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Moving Pictures

Here's what Richie Hawtin's New Year's festivities looked like, playing four cities in two days

By Ken Taylor
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It’s no secret to anyone who follows the goings-on of techno god Richie Hawtin that the man keeps a pretty busy schedule. But over the 48-hour period surrounding New Year’s Eve 2013-2014, Hawtin played four gigs in four separate cities. As he often does, he had a small film crew trailing him to capture the magic on video. Check out the brief documentary below, which follows him through Wuppertal, Milan, Madrid, and Barcelona.

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Moving Pictures

Heartthrob reflects on moving to Berlin, joining the Minus family, and creating his latest single, “Discount Dancer”

By Jason Black
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Imagine growing up in your hometown tastemaker record store. Well, that’s exactly what happened to an adolescent Jesse Siminski (aka Heartthrob). Born and raised in Northern Michigan, he was weaned on early Prince and Kraftwerk vinyl that he foraged from his dad’s independent record shop. Then, as a teen, he discovered the Midwest rave scene, commuting to Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis, and Milwaukee to catch the pioneering minimal acid and techno of Richie Hawtin, Drop Bass Network, and Communique Records, among others. Now, he resides in techno mecca Berlin, releasing on influential labels like Hot Creations, Minus, and now, his own imprint Isnisnt.

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Interview

Davide Squillace and Martin Buttrich dish on chemistry and creating Apart From Us

By Emma Robertson
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When I catch up with producers (and longtime friends) Martin Buttrich and Davide Squillace and wonder if they’re sick of each other yet, I half-expect the answer to be yes. We’re talking about Apart From Us, a joint EP they just released in September, but aside from the record, they also make up two-thirds of Better Lost Than Stupid, a live electronic outfit they started with Matthias Tanzmann in 2010. Fortunately, both Buttrich and Squillace have nothing but good things to say about each other. It’s clear that creative energy and chemistry is the fuel behind their operation, and needless to say, it’s working for them. Here, the duo dishes on what it’s like to work together, their love of Barcelona, and everything that went into creating Apart From Us.

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Beatport Mixes

Loco Dice commemorates five years of Desolat with a Beatport Mix

By Emma Robertson
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Dusseldorf-born Loco Dice began DJing in the ’90s, and although his roots were originally planted in hip-hop, he’s become one of the most respected and recognized figures in contemporary techno. An early partnership with fellow techno DJ/producer Martin Buttrich in 2002 led to the founding of Desolat Records five years later and since then it has grown to become one of the foremost labels in electronic music today, featuring a stellar crew that includes tINI, Guti, Hector, Shlomi Aber, and Pulshar, to name a few. Today, the label is commemorates its fifth anniversary with a Beatport Mix comprised solely of Desolat releases. We caught up with Loco Dice to chat about hip-hop, artistic performance, his favorite tracks, and how it feels to be celebrating five years of Desolat.

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Beatport Live

Beatport Live presents a 1605 label showcase with UMEK and Uto Karem this Friday, December 14th

By Ross Jackson
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We’re excited to announce that this Friday, December 14th, UMEK and Uto Karem will join us for a 1605 label showcase for Beatport Live. Umek is a true superstar in the techno scene, known for selling out huge venues all over the world with his signature forward-thinking style. His 1605 label has a knack for picking out the best and brightest new techno and tech-house talents, one of whom happens to be Uto Karem, who will also join us on Friday. Hailing from Italy, his uncompromising beats have landed him on such labels as Plus 8, Sci+Tech, Minus, and many more.

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Interview

Layo & Bushwacka!'s Just Be talks up his favorite tracks and new artists

By Dan Cole
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Between releasing their latest album, Rising & Falling, on Olmeto, announcing their impending break-up, and one half of the duo, Matthew Benjamin, putting out the amazing Annabelle single on Crosstown Rebels as Just Be, Layo & Bushwacka! have had quite a 2012, to say the least.

With everything going on in his world, we consider ourselves lucky that Benjamin would take some time to talk with us about his influences, his favorite records, and which emerging artists are on his radar.

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Interview

Richie Hawtin exits ENTER. and goes beyond EDM with his upcoming CNTRL tour

By Ken Taylor
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Most folks head into Ibiza with plans for a pretty chill summer—but that’s not really Richie Hawtin’s style. The Minus label head and constant re-inventor of what we’ve come to know as techno doesn’t ever really stop, and this past season saw him rachet up the activity as usual, with his first-ever residency on the island (at Space) and now, a 17-day-and-night tour of the US and Canada called CNTRL: Beyond EDM. The tour, which he’ll embark upon with friends like Loco Dice and DJ TechTools’ Ean Golden, and which will feature guests speakers and DJs such as John Acquaviva, Carl Craig, and Kevin Saunderson, will find Hawtin hitting college campuses by day to teach a bit of techno’s history and technology to students and then by night connecting all those dots in a club atmosphere in the same city.

The CNTRL tour is set to kick off next week in Buffalo, NY, and will take him through his hometown of Windsor, Ontario (full disclosure—it’s also my hometown, where I formerly worked for Hawtin’s Minus label years ago) and other midwestern cities, but before it does, we checked in with Hawtin to get more insight into the upcoming road trip and his just-completed Ibiza residency.

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