Following the highly acclaimed "House To Jazz Experience" EP's and the phenomenal "Reflections" album which features vocalist Darian Crouse comes the next superb release by Deepconsoul on Soulful Sentiments Records. The "Goodies EP" is loaded with four equally brilliant vocal productions on which Deepconsoul collaborates with Sacred Soul, Footsounds and Mr. Boogie, enlisting the vocal talents of Philadi N, Siya, Dindy and Swazi Qabazi. Not much needs to be said or written about this paramount release other than each of the four included songs is top-notch soulful house music guaranteed to make
The next release on Original Drum HSI is a tribute to Sylvia Robinson's timeless classic "Pillow talk" originally released back in 1973 (for those who don't know, she is credited as the driving force behind two landmark singles in Hip Hop history: "Rapper's delight" by the Sugarhill Gang and "The message" by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five). "Pillow hawk" by Cosmic Asset (aka Neter Supreme) is sheer musical bliss, with the masterly orchestrated 'Dreamlands' mixes honoring the original musical concept of "Pillow talk" yet oozing with Neter Supreme's beloved truly
America’s on-again, off-again love affair with electronic music – often, with idioms it helped create – is endlessly full of unexpected twists and turns. But all this bears examining. For some, it’s a journey back to the music that first inspired them. For others, it’s a chance to learn, perhaps, how where music has been might help lead to where it’s going. It’s a chance not just to repeat electronic music past, but go beyond it.
And if you’re looking for something to entertain you this weekend, you could do worse than Modulations, a documentary from 1998.
Back then, it was “electronica,” not “EDM.” But then, as now, high culture met festival culture – Karlheinz Stockhausen and Danny Tenaglia get equal screen time. Robert Moog weighs in. Some figures – Carl Cox, Derrick May, Giorgio Moroder – are just at home on today’s lineups. Others are not. As in the 808 film, Arthur Baker gets a starring role, too.
The film is mainly a document about the dance scene, but as such, offers a reminder to what 90s culture was, and how it does and doesn’t mirror the situation today.
And now you can watch the full thing for free on Vimeo or YouTube. Ah, back when electronic music was real electronic music, parties were real parties, and all the women were purple. (Erm, see the cover image.) Um… right. The 90s. Here’s Vimeo:
But wait — there’s more.
David Abravanel, friend of the site, has done an extensive electronica nostalgia trip for Network Awesome, full of still more videos to occupy your brain. He writes:
“I vividly remember the first time I became aware of Electronica. I was 11 and a budding music obsessive, I watched MTV religiously. Sitting in the living room, my parents paying attention to other things, the video for The Prodigy’s “Breathe” came on. I still remember Maxim’s tattooed and painted body gliding towards me. It felt like some kind of disneyland horror ride, but with better music. Keith Flint sealed the deal – these were guys to freak out your parents, the popular kids, you name it.
For this article, assume “Electronica” by its American definition – a catch-all for all electronic music that hit mainstream between 1995 – 2000. It did this by positioning certain figures as rock stars (tellingly, The Prodigy’s breakthrough happened after Keith Flint and Maxim emerged as punky frontmen), and playing up its role as the “future of music”. While Electronica encompassed a number of genres – Daft Punk’s French Touch, Sneaker Pimps’ Trip Hop – Big Beat was clearly the leader.
Electronica also coincided with the most lucrative historical period for the recording industry – as such, artists who had just a few months ago been living check-to-check suddenly had high-budget videos commissioned. This is a celebration of those videos – narrowed down to one song per act, because people got things to do.”
- David Abravanel
Actually, I’ll say, part of why I miss the word “electronica” was that it could sometimes serve as catch-all for electronic music – a genre-blurring vagueness that’s perhaps needed even more in 2015 nomenclature than it was in the 90s. (Contrast EDM, which apart from the ‘d’ meaning ‘dance,’ should be completely general but means something sort of painfully specific.)
Don’t miss David’s full post on the topic:
And then head to Network Awesome to watch all the goodness, and never leave your house the rest of this weekend:
Network Awesome: Live Music Show – ‘Electronica’ (curated by David Abravanel)
Even me, a classical kid completely out of touch with dance music in the 90s — even I get a bit nostalgic for “Trip Like I Do.” (Also, I love that it samples The Dark Crystal in an all-too-rare crossover of dance music and the Muppets.) Oh yeah, that and The Matrix.
In other film news…
Electronic Beats today posted a trailer for this 2008 documentary on techno, which I wish were as easy to come by as the film above:
Oh yeah, and did we mention I Dream of Wires is now on Netflix? (plus digital services far and wide)
Have a great weekend, everyone. Hope you have a good time out listening to music – or at home making music and, of course, curling up in bed with The Internet and its video entertainment.
In the age of wonder…
This land was green and good.
Okay, I need to someday be somewhere where someone drops that track at exactly a completely inappropriate moment.
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Our friends at Bastl Instruments / Noise Kitchen are preparing a modular synth tutorial with their usual charm, friendliness, and directness.
And, if your native language happens to be Czech, this is absolutely the video tutorial you’ve been waiting for! If you don’t, though, there are English subtitles. (And, of course, the occasional recognition of a word or two by hearing.)
The name sounds cool in Czech, too: Patcheni!
And host Nikol already has an advantage over … well, almost every other tutorial on modular synthesis I’ve seen:
1. The tutorials are beginner-friendly.
2. They’re short.
3. They’re cheery.
4. They don’t ramble on and on and on… (hey, to be fair, making tutorials is hard!)
Teaser at top, and on to the first video – which is superb:
Now, modular is all well and good, but sometimes it’s fun to have an all-in-one box – and it can often fit the budget nicely.
So, don’t feel left out if you’re not taking the modular plunge. Bastl also have a terrific update to the firmware of their grungy, glitchy, good-time granular giant the MicroGranny:
More on this great box:
Lots of variants, and now you can buy them all direct:
East coast synthesis? West coast synthesis?
Next week, we’ll have a photo journal of our trip to Brno, CZ, home of Bastl and their new Noise Kitchen store. And don’t miss this amazing drum machine organ thing, a Communist-era relic that can nonetheless amaze any synth builder today.
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Taking place in the idyllic, once in a lifetime holiday location of Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic between September 6th and 13th, the magical gathering of Groovefest is about sipping cocktails, trying local cuisines, trying your hand at water skiing and scuba diving, surfing and swimming, sight seeing and of course, dancing under the stars, on beach, in pools and on boats. What’s more, once you get to Groovefest all food, drink and entrances are included, so once you’re there it won’t cost you a thing, and you can entertain yourself from the moment the sun comes up until long after it has sunk down into the sea.
See also: Interview: Kölsch
As expected, the line-up is far from mediocre as well, with artists like MK, Skream, Art Department, Fur Coat, Green Velvet and LA globetrotter Lee Foss.
Described by DJ Mag as “one of the most talented new forces in modern dance music today” and by fellow future house innovators Art Department as their favourite producer, Lee has quickly catapulted himself into dance music’s collective consciousness. Lee and his Hot Natured partner Jamie Jones currently spearhead a whole family of like-minded producers that includes Robert James, Russ Yallop, Richy Ahmed and most recently Danny Daze who are currently re-writing the rulebook of how to make evocative and emotive house music.
Born and raised in Chicago, the birthplace of house, Lee now lives between London and Los Angels. Lee made his name on both sides of the Atlantic playing at clubs like The Standard Rooftop (Lost Angeles), fabric (London), The Marcy Hotel (Brooklyn), Watergate (Berlin), Spybar (Chicago) and DC10 (Ibiza). Lee’s rapid rise to prominence has been as much down to his unified but all-encompassing approach to DJing as it has to his pioneering take nu school house and synth-heavy techno, backed up by a string of hit releases on labels like No 19, Culprit, Wolf+Lamb and his own Hot Creations imprint. His unique sound, born out a lifelong love of classic house, 90s hip hop, 80s electro and Detroit techno, combined with fanatical grassroots support from clubbers in both Europe and North America, made him the highest new entrant in Resident Advisor’s Top 100 DJs poll last December, coming in at number 36.
While growing up in Chicago, Lee cut his teeth on the clubs and raves of the late 90’s, which sparked his interest in house and disco. However, it was a chance visit to Ibiza back in 2001, that changed his whole approach to music that helped steer his musical destiny for the next decade and beyond. It was in Ibiza that summer that he first became friends with Jamie Jones and the pair quickly formed a tight brotherly bond that has recently blossomed into their highly acclaimed Hot Natured partnership. Having spent several years abroad, and heavily inspired by time spent at seminal electro and deep house parties in Ibiza and East London, Lee decided to take all that he’d learnt in Europe and export it back to the USA.
Since then Lee has gone on to release a string of hits on a variety of labels including ‘The Edge EP’ ‘Equilibrium’, ‘U Got Me’ and most recently his ‘Starfruit EP’, all of which have been independently awarded ‘Tune of the Month’ in Mixmag at various points over the last year. In addition DJ Magazine voted ‘U Got Me’ as their number 4 favourite record back in 2010.
With this many accolades under his belt in such a short space of time, it would be easy for Lee to rest on his laurels but this couldn’t be farther from the case. In the following years he would take up more time A&Ring Hot Creations to new highs, making it one of the most influential imprints around, and spawning myriad DJ careers in the process. The 2015 festival season has taken him across the world, with gigs at tropical destinations such as Tomorrow Island in Tunisia, Blue Marlin in the UAE and more. Still to come are a gig at Ceremony Festival in London, Compass in Turkey and Groovefest.
Sunday 6th September
Groovefest; DJ Mag Allstars, Kolsch
Madtech Records; Kashii, Alexis Raphael
Monday 7th September
Groovefest; Norman Jay, Kenny Dope
Roush & Sanity; Hector Couto B2B Cuartero
Egg LDN; DJ Pierre & Green Velvet
Tuesday 8th September
Objektivity & Area 10; Andre Hommen, NTFO, Dennis Ferrer, Kevin Saunderson, Lee Foss, MK
Wednesday 9th September
Mobilee & LWE; Anja Schneider & Rodriguez JR Live
Trust; Bill Patrick, Nick Curly & Randall M
Groovefest; Sy Sez, Terry Hunter, Bobby and Steve
Thursday 10th September
Defected In the House; Osunlade, Sonny Fodera & Sam Divine
Groovefest; Klangkarussell, Art Department & DJ Mag Allstars
Friday 11th September
Skreamizm & Deep House Amsterdam; Skream, Route 94, Doorly, Prunk B2B Kimou
Groovefest; Favio Acaron, Hugh Harry B2B Orteez, Ominous Live
Saturday 12th September
Groovefest; Darius Syrossian, Patrick Topping, Cera Alba, No Artificial Colours
Fact Barcelona; Fur Coat & Andre Bulijat