At just 22 years old and fresh off the back of a US tour, where he played in Detroit, New York, Los Angeles, and New Orleans, REES is making waves far from his hometown of Middlesbrough. Producing and playing his own refined style of feel-good disco, electro, house, and italo, the upstart found his calling in the North East's clubs - with a local event inspiring him to pursue music.
Last track that blew your mind?
"Palms Trax ‘To Paradise’"
Last film you watched?
"Kung Fu Panda"
Last DJ that blew your mind?
"Orpheu The Wizard"
Favourite album to relax to?
"Tiger & Woods 'On The Green Again'"
The cult classic website, Iskhur's Guide to Electronic Music, has (finally) been given an update.
First launched in 1999, the domain maps out the links between various sub genres, from Italo to gloomcore, tracing roots back to the birth of experimental and musique concrète in the first half of the 20th Century.
Presented as a timeline, users can zoom-in on individual decades, clicking through to in-depth descriptions of each micro-canon, with streamable tracks providing aural examples for each.
Gaika will headline Roundhouse Rising Festival 2019 with a ten-piece ensemble.
South London's rising star of dancehall-experimental beats, who dropped a startlingly fresh mixtape in May and played MUTEK San Francisco the same month, will be joined on stage by live musicians led by composer Jason Yarde.
Having first started raving as a student in New York, Abd’s love and dedication to the art of DJing has seen her make considerable strides in the past year. 2019 has found her touring Europe and North America, playing parties by Room 4 Resistance and Omnidisc, and bringing her mum along to a Gamut party at Paris’ La Station De La Gare Des Mines.
Looking to the future, Abd has a lot in the works. Having started a new party series, 3AFAK, co-curated with her friend Sanna, Bergsonist also has an LP landing soon on Optimo Music as well as an EP on Hypercolour. With plans to tour Europe again, she is also heading back to Morocco for the first time in four years, intending to make the most of the trip by working with local artists and capturing field recordings to use in her music.
Maceo Plex has revealed plans to open a studio for young producers in Barcelona, according to a post on Twitter.
The techno don, whose Mariel Ito electro alias was re-activated last year, made the statement this morning— although details are thin on the ground.
"Might be putting a ton of my gear into a studio for aspiring new producers to use and be inspired. In BCN. more details later on."
Dallas, Texas is an unlikely nerve centre of electro music. The city’s small but tight knit cabal of producers and DJs have been releasing essential underground tracks since the mid ’90s to rival anything made in Detroit or The Hague and, despite indifference from the dance mainstream, several of Dallas’s biggest electro names have acquired world renown.
It’s fair to say that Oliva changed the face of her local scene, and she’s now making her mark around Europe. The Kraków native came up at a time when drum & bass was the predominant sound of the city, but years of her own hard work as a DJ and promoter mean it is now about so much more. Olivia first went to legendary local club Kanty with her older brother and “had to bribe bodyguards” and “sneak in through the fence”.
And certainly, the label is showing no signs of slowing as 2019 hits its midpoint...
“In the near future the label is about to drop “12s from Brooklyn based SC-164 and Silicon Scally and we are also launching a new vinyl only sub-label called CE Limited with the first release being from Ekman.”
Reflecting on his history with electro, Bolland’s first encounters spread from the Detroit originators and UK stalwarts to Scandinavian outliers.
Speaking of the recent popular revival of the sound he and his contemporaries have been dedicated to for years, Bolland is elated by the waves of new artists and labels breakthrough through.
“Yeah the scene has had a nice lift over the last few years which I feel it really deserves,” he explains. “For me the hottest new acts I have been enjoying are Jensen Interceptor and Assembler Code, No Moon, Solid Blake, Volruptus and Animistic Beliefs as well as labels like Craigie Knowes, Private Persons and Mechatronica.”
Sync 24 and Cultivated Electronics show no signs of slowing. With a busy summer lined up with sets at for Brooklyn party Nails and Wax, Houghton festival, the label’s annual bash at Berlin’s Griessmuehle with the Mechatronica crew in October, and a big party lined up in London’s Village Underground, it’s remarkable to think that Bolland is also working on his first solo LP.
“So watch this space,” he says.
Paul Woolford has a busy year in store with his Special Request alias, with four new albums set for release via Houndstooth.
The first one is titled VORTEX, while full details on the other three albums are as-yet unconfirmed. Woolford says he "had a right fucking doss" making the records, while Houndstooth's - the label that will be releasing the LPs - press release describes the tracks on the albums as "strictly bowel-evacuating bangers".
You can listen to the lead track from VORTEX, 'SP4NN3R3D', below. The album's out on May 31st.