Four innovative Bristolian musicians lead us through an entertaining and schizophrenic b2b DJ set on an imaginary cruise ship. And they troll Squarepusher.
A Young Echo and Killing Sound crew member is rejuvinating the idea of “experimental” music in an era when the unconventional is sold to mass audiences.
Vessel, Rider Shafique, Jabu and more plug your ears into a selection of their favorite new sounds.
Tell us which of these stories about Young Fathers isn’t true for a chance to win tickets to the EB Festival in Bratislava.
Conspiracies abound in Audioccult, along with new sounds from Objekt, Gucci Mane, Blvck Ceiling, Andy Stott, Oake, Young Echo, Stroboscopic Artefacts, and more.
“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
PAN head honcho Bill Kouligas joins the Danish artist for this special NTS Radio mix.
The Bristol-based musician has crafted an intense work that “bridges dubwise, isolationist electronics and modern soundsystem dynamics.”
Find out what we had stuck on repeat this year, including tracks from RVNG Intl, Thrill Jockey, 4AD, Ninja Tune, PAN and more.
We’re capping off the week with ALSO, the duo formed by bass kingpin Appleblim and newcomer Second Storey, who tell us about the records that united them.
Find out why Daniel Jones calls Unsound “the music festival’s music festival” as he runs down visions of The Bug, Evian Christ, Grouper and more.
Each month in BPM, we review a clutch of the most intriguing electronic music going. This time, Angus Finlayson on Cooly G, FaltyDL, Shackleton and more.
When Vessel’s Nylon Sunset EP dropped in May 2011, it quickly revealed itself as one of the standout releases of the year. This year has seen his sound continue to evolve, moving from flinty, percussive club textures through altogether more vascular terrains. In short, it was no surprise to us when NY/Lon label Tri Angle snapped him up for his debut album. With Order of Noise due to hit in September, we thought the time was ripe to find out
“Are people in pain where you are?” When British producer Nathan Jenkins (A.K.A. Bullion) penned the lyrics to “Hula,” he couldn’t have known how prescient these words would be. Released in February this year, Bullion’s latest EP We Had A Good Time is essentially his swan song to the clubbing days after the smash success … Continued
Top Notes: Saccharine sweet—like marzipan Mid Notes: A cocktail of syrupy pop music nostalgia and boisterous club rhythms Base Notes: A rare major label feat bridging the gap between dance music’s history and 21st-century hitmakers Is Dua Lipa a house music head? The question first arose two years ago with the release of the infectious “One Kiss,” her collaboration with Calvin Harris. Rarely had a top 40 … Continued
What a month on Planet Earth. The longer the dancefloor remains off-limits, the more important music becomes–not as a communal experience so much as a spot-relief balm for the tired and angry citizen. Headphones are a refuge and music (and speech!) connects us to each other, to history, and to our deepest-held identities. On top … Continued
Two Lyon-based selectors balance transgression and tradition in high definition.
“These limits never stopped us from what we are doing”: Key figures in the Iranian scene reflect on the struggle to make their voices heard.
In February, Grimes introduced the world to Miss Anthropocene: a moody, high-gloss embodiment of the environmental crisis. Less than a month later, with the advent of COVID-19, everything came to a halt. As this new normal of social isolation ensues, our tense relationship with the environment becomes even more heightened. Against our will, we have … Continued
Movies are exactly like real life. Everyone’s an architect, or a lawyer, or a reporter, or an assassin. Everyone works 45 minutes a week, unless they’re detectives, in which case they work 25 hours a day. When they’re not working, people like to walk on the beach or hang out in their favorite bar, where … 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
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
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
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
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.
And how the Singaporean scene is trying to create its own identity outside of Western norms.
The artist’s fiery, EBM-indebted debut LP, ‘A Body’, will be released on Cómeme Records on March 9.
See photos from the best clubs and bars in Belgium’s capital city.
Community web radio stations are appearing worldwide to unite local scenes and challenge corporate control.
At DT Camp, the cops only came to ask for track IDs and the artists stayed all weekend to enjoy the magic.
And are smooth transitions really what makes a DJ set enjoyable?
Johnny Jewel, Tricky and Kenji Kawai are all featured on this big-screen remake of an anime classic.
We made an overview of the labels, collectives and crews cutting a new space for underground electronic music in mainland China over the last few years.
Although Joe Claussel’s guidance was integral to Jenifa Mayanja’s growth as an artist, his tough love ultimately stymied the release of her first LP.
We’re posting a conversation from the last issue of our magazine that took place a few months ago in order to honor Tony Conrad’s passing.
CTM 2016 featured a bunch of interesting collaborations between established artists and upcomers influenced by them. But the best performance was by a hologram.
In part two of our feature on manele, the owner of contemporary Romanian label Future Nuggets and a scholar tackle the history of this underrepresented music.
Mark Ernestus, Shackleton, Fiedel and more tell the story of Hard Wax’s beloved Berlin bass music party Wax Treatment and its famous Killasan sound system.
Beau Wanzer talks about the ephemerality of media attention and his killer collection of frog noises, punk 45s and other weird records.
We interviewed producer/DJ Sam Shepherd about how he built his massive vinyl collection, getting mugged with Theo Parrish, sonic transport and new studio rig.
We asked dubstep innovator and Tectonic label boss Pinch about his favorite young UK beatmakers who’re transforming bass music.
Yesterday, EB published a conversation between female:pressure founder Electric Indigo and Umfang, a young New Yorker helping to take on sexism in the electronic music industry with her blog, Discwoman and party series, Technofeminism. So naturally, a recent LA Weekly article proclaiming that Echo Park-based producer Kate Ellwanger (AKA Dot) brings a “riot grrrl attitude” … Continued
Couldn’t snag tickets to one of Sunn O)))’s concerts in Berlin last weekend? Here’s what happened when the drone-metal legends took the stage.
Conny Plank’s son tells Duke Ellington’s grandson how he found and saved an unreleased recording made by their legendary musical ancestors in 1970.
The group’s first album in five years, ‘Death Magic,’ dives into the austerity and fear of a civilization entering a new era of free fall.
The MaerzMusik festival provides a platform for avant-garde classical music and uses techno to appeal to a wider market of potential consumers and tastes.
English In 2000, the European-wide project Telekom Electronic Beats echoed the ongoing evolutions of music, design, art, fashion, and new technologies. Deutsche Telekom’s multi award-winning global music marketing program has since become a central platform for pop culture topics, working with innovators like Billie Eilish, Gorillaz, James Blake, Grace Jones, Roisín Murphy, Sevdaliza, Charli XCX, … Continued
Recent RNVG Intl signees Ariel Kalma, and composer Bing & Ruth’s David Moore discuss Chinese reed flutes and the nature of time.
The Electronic Beats team touched down in Vienna for our annual festival. On stage this time: Caribou, Omar Souleyman, Jessy Lanza and London Grammar!
Last week, Berlin Atonal returned to Kraftwerk for the second time since its 2013 reboot. Was it true to the uncompromising spirit of old?
Would bigger crowds spoil the vibe? Whose set was the equivalent of an hour-long screw face? Who dropped Aaliyah?
FKA twigs’ long-awaited debut album, out August 12 via Young Turks, is totally unique and intimately beautiful, “like the memory of a lover’s conversation…”
The Berlin-based house newcomer weighs in on the frustrations of production on the cheap and the fallacies of the analogue-vs-digital debate.
The fate of the new, unreleased Wu-Tang Clan album has remained a looming question mark. RZA tells why.
Tired of reading pop stars’ takes on the avant-garde? William Bennett and Lisa Blanning flip the script with their review of Lana Del Rey’s Ultraviolence.
The acclaimed experimental electronic musician’s highly sculpted dance music reference points are as shaped by philosophical considerations as by British alternative music culture’s anti-Thatcherite history.
In our BPM column, we review a clutch of the most intriguing electronic music currently on offer. This month, Robin Howells on on B.N.M. / P.D.D.G., Charles Cohen, John Heckle, Levantis, Logos, and Visionist.
The Canadian band’s fourth album luxuriates in baroque pop-rock. Electronic Beats’ online contributing editor and the chief conductor of London’s Sinfonia ViVA—who has also collaborated with groups like Gorillaz, These New Puritans, and Mouse On Mars—contemplate it together.
Chris Douglas’ long career—which includes working with the likes of Mike Banks and Autechre—culminates in his new album on PAN of intensely personal, complex audio landscapes, says Daniel Jones.
In Memoriam Lou Reed
Each week, Moritz Gayard rounds up the best new music videos so you don’t have to. This week featuring Solange, Holy Ghost!, DENA, The Weeknd, and
In her new column for EB, Ruth Saxelby finds a moment of clarity in the vastness of new music. This month: the infiltration of the British dance continuum in American sounds.
In this edition of his monthly column for EB, Adam Harper—the musicologist, Rouge’s Foam blogger and author of Infinite Music—delves into the world of underground beatmaking, offering his own mix to illustrate the essay.
The historic event returns to the city after a 23 year hiatus, bringing a zero nostalgia line-up of adventurous sounds. In this final installment of the three-part interview, EB contributing editor Daniel Jones gets the details on the line-up and events.
Machine Gun Nest acts as the perfect primer for the Hospital Productions artist and sound engineer, showing off his varied styles, evolutions and influences.
In this edition of his monthly column for EB, Adam Harper—the musicologist, Rouge’s Foam blogger and author of ‘Infinite Music’—ponders musicians’ mysteriousness and its effect on listening.
In this special preview of our new Summer 2013 print magazine, we present the cover story—an extensive interview with the divisive pop phenomenon—in full.
In this interview taken from the Summer 2011 issue of Electronic Beats Magazine, EB’s editor-in-chief Max Dax speaks to Dan Snaith, the artist behind sonic collagist Caribou and more recently, the techno-flavored Daphni project.
A fascinating and beautiful new look at the work of one of the weirdest punk bands of the ’80s, seen through the eyes of one of the most intriguing artists of the Now.
Like a rather bedraggled and dusty phoenix, goth has rebirthed itself in a way that echoes its 30+ year history as well as explores new ground.
The final installment of a seven-part series looking at the subcultural practitioners who keep Prague’s artistic impulse alive.
From the blissful sorrows of Chelsea Wolfe to the militarized techno grimness of Vatican Shadow, find out what our most esoteric writer has chosen to call ‘audio heaven’ this year.
Modeselektor’s Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary share H.P. Baxxter’s love of the Roland Space Echo, as they recently discovered in conversation with the peroxide frontman in Hamburg. Read Part One today!
It’s hard to find words to describe the amount of respect I have for Yoko Ono. She’s not only one of my all-time heroes, but one of the greatest and most influential people in the world today.
Watch some video highlights from our traveling festivals, including Woodkid, Hot Chip, Austra, and Hudson Mohawke.
British expat Mark Reeder has been sewing the historical seeds of synthpop and trance across national and political boundaries for over thirty years.
Photo: Max Dax Few bands cast a shadow as long (or wide) as electronic pioneers Kraftwerk. The influence of the band’s trail-blazing retro-futurism, conceptual precision and electronic minimalism is difficult to overestimate, extending beyond numerous genres of electronic music into the broader realm of art and popular culture. And the art world seems to have … Continued
I love to reconceptualize ideas and cultures, and I’ve always been drawn to sounds that are less than straightforward. Accordingly, London label Tri Angle has offered an excellent selection of diverse sounds for me to cram into my already overstuffed earholes. Evian Christ is probably one of my favorite new signings specifically because of this … Continued
Wisconsin winters can be brutal. They’ve certainly infected Jordan Cohen’s music-making process. Under the name Chants, the Madison native crafts succulent beats that echo with howling winds, glittering chimes and the cold-blue feeling that only ice can give. His latest release, the Night After EP, is a tantalizing glimpse of what he has in store … Continued
Light a candle. Draw the required sigils. Now, raise your arms above your head and slowly, gently, exhale your soul. You won’t need it here. This is Audioccult, and it’s time to get low. Undoubtedly the biggest thing to happen in the last week was My First Chelsea Wolfe Show. I sincerely hope it won’t … Continued
Being a kid is harder work than it looks; it isn’t just about the politics of re-blogging. Los Angeles author and artist Kate Durbin has recently begun exploring the virtual world of teen girls, experienced through the medium of tumblr aesthetics. “Women as Objects started as I was observing how radical and amazing these teenage … Continued
I’m so sick of hearing and reading the word ‘dark’. I truly wish we’d come up with something new to describe this sort of music without using equally annoying words like grave, witch or (a sure sign of CRAP AHOY!) the dreaded nu. ‘Goth-without-goth’ is too clumsy; ‘advanced goth’ maybe, but that’s a label with … Continued
Another year, another list and a chance to share what we thought were some of the highlights of 2011. Here editor Alexandra Droener picks her favourite moments from a momentous year. 2011 in music. Did this actually happen? This was one of those rather uneventful years that could not be characterized by departures or paradigm … Continued
The democratisation of production tools has facilitated the rise of the bedroom producer, writer, editor or publisher. Who needs the old media these days? The young source their information from an ever increasing stream of blogs and tumblrs. The early 21st century could be the era of the fan, bolstered by the web 2.0 revolution. … Continued
Jan Jiskra has just released Fantas, a minimal wavey offering full of cold-blooded atmospheres and synthy soundscapes. Many of the tracks on the young musicians’ new album feature deadpan vocals both in English and Czech. Tracks like ‘We Dancing’ are slow, lingering and haunting; one could imagine them somewhere in a New York or Berlin … Continued
Marcel Fengler the Berghain Beat Boy is always able to present a multi-faced personality in his music. At one moment, the course and energy of his DJ sets can suddenly shift, but it’s hard to notice that specific moment. Due to his talent in reading in how the tracks float, the shifting between them is … Continued
How To Dress Well is an act we have been wanting to write about for some time now. In fact, they have been on our hit list for a good few weeks, yet for some reason, they somehow kept slipping through the net. Not any more. How To Dress Well is the musical project of … Continued