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 a lot of energetic healing potential in the dance floor, and so it makes a lot of sense that someone involved in its production would also seek out wellness methods with similar means of action. rrao is a New York-based DJ and producer who just last year had their first track released on The … Continued
“This year has been crazy,” says Tunisian-born Cera Khin from her apartment in Berlin. “I started the year in Tokyo. Then I went to Shanghai, New Delhi, Bombay. Then to Mexico and New York. Tasmania!” There have been two Boiler Room outings, a debut at KHIDI in Tbilisi and many European shows in between. Khin … Continued
When the first Unit club opened in Hamburg in 1989, it was embraced as an alternative to other places that ran on tighter curfews and were often in less central locations. Unlike Front, the pioneering club that introduced house music to Germany—and arguably continental dance floors—, the first Unit at Talstrasse was right in the … Continued
In a warehouse somewhere in Brooklyn, queer safe space party SPINOFF GABBER is coming to a close. The dystopian rave stabs of Sperminator’s “No Women Allowed” mingle in the yellow-tinged smoke as Kilbourne launches into the final set of the night. The 1992 hit, which she cuts after the tagline, serves as a wink to … Continued
Techno has always been a futuristic genre, but it didn’t emerge from a vacuum. Prior to the formal founding of the sound in mid-’80s Detroit, artists in disparate places were making music that could be easily classified as a form of “proto-techno”. This loose definition includes electronic music created by the likes of Kraftwerk, Silver … Continued
Earlier this year, Jayda G (a.k.a. Jayda Guy) released Significant Changes, her disco-fueled debut LP on Ninja Tune. Just looking at the title gives a hint at the kind of year that the Canadian DJ has had. Though she’s long been on her way (we called her breakthrough back at the beginning of 2017), it … Continued
Leyland James Kirby has been chopping things up for decades. To enter his world is to explore a universe of identities and side projects: He’s disrupted pop anthems with beds of noise as V/VM, subverted classic country as Billy Ray Cyrix and made Christmas music terrifying as Butcher Claus. In general, Kirby has gained notoriety … Continued
“That tune is the earliest tune I remember as a human being,” says Shy One, a young producer and DJ from west London, talking to jungle pioneer Jumping Jack Frost about his 1994 track “Burial”. “That’s the one song that stuck in my head. I said to myself before I go, I really need to … Continued
Even today, it’s pretty safe to say that “big room” house music doesn’t have the best reputation. Yet, like many dance music genres engineered for mass consumption, there’s often some good to go with the bad—but it’s usually only obvious in hindsight. By the late-’00s, house music had long since experienced a kind of schism … Continued
This Thursday, September 19, Telekom Electronic Beats will return to Hungary for the latest edition of its much-loved festival in Budapest. As with previous editions—check out our reportage from last year’s festival—there’s a lot to do, so to help you, we’ve assembled this in-depth guide. No matter whether you’re into cutting-edge dance music, tasteful cinema, … Continued
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
There are many experimental music festivals, but few can compare with Berlin Atonal. The experimental event has long provided a stage for some of the most interesting projects in music and audiovisual performance. Originally running from 1982 through 1990, it was restarted in 2013, and in the years since its revival, a large part of … Continued
Unlike most other all-women music collectives, Drömfakulteten is anchored in a physical sense of place. Where its internet-savvy contemporaries congregate on private Facebook groups and Slack threads, this Stockholm, Sweden-based crew established an IRL community within a bike repair shop-turned-studio in the neighborhood of Södermalm. The space, in the basement of an old housing complex … Continued
From an outsider’s perspective, it might seem as though Germany’s techno scene is entirely centered around Berlin. And while the capital does exert an influence, the truth is that dance music is alive and well across the entirety of the country. That’s true in big cities like Hamburg, Cologne and Munich, but also in smaller … Continued
How do you experience music when you listen to it? Is it a purely sonic phenomenon? Or do you imagine the notes as they’re interpreted through your ears? For a long time music has been thought of primarily as being an acoustic phenomena, but as technology progresses, there is an ever increasing visual dimension to … 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
I first met “mad” miran in a secret bunker in the Hague in the summer of 2017. It was 6AM at The Crave Festival’s after-afterparty—the staff party. Matrixxman had brought the official afterparty to a close at nearby venue PIP and daytime was threatening. Cowering in the darkness of the bunker and drinking beers with the … Continued
WHOLE United Queer Festival’s first edition in 2017 consisted of eight party crews from Berlin converging on the shores of the Bergheider See lake in nearby Brandenburg. Two years later, WHOLE drew together 28 crews hailing from a few different continents. Along with a wider geography represented on the bill (stretching from Mexico City’s performative … Continued
They say that necessity is the mother of invention, and that’s certainly the case when it comes to the story of the humble disco edit. Back in dance music’s early years, DJs came upon the idea of edits in their quest to make music easier to mix. Belt-driven turntables, live drummers and free-form music arrangements … Continued
Novelty is rare in dance music these days, which is why our eyes bugged out of our heads when we came across DJ Flapjack. To experience the Los Angeles-based DJ’s various social media feeds is to be transported to an alternate timeline where rave culture still has a place for JNCO jeans, slapstick hardcore sounds … Continued
If you asked us to name a label that represents electronic dance music’s contemporary vanguard, we’d probably respond with PAN. Started in 2008 by Bill Kouligas, the label has since amassed a massive discography that features some of the most interesting sonic experiments of the past few years, including works by Amnesia Scanner, Eartheater, Objekt … Continued
It’s often those intimate, 100-person capacity venues where DJs reveal the strength of their craft. Removed of crowd expectations and the genre precedents of established clubs, a sense of daring thrives in these permissive environs. On an overcast Thursday night in late March, at a bar basement tucked away in the winding streets of Berlin’s … Continued
Reggaeton, as a genre, isn’t what most people would consider delicate or “ladylike”, but that’s precisely what draws up-and-coming DJ, vocalist and producer Clara! to it. For the last few years, she has been reinforcing the genre’s oft-forgotten feminine voice, doing her part to contribute to the explosive resurgence the genre has seen in recent … Continued
Even though there is an aerobic aspect to dance music (it is about dancing after all), the industry that surrounds it hasn’t always been in the best shape. That goes as much for the artists and producers behind the decks as it does for your average bleary-eyed 60-hour techno party attendee. Attitudes towards health are … Continued
As we’ve written before, Poland’s WIXAPOL S.A. is one of the most exciting parties in Europe. Wild, trollish and versed in the language of memes, it offers an environment of accelerated raving set to the sound of brainmelting uptempo neo-gabber tracks. The party’s SPORTY SPICE, MIKOUAJ REJW and TORRENTZ.EU combine an encyclopaedic knowledge of hardcore’s … Continued
As you might have gathered from our interview with her earlier this week, Elena Colombi is one of our favorite selectors. Just listen to any of her mixes and you’ll understand the appeal. Her approach to DJing is eclectic and out-of-the-box. By her own admission, she has “anarchic” taste, and it shows. After our interview … Continued
If you’ve spent any time listening to NTS radio lately, there’s a strong chance that you’ve come across Elena Colombi. The Italian DJ has built a reputation as a fearlessly eclectic selector largely thanks to the following she built via her monthly NTS radio show. In her broadcasts and in her DJ sets, Colombi’s style … Continued
Belgium might be a small country, but its contributions to electronic music have been enormous. Consider the chugging sampledelia of ’80s new beat, for instance. But if you go beyond dance music, you’ll find a rich history of experimentation clustered around cities like Ghent and Brussels. One person who knows a lot about this tradition … Continued
Tomorrow will make a historic occasion in Berlin. International Women’s Day will now be an official public holiday, which means everyone in the German capital gets the day off. As you might imagine, there’s plenty of great parties, talks and shows organized by some of the best crews in the city. We’ve round up a … Continued
Back in January, we published what may be the best list we can think of in recent memory: Olle Holmberg‘s list of the 718 most popular words used by Hard Wax to categorize the music in their shop. Though seemingly humorous in intent, it offered a fascinating insight into the famously cryptic linguistic system used … Continued
Why isn’t there more world building in electronic music? This is a question you might ask yourself after experiencing the audiovisual storytelling of Murlo‘s latest LP, Dolos. A graphic novel and album, it explores a vivid cyberpunk-inspired world called the “Coil Universe”. TEB contributor Whitney Wei interviewed Murlo to find out more about the creativity … Continued
Few artists use music like Xosar (a.k.a. Sheela Rahman). The Berlin-based techno producer draws on her near-encyclopedic knowledge of the occult to create works that feel like they’re somehow enacting change on a plane beyond the boundaries of normal perception. The Possessor Possesses Nothing, her latest album, released earlier this month, is just the latest … Continued
Jay Glass Dubs name is something of a misnomer. Despite what you think, the music made under that alias by Athenian producer Dimitris Papadatos only uses dub as a starting point. Instead, his music explores a dark sonic world that owes as much to Bristolian trip-hop and early Sheffield industrial as it does dub heavyweights … Continued
Nik Nowak is an artist who makes sonic war machines. His latest creation, The Mantis, is a two-ton structure with the body of a tank. Outfitted with a terrifying assortment of loudspeakers, it offers a commentary on the propaganda battles that have been fought and won with sound. The Mantis made its debut, with a … Continued
One of the most talked about events of this year’s CTM Festival has been its “Eishalle” installation at Berghain. The idea is simple: It’s an ice skating rink inside the club’s massive Halle am Berghain room that’s open throughout the week. Each night, the installation plays host to DJs of various musical affiliations. Despite the … Continued
Breakbeat house is back. The sound, which initially came to prominence in the ’90s, has recently taken the dance music world by storm, and the frenetically ravey sound’s revival isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. Scroll through any of your favorite online record stores, and you’re bound to find a sizeable stream of weekly … Continued
Original ideas are not common in electronic music these days. And that’s part of what drew us to DJ David Coquelin‘s “DJ David Goblin” project. Under this alias, the PRR! PRR!-affiliated Belgian producer makes music that uses gabber’s edge and new beat’s humor to soundtrack a strange sonic universe based on Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40,000 sci-fi … Continued
House music is gay music. The sound emerged from the queer black and latinx club cultures of New York and Chicago in the ’80s. Strangely, these roots of the culture are not very well represented on the global touring club circuit today. There seem to be fewer big name openly queer touring DJs than their … Continued
Smell isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about music. Yet there is actually a powerful relationship between scent and sound—just think about the last time you spent sweating it out dancing to some techno, for instance. One of the most interesting events at Unsound Festival Krakow last year used this unique … Continued
Earlier this week we shared our guide to the 20 tracks that defined the Berlin club scene in 2018. Now, we’ve asked some of the partners in our Telekom Electronic Beats Clubnight series to reflect on the tracks that defined the year for them. The resulting list provides a nice glimpse at the diversity of … Continued
Baku, the capital city of Azerbaijan, straddles a bay in the Caspian Sea. It’s an oil-rich city that lies at the intersection of the Middle East and Central Asia, and it’s had a tumultuous history. The influx of money that its natural resources has brought in has been accompanied by designer clothing shops and luxury … Continued
Budapest’s techno scene has been thriving for years. But that being said, it seems like it’s really strong at the moment. Our colleagues at Electronic Beats Hungary recently sent us this incredible series of pictures taken by local photographer Ádám Csábi. The photos depict a new wave of club kids who’re injecting the city’s parties with … Continued
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
Introducing Telekom Electronic Beats Weekly, our new newsletter. Every Friday morning, it provides you with a curated list of five essential items from the week before. Like to win cool stuff? From now on, we’ll also be using the newsletter as a way of raffling off swag like tickets to our TEB Clubnights and events, headphones, … Continued
The records stop four hundred years in the future, after the lines shut, and the corporation withdrew. What we know of how we got here is pieced together by the fragments of the rail maps and the corporate orders that survive. After numerous waves of social collapse, Glasgow, a once prosperous city, had run to … Continued
From ‘Metal Gear Solid’ to ‘Ape Escape’ this list shows off the creativity and influence of Sony Playstation 1 video game soundtracks.
Read our report from the exciting new party’s second edition.
It’s been 15 years since the last time Aphex Twin played a show in Berlin. TEB senior editor Sven von Thülen explains why it was worth the wait.
Get to know Adriatique before our Telekom Electronic Beats Clubnight with them at Gewölbe this evening.
The 23rd edition of Amsterdam Dance Event is behind us, and yet again, electronic music’s biggest conference and festival has broken records—a staggering 400,000 people attended this year. Whether you’re a fan of such large gatherings or not, almost everyone who’s anyone in electronic music can be seen at ADE. Most DJs and producers will … Continued
Last weekend marked the first edition of Stihia, Uzbekistan’s first electronic music festival.
Get to know the discography of Stuttgart-based DJ and producer Konstantin Sibold with this guide to some of his most important works.
From dollar bin finds to lesser-known classics, this list of Italo tracks is the perfect soundtrack to the rest of your summer.
Explore house music’s explosively euphoric side with these essential disco-referencing classics.
Crowd & Rüben is a new event series that aims to bring dance music to small towns throughout Austria.
From daytime open airs to massive festivals, here’s a few reasons why we think you should get some sun when you party this summer.
The inaugural edition of the Remedy State wellness retreat marks a step forward towards a healthier dance music industry.
This Saturday, we’re teaming up with The Third Room to throw a techno open air party at the incredible Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord industrial complex.
Here are the artists, organizers and promoters who are trying to make Krakow’s scene bigger.
Transhumanist artist and CTM Festival curator Born In Flamez chooses 10 essential grime tracks from before 2005.
Tanzcafe Oma Doris owner Ben Bolderson is using the club—which retains much of its original 1970s decor—to promote a tasteful strain of dance music in Dortmund.
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.
In the mass and mess of Berlin’s party circuit, one can still reach in with an ungloved hand and try to piece things out. No doubt there are tribes and typologies, the ritual formats in which we all partake, no matter where we’re dancing: small civilizations waiting for toilet stalls, passé sportswear looks, Club-Mate idolatry, … Continued
This Sunday, May 20, Telekom Electronic Beats will throw a Clubnight at Leipzig’s Institüt für Zukunft that puts the spotlight on Riotvan, one of our favorite local labels. Started by Markus Krasselt 12 years ago, it’s a label that’s played a major role in Leipzig’s development into a major hub for electronic dance music. With … Continued
Discover some of the books that have informed Matrixxman’s sci-fi-indebted approach to techno.
The respected Berlin-based techno DJ walks us through a chunk of his recent ‘Berghain 08’ mix.
Two representatives from one of Frankfurt’s most exciting labels walk us through the thought process behind one of their early morning sets.
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.
This year’s edition of Berlin’s always excellent CTM Festival explores the theme of turmoil. Born In Flamez, one of the curators, reveals the essentials.
Faster genres and harder sounds are the soundtrack at Poland’s wild and trollish WIXAPOL parties.
See photos from the last leg of Gorillaz’s album showcase series.
See photos from Gorillaz’s first-ever concert in Katowice, Poland.
Explore another side of Studio Ghibli composer Joe Hisaishi with iconic non-Ghibli soundtracks.
Get a sneak peek into how awesome last night’s secret Gorillaz show was with this photo recap of all the highlights.
We take a look back at the life of pioneering Krautrock drummer and Can co-founder Jaki Liebezeit, who died on January 22, 2017.
You can make a difference! Follow these resolutions to make dance music better in 2017.
Russel here. Drummer. MC. Freedom fighter. But not in that order. Yeah, sure, I could go back and switch them round, but I don’t have time. Got to stay in the moment, stay focused. The world is spinning out of control, people. No time for distractions. Cos that’s what The Man wants, man. Wants you … Continued
I’m 2D. Lead vocals and keyboard. I also write some of the songs, even though Murdoc takes all the credit. But I don’t mind. I’m not in Gorillaz for the glory. I’m in it ‘cos Murdoc threatened to hunt me down with his crossbow if I ever left. But that’s just what misunderstood geniuses do. … Continued
Hajimemashite! That means “nice to meet you” in Japanese. Noodle here from Gorillaz. Of course you know that, but I have to check, because recently I did a Facebook quiz called Which Member of Gorillaz Are You? and I got Russel! WTF? He doesn’t like octopus and he’s not even a Libra. So I will … Continued