Video Premiere: Scanner – Cast to the Bottom

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To succinctly summarize the life and work of avant garde electronic musician/composer Robin Rimbaud (a.k.a. Scanner) is no easy feat.

In the early days of his career he utilized technology to transform voyeurism by using radio scanners to record people’s conversations. Born with a voracious appetite for music, Rimbaud moved on to helm multi-media projects since post-9/11 life made it difficult to travel with his gadgetry.

Since then he’s collaborated with classical musicians, music icons like Bryan Ferry and Laurie Anderson, and fashion luminaries such as Steve McQueen and Stella McCartney. He’s also curated events at London’s ICA and has worked with dance companies.

On September 29 Glacial Movements will present Scanner’s new full-length, The Great Crater. The album explores the tale of strange circles that were discovered in 2014 by a group of scientists flying over Antarctica.

We’re pleased to world premiere the video for opening track “Cast to the Bottom” directed by Uršula Berlot and Sunčana Kuljiš Gaillot. It’s a visually arresting animation that coalesces with the track’s evocative ambient soundscape.

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Alex Mine 5 Tracks of the Moment

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Italian techno upstart Alex Mine continues his ascent to the upper strata of the global techno scene.

With over 100 releases to his credit, including dark, techy tracks issued on Carl Cox’s Intec and Dubfire’s SCI+TEC label, Mine never stops refining his razor-sharp sound on each outing to the delight of fans around the world.

Ahead of the release of his Lost EP out October 2 on Monika Kruse’s Terminal M, featuring his “Opus” collaboration with D-Deck and Alberto Ruiz’s remix of “Solar,” and “In A Time Lapse” due November 3 on SCI+TEC, Mine shares five fresh tracks that are currently rocking his dance floor. Continue Reading

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Sirus Hood 5 Tracks of the Moment

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Known for his tracks on Dirtybird and CUFF, house maestro Sirus Hood swooped into America at the beginning of September for a whirlwind four-city string of DJ dates. The Parisian DJ/producer is by no means a stranger on this side of the Atlantic, having toured extensively in February with kindred musical spirit Sacha Robotti.

Here’s what Hood had to say about his recent set of DJ dates: “This North American tour was very intense, and so worth the endless traveling. I got to see so many new things, like the Niagara Falls, the CN Tower in Toronto, the mythical vinyl shop called Detroit Threads, new cities like Buffalo. I am very happy and grateful to be able to discover new parts of the North America that I didn’t know about.”

Those who weren’t able to see Hood should rest easy knowing that his return to America is imminent. “I can’t wait for my next time in the US, for DirtyBird Campout and Bar Smith in Phoenix beginning of October.”

In the meantime, we asked him to wax poetic about five tracks that are currently dominating his sets  Continue Reading

Hüsker Dü Drummer Grant Hart Dead at 56

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Grant Hart, drummer and co-singer for the influential Minneapolis post-punk trio Hüsker Dü, has died. Hart was 56 and had been battling cancer.

Hart, along with bandmates Bob Mould and Greg Norton, changed the lexicon of rock music with their razor-sharp guitar sound and thoughtful lyrics over the course of six incredible albums. from 1983’s Everything Falls Apart to 1987’s Warehouse: Songs and Stories. Their 1984 double-album Zen Arcade is their career-defining moment. Hart co-wrote classics including “The Girl Who Lives on Heaven Hill” and “Turn on the News.”

After Hüsker Dü broke up in 1988, Hart formed the alternative rock trio Nova Mob. He moved from behind the drum kit to playing guitar and singing. He dissolved the band in 1997 to focus on a solo career.

I interviewed Hart not long after Nova Mob released one of their albums. He was enjoying sobriety but seemed torn between his feelings about Hüsker Dü’s disbandment and moving on. I recall him taking a few shots at Bob Mould during the interview.

One of my favorite songs Hart released is the title track of 1988’s 2541 EP. The title is taken from 2541 Nicollet Avenue, the address of his former band’s rehearsal space and record label (Twin Tone), where the members had at one time lived. “2541” was later covered by Marshall Cranshaw and the Go-Betweens’ Robert Forster.

Premiere: Norwood & Hills – Live ‘N Direct

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How does a label say farewell to an incredible season in Ibiza? You put together a killer musical memento. That’s exactly what Cr2 have done on their forthcoming Ibiza Closing Party 2017, featuring brand-new cuts from dance floor stalwarts including Camelphat, Max Chapman, Carl Cox, and Gerd Janson.

We’re pleased to world premiere “Live ‘N Direct” from rising Frankfurt-based DJ/producer house duo Norwood & HillsLeon Krupka and Lennart Seitz — off the comp. Only in their early ’20s, the guys have released tracks on Love & Other, Armada, Natura Viva, and King Street Sounds.

“Live ‘N Direct” is a down and dirty number wielding sinister bass, cracking percussion, soulful vocal samples and a gargantuan groove. The boys also baked a cool breakdown into the track.

Get an exclusive listen below and be sure to pick up the compilation on September 15.