Ten under-the-radar releases you may have missed from the last three months

From Galcher Lustwerk’s moody hip-house to Lee Gamble’s urgent electronic experimentalism The fourth quarter of 2019 saw Kanye West staging operas and releasing a gospel film, Hyperdub putting out a compilation of Burial’s singles and EPs from the last eight years, and the grand return of TNGHT. Caroline Polachek released her first album under her own name, Ariana Grande met Bernie Sanders, and…

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Our Music Critics’ Picks for This Week

Thrash around to wild rock band Thunderpussy this New Year's Eve. This week, our music critics have picked everything from JusMoni to Manatee Commune to Thunderpussy. 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. Plus, get prepped for…

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Rrose: Hymn to Moisture

Marcel Duchamp loved aliases, in part for the creative license they afforded. As R. Mutt, he produced one of his most famous pieces: Fountain (1917), an ordinary urinal tipped on its side and signed with the fake name. Rrose Sélavy—a pun on the phrase “Eros, c’est la vie” (“Sex, that’s life”)—was another of the Dada…

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Raw Hem & Cinched Detailing Define Midorikawa’s SS20 Collection

Returning for Spring/Summer 2020, Japanese label Midorikawa has prepared a new collection centered around its signature raw hem and cinched detailing. Continuing its unique expression on menswear, the latest range reimagines essential wardrobe staples done in tones of black, beige and pink, along with floral patterns and polka dots. Refined outerwear and tops, and relaxed…

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Gesaffelstein Shares Nightmarish Remix of Rosalía’s “A Palé”

Both Rosalía and Gesaffelstein had quite the riveting 2019. Analog-mastermind Gesaffelstein released his sophomore album Hyperion, following it up with a surprise NOVO SONIC SYSTEM EP that picked up on his signature Dark Prince sound. Rosalía rocketed to global stardom following the release of her riotous Grammy-nominated sophomore album El Mal Querer, featuring on James…

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The best music of 2019: as genre erodes, new gems emerge

Sure, years are arbitrary markers. But the annual ritual of listening to selections from guest music aficionado David Abravanel makes it worthwhile. And this is a perfect producers’ list – music that dissolves genres, bears up to repeated deep listening, and suggests still more possibilities could lie ahead. Here’s David with his latest selections to…

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Juneunit: s/t

juneunit’s debut album is full of familiar sounds—classic hardware synthesizers, analog drum machines—but there’s something special about this record. It beckons. It has a way of lulling the senses and then prodding you awake. It follows well-trodden paths to previously undiscovered destinations. It’s music that feels alive. Not much is publicly known about juneunit. On…

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Martin Garrix, The Chainsmokers, DJ Snake and Flume among artists to headline Sunburn Festival 2019 in Goa

Goa will once again be the destination for the upcoming Sunburn Festival to be held between 27 to 29 December. The event will take place on Vagator beach, and will be headlined by electronic music artists like Dutch DJ Martin Garrix, known for songs like 'Animals'; The Chainsmokers whose tracks include 'Roses', '#Selfie' and 'Closer';…

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Charity and Sabotage: Dance Music Twitter 2019

From business techno to rudeboy techno. From Aphex Twin to Midland. And from Beatport Link to rewinds, Harold Heath sums up the world of dance music Twitter in 2019. Each social media platform delivers a certain experience, derived in part from their ability to trigger our dopamine receptors and in part from our constant gnawing…

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2019 In Electronic Music

Since the first disco record, gay nightlife has built and rebuilt dance music through the decades. Looking back on the last 50 odd years, though, it's clear the majority of this culture, like the wider music industry and society at large, has been a man's world. The most visible queer scenes in history, almost through…

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Gesaffelstein launches 2020 with brooding remix of ROSALÍA’s ‘A Palé’

by: Chris Stack Jan 3, 2020 Starting 2020 right, Gessaffelstein releases his take on rising flamenco singer/songwriter, ROSALÍA, and her newest single, “A Palé.” The tune’s early draft first saw the light of day during Gesaffelstein’s Coachella 2019 performance. Now, on the final cut, the original’s low octave hook remains firm while the underground-behemoth-turned-major-label-weapon adds…

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Stenny – Upsurge (2019)

Stenny – Upsurge (2019) The celebrated techno label Ilian Tape doesn’t actually release all that much techno — at least not in the traditional sense. Founded in 2007 by brothers Dario and Marco Zenker and centered on a small crew of producers, the Munich imprint has always been something of an outlier, a loose-limbed counterargument…

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10 Benefits Of Listening To Music

Why do we live for live music? On the molecular level, research shows that listening to music improves our mental well-being and physical health. Enjoyment goes far beyond the present moment, as it directly influences the outcome of our hormones and cognitive functioning. While research has suggested that people who play instruments are smarter, there…

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Movement Detroit reveals initial line-up for 2020

Paxahau once again presents Movement Detroit, one of the longest-running dance music festivals in the world, coming to Detroit's riverfront Hart Plaza destination on Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-25. Read this next: The rave spirit of Detroit is what makes Movement festival truly shine Celebrating the birthplace of techno, and its subsequent impact on the…

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How to Create an Epic Rock Album Cover Design

What You'll Be CreatingIn this quick and simple tutorial, you’ll learn how to create album cover art for an epic rock album. Using Adobe InDesign and Photoshop, we’ll look at how to set up the album cover size for sharing on Spotify or iTunes and create a compelling, high-impact album design.  Paying tribute to the…

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Meet November’s Artists and DJs to Watch

SoundCloud » Meet November's Artists and DJs to Watch Skip to content If you’re like us, you probably need some new music to get you through these final weeks of holiday shopping, crunch time at work or studying for finals. Luckily, November’s Artists and DJs to Watch, while all diverse, have one thing in common:…

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Anabel Englund and Jamie Jones share soothing house feeler, ‘Messing With Magic’

by: Chris Stack Dec 9, 2019 LA-based Anabel Englund recently released a satiating dancefloor feeler, “Messing With Magic,” with Ibiza mainstay, Jamie Jones, through Ultra Records‘ Area 10 division. With a dark twist in the form of a brooding bass supporting Englund’s resonant vocals alongside heartbeat percussion, the track offers its due diligence with a…

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Omar Souleyman – Schlon

We’ve all been to weddings. We’ve all experienced a wedding singer. Now, can you imagine that guy from your brother’s wedding working with Four Tet or Björk? Probably not, but this is what has happened to Omar Souleyman, Syria’s top wedding singer. On his fourth full-length album Shlon – not counting the hundreds of bootleg…

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Breaking Through: E-Saggila

Before she decided to focus on music full-time, Rita Mikhael studied medical aesthetics at a school in Toronto, where she learned about "very invasive" procedures like chemical peels and facial reconstruction. Like those procedures, the music she's made since then is not for the faint of heart. As E-Saggila, Mikhael builds on her background in…

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18 New Songs Out Today

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BLOT!, SEQU3L and OSE in the Lab Mumbai

Mixmag and BUDX are proud to partner on a groundbreaking new Lab destination touching down this fall: The Lab Mumbai. Set to take place at the intimate space of antiSOCIAL, located located in the warehouse in Todi Mill in Mumbai, The Lab Mumbai will showcase some of the world’s most exciting talents of house, techno…

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Drop It: The Kick in Electronic Music

If you listen to electronic music – especially dance-oriented genres – then you’ve felt that moment of being one with the kick (otherwise known as the bass drum). More than just the shock of a beat drop, there’s that moment when your ears and body just lock in with the pattern of the kick drum.…

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Liverpool club 24 Kitchen Street fight development plans

The local council approved windows that would "almost certainly lead to noise complaints once residents move in" next September. Liverpool's 24 Kitchen Street is seeking support against residential developers. The issue at hand is noise complaints. According to a Facebook post from the venue owners, Liverpool council is granting permission to a neighbouring block of…

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Network Records relaunches with an expanded edition of Derrick May’s 1991 classic, Innovator

The remastered double 12-inch includes an unreleased 13-minute version of "Hand Over Hand." Network Records, the pioneering UK dance label, will relaunch with an expanded edition of Derrick May's Innovator in early 2020. Network was founded by Neil Rushton, the UK soul DJ who helped bring techno to Europe with the legendary compilation, Techno! The…

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The best mixes of 2019

Every month in this column we put the spotlight on seven mixes we think deserve your attention – seven mixes that you might otherwise have missed, seven mixes that deserve to be written about as the cultural artifacts they truly are. Seven is a damn small number, though, in the face of literally thousands of…

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The Best Songs of 2019, in One Massive Playlist

Brittany Howard, Jamila Woods, and Ezra Koenig. Photo illustration by Slate. Photos by Suzanne Cordeiro/AFP via Getty Images, John Parra/Getty Images for PAMM, and Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Radio.com. A Toast to Two of Our Greatest Living Musicians Music in 2009 vs. Music in 2019 Genre Isn’t Really Dead. The Boundaries Have Just Moved. The…

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Our favorite games of 2019

Outer Wilds Devindra HardawarSenior Editor You wake up by a campfire, staring at a night sky teeming with celestial activity. A green moon (or is it a planet?) is in the distance, a ship slowly disintegrates in space. The solar system seems vast, beautiful and dangerous all at the same time. That's your introduction to…

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REQ: Leftfield Techno 2 by Sample Magic

Hello people, I found this sample pack and can't see it anywhere. This pack is just crazy from the preview and would benefit me and hopefully many greatly. INFO:Big tech beats, ominous undertones, and spectral sound design crafted for underground inspiration. Leftfield Techno 2 returns with a 450+mb collection of high-quality loops, one-shots, and MIDI.…

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Meet PVA, the genre-hopping dance band turning heads with their live shows

The London trio have been filling venues and drawing crowds with their disco-punk gigs – we meet them as they finally release their debut single ‘Divine Intervention’ PVA are somewhat of an anomaly for 2019. For the longest time, the band (comprised of musicians Josh Baxter, Ella Harris, and Louis Satchell) only had half a song online, instead winning over fans…

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2020 = 303 + 808 + 909, literally

As many have observed (even before Roland themselves caught on), the year 2020 is the sum of 303 + 808 + 909. So 2020 means some serious techno (and acid techno), and auspicious dates to celebrate March 3, August 8, and September 9. Mark those techno calendars. If you want to consider the zodiac, you…

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Amazingly Beautiful Photos of Germany

Germany. The country is synonymous with beer, sausages, “seriousness,” incredible hiking, majestic castles, and wild techno parties. It’s huge, diverse, and amazing. There’s a vibrant international, art, and music scene in Berlin; beautiful forests in the west; great cathedrals; picturesque “Sound of Music” cities in the south; and overlooked historic cities and beaches in the…

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Björk adapted for opera

Vespertine is the fourth studio album by Icelandic recording artist Björk. First released in August 2001. Björk performed the entire album along with an orchestra at the Royal Opera House in London (1 Hr 34 min) in December 2001. Now in 2019 the team of Jan Dvořák, Peter Häublein, and Roman Vinuesa together with the…

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