Detroit pioneer Derrick May is bringing his orchestral show to the Southbank Centre’s stunning Royal Festival Hall this August.
The show has only been performed six times around the world, with concerts in Europe, USA and Australia. And for the London show, May once again teams up with Macedonian conductor Dzijan Emin.
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”
Kevin Saunderson has confirmed details of his first album as E-Dancer in two decades.
Titled ‘Infused’, the album follows on from Saunderson’s revisiting two years ago of his classic E-Dancer album ‘Heavenly’. The new 10-track album sees Saunderson team up with Lithuanian producer Virus J.
The album is more of a downtempo affair than past E-Dancer works, and sees Saunderson and his collaborator making use of live instrumentation including strings.
The album is out now via KMS, and can be streamed in full via the embed below.
A Kickstarter campaign is currently in progress to help raise finishing funds for a new documentary focusing on Detroit techno.
God Said Give 'Em Drum Machines: The Story of Detroit Techno is the work of Detroit natives and filmmakers Jennifer Washington and Kristian Hill who have spent the last seven years researching for the documentary, as well as following the lives and work of pioneers such as Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson, Derrick May, Eddie Fowlkes and Blake Baxter.
K-HAND is one of Detroit’s true legends. For close to three decades, the Motor City native has stood as an oft-unsung champion of the sounds that have defined its landscape. From soulful, sample-heavy house with more swing than a large playground to gritty, motorik techno, she has notched close to 50 EPs and albums on her longstanding Acacia Records since she launched it in 1990.
The past few months have seen her play in every corner of the globe, from the U.S to Finland, across Australia and New Zealand to Hong-Kong, South Korea, Japan…
“And Mumbai, India also! And I just returned from Italy and Kiev, Ukraine with Nastia.” she tells DJ Mag. “What amazing locations and venues… [It’s] busy as usual, although I was quite busy last year as well. This time I’m touring new locations, which makes me even more happy to see all of my fans and friends in one place dancing.”
Although Detroit can legitimately lay claim to being the birthplace of techno, the city maintains an uneasy relationship with the music it helped spawn. On the one hand, the scene in the city is virtually non-existent (fascinatingly documented in Laurent Garnier’s ‘Electrochoc’), yet on the other it continues to churn out incredibly talented producers in impressively peerless fashion.
Laidback Luke has compared EDM to McDonald's and techno to prime steak in a recent interview with Resident Advisor.
The EDM DJ/producer (real name: Luke Van Scheppingen) made the comments in the latest episode of Resident Advisor’s RA Exchange podcast, when speaking about the ongoing divide between overground and underground genres of dance music.
“What has always boggled me about the modern generation of underground but overground music lovers is that people are just so focused on these little niches,” he tells RA’s Matt Unicomb.
Sample Magic has come a long way since the start of their SM series of sample libraries. They're now at volume number 63, and here the guys have released a pack that's one of our personal favourites.
There’s a reason people stand outside in line during Chicago’s brutal winter months, teeth chattering, waiting to descend the staircase into Smart Bar’s steamy, 400-person capacity dancefloor: the club’s line-ups are unparalleled. And Marea Stamper, aka The Black Madonna, is the woman booking the bill. When your venue’s music director also happens to be one of the most lauded underground DJs in America – nay, the world – you can pretty much assume that it will climb to the top of any “Best Of” poll.