Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Boris Brejcha drops melodic techno roller ‘Gravity’



Marking his first release of the year, German DJ and producer Boris Brejcha returns with high-energy single ‘Gravity’, out today via Ultra Music.

 Clocking in at over nine minutes, it’s an immersive track that takes the listener on a high-octane journey. The melodic breakdown roughly midway through allows Berlin-based singer-songwriter Laura Korinth to apply her ethereal, transcendental vocals, before the thumping kick-drum returns and jolts the single back to life. ‘Gravity’ also features a ten-and-a-half minute long extended version, a shortened radio edit and a sombre, downbeat piano edit delivered by Nick Schwenderling.

 The release comes amidst a typically stacked summer schedule for Brejcha, with a set alongside compatriot and fellow techno titan Sven Vath at Ibiza’s Ushuaïa Beach Hotel preceding two of his own ‘Boris Brejcha F*ckin Serious’ parties at Hï Ibiza. This will be followed up by six North American dates to round off the month of August, as he takes his idiosyncratic brand of dance music to Halcyon in San Francisco (23rd), Exchange in LA (24th), Space in Miami alongside Chris Leibing (30th), and more. 

 Emerging onto the scene with the double release of ‘Monster’ and ‘Yellow Kitchen’ back in 2006, Brejcha has spent the years since developing his own style of music, coined as ‘High-Tech Minimal’. Most recently he dropped a track on the Best Of Cloning Sound compilation to mark the tenth anniversary of the imprint.

 Released ahead of a slew of performances at some of the world’s finest clubs, Boris Brejcha’s first single of 2019 marks the next chapter in the story of one of electronic music’s most prolific artists.




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Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Metal inspired techno VII Circle to release new album soon



Techno dynamite VII Circle to deliver ‘From the Depths’ on Barcelona’s HEX Recordings in September.

Appearing in 2016, VII Circle’s post-punk and metal inspired techno have arrived on labels like Flyance Records, Illegal Alien Records and their own Rapid Eye Movement. When not performing in Poland, Germany, Spain and Georgia the talented VII Circle is a regular at HEX’s renowned Barcelona-based techno events. Having contributed a remix to the debut release he now returns to HEX Recordings for the label’s second outing with a release inspired by Dante’s Inferno.

‘Conflict’ opens the release with fast-paced percussion, sustained atmospherics and frenzied high hats before ‘Arise’ weaves acid dipped synths into metallic clashes and hard-hitting stabs. ‘Timeless’ is next, pairing haunting textures with stormy effects, leading into ‘END’ which swiftly builds into a powerful cut complete with growling bass. Tying everything together, Nexe Records founders NX1 remix ‘Conflict’ incorporating warped frequencies and a murky low-end.

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Friday, 24 May 2019

NHOAH Releases New Single ‘I Can’t Satisfy You’


German electronic producer and drummer, NHOAH released his new single ‘I Can’t Satisfy You’ on 17 May via R.O.T following his last single ‘Mountain Calls’ which released with a stunning video by Mickael La Goff was premiered by TRAX Magazine.

For this track, NHOAH built it around the sound of a preaching sermon. The goal is to take the approach as if aimed at a congregation and with an intent to inspire unity and a motivation for makind to have a greater love for one another. 

NHOAH himself explains it, “... I love to work on this kind of music, to pass on to people parts of my experiences, and see how it waves over the dancefloor. When I play my music on stage, I am a listener and dancer in the audience as well. To evoke emotions and share a subconscious level with the listener is a wonderful thing. ‘I Can`t Satisfy You’ is directed to the inner self, the one with a twinkle in its eye. The track is my attempt to intensify the music by using certain words. I hope it will give you something new, or at least something you want to experience once more.”



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Thursday, 23 May 2019

Stroboscopic Artefacts announces Shifted, Zeitgeber (Lucy/Speedy J), Denise Rabe & Adriana Lopez for Totem Series


Caustic, dense and centred around complex but exquisitely executed percussive motifs and driven, rising sequences – many would argue an alliance between Shifted’s heady, monochrome recordings and Lucy’s beloved Stroboscopic Artefacts label is long overdue. The music draws on much of the British producer’s previous work, assembled carefully using a characteristic sonic palette – but as ever, Brewer finds fresh space between sounds – showing off a tentatively more extroverted side to his work.

Title track 'The Light Touch' is perhaps one of Shifted’s more idiosyncratic pieces. Instantly recognisable with it’s heavily granular finish and subtle shifts in delay and reverb composition, the track is rich with groove and moves relentlessly across it’s five minute run time.

Seel showcases the artist’s talent for building tension with minimal elements – built around a single warping lead, noise racks drift in and out of the mix to generate effective builds and subtle releases. EP closer, Mixen, riffs on it’s predecessor’s approach but strips back the percussive elements further and ups the ante with searing drone signals rising up above the lead sequence driving the track.
As ever, Brewer’s musical output looks to the heart of the genre – remaining true to purist sensibilities that favour economy of sonic components and studio prowess over unnecessary fanfare, but all the while forging new ground & refining a genuinely personal aesthetic. 

A powerful debut on a label in fine form that represents some of the best of the British artist’s work.



SATOTEM004 Shifted // June 21st

SATOTEM005 Denise Rabe // July 12th

SATOTEM006 Zeitgeber // September 6th

SATOTEM007 Adriana Lopez // October 4th
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Thursday, 16 May 2019

PTU present their debut album 'Am I Who I Am' on трип.


Alina Izolenta and Kamil Ea, the duo more formally known as PTU, present their debut album Am I Who I Am on трип.

The origins of PTU can be traced back to the early 00s, which found the duo spending their formative years experimenting with analog synths and sharing music onto each other’s hard drives. The physicality of this approach went on to have an immeasurable effect on their aesthetic, which bears an unmistakable live feel - rich with improvisation and surprises.

A relatively sparse discography might mislead you from the fact that they have over a decade of experience delving into the strangest depths of analog hardware and jamming on obscure synths. A brief 2016 appearance on the трип concept album When I was 14 was followed by the emergence of ‘A Broken Clock Is Right Twice A Day’ - a stand out track on Nina Kraviz’ fabric 91 mix - which went on to become the title track for their highly acclaimed 2017 debut EP. Now, the duo present their singular, uncategorisable take on electronic music across a full length album.

Assimilating references to techno and IDM, but placing them in far less familiar structures, PTU’s productions breathe life into precise rhythmic patterns with equal doses of energy, experimentation and humour. Their music (just about) files under techno, but their approach to composition rejects genre boundaries of any kind, opting instead for a free-form exploration of the weird and wonderful.

Across twelve tracks, they cut and chop their way through frenetic marching drums and spiralling acid leads, awakening an army of malfunctioning robots as they go. Whilst Am I Who I Am boasts a vast spectrum of bizarre ideas - often introduced at high velocity - each one is executed with a skillful dose of restraint, summoning energy from microscopically detailed arrangements. From the angular maximalism of ‘Castor & Pollux’ to the eerie polyrhythms of ‘After Cities’ and the relentless hammer drills of ‘Sirocco’, PTU find life in the most extraordinary of places.

Following on from a series of stand-out appearances on трип, Am I Who I Am is a thrilling voyage into techno’s strangest sector.

artist: PTU
title: Am I Who I Am
label: трип
date: 17th June 2019
cat. #: TRP024
format: vinyl | digital
vinyl pre-order: clone

 a1. doc 22
a2. pursuit of a shadow
a3. castor and pollux
b1. after cities
b2. former me
b3. how does it feel
c1. over
c2. copper mines, new machines and the future conspiracy
c3. which word is the coldest
d1. sirocco
d2. skyscript
d3. i heard you breathe

PTU perform live at Hyperreality Festival in Vienna this Friday 17th May, alongside label head Nina Kraviz.
 
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Friday, 29 March 2019

NHOAH Releases His Gripping 'Mountain Calls' Video


Berlin-based techno producer, NHOAH has released quite the music video on 29 March. The track entitled ‘Mountain Calls’ comes to the world as an offering from R.O.T (resoectortolerate records) and the music video premiered on the Reveral Music Youtube channel on 22 March as well as serving as a taste teaser for an album set to drop sometime in 2019.

The music video itself is just a visual burst of both organic landscapes and spacey graphics. While the camera pans over rocky ridges as individual spheres float atop the peaks and canyons. These spheres look to represent planets within our beautiful planet Earth. A meeting of a few worlds perhaps. 

When explaining the message behind the music video for ‘Mountain Calls’ NHOAH describes the idea of elements that seemingly contradict each other and his desire to fuse those elements, “Vienna has become my second hometown. As a Berliner, who has seen a lot, I feel inspired by the people here and the incredible nature. A wave of music has burst out of me. I tried to bring together events which appear to exist in distinctly different worlds. The fusion of a traditional call with techno music, the power of the mountain with melting glaciers, the vision of a saving from above (depicted in video) with the kicking of my nanoparticles. All of this makes “Mountain Calls".

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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: http://offsonar.co
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