Lone has announced a new EP on his Ancient Astronauts label, with 'Abraxas' due to drop on 2nd August.
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.
Charlotte de Witte has announced the launch of her new label, KNTXT.
With KNTXT already established as de Witte's radio show and techno party series, the label offshoot promises to be an "inclusive home that values purity and strength and strives to be a progressive player".
Just when you thought you’d escaped the portaloo, they pull you back in, with almost all July 2019’s top UK events void of plumbing. Not that we’re complaining.
Leeds institution Cocoon In The Park takes our number one spot for the northern regions, bowing out after 11 years. Don’t miss homegrown talent Annie Errez and Bobby O’Donnell alongside big guns like Sven Väth.
Shinedoe will release her new EP, ‘Razor, through her own MTM Records on 12th July.
Having launched the label last year with the awesome ‘Mutant Frequencies’ EP, the Amsterdam-based techno stalwart – real name Chinedum Nwosu – returns for a second outing of peak-time dancefloor heat.
The title track of the EP is as sharp and ensnaring as the name suggests, with a subtle industrial edge and a deep, rolling groove. You can hear that below.
Hidden in the picturesque landscapes of eastern Poland is Garnizon Modlin. A 19th-century fortress and the longest building in Europe, the historic site hosted some of the most established names in techno, as well as rising stars and local talent, last weekend for the second edition of Instytut festival.
Split across four stages, the female-fronted Instytut festival ran from Friday night through Saturday morning, and featured art installations from local creatives both around the festival and inside the fortress.
Covenant - Bullet (Ellen Allien “Flow Mix”)
Regal - Overground
Gettoblaster - Future Funk
On entering Room 1 at the former factory building of E1 in East London, one thing is immediately striking. It’s 2am — the clocks have been pushed forward due to daylight saving — it’s day three of the inaugural Re-Textured Festival, and Ariana Paoletti, aka Volvox, is captivating a crowd. For the next two hours, the concept of time dissipates for those on the dancefloor.
“I am from the dancefloor. Maybe that’s why I understand the dynamics of what a dancefloor is experiencing, and so I DJ to what a dancer would want to hear and feel”
Although born in São Paulo, Brazil, Paoletti spent her teens growing up in the post-industrial American city of Buffalo, New York. “I was living there at a time when it was a very depressed place economically, but it used to be a super-vibrant city,” Paoletti says. “It was one of the wealthiest cities in the United States back in the ’20s. Because of its location on the Eerie Canal, it was a major inlet for manufacturing for the whole North Eastern United States.”
Already transfixed with what was going on in that particular scene, it was when Paoletti moved to Boston that the idea of throwing her own parties materialised. “I was like 22 or 23. I didn’t realise that someone my age could just book a venue, and book DJs, and be responsible with money on that level, and throw a successful event. So I was really inspired by people that I met in the scene in Boston that were my age and were doing those things.”
Soon, she was teaching herself to DJ in her room on a small controller she borrowed off a friend. Explaining the sense of intimidation she felt due the “air of ‘coolness’” around DJs, it took Kassenova some time before she had the confidence to play out. It was upon her return to Kazakhstan, to Almaty, that she realised that the city’s underground nightlife needed an overhaul – and that she was just the person to lead the charge.
“Since then my vision and ideas became clearer,” she adds. “Little by little, ZVUK has expanded musical horizons in Almaty, first through co-organising Unsound Almaty and then by booking people like Via App, Don't DJ, Giant Swan and Zoë McPherson. Also the idea of having an equal dancefloor really came to fruition, and the crowds I see at ZVUK are truly respectful and involved, you get so much warmth and positivity from them. Another thing that evolved since the beginning was the people involved in organisation.
As for the future, Nazira has a busy schedule ahead. As she plans to expand her reach with with yet to be announced tours outside Europe, she is immensely excited to be returning to the inimitable Unsound, Kraków in October, a festival which, in many ways, has led to her being able to take on music as her full-time job.
Lyric Hood has announced her first solo EP, 'Nineteen/11:11'.
Joining her father Robert Hood as Floorplan in 2016 and subsequently releasing the 'Victorious' album, Lyric also remixed 'Never Grow Old' for the duo's 'Let the Church' EP.
On her solo debut, Lyric produces a house heater in the form of 'Nineteen' and closes the EP with thunderous techno on '11:11'.
Earlier this year Floorplan released EP, 'So Glad/I Feel Him Moving'.
Laurent Garnier has created a kickstarter for a new documentary on techno culture, "Laurent Garnier: Off The Record".
Featuring interviews with Carl Cox, Derrick May and Jeff Mills, the documentary aims to "tell the story of the last great musical revolution of the 20th century through the eyes of one of its pioneers."
The kickstarter has been set up in order to allow fans to be part of the creative process. Pledges for the project range from £1 to £500 and each donation comes with a different package.