Chloé – The Dawn (Dixon Remix)

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At the end of April, Chloé, came out of a four-year hiatus with the elegant and ominous vocal epic, “The Dawn,” serving as her inaugural release on her own imprint, Lumière Noire. Now, the Parisian maven’s ten-minute track has received a nefarious facelift from a man who needs no introduction.

As one could expect from the Innervisions legend, Dixon has conjured up a profound and haunting rework highlighted by enormous bass growls, angelic strings, and propelling synth lines. Dixon’s remix is certainly one underground fans can expect to hear numerous times this summer festival season given its equally awe-inducing and dancefloor-ready design.

Listen to Dixon’s remix of Chloé’s “The Dawn” below:

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Premiere: Oliver Dollar and Daniel Steinberg – Another Gal (Original Mix)

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Long-time friends and Berlin house mainstays Oliver Dollar and Daniel Steinberg have teamed up to deliver four energetic, club-ready cuts for Steinberg’s Arms & Legs imprint. Complementing each other’s strengths in the studio, the two German producers seamlessly blend together catchy house grooves with harder techno sensibilities to create a stand-out sound distinct from their own individual output.

The EP’s lead track, “Another Gal,” is ready for both big festival stages and tiny packed clubs. Starting off with bold thudding kicks, fuzzy hats swirl away in the background while a filtered vocal snip works up a sweat and slowly unfurls with a swinging groove underneath. The torqued up kicks delight the ear and propel the track endlessly forward as the bright vocal sample plays off backing distortion. With early support from heavy hitters across the board such as The Black Madonna, Skream, and A-Trak, it’s safe to say that “Another Gal” will be pleasing crowds all throughout the summer.

Stream “Another Gal” below, ahead of its May 26 release.

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Premiere: Pleasurekraft venture into cosmic techno with ‘Monolith Series Vol. 1’

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Premiere: Pleasurekraft venture into cosmic techno with ‘Monolith Series Vol. 1’

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Pleasurekraft have made waves in recent years with their calculated transition from tech house powerhouses into purveyors of cosmic techno. The duo’s new sonic character has solidified in 2017 with releases like “Rigel” and the Maskara EP, but has taken a new degree of prominence in the last month. Currently, Pleasurekraft’s nefarious “7 Year Itch Rework” of their seminal hit, “Tarantula,” resides in the top spot of Beatport’s overall chart – assuming the honor which its original predecessor did upon its release seven years ago.

The duo now endeavors continue their trajectory into techno’s astral realm with the release their first Kraftek compilation of 2017, Monolith Series Vol. 1. Pleasurekraft lead the compilation with their own original production, “Bellatrix,” a haunting, cerebral take on techno which vacillates between beguilingly uplifting synthesis and sinister bass patterns.

Taking its name from the third brightest star of the Orion constellation, “Bellatrix” acts in many ways as a foil to “Rigel” – indeed, Orion’s brightest star is an eponym to Pleasurekraft’s January release. Where “Rigel” is majestically overpowering in its mystification, straightforward nature of “Bellatrix” renders its abstruse elements innately approachable in the club context. With this newest cosmic release, one wonders if the luminous Betelgeuse looms on the duo’s horizon, waiting to complete their constellatory homage.

As Pleasurekraft’s thematic trajectory becomes evermore intergalactic, their label support continues to reach internationally. The first volume of the Monolith series features duos Spektre and The Yellowheads from the UK and Spain, respectively, while Spaniard Dave Sinner and Dutch Kraftek favorite SAMA ally for the astronomically-inclined “Sagitarrius A.” European contributors to the compilation further include Hybrasil of Ireland, Luca Marchese of Italy, and Nikola Gala of Greece. Rounding out the collection in the Americas are Colombian producer Marck D and Canadian Atroxx, who join forces for the formidable, but mesmerizing “Pieces.”

Given Pleasurekraft’s transnational roots and universal ambitions, this globally reaching compilation sets the stage for a series which masterfully represents duo’s core values and predilections.

Monolith Series Vol. 1 will be released via Kraftek on Friday, June 2. The compilation is available for preorder here, and can be streamed in full below:

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Dancing Astronaut’s Guide to 2017 Movement Afterparties

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Dancing Astronaut’s Guide to 2017 Movement Afterparties

Every Memorial Day Weekend, the global dance music community flocks to the birthplace of techno for one of the most revered festivals in dance: Movement. Although the festival has gone through a number of incarnations since its inception, the quality and curation has always remained top notch, with the good folks over at Paxahua now running the show and effortlessly maintaining the rich heritage of the festival while also innovating and taking smart risks to push it forward.

While the Movement festival itself is truly not to be missed, the party obviously doesn’t stop once scenic Hart Plaza closes up each day. From old Masonic temples, to DIY art galleries, and all-night warehouse ragers, Movement weekend offers a staggering amount of afterparties that showcase international heavy hitters and homegrown Detroit stars across genres — with, of course, a healthy dose of techno on the menu. As Movement weekend approaches, we’ve broken down the must-see afterparties to keep you dancing into the dawn hours.

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Black Flag vs Vatos Locos

Who: Stacy Pullen vs Hector, Cocodrills, Harvard Bass, & more

Where: Magic Stick

When: Friday, May 26th, 9 pm – 3 am

Why you should care: Ease into the weekend with this official opening party featuring label heads Hector and Stacy Pullen of Vatos Locos Recordings and Black Flag Records. With Hector’s Vatos Locos parties regularly touching down in Miami and New York, there’s no doubt that this team up with second-wave Detroit techno lynchpin Stacy Pullen and an all-star supporting cast will start your weekend off right.

Tickets: RA

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Physical Therapy 3

Who: Matthew Dear, Adult., Mike Servito, & more

Where: Marble Bar

When: Friday, May 26th, 9 pm – 3 am

Why you should care: Few artists have represented the modern Detroit sound quite like Ghostly International boss Matthew Dear. Joining Dear is a jam-packed lineup at the diverse and always fun Marble Bar, including hometown heroes like Shigeto and everyone’s favorite acid enthusiast and prolific Tweeter, Mike Servito.

Tickets: RA

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Eden III

Who: Volvox, Umfang, Patricia, & more

Where: Tangent Gallery

When: Friday, May 26th, 9 – 4 am

Why you should care: Discwoman represents heavily at the acclaimed Tangent Gallery for what will undoubtedly be a no-holds-bar party to start off your weekend. Riding high off her forthcoming album announcement on Ninja Tune, expect plenty of exclusives from Umfang, and definitely don’t sleep on Swedish duo Shxcxchcxsh, either (no, we don’t know their name is pronounced).

Tickets: RA

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Detroit Love

Who: Carl Craig, Moodymann, Andres, & more

Where: Magic Stick

When: Saturday, May 27th, 9 pm – 4 am

Why you should care: Headed by Planet E boss Carl Craig, Detroit Love is a concept that preserves the rich heritage of Detroit’s sound and culture by throwing parties and spreading that unmistakable “Detroit love” around the world. Joining Craig for this special hometown party are two of the finest purveyors of Detroit’s soulful house sound: the enigmatic Moodymann and La Vida boss / former Slum Village associate Andres. Simply put, Detroit Love cannot, nor should not, ever be missed.

Tickets: Ticketweb

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Tresor: Berlin/Detroit

Who: Terrence Dixon, Ron Morelli, Marcellus Pittman, & more

Where: Tangent Gallery

When: Saturday, May 27th, 10 pm – 7 am

Why you should care: Few cities and institutions represent techno on the level as Berlin and Tresor. For the second year in a row, Tresor has teamed up with Interdimensional Transmissions to curate an absolutely insane and diverse line up, featuring performances such as the world premiere collaboration between Detroit’s Terrence Dixon and Berlin’s Flowing and a rare U.S. appearance from L.I.E.S. boss Ron Morelli. Detroit and Berlin united!

Tickets: RA

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Soul Clap’s House of EFunk

Who: Louie Vega, Josh Wink, Roy Davis Jr., & more

Where: TV Lounge

When: Saturday, May 27th, 11 pm – noon

Why you should care: The Crew Love vibes are always in fine form during Soul Clap’s annual Efunk party at the infamous TV Lounge, where they truly master the outdoor / indoor transition for an endless fun-filled boogie down. With a dizzying lineup of over a dozen artists on the bill, most definitely bring your dancing shoes for this funky affair.

Tickets: RA

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OK COOL 5 Year Anniversary

Who: John Tejada, Honey Dijon, Danny Daze, & more

Where: TV Lounge

When: Sunday, May 28th, 9 pm – noon

Why you should care: With plenty of Movement weekend exclusive performances at this special 5th year anniversary party, this will be your only chance to catch sets from the likes of Danny Daze, John Tejada, Doc Martin, and soulful Detroit house master Rick Wade. Ditching the bottle service and velvet ropes, OK COOL always creates a special vibe for fans, artists, and industry members alike to smile and dance to top-notch production and talent. Magician Steve the Amazing makes his 5th straight appearance at the party to razzle-dazzle you as well!

Tickets: RA

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Dixon b2b Seth Troxler

Who: Dixon and Seth Troxler, all night long

Where: Leland City Club

When: Sunday, May 28th, 10 pm – 6 am

Why you should care: This is one that everyone’s been buzzing about, and with due reason. Sold out for quite some time now, two of the world’s top DJs have decided to unite for an epic b2b session at this official Movement afterparty. For those who planned ahead and bought advance tickets, enjoy! Everyone else: good luck getting tickets.

Tickets: Ticketfly

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Adam Beyer Presents: Drumcode

Who: Adam Beyer, Nicole Moudaber, Keith Kemp

Where: Detroit Masonic Temple

When: Sunday, May 28th, 11pm – 4 am

Why you should care: It’ll be all techno at the famed Masonic Temple when Drumcode boss Adam Beyer leads the charge with the queen of techno Nicole Moudaber and Keith Kemp in tow. Always representing hard in Detroit, the Swedish DJ and producer consistently delivers epic parties and festival sets, becoming a Movement staple and favorite over the years.

Tickets: See Tickets

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Night/Day

Who: Omar-S, DJ Stingray, Bookworms, & more

Where: El Club

When: Sunday, May 28th, 11:59 pm – 2 pm

Why you should care: Head to Southwest Detroit and party from dawn until lunchtime for this choice lineup featuring Detroit Don Omar-S and many many others. Technically starting on Monday at 2 am, this party carries on through the day with a rousing finish at 2 pm.

Tickets: RA

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Carl Cox b2b Joseph Capriati

Who: Carl Cox, Joseph Capriati, & Stone Owl

Where: Detroit Masonic Temple

When: Monday, May 29th, 11 pm – 4 am

Why you should care: Fresh off a historic run at Space Ibiza which truly is the end of an era, Carl Cox has joined forces with Italian techno superstar Joseph Capriati to close out an epic weekend in Detroit. Joining the two heavyweights for this 18+ plus show is hometown Detroit favorite Stone Owl – oh yes oh yes!

RSVP: See Tickets

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Interdimensional Transmissions presents: The Bunker New York

Who: Hot Mix, Antenes, Eris Drew

Where: Tangent Gallery

When: Monday, May 29th, 10 pm – 6 am

Why you should care: The Bunker is a New York party institution and label that is simply unstoppable. For this closing party, the always exciting triple-headed monster that is Hot Mix, featuring Mike Servito, Justin Cudmore, and Gunnar Haslam, has re-united for what will be no doubt be another unforgettable set. Rising star Antenes and many others join the lineup as Interdimensional Transmissions closes out an amazingly curated weekend lineup of parties in the D.

Tickets: RA

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Memo Presents: Loefah, Hops, & Monty Luke

Who: Loefah, Hops, & Monty Luke

Where: El Club

When: Monday, May 29th, 9 pm – 4 am

Why you should care: After a weekend chock-full of driving four-four kick drums, this one eases back a little bit and lets the low end rumble. Featuring London’s Loefah, Berlin’s Hops, and Detroit’s own Monty Luke, soak in some dancehall and dub served with plenty of bass to close out your weekend with a little bit of a wobble.

Tickets: Ticketfly

Stream Maceo Plex’s harrowing ‘The Tesseract’ from his forthcoming EP

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Eric Estornel is gearing up for what looks to be a profound studio year. Last month, the producer announced his long-awaited new Maceo Plex album, Solar, due out on his Lone Romantic imprint in June. Now, Estornel has coupled the news with the reveal of a new two-track EP, The Tesseract, coming to his revered Ellum label this week.

In contrast to Solar, which according to Estornel will take a more avant-garde, left-field approach, The Tesseract is classic Maceo Plex. The title track, for instance, is a harrowing techno cut with the kind of sinister sound design that has become a staple of the Maceo Plex sound. It’s no surprise that the track has become one of the more formidable weapons in Estornel’s live arsenal as of late.

Maceo Plex’s new EP, The Tesseract, is due out on Ellum on May 26.

Via: Mixmag

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Tiga, DC Breaks, MK contribute to London Grammar’s new remix EP

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When London Grammar was formed in a university dorm room back in 2009, little did the trio know they would become one of electronic music’s favorite “neo-progressive” acts. In addition to their debut album If You Wait, which received global critical praise, the three have received remix treatments from SashaRAC, and Jonas Rathsman.

With the soaring vocals of Hannah Reid, the melancholy guitar of Dan Rothman, and Dominic ‘Dot’ Major’s classical piano, the trio’s sound blends together ambient and ethereal into clean, minimalist productions that stand as the perfect raw material to be remixed into any genre. Now the band has shared their latest remix EP of “Oh Woman Oh Man,” which enlists the help of some of electronic music’s greatest producers. Tiga gives the track a complex, hypnotic techno spin that clocks in at over 8 minutes, DC Breaks rearranges the composition with long build-ups and drum n bass releases, and MK brings to the track a progressive flare.

London Grammar’s sophomore album, Truth Is a Beautiful Thing, is out June 9th on Metal & Dust/Columbia Records.

 

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Boys Noize purveys a thrilling, warehouse-appropriate mix for ‘The Ransom Note’

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With rampant overdrive and reverb, the warehouse music Alex Ridha pulls into yet another Boys Noize mix grabs its listeners by the chest and throws them into a dark dance floor filled with sonic booms, thuds, and hisses. In the culture surrounding this music one can find leather-clad punks bouncing from dusk to dawn to repetitive acid-synth arpeggios in clubs around the globe. A complex melting pot of techno, punk rock, and disco house gives Boys Noize the unique sounds and image many associate with the project.

There is something beautifully sinister to be found in the sweaty incantations that a mix like this places over its listeners. In this featured mix for The Ransom Note, Ridha teases out samples from and remixes of tracks in Mayday, his latest feature length album. Listeners can hear vocals from “Overthrow,” “Euphoria,” and “Midnight” cutting in and out between hypnotic kick drums and erratic breaks.

In an interview with The Ransom Note that accompanies the release of the mix, Ridha opens up about the inspiration, motivation, and history behind his music. Tracing his roots back to the 1980s house with names like Farley Jackmaster Funk, Steve Silk Hurley, Marshall Jefferson, and DJ Pierre, Ridha accounts his early days in DJing as a 15-year-old in Berlin gay and house clubs.

The atypical culture surrounding Boys Noize mentioned above seems rooted in Rihda’s 1990s experiences, such as seeing 2manyDJs mixing techno with punk-rock by Iggy & the Stooges. Ridha ends the mix by mixing punk rock with techno, enigmatic of the Boys Noize project, but also historically ironic because Iggy Pop hated techno. When interviewers ask, “what does your music sound like,” Ridha responds appropriately: it’s like “punching into a sunny side up egg.” Ridha’s jovial attitude brings to mind the yellow smiley face symbol iconic to acid house and adopted under the Boys Noize name for nostaligic merchandise. The interview is full of comical remarks by Ridha, and the mix features a transformed vocal with his unique “drink more water” introduction, which is a recurrent trope throughout many of his mixes.

Listen to the mix here:

H/T: The Ransom Note

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Layton Giordani – Good Violence (Original Mix)

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Layton Giordani is a distinguished rising talent in the techno sphere, earning a spot on Drumcode in 2016 as part of the fifth A-Sides compilation. Now, he’s returning to his new home label to unleash his debut album Where It Begins, which will offer his growing fan base an intimate window into his creative explorations.

The first taste of the album comes in the form of “Good Violence,” a potent techno track which pummels listeners with crisp, yet hearty kicks and a smooth melodic progression that keeps a consistent flow until its finished. Vocal samples interspersed add a hint of retro appeal to the otherwise contemporary piece, making for yet another Drumcode classic while foreshadowing a high caliber album ahead for the blooming techno icon.

“Good Violence” will be released with the rest of Where It Begins on February 27.

Drezo takes on Tchami and Malaa’s ‘Prophecy’ [Free Download]

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Techno is increasingly stepping out of the underground confines it was once relegated to, thanks to artists like BlackGummy, Rezz, and LA’s Andre Haglund. Better known as Drezo, the 26-year-old producer has a knack for pulsing, ominous techno, though releases from his catalog frequently experiment with evident hip-hop and house inspiration.

For his latest offering, Haglund sticks to his warehouse roots with a dark new remix. Crafting an aggressive flip on Tchami and Malaa‘s “Prophecy,” the producer brands the once buoyant house tune with his sinister techno seal. Marking his first release of 2017, Haglund is offering up his remix free of charge.

Modifying the original with slight shifts in tempo and melody, the “Guap” producer swaps Tchami and Malaa’s playful bounce for a pummeling bassline. Chopping and layering the original’s sample selection with a heavy dose of reverb, Drezo adds another ace remix to an already impressive arsenal of inventive reworks.

 

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Nina Kraviz announces new psychedelic sister-label to трип

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Russian DJ and producer, Nina Kraviz has always been an advocate for pushing psychedelic, experimental artists into today’s dance music spotlight. Since establishing her innovative label трип (pronounced ‘Trip’) in 2014, Kraviz has remained a pioneer for top production and mind-bending music.

Recently, Kraviz announced the exciting news that she will be launching a sister label to трип, called GALAXIID. The new label is reported to focus on experimentally psychedelic ambient music, and will release books in addition to artists’ music.

Two acts have already been pegged for the first few releases on the label – Russia’s Species of Fish and Icelandic pioneer, Biogen, who has an album forthcoming on трип. GALAXIID also reportedly aims to put out compilations of abstract sounds from Japan and psychedelia from 1970s Russia.

GALAXIID’s first event will be held March 25 at Printworks, a new 5,000 capacity music and arts venue based in London. Nina Kraviz and Luke Vibert will headline the show, with supporting live performances provided by 808 State, Aleski Perala, Bjarki, Doppleffekt, and PTU.

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