Australian bred, Austin, TX-based techno stalwart Christian Barbuto is known for his smashing releases on top-notch labels such as Tronic Music, Phobiq, Unity, Funk’n Deep and Octopus Recordings. In fact, his buzzy remix of Filterheadz’s “In My Head” heard on the duo’s upcoming Hyperdive EP has been making plenty of noise in the run-up to its release this month.
Barbuto, who helms a residency at Ethics Music Lounge in Austin, is back home from a whirlwind two-month, 15-gig DJ tour supporting his “Move to the Rhythm” floor burner (Unity), which dropped in July, where he rocked dance floors across Europe and his native Australia.
Now that he’s caught up on sleep, he put together a tour diary of his recent international exploits. Read on to find out about the people Barbuto met, places he visited and dance floors he rocked on his international trek. Continue Reading
Jeff Mills has been chasing the sound of the future for most of his life. From legendary DJ gigs and mix shows in his native Detroit when he was known as The Wizard to co-founding Underground Resistance along with “Mad” Mike Banks in the ’80s, Mills has painted techno’s canvas with the broadest of brush strokes.
Musically, his rock-solid, pioneering output is vast and there are too many landmark releases to mention — 1992’s Waveform Transmission Vol.1 and 1995’s The Purpose Maker is a good place to start for the uninitiated. Mills’s 1997 opus “The Bells,” a ferocious tribal track, is his most ubiquitous but nonetheless one of the genre’s finest moments.
Mills’s musical odyssey has taken to him to far-flung corners of the world. Since the ‘80s he’s juxtaposed gigs poised behind three decks and a Roland TR-909 drum machine at raves, clubs, festivals with a four-month residency at Paris’s globally acclaimed museum Le Louvre and recording Blue Potential with the 70-piece Montpellier Philharmonic Orchestra in 2006. Then there’s the ongoing collaboration between techno pioneer Mills and Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen that dates back to 2016, when they played at a jazz club in Paris.
During his residency at Le Louvre Mills began flirting with the idea of performing with a band. A drummer from an early age, he saw the band format as an opportunity to reconnect with his musical past and explore other styles of music. The result of his vision is Spiral Deluxe, an improvisational quartet he helms with bandmates Yumiko Ohno on Moog synth, Kenji “Jino” Hino on bass and Gerald Mitchell on keyboards.
Fresh from releasing the band’s debut release, Voodoo Magic on his Axis label, Mills tells us that “after the first 30 minutes into our first rehearsal, I knew we had something special! It had felt like we had been playing together for years.” Continue Reading
Swedish DIY garage-pop band ShitKid are the new Scandi kids on the block and, well, they aren’t shit. The English name of the band is a direct translation for Skitunge, which derives from a boogeyman folk tale passed down by parents so as to warn their kids off from playing in rock bands. Clearly, ShitKid were having none of that. Signed to Stockholm indie label PNKSLM Recordings, the band has released two formidable EPs one LP, and have a new full-length album on the way. Meanwhile, they have garnered the attention of magazines such as i-D, DIY and The Fader.
Our Hugh Bohane chatted with lead singer Åsa Söderqvist and the band’s music video director and fill-in keyboardist, Linda Hedström, as the group prepares to go on tour with The Melvins in October. Continue Reading
German DJ/producer/MYR label boss Goeran Meyer is heading into autumn firing on all cylinders. Last week he presented the two-track Closed Circle EP, which is his imprint’s tenth release. Clocking in at an expansive 10:36 “Face Away” is an absolutely epic tech-house opus that’s full of crisp percussion, a driving, synth-driven groove and emotive bass. On “Only Voices” Meyer descends even deeper into house music’s deeper and abyss, navigating the hypnotic track through a channel of murky synths and woozy pads and vocal samples.
With his latest effort now available for the masses to enjoy, we checked in with Meyer and asked him to tell us about five of his current favorite tracks presently rocking his dance floor. Continue Reading