German producer Alexander Krüger has been releasing house and techno under a myriad of musical monikers since the mid-’90s before settling on his Tigerskin nom de plume in 2004. This week, he’s just released his latest full-length effort, All Those Goodbyes, touching upon a variety of dancefloor references including deep house, techno, and even some downtempo. We reached out to him to find out what’s influenced him—then and now.
Earlier this week, New York house legend Todd Terry unleashed Freestyle Forever Vol. 1, an album/mix of brand-new tracks that took inspiration from the classic breakbeat and freestyle records of the ’80s and ’90s, but have been updated with a 2013-appropriate bass weight and sheen. As fans of these classic sounds as well, we here at Beatport News were curious to see what particular freestyle tunes have stuck out for Terry over the years, and the pioneering jock returned with a brief, but no less essential, list of his favorites from the era. Todd Terry is the teacher, and class is now in session.
In the course of electronic music’s ascent to becoming a worldwide phenomenon, the genre of electro house has played no small role. Built around house music’s classic formula and enhanced with edgy sonics and powerful rhythms, electro house has dominated dancefloors for years now, with some of electronic music’s heaviest hitters (Justice, Tiesto, and Deadmau5, just to name a few) delivering many of the genre’s most memorable efforts. With this in mind, we’ve put together what we see as 20 of the most distinctive, important electro-house tracks to date, and present them to you, in no particular order, to relive, debate, hate, and—who knows—hopefully get turned on to something new.
Prior to his iconic work with Swedish House Mafia, Axel “Axwell” Hedfors, whom we profiled earlier today, had been making big moves on both the Swedish and international stages with anthems of all sizes, whether on his own, in collaboration with the scene’s biggest players, or under his classic Remode style of reinterpreting his own productions. Here are five of his must-hear pieces.
On Monday, we hipped you to the first part of our 40 Essential Detroit Techno and House Tracks feature. Well, today we’ve got Part 2 ready for you, and it’s just as packed full of goodness. Classics from Inner City, Plus 8, Underground Resistance, and more mix with more recent joints from Kyle Hall, Andres, and Omar S. Download all the tunes in these two separate charts, and see you next week at Movement.
With the Movement Festival right around the corner—a homecoming for Detroit electronic music if there ever was one—now seems as good a time as any to have a peek through the annals of Motown’s techno and house legacy. Of course, it’s impossible to assemble a definitive list of the top 40 Detroit tracks of all time, so we took a different tack: here’s what we consider essential, all nicely packaged together as downloadable charts or individual tracks.
If you read our feature this morning about dance-music legend Carl Cox, you can probably imagine that the producer, DJ, and remixer has a discography a mile long. With that in mind, we’d like to turn you on to five essential cuts from that long list of accomplishments.
The renowned Cologne techno label Kompakt celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. While Kompakt itself wasn’t established until 1998, its roots were planted in ’93 with the opening of the record store Delirium, which eventually grew into Kompakt as we know it now. Whether it was techno, ambient, house, or electronic pop, founders Wolfgang Voigt, Reinhard Voigt, Jörg Burger, Jürgen Paape, and later Michael Mayer, chose to release it all under the Kompakt name, and thus began their dominance in each of those genres.
One of the most regarded DJs in drum & bass hails from Sao Paulo, Brazil, which may be a remote location compared to the genre’s capital, but you’d be hard-pressed to find any fan of D&B who is unaware of DJ Marky’s legendary status. Born Marco Antonio Silva, he inaugurated his own Innerground label with “Rotation” in 2003, but his 2012 releases like “Mystic Sunset” and “Love Affair” still score high with us—and of course D&B fans—so speaking with Marky and tapping into his years of knowledge is an absolute honor. Here he gives us a look at his essential tracks.
We’re pretty darned excited to announce that as of today, Beatport proudly houses the back catalog of LTJ Bukem’s classic D&B/jungle label Goodlooking Records. But with a collection of tracks as sprawling as it is prestigious, where does one start? Well, we’ve taken some of the guesswork out by tapping a few of dance music’s most established names to weigh in on their favorites. Reid Speed, Optiv, Roska, House of Black Lanterns (aka Dylan Richards, Zilla), and more have spent a lifetime DJing these tracks, so read on to hear what they’ve got to say about the label and its esteemed CEO, Mr. LTJ Bukem (aka Danny Williamson).