1 day 11 hrs ago  /  2 Comments
Permanent Vacation will release a collection profiling defunct German imprint Brontosaurus on May 31st.2 Comments
The label was originally founded back in 2006 by Thomas Sabrowsky, Lauer and Christian Beißwenger (aka CB Funk, The Citizens Band, and one half of Arto Mwambé). As hinted by the name Brontosaurus, they strived for a somewhat raw and primitive sound—what the press release describes as "proto dance music long after its [emergence]," achieved through a focus on hardware. Ceasing operations in 2010, Brontosaurus could be seen as the unofficial precursor to Live At Robert Johnson, the imprint based inside the Frankfurt club of the same name and featuring many of the same artists.
The self-titled compilation will come in two formats: an eight-track double-LP on vinyl, and a digital version containing an extra 16 tunes. It hosts many of Frankfurt's biggest techno and house names, including Lauer, Beißwenger under the Exile Missile alias, and their productions together as Arto Mwambé.
A1. Arto Mwambé - Ombala Mbembo
A2. Lauer - Renard With No Regard 2006
B1. Arto Mwambé - Hum Along (Move D's Move Along Remix)
B2. Extra Produktionen - Subgreen
C1. Arto Mwambé - Une Seule Nuit (Mix De Danse)
C2. Exile Missile - Sidewinder
D1. Lauer - BOB (Instrumental)
D2. Arto Mwambé - Greatest Love
Digital Bonus Tracks
01. Lauer - Buddy Of Expert
02. Lauer - Valentino
03. Arto Mwambé - Noh Ngamebo
04. Arto Mwambé - Love Lift (Osborne Remix)
05. Arto Mwambé - BTWO
06. Arto Mwambé - Love Lift
07. Lauer - Delta NRG
08. Exile Missile - Ray Rider
09. Extra Produktionen - Feuerwehrhaus
10. Zachary - Benzo Buzz
11. Zachary - Evolution Pro
12. Extra Produktionen - Subgreen (Arto Mwambé's Saap Remix)
13. Exile Missile - Starburst
14. Exile Missile - Stinger Salute
15. Zachary - Richie Lion
16. Arto Mwambe - Love Lift (CB Funk Dub)
Permanent Vacation will release Brontosaurus on May 31st, 2013.
2 days 5 hrs ago  /  2 Comments
The xx will bring their Night + Day festival to Berlin on Saturday.2 Comments
The series is a roving one-day event meant to spotlight the UK trio's favourite artists at various locales around the world. The Berlin edition will take place at Spreepark Plänterwald, with a selection of food carts under the banner "A Taste Of Berlin" as part of the festivities in addition to the musical programming. It'll start at 1 PM and go all the way to midnight.
Aside from a performance by the trio themselves and a DJ set from percussionist Jamie xx, they'll host fellow Brits Jessie Ware and Mount Kimbie. Italians Do It Better-associated disco group Chromatics will perform, as will UNO NYC-affiliated rapper Mykki Blanco, Innervisions' Dixon, and Kindness.
Mon, 06 May 2013  /  7 Comments
The second wave of artists has been confirmed for Melt! Festival 2013, taking place from July 19th through 21st.
The festival takes over Ferropolis, in Gräfenhainichen just a few hours outside of Berlin, every year. The Knife and James Blake are some of the acts already announced. Modeselektor have curated a stage called Melt!Selektor, which will see a performance by their Moderat project with Apparat, while Ellen Allien will hold a Bpitch Control showcase.
The latest group of names added to the lineup encompasses both dance and indie rock. LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy and Simian Mobile Disco will DJ, while trip-hop legend Tricky will perform a set based on his new False Idols album. Aerea Negrot will join the Bpitch Control crew, Siriusmo will play Melt!Selektor, and Anja Schneider, Benjamin Damage, Motor City Drum Ensemble and Henning Baer are among the other artists included in the announcement.
Jul 19 Melt! Festival 2013 - Day 17 Comments
Jul 20 Melt! Festival 2013 - Day 2
Jul 21 Melt! Festival 2013 - Day 3
Mon, 06 May 2013  /  1 Comment
Berlin Atonal Festival has announced the first names for its 2013 program, which runs from July 25th through 31st.1 Comment
The festival got its start in the early 1980s as a showcase for some of that era's most experimental acts. Einstürzende Neubauten and Sprung Aus Den Wolken were some of their early bookings, and the event positioned itself as a space where attendees had "the freedom to form thoughts and judgments without slipping into the shitty, prefabricated system set up by idiots," as an early press release put it.
This year's edition, titled "Forming Space," draws on the same ethos that drove those early festivals. Only four acts have been announced for 2013, but they give an idea of where the organizers are taking things. Juan Atkins and Moritz von Oswald will perform the European debut of their recent Borderland collaboration. Trumpeter and electronic composer Jon Hassell will play with his string quartet. Raime and Voices From The Lake are also on the lineup, and both groups will play special audiovisual sets. Many more artists are set to be announced in the coming weeks, with readings, seminars, exhibitions and installations complementing this music. Kraftwerk Berlin, an abandoned power plant that the promoters describe as a "multi-story, multi-roomed industrial maze," will serve as the festival's home base.
Fri, 03 May 2013  /  1 Comment
Felix K will release his debut album, Flowers Of Destruction, this weekend.1 Comment
The Berlin-based artist first started out DJing drum & bass back in the mid-'90s. These days, he's become known for his dark, experimental productions which merge together drum & bass, techno and ambient sounds, and which frequently appear only on limited-edition wax. Flowers Of Destruction sees him further expanding his wide-ranging style across fifteen tracks, each named according to its numerical order—except for the album closer, "Flower Of Hope." It'll first be made available on Hidden Hawaii LTD (an offshoot of the Hidden Hawaii label family that Felix K co-runs) as a limited 3xLP pack of grey vinyl, with a digital version to be released later.
Berlin fans can catch Felix K in action this Saturday night at Berghain, where his set will also serve as an "unofficial release party" for Flowers Of Destruction.
A1 Flower Of Destruction 1
A2 Flower Of Destruction 2
A3 Flower Of Destruction 3
B1 Flower Of Destruction 4
B2 Flower Of Destruction 5
C1 Flower Of Destruction 6
C2 Flower Of Destruction 7
D1 Flower Of Destruction 8
D2 Flower Of Destruction 9
E1 Flower Of Destruction 10
E2 Flower Of Destruction 11
E3 Flower Of Destruction 12
F1 Flower Of Destruction 13
F2 Flower Of Destruction 14
F3 Flower Of Hope
Hidden Hawaii LTD will release Flowers Of Destruction on May 4th, 2013.
Mon, 29 Apr 2013  /  9 Comments
Nachtdigital will stage its 16th edition at the Bungalowdorf Olganitz in Cavertitz, Germany, this August.9 Comments
The open-air party, which runs from Saturday afternoon through Monday, has long been a hot ticket, and this year's edition sold out long before any artists had been announced. Given the festival's reputation for strong lineups, it's not surprising folks would jump on board early, and this year's roster isn't likely to disappoint. Michael Mayer, Gerd Janson, Âme and Barnt are among those representing Germany. In terms of internationals, Nachtdigital has booked the likes of Deadbeat, Xosar, Blawan and Blondes. The festival will also showcase the cult Giegling label this year, with roster regulars Konstantin, Ateq and Kettenkarussell among those tapped to play.
Fri, 19 Apr 2013  /  1 Comment
Berlin label Vakant will release a compilation next month.1 Comment
Since being founded in 2004, Vakant has helped define the sound of minimal house. It kicked off with a string of singles from the then-unknown Alex Smoke, Robag Wruhme and Mathias Kaden, and soon became known for a style of rhythm-focused minimal well suited to late-hour DJ sets. The forthcoming compilation sees a hefty batch of the label's regular contributors featured, with cuts from Cesare Marchese (AKA Cesare vs Disorder, Dario Zenker and DeWalta all included. Newcomers Sons of Tiki supply one track, while longtime affiliates Tolga Fidan and Nico Purman also appear. An accompanying 12-inch with tracks from Purman, Sons of Tiki and Cesar Marchese will be released next month.
01. Cesare Marchese aka Cesare vs Disorder - Before I Was Born (Back2bass Mix)
02. Tolga Fidan feat. Jaw - Dogs & Bones
03. Anonym - I'm A Dancer
04. Nico Purman - The Mirror
05. Tolga Fidan - Void - GvsB Tribute
06. Avatism - Constants
07. Dario Zenker - Hype
08. Anonym - Runaway
09. Jeremy & Walker - Bedouin
10. Alex Smoke - Polka (Sons of Tiki Remix)
11. DeWalta feat. Frieder Klaris - Fromsidetoside
12. Sons of Tiki - Vudaka
13. Livio & Roby - Shinichi
13. Nico Purman - The Bubble
15. Alex Smoke - Baba Yaga
16.Jeremy & Walker - Bedouin (Avatism Remix)
17. Sons of Tiki - Moon Waltz (Mathias Kaden's Tiki Taka Remix)
18. Cesare Marchese aka Cesare vs Disorder - Before I Was Born (Techno Mix)
Vakant will release New Wave Of on May 13th, 2013.
Thu, 18 Apr 2013  /  3 Comments
Munich label Ilian Tape will be throwing three parties over the coming months, the first of which takes place this Saturday (following on from its appearance at Bob Beaman club in late March).
Helmed by brothers Dario and Marco Zenker, Ilian Tape has been in operation since 2007, releasing records from a small cast of contributors that includes Jichael Mackson, Imugem Orihasam and the founders themselves. Murky house and techno has been the label's focal point for the past few years, and this has been reflected in the Zenker Brothers' club appearances. Saturday's event will see Copenhagen's Kenneth Christiansen touch down at Kong for an Ilian Tape Vs. Echochord night, while Levon Vincent will headline the label's May party at Rote Sonne. Ilian Tape will return to Rote Sonne in August to celebrate its six birthday with the help of UK techno veteran Surgeon.
Apr 20 Ilian Tape VS Echocord, Kong3 Comments
May 18 Ilian Tape presents Levon Vincent, Rote Sonne
Aug 31 6 Years Ilian Tape presents Surgeon, Rote Sonne
Thu, 18 Apr 2013  /  6 Comments
Berlin's Killekill crew are kicking off their new Krake imprint with a compilation called Krake 001.6 Comments
The new label takes its name from Krake Festival, which Killekill launched back in 2010 with a stated aim of showcasing "strictly challenging artists, no bullshit, no boredom." Krake 001 features tracks from 15 acts who played the festival last year, most of which are previously unreleased. Thomas Köner, Perc and Pole are all on hand, along with the duos Cassegrain and Lakker. Ulrich Schnauss, Dadub and Tim Exile have each provided live tracks culled from their performances at Krake 2012. The compilation is being released on CD and vinyl.
01. Thomas Köner - The Weary Seer
02. Bersarin Quartett - Mehr Als Alles Andere
03. Pole - Wipfel Dub
04. Cassegrain - Serpent
05. Perc - Kord
06. Alex Smoke - LiveOn
07. Swarm Intelligence - Shatter
08. Tim Exile - It’s Dark In Here, But I Still Love You (Live & Improvised at Krake festival 2012)
09. Lakker - Darcdub
10. Goner - Enka
11. Kid606 - Juju Voodoo
12. Ulrich Schnauss - A Long Way To Fall (Live at Krake Festival 2012)
13. Dadub - Syncronic Pattern (Live at Krake Festival 2012)
14. SHRUBBN!! - Echos 3|4
15. Barker - Marston Vale
A1 Thomas Köner - The Weary Seer
A2 Cassegrain - Serpent
A3 Perc - Kord
A4 Tim Exile - It’s Dark In Here, But I Still Love You (Live & Improvised at Krake festival 2012)
B1 Alex Smoke - LiveOn
B2 Goner - Enka
B3 Kid606 - Juju Voodoo
B4 SHRUBBN!! - Echos 3|4
B5 Barker - Marston Vale
Krake 001 is available now on Krake.
Fri, 12 Apr 2013  /  Post a comment
Japanese artist AOKI Takamasa's next album, RV8, will come out next month.Post a comment
Takamasa is a longtime purveyor of experimental electronics, though he's been relatively quiet on the production front in recent years. RV8 is his eighth solo album, and his first since 2008's Private Party. It marks his full-length debut on the acclaimed German label Raster-Noton, which put out his Rn-Rhythm-Variations EP back in 2009. A follow-up to that record, RV8 sees Takamasa continuing to refine his playfully funky, glitch-laden style across eight sequentially named tracks. It'll be made available on CD and a six-track vinyl LP.
01. rhythm variation 01
02. rhythm variation 02
03. rhythm variation 03
04. rhythm variation 04
05. rhythm variation 05
06. rhythm variation 06
07. rhythm variation 07
08. rhythm variation 08
Raster-Noton will release RV8 on May 20th, 2013.
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