Sounds Like Returns to LA

 

“We have such an amazing core crowd since starting Sounds Like, and I cannot wait to get back together with everyone both new and old “– Trent Cantrelle

There is a level of anticipation that builds each year when a club or party returns for a fresh season. On May 10th the anticipation ends in Los Angeles with the return of the Sounds Like Terrace. Anyone with a passionate affinity for house music is naturally drawn to the unique atmosphere of a terrace party, and the 2015 Sounds Like season will continue to provide an exceptional vibe with top quality rhythms for the coming months.

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An enthusiastic crowd grooving at Sounds Like last year

The 2015 Sounds Like Opening will feature a special back-to-back with Doorly and Sounds Like founder, Trent Cantrelle, alongside J.Sanders for what is sure to be a memorable season opener. The music is always at the core of an event, but Sounds Like takes things a step further each season in searching for a venue that is appropriate for the vision and ambiance of the party; and from the teaser photos it appears that this specific terrace is perfect for the occasion. Drawing inspiration from it’s inception at Avalon and the DC-10 Terrace in Ibiza, Sounds Like has grown into a special summer party that Los Angeles looks forward to year after year.

In preparation for the opening we’ve caught up with the Sounds Like visionary, Trent Cantrelle, to talk about the history of Sounds Like as well as what to expect for the upcoming summer season.

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How’s it going Trent? We’re all looking forward to the Sounds Like Opening next week. How long have you been doing the party? 

It started around 2008 as my residency night at Avalon here in LA. Some of the first nights were with Booka Shade, Lee Foss, and Droog. We then branched off into Miami where we hosted the front lounge for DJ Mag at the Shelbourne on Thursdays during WMC. The label started around the same time and featured some early works by now house music sensations Pirupa and Jaceo.

What was the inspiration to start the Sounds Like Summer Terrace?

Around the end of 2012 you could start to feel that shift happen in music once again. I started rethinking how to bring back something I was missing from the Avalon days. I teamed up with Kimberly Roussel the owner and creator of one of the longest running music venues in the city, Cinnespace, to bring back Sounds Like events at her club. She brought a whole other element to the nights by curating performers and changing around the venue in unique and creative ways. After a string of one off’s we both wanted a bit more from the experience and decided to host a weekly Sunday terrace style party on the smoking patio of her venue. The only other time a weekly was hosted in this room of the club was Dubstep Sundays where a very early Skrillex played each night. To do what we wanted required a complete overhaul of the patio to be the “terrace” vibe we wanted. Building a custom DJ booth modeled after the DC-10 terrace booth in Ibiza was the most important piece to making that room fit for the party we wanted to create.

The new venue for the 2015 season looks beautiful. Can you tell us a little about how you settled on this location?

It was a venue we looked at a while back as another option to throw events. We both thought it has such a similar vibe to our previous terrace. After Kim sold her club we knew we needed a new home if we were to bring back the terrace. Once again we will be creating our own DJ booth build into the club for the summer season and installing a 4 point Evo Function One series.

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Teaser of the Sounds Like 2015 Venue

 

It’ll be a long season throughout the summer with Sounds Like going from May to October. What do you enjoy most about hosting a weekly party?

Getting to play weekly is unlike any other experience. It was the way I DJ’d in my hometown of New Orleans for many years. You can try so many new things and go so many places because the crowd trusts you. They want to go those places with you because of the bond built over those weeks. We have such an amazing core crowd since starting Sounds Like I cannot wait to get back together with everyone both new and old.

Who are some of the guests that will be making an appearance at Sounds Like this summer?

Happy to say we are kicking things off with my homeboy Doorly who is crushing it around the globe this year. The rest you will have to wait and see…

We’ll be waiting patiently and looking forward to the opening May 10th! Thanks for the time Trent. 

So there you have it. Sounds Like is back for another promising season, and with Trent Cantrelle at the helm it goes without saying that Sundays are about to reach a whole new level this summer in Los Angeles. Make sure to sign up for guest list or purchase pre-sale tickets to join the festivities…after all there’s really nothing like a proper opening party on a terrace.

Preview: Jozif – Waikiki Pt. 2

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Travel 2,500 miles west of Los Angeles and you’ll find yourself in Waikiki, Honolulu. Judging from the title of Jozif’s new EP on Culprit LA, I think it’s a safe assumption in saying that the beautiful island had a strong influence on this release.

Waikiki Pt. 2 is the follow up release from the original Waikiki release back in September of last year, and where Pt. 1 was mostly made up of nu-disco flavors and elements, Waikiki Pt. 2 seems to suit the vibe of the island much better. Jozif’s Waikiki Pt. 2 EP features two original tracks, with Eric Volta and Hanfry Martinez turning in their interpretations of the opening track, Soonar.

Culprit LA will be the home for the Waikiki Pt. 2 EP, with the EP being available Monday, May 4th. You can preview the EP below, and be on the lookout Monday for the official release.

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Soonar is a slow paced burner complete with drums that place you in the heart of a rain forest, as orchestral strings and a tempting low groove pull you deeper into the mix. First up on remix duty is Hanfry Martinez bringing a serious tropical rework to Soonar. Not much is changed from the strings found in the original, but the overall atmosphere on Hanfry’s remix is clearly more suited for the energetic dance floors.

To complete the remix package No. 19 mastermind, Eric Volta, steps up with his “Dig You A Deeper Grave Remix”. And the remix title says it all. Consistent with the slow pace of the original, the track then takes a complete dive 6 feet under with synthetic percs floating all around you. The EP is complete with Rondevouz, the second original track from Jozif. With an autotuned vocal and classic deep house bassline the track isn’t exactly ground breaking, but it’s enough to round off the Waikiki Pt. 2 EP

Event Roundup: CNTRL LA

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Richie Hawtin‘s CNTRL tour brought a new kind of event to college students across the country, hitting 8 campuses in 10 days (quite an impressive feat considering the distance between cities). However, this was not your typical “college tour” –  CNTRL featured lectures and equipment demos from the man himself, several other artists, and some of the industry’s leading tech companies (followed, of course, by  amazing afterparties). We were lucky enough to make it to the both the UCLA event and the afterparty this past Saturday, and here’s our comprehensive breakdown of the weekends events.

Co-hosted by UCLA’s EDMC (as well as its extremely helpful and dedicated staff) and Music Industry Program, the UCLA CNTRL event was held in the Jan Popper Theater at the Herb Alpert School Of Music. The room was packed without an empty seat. It was truly amazing to see students lined up all the way around the building for a techno-related event, eager to further explore the intellectual side of techno with some of the genres brightest minds. Across the hall from the theater was the tech marketplace, where some of the top companies in the music tech industry brought an arsenal of gear and software for anybody to use, and naturally we took advantage of this.

Photo Cred - Nolan Isozaki/UCLA EDMC

Photo Courtesy Of – Nolan Isozaki/UCLA EDMC

Native Instruments came with a number of controllers, most notably the D2 and the S8, along with several laptops running Traktor software. Richie Hawtin has been a long-time public supporter of the Berlin-based company, and over the years Native Instruments has grown from a software company to a dominant force in all sectors of the electronic music technology market, including DAW software, plugins, hardware, DJ gear, controllers, and much more. Point Blank, one of the world’s leading schools for electronic music production made a special appearance at both the tech marketplace and the lecture, participating in Hawtin’s discussions of technique, experimentation, learning, and training. Joined by Victor Calderone, Chris Liebing, Ean Golden, and singer Grimes, Hawtin gave an insightful lecture accompanied by a demonstration of several elements of his live performance setup in a masterclass hosted by Point Blank. All of the other artists got to weigh in as well; after the lecture, they opened the room for questions, and people lined up to say hello afterward.

The Lecture

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CNTRL/Point Blank Masterclass w/ Richie Hawtin

The lecture opened with a discussion of live performance in dance music and injecting human feel into otherwise mechanical grooves. Using a TR-8, Ableton Push, and Traktor with a variety of Native Instruments controllers, Richie Hawtin demonstrated a number of live performance techniques he has developed over the years. He stressed the importance of breaking the monotony of 8 and 16 bar loops over and over again, adding that the best way to get lost in the groove is when it is ambiguous which bar is the beginning of the phrase; Richie does this by using obscure loop lengths, bringing new elements in at unexpected moments, and making endless variations on relatively simple material. His workflow, he explained, does not involve digitally syncing Ableton and Traktor, which he avoids for two reasons: first and foremost, differing latencies between the computer programs can cause the musical elements to get out of time with each other. This can be avoided by “beatmatching” the programs by “nudging.” Additionally, not syncing allows him to be free from the monotony that syncing requires; tempos can be adjusted in one program while the other remains independent.

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“The time you spend in the studio is never wasted time, even those days when you’re uninspired.” – Richie Hawtin, CNTRL LA

While the lecture demonstration featured software and hardware, Richie also discussed the role of playing records in a live set, noting that DJ and Live sets don’t have to be mutually exclusive. He adds that the DJ is responsible for creating what he calls the “third record”; this metaphorical record is created when a DJ assembles a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. This can be done by blending records, layering instruments/drum machines, sampling, looping, tweaking FX, and more; he adds that historically, EQ has played an enormous part in the creation of this third record. Often, DJs will crank the highs all the way up for a few bars, creating a sharp, crispy slap, or kill the bass to create a type of low-end vacuum. When the knobs are tweaked, the crowd experiences new musical elements that are not present in the original record.

After the demonstration of live techniques, Richie talked about playing around and figuring out how the gear works since they didn’t have manuals for the used gear they bought back in the day and had no idea how to use it – they had to blaze their own trails with the technology, and that forced them to spend massive amounts of time experimenting with the gear.

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Photo Courtesy Of – Nolan Isozaki/UCLA EDMC

Finally, the floor was opened for questions, and virtually every hand was in the air. One student asked about the place of experimentation, and Richie explained that he is driven by what feels right inside of him, and will continue to do so, experimenting when he feels so inclined. However, he emphasized that while experimentation and innovation are important, they should only be done in an authentic manner that doesn’t betray one’s artistic essence and alienate. This led to an intriguing dialog between Richie and friends about authenticity in music; the consensus was that all that matters is making music that feels right to you. As Victor Calderone pointed out, it’s easier and faster to make music that comes from inside your heart.

Another student asked about promoting oneself as an artist and how to find a label; Richie dismissed the notion that you need a label to get started with your career, noting that the most important thing was enthusiasm and support from your friends. As he told us, if one person in the room produced a track and every person in the room shared it on their social media, that would get the ball rolling. Long-hailed as the king of minimal techno, Hawtin comes from a DIY underground culture, and he explained that a lot of whathe did marketing-wise was just trial and error, just it was when he was learning how to use the equipment he has come to master.

Tech Marketplace

Photo Cred - Nolan Isozaki/UCLA EDMC

Photo Courtesy Of – Nolan Isozaki/UCLA EDMC

The tech marketplace opened at 2:00, 2 hours before the lecture, and remained open during and after the lecture. I began at the Roland booth, where they had set up a number of AIRA instruments, including the TR-8, TB-3, VT-3, MX-1, and System-1. With 5 machines and 5 pairs of headphones, it was evident that a proper jam session was in order – I rounded up a few students and we just started playing around. Next was Subpac, a unique “Tactile Bass System” designed to provide low end enhancement in instances when a subwoofer is unavailable or unpractical, and can either be fastened to a chair or worn on the back. In addition to being well-suited for studio use, this product is an amazing option for DJs as it makes beatmatching a breeze.

 

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Photo Courtesy Of – Nolan Isozaki/UCLA EDMC

Pioneer, a company that needs no introduction, was there in full force to promote their CJDs, controllers, speakers, and new rekordbox update. The booth was packed all day, as dozens of DJs went B2B with friends and strangers alike, and their staff were very helpful, teaching a number of younger students how to use the gear. One of the most iconic brands in the DJ industry, the Pioneer booth was the first stop for many attendees at the tech fair. The last booth we were able to check out was Splice, a free service for artists and producers designed to facilitate musical collaboration; essentially, you sync project files, presets, and samples to a cloud, and they can be shared via the website for collaboration with producers around the world. Projects can be shared as open, public, private, or secret collaborations, and major artists such as Richie Hawtin, Daft Punk, and Skrillex have used the service. Supported DAWs include Ableton, FL Studio, Logic, and Garageband, although they are currently taking requests for new software to include.

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 The After Party

After the CNTRL event at UCLA was over, we made our way to the afterparty, hosted by Insomniac Events. It had already been a long day of excitement, but we knew things would be getting even more exciting. The Hollywood Palladium was perfect for the event, large enough to comfortably accommodate the crowd and without a bad view in the house. The show, with performances by Lee K, Ean Golden, Victor Calderone, Richie Hawtin, and Chris Liebing was seven hours of techno heaven. Lee K got things started nicely weaving between smooth house cuts, with a highlight being the tropical flows of Supernova’s edit of the classic Beat Me Back.  Ean Golden kept the crowd warmed up on some nice vibey grooves and started picking up the pace with the well known Radio Slave anthem, Don’t Stop No Sleep. For a warm up set the Radio Slave track seemed a bit out of place, but Ean was quick to re-calibrate the vibe setting it up appropriately before Victor threw down some chunky tech-house fire.

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Victor Calderone getting the crowd ready for Richie.

 

As Victor stepped away from the booth, Richie tapped in with some minimal bliss, hypnotizing us in a sea of rolling basslines and glitchy percussion. No real point in attempting to ID any tracks as it was a master-class in beats and technology. Arguably the best part of Richie Hawtin’s set was the final twenty minutes where he slowed the pace down and crafted cerebral minimal textures to a welcoming crowd. To end, Chris Liebing kicked the energy up to a whole new level, delivering a barrage of heavy thumpers all the way to 4AM closing time. Unfortunately it appeared as if tiredness kicked in as the crowd was not as energetic as they could have been during the massive techno display that Liebing put on. That being said, any fan of CLR and techno would have had a great time during his set…perhaps it was just a little much for some of the fresh crowd.

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Looking back on the event and the tour in general, it is safe to say that CNTRL was an enormous success; the UCLA event saw a a tremendous student turnout, although it drew a great deal of fans of all ages. Families, children, students, and adults came together, united by a love of music and technology, and we can only hope that the future will hold more events like this one. Although much of mainstream society doesn’t know it, Techno is and has always been an intellectual phenomenon, and it’s great to see these kinds of innovative presentations embraced by the academic community.

Minimal Effort x Flying Circus hits Los Angeles May 23rd

 

ME FlyerOn May 23rd, Underrated Presents in association with Verboten will coalesce the Minimal Effort and Flying Circus brands to bring forth another stupefying gala. A celebration of life with House Music as the backdrop. Flying Circus is an event tour that has visited Berlin, Istanbul, Amsterdam, Spain, Romania, Ukraine, London, Mexico, Budapest, Detroit, Sydney, San Francisco, Miami, Colombia, Brooklyn, Lima, and more in 2014 alone and will make its LA debut at The Belasco Theater for a day time affair from 2:00 – 10:00 PM

Audiofly will take to the decks to showcase their powerful, experimental, and original style of music. The duo is in the midst of working on their 2nd album in addition to their Flying Circus tour and their label, Supernature. The 2015 tour of Flying Circus started in Mexico City on March 23rd and will visit ten cities and five countries over its course coming to a close at Verboten in New York on August 23rd.

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The pianist, jazz aficionado, and rock musician, Guti will perform his live set combining the sounds of Desolat, Crosstown Rebels, Supplement Facts, and Wolf & Lamb. Guti was at one time a revered keyboard player in a band in Buenos Aires by the name of Jovenes Pordioseros and chose to explore new paths. In 2005, he started to delve into house and techno music and has went on to be apotheosized throughout the world. The ever evolving artist has a residency at two US clubs including Verboten in Brooklyn and Trade in Miami and just released remixes of his Rompecorazones album on Defected which shares names with his new label in which the original album was released on. Following his Flying Circus Los Angeles appearance, Guti will perform a live concert in Barcelona also entitled Rompecorazones on analog synths and a piano along with Livio & Roby, violinist Rosanne Philippens, pianist Julien Quentin, and trumpeter Greg Paulus. Guti will also make his debut at Awakenings Festival in Holland on June 28th.

Martin Buttrich will exhibit his technical prowess and diverse range of harmonies playing for and to the crowd. Last year he celebrated his 20th anniversary with a twenty city tour around the world. This year he has plans to release his new collaborative album aptly entitled MB‘Collaborator’ along with fellow artists and counterparts who also embarked on his world tour last year. He will release the album on his new label by the name of Rhythm Assault which he will use as a platform to create and showcase his new musical projects by himself. Martin will also be seen on the bill for Flying Circus parties in London and Barcelona following his act in Los Angeles.

Crosstown Rebels artists and Leverage Recordings label owner, Eduardo Castillo will play along with special guests in Room 2 while Underrated Presents and Minimal Effort founders Human Resources will also take to the decks to match the sounds of Audiofly, Guti, and Martin Buttrich. Minimal Effort will follow up from their last event that brought the likes of Matador, Uner, Butch, Andhim, and more to Park Plaza in Los Angeles which was a spectacular event with a massive turnout.

Tickets for this event are currently on sale here, grab them now as Minimal Effort is expected to hit capacity once again. For more info check out the official event page on Facebook

Jeff Mills Debuts His Battle LA Inspired Drum Machine

Jeff Mills, one of techno’s earliest pioneers, is no stranger to this science-fiction aesthetic in techno. From Detroit to Berlin to Chicago, Mills has been a major part in the development of a number of booming dance hubs across the globe. His musical aesthetic is well-defined yet intriguing, and we can always count on him for some heavy grooves. Having held residencies at some of the world’s best nightclubs, such as Tresor, Jeff Mills is one of the most exciting performers in the industry, often sporting a TR-909 as the quintessential focus of his setup. His records are played by countless DJs, although his accomplishments reach far beyond the dance floor and the studio. Somewhat of a tech guru, Jeff Mills is constantly pushing the envelope, always innovating new technologies.

 Recently, Jeff Mills has created a unique interactive exhibition, perhaps the first of its kind. On March 23rd, he debuted his “Weapons” Exhibition in Tokyo; featured as the centerpiece was his own custom-built, UFO-shaped drum machine. This drum machine, known as “The Visitor,” was constructed by gutting a 909, inserting its electronics into a new housing, creating an interface that is both user-friendly and intuitive. Rather than the linear structure typical of many drum machine, “The Visitor” has its buttons laid out in a circular fashion; this, he says, is a far better visual representation of an instrument that is playing a looped sequence. With the help of sound artist and designer, Yuri Suzuki, the two have created a beautiful piece of hardware eloquently combining music and hardware.

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“The Visitor” Drum Machine by Yuri Suzuki & Jeff Mills

Jeff Mills is known to hit the buttons pretty hard on his gear, in the heat of the moment this is common for many artists. He has fitted “The Visitor” with arcade game buttons and knobs designed to withstand a beating. Thus, he has transformed the classic sound of the 909, an instrument that has come to define a large part of his style, into a retro-futuristic innovation far better suited to his performance style and visual aesthetic. Functionality aside, the mere visual appeal of The Visitor Drum Machine is enough to have everyone from the technology fans and art enthusiasts gawking at the sight. You won’t see this in the DJ booth every day.

According to Axis Records, “Jeff’s new project is the exhibition ‘Weapons: a small but potent collection of music affiliated avant-garde objects’ which consists in an immersive scenario paying tribute to the genre of Film Noir from the 40’s and inspired on a conceptual investigation experience based on the strange phenomenon of the infamous American UFO sighting over the city of Los Angeles in the winter of 1942 and famously known as ‘The Battle Of Los Angeles'”

Given his endeavors into music, art, technology, and science fiction, Jeff Mills is clearly a “Jack Of All Trades” (no pun intended!) who has successfully bridged the gap between the digital and analog eras, preserving the sounds of eras past while expanding on them, and embracing any new technology that will facilitate the creation of great art. With one of the brightest intellectual minds in the electronic dance music community, he is a true pioneer who, in years to come, will continue to shape and develop the music we hold so dearly to our hearts.

Free Download: Plastikman – EXhale (Sonar Live Mix)

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Richie Hawtin will go down as one of the most influential visionaries of our generation. While there are many prolific artists that helped establish the scene, Richie Hawtin has played a major role in shaping the cultural and musical landscape that we live and breathe every day. From showcases at the Guggenheim to marathon sets world-wide, nothing is off limits for Mr. Hawtin.

His most recent endeavor manifests in the form of the CNTRL Tour in which he and fellow esteemed artists travel through the United States visiting college campuses spreading the good word about technology and techno culture. Tomorrow night marks the grand finale of the CNTRL 2015 Tour, and to honor this day we’re sharing the free download of his Plastikman EXhale recording live from Sonar 2014. EXhale is a truly minimal gem encompassing abstract sounds and textures, coming together to form one cohesive piece of electronic music.

The official CNTRL Closing Party will be taking place at the Hollywood Palladium with special guests Chris Liebing, Victor Calderone, Ean Golden, and Lee K. After a long tour across the United States we expect this one to end in grand fashion.

CNTRL Closing Party: Tickets | Information

Techno Museum to Open in Frankfurt, Germany

In 1984, a 21 year old by the name of Andreas Tomalla invented techno… Not the musical genre, but the word (or so he claims). It all started when he was working at a record store in Frankfurt, and he had trouble categorizing the “new” vinyl coming in by Kraftwerk and Depeche Mode. The very same year, he opened Technoclub, the first dance club in Frankfurt that devoted its undivided attention to electronic music. Now, the man better known by his stage name, Talla 2XLC, has forever solidified his name in electronic music by planning to open Europe’s first Techno Museum.

The Museum of Modern Electronic Music – or MOMEM for short, is scheduled to open in 2017 and will be expected to deliver a large spectrum of insight as to how electronic music has contributed to musical culture around the world. As opposed to traditional museums, MOMEM will focus on a wide array of various workshops for any burgeoning DJ’s as well as other bilateral exhibitions for electronic music enthusiasts of all walks of life. The museum will also be host for live events, which in this case, means its pretty safe to assume a club-esque environment and vibe is to be expected. In this day and age, it’s difficult for some people to take an interest in museums of any kind but it’s doubtful to say the least that MOMEM will have any trouble with attendance.

[Photos via the MOMEM website]

 

 

Stream: Hidden Resort – Pathways EP on Soundz

Pathway EPEarlier this year we caught up with HOBO to discuss the revival of his label Soundz. Around the time of the interview X Volume 1 was released featuring a variety of intriguing sounds and textures from various artists, and this past week Soundz has followed up with an EP release from Hidden Resort.

“Pathways has been a really integral part of my DJ sets for months now. It took a while to get the whole release together, and during the process it drew a couple signing offers from respected labels, so I’m very proud to be able to have it coming out on Soundz.” – Hidden Resort

Pathways is a five track EP with three originals from Hidden Resort and two remixes from HOBO and JPLS, respectively. Adhering to the vision of the label, each track stands alone as a fine piece of electronic material, but is still capable of doing serious work on the right dance floor. Hidden Resort didn’t crank out typical groovers for this release; quite the contrary actually. Precise sound design and emotive musical rhythms are the name of the game here, and are perfect for the dance floor and the living room alike.

You can stream Pathways below, with the full release being available on Beatport. Read more

Techno Therapy: CNTRL Los Angeles

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When Richie Hawtin initiated the CNTRL Tour back in 2012 the goal was to go beyond EDM by educating the upcoming generation about electronic music and the rich history behind in. They accomplished this through a series of keynote lectures and workshops at university campuses across the country, with an event that same evening. It’s an all-inclusive package for those eager to learn more about this wonderful culture.

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The 2015 CNTRL Tour is already underway, and this Saturday April 25th Richie Hawtin will be making a stop here in Los Angeles. At the UCLA Campus, Richie Hawtin will be present for a Point Blank Music Master-class followed by a two-hour artist lecture with guests Chris Liebing, Victor Calderone, Ean Golden, and Grimes.

 

The night event will take place at the Hollywood Palladium, and to get us ready for the evening here’s a heavy dose of Techno Therapy from everyone on the lineup.

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Stream: Philipp Ort – Labyrinth EP

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It’s been roughly five years since Philipp Ort released through BWO Records, but that hiatus ended recently with the release of his EP, Labyrinth. Sticking true to form, Philipp Ort has created two deep and twisting pieces that resonate with the dance floor. For remix treatment BWO Records turns to Montreal based, Andres Velilla, and Nik Allen from San Francisco throws his hat into the ring to complete the EP. An excellent four-tracker sure to find it’s way to a sound system near you soon.

Stream the Labyrinth EP below with the full release being available through Beatport.

Labyrinth EP has received early support from artists such as: Slam, Stacey Pullen, Paco Osuna, Colin Dale, DJ Simi, Miguel Garji, Bravofox, Horatio, Reto Ardour, Lightem, Ben Teufel, Manuel Moreno, Jia, Juliche Hernandez, Quentin Van Hook, Stu Bryan, Thomas A.S., Darren Roach, Graham Gold, Sean Danke, Synkrone, Magazine Sixty, Deep South Audio, Proton Radio, Differentgrooves.com, Tunnel FM, This Is Why We Dance, Kiss FM Ukraine and Westradio Greece.

Labyrinth EP: Available on Beatport
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The title track Labyrinth truly sets the mood for the two original tracks from Philipp Ort. Within the first few moments of Labyrinth it feels as if you’re descending onto a dark dance floor with various synths and sounds contorting to establish a special atmosphere.

Rare fulfills a much different feeling than the opening track. The pace feels a bit faster and clearly more groove oriented, but still maintains carefully constructed synths and melodies to play off the groove. Polyphonic sounds fill the spectrum through out the break only to drop into deep filtered sequences that create a layer of warmth in the mix.

First up on remix duty is Andres Velilla. His remix of Labyrinth has an almost eerie vibe with a unique arpeggio pulling you closer to the heart of the track. But the real momentum from this track comes from a heavy kick and sub layer that brings the track to the next level.

Nik Allen completes the EP taking things in a more bright direction. One would say, Nik Allens remix is like you’re leaving the labyrinth and seeing the sun after a glorious night of clubbing. The automated chord progression, precise drum programming, and occasional reverberated lead make this one a pleasant tune to finish the EP.