Saturday, July 27, 2013

Takaaki Itoh liveset at Good Up Open Air Festival [21.07.2013] Yamagata, Japan






Techno hit Japan hard in the early 1990s. Surprised, Takaaki Itoh was quickly impressed and intrigued with this new sound. The unique style of beats revealed the gateway to a new world of underground music in Japan - something he had never heard before. Surprise slowly gave way to addiction when Takaaki Itoh was exposed to the sounds of such artists and labels as Underground Resistance, Derrick May, Jeff Mills, Hardfloor, Sven V?, Harthouse, Warp and Rising High. This was his sound, and deciding he just couldn't get enough of it, in 1994 Takaaki began to organize his own techno parties in his home of northern Japan. By providing a fantastic lineup, his parties quickly became a success.
In 1996, having decided that it was time to start making his own tracks, Takaaki Itoh emerged to purchase the vital instruments to begin production. After sending out three finished projects to various labels, Electracom UK was fortunate enough to put Takaaki?s first material out. This moment was something he will never forget, as he was finally able to hear his own music on vinyl. Several releases followed with Electracom as his tracks began to appear in magazine DJ charts in well known DJs from around the world. In 2000, Takaaki Itoh made his European debut in Slovakia. People recognized that he had his own style. His Japanese style of techno was pure, unique and underground - nothing that had been heard before in Europe. His reputation and popularity quickly spread all over the continent. He was becoming recognized as Japan's most underground and respected techno DJ.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Dez at Italiansgroove Radio Show #25




Dez aka Davide Rovito, is a veteran of electronic scene since 1990. he developes his attitude with “passaggi e mutazioni” a multimedial performance focalized on the social meaning of art in the underground culture. after that he lives for two years in london where plays and collaborates with “the institute of goa”, few years later starts the random/noize project with ilic and in '96 comes the first release on marco carola's design label. from '96 to '98 he is a “!livello 57”'s resident dj in bologna, where davide and ilic begin to perform their liveset.
After Bologna's period he opened with random/noize two techno-oriented labels: “informale” and “de styl”, and later on participated in another minimal techno project with mario masullo, ilic and terrae launching “defrag”, label & booking. In 2008 Dez move from Napoli to Milano where he lives till 2011, working with with Electronix Network Distribution.... now is back in Napoli collaborating with label such as Etichetta Nera and relaunching Defrag.


Sunday, July 21, 2013

Dino Sabatini at Sonotown Podcast 076




Dino sabatini, dj, producer and sound designer, he gives the project "Modernheads" birth together with his partner Gianluca Meloni back in www.modernheads.net. His solo-debut EP, "No more", inaugurates the new "Prologue records" label based in Munich, the record gets enthusiastic reviews all over the worldwide press with a renowned magazine such as "DeBug" describing it as "Techno masterpiece". Again, his second release "InVaders", still on Prologue imprint, reaches the most important techno djs charts whom regularly playlist both its sides. Within few weeks since the two releases, Dino Sabatini appears djing @ Prologue labelnight at Berghain club, in Berlin as well as in many other highlighted clubs such as Panorama Bar - Tresor - Suicide Circus - Mikz. His most recent work on Prologue records, a double EP titled "Daughter of Phorsys" and conceived almost like an album split in two clearly different volumes, is the result of months spent in his Berlin-based studio, researching for a new level of sonorities that would undee defined personality which blends dark techno with an industrial noise touch surrounded by hypnotic sequences. A mature product which Resident Advisor, Fact magazine and Beatport don't estate to review as one of the most capturing in its kind. In the meanwhile, the collaboration with Gianluca Meloni keeps on going: as "Modernheads", the two italians have recently came out with the works "Mooger", also on Prologue and "1969" on Stroboscopic Artefacts label, with a bunch new tracks that, once again, confirm the solid talent of the duo.

Xhin at AUMcast 006






Xhin (pronounced as "sheen") has been crafting ominous cuts of cutting-edge electronic music since 1997. Building a forte in sound design, he is best described as a sound futurist. His identical rhythmic structure and compositional techniques which incorporate elements of techno, tight sub bass, ambient and IDM delivers a hint of chaotic soundscape amidst artistry. A Singaporean by birth and residence, he independently released "Xycle", a self-promotional ep that made the industry to stand up to take notice, in early 2003. He then followed with his debut album, "Supersonicstate" the following year.
In 2006, his talent has been discovered by a German independent record label Meerestief. With a remix that he has done for Dublin's Five Green Circle's track entitled Ronan's BBQ has created a storm over Europe. Praised, supported and charted by heavy weights from the world of electronic music. Then in 2009, Xhin has found a new home. He joined Berlin's then new techno label, Stroboscopic Artefacts to release his dark, intense and experimental side of things. From the results of his new releases for the label, he has done it again. Heavy rotation from the big boys like Speedy J, Luke Slater, Ben Klock and many more to mention. This will be yet again the beginning of an old new direction for him to explore and experiment sounds even deeper for his future releases. So what's new and exciting coming out of his bag? A long awaited 3rd album since his 2nd one entitled Greyscale for Meerestief is set to be released on Stroboscopic Artefacts some time in late 2011.

Brando Lupi - When The Androids Dream




Producer, musician, dj, photographer, Brando Lupi’s influences range anywhere from post industrial-rock, experimental electronic to modern classical. The Italian native has had a history working alongside a number of talented artists.
Brando’s releases have been picked up by the likes of Orange Groove, Kompakt, Samuvar, Dewtone Recordings, Mental Groove, Detune Records and Elettronica Romana. He has recently composed a score for the movie “La Solitudine Dei Numeri Primi”, distributed by Medusa,with the soundtrack signed by Mike Patton ,leader of Faith No More,and presented at the 67th Venice Film Festival. He currently resides in Rome, spreading experimental spiritual frequencies across the world.

Alhek at Arborescence podcast 004




ALHEK is Alessandro Sisti, a producer, sound designer and mastering engineer from Italy. His first approach to electronic music production was in the early 2000. For few years he left the production, but in 2008 he returned and attended a course in sound engineering in Rome to improve his professional skills.
After working as sound engineer in various projects, he decided to come back to electronic music production, getting to work with some labels and producers from all around the world. At the begin of 2012 he released his first solo album as"ALHEK" called "Work One" produced by Neurotraxx Recordings. Afterwards he get contacts with important records label such "Genesa Records" and "Soluxion Records" where he released several works, both original and remixes, also in collaboration with Dubit.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

George K at Svarionipremeditati Podcast Series #25





Hi everyone... for the 25th Svarionipremeditati Podcast Series we have the big pleasure to host a talented Italian producer - George K

George K is now involved in the FU.ME Project; futuristic concept, a new place for music.... a musical experience based on a solid consciousness raising of Techno fundamentals,
aimed to the club scene, inspired by analogue machines and old techno roots.

For the first release of his own label George K propose a pure raw techno EP, that starts with his own vision of the reality. Escape From Detroit is acidly based on a sample recorded in a Ford's assembly line, developed on a white noise groove, stretched and squeezed in the rough machines loops. JS (the dark side of Earth Mothern and also a half of the Van Basten project, that includes Lucretio, co-owner of Restoration and owner of Machines State) gave his dub touch to Escape from Detroit, snare and hi-hat perfectly superimposed, voice games, a mental and heavy edit at the same time. Xyz's runs into an hypnotically groove, worked on a wave that is always in progress, pad and synths grow up with the track, always supported by the strong kick, a true dancefloor killer. 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Ascion liveset at 2Wak Lyon [05.07.2013]






Techno producer Pasquale Ascione, also known as Ascion, was born in Naples Italy. As a child, he was fascinated by electronics and his hunger for technology quickly matured. When the introduction to electronic music emerged, Ascion immediately indulged himself into the local underground scene. Soon he met friend and future collaborator, D. Carbone, who would play a major role in Ascion's electronic voyage. He began to experiment with different software, creating his own style and unique sounds. As his skills developed, so did his growing reputation. He was first discovered by Berlin's Kiddaz.fm. His debut EP, "F*** me", was released on Micro.fon, Kiddaz.fm sublabel. After his debut's great success, Ascion caught the attention of Drumcode's Adam Beyer and Sci-Tec's Dubfire. Leading up to two major releases, "Kick On" (DC55) and "Muzik Live Drop Be Doing" (TEC025), Ascion took his act on the road. He performed all over Europe with a highlighted stop at Berlin's historic club Tresor. Constantly evolving, embracng music and cultures of all styles, Ascion is a producer to keep an eye on, especially his new project with friend, artist and producer D.Carbone and Shapednoise called Repitch .

Surgeon liveset at Freerotation [12.04.2013]





Birmingham techno artist Anthony Child has rapidly built a solid and, to a certain extent, innovative catalog of minimal dancefloor techno since his Surgeon releases began appearing in 1991. Compared favorably with Detroit original Jeff Mills from his earliest Downwards singles on forward, Child's tracks have been a mainstay in the popular Motor City DJ's sets. Although Surgeon releases have worked an increasing affectation for acid and trance, an economy of sound and basic hardness combine his and Mills' sound.
A noted and increasingly popular DJ himself, Child grokked his skills from hip-hop and electro jocks ("Tour de France" is a mainstay of his DJ sets), filling out his style with a driving toughness and appreciation for rapid cutting and flipping. Surgeon's entry into production was also noteworthy; urged on by producer Mick Harris (Child is a fan of Harris' Scorn project), the former Napalm Death drummer locked Child in his tiny studio, imploring him to "go mad." The result, the self-titled debut EP, was released on Downwards, and was instantly hailed as some of the highest quality U.K. techno of its time. Releases for Soma, Blueprint, Ideal Trax, and the ultra-exclusive Tresor label followed, with the debut LP, Basic Tonal Vocabulary, appearing on Tresor in 1997. Balance followed in 1998, as did Force & Form in 1999.
More recent additions to his repertoire include releases on his Counterbalance imprint as well as collaborations with Regis as British Murder Boys, resulting in tracks which take a tone far darker, denser, and more industrial than those from his Tresor years.
Equally influenced by early electro-pop innovators like Tomita and YMO, experimental groups like Can, Faust, and Suicide, and the tough grit of American electro and techno (Robert Hood, Hashim), Surgeon's mash-up is both straightforward and subtly experimental. Further influences from Coil, Psychic TV, and Whitehouse in recent works and DJ appearences do not go unnoticed.

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Ness at Kana Broadcast 040



Ness became interested in electronic music in the late 90's. In 2004 he started djing, taking inspiration from various genres going from trance to pure experimentation. The interest in music led him to attend various courses and audio engineer for some years and the conservatory of his hometown.The need to express his emotions through music led him to experiment and research in recent years that better reflect his sound.Since 2009 he founded his own label Mono Records with his friend Bettosun, and releases music in labels such as Prologue, Sonata and Varianz.The experience gained over the years leads to define his DJ sets that are characterized by a strong array of techno and house at the same time.

Minimum Syndicat dj set for Pareto Park




French underground Dj and producer collective, composed by Programmable Polyphonic Panda, Sugar Skull and Wes Raven, dedicated to oldschool techno, acid house & rave sounds, heading the eponymous label Minimum Syndicat.

Ancient Methods at Smoke Machine Podcast 085






Ancient Methods is Michael Wollenhaupt, a German techno music artist and DJ. Ancient Methods was a duo, but recently they have separated. Since middle 00′s Ancient Methods has released a bunch of internationally acclaimed records mainly on its own label (Ancient Methods) and RSB. Wollenhaupt has worked with such noticeable musicians as Adam X, Kareem, Regis. At least there is not very much information about him except that his project is gradually growing beside another raw techno giants.

There's something about the fearsome crunch of Ancient Methods' sounds that defies dry technical description and demands that you go over the top, whether in talking about it or moving to it. Which isn't to say they make headbanging music - the "funk" part of their pitch black techno war funk is as important as anything, and their tracks have a good healthy dose of bump'n'grind running through them, even if that grinding is as much angle-grinder as bogling. The raw edges, thick-layered sound and general old-school soundsystem-in-an-industrial-building kick has leapt out amidst the minimal orthodoxy, creating a massive buzz over a few beautifully marbled pieces of vinyl with medieval etchings on the labels, and prompting suggestions of a new industrial forward movement in the techno scene.

Exium at PoleGroup Radio



Valentín Corujo + Héctor Sandoval = Exium. The success formula employed by this duo of deejays and producers from Asturias, Spain, that have yet to experience a setback in their career ever since in 1999 they decided to work together, is one of determined and solid effort.
Their early work attracted the attention of national labels Tsunami and Warm Up, and the fact that twelve years later they are still working side by side, speaks volumes. In 2000 they released their first 12" in the English label Zet, which was followed by a long list: Equator, Numb, Audio Assault, Planet Rhythm, Labrynth, Main Out, Rxxistance, Recycled Sound, Reaktor or Infecta have released their creations. Their productions made their way into the sets of the most representative DJs and producers and nowadays feature in the sets of artists such as Dave Clarke, Oscar Mulero, Surgeon, Laurent Garnier, Luke Slater, Aphex Twin, and many more. Their career as producers continued to grow and, after releasing several EPs on different labels, 2004 saw the birth of Nheoma, a label for them to give expression to their style with total freedom. Nine records later, amongst the names they have worked with we find artists such as Oscar Mulero, Christian Wünsch, Reeko, Fanon Flowers, Radial or Gayle San. In 2003 they took part in Oscar Mulero’s Warm Up Tour, and in 2008 they set up a new project called “Selección Natural” together with fellow countrymen Oscar Mulero, Christian Wünsch and Reeko. This laid the foundations for a great relationship between the five, whose work makes up a very important part of the best and purest techno that has been produced in the peninsula over the last decade. This affinity materialised in the creation of the PoleGroup platform, nowadays essential in terms of techno.
Their music and sets have undergone constant evolution. From an outset marked by hard, rough and minimalist sounds, now they aim towards downtempo, minimal, detroit or electro, a shift which has taken them to pursuing solo projects which allow them to give free rein to all their influences. In this facet, their work is signed with the aliases Lasik (Valentín Corujo) and Komatsu or Metazoo (Héctor Sandoval).
2011 sets a new and important milestone along Exium’s path with the publication of their first LP album: Roots of Time. The record will be released by Nheoma and is a demonstration of their incredible capacity and the degree of maturity they have reached after over a decade of working hard and with patience. Having received passionate critiques and a warm welcome only weeks after its release, this record is proof that Exium have made themselves some space amongst the greatest artists of the Iberian techno and makes sure that a great future lies ahead of them.

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

The Black Dog - Darkwave Vol. 13





The Black Dog was founded by Ken Downie along with Ed Handley and Andy Turner. Regarded as legends by some, the group are pioneers who, along with acts like Autechre, Aphex Twin, µ-ziq and LFO, came to define the techno movement known as intelligent dance music (IDM) in the early 1990s. In 1989, The Black Dog was unable to find a label to back its releases and started its own, Black Dog Productions, which released four vinyl records. After a few vinyl EPs on General Production Recordings, The Black Dog released its first full-length album Bytes on Warp Records on 15 March 1993. The albums Temple of Transparent Balls (GPR) and Spanners (Warp) followed. The music was often produced under a number of different names, such as Close Up Over, Xeper, Atypic, I.A.O., Balil and the Discordian Popes. The group did numerous remixes, notably for Björk, with whom it collaborated on "'Sweet Intuition" and "Charlene". In 1995, Handley and Turner left to focus on Plaid but Downie continued working as The Black Dog on his own for a while, releasing the solo album Music for Adverts (and short films). With new management, and an increased vigour, Downie then teamed up with Steve 'Hotdog' Ash and Ross Knight ("thek1d"). Though they completed over a dozen critically acclaimed remixes during this period, only one album was ever released: Unsavoury Products featured the talents of Parisian beat poet Black Sifichi on vocals.

[Video] Robert Hood at Boiler Room [Red Bull Music Academy at Mutek]




Robert Hood makes minimal Detroit techno with an emphasis on soul and experimentation over flash and popularity. Having recorded for Metroplex as well as the Austrian Cheap label, the French label Logistic and Jeff Mills' Axis label, Hood also owns and operates the M-Plant imprint, through which he's released the bulk of his solo material. Hood was a founding member, along with Jeff Mills and Mike Banks, of the Underground Resistance label, whose influential releases throughout the early and mid '90s helped change the face of modern Detroit techno and sparked a creative renaissance. Infusing elements of acid and industrial into a potent blend of Chicago house and Detroit techno, UR's aesthetic project and militant business philosophy were (and remain) singular commitments in underground techno. Hood left Detroit (and UR) with Jeff Mills in 1992, setting up shop in New York and recording a series of 12-inch EPs . Through the mid '90s, Hood has focused on his solo work, setting up M-Plant in 1994 and releasing singles such as "Internal Empire," "Music Data," and "Moveable Parts." Although his desire to remain underground has been replaced by an urge to reach a wider audience, Hood remains fiercely critical of artistic and economic movements destructive to inner-city communities and has combined his musical enterprises with outreach and social activist ends. His debut album “Wire to Wire“ took Hood's hypnotic minimalism to entirely new depths and territories, whilst his latest album 'Molecule' under the nickname “Monobox“ released on Logistic takes his productions onto new levels of musicality and sophistication within the world of electronic music.


Systemic at Prototype Sequence Podcast Serise #07