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elizalomas on 08/29/2010 at 09:00AM
With the past couple of year's music blogs cramming their tags with genres like 'experimental hip-hop', 'chillwave' and the slightly confusing 'post-dubstep', eager readers such as myself were beginning to lose track of the ever-evolving strands of sounds and accumulating artists. As often happens, there comes a point when buzz-words become a tad stale. This is especially relevant when trying to define the eclectic and miscellaneous sounds coming out of the Brainfeeder, Werkdiscs and Hotflush labels, for example.
As your senses are bombarded with myraid sounds of harmonious paranoia and ambiguous samples, it is often fruitless to try and compulsively classify what you are hearing.
Despite this, it is still possible to pin down one aspect of the scene. We can still trace the abstract sound of a city, and in this torpeeding branch of genres, there is no denying that L.A and London have been steadily weaving the inventive chaos in their distinct but important ways.
To pay homage to the cities, here are two young artists - Bare Girls (LDN) and Snorlax (L.A) from each that have grown up immersed in an entirely different upbringing of sound, and yet subtely overlap in this year's cross-boundried, post-everything, solid gold sound.
elizalomas on 08/18/2010 at 10:45AM
It is a well-documented fact that Detroit gave birth to techno in the glorious 80s. Fast forward thirty years, and although trailblazing techno producers such as Derrick May, Juan Atkins and Carl Craig were all born and are still living in the Motor City, if you wanted to actually hear them you would have to hope they were out of town. Save for the ever-faithful Underground Resistance record shop, today’s Detroit has little left to offer for techno.
Despite this dearth of a scene, legends still emerge from Detroit’s depths with a sound as prominent and exciting as if the sound was still alive and evolving, with young acts like Jimmy Edgar pummelling seductive techno so thrilling as to be snapped up by Warp whilst still in his teens. For the FMA, INQ Magazine has offered a track showing another side of him, as One Twenty Detail V3 1 is swooning deep house of the highest calibre.
The clubbing sounds of Michigan have been driven right through to Europe, and specifically to the deliriously vibrant deserted corners of East Berlin warehouses.
Berghain/Panorama Bar is perhaps the most renowned place of the warehouse culture. Described as a cathedral for techno, DJs have been reduced to tears at ungodly hours on a Sunday afternoon, as the passion of the crowd is omnipotent and their energy nothing short of miraculous. Jimmy Edgar has often strutted his sets here, as well as Berlin natives AGF/Delay, who are partners Antye Greie (AGF) and Finland's Vladislav Delay (aka Sasu Ripatti / Luomo). As AFG/Delay they are lucky enough to belong to electronic goddess Ellen Allien’s BPitch Control label, and as individuals, Ripatti is a world-renowned electronic experimentalist and Greie is a sound artist and poet. Their offering here is laid-back trip-hop, recommended on the journey home from Berghain.
For more of Greie's free music, go to Poem Producer.