NEWS
Many parents worry for their children. They fear for their future carrier, they wish to keep them clear of drugs and they want them to have a good life.

 

 
REVIEWS
The minimal-tech house scene got huge over the last couple of years.
 
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NEWS:

Danaga Interview
After being stuck between the gears of corporate pocket filling, meat-grinding machine and wannabe scientific paper making for good months, one night I found myself hanging out, riding high in the realm of colorful, photon filled concrete walls and banging beats. IT just happened so, that I've stumbled upon Danaga. I've been kind of aware of the fact that he has earned a name for himself in Romania's second most vibrant electronic stronghold, namely Cluj. As our paths crossed on the stage, this interview was bound to happen. We met for a coffee to have a pre interview chat, we weren't even sure how does the other person exactly looks like, but luckily, both of us were late in the best way, so we didn't had to ask stupid questions from total strangers The "chat" that followed was aimed to be a rough sketch for the interview, but it turned into a long and layered discussion, leaving the written interview to feel like a sketch, giving some space up to your imagination to link the...

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Top 5 Romanian Festivals
I used to say that Romania is always somewhat five years behind the western world of which it wants to make part of so badly. Also I had to admit, that this lag isn't about technology or way of life. We have superfast internet, smartphones with countless cores, many ridiculously overpowered expensive sport cars and a bunch of shopping malls so you won't miss out on Zara's latest collection. The point where Romania falls behind is adopting trends and styles at large. The whole point of throwing this piece of mind at you is because I might think that the Romanian festival scene had proved me right. Somewhere around 2010 Big Room House made its foothold in the music world, its simple but highly energetic sound catapulted by events like Tomorrowland into the minds of the masses. This was also the very point when "electronic music" definitely took over the world of music festivals. Some four years later, namely in 2014 people in Romania really got into making festivals and the number of...

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Tycho - Burning Man Sunrise Set 2015

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Guts and his Lifelong Dedication to the Drug Called Hip Hop
Many parents worry for their children. They fear for their future carrier, they wish to keep them clear of drugs and they want them to have a good life. The question is, what parents should do to guide their children towards an ideal career? If one's familiar with doublethink giving the right drugs to their offspring might very well be a good idea. The question poses, which drugs should be handed over to the kiddo so it won't do harm and even if it does to a certain degree, it will be a warranty for further creative development. For Guts's mother the question was a no brainer. Music became the drug of choice and the currency to pay for stuff was nothing else but good grades. "I think this is the best drug she gave me" admits Guts. As the time flew by and the record stack grew with each passing minute it was showing much resemblance to what a young black man had in the late 70's somewhere in a rundown apartment of the concrete jungle of the Bronx. "Funk, Bob Marley but the half of it...

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The Prodigy – The Day is my Enemy
Once awakened there's no room for escape, since all of its systems are fully reloaded in a blink of an eye, and it does pretty serious damage. The Prodigy has never been a synonym for cute music, but "The Day is my Enemy" is even harder, darker, and filthier compared to their previous releases. Time happens and we're getting older by each passing day - maybe this is the same exact thing felt by The Prodigy. It's a middle finger aimed at physics and its weird habit to let only experience time as it flows forward. My rebel years are kind of over, standing closer to 30 than 20, but "The day is my Enemy" still awakens the rebel inside me. It is perfect to slap kids used to cheesy house in the face, to pull down the faders and scream "In your face". It just grabs all the empathy, and forcefully induced patience and kindness by the scruff and throws them off a 5th floor balcony. It makes you go like "This is it, let's fucking rock".   someone above 40 can make you scream "Let's rock" As a...

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Why do Music Heads hate Commercial?
There are many definitions, but my favorite is the definition of Marilyn Manson, who says that art has to be a question mark. I'd add that art has to push boundaries and to do so it has to grant you a freedom of choice. What do I mean by freedom of choice? Here comes the tricky part, and most probably the only part, the core of my idea about art and its effects. I will start with the very basics to build up this idea from the ground up, in order to be as crystal as possible. We, humans start off in with a blank sheet. We have a functional brain that is perfectly useless without inputs. As we get more and more of these inputs that transform into information on the way will create our perception of the world. First we get simple ones, like breasts mean food, Lego Duplo is fun and if we kick the wall our legs will hurt and so on. Later, just like a good MMORPG, everything gets harder. The inputs will get more and more complicated, slowly but surely creating what Reggie Watt calls a...

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Method One - Blackwood EP
You give up after listening to hundreds of mediocre tracks on soundcloud, you retreat to facebook for a bit of relief, and BAAAM. You click on a link from a friend who's notorious for finding "off the scale" music, and all of a sudden you're in paradise. The Blackwood EP is breathtaking in an intelligently mean way. Progressive and atmospheric breaks are something that you don't hear on every corner. In fact it's deep down in the underground right now. It wasn't always like this: in the mid-late 90's, when progressive and atmospheric breaks were sort of well known, Hybrid and Way Out West being the most important influences as far as the internet can tell. Almost two decades later the scene is on the rise once more. It is a flourishing scene with Labels like Morphosis or artists like Slighter, Dave Gluskin, E.F.G., and many more. If you consider the above mentioned "ingredients" mixed together as a cake then the Blackwood EP is the cherry on the top, or the strawberry, because I...

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French Electro is Evergreen:
If it comes to cars then it's mostly related to the cursing of the mechanic while trying to reach bolts in the stupidest places while replacing a light bulb. But you've bought that car for a reason, isn't it? It is very likely that the reason for buying a French car can be traced back to things like character and design. So let's talk sound design. Regardless of what kind of party it is, everybody loses their minds when it comes to "Technologic" or "We Are Your Friends". As we commonly like to refer to it, "French Electro" is always king. We all tend to know what it is, how it sounds, and how much energy we get while listening to it. Of course, to be technically correct what we refer to as French Electro is a large scale ranging from French Touch House to Justice-like Electro-Trash madness. If you look a bit further there is Etienne de Crecy making something that no one understands, or Lifelike who is making top-notch electro-synth.   If it comes to cars then it's mostly related to...

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LeVant:
Orwell was a genius and I hate him for it, which means I love him as well. Taking this state of mind a bit further we arrive to my method for reviewing music. I try to be as objective as I can, projecting my deepest and most understandable self into characters that can be understood by anyone, who speaks English. In order to achieve that, I have to cut lots of cultural ties that link me to my surroundings, to be able to hear and speak the world's collective emotions. Why this personal rant stands as an introduction for something that should be a review? Just bare with me for a sec, and you'll see that it is more of a review than anything else. LeVant's craft is cool, because it drives you as it pleases and not how you try to experience it. When I was listening to "L'Extase" for the first time I was covered with goosebumps and that's something you don't feel on a regular basis. The mixture for making goosebumps consists of a well-organized, warm, and experimental noise with a bit of...

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Electric Castle Festival:
Yes, you're not mistaken, that is the birthplace of the mighty Dracula. Dracula is a cool guy, so now he's into festivals and what else should suit him better than Electric Castle. The Electric Castle festival got its name for a very good reason. It is situated in an old castle located at a small village called Bonţida in the North-Western part of Romania. Regardless of that is easy to get there since the castle is only a 30 minutes' drive away from Cluj which is an Eastern-European youth's paradise. Dracula is feeling very comfortable since he doesn't have to use his wings because Cluj has an airport, he can cover the rest of the trip with a bus and the old castle is filled with classy vibes and lots of hot young women. the line-up made many music-heads wet in an instant2013 was the very first year and the event took the Romanian festival scene by surprise since the line-up made many music-heads wet in an instant. The second edition not just lived up to the expectations, which were...

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Art or Money 2 / The Fear of the Unknown:
There's a never ending debate about what should be in focus for the music biz. Art or Money? Some are surfing on waves of money while some need a daytime job to make a living. There is a gap of creativity between these groups regardless of the fact that not all super rich DJ/producers are sellouts and not all bedroom producers are making gold. In the previous article lines were clearly drawn between art driven and "McDonald's" music with the help of Lifelike. Now that we see the tip of the iceberg it is time to stick our heads in the shallow water in order to capture fragments of something that might be really big. We could only guess the size underneath the surface. The first article ended with questions about what should be the correct path for a DJ or a producer to balance his craft to earn some money and to express musical visions at the same time. I realized that the best way to map this uncharted topic is to talk to producers and DJs from each side. So I found a couple where...

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Vinyl is not superior but we're loving it:
All physical is just plain impossible and also stupid. From a financial point of view it might sound appealing but just try to imagine the environmental damage that would be done by manufacturing billions of vinyl LP's, cassettes and other physical mediums on a daily basis. It is also easier for young, upcoming talents to upload their music to Soundcloud or Bandcamp rather than looking for a record label who might or might not agree to release their music for the first time. Digital music is also very easy to reach and almost 100% user friendly. The quality is also decent regardless of what some say about the compression of MP3s. If a 320kbps MP3 is not enough than you can go for FLAC, AIFF or WAV. That's the point where the difference between the quality of digital and analog becomes irrelevant for the majority of us. Not because there's absolutely no difference, but because your average sound system is not enough to make you hear it. It is also important to mention the fact that...

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5 most disgusting ways for listening to music
Everyone is listening to some kind of music. Or at least they tend to believe that. The reality tough, which is a though one, is that many of them are merely listening to anything that can be referred to as music. When it comes to small built-in speakers there is no music just some distorted airwaves labeled as sound. Things like that and a lot of other factors could turn one of the most pleasing hobbies into a pile of... So here are the things that ruin music: 1. Small built-in speakers. iPads, laptops, phones and cheap radios can always freak you out. Right now, you're probably about to say something like "My iPad sounds real nice" ... and you'll be lying to yourself to the greatest extent. 2. If you go somewhere and there's music don't start listening to something else especially if both of you are using loudspeakers. Also if you go someplace where two different kinds of music are playing at the same place and it isn't controlled by a DJ than run as fast as you can. (Some DJs...

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How to tell which music suits you the best
What makes us like or hate a certain track and what are the reasons behind our decisions. Are we making the good choices when there is so much music out there? Here are some points that could help you to select what's the best for you: 1. No memories involved. Memories are important to all of us and we are attached to them. Just like everything else music is linked to memories and vice versa. The thing is though that some memories can be linked to any kind of songs because of a situation and there is no guarantee that the song reaches the absolute bottom line of quality. I too have songs like that stuck in my head, but it is very important to know that sweet memories and quality music are far-far away from one another. Consider this normal. 2. It has to make you move without realizing it. A nice tune always makes you move. Slight head-banging and constantly moving legs are the sings that your body is aware of the music even if you're paying attention to something else. 3. Shiver and...

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We Love Russia
As soon as you look away from the attention seeking stuff, you'll find a very rich Russian underground culture. The electronic music junkie of this era doesn't know much about the Russian electronic scene aside from names like Lady Waks and places like Kazantip. the spirit finding freedom in the body of the creatorYet, they have a very unique music scene that's worth to be checked out. As I was wandering around on soundcloud I've found an awesome tune on someone's favorite list. That was Fraktone's track called "Cave". I was mesmerized so there was nothing else to do but to get in touch with this guy. I had no idea what to expect. It turned out that the music world is refusing to let me down and I met Fraktone who is super friendly and some other guys as well. I was amazed how he immediately recommended me some of his friends work rather than showing off with his own craft. I've chosen Mahaon and Fraktone to interview based on their craft. They both make weird and good sounding...

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Cyber-Synth:
Synthesizers are the backbone of electronic music since the 50's. New tracks still show signs of the sound effects first introduced as features of the MiniMoog back in the 70's. As the synthesizers became popular with the spread of the Minimoog a new genre was born with a distinctive mark of being almost entirely made up of synth sounds. Not surprisingly the style was named as synth. Much creative. Jean Michel Jarre was and still is the first highly popular synth artist. He begun to make a name for himself in the 70's and even to this day he has some pretty amazing concerts all around the globe. (Synthpop came from the same place but as music and sound it became something totally different.) The pulsating vibe creates a perfect set for a retro-futuristic cyberpunk worldSome ten years later the 80's have made its mark on art with blurry Ferrari F-40s', the Knight Rider series, the Back to Future saga, the Blade Runner and a whole bunch of other stuff that formed the era to the shape...

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Trap
So what do I do when I don't understand some sort of music? I kick it over the edge shouting shii.... Wait, that's not me! As I was killing my time on twitter and listening the music of my followers I bumped into a guy called Munchkin who turned out to be a bedroom trap producer with some cool tunes on his soundcloud profile. As we were chatting it became clear that I'm talking to someone who's doing his craft by heart and not because it's so trendy and let's throw some samples into a new Ableton project and voila. He had to be the guy to answer my question about trap. It's enough of my thoughts let's learn how to trap from the man himself, Munchkin. I got into the world of electronic music way back in the day with Aphex Twin. I was listening to house and DnB, later I moved onto dubstep then I heard trap. After I heard trap for the first time it was a match made in heaven because I always listened to the "dirty south" types of rap like T.I with those low 808 kicks, tons of hats and...

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Visuals
Visuals were immediately there to support electronic music as it came out from the experimental stage and it was shown to larger audiences. In the very beginning The Throbbing Gristle used disturbing imagery to assist their weird sound in dislocating the line of thought of the audience. Since then the whole scene went on steroids and got huge. With the exponential development of the technology the visuals scene grew into a high-end playground for gearheads with an artistic touch. They are always somewhere near or on the stage setting parameters and pushing copious amounts of buttons. Despite that one can have fun at a party without even realizing and paying attention to the work of man and machine that elevates the atmosphere into another level. they are attracted by what has to be done and not what by awaits if they can achieve success Who are the people behind the visuals and how are they doing it? I would like to introduce two guys, Plus and Lamaskier. Making visuals started out...

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Outcries about the free U2 iTunes album
7 years ago (next month to be exact) Radiohead did the same thing with In Rainbows. Screams of "Omg! we're doomed!" began. A year later Nine Inch Nails did the same with The Slip... And certain people took to the streets with their "END IS NEAR" signs... Yet here we still are, enjoying music, and there's plenty of it. Tell me again how vinyl record plants can't keep up with the DEMAND for physical vinyl presses* again? Ask yourself, who's behind this outcry? Chances are, it's a musician who's music we've forgotten about (and chances are, it wasn't great to begin with.) Others following suit are most likely in shitty bands, that can't get anyone to listen to them... NOT because people don't care about music, but entirely because THEY MAKE SHITTY MUSIC. Stop projecting your creative failure onto the rest of us please, be better at your craft instead. Great music is still being made, bought and sold, I'd say some of the BEST music I've heard in my life so far has been in the last few...

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Perturbator - I am the night
The vibes and beats of Perturbator make the perfect setup for a trip back to the future. In no time you wake up somewhere standing on the balcony of a mile high skyscraper wandering into the dirty mass what appears to be a city. As the cheap neon lights give the city a fake red aura, you feel yourself as a natural part of the glooming night. But you block your HUD, all you want to do is to wonder into the distance. You might have memories that you never had before. As the music sneaks into your brain and it goes deeper and deeper a whole new world is emerging in the front of your spiritual eyes. Steampunk, lasers, weird colors, cyborgs, sky-high cities, gray skies,eternal gloom covering the city For a moment I want to turn away from the album itself to talk about Perturbator's track called electric dreams. This tune takes you to the static retro-futuristic bedroom of a citizen living in new Hong Kong up on the 231st floor. You look around, the room is all quiet, and the only sound...

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Mr. Goju
Electronic music and mostly electronic dance music which rules the majority of parties is mostly about banging you hard. Which is good and I like to be banged as well. The problem kicks in when it's all about the banging. Sometimes I feel a desperate need to hear more organic like sounds so I can rather dance than rave. Raving is a huge part of my life, but I guess we all know that even the finest of foods can become a nightmare if you get nothing else to eat. Sometimes I feel a desperate need to hear more organic like sounds so I can rather dance than rave From time to time I feel like I'm sucked in by that raging electronic vortex generated around the dance scene. Which has evolved because of a complex phenomenon generated by both the Dj's and their crowds. So Dj's shouldn't just play electronic music, just because of Djing is related to electronic gadgets. Dj's should play any kind of music that matches their perception of good music and their crowd is enjoying it as well. This...

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