London DJ/producer Lex Luca is on fire. With a bulging discography boasting releases on Cr2 Trax, Love & Other, Dopewax, and Undr The Radr, he’s taken his big-room house sound to the next level, winning the hearts and ears of top-ranked jocks alike on both sides of the Atlantic.
After delivering a pair of successful EPs for Cr2, Luca, who is classically trained in violin, drums, piano and guitar, takes controls of the latest installment of the label’s wildly popular Ibiza Underground series.
The mix compilation features four exclusive cuts from the man himself and is stuffed with exclusive tracks by rising stars such as Jozif Jordan, Mike Woller, Keskem, and Mobius Strum.
We’re extremely pleased to world premiere Carl Bee’s “Tough Distance,” an exclusive track heard on the release. The Malta-based phenom turns in a peak-time anthem full of booty-shaking basslines, expertly sliced and diced vocal samples. It wields a relentless groove and begs to be heard on a Funktion-One system.
Get a first listen below and pick up Lex Luca Presents Ibiza Underground on August 25.
Since the spring release of Depeche Mode’s politically charged fourteenth full-length, Spirit, much of the world’s existential crisis has only deepened. Meditations on our society à la Mavin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” aren’t abundant in electronic music, but that’s never stopped these genre innovators from speaking their mind.
On 1983’s Construction Time Again they took aim at corporate greed and corruption (“Everything Counts”), poverty (“Shame”), and the threat of nuclear war (“Two Minute Warning”). “People Are People,” an anti-racism anthem, followed along similar thematic lines on 1984’s Some Great Reward.
Related: Read a review of Depeche Mode’s Spirit
Spirit is a musical sign o’ the times that’s full of disbelief fueled by a belief that we can all do better, but it’s bogged down in preaching to the converted. This 12-pack of remixes sets that dichotomy aside and takes one of Spirit‘s best tracks to the dance floor and the meditation room.
The Belleville Three — Juan Atkins, Derrick May, and Kevin Saunderson — rinse “Going Backwards” with classic techno-house Detroit vibes, forging a righteous Motor City remix of timeless synth-driven strings and four-to-the-floor thump. Maya Jane Coles and Solomun do a solid job of moulding the somber number to work in the main room, while Point Point turn in a slo-mo version flavored with cosmic boom-bap. The bundle is rounded out by the Soulsavers’ re-rub of “Poison Heart” and the Latroit remix of “You Move,” which are both on the money.
The most compelling iteration is Chris Liebing’s Slow Burn Mix. It’s a brooding, stripped down remix that forgoes euphoria in favor of a beatless, meditative soundscape. The song’s urgent lyrics remain front and center: “We’re going backwards / Turning back our history / Going backwards / Piling on the misery.” Its contemplative arc is thoughtful and purposeful. If only the same could be said for our politics.
After King Britt released his cosmic and wonderfully futuristic AFTER… album under his enlightened ambient Fhloston Paradigm alias, he pivoted back to the dance floor and presented three remix EPs.
On …MATH Pt. 2 he tapped Boston bred DJ/producer/Mindwarp label head John Debo for a dose of his sound. The result is a spectacular interpretation that allows one veteran to stand confidently on the shoulders of another.
Curious to know more about their process, we paired Britt and Debo for a co-interview. The result is a must-read conversation touching upon the creative process, collaboration, and the relationship between leaning and teaching.
Fhloston Paradigm’s …MATH Pt. 2 EP featuring remixes by John Debo, OddKidOut Remix and Pow Pow is out now on Kingbrittarchives. Continue Reading
UK-based DJ/producer Louis Benton shifted his summer into high gear at the end of July by dropping his bass-driven vocal-house stormer “Overcome” featuring Malisha Bleau on Get Twisted Records.
The imprint run by Tough Love has become a hotbed for emerging and rising talent including Roger Sanchez, Todd Terry, Sandy Riviera, Amine Edge & DANCE, Man Without A Clue, Purple Disco Machine, and Full Crate.
Success isn’t new to Benton. Back in 2012 he delivered “Weekend Offender” with DJ/production partner Francois, a collabo that has accumulated over 8 million views on YouTube. The pair continue to make musical magic: Last month they dropped “The Tournament” / “Vader” on Four40.
As he steams to the end of a busy summer, we connected with the rising star and asked him to share five tracks he’s currently living for at the moment. Continue Reading
- Wickham – Episode A (Eastenderz)
- Wave Particle Singularity – Abstraction Nocturne (Silencio)
- Varhat – Space Way (Pressure Traxx)
- Lost.Act – Virtual Life (Abartik)
- Herck – Amethyst (Unreleased)
- Maky005 – A.Training (Unreleased)
- Petre Vali – High Emotions (DMOM)
- YYY – 606A (YYY Series)
- Overshift – Paris Blues (Psicodelica)
- Ricardo Villalobos – Widodd ( [a:rpia:r] )
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Dave Clarke, who the legendary late BBC DJ John Peel dubbed The Baron of Techno, has announced plans to release his first artist album in 14 years. That’s right, 14 years!
Set for release on October 27 The Desecration of Desire follows 1995’s collection of singles Archive One and 2003’s Devil’s Advocate, an assemblage of cuts Clarke “produced under various outside pressures.”
On The Desecration of Desire (Skint) Clarke intentionally veered away from his focus area of techno to explore his passion for punk, new wave, noise, and industrial music.
Says Clarke of his techno-free LP, “I live and breathe it every single week — but I wanted to make an album that was not a collection of club tracks. I listen to many types of music all the time and I felt free for the first time to implement this approach for my own project.”
Clarke assembled a roster of collaborators, including former Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan, LOUISAHHH, Mt. Sims, Gazelle Twin, and Keith Tenniswood.
The album’s lead track “Charcoal Eyes (Glass Tears)” featuring Mark Lanegan was posted yesterday. Hit the play button below and get a taste of what lies ahead.
The Desecration Of Desire track list
- Is Vic There? (feat. LOUISAHHH)
- Frisson (feat. Mt. Sims)
- Dot Forty One (Mute)
- Charcoal Eyes (Glass Tears) (feat. Mark Lanegan)
- Monochrome Sun (feat. Mark Lanegan)
- Cover Up My Eyes (feat. Gazelle Twin)
- I’m Not Afraid (feat. Anika)
- Death Of Pythagoras