2011 in Hungarian music and culture

2011 in Hungarian music and culture

This year in Budapest was a quite strange one. It started with a horrible disco accident in January that shocked the country and had long lasting consequences for the city’s party culture. During the year the political and economic crises caused a lot of negative vibes. The closure of cult clubs like the Merlin Theatre and the open air Zöld Pardon also sent out shockwaves. But apart from the bad news, there were still many positive moments to be happy about instead. We’re going to take a look at some of the more exciting moments from throughout the year in our Hungary section.

This year was the 200th anniversary for classic composer Ferenc Liszt (Franz Liszt) but there were also some big anniversaries in electronic music too. Budapest’s underground electronic music community celebrated pioneer DJ and godfather of the scene Palotai‘s 50th birthday through the year on several occasions and Chi Recordings also had reason for celebration as they released a compilation for their 10th anniversary. We interviewed a lot of musicians this year, you liked the most Yonderboi on his return, 9b0 on his work processes, Jaffa Surfa on organic house music, ICR on his milestone double album, Sena on her solo project and emerging talent Mongoose on his career story.

It’s interesting in Budapest that there are only a few good club spaces but several cool nights. Decknology by TEST completed their mission of pioneering the local electronic music scene with the project surviving for only one year. Not like the other future music-oriented night Space Is Called which was started by DJ Cadik and A38 Ship or the new hipster-magnet Selected Sounds by NVC with live acts such as Caribou, Gold Panda, Nosaj Thing. Electronic Beats had also three very successful sold-out gigs, a Live Special Launch Party and a Festival, followed by an EB Presents party. There were so many other highlights that made this year, gigs to remember by Lamb, Jamie Woon, Darkstar and Shigeto on A38 Ship, Kink in Merlin, Eskmo at Balaton Sound, Crystal Castles at Sziget, Xeno & Oaklander in Roham Bar and so on.

And so many other things like the new Blind Musician EP by the continuously changing abstract hip hop formation Realistic Crew, or My Rorschach by Occam, the electronic solo project of drummer of Zagar. There was another great solo debut of eclectic singer Judie Jay with her Harmony LP. Our new discovery is Berlin based Hungarian producer Dnte with his beautiful wonky debut EP Wake Me Up (listen here).

Glory Girl – Judie Jay/Harmony by judiejay

Two more scenes were growing up and started to establish in Budapest’s underground, the lo-fi bedroom producers might have got more attention but there is a ghetto-tech community going strong, too. We’re looking forward to seeing 2012, it will be great!

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Cadik releases ‘Just’, stream exclusive new track!

Cadik releases 'Just', stream exclusive new track! Budapest based DJ and producer Cadik is someone who deserves more attention. Standing behind the turntables he’s been injecting progressive electronics into the local scene since the mid 90’s. As a producer he released his debut solo LP Basic back in 2008 followed by Travel Agency in 2010 and a now he has a new album called Just arriving on 30th December 2011. Just will be released at the next installment of Cadik’s underground clubnight-series Space Is Called. Together with headliner Dorian Concept he will celebrate the release of Just and an early new year with future music, hip-hop, dubstep and postwhatever electronica.

Listen below to the new EB exclusive track, ‘Coffeeman’ below and you can also hear three tracks from the new album if you click on Cadik’s Youtube-channel.

Cadik – Coffeeman by cadik

01. Just Drums
02. My Jogging
03. Coffeeman
04. Last Vinylist
05. Head-Body-Head
06. Sleepover
07. Foot Massage Twinpack
08. New Balance
09. Kind Of Light
10. Blue Mama

Bonus tracks:
11. Kick, Snare, Soul (S10)
12. Skysurfing (Chi)

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