A long way from the small town he grew up in Missouri, Cali-based DJ/producer Andrew Rasse (a.k.a. Butane) has worked hard to realize a formidable discography of rock-solid dance floor productions that dance along the border of underground house and techno. Rasse also boasts one the wittiest artist bios I’ve read in ages. Here’s an excerpt for your consideration: “Butane is an American, although not from Detroit. He would probably get more gigs if he claimed he were…. Butane is not a douchebag, even though a few haters might beg to differ (hey you can’t please everybody). He continues to succeed in the music business against all odds.”
Rasse runs two labels (the established Alphahouse and the newer Extrasketch) and Little Helpers along with Sean O’Neal (a.k.a. Someone Else). With irons in many musical fires, he’s set to release his four-track Techno Mafia EP on limited-edition vinyl on April 20 (a.k.a.).
Ahead of his upcoming set at Rite Of Wednesdays at TBA Brooklyn on February 21, along with an in-store at Halcyon The Shop in Brooklyn on February 22, Rasse shares five tracks that are currently rocking his world. Continue Reading →
Martin Müller and Daniel Stroeter united around 2006/2007 to form youANDme. After producing tracks for labels (Rotary Cocktail, Cocoon, Rekids) and DJing together at clubs all over the world, Stroeter left to pursue a career in architecture. Müller, who runs a handful of labels, continues to helm youANDme as a solo project, championing an eclectic soundscape that’s woven together with threads of house, techno, electronica and dub.
The Berlin-based Müller just released his Pattern of Greed EP on Steve Bug’s much-loved Poker Flat label. The raw title track is a smoldering affair, featuring the soulful voice of Ingrid Arthur, a former member of The Weather Girls (“It’s Raining Men”). The release is rounded out by a wicked remix crafted by Cologne-based producer/Gewölbe Club resident Jonathan Kaspar and the sinewy jam “Stretch.”
Before leaving to play gigs in Australia, Thailand and Switzerland, Müller found time to share his five track of the moment. Continue Reading →
As pied pipers of their respective dance floors, DJs lead their faithful flocks. But when it comes to DJ mix compilations, their musical vision sometimes doesn’t become a reality due to budget constraints, licensing issues or a multitude of other reasons.
Aus Music label head and DJ-Kicks curator Will Saul has come up with a concept he believes will reduce friction and truly empower DJs to create transformative mixes. Enter Inside Out, a new series on Saul’s imprint established to give DJs total control by incorporating all-new, unrelased tracks cut by the producer or their peers. Inside Out will be available digitally and on CD, while a selection of the tracks will be pressed on double gatefold vinyl.
Saul is at the helm of the series’ innaugural release on March 30. His mix features tracks by homies including Pearson Sound, Move D, Gerd, Youandewan, Martyn, Falty DL, Appleblim and Marquis Hawkes.
Obligatory press release gush from Saul on the idea behind his new endeavor: “I wanted to try and recreate the feeling I used to get in the 90’s when you went clubbing and heard your favorite DJ play but had never heard the vast majority of the tracks he/she was playing. Your mind would be constantly blown by hearing totally new music for the first time. We’ve pretty much lost this with the proliferation of online mixes, Shazam, early EP premieres and free streams.”
As one of the stalwarts of Beirut’s club scene, DJ/producer Nesta (a.k.a Nabih Esta) brings innovation to every project he touches. Whether it’s being involved with the legendary Überhaus and The Gärten (a club he co-founded) or collaborating with kindred spirits Jakob Seidensticker and Henrik Raabe (a.k.a. Silky Raven), Nesta puts his heart and soul into every endeavor.
In April, Nesta will present his full-length debut Eclectic Electrican on his Beirut-based label Fantôme de Nuit. (He’s also got a remix album in the works.)
After dropping two fresh tracks from the album last week — the cosmic funkfest “Hold Me” and the gorgeous Depeche Mode-ish cut “Drive Anywhere” — we checked in with the Beirut boss to find out about his five tracks of the moment. Continue Reading →
Prolific German musician/producer Burnt Friedman presented a sprawling retrospective titled Anthology 1980 – 2017 on his Nonplace label at the end of last year. Known for his deep, dubby and ever-changing grooves and rhythms, the overview brandishes vinyl-only releases and never-heard tracks.
Upon the compilation’s release, Friedman performed at Rhythm Alchemy at Arena Club in Berlin. Fortunately, his amazing set was captured on video. We’re extremely pleased to world premiere a clip of the rousing non-compilation track “122-1” filmed at his show.
Friedman provides additional technical background about his performance:
“The video was recorded during a concert at Arena Club in Berlin, December 2017. Burnt Friedman is sending various separate, individual audio tracks to an 8 channel sound system: a four-channel P.A. and four additional amplifiers, located across the room. He is standing in the ‘sweet spot’ of the club in order to mix and control the sound properly. During his performance, Friedman is arranging, routing and dubbing the individual audio tracks live and plays on a Korg MS-20 synthesizer. It is more or less a studio environment made public, so that the audience can overlook the process of production closely and move freely through the aural environment.”
Get a first look below and prepare yourself to be blown away by Friedman’s signature sound.
Here’s some exciting news: Chicago house music icon Larry Heard, who is known for producing now-classic productions including “Can You Feel It?”, “Bring Down the Walls” featuring. Robert Owens, “Mystery of Love” and “Washing Machine,” will release the first album under his Mr. Fingers alias in almost 25 years.
Heard will unveil Cerebral Hemispheres on April 13 via his own label, Alleviated Records. The 18-track full-length is said to feature a range of styles, running the gamut of “shimmering ambience to deep soul to psychotropic electronics.”
Today Heard, who is based in Memphis, Tennessee, revealed the first track from the album “Electron” on SoundCloud, which can be streamed below. Heard has also booked a series of club and festival gigs to promote the LP. News on forthcoming singles and remixes will be announced shortly.