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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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” […]
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.
The nucleus of the Príncipe label may be in Lisbon, but the music they release is perhaps best described as “community music”.
Bass music, drum n bass, dubstep, grime, footwork, whatever you want to call it was by far the most interesting part of electronic music in 2013. There was always a new surprise or another stand out album around the corner.
It is the last of our normal shows this week before we start a four part round-up of the best of 2013. We start with Roly Porter’s epic and dramatic track “Gravity” before turning down a cul-de-sac of experimental beat collages from _moonraker, Objekt and Diskotopia boss BD1982. Daniel Avery and Vester Koza steady the […]
A double special this week, with one ear on the eclectic Houndstooth label curated with the impeccable taste of Electronic Exploration’s Rob Booth, with the other ear on English producer Paul Woolford.
In only a few short years American artist Laurel Halo has already left a defining mark on electronic music. Her 2011 breakthrough “Hour logic” was an instant reference point for future sounds to follow with its striking blend of epic rave sounds and the hazy synth pop of the west coast Not Not Fun scene.
Sometimes it seems that there are fewer and fewer greats of electronic music who can or want to shirk the spotlight and quietly go about their business while the rest battle it out continuously for their place and piece of the summit.
This week on Cabeza de Vaca and Scanner FM we preview a mix of Spanish and international artists/labels who all purvey their own distinct take on the dub techno sound. We range from the deep atmospheres of Exium from Asturias and Refracted’s forest gloom to the heavy industrial malaise of the mysterious Subjected and the […]
Another all Spanish electronica special this week on Cabeza de Vaca and Scanner FM. As well as some recent local releases, including some new labels, we profile the career of Eduardo de la Calle, one of the most in-form producers and DJs in the Peninsula and world-wide. Yet despite the recognition and prolific output, Eduardo […]
This week on Cabeza de Vaca and Scanner FM we peer into the hazy memories of the longest party weekend in Barcelona and give our opinion on the best acts at Sonar 2013. As well as praising the high achievers we also ask some serious questions about the music, the festival and the tendencies, not […]
I’m not going to write much this week as I’m officially on holiday exploring, then laying on, the quietest beaches in the north of Ibiza I can find with the help of my nice girlfriend and little hairy dog. So far so good we’re all totally chilled and enjoying life and I’m even getting some […]
Romanian Cosmin Nicolae aka Cosmin TRG has taken a long and winding career path from Drum n Bass DJ in Bucharest to influential dubstep producer to become one of the most recognizable sounds in house and techno. Few have come to dominate so many genres with such humility and consistency. This week we pay homage […]
Some dubstep this week as we turn our attention to the Keysound Recordings label from London run by Dusk and Blackdown. Several of their recent releases, combining Grime and classic dubstep styles, have set the standard high for 2013, whereas we also highlight the recent album by the label owners themselves and show our respect […]