As the beginning of SXSW’s music portion inches nearer and nearer, more stacked party lineups are being released by the day. The latest exciting announcement is a free party being held to help celebrate !K7’s twenty-seventh year as a label. Two of the recent stars of the prestigious DJ-Kicks series, Apparat and Photek, are set to headline the party, which will take place at Kingdom (103 E. St, Suite B, Austin) on March the 14th. Apparat’s DJ-Kicks mix is available now, and Photek’s is forthcoming on April 3rd, followed by Maya Jane Coles’ to be released on the 17th. For full party details, check the official Facebook event.
The party will also have sets performed by “several of the artists featured in the Photek mix.” To peep the tracklisting for clues, follow the jump:
Now in it’s 15th year, Amsterdam Dance Event has grown into one of the world’s premier electronic music gatherings. With top DJs playing in dozens of clubs each night, and a daytime program that’s actually interesting enough to attend, ADE has gained enough status in the past few years to be considered a rightful rival to Miami’s annual Winter Music Conference.
With Holland’s globally renowned mainstream dance acts mingling with Berlin’s biggest underground techno practitioners and America’s dance music veterans, it’s hard to be sure where to best spend you time. Check out our list of top things to do at ADE after the jump, and save yourself some time in the que. …MORE
This week’s podcast comes from Berlin’s biggest electronic crossoever act, Modeselektor. The duo spent much of the summer touring America as part of the inagural Identity Festival, which brought all stripes of electronic music to the nation’s secondary markets. And how did this pair—who met in the heady ’90s heyday of Berlin’s techno renaissance—relate to the candy-colored kids of middle America? Quite well, as their mix of techno, breaks, hip-hop, crunk and indietronic (thanks to guest vocals by folks like Thom Yorke) won over the dancing trancing masses.
With it’s facinating 20th century history and and 21st century reputation as a serious party destination, pretty much every week in Berlin is music week. But Berlin Music Week raises the stakes higher, with dozens of events popping off between now and the weekend. The biggest is undoubtedly Berlin Festival, which crashes the massive Templehoff airport (the site of the infamous Berlin Airlift) this Friday and Saturday evening before moving to Arena Club in nearby Kreuzberg for the sort of all-night party the city is legendary for.
Even in his earliest techno recording, one could always here a melodic sensibility in the music of Sascha Ring (aka Apparat) that went beyond that of his IDM contemporaries. “Black Water,” the first song off of Ring’s upcoming fourth album, The Devil’s Walk, shows just how far that proclivity has come. …MORE