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Check out five must-see artists for this week’s Communikey Festival

By Ken Taylor


So, you’re headed to the Communikey Festival—Boulder, Colorado’s center of the electronic universe for a few days—this week. But you can’t seem to make up your mind as to which gigs to hit first? Well, fear not, because, as usual, your Beatport faithful has got you covered. We’ve assembled a quick-and-dirty guide to five must-see acts over the course of April 25th til the 29th. So check out the video about the festival up top, and read up on our best bets after the jump. And if you haven’t already grabbed your tickets for the festival, what are you waiting for? Get ‘em here!

Deniz Kurtel

It didn’t take long for Turkey’s Deniz Kurtel to basically rule the roost of the deep house scene. Weirdly, all it took was this visual artist’s perseverance at Wolf + Lamb’s now-classic Marcy Hotel parties, where she’d first party, then do crazy LED installations, and then eventually start banging out floor-fillers of her own. She’s the consummate artist, working in the sculptural realm and bringing her classical music training to the house monsters she’s now offered up on Crosstown Rebels, Wolf + Lamb Music, and plenty of others. Expect your eyes and ears to be dazzled.

Deniz Kurtel – Music Watching Over Me [Crosstown Rebels]


Claude Young

Claude Young is one of Detroit techno’s unsung underground kings. For years, he’s worked tirelessly in the shadows of the likes of Carl Craig, Derrick May, and, well, you know all the usual suspects. But ask any of them about their hometown heroes, and they’ll undoubtedly mention the impact Claude Young has had on the scene. Of course, now that old-school Detroit is getting its comeuppance, you’ll be sure to hear even more from this Motown legend.

Claude Young – Nocturnal [Djax Upbeats]


DJ Sprinkles

Gender-bending producer, philosopher, writer, and DJ Terre Thaemlitz (aka DJ Sprinkles) is about as well-rounded an artist as one can be. Whether pontificating on dance music or queer culture from an academic/socio-political standpoint or just straight-up killing a dancefloor, Thaemlitz makes art for the mind and the body. (S)he rarely performs in the US, too, so consider this a super-rare opportunity to dance your ass off.

DJ Sprinkles – Midtown 120 (Blues Mix) [Mule Musiq]


Sun Araw

If his latest work with M. Geddes Gengras is any indication, Sun Araw‘s CMKY performance is gonna be one for the history books. He and Gengras recently traveled to Jamaica to record reggae legends The Congos, but what they came back with hardly resembled reggae at all. Sure it’s dubbed out, but what’s more, it’s an eerie, wig-flipping haunt of an experimental record that’s like nothing you’ve experienced before.

Sun Araw & M. Geddes Gengras Meet The Congos – New Binghi [RVNG]


Kyle Hall

Few artists better define the new sound of Detroit than Kyle Hall. He was hardly out of high school when he signed a single to Kode9’s Hyperdub imprint, and quickly ran with it, knocking out some of the most amazing tunes the Motor City has ever been responsible for, touring the globe, and starting his own Wild Oats label. Now he’s in Boulder to show ‘em how it’s done—so if you’re not on the Kyle Hall boat yet, get on!

Kyle Hall – Kaychunk [Hyperdub]