NY Techno innovator Joey Beltram headlines The Basement for his POGO debut alongside Jon Hussey, with Detroit electro duo Aux88 playing a live set in The Stage. The Vertical Rhythm Joint keep things swinging speakeasy style in The Mezz
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JOEY BELTRAM: Stx / Tresor / Drumcode / R&S - New York
Best known for 'Energy Flash' and 'Mentasm' among others, Beltram is heralded as one of the scene's biggest techno and house stars. Beltram grew up in Queens, New York. At 12 years old he was DJing hip hop and electro, playing roller rinks and block parties to buy records, studio gear and decks. He released his first tracks before age 18 on New York labels Nu Groove and Easy Street, and by 20 he caught the ear of Belgium's now pivotal R&S label with his track Let It Ride. R&S invited Beltram to Europe and techno history was made. Beltram arrived with a new track he'd completed a week before travelling. Energy Flash, released on R&S in Europe and Derrick May's Transmat in the US, is still one of techno's pivotal classics - Muzik Magazine's Track of the Decade, and a track whose title has named any number of record stores and books on dance culture. Energy Flash and its follow up Mentasm with Mundo Muzique made Beltram's name and took the 20-year-old right around the world, playing major events in the UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and Germany and holding down a residency at the notorious Limelight in New York. Not content to rest, Beltram has continually toured at the major festivals around the globe treating the crowds to the full force of his inspiring sets.
He’s also continued releasing seminal tracks, his '93 and '94 tracks Aonox on Visible and "the Beltram re-releases" on Trax, the Caliber EP on the UK's legendary Warp (home of Aphex Twin and Squarepusher), and his '95 LP Places and '96 single Ball Park on Tresor were huge hits - each being one of the biggest techno records of that year, along with the LP following, Close Grind on Novamute, with the pivotal releases Believer and Forklift. In '99, he launched his own label STX with Arena, while he continued to release under Code 6 and JB³, as well as headlining events like Awakenings, Coachella, Nature One, Mayday and Dance Valley.
Returning to Tresor in '04, his album Rising Sun included several of that year's biggest techno releases. And he has kept the innovative tracks coming since on Womb, Harthouse, Drumcode, MB Electroniks and Bush.
Joey Beltram - Live @ Awakenings 2007 (68 mins)
AUX 88: Metroplex - Detroit
Detroit electro pioneers Aux 88 perform live as part of their ‘Black Tokyo’ tour, dropping old and future Electro classics from their esteemed catalogue. AUX 88, Tom Tom (Tommy Hamilton) and Keith Tucker (DJ name DJ K1.) were originally formed as “RX-7" in 1985. The group also formed another project known as Sight Beyond Sight, before forming AUX 88 in 1993. In 1995, Tucker went solo and Hamilton continued as Aux 88 together with dancer William “BJ” Smith. After Smith left in 1988, Aux 88 became Hamilton’s solo project. Tucker later rejoined the band.
Aux 88 have released a string of singles, primarily on Direct Beat Records. Their debut album Is It Man or Machine? came out in 1996, followed by Hamilton’s solo project Xeo-Genetic (1998) which won for Detroit Music Awards for Best Artist and Best Recording. In 1999 Aux 8 released a CD in the Electro Boogie series of mixed albums. In 2005 Aux 88 released their self-titled third album Aux 88. Aux 88 have also released music under the aliases Aux Men and Alien FM.
Aux 88 Slices DVD Feature
Aux 88 presents Black Tokyo - Album Promo Vid
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