Oli XL has, even by today’s standards, very unique taste.
The Stockholm-based artist’s latest project, Rogue Intruder, Soul Enhancer—a weightless mix of twisted electronics, jungle references, airy atmospheres and chipmunked vocal chops—is one of the most singular releases we’ve heard this year.
His new mix for NTS gives us a window into the sounds that inspired the album. Batu‘s syncopated club workouts and Yves Tumor‘s dark alt-pop work surprisingly well pushed up against mid-’00s tracks from Basement Jaxx, Janet Jackson and M.I.A.—especially when it’s all punctuated by DJ tags and cheeky sample references to cult snowboarding game SSX. (Recommendation: Listen to the mix with the video below muted.)
Our video team has explored some pretty impressive music studios over the years, but we can’t remember one that looks anywhere half as comfy as Matador‘s. The Irish techno producer’s Dublin studio is a comfortingly creative nest of colorful modular wiring, classic synthesizers and vintage drum machines. It’s also as aesthetic as they come; the studio features massive windows that look out on the kind of lush, green and dewy expanse that you’d only find in Ireland.
Watch it above. And if you like it, subscribe to our YouTube channel. We release new videos every Tuesday. For more studio explorations, check out our “Tech Talk” playlist below.
Next week marks the beginning of Amsterdam Dance Event, one of the most important electronic dance music conventions of the year. We don’t know about you, but we’re especially excited for one show in particular: On Wednesday, October 16, Richie Hawtin, Modeselektor and SOPHIE will all perform on the same night, at the same concert, at Amsterdam’s massive NDSM Loods venue.
We’re so excited that we want you to be there with us, and that’s why we’re giving away five pairs of tickets to the event. To win, all you need to do is comment on this Facebook post. Answer the question, “What is the final city to be featured in the last part of Richie Hawtin’s audiovisual album CLOSE COMBINED?”
CLOSE COMBINED is a new audiovisual release by Richie Hawtin that mixes his signature techno sound with a futuristic visual approach (created in collaboration with Telekom Electronic Beats) that makes you feel like you’re right there in the booth with him as he’s performing. Watch it below. Learn more here.
These new FKA Twigs videos are getting intense.
In the video for her new single, “home with you”, the London-based experimental pop artist takes us into a distorted narrative of fractured vignettes. While the music jumps from blasts of distortion and twisted beats to dramatic vocal swells and piano arrangements, the imagery cuts between narcotic club visions—full of twisting bodies, patent leather and metallic makeup—and suburban scenes set in a forest, where characters wear traditional white cotton and lace dresses.
Instantly captivating—and with a bit of Midsommar-style anxiety weaved in throughout—”home with you” is more than enough to get us excited for the release of FKA Twigs’ new album, Magdalene, on October 25.
You don’t need to work in electronic dance music media to notice that there’s a certain pattern to the way that music is released. For those of us who make a living writing about this stuff, September is usually the month where things pick up after the long festival-induced summer lull.
This year offered no exception to that general rule—there was so much good music released that we decided to expand the latest edition of our ongoing Telekom Electronic Beats “Monthly Mixtape” playlist to 35 tracks! No matter whether you like techno, pop, hip-hop or unclassifiable experimental music, we’ve got you covered with heavy-hitting releases by the likes of Amelie Lens (pictured above), Nathan Micay, FKA Twigs, DjRUM and more. Listen to it below, and be sure to add it to your library if you like it!
The Telekom Electronic Beats “Monthly Mixtape” is a carefully curated selection of tracks picked by the various members of our editorial team in Berlin. It reflects the diversity of taste that can be found not only in our office, but also in the entire Telekom Electronic Beats program.