Thursday, 7 February 2019

OFFSónar Reveal Lineups for Detroit Love x Rush Hour, Bonobo Presents Outlier and Amelie Lens Presents Exhale

Bringing Europe's biggest party weekend of the summer into sharper focus, OFFSónar announce lineups for Detroit Love x Rush Hour, Bonobo Presents Outlier and Amelie Lens Presents Exhale adding to those  previously announced for Innervisions Barcelona and OFFSónar Closing Party.

Detroit Love - Friday 19th July 2019
Offering an homage to house and techno music, Detroit Love join forces with Rush Hour to bring electrifying party vibes to Poble Espanyol's beautiful El Monasterio and Capra & Picnic arenas on Friday 19th July. With label head Carl Craig leading the charge for Detroit Love, he's enlisted a roster of the city's finest to join him. 

Legendary DJ and producer Moodymann returns after delivering a stand-out set for last year's showcase, whilst J Dilla collaborator and genre-bending producer Wajeed will perform a hotly anticipated live set.  The unbound energy of DJ Stingray, promises a high-octane session with flavours of electro and techno, and one-woman funk machine, Holographic completes the roster.

Rush Hour - Friday 19th July 2019
Topping the bill for Rush Hour, Hunee goes back-to-back with label founder Antal. A now revered pairing, the duo are renowned for seamless sets that bounce beats like light off a mirror ball. Veteran DJ I-F joins the ranks, delivering a set that's sure to have plenty of surprises. Taking the Poble Espanyol crowd on a journey through futurist grooves, Interstellar Funk will bring his distinctive style and expansive record collection to the Carpa stage, while Young Marco is also set to appear, known for his impeccable track selection and playful performances, as well as open minded Swiss selector Sassy J and a live set from rising stars of improvised folk techno Insanlar rounding things off, having just announced a new LP - Demedim Mi - with Rush Hour.

Bonobo Presents Outlier - Sunday 21st July 2019
Reaching a sublime finale on Sunday 21st July, Bonobo's Outlier touches down in Barcelona. Having garnered worldwide acclaim for the long-running series, Bonobo enlists an array of DJs that refuse to be constrained by genre. Following on from sending his music into space last year with the Sónar Calling project, , Agoria promises to take party-goers to another planet with his famed 'drift' style, a method that melds techniques and crosses musical boundaries in unique fashion, while Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs showcases glimpses of his eagerly-anticipated new material. In what is a highly anticipated return to the international stage. The immersive sonics of Mathew Jonson (Live) and the strutting off-kilter house that rRoxymore excels at will provide further highlights throughout the day.

Amelie Lens Presents Exhale - Sunday 21st July 2019
Amelie Lens' Exhale series has been making waves for some time and for good reason. Now established as one of dance music's main players, Lens brings a swath of euphoric floor fillers to Poble Espanyol alongside fellow compatriot and techno master Farrago, with Elixyr boss Airod and exciting rising talent Milo Spykers completing the bill. 

The new events add considerable weight to the series which previously announced Innervisions Barcelona, a programme that features the likes of Âme b2b Dixon, KiNK (Live) b2b Frank Wiedmann (Âme Live), Avalon Emerson, Courtesy, Gerd Janson, Haai, John Talabot, Marcel Dettmann, Marcus Worgull, Or:La and SRDV (Live) - Radio Slave and Patrick Mason, and the epic OFFSónar Closing Party with Carl Cox, Dubfire, Lil Louis, Nastia and Brina Knauss.

From start to finish, OFFSónar 2019 offers something truly special, fusing cutting-edge sounds and unparalleled party vibes within Poble Espanyol's complex of stunning and unique, open-air arenas. 

Lineups for Circoloco, Adam Beyer Presents Drumcode and WooMooN to be revealed soon.

Tickets for OFFSónar 2019 start at 20€. For info and tickets, head to:
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Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Warsaw analog producer, Epi Centrum, shares brand new techno track; 'Abstract Concept Called Impact'

Warsaw’s Jurek Przeździecki, better known by his stage moniker, Epi Centrum, will be releasing a brand new EP, ‘Excrescence’ on the 6th of December via Synewave Records.
In anticipation to this release, he has shared the first track on the EP via The Playground for us all to enjoy.

Bred throughout the 90s on a varied diet of first wave techno, new beat and post-industrial mutants like SPK or Psychic TV, he developed his own vision of highly intricate and detailed yet definitely danceable, funked-up techno for connoisseurs of the genre. Actively involved in producing music for 2 decades plus, he started his career in world-touring Bigwigs, later to release his solo and collaborative stuff on such labels as Cocoon, Whirlpoolsex, Synewave, RecognitionNachtstrom Schallplatten or Affin Records soon. He devotes most of his time to studying arcanes of deep composition and researching the possibilities of various legendary studio gears, such as Buchla's modular Morton Subotnick-designed System 200e.

Listen to Epi Centrum’s 'Abstract Concept Called Impact' below:

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Wednesday, 5 September 2018

[PREMIERE] Sunday Noise & Mathias D. share brand new tech-house EP, 'Dalesser' with 2 new singles

Peruvian teenage producer Sunday Noise teamed up with French producer Mathias D. to deliver a banging new tech-house EP Dalesser, containing two instant club hits ‘The Question’ and ‘Dallesser’. The EP drops this coming Friday (7 Sep) via Marcus Schossow's Code Red Music, but you can listen to them below.

Sunday Noise is a young teenage producer from Peru that has quickly made name for himself in the electronic music industry. Having received supports from industry heavyweights like Nicky Romero, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Showtek, Unmet Ozcan, Will Sparks, Jay Hardway, Junkie Kid, Borgeus just to name a few. In his short career, he has already shared stages with the likes of Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Kryder, Atmozfears, Mike Candys and Zoofunktion.

Mathias D. grew up in France inspired by artists like Daft Punk and Axwell and have been creating his own music since 2013. Having released music on numerous labels like Art & Music Recordings, Groove Cartel Records, and Spectrum Recordings to name a few, he has since seen support for his music from notable artist like Nicky Romero, Fedde Le Grand, Kryder, R3hab, Miami Rockets and more.

Together, they released Dalesser, a 2-track EP containing the tracks ‘The Questions’ as well as the title track ‘Dalesser’. Tip-toeing between house and techno, the Dalesser EP supplies you with an injection of proper tech-house which fans of both house and techno will be able to appreciate. Sunday Noise and Mathias D. came together to bring forth something truly remarkable as both of these tracks hits hard, neither one letting the other steal the thunder. We’re uncertain which one is our favourite, so guess you will have to decide for yourself?

Listen to 'Dalesser':

Listen to 'The Question'

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Friday, 24 August 2018

Techno giant Chris Liebing to host free album launch for ‘Burn Slow’

Techno DJ, radio host and producer Chris Liebing announced recently that he will play his brand new album Burn Slow in full for the first time, and the event will be free.

The event will take place on Saturday 8 September and will start in the morning at 11am and continue straight through until 23h00. All Day Long, in association with Loveland, will take place at Kaap Oost Amsterdam, an amazing secluded location on Zeeburg Island, close to Amsterdam.

Chris Liebing’s Burn Slow will be released on 7 September.

Catch Chris Liebing at the following performances:
26 Aug - Closer, E1, London UK
31 Aug - TV BAR Lounge, Detroit, USA
2 Sep - Electric Zoo NY, New York City, USA
8 Sep - All Day Long, Amsterdam album launch event **
14 Sep - Nordstern, Basel, Switzerland
15 Sep - Spazio 900, Rome, Italy
16 Sep - Brunch in the Park, Barcelona, Spain
21 Sep - District 8, Dublin, Ireland
22 Sep - Amnesia, Milan, Italy

23 Sep - BPM Festival, Portimão, Portugal
Burn Slow - tracklisting
So Then… feat. Cold Cave
Zero One
And All Went Dark feat. Polly Scattergood
Out Of This World
Card House feat. Miles Cooper Seaton
Ghosts Of Tomorrow 
Polished Chrome (The Friend Pt. 1) feat. Gary Numan

No Regrets (The Friend Pt. 2) feat. Aleen

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Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Helena Hauff Drops Anticipated Album ‘Qualm’

Helena Hauff is a German DJ and record producer based in Hamburg, Germany. She is known for her "stripped-down techno and electro tracks," that are recorded using strictly analog equipment and draws influences from acid house, EBM and industrial music. Hauff, who has an eclectic background in fine art, physics and systematic music science, released her debut record, ‘Actio Reactio EP’, in 2013 and has been on the rise ever since. Following a series of releases from various different labels, including James Dean Brown's Hypnobeat record label, she released her debut full-length album, Discreet Desires, through Werkdiscs records in 2015 and the album was listed as number 19 on Rolling Stone's list of ‘20 Best EDM and Electronic Albums of 2015.’ Last year, Helena Hauff became the first ever female DJ to be named BBC Radio 1's Essential Mix of the year and at the end of 2017 Crack Magazine declared Hauff ‘The Most Exciting DJ In The World (Right Now)’ 

Qualm’ is the new album by Helena Hauff, released only last week via Ninja Tune. The title is a word that has a double meaning as in German, the word ‘Qualm’ translates as fumes or smoke, whilst the English meaning refers to an uneasy feeling of doubt, worry, or fear. True to form, the record is unapologetically raw and finds her returning to her original modus operandi - jamming on her machines - "trying to create something powerful without using too many instruments and layers". 

Listen to selection of tracks from Helena Hauff’s new album, ‘Qualm’ below and buy the full album here.
Qualm’ Tracklist:
1. Barrow Boot Boys
2. Lifestyle Guru
3. btdr-revisited
4. Entropy Created You And Me
5. Fag Butts In The Fire Bucket
6. Hyper-Intelligent Genetically Enriched Cyborg
7. The Smell Of Suds And Steel
8. Primordial Sludge
9. Qualm
10. No Qualms
11. Panegyric
12. It Was All Fields Around Here When I Was A Kid

Upcoming Tour Dates: 
10 Aug Studio Spaces E1, London, UK
11 Aug Flow Festival, Helsinki, FN
12 Aug Houghton Festival, Norwich, UK
17 Aug Argonauts Festival, Anaklia Seaside, GE
19 Aug My Life Festival, Sète, FR
23 Aug Cabaret Vert, Charleville Mézières, FR
24 Aug Atonal, Berlin, DE
25 Aug     Lost Village, Lincolnshire, UK
31 Aug Dimensions Festival, Pula, HR 
01 Sep Festival Forte, Coimbra, PT
06 Sep Meteor Festival, Lehavot HaBashan, IL
10 Sep Amnesia, Ibiza, ES
22 Sep Suma Beach, Istanbul, TR

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Monday, 23 July 2018

Exclusive mix and in depth interview with the diverse Lewski

“It’s really hard to think about a life without art.”

Lewski has infiltrated the electronic music scene with his style of techno and live performing skills. Patron Records supported his released which caught the eye of several international artists. Ben Ufo, Danny Daze, Stingray & Umwelt are all up on arms over Lewski’s work and it’s easy to see why. 
He curated a masterful 55-min mix including his own original music from his brand new EP Folkloric Human that was released via Wolfskuil Records. The mix also contains the likes of  Andrea Parker, Sarin, DefekT and many more. The mix is sure to keep you going for a while as it includes techno, house and all the best electronic music you need to know about. 

We had a sit down with dynamic techno producer and DJ, Lewski about how he approaches the creation of a new song, his influences and being patient with your own skills.


Set the tone for us. Why the arts?
It’s really hard to think about a life without art. It has always been inside me to create and to share my expression with art.

Which comes first when you’re producing – the sound or the idea?
The thing that comes first is the sound. After gaining experience by listening to a lot of electronic music and go out clubbing, I can easily hear and see the whole idea playing there before my eyes, if I hear a good sound.

Does your material feature any collaborations?
My first and second EP on Wolfskuil Limited is all solo work. I even recorded my own voice for the track “Erebus”. My voice without effects on it sounded really crap.. But I’ve used a lot of plug-ins to get a kind of vocoder sound. 

What’s on your current playlist?
Listening to a lot of electro minded stuff lately like: Stingray, Simulant & Silicon Scally; funny that all the names I just mentioned starts with an S. What’s in a letter, right? ;)
But with the nice weather outside I like to listen to Reggae, Italo & Afrobeats like Tony Allen.

Tell us about the chemistry you have with your fans on stage.
Lewski's perspective on performing as a dj is all about finding that perfect moment and choosing the right frequencies in a room full of people to make them feel in a specific way, and forget about their problems in life. So I just love to see everyone in the same state of mind and just enjoying themselves!

What techniques do you experiment with to get your original sound?
I’m always on the lookout for failures or mistakes. I try to get the most out of one layer or one synth or one drum machine.
When you process an 808 on a very different and weird way for example, it will automatically sound more “original”. I resample and shape the sound so much that it will fit perfectly with the rest of the track. After that I always forget how I did it haha. But that’s the way I like it because it was in that particular moment and vibe and so you can’t tweak it anymore. You just need to accept that it is part of your track. So by experimenting with Fx plug-ins, pedals etc, I can get a signature sound out of it.

What is a day in your recording studio like?
I like to work at different locations. Not only in the studio with my laptop. Sometimes I’m working with crappy speakers in my bedroom or in the train or at any other place. Since a few months I finally got some gear, so when I’m in the studio I start with them first. If I already made a project outside the studio and I miss a layer to fill the track, my gear in the studio will solve the problem almost every time. For me it’s really important to take a lot of breaks to get any further with the project. I need to keep my ears fresh and not constantly hear the loop all day long. When I’m very productive, I get it on my private Soundcloud asap with random artwork and a name so I will instantly see the result. So when I take a walk through the city center, I can quickly listen if this track can work or not. Luckily all my roommates are making music. When we cook diner, someone is plugging his laptop on the sound system in the kitchen to give a teaser and eventually we all go for a listen in the studio and give each other feedback.
Was there a specific moment in your life where you thought, “this is what I want to do”?
The dance culture in Holland has always been very rich. I grew up with it. So at the age of 13, I was already a dj, but it really started to get serious in 2011 when I experienced my first rave. Since then I’ve played techno, house, electro etc. This was also the time when I started producing myself. That didn’t went well at first haha! I always wanted to see instant results, as soon as I’ve had finished a project. But then I noticed that it takes very long to develop any kind of skills in producing and especially making your own ‘signature’ sound. I’m now at the point that I can finally fill up one night with my own tracks. It’s also great to see that my music is released on vinyl these days and to see all my heroes playing them in front of the crowds. That gives me a lot of strength to go trough with this!!

What do you keep close by while you’re playing a set?
My earplugs can’t leave my home without them.

Any emerging artists on your radar?
Really hard to say.. A lot of good music is coming out lately. But I think Animistic Beliefs is really nice. They have a fresh electro sounding liveset!

What gets your creative juices flowing?
Coffee, clubbing, record shopping & films/series (I’m a big fan of Westworld).
Take us through your collection of gear, tech or software that accompanies your creative expression.
You can easily get lost in making music. I usually want to keep my set-up simple. I’m sharing a studio with my roommates in our apartment. We have plenty of gear but like I said, I’m not using everything. Mostly I’m using my own stuff because i’m attached to it. My first synth is the Erebus of Dreadbox a semi-modulair. It is versatile, so I can make a lot of sounds with it. I’m using some fx pedals from Moog & Strymon to give a soft synth a more analog feel. I’m using Ableton as my DAW and the only plug-ins I use are from Arturia. I use everything from Soundtoys. And I also like to use FM8.

Any side projects you’re working on?
The main focus is my project Lewski. I want to make what I like and play out whatever is fitting that particular moment. For instance, when I’m playing alongside electro artists, I will play my Electro & Acid stuff. But last time I shared a stage with Joe from Hessle Audio and Efdemin (House set), so I’ve played House. 
I hope fans and people will understand that I like to play other stuff as well.
Ofcourse I have side projects, but those projects are collaborations and that will come later.. maybe after a few years!

How have you refined your craft since you entered the industry?
I did a course at SAE Institute Amsterdam and I’ve just finished my school of Arts. But I’ve learned most of my crafts from friends that also make music. Since I live in Utrecht with other musicians, it went really fast.

What can we expect from Lewski for the rest of the year?
I’m going to play more, so a lot of debut gigs are coming! My second EP Folkloric Human is coming out on vinyl at Wolfskuil Limited. And my first international release will come out this year. Unfortunately I can’t tell you guys something about it yet. Details will come later :). Keep an eye on my socials!

Follow Lewski:
Facebook /\/\/\ Soundcloud

Lewski's tracklist:
1) /DL/MS/ - Exit Ghost
2) Pip Williams - Outer Limits
3) Shredder - 002 
4) Andrea Parker - Invasion
5) CEM3340 - Galaxy 87
6) Lewski - Alien Passengers
7) Lewski - Phase Mistress
8) CS_TMS - Sector Y
9) Lewski - Guadala
10) DeFeKT - Mental Ease
11) Sarin - AIM-54 C
12) Tzusing - 4 Floors Of Whores 
13) Lewski - Folkloric Human
14)Aleksi Perälä - GBLFT1740071 
15) Drexciya - Sighting in the Abyss

Lewski recently released his Folkloric Human EP via Wolfskuil Records.
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Thursday, 5 July 2018

JBXDR drops massive ‘Accelerate Everything’, day before album release.

The day before German drummer and producer, JBXDR, is scheduled to release his LP, Wave Talks, he shares an incredible pumping track, titled ‘Accelerate Everything’.

JBXDR is well-known for his innovative drumming and experimental production techniques, but it all comes together with ‘Accelerate Everything’. It starts ominous enough, but as soon as the drums kick in within the first 20 seconds of the record it never slows down. Just as the title suggests, the song feels as though it is constantly growing, becoming faster and faster until it spins out of the control. Are you going to start gripping the handlebars or will you rather throw your hands up in the air and enjoy the ride?
The rhythmic synth following each drum beat makes for an hypnotic and pulsating journey into the profound mind of JBXDR.
‘Accelerate Everything’ is  a fantastically produced track which is a must-have on any experimental or techno playlist. The bass-heavy treatment of “Accelerate Everything” is a heartbeat soaked, toe-tapping, synth rollercoaster amidst JBXDR’s innovative, yet always pleasing set of skills behind a drum kit. The upcoming LP Wave Talk is nothing short of colourful, carefully constructed and energetic potency. A collage of love, life and everything in between.  

Listen to 'Accelerate Everything':

Wave Talks is set to be released on the 6th of July via Springstoff and will contain 12 tracks:

1. Mass Adoption / Direct Opposition
2. Counter Culture Is the Only Way Critiquing Culture
3. Refusal To Grow Up
4. Everything That I Need And Want
5. Single Slice Of Time 
6. Surge Identity
7. Simpler Times
8. Surfing A Wave Of Populism 
9. Accelerate Everything
10. Wave Talk
11. Empty Theatrics
12. Formular

JBXDR Upcoming Live Dates:12 July - Showcase Gig - Berlin, Germany
12 July - Monarch -  Berlin, Germany
4 August - Vogelball - Hamburg, Germany
5 August - DETECT Festival - Berlin, Germany
17 - 19 August - Bucht der Träumer, Germany

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