27 October 2014 :

Mixes Of The Week: 27/10/14

This week’s top mixes include Caribou’s Essential Mix, Forward Strategy Group, Gerd Janson’s Autumn Blouse and Spooky’s salute to pirate radio garage anthems.

Spooky – ‘A Garage Affair V1′. “A vinyl-only mix recorded and mixed live in one take” from from the east London DJ and producer best known for his grime classic ‘Spartan’. “Free download. Because someone needed to resurrect the pirate anthems.” Stream and download above, track listing here.

Caribou’s BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix. “This mix incorporates some of the music I’ve been playing in my DJ sets over the last little while and also some of the music I’ve been making. It features exclusive new music from friends of mine, Joy Orbison & Boddika, Pearson Sound, Les Sins, Anthony Naples and two new tracks from me under my Daphni alias.” Stream it here.


24 October 2014 :

News Round Up: 24/10/14

Orbital part ways, SoundCloud founder dodges copyright questions and Taylor Swift tops charts with experimental noise track.

Let’s Make a Spaceship. Red Bull Music‘s behind-the-scenes documentary looks at the building of Skrillex‘s latest MotherShip live show, including the epic spaceship he debuted at Coachella. Watch above.

Jeff Mills plans UFO Instrument. Originating from the idea of having something “special” and exclusive for his orchestra performances, Detroit icon Jeff Mills asks the London-based instrument designer and sound artist Yuri Suzuki to create a machine based on an infamous mid-1950’s UFO sighting over Los Angeles. More info here.

Bakema’s TrouwAmsterdam. Failed Architecture‘s contribution to contemporary art exhibition Venice Biennale 2014 examines the current use and meaning of TrouwAmsterdam, a building designed by Dutch architect Jaap Bakema that turned into one of Europe’s most famous club venues. Read it here.

Mathew Jonson Speaks to Fabric Nightclub Engineer. In honour of their 15th year as a fixture on the London nightlife landscape, one of Fabric’s top sound engineers Sanjeev Bhardwa is interviewed by Canadian house producer Mathew Jonson about his history and experience with the club and what makes it sound so good. Read it here.

A rare interview with Arthur Russell, 1987. Following the release of Red Hot + Arthur Russell, a new covers album paying tribute to the late artist, the Guardian publishes an old interview that details his often vexed relationship with American music and its history. Read it here. (more…)

20 October 2014 :

Mixes Of The Week: 19/10/14

This week’s top mixes include Jerome Hill’s Mark Bell tribute, Jordan GCZ’s ‘Pitched Up In The ‘Dam mix’, two hours of Marshall Jefferson and Max Cooper’s Wave Function.

Jerome Hill’s Mark Bell Tribute. DJ Jerome Hill dedicates the latest set of his weekly ‘The Roots Of Rave’ show on Kool London to LFO‘s Mark Bell, “an amazing producer who is pretty much responsible for kickstarting my obsession with Techno in 1990.” Stream & download above.

Jordan GCZ’s ‘Pitched Up In The ‘Dam’. Amsterdam-based Jordan Czamanski of Juju & Jordash takes his current house and techno selections for a spin, with plenty of unreleased material.  Stream & download above.

Marshall Jefferson @ Brukesellive. Recorded at Belgian festival Brukesellive, a two-hour set from one of the pioneering fathers of house music, Marshall Jefferson, in promotion of his performances supporting Happy Mondays this month. Stream & download above.

Lando’s Vintage Sensibilities. Lando carries the late 80s/early 90s Chicago and Detroit sensibilities of his production over to his XLR8R podcast. Expect more than an hour of high energy, hypnotically trippy melodies & a couple of unreleased cuts. Stream, download & track listing here.

Delroy Edwards’ ‘Slowed Down Funk Vol. III’ Mixtape. L.I.E.S. fixture Delroy Edwards shares another batch of exclusive remixes, edits, and instrumentals for free download via his own L.A. Club Resource label. Slowed Down Funk Vol. III: Pure Evil arrives as the third and so-called “Final Chapter” in Edwards’ mixtape trilogy. Stream above, buy here.

Grain AKA Artwork’s Fresh Techno Mix. Grain AKA Arthur Smith, one third of Magnetic Man and also known as Artwork, reawakens his Grain alias after fifteen years away from the techno-fused project and delivers the fourth Edible Podible, which takes form as a driving techno mix with a new energy and fresh perspective. Stream & download above.

Max Cooper – Wave Function. “…Something where the value of the music can’t be found by dipping in, only by letting it wash over with time.” The Northern Irish techno maverick weaves together a selection of tirelessly errant and inventive machine funk for immersive dancing on Red Bull Music Academy Radio. Stream above.

17 October 2014 :

News Round Up: 16/10/14

Bloc are back at Butlins, a chat with the CEO of Ableton, watch the 808 documentary trailer and LFO’s Mark Bell passes away.

Bloc Back at Butlins. Three years since their previous weekender, from the 13th – 15th of March 2015, Bloc will be back at Butlins resort at Minehead accompanied by: Modeselektor, Carl Craig, Hudson Mohawke, Jackmaster, Omar S, Karenn, Hessle Audio & many more. Check out the promo above & find out more here.

Berlin Club Mogul Eyes Detroit Auto Plant. Dimitri Hegemann, the founder of one of the world’s most famous techno clubs Tresor, hopes to open a club in a dilapidated auto plant near the intersection of I-94 and I-75 in Detroit, according to The Wall Street Journal. Find out more here.

Ableton CEO Speaks. HighSnobiety dropped by Ableton‘s headquarters in Berlin to talk to CEO Gerhard Behles about the company, its beginnings and its future. Read here.


13 October 2014 :

Mixes Of The Week: 12/10/14

This week’s top mixes include a unique trance set from Teki Latex, Midland at Dance Tunnel, and Bicep’s BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix.

Bicep’s BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix. “It was an honour to be asked to contribute to a mix series which we have been listening to throughout our teens growing up in Belfast. In this mix we tried to cover quite a lot of ground, across a fairly wide spectrum of our taste, whilst still keeping it club focused.” Stream & download above.

Teki Latex Reconstructs Trance. Paris DJ Teki Latex dismantles and rebuilds the concept of trance in this incredible three-deck studio mix, blending elements of techno, grime and DJ tools. Stream above. Philip Sherburne’s article about the mix for Pitchfork is also well worth a read.


10 October 2014 :

News Round Up: 9/10/14

The Spaceape passes away, Live at the Gallery 1976, a build-your-own Moog kit, and new wavetable synths from Xfer and Waves.

Build-Your-Own Moog Kit. Moog announce the release of their compact semi-modular Werkstatt kit, produced originally for workshops at the Moogfest 2014 festival. Werkstatt is affordable, requires no soldering to build, and is a true, fat-sounding Moog analogue synth. Watch above, find out more here.


6 October 2014 :

Mixes Of The Week: 5/10/14

This week’s top mixes include Jam City’s Earthly III, Pangaea’s Unrelenting Rhythms, Carnival with Grime Elites & Caribou Opens Dimension Festival.

Jam City’s Earthly III. The UK artist teases his forthcoming new full-length with the third instalment of his Earthly series – a dreamy dub mix of worldly funk and pop selections. Stream above, download and track listing here.


3 October 2014 :

News Round Up: 3/10/14

The Inside Story of Primal Scream’s Screamadelica, HMV Stages £17m Comeback, Fabric Turns 15, and a Prophet VS for iPad.

Spatial, Immersive 4DSound. A new two-part video series that looks to the future of live performance and immersive sound. With a three-dimensional grid of 48 speakers, 4DSound allows a musician to position and fluidly move sounds spatially, for a performance that envelopes the audience. Check it out above.

Fabric Turns 15. London’s premier nightclub Fabric honour their 15th with an invitation to two celebratory lineups in October and a website of nostalgic photos, stats and infographics representing the last decade and a half. Check it out here.

Sample Magic launches Back To School Sale. For producers looking to brush up on their skills this new academic year, SM are offering up to 50% off all books and 25% off the Magic AB plugin for a limited time, exclusively on the Sample Magic store.

Urban Outfitters Doesn’t Sell the Most Vinyl. While Urban Outfitters may be telling the world that it is the world’s premier seller of vinyl, record label executives tell Billboard that Amazon is the largest retailer. Find out more here.

Prophet VS For iPad. Arturia announce availability of iProphet — an authentic iPad emulation of the 80s-vintage, California-created Prophet VS Digital Vector Synthesizer, Sequential’s first digital design. Watch the promo above.

HMV Stages £17m Comeback. Staging a dramatic fightback less than two years after it was saved from collapse, annual accounts show that the high street chain racked up nearly £17m profit in the 11 months after it went into administration. More in The Telegraph‘s report.

The Inside Story Of Primal Scream’s Screamadelica. Sabotage Times go deep inside the making of the classic album that defined an era. Give it a read here.


29 September 2014 :

Mixes Of The Week: 29/9/14

This week’s top mixes include ‘techno bass funk from Timothy J Fairplay, El-B’s roots of dubstep and Hyperdub’s beatless best.

Ed DMX – Numbers x RinseFM. Numbers‘ special guest Ed DMX, aka DMX Krew, throws down two hours of squelching acid and electro for the Numbers x RinseFM radio show, broadcast live from the RinseFM popup stall in East London’s Brick Lane. Stream and download above.

Hyperdub mixes its beatless best. As Hyperdub mark their 10th anniversary and in preview of a new compilation, Dazed present an exclusive mix and video of the revolutionary London label’s spaciest productions. Check it out here.

Techno Bass Funk. From being one of the founding members of the now sadly defunct Battant to Andrew Weatherall‘s engineer (and then going on to form The Asphodells with him) to running his own label, Crimes of the FutureTimothy J Fairplay has earnt his stripes. Stream and download his R$N mix above, interview here.

Jimmy Edgar b2b Bambounou. Three hours of Berlin-based Detroit native Jimmy Edgar and 50 weapons / ClekClekBoom‘s Bambounou playing together on RA‘s stage at Nuits Sonores festival in Lyon earlier this summer. Expect plenty of rump-shaking club tracks. Stream and download above.

El-B’s This Is the Roots of Dubstep. The originator who played a large part in creating the dubstep sound, El-B endorses the upcoming This is the Roots of Dubstep compilation with a mix that follows the sound’s trajectory from its garage-affiliated roots to the early days of whomp, for THUMP. Stream above.

26 September 2014 :

News Round Up: 26/9/14

Detroit to NYC: Underground Resistance, Masters At Work extended interview, WhoSampled app launched for Android and the outer reaches Of 8-Bit.

A Guy Called Gerald on tech in electronic music. The man behind some of electronic music’s most definitive tracks explains why dance music and technology have always gone hand-in-hand, and how digital DJing gave birth to limitless possibilities in the video above.

Berlin TRAKTOR Competition. Win a VIP weekend in Berlin with access to some of the city’s most renowned clubs and private TRAKTOR tuition. To enter, record a set with TRAKTOR DJ and upload it to your Mixcloud profile. Or create a Spotify playlist and post it as a comment on the video linked here. Mixes can be any genre and must contain a minimum of 6 tracks. Recordings must be between 15 and 30 min. Full details here. Competition closes October 30th.

Masters At Work talk to Defected and RA. In a two-part interview with Defected to promote their forthcoming House Masters compilation, Louie Vega and Kenny Dope discuss their roots in salsa and hip-hop, their use of live instrumentation and the changes in technology over the course of their career. Essential reading. Check out part one and part two.

And for even more insight, stream RA‘s exchange with the duo below:


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