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Jim-E Stack: Deadstream
After a while one cannot just listen to music and enjoy it, as the mind has to race through all the previous knowledge, to wrap the sound somehow around pre-existing ideas and ideals about music. Regardless my laziness that halted the release of this short article, Jim-E Stacks' "Deadstream" still sounds fresh and manages to overload my previously mentioned layers of criticism. The magic was to be found in what it evoked, which, to be specific, was an interview I made with the French hip-hop guru Guts. He said that music is like cooking. You mix all the inspirations like ingredients that you can find lying around. In this aspect, Jim-E Stack had a Gordon Ramsay moment. "Deadstream" is just another slap for genres that long stood as a pivotal point for experts and fans alike to argue about, as it blends ingredients seamlessly from all across the audible range. Some elements such as broken beats, a soft indie rockish voice and the future bass like soundscape are a no brainer to spot,...

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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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A Healthy Approach to EDM
The problem is, EDM has become such a huge complex phenomenon, that describing it with white and black is almost impossible, yet many music fans and journalists are putting it into one of these boxes. The last drop in the glass for me to lay down these words was an article on Electronic Beats titled "Does playing vinyl legitimize EDM DJs?" In order two answer this question, first of all, we have to be crystal about what EDM is. Contrary to the popular belief EDM is not just BigRoom House and Trap. EDM stands for Electronic Dance Music, which covers anything from Synthwave to Dub-Techno. Drum and Bass, Jungle, Goa-Trance and Splittercore are no different as they all fall under the same umbrella. So where all this confusion came from? You can't say that a Transporter is a VW, but a Polo is notIt's simple, people like to believe what they hear, rather than doing a bit of research into the field. So I did. EDM emerged around 2010 when electronic music had really made its foothold in...

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Depth
Since its debut in Detroit in the late 80's techno has become one of the most influential styles of dance music. It pops up at the most unexpected places and it influences people you'd never think of. As techno grew bigger it found new strongholds, escaping the decaying motor-city. Berlin became the new techno capital, whereas Berghain is the new White House. The effects of this place on the scene are significant at least. The culture that grew around it and the people that are being sucked in by it have gradually turned techno form a harsh futurist statement to a sophisticated neo-classical perfectionist craft. As I was wandering the fields of Airfield Festival, I already knew that I will have a chance to absorb a bit of all I've described above as the veterans of Berghain like Ame and Mathias Kaden were about to hit the stage. What I didn't expected was the passion and talent that accidentally crossed my paths. I was looking for moments to capture with a crappy lens on my camera,...

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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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Mathias Kaden Interview at Airfield Festival 2015
1. Please tell a bit about yourself, the description are kind of short of info: I'm Mathias Kaden, I'm from the East part of Germany, I live very close to Leipzig and I've started in 1995, quite early when I was young because in my area the house and techno scene started very early so I got in touch with music very early. Then I started to try to DJ, I've tried to buy my first turntables, I tried to mix and everything. I had my first gigs when I was 17 – 18 in Germany and around Germany and then it evolved step by step. Now, 17 years later I'm still into music, traveling around the world. We also have our own label "Freude am Tanzen" it started in 1998 and I have my other label called "Vakant" where I released my first album in 2009. Three months ago I released my second album on "Freude am Tanzen". I'm not the most active producer, but I'm DJing a lot, and now with the new album I'm doing a live tour. I got a little bit tired of playing music from other people, so basically I'm...

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Noizz Factor - Summer 1989
The refreshing breeze only turned out to be mediocre. Considering the sheer size of the 80's-inspired synth scene, another drop doesn't make too much of a difference. It goes unnoticed, but it shouldn't, because it has a speck of wonder. This wonder is called "Counting Stars". It's atmospheric, colossal and pulsating at the same time. It really plays in its own league. An orchestra with the voice. It's depicting a strange image, as if one would be sitting in the orchestra, listening to a beautiful piece while wasted on speed and banging something on the headphones. It is not sure whether the mind-bending substance has made the mixture sound as it does, or it happened by accident, but one thing's sure, it's a bullseye. The majority of the songs have good underlying ideas, the only problem, as it happens in the case of "bedroom" producers, is the lack of continuity when looking at the album as a whole. The good ideas doesn't translate into distinctively unique tracks providing unique...

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Good Vibes Meet Charity
The album could be downloaded from Bandcamp for any price that one is willing to pay for charity. All payments will go to the Aboriginal Benefits Foundation, which was founded by a group involved in Indigenous art and culture, with the aim of improving the well being of Aboriginal Australians. The ABF has a particular focus on supporting art, health and cultural projects with a connection to Aboriginal art and/or artists. The sound of the album stays in the close proximity of what our ears are commong with after hearing The Acid's mesmerizing tunes spiced with a bit of percussions and synths that are meant to recreate the sound of the Ausitralian tribes. Written by: Kado

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Botnit - Vivid Memories
Botnit is an 80's inspired synthwave producer from Boston. Blending the old and the new, combining warm, nostalgic tones with structure and styles found in today's music. Compared to many other synth albums, Vivid Memories is not an Akira themed Flashoworx-like thing, nor a Drive influenced Action Jackson kind of cocaine filled dream, but a pleasant place to be in, where your car transforms into a DeLorean, all the lights turn into Far Cry Dragon Blood like magenta, and your PC becomes a Tron-like arcade. The vocals also aim to amplify the warm, accepting nature of the album, by dropping topics such as the spread of the video games, CD's and drugs in a peaceful and understanding manner. This voice comes as a long-awaited refresh in the era when each and every piece of content tries to stick out in a controversially attention-seeking, overly exaggerated way. When everyone is shouting, a calm voice always feels good and relaxing, and this is where Botnit nails it. The warm flow goes...

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Videogram - Cobretti:
For those who haven't seen it, it's a classic example of an 80s action movie, where cars blow into bits after a few shots, there's barely any need to reload weapons, the pretty lady gets kidnapped, and the hero beats the hell out of the antagonist after barely escaping his demise. Videogram took the sound and the images of this classic to create a retro-futuristic "EP" lost somewhere between synthwave and dark electro. Taking the sound and the atmosphere into account, the comparison to the recently released Hotline 2 Miami soundtrack is inevitable. These tunes would fit perfectly in an 8bit style game that would feature the pixelated reincarnation of Cobretti. The vibrating noise and the chaotic percussions would create a perfect setting for smashing thugs with their own axes. The clip is okay, and it strengthens the position of the EP as a flashback, but there's hardly any more pros about it. In fact it is barely an EP, since none of the tracks are longer than two and a half...

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Synthetic Emotions

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Action Jackson - Testarossa:
It's entirely possible that no one has ever said this, but everyone feels it who's close to synth-wave. Whether it be Kavinsky, or Miami Nights 1984 just to mention the biggest names, they all come down to these weird and highly mesmerizing essentials. "Testarossa" is the gateway to synth and synth based IDMAction Jakson's "Testarossa" might be the best representation of the scene right now. It's not the most outstanding synth-wave production, but it has a balance of all the components that make the retro futuristic dream what it is. I'm just sitting here ignoring the fact that I should let my cat inside, since I want to hear another track, I want more of that pulsating vibe, and ultimately I want to find the words for it. And yes, it maintains that synth-induced, constantly uplifting coma. As I said it before, it gives you a speck of everything. It's magic, just like Kavinsky's "Drive"; it is energetic such as M.O.O.N's "Crystals", and it's dark like Perturbator's "I am the...

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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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Music and Globalization:
In a recent article about music and globalization, I wrote about the shift in cultural trends at a global level, which are having a direct impact on the electronic scene. I've chosen Japan because that's where the sun rises. Isn't it? So my articles will follow as the sun is rising... Putting aside all my personal motivations, Japan is a place where, no matter where you look, or even if you don't look at all, you're going to stumble into some weird stuff. Why would anyone drive a car sideways, and why would anyone make cartoons with huge monsters owning skinny girls? The answers to questions like these would be long and mostly useless, even if I had the knowledge to understand them to the greatest extent. Yet, we tend to enjoy the gifts of the Japanese culture a lot. But how does Japanese electronic music sound like? It sounds like early synthpop; it also sounds like French electro, and it also could be hard trance. Yellow Magic Orchestra, Sinichi Osawa, and Yoji Biomehainka stood...

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The Best of Drugs
Here are some of the best. Enjoy! 1.  2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

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Endless Melancholy:
You're listening to piano and the feeling is overwhelming. If thinking clearly it is obvious that soundcloud has all sorts of music, but it mostly offers electronic stuff, especially for someone like me who follows "generic" electronic music producers. the feeling is overwhelmingAnyway, it feels awesome so you have to look at the profile and here comes the surprise. Endless Melancholy is hailing from Ukraine, Kiev which is a bit surprising. What the average westerner knows about Ukraine? What a guy who's living right next to Ukraine knows about its musical scene? Not much. All we know about Ukraine that it is has Chernobyl, it is almost like Russia and in the last couple of months it was and still is the place of turmoil in Europe. The news are all about riots, unrest, war, killings and a downed airliner. The last thing that would be associated with Ukraine is this really-really smooth breathtaking music. Of course, there are guys like Jon Hopkins or Tycho, and this craft has very...

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Art or Money? Artist or sellout?
These days it's about the money, according to some. These people also like to over-emphasize the fact that all is worse than ever. It's not. By looking at the history of music there was no era when there weren't any interests crossing the path of musicians. In the Middle Ages music had to serve the Church, later on it was serving / obeying the system, or it just simply had to meet the expectations of a given era. Today's western musicians are free of the grasp of these forces, but they have a new element to deal with. By the 21st century money became the most powerful unifying force for mankind and music alike. Money gives one the tools to make a living and the amount of income is a very powerful feedback. Yet money is only a mere tool which aids an artistic industry that experiences freedom like never before. Some of this artistic freedom comes from scientific discoveries and advancements that are constantly demolishing outadted governing principles. Money buys software, hardware...

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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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Fluke - Risotto
It's not just about the mind-fuck you get, it's about the fever that is transmitted to your body. Some sounds are enough to get your mind high but that's it. They are the tracks that you want to listen to while lying on your sofa with your cat. But there is another side. The side that makes your mind climb the highest of peaks and rockets your body into motion. The ultimate raving experience, for me at least. Fluke's Risotto hits the bullseye of this category. It is the sound of sex mixed with dancing in the meanest place that a mind can create Absurd is the first track and it just kicks you over the edge of a very deep (high?) rabbit hole. It is the sound of sex mixed with dancing in the meanest place that a mind can create.. These sounds always remind me that back then, at the dawn of electronic era people went to parties not because of the fame of an artist, not for picking up chicks, not to get drunk as hell but to enjoy the music, THE SOUND. This is the very sound that brings...

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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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