Thu, 28 Feb 2013  /  5 Comments
Markus Suckut will release his debut album, DNA, in May through Figure.5 Comments
Debuting in 2010, the German producer has released EPs through a number of respected techno outlets, including Repitch, Edit Select and Stroboscopic Artefacts (for whom he curated an instalment in the experimental Monad series), as well as his own SCKT label. He's also appeared on a number of 12-inches on Figure SPC, an offshoot of the Len Faki-helmed Figure imprint, with DNA set to come out through the parent label. The CD and digital versions of the album will comprise 11 tracks, while the vinyl will feature eight.
02. Dissociation 03. Dust
Figure will release DNA by Markus Suckut on May 20th, 2013.
Wed, 27 Feb 2013  /
Lowtec will join the Brainmath label with a new release called Port Carbon.
The five-track release is being billed by the label as a mini-album, and follows a quiet 2012 on the production front for Lowtec, AKA Jens Kuhn, who runs the respected Workshop label with Even Tuell. Kuhn's left-of-centre take on deep house represents a curve ball for Brainmath, and marks the Ramp offshoot's first release of 2013. Port Carbon will come out next week on double 10-inch vinyl, with digital and CD versions set to follow in early April. For an idea of what to expect, you can stream title track "Port Carbon" in full over at the Brainmath website.
01. Carbon Copy
02. Drone One
05. Oni Nake
Brainmath will release Port Carbon by Lowtec on March 6th, 2013
Tue, 26 Feb 2013  /  3 Comments
Rebekah has mixed the latest edition of CLR's Reconnected series, out this week.3 Comments
Reconnected is a new series of digital-only mix compilations by the German techno powerhouse. After volumes from label boss Chris Liebing and DJ Emerson, the latest instalment comes from one of the newer additions to the CLR roster. Rebekah is a British DJ who grew up on techno in her hometown of Birmingham, no doubt influenced by the city's strong connection with the genre. Judging from the tracklist, the collection is archetypal CLR, composed of hard-edged techno from the likes of Xhin, Speedy J, Sleeparchive and Monoloc. The mix will precede Rebekah's debut EP of originals on CLR, due out later this year.
01. Monoloc – Mind
02. Tommy Four Seven - Talus (Lucy remix)
03. Traversable Wormhole - Tachyon (James Ruskin remix)
04. Xhin & Lucy – LX3
05. Motor feat. Douglas McCarthy - The Knife (Peter Van Hoesen remix)
06. Speedy J – Armstrong
07. Brian Sanhaji – Synchrotron (Cari Lekebusch remix)
08. Drumcell & Brian Sanhaji – Structure
09. Traversable Wormhole – Superluminal (Sleeparchive remix)
10. Chris Liebing feat. Markus Sprengler – Ataraxia
11. Motor feat. Billie Ray Martin – Hyper Lust (Pfirter remix)
12. Drumcell & Brian Sanhaji - Split
13. Chris Liebing – Auf Und Ab (Edit Select OCD remixes Part 1)
14. Chris Liebing – A2 Endlosrille 15. Pfirter – Mi Estudio
16. Jerome Sydenham vs. Function – Two Ninety One
17. Chris Liebing – String Theory
18. Monoloc & Daniel Wilde – When I Get Older
CLR released Reconnected 03 on February 25th, 2013.
Mon, 25 Feb 2013  /  5 Comments
Timo Maas will release his next album, Lifer, in April through the Rockets & Ponies label he co-runs with Santos.5 Comments
The LP is Maas's first full-length since 2005's two-part Pictures release, and will feature guest vocal appearances from rapper Mikill Pane, Placebo's Brian Molko, Katie Cruel (formerly of We Fell To Earth) and James Lavelle of U.N.K.L.E. Maas shot to widespread fame some 14 years ago with his remix of Azzido Da Bass's "Doom’s Night," and followed it up with remixes for the likes of Depeche Mode and Madonna. His current DJ residency at Ibiza club DC10 will enter its tenth year in 2013.
03. Grown Up feat. Mikill Pane
04. Kick One, Kick Three
05. Articulation feat. Katie Cruel
07. Train In My Kitchen
09. Cash Johnny
10. The Hunted feat. James Lavelle
11. College 84 feat. Brian Molko
Rockets & Ponies will release Lifer by Timo Maas on April 22nd, 2013.
Mon, 25 Feb 2013  /  7 Comments
Subjected will release his Zero LP in April.7 Comments
Not much is known about Subjected aside from his music: a dark, atmospheric style of techno that's usually been released on Vault Series, the Berlin-based label he operates alongside Mørbeck and Sawlin. Zero will be the first full-length album for Subjected as well as Vault Series, but don't expect much of a change from the artist and label's usual tough-as-nails aesthetic. As a press release explains, it'll be "a concept-free and entirely frill-less dancefloor album."
Along with a CD and digital package, which will both include the bonus track "The Throne," Zero will be split into a series of three vinyl EPs. For an early opportunity to hear some of the album's material, you can tune in to Subjected's recent Clubberia podcast.
04. Boom Boom
05. Concept 3
06. Tool 1
08. Vault 101
10. The Throne (CD and digital bonus)
Vault Series will release Zero on April 17th, 2013.
Thu, 21 Feb 2013  /  94 Comments
Ostgut Ton will release Steffi's Panorama Bar 05 mix on May 13th.
The Dutch DJ and producer, real name Steffie Doms, is one of Panorama Bar's longest-serving residents, and follows Cassy, Tama Sumo, Prosumer and Nick Höppner in helming one of the club's official mixes. She first revealed news of the mix via Facebook last November, and now full details have emerged, with Panorama Bar 05 built around unreleased tracks from some of the DJ's favourite artists.
The 16-track selection contains six exclusives, three of which will be released on a 12-inch through Ostgut Ton, with the other three coming out on Steffi's own Dolly label. "It was important for me to feature the artists that inspire me now rather than including a lot of 'old skool' tracks," she said. Big Strick, Fred P, Dexter, Juju & Jordash and Steffi herself are among those to contribute exclusive material, and the rest of the selection maintains the contemporary focus, with most of the tracks released in the past three years. In keeping with Steffi's DJing style, Panorama Bar 05 is heavily focused on house and techno.
A launch party for the mix will be held at Panorama Bar on April 27th, with Steffi joined by XDB, Fred P, Big Strick, Octave One and Tama Sumo. (The London launch will take place on May 5th.) We recently caught up with Steffi via email to ask about the mix.
When did you find out you were mixing Panorama Bar 05? Was it something that had been on your mind for a while?
01. Palisade - 18:30
02. Endian - Doze
03. Big Strick - Hayday
04. Chris Mitchell - Lonely Nights
05. BLM - The Nest
06. Fred P - Project 05
07. Naoki Shinohara - Timeless
08. Juju & Jordash - A Stab In The Dark
09. John Barera & Will Martin - Reality
10. DJ Fett Burger - Disco Tre
11. Juergen Junker - Post Reunion
12. Steffi - DB011
13. Dexter - Jawada
14. DJ Skull - Don't Stop The Beat
15. Obsolete Music Technology - Latency
16. Trevino - Juan Two Five
Ostgut Ton will release Panorama Bar 05 by Steffi on May 13th, 2013.
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Thu, 14 Feb 2013  /  58 Comments
Berlin venue Horst Krzbrg has closed down.58 Comments
Rumors of the club's closure have been circulating since Monday, and earlier today the management confirmed the news in a long and somewhat lyrical written statement, which blames "a long and tiring battle against the windmills of money." It claims that although things were beginning to improve, the owner of the property pulled the plug on them anyway. Everything inside the club was completely dismantled and moved out on Wednesday morning. Sam Shackleton, who kept his studio "in the depths of the cellar," was also forced to move out.
Horst Krzbrg opened four years ago, and went on to become one of the most musically adventurous venues in Berlin. Its interior was simple—one medium-sized dance floor, a bar, a small couch area—and its programming was diverse: their guests in the past few months included Paul Woolford, Objekt, Brandt Brauer Frick and the Sex Tags Mania crew. Horst was also the home to the Sunday evening Wax Treatment parties, which have become a cult fixture of Berlin's clubbing landscape. It will be missed.
Thu, 14 Feb 2013  /  7 Comments
Melt! 2013 will take place from July 19th through 21st.
More than 120 acts will appear at this year's festival, with around half of those now confirmed: heading the bill is mercurial duo The Knife, whose next album Shaking The Habitual is due out in April. James Blake—who also has an album on the way—and LA beatsmith Flying Lotus are among the other key artists on the lineup. Modeselektor will again curate their own Melt!Selektor stage which will feature a performance from their Moderat project with Apparat. Other names on the bill include Mount Kimbie, Karenn, Joy Orbison, Ben Klock, Marcel Dettmann, James Holden, DJ Koze, Function, JETS, Ben UFO, SBTRKT and Solomun, who will be playing at Melt! for the first time. BPitch Control and Crosstown Rebels will both hold label showcases at the festival, which will take place at its regular home at Ferropolis in Gräfenhainichen, about two hours outside Berlin.
Jul 19 Melt! Festival 2013 - Day 17 Comments
Jul 20 Melt! Festival 2013 - Day 2
Jul 21 Melt! Festival 2013 - Day 3
Wed, 13 Feb 2013  /  1 Comment
German techno producer Moerbeck has launched a new label called Code is Law.1 Comment
Moerbeck has been exporting gritty, club-ready techno from his Berlin base for the past few years. Until now, he's released the majority of his material via Subjected's Vault Series, showcasing a tough and hypotonic sound aligned with much of his hometown's musical output. The four-track Teens On Fire will be Code is Law's first release, and sees Moerbeck explore the same dark and punchy textures he's committed to wax in the past.
A1 Bump and Run
A2 Teens on Fire
B1 Pleasure to Burn
B2 Numb it Down
Teens On Fire is available now on Code is Law.
Mon, 11 Feb 2013  /  2 Comments
Stefan Goldmann will release a new live album in May called Live At Honen-In Temple.2 Comments
As the name implies, Live At Honen-In Temple is a recording of the Berlin-based producer's one-off performance last year at Honen-In Temple in Kyoto, Japan. According to a press release, only a handful of listeners were present at the concert, which took place "while daylight faded into the dark of night".
Goldmann's output over the years has certainly included plenty of house and techno-oriented material (for labels like Classic, Ovum and Perlon), but he's also shown a penchant for avant-garde experimentation, as heard on many of his prior LPs. It's perhaps unsurprising then, especially given the setting, that Live At Honen-In Temple sees him veer far from the dance floor to focus on abstract (and often beat-less) soundscapes. The album, heavy on unreleased material, will come out on CD and in digital formats through Macro, the label Goldmann runs alongside Finn Johannsen.
01. Mining The Vein
03. Womb To Womb
04. State Of Siege
05. Lunatic Fringe / Markers Of The Black Lit Path
07. Lazy Controller
08. Mourning Eyes
09. Ancien Regime
11. XNR /Echoes Of An Era
13. Turning Point - Parts I & II
14. Turning Point - Part III
Macro will release Live At Honen-In Temple on May 6th, 2013.
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