Helena Hauff has dropped two new tracks from her forthcoming album, 'Qualm', which arrives next Friday, 3rd August, via Ninja Tune.
The Hamburg-based electro and techno DJ and producer has shared 'Hyper-Intelligent Genetically Enriched Cyborg' and 'It Was All Fields Around Here When I Was A Kid'. These follow tasters of 'Qualm' and 'Qualms', which we got our hands on in June, both of which also feature on the new record— her first full-length outing in almost three years.
Sydney-based electro engineer Jensen Interceptor has been ferociously drift driving on our radar for a while now. When we caught up with the producer last year just after he released some killer releases on Boysnoize Records and Sheffield’s Central Processing Unit we were frankly blown away by the combination of futuristic and retro influences utilised in making his heady, petrol doused industrial cuts.
SOPHIE's debut album has been confirmed. 'Oil Of Every Pearl's Un-Insides' will land next Friday 15th June.
Three of her singles— 'Ponyboy', 'Faceshopping' and 'It's OK To Cry'— arrived last year on Transgressive Records, all of which will appear on the forthcoming long player, carried by the same imprint.
Claude VonStroke is releasing the first ever Dirtybird live album— a recording of his set from Movement in Detroit, appropriately titled 'Claude VonStroke: Live In Detroit'.
A native to the city and regular player at the event, the man in question closed out the festival's main Saturday night this year, an honour he evidently took very seriously. Scores of new work were signed and cleared in the months leading up to the occasion, winding up with almost 150 tunes available for use.
Minimal Violence is a punk band. Sort of. Born from Vancouver’s underground punk community out of an eagerness to mix records as well as play in bands, the duo of Ashlee Luk and Lida P have clung to the DIY and outsider ethos of their scene with resolute talons since coming together in 2015. It is in the rawness of their roots that the appeal of their incendiary electronics lies.
“I definitely think we have evolved to a significantly heavier place than we started,” Luk tells DJ Mag. “Which is funny since it has always been such punk approach from the beginning but maybe from a softer angle.
And it is, as expected, the artists who defy traditional structures that Minimal Violence are kindred with. The pair, along with Josh Rose and Spencer Davis of Vancouver post-punk outfit Cowards, formed Sacred Sound Club as a response to the lack of experimental electronic and dance music events taking place in the city. It has since expanded, with a new wave of experimental, DIY electronic outfits and collectives rising with it.
Luk still plays in her dark punk band lié (she’s on guitar and vocals) and is precise when specifying the links she finds between the clamorous spirit of that outlet and the more dancefloor-ready edge of Minimal Violence.
Individually, CTRLS and Solid Blake have been causing a stir in underground techno and electro spheres for some time now. Danish DJ/producer CTRLS has become known on the Copenhagen circuit for his hectic, fearsome sets and equally ripping productions, the techniques behind which he recently showcased in a Beatport Studio Session.
Steve Bicknell has been immersed in techno for close to three decades now. Having launched the legendary LOST parties in 1991 with Sheree Rashit – which, if you don’t know, gave Jeff Mill’s his UK debut – as well as launching the influential Cosmic Records label a few short years later, he has been one of the most understated, vital figures in the UK’s underground, dark techno spheres since some of the scene’s biggest contemporary players were just kids. Though LOST may have finished up some years ago, that influence has gone nowhere.
His most recent EP on 6dimensions ‘Mind Patterns’ is arguably Bicknell’s most ferocious, relentless work. ‘Vein Injection’ is a distorted, brutal sonic assault while ‘Present Minds’ is a dark, euphoric trip that you could only hope to crawl your way out of, or just get lost in.
As natural as a process as those compositions may be, there is evidently a lot of personal and psychological projection in the music that Bicknell creates. Given that, and that Bicknell has previously shared interest mindfulness in the past, one can’t but wonder if he considers himself to be a philosophically inclined artist…
“I think someone who knows me would better answer that question,” he admits. “I would say I follow feeling over thought as much as possible.”
One such artist discovery for Bicknell to release on 6dimensions was Jing, the Taiwanese conceptual artist and producer whose vivid, experimental electronic sound designs soundtrack short stories with cinematic, cerebral mastery. Bicknell released her remarkable ‘Adularescence’ on 6dimensions in February this year.
DJ Stingray and Mumdance have dropped a next level electro playlist on Spotify.
The 19-strong selection includes workouts from names like Kyle Hall (under his KMFH alias), French rave activist Umwelt, dnb pioneer Doc Scott and Birmingham techno deity Regis.
LA-4A drops his ‘Slackline’ EP on Sheffield’s Central Processing Unit (CPU) next month (8th June). We’ve got the exclusive premiere of the title track below.
Initially an anonymous production handle, LA-4A is the alter ego of Berlin-based expat Kevin McHugh (aka Ambivalent) – a past affiliate of Richie Hawtin‘s Minus label.
McHugh launched his own Delft imprint in 2013, which has released a number of his own productions – with standouts including ‘Invader’ and ‘Triad’ – as well as material from Mor Elian, Alden Tyrell and Physical Therapy.