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.
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.
We love a good trolling—so yesterday’s Boiler Room set by indie-pop sweetheart Grimes in Ibiza was right up our wheelhouse, as they say. Read on to see what kind of tunes she dropped—and how it was received.
We’ve got a pretty exciting day on News today, with plenty of video coming back from Ibiza’s first opening parties, some fun being had with techno in Detroit, and confirmation that Skrillex’s Essential Mix pretty much killed it. Come on and see what else is inside.
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.
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.
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.
Well, it’s been a long road for Loco Dice on Richie Hawtin’s CNTRL: Beyond EDM tour, and today we present to you the last day of his tenure, in Ann Arbor, where he takes a look back at his great time heading through the east and midwest on one of electronic music’s most innovative traveling shows.
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.
Some people in Berlin seem to be getting pretty testy about the waves of young urbanites showing up from non-German countries to get in on the current hipster land-grab. Well, longtime Berliner Ben Klock’s got plenty to say on the topic. Check it out and more in today’s news.