This week’s best mixes include the Jakbeat ethos of Charles Manier, high-octane grime from Spooky, the techno-soul of Joey Anderson and Solid Steel’s 30 years of acid.
Butterz’ Spooky Spartan. Ahead of the launch of Elijah & Skilliam‘s FABRICLIVE CD, the very first Butterz takeover of Fabric’s room one, Spooky puts together a 50 minute long mix of high-octane grime to outline a few of the reasons Elijah’s putting him on on Friday 16th May. Stream and download above.
The Jakbeat ethos. Multi-aliased Tadd Mullinix explores the deep techno and electro inspirations of his work in affiliation to both Ghostly International/Spectral Sound and Chicago’s Nation under the moniker of Charles Manier, furthering the Jakbeat ethos and movement in episode number 84 of the Juno Plus Podcast series. Stream and download below, track listing and an interview can be found here.
Techno’s east coast soul. Having dropped high quality 12″s and EPs throughout 2013, Jersey City’s Joey Anderson follows the release of his debut full length After Forever via Amsterdam’s Dekmantel with a raw and percussion-driven mix of soulful techno. Stream and track listing here, download here.
Acid from Solid Steel. To mark the last ever outing of renowned rave night I Love Acid, Ninja Tune’s prestigious mix series Solid Steel brings together 30 years of acid music, one track per year. Starting off with classic proto-acid and Chicago house, Posthuman move through Detroit techno, the evolution of the acid sound in the UK and Europe, the weirder sounds of the late 90s via labels such as Warp and Rephlex, right up to the present day. Download and stream both parts below.
Cairo Calling. Mahraganat combines elements of traditional Egyptian folk music with breakneck tempos. Documenting his visit to Egypt to work with local musicians from the Mahraganat movement as part of a collaboration between Rinse FM and the British Council, Mumdance delivers a blistering half hour of hard-hitting, energetic sounds that never usually reach these shores. Interview and track listing here, stream and download below.
Pantha Du Prince & The Bell Laboratory, Microsoft put the PC in the MPC, an unreleased Aphex Twin album from 1994 and David Byrne’s music industry analysis.
Pantha Du Prince & The Bell Laboratory prepare to perform minimalist composer Terry Riley’s historic piece In C at London’s Barbican Centre. An insight into the Ableton-based setup employed for the collaboration can be found in an interview with producer/DJ Hendrik Weber and Heming Valebjørg, a percussionist from the The Bell Laboratory assemble, above.
Putting the PC in MPC. A glimpse of the MPC’s future. ’Microsoft Embedded’ PC-hardware hybrids to be introduced, including prototype Akai MPC and Numark DJ products. Intel i5 cores give these new instruments robust computation, touch screen, and open-source expansion capabilities. Check out the video below.
An unreleased Aphex Twin album from 1994. Caustic Window surfaced on Discogs, with its price listed at $13,500. After talks between the record’s owner, Richard D James’ label Rephlex Records, and the electronic music forum We Are The Music Makers, a Kickstarter will give people the chance to receive a digital copy of the album. Find out more here.
How will the wolf survive? Can musicians make a living in the streaming era? David Byrne of Talking Heads predicts a precarious future for the professional musician based on an in-depth analysis of the music industry today, with special attention paid to the effects of subscription streaming services such as Spotify and Pandora here.
Let’s nerd! Groove visit Todd Terje prior to the release of his first LP It’s Album Time to talk about the Norwegian disco don’s beloved ARP 2600 synthesiser, his blog Let’s Nerd, and the magic groove of the Roland TR-808. Read the interview here.
“E-Bloc Electro Shock and the Soviet Synth Pop Drop”. Andy Votel, boss of the crate-digging Finders Keepers Records, puts together a 10-track playlist of electronic music from eastern Europe’s socialist past, and guides us through the idiosyncratic history of each track here. Listen below.
Calls for an end to Ultra Music Fest. A Miami commissioner wants Miami residents to see footage of drug-fuelled acts of riotous violence and debauchery at Ultra, and calls the Miami festival’s profits ‘blood money’. Read CBS Miami‘s report and watch the footage here.
The Black Dog’s new project. Sheffield’s Richard and Martin Dust, two-thirds of techno outfit The Black Dog unveil ‘Application’. According to a press release, the brothers spent two years in the planning stage “before a set of rules and principles were fully realised for the creative process in the studio” and their first album System Fork will see release on Dust Science Recordings. An initial video artwork for Application can be viewed below.
With just three days to go, LEME announce a keynote from Ninja Tune founder Matt Black, a Korg showcase and insights from industry Polymath Jay Ahern (Hard Wax).
The days are quickly fading in the countdown to this year’s London Electronic Music Event and the line up announcements just keep coming.
To complement a keynote from dance music visionary Theo Parrish (which will be pure gold if his appearance on NTS yesterday is anything to go by), Matt Black will be reflecting back on his own career spent pushing boundaries in electronic music, and looking at how multimedia innovation can forge the future of music consumption. Not only the founder of one of the most successful indie labels to date, Ninja Tune, Matt Black is one half of the legendary DJ and multimedia pop outfit Coldcut. The duo were instrumental in the development of the mashup remix style, as well as genres such as big beat, trip-hop and electro swing. Coldcut also created pioneering multimedia and audiovisual software, an interest which Matt has continued to pursue with his recent iOS app creation – Ninja Jamm.
For the tech-obsessed, the freshly announced Korg showcase will be a highlight – Product Specialist Luke Edwards will be presenting Volcas, the MS-20 Mini, KingKORG and Kross. The Korg showcase adds to live performances and demonstrations from the likes of Ableton and Roland. Meanwhile Jon Lee, Head of Marketing for Traktor (previously responsible for the online launch of NME) will debate The Art of DJing with Kirk Degiorgio and Rob Anderson from Pioneer.
Further industry brain-picking will come via Jay Ahern’s appearance on the Crate Digging and the Resurgence of Vinyl panel, where he’ll be in discussion with Jay Robinson from Fear of Flying and Mark Maxwell from Rubadub. Having been a label owner, producer, distributor and relationship manager over his two-decade career, Jay will muse on the future of vinyl drawing from his expansive experience at companies from Beatport, Domino Records and PIAS to his current home, Hard Wax.
New Forms: The Future of Music Journalism will have an injection of comedy with newest recruit Tonka (of WRDM fame) while Dominic Butler from Stanton Warriors steps up to a panel on the ever-growing and mysterious power of social media.
If you can’t make it to LEME, a selection of Saturday’s sessions will be live-streaming over at BE-AT.TV so keep your eyes peeled.
Tickets for LEME are available here, and start from just £10.
This week’s best mixes include a set of tributes to Frankie Knuckles, a back to back session with Jamie XX and John Talabot, and the sound of a shadow wolf cyberpunk.
“Keep on inspiring.” In honour of the house legend Dimitri from Paris puts together some of his favourite tracks from Frankie Knuckles, “so that his legacy can keep on inspiring”. Stream or download above.
Frankie Knuckles tributes, Channel 4′s UKG documentary and a first chance to hear Elektron’s new Analog Rytm drum machine.
Frankie Knuckles at the Power House. As the tributes continue to pour in for the Godfather of House, a 12-minute video has been unearthed which captures the crowd, music and atmosphere of the Power House, Chicago on its opening night in 1986. Watch it above.
“Warehouse was originally a slice of heaven, they lived for that Saturday night.” A previously unpublished extended interview between Defected Records founder Simon Dunmore and Frankie that took place in 2011; a fascinating insight into the life and career of an extraordinary man. Give it a read here.
Elektron’s Analog Rytm just around the corner. The full specifications and first proper audio demos of this powerful new 8-voice drum machine from revered hardware manufacturers Elektron have been published online. It’s not possible to order it just yet, but you can sign up to the waiting list to be notified the second it becomes available here and listen to the audio demos below.
Channel 4′s UKG documentary. Music Nation explores the phenomenon that was UK garage, with unprecedented access to key players in the scene’s conception and eventual popularisation including Kano, Ashley Walters, DJ EZ and many more. Stream available to UK viewers here.
Baroque craftsmanship alive and well at Moog. Josh Awtry reports on what goes on in the headquarters and factory of one of electronic music’s most historic instrument makers for Citizen Times.
Is the EDM bubble a good thing? Co-founder of Resident Advisor Nick Sabine comments on the differences between EDM and dance music, and the synergetic relationship between the two for the Huffington Post in this report.
Korg Volca Beats samples - punchy, recorded in high quality and made freely available by Australia’s Studios 301. Request a download link for the WAV files via email here or download their Ableton drum rack here.
Daft Punk’s 70s-style ads. In keeping with the disco themes of Random Access Memories and the newly accompanying merchandise, which includes tank tops, posters, belt buckles. Check out both here.
‘April Tools’ Waves sale. Big savings on tons of premium Waves plugins announced. Find out more here.
House music pioneer Frankie Knuckles has died in Chicago at the age of 59.
Pioneering house DJ, producer and remixer Frankie Knuckles – known as the Godfather of House – died at home in Chicago on Monday aged 59. Chicago’s 5 Magazine reports that the news has been confirmed by Robert Williams, owner of the Warehouse and Music Box clubs; a number of other media outlets report the cause of death as complications relating to Type 2 diabetes, which he had developed in the mid 2000s.
“...they stopped signing disco artists and making disco records. So we created our own thing in Chicago to fill the gap.”
Born Francis Nicholls in the Bronx in 1955, Knuckles began his DJ career at the Continental Baths in New York while studying at the city’s Fashion Institute of Technology. Sharing the residency with childhood friend Lawrence Philpot – who adopted the pseudonym Larry Levan – Knuckles honed his skills as the disco scene was taking root in Manhattan, attending infamous private parties and clubs including David Mancuso’s Loft and Nicky Siano’s Gallery.
Levan, who died in 1992, went on to become synonymous with New York’s Paradise Garage, while Knuckles moved to Chicago in 1977 and took up residency at the newly opened Warehouse club until 1983, when he left to open the Power Plant.
Although later winning plaudits as a producer and remixer – including the honour of Remixer of the Year, Non-Classical at the Grammy Awards in 1998 – Knuckles was best known for his pioneering role in bridging the gap between the disco scene and what would eventually become known as house music, taking its name from the Warehouse. Creating his own edits of soul, disco and R&B tracks to play at the Warehouse, he laid the foundations of modern dance music; at the Power Plant, he played a Roland TR-909 alongside his turntables.
In a 1996 interview with the Chicago Tribune, Knuckles reflected on the demise of disco: ”I witnessed that Disco Demolition caper and it didn’t mean a thing to me or my crowd. But it scared the record companies, so they stopped signing disco artists and making disco records. So we created our own thing in Chicago to fill the gap.” To Knuckles, the movement he helped to create was the successor to the disco scene: “I view house as disco’s revenge.” Knuckles was the direct link between the two.
Dance music producers worldwide have united in their appreciation of Knuckles, with Rob Da Bank writing on Twitter: “so sad to hear that Frankie Knuckles has died.. amazing DJ and pioneer,” Pete Tong tweeting: “R.I.P #GodfatherOfHouse Frankie Knuckles R.I.P gentleman genius groundbreaker inspiration blessed to have worked with you. Sad news,” and David Morales stating: “I am devastated to write that my dear friend Frankie Knuckles has passed away today. Can’t write anymore than this at the moment. I’m sorry.”
Frankie Knuckles, born January 18th, 1955; died March 31st, 2014.
This week’s best mixes include all things acid from Luke Vibert, music to make you hardcore from Mumdance and Butterz grime in Glasgow.
All things acid. Promoting the release of Ridmik, his new LP on Hypercolour Records, which has been described as a “very personal project with the TB-303″, Luke Vibert draws from oddball electro, classic hip-hop and 303 funk in edition 432 of FACT‘s mix series. Stream above, track listing available here.
Music to make you hardcore. Mumdance brings together 1993 – 1994 ‘proto’-era hardcore for i-D. The Hackney-based DJ and producer, whose tracks have found release on Tectonic, Mad Decent and Unknown to the Unknown, cites the influences. Stream or download above, track listing available here.
Butterz grime in Glasgow. An excerpt from Butterz pair Elijah & Skilliam alongside Newham Generals MC D Double E on Glasgow sound system Mungo’s Hi Fi, which was recorded live at Glasgow Art School for RinseFM ahead of the line-up’s 4-hour set at Fabric, May 16th. More info here, stream above.
‘In Aalst No One Can Hear U Scream’. Belgium’s exciting young house producer-DJ Innershades, whose 12″ ‘That Girl‘ has brought support from Julio Bashmore, Ben UFO and Darksky, lays down analogue house and techno for Creme Organization‘s Creme Podcast #21. Stream and download above, track listing here.
MDMA link to tinnitus cure, a new boutique analogue synth from Macbeth and free Funktion One impulse responses.
Imogen Heap’s glove controller in development. The state-of-the-art wearable tech project named Mi.Mu will let you control sounds with your hands in a more intuitive and expressive manner than the knobs and faders of traditional MIDI/OSC controller hardware. Check out where they’re at with the project in the video above and find out more on the Kickstarter.
MDMA link to tinnitus cure. Researchers in Auckland hope for the approval of trial treatments for the usually irreversible condition, which causes a constant and long-term ringing within the ear drum of those whose hearing has been damaged, often from regular exposure to loud sounds. Find out more here.
This week’s best mixes include spontaneous electronics from Xosar, a Jessy Lanza mixtape and Marquis Hawkes’ Dimensions Festival mix.
Spontaneous electronics from Xosar. ”Here is a live set I produced from scratch by live jammin’ for the past 2 hours using one electibe and one ironing board as a table. Like Total Schlock Mixtape Vol. 1, it will probably never be released or recorded properly. i created it ghetto style in 1 take to capture a certain moment and didn’t listen to it or edit it.” Stream below.
15 years of Defected Records, NI releases Traktor Audio 2 and a Chemical Brother dismayed at Rolling Stone’s EDM list.
Defected celebrates 15 years in house music. Established in London in 1999, Defected celebrates its 15th anniversary this year with an ambitious global tour and the opening of its first ever record store and exhibition space. Find out more here.