Top counterculture spots in Berlin

There’s a saying that makes much more sense to Berliners than to those who haven’t been to the German capital. “Paris is always Paris and Berlin is never Berlin.” Each time you come, there’s a piece of history, a unique work of art, or perhaps a long-abandoned building that you didn’t know existed but has…

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Joe Biden Killed Rave Culture

Graphic: G/O Media (Photos: Getty Images, Shutterstock As each of the approximately 12,203,391 Democratic presidential candidates parades across the country in an attempt to prove why they are the best future leader of America, let’s not forget that the current frontrunner, Joe Biden, bears a hell of a lot of responsibility for policies that fueled…

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Public Records opens in Gowanus (see pics) — Deradoorian & more scheduled

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Brendon Moeller debuts on Fluxion’s Vibrant Music with shoegaze-influenced album, Materialize

The new LP is informed by Moeller's early love of shoegaze and indie rock. Brendon Moeller's next album comes via Vibrant Music. Materialize is influenced by the South African-born, US-based artist's history in rock bands in the '80s and '90s, when he was interested in "indie, shoegaze, ambient and moody, cinematic [sound]scapes," according to the…

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JakoJako debuts on Leisure System with Aequilibration

Listen to a new track, ‘Kogn. Dissonanz’, now. Berlin-based modular synthesist JakoJako will debut on Leisure System with a new EP. Aequilibration features four tracks of “atypical techno and electronic experiments”. ‘Kogn. Dissonanz’ fuses spidery polyrhythms with intense, driving  percussion – listen now. JakoJako is a self-taught synthesist and primarily performs live. “Depending on how…

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Joel Mull to release first album in eight years

Arrow Of Time lands on June 14th via Swedish techno label Parabel. Joel Mull will soon release his first album in eight years. Out June 14th through Swedish techno label Parabel, Arrow of Time is influenced by themes of traveling, time and the future. It's Mull's fourth full-length, following 2011's Sensory on Truesoul. "There is…

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Berlin Atonal announces first names for 2019

This year’s festival takes place from August 28 to September 1. Objekt, Nkisi and Kali Malone are among the first names to be announced for Berlin Atonal’s 2019 edition. All three artists will perform live A/V sets at the five-day Berlin festival. Objekt will team up with Ezra Miller on visuals as part of his…

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[Premiere] LOKATT – Me And AI

LOKATT is a techno/pop duo that consists of Stockholm-based sisters Nina and Johanna (who have a background as folk-pop/indie duo Piroth. Back in 2013, using their very own Oma’s Studio, they started producing techno music with pop influences from their own Oma’s Studio. In 2015 they released their acclaimed debut EP “Karg”, which was followed…

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Petition Launched To Help Save Concrete

A petition has been launched to support one of Paris' key club venues, Concrete, after it emerged that the owners of the barge on which it is situated have served an eviction notice. The company that runs the barge presented Concrete with a 15-day eviction notice on February 11 having refused to renew its lease…

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Paris nightclub Concrete at risk of closure

A Change.org petition has been launched to prevent the owners of the iconic techno boat from evicting the club. Parisian techno institution Concrete is being threatened with closure. BPIF (Bateau de Paris-Ile-de-France), the company that owns ‘Le Ponton la Rapée’ – the iconic boat on which Concrete is situated – refused to renew the club’s…

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Wuki enlists Ship Wrek for another infectious homage to Daft Punk on ‘Techno Logic’

by: Josh Hymo May 21, 2019 WUKILEAKS is the (now-not-so-hidden) gem account for DJs across the Internet—a project that started approximately three years ago by Kris Berman—better known as Wuki. The Denver-based producer started off with mash-ups of Busta Rhymes, the Six Flags-famed “We Like To Party” theme, and more, all of which instantly exploded…

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Techno Tuesday: Catching up with Moscoman on the ‘New Tel Aviv Wave,’ Gather Outdoors, and more

by: Christina Hernandez May 21, 2019 Techno Tuesday is a feature on Dancing Astronaut documenting the culture of underground dance music. We’ll bring you exclusive interviews, tracks, and narratives from artists within the techno, tech house, and deep house world in an effort to shed light on some of the best talent outside the world of…

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DJ Seinfeld: Galazy EP

DJ Seinfeld is something of an enigma: the accidental spokesperson for an internet micro-genre he largely disavowed, a producer whose silly moniker is at odds with the earnestness of his music. Galazy strips away some of the mystery. It is Jakobsson’s first release on his own record label, Young Ethics, an imprint whose name comes,…

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ClubTogether is a celebration of your best club memories

A global mapping project for your most memorable raves. Dorothy Studio has launched ClubTogether, a global mapping project which allows ravers from all of the world to document their best club memories. The interactive map allows users to contribute clubbing memories, which are filtered into various categories including ‘Night’, ‘Venue’, ‘Location’, ‘Decade’ and ‘Artist’. You…

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Iceland’s Eurovision entry invites families everywhere into the BDSM pain-sphere

Photo: JACK GUEZ/AFP (Getty Images) The “weird Eurovision entry” has been a staple of internet consumption of the annual international song contest for years now, as people around the planet—including non-combatants in the U.S.—wait to see which country fields the most bizarre entry in the yearly competition. Weird Eurovision picks tend to go the excessively…

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Black Dice: Natty Light

Black Dice started out as a malfunctioning hardcore band. Formed by RISD students in 1997, their earliest incarnation bore all the markings of the era’s DIY punk scene but churned with an itchy, art-school weirdness that set them apart. In just a few years the band would be completely unrecognizable from its original state, but…

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Dazed Mix: SAMA

The Palestinian techno DJ helms our latest session SAMA’ is often credited as Palestine’s first techno DJ. After discovering club music while studying in Beirut in 2008, Sama Abdulhadi returned to Ramallah, where she grew up, determined to put on parties of her own. The underground scene there has since blossomed, with a number of new…

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Play Turns 20

“You’re too old. Let go. It’s over. Nobody listens to techno.” That was Eminem in 2002, giving some sincere and heartfelt advice to Moby. Like a whole lot of the things Eminem said when he was at the peak of his fame, it hasn’t aged all that well. (Another thing that hasn’t aged well: Eminem…

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Jung An Tagen returns to Editions Mego with Proxy States

Listen to a mind-bending collision of two tracks from the album now. Extreme computer musician Jung An Tagen is back on Editions Mego with his third album for the experimental Austrian imprint. Proxy States is described by the label as “techno evolving into another realm”, and combines the artist’s oblique approach to electronic composition with some…

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Label of the month: Djax Records

Love Parade '98 and Djax's fifth birthday are two of Slegers' highlights in a career that began playing disco and funk in a small club in Eindhoven, aged 16. "Back then you got 40 guilders for playing all night and then you had to clean up at the end," she says. "But for me, I…

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All Play and No Work: How Moby’s bestselling album damaged electronic music

This month, Moby’s acclaimed album Play turns 20 years old. Ryan Diduck re-examines the bestselling full-length to find a cynical, problematic hodgepodge of signals that led electronic music down a dark, commodified path. In a now-infamous interview with Pitchfork for the publication’s popular “Over/Under” series, in which artists are asked to rank various cultural currents,…

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Meet Loco Dice: A World-Renowned Techno Producer

Loco Dice. Courtesy of Loco Dice. Loco Dice Techno producer Loco Dice sat at a countertop table in La Esquina, a taqueria located in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood. The DJ, whose real name is Yassine Ben Achour, has a connection to the eatery—he even named a song after it. The Germany-based producer lived across the street…

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A new party paradigm: how to throw an eco-rave

Michelle Lhooq, founder of Weed Rave in L.A, speaks to the organisers behind music festivals Wonderfruit and Lightning in a Bottle about how to party with the planet in mind I was dancing under a strobe-lit tree canopy at Wonderfruit – a sustainable music festival outside Pattaya, Thailand – when the realisation struck me like…

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For Eurovision Contest, Even a Controversial Move to Tel Aviv Is Pop Business as Usual

Even with international headlines whirring about Hamas-fired rockets raining down on southern Israel, there was a feeling of business-as-usual in Tel Aviv ahead of the first semifinal show of the Eurovision Song Contest Wednesday night. In the coastal Mediterranean city, considered a secular bubble of liberal politics and parties stretching well past dawn, both locals…

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How To Make A Mella Dee Track

Mella Dee shows us how to effortlessly craft a Jeff Mills-inspired earworm. Ryan Aitchison, aka Doncaster-born Mella Dee, has constantly evolved as a producer since starting out as one half of Mista Men in 2010. Over the decade he’s moved from UK garage to hardcore and techno, using his encyclopedic knowledge of club music to…

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Road to Movement Detroit: the years 2008-2018

by: Jessica Mao May 13, 2019 With Memorial Weekend fast approaching, Detroit’s beloved Movement Festival will enter its 21st year in the running, bringing forth yet another relentless wave of excitement in its showcase of diverse musical talent. Originally surfacing as a free event, Movement has grown from its beginnings into a nationwide landmark whose…

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Hear Cliff Martinez’s “Naked Guy Murder” From Nicolas Winding Refn’s Amazon Series Too Old To Die Young

After drumming for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lydia Lunch, and Captain Beefheart in the ’80s, Cliff Martinez went on to become a successful Hollywood composer. His partnership with director Nicolas Winding Refn has resulted in some incredible work in soundtracking for movies such Drive, Only God Forgives, and The Neon Demon — last Halloween we recognized his…

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Youtube Music Channels To Watch In The Future

YouTube is an amazing platform that keeps us occupied through lots of unique YouTubers creating content for their viewers. We can quite literary “get lost” on YouTube, and that is what makes YouTube great. It’s amazing when you discover a new channel that uploads quality content for you to view. But another thing that we…

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3 new Ontario songs you need to hear this week

Every day, musicians write, record and release new music in Ontario — so each week, we're bringing you some of our favourites. Music columnist Adam Carter is on CBC Radio One's In the Key of C on Saturdays, with your guide to what's new and exciting in Ontario music. Here are this week's picks: Kevin A: Make Me Move Make Me Move, which…

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Funk’n Deep Records Techno Tools 003 WAV

FANTASTiC | 13 April 2019 | 412 MBFunk'n Deep Records presents our fifth sample release. 'Techno Tools 003' contains samples provided by Russian talent Optimuss. The preview is constructed from unmastered raw loops, direct from the pack and at default levels so you can lock'n load directly into your DAW or sampler. Carefully selected layers,…

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Datacode FOCUS Serum Techno WAV FXP-SYNTHiC4TE

SYNTHiC4TE | April 28 2019 | 277 MBDatacode is proud to present FOCUS: Serum Techno, a premium sound bank with the latest Serum Presets and Construction Kits! One of our favorite weapons in the studio is Xfer Records powerhouse synth Serum, with its distinctive sound that can be heard in many types of Electronic Music…

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Things Learned At Intonal Festival

All live photography by Lamia Karic I’ve never been to a gig on the rooftop of a Swedish rowing club before - or any other kind of rowing club for that matter - but that’s where I found myself on the opening night of Malmö’s Intonal festival, with the last rays of evening sunlight glinting…

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