Everything You Need to Know About ‘Kraftwerk 3-D The Catalogue’ Live Box Set

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Despite the fact the its youngest member clocks in at 60 years young, electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk are thankfully showing no signs of slowing down. The influential German outfit announced today the upcoming release of Kraftwerk 3-D The Catalogue, a massive and highly drool-worthy live box set. Due May 26, the collection documents their 3-D multi-media art performances recorded in the museums around the world captured using high definition 3-D with Dolby Atmos surround sound.

The set features eight classic Kraftwerk albums in chronological order: Autobahn (1974), Radio-Activity (1975), Trans Europe Express (1977), The Man-Machine (1978), Computer World (1981), Techno Pop (1986), The Mix (1991) and Tour De France (2003) – filmed and recorded between 2012 and 2016 on the band’s 3-D World Tour.

The locations include MoMA (New York), The Tate Modern Turbine Hall (London), Akasaka Blitz (Tokyo), Opera House (Sydney), Norske Opera (Oslo), Paradiso (Amsterdam), Fondation Louis Vuitton (Paris) and Neue National Galerie (Berlin).

As expected, Kraftwerk 3-D The Catalogue will be available in a number of formats including Blu-Ray, DVD, vinyl, CD and download.

Kraftwerk On The Road

02 June 17 Dublin, Bord Gais Energy Theatre
03 June 17 Dublin, Bord Gais Energy Theatre
04 June 17 Belfast, Waterfront Hall
06 June 17 Oxford, New Theatre
07 June 17 Brighton, Centre
09 June 17 Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall
10 June 17 Edinburgh, Usher Hall
11 June 17 Liverpool, Philharmonic Hall
13 June 17 Birmingham, Symphony Hall
14 June 17 Gateshead, The Sage
15 June 17 Sheffield, City Hall
17 June 17 Bristol, Colston Hall
18 June 17 Nottingham, Royal Concert Hall
19 June 17 Manchester, Bridgewater Hall
21 June 17 London, Royal Albert Hall
22 June 17 London, Royal Albert Hall
23 June 17 London, Royal Albert Hall

Hanne Adam 5 Tracks of the Moment

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Hanne Adam is a Berlin-based multidiscipline creative who specializes in music production as well as photography, film, graphic and sound design. Under the umbrella of her Adamned.Age alias she has forged a forward-thinking musical signature encompassing electronica, dub, downtempo and experimental.

So far 2017 has been a pretty monumental year for Adam. She self-released her debut EP, Living in a Damn Age, a bold sonic document of her evolving style. It set the stage for her brand new Trust Love EP on Amselcom, featuring beautiful, evocative washes of synth-driven melodies juxtaposed with gentle beats. The EP is rounded out nicely with choice remixes from Italian duo 2040, Rome-based Dragos Sulgheru and Dutch producer Trippin Jaguar.

As Adam plots her next release, we checked in and asked her about five tracks that are currently providing her with musical joy and inspiration. Continue Reading

Premiere: Nubiyan Twist – All The Pieces (Wonky Logic Remix)

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Last summer we introduced you to the up-and-coming London- and Leeds-based outfit Nubiyan Twist, a 12-person group founded by producer and guitarist Tom Excell.

Blending Afrobeat, soul, reggae, hip-hop, ska, jazz and dub with vocals, electronics and turntables, the group have been gaining fans all over Europe thanks to their energetic live show.

Nubiyan Twist just released a new EP on Wormfood Records featuring a terrific rendition of Super Cat’s “Dance Inna London” featuring new vocals from lead singer Nubiya Brandon.

The release also features the moody, jazzy gem “All the Pieces.” We’re pleased to world premiere Leeds-based mixmaster Wonky Logic’s interpretation that translates the cut into futuristic hip-hop.

Listen below and enjoy.

Catch Nubiyan Twist when they play Open, Norwich on April 22; The Wardrobe, Leeds on April 28; and Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle on May 26.

Flying High with Detroit Techno Legends Octave One

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At the end of 2016 Detroit techno twosome Octave One — the musical union of biological brothers in rhythm Lenny and Lawrence Burden — presented the world with their gallant nine-track album, Love By Machine, on their own 430 West label. Since they began their musical exploits in the Motor City in the ’80s, they’ve become an internationally beloved entity. On the strength of their 2000 breakthrough smash “Black Water,” the Burden Brothers have slowly won a legion of faithful fans who are aligned with their manifesto of evolution and progression.

The culmination of the sound they’ve been refining since back in the day is etched between the ebullient grooves in Love By Machine. Thematically, the album explores what they believe to be is the illusion of connection in the digital age. But no matter how you slice it, the album is full of floor rockers.

Fresh from remixing Devil’s Advocate “Way of Life” — an older project helmed by the Baron of Techno Dave Clarke — out on Record Store Day, we caught up with the Burdens and asked them about their current tour and what they have in store for their homecoming set at Movement Festival over Memorial Day weekend.

Where are you right now? Where did you come from and where are you going next?
Right now we are on a flight from Atlanta to Amsterdam. Onboard WiFi, a gift and a curse! We are seething out on 14-show 40-day tour of Europe and the UK. Rotterdam is first up on the schedule.

Have you discovered any young artists or new labels during your recent travels?
We always discover new artists on our travels. Many of the opening DJs at the clubs we play are from the local scene in whatever area we are in and it’s always good to hear new talent and veterans from the different cities. Many of the festivals we play feature new producers and DJs from all over the world.

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What has been the reaction to Love By Machine?
Very good, thanks. We have had to rethink the development of music now that we are so busy touring. We’ve learned to begin the composition of new music wherever we are and whenever it moves us. In the past, our studio was where everything primarily began. Now it’s where we complete the ideas. It has proved to be both challenging and rewarding.

“Playing at home almost means something special to us. We get to see old friends and family; it’s a recharge that we look forward to. There’s nothing in the world like the Detroit vibe.”

Do the tracks take on a life of their own when you begin performing them live?
Absolutely. Now we play music in the different places and [what] we play chang[es] depending on where we are are and who we are playing for. It’s really an interesting thing that most times we don’t have control over. It sometimes feels like the music is a living being. It also makes it difficult sometimes to recreate moments that we enjoyed and possibly want to add to the final production of a record. Sometimes you just don’t remember how you did a particular thing live or it just may not translate well to a studio recording.

What was the biggest lesson you both learned from making the new album?
Not to try to overly produce or polish our music. We have access to some many cool toys for music production, but you can easily get lost trying to use everything to make it better. More and better are not the same things. What we did on this album is to go back to some of our original production processes — back to a time where we didn’t have so much. We found the recording and mixing of this new album was the most fun we had in the studio in a long time. It just flowed organically.

You’re doing a lot of touring this year. Is there one place in particular that you are excited to visit?
We are always excited to play our music out. Some places we don’t have the privilege of returning to very often. This time around we made some rare stops in Australia (even doing one festival in the outback), Singapore, Brazil, as well as making our debut in Columbia and Malaysia.

You’re playing Movement Festival in Detroit in May. Tell us why this will be a special gig for Octave One?
Playing at home almost means something special to us. We get to see old friends and family; it’s a recharge that we look forward to. There’s nothing in the world like the Detroit vibe.

How PVT Found Their New Spirit

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PVT, the (electro) thunder from Down Under, are back with a stellar new album, New Spirit. We recently did a one-hour phoner with PVT drummer Laurence Pike and chewed on the musical marrow of many things. As well as drumming with PVT, Laurence has released music with jazz artist Mick Nock, art-rock band Jack Ladder and The Dreamlanders and also worked on an ambient electronic project called Szun Waves with UK electro producer Luke Abbott.

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Premiere: The Third Mind – Consequences

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Under the helm of Creative Director SnowSkull Sleep / Walk / Listen is an ongoing collaborative project pairing electronic music producers and visual artists. The seventh musical endeavor from S/W/L finds artists Jauge, Morris Cowan and Owls (a.k.a. Olly from Bodhi) uniting with SnowSkull to form The Third Mind.

The audio-visual project draws influence from ‘cut-up’ (or découpé in French), a Dadaist literary technique where existing text is cut-up and rearranged to create a new output.

According SnowSkull, “I wanted the artwork to represent the process that was used to create the track. The style resembles that of a sketchbook, where ideas were added and developed as a new element was added to the music. To consolidate the theme, cuttings from a William Burroughs book were used to doth a cap at the cut-up technique.”

He adds, “The Third Mind, is the name for a longer term project that will include the Jauge, Morris Cowan, Owls and the wider Sleep / Walk / Listen team. The name comes directly from this setup Third – relating to the three music artists involved, and ‘Mind’ relating to Sleep / Walk / Listen and my artwork for the partnership.”

We’re extremely pleased to world premiere the outfit’s debut offering, “Consequences,” a rockin’ seven-minute house track that’ll light up any dance floor.