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Win 2 Tickets to Prototype 062: Droid Prime – Ben Sims, Kobosil, Raíz

On October 7th, Prototype and Droid are teaming up again to bring you two international techno talents to the Arts Los Angeles District at Lot 613. Joining us for the night will be none other than Ben Sims and Kobosil, as well as Droid residents Raíz.

A name that’s firmly steeped in the scene, the UK techno powerhouse that is Ben Sims is as prolific as they come, putting out over 50 releases in what is regarded as some of the most intense and forward-thinking music of recent years in the scene. To parallel his hard driven and unforgettable offerings, he created a handful of his own label imprints, the most esteemed of them being Theory – a label that has garnered heavy support from the likes of heavyweights Marcel Dettmann, Adam Beyer, Robert Hood, and Rolando to name a few off the extensive list. A true pioneer when it comes to performance, his sound is distinctive and beyond intense as he keeps sets constantly evolving through the full utilization of 3 deck mixing and turnable wizardry. His technical skill is high above what you might expect from some of the best techno DJs on the global scene.

Acting as accomplice to Sims for the night is an artist who came and conquered Lot 613 last year, Berlin-born techno hot shot Kobosil. Appearing on the global radar seemingly overnight, Kobosil has proven himself to be a legend in the making. Since putting forth his initial formative releases on his own label RK and the well-regarded label Unterton, he has quickly caught stride, giving even the most veteran techno players a run for their money (this statement is fact checked by a highly revered residency at Berghain). Kobosil’s niche in techno is best described as a combination of hypnotic, ambient, yet delightfully darker and deeper variations of the genre. Opening up the night and setting the mood right will be sure things Raíz.

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Lean Trax Volume 1. Tests The Boundaries of Techno and Hip-Hop By Creating Dance Floor Urban Techno

Re-imagining. Blending. Testing. Innovating. VRV‘s latest outing does all that, and more,  with its latest tape release.

Continuing to push the boundaries of diversity, the Los Angeles techno label veers off into somewhat uncharted territory thanks to a five-track release available for free listening and downloading via the label’s Bandcamp page and soon to be available via tape also.

Lean Trax is the alter-ego of a well-known techno act from the urban techno warehouse scene that has put Los Angeles on the map for well over a decade. Volume 1 fulfills the artist’s need for urban techno edits ready for the dance floor, keeping techno as a root genre and blending with it the adverse energy of hip-hop to produce enthralling and captivating results that have so far been mostly unexplored.

 

While Lean Trax isn’t the first act to look at both techno and hip-hop as interesting ingredients for a new musical concoction, see Sian’s latest album or Heroes x Villains for example, Volume 1 takes some of hip-hop and rap’s most known tracks and reimagines them their swagger and bravado within a techno context, all songs manipulated and assembled by Lean Trax but containing elements of their originals.

 

From “Percocet” to “Jumpman” and from “Drippin” to “Not Nice, without forgetting “Like Dat,” Lean Trax’s Volume 1 is a release that provides new weapons for any techno DJ’s arsenal, allowing for artists to go in directions they couldn’t before.

 

Track Listing:

1. Percocet
2. Jumpman
3. Drippin
4. Not Nice
5. Not Nice (Soca Mix)
6. Like Dat

Stream all the tracks and download through VRV’s Bandcamp page

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Win 2 Tickets to Prototype 059: Droid Prime – Dax J, Cleric, Dean Paul, Ciren

On August 19th, Downtown Los Angeles’ Lot 613 will be hosting the 59th edition of Prototype, a PRIME showcase in collaboration with esteemed Los Angeles techno label and party curators Droid Behavior.

The lineup is big for this one, featuring the hotly-anticipated Los Angeles debut of Dax J, as well as the return of fellow techno stalwart Cleric.

Dax J appeared on the global radar seemingly overnight, taking the electronic music scene by storm in 2015 with the release of his debut album Shades of Black which was named album of the month by Mixmag. In 2016, Dax J kept the momentum going, releasing a slew of epic dance floor heaters on renowned labels Soma Records, Deeply Rooted, Electric Deluxe, and his own Monnom Black. His talent has earned him nominations as best breakthrough artist by Mixmag, Groove, and DJ Mag, as well as recognition on Resident Advisor’s prestigious top 100. He has since continued to set the standard, doing the honors of closing out ADE, and playing a notorious 10 hour set at Berghain. Dax J has an equally impressive summer scheduled, playing at Dekmantel, EXIT Festival, and pretty much every key club in between.

UK techno powerhouse Cleric has been busy putting forth a continuous succession of noteworthy EPs over the past few years, each one maintaining the same euphoric and hard-driven sound, proving himself over and over again to be relentlessly talented. Earning praise, his creative work has been featured on seminal labels including Clergy, ARTS, and Len Faki’s infamous techno imprint, Figure. Setting the tone for this evening will be Droid resident Dean Paul and Technostate programmer Ciren on b2b duties.

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

We have teamed up with Prototype and Droid to give away a pair of GA tickets to this monster techno event! To enter, simply follow the instructions in the widget below.

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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.

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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