By Scott Butterworth
Music is in the air this month as March is the official start of festival season! Austin has South By Southwest, Miami has Ultra and Winter Music Conference, and Los Angeles Electronic Dance Music (EDM) promoter Insomniac brings us it's third installment of Beyond Wonderland to Southern California. Insomniac has made a name for itself throughout the world for curating some of the most successful and sought out festivals by audiences and artists equally, right in our own back yard. This time they get a little help, as three current national/international tours converge on the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino this Saturday, each curating one of the festivals five stages.
Armin Van Buuren's "A State Of Trance 550":
Armin Van Buuren; Gareth Emery; Arty, Aly & Fila, etc.
- Celebrating the 550th episode of his A State Of Trance worldwide radio show, Armin curate a stage of Trance music's freshest talent.
Netsky, High Contrast, Camo & Krooked
- UK Drum & Bass label, Hospital Records, brings its top talent across the pond to take over the festivals Drum & Bass/Dubstep/Bass stage
ANDRE's debut on FREERANGE feats 2 original house cuts: "STILL DREAMING" & "WHATEVER I DO." The Berlin based producer/DJ was responsible for several dope underground house 12"s on how own BEST WORKS label as well as releases on INFRACOM, SIMPLE and G STONE. Limited edition 12".
Anthony “Shake” Shakir
Rush Hour is proud to present a compilation of producer Anthony "Shake" Shakir's best work he released on his Frictional Recordings label (and some on 7th City, too) over the past 15 years, circa 1994-2009. Shakir is an undoubted legend in early Detroit techno, shaping the sounds of artists such as Juan Atkins and Derrick May, and refusing to bow to trend or convention. The label Shake started brought us some of the deepest, funkiest and most diverse techno, though much has been overlooked in many cases. After a few years' hiatus, Shake is now back and will be recording and releasing on Frictional soon. But first, we look back and/or get the chance to catch up with his catalog. 4 x 12" + 7".
New Techno/Electro 12"s Coming This Weekend:
TECHNO TOWER 12"
These guys fuse organic and electric sounds and make them collide with elements of jazz and folk. "TECHNO TOWER" and "CHINESE" are a testament to these roots and will turn some heads on the dancefloor. This isn't your average tech house or techno.
COLD BLOODED REMIX 12"
Deep techno starts the record with "COLD BLOODED." HORSE MEAT DISCO fav "SNOW IN THE SPRINGTIME" gets a full single release, old school disco in every way. DFA darlings RUNAWAY turn it in a slow burning house direction that builds the tension.
Beatconductor TRICK IN THE WALL EP 12" SPICY008
Featurecast ONE STEP RE-EDIT 7" DP004
Ghetto Battle Weaponz ROUND ONE EP 12" GBW101
IAMTHATIAM AND ON THE THIRD DAY EP 12" MATH029
Trevor Loveys ORGAN GRINDER (NEW) 12" CHEAP013X
Art Bleek FUTURE MEMORY EP 12" VIEW004
Dinner Jazz #8 BELLEVILLE 12" DJAZZ8
La Roux I'M NOT YOUR TOY REMIXES 12" 2720745
Lakaband I HAVE TO DANCE 12" MEKA001
Metronomy NOT MADE FOR LOVE 12" BEC5772573
Redshape THE DANCE PARADOX DLP 80DSRLP
Roland Appel COLD BLOODED REMIX 12" AUS0923
Secret Cinema JAZZ ME 12" COR12066
Sweat X I'M THAT ALLEY-MIKE SLOTT 12" NITE13
Tiger Stripes EDEN 12" DCR58
Turzi BUENOS AIRES 12" REC61
New Electro/Techno 12"s Coming this Weekend:
CITY WASTELAND PART 2 12"
Part 2 starts with "MOVE," true-school techno. "DIRTBOMB" has a raw, bluesy house feel, and on the flip are the Detroit influenced "WEIRD DANCER" and the vinyl exclusive "TFF," which delivers intense and acid-like drum layers. Chicago galore!
ADOBE EP 12"
The first cut is downright mysterious...deep stacked chords play with your ears. "SOUTH EAST" follows a Detroit-ish motif as a pan flute pangs the air, keeping the high ends in focus. Slicked out tech house made from the man with a keen sense of what keeps us lost in a groove.
Featurecast GRANDMASTER CAST EP 12" BIBB004
Various INTO BATTLE EP (FEATURECAST) 12" BOMBBAT1
Aldo Vanucci BSTRD BOOTS #9 12" BJX009
Aquasky DEEP FAT FREQUENCIES EP #1 12" PASA051
Dark Phayd-R MADE YOU SHACK UP 7" BP7003
Deadmau5 GHOSTS'N'STUFF 12" MAU5020T
Dre Skull I WANT YOU (BOK BOK RMX) 12" BOKBOK01
Falko Brocksieper ADOBE EP 12" CNTX35
Playdoe FREEZE STEP (STARKEY REMIX) 12" RWINA003
Various BEAT DIMENSIONS VOL.2 #3 12" RH10912C
New Electro/Techno 12"s Coming This Weekend:
STRANGER-LEN FAKI REMIX 12"
Crazy demand for LEN FAKI's PODIUM remix led to this pressing. HUGE summer techno tune that CARL COX dropped at Space and that wrecked the dance floor. The build ups and drops are INSANE! Also includes the original version and a "X BREAK" mix from FAKI as well. Do not sleep on this!
Cult like techno imprint invites a former WARP artist to let the music talk under the alias RAZA. State of the art modern techno, sounding as if it was forged in Detroit and finished in Berlin. Three beautiful tracks, fans of ECHOCHORD, STYRAX. Audiophile mastering, vinyl only!
Michael Jackson vs Drastics MJAROCKER LP MJAROCKER
Count & Sinden MEGA 12" RUG317T
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