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Oaktree

Oaktree
Oaktree maakt sfeervolle elektronica. Het gros van zijn nummers komt tot stand achter een computerscherm waar opnames verknipt en verplakt worden. Voor zijn livesets speelt zorgt hij voor gemoedelijke beats met enkele muzikanten in zijn gezelschap. Zo komen harp, viool, piano en zang in een boeiend en aangenaam optreden volledig tot hun recht. In juni 2013 verscheen Oaktree's debuut EP genaamd 'Chapters' op Voxed Recordings, het label van Gullfisk.

Masuka

Masuka
Deze jonge heer uit BAASmechelen, bekend van frisse feesjes als Bauhouse & Mint, vermengt r&b & hip hop classics met vers elektronisch geluid en doet dit op magistrale wijze. vijfdubbele salto's zijn niet vreemd onder zijn muzikale begeleiding.

Junior Boys

Junior Boys
A Hamilton, Ontario-based electronic pop group, Junior Boys began as a duo with its duties split between Jeremy Greenspan and Johnny Dark. Influenced by a number of music sectors %u2014 including arty synth pop, minimal techno, U.K. garage, and contemporary hip-hop %u2014 they made a demo with no positive results. Dark opted to leave the group, but former Warp employee Nick Kilroy eventually heard the songs and became interested enough to begin his KIN label with Junior Boys as its first artist. Engineer Matt Didemus joined Greenspan, and together they recorded enough material for a full-length. Prior to the 2004 release of the resulting album, titled Last Exit, a pair of 12" singles were released %u2014 one included a remix from Fennesz, while the other featured a remix from Manitoba (now Caribou). Three months after Last Exit's initial U.K. release, Domino picked up the album for distribution in the U.S. The Domino version added a bonus disc with B-sides and remixes from the 12" releases. The relatively slick So This Is Goodbye followed in 2006. The single "In The Morning" was featured in an iTunes commercial in 2007. On July 10, 2007, Junior Boys second album was revealed as being on the shortlist for the 2007 Polaris Music Prize. They did not ultimately win the prize. In September 2008, Morgan Geist's album "Double Night Time" was released with five songs performed by Jeremy Greenspan. On April 7, 2009, the duo released their third full length album, Begone Dull Care on Domino records.

mr. Oizo

mr. Oizo
Mr. Oizo (pronounced 'Monsieur Wah-zoh') is the nom de plume for French music producer Quentin Dupieux. Dupieux is most famous for his electro track "Flat Beat", which became a hit all across Europe in 1999 for being featured in a series of Levi's jeans TV advertisements. Dupieux also directed the ad, which featured a yellow puppet named Flat Eric nodding his head to the sound of the track while riding in a pickup truck. Flat Eric later appeared in the music video for "Flat Beat". After "Flat Beat", Oizo released his first album in 1999, Analog Worms Attack, featuring a single of the same name.

DJ Prinz

DJ Prinz
Een kleurrijk en excentriek figuur in het Antwerpse nachtleven, DJ Prinz is de naam en faam in zijn thuisstad en de landsgrenzen van België al lang ontgroeid. Met zijn aanstekelijk goed humeur en zijn eindeloze goede smaak voor clubmuziek, zet hij overal ter wereld menig dansvloer in vuur en vlam. Als geen ander weet hij een gelukzalige lach van erkenning op menig dansliefhebber

The Backlash

The Backlash
The Backlash is a Belgian two-man electro-punk-house project manned by veteran DJ Eric "Powa" B. and relative newcomer Julian K. After releasing some EP's in 2003-2004, their first full-length "Serial Cleaner" was released end 2005 on Surprise Records, a sublabel of Lowlands.

Kelpe

Kelpe
*Kelpe is Kel Mckeown, from Loughborough, England. As a young teenager, Kel McKeown (AKA Kelpe) decided that sampling and sequencing might provide him with a safer past time than bone splintering skateboarding mishaps. The initial efforts made on a Commodore Amiga with a sampler provided him with a discipline and focus that is of fundamental importance to the creative process that he currently employs in the execution of his distinctive beat creations. Kelpe's influences range from the bleeps & bass of classic Warp artists to the funk of Sly Stone, and the minimalism of Steve Reich Harmonia to the percussive space-scapes of Tortoise Do Make Say Think. The diversity of the music that inspires Kelpe finds reflection in his own sonic adventures, informing his ever evolving sound, combining as map and compass to guide his lunar-bound b-boy throw downs. Coming to the attention of DC Recordings in early 2003, his first release for label was the 12" EP 'The People are Trying to Sleep', a wide eyed carnival of fractured beats and warped electronics. This was followed by the critically acclaimed album 'Sea Inside Body' (September 2004), an album described by The Wire as "One of the most engrossing listens in recent electronic music". In 2005 came bedroom discotheque 12" 'Sunburnt Eyelids' and In 2008 came double LP 'Ex-Aquarium' (2008) and remix companion 'Extraquarium' (featuring Zombie Zombie, Fulgeance, Architeq etc). Most recently, in October 2009 third full length 'Cambio Wechsel' arrived, which BBC Music described "as irresistible as Prefuse 73 or Flying Lotus's most commended collections". In early 2008, to support the release of 'Ex-Aquarium' Kelpe teamed up with ubiquitous drummer Chris Walmsley (Voice of The Seven Woods, Broadcast, Psapp etc) for a new live setup incorporating the traditional drum kit and MPC style beat manipulations whilst not being afraid to embrace modern technology (i.e. a laptop computer!). Within a few months of this new duo's first gig they found themselves in sold out venues supporting the likes of Holy Fuck, To Rococo Rot and others. The explosive live act has travelled far and wide, from Lithuania to California, playing alongside diverse acts such as Aphex Twin, Jaki Liebezeit , Prefuse 73, and Daedelus. Chris Walmsley (AKA 'All Traps Set') also made a guest appearance on latest album 'Cambio Wechsel', providing the heavy rhythmic backdrop to the bass driven 'Closed Cup Headroom'. Kelpe has also shone as an innovative remixer, re-working Red Snapper, Jean Jacques Perrey, The Oscillation (DC), Eliot Lipp (Mush), Fulgeance (Musique Large) Architeq (Tirk) among others.

Cut Copy

Cut Copy
Cut Copy is a synthpop band formed in 2001 at Melbourne, Australia, and made up of Dan Whitford (lead vocals/keys/guitar), Tim Hoey (bass/guitar) and Mitchell Scott (drums), Bennett Foddy being a former member. Their sound is much in the vein of contemporaries such as Daft Punk, drawing considerable influence from older bands such as New Order, Electric Light Orchestra and Kraftwerk. It began in 2001 as the project for Dan Whitford, however in 2003 Whitford recruited a band, and in 2005 toured internationally for the first time, visiting London, New York and Los Angeles. They have played with international acts Franz Ferdinand, TV on the Radio, Pretty Girls Make Graves and Junior Senior, amongst others. Cut Copy is signed to the record label Modular in Sydney. In 2004 Cut Copy released their debut album Bright Like Neon Love. The music is written and produced by frontman Dan Whitford, who is also a graphic designer and DJ. Cut Copy released three singles from this album: Saturdays, Future, and Going Nowhere, . They also released a Fabriclive album featuring a mix of several synth/retro/elektropop songs such as (for example) MSTRKRFT and New Young Pony Club. Their second album, In Ghost Colours, was released in 2008. Four singles were issued: So Haunted, Hearts On Fire, Lights and Music, and Far Away. Cut Copy will release a new album in 2011. Website link: http://www.cutcopy.net

Max Rouen

Max Rouen
A short Interview with Mr. Max Rouen about his new Album "Magnetic Wave Of Sound": How would you describe your music on "magnetic wave of sounds". As how the world would sound like if I was in charge...No really, I would describe it as some kinda belgian surrealism, but with sound instead of images. I think the way I recorded also made a characteristic sound. Since my youth I was fascinated by reel to reel - tape recorders. And at the time I was working on the first songs of magnetic wave of sound everybody i knew was applying the computer and looking at a screen constantly, I tried to recreate the music they were doing with cutting and pasting real tape. witch gives of course a very gritty and sometimes noisy sound. You can make tape loops, reverse bits, cut real small pieces of tape, overmodulate the whole thing , tape it to another machine and start experimenting with the tape speed. And the results will allways differ a little bit of what you had in mind, so you're always eager to hear the result of what you did. Could you tell me something about your band members or the artists who support you on this album? In fact, I can give you a million reasons why I like to work alone most of the times. I don't work strictly with professional people and this can add up in some strange results. For Instance Leon, the most remarkable voice on the record, is in fact a 68-year old alcoholic with a very bad reputation. Actually his rep. was so bad, my wife wouldn't let him in our house to make some recordings. So we had to use a field recording, that actually made it on the record. It's not easy working with him, harassing the female members of the group, showing up late, showing up drunk, forgetting all his lyrics and besides that acting like a diva... Luckily the other people are more stabile.[...]

Alter Ego

Alter Ego
Alter Ego is a German Electro / Techno-group who had a big hit in 2004 with Rocker, taken from Transphormer. In 2005 that album was remixed into 'Transphormed'. See also band member Roman Flügel's solo work.

apparat

apparat
Apparat is a German electronic musician (Sascha Ring) living in Berlin who since 1999 has been running the Berlin based record label "Shitkatapult" together with T.Raumschmiere. Starting out with dance floor-oriented techno, he later started to create ambient music and recently became "more interested in designing sounds than beats". Recent music is closer to glitch, clicks and cuts or idm, accompanied with classical string instruments and other sounds. He works with his own tool created in MAX/MSP framework. Effects are controlled by midicontroller. "While sensitively orchestrating his chamber musical qualities on his records or in his studio, his live performances are known for kicking some ass!" From Shitkatapult website He collaborated with Ellen Allien in 2003 on the album Berlinette, and again in 2006 on the album Orchestra of Bubbles.

Shit Robot

Shit Robot
Marcus Lambkin began DJing in 1992 after moving to NYC from Dublin. There he got together with some friends to play dance music on a Sunday night at the now famous rock venue, Brownies. After learning the ropes at Brownies, Marcus made a mix tape and handed it out to three venues in the hopes of getting some work. He got three gigs, which went on to become two residencies. One of which was the now legendary Save The Robots, where Marcus was resident for 2 years. During this time Marcus met fellow Irishman Dominique Keegan and formed Plant Records, Plant Saturdays and Plant Bar. The latter went on be called the "coolest and loudest bar in New York City" by face magazine (10/02). It was at Plant Bar that Marcus and DFA's James Murphy started the Shit Robot party, named after James' crap robot drawing... In 2004, Marcus left Plant to work independently and moved to Stuttgart with his wife. In April 2006 'the wrong galaxy' and 'triumph!!' 12" was released on DFA records and since then Marcus has been DJing around the world including his new favorites Japan and Brazil.

STEREO MC'S

STEREO MC'S
Stereo MCs are a British rap group formed in 1985 in London, England. The group consists of Rob Birch (vocals), Nick "The Head" Hallam (turntables, production), Cath Coffey (backing vocals) and Ian "Owen If" Rossiter (drums). They are best known for their 1992 single "Connected" which was a major hit in the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as a crossover success on American alternative rock radio. Rob B, the indomitable front man behind arguably the biggest selling hip hop group the UK has produced to date, is a man ready to let the music do the talking once again. Brit Awards (x2), Mercury Music Prize shortlists and world tours - all these are of little relevance to the Stereo MCs today, in 2005, on the cusp of releasing their opus to freedom and 5th studio album 'Paradise' on their brand new Graffiti Recordings imprint. Rob Birch and Nick Hallam met in Nottingham in the mid-80s before relocating to London, forming the first incarnation of Stereo MCs and producing debut album '33 45 78' - a labour of love that involved hand-making drum loops in the most rudimentary of studios and crafting the blueprint for their sound. It was undoubtedly a raw record, but utterly original, drawing the attention of the likes of the Jungle Brothers who would soon feature in a star turn on the second album 'Supernatural', released in 1990. By creating a very British take on a very American discipline, influenced as it was by the rising tide of acid house as much as Public Enemy and the early rap pioneers, Stereo MCs had created what no British group had managed before - credible Hip Hop from London able to appeal to the masses. Touring their most successful album to date, 1992s chart smash 'Connected', with the likes of U2 and Happy Mondays cemented their position as musical icons of the 90s, and with sensational live shows, celebrated mix albums and increasingly high DJ profiles, it was not until 2001 that the band's fourth LP 'Deep Down and Dirty' was released amidst a whirl of expectation. "When that record came out in 2001 the whole feeling was very defensive, like any minute the door was going to swing open and ten people were waiting to pounce on us. The expectation was great, and it was hard not to be influenced by it. We were braced and tight, and didn't find ourselves in a position to enjoy what we were doing." If there's one thing that is certain about the Stereo MCs, they are a band very much influenced by their surroundings, in need of being comfortable within them and in control of them both on an immediate and wider scale. Now, from the studio base affectionately referred to as their 'front room' (also coincidentally slap bang on Brixton's frontline, just to give you a less congenial feel), Nick and Rob, writing again with a refreshed sense of creativity, have conjured yet another beautiful step in their continuing evolution as a band. Retaining their trademark throbbing bass bounce and injecting a healthy dose of soul, its unmistakably a Stereo MCs album but their liberation from the major label shackles has dusted the whole affair in a laid back optimism that was perhaps notable by its absence on Deep Down and Dirty. The new record is all about challenging people's preconceptions of the Stereo MCs, and the fact that they really don't sound like any other band before or since their 1989 debut '33 45 78' is counting in their favour. The opening track, Warhead, is an opening statement with an attitude that they are keen to convey, with immediately recognisable blend of bass, horns and keys, which sit in sharp contrast to Rob B's laconic rhyming style. Unwittingly bordering on the very crux of Stereo MCs popularity, in the band's own words it touches on a certain catchiness without becoming pop. It has an intent and walks a line which feels right for the band.

Djuma Soundsystem

Djuma Soundsystem
Djuma Soundsystem is Norwegian Mikkas and Danish Lars B who both live in Copenhagen. They met first time when they DJed at one of Copenhagens longest running club nights, the Sunday club "Offline", and quickly became unseparable friends and production partners. Mikkas and Lars' producer career started in a for club music producers somewhat odd way; In 2001 they composed and produced the music for the ballet "Off The Record" for The Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen. A ballet that merged classical music with elements of new electronic genres. The story of Djuma Soundsystem began a couple of years later in 2003, when Mikkas and Lars B decided to make a tune under the following dogma: to make an ethnical sounding club banger, that wasn't cheesy!? Mikkas and Lars B has remixed, produced and coproduced tracks under many different monikers, such as Ben Horn and Def Jaguar. They have just finished remixing a track for Philipe Cohen Solal (Gotan Project) under their Ben Horn moniker, for his Moonshine sessions project on Ya Basta records and are releasing as Def Jaguar on Danish based label Big Star records and IO in UK. As DJs Lars and Mikkas has been playing for over a decade, all over Europe, and residencies includes Vega, Culture Box and Rust in Copenhagen. Their sound as producers is very varied, ranging from balearic disco vibes to straight up slammers, but always with a focus on grooves and recogniseable melody lines.

Makossa & Megablast

Makossa & Megablast
MAKOSSA & MEGABLAST Marcus Wagner-Lapierre aka MAKOSSA is like the "godfather" of the Viennese Dj culture. He started spinning in the early 80ies and became head of music for Austria's famous and nationwide independent radio station FM4 in 1995. Makossa has influenced and animated thousands of music lovers in and around Austria and is known for his wide range of musical knowledge and taste. His legendary Saturday night show "Swound Sound System" with Mc Sugar B specializes in deep, dope, dubby & dirty funky, afro, cosmic influenced electronica and has been running for more than 13 years now. Makossa has compiled over 20 successful compilations in the last ten years. (Fm4's Soundselections, Sunny Side Up, Dub Club,) After a few remixes & productions for/with Uptight, Sofa Surfers & Peter Kruder in the mid 90ies, he finally teamed up with long-time friend Megablast. Sascha Weisz aka MEGABLAST started in the early 90ies as DJ/Producer. Initially inspired by Dope Beats, Reggae, and Hip Hop, he soon developed a passion for Acid House, Tribal and Electro. Still too young for official parties and clubs, he enjoyed the illegal Tech scene and started showing his individual style of producing with his first project "Luv Lite Massive". Influenced by all these different kinds of music, Megablast developed his own "Viennese" sound presenting the output on his highly acclaimed debut album "Creation" (Stereo Deluxe, 2003). Meanwhile, he has remixed and released for the likes of G-Stone, !K7, Afroart and Pulver. His own tracks have been reinterpreted by such nobilities as Fauna Flash, Yam Who, Stereotyp and Pressure Drop.

Hooverphonic

Hooverphonic
Hooverphonic is a Belgian rock/pop group formed in 1995. Though initially placed in the trip-hop genre, they quickly expanded their sound to the point where they could no longer be classified so easily. The band originally called themselves Hoover but later changed their name to Hooverphonic due to other groups using the Hoover name. The band achieved international recognition through the inclusion of the track 2Wicky (from A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular) on the soundtrack to Bernardo Bertolucci's 1996 film Stealing Beauty (Io Ballo da Sola). The original members of the group were vocalist Liesje Sadonius, keyboardist Frank Duchêne, bass guitarist and programmer Alex Callier, and guitarist Raymond Geerts. Sadonius left Hooverphonic on amicable terms shortly after the release of A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular and was replaced by Geike Arnaert in early 1998. Duchêne left the band after Blue Wonder Power Milk. By the end of 2008 Hooverphonic announced that Geike Arnaert was leaving the band. Last we heard, Hooverphonic were still looking for a new lead singer. Hooverphonic released their fifth studio album No More Sweet Music in November 2005, featuring four singles: Wake Up, You Hurt Me, Dirty Lenses and We All Float. One year later they released a Best Of album called Singles 96-06. This was their latest release under the Sony label. Hooverphonic released their latest album The President Of The LSD Golf Club on 8th October 2007 in Belgium and Holland, which includes the single Expedition Impossible. European Release January 2008 (although available via mail-order). This was an independent release, recorded at the Willie Nelson studios in the USA. At the time of writing, it isn't known if it was also released in North America. Let us know if you can confirm this? On October the 10th '08 the management announced that Geike Arnaert will be leaving the band. Discography %u2022 A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular (1996) %u2022 Blue Wonder Power Milk (1998) %u2022 The Magnificent Tree (2000) %u2022 Hooverphonic Presents Jackie Cane (2002) %u2022 Sit Down And Listen To... (2003) %u2022 No More Sweet Music (2005/6) %u2022 Singles 96/06 (2006) %u2022 The President Of The LSD Golf Club (2007/2008)

Lopazz

Lopazz
Since 1994 Stefan Eichinger a.k.a. Lopazz has been part of the Heidelberg based HD800 team. He also runs the multimedia label 800achtspur, and is renowned as a film composer, having written more than 30 scores over the years. In 2001, he had success with Redagain P when they remixed the Miami Vice theme; then, in 2003, Lopazz's self-titled EP was released by Output Recordings, followed by the singles "Blood" (including a Tiefschwarz remix) and his first bona fide club hit "I Need Ya" (later re-licensed by French fashion label Colette). It's success led to Lopazz remixing Germany's biggest pop act Xavier Nadoo, while techno legend Sven Väth snapped up "I Need Ya" for his Sound of the Fourth Season mix CD. Stefan's relationship with Berlin-based Get Physical Music began when he was commissioned to remix Chelonis R. Jones' "Don't Know". The label went on to issue Lopazz's own vocal track "Migracion", which was subsequently remixed by Chilean superstars Luciano and Ricardo Vilallobos. Releases for Compost Black Label, Output and Lasergun followed, along with remixes for the likes of Isolee, Product 01 and Richard Bartz.

Simian Mobile Disco

Simian Mobile Disco
Simian Mobile Disco is an English production and remix team. Formed from the ashes of Simian in 2005 its members are James Ford and Jas Shaw. In addition to his work with Simian Mobile Disco, James Ford is a producer and has worked for bands such as the Arctic Monkeys, Peaches and Klaxons. Simian Mobile Disco was originally formed as a traveling DJ duet, playing on the side of their early four-piece band Simian. They ultimately released a number of low profile singles, such as "The Count" on Kitsuné Music, but arguably gained more fame for their remixes of artists such as Muse, Klaxons, The Go! Team, Air and others. In 2006, Kitsuné released SMD's underground hit "Hustler", which features a vocal performance from New York singer Char Johnson. Musically, Simian Mobile Disco is known for heavily stylized tracks %u2014often with minimal instrumentation%u2014 that associate themselves with a particular hook (vocal or instrumental %u2014see mix of "Whoo! Alright, Yeah...Uh Huh" by The Rapture), which is repeated throughout the track. There is often a breakdown (occasionally more %u2014see mix of "Magick" by Klaxons) comprising noise, drums and sometimes synths and vocals. The band's debut album, Attack Decay Sustain Release was released on 18 June 2007 on Wichita Recordings. Among the tracks included on it are "Hustler", "Tits and Acid", "I Believe", "Hot Dog" and lead single "It's the Beat", which features Ninja from UK indie band The Go! Team on vocals. The album contains five new tracks, and the European version includes a bonus disc. The album was preceded by two mix compilations in April and May, for the "Bugged Out" and "Go Commando" series respectively. SMD supported Klaxons at Brixton Academy on the 5 December 2007 and The Chemical Brothers at Aintree Pavilion on 9 December 2007 and Brighton Centre on 12 December 2007. SMD made a mix for Mixmag that came free with the January 2008 issue of Mixmag. While working on their second studio album, they released a collection of remixed SMD originals entitled Sample and Hold, which contains eleven tracks and was released in the UK on July 28, 2008. A North American date has not yet been announced. In January 2009, they announced on their Myspace page that a new album was supposed to come out in 2009. Soon after that, they released a new track "Synthesise", on 12 February, through a music video (directed by Kate Moross and Alex Sushon) that "features live visual accompaniment" for the track. Two days later, a new song was broadcast on the BBC Radio 1 named "10,000 Horses Can't Be Wrong", soon followed by the release on 6 March of the official music video on their YouTube channel. Their sophomore studio album Temporary Pleasure was finally announced on the 6 May, featuring many guests that they have encountered by their work as producers or their worldly tour including Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals, Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip, Beth Ditto of Gossip, and Chris Keating of Yeasayer. On New Years Eve 2009 Simian Mobile Disco will headline 'Get Loaded in the Dark' at the world famous Brixton Academy alongside Annie Mac (BBC Radio 1), Chase & Status, Herve and Sub Focus. On NYE SMD headlined The Greatest Show on Earth at Motion in Bristol with the Bugged Out rig and rocked.

The Knife

The Knife
The Knife is an electronic duo from Sweden formed in 1999. The band consists of siblings Karin Dreijer Andersson (formerly of Honey is Cool, now Fever Ray) and Olof Dreijer - who also run their own record company, Rabid Records. One of the group's distinguishing characteristics is their unwillingness to cooperate with the media or the mainstream music scene. The group rarely makes public appearances, most of their promotional photos feature the members wearing masks, and until recently, they outright refused to perform live concerts. Recently the group has showed themselves in public wearing masks formed as bird's beaks, similar to those used by medieval doctors. The Knife won a Swedish Grammy award for best pop group of the year 2003, but they boycotted the ceremony by sending two representatives of another artist group dressed as gorillas with the number 50 written on their costumes, apparently as a protest against male dominance within the music industry. Their album Deep Cuts was also nominated for a Swedish Grammy as the best record of the year 2003, although that award went to The Cardigans. It was also in 2003 that the The Knife was featured as Artist of the Week at HitQuarters, which helped them gain greater attention in the worldwide music community. The group became prominent in late 2005 when José González covered "Heartbeats" on his 2003 album, Veneer. The song was used by Sony in a commercial for Bravia television sets, and released as a single in early 2006. The group commented on this in a Dagens Nyheter article, claiming that Sony paid a large sum of money to use the song. In view of the group's left-wing views and non-commercial philosophy, they excused this transaction on the basis that the money was needed to establish their record company. The Knife's song "We Share Our Mothers' Health" from their album Silent Shout was featured by the iTunes store as a free song of the week in late 2006. This song was also featured in the ABC series Ugly Betty, as well as an episode of CSI: NY. In February 2005, the Knife performed their first ever live show at London's ICA, appearing with Rex the Dog and playing in front of a video created for the event by artist/film maker Andreas Nilsson. With this one live performance The Knife embarked on a major tour in 2006, and after selling out shows worldwide, a DVD of the tour was announced. The DVD was released in Sweden on November 8, 2006, and is titled Silent Shout: An Audio Visual Experience. Silent Shout was named the best album of 2006 by Pitchfork Media. At the Swedish Grammy awards in January 2007, The Knife won in all six categories they were nominated in: Composer of the Year, Music DVD of the Year, Producer of the Year, Pop Group of the Year, Album of the Year and Artist of the Year. Again, they did not attend the award ceremony. On November 28th, the Knife announced via their website that they had been approached to write for an opera, "Tomorrow, in a Year", celebrating 150 years since Darwin's Origin of Species was published. Premiering in September 2009, this may preclude the Knife from returning with an album in 2009 after their self-imposed 3 year hiatus. Karin and Olof have not been idle - Olof remixed "Me, I'm Not" for Nine Inch Nails's Y34RZ3R0R3M1X3D in 2007 and Karin appeared on Slow by dEUS in 2008. Their official homepage can be found at http://www.theknife.net.

Barbara Morgenstern

Barbara Morgenstern
After a long period of playing in bands, singing in an acapella-band and having bad experiences with major-label-deals Barbara Morgenstern started to concentrate on her own songs. An old friend (Joe Tabu) started to organize concerts in his living room (in 1996) to create a more concentrated and intimate atmosphere during the performance, keep the focus on the music and to have the possibility to perform without being well known or having much publicity. As a member of the so-called Wohnzimmer-Szene (livingroom scene) Morgenstern did her first record Enter the Partyzone - a cassette with 6 trash keyboard songs on it. After that things developed slowly but constantly. She did a tour with all the bands who got known by their concerts in the living room and "that was the point when we realized that the whole thing was over cause although playing in clubs was not the main idea, we wanted to play and reach people." Barbara Morgenstern did a second album in 1997 - Plastikreport -on a small german Label called Klub der guten Hoffnung a label based on the idea of networking, selling the records at concerts and supporting each other (e.g. organizing concerts for labelmates). Parallel to this Gudrun Gut founded her label Monika Enterprise a small independent label. She released the first Wohnzimmer Compilation and a lot of the bands of the Wohnzimmer Szene (Quarks, Contriva, Komeit). Barbara released her first full-length album in 1998 on Monika Enterprise - Gudrun Gut had discovered her at a Wohnzimmer concert - and from this moment on she started touring through Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Morgenstern's next album was Fjorden (Monika Enterprise) in 2000 and after that Nichts Muss on Monika (2003) - in collaboration with Labels because she started to play throughout Europe as well (UK, Spain, Portugal, Italy , Scandinavia, Poland...). She did lots of concerts with the fabulous Berlin electronic band To Rococo Rot and Stefan Schneider´s Mapstation - with them she discovered the european audiences. In April 2002 Morgenstern released an EP on Domino Recordings (Series 500), including 4 Tracks together with Robert Lippok (To Rococo Rot). Barbara was invited by the German Goethe Institut to do a World Tour with Maximilian Hecker. They played in Berlin, Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires, Porto Allegre, Sao Paulo, Johannesburg, Tel Aviv, Ankara, Athen, Madrid, Brussels, Milano, Paris, Copenhagen, London, Stockholm, Glasgow, Tallinn, St. Petersburg and after a christmas-break kept on playing concerts from january 2004 in New York, Toronto, Chicago, San Francisco, Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, Bombay, Tashkent , Jakarta, Bangkok, Hongkong, Shanghai, Peking and Sydney. Of course that was exciting. Having started in Berlin living-rooms and now having the chance to travel around the world. Before the World Tour Morgenstern took part in a recording session with Bills Wells, a wonderful musician from Scotland. His style is between Jazz and Post Rock, very gentle music. He invited Stefan Schneider and Annie Whitehead (a Trombone player who played with Robert Whyatt) to record an album with him. The album Pick up Sticks was released in April 2004 on the Leaf Label. The next thing that happened was the release of an album Morgenstern did with Stefan Schneider (To Rococo Rot) and Paul Wirkus a polish experimental electronic musician under the name September Collective on Geographic/ Domino Records in September 04. We played concerts in Germany, Poland and UK in spring 05. The Tesri album with Robert Lippok is finished and was released on Monika Enterprise in May 05. One highlight of the following gigs was a concert in Tokyo as part of an oceanclub night on october 9th 2005. They also played a lot of live shows in Europe during the year 2005. Barbara's fourth album the grass is always greener (monika47) was released last year. US tour dates are planned for fall 2007. Barbara Morgenstern International press quotes: "For some this music is a trip into their true self, for others it is just the best that the electro-pop scene has currently got to offer. And for some it's both." Die Zeit 11/03 "She successfully resists the do and dont's of the moment. And of course there's that nonochalant voice which, no matter how sad the words are, always suggests a smiling face." Spex "Beyond all cliches and categorisation remains a wonderful voice, hypnotic lyrics and a light, melodic sound scape. [...] - this is music for autum walks thourhgh the park, preferably with the sun low in the sky and a fresh breeze." www.woldingwacht.de "The good thing about Barbara Morgenstern is that she does everything right. She magically radiates energy and composes melodies that take you to giddy heights and leave your heart pounding." Goethe Institut "...You could have called that work Indietronic, but the term didn`t exist at the time. Even now, two years later, it won`t fit. yet it comes to mind, because `Fjorden` has obviously been recorded with new equipment and new technique. Still working out of her own studio, using sampler and sequencer in her instrumentation, Barbara Morgenstern tells us stories. Her wonderful, heartbreaking voice, adds context to the beats and sounds. "Fjorden", with its warm analog sound, is like a good friend visiting - rotating in your cd player. You are not alone. Barbara Morgenstern is there with her music. And it`s wonderful that she`s there!" Jan Ole Jöhnk, 8/2000 "...she captures odd sounds in her net -- cello draughts, a fly buzzing through a room, electric guitars that blast like gridlocked trucks -- and flows them seamlessly into the pop..." Other Music NY, 10/2000 "Berlin-based electronic indie-pop artist Barbara Morgenstern's vocals may not pirouette like Björk's or haunt like Tracy Thorn's, but they're still perfect. This is evident on her new recording, The Grass Is Greener, a collection of songs inspired by a recent Goethe Institut-sponsored world tour. Although she's been recording fine material since 1997, the dreamy, piano-constructed ballads of Grass should prove to be her breakthrough." earplug, April 2006 "there's barely a dud to be found, not even as the album takes on a busier and slightly more industrial aesthetic near the end. Confident, crafted and feminine, this is Morgenstern's finest record yet - let's hope she gets the audience she deserves." Pitchwfork Media, Mark Pytlik June 20, 2006 Links: http://www.monika-enterprise.de http://www.barbaramorgenstern.de http://www.myspace.com/barbaramorgenstern http://www.discogs.com/artist/Barbara Morgenstern

MONEY MARK

MONEY MARK
Mark Ramos-Nishita aka Money Mark is a producer and musician who has collaborated with the Beastie Boys many times, after meeting them as their carpenter. Most of his work is underground. He also appears on the first Banyan album as the Freeway Keyboardist. His first album, the relatively obscure Mark's Keyboard Repair (1995), was made up of keyboard driven pop-funk songs recorded at demo quality. It was followed up by the "Third Version EP" in 1996 and Push the Button in 1998. Whereas his 1996 EP was similar to his debut, "Push the Button" was extremely eclectic, combining aspects of Rock music and Pop with Soul, Funk and Hip-Hop. This inventive LP was met with good reviews, as was his 2001 follow up "Change is Coming" which had a tropical yet danceable disco and funk sound.

Etienne de Crecy

Etienne de Crecy
Etienne de Crécy (also known as Superdiscount, Minos Pour Main Basse, and Mooloodjee) is a French DJ and producer who composes House music. He was born in Lyon in 1969, and attended in the same college as Air and Alex Gopher, with whom he created the Solid label. Then, he worked in Paris as a sound engineer where he met Cassius, with whom he worked on the Motorbass album, a preview of what would be his second album: Super Discount, released in 1996, with Air, Alex Gopher and other French artists on Solid. He then released Tempovision, and eight years after the first Super Discount album, came Super Discount 2 with the original team, plus Cassius, which means many of the best French electronic artists. Etienne de Crécy has been involved in various music projects where he worked as a producer.

Nathan Fake

Nathan Fake
Nathan Fake is 27 years of age (born in 1983), and yes, that is his real name. He hails from that most unlikely hotbed of new musical talent, the deepest, darkest farmer country of Norfolk, UK. Two years ago Nathan, headed for the bright lights and big city of Reading(!), and since then has never looked back. Nathan exploded onto the scene last year with the mighty 'Outhouse' on James Holden's Border Community label, one of the most astounding debut singles in a long time which has surely now earned classic status, still receiving regular club and radio plays one year down the line. His rocktronica follow up "The Sky was Pink" (graced with a remix by Nathan's main fan 1#, James Holden) looks as though it may even better the incredibly high standards set by his debut, now set for not one but two rereleases, one through France's Cyber, another in the US through none other than Francois K's Wave label. Elsewhere stateside one Satoshi Tommie is also a fully paid up member of the Nathan Fake fanclub, and has snapped up no less than five of Nathan's finest for 'The Watlington Street EP' on his New York based Saw Recordings imprint. Cult German label Traum are the latest addition to Nathan's hordes of followers, poised to release a three track EP early 2005. Also spreading the Nathan Fake computer-edit-funk message are remixes of Steve Lawler, DJ Remy (Additive), Avus (Border Community) and Perc (Premier Sounds), with the legendary Tiefschwarz currently waiting in line for a Nathan Fake rerub. An artist not afraid to reveal his soft underbelly, tracks like "The Sky Was Pink" and Saw's "Peary Land" showcase the casio rock bedroom melodies which Nathan produces when he is not in tech-driven dancefloor monster mode, and give a good indication of where Nathan is headed on his forthcoming longplayer for Border Community. Nathan has recently unveiled his laptop live set, to rave reviews. Reading like a checklist of the world's capitals of cool, dates in Berlin, Barcelona, Madrid and Amsterdam form the next stages in the Nathan Fake campaign to take live dance music to levels hitherto unattained. Despite attempts from all corners to persuade him otherwise, Nathan harbours no burning desire to convert his production success into a career as a club DJ, and with a live show like his who can blame him! He is however happy to show off his many sides and eclectic leftfield tastes with an alternative backroom DJ set, and can also adapt his mainroom-friendly live set into something of a more experimental nature, as we can expect on his Border Community album. A young man at the beginning of his career, showing a level of accomplishment and attention to detail in his productions which ought to put many a more established producer to shame, these are exciting times for Mr Nathan Fake. "Man of the moment" is a phrase often thrown in his direction, but we can assure you he will be around for much longer than that... See http://www.myspace.com/nathancake for proper new music samples.

DK7

DK7
Irish/Swedish constellation making electronic music with a wide variety of influences and transgressing the often crammed confines of electronic dance music

Morgan Geist

Morgan Geist
This New Jersey native was initially inspired by England's take on the sound of Detroit, but eventually tracked techno back to its Motor City innovators. When he began listening to music, however, it was the sound of early-'80s synth heroes like Devo, Severed Heads and New Order alongside early hiphop, jazz and 60's Hindi film soundtracks. Geist released his first 12" (via Dan Curtin's innovative Metamorphic label) while studying at Oberlin College in 1994. He formed Environ soon after, releasing powerful statements of purpose which showed his affinity for the more emotive strains of disco, techno, soul and all flavors in between.

The Hacker

The Hacker
The Hacker is a French electroclash and techno producer who has worked extensively with Miss Kittin. « L'homme de l'ombre »... From his start in the hardcore technoscene, to the massive success he found with Miss Kittin; Michel Amato aka The Hacker is one of today's most talented and innovative French artists. With influences from Electro (Kraftwerk) to New Wave music (The Cure and Depeche Mode) and familiarity with the French rave scene of the early 1990s his sound is well defined, yet original.

Munk

Munk
MUNK is the band of Italo-German DJ and musician MATHIAS MODICA. Besides doing hs own music Mathias also runs the GOMMA label. MUNK have released 2 albums: The first one (Aperitivo 2005) included the indie disco hymn "Kick out the chairs" featuring JAMES MURPHY of DFA/ LCD Soundsystem and Micky Moonlight aka Midnight Mike. The new album CLOUBUSTER (2008) includes the hit single LIFE FAST DIE OLD! featuring ASIA ARGENTO (italian actress - known from Sofia Coppolas film Marie Antoinette). The Cloudbuster album got massive feedback. Londons NME called it : "...effordlessly cool...like a German version of DFA..."

My Robot Friend

My Robot Friend
My Robot Friend is no ordinary electro act. This is no ordinary act full-stop. Whereas science fiction (and indeed robots) have always played a part in the presentation and mythology of techno and electronic music, the figure on stage is far from being cliché. Looking like a character from the 80's computer-enhanced film Tron tangled up with a well-lit Christmas tree, My Robot Friend ambles around in front of his audiences powered by a neon-lit 30 pound battery pack.

The Chap

The Chap
The Chap, a pan-European modern pop group based in London and Berlin, began life at the beginning of the last decade. In their quest to create music which "sounds wrong", they pre-empted the current flavour for lo-fi prog-pop by several years and spawned a legion of fans who couldn't believe how a band that revelled in the multilayered detachment and precision of their recordings could dive headlong into the realms of hard rock n roll immediacy, gaining themselves a reputation as one of the most exciting, challenging, and engaging live acts around. After two seminal bedroom-produced albums, "The Horse" and "Ham" - the latter in particular gathering considerable acclaim from the likes of Errol Alkan, Kissy Sellout and The Wire Magazine - The Chap delivered a third album, the masterpiece that is "Mega Breakfast". This album featured corporate motivational style anthems about "proper music" and wanting to clone oneself. Despite being lauded by Pitchfork and many others, commercial success and world domination continued to evade The Chap, so they finally decided to "sell out" by recording a collection of pop classics that constitute their fourth album "Well Done Europe". Needless to say, it's another masterpiece featuring hit after hit, quite a few of which mention love and death and stuff like that. It sounds like the coolest new wave pop album ever recorded by a group of teachers (almost nobody in The Chap is a teacher). The Chap's music marries a deep passion for pop culture with arch observation and a sense of the surreal. This new album is no exception - a unique and heady blend of taut, hideously catchy melodies, hip snaking rhythms, memorable but unconventional lyrics all cut through with a wry sense of humour that some might describe as 'Dadaist'. Witness the frenetic, summery vibes of 'Even Your Friend', the shimmering, tightly wound grooves in 'Nevertheless The Chap' and the chugging, intimate closer 'Chalet Chalet' - "Well Done Europe" is The Chap at the pinnacle of their powers, and quite possibly their finest work yet.

Tiefschwarz

Tiefschwarz
Tiefschwarz are a German electro house group formed by two brothers, Ali Schwarz and Basti Schwarz in 1996. They performed deep house DJ sets in some of the biggest clubs in Germany and Switzerland as well as in major foreign cities and became increasingly popular in the house scene. Full bio Tiefschwarz was formed in 1996 by two brothers - Ali and Basti Schwarz - who have been successful DJs for over a decade. Peter Hoff, who runs the Benztown studios in Stuttgart, completes the Tiefschwarz production team. Ali and Basti came up with the name for their project after a DJ gig. Tiefschwarz, which is German for 'deep black', is a mixture of their last name, Schwarz, and their love for deep house. In 1990 Ali opened the "on-u" club in Stuttgart, which became a pioneer of the German club scene. Three years later came the "red dog" club, which quickly became known throughout the world as a top address for deep house. Here, resident DJs Ali and Basti played alongside the likes of DJ greats such as Tony Humphries, Master At Work, Frankie Feliciano, Mike Dunn, Mousse T, Matthew Herbert, Lary Heard, Chris Coco, Matthias Heilbronn and many others. Besides their work as resident DJs, Ali and Basti have been travelling together throughout Europe and overseas since 1995. They've played at countless major events and the most popular clubs in both Germany and Switzerland (Zürich, Geneva, Lausanne, Bern, Basle, etc.) as well as in major foreign cities, such as Miami (W.M.C.), New York, Washington, Melbourne, Sydney, Prague, Sarajevo, Amsterdam, Brussels, Antwerp, Rimini, Stockholm, London, Leeds, Sheffield, Ibiza, etc. After six years of DJing and promoting, the two brothers began producing their own tracks. They co-founded the "continuemusics" label in 1996, on which their first single, "24 seven," with remixes by Boris Dlugosh and Michi Lange, was released along with four other tracks. In 1998, Tiefschwarz signed a record deal with edel/benztown records. This proved to be a turning point in their career. Their first release, "music," featuring Joy Denalane of the hip-hop formation Freundeskreis, was not only a hit in Germany (9 weeks at No. 1 on the MTV Germany Dance Charts and No. 1 on Germany's Club Charts), but proved to be very successful in the UK as well. "music" was licensed to the famous "wave music" label in N.Y.C. run by François Kevokian and was remixed by Matthias Heilbronn. Tiefschwarz have remixed around 30 tracks for artists such as Ultra Naté, Byron Stingily, Jam & Spoon, Jennifer Paige, Randy Crawford, Master At Work, Earth Wind and Fire, Shakatak, Mousse T., AWA band, Whirlpool prod., Sabrina Johnson and Sharon Philips. The name Tiefschwarz stands high alongside other legendary German acts such as Boris Dlugosch, Mousse T., Knee Deep, Ian Pooley, Dixon, Jazzanova, Rainer Trüby, Ata and Vincenzo. As DJs, Tiefschwarz have gained a great reputation on the international house scene. Their debut album, "ral 9005", is a skilled and smooth voyage through their daringly diverse cosmos of musical experience. As varied as their influences may be, Tiefschwarz never fail to integrate their own, undeniably unique sound. "ral 9005" covers the spectrum -- from the playful excursions into Nu Jazz (mars, fusion I, fusion II) and the soul-filled deep house and garage tracks (there is, you, never, city-sounds, music) to 80s beats (springtime), down beat electro (follow me), soundtrack-style pop (bye bye baby) and kicking club music (no more trouble, acid soul, sky diving). This is all polished off by an intricate and powerful production. Their second album Eat Books includes the well known track Damage featuring Everything But The Girl vocalist Tracey Thorn

Le Matos

Le Matos
LE MATOS is a Canadian trio from Montreal. Their music is a powerful dancemachine, mix of pop melodies and melancholic new wave, inspired by movie soundtrack composers such as Vangelis or Carpenter and electronic artists like Kraftwerk, Daft Punk or Giorgio Moroder. Their live sets are always a strong experience for the audience. They play real live electronic music, using lots of different machines as mythic Moog or DX7 synthesizers. They have shared the stage with Boys Noize, Shadow Dancer, DIM, Adam Freeland, Evil 9....
They also remixed Coeur De Pirate (released on Barclay in France), Delphic (Kitsuné), We Have Band and many more...

Coming from all 3 corners of Quebec, Jean-Nicolas, Jean-Phillipe and Maxime have quickly established themselves as the new ambassadors of local electro. In just over a year they have gone from completely unknown to playing in front of thousands of people, whether it was at Igloofest or more recently at the I Love NEON 10 year anniversary.

- Le Matos is slang for "The Equipment" in french.
- All members of the group emanate from the hardcore scene and could be described as straight edge (no alcohol, no drugs).
- Their first and only official release is 88mph on Saboteur Records.

Samtex (feat. Sam De Bruyn)

Samtex (feat.  Sam De Bruyn)
Samen met twee van zijn beste vrienden brengt Sam De Bruyn een live DJ-set met laptops, controllers, synthesizers en drumpads. En met kick-ass visuals.

VNNR

VNNR
VNNR: Antwerpenaar die in de eerste helft van 2011 zijn eerste ep op Lektroluv records uitbrengt, na eerder al succesvolle remixen en tracks te hebben gemaakt. Succesvol? Jazeker: de Grote Kanonnen namen VNNR's tracks gretig op in hun sets: Justice, Mr Oizo, Busy P, Don Rimini, Felix Da Housecat, Boris Dlugosch,...

VNNR speelde intussen nationaal (Petrol, I Love Techno, Laundry Day, ...) en internationaal (Looneyland Keulen). One to watch!

CJ Bolland

CJ Bolland
C.J. Bolland is electronic music producer and remixer Christopher Jay Bolland, born June 18, 1971 in Stockton-on-Tees, Yorkshire, England.

He is most known for his song "Sugar Is Sweeter," which hit #1 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in 1996, thanks to a remix from producer Armand van Helden.

Bolland is also a prolific remixer with a long resumé, including songs by Orbital.

Franco Cangelli

Franco Cangelli
"Even though it feels weird to write about yourself in the third person, let's just take a plunge into my past doings..." Born and raised in Gent, Belgium with a pair of firm Italian roots. Spent his childhood dreaming of interstellar voyage, alien invasion and skies filled with colony spaceships… side effects of a daily overdose of television-infused sci-fi images. He first came in contact with electronic music in his childhood, right in the middle of the breakdance craze, backspinnin', body poppin', to the electro boogie of Grandmaster Flash, Africa Bambaataa, Jonzun Crew... Needless to say, he got infected by the electro bug at an early age. By the end of the 80's, Belgium came under the New Beat spell, which opened up an entirely new world, directly followed by the first insidious acid tunes. Franco has always been influenced by the more atmospheric, either moody or darker tunes. So when Detroit techno arrived at the scene, his mind completely absorbed the deeper techno vibes from artists like Carl Craig, Juan Atkins, Dan Curtin... But it didn't stop there. AFX, Autechre and other seminal artists who pushed the envelope even more, irrevocably shaped his mind to the more experimental side of electronic music, coming from labels like Warp, Skam, Rephlex... All of these influences define what Franco Cangelli is musically all about. His djing skills and production work cover different styles to satisfy his incessant need for further musical exploration. As a dj his favourite spinning styles at the moment are minimal techno & clickhouse and electronica. A typical minimal set for him includes relentless bleeps and clicks, dysfunctional melodies and jacking beats, gently spiced with some deep detroit techno, acidic tunes and experimental techno. Electronica-wise, he has an extensive collection of ambient, chill electronics and idm to choose from, to build up a nice colourful canvas of experimental soundscapes and beats. As a producer, his production is aimed at channeling deep emotional content through deep and minimal techno, experimental or dark electronica, or any other style that suits its purpose. His debut release was on the Belgian Toys For Boys imprint and there are future releases coming up on the new London Sushitech label, which will deliver some deep minimal and experimental techno. Check out the 'Observe' section for more info. For a more profound understanding of where I come from musically, here's a personal top 10 of all-time classics: Carl Craig - At Les Carl Craig - Televised Green Smoke Shonzun Crew - Space Is The Place Africa Bambaataa - Planet Rock Prince - Sign o' the Times Juan Atkins - Deep Space Autechre - Amber Aphex Twin - Analogue Bubblebath Public Enemy - Fear of A Black Planet The Pixies ... http://www.dreamsatellite.be/

voom voom

voom voom
Voom Voom is an Austrian/German group producing techno/electronica. Their first full-length album, 'Peng Peng', was released on April 24, 2006, on Studio !K7 records. They had previously released four EPs. The band consists of Christian Prommer and Roland Appel (aka Fauna Flash, Munich) and Peter Kruder (of Kruder & Dorfmeister, Vienna).

Pantha Du Prince

Pantha Du Prince
Pantha du Prince, also known as Hendrik Weber, is a minimal artist signed to Rough Trade Records. His music is often characterised by a hypnotic, intricate combination of melodic chimes and dark, heavy techno beats, but does not confine itself to a single sound or strain of minimal techno. Arrangements are lush and textural, energising yet melancholy; a plethora of sounds and ideas unified by a consistent underlying tech-house beat. Dreaming music.

Digitalism

Digitalism
Digitalism is a German dance duo, founded in 2004 in Hamburg, Germany, consisting of Jens "Jence" Moelle and Ismail "Isi" Tüfekçi. They are signed to French label Kitsuné Music and have released four singles to date: "Idealistic", "Zdarlight", "Jupiter Room", and "Pogo". Jens likens Digitalism's songs to simple chapters in a complex novel about social interaction and attraction, with distorted bass lines and thumping rhythms comprising the punctuation. Digitalism has remixed tracks for The Presets, Tom Vek, The Futureheads, Daft Punk, Tiga, Klaxons, White Stripes, Monk, Depeche Mode, Cut Copy and many others, including a re-edit of "Fire in Cairo" by The Cure (entitled "Digitalism in Cairo"). Their tracks and remixes are played by DJs such as Erol Alkan, Boys Noize and Justice, among others. Digitalism have made appearances at festivals such as Coachella, and South by Southwest as well as various clubs worldwide. Jens Moelle has two solo releases on Kitsuné Music; "I Ragazzi Dell 1982" as Palermo Disko Machine and Wired as Jence.

shackleton

shackleton
Co-ran Skull Disco with Appleblim. Shackleton's unconventional take on big basslines and complex beats doesn't fit into easy categories and that's how it's going to stay. Shackleton has been carving out his own brand of eclecticism on Skull Disco releases so far with intricate, snaking percussion, hypnotic melodies, seriously deep bass lines and dubwise sensibilities. www.skulldisco.com

waxdolls

waxdolls
Lieven Dermul got a master degree at the Conservatory (Production). Wim Slabbinck is sexologist. Together they're Waxdolls, an electro punk band from Ghent. Two boys and some toys, that's all we need. After only one year of existence, Waxdolls shared the stage with Joost van Bellen, Justin Robertson and Digitalism. They got splendid reviews on their sets at 10 Days Off, Dour and StuBru PuntUit. And after their gig at the special Belgian edition of Eurosonic Noorderslag (Groningen, the Netherlands), they were called "best Belgians" by 3voor12 (VPRO). Their critically acclaimed debut album "HIgh Speed Killer Ride" came out in April 2009 op Sputnik/PIAS.

JERBOA

JERBOA
"Jonge Gentenaar die zeer overtuigend in het spoor van DJ Shadow treedt. Of hoe cut en paste tot impressionante sampelhop leidt. Luister naar zijn debuut ""Music for My Instruments""."

FREEFORM FIVE

FREEFORM FIVE
"Anu Pillai staat bekend om zijn gedurfde sets vol frisse disco, house en breakbeats. Als onderdeel van Freeform Five maakt hij een door Chicago, grooves, 80-ies en latin jazz beïnvloede variant van house. Scoorde recent nog met de geweldige single ""Eeeeaaooww"", nog sterker in de versie met de Jamaicaanse toaster Bounty Killer."

FaltyDL

FaltyDL
FaltyDL is Drew Lustman from New York City. With his music reminiscent of UK 2-step and garage, FaltyDL has captivated listeners across the globe with his cross-over style music. Experimenting with different genres, his music maps a variety of different genres, also including dubstep, soul and hip-hop to name a few.

Slagsmalsklubben

Slagsmalsklubben
Slagsmålsklubben (often abbreviated as SMK) is an electro/pop group from Norrköping, Sweden. The name Slagsmålsklubben is a Swedish translation of The Fight Club, referring to the popular novel and movie. They have released three full length albums so far. Along with their side projects, they have been featured on Björk's compilation CD Army of Me: Remixes and Covers.

SMK's members are Björn Nilsson, Hannes Stenström, Joakim 'Beebop' Nybom, Joni Mälkki, Kim Nilsson, and Frej Larsson. The members of the band have many side projects, such as 50 Hertz and Häxor och porr, which feature many of SMK's members, Din Stalker, Hannes' solo project, and Offerprästers Orkester, one of Frej's solo projects.

In 2005, the entire band moved to Berlin. As of July 2008, Kim lives in Berlin, Hannes & Frej live in Stockholm and Joni, Björn & Beebop live in Norrköping.

Slagsmålsklubben was formed November 2, 2000 in Norrkoping, Sweden by Joakim 'Beebop' Nybom, Björn Nilsson and Joni Mälkki, former members of prog rock band The Solbrillers.

The idea of forming a synthpop band occurred to them at a band practice with The Solbrillers. Since the singer of the band wouldn't show up, they decided to plug in Joni's old synthesizer into his guitar amplifier. The three recorded a few songs, which eventually led to the forming of SMK. 

Fischerspooner

Fischerspooner
Fischerspooner is an art pop performance project created and helmed by Warren Fischer and Casey Spooner that makes music, dance, fashion, film and photography. Their work fuses fine art and pop culture, as in their renowned outsider pop shows bursting with stage effects presented in both art galleries and traditional concert halls. Their full-length albums of music include 1, a punked-up digital party record trussed with conceptual lyrics; and Odyssey, a rich emotional fantasia with a deep, expansive sound. Fischerspooner's third album Entertainment, a sophisticated pop epic bubbling with hooks, releases in May, 2009.

Fischer and Spooner met at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where they collaborated on performance art pieces. Years later in New York, Warren was starting his career as a commercial director and Casey was ready to move .. a nine-year tenure with the experimental theatre company Doorika; both were looking for a new creative outlet. Eager to rekindle their collaboration, they attempted a TV pilot but became more interested in the digital soundtrack Warren had composed for the show.

Between 1998 and 2000 the duo wrote a spate of cool electronic tracks to accompany an ambitious new performance idea. The music was perfectly pitched for the turn of the millennium: a pure digital statement equally informed by Spooner's love of pop confection as by Fischer's classical training and background in the seminal math-rock band Table. The show, a smash-up of pop extravagance undercut by experimental theatrics, was carried off with aplomb by Spooner, the flamboyant trickster front man, and driven home with Fischer's pulsating, addictive beats. With the help of an ever-expanding network of dancers, singers, designers, and artists, the performances grew into large-scale arena-style pop spectacles staged in galleries and nightclubs.

After an unlikely debut at the Starbucks on Astor Place, subsequent shows jumped between clubs like Limelight and Baktun and art world venues like Jack Tilton Gallery, P.S.1's Warm-Up series and a staging within Rikrit Tiravanija's Apartment 21 installation at Gavin Brown's enterprise. Fischerspooner unveiled their first solo show at Gavin Brown in March, 2000 with a series of marathon performances, five sets per night for five nights, that cemented their reputation as a pioneering, uneasily categorized creative force. In 2001 they followed up with a supersized version of the show in Los Angeles, and returned to rock New York in 2002 with a kaleidoscopic spectacular at current gallery Deitch Projects, concurrent with the premiere of their short film Sweetness.

ANSATZ DER MASCHINE

ANSATZ DER MASCHINE
In 2006 Ansatz der Maschine set a new standard for Belgian indietronica with the brilliant album 'The Postman Is A Girl'. Now the much-anticipated follow up is here. 'Painting bad Weather on her Body' illustrates how Ansatz der Maschine has grown. It's Mathijs Bertel's second solo-album, yet it fully integrates the Ansatz live band. The subtle electronics are blended with acoustic violins, saxophones, drums, Rhodes, electric guitars, voices ... The result is a warm, slightly distorted mash up of great song writing, producing and musicianship. Ansatz der Maschine plays live as a four piece band, with visuals. Ansatz der Maschine originally started as an experimental one-off project of soundtechs Mathijs Bertel & Alexander Baert. They joined forces to create a smooth blend of click 'n' cuts and live guitars. Their first recordings were assembled on a demo CD: 'Hide For The Beast'. The innovating tracks got them to win the CJP contest 'Het jong 2004', designed to give young artists some promotion (and a cash prize of 5000 euro!). The media attention this generated resulted in a bunch of live shows and the continuation of what was planned to be a temporary project. Ansatz der Maschine is: Mathijs Bertel - electronics, alto violin, keys; Bram De Vreese - alto sax, guitars; Jan Dhaene - drums, rhodes, moog; Ruben Vercaemer - tenor sax, rhodes, moogn (source ansatzdermaschine.be)

FELIX DA HOUSECAT

FELIX DA HOUSECAT
Felix da Housecat (born Felix Stallings in chicago, Illinois) is an electro music DJ and record producer. Felix is commonly regarded as a member of the second wave of chicago house. He entered the dance music elite not only via his recordings (under a number of aliases, including Thee Maddkatt Courtship, Aphrohead and Sharkimaxx), but also for his ownership of Radikal Fear Records, one of the premiere Chicago labels of the 1990s.

Jesse Rose

Jesse Rose
Jesse Rose volgen wordt steeds interessanter. Grootgebracht met Motown soul, jazz en 80's funk, is hij de laatste jaren een van de boeiendste en muzikaalste dj's en producers in het house- en electrowereldje geworden. Dit jaar bewijst hij met zijn album What Do You Do If You Don't nog maar eens zijn productietalent en scoort hij met de singles Touch My Horn en Forget My Name (feat Hot Chip). Als Black Rose werkt hij samen met Henrik Schwarz, met Dave Taylor vormt hij Induceve en tesamen met Trevor Loveys is hij Izit? Jesse Rose runt ook het label Made To Play, waar hij en (onder andere) Riva Starr lekker spul op uitbrengen.

Mary Anne Hobbs

Mary Anne Hobbs
De nu al legendarische radiodeejay Mary Anne Hobbs presenteert al geruime tijd de Experimental Show op BBC Radio 1. Haar tweede compilatie-cd 'Wild angels' is pas verschenen en is een hóógst experimentele verzamelaar geworden. Hierboven zie je een prachtig geanimeerde minimix van die verzamelaar en Mary Anne Hobbes op Sonar 2009.

The Glimmers

The Glimmers
Back in 1987, Mo & Benoelie were DJing for Ghent's youth every weekend, playing all sorts of music which was loved in those days. Back then they already reasoned that they should never shut themselves off from any style of music, that every blend, every genre, every movement was theirs for the taking. At first, they were being turned on by the strange and experimental sounds coming from the city's Boccaccio club. Over there, 12-inches were purposefully pitched down and extended, the result being a deep, metronomic, groove-laden experience, which later would be labelled as Belgian New Beat. Also back then, they made their first trip to Ibiza. Seeing Alfredo playing early electronic stuff mixed with all sorts of pop and funk at Amnesia, Mo & Benoelie really got hooked. Always open to new musical revolutions, they adapted all these sounds and experiences and took them to their new 300 capacity residency called the Fifty Five where they were playing every Saturday marathon sessions from 10pm till 8am. A couple of years later, when there was only house music being played in clubs, Mo & Benoelie were being seen as the 'outsiders' in the Belgian club scene. They played "other" stuff inbetween. They were not afraid of mixing stuff like The Residents, or The Cramps, or even campy disco inbetween the "popular" 4/4 house & techno music. Soon they started to develop a loyal following, which would later result in a new scene in Ghent's diverse but booming nightlife.

TODDLA T

TODDLA T
is een bezige bij uit het Noord-Engelse Sheffield die een klankpalet van vette dancehall en club bangers schildert met hier een daar een likje garage, een vleugje drum & bass en vette features van verschillende MC's. Het gezaghebbende Britse dance-magazine IDJ tipte TODDLA T als èèn van de meest bepalende figuren van het voorbije jaar

Fagget Fairys

Fagget Fairys
Fagget Fairys consist of DJ Sensimilla & MC ENA, feeding you with electro-grime beats and sweet baile balkan rap... It's a journey through heavy basslines, electro-techno beats and the live performance of MC ENA. Copenhagen based lesbian ghetto-funk, pop-slamming MC/DJ duo Fagget Fairys met on the dancefloor a year ago whilest DJ Sensimilla was spinning them records and Ena was in the club-kid stade (did not last long), and stagedived - hopeing to get Sensimillas attention! Got that, and 20 stitches in my knee. A week after, Sensimilla was dj'ing again - and yes, Ena was there right - with a swolen knee and much more respect for the art of dancing. Not long after we started dating, moved in together and got engaged :) it's actually a much longer story, but we'll save that for later! Hope you enjoy the music - there's more to come !

Silkie

Silkie
Dubstep producer and DJ from West London. He released his debut LP City Limits Volume 1 in July 2009 on Deep Medi Musik, a dubstep label run by Mala of Digital Mystikz . He was personally chosen by Mala, along with collaborator Quest, to represent the growing global bass scene in Mary-Anne Hobbs live mix showcase Generation Bass in September 2008 on BBC Radio 1, two-and-a-half years after the seminal Dubstep Warz. It's fair to say the dubstep scene has splintered and refracted into myriad Sub(bass)styles over the last couple of years, but at the epicentre of the scene are a few artists who have maintained the original spirit of the style while alloying it successfully with influences that were always hovering on the edges, but never fully integrated. Silkie is one of those artists who's heated elements of deeper house and synth driven soul around the glowing core of DMZ's bassbins to create one of the lushest fusions in the scene. Boomkat, July 2009.

AGORIA

AGORIA
Real Name: Sebastien Devaud Profile: Influenced by Jazz and Detroit Techno, Sebastien Devaud, aka Agoria, is the latest in a long line of talented artists to emerge from the ever fertile French electronic scene. Agoria's style is minimalistic, dirty, subversive french electronica. Starting off his career with a hectic DJing schedule playing at many international clubs alongside renowned artists such as Jeff Mills, DJ Hell, Kevin Saunderson, Carl Cox, Colin Dale, Joey Beltram, Ritchie Hawtin and Christian Vogel to name but a few, Agoria has become an important figure of the European techno scene, developing a unique groove and approach to the dancefloor. With an opera singer parent, Agoria had been in a musical environment all his life when, in 1997, he fervently began to produce his own material. His fresh sound attracted a number of French independent labels such as UMF, Tekmics, Zebra 3 and A-Traction whilst being play-listed by the finest International DJs (Laurent Garnier, Dave Clarke, Sven Vath, Luke Slater and DJ Hell are among his supporters). In 2000, he was the first DJ to be taken on by the prestigious FAIR, a French support fund for new acts, signing his first publishing contract with Peer Music the same year.

Alex Gopher

Alex Gopher
"Muzikale 1000-poot die samen met de heren van Air en Etienne de Crécy verantwoordelijk is voor de fameuze ""French touch"" midden jaren '90. Een graag geziene gast in Petrol en de liefde is wederzijds (check zijn site). Zwoele house met veel funk, electro met rockende gitaren, prettige pop met een flinke dosis elektronica - de man draait er zijn hand niet voor om. Alex Gopher heeft sinds die ""French touch"" jaren allesbehalve stilgezeten: intussen is de tweede Aurora ep uit, producete hij voor oa Rhinocerose en vulde hij zijn remixrayon aan met The Subs, Shameboy, Dada Life, Autokratz en Shinichi Osawa. Deze maand verschijnt zijn nieuwe ep Handguns."

CIRCLESQUARE

CIRCLESQUARE
Some welcome news in a season that could certainly use some: Circlesquare is back. Circlesquare is Vancouver, British Columbia's Jeremy Shaw, now living in Berlin. Don't be surprised, though, if he doesn't sound like any of his citymates: for the length of his career, Circlesquare has never sounded quite like anyone but Circlesquare. Last heard from over two years ago, Circlesquare set hearts racing with a set of records released between 1999 and 2006 on Trevor Jackson's Output label, home to a diverse roster of electronic outsiders like Black Strobe, DK7, and Colder. His 2003 album Pre-Earthquake Anthem came as a revelation: rather than the fluo-funk of his better known labelmates, or the digitized minimalism of the day, Circlesquare came on like a molasses drip laced with Codeine, roping in such unlikely references as Tones on Tail, Leonard Cohen, Pole, Angelo Badalamenti, and even Cat Stevens. Boomkat called it "dense, considered stuff mixing up a brooding and pounding melancholy, bass-fuelled sensory exploration, and purest minimal electronic meltdown." 2006's Fight Sounds EP was even stranger. It moved like snails set on fire, dousing steel guitar in acid sequences and warped keyboard riffing, all overlaid with Jeremy's intimate, ominous voice.

Dada Life

Dada Life
Dada Life is a Swedish house/electronica band, consisting of Olle Corneer and Stephan Engblom. Their debut album is out now, they have had releases on a heap of different labels.

N.A.S.A.

N.A.S.A.
Het Amerikaanse duo N.A.S.A. schonk ons het onvolprezen meesterwerkje The Spirit of Apollo. Dat is gebouwd op de fundamenten van Braziliaanse funk en heeft zowel Tom Waits, Kool Keith, David Byrne als Chuck D op de loonlijst staan. De heren gaan op tournee met Braziliaanse percussionisten, visuele acts, kunstinstallaties én dansers...

FUKKK OFFF

FUKKK OFFF
Fukkk Offf aka Bastian Heerhorst has been renowned for some time in his hometown for storming live sets in the clubs scattered around Hamburg's red light district. "Die sündige Meile" or "the sinful mile" as it is known has seen its walls shaked and thighs quaked by the throbbing depths of Bastian's big room Fukkk Offf Sound. Many a night you would witness the frustration on the faces of lonely old men as they realized that the brothels were empty. All the girls would no doubt be down at the club shaking their money makers to the sounds of our young hero. These same streets are where the Beatles made their way in the early 60s. John Lennon was once quoted as saying "I might have been born in Liverpool, but I grew up in Hamburg."

Miss Kittin

Miss Kittin
Miss Kittin (real name Caroline Hervé) is an electro vocalist and DJ. She was born in Grenoble, France in 1973. At age 22 she began DJing, spinning records in France, Moscow and Chicago with Mike Dearborn. Soon after she met DJ Hell in Marseille who wanted her to record for his International DeeJay Gigolos label. She presented him with the EP Champagne that she recorded with The Hacker. Miss Kittin & The Hacker released First Album in 2001. Several tracks, such as 1982 and Frank Sinatra, became anthems of the electroclash scene.

Kittin expressed an interest in the visual arts - she studied both contemporary and graphic arts. As time progressed, however, Kittin found herself emulating her parents' musical tastes by developing an interest in musical genres ranging from classic, jazz, funk, and disco to English Pop. Finding her niche in Electronic Music in 1991, Kittin raved all around the country before doing her first mix in April of 1993. Her first set came one year later in 1994, at which time she started her career with Tekmics Booking Agency, playing in the famous Dragon Ball wild parties of Southern France.

In pursuit of other opportunities, Kittin left France in 1996 and relocated to Geneva, Switzerland, where she would join the Mental Groove Record Posse one year later. Through years of an exciting and mobile career as a DJ, Miss Kittin is confident with her own personal sound. She states, "I get quickly bored when I listen to the same sound. DJs have to take risks, without only thinking about what people want to hear. Some people say I'm too technical. That's true, but this technique also gives me the freedom to concentrate only on music."

She has become one of the most important figures in electroclash, working with Felix da Housecat, Chicks on Speed, and Golden Boy. In 2002, she released a techno music compilation under her own name (Miss Kittin On The Road). Her debut solo CD I Com has elements from different electronic styles and is more experimental than her previous records.

She collaborated with Sven Väth, Steve Bug, Ellen Allien (for remixes).

In 2006, she released Miss Kittin Live at Sonar, recorded at the famous electronic music festival Sonar at Barcelona. She plays her own tracks, among others tracks from Aphex Twin, Modeselektor, Boom Bip. 2006 also saw the release of a double-disc CD Miss Kittin: Bugged Out.

Two years in the making and almost four years since her debut album I Com, Miss Kittin announced her second album, BatBox for a February 2008 release. BatBox comprises thirteen original songs, all composed whilst touring throughout the world.