The selection is full of sunny-weather club cuts that the Berlin DJ and writer bought this year.
Hard Wax’s Finn Johannsen suspected the existence of a hidden Japanese house master. Here he describes how he found him in Soichi Terada.
It’s officially summer, and the 2019 European festival season is already under way. There are a lot of great choices out there, and, as usual, we’ve put together this guide to our essential destinations for the discerning techno festival goer. June 13 – June 16: Telekom Electronic Beats Festival Bucharest Location: Bucharest, Romania Lineup includes: … Continued
The Berlin-based artist has created a site that lets anyone create end-of-year lists from Bandcamp links.
There was a time when flutes played a role in house music. This is their forgotten story.
Finn Johannsen spoke with Soju Bar booker Hyun Wanner to get a feeling for some of the records that were played at the off-beat location by DJs like Hunee, Call Super and Daniel Wang.
Noted digger and Hard Wax employee Finn Johannsen takes us on a tour through one of the most distinct remixing styles in New York house music history.
Behold this utterly tiny, “monstrously lo-fi and stupidly challenging to play” lathe cut record.
The Dresden label celebrates the 50th installment in its seres with a special smoked-out edition by Basco.
An essential primer on four decades of German techno history via important but now-closed clubs.
Is the famous clip for “Dancing In The Street” even better when done by plastic toys?
And their record player is even cheaper than Lidl’s!
Telekom Electronic Beats TV investigates the current resurgence in popularity of the most iconic and recognisable symbol of the electronic music scene – the vinyl record. What fuels this fascination? Why is the relationship between this medium and DJs, producers, artists, label managers, distributors and collectors such a personal one? Hear the thoughts of Claas … Continued
Holger Klein talks about the influence of Mannheim’s Milk! club, which introduced UK DJs and breaks-oriented styles to German audiences in the early ’90s.
Raw and stripped down, this previously unreleased mix of the Station to Station favorite is another reminder of the greatness of Bowie.
The fundamentals of pop music have never been so easy (or annoying).
Telephones returns to Running Back with a debut LP of vibey house and disco.
The globally influential ’80s New York discotheque is the subject of a new movie.
50 Weapons/Monkeytown alum Anno Stamm talks classic drum ‘n’ bass—T Power’s “Complexification”—with an affiliate of Berlin’s famous Hard Wax record shop.
The estate of David Bowie is auctioning the late rock star’s sizable collection of modern art. Here’s how you can get in on the action.
The Prime Numbers label boss talks about the influence of one of Detroit’s best, Moodymann, on his own unflappable productions.
The garage legend opens up to Trevor Jackson. Todd Terry is an undisputed garage house master and a titan of dance music history along with the likes of Masters At Work, Frankie Knuckles, Dennis Ferrer and Bob Sinclar. His talent is spread over almost 20 years of primo releases featuring genre-defining classics like “A Day In The Life”, … Continued
Hard Wax’s Finn Johannsen shares his expertise on garage house, the soulful vocal-led style of US house inspired the Paradise Garage and the Warehouse.
DJ/bassist Tyler Pope talks to Hard Wax’s Finn Johannsen about the influence of Brazilian percussive styles like capoeira and batucada on dance music.
The intricate drum ‘n’ bass-and-beyond producer talks about one of his favorite ambient albums with Hard Wax’s Finn Johannsen.
Hard Wax’s Finn Johannsen talks to rising Bern talent Sassy J about how a soul legend shaped her style today.
This mix by frequent Electronic Beats contributor Finn Johannsen draws a genealogy of vocals in club music from 1983 to 1986. Check out the comprehensive tracklist below, and then dive into almost three hours of vocal greatness. We’re already excited for the next parts of the series. For more techno and house history, check out … Continued
The multidisciplinary UK artist talks to Hard Wax’s Finn Johannsen about Nas’s ‘Illmatic’ and why Nas would “wipe the floor with Jay Z.”
Hard Wax’s Finn Johannsen talks to BRSTL and Idle Hands’ Shanti Celeste about the simplistic perfection of Omar S’s “Set It Out”.
Hard Wax mainstay Finn Johannsen recounts David Bowie’s career and analyzes the unsettling charms and surprises of his new and final album, ‘Blackstar’.
Hard Wax’s Finn Johannsen talks to deep house authority Truly-Madly about how ’80s Scottish band The Blue Nile aligned with the early principles of deep house.
Nostalgia is great, right? Remember the times when clubs were still real clubs? When sweat dripped from the ceiling and everyone wore ’90s clothes unironically? There were no smartphones, so your poor dance moves could remain safely hidden away—unless someone was running around with a huge camera to capture the whole ordeal on magnetic tape! … Continued
Hard Wax’s Finn Johannsen talks to rRoxymore about a classic Chez Damier record that shaped the conventions of what we now know as “deep house.”
This classic, ’80s-era Chicago house milestone by Larry Heard, Ron Wilson and Robert Owens gets its triple-vinyl reissue today on Heard’s own Alleviated Records. Originally released as a double LP in 1988 via Jack Trax, Another Side remains one of the most iconic and important house records ever made. In September, Heard and Owens told the … Continued
Let’s delve deep into the basements from bygone eras when techno was barely conceived and house was young and blossoming with a series of tapes recorded at Front, a legendary Hamburg nightclub that operated between 1983 and 1997. It was one of the first such clubs in Germany, so these mixes are historical documents. Have a listen and feel … Continued
Hard Wax’s Finn Johannsen counts down some of the best tunes by Swedish icon Neneh Cherry, from her days in the Slits to her recent LPs.
In this Rewind, Hard Wax’s Finn Johannsen discusses how perceptions of dance music have changed with Ransom Note’s House Hunting columnist Aiden D’Araujo.
Hard Wax’s Finn Johannsen discusses the renewed appeal of a disco legend’s moodier work, which originally appeared on soundtracks for porn flicks.
Back in the mid 80s, Hamburg’s Front club was one of the first house clubs in Germany. Resident DJs Klaus Stockhausen and, later, Boris Dlugosch played weekend after weekend to an ecstatic and predominantly gay crowd. In 1992, nine year’s after the club’s opening in 1983, they invited their first ever guest dj. The guest … Continued
Faith Fanzine co-founder Roual Galloway tells Hard Wax’s Finn Johannsen about finding punk in a Scottish town and garage rock’s anti-establishment myths.
Looking for reliable DJ mix series beyond the well-known podcasts from music websites? Here are recommendations for house, techno and experimental sets.
Conrad Schnitzler’s vast discography is intimidating. The Con-Struct series can acquaint you with his trailblazing catalog and an unknown side of his work.
Finn Johannsen’s Rewind column returns with a conversation about jazz’s enduring relevance and influence with house connoisseur favorite The Maghreban.
Hard Wax’s Finn Johannsen and world-renowned Italo disco collector Flemming Dalum explore the roots of house and techno and investigate Italo’s rebirth.
In the first installment of his new column, Hard Wax’s Finn Johannsen hears about Call Super’s first encounters with Charley’s Vault at The End in London.
Rush Hour compiled a set made solely of tunes by Japan’s house luminary Soichi Terada, founder of Far East Recordings.