Editor’s Choice: May 4, 2013

Editor’s Choice is our highly personal and subjective weekly rundown of the freshest music straight out the internet—the stuff that’s that’s been reverberating through EBHQ, feeding our music-addled souls and ensuring our hard drives are always on their last legs. Like most addicts, we need our enablers, and we want to share the music with you. Are you down with that? Good.

 

Lisa Blanning (Online Editor)

Dizzee Rascal & Bun B – “H Town” (Prod by A-Trak & Oligee)

Dizzee may have gone mainstream, but that hasn’t truly affected his ear, as his DirteeTV mixtapes—where this track debuted before Christmas—have proven. However, as a celebrity, he gets to collaborate with people like UGK’s Bun B, who I imagine is something of a hero for him. Hot production by A-Trak and Oligee makes “H-Town” a delicious UK/US mash of flavors.

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Louise Brailey (Deputy Online Editor)

Los Porcos – “Do You Wanna Live?”

Wu Lyf were one of the best bands to emerge in the last few years but the shadowy collective disbanded when their leader-elect left with a flourish—and quite a pretentious open letter. No matter, because Los Porcos has the remaining members redirect their petulant weirdness into this loping, Kindness-esque medicated funk number. It’s way too long, but that’s part of its charm; the incessant chorus-verse-chorus overshooting pleasure-pleasure around the five minute mark and creeping into pleasure-pain—but oh! Such a sweet pain. By the way, if anyone sees the Wucifix on Craigslist, let me know.

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Daniel Jones (Contributing Editor)

Violetshaped/Vatican Shadow/Roly Porter/Kangding Ray – The Remixes Part 1

Shapednoise is one-half of the duo Violetshaped, and his recent set at my collaborative party PURGE absolutely blew the crowd away. That makes sure this collaboration and any associated remixes (and especially any done by the glorious Vatican Shadow) are currently chilling near the top of my ListenList.

Keep Shelly In Athens – “Madmen Love” (Mike Simonetti Remix)

The Greek band’s latest single, a dubbed-up and skittering creature of melancholic electronics, is certainly their darkest, so naturally I’m all over it. The new remix by Italians Do It Better and Troubleman Unlimited labelhead Mike Simonetti ditches the bass for a slab of nighttime neon. It’s perfect for Ferrari drives in the dark, shady motels, and apparently sitting at your desk waiting for lunch.

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Michael Lutz (Magazine Duty Editor)

Dinos Chapman – “I’m This Idiot” (Actress Remix)

Dinos Chapman’s first proper LP Luftbobler has been in the making for a good ten years. And as if this wasn’t enough, I slept on it for another couple of weeks. Here, Actress remixes the track “I’m This Idiot”, which is included as a bonus on the highly limited and unfortunately insanely pricey vinyl version of this rad album. It also appears on the two-track EP Remixed / Remastered that The Vinyl Factory just released in an edition of 500 copies.

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Audioccult Vol. 38: A Philosopher’s Guide to Clubbing

 

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. Illustration: Simone Klimmeck

When philosopher-musicians BlackBlackGold (that’s me), xorzyzt and Tomas first came together as a unit in September of 2011, the ritual of DJing together was the synthesis of a shared longing: fog, heavy vibes, aural evil. Collaboration was inevitable, and from that day we three kings have birthed two distinct events in Berlin with similar goals: violent dancing and the end of party apathy. When you enter our space, you are part of the cabal.

PURGE was the first spawn of our united ideology. Emerging in the winter of 2011, the logo told audiences everything they needed to know: the antithesis of Acid’s positivity and the rawness of black metal. The first edition presented the icy-cold sounds of HTRK and the Cocteau Twins-inspired Bruises, followed by a dancefloor of the bleakest, crunchiest bass, drones and filth available. This live/DJ combo is an important factor in the formula: to give a feeling of belonging to the crowd, of community through a physical presence—the organic electronic. Since that evening, the bi-monthly PURGE has mutated through different incarnations and a flurry of guest DJs to suit our shifting desires: the second party featured the industrial techno of Ancient Methods and devolved into a combination of DJing and nude performance art. The third was a crushingly heavy, fogged-out warehouse okkvlt with Modern Witch, Sewn Leather and Dracula Lewis, and the fourth an open-air drone metal rave with Nadja and Jaws. Doom-stretched guitar chords and codeine-wave wove through a field of slowly swaying freaks under black skies and summer stars. In a pentagram of flowers and a circle of jack-o-lanterns we made Halloween magick with the jagged digital hardcore-influenced filthstep of Deathface, celebrating a year of collaboration the only way we know how: loudly.

 

 

A post-goth’s wet dream, #gHashtag (pronounced GASH-tag) is the “softer” sibling to PURGE, a cross-genre/cross-dressing URL/IRL connection. The only party in town where you can hear a combination of R&B club, ’90s grungepunk, trap and gangsta shit combined with industrial-dance evil; Southern screw and NON too. The perfect solution for genre-nonspecific weirdos who want to hear everything that inspires them in one singular evening. Live remixes and reconceptualizations are the keywords, Top 40 through a glass darkly. “Don’t take your music genres and your subcultures so seriously” is what we mean to say, but also “Find new ways to love old sounds.”

 

 

This is the nightlife philosophy we have built together, spun from our various subcultural and post-subcultural backgrounds. Experience both sides for yourself at CTM.13 when we bring together a host of our favorite sounds into two rooms: the industrial hip-hop of Mykki Blanco, bloodrave soundtracks from Gatekeeper︻╦╤─ ƱZ ─╤╦︻ and his thundering trap, and shattered electronic sludge metal from Necro Deathmort. These and others await you on February 2nd. Join us.

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Berlin’s CTM Festival is on its way…

Those attuned to the rumblings of Berlin’s musical under- (and overground) will know that it’s not long until the 14th edition of CTM lands in Berlin, turning the city into a hub of forward-thinking electronic music performance and discussion—yup, even more so than usual. Taking place from 28 January until 2 February, it hosts an extraordinary line-up, covering the myriad offshoots and evolutions in contemporary electronic music and club culture in 2013… and beyond. Some of the acts confirmed to play in a variety of venues across Berlin include Pantha du Prince, Andy Stott, Matmos, Lee Gamble, Iceage, Holly Herndon and Skreamwith SunnO))) charged with closing the festival—which, frankly, is enough incentive to get a ticket in itself. There’s also a showcase of Bill Kouligas‘ excellent PAN label at the Berghain, which promises to be unmissable.

 

What’s more, we’re pleased to say that this year Electronic Beats are partners—and there’s a strong EB presence in the program. Editor-in-chief Max Dax will be engaging in public conversations with Terre ThaemlitzEmptyset and Uwe Schmidt aka Atom Heart.  Elsewhere, senior editor Daniel Jones is gracing the line-up at Stattbad Wedding as BlackBlackGold alongside his spirit-brothers xorzyzt and Tom Ass. They’ll be combining their parties (the bleak-bass PURGE and the ghetto-goth #gHashtag) for a deadly megaparty that includes, among others, Mykki Blanco, Gatekeeper,  ︻╦╤─ ƱZ ─╤╦︻Necro Deathmort and Alec Empire.

Electronic Beats will also be recording a number of shows to be aired via our EB Radio later. Stay tuned.

You can find full line-up information and buy tickets by heading over to the CTM website.

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Audioccult Vol. 28: The Halloween Edition

 

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. Illustration: Simone Klimmeck

Halloween isn’t really a big deal in Berlin. Despite the large number of North American and UK expats, it’s a holiday that just hasn’t really taken off. However, though I’ve forsaken my homeland and have begun the arduous process of German languaging, I’m still an American. Like all Americans, I project the aura of America in a foot-wide radius all around me, and the fact that October 31st is also my birthday means that nothing less then the hardest, costume-wearingest party will do. So naturally, my friends and I made our own. This year, Drop Dead Festival begins and ends with bass and gold. There will be prizes for the coolest costume, so wear one. I bought myself a big feather headdress and some arrowhead necklaces… you guessed it, my Halloween costume is ‘clueless white model in boring lookbook’.

 

 

Even if you can’t make it to our Halloween BloodRave, I want you to have the best night of evil possible. If you’re looking for new sounds to bring the right touch of darkened dance to your party, but don’t want to just fall back on Ministry’s “Every Day is Halloween” for the 500th time, these might come in handy. Section 1 is for your more dance-friendly beats. Section 2 will provide you with more atmosphere, particularly Seirom’s ‘Sing Oh Sing Of Exaltation II’, which is reminiscent of a drone-metal Sigur Rós and so beautiful I wept a bit. Section 25 is a really cool band.

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10 Years of Mutation: Drop Dead Festival returns to Berlin

“Drop Dead” isn’t just something you’d say to an enemy; it’s also an invitation for friends. For the second year in a row, the  underground DIY music and art festival Drop Dead returns to Berlin for five days of occult art and sexy musical weirdness. From October 31 until November 4, the Berlin Decay team, along with 40+ bands, DJs and vendors, will be holding court in Neukölln’s massive CUBE club: the perfect location to bring ten years to a close. Indeed, the word is that this will be the final edition of the festival, so fans: get your tickets!

This year’s festival kicks off with an October 31st Halloween party drenched in occult sigils and bass. Like every edition of the festival, multiple floors are used to create a labyrinthian, chaotic atmosphere and to cater to your darkest delight. Berlin noisemaking collective PURGE channel the spirit of evil with live performances from Deathface and Crim3s, as well as an all-night ‘Blood Rave‘ of pummeling bass and grimey nastiness. Other highlights of the evening include a drum installation from Einstürzende Neubauten‘s N.U. Uhnruh, esoteric art installations, an actual haunted house (something truly rare for Berlin!) created by the MindPirates collective, and a post-punk dancefloor.

This is, of course, only the beginning. All five days are arranged with a theme, with special lineups to reflect it. There’s plenty of fresh and exciting young blood appearing this year, and Pictureplane, Bestial Mouths, Young Hunting, Dandi Wind, Butterclock, Low Sea, reliq, and Animal Bodies are just a few of the shining stars in the diverse lineup. As with every Drop Dead, one of the special features is also a selection of exclusive performances and reunions of underground ’80s groups. This year includes, among others, new wave songstress Lene Lovich, French coldwavers Kas Product, and Factory Records legends Sad Lovers & Giants. This wide variety of sounds assures that, while wandering from room to room, you’ll always be hearing something new, from shoegaze to throbbing dance beats.

Check the full lineup and schedule here. After the marvelous mayhem of last year, we’re already salivating in anticipation. Get out your best blue lipstick, paint your nails black, and get ready for five days of Drop Dead delights.

 

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