Is (minimal) techno gearing up for a neo-psychedelic, retro-1960s kind of phase? I certainly hope so!
This track by Italian producer DJ Tennis, with vocals by PillowTalk (of ‘Soft‘ fame), sounds like a combination of minimal and house beats with Beatles-esque psychedelic vocals. Not strange, since PillowTalk are from San Francisco. But this is a combination that I would very much like to see pursued further!
One wonders how the duo Andhim, here together with Super Flu, always manages to make their tracks sound so simple, yet tenaciously effective. There’s always this little hook that makes an otherwise not overly interesting track irresistible.
Also check out Hasoweh (although that one borders on the boring, I must say, but it’s got some goodies).
It’s number 9 of the Friday Night Special! Since this is probably the last FNS (at least for a long while) we’re going out with a bang. An 80+ minute long summer mix with lots of funky fresh tracks. This means some of the latest sunny techhouse and minimal, classic Chicago and acid, smooth disco, plenty of vocals, slow stretched-out mixes and spacey tropical vibes. Perfect for a nice day in the park or at the beach (and it’s downloadable!). So long, and thanks for all the fish:
Those Andhim guys keep on delivering. This time it’s a remix of Format:B‘s “Desire”. It’s the same progressive minimal build-up as usual, with an extra instrument and a twist and turn every 30 seconds, but it works every time.
Hidiho, the Friday Night Special returns. I will be brief, so you can start listening as soon as possible. The first half hour is dedicated to some of my favorite techhouse and minimal tracks of the last few weeks. The second half is rolling train techno all the way, with tracks by Marco Effe, Mark Broom and Marco Brugattu, finishing off with Christian Smith’s take on an Underworld classic. Enjoy the ride:
Every once and a while you run into a track that makes you realize again how fucking great electronic music is.
Take this 1993 track by Plastikman (Richie Hawtin), for example. Plastikman had an epiphany in the early 1990s, resulting in some of the most original and radical electronic music ever made. ‘Plasticine‘ is a great example: running for 11 minutes, it consists of only a few different elements that come up again and again in a different composition.
The resulting sound is so dark, epic and mysterious that it’ll blow your socks off if you’re susceptible to it. Although I’m still regularly surprised by the originality of new electronic music, a 19-year old masterpiece like this is rarely outdone.
Has it been two weeks already? Time for some fresh beats and grooves. So what can you expect in this 7th FNS? We start off with a big one, Solomun’s remix of Noir & Haze’s “Around”. Then some funky minimal by Genius Of Time and Sebo K. Disco-flavored techno by Carl Craig, Miss Kittin and Jan Driver will fit in nicely after that. Not to mention Todd Terje’s delicious Chic-edit. Some freaky tracks by Kroman Celik and Egbert to counterweight all those happy tunes. And finally we go a little deeper with Shinedoe, Agoria, James Ruskin and the hyped but not overhyped Nina Kraviz.
This sixth installment of the FNS starts with two killer tracks. The first is an epic Andhim remix of Theopilius London’s “Wine and Chocolates” and the second one a banger from Scuba’s latest. After this adrenalin rush we reach a plateau of deep minimal tracks by the likes of 2000 and One, Move D, Efdemin, Philip Bader, Minilogue and Mathew Johnson. After that it gets it little bit grittier with Sian, Perc and a Richie Hawtin classic. A recent edit of Tony Lionni’s “Precious” makes for a smooth comedown.
A new year, new opportunities. In 2012 we will be expanding the music offering at LSD with our very own Friday Night Special mix!
Once every few fridays we will drop a fresh homemade mix right here. The musical flavors included will be familiar if you are a regular. Expect everything from the latest minimal tracks, to 80′s acid, to classic disco, to Berghain, to idm, to ambient, to Chicago, to whatever else we like. If we love it, we mix it. And we start off with an extra long (80 minutes!) mix. Enjoy:
I’ve been receiving hundreds of e-mails a day lately, all asking: when will “the Sunday chill track” return? Well, all you crazy fans, this is the moment. The SCT is back, and we revive this popular category with a modern classic. I know everybody has burned a whole in their copy of Kalkbrenner’s Berlin Calling and I know this track is not even 2010 or 2009, but soooo 2008. But I still think it’s a great track, maybe even timeless. So, get rid of your blasé attitude and enjoy “Azure” one more time:
Last weekend’s Awakenings was once again a grand edition. For your pleasure, below you’ll find a couple of YouTube clips documenting in various qualities some high points of the Sunday evening your bloggers attended. The sound quality may not be all that all the time, but these videos will definitely put you back into that special mood. Pictures above are of our own making.
Josh Wink (who had possibly the best set of the evening):
Secret Cinema & Egbert opening:
Fritz Kalkbrenner (who was surprisingly allright):
More Josh Wink:
For a video report of the October 2010 edition, see here.
Sometimes you wanna post stuff not because it’s new, but because it’s frigging brilliant. This is such a case.
In the realm of exquisite minimal techno, Pantha du Prince probably reigns supreme. What he produces is superb: very layered mixtures of all kinds of rhythms, digital and natural sounds (chimes, wood percussion, environmental sounds), and it ebbs and flows in all kinds of new directions all the time. Yet there’s still some sort of musical vision behind it.
The track underneath here, from the 2010 album Black Noise, is the best example of that. It’s extraordinary beautiful, with lots of precious sounds, but also a bigger melody behind that. Although you’ll like it immediately, each additional listening session reveals new stuff. Definitely check it out.