“Naturally we are always looking for new things, new challenges, maybe even niches, because we want to do new things.” Those are the words of Robert Fehse of software company Sugar Bytes, and go some way in explaining the success of the small Berlin set-up which specializes in production plug-ins. Unlike many companies with their eye on the bottom line, Sugar Bytes is dedicated to catering to the niche user with programmes like Cyclop, Consequence or Turnado becoming key pieces of kit for the likes of Boys Noize, Mouse on Mars and Matthew Herbert.
Mark Fisher—the noted blogger known as K-Punk and the author of Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative?—considers two new, different but particularly English takes on voice and sound. – more
One of the world’s finest live acts Amadou & Mariam, who hail from Mali, are readying a nice collection of remixes for their upcoming LP Remixes. They have chosen some very fine and random artists to fill in the reworking spaces for their album. Amongst them are Nas and Damian Marley, Miike Snow, Akon, Vitalic, – more
Electro-retro obsessors Chromeo will issue their anticipated new LP Business Casual later this year. The Canadian duo will follow up their successful major label album Fancy Footwork from 2007, which saw them not only come in at #11 on the Billboard US electronic charts but also work with some of the biggest names in the – more
Alex Ridhya is the mysterious young man behind Boys Noize, the love ‘em or loathe ‘em electro outfit responsible for one of the biggest club music albums of recent years, Oi Oi Oi, and its full-throttle follow-up, Power. Originally from Hamburg, Alex first moved to Berlin for his girlfriend but now considers the city his – more