Tag Archives: electronic music

Scene Report: Electronic Music at Beat Hotel

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HAAi by Alec Donnell Luna

This past March the Fellah Hotel—a palm-lined, pool-dotted, argan-scented resort complex—was the site of a delirious musical experiment. Sub-Saharan folk met art pop; Ethiopian jazz collided with vintage hip-hop; minimal techno was augmented with choral arrangements. The inaugural Beat Hotel festival, held just outside Marrakech, Morocco, showcased electronic and globally-oriented music from artists who were primarily based in Europe and North Africa. 

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Kedr Livanskiy’s Raucous Electronic Music Reflects Her Home City of Moscow

Kedr Livaniskiy

Photos by Masha Demianova

“My city is an endless source of inspiration for me,” says Moscow-based electronic artist Kedr Livanskiy, born Yana Kedrina. Her discography backs up her claim: 2017’s breakout album, Ariadna, was an homage to Russia’s Izhevsk electronic scene of the ‘80s, and its drifting, peaky techno-pop seemed to reflect the sprawling topography of the world’s largest country.

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10 Latin-American Artists Driving Chiptune’s Next Big Wave

chiptune-1244In today’s pop culture-obsessed world, most people are at least tangentially familiar with the nostalgic kitsch of chiptune, a colorful and whimsical universe of electronic music that has remained an underground niche throughout most of its brief history. Characterized by energetic, high-pitched melodies, chip music was born out of the Japanese video game boom of the 1970s, later becoming a DIY favorite at small demoscenes across Europe where hacking outdated tech evolved into a glitchy new art form. However, as chip music’s cultural significance has expanded globally, Latin America has remained largely omitted from the conversation, despite its chiptune scene’s wealth of perspectives and fusions. Continue reading

Genome 6.66Mbp is the Shanghai Label Keeping the City’s Nightlife Alive

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All the press on Shanghai’s Genome 6.66Mbp might have you believing they are impossibly cool. With a collaged, destructive digital art aesthetic, spiffy photoshoots with the members donning post-rave, totally alien outfits, and music that sounds like it could soundtrack autonomous Tesla rides and 45-minute space shuttle trips in the future, the label founders are like bait for Western publications looking for the next big thing out of China.

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A Guide to the Twin Cities’ Electronic Music Scene

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Lonefront by Josh Bestgen

A city’s dance scene is considered healthy when the after-hours parties in people’s apartments go past six in the morning. Granted, that’s no guarantee of a scene’s size—in Minneapolis-St. Paul’s case, the parties are intense even when the numbers are small, which is often. (Rock and hip-hop are still the main draws here.) The Twin Cities’ fervency, its will to keep the party going through thick and thin, sometimes in what amounts to open secrecy (a couple of the bigger parties in town are mailing-list/word-of-mouth only), is a big part of what gives its electronic dance music landscape its unique charm.

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Ffrancis’ Misia Furtak and Piotr Kaliński Have Learned to Love Change

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Polish duo Ffrancis—comprised of Misia Furtak (vocals/bass) and Piotr Kaliński (programming)—share the kind of friendship where they’ve seen each other in pretty much every unflattering emotional state. (Aware they’re on the record, both members playfully refuse to provide specifics.) It’s a dynamic that plays out across their debut album Off the Grid, a collection of songs that integrates Furtak’s rock sensibilities with the escapism of Kaliński’s Baltic pop/house/dub ambient project Hatti Vatti. But even so, they can’t agree on how they met. Continue reading

How E-Commerce and Cassettes Shaped Pica Disk

Pica Disk

Even while in Bodø, a small town above the Arctic Circle in Norway where he lived from 2016 until this month, Lasse Marhaug maintained an important, and presentplace in the global musical underground. Now living in Oslo and active since his teenage years in the late ’80s, the 43-year-old multidisciplinary artist has a Discogs page that’s 163 entries long, marked by dozens of distinctly experimental solo releases and collaborations with a who’s who of contemporary avant-garde music: Merzbow, Joe McPhee, and Jim O’Rourke to name only three. Marhaug keeps busy as a masterer and producer, too, lending support to albums by artists such as fellow Norwegian Jenny Hval, the Korean-born, New York-based cellist Okkyung Lee, and recently, the reclusive New Zealand electronic musician Clinton Williams, aka OMIT, whose mind-boggling five-CD box set Enclosures 2011–2016 came out in February via two labels, End of the Alphabet and Pica Disk, the latter of which Marhaug founded in 2006.

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The Merch Table: May 2018

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Every month, The Merch Table brings you the best and most bonkers merchandise you can find on Bandcamp. We commend bands and labels that get a little creative and think outside the tote bag. Whether it’s a fashion accessory, a piece of art, or something entirely unique, The Merch Table showcases inventive, original—and, occasionally, downright strange—stuff that you might want to get your hands on. Continue reading