When it comes to music festivals, the experience is as much defined by the location as the artists booked to play. Would Coachella be Coachella were it not in the surreal landscape of the California desert? Or how would Sónar
go off were it not for the vitalic Barcelona audience that fills the Center of Contemporay Culture? MELT Festival—located a quick 90 minute train ride from the European party epicenter of Berlin again gains much of it’s stature from it’s amazing venue, Ferropoilis, an outdoor museum of massive modern industrial machines located at the site of an old strip mine. It is within the gigantic arms of these Transformer-esque monsters that the mid-sized fest (about 20,000 attendees) gains it’s magic. …MORE
Two of our favorite current techno-goth acts, Brooklyn’s Creep and Sweden’s Planningtorock go into predictably awesome dark territory on this latter’s remix of the former. Pitch-shifting hasn’t sounded this evil since Sigorney Weaver told Bill Murray, “There is no Dana, only Zuil!”
We’re probably going to have to wait a bit longer for the new album by The Knife, so this here has got to be the next best thing. Because although Planningtorock is officially part of the DFA camp for the release of her new album W, her hyper-artsy style has far more in common with the sound of Sweden’s foremost dark electro-pop duo. They even collaborated on the music for last year’s conceptual opera, Tomorrow In A Year.
Influential Irish Post-New Yorker and member of the DFA family, Marcus Lambkin is known for his unique danceable mix of disco and synth-pop, electro and punk-funk. He got his pseudonym from the Shit Robot party; named after a crap robot drawing by James Murphy. After nearly two decades of DJ’ing and a handful of 12-inch releases, Lambkin is unveiling his first full-length guest-laden album From the Cradle to the Rave. It’s released on James Murphy and Tim Goldsworthy’s New York label like his previously released singles that are all ...
The Knife (and accompanying solo act Fever Ray) have become famous for their dark and brooding stage shows. So it’s not all that surprising to hear that the duo were asked to compose the soundtrack to Tomorrow, In a Year, a Danish “electro-opera” about Charles Darwin’s Origin of the Species. What is surprising is hear the voice of electroclash refugee Mt. Sims dueting with Karin Dreijer Andersson. The opera also features upcoming DFA signee Planningtorock, who don’t really rock at all, but are certainly cut from the same mutant cabaret cloth as The Knife.