We’ve spent most of the week trawling the depths of our record collection, but now it’s time to direct our attention to the albums we might be adding to said collection in the next few weeks — March is looking pretty decent for new releases, and as ever, we’ve selected the ten albums we reckon will be most worth listening to over the course of the month (along with all the other notable albums scheduled for release, good and bad.) We’re always interested to know what our readers are going to be listening to, too, so do let us know in the comments section. … Read More
It’s depressing to see that it’s not just the guitar-oriented end of the musical spectrum that’s a complete sausage fest at times. Last week, DJ Mag published its annual reader-voted Top 100 DJ list, the results of which were entirely predictable for two reasons: a) the top spots were dominated by dire low countries trance and Eurohouse DJs and b) there were no women featured. At all. Not one. We’re not the only ones to have noted this — Peaches, bless her, took to her Facebook page to proclaim “DJ Mag! Your Top 100 DJ boy club list can eat a dick! Where the ladies at???”
In fairness, the fact that there’s no women is far from the only thing wrong with the whole thing — the fact that the godawful David Guetta is #1 gives an indication of what we’re dealing with, as does the absence of the likes of Lindstrøm, Ricardo Villalobos, etc. — but anyway, despite the fact that not being on such a weak list is probably a perverse mark of pride, we thought we’d take the opportunity to laud the work of some female DJs who we reckon are right up there with the best. (And by the way, before anyone gets all pissy about the difference between DJs and producers, we’ve included live footage where we could find it, and productions where we couldn’t.) … Read More
Welcome to the Clubhopping Top 10, a monthly list of recent dance tracks that have caught us by the ears and feet (not necessarily in that order), with embeds so you can hear them for yourself. Oftentimes club music is (deliberately) transitory, but this month’s selection might be the cut-for-cut catchiest we’ve offered up here. It’s almost a roll call of recent names to watch/listen to, and it points to the shape of club music right now: robust, with new talent and old in a seemingly healthy tandem. … Read More
A born and raised Berliner, Ellen Allien first made a name for herself DJing in Berlin’s wild, burgeoning techno scene of the early ’90s. At the end of the decade, she founded Bpitch Control, an electronic music label that launched the careers of production outfits like Modeselektor and Apparat. Since releasing her own debut album, Stadtkind, in 2001, Allien has produced five more full-length albums, each the culmination of a different stylistic phase in her genre-flouting career (which has even included a foray into fashion design).
Her latest, Dust, is also a departure from what came before, a warmer breed of techno-pop tweaked and teased through experimental soundscapes. One of the few constants in Allien’s musical oeuvre is her focus on the city of Berlin. We asked her to speak to us about some of the Berlin musicians that inspire her today and help define the current scene. … Read More