When Charlotte de Witte launched her KNTXT label in July, she said she hoped the label would “become a respected breeding ground and safe haven for unique talent, both new and established, as well as the main output for [her] own material.” By all accounts, she’s well on her way to achieving her goals with the double release of her new EPs, Selected and Pressure.
While the rhythms and forms of the each EP are similar, the tonal styles differ with vast nuance. Selected takes a more acidic approach to techno, featuring biting melodies from an ebbing and flowing synth line (with the exception of the meditative closing track “Amar”). On Pressure, de Witte employs throbbing bass kicks throughout, comparable to Selected, but tops them with more ambient accents. The balance of sounds helps the two EPs pair nicely with one another and offers a sampler for what the talented Belgian DJ, who’s proven herself behind the decks, can offer in the booth.
Friendships born of techno are friendships that last. It’s a true statement that applies to casual listeners as well as two of the most prominent techno artists working today: Charlotte de Witte and Chris Liebing.
Ever since these two announced they were working on a track together at the end of 2018, they have never been apart for too long. The following March, the pair played back-to-back during Miami Music Week, and their set was broadcast as a BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix. Then a few months later, they were booked to play together again at an official Movement Detroit after party. Now, they will soon play as a duo again at Insomniac‘s upcoming Halloween festival, Escape: Psycho Circus.
All of these collaborative encounters indicate that these two share a specific chemistry as artists, catalyzed by their time in the studio. Now the fruit of their labor is finally available to the public in the form of their Liquid Slow EP, out now on de Witte’s KNTXT imprint.
For those who haven’t seen de Witte and Liebing on the decks together, this EP makes their chemistry immediately clear. De Witte is known for her ability to revolve a set around tinges of acid, and Liebing is a champion of all things deceptively heavy. This EP is the middle-ground between those two descriptors.
It didn’t take long, but what began as one of Brussels’ best kept electronic secrets in Charlotte de Witte’s recurring techno parties has bloomed into a full-fledged brand. Now, the Belgian beat maven has announced the intuitive next move in establishing an impactful destination for her trademark sound, with the launch of her very own record label, KNTXT.
“A label has always felt like the logical and natural next step for KNTXT, both as a place to shine the light on the music that I love and as a home for my own productions,” said de Witte in a recent release. “In time, I hope the label will become a respected breeding ground and safe haven for unique talent, both new and established, as well as the main output for my own material.”
The label is expected to put out its first release in early September.
Aside from de Witte herself, the new label head has yet to announce additional artistry expected to appear on KNTXT; but if her party series and radio show, which share names with the label, are any indication, they’ll be ripe pickings from the cream of the techno crop.
Tomorrowland organizers strike a particularly sweet chord among underground enthusiasts with their announcement of the Belgium-based event’s 2019 stage hosts.
The techno-friendly roster sees a number of industrial visionaries assume curative stage responsibilities. Charlotte de Witte, for one, will resume her KNTXT tour at Tomorrowland 2019. De Witte originally debuted her KNTXT showcase back in 2015 at Belgian nightclub, Fuse, and later revived KNTXT for some select shows in the spring of 2018.
Indeed, Tomorrowland hit the techno trifecta this year, with the return of Adam Beyer‘s Drumcode Stage, Jamie Jones‘s Paradise Stage, and Sven Väth’s Cocoon Stage. Nina Kraviz will also head her very own Tomorrowland stage, to further solidify Tomorrowland 2019 as a veritable techno haven. House music fans, fret not, for Tomorrowland also caters to house heads, namely through a Dirtybird stage and the reprise of Claptone‘s traveling party series, The Masquerade. In that vein, Barong Family, Robin Schulz & Friends, and Anjunabeats account for just a fraction of the additional stage hosts slated to grace Tomorrowland’s 2019 iteration.
As in the festival’s previous years of production, Tomorrowland will span two consecutive weekends in July. Tomorrowland’s opening weekend will run Jul 19-21. The second and final weekend of the electronic affair will span Jul 26-28.