Almost impossible to believe, but Berlin's Bpitch Control will be repping in the Midwest this week.


Smash TV's DJ set is also serving as a fundraiser of sorts to help the Opaque crew sort out their shit for their new space in Chicago. I won't repost the whole story here, suffice to say if you head out to Funky Buddha on Monday, you will not only be dancing your ass off, you will be supporting a good, incredibly debaucherous cause.

Smash TV's new single "Yellow Asteroids" gets looked at in the latest edition of Beatz By The Pound, Stylus mag's dance column. Also in there are some Nick Sylvester penned single reviews, including one on the new Juan single; a podcast featuring Justice, Mr Oizo, Nelly Furtado, Hot Chip, Isolee and more; and a fantastic, brief recollection of the recent Sonar festival that brings to light some important ideas on electronic music as a community, or lack thereof. From the article:
"...part of what drew me to electronic music in the mid-90's and continues to do so today is it is so very unlike rock, soul, reggae et. al. Rather than seek a coherent engagement with its roots, it draws upon the bedrock of its sound without particularizing it—broken fragments and twisted corridors of sound and beats refashioned by DJs, producers, laptops, and pulsating cones. An oscillator knob turned, a mouse clicked, and the next variation of waveforms and microgenres is born. Yet, this is precisely what makes it so damn confusing and impossible to fully grasp—not only is it vast, wide, multifarious—it is expanding at an exponential rate, constantly. And just as one is unable to not miss some of what goes on mid-June each year in Barcelona, one can never quite feel comfortable with their grasp on the "electronic music scene" (if such a thing can truly be said to exist), as a whole."
This paints a rather accurate perception of electronic music, as I have discovered lately. So little of the "genre" is centralized that it's near impossible to get a normalized view of the music. It makes being a fan frustrating yet enticing at the same time.

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Anonymous said...

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