My party and I use the fire for everything, but telling stories. This century is too hyperkinetic — or do I mean telekinetic — for telling stories.
Telling stories overuses repetition, which is an obstacle to what my party and I are trying to accomplish here. Here, there’s a forest, a fire, some woods, blue night, a bear, cookware, hand-washing stations, paper salt and pepper shakers, a tent, ways to celebrate the new season of new rituals. Drop that bouillon cube in the boiling, hard-anodized pot; incense of camphor and sparklers; Tuvok’s meditation lamp, other ways to celebrate.
The rest of my party tends to the fire while I meditate. Fire rages, then dims, rages, dims, but all I see is one steady, comforting flame, so I walk right into it.
Berlin-based Korean DJ Peggy Gou wanted to the be the first female Korean DJ to play Berghain. Now, having more than exceeded her goal, Gou’s become the first female Korean DJ to play BBC Radio 1‘s Essential Mix, and she’s not showing any signs of stalling her meteoric rise to stardom anytime soon.
A dynamic testament to her compelling curation and outpouring love for music, Gou moves from Arthur Russel’s “See-Through,” South Korean composer Yoon Sang’s “The Dawn,” and J Dilla’s “U and Ur Smile” with ease. If possessing cool and collected poise were a contest, Gou would indisputably win every time, and her Essential Mix may as well serve as the perpetual soundtrack.
Four Tet has remixed Bicep’s “Opal,” a crown jewel lifted from the Belfast duo’s self-titled debut album, which coalesces the halcyon days of club culture with a unique marriage of Italo house and glitzy electro.
Celebrated for his own work as a producer, Four Tet’s remixes have always brought an identifiable, idiosyncratic approach to his source material — a capitalization on the creative avenues for tantalizing textures and dulcet deliverances alike.
Accordingly, Four Tet, born Kieran Hebden, brings his distinctive M.O. to Bicep’s club-heavy work. Employing the textural aura that drove his latest swirling body of work, New Energy, and energy akin to Bicep’s own “Glue,” Four Tet marries subtle rhythmic tweaks and overlays of texture on “Opal.” By opening the track up to a more tender, contemplative feel, he extends its running time by almost twice as long, playing on each of its key components with added grace, giving them space to breathe and ruminate on the dance floor.
Korean-born and Berlin-based Peggy Gou is poised to take over in 2018. She’s just released a new single “It Makes You Forget (Itgehane),” equally as sleek as it is stunning, which has been lifted from her forthcoming Once EP out on Ninja Tune March 2.
Known for her groove-laden, simplistic production style, both Gou’s vehement passion and vivacious air have contributed to her ascension in the underground DJs ranks. Now she’s even singing her own lyrics for the first time in her native Korean tongue. “I’ve recorded my voice before but this time I tried to sing… I’m not a pro singer but I did my best,” she says.
Gou described her forthcoming EP in a press release:
“I really wanted to represent different styles and moods on this EP, from ‘open air’ warm-up vibes to ‘proper party’. I tried to draw on all my influences of the last few years, from electro, African music, early ’90s house music and also techno, especially Maurice Fulton and DMX Krew.”
Two months ago, legendary label Ninja Tune released (by way of their R’COUP’D imprint) a new record by spirited Berlin-via-UK singer Fink. That album, Resurgam, was in-turn shepherded by storied producer Flood, who laid some of his trademarked hi-def knob twisting upon it.
But hey guess what folks? Even Flood needs a vacation sometimes! So when he took a few days off to go to the Glastonbury Festival, Fink and the gang said, “You know what? We’ve still got all these instruments.” Thus, the Resurgam Acoustic Sessions EP was born, featuring three album tracks redone by the band in a husky all-wooden style, plus a brand new song, “Divide,” which TMT is pleased as Flood-on-vacation to be premiering for you today down below. Take a load off and enjoy!
In other great news: Resurgam Acoustic Session is available from R’COUP’D/Ninja Tune RIGHT NOW. Go get it here.
Resurgam Acoustic Session tracklisting:
01. Resurgam (A&B Acoustic Version)
02. This Isn’t A Mistake (A&B Acoustic Version)
03. There’s Just Something About You (A&B Acoustic Version)
04. Divide (A&B Acoustic Version)
The illustrious Bicep is fresh off the release of a sensational, emotive dance record. In September, the Belfast duo released their self-titled, critically acclaimed record, only to return less than two months later with a brand new three-track EP titled Glue.
In light of the heaven-sent deliverance, Bicep has also shared a deeply personal, nostalgia-ridden video for the EP’s lead track, “Glue”, where they pay homage to the barren rave sites that influenced them and UK rave culture as a whole.
Directed by Joe Wilson, the video aims to, “reflect on the importance and idiosyncrasy of these locations,” while juxtaposing text from the YouTube comments sections of the abandoned rave sites.
Alongside “Glue,” Bicep’s latest EP sees two previously unreleased, vivacious, and yet blissfully concurrent cuts — “Metro” and “DLR.”
Hark! Forget all those vocaloids and Tupac holograms, everybody — because the next stage in the Future of Live Performance™ is upon us with Actress’ newly announced fall tour!
The new string of dates (which follows a summer U.S. tour that we won’t talk about because we’re all about THE FUTURE here) will take the producer through the US — as well as a few fleeting dalliances across the Canadian border — as he debuts a brand new live A/V set featuring two “AI performers” and “a special appearance from Actress’ ‘Chrome Man’ figure on keyboard.” But enough of this impenetrable technical jargon. All you lay people need to know is that there’s lots of STATE-OF-THE-ART TECH and WHOZITS and WHATZITS going on behind the scenes to make the performance as groundbreaking and forward-thinking as, I don’t know, Blade Runner 2049 (I haven’t seen it yet, guys; so no spoilers!). The tour will also feature shows with similarly-minded futurist luminaries Nicolas Jaar and Telefon Tel Aviv, which is, you know, “nice”.
So, if you have an eye for tech and ear for electronic music (or you just really liked Actress’ most recent album, AZD) and you happen to call one of those big colorful areas in the top left quadrant of that old framed map in your grandparents’ basement home, then check out the full list of dates below and, like, buy tickets and stuff! In either case, until next time: I’ll see you…in the FUTUREEEE!!
Hamburg’s Helena Hauff has skyrocketed in the global techno and electro reigns over last two years by way of her clear-cut craft and exceptional curation behind the decks.
After a catapult into the limelight through her transcendent BBC Radio 1 Residency and debut BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix, she followed up with a legendary B2B set with Ben UFO at Sonar 2017. As if that’s not already impressive enough, she’s also graced the covers of Crack Magazine, DJ Mag, and earned herself a deserved ranking in Mixmag’s Top 20 DJs of 2016.
Indeed, Hauff will only continue to make waves in a multitude of techno realms throughout the year. Now she’s announced a brand new EP — Have You Been There, Have You Seen It — out on Ninja Tune Oct. 27.
Recorded at her studio in Hamburg, the new EP finds Hauff in magnificent form. She transcends her previous space of creation, by way of a muscular and overtly shadowy analog excursion.
On her latest, “Gift,” Hauff reveals a new facet of her sonic tendencies with a more lucid, flowy deliverance than ever before. Known for her sharp, driving, and at times brooding techno numbers, “Gift” remains akin to her work while opening us up to a new side of her abilities. The track channels industrial-heavy influences, albeit in a much more nuanced manner.
Have You Been There, Have You Seen It is out on Ninja Tune Oct. 27.
Ninja Tune’s London-operated Technicolour imprint bolsters a bevy of dance music mainstays. Among the rising roster of its impeccable artistry is Canadian producer Project Pablo, real name Patrick Holland, who’s set to release his four-track EP, Hope You’re Well, on Oct. 20. The Montreal-based producer has built an impressive discography in recent years with a steady stream of quality releases on labels like Clone’s Royal Oak imprint, Spring Theory, and Lone’s Magicwire.
Channeling a big room sound and newfound extensive traveling, as well as the contrasting influences of his upbringing, Hope You’re Well is the artist focusing on long-form structures in his music. “Digital synthesis and clean, hi-fi production was the palette — I strayed from hooks and leaned towards intuitive melodies,” he explains. For now, Holland’s offered a peek into the forthcoming body of work on the six-minute contemplative number “Is It Dry?”
Hope You’re Well is out Oct. 20 via Technicolour and can be pre-ordered here. Listen to its first offering and view the tracklist below.
Hope You’re Well tracklist:
1. Is It Dry? 2. No Sweat 3. You Know 4. Oh Fer Sure