MSTRKRFT deliver new original, ‘Buffalo Fat’ via new ORO Records imprint

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MSTRKRFT deliver new original, ‘Buffalo Fat’ via new ORO Records imprintMstrkrft New Press Photo Actual

MSTRKRFT take techno for a spin on their new single, “Buffalo Fat,” from their new ORO Records, the dance-punk imprint that’s promised a new release every month. “Buffalo Fat” certainly brings the heft right off the bat with a thumping kick and bassline that’s is as thick as the track’s animal namesake.

The Canadian electronic duo made up of Jesse Keeler and Al-P returned this year with the release of “City Violence,” the first release since their 2016 studio album Operator. Their newly minted ORO Records has promised monthly releases and have not disappointed as the label bosses have released four tracks thus far.

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Yotto hatches new label housing, Odd One Out, alongside its first single, ‘Shifter’

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Yotto hatches new label housing, Odd One Out, alongside its first single, ‘Shifter’Yotto Coda

Yotto‘s extended tenure atop Anjunadeep‘s auspicious artist roster has afforded him a wealth of opportunity and accolades over the years, as his progressive fingerprint grew him a fierce following in the process.

Now, the Finnish producer is taking his accrued success to new heights, with the inception of his Odd One Out recording imprint. For Yotto, the name is quite eponymous, as he’s always seen himself as aurally eccentric: an extension of his offbeat disposition and overall outlook on life.

“I strongly believe that nobody could do a worse job running a record label than me,” Yotto says of the launch, tongue more than likely in cheek. “To make sure I stay ahead of the competition in terms of idiocy and surreal zookeeping, I present Odd One Out – an amalgamation of galactic chase scene soundtracks and sunshine-inspired techno blues. We are all odd ones out there – this music is for the outsiders.”

As an added crescendo to the announcement, Yotto officially revved the Odd One Out engines with the label’s first native release, “Shifter,” complete with an additional, extended edition. The track is a shining emblem of Yotto’s mounting, tech-directed style. The atmospheric Yotto original is an impeccable harbinger of the undoubtedly unorthodox cuts to come out of the new label housing in the near future.

Arriving alongside the label news is the full agenda for Yotto’s world tour. Kicking off this Friday, July 26, the tour will beat on through the remainder of the year at a menagerie of festivals and tour shows alike.

Yotto 2019 Tour Dates

Jul 26 – The Church, Edmonton, Canada

Jul 28 – The Gorge Amphitheater, WA, USA

Aug 2 – Cova Santa, Ibiza, Spain

Aug 10 – Ilesoniq Festival, Montreal, Canada

Aug 11 – Three Mills Island, London, UK

Aug 31 – Electric Zoo, NY, USA

Sep 2 – Provincetown Boat Party, Boston, MA, USA

Sep 13 – Brown Alley, Melbourne, Australia* 

Sep 14 – Greenwood Hotel, Sydney, Australia*  

Sep 15 – Sub Rosa, Brisbane, Australia*  

Sep 20 – Spin, San Diego, CA, USA*  

Sep 21 – Carson Creek Ranch, Austin, TX, USA

Sep 27 – Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC, Canada* 

Sep 28 – Theater On The Lake, Chicago, IL, USA

Oct 19 – WesterUnie, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Oct 26 – Freaky Deaky Festival, Houston, TX, USA*

Oct 30 – Magic Stick, Detroit, MI, USA*

Oct 31 – Coda, Toronto, Canada*  

Nov 01 – Soundcheck, Washington DC, USA*

Nov 15 – Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA, USA*

Nov 22 – Fox Theatre, Boulder, CO, USA*

Nov 23 – Skyway Theatre Studio B, Minneapolis, MN, USA*

Dec 07 – The Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, USA*

Dec 10 – Your Paradise Festival, Fiji

* indicates Odd One Out tour date

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Amelie Lens delivers stomping three-track techno package, ‘Hypnotized’ [Stream]

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Amelie Lens delivers stomping three-track techno package, ‘Hypnotized’ [Stream]Amelie

Belgium’s Amelie Lens is one of the most swiftly ascending names in techno. Last year, she nearly eclipsed Festicket’s list for most festivals played in 2018 of any artist worldwide, rounding out at 27, just behind fellow techno talent, Nina Kraviz (35 festivals). That number grows even more telling when considering Lens clocked in just four festival appearances in all of 2017.

As torrential in the studio as she is behind the decks across the international festival front, Lens has just delivered her latest EP, Hypnotized, packed with two original tracks, and a remix from fellow Belgians, Joyhauser. The galloping techno cuts comprise Lens’ fourth release through the Berlin-based Second State. Hypnotized is Lens’ first solo release of 2019. She appeared on world-renowned techno trove, Drumcode, earlier this year with two Adam Beyer “Teach Me” cuts in hand.

Photo Credit: Massimo Lo Bianco

Watch Cirez D’s two-hour Coachella set, live from the festival’s Yuma stage

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Watch Cirez D’s two-hour Coachella set, live from the festival’s Yuma stageEric Prydz Cochella

Eric Prydz took his Cirez D alias to Coachella this year for both weekends, serenading techno fanatics and listeners alike at the YUMA stage. The Swedish producer who rose to fame in 2004 with his hit single, “Call on Me,” has distanced himself from the mainstream, forging his own path through the wired forest of stage production with holograms and his new forward thinking live concept, VOID.

Prydz’ Cirez D alias takes Prydz’ talents underground, to cater to his–and fans’–techno cravings. He also plays almost exclusively his own music, which is an accomplishment in itself, given the two-hour length of his recent public performance at Coachella’s second weekend. The only song not by Cirez D is Thomas Schumacher‘s “Golden Hour.”

Photo Credit: Loren Wohl

Movement 2019’s curated stages are here

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Movement 2019’s curated stages are hereDSCF8666 Movement Douglas Wojciechowski

Movement Detroit is fully prepared for its Hart Plaza takeover on May 25-27. The family-friendly jewel of the American underground celebrated its 20th birthday in summer of 2018, and will be continuing the celebration in fine fashion for its upcoming iteration with a diverse, all-star lineup. With names like Charlotte de Witte, LSD (Luke Slater, Steve Bicknell, Function), Orbital, and Get Real locked in and the main stages unveiled, the final piece of the festival has been unveiled: showcases.

May 25 sees Movement institution Detroit Love return to its home of the Stargate stage and featuring legacy talent like Carl Craig, Seth Troxler, Stacey Pullen, and Octave One to name a few. Sebastian Mullaert will be hosting a special Circle of Live performance alongside VRIL, Mathew Johnson, and Amp Fiddler on May 26, while Richie Hawtin will also be bringing along a strong cast of friends to join him at his PLAYdifferently takeover of the Pyramid stage. Finally, Ghostly International will be curating the Redbull stage once more with Audion, Shigeto, and more.

Full breakdown here 


Credit: Douglas Wojciechowski

David Guetta and Tom Staar offer a little irony on new track, ‘This Ain’t Techno’

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David Guetta and Tom Staar offer a little irony on new track, ‘This Ain’t Techno’Unnamed

David Guetta continues to extend and experiment with his trademark sound with a new release, “This Ain’t Techno,” produced alongside England native, Tom Staar. The track marks Guetta’s return to Spinnin’ Records, which is fitting thanks to the song’s hectic notes and the upbeat tempo that characterizes many of the label’s sterling releases.

Blaring trumpets and energetic chants immediately submerge the listener into a club set along the apex of a night out. The result is a mesmerizing tune that leans heavily on hypnotizing bass chords, spirited vocals, and swirling sound effects. David Guetta has had a knack for taking inspiration from the deeper sounds of house and techno in both his sets and productions as of late. This notion was recently underlined by new music from his Jack Back alias; and “This Ain’t Techno” is a great addition to his ever-fluctuating sound.

Underworld emerge from the rabbit hole with ‘Appleshine’

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Underworld emerge from the rabbit hole with ‘Appleshine’TimBuiting ADE AO Underworld 2017 166425

Underworld have returned with a new song to continue their Drift series, launching its second installment with “Appleshine.” The duo—who with their formation in 1980 were one of the first to explore electronic music—haven’t lost any talent along their extensive journey, with this 10-minute opus standing as a reminder.

Industrial and technical elements in “Appleshine” together create an emotive movement of music. Paired with a partnering video, the new track is the first piece of episode two of Drift, whose six-piece first offering was released in 2018. Throughout this episode, viewers learn its backstory.

“On that journey, Karl and Rick stopped at a pig shed in Essex; Rockingham Speedway; a hotel room in Reykjavik; AIR studios and a series of tiny club shows in Amsterdam, Manchester and London. Each of those stop off points helped influence the creation of DRIFT Episode 1 & 2.”

Photo credit: Tim Buiting

ANNA puts the world of techno front and center in debut BBC Essential Mix

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ANNA puts the world of techno front and center in debut BBC Essential MixAnna Dallasobserver

ANNA has hit a huge milestone in her career. This week, the Brazilian-born, Barcelona-based techno artist has taken the reigns for the first time on BBC Radio 1 for an inaugural Essential Mix. She has put her unique knowledge of the global techno arena on display, incorporating the sounds of São Paolo, Berlin, and South Africa as well as her own music across the two-hour long mix. This accomplishment serves as another reminder that with ANNA on the decks, something new and transcendent is bound to be discovered. Of course, this includes her own remix of Jon Hopkins’ “Singularity,” but it only begins there. Other blistering records spun on the show include her atmospheric single “Hidden Beauties,” “Artha,” and her edit to Fairmont’s “Gazebo.”

Listen to ANNA’s Essential Mix here.

Movement shares first phase of 2019 lineup, topped by Chris Lake, Amelie Lens, and Orbital

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Movement shares first phase of 2019 lineup, topped by Chris Lake, Amelie Lens, and OrbitalMovement Detroit 1

House and techno titans will unite again atop Detroit’s riverfront Hart Plaza for another Memorial Day weekend segment of Movement Festival. So far, organizers have pulled back the curtain on only a small, yet lustrous, corner of their secured repertoire, including hot-button house authority, Chris Lake, the aptly named, old-school-meets-new-school Hot Since 82, Belgium’s fiercely flourishing techno temptress, Amelie Lens, and local-turned-global rap icon, Danny Brown, who satiates the fest’s longtime affinity for bolstering Detroit-native talent.

The festival, this year pegged for May 25-27 has long acted as a summertime commencement in Detroit–the techno promised land–as well as a harbinger of the annual electronic festival season at large. The 2019 installment will also include a live set from Orbital, who have been a pair of instrumental components in electronic music’s acclimation in both the UK and US fronts since the late ’80s. The upcoming edition will be the duo’s Movement debut, as well as their first live performance in Detroit in nearly two decades.

If last year’s expectation-eclipsing lineup, which included Claude VonStroke, Lee Burridge, Maceo Plex, REZZ, Dubfire, and a face-melting slew of multifarious talent, spanning house, techno, hip-hop, and experimental subsets across the electronic emblem, the ten thus-far-released acts are only a Costco-size sample of what’s to come.

Movement 2019 acts thus far include (in alphabetical order):


Drezo breaks radio silence with menacing remix of Gesaffelstein’s classic, ‘Aleph’

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Drezo breaks radio silence with menacing remix of Gesaffelstein’s classic, ‘Aleph’Goldrush Day1 JTD Highlights 017

Drezo has spent the past half decade carving out his own lane in the realm of bass-heavy, dark house music. With his spastic percussion and ominous vibe, the LA-based artist draws influences from new wave electronic music while tapping the rave sounds of the past. Now, he’s broken nearly a year of radio silence, taking on the title track of Gesaffelstein‘s seminal debut album, Aleph. Drezo flexes his production prowess with a hard-hitting remix for the French icon, reinventing the track just as Gesaffelstein’s resurgence is beginning.

Drezo begins the remix by playing up the eerie guitar found in Gesaffelstein’s original. As the track begins to build, a bass line eases in, before quickly jumping to prominence with a fierce break. Though his signature heavy low-end is present, this remix stands as a more minimal take on Drezo’s usual style in homage to Gesaffelstein’s characteristically stripped back aesthetic. With hollow synth stabs and a brooding energy, Drezo has put forth a remix fitting for the newly returned French techno luminary, alluding to his own comeback primed for 2019.