Like the fabled continent from which he takes his name, Pangaea puts forth an amalgamation of sounds to create something solid and other wordly.
A little while ago I came across a producer named James Pople. Something about his music really captured my imagination so I delved a little deeper. Though he’s only been making music for a short time, there are subtleties in his sound that separate him from many of his peers. I recently had a chat with James about his beginnings and where he’s heading.
Slam are without a doubt legends within Scotland’s small but influential techno scene, having been around for over two decades now. Later this month they will play a very rare three-hour set for London event Motek. Ahead of that special night I caught up with one half of the duo, Orde Meikle to get the lowdown on what they’ve been up to recently.
Jeff Mills is a musician who has been at the forefront of techno music for over two decades now, having been involved with the genre since its infancy, and working as a DJ way before the music even existed.
Monika Kruse is widely-regarded as a woman who is at the top of her game. As a DJ and producer, she is known around the globe for playing techno – however, like most people, her musical background and tastes come from a variety of sources. This is reflected in her new album, Traces, which is takes a different tact to her usual productions. It’s a great collection of music, and is full of emotion due to her personal circumstances while the album was being made.
During the first stages of my love affair with house and techno, one of the tracks that really stood out for me was ‘The Kiss’ by Ellen Allien.
Burnski is a talented young producer who hails from one of the biggest hotbeds of production in the North of England: Leeds. Last year he relocated from the UK to Berlin, another city which plays host to a large number of musicians, and he hasn’t looked back since. His recent release on Birmingham based One Records, ‘Let It Be’ (featuring Beckford), has caused quite a stir, while he continues to put out a constant flow of high quality electronic music on a variety of other respected labels.
Less than a year ago, I interviewed Israeli DJ Guy Gerber, one of my first points of call when I really started immersing myself in contemporary house and techno. In the time since that first chat, we’ve met a couple of times and, more importantly, he’s produced one of his biggest achievements to date, a full length album that has been created as one 70-minute long composition as Fabric 64.
Laura Jones has had a rather sharp rise up the DJ ranks, after working hard to make it since falling in love with house and techno during a trip to Ibiza in 2005, she finally got her big break last year.
Droog have been pushing the underground sound in LA for quite some time – with legendary parties at the amazing Standard Hotel rooftop, along with consistently strong releases on their much-respected label Culprit. A quarter of the way into 2012, they’re playing gigs all over the globe and have a stack of new releases lined up for the label. I spoke to one of Droog’s members, Andrei Osyka, ahead of his appearance at Data Transmission’s Easter Party in Manchester this week.
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