Grimes shares “ETHERAL is a genre” playlist ft. Bjork, Rosalia, FKA twigs & more

photo via @grimes‘ InstagramGrimes has been sharing singles off her long-awaited new album, Miss_Anthropocene, which is due out in February. A few of them, “So Heavy I Fell Through the Earth,” “Violence,” and “My Name is Dark,” appear (along with “Know the Way” from 2012’s Visions) on a new playlist she’s put together, “ETHEREAL is…

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Sofie Birch: Island Alchemy

For the better part of the past decade, the Oakland label Constellation Tatsu has put out experimental electronic music in accordance with a simple motto: “adventurous with spiritual artistic sensibilities.” They’ve collected a lot of different sounds under that umbrella—the catalog includes austere drone pieces, downtempo techno, and windswept shoegaze, among a whole lot of…

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Billboard Dance Emerging Artists: December 2019

The deep winter edition of Billboard Dance's Emerging Artists series is delivering five hot new acts for these cold, dark days. Whether your sound is techno, bass or straight-up rave music with an old-school edge, there's a sonic gift to unwrap under this metaphorical tree. Let's dig in.  HAAi Metal and punk dance crossovers gets a lot of…

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Bang on a Can announces Long Play festival (initial lineup)

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The best tracks of 2019

This year FACT’s best-of lists are not ranked. The editors couldn’t imagine putting out another assemblage of hierarchy in the world nor could we imagine the arbitrary metrics we’d have to employ to decide what’s better between, say, the anarchic new techno of False Witness or Riobamba’s agitprop dembow, Medulasa’s elegiac synths or the subdued…

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Kelsey Lu: Blood Transfusion

Singer-songwriter Kelsey Lu makes dense, baroque music that seamlessly fuses pop, electronic, and R&B. Her earliest work was built from mournful cello loops and vocals that crackled with electricity, making it feel like you were discovering her music in a dimly lit living room every time. But on her debut album this year, she filled…

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Joy Overmono: “Bromley”

Talk to enough clubbers, or look at enough DJ charts, and you may get the sense that big anthems have been scarce in house and techno this year. It’s hard to say why; perhaps it has to do with the steady fragmentation of scenes and niches. Maybe there’s just so much music being pumped out…

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Red Axes to release new EP, Voom, on Dark Entries

The latest project from the Tel Aviv duo is out December 6th. Dark Entries has announced Red Axes's next release. Tel Aviv-based artists Dori Sadovnik and Niv Arzi are putting out the four-track EP, Voom, on December 6th. The record, which covers electro and techno, also sees contributions from George Horn, who mastered the tracks…

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Quirke reveals debut LP, Steal A Golden Hail, for Whities

The album is out December 6th. Whities is releasing Quirke's first full-length, Steal A Golden Hail. The eight-track LP is Josh Quirke's third record for the London-based label, following two EPs: 2018's Whities 015 and 2016's Whities 007. According to Bandcamp, Steal A Golden Hail "is presented within deconstructed sleeve packaging. Each includes a unique…

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Eric Prydz brings Cirez D to EPIC Radio

by: Josh Stewart Nov 27, 2019 Whether you see Eric Prydz as the “Call On Me” guy, an incredibly affluent producer with a rabbit hole of unreleased material, or somewhere in between, get ready for a real treat in a recent episode of EPIC Radio on  Beats 1 as the English trailblazer takes the rare…

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Karenn: Grapefruit Regret

Karenn’s Grapefruit Regret is not designed for home listening. There’s no grand concept at work; the LP’s title literally stems from an unfortunate breakfast order. There are no ambient sketches, no cross-genre experiments, no high-profile guest appearances. This is a confident, no-nonsense affair: eight tracks of machine techno squarely focused on the dancefloor. Although this…

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First Spin: The Week’s Best New Dance Tracks From Anabel Englund and Jamie Jones, Steve Aoki and Sting, G Jones & More

New Music Friday is intense. Hundreds of songs drop from artists around the world, and you're supposed to somehow find the best ones. It's fun work, but it's time-consuming -- so we at Billboard Dance want to give you a hand. Each week, we sift through the streams and dig into the digital crates to present absolute must-hears from the wide breadth…

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The 10 Best Electronic Albums Of 2019

In 2019, it’s difficult to say what isn’t electronic music. Software dominates every genre, and everything we listen to and make is bought and sold through the internet. Some see AI as the next big step, others are terrified of it. But both sides of the argument carry an air of distraction from the very…

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Deafheaven & Heaven’s Club members list their favorite albums of 2019

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Various: 20 Years of Fabric

When London club Fabric opened in October 1999, dubstep was barely a twinkle in 2-step’s eye, Daft Punk were just a promising French house duo, and nu-skool breaks was all the rage. 20 Years of Fabric, released to celebrate two decades of the club, isn’t a comprehensive guide to Fabric’s adventures since then. There’s no…

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This new documentary explores the legacy of Fabio & Grooverider’s Rage club night

Originally published by The Vinyl Factory. Featuring Goldie, DJ Storm, Jumpin’ Jack Frost and more. Fabio & Grooverider have released a new mini-documentary – RAGE: The Club Night That Inspired a Generation – exploring the legacy of their iconic party. Born in a club called Heaven during 1988, the weekly event captured London’s subversive energy in the late…

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Bass Kitchen co-founder Yoshi Nori launches new label, 禁 JIN

The Taipei-based imprint aims to showcase talent across Asia’s fast-rising scene. Taipei-based DJ Yoshi Nori has launched a new record label, 禁 JIN. A co-founder of Bass Kitchen, a local event series focused on underground electronic music, Yoshi through the new venture aims to showcase talent across Asia’s fast-rising scene through an “unpredictable futuristic 4/4…

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Armin Van Buuren Has an Unfaltering Love for Trance

In a few short years, the world of electronic dance music has grown from small underground locales to some of the world’s biggest festivals, often commanding audiences of over 400,000 attendees. One of the artists responsible for sculpting the industry’s growth is Armin van Buuren. The DJ and producer has transformed the cultural aspect of…

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Various: Hyperswim

The journey from Hyperdub’s 10th to its 15th birthday has proved as exciting and change-ridden as the equivalent passage into human adolescence. It’s not that the London label has abandoned its childhood friends—longtime pals Burial, Cooly G, Ikonika, and DJ Taye are all here to blow out the candles on this anniversary compilation—but they mingle…

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3AM in Shanghai with director Roni Shao

Ahead of the opening of MINI LIVING Shanghai, director Roni Shao takes us on a late night tour of the city he calls home. MINI LIVING is a global network of urban living spaces inspired by the original design principle behind the first MINI: creative use of space. As MINI LIVING prepares to open the…

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Optimo Music reveals third Bergsonist album, Middle Ouest

The eleven-track "sonic autobiography" is due out in January. Bergsonist is releasing an album next month on Optimo Music. Spanning minimal techno, Middle Eastern percussion and rave tracks, the NYC artist, real name Selwa Abd, describes Middle Ouest as a "sonic autobiography." "It's the first body of work that realistically depicts my identity," she adds.…

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Album Of The Week: Burial Tunes 2011-2019

Before dubstep meant Skrillex and “Turn Down For What” and all manner of EDM excess, it meant Burial. Or at least that’s what it meant to me, the ignorant American for whom glowing reviews of a then-anonymous William Bevan became a functional equivalent to the pirate radio broadcasts that informed his sound. Every genre has…

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Giant Swan Finally Unleash Their Debut Record

Giant Swan Giant Swan Keck 8 November 2019 Robin Stewart and Harry Wright fell into the electronic music domain through the cracks, almost by accident. Before Giant Swans, the duo had a different project, the Naturals. Through this early vehicle, Stewart and Wright would navigate the experimental rock domain, drawing influence from pioneering figures like…

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New club Pawnshop opens in Taipei

Share Upsammy, Phuong Dan and JASSS are booked for December. A new club called Pawnshop opens this week. Located in the Tawainese capital's Da'an district, the new venue has three rooms: one for techno; another for disco and house; and a third for live music and art events. The first month's programming is finalised with…

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NPR Music’s Top 15 Songs Of November

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Gavilán Rayna Russom: The Envoy

While any music might be speculative fiction—an answer to the question, “What if the world sounded like this?”—experimental electronic music twined itself to science fiction from the start. The first movie to have a completely electronic score was 1956’s Forbidden Planet, blazing a trail leading through Wendy Carlos’ A Clockwork Orange and Mica Levi’s Uncanny-Valley-of-the-Dolls…

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Floorplan: Supernatural

Robert Hood began his career with Underground Resistance, a Detroit collective known for its bold, anti-corporate vision of techno as a musical form by and for the black youth of a city left behind by a racist nation. Hood left Underground Resistance in 1992; today he lives in Alabama and works as an ordained minister…

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Space Dismension Controller: Love Beyond the Intersect

Jack Hamill has spent the past decade building out his Space Dimension Controller project as though it were a Hollywood blockbuster franchise. The music, a mixture of Detroit-inspired techno, electro-funk, and atmospheric electronica, conveys a cinematic sensibility that’s reflected in his titles (earlier albums The Pathway to Tiraquon6 and Welcome to Mikrosector-50 were both bookended…

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Brutaż to reissue 1993 techno compilation, Frequencies From The Edge Of The Tektonic Plate

The double-vinyl pack will be the Warsaw label's first full-length. Warsaw label Brutaż has revealed details for its first full-length release. It's a reissue of the seven-track techno compilation Frequencies From The Edge Of The Tektonic Plate, originally released on the Vancouver label Outersanctum Music in 1993. This will be the first time the compilation,…

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Ellen Allien shares new EP, La Música Es Dios

It’s the third release on the Berlin techno stalwart’s UFO Inc. label. Ellen Allien has shared a new EP, La Música Es Dios. The EP (which from Spanish translates to “Music is God”) is the latest release on the Berlin techno stalwart’s UFO Inc label. It features three tracks, including Allien’s second, more melancholy take…

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Techno Jew’s Harp

We already know what it sounds like when 30 jew’s harp players perform a song together. Now hear how its unique and twangy sounds can be used to play techno music, courtesy of musician Ildar Gimadiev, who had us dancing to the beat by the end. (Thanks OrionFyre!)

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Black Metamorphosis

The first album in a proposed trilogy, Black Metamorphosis is rooted in Lamin Fofana’s experience as a black African in Berlin. The music is a wash of tone, infused with both grace and unease, at once elegiac and ambivalent. It is intended as the answer to a question Fofana posed in a recent interview: “What…

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