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Win 2 GA Tickets to Prototype 057: Droid PRIME – Matrixxman, Randomer, Raíz + RUSE Techno

On June 30th, Downtown Los Angeles’ Lot 613 will be hosting the 57th edition of Prototype, a PRIME showcase in collaboration with esteemed Los Angeles techno label and party curators Droid Behavior as well as fellow techno outfit RUSE Techno.

The lineup is big, with new to the scene heavy hitters Matrixxman and Randomer both making their Prototype debuts. Matrixxman’s steady growing discography on imprints like Dekmental, Ghostly, and Delft bring futuristic yet analog and acidic elements to the dance music genre. Big label releases and crushing performances at festivals around the world have put Matrixxman in high demand through out the DJ circuit. UK’s Randomer makes another fine addition to the Prime/Prototype roster of guests. This extremely talented and diverse producer has released his interpretations of techno and bass music on a wide range of labels including Hemlock, Hessle Audio, Clone and L.I.E.S. As a performer his ability to convincingly stitch together modern bass, 4 on the floor and broken beat tracks throughout his sets is second to none. Droid residents Raiz will be joined by the RUSE DJs Template & Kglndo to set the pace with style and grace.

Check out the FB event for full info. Tickets available on RA.

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Win Tickets to Prototype 056: Droid Prime – Len Faki, Truncate, Andrew S on June 10th

On June 10th, Downtown Los Angeles’ Lot 613 will be hosting the 56th edition of Prototype, a PRIME showcase in collaboration with esteemed Los Angeles techno label and party curators Droid Behavior as well as fellow techno outfit Dirty Epic.

The lineup is big, with Berghain resident Len Faki taking the headlining spot alongside local hero Truncate. Rounding out the bill and will be Andrew Souto of Dirty Epic. Dirty Epic’s successful events, showcases. and one offs in LA, NY and Detroit are a testament to the group’s commitment to quality and high energy nightlife, making this a night not to miss.

Check out the FB event for full info. Tickets available on RA.

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Prototype LA bring Hessle Audio, Enzo Siragusa, Prins Thomas, Len Faki, Matrixxman to Los Angeles’ Lot 613

The next month and a half is a stacked one for Los Angeles event curator Prototype LA.

The promoters call Lot 613 their home, a warehouse-like space turned venue located on the outskirts Downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District neighborhood. It is there that they will be hosting five diverse yet musically compelling events over the space of the next month and a half.

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Q&A and Global Vibe Radio Episode 057 feat. DJ Hyperactive

This week’s episode of Global Vibe Radio features one of techno’s OGs in the form of Chicago-born-and-bred DJ, producer and owner of 4 Track Records (4TRK) Joseph Manumaleuna aka DJ Hyperactive.

I have had the pleasure of meeting Joseph, or JoJo as he is affectionately known to friends, during my years working in Chicago’s techno and house industry. Prior to this interview I had last seen him on a cold Chicago night in February, when his good friend and fellow artist Moe Espinosa aka drumcell was in town to play at Spybar Chicago. JoJo played host at a wonderful BBQ dinner before an even better night of techno ensued.

Those versed in the history of techno need little introduction to DJ Hyperactive as an artist. His Resident Advisor bio describes him as one of Daft Punk’s “Teachers” and “brother of the humble,” his contributions and impact to the underground spanning three decades now and leaving a legacy that has not only helped shape techno in Chicago and the Midwest, but the entire United States and beyond. Growing up in Chicago in the early ’90s, DJ Hyperactive honed his skills as both a producer and DJ, receiving instant international recognition and subsequent touring gigs at some of the most recognized and revered venues and events of the last 20-plus years, including Orbit in Leeds, Liquid Room in Tokyo, Berlin’s iconic Love Parade, the game-changing Interface parties spearheaded by Droid Behavior in Los Angeles, Movement Detroit festival in the birth place of techno, Output in Brooklyn, techno meccas in Berlin such as Tresor and Berghain and of course at Smartbar, Spybar and Primary right in his home city of Chicago.

Over the course of his career he has churned out well over 100 remixes and original tracks, his catalogue including such instant classics as “Venus” and “Wide Open” on Missile, “25HRs” on Droid Recordings, “Music Box’ on his own imprint 4 Track Recordings, and more on imprints the likes of Contact, Truncate, Figure, Blank Code, Impact Mechanics, Nachstrom Schallplatten, and CLR, just to name a few. After a warming stint in Southern California, DJ Hyperactive returned to Chicago 2013 to reconnect with his family and musical roots.  His story continues with more gigs and more studio productions, with the difference being the experience and perspective that only a true veteran can possess.

We are honored to have him as guest of our 57th episode of Global Vibe Radio, which we present to you alongside an exclusive chat we had with him last week in honor of the recording. Enjoy the music and DJ Hyperactive’s wisdom below, full track list can be found at the end of the article.

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Drumcell & Surachai Present: New Surachai LP on “BL_K NOISE”

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Although kept under the radar until now, Moe Espinosa (a.k.a. Drumcell or Hypoxia) teamed up with Chicago-based producer Surachai in 2014 to launch a new imprint, BL_K NOISE. Aimed to release noisy-industrial pieces, both producers have been using this platform to release a darker side of techno different than what Drumcell sees put out on his Droid label.

Surachai is now ready to introduce the world to his upcoming LP “Instinct and Memory” as the fifth release on the label. The album sees him diving into industrial modular sounds of noise and drum & bass broken rhythms to deliver the signature gothic vibes the label seeks to play homage to as its mission. Below you can watch a special teaser for the album.

BL_K NOISE & TRASH_AUDIO collective Alessandro Cortini, Richard Devine together with Surachai & Hypoxia/Drumcell have also been holding specially curated and vinyl oriented label events that focus on music creation through the use of modular hardware. Guests have included Vatican Shadow, Oliver Dodd, Baseck, Polyfuse/Justin McGrath, Mark Verbos and DJMREX just to name a few.

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“Instinct and Memory” is set to be released on BL_K NOISE  via vinyl, CD and digital platforms on April 29th, 2016.

Check out this exclusive footage from recent BL_K NOISE parties.

Connect with Drumcell/Hypoxia: Facebook | Twitter | Resident Advisor | SoundCloud

Connect with Surachai: Facebook | Twitter | Resident Advisor | SoundCloud

Connect with TRASH_AUDIO: Online | Twitter

Droid Behavior Weekend: San Francisco + San Diego

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Droid Behavior continues their West Coast showcase with back-to-back events in San Francisco and San Diego this weekend presented by SF based techno promotion group, Robot Ears. Following the initial leg of the tour in LA last Saturday hosted by Dirty Epic, the Los Angeles techno collective brings their 52nd installment of Interface to Mighty SF on Friday July 31st featuring Droid front runners Drumcell, Truncate, and Raíz with mind-bending visuals by Oktaform.

The Interface series has been the staple event of Droid Behavior for more than 10 years stemming from its humble beginnings in LA to packed out shows in Amsterdam, Detroit, and New York. The anticipation of Droid’s debut in San Francisco has been brewing for the past month; the wait will soon come to a close and a night of heavy sounds and underground vibes is in store.

On Saturday, the Droid camp migrates down to San Diego for a rare night of techno joined by Halo and Robot Ear’s John Kaberna as they continue to spread their sound that has caught global attention among techno lovers and party-goers worldwide.

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Freebie Friday: Drumcell

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Los Angeles based techno guru, Drumcell, has become a household name for techno fans around the world. Working closely with Droid Behavior, and with releases on major labels such as CLR, Drumcell always finds a way to expose the listener to the darker sounds of the genre. Today we offer up a free download of a hidden bonus track that was on the cassette version of his debut album, Sleep Complex. Take a listen and get the free download from his Soundcloud below.

If you’ve ever heard a Drumcell track you’ll recognize his distinct sound that sets him apart from the rest. With an arsenal of tools at his disposal he hones in on his craft and is capable of serving up the most vicious techno as well as some serious dub atmospheres as we see with this Designer (Bonus Track)Designer is an eerie track that has the various elements looming around the sound spectrum. A “calm before the storm” type feeling that hits you hard, and you know deep inside that some serious techno heat is about to be brought to the dance floor.

We’re looking forward to hearing what he has in store for the techno community in 2015, so stay tuned for more amazing music from Drumcell.

Drumcell on Facebook | Soundcloud | Beatport