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Decibel Festival 2013 Lineup has seen it’s first wave of artists. For 2013 Decibel Festival will be celebrating 10 years taking place September 25-29, 2013, Seattle, WA. They will be breaking the artist announcements up into three equal parts. The second announcement will be on June 4th and the third and final announcement will be on August 6th. The majority of the headliners will be coming on the second or third announcements.
The Movement 2013 Schedule has now been released. First there were some shakeups concerning the stages for 2013. The Redbull Music Academy Stage, usually by the riverfront pyramid structure, is now taking over the Main Stage. The Beatport Stage, traditionally also by the riverfront but on the grassy plain area in front of the boat, will be taking Redbull’s place. Taking the place of the Beatport Stage old spot is a new addition of the Electric Forest Festival Stage, another Paxahau music festival that takes place in July in Rothbury, Michigan. The Made in Detroit Stage will continue it’s place near the front of the festival by Jefferson Ave and the Underground Stage will of course remain underground.
So what does this mean for the Detroit Electronic Music Festival 2013 Schedule? Not a whole lot technically… Traditionally the Red Bull Music Academy Stage has focused mainly on the Dubstep and Drum n Bass acts. Movement 2012 did see a bit of a change as far as that’s concerned, but the stage has been known for bringing up-in-coming acts growing popular in electronic music. Judging on the Redbull Stage Lineup its now going to be a mix of the zeitgiest acts for the year (TEED, XXXY, TOKiMONSTA) as well as what would traditionally be featured on the main stage such as legendary techno Djs (Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson, Richie Hawtin, Carl Craig, Dave Clarke) and well known performers (Squarepusher, Dubfire).
The Beatport Stage, similar to the Redbull Stage, has been expanded and also given a little mix up. Over the last few years the Beatport stage has started to feature more, shall I say, commercial acts. This is evident here with headliners John Digweed, Masters at Work and Moby. Most of the remainder seems like a typical lineup for the Beatport stage and has some decent acts like Annie Hall, Art Department, Ellen Allien, Soul Clap and I’m interested to see Phantasmagoria there.
DEMF 2013 does have some great features: In addition to the five technologically-rich outdoor stages with 116 artists performing there will be free Wi-Fi access on the grounds, an interactive technology center for music gear, and several art displays to stimulate the senses.
The complete Movement 2013 After Parties list. Your guide to party 24/7 at the Detroit electronic music festival (DEMF 2013) this coming Memorial weekend May 25-27, 2013. Be sure to check out the Movement 2013 Lineup and Movement 2013 Schedule. This list is updated as often as we can but if we are missing something, or your want to leave your opinion on the Movement 2013 After Parties selection, Please Leave a Comment.
The Movement 2013 Pre Parties have already started rushing in. Your ‘official’ way to get ready for the Detroit electronic music festival (DEMF 2013) this coming Memorial weekend May 25-27, 2013. Be sure to check out the Movement 2013 Lineup and Movement 2013 After Parties as well.
Sandwell District is Dead. I knew something was up when the former record label/collective tumblr site started a random string of posts on February 4th, 6th, 9th and the final on the 27th with the above photo. Each post was blank with a reduction in the name of the site name WhereNext? until ending in just ? Each building the anticipation for what was happening next? Maybe the label was being re-instated since Sandwell District called it quits on December 31st, 2011. That was their official ending of regular audio communications from the label. But still promised a few performances from Sandwell District Live (Regis + Function).
Since then there have been a few Sandwell District Live performances and the tumblr site has released semi-regular communications in the form of mix tapes, past interviews and audio clips, releases on Downwards, announcements of live performances and releases from SD members including some from Regis, Silent Servent, Function and the return of British Murder Boys (Regis + Surgeon), and of course the occasional photographic art.
So what does DEAD mean? Sandwell District was once dead before, a long time ago before it involved anyone besides Regis. It was reborn and became a prolific addition to the modern era of techno. Given the way the label has been go genius-ly loosely handled… who the fuck knows… and that’s what makes it great. Till next time Sandwell District.
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The MUTEK 2013 Lineup has seen it’s first wave of headliners. Announced a little early this year for the festival of digital creativity and electronic music’s 14th edition. MUTEK 2013 Montreal dates are from May 29 to June 2, 2013, taking place over 5 days. The presale of passports and weekend passes – available at reduced rates and in limited quantities – has also began. The MUTEK PASSPORT will give access to the festival’s entire line-up and the WEEKEND PASS will give access to all events from Friday, May 31st to Sunday, June 2nd inclusively. The discounted rates only last until March 31st. Many more names will be added to this list in the weeks to come, most notably the crop of selected local and Canadian artists. Please leave comments on the MUTEK Montreal 2013 Lineup.
[Update] - Pantha du Prince & The Bell Laboratory and Borderland (Juan Atkins and Moritz von Oswald) added to the lineup.
[Update] – MUTEK 2013 Schedule starts to take shape (below).
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DEMF 2013 Lineup – Movement 2013 Lineup Phase 1, Phase 2 and Phase 3 have all been announced from Paxahau. The dates for Movement 2013, Detroit’s Electronic Music Festival, were announced back in September, again taking place in Hart Plaza, Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-27, 2013 and now it’s time for the DEMF 2013 lineup. This years 2013 Movement Lineup looks amazing. There seems to be a few changes from the Movement 2012 Lineup with more of a focus on true techno in 2013.
Bringing back Ben Klock and Marcel Dettmann for a back to back set as in 2011, UK involvement with legendary Luke Slater as Planetary Assault Systems (Live) and Dave Clarke, Tommy Four Seven, Mike Parker, lots of west coast techno with both Silent Servant and Rrose from Sandwell District, Drumcell, Truncate, mid-west representation from DVS1, Carl Craig and the return of Richie Hawtin, Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson to headline the electronic music festival.
Notable additions to the Movement 2013 Phase 3 lineup include: Lucy, Dubfire, Squarepusher – Live, MOBY – Dj Set, Deadbeat, Magda, Reference – Live, Annie Hall and Cajmere. The full alphabetical lineup is below.
Here’s our Best Music Podcast 2012 Part 2, focusing only on the second half of the year. Check out the Best Music Podcasts Part 1 for the first six months of 2012. To define our focus we like to concentrate on podcast series, not just one off mixes. Though as in part 1 we’ve added a new section at the bottom that includes free promotional dj mixes not available on a podcast series. We also ensure these are lasting mixes, ones that not only impress us on the first listen, but every listen throughout the year. We also will admit to possibly not listening to every music podcast from 2012, so if have some suggestions on sets that did not make it on the list, please – leave us a comment. These podcasts are ordered according to release date and podcast series.
This mix from Donato Dozzy, along with mixes from Svreca, Morphosis, Bill Kouligas and Peter Van Hoesen marked the end of a legacy. These were the final mixes from the MNML SSGS mix series as well as the blog itself, which found it’s way as a respected electronic music blog with a number of loyal readers over the years. Upon starting this mix I was expecting to hear the deep, beautiful, atmospheric techno the Italian producer is known for. What I found was delightfully unexpected and much more than I anticipated. This best music podcast 2012 is a mix of strictly hand drums vocals – and I’m a sucker for well crafted hand drum sets.
Untold is now known as one of the UK’s most vital DJs, producers and label managers. This made it onto the best music podcasts for 2012 because it’s a stellar mix with loads of outstanding recent techno cuts: none shining more than that of his own tracks, most notably ‘Motion The Dance’ and ‘Luminous’ from the Change In A Dynamic Environment series on his own Hemlock Recordings label.
Sit back and take a journey with this best music podcast of 2012. When you awake confused and disoriented and your recent memories seem like distant dreams you’ll know you’ve entered the mind of Vessel and seen just where this new project is headed musically.
Before hearing this live set from Decibel Festival 2012 I’d never heard of wndfrm, the experimental/ambient/minimalist sound from Portland’s Tim Wescott, yet I’ve been in awe of it ever since. It’s airy, atmospheric sound blended into dub techno is a perfect fit for Seattle’s annual festival of electronic music, performance, visual art and new media. Also check out the Headphone Commute – Decibel 2012 Showcase for a sample of more brilliant sounds from the festival this year.
Marcel Fengler may be my current top techno Dj. Which is saying quite a lot given he shares a residency at the legendary Berghain club with the likes of Marcel Dettmann and Ben Klock just to name a few. It really just comes down to Fengler’s taste in music. Every set I hear he’s playing the same techno and electronica tracks I just bought and even in this age of digital djing, syncing, auto beatmatching and midi controllers, it still is really just about the basics – what makes a good Dj is his passion, track selection and connect with the listener.
This mix from Ian Lehman on the podcast series from my good friends at Blank Code is a dangerous and diverse blend while staying true to techno purists. It made it to the best music podcast 2012 list simply because I connected with it more than any other on Blank Code’s dedicated weekly podcast. Speaking of dangerous and pure check out Blank Code’s latest release BCR003 Mutate – Circle 2 EP, probably their most soulful release as of yet.
I don’t need to say much about Adam X or the Electric Deluxe Podcast as I’ve written plenty about both throughout this blog and his Electric Deluxe Podcast from last year as ADMX-71 landed on our Best Music Podcasts 2011. I just love his taste and roots in industrial music as they mirror mine so closely.
As EPM perfectly stated “The Fear Ratio (AKA James Ruskin & Mark Broom) deliver a mix of twisted electronic genius.” This mix made it on the Best Music Podcasts 2012 because simply put, it’s a history lesson in electronic music - containing not only present day heavyweights such as Shed, Rob Hood and The Fear Ratio themselves but lots of gems from the Warp and Ninja Tune labels such as Aphex Twin, Autechre and Squarepusher. Mixing a generation of electronica and techno as well as hip hop from Gang Starr might prove to be a nightmare for a lesser experienced duo, but they pull it off beautifully making this an extremely memorable set.
I suspect Xhin let it all hang out whist playing for this hometown crowd in Singapore. This live Dj Mix can only be described as a new-age, digital speed garage as he blends segments of Depeche Mode and even Whitney Houston over a slew of electronic music genre’s while also tossing in the signature style of techno he has become known for. This mix is quite different from any I’ve heard from Xhin before and is eerily reminiscent of an early Dj Dan mix tape – with, of course, new sounds and flavors.
We’ve again compiled a short list for the Best Music Podcasts 2012. This being the first edition for 2012, focusing only on the best music podcasts in the first half of 2012. As with last year’s best music podcasts 2011, there are lots a great music podcast to choose. To define our focus we like to concentrate on podcast series, not just one off mixes. Though for 2012 we’ve added a new section at the bottom that includes free promotional dj mixes not available on a podcast series. We also ensure these are lasting mixes, ones that not only impress us on the first listen, but every listen throughout the year. That being said there are probably some great, bangin’ mixes out there from djs with loads of turntable skills. Sets that would sound amazing if we were seeing them live. But that’s not always what we’re going for here. These are dj mixes that we enjoy listening to, time and time again, at the office, on road trips and hanging out with friends. Hopefully this will give you a chance to discover you own hidden gems you may have missed in the first half of 2012. We also will not admit to listening to every music podcast from 2012, so if have some suggestions on sets that did not make it on the list, please – leave us a comment. These podcasts are ordered according to release date. Check out our Best Music Podcast 2012 Part 2.
Sawf is a local on the Perc Trax label and known for his stripped-down techno with punchy kicks and pounding bass. Check out his remix of Forward Strategy Group ‘Mandate‘ off the Labour Division EP2. You can see where he gets his aggressive style by listening to this podcast. I’m completely drawn to this mix and placed it on the Best Music Podcasts 2012 list because it takes me back to my electronic music roots. Sawf serves up dark industrial and EBM with the likes of Ministry and Nitzer Ebb. Plus he tosses in one of my favorite tracks of all time the Aphex Twin – Nine Inch Nails remix/rework ‘At The Heart Of It All’ – a beautiful fucking track. This is also one of my favorite podcast series because you never know what to expect. You hardly ever hear a set the dj would play live and the tracks always seem to mirror their early influences.
This Resident Advisor Podcast was the first I’d heard of Developer, a techno producer from L.A. and owner of the Modularz label, although he’s been a dj for 20 years. Yes he has been rocking the L.A. techno scene on and off for 2 decades but it wasn’t until last year when he created his own label and productions that he started receiving international attention. This mix is deeper techno, something that wouldn’t be uncommon from fellow L.A. techno icon and Sandwell District cohort Silent Servant, which is probably what caught my ear and landed this on the Best Music Podcats 2012 list. Developer does admit this is an unusual set for him and though he’d like to “do something different than my usual pounding 40 tracks per hour aggressive techno style.” Though the style does reflect that of his own productions and I believe he tossed in some of his unreleased material at the time.
This Resident Advisor Podcast also happened to be the first I’d heard of this artist. Airhead is a new talent from the UK, good friend and collaborator of James Blake and signed to the R&S label. This mix landed on the Best Podcasts 2012 list simply for it’s variety and freshness. It’s a fun mix to listen to. Airhead describes, “It’s a collection of some of my favorite music as well as some of my own work, roughly divided into three sections. I spent a fair amount of time trying to strike a balance between the more dance floor-oriented tracks and quieter moments.” I agree and you’ve done a nice job with that.
Dadub is a live techno act and sole mixing engineers for Lucy’s Stroboscopic Artifacts label. One of my absolute top labels currently. I love Dadub’s dubby, inventive and atmospheric approach to techno production and their unique signature found on all Stroboscopic Artifacts releases. Check out the Way to Moksha release for some of the most brilliant and thought provoking techno of 2012. This particular mix is not one of their live sets but it is definitely dubby and atmospheric and much more soothing and airy. I spent many sunny summer afternoon’s kicking it with his mix in the backyard which is why I think it is one of the best music podcasts of 2012.
ASC has been known as a drum n bass producer from the UK but in the last few years he has been pushing out perfected IDM styled techno. I think every ASC mix I hear is outstanding and this one is no exception. I listened to his RA.233 podcast from the end of 2010 for all of 2011. Every track in this set is an original except just one. This mix definitely pushes into much darker and harder territory then I’ve heard from ASC in the past.
This podcast came out just before Movement 2012, giving listeners an insightful preview to their scheduled performance at the Detroit electronic music festival. Project 313 is a duo of Detroit natives who have been putting in work djing and promoting across the Motor City for years and their production team has taken shape nicely. I’ve heard a few other Project 313 sets prior, but this one set me back and got me real excited for their set on Memorial Day. This mix starts out deep and atmospheric and builds to an energetic experience with several waves in between, just as any good set should. I felt their inspiration pouring out of this podcast and it spilled right over into their set at Movement which is how it landed on our Best Music Podcasts 2012. The duo behind this live production team also founded the Blank Code record label and run some of the best events currently in the mid-west. Their Scene parties have been bringing in some phenomenal international talent into Detroit and the Scene-Interface afterparty was one of the highlights of this years Movement festival.
Modifyer is great concept – an experimental collection that serves as a platform for artists. I like podcasts series that surprise me and that’s exactly why I love this one. This mix from Amir Alexander could have been chosen at random and given me the same satisfaction as toiling through each and every process part. This mix made the Best Music Podcasts 2012 because I can hardly stand hip hop these days. In fact I avoid it like overweight chicks in a gym class kickball team. This mix however is not that hip hop. This shit is classic. Plenty of old Outkast, Wu Tang, East Coast, West Coast, R&B and turntable skills.
I’ve not going to say much about this one. No need. Just listen and be prepared. O/V/R Live in one of the most infamous clubs in Berlin. If you don’t know, now you know.
This is a great live performance from Redshape and it exemplifies his music and style perfectly.