French techno producer Gesaffelstein has made a bold and concise statement with the release of his new album Aleph: Gesaffelstein is taking over. Already boasting impressive production credits on albums like Yeezus, and showcasing his versatile sound by remixing the likes of Justice, Lana Del Rey and Depeche Mode, the name Gesaffelstein has been on everyone’s tongue for the past year. In its first day available, Gesaffelstein’s artful and compelling debut album reached the top spot on the iTunes dance chart. After listening to the album in its entirety, it is very clear why. The music is dark and powerful, and each track reflects a diverse blend of influences as they are seamlessly meshed into the producer’s raw, distinct, heavy techno sound. Read past the break for our review of Aleph.
Only days after Richie Hawtin and Carl Cox played the main stage at EDC Las Vegas, two American festivals have announced the addition of Movement-hosted stages at their events this year. It would seem, to savvy dance music fans, that techno is just now getting its time in the sun in the United States. Laneway Festival’s first foray into America will hit Detroit on September 14th and Paxahau, along with Matthew Dear’s Ghostly International, will host the Movement Stage — home this year to Adult, Shigeto, Heathered Pearls, Beacon, and Matthew Dear himself.
Not too far away in Michigan, Insomniac’s Electric Forest will also host a Movement Electronic Music Festival “curated event” on the first night of the festival, much like Movement hosted an Electric Forest stage at their own fest this year. Helicopter Showdown, A Tribe Called Red, Ryan Hemsworth, Ana Sia, Michal Menert, RL Grime, and Headhunterz will all be apart of this experience in Rothbury this year.Posted by
Yesterday techno stallion Marco Carola and his Music On brand released a 78 minute mix celebrating the start of the Ibiza season for 2013. With album art like this, Marco is almost suggesting he knows something we don’t. I’d assume this is the full mix but you never know — last time he released free downloads on SoundCloud it was his Amnesia Ibiza closing set from the end of the 2012 season. He released it in five parts. No tracklist for this, but you’ll know how serious your friends are about techno based on how many of these hand-picked records they’re able to identify. You can always just call this one the techno sound of summer 2013.Posted by
As the 13th annual Movement Electronic Music Festival approaches, with a global techno fan base poised to descend upon Detroit, the Dancing Astronaut editors prepare for their own stint of techno tourism. For followers of techno, house, and other deeper genres in dance music, Movement’s lineup is quite certainly a dizzying opportunity to take on the finest talent on the scene right now in arguably one of the most culturally significant cities in the music’s history. There are five stages in total that’ll be bumping the bass in downtown Detroit’s Hart Plaza this Saturday May 25th through Memorial Day Monday. We’ll be on the ground covering the event produced by the hometown favorite Paxahau (as well as several of its afterparties), but in case you’ll be joining us, read on to hear some of our must-listen picks for the festival itself.
“I felt like I had found what I was searching for without even knowing I was searching for it,” Huvaere says of discovering Detroit’s underground techno scene in the early 90s. “There was something about the transparency, the randomness, the frequency range, the math, the lack of language, the futuristic feeling, and the kind of no end in sight. You kind of knew right away, there’s no end in sight. This could just grow and grow and grow. I was just sucked in like a tractor beam. It just changed my life.”
Asked for observations at the dawn of the CNTRL: Beyond EDM Tour, Ean Golden does not hesitate.
“Roughly 70 percent of the people at the seminars say they want to be producers,” DJ Tech Tools‘ founder says, grinning broadly. “Fewer people want to be DJs. It’s a paradigm shift in terms of what people want to be.”
It’s the same sea change that made this tour a reality. Conceived by minimal techno legend Richie Hawtin (aka Plastikman), his M-nus Records artists Loco Dice and Paco Osuna, and Golden, CNTRL is as much an educational roadshow as it is a concert tour. Each of the 17 North American shows is preceded by a college-campus seminar, featuring an artist panel discussing music technology and the past and future of dance music. The events are saturated in social media coverage, allowing dance music fans around the globe to tune in and learn.
American transplant Jon Gaiser is arguably one of the most unique and exciting artists to emerge from Berlin’s vaunted techno scene. Although he now calls the German capital (and Richie Hawtin’s M-nus label) home, Gaiser received a steady diet of Detroit techno while growing up in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His old school roots still show in his minimal bass-driven productions and carefully crafted arrangements. Click past the break for more on Jon Gaiser’s stellar set at the 2012 Sonar Festival
It’s been 13 long years since German techno visionary Sven Väth first brought his Cocoon party to Ibiza, a remarkable span of time that has seen the White Isle blossom into a global epicenter for dance music. Weathering ebbs and flows in genre popularity, Väth’s party built its reputation as an uncompromising haven for underground techno. This summer’s “Into the Magic” incarnation was no different, boasting a staggering lineup of scene stalwarts like Richie Hawtin and Chris Liebing, as well as young guns like Seth Troxler and Maya Jane Coles.
In the wake of his closing party, Väth has released a fan-centric after movie to recap the season. Featuring such vaunted acts as Loco Dice and Ricardo Villalobos, the video is a fitting capstone to an Ibiza season in which underground parties (see Enter and Cadenza) flourished. Now that Amnesia is closed for autumn, Väth is taking his Cocoon Heroes show on the road. With 17 dates announced in 13 countries — including shows in New York and Miami — those who couldn’t make it to Ibiza this summer can still experience the magic. Click past the jump for the full list of tour dates.
With all the talk of future techno these days, Dutch minimal legend Koen Groeneveld continues to prove he’s anything but the past. “Stesstjopper” is a multifaceted production that builds from bitcrushed organ chords into a dark after-hours groove, replete with stuttering synths and off-kilter industrial samples. It’s a groovy techno piece with slabs of electro blended flawlessly from first bar to last. With the infectious pull of the electro-heavy breakdown and the incessant chord play to follow the drop, this song will make for a great peak-time banger. Unless you’ve got a flight to his native Netherlands for Amsterdam Dance Event, catch it on his Abzolut imprint’s Terminal 4 release today.
Gabi Musayev contributed to this report.Posted by
Whether you’re on the fence or have already purchased tickets to this weekend’s Black and White Festival, allow this Good Morning Mix to educate you on one of the supporting acts of the festival, and one of electronic music’s best underground producers. With over 100 releases over the past five years, Bülent Gürler – professionally known as Butch — has toyed with a wide variety of house and techno outputs. His two-hour Essential Mix showcases everything from grooving house to soulful techno. Within the confines of the genre being released, when Butch puts out a single, EP, or album, you’d be hard-pressed to not find it at the #1 spot on Beatport. Full tracklist after the jump.