If there’s one musical trend that can be said to define cutting-edge club music in 2019, it’s speed. There’s a new wave of DJs who are spinning techno sounds faster and harder than at any time since the late ’90s. One of the principle figures of this wave is Polish selector VTSS (a.k.a. Martyna Maja), … Continued
If you’ve seen our video feature WE CALL IT TECHNO!, you know that Frankfurt has long been a central node in Germany’s techno culture. What you may not know, however, is that the city has a rich history of electronic music stretching back to the late ’70s. From then, and through the ’80s, the city … Continued
Yoan Lokier—who performs under her last name—is a Mexico-born, Berlin-based artist on the cusp of breaking through. Her last two releases on Squirrels On Film and Pinkman showcase her unique slow, sludgey and dark take on dance music (a nod to her interest in all things related to horror). Recently, she’s been gracing dance floors … Continued
Three years after being forced by a noise complaint to move their festival midway through, M_Division and GAMMA Festival are now stronger than ever in a Russia that sometimes lags behind and struggles with fresh and innovative perspectives. From July 11 through 14, Gamma Festival was held for the fourth time in Saint Petersburg, featuring … Continued
French DJ François X has been a mainstay at Paris club Concrete for a number of years. He’s also recently launched his own record label, DEMENT3D XXX—with his Murky Dreams EP as the first release—and is touring extensively around the world on a regular basis. When you’re producing, playing and traveling as much as François … Continued
In the last two years, Mannequin Records boss Alessandro Adriani has become known for his unique, lo-fi take on wave-driven techno through his productions, DJ sets and label releases. But before he began gracing clubs and festivals on an increasingly regular basis, he was primarily operating as a curator with a deep and encyclopaedic … Continued
Berlin-based DJ and producer Tommy Four Seven has been an authoritative voice in the underground techno scene for more than a decade. But the last few years have seen him re-emerge with a powerful new vision, pushing edgy broken beat- and industrial-indebted sounds through his eponymous record label, Numerology party series and various releases. … Continued
For the past 21 years, every summer, the streets of Berlin erupt with the hammering sound of gabber. The Fuckparade is the city’s long-running street party dedicated to all things hardcore. The full story of this unique Berlin event was traced in TEB senior editor Sven von Thülen’s definitive oral history, published earlier this week. … Continued
SPFDJ and her Intrepid Skin labelmate VTSS have seemingly taken the underground scene by storm. As the former told us in a recent interview, they share an affinity for “bangers,” a classification that includes anything from hardcore to EBM, industrial, 140 BPM techno and sped-up trance. The Swedish-born, Berlin-based DJ provided us with 10 of … Continued
SPFDJ (a.k.a. Lina Jonsson), just got her first tattoo. “It’s a Ukrainian woman with four legs and saggy boobs,” she says while showing me the back of her arm. The week prior, Jonsson played in Kiev, where a local tattoo artist messaged her via Instagram to offer his services for free. Jonsson said yes. “He does … Continued
The Frankfurt DJ and producer Flug 8 (a.k.a. Daniel Herrmann) has been documenting the city’s underground scene for more than a decade. Ahead of his forthcoming kosmische-indebted release, Hypnotische, on Ransom Note Records, he wrote a few words about his experience being a pivotal part of the institution Robert Johnson, his role in the Offenbach label Klang … Continued
On April 6, Time Warp, one of Europe’s biggest indoor events for house and techno will celebrate its 25th anniversary. As we all know, nightlife years are like dog years. They feel longer, the wear-and-tear is more intense and whoever made it this far has definitely made it into rave culture’s storied, but still comparatively … Continued
Damon Wild moved to New York City in the late ‘80s and worked at Experimental Records in Manhattan. During this time, he also worked at Sonic Groove Records in Brooklyn alongside store founders Adam X and Frankie Bones. In the early ‘90s, Wild began Synewave, which gave birth to many well-known artists from around the … Continued
Tel Aviv natives Dori Sadovik and Niv Arzi have been making music together as Red Axes for almost a decade. But even before their most recent musical endeavor, which pairs elements of new wave, post-punk, psych and more contemporary dance floor music, they were in a band together playing rock. When they began to experiment … Continued
HVL (a.k.a. Gigi Jikia) has had a profound influence on the sound that’s come to define Tbilisi nightclub Bassiani (previously covered by Electronic Beats here), as well as its resident queer party, Horoom Nights. Since the club’s launch, the resident DJ and producer has become known for crafting atmospheres full of intense and spiraling techno cuts. … Continued
New York native Felicia Chen (a.k.a. Dis Fig) cut her teeth as a DJ at OHM’s Trade parties. The trap-focused music events provided her with a platform upon which to showcase her unique take on playful R&B, ballroom, Jersey club and bass music. Her three-year tenure at the series has garnered her a large amount … Continued
There are a lot of record stores in Europe, but few have the relaxed appeal Misbits. It’s a home in multiple senses of the word, both for the house and techno communities in Bucharest, but also literally, for its owner Iona Parlog (a.k.a. Miss I). We caught up with her to find out more about … Continued
Ali Khalaj (a.k.a. Namito) grew up in Iran at the height of the revolution and the region’s subsequent years of warfare and unrest. After escaping to Berlin, he fell into the ranks of the Osho cult, where he lived in a commune and learned to DJ at its on-site disco. He continued to pursue his … Continued
STAUB, a monthly daytime event that takes place the last Saturday of every month at ://about blank, is one of Berlin’s best parties. But it’s historically operated behind a shroud of anonymity; the lineups are never announced, the STAUB Records artists are never revealed and the promoters skirt the sidelines of the dance floors, never … Continued
“Two hours of post-death experience” is how Paula Temple described her own set at last year’s Katharsis festival in Amsterdam. While that might seem hyperbolic, the truth is that the Berlin-based DJ and producer’s sets and original tracks sound pretty close to the kind of darkly ecstatic experience that that quote suggests. Her sound, which … Continued
In the late ‘70s, the uplifting sounds of disco graced dance floors all over the world. The genre’s epic strings, cheerful vocals and futuristic synths transcended the realm of western culture, even reaching beyond the Iron Curtain—and into Bulgaria. It wasn’t just the music of Gloria Gaynor, Cerrone, Boney M and Supermax that was echoing … Continued
Tbilisi-born, Berlin native George Nebieridze is no stranger to these pages. Last year, he shared an exclusive collection of photos from the German capital’s nightlife which portrayed snapshots of Richie Hawtin, DJ Stingray, Call Super and a handful of other well-known names from the techno scene. Now he’s back with yet another installation of photography, … Continued
Berlin is a city with a seemingly limitless appetite for experimental music. And yet, even in a city like this, CTM Festival stands out. The annual event, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, is eagerly awaited by fans all year. CTM Festival’s events feature some of the most challenging (and rewarding) performances by … Continued
You’ll be hard pressed to find anything representative of “ordinary” DJ culture at the Berlin bar and club Liquid Sky. The venue, which Ingmar Koch—one half of the legendary Cologne outfit Air Liquide—co-created in 2017, has no turntables or CDJs. Instead, it shuns conservatism in club culture and opens its doors to anything unusual, and … Continued
It’s almost 2019, which means it’s also time for some reflection on the year behind us. Rather than make a generic listicle that examines global trends, we decided to look at the year in dance music via the club culture that surrounds our editorial office in Berlin. The following listicle isn’t necessarily comprehensive—what listicle could … Continued
The Georgian DJ, promoter and label head Irakli Kiziria shares the producers pivotal to the region’s late-20th century experimental movement.
A minimal wave veteran talks to his protégé about their common musical roots and working relationship.
Muting The Noise isn’t a normal record store—it’s a creative space for Âme and Dixon to make and distribute their music.
Aleksei Brjantsev cannot see—but he can make badass tracks using electronic music hardware and synthesizers.
Community web radio stations are appearing worldwide to unite local scenes and challenge corporate control.
Of all the after-parties that happen in Amsterdam on Dekmantel Festival weekend, Katharsis is the only one you need to know.
Sūpynės Festival’s planned return after a year off was marred by bad weather and poor preparation.
A brief history of Robert “Lucky” Johns, who laid the groundwork for Pittsburgh’s now-famous gay club scene.
Umfang, Adam X, Veronica Vasicka and more select their favorite releases from Ron Morelli’s prolific label.
We spoke to Felix Scheinberger, an artist who draws what he sees at parties.