Tunnel is a Chicago producer, DJ, label-head and Noisefloor party curator that has been sculpting a new wave of techno in Chicago — a city best known for its house music roots and legacy.
Unlike many other DJ and live acts, Tunnel exclusively performs his own original material or that of the ever-growing electronic music label he launched in 2013, Webuildmachines. The imprint has been the home of some fantastic releases, with support and high praise from established members of the techno community the likes of Paula Temple, Dave Clarke, Surgeon, Ben Sims, Tommy Four Seven, drumcell, Electric Indigo, and Claude Young. A Tunnel original track was also featured on Richie Hawtin’s Essential Mix recorded live at Exchange in Los Angeles last year.
Saeed Younan is one of the United States’ top acts, a DJ and producer that enjoys prolific tour and release schedules alike with tracks out on Incorrect Music, VIVa Music, Suara, his own Younan Music, and of course Carl Cox’s iconic Intec label, a brand with which he has been associated for a couple of years now.
Based in the nation’s capital of Washington D.C., Saeed is a popular headliner with gigs around the world, from Ibiza to Tokyo and countless countries in between, where he delivers high-energy performances that marry tribal sounds with techy synth work and alluring vocal hooks.
Saeed returns to Cox’s Intec for his upcoming release, having debuted on the imprint back in 2015. His Annihilate EP begins with the title track, a bassline-heavy affair carried over by a rolling groove that leads to a crescendo of hi-hats and ultimately the vocals that give the track its name. The second track that completes the package, “Pimp Slap,” is more along Saeed’s famed sound, filled with synth sounds and captivating vocal snippets.
The EP is available for purchase on Beatport and streaming via SoundCloud below. Read on for our interview with Saeed, where we discuss the release, his relationship with Carl Cox, the war in Iraq he fled to come to the States and plenty more.
David Lettelier, or Kangding Ray as he is known in the techno community, has been a prolific producer and DJ for over a decade now, churning out releases on labels such as Raster-Noton, Hidden Hundred and Lucy’s Stroboscopic Artefacts.
It is on this latter imprint that he is now about to release his latest full-length album, HYPER OPAL MANTIS. This dance-floor approach to his sound is structured as a “triptych on 3 states of desire, following its primitive, emotional and destructive phases.” This release is the artist’s first LP on the label he has been associated with since 2012.
HYPER is the primal, sensual lust; OPAL is the emotional catharsis, a blissful desire for love; MANTIS, like the insect it refers to, is the destructive, fatal attraction.
This is Kangding Ray’s first true techno album, moving away from the five previous more experimentalist and minimal outings he has released on Raster-Noton. The switch to Stroboscopic Artefacts here is not a divorce from R-N by any means, but rather a search for the right imprint to put the stamp of approval on an album that strays away from Kangding Ray’s more expected productions.
The result is brilliant dance-floor ready work, as you can preview below.
You can pre-order the album, which is set to be released on vinyl, CD and digital formats this February 24th.
02. Lone Pyramids
04. Purple Phase
06. Soul Surfing
08. Onde Mantis
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German label Raster-Noton is celebrating two decades of releases with a commemorative book and compilation.
source book 1 is a visual catalog of the imprint’s various releases and projects since 1996. While Raster-noton didn’t technically release music until 1999, its two parent labels Rastermusic and noton.archiv für ton und nichtton were both started in 1996.
The issue of mental health in dance music has been coming up more and more in recent months, finally moving from being somewhat of a taboo subject to one that is openly talked about and, consequently, addressed.
Texas-born Techno DJ Bethany DeMoss, who goes by the artist name of Skirt, has announced that she will no longer be DJing due to issues relating to anxiety. Making the announcement on her Facebook page, Skirt opened up about how anxiety has been affecting her career, “If the thought of an upcoming gig is making me actually physically sick and on verge of a nervous breakdown, then clearly something is wrong.”
There is a lot of speculation these days about music streaming services and how they can help musicians/producers make an overall impact in the highly-competitive music business industry.
Right now it seems like you can find almost every fresh and up-and-coming producer on Spotify. Aren’t you wondering why? Read and find out how Spotify can help you as an artist:
Kane Michael is a Southern California producer, DJ, host of the Lights/Out Selection, and label owner of Lights/Out Recordings. He focuses on blending the genres and influences that he holds dear to his heart, creating a mix of dark, psychedelic futuristic techno and aggressive progressive.
His second EP outing on LOR is composed of three original tracks, now available for purchase via Bandcamp and premiered exclusively by 6AM on SoundCloud.
We had the chance to talk to Kane as he releases LOR002 to discuss his upbringing in SoCal’s rave scene, the plans with his recently-started label and more.
After featuring 25 essential clubbing destinations for house and techno in Asia, it’s now time to highlight our very own underground dance music scene here in the States.
While we originally narrowed down our list to 23 essential underground dance music destinations, we recently expanded it to a total of 30 venues you should take the time to visit for techno and house here in the United States. Here they are in alphabetical order by city:
It seems that the prevalence of CDJ shaming is a direct result of the rise of vinyl-exclusive DJs.
Hey, I incredibly enjoy an all vinyl set when it comes around, but to those who negatively label CDJ users as talentless laypersons are completely missing the point.
Technology has directly revolutionized the dance music community, especially with regards to accessibility, capability, and creativity when it comes becoming and being a DJ in today’s world.