If you want sensual synth weirdness, then the LA-based-duo Soft Metals is surely what you’re looking for. Melding Italo disco, krautrock, noise, techno and an overall feeling of fleeting intimacy, the twosome of Ian Hicks and Patricia Hall find a nice sound that’s easy to absorb and hard to pinpoint simultaneously. All these vibes and more are found in their new LP Lenses on the Brooklyn imprint of Captured Tracks, which has housed them since their 2010 EP, “The Cold World Melts”, and to say we at URB are excited to have them contribute a mix would be an understatement. Patricia took control of the decks for this exclusive podcast, entitling the “Disco Noche Mix”; and yeah it’s definitely a night-time mix but not just disco, thankfully. What Patricia achieves in this mix is a sonic journey through many wires, filters, stars and galaxies by including the likes of Legowelt, Steve Summers, Function and Silent Servant in the thick of it all; representing the vibrant and voracious sides of the electronic underground by getting as close to the abyss as humanly possible…except it’s like a sexy abyss…and it’s totally awesome. Check out the mix and tracklist, and grab someone closeby when you’re listening to this one.
Detroit techno veteran Carl Craig paired up with drum machine innovator Roger Linn (of the infamous ’80s Linn Drum) to discuss the history of the drum machine at Decibel Festival in Seattle. For those who couldn’t make it to the talk, sponsor Dubspot make a nice abbreviated video of the presentation. Linn starts by showing off the history of electronic percussion dating back to the 1930s before Craig starts inquiring about the evolution of Linn’s own decade-defining beat machine.
Detroit’s annual techno gathering, Movement, has announced the first wave of artists scheduled to play the 2013 edition over Memorial Day weekend. The line-up includes Detroit stars Richie Hawtin, Carl Craig and Derrick May & Kevin Saunderson, in what we assume to be a tag-team configuration.
Another major B2B set on the line-up is Marcel Dettman and Ben Klock, both residents at the infamous Berghain in Berlin. Two more Berghain residents, Detroit native Ryan Elliot and Movement first-timer …
Amsterdam Dance Event start Wednesday and the over 3500 delegates (and tens of thousands of additional party people) are already heading to the Netherlands for the annual event known best to American’s as the WMC of Europe. And while it might be too late to book your flight, if you happen to find yourself in the Central European Timezone, these are the 12 event see wouldn’t dare miss. …MORE
Fall is back to school season, even for superstar DJs like Richie Hawtin. Following a summer full of epic partying, much done at his ENTER residency in Ibiza, Hawtin, along with Loco Dice, are embarking on a the CNTRL: Beyond EDM tour of North American universities that will feature daytime educational lectures along with the nighttime music events these two DJs are globally renown for. …MORE