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Romance Again: Intimate, Personal Music for the First Warmth of Spring

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Artists,Scene | Thu 5 Mar 2015 5:19 pm

Who’s ready for some springtime romance? Show of hands? Thought so.

Here in northern Europe, at least, we’re at that inflection point as spring first crawls its way out of winter, tiny buds on the trees and ice/rain mixes giving way to faintly warm sunbeams. This is music that matches that mood. And it’s music that finds a voice, that can sing – not just in beautiful vocals (and the likes of Brolin certainly suffices in his latest work), but in music that is crafted from some intimate place. These are productions that are immediate and intensely personal in the same way as singing.

And there’s another reason to look at these artists. Sometimes artists blow up because they met the right people, they played the right parties, they hit the mainstream at the right time. This is something different. These artists have all taken some turn in their own musical identities. That seasonal metaphor works: they are bursting, creatively, in the best possible way.

Full disclosure: I get to be impossibly lazy as a journalist here, or certainly very lucky, in that I’m the warmup DJ for this lineup tomorrow in Berlin. But it’s one of those rare situations where you get called to play, and wind up losing yourself listening to the promo materials they sent over. I wish that happened all the time; we know it doesn’t, so I won’t look a gift horse in the mouth.

Brolin (video, top) is an artist on the verge of really blowing up to a wider audience – if he can break the Google curse; no relation (that I know of) to the American actors of the same last name.

brolin

I would say there’s something in the water in England, but I know exactly what’s in the water – a superior music education for singers. The result is nailing spot-on technique without sounding overly controlled, that ability to make tone that purrs but retains a lightly rough edge.

Brolin, if you know him from earlier releases like his track “Portland,” has traded that cuter, more twee sound for something with more depth. (The videos have gotten better, too. It turns out that the Internet is so savagely competitive that cute dogs and cute models in jean shorts actually aren’t enough to attract an audience.)

Pairing that sound with electronics works perfectly. With the German duo Kruse & Nuernberg, he produced the hypnotic video at top, an ideal foil to the deep house-inflected, pop-worthy track. (Kruse & Nuernberg have also graduated from more conventional house tracks to a grown-up, laidback take of their own.)

Kruse & Nuernberg Get Kaleidoscopic on “Lost N Free”

Their collaborative EP I think will be a huge hit:

The duo check in with the blog Sloth Boogie – 5 Questions with Kruse & Nuernberg + Brolin – he talks to ,a href=”http://www.electricmusicmagazine.com/#!brolin-interview/c1ykg”>Electric Music Magazine.

Brolin has jumped into the deep end of chilled-out, smart electronics, adding his whisper-close vocals. For further evidence, check out this free mixtape with more of his work:

His single “Swim Deep” is more pop-y than the waters I normally tread, but you can hear that vocal technique as it’s developed. I’m curious to see the live act tomorrow.

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So, that’s the UK. Meanwhile, in Hamburg, there’s Luka Seifert. His own personal breakthrough came from lightening up on the edits, he tells The Fader: sampling recordings raw, returning to his roots on the guitar, leaving an organic feel rather than over-producing, to get something that’s “honest.” It has the same immediacy as his Tumblr feed of photos – rough, but effortlessly drenched in aesthetic sense. (Somehow the ghosts of the Bauhaus in Germany seem to do that to people here.)

I think the result is spectacular, swells of sound, hiss that becomes its own color and air.

LUKA’s “Fault Line” Is The Soundtrack To Your Low-Key Spring Romance

Luka’s “Lowdown,” released for XLR8R, is in a similar space, floating atop a cloud of sampled noise and echoing with lullaby-like tune and percussion:

Glenn Jackson, usually at no loss for words, actually stumbles a bit on how to categorize it in the article for the free download – which I think is a good sign:
Luka “Lowdown” [XLR8R Downloads]

Luka’s Hamburg sometimes-neighbor, the globe-trotting, gypsy nomad Sofia Kourtesis, is a kindred spirit in this new style – something made partly in technological chops and partly in dreams.

Sofia is one of the people behind this lineup in Berlin. We covered her previously, but it’s worth visiting her yet again – because she has found a way to get still more personal with her tracks, closer to the core of their being. With singles she released on XLR8R and The Fader to accompany her new EP, she’s built tracks that are melodic, dreamily evocative atop their rhythmic framework.

And she has likewise found her way to some of these same corners. Amidst the aggressive gothic clanging of tribal rituals that has become the mainstay of electronic music, this is music that can be genuinely, comfortably vulnerable. I can think of nowhere better to conclude.

And speaking of getting personal and vulnerable, “Zaza” reminds us why we do that in music. It’s a musical reflection on the loss of her grandmother, finding life again by using sound as a window to memory.

I’m fortunate to get to warm up the room for these folks and the rest of the lineup. If you care to join us and you’re around Berlin tomorrow Friday, we’d love to see you. The fact that we’re playing the former cultural embassy of Czechoslovakia, remade as a club, is another reminder that seasons’ change can rejuvenate:

BROLIN (UK) Live + Sofia Kourtesis / BlackBlackGold / Local Suicide / LUKA / Les Filles Noires / P Kirn / Soen / [Facebook]

6 March from 22h / 8€ / Konzulát – Leipzigerstrasse 60, 10117 Berlin, Germany

And if you can’t, I do hope you enjoy listening from afar.

The post Romance Again: Intimate, Personal Music for the First Warmth of Spring appeared first on Create Digital Music.

Romance Again: Intimate, Personal Music for the First Warmth of Spring

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Artists,Scene | Thu 5 Mar 2015 5:19 pm

Who’s ready for some springtime romance? Show of hands? Thought so.

Here in northern Europe, at least, we’re at that inflection point as spring first crawls its way out of winter, tiny buds on the trees and ice/rain mixes giving way to faintly warm sunbeams. This is music that matches that mood. And it’s music that finds a voice, that can sing – not just in beautiful vocals (and the likes of Brolin certainly suffices in his latest work), but in music that is crafted from some intimate place. These are productions that are immediate and intensely personal in the same way as singing.

And there’s another reason to look at these artists. Sometimes artists blow up because they met the right people, they played the right parties, they hit the mainstream at the right time. This is something different. These artists have all taken some turn in their own musical identities. That seasonal metaphor works: they are bursting, creatively, in the best possible way.

Full disclosure: I get to be impossibly lazy as a journalist here, or certainly very lucky, in that I’m the warmup DJ for this lineup tomorrow in Berlin. But it’s one of those rare situations where you get called to play, and wind up losing yourself listening to the promo materials they sent over. I wish that happened all the time; we know it doesn’t, so I won’t look a gift horse in the mouth.

Brolin (video, top) is an artist on the verge of really blowing up to a wider audience – if he can break the Google curse; no relation (that I know of) to the American actors of the same last name.

brolin

I would say there’s something in the water in England, but I know exactly what’s in the water – a superior music education for singers. The result is nailing spot-on technique without sounding overly controlled, that ability to make tone that purrs but retains a lightly rough edge.

Brolin, if you know him from earlier releases like his track “Portland,” has traded that cuter, more twee sound for something with more depth. (The videos have gotten better, too. It turns out that the Internet is so savagely competitive that cute dogs and cute models in jean shorts actually aren’t enough to attract an audience.)

Pairing that sound with electronics works perfectly. With the German duo Kruse & Nuernberg, he produced the hypnotic video at top, an ideal foil to the deep house-inflected, pop-worthy track. (Kruse & Nuernberg have also graduated from more conventional house tracks to a grown-up, laidback take of their own.)

Kruse & Nuernberg Get Kaleidoscopic on “Lost N Free”

Their collaborative EP I think will be a huge hit:

The duo check in with the blog Sloth Boogie – 5 Questions with Kruse & Nuernberg + Brolin – he talks to ,a href=”http://www.electricmusicmagazine.com/#!brolin-interview/c1ykg”>Electric Music Magazine.

Brolin has jumped into the deep end of chilled-out, smart electronics, adding his whisper-close vocals. For further evidence, check out this free mixtape with more of his work:

His single “Swim Deep” is more pop-y than the waters I normally tread, but you can hear that vocal technique as it’s developed. I’m curious to see the live act tomorrow.

luka2

luka

So, that’s the UK. Meanwhile, in Hamburg, there’s Luka Seifert. His own personal breakthrough came from lightening up on the edits, he tells The Fader: sampling recordings raw, returning to his roots on the guitar, leaving an organic feel rather than over-producing, to get something that’s “honest.” It has the same immediacy as his Tumblr feed of photos – rough, but effortlessly drenched in aesthetic sense. (Somehow the ghosts of the Bauhaus in Germany seem to do that to people here.)

I think the result is spectacular, swells of sound, hiss that becomes its own color and air.

LUKA’s “Fault Line” Is The Soundtrack To Your Low-Key Spring Romance

Luka’s “Lowdown,” released for XLR8R, is in a similar space, floating atop a cloud of sampled noise and echoing with lullaby-like tune and percussion:

Glenn Jackson, usually at no loss for words, actually stumbles a bit on how to categorize it in the article for the free download – which I think is a good sign:
Luka “Lowdown” [XLR8R Downloads]

Luka’s Hamburg sometimes-neighbor, the globe-trotting, gypsy nomad Sofia Kourtesis, is a kindred spirit in this new style – something made partly in technological chops and partly in dreams.

Sofia is one of the people behind this lineup in Berlin. We covered her previously, but it’s worth visiting her yet again – because she has found a way to get still more personal with her tracks, closer to the core of their being. With singles she released on XLR8R and The Fader to accompany her new EP, she’s built tracks that are melodic, dreamily evocative atop their rhythmic framework.

And she has likewise found her way to some of these same corners. Amidst the aggressive gothic clanging of tribal rituals that has become the mainstay of electronic music, this is music that can be genuinely, comfortably vulnerable. I can think of nowhere better to conclude.

And speaking of getting personal and vulnerable, “Zaza” reminds us why we do that in music. It’s a musical reflection on the loss of her grandmother, finding life again by using sound as a window to memory.

I’m fortunate to get to warm up the room for these folks and the rest of the lineup. If you care to join us and you’re around Berlin tomorrow Friday, we’d love to see you. The fact that we’re playing the former cultural embassy of Czechoslovakia, remade as a club, is another reminder that seasons’ change can rejuvenate:

BROLIN (UK) Live + Sofia Kourtesis / BlackBlackGold / Local Suicide / LUKA / Les Filles Noires / P Kirn / Soen / [Facebook]

6 March from 22h / 8€ / Konzulát – Leipzigerstrasse 60, 10117 Berlin, Germany

And if you can’t, I do hope you enjoy listening from afar.

The post Romance Again: Intimate, Personal Music for the First Warmth of Spring appeared first on Create Digital Music.

Give Yourself a Night at Panorama Bar for Free, with Ryan Elliott

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Artists,Scene | Fri 24 Oct 2014 1:00 pm

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Mixes, like DJs, are everywhere. But the question of how to stand above the crowd has a simple answer: be better. Be consistent, be intelligent, paint a scene. Give humans a reason to listen to you; make algorithms, like unskilled DJs, weep.

And, yes, have a soul.

Ryan Elliott’s mix on Ostgut Ton is simply one of the best such mixes I’ve downloaded this year, and earns a place on some hard drive round here, stored permanently in all its lossless WAV glory, an hour and a half and gig and a half. Strip away the Panorama Bar label, and it still communicates one of those moments in that venue. You can learn something and feel something all at once. It’s an encouraging sign that quality can still endure, that DJs can do things with what producers make that shines light on them and gives them meaning.

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I’ve just returned from Amsterdam Dance Event, which is perhaps a microcosm of where dance music is at these days – a very, very huge microcosm. The event is strange in some ways; it’s not that it’s commercial, as it’s got a surprisingly wide range of music and unique venues like the audiovisual-themed events just across the water at Beamlab and EYE. (More on the excellent Paula Temple / Jem the Misfit AV show soon, as well as the results of our 4DSOUND spatial audio collaboration.) But it’s still skewed overall to industry and business, and for all the quality there, the biggest money gets the attention. (Dutch friends were quick to chide me for so much as uttering the name, produced as it is by Buma, a royalty collections agency that has alienated many artists and somehow managed to become more-hated than Germany’s GEMA.)

So all of this brings us back to Berghain/Panorama Bar, which on the weekend of ADE and the weekend following manages to produce similar lineups not because it’s a festival but just that it’s a regular weekend. Commerce and names are subdued, even as the machinery of the club ticks away. Hype is only a problem if it clouds judgment, or it’s undeserved.

Sure, this venue has been talked to death in a way that might ruin most places. The New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra, forever a fount of profundity and my all-time hero, famously quoted “No one goes there any more; it’s too crowded.” But, much as New York baseball fans need the Yankees, Europe’s music scene needs Berghain. It’s a place where you can wind up having hours-long conversations with producer friends over ice creams (yes, they serve them, even in winter), then wind up hurting your feet from dancing too much. Artists rub shoulders with DSP engineers making music software. No one should ever pay too much attention to any one place, lest they become myopic, but the feeling those connections produce is important. We need venues that draw us in; we’ve plenty that push us away.

Ryan Elliott nicely sums up Panorama Bar on a day when everything is clicking. There isn’t anything terribly virtuosic here – no special edits or anything like that. And you miss out on the delightful weirdness Panorama sometimes achieves – odd tracks, wonderfully undanceable mixes, and I won’t say anything about the crowd because that’s meant for those inside, not for words.

But what I would say is, this is a good mix precisely because you don’t have to visit Berlin. You can create your own personal club, as you like, with a pair of headphones. (You can also smell fresh and clean and have as much space as you like to dance, which beats any club in the world on some evenings.) It’s not a typical 3-hour set at Panorama. But it says something about Ryan Elliott, about his tastes – deep, dark, soulful, yet precise, calibrated.

Andrew Ryce does a nice job of walking through the tracks.

And that’s what Ostgut needs to do as a label behind Berghain/Panorama – this steps up Ostgut’s output at a very important time. The club is brilliant; the label as far as international attention has to emerge from that club’s shadow (and shadows). This free gift helps Ostgut to say what it’s about in a way that can stand on its own.

And I think in that sense, it can be a strong template for people making mixes with different things to say, too – even if you’re planning a dark ambient mix or avant-garde noise radio show. I would make the measure this sense of encapsulation, of beginning, middle, and end, of the mix as both a teaser (90 minutes makes you wonder what Elliott does with a full set, what the party is like), and standalone object (you might be happy to devote a gig and a half of precious drive space to it).

Ryan Elliott is a great ambassador, and it’s fantastic to see Ostgut back with long-absent mixes. Elliott has been a regular since 2007; the mix download here suggests a post-CD life for Ostgut.

So, give yourself a nice weekend – anywhere in the world, no entry fee, with your favorite headphones. Enjoy.

http://www.ostgut.de/label/record/120

The post Give Yourself a Night at Panorama Bar for Free, with Ryan Elliott appeared first on Create Digital Music.

Maya Jane Coles, Apollonia, and Richie Hawtin charm ENTER.Ibiza next Friday, September 18, live from Ibiza

Delivered... Beatport News Editors | Scene | Fri 12 Sep 2014 2:00 pm
Ready for some magical, memorable deep house? Celebrating ENTER.Ibiza week 12 next Thursday, September 11th at Space, the reigning techno lord will be performing alongside Adam Beyer and Paco Osuna in the main room. Over in the Sake Bar, it’s very special guest Maya Jane Coles, as well as Hito and resident Bella Sarris. Additional ENTER.Ibiza artists on the night will be Apollonia, Markus Guentner, and Matthew Hawtin.

Groove Armada curate their top eight club cuts

Delivered... Jason Black | Scene | Thu 11 Sep 2014 9:00 pm
Groove Armada's Andy Cato and Tom Findlay have hand-crafted the kind of long-standing electronic-music career that most dream of—and many might (metaphorically) kill for. Since the London-based dance duo first surfaced on the scene with 1998’s well-received debut album Northern Star on Tummy Touch, they’ve churned out quality house music year-after-year spanning across seven albums.

Groove Armada curate their top eight club cuts right now

Delivered... Jason Black | Scene | Thu 11 Sep 2014 7:00 pm
Groove Armada's Andy Cato and Tom Findlay have hand-crafted the kind of long-standing electronic-music career that most dream of—and many might (metaphorically) kill for. Since the London-based dance duo first surfaced on the scene with 1998’s well-received debut album Northern Star on Tummy Touch, they’ve churned out quality house music year-after-year spanning across seven albums.

!K7, Monkeytown, and Klasse single out their 10 essential Berlin records

Delivered... Beatport News Editors | Scene | Fri 5 Sep 2014 5:00 pm
Now here's a fun one for the end of the week before we all hit the shops over the weekend. The Vinyl Factory has opted to go on a scavenger hunt to uncover the top Berlin records of all-time. So they've reached out to three tastemaking German electronic labels like !K7, Monkeytown and Klasse Recordings to pick their essential Berlin vinyl selections including (no joke) David Hasselhoff, David Bowie, and '80s industrial band Einstürzende Neubauten, as well as more modern names you know and love like Dixon, Modeselektor, Moderat, Siriusmo, and Model 500.

Nina Kraviz, Guy Gerber, and Richie Hawtin rock ENTER.Ibiza next Thursday, September 11, live from Ibiza

Delivered... Beatport News Editors | Scene | Fri 5 Sep 2014 8:00 am
The idyllic Ibizan summer just keeps rolling on. Celebrating ENTER.Ibiza week 11, on Thursday, September 11th at Space, the reigning techno lord will be performing alongside Recondite and Dubfire in the main room. While over on the Terrace, it's Russian spinstress Nina Kraviz, Julian Perez, and Mr. 11 11 himself, Guy Gerber. Additional ENTER.Ibiza special guests on the night will be Minus artists Jon Gaiser B2B Matador, Fabio Florido, Hito, and Ness (Live), as well as Canadian DJ-in-residence Matthew Hawtin.

Berlin Festival: Tiefschwarz, The Jaydes, Smash TV, and more chat about what it means to be a Berliner

Delivered... Mike Chapman | Scene | Thu 4 Sep 2014 8:00 am
It's no surprise that the German capital offers a wealth of incredible record labels, DJs, and artists. We feel a bit spoiled here at Beatport Berlin with the amount of great tunes we hear each and every night and can’t help but boast when we get the chance to work together with some of our favorite labels to simply get down and party. Following up our First We Take Berlin event tonight, we’ll be back for round two on Friday evening. This time out, we're hosting a stage at the gargantuan Berlin Festival event, showcasing some quality underground house and techno with Tiefschwarz’s Souvenir imprint and Bloody Mary’s Dame-Music label, established in 2006 and 2010 respectively. Both stables have a stellar roster of artists, have been releasing serious heaters for years, and represent a strong cross-section of Berlin’s thriving dance music scene.

JackLNDN helms Beatport Live this Friday, September 5, direct from Denver

Delivered... Beatport News Editors | Scene | Wed 3 Sep 2014 11:00 am
Ready for some authentic house to roll into your weekend adventure? Look no further. Join us this Friday, September 5th as Beatport Live proudly presents JackLNDN in our cozy Denver offices. UK-based house artist JackLNDN is one part classical technician and two parts main room club surgeon. As a producer and DJ, he has quickly […]

Disclosure and Mary J. Blige join forces (again) and Diplo gets boo-ed at Burning Man

Delivered... Beatport News Editors | Scene | Tue 2 Sep 2014 3:00 pm
Welcome to our action-packed Tuesday edition of the Morning Roundup. Today, we’ve got Disclosure and Mary J. Blige collaborating on new music, Diplo getting jeered off-stage for his odd track selection at Burning Man, and a full three-day Electric Zoo recap from out on New York's picturesque Randall Island. Right this way for our complete wrap-up.

Sensation unveils upcoming Dubai edition

Delivered... Beatport News Editors | Scene | Mon 1 Sep 2014 5:00 pm
Sensation, the world's leading dance event, has revealed its first-ever outdoor edition slated for Friday, October 31st in Dubai, U.A.E. Confirmed artists for their latest all-white party include Dutch dance phenom Martin Garrix, Roger Sanchez, An21 & Max Vangeli, and Hard Rock Sofa, alongside Sensation resident Mr. White.

Sensation unveils upcoming Dubai edition

Delivered... Beatport News Editors | Scene | Mon 1 Sep 2014 5:00 pm
Sensation, the world's leading dance event, has revealed its first-ever outdoor edition slated for Friday, October 31st in Dubai, U.A.E. Confirmed artists for their latest all-white party include Dutch dance phenom Martin Garrix, Roger Sanchez, An21 & Max Vangeli, and Hard Rock Sofa, alongside Sensation resident Mr. White.

Sensation unveils upcoming Dubai edition

Delivered... Beatport News Editors | Scene | Mon 1 Sep 2014 5:00 pm
Sensation, the world's leading dance event, has revealed its first-ever outdoor edition slated for Friday, October 31st in Dubai, U.A.E. Confirmed artists for their latest all-white party include Dutch dance phenom Martin Garrix, Roger Sanchez, An21 & Max Vangeli, and Hard Rock Sofa, alongside Sensation resident Mr. White.

Souvenir Music and Dame Music present Beatport Live this Saturday, September 6, direct from Berlin

Delivered... Beatport News Editors | Scene | Mon 1 Sep 2014 11:00 am
Ready for some world-class house music to get the peak-time party started? We've got you covered. Join us this Saturday, September 6th as Beatport Live and Berlin Festival proudly present a Souvenir Music and Dame Music showcase at Berlin's historic Arena Club featuring The Jaydes, Pascal Hetzel, Ali Schwarz, and more.
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