Lightning in a Bottle’s strive for diversity in its programming can be best summed in music director and co-founder Jesse Flemming’s words:
“We’re definitely not trying to play the same game we are seeing with all the massive festivals these days when we book our music programming. Forget the big names you can see at 10 other festivals this year. For us the goal is to craft a musical playlist that will perfectly guide people along the experience we’re trying to create. We book each stage to be its own separate journey on any given day and we try to diversify it as much as possible so when you’re wandering around during the weekend you can always find something just right for you. This has been our goal since day one and it continues to shape how we book today.”
More information and tickets to Lightning in a Bottle, which go on-sale January 18 at 10 am PST, are available here.
Black Asteroid‘s experience is as vast as the amount of music styles he has dabbled in. His unique tenure as a musician, which included being Prince’s engineer, made him a perfect candidate to remold his longtime friend Nicole Moudaber‘s “See You Next Tuesday” with Carl Cox into his own.
The project took an unexpected turn, but worked out exceedingly well. Forging a gritty, apocalyptic atmosphere with roaring synth vibrations and jolts of futuristic, laser-like stabs, Black Asteroid builds upon the tension by employing the original’s vocals into the fold. It’s a gargantuan record to its core, designed to level the dancefloor.
“My first approach was to do something deeper and melodic, as I know this remix would hit a big audience.. but as I was working on the track, the remix took on a life of its own. It became this hard techno monster, that I didn’t anticipate. It’s a heavy, grinding mix that I’m really proud of.” – Black Asteroid
“See You Next Tuesday” is not the only record that sees Black Asteroid and Nicole Moudaber working together. In 2016, Moudaber stepped up to remix Black’s “Black Moon.”
Pre-order Black Asteroid’s remix of “See You Next Tuesday here.
Depeche Mode exhibits a sharp propensity for cultivating the foremost of brooding techno reworkings. The aforementioned is displayed tenfold when one considers the band’s previous enlistment of acts include Chris Liebing, The Bellville Three, Solomun, Maya Jane Coles, and more for remixes of their music.
Naturally, it is with their sweeping understanding and appreciation for sonic depth— and the beauty of brooding numbers— that the seminal post-punk torchbearers tapped techno goddess Nicole Moudaber to rework their track “Cover Me.” Moudaber’s work joins the illustrious Depeche Mode’s latest double LP collection of remixes for “Cover Me,” which is off their fourteenth studio album Spirit, released in March of this year.
“A few years ago, I hung out with Martin Gore in London and at his country house in England,” Moudaber told Billboard. “I never thought back then I’d be working with Depeche Mode one day. Depeche were such a huge part of my life growing up — I’m a massive fan and it’s a tremendous honor to work on a remix for them. Being able to work with Dave Gahan’s vocals in the studio and drape them in hypnotic techno was really special for me and I’ve experienced some really magical moments playing the remix out in clubs around the world.”
Indeed, Moudaber’s 11-minute take on “Cover Me” delves deep into Moudaber’s early life. Growing up with Depeche Mode instills an idiosyncratic layer into one’s psyche. With this in mind, it’s incredibly fitting her resulted reworking is of her archetypal somber yet hypnotic production tendencies behind the booth.
Other especially notable acts tapped for the remix LP include Ben Pearce and Dixon.
Upwards of a million people gather in Zurich’s center each August for the Street Parade — one of the last surviving Love Parade-esque events in the dance sphere. The free event brings a multitude of floats, which lead into an open area equipped with multiple stages that bring world class talent to revelers free of charge.
This year’s edition, which took place on August 12, saw a heavily underground-centric lineup, in which the likes of Nicole Moudaber, Jamie Jones, Dubfire, and more all made appearances. Luckily, many of their sets were recorded and are beginning to roll out on streaming platforms for all to enjoy.
Start the weekend off on a techno note with the sets below:
Nicole Moudaber and Skin of Skunk Anansie became a notable pairing in 2015 with the release of their Breed EP. Skin’s vocals proved a perfect addition to the grooving, hypnotic canvases Moudaber provided, creating a set of techno and deep house pieces that have since become some of the most beloved in the MOOD catalog.
Aside from her collaborative work with Nicole Moudaber, Skin and the rest of Skunk Anansie also released an album of their own as 2016 commenced titled Anarchytecture. One of the album’s lead singles was the sinister-toned “Love Someone Else,” which follows the story of toxic lovers. The single has since been re-imagined by Nicole Moudaber, demonstrating once again how well both acts work together musically.
Moudaber begins her reinterpretation of “Someone Else” with a peak time club piece led by incessant drums and a cunning, drawn-out note progression which amplifies the track’s chorus belted out by Skin. The re-work embodies the dark sound that has captured the ears of the underground community and elevated her to “queen” status by her fans.
After starting off with intensity, the “Mood Edit” of the original takes it down a notch, painting a dissonant ambient soundscape dripping with the same synth progressions of the original remix yet lacking in percussion, making it a toned down, ethereal clip perfect for listening to outside of the club environment. Echo-y sound effects added to the Mood Edit tie the piece together, making it a clear standout from its techno counterpart.
With less than two months to go until the very best in techno and house gather on the beaches of Playa del Carmen, Mexico for the 10th annual The BPM Festival, the event has announced a special compilation album entitled X : 10 Years of The BPM Festival. Mixed by Guadalajara native and festival regular Hector, this marks the festival’s second compilation album and features some of the most influential artists in its decade-long history, including Carl Cox, Dubfire, Jamie Jones, Jonny White, Josh Wink, Nicole Moudaber, and The Martinez Brothers. The mix also includes tracks from Hector’s very own Vatos Locos Recordings and 8bit Records tracks from Andrea Oliva, Hector, Marco Carola, and Timo Maas.
Further validating the choice of Hector for the compilation album, The BPM Festival has been an integral part of growing the producer’s presence in the electronic music industry. In 2015, Hector launched his Vatos Locos party brand at the event. The very next year, the underground artist hosted his Vatos Locos label’s launch party during the festival. In addition to creating this milestone compilation and playing during The BPM Festival for his 5th consecutive year, Hector will be headlining a series of pre-parties for the event, titled Vamos A La Playa. Tour dates are available below.
Hector said of the 10 year anniversary album: “I feel extremely honored to have compiled and mixed ‘X’ to celebrate 10 years of The BPM Festival. Featuring exclusives and classics from artists close to the festival’s heart, this compilation will raise money for local charities to thank the community for playing host to one of the world’s best festivals for a decade.”
On January 14, Hector will be hosting his third annual Vatos Locos party at the Blue Parrot. Other artists set to perform include Chad Andrew, David Gtronic, Hanfry Martinez, Javier Carballo, Mahony, Pinto, Randall M, Seb Zito, and Sece. Leading up to the event, Hector will be announcing special surprise guests through his social media channels.
All profits from X : 10 Years of The BPM Festival will be donated to local charities. The album will be available on CD on January 6, 2017 and via Beatport on January 14, 2017, with limited edition copies available during the festival at The BPM Store, BPM pop-up shops, and Spinny Grooves, where Hector will be hosting a signing event on January 13 between 6-9pm.
You can preview the 10th anniversary compilation album here and check out the full tracklist below.
‘X : 10 Years of The BPM Festival’ mixed by Hector Tracklisting
1. tINI – That’s Right (Original Mix) – Desolat (2009)
2. Jonny White – Gush (Nitin Remix) – No.19 Music (2009)
3. Carl Craig – Sandstorms (Original Mix) – Planet E Communications (2004)
Every October, Amsterdam Dance Event attracts droves of DJs, industry leaders, and clubbing aficionados to the Dutch dance music capital for five days of meetings, interviews, and deftly-curated club sets. 2016 marked the 21st annual ADE, and per usual, Europe’s premier electronic music conference hosted a plethora of exceptional sets from DJs across a variety of genres.
In the wake of this year’s ADE, there are innumerable set recordings from the marathon event that warrant dedicated listening. We’ve compiled ten particularly exceptional sets from some of techno and house’s most remarkable talents. The sets below draw primarily from festivals such as DGTL, Dockyard, and Awakenings. These festivals (and a number of other gatherings from the week) played host to a number of outstanding sets which are not included in this list. For those who wish to familiarize themselves further with the performance canon of ADE’s 21st anniversary, we recommend listening to these sets as a starting point, and exploring further afterward.