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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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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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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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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One of Britain’s Top Young Composers (Just Don’t Call Her Classical)

Ms. Meredith said that, while some critics seemed surprised by her change in direction, she was really only irked by suggestions that somehow she was selling out in attempting more commercial projects. “It’s ridiculous, that assumption,” she said. “For a start, there’s so much more infrastructure and support in contemporary classical music, at least in…

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Sissel Wincent launches KBK REC label with HUUMO EP

“If I can dance to it, then it’s HUUMO.” Swedish producer Sissel Wincent is launching her own label, KBK REC, which stands for “Kör Bara Kör” (“Go Just Go”). To kick things off multi-disciplinary artist HUUMO, aka Andreas Huumonen, delivers a cacophonous four-track EP, Stress Lust, which is the result of a return to making…

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Far-out Estonian animation from 1974

Esteemed Estonian animator Rein Raamat created this groovy short, "Värvilind," in 1974. The music is by composer Rein Rannap who was also the founder of Estonian prog rock band Ruja. (via ObscureMedia) Tusalava (1929) is a splended experimental animation by New Zealand avant-garde filmmaker and kinetic artist Len Lye. The original film featured a piano…

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The 20th Anniversary Of “Sandstorm” By Darude

About "Sandstorm" is a 1999 trance techno song by the Finnish electronic music producer Darude. Upon its release, the song instantly gained mainstream recognition and continues to remain relevant as a pre-game "pump-up" track before sporting events and background music for a wide range of videos hosted online, most notably during live-streamed sessions of the…

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Fumiya Tanaka reveals new album for Perlon, Right Moment

It's the fifth LP from the Japanese minimal mainstay. Fumiya Tanaka will release his fifth album, the triple-LP Right Moment, via Perlon this December. The eight-track full-length continues the longstanding partnership between Tanaka, the Japanese techno pioneer, and Perlon, the genre-defining minimal label. Last year, Tanaka released two EPs on the imprint, AB and CD.…

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FACT mix 744: Cormac

Berlin-based DJ and producer Cormac rattles through house history with this slamming selection. Northern Ireland-born DJ and producer Cormac began his musical journey as a teenager, collecting music in his home just outside of Belfast and dreaming of dancefloor transcendence. Eventually, he traded his all-too-quiet rural life for London in the early ’00s and was…

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Donato Dozzy: 12H

For over 15 years, Italian producer Donato Dozzy has masterfully ranged from tech house to trance to straight techno. But at his core, he is a minimalist, gleefully finding the strangest, most archaic element to zoom in on, turning any mole hill into Monte Bianco. His beatific ambient techno collaboration with fellow producer Neel, 2012’s…

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Brodinski’s ‘Evil World’ Blends Aggressive Electro & Drill-Heavy Trap Sensibilities

Parisian techno-trap producer Brodinski upset the boundaries of hip-hop when he was recruited for Kanye West’s riotous Yeezus project back in 2013, blending his analogue-heavy electro sound alongside Ye’s prolific approach to the genre. The momentous project had effectually changed the frenchman’s musical direction, leading to his debut studio album Brava in 2015 which brought…

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Frank Ocean doing another PrEP+ night in NYC tonight with Arca, Shyboi & more

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International Documentary Association Awards: ‘Apollo 11’ and ‘Honeyland’ Lead Nominations

Neon tops the IDAs with four nominees, while the "Courage Under Fire" award goes to "For Sama" director Waad Al-Kateab who shot five years in Aleppo under constant shelling. The International Documentary Association revealed nominations for the 2019 IDA Awards, with Neon landing three films in the Best Feature competition, including “Apollo 11” and “Honeyland,”…

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Relaxer: Coconut Grove

Daniel Martin-McCormick’s past always seems to dominate the conversation about his present. No matter how many new groups he’s formed or new aliases he’s tried on for size, his music continues to be evaluated through the lens of his earliest projects. Since 2002, Martin-McCormick has logged lengthy stints in groups like Black Eyes and Mi…

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Bonnie Baxter: AXIS

For the last couple of years, Bonnie Baxter has been calling herself a mutant. That’s the term that she and her bandmates in the noise trio Kill Alters have come to prefer for their small community of weirdos in the New York underground. The scene—per one of its most fervent supporters—is “historically psycho,” vibrating with…

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Nils Frahm: All Encores

The German pianist Nils Frahm likes to think big. He is the founder of Piano Day, an annual holiday dedicated to the instrument, and for a time he was the owner of the world’s largest upright, a Klavins M450i, standing a mammoth 14 feet, nine inches tall. (Since the release earlier this year of the…

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Frank Ocean announces two new singles

Frank Ocean has announced two new singles, as 7-inch vinyl versions of “Dear April” and “Cayendo” are now available for purchase on his website. Remixes of the songs, performed by Justice and Sango, respectively, were premiered during Ocean’s PrEP+ club night this past week. The pre-order pages include performance footage of each remix. Watch below.…

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Floating Points: Crush

Sam Shepherd is a meticulous fellow. Whether he’s tracking down a rare piece of vinyl for his voluminous record collection, wiring up an arcane modular synthesizer, or putting together the latest iteration of his audiovisual live show, there’s an attention to detail at work that’s practically unrivaled in electronic music. (Shepherd also managed to complete…

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Techno Artist Sian Shares His Los Angeles Restaurant Guide

Sian. Courtesy of Sian.SianOctopus Recordings founder and mau5trap artist Sian has had a busy fall between releasing his Ultraviolet 3.0 EP earlier this month, launching a merchandise collaboration with famous skateboarder Jaws Hamoki and touring with world-renowned artist deadmau5 to support him for various shows on his Cube 3.0 tour. When Sian isn’t busy on…

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Ducky releases melodic, techno-clad ‘Glue’

by: Chris Stack Sep 27, 2019 Ducky has recently pulled the veil back on her latest experimental endeavor, “Glue.” The deliciously odd offering adds further weight to the producer’s vastly differing stylistic proclivity, which includes everything from hardcore to melodic, warehouse-friendly compositions—often with ample genre-bleeding behind her. “Glue” is a bright and dynamic piece with…

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Saint Velez emerges from the Brooklyn underground with techno double-header via De-konstrukt Records

Quiet no more, Saint Velez emerges from Brooklyn's underground. Surfacing with a hard hitting, techno release via De-konstrukt Records, the Velez 01.19 double header is available now via SoundCloud.  The EP's two doses come in the form of "Moment to Breathe" and "Die Alone" and are two talismans of techno gleaming in the rough of the cities' budding…

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Stream mau5trap and Insomniac Records’ massive collaborative compilation

by: Jessica Mao Sep 28, 2019 mau5trap and Insomniac Records—two of the dance music scene’s definitive labels— have come together for a collaborative compilation featuring the freshest waves of talent from both respective rosters. Bursting with darkly satisfying strains of techno, the mau5trap x Insomniac Records album contains 10 tracks selected from a diverse spread…

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Our Music Critics’ Picks for This Week

Multi-instrumentalist Kishi Bashi has upgraded to Showbox Sodo's roomy digs for his Seattle return on Sunday. Artist photo This week, our music critics have picked everything from Lana Del Rey to Jerry Paper to the Earshot Jazz Festival. Follow the links below for ticket links and music clips for all of their picks, and find…

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Our Music Critics’ Picks for This Week

Catch psychedelic folk artist Devendra Banhart at his best this Saturday. Lauren Dukoff This week, our music critics have picked everything from the Who to Andrew Bird to Knife Knights. Follow the links below for ticket links and music clips for all of their picks, and find even more shows on our complete music calendar.…

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7 must-hear mixes from September 2019

It’s almost impossible to keep on top of everything that SoundCloud, Mixcloud and online radio has to offer. In our monthly column, FACT guides you through the must-hear mixes of the last 30 days, whether you want a club session to warm you up for the weekend, ambient soothers or a set of vinyl-only obscurities.…

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