' latest EP is so fully packed with rich sounds that the airwaves sometimes feel almost tangible. They aren't, of course, but that brief moment where you suppress even that rational thought is exactly where "Yūgen" comes to life.
Remember how we told you not to sleep on this documentary last week? Well, it turns out we kinda slept on it. It was released last Wednesday. Hey, what do you want, this is a busy company! Anyways, the of Red Bull Music Academy’s spot on one of the most important labels of last decade is pretty tasty (and self-deprecating in that characteristically dry New York fashion), so step inside, press play and check out James Murphy’s rakish new hat - and enthusiastic take on peanut butter.
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)
Listen to the music being played in Dalston, London, Williamsburg, New York, or Nørrebro, Copenhagen; these days music discovery apps are a dime a dozen, but the Clerkd app makes a remarkable promise that just might nudge the app landscape in a bold new direction if the student-founded enterprise from Helsinki play their cards right and manage get enough people invested in sharing on their network.
- the man behind one of the most important electronic music labels of our time.
A few months ago our friend James from the venerable Throne of Blood label sent us a mix from TOB signees Bohemian Groove because he thought we might dig it. Turns out we loved it and that made us dig a little deeper into Bohemian Groove who are actually comprised of members of Renaissance Man and Jokers of the Scene, the latter of which are responsible for this remix that’s about to get all up in your Monday face in the most thrilling of ways.
What looks set to be the definitive DFA documentary hits the web Wednesday courtesy of the Red Bull Music Academy. Expect appearances, words of wisdom and, of course, music from DFA’s diverse yet somehow homogenous roster of incredible artists. Yup, LCD Soundsystem, The Rapture, Holy Ghost!, The Juan MacLean, Sh*t Robot, YACHT, Sinkane and more will be all up in your screen come tomorrow. Don’t Sleep!