After over 10 years encased in mothballs, Richie Hawtin’s Plastikman alter-ego re-emerged last month with a stellar new album EX. Recorded live in 2013 at New York’s historic Guggenheim Museum, the seven-track LP (clocking in at 50 minutes) spotlights the classic Plastikman sound — stark, pulsating, and unrelenting. “People have said to me, ‘This isn’t a new album, just a live one’,” comments Hawtin, “Well, [Plastikman’s debut album] Sheet One was live, too. It wasn’t live in front of anyone, just me in my studio. The same principle applies here, but on a grander scale.”
Richie Hawtin has unveiled a four CD release to mark the next season of ENTER in Ibiza. After the announcement of this year’s lineup — including Dixon, Tale Of Us, Maya Jane Coles, Recondite, and more — the Berlin-based techno leader has also revealed the multi-disc ENTER.Ibiza 2014, conceived to “take listeners on a journey through all the different sounds and moods encountered in each room.”
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.
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.