Steve Hauschildt announces debut album via Ghostly International, reveals lead single, ‘Saccade’

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Steve Hauschildt announces debut album via Ghostly International, reveals lead single, 'Saccade'

Off the heels of his involvement in the psychedelic noise outfit Emeralds and its eventual dissolution, Steve Hauschildt found himself at home again in the sublime landscape of experimental electronica.  Now, in accordance with his solo minimalist techno work,  Hauschildt’s announced he’ll be releasing his first album for Ghostly International in early-August.

The album’s title, Dissolvi, is a reference to the Latin phrase cupio dissolvi, which translates to “I wish to be dissolved.” Per the album’s press release, physiological phenomena are of severe interest to Hauschildt and as a result, his songs are distinctly cerebral in their orientation, while the music’s visceral energy lends largely unexplainable.

Dissolvi‘s announcement comes complete with the album’s lead single, a soft new track “Saccade,” featuring the Los Angeles-based musician Julianna Barwick.  The work of Chicago poet Carl Sandburg comes to mind when listening. As in, “I am the people—the mob—the crowd—the mass.” In coincidence with Hauschildt’s interest of dissociating the self in this work, the individual, too, dissolves into the crowd, as well as in Barwick’s saccharine echoes in the song.

Speaking about the album’s recording process and its effect on the work, Hauschildt said: “Much of it was recorded in a windowless studio which removed elemental or seasonal references to time in the music. The focus this time was on mixing the album and incorporating a broader set of instrumentation. I describe my compositional approach as being quasi-generative.”

In his embrace of new methods and philosophical curiosities, Hauschildt’s expanded the range of his output, and delivered a fascinating and profoundly rich experience in listening, being, and contextualizing as a result.

Ghostly International will release Dissolvi on August 3.

Album Cover Art Credit: Robert Beatty

X-Altera – Compound Extraprotus

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Detroit-based producer Tadd Mullinix is a man of many names and many skills. From his hip-hop tinged instrumentals under his Dabrye moniker to his acid and techno releases as JTC, Mullinix has never strayed from creating from an array of genres and perspectives. Fittingly, the eclectic producer has just released a new jungle-inspired single, titled “Compound Extraprotus” under his new X-Altera alias.

Coming just a week before the self-titled X-Altera LP drops on Ghostly International, “Compound Extraprotus” is a dark and textured approach to jungle that showcases Mullinix’s grasp of a wide-range of production styles. A close listen exposes an homage to electronic cultures of the past, with Mullinix finding inspiration in “the deep, melodic techno of Detroit and London.” With two X-Altera singles already out, an album to come on June 15th, and the release of a Dabrye LP earlier this year, Mullinix continues to position himself as one of Detroit’s top purveyor of underground sounds.

H/T: Resident Advisor

Heathered Pearls taps Matrixxman for old-school, acid techno rework on forthcoming remix EP

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Ghostly International‘s Heathered Pearls revisits his gorgeous 2017 ambient techno EP, Detroit, MI 1997-2001, with a collection of remixes which further interpret the material and the city of Detroit that had so greatly shaped the Polish-born, Brooklyn-based artist.

So far, Alexander’s shared the first of the reworks, Matrixxman’s “8 am techno reawakening,” an acidic, lo-fi interpretation of “Under The Bridge,” one of three new angles for the piece on the remix set.

Drilling the ethereal number deeper into the underground and stripping the track of its pearlescent shimmer, Matrixxman unveils a rattling, old-school acid techno. With a much more immediate interpretation, Matrixxman’s “8 am mix” possesses both a fitting title and the contrasting properties to enjoy in accordance with the dreamy original.

Detroit, MI 1997-2001 Remixes is out July 13. Pre-order it here.

Kim Ann Foxman preps for Movement with a high-energy Orbit playlist

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Play and make music that makes you happy, and people will naturally feel that honesty,” proclaims the New York-based DJ Kim Ann Foxman. If there were ever a DJ who’s an embodiment of that notion, not to mention adheres to a commendable free-flowing expression, it would be Foxman. Virtually unfazed by outside trends and one with her deep love for the craft, Foxman is a rare specimen.

The Hawaii-born artist quickly ascended into the musical sphere for her role in the neo-disco outfit Hercules and Love Affair, a vibrant-live disco troupe and glittery amour. Since then, she’s become one of New York’s finest DJs, possessing an unparalleled dynamic air to her performances.  Foxman’s tapped into the same affectionately off-kilter vibes of her former entourage in a manner all her own having launched her Firehouse Recordings label in 2014, she’s been able to coalesce euphoric house flavors and New York house sensibilities with a chameleon-like aptitude towards virtually any live environment she’s thrown into.

From playing shows at Berghain‘s revered Panorama Bar in Berlin to Tel Aviv’s The Block— Foxman’s a continually exuberant act, playing to the room, and staying true to herself, and her love for music along the way.

Dancing Astronaut had the chance to touch base with Foxman ahead of her highly anticipated performance at Ghostly International‘s Movement pre-party, where she’ll be playing alongside Matthew Dear, Tadd Mullinix as X-Altera, Shigeto, and more. She’s even managed to drop off an infectious, exclusive playlist, or if you’d prefer her own words — “a bunch of nice jammers.”

“The latest one on Firehouse Recordings I’m honored to put out as its a 1994 rave jam that I’ve always love,” Foxman told us.

“The release has both original mixes and two new remixes by Deetron and myself! New Beats The House is an instant party when you play it. New Beat / House vibes! Objekt is a definite YES. I’m really excited to have him play at my next Firehouse residency at Good Room on May 24th! I also really dig the DJ Normal 4 mix of Persian “Morning Sun” on Mysticims, a pretty old school breakbeat done fresh. I love what Bézier has been doing musically for a long time, his whole new album is great, so melodic and pretty.”

Tracklist:

Keep On Climbin’ – Mix 1 – Psychedelic Research Lab
Underground – Jace Syntax
New Beats The House – Grey House
Galactic Devotion – Nick Anthony Simoncino
House Of 1,000 Organs – Jozef F, Winter Son Original Mix
Atmospherica – Mind Lotion
Theme From Q – Objekt
Morning Sun – Persian DJ Normal 4 Remix
Organisation Maritime – Bézier

Tickets and more information for the Ghostly International Movement pre-party can be found here.

Photo Credit: Tim Sweeney

Kllo shift their sound on new single, ‘Potential’

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Melbourne duo Kllo released their first single, “Potential”, buttressed with an accompanying video since their breathtaking debut album, Backwater, in 2017.

On “Potential,” the Ghostly International group, consisting of cousins Chloe Kaul and Simon Lam, made a conscious effort to grow their sound. An atmospheric opening morphs into a subdued production, with a focus on Kaul’s characteristically effortless vocals and Lam’s subtly clever arrangements. It’s a track that displays its ambition in a reserved manner — one that bodes well for the duo’s upcoming efforts.

The video released concurrently with “Potential” fits the bittersweet tone of the track itself, following both Kaul and Lam separately before uniting. A number of effects to give the video a nostalgic, glitchy look similarly match the emotions of the track.

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Poolside puts a mellow spin on Tycho’s ‘Horizon’

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Few artists can craft a sound that is so thoroughly their own the way Tycho has. The Ghostly International signee’s trilogy of albums quickly were individually recognized for their brilliance and quickly bred a committed fanbase.

Following the release of Epoch in 2016, Tycho has toured extensively but remained relatively quiet on the production front, with only remixes of Portugal. The Man‘s “Live in the Moment” and his own track, “See,” from 2014’s Awake that featured vocals from labelmate, Beacon. Withs fans eager for more from the project, Tycho tapped tour mate Poolside to deliver a remix of “Horizon” from Epoch.

Starting with such a singular style is inherently challenging, as one must carefully toe the line between keeping what makes the original so affecting while still crafting it into something new and intriguing. Poolside is more than up to the task, molding Tycho’s soaring style into a more grounded, though nonetheless grabbing, reproduction. Most impressive is the producer’s ability to include such an array of different synths and sounds — glittering arpeggios, swirling pads, and thick basses — into a cohesive piece that doesn’t sound overly busy or indulgent.

Clocking in at just under six minutes, Poolside’s remix never loses the listener’s attention and is a welcome, artistic take that lives up to the appeal of Tycho’s original.

DA presents: 10 sets you can’t miss at Movement 2018

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Words by Bella Bagshaw and Grace Fleisher

Despite a visibly shifting techno scene stateside, 2018 marks one of the most banner years for  Detroit, and America’s finest house & techno institution — Movement. With a booking that arguably serves as a controversial departure from the city’s roots, Movement’s 2018 programming captures the experimental essence of the times, a time where producers are gifted more creative freedom than ever to explore new sounds and the space between genres. As some techno becomes more and more of an amorphous body of music, free from rigid delineations, and a spectrum of experimentation emerges, there will always be those that prefer the pioneers lead the way.

No matter whether one’s an old techno head, a Drumcode-stan, or feeling the direction that Dirtybird is taking tech house, there’s one thing we can all agree upon — Movement will deliver. Ahead of the festival, Dancing Astronaut has taken to compiling the 10 sets not to miss. From the more obvious, Detroit-heavy mainstays who continually rep the city, to the purveyors of present and past innovation, 2018 promises to be an unmissable installment. Movement is techno history in the making. Don’t miss out. 

10) Shigeto

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Movement 2018 marks a proper Shigeto homecoming. Beyond the Ghostly International artist’s booking, which will allow him to showcase his triumphant new album, The New Monday, Zachary Saginaw represents the exemplary booking of Movement’s solid undercard. An equally exemplary representation of what it means to be a musician in the modern age, Saginaw’s music is a union of classical training, energetic ambient programming, hip-hop, jazz, raw passion, and everything in between. His latest work was inspired by a return to the city of Detroit and is delivered with an unequivocal passion that meets Motown’s diverse musical history, which not to mention, promises a spectacular live show, complete with an impassioned fervor on the drum kit. Shigeto recently launched his own label, Portage Garage Sounds, which doubles as a creative outlet for the city’s local musicians and as a weekly showcase purveyor at the city’s Motor City Wine. He’s steeped in the breadth of what it means to be a working artist in the birthplace of techno and will undoubtedly do the city justice, playing everything from Motown to Danny Brown come his Hart Plaza descent.

9) Mija

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It’s more than likely Mija’s “Fk A Genre” mentality will take a backseat to her longstanding love for Detroit techno, if nowhere else but for her 2018 Movement set. Coming off her highly stylized HOW TO MEASURE THE DISTANCE BETWEEN LOVERS EP, Mija can usually be found wielding buoying bass music these days. However, cleaning up the festival this year just behind Rezz, from 8-10 on Monday, she’ll be showing the Stargate Stage just how deep her omnipresent tech house tastes run. 

8) Dubfire

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Celebrating the 10th anniversary of both his illustrious solo career and the inception of his SCI+TEC label, internationally revered DJ, Dubfire is showing no signs of ware. The Iranian “Exit” producer will return to Movement for a two-hour 10-midnight headlining set. Fans would be hard-pressed to miss it, as the four-time nominee and Grammy-Winner is known to seamlessly summon sets straight out of the techno underworld.

7) Carl Craig

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Carl Craig can be described as an electronic music icon, a world-class dancefloor experimentalist, and an ambassador for his native Detroit, but no such term would suffice for the work and art the man has bestowed upon the city of Detroit — and really, the entire world of techno — over the last few decades. Having served as the co-creator and artistic director for the Detroit Electronic Music Festival in 2000 and 2001, Craig’s served on the frontlines of the techno revolution in Detroit since its dawn.  With a plethora of releases under a multitude of aliases, Carl Craig has had more musical personalities than most electronic artists in their lifetime. Whether he’s serving up his deep commitment to soul, jazz, or techno come Memorial Day weekend, Hart Plaza is in for a treat. Craig will be reminding attendees that Detroit is the birthplace of techno, after all.

6) Ida Engberg

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One half of the techno’s Swedish power couple, Ida Engberg has been spinning her intoxicating web of minimal house and techno on the high-profile, low-nonsense techno label, Drumcode, spearheaded by her highly decorated husband, Adam Beyer for quite some time now. Born in the suburbs of Stockholm and coming up through the Swedish underground club scene, she has more than paid her dues. Don’t miss Engberg show the boys at Pyramid Stage how it’s done Saturday.

5) Helena Hauff

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Revered for her outpouring love for 80s synths, industrial, and cold wave classics, Helena Hauff is leading the avant-garde hardware movement in both electro and techno. As a supreme selector and enthusiast for a vast array of musical subcultures; her sets boast everything from punk to nu-wave, industrial, krautrock, and avant-garde electro. Hauff’s pushing the boundaries of what it means to exist as an artist.  She’s rooted in raw experimentation, and her Movement set promises a polar opposition to the perfect, polished mainstream.

4) FISHER

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Dirtybird Australian newcomer, Fisher’s iconic “Ya Kiddin’” track took on a life of its own last summer, rapidly becoming one of the most Shazamed anthems of the 2017 festival season. Since then, he has stunned with his Oi Oi EP, containing hits like “Stop It,” which has had everyone from Dirtybird Campout to Coachellamovin’ up and down side to side like a rollercoaster.” Follow the Fish Saturday to the Movement stage to get a piece of the funky frenzy everyone in house music has been raving about.

3) Nina Kraviz

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Perhaps the best way to sum up the work of the Russian dentist turned DJ, Nina Kraviz, is by taking a look at her quote “Music is a continuum connecting generations,” in her crowning piece as Mixmag‘s 2017 DJ of the year.  The cosmonaut dentist weaves through eras with ease, and with little to no novacane, too. Her Movement set will be one of her few performances stateside in the next year, and with her burgeoning, mutant techno, power-house bombs, and a few trance numbers, attendees won’t want to miss one of the most talked about stateside techno sets of the coming year.

2) Claude VonStroke

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Dirtybird label head and founder, Claude VonStroke, will show fans who isn’t afraid of Detroit Saturday at the official Movement Stage. The Dirtybird crew is an unrelenting force at movement each year—this year notwithstanding—though VonStroke is sure to wield a massive set, as his proclivity for Detroit techno is hallmarked by his explosive, omnipresent appearances at Movement. His 2016 set at the fest for example, shook Detroit to its core when he teamed up with none other than Green Velvet at the Red Bull stage for one of their classic, unforgettable 90 minute b2b sets.

1) Charlotte de Witte

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Charlotte de Witte is the name on the tips of the techno world’s proverbial tongue. With a style that remains as tied to the underground techno scene as it is trance, and Belgium — where de Witte’s from — she’s proving to be an all-around revelation for the state of techno. With a DJ set that’s guaranteed to keep the audience moving and a thunderously aggressive, stripped-down approach to her own music, de Witte is a multifaceted artist of the finest degree, and her Movement set will undoubtedly deliver on the thunderous nature of techno that so many desire.

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Dabrye makes long-awaited return with ‘Three/Three’ LP

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Michigan-based producer and Ghostly International artist Tadd Mullinix began releasing under his Dabrye moniker in the late ‘90s. Spearheading the hip-hop scene with an unmistakable medley of influences, Dabrye merged hip-hop, Motown, and Detroit techno when he debuted his first release under the moniker, One/Three — the first installment in a planned trilogy.

After the album’s release, Dabrye’s distinct marriage of divergent genres captured the attention of Detroit production legend J. Dilla and the two went on to collaborate with Phat Kat on a track called “Game Over,” in 2004. Just two years later, Dabyre released the second installment in the instrumental series, Two/Three.

Despite both his immense success and ample respect from the hip-hop community, Mullinix retired his Dabrye moniker after the release of Two/Three. At last, he’s made his massive return with a 19-track LP, Three/Three —the final number in his prophetic trilogy, and the first release from the artist in more than 10 years.

Three/Three boasts an ingenious list of storied collaborations, from rap heavyweights like DOOM, Wu-Tang Clan‘s own Ghostface Killah, and Roc Marciano, to a compelling showcase of Detroit talent from the immensely gifted Shigeto, Guilty Simpson, Danny Brown, and more — Dabrye’s in top form on Three/Three. Through the album may be his final installment in the trilogy series, if its sheer energy tells us nothing else, it’s that Dabrye’s work is far from done here.

Listen to the full album here.

Photo Credit: Facebook/ Brett Carlson

 

Kllo debut minimalist take on ‘Dissolve’ from debut LP

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On the heels off their striking debut LP, Backwater, Australian duo Kllo took to the road on a global tour in support. Their travels eventually led the Ghostly International artists to Berlin, where they performed a reserve take on “Dissolve,” Backwater’s seventh track, at Red Bull Studios Berlin.

This take on “Dissolve,” performed as part of Majestic Casual‘s Majestic Sessions series, strips the track of most of Simon Lam’s production flourishes, leaving just the shuffling percussion and accompanying piano part — performed live. Vocalist Chloe Kaul’s yearning lyrics and breathy delivery thus take center stage and, given the slightly slower tempo and minimalist accompaniment, heighten the breakup ballad’s heart-wrenching sentimentality.

It’s a testament to the young duo’s songwriting abilities that the track holds up so strongly in its barest form, further cementing Kllo as an intriguing group to watch in 2018.

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Heathered Pearls emits ardent, swelling techno on ‘Mack & Bellevue’

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Ghostly International label mate Jakub Alexander, known as Heathered Pearls, has just released the second track off his upcoming EP.

“Mack & Bellevue,” as it’s titled, is a smoldering techno undertaking. Commencing with an amiable drum pattern and transitioning into a strikingly poignant full-scale warehouse ballad, “Mack & Bellevue” is an ideal lead into his forthcoming work, Detroit, MI 1997-2001. 

After all, the track itself is named after a formidable Detroit site and central venue in Midwestern warehouse culture — the presently decayed East side Mack & Bellevue warehouse.

Certainly, Alexander’s sonic venture matches the veracity of the space in his exuberant apex of ambient techno, much akin to the low-lit space and dust that would imbue those who danced from the rafters after dusk.

Alexander will release Detroit, MI 1997-2001 early in December. If “Mack & Bellevue” or the previously released “The Packard Plant” hadn’t already served as an indication, he’ll be firing off some of his most refined, thematically poised work to date.

 

Detroit, MI 1997 – 2001 is out via Ghostly International December 8.

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