Featuring Madrid-born, Berlin-based DJ/producer, Reka, in our Fresh Kicks series might feel a little strange. In truth, she’s been embedded in electronic music for over 15 years. After several eras of change though, it has only been in this decade that she has truly found and flourished in her artistic identity.
In the early hours of the morning on November 10, 1938, anti-Semitic rioting raged across Nazi Germany, in a pogrom that saw more than 100 Jews killed and 267 synagogues destroyed by SA paramilitary, alongside thousands of Jewish businesses. The violent attacks, which would go on to become known as the Night Of Broken Glass, or Kristallnacht, saw Jewish homes, hospitals and schools burned and looted, as German authorities watched on. The events would eventually lead to the Holocaust, one of the largest genocides in the history of humanity.
“We see hate coming to a boil, and if we’re not careful it’s going to encompass all of us,” he continues. “In politics there’s so much division. For us, the music is that bridge to bring us together. So, we boldly play these tracks to plant seeds in people’s spirits. The music we’re doing is symbolic of tearing down walls. We’re agents of change. We’re about spreading love, the gospel and good news to a lost world.” Hood constantly refers to St.
“I knew the experience was invaluable and what I was learning was precious, watching the speed and the accuracy of how [Mad Mike Banks and Jeff Mills] worked, and how many hours they put into their studio time. They were making history, and that was my example. I wanted to be like that”
Jeff Mills has spoken about the difference between techno in the 1990s and the genre today in a recent interview with Telekom Electronic Beats, which focusses on his jazz quartet project, Spiral Deluxe.
“Techno music was this up-tempo, driving, sometimes very dark, very aggressive type of dance music that derived from electronic rock or house music or Detroit techno. This is what techno was, pretty much, in the ‘90s," he said.
Tresor Records will reissue a string of classic techno albums from November.
Taking the angle "Masters then, masters now" the series will welcome back Jeff Mills' ‘Waveform Transmission Vol. 3’, ‘Internal Empire’ by Robert Hood, Juan Atkins presenting Infiniti's ‘Skynet’, Drexciya’s infamous ‘Neptune’s Lair’ and ‘Arrange and Process Basic Channel Tracks’ from Scion.
The re-issue of Mills' 'Waveform Transmission Vol. 3' was announced last week.
The original entrance to techno club Tresor is being immortalised as an exhibit in a new museum.
The Humboldt Forum is a new museum in the Berlin palace which will open at the end of 2019, where the legendary venue’s door will be on display among artefacts that celebrate Germany’s rich history, including mosaics from the Holy Roman Empire.
The Humboldt Forum said: “The door reminds us of the pulsating party culture of the 1990s and symbolises the city’s free spaces, which gave birth to a lively cultural scene.
"This object truly reflects Berlin’s eventful history.”
Jeff Mills’ seminal sophomore LP 'Waveform Transmission Vol. 3' is getting reissued by Berlin label Tresor.
Out next week (2nd November), the groundbreaking record from the Detroit techno legend was originally released in 1994 via the same label. The LP was third in the Waveform Transmission series. The first volume, from 1992, was also by Mills while the second was produced by Robert Hood under his The Vision alias.
Berlin clubs such as Bunker, Stattbad Wedding, Exit and Tresor (in its original location) all have one thing in common - they’re no longer open.
Now they’ve been pulled together to feature in a new limited-edition calendar created by Tine Fetz and Daniel Schneider. The calendar, called Places 2019: Berliner Cluborte der Vergangenheit features illustrations by Tine Fetz of a number of now closed Berlin clubs going back through the last three decades.
Far-right supporters at an AfD rally were outnumbered four to one by protestors at a demonstration in Berlin on Sunday (27th May).
Approximately 20,000 people, made up of 13 separate groups, turned out in opposition to the Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) event in the capital.
Rødhåd is amongst the names confirmed for Moondance, a techno festival set in an historic Croatian castle this summer, adding another reason to head for the Balkans in the coming months.
Now in its sixth edition, the event will run from 9th to 11th August, and takes place at the Kamerlengo Fortress, a 15th Century structure sitting on the Adriatic coast at Trogir, a small island city around 5KM from Split. The town was recently ranked amongst the most stunning settlements of its kind by National Geographic.
Paul Kalkbrenner has shared another single from his forthcoming album ‘Parts of Life’. ‘Part Eight’ is the second single to be unveiled from the LP which is set to drop on 18th May.