It’s interesting that Montreal’s Mutek festival first took place one week after the first Detroit Electronic Music Festival in 2000. And for a dozen years, these two sister events have dominated the North American electronic music calendar, with loyal techno tourists traveling from one to the next in an annual pilgrimage down the 401 (the Route 66 of Canada). We already called out our faves from Detroit last week—so consider this part two of an epic techno saga. Next stop? Across the ocean to Sonar. …MORE
Richie Hawtin has spent much of the past year touring the globe as his newly revived Plastikman guise, hitting five of the seven continents with his legendary minimal techno. But with the exception of Coachella and Movement 2010, North American fans have had to patiently wait for their turn to experience the interactive visual and audio experiment that defines this ’90s achetype in the new Millenium. Now there’s another chance, as Montreal’s Mutek Festival has announced that Hawtin will headline the event as Plastikman, along with performers Modeselektor, Amon Tobin, Four Tet and James Holden. …MORE
EArly today we reported that a new collaboration between Thom Yorke, Burial and Four Tet would debut on London’s Rinse FM. The listing of the 12-inch record on Bleep made it appear as though the song “Ego” would feature Four Tet and Burial, while “Mirror” would be Yorke on his own. But listening to the two tracks, it’s clear that this really is the post-dubstep electronic dream team that all had been hoping for, with Yorke’s vocals on both tracks, and Burial’s undeniable beat construction taking center-stage on “Mirrors.” Have a listen.
Here’s one to make the beat-heads fall down and kick their feet in the air. Messieurs Thom Yorke, Burial and Four Tet have collaborated on a 12-inch record to be released on Four Tet’s Text record label. The A-Side, “Ego,” finds the two guys who are NOT in Radiohead prducing a track together, while the AA-Side will feature the guy who IS in Radiohead making his own music. This collaboration certainly shows up the split 12-inch announced last week between Four Tet and Caribou.
The tunes is scheduled to debut tonight on Rinse FM, between the hours of 2300-0100 GMT during a Four Tet vs. Floating Points back-to-back session. The record itself will ship next week, although online retailer Bleep is saying it’s currently sold out, with more on the way.