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CdV P095 Bass and grime special

This week we return to the constantly shifting frontiers of bass and grime as we feature a heavy contingent of UK artists, but also plenty more from further afield, especially the USA. Stylistically we also cover plenty of ground, starting with a couple of recent tracks that push the boundaries of instrumental grime, like SD Laika and Australia’s Strict Face and then settling back into a run of vocal driven tunes including new material from Roll Deep MC Flowdan amongst others. Keeping it all together are a handful of more traditional tracks that trade in mood and bass pressure. Read more…

CdV P094 Martyn special

It is easy to take Martijn Deykers for granted. For the last decade the Dutch producer has been a constant presence at the forefront of electronica, crossing over from drum n bass to dubstep and then on to house, but never abandoning the tropes of the other styles as he has moved on. Read more…

CdV P092 Max Graef special

Despite only being 21 years old German producer Max Graef has a distinctly mature sound. Read more…

CdV P091 Sonar 2014 Roundup

This week we return to the fold of Sonar 2014 and recap some of the highlights, lowlights and tendencies from this year starting with Japanese all-girl group Nisennenmondai who delivered the standout show with their tight and edgy minimal dystopian techno thrashed out on guitar, bass and drums. Read more…

CdV P089 Donato Dozzy special

The career of Italian producer and DJ Donato Dozzy has developed much like his music: slow, mercurial, hypnotic and gradually overwhelming. Read more…

CdV P088 Fennesz special

Despite being a prolific artist who is always up to something new, solo albums by Austrian artist Christian Fennesz only seem to come around once in a while. Read more…

CdV P086 Drum n bass special

Following on from our recent bass music show it seems like time to check in to drum n bass and see where things are at the midpoint of 2014. There is still plenty of invention going on, especially amongst the ambient end of the spectrum in the sculpted drum scapes of Alaska, Fre4knc, Millie and Andrea and Indigo. Vocals come to the fore on tracks by Ivy Lab and Stranjah, whereas harder sounds and rhythmic pressure are the cornerstone of tracks by Safire, Dom and Roland and Teklife’s DJ Earl. Finally, we open the show with a classic from Boymerang from the heyday of the genre.

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CdV P085 Efdemin special

Another mix this week as we move studio and consequently the theme is movement, an idea perfectly captured in the music of Phillip Sollman as Efdemin. Read more…

CdV P084 Bass music special

Our first bass music program of the year finds dubstep either on the ropes or nonchalantly promiscuous, particularly with techno, with many traditional artists and labels edging towards more regimented sounds. Yet there are still plenty at the core who are capable of interesting and innovative tunes including the impressive Wen who has delivered “Signals” one of the year’s best albums already, the returning Cooly G and the nucleus formed around Bristol’s Pinch to name a few. Somewhere into this mix we throw a tribute to the late DJ Rashad and also bookend the program between some extraordinary tracks from Kryptic Minds’ Osiris Music UK label.

 

CdV P083: Especial de classic house

Nuestro primer programa del año de bass music se encuentra el dubstep ya sea contra las cuerdas o con indiferencia promiscua, en particular con el techno, con muchos de los tradicionales artistas y sellos desplazando hacia sonidos más regimentadas. Sin embargo, todavía hay un montón en el centro que son capaces de pistas interesantes e innovadoras, incluyendo el impresionante Wen que ha entregado “Signals”, uno de los mejores discos del año ya, el regreso de Cooly G y el núcleo formado alrededor de Pinch de Bristol por nombrar algunos. En algún lugar en esta mezcla que tiramos un homenaje al fallecido DJ Rashad y enmarcamos el programa entre algunas pistas extraordinarias del sello Osiris Music UK de Kryptic Minds.

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CdV P083 Classic house special

It has been a couple of years running in which the scene has been alive with retro house issues. Read more…

CdV P082 Ambient mix

An out of body experience this week as we are out of the studio and instead present an ambient mix that is out of this world. Read more…

CdV P081 Untold special

In a recent interview Jack Dunning aka English producer Untold said that “having intense experiences with music that you don’t quite understand” was the way in which music moved forward. Read more…

CdV P080 Kassem Mosse special

Gunnar Wendel aka Kassem Mosse has always been an understated figure in electronic music. He has been quietly leading the line for years, being one of the pioneers who ushered in the recent wave of dirty sounding house long before it was fashionable. But his sound has always been distinct, combining a nonchalant and languid pace with exquisite arrangements and a lot of subtle percussive detail that recedes deep into the mix. This week on Cabeza de Vaca and Scanner FM we explore his new untitled album on Workshop and his back catalogue as well as some of his peers who also adopt uncommon house forms.

 

CdV P080: Especial de Kassem Mosse

 

Gunnar Wendel alias Kassem Mosse siempre ha sido una figura discreta en la música electrónica. Él ha estado llevando la línea en silencio por años, siendo uno de los pioneros que marcó el comienzo de la reciente ola de house con un sonido sucio antes de que estuviera de moda. Pero su sonido siempre ha sido distinta, combinando un ritmo indolente y lánguida con arreglos exquisitos y un montón de detalles de percusión sutil que se aleja de profundidad en la mezcla. Esta semana en Cabeza de Vaca y Scanner FM exploramos su nuevo disco sin título en el sello Workshop y su discografía y además algunos de sus compañeros que también adoptan formas poco comunes en house.

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CdV P079 Perc special

Sometimes Perc still feels like a new artist, but it is easy to forget that his rise to prominence has taken a decade of hard work, perseverance and risks. The north London-based artist has recently delivered his second genre defining album “The power and the glory” which mixes blatant experimentalism with crunchy and battering rhythms without being afraid to make political comment and keep the mind as well as the body occupied. Ali Wells’s label Perc Trax and his new sublabel Submit have also become powerful strongholds of the modern industrial techno sound alongside newcomers Fifth Wall Records and Karl O’Connor’s Downwards imprint, who celebrate their 20th anniversary year, and who both feature prominently this week.

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CdV P078 Legowelt special

This week Cabeza de Vaca celebrates the release of Legowelt’s latest album “Crystal Code 2080” released on Crème Organization which arrives amidst a flood of impressive releases from the ever prolific Dutch master on labels such as L.I.E.S. Dekmantel and the Acid Arab series on Versatile. Read more…

CdV P077 Lucy special

The first release on Luca Mortellaro aka Lucy’s Stroboscopic Artefact imprint was his own single “Why don’t you change?” which in retrospect sounds like both a manifesto and an ultimatum to electronic music. Read more…

CdV P076 Príncipe and African electro special

The nucleus of the Príncipe label may be in Lisbon, but the music they release is perhaps best described as “community music”. Read more…

CdV P075 Deadbeat and Paul St Hilaire special

Canadian producer Scott Monteith has long been one of the best dub and dub techno producers and Paul St Hilaire (aka the artist formerly known as Tikiman) is a living legend amongst reggae vocalists. Read more…

CdV P074 Terrence Dixon special

Techno has always had a close relationship with anonymity, but there are not many artists who can claim to be unknown after 20 years in the business despite always remaining in full sight. Detroit’s Terrence Dixon is one of the few. Read more…

CdV P073 Actress special

This week’s show features a motley collection of unpredictable and unclassifiable electronica from Torsten Pröfrock’s classic “No. 8” to new tracks from Patten, Forest Swords and Ricardo Donoso. Read more…