Two representatives from one of Frankfurt’s most exciting labels walk us through the thought process behind one of their early morning sets.
An up-and-coming Michigan native breaks down a typical sequence of tracks he’d play in one of his eclectic, functional DJ sets.
The Belgian DJ explains her thought process and proves why she’s a force to be reckoned with.
The Toronto native dissects how she builds anticipation between tranced-out techno tracks in her set for Smartbar x Hugo Ball Chicago’s Daphne party.
A rising star in the Polish techno scene explains a sequence of tracks she played on a popular NTS radio show.
Fort Romeau tells us what to expect from his headlining set at our Clubnight tonight in Leipzig.
Zurich’s underground hero explains her flawless DJ sets, which champion a deep house sound that’s coming back.
Bufiman presents 5 tracks he would play in a killer eclectic DJ set.
The people behind the RAAR label give step-by-step breakdowns of how they whip a warehouse into a frenzy with boundary-pushing techno smashers.
Hessle Audio co-pilot Pangaea breaks down how he builds up the energy in a club by bridging breakbeats with 4/4 house and techno during a typical DJ set.
Neverwhere label boss Camea joins forces with Watergate resident La Fleur to tell us how they end a perfect morning at one of Berlin’s most famous clubs.
Mike Servito is an ace New York DJ with serious Detroit roots. For this edition of Played Out he reveals the process behind his latest Beats in Space mix.
Thomas of the mastermind DJ duo behind underground music’s most exciting festival parses the eclectic, soulful selections that make a typical set shine.
Four innovative Bristolian musicians lead us through an entertaining and schizophrenic b2b DJ set on an imaginary cruise ship. And they troll Squarepusher.
The guys behind Berlin’s most enigmatic trio of party-rocking DJs break down how they sequence and select a classy and effective banger marathon.
German house specialist Danilo Plessow shows us how, when it comes to creating a special vibe in a DJ set, selection is almost everything.
“No mixing, no blending, kill whatever track you’re playing, cut straight into this and smash your phone.” A collagist pulls tracks he’s likely to DJ.
The Romanian DJ and Cómeme affiliate shows us how she crafted a darkly cinematic opening set in Milan.
Explore the Zenker Brothers’ style behind the decks in the fourth installment of our Played Out series.
One of dance music’s most distinct minds, Jamal Moss, describes his unique approach to DJing and why he doesn’t “give a fuck” about beatmatching.
The underrated Detroit DJ unpacks the method and philosophy behind his Sunday night set at Bloc. Weekend festival in England with a track-by-track rundown.
The term “electro-acoustic doesn’t limit your imagination the way ‘ambient’ or ‘experimental’ do,” states Stefan Goldmann. Working in between the dancefloor and high art institutions, the techno renaissance man toes the line between revering club music’s history and fearlessly pushing its forms into the future. Goldmann is equally comfortable DJing and releasing his own productions … Continued
Our bookings and music resources guides may be the practical how-tos of our Resolutions 2020 series, but, for our third iteration of this series, we’re focusing on the more intangible aspects of career building. When considering the reiterative information out there that emphasizes ‘network as your net worth’ or ‘fake it till you make it,’ … Continued
Looks like the new 2020 you has finally committed to leaving behind the socially encoded path to become an artist. A creative career is a nebulous quest that, unfortunately, comes with no roadmap. But rest assured that countless like-minded people have been in similar vulnerable positions and have started their new life phases from scratch. … Continued
Beta Librae is a New York-based DJ and producer. She is a resident at Nowadays, and her most recent works have been released on Allergy Season and Incienso.
There’s something very tangible about the spaces Upsammy (a.k.a. Thessa Torsing) creates. Listening to one of her tracks is like stepping into a living, breathing ecosystem with its own atmosphere and climate. Take a walk through the curious yet reassuringly friendly and familiar places on her recent EPs, Wild Chamber and Branches on Ice, and … Continued
Fans of Unsound Festival are well acquainted with Olivia. The Polish selector is a resident of that festival, and she’s played a significant role in the Kraków club scene for the past 14 years. As a DJ and as a prodcuer—and at gigs in other cities around the world—she lays down sets that twist through … Continued
The eight edition of Dekmantel’s sister event takes place on the 25th and 26th of May at the Het Twiske nature reserve.
The Polish DJ serves up an hour of brittle future funk for Empty Signal Transmission.
The Canadian DJ delivers an eclectic musical journey for Seoul Community Radio.
The world is changing, and dance music is changing with it. In Berlin, nowhere is that illustrated better than in the arrival of the multi-disciplinary collective Live From Earth جماعتي. Flying in the face of Berlin’s reputation as a center for deadpan techno, Live From Earth is quietly revolutionizing the city’s club scene with its … Continued
75 bangers from five years of the Munich institution.
Read our report from the exciting new party’s second edition.
The three hour recording is taken from the closing Saturday set from this year’s Unsound Festival.
The promising future of the rave scene after last year’s police raids and protests
The golden age of trance captured in one incredible mix.
The selector steps up for a panoramic mix of soulful house and sweaty basement jams mixed in inimitable Schulte fashion.
The “Their Specters” EP marks the Romanian producer’s debut on Unterton.
The Salon Des Amateurs resident shares some of the deep cuts that he’s been playing out at “wrong” speeds.
Our next Clubnight on Friday, May 19 at Gewölbe in Cologne puts the spotlight on Aiwo Records.
“It’s never been about ‘DJ skills’, that was never the focus, just the music.”
The respected Berlin-based techno DJ walks us through a chunk of his recent ‘Berghain 08’ mix.
The Watergate resident shares some vital tricks of the trade in a new interview.
Charlotte de Witte, Borusiade and Mama Snake are among the rising talent we’re watching this year.
The Belgian up-and-comer brings tough stuff to B.Traits’ BBC Radio 1 show.
Poland’s number-one experimental event took place last weekend in Kraków. It was, once again, awesome.
Dive into Poland’s underground music scene with a guide to the local talents performing at Unsound this week.
‘Emulators’ is a tight, disco-inspired 4-tracker from the UK producer.
We sifted through the massive lineup for Melt! Festival this weekend and compiled the highlights.
As Rominimal DJs toured the world, an alternative scene grew in Bucharest.
The ascent of Chicago’s number one sonic spiritualist continues on a new LP.
If you want to impress the true diggers, stay away from these 50 overplayed house and techno tracks, from Mr. Fingers to Moodymann, Four Tet and beyond.
The Prime Numbers label boss talks about the influence of one of Detroit’s best, Moodymann, on his own unflappable productions.
The former Hype Williams member collaborated with Arca and the mysterious DJ Escrow on another inscrutable musical offering via Hyperdub. How does it rank?
In the past, Serato was all about bridging the gap between digital and vinyl mixing. So it may seem slightly out of character—though smart from a marketing perspective—that they’ve created an app to cut out the DJ. The app seamlessly beatmatches from one track to the next within a playlist. For now, it’s mainly geared … Continued
Munich’s own Dario and Marco Zenker, AKA Zenker Brothers, had a stellar year in 2015. Their debut album Immersion was one of the big highlights of this year’s album season, which led to an even heavier touring schedule, both as DJs and as live act, than in previous years. Here’s a stunning mix of cavernous and … Continued
“Capital-T Techno” gained more steam in 2015, but how can we tell good from bad when there’s so much to choose from? Techno is dead. Long live techno!
Here’s an ABC cataloging Sherwood’s sprawling history, from drinking tea with Björk to movie nights with Johnnie Rotten.
Headed to Amsterdam for Dekmantel this weekend? Tune in for tips from founder Thomas Martojo about the most promising DJs and performances.
We asked the experimental musician to help us navigate a particularly meditative inspiration.
Ostgut Ton regular Nick Höppner puts a recent set at Berghain under the microscope.
Big artists like Kanye West and Björk have taken a serious interest in R&B experimentalists, so we caught up with Lotic to get an insider’s take on the success.
Nick Höppner has just revealed the first single from his forthcoming LP, ‘Folk,’ so we took the opportunity to reveal our print review of Steffi’s LP.
Milky Chance have had a surreal year: a number one hit in seven countries, sold out shows and instant stardom. We head backstage at last night’s anticipated Electronic Beats concert in Cologne to find out what exactly is going on.
Read what happened when EB Fest hit Cologne, with Goldfrapp, Jon Hopkins, Mac DeMarco & Vimes. From distorted techno to bucolic gothic, this is how it went down. Cologne—your time!
The curator and co-director of London’s Serpentine Gallery meets the esteemed writer, who conceived of and edited the original Whole Earth Catalog, on the occasion of the Whole Earth exhibition at Haus der Kulturen der Welt.
2012 was an exemplary year for music. Much like 2010, and 2009 and 2011. In fact, if you ever think an arbitrarily demarcated 365 days has been a shitty period for releases, you’re not looking hard enough or you’re reading the wrong publications—or you buy all your CDs from supermarkets. Meanwhile, in the real world….
The world according to acclaimed German director, novelist and producer Alexander Kluge is full of veils, masks, and hidden agendas. And not always in a bad way. From facial expressions to DNA, life is illusory and coded. But masks aren’t just forms of self-preservation through misrepresentation; they also provide freedom through anonymity — or protection … Continued