20 Essential Krautrock Songs

This week, Stereogum are media partners at Berlin’s intimate psych-rock festival Synästhesie. To celebrate, we’re looking back on a pivotal, deeply influential genre from Germany. For a corner of popular music that revolutionized multiple genres at once from the late 1960s onward, it really bears noting first and foremost that “krautrock” is a pretty lousy…

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Rádio Quântica celebrates four years with compilation featuring Violet, Photonz and more

Lisbon’s foremost online community radio station is four. Rádio Quântica, the Lisbon-based, online radio station run by Violet and Photonz, is celebrating its fourth anniversary of operations with a 24-track compilation. Featuring contributions from Violet and Photonz, as well as BLEID, who compiled the project, DIOGO, Maloka, Odete, Prec, Shcuro, Vandi and many more, the…

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You can learn a lot from Surgeon’s live rigs

Our friends at Resident Advisor took a peek at the techno legend’s battle-tested live rigs. And it’s not so much about gear – it says a lot about musical technique. First, it’s simple but irresistible – Surgeon’s live rig is devastatingly effective, thanks to some economical decision making and inarguable musicianship: Octatrack – six drum…

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Hiro Kone: A Fossil Begins to Bray

Nicky Mao knows her way around a modular synthesizer, but she isn’t a techno person. She doesn’t really come from an electronic music background, either. A San Francisco native who also spent significant chunks of time in Hong Kong, Mao came of age in the Bay Area punk and DIY scene, but it wasn’t until…

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Our Music Critics’ Picks for This Week

Chicago's Twin Peaks will head up an indie-rock show at Neumos on Thursday. Courtesy of the artists via Facebook This week, our music critics have picked everything from the the Emerald City Soul Club 14th Annual Rare Soul Weekender to Jesca Hoop to Young Thug. Follow the links below for ticket links and music clips…

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FACT mix 736: Baby Blue

Whimsical electronics, white-knuckle techno, euphoric trance and more from Vancouver’s Baby Blue. Hailing from Vancouver, Baby Blue is a producer, visual artist and DJ and has been organizing in her city for some time as co-founder of the influential s.M.i.L.e. collective. She initially experimented with noisy ambient compositions under the Tenderness moniker, before juxtaposing soundscapes…

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Behringer 303 clones revealed: $199 street

Behringer’s analog remake of the 303 is now out in the open – a $199 set of red, blue, and silver synths called the TD-3. On one hand, this might be the least exceptional of the low-cost Behringer synths, in that there are a lot of 303 remakes around already. There are boutique models, things…

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Jeff Mills has written 10 DJ commandments

Jeff Mills is viewed as a god by many, and yesterday he affirmed his deity parallels by penning 10 DJ commandments. Read this next: Jeff Mills: A science fiction story that's constantly unfolding Sharing his thoughts online, Mills said: “From my professional opinion, Electronic Music, in comparison to other genres, it isn’t an array of…

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Chapter 2: Amsterdam Dance Event – Sundown sees the capital come to life in an international cacophony of dance music

As dusk fell upon Amsterdam's canals this past third week of October, we bore witness to Amsterdam Dance Event's electrification the Dutch capital in an illustrious exhibit of dance music culture spanning every variety on a nightly basis, for 5 enchanting evenings.  Every affinity was catered to along the spectrum, with the happening's 400,000 participants choosing…

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Germany celebrates 30th anniversary of Berlin Wall’s fall

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany celebrated on Saturday the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall that divided East and West Germany, with President Frank-Walter Steinmeier thanking Eastern European neighbors for spurring on the peaceful revolution. The toppling of the wall, which separated the Communist-ruled East from the capitalist West in Berlin for nearly…

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Jubilee: Call for Location

The cover of Jubilee’s Call for Location may be adorned with an illustration of a gecko—a salute to the South Florida native’s tropical upbringing—but perhaps a chameleon would be more appropriate. Jubilee (Jessica Gentile) has largely built her name in the DJ booth, adhering to an old-school approach and adapting her sets to the requirements…

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Among the Trolls

Subscribe: iTunes | Google Play Music | How to Listen “Antisocial,” the new book by Andrew Marantz, plainly states its subject in its subtitle: “Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation.” In order to write it, Marantz immersed himself in corners of the internet most of us would go out of our…

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DJ Nigga Fox: Cartas Na Manga

In early 2015, Radiohead’s Thom Yorke posted a few tracks he was taken with at that moment, ranging from Kool A.D. to musique concrète master Bernard Parmegiani, pummeling UK techno to Caribbean soca. But even among these eclectic selections, DJ Nigga Fox’s “Weed” stood out. At a time when few knew about Portugal’s Príncipe label…

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Electronic Landscapes by Isaac Diggs & Edward Hillel

 Electronic Landscapes: Music, Space and Resistance in Detroit grew from an initial trip to the city in 2011 to attend Movement Festival and experience firsthand the music Edward and I found so compelling.  Hypnotic and deeply soulful, the sounds produced by Detroit’s electronic musicians - whether, techno, house or hip hop - immediately captured our…

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Buttechno: badtrip

Like Yello, Pépé Bradock, and Aphex Twin before him, Buttechno is an electronic artist who takes his music both very seriously and with a welcome dollop of humor. His careful attention to the craft of production is accompanied by a tongue permanently in search of cheek. The prolific Moscow producer’s two contributions to Happy New…

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FACT mix 745: Visible Cloaks

Visible Cloaks’ Spencer Doran folds together haunting ambient moods, humid dub and glacial experiments on this meditative mix. Back in the mid-2000s, Portland-based producer and record collector Spencer Doran began recording under the moniker Cloaks. Influenced by Japanese electronic music, from the now-legendary new age recordings of Hiroshi Yoshimura to Mariah’s high-quality avant pop, Doran…

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Anna Meredith: FIBS

The clarion sounds that opened Anna Meredith’s first pop recording—a Novation synthesizer’s brass and tuba presets and a cello, on “Nautilus,” from the 2012 EP Black Prince Fury—simultaneously created her musical trademark and set her on a fresh path. The phrase is a bold, symphonic fanfare that, once the rock drums hit, announced a genre-free…

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Will Lister marks full Of Paradise debut with new Glow EP

The fast-rising Londoner’s latest offers a delightful medley of breaks, deconstructed house and techno. Will Lister is releasing a new EP at the end of the month. Glow marks the fast-rising Londoner’s debut proper on Of Paradise after previously appearing on the imprint’s various-artist compilation, Of Paradise Vol. 2, this past July alongside Interplanetary Criminal,…

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Clark – “Legacy Pet”

Chris Clark, the UK electronic producer who usually records under his last name, has been putting out records for more than a decade. Most of his records — including E.C.S.T. T.R.A.X., the 12″ EP he released last year — have been relatively cerebral experimental works, even when they’re at their most visceral. But on a…

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Project Pablo: Inside Unsolved EP

More than engineered emotion or physical release, producer Patrick Holland’s hazy, unhurried house music tends to evoke a sense of place. The reference points, particularly under his Project Pablo project, are often autobiographical: earworm melodies and jazzy grooves that reflect his native Vancouver, where he grew up listening to live bands and breezy, West Coast…

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Vinnie Rossi Amplification, QLN Loudspeakers, Innous Music Server, SGR Equipment Rack, GigaWatt Power Conditioner, Triode Wire Labs Cabling

Amplifier designer Vinnie Rossi has the looks of a dapper clotheshorse. His gear is also stylish and eye-catching, kind of steampunk-techno. But there's substance there, too. Rossie's hi-fi designs have advanced over 15 years at a furious clip. The latest evidence is the new Vinnie Rossie L2 Signature Edition Integrated Amplifier (L2i-SE, $18,995]. The amp…

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Eth0 Autumn 2019: Tiny Camp, Creative Badge

The Dutch organisation eth0 has run a series of informal small camps over the years, never with an attendance too far into three figures, and without pre-planned events or entertainment. What happens is at the instigation of the attendees, and the result is a weekend of much closer socialising and working together on projects than…

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Bob Seger: An Appreciation

Bob Seger’s “might be the strangest career in the history of rock and roll,” wrote Dave Marsh in his 1978 Rolling Stone profile. Two years before, Seger, having spent over a decade working his way through a competitive Detroit rock scene and retiring a few times, had just broken through with back-to-back career-defining LPs: Live…

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Mannequin announces debut album from French artist Dissemblance, mixed by Silent Servant

Share The coldwave-influenced Over The Sand LP comes out in November. Mannequin is releasing the debut album from Dissemblance on November 29th. Dissemblance is the latest project from Parisian artist Mathilde Mallen, who previously made music under the name Electric Mistress. Over The Sand features ten songs inspired by vintage coldwave and what the label…

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Deep Inside: November 2019’s must-hear house and techno

With hundreds of records released each week, it’s difficult to keep track of what’s going on in dance music. Thankfully, FACT’s Deep Inside playlist delivers all of our favorite house, techno, electro, disco and rave tracks from the past month straight to your ears. In this month’s playlist, there’s big new tracks from Blawan, Anastasia Kristensen…

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Damian Lazarus’ heralded Get Lost experience engulfed the Knockdown Center at its debut Brooklyn spectacle [EVENT REVIEW]

After becoming well established as one of the signature parties of Miami Music Week across multiple annual editions, Damian Lazarus exported his Get Lost experience to Brooklyn's Knockdown Center for two days of underground dance music earlier this month.  The northeastern edition of the multi-dimensional experience took place Friday, October 11th and Saturday, October 12th…

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Inbox Jukebox Track of the Day: “Rough for Radio,” a Previously Unreleased 1994 John Peel Session Cut by Post-Shoegaze Innovators Seefeel

There's nothing quite like Seefeel at their mid-'90s peak. Warp Records Seefeel, "Rough for Radio" (Warp) Strange is the band who create one of the greatest albums of all time and then pretty much ditch the approach that launched them to those rarefied heights. But that's what the English group Seefeel did after issuing Quique…

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Progressive Techno

In this latest Beat Dissected, we’re going to create a progressive, multilayered techno beat with plenty of swing inspired by Floating Points, Objekt and Martyn. Beat Dissected is a regular series in which we deconstruct drum patterns, showing you how to program them in any DAW. Just copy our grid in your own software to…

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Suzanne Ciani Next Master In Residence Canada’s National Music Centre

Canada’s National Music Centre (NMC) has announced that electronic music pioneer Suzanne Ciani will be the next Master in Residence at Studio Bell in Calgary, acting as a mentor to new electronic musicians. Ciani is a five-time Grammy award-nominated composer, electronic music pioneer, and neo-classical recording artist. Her work has been featured in commercials, video…

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Nortec Collective’s Bostich and Fussible Look Back on 20 Years of Border Town Sounds

It’s been two decades since Ramón Amezcua and Pepe Mogt, better known as Bostich and Fussible, first collided the polka-soaked folkiness of Mexican banda and norteño with the exploratory possibilities of electronic music. The resulting mélange was dubbed Nortec: a portmanteau of norteño and techno, it became a sound, and later an entity. Under the…

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