KORNER Taipei 2 year anniversay with Ben Klock, Nina Kraviz, Marcel Dettmann

Korner-2-year-anniversaryTaipei City is about to get a serious dose of Berlin techno starting this Saturday at KORNER, Taipei’s premiere underground event space, as they celebrate their 2 year anniversary with a stellar three show line up spanning the course of two weeks featuring Ben Klock (Dec 6th), Nina Kraviz (Dec 12th), Marcel Dettmann (Dec 19th).

This is possibly one of the boldest bookings in such a short span to come through Taipei city. KORNER’s brand and vision has remained consistent since day one by developing a platform for cutting edge electronic music and visual artists to showcase their talent aimed towards an explosion of sensual overload. 2014 has been a massive year for KORNER with quality bookings such as Ben UFO, Midland, DJ Nobu, Gerd Janson, Jesse Rose, Regis, Scuba, DVS1, John Osborn and more all making their debut showcase in Taipei.

The underground electronic music community in Asia is currently seeing a surge of top international acts making regular stops in the region further proving that the movement is alive and well. While these top acts are considered elites in our industry, they are still known to be somewhat risky in places like Taipei where house & techno events are currently seeing difficult times recently with non-sensible raids at clubs and parties creating a difficult barrier for innovative artists and promoters in Taiwan to flourish in the scene. We wish the team at KORNER the very best as they get ready for a massive two week stretch that we hope will pave the future for Taiwan’s electronic music industry. Open minds and open ears are highly recommended. Tickets and event info can be found on their Fbook event tab here.

PREVIEW: Ogawa & Unic – SAGRADA FAMILIA (Hernan Catteneo & Soundexile Remix)

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Tokyo based label, Bass Works Recordings, is set to release their 84th EP, Sagrada Familia, on Wednesday Dec 3rd via Beatport and other online outlets featuring the original work of Japanese producers, Ogawa & Unic, that exemplifies the true school version of Progressive House reminisce of the early days of Global Underground. Hernan Cattaneo and Argentine rising talent, Soundexile, collaborated to deliver a groovy, melodic, and percussive remix that showcases the sounds of South America electronic music. 

Human Sized Synth in Tokyo

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Those walking the streets of Tokyo may have stumbled upon a fascinating synthesizer display recently. It would certainly be hard to not catch the eye, considering the synth is about twice as tall as most people. This amazing human sized synth was developed by Daito Manabe and Rhizomatiks in conjunction with Red Bull Music Academy and iconic audio manufacturer, KORG. Take a look at this brief video to see what happened when they took a piece of studio gear and transformed it into an instrument of the public.

 


The human sized synth manages to include many great features that are desirable in any normal sized synth such as a keyboard with arpeggiator, X-Y effects unit (similar to that of KORG’s Kaoss Pad series), and a step sequencer for drum patterns. All the power to make a full track available right in the middle of Tokyo, that’s pretty incredible. Manabe kept the user interface relatively simple to encourage all members of the public to participate, even small children. But at the same time included enough options to allow the synth to function normally, and more knowledgeable audiophiles could manipulate the synth to their liking. Below you can find two diagrams provided by RBMA explaining the layout of the synth and functions.

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schematicsThe top picture illustrates what the user sees on the synth itself, and the picture below that is a visual explanation of the features and signal path. Section 1 is the part of the synth with the various parameters commonly found in most synths such as the sound wave oscillators, filters, and envelope adjustments such as attack, sustain, decay, and release.  Sections 2, 3, and 4 are touch screens on the human sized synth, including the specific features such as: the arpeggiated keyboard, the X-Y effects pad, and the drum sequencer.

Music technology exhibitions such as these are a great way to get the public involved and somewhat informed about the gear and processes that go into making music. The human sized synth displayed in Tokyo did just that, and appeared to have people of all backgrounds experimenting with different sound textures and patterns. Probably not the most practical new piece of gear for a home studio, but maybe people will start getting creative and reinvest some time and interest in analog gear.

Maceo Plex – Conjure Infinity EP

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Maceo Plex aka Maetrik, just announced that he will be releasing his last and final chapter of the  Conjure series:  Conjure Infinity.  Leading up to this EP, Maceo Plex has taken us on a journey through Conjure One, Conjure Two, and also Conjure Superstar.  The Conjure series have been released so far on labels like Ellum, Minus, and Kompakt.  However, the final EP is set to release on Dec. 15th, 2014 on Adam Beyer’s epic techno label, Drumcode.  Without a doubt, we can expect some quality, bangin, face melting, techno from Maceo Plex.  What’s your favorite Conjure release?

Check out the links below for a few clips from the upcoming EP on his Soundcloud page:

Carlo Lio returns to Los Angeles

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One of our all time favorites, Carlo Lio, is set to return to Los Angeles tonight at Exchange LA with fellow industry peer and global techno icon Joseph Capriati. This much anticipated event will set new boundaries for Los Angeles underground as techno and tech-house is slowly surfacing in to the mass audience leading this generation of music lovers in to a new spectrum.

Carlo Lio can be credited as an important element of Toronto’s electronic music movement and have paved the way for the city’s recognition as a global destination within the industry. As the creator and co-owner of Rawthentic Music Label as well as his exclusive Vinyl only label, On Edge Society, which helps cultivate rising talents that share the same music ideology and vision of Carlo Lio’s sound and direction. The globe-trotting DJ/Producer/Label Owner has had a busy stunt of traveling since 2010 when his track ‘Breakfast In Bag‘ on Paul Ritch’s QUARTZ label hit the global circuit gaining support from some of the biggest names in the industry; a true defining moment in his career to say the very least.


The relentless work ethic of Carlo Lio to push his own sound has landed and secured him regular spots of major festivals and venues around the world such as BPM Festival, TreeHouse Miami, Stereo Montreal, Marquee New York, Space Ibiza, Electrocity Festival, Sankeys London, Monegros Festival and the list goes on. For those looking to push their own boundaries of Techno, be sure to catch the one and only Carlo Lio tonight at Exchange LA. Discounted tickets and guestlist are available here.

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Freebie Friday : Waves One-Knob-Pumper

Another Thanksgiving has come and gone! As we move into the holiday season, the kind folks at Waves Audio are reminding us just how much we have to be thankful for. As a free Black Friday gift, Waves is giving away their newest plugin, “One-knob-pumper,” an automatic sidechain compressor that is as easy to use as its name implies. If you’ve used any of the other one-knob plugins from Waves, you know it’s all about quality over quantity. It’s also about making your life more simple, as the one-knob-pumper will instantly trigger 4 on the floor pumping without the need to route external audio into the plugin. Simply enter your email address on the site below and you’re good to go!

Click here to download from Waves Audio

 

Throwback Thursday: Close Feat Scuba – Beam Me Up (George Fitzgerald Remix)

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Lush pads, choked high hats, and a bassline that is sure to rock the club is what you’ll find in George Fitzgerald’s remix of Beam Me Up. Add a beautiful vocal hook courtesy of Charlene Soraia into the production and you have a track that is sure to resonate into the mind of dancers and fans worldwide. A perfect throwback track to enjoy this Thanksgiving.

Beam Me Up was originally released in April 2013 on the German label !K7 Records. With a little over a year of being on the market and in DJ playlists, the track proves to be a timeless piece of modern dance music. There’s something about it that makes it stand out from other deep house tracks currently being pushed out these days. Maybe it’s the vocal, maybe it’s the bassline, or maybe it’s those sharp and groovy hats that make the track so pleasant to listen and dance to. Regardless of individual elements, when they all come together in Fitzgerald’s remix it just feels right. It’s no surprise though that the remix is so solid. After consistent releases on Aus Music and Hotflush Recordings, George Fitzgerald is one of those producers that always turns out quality tunes for the home and dance floor. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this fine tune for Throwback Thursday.

Purchase Beam Me Up on Beatport | Juno Download

George Fitzgerald on Facebook | Soundcloud | Resident Advisor

Voting for Resident Advisor’s Top 100 is Open

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It’s that time of year again. A time where everyone gathers together for the holidays, and DJ’s flood the news feeds with “vote for me” or “don’t vote for me (but really vote for me)” posts. Jokes aside…it is a great time of year, musically, to reflect on the artists that truly made an impact on the scene as well as ourselves. The Resident Advisor polls are now open.

Voting for the 2014 Resident Advisor Top 100 DJs/Live Acts poll will be open until this Friday, November 28th, and you can cast your vote by following the link to the voting page. Unlike many other polls that seem to be strictly a popularity contest, the Resident Advisor poll has more methods to help ensure credibility. In order to vote for a specific DJ or Live Act one must have seen the artist(s) perform this year, and this is measured by the users RA diary. By having confirmed attendance via the specific event page on Resident Advisor, that is the indicator that RA uses to determine if the individual has in fact witnessed the artist perform. A valiant attempt to achieve some accurate votes and portray a true top 100.

Last years top 100 had a healthy mix of artists all over the underground spectrum. From the heavy techno of Marcel Dettman and Jeff Mills to the deep house fan favorites of Hot Since 82 and Eats Everything, the poll literally had it all. Will Dixon defend his title at the top as #1? The choice is up to us. Make sure to get your vote in before Friday, and you can be sure that we’ll keep you posted the minute the final results are in.

Artist Spotlight: Grass is Greener

Grass is greenerThe Grass is Greener on the other side, as the old saying goes. In this case, the other side is New York City. And the grass? Well, it’s the dynamic duo comprised of SR Serge and EBAR known as Grass is Greener. The two have a knack for producing deep house flavors with tech house grooves, and have become a staple in the ever growing underground scene. They’ll be gracing the decks at Frenzy Afterhours at Avalon Hollywood this Friday, and in preparation we take an in depth look at the duo and their work in the scene.

Both have been heavily involved in the music scene, most notably with their association and involvement with the iconic Sullivan Room in New York. Prior to the clubs abrupt closing it fostered a family style environment that placed an emphasis on the connection between attendees and artists. The club located at 218 Sullivan Street had an excellent run for about 12 years, and took risks while experimenting with bringing new underground talent to the New York scene. With any longstanding event it’s natural to develop a close relationship, and despite the club’s closing they have created an important bond between everyone and the underground sounds.

Esteemed artist Shlomi Aber had nothing but kind words for Sullivan Room saying “even though it’s a great club, Sullivan was not just a club, it was a family, and I am happy to be part of such a great family”. It is these types of comments that prove to be a testament to how great the place was, and how important people like Serge were to this establishment. However, the legacy of the Sullivan Room lives on through the creation of the record label, Sullivan Room Records.

Their hard work and dedication was clearly evident in the Sullivan Room, and that same passion comes through with the record label. There are many visions and goals for record labels, but Sullivan Room Records strives on showcasing and curating home-grown talent from New York. This isn’t to say that it is exclusively New York talent. The label has released tracks and EP’s from the likes of Florian Meindl, Marco Bailey, Zoo Brazil, and others. But it important to recognize the goal to have this as a platform for artists to express their sound, especially one that comes from the vibrant place that is New York City. Take a more extensive look into Sullivan Room’s online catalog on Beatport. As for Grass is Greener, they also are building quite a résumé when it comes to their productions and catalog.

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Grass is Greener have had a steady string of releases on Nurvous Records as well as their home imprint of Sullivan Room. Namedropper is a monster of a track that is aimed directly at the heart of the dancefloor as a peak hour bomb. Tracks like Namedropper clearly show their techy side with flashes of minimal, but they’re versatile and know exactly how to keep it interesting in all genres and moods within underground music. Having this ability both in the studio and the DJ booth make them a powerful duo that know what the people need to satisfy their dance floor cravings.

In an article from Crossfader.com about DJ’s in demand, Grass is Greener was featured and expressed that they “make sure to deliver a consistent vibration in [their] productions and DJ sets. We don’t want to confuse our listeners. Our sound has to be recognizable as our sound. People need to know that when they come back for seconds, it will be just as good or better than the first time – and in the same flavor”. The duo deliver just that in their DJ sets. Even when sticking to their recognizable sound, they manage to stay innovative and fresh in the industry. In addition to excellent releases on various labels, Grass is Greener also landed a top track on 7 Stars Music Ibiza 2014 compilation.

Clase Azul is absolutely loaded with summer vibes, but can be appreciated at any time of the year. At 115 beats per minute, the track is still loaded with energy with warm leads and organic textures that make this a stand out track on the compilation.

The duo can look back on many successful years both in productions and events, and the future remains bright for Grass is Greener. With more releases on the way, and a busy 2015 in the works you can be sure that they’ll continue to be influential in the scene. This Friday we want to give them a very warm welcome to our favorite afterhour in Hollywood at Frenzy. The dance floor will be in good hands as this amazing duo from New York shares their style with Los Angeles.

Preview: EJ Flores – City Lights [E.M.G. Recordings]

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EJ Flores, a DJ/Producer based out of Guam has been making some noise as he took the international music production scene by surprise this fall. Featured on the latest record titled “The Collab”, an Asnazzy Production, his song titled “Tragic Call” reached number #1 on the charts at mymusichouse.com. Shortly after this success he hit the top 100 charts at Tunes4djs.com and djsjop.de. Tragic Call is a fantastic example of true deep house and first class production work. His next release titled “City Lights” will be released December 8, 2014 on the label E.M.G. Recordings, preview City Lights below and be expecting more from this young talent pushing Guam’s own underground sound to the global dance music community.