Thu, 26 May 2011  /  1 Comment
The third annual Volt festival will take place at Uppsala in Sweden on June 11th.1 Comment
Much like the past two years, Volt's bill for 2011 is a grab-bag of artists from all reaches of the electronic spectrum. Ben Klock brings the notoriously tough sounds of Berlin's Berghain, while Radio Slave and Motor City Drum Ensemble offer a warmer variety of house music. On the bass tip, there's former BBC host Mary Anne Hobbs and the Hyperdub collective Darkstar. Plenty of avant-garde sounds are in store as well, from Raster-Noton co-founder Alva Noto to Mokira, a Swedish ambient artist who just released an album through Malmö-based label Kontra-Musik (whose founder, Ulf Eriksson, will also be performing). Other local acts include Håkan Lidbo, Namato to Nomaton and one of Sweden's biggest electronic exports, Little Dragon.
The event will once again take place at Uppsala Konsert & Kongress, commonly known as the Musikens hus, one of Sweden's most architecturally striking locations. Musical performances will be complemented by video installations and a team of VJs.
Tue, 05 Apr 2011  /  1 Comment
Emeralds will play a string of live dates across Europe next month.
Made up of John Elliott, Mark McGuire and Steve Hauschildt, Emeralds is a Cleveland-based trio with roots in the US's experimental underground; prior to their 2008 album Solar Bridge, their catalog was made up entirely of cassettes, CD-Rs and extremely limited LPs. Their profile shot up last year with Does It Look Like I'm Here?, an album that saw them move from stark drones into more rich and dynamic material. Their style in concert is much like it is on record: walls of electro-acoustic sound made with guitars, vocals, synthesizers and loads of pedals.
Emeralds' European tour starts on Saturday, May 14th in Stockholm. From there they'll play dates in Denmark, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands and the UK, with a set at the Primavera Sound festival in Barcelona along the way. The whole thing wraps up on June first in Berlin, where the band are joined by Caribou and Oneohtrix Point Never.
May 14 Emeralds, Hornstull Strand Etablissement, Sweden1 Comment
May 15 Emeralds, Loppen Christiania, Denmark
May 16 Emeralds, Musikcafeen, Denmark
May 17 Emeralds, De Kreun, Belgium
May 18 Indiestad Festival, OT301, Amsterdam
May 20 Emeralds, AB, Belgium
May 21 Stag & Dagger / Bleed, Village Underground, London
May 22 Emeralds, Hare and Hounds, Midlands
May 23 Emeralds, The Arches, Scotland
May 24 Emeralds, Whelans, Ireland
May 26 San Miguel Primavera Sound Fe.., Parc Del Forum, Barcelona
May 27 Sonique Villette Festival, Parc de la Villette, Paris
May 30 Emeralds, Circolo Caracol, North
Jun 01 Caribou & Friends, Astra Berlin, Berlin
Tue, 15 Mar 2011  /  15 Comments
Skudge will release their first album, Phantom, next month.15 Comments
Though they lurked in obscurity just over a year ago, Skudge are by now a favorite among fans of deeper house and techno, especially DJs. They first made a splash with their track "Convolution," whose throbbing beat and ghostly diva hook made it an enduring club hit for much of last year. Since then Skudge have put out eight more records, played live at clubs and festivals around Europe, and been remixed by a diverse cast of artists that includes Marcel Fengler, Aardvarck and 2562.
Aside from the title track, Phantom features all new productions from Skudge, and apparently sticks to their style of dusty techno with a bit of house soul (at least if the samples are anything to go by). As with all but one of their releases so far, it will come out through their own Skudge Records.
01. Ursa Major
02. In Between
08. Pressure Drop
12. Modular Storm
Skudge will release Phantom in April 2011.
Wed, 19 Jan 2011  /  3 Comments
Johan Agebjoern will release an ambient album next month called The Mountain Lake.3 Comments
The Swedish producer is best known for his work with Sally Shapiro, the electronic pop artist for whom he's produced up-tempo, Italo-style beats since 2006. Like much of his previous solo work, The Mountain Lake is more about cosmic, reflective ambient tracks, which he says were inspired by "science fiction movies, Buddhism and the Swedish landscape." Agebjoern's disco flair still comes across despite the album's somber tone, as indicated by the opening track, an ambient cover of "Spacer Woman From Mars" with Shapiro on vocals. The album also includes his remix of "The Chameleon" by Italians Do It Better group Glass Candy.
Agebjoern will release another album called Casablanca Nights in May. Though most of the details are still unconfirmed, he says it will blend his usual disco pop sound with elements of classical music, "like a radical interpretation of an Erik Satie piece."
01. Johan Agebjoern feat. Sally Shapiro - Spacer Woman From Mars (Ambient Mix)
02. Johan Agebjoern - Amylium Casparium feat. NeonCoil
03. Johan Agebjoern - Underworld Mumble 1
04. Johan Agebjoern - The Stones Are Blasted
05. Johan Agebjoern - Spiral Staircase
06. Johan Agebjoern - Underworld Mumble 2
07. Johan Agebjoern - Swimming Through the Blue Lagoon (Original Casio MT-52 Instrumental)
08. Johan Agebjoern - Zero Gravitation
09. Johan Agebjoern feat. Sylwia van der Wonderland - Take Me Home
10. Glass Candy - The Chameleon (Johan Agebjoern Remix)
11. Johan Agebjoern - Last Tram To Comet Square
12. Johan Agebjoern - Love Ray feat. with Lisa Barra
13. Johan Agebjoern - Siberian Train (Steve Moore Remix)
Lotuspike will release The Mountain Lake on February 8th, 2011.
Wed, 05 Jan 2011  /  13 Comments
Joel Mull will release his next album, Sensory, next month on Truesoul.13 Comments
Mull has been a cornerstone of Sweden's techno scene for well over a decade. A longtime friend and former classmate of Adam Beyer (who, incidentally, taught him how to use his decks), the prolific DJ and producer cut his teeth at clubs in Stockholm in the early '90s, then honed his skills with a residency at Unit in Hamburg. In the fifteen years since, he's dished out nearly 50 12-inches and two full-lengths, and played countless pounding techno sets around the world.
Sensory will be Mull's first album since 2007's The Observer. Like much of his work to date, it's sleek, futuristic and not afraid to throw in a bit of melody.
01. Nagoya Bolero
02. Smoke Room
04. Keep On
05. Danny Boy
07. Kraut House
09. Novelty Theory
Truesoul will release Sensory on February 14th, 2011.
Thu, 18 Nov 2010  /  Post a comment
Stockholm-based artist Peter Major, AKA Opolopo, has completed a new album called Voltage Controlled Feelings for Tokyo Dawn Records.Post a comment
Major has been making synth-heavy disco tunes for years, but until now he's mostly flown under the radar, putting out records on labels like Swedish Brandy and Especial in Osaka. Sharp-eyed cosmic disco fans may remember him from Prins Thomas's Live at Robert Johnson CD, which included a remix of Major's track "I Do." Voltage Controlled Feelings shows the Swedish artist doing what he does best: crafting neon-colored funk and disco tracks with a slightly campy sci-fi feel. A crew of guest vocalists appear on the album, including fellow Stockholmer Amalia Miz Fuze Townsend and California-based artist Erik Rico, who also appeared on the first album by deep house artist Aybee, East Oakland Space Program. Hard copies of Voltage Controlled Feelings don't hit stores until December, but you download it right now on Tokyo Dawn's offical website.
02. Kobayashi Maru
03. Our World feat. Erik Rico
04. Reversed feat. Blacktop & Amalia
05. Voltage Controlled Feelings
06. The Singularity
07. Take It Slow feat. Sacha Williamson
08. Step Into The Light
09. Bonafide feat. Amalia
10. Waiting feat. Farah
11. The Wow Signal
12. Tweak My Knobs
13. Ballad For Amalia
Tokyo Dawn Records will release Voltage Controlled Feelings on December 3rd, 2010.
Thu, 22 Jul 2010  /  3 Comments
Robyn has unveiled details for Body Talk Pt.2, due for release this fall on her own Konichiwa Records.3 Comments
The new record is the second installment in a trilogy of Body Talk albums, the first of which hit stores in June. Robyn enlisted a formidable crew of guest producers for her new release, including fellow Swedish electropop artists like Kleerup and Savage Skulls. Mad Decent boss Diplo also makes an appearance, and Snoop Dogg lends his perennial vocal talents on the track "U Should Know Better." Body Talk Pt. 2 will be preceded by a single for "Hang with Me," due for release one day before the rest of the album.
01. In My Eyes
02. Iinclude Me Out
03. Hang with Me
04. Love Kills
05. We Dance to the Beat
06. Criminal Intent
07. U Should Know Better feat. Snoop Dogg
08. Indestructible (acoustic version)
Konichiwa will release Body Talk Pt.2 on September 6th, 2010.
Wed, 14 Jul 2010  /  1 Comment
Swedish-based band Drivan will release Disko, their first album, next month on Smalltown Supersound.1 Comment
Despite the record's title, Drivan's sound is far from club-friendly. Their debut album is contemplative and mostly down-tempo, blending elements of Swedish folk with ambient textures and electronic sounds. The band is led by Norwegian artist Kim Hiorthøy, a producer who's released three albums and a fistful of 12-inches for Smalltown Supersound and frequently does graphic design for the label's album covers.
01. Some en Laderlapp
02. Inget Mer Sen
05. Lat det va
06. Det gr Ingenting
07. Hart i Ogat
08. Shamshalam, shimshilim
09. Allt man Vill
10. Hej Da
11. Snderslagna Mobler
Smalltown Supersound will release Disko on August 18th, 2010.
Thu, 01 Jul 2010  /  1 Comment
Grammy-winning electronic pop artist Robyn is set to tour Europe and North America, hitting more than 20 cities through August.
The jaunt will support Robyn's current trilogy of Body Talk albums, the first of which hit stores last month (Pt. 2 is scheduled for an August release). Her trek begins tonight with a slew of festival gigs: first with Peace & Love in Sweden, then Roskilde, Wakestock and Arvika. She'll touch down in Chicago two weeks from now for the Pitchfork Music Festival, and from there will play ten gigs in the US and Canada, mostly with support from Kelis. She heads back to Europe on August 13th, finishing her tour with more festivals in England and Scandinavia, including Oya, Propoganda and V Festival.
Jul 01 Peace & Love Festival, Borlänge, Sweden1 Comment
Jul 04 Wakestock, Wakestock Grounds, West + Wales
Jul 15 Arvika Festival Day 1, Arvika, Sweden
Jul 16 Pitchfork Music Festival, Union Park, Illinois
Jul 17 Robyn, The Crofoot Ballroom, Michigan
Jul 22 Robyn, Belly Up, California (South)
Jul 23 All Hearts Tour with.., Fonda Theatre, California (South)
Jul 24 All Hearts Tour with Roby.., Mezzanine, California (North)
Jul 27 All Hearts Tour with Roby.., House Of Blues, Massachusetts
Jul 30 Disco Lemonade: Summer Mas.., Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto
Jul 31 Osheaga Festival, Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal
Aug 02 All Hearts Tour with Robyn and.., 9:30 Club, Washington DC
Aug 03 All Hearts Tour with Robyn and.., Trocadero, Pennsylvania
Aug 05 All Hearts Tour with Robyn and K.., Webster Hall, New York
Aug 14 Robyn, Suvilahden Vanha Voimala, Finland
Aug 20 Pstereo Festival, Marinen, Norway
Aug 21 V Festival, Hylands Park, South + East
Aug 22 V Festival, Weston Park, North
Oct 18 Robyn, O2 Academy, Scotland
Oct 19 Robyn, Manchester Academy 2, North
Oct 21 Robyn, Concorde 2, South + East
Oct 22 Robyn, Shepherds Bush Empire, London
Tue, 01 Jun 2010  /  5 Comments
Swedish producer Cari Lekebusch will release his next album, State of the Art, this July on H Productions.5 Comments
With more than 70 releases under his belt, Lekebusch is undoubtedly one of Stockholm's most prolific techno artists. Since his vinyl debut in 1994, he's donned a variety of pseudonyms–Vector, Shape Changer, Mystic Letter K, to name a few–but the bulk of his output has been under his real name, as with his new album. State of the Art shows Lekebusch staying true to form, with nine previously unreleased cuts of sleek and linear techno, plus a new version of his 2002 track "Rising Star," this time with Krister Linder on vocals.
01. State of the Art
04. Catch Me
06. Saw Tooth
07. Rising Star feat. Krister Linder
08. As Above so Below
09. Art of Technology
10. Skull Digger (digital exclusive)
H Productions will release Cari Lekebusch's State of the Art in July 2010.
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