On Friday, February 22, Beatport Live presents UK techno talent Perc. Having gained early recognition for his hit “Up” on Kompakt, Perc went on to catch the ears of Richie Hawtin, Luciano, Chris Liebing, Slam, John Digweed, Green Velvet, Erol Alkan, Steve Lawler, and many more. That critical and peer acclaim led to him being signed to bona fide techno powerhouses like Ovum, Drumcode, and CLR. As well, his own label, Perc Trax, has become a force in itself.
Led by the passion to unite people with her music, and jailed for exorcising those demons within narrow-minded society, Nicole Moudaber’s global techno overhaul has been as socially charged as it has creatively balanced.
Without cashing in on her female prominence in the electronic music industry, Moudaber’s ability to hold the ranks alongside Carl Cox and Adam Beyer alike has seen the dark and melodically refined exploits of her studio work reign mercilessly over a movement too often cast under the shadows of the great clubbing spectrum.
For 2012, however, her globetrotting ventures between Ibiza, the US, and Australia signaled hope yet for the future of techno and her likeminded peers. Beatport News sat down with Moudaber during Carl Cox’s 500th radio broadcast during Amsterdam Dance Event to talk discovering techno, musical insurgency, and her forthcoming artist album for Beyer’s Drumcode imprint.
2012 has yielded an incredible amount of top-shelf albums from the electronic music world, and we’re happy to offer them to you for $6.99 for the next two days only. In addition, we’re offering select top compilations from 2012 for half off, including huge releases from Toolroom, Musical Freedom, Get Physical, Defected, Drumcode, and more.
This Saturday, November 3rd, we welcome three of the biggest and best names in techno for a special Drumcode label night of Beatport Live. Adam Beyer, Alan Fitzpatrick, and Joseph Capriati will all be joining us in our Berlin office from 6 PM CET/10 AM MDT for an exciting pre-Berghain webstream. The Drumcode gang have established themselves as top players in the game by releasing solid EP after solid EP, and we couldn’t be happier to be hosting them this Saturday.
Adam Beyer’s Drumcode imprint has become a hugely important mainstay in today’s techno scene. Having released records from legendary icons such as Slam, Gary Beck, and Ben Sims, to name but a few, the label has flourished over a period of 15 years, recently seeing its 100th release, The Colour Out of Space, featuring productions from the label chief and his long-term partner, Ida Engberg.
We caught up with Beyer to discuss the legacy he’s created, why he selected these tracks for the 100th release, and what other peers he takes influence from.
Scotland’s Gary Beck needs little introduction for those who have been tracking the developments of techno over the past couple of years. His productions have become essential dancefloor weaponry, and as such he now finds himself as one of the most in-demand producers on the block, with releases on Suara, Drumcode, and Electric Deluxe all featuring in his rapidly growing discography.
On Monday, his debut LP, Bring a Friend, which just happens to be our Pick of the Week, marked Soma’s 100th album release, and it caps the label’s fine achievement in style. With quite a buzz around one of this week’s biggest techno releases, Beck took some time out to let us in on some of the tracks that have been doing the talking for him in his DJ sets recently.
Today’s Track Of The Day comes from the studio partnership of Victor Calderone & Nicole Moudaber. New Yorker Calderone is a veteran of the dance scene (having worked with both Sting and Madonna!), and this project with Nicole Moudaber sees them slamming down some techno of epic proportions for Adam Beyer’s Drumcode label.
In the realm of hard techno, few labels hold a candle to Adam Beyer‘s renowned Drumcode in terms of quality, consistency, and longevity. This new compilation—born from the simple idea that some great tunes don’t have a equally compelling b-side to make worth releasing—offers incredible bang for the buck, with 11 cuts by Drumcode producers new and familiar, and a guarantee of no filler tunes on the B2 side.
On their fifth release for Swedish techno institution Drumcode, Scotland’s largest exporters of techno, Slam, have delivered what is arguably their toughest track in years. And that’s saying something when you consider the duo of Stuart MacMillan and Orde Meikle have been releasing techno classics, including the seminal tunes “Positive Education” and “Dark Forces,” mainly on their own Soma Records since 1991.
Alan Fitzpatrick likes to gamble. At Southampton’s roulette wheels, sometimes he wins, sometimes he loses, but his biggest-ever bet – a 10 year dance music labour of love – has finally paid off.
“DJing and dance music was probably a bit of a gamble, but I’ve been doing it for 10 years and I’m not gonna give it up now,” says Fitzpatrick in his rough-around-the-edges, south coast accent.
With standout EPs on two of techno’s most respected labels, Drumcode and Figure, a Pete Tong-supported Essential New Tune on John Digweed’s Bedrock Records, and a burgeoning number of club destroyers, Fitzpatrick has all the signs of being a big winner in 2009.