Most dance music enthusiasts I know, including myself, are a little overbearing at parties. Common to all of us is the want, no, the need to dictate the music selection at get togethers. For every “Blurred Lines” play, I feel an unwarranted personal responsibility to play the newest dance track that I play on repeat. Justifying my selfishness as a benefit for the general community (after all, in my mind, I am only choosing the best songs!), I begin to spin my own personal set at the party on the speakers.
This annoying need stems from the understood subconscious that music sets the atmosphere for a great fun night. The music’s ability to subtly affect the mood of the party is empowering, and a bit intoxicating. Which brings me to why I was so excited to see Nicole Moudaber’s set this past Saturday at Brooklyn’s Ouput. (more…)
Adam Bayer’s Drumcode live radioshow was taken over by Nicole Moudaber last week from Bulgaria. Spinning an hour of her sex-fueled bass lines on the coast of the Black Sea, the techno goddess entranced listeners and led them down a rabbit hole of gripping percussion and hollowed-out effect work. Setting the stage for Bayer to follow, Moudaber’s Bulgarian opening set is a smooth and drum-laden drive into darkness. Primal and sensual with an industrial grit, Moudaber manages to pack emotion into a dreary techno backbone – a talent that places her at the top of her game as one of the genre’s most forward-thinking talents.
To catch Nicole Moudaber at Output in Brooklyn this weekend, hop past the break and enter to win a pair of guest list spots to hear her on New York’s finest sound system.
Last weekend, techno fans from around the world descended upon Detroit for three days of inspiring electronic music in the Motor City. There were over 100 artists playing over the course of the holiday weekend, and as always the Internet has birthed a number of these live sets for the enjoyment of everyone, even those unable to be there in person (or in our case, make every single set we wanted to see). If you want to know what it sounded like out there on Hart Plaza, or maybe even if you are thinking about going next year, take a listen below to eight of our favorite sets from the weekend that were caught on tape.
Nicole Moudaber’s debut artist LP Believe, released earlier this month on Drumcode, has placed her firmly in the techno dialogue. As one of genre’s brightest new stars, Nicole discusses her passion for creative expression – citing that her flow is best when her emotions are amplified. “To me [DJing] is more like a cathartic experience. – I go into another planet completely, if I could do that 24/7 maybe all my issues would be gone in my life.” Getting her start as a self-described “professional clubber,” the music grabbed her much the same way it has grabbed so many fans and artists in the past – ensnaring her in an indescribable groove. Watch the video above to learn more about Nicole’s creative process and her approach to the development of Believe and grab the album today on Beatport.
Nicole is performing at New York’s Cielo nightclub tonight, May 23rd.
Nicole Moudaber has worn several different hats in this industry — working as a promoter, label manager, and now label owner for Mood Records — but her clear strength lies in production and DJing. Both because of the reliable quality of her production and rapid pace at which she releases music (more than 5 EPs under her belt in 2012 alone), she’s earned the title in many circles of the unofficial empress of her genre. As a DJ, she leans heavily on many of techno’s customary frameworks while filling clubs and festivals with her spirited personality and straightforward bass lines. As a producer, her work has shown a laser-like focus on a pure breed of techno — you’re not going to find deviations from minimal on Believe. Her mentorship from Carl Cox and close work with labels like Kling Klong and Waveform indicate just how intentional this is.
Carl Cox has always been a long time supporter of Nicole Moudaber. She has often been described as one of his proteges; which makes all the sense as her sound and DJ styling seems to have influences from much of Carl’s works. Ahead of the April 6th release of the Pure Intec Vol. 2 compilation, Nicole offers her remix abilities to Carl Cox’s “Chemistry.” The track is signature Moudaber at her finest; big and bouncy with sexy techno grooves — the defining attributes of her sound. Other artists on the compilation are Guti and Loco Dice. In other words: this is going to be massive.
Nicole Moudaber kicks off her 2013 with yet another solid EP, this time as her second release on Carl Cox‘s rebirthed Intec Digital label (formerly Intec Records). In 2012, Moudaber released material on Drumcode, Leena Music, and Kling Klong, so it’s no surprise to see her turn around and offer her techno talents to yet another quality label. Roar EP offers two tracks, “Roar” and “Brooklyn Hangover,” and handily commands both her signature bombastic techno drum line and more delicate top line vocals and shuffling synths. Played out in a big room setting, there is no doubt this EP would shake you to the core. Catch the stream and purchase link below.
It’s hard to believe that it took Pacha NYC this long to bring the Swedish techno icon Adam Beyer to their storied dancing facility. For almost two decades, the man has been pioneering a relentless spree of banging tech house and techno, using his Drumcode label as the driving force behind his quest to showcase the works of legends and rising stars alike. Last Saturday he graced the decks of the West 46th street location with a marathon set that lasted into the early hours of the morning. Read past the break to hear how it all went down. (more…)
If you’re anything like us, you probably spent much of the last ten days avoiding social media for fear of mention of BPM, an event quickly becoming dance music’s greatest amalgamation of (largely deep house and techno) talent at once. The sixth annual festival took place this year in Playa del Carmen, Mexico — far away from the cold winds and boring cubicles many festivalgoers left behind for a glorious combination of beaches and beats. None of us over at Dancing Astronaut were of the lucky to attend, but we did catch some of the many killer sets that went down on the playas and in the clubs. Not all of these sets are complete and they’re definitely not a replacement for actually attending, but we hope this roundup will offer even the tiniest bit of solace. Click below for our choices from Andre Crom, Nicole Moudaber, Tale of Us, Ellen Allien, Sven Väth, Dubfire, Eats Everything, Cassy, Sasha, and Seth Troxler b2b Guy Gerber.
Every Saturday night at 1am in the UK, Pete Tong allows an artist of his choosing to take over the Radio 1 airwaves for two full hours. The Essential Mixis legendary and for many of these DJs and producers, the pressure feels immense. A stellar mix can shoot you to recognition, solidify a career, or facilitate a comeback. Although with the generous input of fans, Pete Tong does eventually crown an Essential Mix of the year himself (last year: Above & Beyond), we also put our heads together to decide on the ten mixes from 2012 that made us listen again, and again, and again.