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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Yello: Toy review – absurdist pop pioneers go back to experimental roots

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Related: The return of Yello: ‘America thought we were black guys rapping’

The Swiss electronic music pioneers’ 13th album and first since 2009 retools their influential, experimental roots. Keyboard wizard Boris Blank, 64, brings an avalanche of sounds and samples to Limbo’s trademark, inimitable absurdist pop, accompanying Orson Wells-voiced Dieter Meier’s typically droll, surreal lyrical narrative. With much of the album sounding like the sort of music that might play in a futurist casino, Blank’s sonic palette stretches from eastern pipes to Balearic comedown music to (gulp) sexagenarian dubstep. Meanwhile, it’s hard not to imagine the inscrutable frontman waxing his moustache with delight at titles such as Tool of Love and the bone dry lyrics of Starlight Scene, wherein he loses his heart to someone offering “irony and wonderful hypocrisy”. At 71, Meier can be forgiven for enjoying the company of one too many female guest vocalists, although Fifi Rong propels Kiss the Cloud and Dark Side with a similar powerful glamour that Shirley Bassey once brought to The Rhythm Divine.

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by Dave Simpson via Electronic music | The Guardian

Banks: The Altar review – an unconvincing 2016 pop moodboard

(Harvest)

LA singer Banks wants you to worship at her altar, but with her frosty exterior comes the concern that she might pin you on it and eviscerate you as if she’s Nancy from The Craft. Moreso on her second album: gone is the dewy, vulnerable electronica of her debut, for which she was hailed alongside FKA twigs as a “future R&B ingenue”; now she’s putting in an application for the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack. Judas has the Weeknd’s perfume-ad sex vibes down, and on Weaker Girl, his light 80s electro-funk, as she sings, unconvincingly, “Imma need a bad motherfucker like me”. For big pop bids, Gemini Feed is a decent slice of obsidian misery-house, recalling Empress Of. But mostly The Altar is claustrophobic with try-hardness. Banks doesn’t sound empowered, she sounds stretched, as on acousto-bleater Mother Earth, or on the truly toe-curling line in Fuck With Myself when she appears to “go a bit Kendrick”. Nothing is sacred, sure, but such a 2016 musical moodboard hardly inspires devotion.

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by Kate Hutchinson via Electronic music | The Guardian

[EVENTS] Outspoken x Dig Deeper Are Bringing Session Victim (Live) To Hollywood On Friday

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The never ending search for what to do this Friday night in Los Angeles has reached a head with Outspoken and Dig Deeper’s happenings at Couture this Friday. The German House aficionados, Session Victim, are bringing their live chops to Hollywood for what is sure to be an immersive evening of good vibes and better music. With Dig Deeper’s Masha and Allison Swing on support duties, expect a well curated set list and a dance floor that’s been dialed in. It’s not too late to get tickets, and if you need more convincing check out Session Victim’s Boiler Room set below!

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Nicolas Jaar: ‘The only thing I was excited about was, can electronic music be political?’

Bored with his own self-obsession, the Chilean-American producer aimed to look outwards for his new album, Sirens. He failed, he says, but he’s doesn’t care

Nicolas Jaar approaches our interview with the wariness of an artist who suspects those writing about him have not always been well informed. After walking into the Brooklyn coffee shop where we meet, he asks: “Have you heard my record?” Then, not long after: “When did you get the record?” And finally: “What did you think of the record?”

Related: Nicolas Jaar: Sirens review – electronic noodling hypnotises, frustrates, dazzles

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Nicolas Jaar: Sirens review – electronic noodling hypnotises, frustrates, dazzles

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The Chilean-American sophisticate Nicolas Jaar is often derided by people who like their electronic music robust and to the point. Understandably, really – his noodlings often make James Blake sound like AC/DC . But Jaar is something of a left-field superstar. On his 2011 debut album, there was at least a semblance of a slow club-music pulse, while last year’s Pomegranates consisted of 20 glitched-out instrumental sketches. Sirens is something else again: in just 40 minutes, you’ll hear Suicide’s louche techno-punk (albeit slathered in high-gloss electronica and French lounge jazz), Karl Hyde of Underworld’s dada chants, lashings of Talk Talk, and Phil Collins doing Chilean cumbia. The song structures constantly meander and fragment and often dissolve into silence and drone before reconstituting. If this idea seems baffling, it makes no more sense at all in the listening, and by turns hypnotises, frustrates and dazzles. This obstreperousness will only further alienate the doubters, but you cannot fault Jaar’s preposterous ambition.


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Monday, September 26, 2016

First recording of computer-generated music - created by Alan Turing - restored

Researchers restore 1951 recording generated on machine built by computer scientist famous for breaking Enigma code

Researchers in New Zealand say they have restored the first recording of computer-generated music, created in 1951 on a gigantic contraption built by the British computer scientist Alan Turing.

The aural artefact, which paved the way for everything from synthesisers to modern electronica, opens with a staunchly conservative tune – the British national anthem.

Related: GCHQ chief apologises for 'horrifying' treatment of Alan Turing

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New band of the week: Sarasara (No 121) – gorgeous but outlandish glitchy pop

Meet the French singer-producer who has worked with Matthew Herbert on an album that makes Björk sound positively down-to-earth

Hometown: Lille.

The lineup: Sarasara (vocals, programming).

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by Paul Lester via Electronic music | The Guardian

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Resonators at HiFi (Leeds) on 30/10

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Resonators at Gateshead Central Library on 29/10

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Resonators at Gateshead Central Library on 29/10

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Resonators album launch at Trinity Center (Bristol) on 07/10

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Resonators album launch at Brighton Dome on 28/09

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Radio 3 pushes rap and electronica in search of a younger audience

BBC radio station’s promo films will feature jazz-rapper Soweto Kinch, poet Alice Oswald and a deconstructed Beethoven quartet

Rap and the discordant collapse of a Beethoven quartet are to feature in a provocative trio of television advertisements aimed at shaking up perceptions of BBC Radio 3.

The deliberately shocking short films, to be broadcast from Friday, feature new work specially created for the radio station and include unconventional jazz sounds created by rapper and saxophonist Soweto Kinch, modern poetry from Alice Oswald and the deconstruction of a Beethoven late quartet into abstract electronic notes, courtesy of composer Matthew Herbert – also known as Doctor Rockit.

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by Vanessa Thorpe via Electronic music | The Guardian

Friday, September 23, 2016

EDM's 'summer of death' reporting is more than just tabloid raving

There have been 25 deaths at EDM events in Los Angeles over the past three years. Unless the problem is taken seriously, the scene’s future is at risk

In 2010, around the time of the last raves held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, former venue officials made the argument the parties there were no different than beer-fueled American football games held there. At the Los Angeles Rams’ season-opening home match at the Coliseum last weekend, at least 158 people were hospitalized for heat-related issues. (Temperatures were in the 90s.) But there was one huge difference: nobody died.

Related: Three die after California rave amid concerns about drug overdoses

Related: PMA: 'not just another drug scare story'

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by Dennis Romero via Electronic music | The Guardian

Dele Sosimi at Cheoyong World Music Festival (South Korea)

We are pleased to announce that Dele Sosimi is playing Cheoyong World Music Festival this year – first time in South Korea. And for the 50th edition of the festival, no less.

Cheoyong World Music Festival is run as part of Cheoyong Culture Festival, one of the oldest festivals in Korea. Its mission is to bring music and culture to Ulsan, a fast growing multicultural city and to celebrate cultural diversity. 

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

How to Dress Well: Care review – a step into irredeemable pop schmaltz

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Related: How to Dress Well's playlist: Prince Bopp, Donna Lewis and more

How to Dress Well is the alias of Tom Krell, a Chicagoan who rose to acclaim in the late 00s as a maker of glitchy, ethereal electronica. On Care, his fourth LP, the slightly opaque experimentalism of his old, intriguing material such as Ready for the World is substituted for a more conventional pop sensibility. It’s a direction he began moving in with 2014’s What Is This Heart? , but here Krell takes it further – sometimes into the realms of pop at its most irredeemably schmaltzy. Liberated from layers of distortion, Krell’s falsetto is now centre stage, backed by routine grooves and realised in melodies that feel instantly familiar. It’s a similar sound to Bastille’s, but you might find yourself craving that band’s wit and kookiness: even with a liberal sprinkling of just-so production tics – and some nauseatingly navel-gazing lyrics (“I want to learn to care for my soul”, Krell wails on Salt Song) – Care is a rather mundane package.

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Trentemøller: Fixion review – Joy Division pastiche with a techno bent

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From Interpol to Danny Brown, plenty of good artists have been inspired by Joy Division’s existential dread, but none have quite managed the sustained pastiche exhibited here. With clean basslines and hissing synthetic snares, Danish techno producer Trentemøller is not so much influenced by them as radicalised, leaving himself with little agency of his own. It’s all handsomely modernised and there are bright-ish moments, like the bleak dancehall syncopation on My Conviction, or the affectingly earnest ballad One Eye Open – but the latter’s resemblance to Joy Division’s Atmosphere, right down to the sweeping twinkles and trudging bass, is embarrassing. His female vocalists, including Jehnny Beth of Savages, are spirited, but they are scuppered by melodies that never grab your collar. The only respite from Ian Curtis et al is when the Cure are pastiched instead, as on River in Me, which splices Lullaby’s unmistakable plucked strings with Killing an Arab’s punk tempo.

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DJ Kenny Dope (Masters At Work) + Dom Servini at Jazz Café on 21/11

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Dom Servini (and more) at Bussey Building on 19/11

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Nightspot Cinema, London – Jazz Film Festival feat. DJ Dom Servini

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Soul Control with DJs Dom Servini & Scrimshire at Bussey Building on 11/11

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Dom Servini at Spiritland (King’s Cross) on 21/10

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Dom Servini in Poland on 14/10 (venue TBC)

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Dom Servini at Merchant’s Tavern (London) on 08/10

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Dom Servini at Big Chill Bar (Bricklane) on 01/10

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RIP DJ Spank-Spank – your music changed the way people dance

When Phuture’s Earl Smith Jr messed around with a Roland TB-303 synth one night, he helped create acid house – and his legacy lives on in basements the world over

Once you hear certain sounds – really hear them as they’re intended to be heard – they seem to rewire your mind and body. Jimi Hendrix’s guitar, Aretha Franklin’s voice, James Brown’s locked grooves: their effects aren’t just aesthetic or hedonistic, they physically alter listeners who surrender to them, change their stance, attitudes and actions for good. Never was this more true than for the churning modulations of the Roland TB-303 bass line synthesiser, when locked into the relentless four-to-the-floor patterns of acid house. In thousands of dark, strobe-lit basements, millions of people have given themselves up entirely to the sound, and been irrevocably altered by it. And when people change, the world changes, for better or worse. All of which is to say that the music made by Earl Smith Jr, AKA Spanky or DJ Spank-Spank – whose death was announced by Phuture on Wednesday – is among the most important ever made.

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Acid house legend DJ Spank-Spank of Phuture dies

Earl Smith Jr was one of three founders of the Chicago house legends who released the groundbreaking 12-minute single Acid Tracks in 1987

One of the pioneers of acid house has died. DJ Spank-Spank was one of three founders of Chicago house legends Phuture, alongside DJ Pierre and Herb J, who released the groundbreaking 12-minute single Acid Tracks in 1987.

DJ Spank-Spank – real name, Earl Smith Jr – suffered a stroke in May, but the cause of his death was not apparent. The news was initially broken via a tweet, since deleted, from Chicago DJ The Black Madonna, but it has since been confirmed on Phuture’s official Facebook page.

Related: Phuture: pioneers of acid house

Phuture - Spank Spank your music changed my life. Thank you for creating such great jacking greatness #DJSpankSpank https://t.co/NvFI1MZyYH

RIP DJ Spank Spank... Phuture https://t.co/kljovMVsQG

#RIP #Chicago Acid House pioneer #DJSpanky. I used to play this on my old radio show back in #Detroit https://t.co/ibsOyDb9Ts

that sound is still resonating 30 years later and changing my damn life one squelch at a time. https://t.co/hVn6u4OJT7

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Hear the Weeknd's new track with Daft Punk, Starboy

The R&B star has teamed up with the Gallic kings of dance music for his latest single

The Weeknd has unveiled a new track, recorded with Daft Punk. Starboy is the title track of his new album, due to be released on 25 November. News of the collaboration had been leaked in the summer, when Wendy Goldstein, an executive at the Weeknd’s label, Island/Republic, told an event hosted by Billboard: “We have a session coming up in two days with the Weeknd and Daft Punk, and I’ve always been a Daft Punk fan.”

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

[VIDEO] New Tribute Group, Major Behavior, Honors Major Lazer

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Tribute groups are commonplace in the rock world, but not so much in dance music, except for Major Behavior – an homage to Major Lazer founded by Instagram star, The Fat Jew, and his friend Maachew Bentley who is a downtown New York DJ luminary. This new tribute group promises to pay their respects by delivering a true Major Lazer experience both on and off the stage, as seen in the unveiling video created by Billboard and its senior dance/electronic editor, Matt Medved. Watch the full video to get to know the emerging group through a special in-studio interview, Guitar Center shenanigans, and more.

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Gilli Smyth obituary

Singer, poet and founder member of the influential absurdist band Gong

The singer and poet Gilli Smyth, who has died aged 83, co-founded the band Gong in 1967 with her partner, Daevid Allen. Smith’s pitch-leaping, free-form, often atonal vocal style, which she described as “musical landscaping”, became an integral component of Gong’s cosmic sound, and over time proved influential on electronica and techno music.

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Dom Servini – Amazing Radio Show #43

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1st Hour
Intro
Compilation of the Week: Mr Bongo Record Club

Hareton + Meta – KM110 (Edit) (Mr. Bongo Record Club)

Romare – Who Loves You? (Ninja Tune)

Prequel – Nothing Better (Rhythm Section)

The Gene Dudley Group – Jackpot feat. Anne Frankenstein (BJ Smith Remix) (Wah Wah 45s)

Ash Walker – Thunder (Faded Remix) feat. Lord Laville (Deep Heads)

Nas & Erykah Badu – This Bitter Land (Mass Appeal)

Pedestrian – Torn Blue (Bastien Keb Remix) (Dama Dama)

Kraak & Smaak – Stumble feat. Parcels (Jalapeno)

M. Wylde – Bring Me Down (Original Mix) (Cultures of Soul)

Stephen Colebrooke – Stay Away from Music (Athens of the North)
Compilation of the Week: Mr Bongo Record Club

Connie Laverne – Can’t Live Without You (Mr. Bongo)

Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band – 8th Wonder (Big Crown)

Omar – I Want to be (Freestyle Records)

Puzzle Pulsion – Mwoin Ka Songe (Heavenly Sweetness)
2nd Hour
Intro
BJ Smith – Candy Man Blues (Original Mix) (Midnight Riot)
Sampology – Thicker Than Water feat. Tiana Khasi (Soul Has No Tempo)
Sawa Trio & Lossy – Kalimat (Two Rivers Records)
Boogie Belgique – Jungle Law (Cold Busted)
Compilation of the Week: Mr Bongo Record Club
Barbosa – Seara de Oxala (Mr Bongo)
Clara Moreno – Balanca Pema (Far Out)
Mammal Hands – Quiet Fire (Gondwana)
Thundercat – Bus in these Streets (Brainfeeder)
The Do Yo Thangs – Indecisive (Hope Street Recordings)
Scrimshire – Anita’s Sweet Love (Scrimshire Edit feat. Dave Koor) (White)
Lady Wray – Smilin’ (Big Crown)
Mebusas – Mr Bulldog (Bosq Rework) (White)
Jax Authority – Life is a Miracle (Athens of the North)
Compilation of the Week: Mr Bongo Record Club
Cortex – Chanson D’un Jour D’hiver (Mr Bongo)

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Mat Zo Delivers ‘Mad’ EP + Announces North American Tour

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Mat Zo is an artist who has always been well-respected for his detail-oriented production work spanning across multiple genres. His most recent endeavor, the 3-track MAD EP, shows him exploring bass-heavy sonic territory while utilizing broken-beat rhythms, from hip-hop beat vibes to faster juke-like sounds. In conjunction with the release, the studio wizard also announced his MAD North American tour, which takes him across the U.S. and Canada through November 25th. Check out the EP and full list of dates below. The EP can be purchased here and tickets are on sale here.

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[GDD™ PREMIERE] Raw District ft. Aquarius Heaven – “Addicted”

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Belgian duo Raw District return to the Crosstown Records label with their latest release, “Addicted,” featuring Caribbean vocalist Aquarius Heaven. The result is a wicked combination of German techno and Bahamian beats that makes for a real tribal tech dance floor churner. At just over 9 minutes long, the tune features an eclectic array of breaks and builds as the song morphs and transforms into alternate versions of itself until it reaches it’s final form at around the 7 minute mark. Slated to be released on the 23rd of September (link HERE), look for remixes from Rampa, Doc Martin, and the B-side titled, “The Alchemist.”

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Changing up: the irresistible rise of Dagny

A year ago she was ready to pack in her pop dream. Now the 26-year-old Backbeat singer has hit the big time. We join her vintage shopping spree for her next gig

It’s heading for midday in an east London vintage store and Norwegian singer Dagny is brandishing a bright purple, preposterously shoulder-padded 80s jumpsuit one would only realistically consider wearing in anticipation of being belted by Joan Collins. Hanging up are a number of rejected items ranging from a sparkly skirt to an oversized boiler suit. Dagny has tried on a lot of clothes this morning, and she’s not happy with any of them. Suddenly, she picks up a black and white-striped jumpsuit. “This looks sick,” she declares. “This is seriously cool.”

Hell isn’t other people, but it might be shopping with them. Sadly, this morning’s expedition is entirely my own fault: the consequence of not learning my lesson many years ago when a throwaway comment in a magazine editorial meeting resulted in indie act the Llama Farmers being sent to an actual llama farm. Today’s scenario is the result of having thrown a cheery “I’ll do it!” into an email chain about Dagny’s styling requirements — a joke that was swiftly green-lit, then insisted upon, by all parties – and brings us this morning to Dalstonised “vintage” emporium Beyond Retro. The awkwardness of the scenario is reduced slightly by the fact that Dagny’s on stage in London tonight and needs a new outfit anyway, so at the very least this represents good time management on her part.

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Afrobeat Vibration: Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra at The Forge – 8th anniversary special!

Afrobeat Vibration returns to the Forge in Camden for the 8th anniversary special!!

A truly unique experience awaits with another marathon four hour live session, hitting you up with fresh new tracks and a carefully selected blend of Dele Sosimi originals and Fela Kuti classics. Plus DJ Koichi Sakai will be spinning his collection of rare Afrobeat and Hi-Life tunes to get you in the mood!

Dele Sosimi was keyboard player & Musical Director in Fela Kuti’s Egypt 80 & subsequently with Femi Kuti’s Positive Force. More recently he was the Musical Director & Afrobeat Music Consultant for the award winning musical FELA! at the National Theatre. Dele’s pulsating live shows demonstrate his vision of Afrobeat – one that is faithful to the original blueprint but also clearly bears his own DNA, expanding the horizons of the genre. Afrobeat Vibration is widely regarded as London’s top underground event and has helped to confirm Dele’s status as the “Afrobeat Ambassador”.

“The [Dele Sosimi Afrobeat] Orchestra is the most exciting live band in London right now”
All About Jazz

“The most fluent Afrobeat you’re going to hear today”
Straight No Chaser

“The glorious interplay of scorching horns, pulsing electric piano and endlessly shifting rhythm section had the audience leaping in delight”
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Monday, September 19, 2016

[STREAM] Tee Mango’s Colorful Debut LP – “Imperfections Vol. 1″

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TEE MANGO, aka Mr. Millionhands, the curator extraordinaire, is a man who exudes character. From his always in demand fashion line to his masterfully produced back catalogue, he’s an artist in pretty much every sense of the term. Which is why his debut LP stands out as one of the more carefully crafted vibes of 2016. With a mix of sounds ranging from house to electronica, the project spans a wide range of emotions in its entirety.

There are delicate late night progressive vibes a la “TUNNEL VISIONS” as well as some downtempo emotive house via “NIGHTSWIM.” For those who like their House a little bit funk’d up, look no further than “ENJOY WHAT WE HAVE” and “I SEE YOU DANCIN.” On the more experimental end of the spectrum there is the track “BREAK OF DAWN” with a smidge of breakbeat as well as the instrumental intermission titled “I CAN SEE STRAIGHT.”

It’s some all around good clean sexy fun for the freshmen LP of a producer whose releases date back to 2012. While his history in the scene makes him a veteran in his own right, it’s the subtle imperfections that allow this album to breathe amongst its contemporaries. Comfort zones are established and shattered as you move from track to track adding a respectable layer of intrigue as the LP plays cover to cover. Slated to be released on September 23rd on the Millionhands label, this is certainly not one to sleep on.

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How to Dress Well's playlist: Prince Bopp, Donna Lewis and more

The alt-R&B artist picks some hyper-melodic, joyful tracks from rap’s new wave, a modern experimental standout and a late 90s love song

I discovered this song on a mix by Uli K – it’s a truly beautiful and wistful contemporary rap song. It’s hyper-melodic and haphazardly moves between intense emotional confession and matter-of-fact street-rap storytelling. I love the turn in the middle of the song where Prince Bopp discovers that his music can pull him out of his sadness and the beat kicks in with a new anthemic power.

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Nite Jewel review – slow-burning beauty and ear-candy hooks

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When Ramona Gonzalez finally emerges from the shadows, she’s an enchanting presence with some fine off-kilter melodies

Dressed all in black, standing behind a black synthesiser against a black backdrop, her face framed by a severe black bob, Ramona Gonzalez AKA Nite Jewel has a hard time standing out tonight. And there may lie the rub with her music, too. Having established a reputation for making faintly avant garde, echo-bathed, lo-fi electro-disco shrouded in drones and tape hiss, with her third album Liquid Cool she drifts into the landscape of drowsy 80s synthpop revisionism already widely explored by Grimes, Twin Shadow, Chromatics, Shura and others.

In an alternate reality Nite Jewel, like all of the above, would be dropping massive multi-million-selling bangers. One new song, Boo Hoo, sounds like Janet Jackson on valium. Another called Running Out of Time is a vapour trail Italo-disco slow-burner of such indisputable beauty that, drained of reverb and toughened up some, it wouldn’t be impossible to imagine Taylor Swift or Katy Perry carrying it up the pop charts.

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Don Buchla, modular synthesizer pioneer, dies aged 79

The musician and inventor created the Buchla 200 and the Buchla Music Easel, which were used by Silver Apples and Grammy winner Suzanna Ciani

Don Buchla, the groundbreaking synthesizer inventor, has died age 79.

He was considered a true iconoclast with an uncompromising vision of what synthesizers could be. His impact on electronic music was vast; Buchla independently invented the first modern synthesizer, at the same time as Robert Moog, in 1963.

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Die Antwoord: Mount Ninji and Da Nice Time Kid review – cartoonish cabaret

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When South African trio Die Antwoord crotch-thrusted onto the world stage in 2009 with their trashy zef rap-rave, there was nothing else like it. Trailer-park rap, gross-out humour and skeletal baile funk-ish beats: Ninja, Yolandi Visser and DJ Hi-Tek were baffling, brilliant and divisive. But in the years since, their is it/isn’t it ironic freakery has, by their fourth album, turned into mere cartoonish cabaret. Shit Just Got Real’s oom-pah-pah, bedtime story-style interludes, a feature from vampy burlesquer Dita Von Teese and choirboy choruses amp up the sense of a nightmarish Oliver Twist. And there are the customary puerile shockers, delivered with a wicked, lip-licking smile: braggadocio-rap like Wings on My Penis sung by a young boy; the track Jonah Hill, which is interrupted by a discussion about whether it “sounds gay”; a song about rats (with the actor Jack Black going full Fagin). Overblown circus shtick coupled with power-EDM and unimaginative trap? Unsurprisingly, quite the horrorshow.

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[PLAYLIST] Too Hot For House Music: End Of Summer Edition

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The dog days of Summer are coming to end, and what better way to memorialize the everlasting daylight than in playlist form with some tunes that take you from Summer 16 to the bittersweet days of Fall. Brohlson and I deliver 20 tunes that define the changing of the seasons and ease you into sweater weather with selections from Natural Child, Jerkcurb, Captain Supernova, James Blake, Bon Iver, and the Don, Elton John. Have a listen and be sure to subscribe to the playlist as we prepare for a new edition, set to be curated later in the Fall!

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AlunaGeorge: I Remember review – sweet melodies and enough variety to prick the ears

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The debut album by the London duo of vocalist/lyricist Aluna Francis and producer George Reid was a collection of high-tempo fluorescent pop called Body Music that came out two years ago to much hype but little cut-through. Appearances on other artist’s tracks since (most notably Diplo and Skrillex’s To Ü) may have given them an idea, though, and collaborators from dancehall star Popcaan to pop-house favourite Flume have lent their services to follow-up I Remember.

The result is a work that maintains the group’s penchant for sweet melody and upbeat refrain, but with a richer sound underneath. Mean What I Mean articulates the album’s key theme of female agency over a 90s house rhythm and a noughties Basement Jaxx-style bass, before bringing it all up to date with verses from woozy rappers Leikeli47 and Dreezy. Wanderlust twins alt-R&B with EDM and Francis’s London vocals, while Heartbreak Horizon has a novel style – sounding a bit like a blend of Diplo and Lauren Hill. It’s well-executed mainstream pop with enough variety to prick the ears.

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by Paul MacInnes via Electronic music | The Guardian

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

[DOWNLOAD] Justin Jay Releases Fantasic Edits EP, Launches Fantastic Voyage Label

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It’s been a particularly exciting year for the LA-based producer/DJ, Justin Jay, as his Fantastic Voyage brand has come to fruition with his debut album, Fantastic Voyage (The Album!), tours around the world, and now, the launch of the label. Fantastic Voyage Records promises to be a home for Justin and his close musical friends, adding another dimension to a brand that has become known for packed-out house parties. The first release is Justin’s own Fantastic Edits EP, a long-awaited collection of edits that many of you may recognize if you’ve seen him in a live setting in the past year or so. The EP features a personal favorite, Justin’s edit of HNNY’s “Sneeze” edit, as well as a “Bangin Bootleg” of Sly & The Family Stone’s “Dance To The Music,” an edit of the Tag Team classic, “Whoomp,” and “Twinkle” with Larry “The Shadow” Muscrove. Check it out here, and download the whole EP.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

[PREMIERE] Jason Gaffner – Feel Something

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Over the past year, Los Angeles’ Jason Gaffner has broken onto the scene with a string of successful collaborations with Love Thy Brother, Sam Padrul, and more. In more recent times, Jason has been focused on his solo career, releasing songs like “Losing My Mind” and this new effort, “Feel Something.” This latest song features an up-beat blend of disco-funk fit for those looking for a melody-rich groove and feel-good vibes. Check out the song above and read more about it from Jason himself. “Feel Something” is currently a free download for a limited time, but it’s also available to purchase or stream on iTunes/Spotify.

“Basically this song is about a person who has been hurt emotionally and has put up barriers all around them. Then a person comes along and helps them feel something again. It’s not an easy journey but there is something beautiful about learning to love again. I think we’ve all had times in our life where we aren’t ourselves or we’re feeling beaten down by the world. This is a story of someone who is breaking out of that state of doldrums” – Jason Gaffner

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DOM SERVINI’S ALLO LOVE CHART :: SEPTEMBER 2016

  1. Resonators – Imaginary People (Wah Wah 45s LP)
  2. DJ Hendrix & DJ Khalab – 6thPRLLL (Slam Jam Culture 7)
  3. Franklin Black – Gifted People (Promo DL)
  4. Bibio – The Serious EP (Warp 12)
  5. Swindle – Lemon Trees feat. D Double E (Air Miles Promo DL)
  6. Flying Machines – Native-Twice EP (Blend it! 12)
  7. Machinedrum – Do it for you feat. Dawn (Ninja Tune Promo DL)
  8. King Sporty & the Root Rockers – Get on Down (Medlar Mix) (T.K. Disco 12)
  9. Frederic Robinson & Kordz – We’ve Been (Medschool Promo DL)
  10. Embryo – Wajang Woman (Frankie Francis Edit) (Cree 12)

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Dom Servini – Amazing Radio Show #42

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1st Hour

Intro

Bluestaeb – Tomorrow We Will Love Again (Jakarta)

Catching Flies – Change of Hearts (Free DL)

Bastien Keb – Shoe Girl (Wah Wah 45s)

Arthur Verocai – Sylvia (Mr Bongo)

Andre Sampaio e os Afromandinga – Rainha (Mais Um Discos)

Dele Sosimi meets Prince Fatty & Nostalgia 77 – You No Fit Touch Am (Dub) (Wah Wah 45s)

Pete Josef – Hope (Will LV Remix) (Sonar Kollektiv)

Ash Walker – Thunder (Deep Heads)

Sade – War of the Loves (Herma Puma’s Go Off Edit) (Free DL)

Ross McHenry – Little One (First Word)

Shabaka and the Ancestors – The Observer (Brownswood)

Yusef Kamaal – Yo Chavez (Brownswood)

Fatima – It Keeps Raining (Eglo / Blue Note)

2nd Hour

Resonators – Imaginary People (Clean) (Wah Wah 45s)

Soothsayers – Take Me High (Red Earth Music)

The Gene Dudley Group – Tiger Jaw (Wrongtom Dub) (Wah Wah 45s)

Nelda Pina y la Boa – Giumbele feat. Nidia Gongora (NYCT)

Hillard Street – River Love (BBE)
Nick Waterhouse – Stanyan Street (Innovative Leisure)
Kutiman – She’s a Revolution (Siyal Music)
Olivier St. Louis – ‘Aint Cool (Oddisee Mix) (Jakarta)
Culross Close – Requiem + Reflections (Sound of Speed)
Hunrosa – Ransome (Wah Wah 45s)
Steve Spacek – Bright Eyes (SPA Records)
Mndsgn – Cosmic Perspective (Stones Throw)
Arabi – Times Three (BBE)

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Dom Servini – Amazing Radio Show #41

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1st Hour

BadBadNotGood – Time Moves Slow feat. Samuel T. Herring (Innovative Leisure)

Jordan Rakei – Midnight Mischief (Soul Has No Tempo)

Miles Mosley – Abraham (Alpha Pup)
Graveola – Maquinario (Mais Um Discos)
Mr MacDonald – East Drive River (Calypso Edit) (Fly By Night Music)
Miles Davis & Robert Glasper – Everything’s Beautiful feat. Erykah Badu (Columbia)
Theo Croker – I Can’t Help It feat. Dee Dee Bridgewater (DDB Records / Okeh Records / Sony)
DJ Khalab & DJ Hendrix – 6THPRLL (Slam Jam)
Lil SIlva – Jimi (Good Years)
Mild High Club – Skip Tracing (Stones Throw)
De La Soul – Pain feat. Snoop Dog (A.O.I. Records)
Sorceress – I Wait For You (Fulgeance Edit) (Excursions)
2nd Hour
Herma Puma – Sagat X (Bandcamp)
Disclosure – Feel Like I Do feat. Al Green (Island)
The Gene Dudley Group – Do The Cookie Dough Throw (Lay-Far Remix) (Wah Wah 45s)
Titeknots – Sign Your Name (PSPS)
Snacks – We Want Love (Boogie Angst)
The Invisible – Life’s Dancers (Floating Points remix) (Ninja Tune)
Hunee – The World (Rush Hour)
Mugwisa International Xylophone Group – Jinja Pearls (Sam Jones Construct) (On The Corner)
Same Speed Sambas – Airbell Samba (Same Speed Edit) (Same Speed)
Sonzeira – Samba de Piramide (Brownswood)
Homeboy Sandman – Talking Bleep feat. Edan (Stones Throw)

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Chet Faker releases first track under his real name, Nick Murphy

Musician says change follows his evolution as an artist: ‘Chet Faker will always be a part of the music. This is next.’

Chet Faker has released his first music under his real name, Nick Murphy.

Fear Less is the first track released under the electro-soul artist’s name, which began streaming on his site on Tuesday.

Related: Chet Faker: my album milked my brain

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Lost in a Moment review – otherworldly tech-house party with a hint of Ibiza

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The Hydra brings together DJs from Kristian Beyer and Frank Wiedemann to Job Jobse for an event where the location is as fascinating as the music

Nothing signals exclusivity quite like holding a one-day techno festival on an island only accessible for eight hours a day. During the other 16, Osea Island is cut off by the tide, adding even more enigma to Lost in a Moment, a peripatetic event that almost goes out of its way not to attract attention – as with early rave culture, it doesn’t even divulge its whereabouts until shortly before blastoff.

Club promoters the Hydra are behind it and the Berlin label Innervisions provides the four DJs. House/electronic specialist Marcus Worgull opens the day with what is in effect background music. It allows the crowd of 500 a leisurely hour to explore the island’s facilities, which include a donkey paddock, decommissioned torpedo boat factory and complimentary bikes on which dozens amble along the gravel roads.

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Resident Advisor founders: ‘Fabric helped shape us’

The pair behind the electronic music website talk gentrification, starting small and why they have no plans to sell up

“In a number of big cities in the world there is an ongoing battle with gentrification. Now the developers are moving in [but] it’s the arts community and the clubs that make it desirable. There are even developers who are leasing [property] to promoters for a year to make the area more desirable.”

Nick Sabine is decrying the forces of gentrification that have taken some of the blame for Islington council’s decision last week to permanently close Fabric, arguably the UK’s premier dance music venue.

Related: Fabric closure sparks alarm about future of London's nightlife

Related: Fabric memories from Carl Craig, Katy B, Disclosure, Erol Alkan and more

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by Jasper Jackson via Electronic music | The Guardian

Friday, September 9, 2016

Canada's Music Cities: Montreal's underground music, art and party scene – video

Montreal has a rich musical heritage, with a scene that spans the jazz of Oscar Peterson to indie acts Arcade Fire and Grimes. DJ and travel writer Woody Anderson drops into Little Burgundy with local band Milk and Bone, takes a cycle tour round Boulevard Saint Laurent and The Mile End with local guides Spade & Palacio, and hooks up with warehouse party scene supremo Seb Cowan of Arbutus records

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by Little Dot Studios, Michael Tait via Electronic music | The Guardian

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Fabric: a nightclub that thrived by taking dance music seriously

The London superclub’s closure amplifies the sense of peril around the capital’s nightlife – but it will be remembered for a refusal to underestimate its audience

In recent weeks, a list of 26 celebrated London nightclubs that have closed their doors has circulated the internet and social media, to much wailing and gnashing of teeth. “Completely unacceptable,” thundered London newspaper Metro.

The list is actually slightly misleading. Some of the clubs on it closed decades ago – evidence not of a vast conspiracy to denude London of its edgy nightlife for the benefit of chain restaurants and luxury-flat developers, but of the fact that the natural, healthy state for dance music and club culture is constant forward motion: like the music and its audience, venues shift and change over time.

Related: Fabric: London nightclub to close permanently after licence is revoked

Related: What happened to the great London nightclubs?

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by Alexis Petridis via Electronic music | The Guardian

Dele Sosimi at de Warande, Turnhout (Belgium)

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

[GDD™ PREMIERE] Raumakustik – Dem A Pree (Jey Kurmis Remix)

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German based duo, Raumakustik, are gearing up to release the followup to their scorching Summer tech anthem, “Raider” on Sept. 23rd via Emerald City and it’s sure to keep the seasonal heat on lock. With remixes from Jey Kurmis and Patrick Topping, the support alone could start a four alarm fire. Today we premiere the Jey Kurmis remix for “Dem A Pree” and the result is a sweltering titan of a tech-house tune with a rumbling baseline and well placed synth stabs to keep your hands and feet moving. Keep an eye out for the full release later this month on Emerald City and enjoy the premiere below!

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[Mixtape] Revel in Sound 001: Curt Reynolds

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Our friends over at Revel have started a new mix series entitled ‘Revel in Sound’ with the sole focus on showcasing their favorite sounds while serving up the emerging talent of tomorrow. This is a part of their holistic approach for all things culture, as Revel is a single curated platform where all things creative intersect, and more likely than not, are purchasable with a single click.

Curt Reynolds was raised on the sun-drenched beaches of San Diego and has been making an impact on the busy electronic music scene over the last year. With recent performances at Lollapalooza, Splash House, ME Cabo, Sound Nightclub and more, Curt Reynolds aka Ben Curtis, has had a sudden rise to recognition with a very promising future ahead. Now residing in LA, he brings funky, deep, and disco vibes that reflect his coastal upbringing and beach party mentality. You can find him sipping mezcal in the studio, smiling behind the decks and keeping people on their feet either poolside or late under the night shade.

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Sunday, September 4, 2016

20 under 20: music’s teenage talent

From hip-hop to punk, yacht rock to indie: our list of the best young music artists creating waves around the globe

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Zomby: Ultra review – digital beats of the 90s

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The masked producer returns after three years of silence with a humorous and imaginative album of solo works and collaborations featuring Burial, Darkstar, Banshee and Rezzett. Merging tacky space voyage synths and ominous drones with jungle beats and garage melodies, Ultra is an unapologetic pastiche of 90s rave culture and retro video games. While many tracks include lurching rhythms (Burst) or jarring dissonance (Freeze) – and may take several listens to love – there are a few more straightforward arrangements with instant appeal, such as the sugary and light-hearted Glass. With its hypnotic vocal sample, unnerving silences and ever-changing beat, Burial collaboration Sweetz is one of many standouts.

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by Isa Jaward via Electronic music | The Guardian

Friday, September 2, 2016

Fatboy Slim webchat – post your questions now

Directors, drag queens and knitwear prodigies: the culture-makers inspiring Björk right now

In this exclusive interview, as her exhibition Björk Digital opens in London, Björk reveals the artists making an impression on her

Björk is talking about the future in a way that only Björk can. Discussing technology and culture, she says that new times give us new tools but only we can decide what should be done with them. “Are we gonna be lazy or let them stimulate us to be expressive? Are we going to create or destroy? Doesn’t matter if it was fire, the knife, the gun, the atom bomb, tech, or whatever. These things don’t come with humanity or a soul. We have to put it there.”

Related: Tears and technology: inside Björk's virtual reality video for Stonemilker

Related: Björk virtual reality exhibition to go on show at Somerset House

Related: Clio Barnard: why I'm drawn to outsiders – interview

Related: The playlist – electronic: Rabit, Angel-Ho, Emptyset and more

Related: Faber New Poets 13 to 16 review – four debuts with promise and punch

Related: Björk Digital review – singer’s past, present and future unveiled amid fans and foliage

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by Alex Godfrey via Electronic music | The Guardian

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Zomby: Ultra review – electronic moodscapes that sometimes cover familiar ground

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Zomby’s 2008 debut, Where Were U in ’92, was one of the more interesting releases of the last decade. With its ghostly, fragmented echoes of the early rave scene, it toyed with nostalgia and memory to create a unique dancefloor palette from sounds you’d half heard before. Since then, the mysterious producer has moved towards creating electronic moodscapes of the kind captured on this fourth album. Ultra showcases some of his best work: the anxiety-stricken gasps that form Banshee collaboration Fly 2; the dreamy, nebulous HER; the way E.S.P. conjures an unnerving sense of urban menace similar to his dubstep peer Burial (who turns up later on Sweetz). It also has a tendency to buzz and bleep away without really connecting. Freeze and Yeti are not without invention, but sound like they’re covering familiar sonic territory – and this time without intending to.

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by Tim Jonze via Electronic music | The Guardian