Ahead of Simple Things Festival, London’s much-loved promoter and DJ offers up some deep, club-rooted techno.
Mr. Tophat and Art Alfie construct dusty, disco-indebted house par excellence. After rejection from various labels, the fast rising-Swedish duo notably inaugurated their arrival early last year with five EPs in six months on their own Karlovak label. The EPs stacked their signature stamp on playful, timeless dancefloor cuts, with releases like the Ricardo Villalobos-approved I Want To See (That You’re In Love With Me) showcasing their chunky, club-centric house with a depth of soul.
Their mix for us shines some light on a few of their influences, with soul-infused gorgeousness mingling with rolling, twinkling house. With tracks from “Beaner, Lovers, Boya, Klaus Schonning, Mr. Tophat & Art Alfie and others,” its charming, slow-building intensity is seriously addictive.
Timothy J. Fairplay is perhaps best known for his work with Andrew Weatherall. Originally operating as Weatherall’s engineer, working from a room in the basement of the near-fabled Scrutton Street studio also frequented by Daniel Avery, the pair went on to form production duo The Asphodells. (more…)
Laurent Garnier: beginnings in the legendary Haçienda club in Manchester, scribe of the history of dance music, techno monolith – it’s at this point that one might reach for the phrase ‘needs no introduction’ but maybe it’s a bit late for that.
Anders Trentemøller has always carved his niche away from the dancefloor. This confounding approach runs throughout his work, in 2006’s breakthrough album The Last Resort, the brave and experimental Into The Great Wide Yonder and more recently within Lost, a stark homage to the simplicity of traditional pop structure. Trentemøller will also release Lost Reworks on 1 September through his own In My Room label, a diverse re-imagining of the album that gives each track a new life.
With a background in classical guitar and piano, Midlands newcomer Prayer treats electronic music as he would composition, an approach that is evident throughout his slow moving, cinematic mix for us. (more…)
As the brains behind the revered International Feel label, Mark Barrott puts out classy, ultra limited white labels from the likes of DJ Harvey. Releasing his own cult records via the label, Barrott carves sounds from house to afrobeat into lush, downtempo Balearic. Barrott’s recent full-length Sketches From An Island is steeped in the rich musical history of Ibiza, and his mix for us pulses with the same Balaeric heartbeat.
Mix 070 comes from one of Crack’s favourite DJs – Jane Fitz. Since starting the seminal Peg night in the late 90’s, Jane’s been a consistently superb force for quality wigged-out dance music, and while she calls London home, the world calls to her. (more…)
As Detroit veteran and one quarter of 3 Chairs, Marcellus Pittman is a true original. He first raised heads on Theo Parrish’s Sound Signature label in 1999, while further releases on Omar S’s FXHE label and his own Unirhythm imprint have become modern classics. (more…)
El-B’s been killing it for years. Bringing his dark, weighty sound to the sweet-like-chocolate UK garage formula of the late 90′s and forging the basis for the nascent dubstep scene in the process, he’s essentially responsible for one of the last great evolutions of the Hardcore Continuum. (more…)
Bristol-based DJ October established his style of New York-indebted house and techno with a string of sought after releases for the likes of BRSTL, Aus and Fred P’s Soul People Music, while he now finds a regular home on Skudge and his own TANSTAAFL label (an acronym for ‘There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch’) that he runs with Berlin’s John Osborn. (more…)
Medlar made his debut back in 2011 with the unshakeably catchy Terrel, and has since been a reliable source for respectable house and disco. (more…)
Margaret Dygas has long been a regular fixture at some of the world’s best clubs, pushing her minimal-inflicted sound and anything-goes approach on dancefloors across the globe. (more…)
New York house producer Slow Hands will be joining his Wolf + Lamb affiliates, Soul Clap, Pillowtalk and more on a Double Decker Bus Tour across Europe this weekend, taking their ‘Crew Love’ events to Manchester, Amsterdam, Paris and London. It’ll be just like the Spice Girls movie or something. (more…)
From releasing on Modeselektor’s Monkeytown as well as highly credible indie imprints such as Domino and Thrill Jockey, to collaborating with the likes of Mark E Smith and Stereolab, German duo Mouse on Mars’ CV is testament to the diversity and adventurous spirit of their sound. (more…)
Since emerging to the wider consciousness in 2011, Brooklyn’s The Men have lived the lives of many bands. Touring like crazy, yet still somehow churning out a record on their chosen home Sacred Bones ever 9-12 months, each album cycle seems to witness a band under a different guise: the ferocious garage punk and at points grotesque brutality of their breakthrough Leave Home; the life-affirming Sonic Youth-isms of their finest so far (and our 4th best album of 2012) Open Your Heart; last year’s divergence into Neil Young-esque country-rock New Moon; and now the double-denim, rootin’, tootin’ all-American rock of Tomorrow’s Hits. (more…)
When we heard the St. Julien EP from Funkineven’s Apron Records, with its industrial machine funk and steely EBM exoskeleton, we kind of freaked out. And when we asked the enigmatic character to make us an influences mix he returned to us this unapologetic 30 minutes of titanium tracks – as well as the odd curveball. As disorienting as it is enlightening. (more…)
So everyone knows that Noise and Techno are best mates at the moment. While you could argue that this coming-together is quicky reaching critical mass in 2014, some have been on it since before it was a thing. IVVVO has been nailing this vibe for a while now, releasing low-key EPs on his own Terrain Ahead imprint in 2011 before breaking through on the consistently superb Opal Tapes with the All Shades Of White LP in 2012. (more…)
Renowned Bristol 4/4 collective Shapes continue to keep it classy with their annual Valentine’s Masked Ball event this Saturday, 15 February. This year’s party – which sees them return to the excellent Factory Studios – sold out rapidly, with the much-hyped DJ Anna appearing alongside Shapes residents in the main room, The Lounge hosting a Horizon Festival launch and the promising ‘Jungle Of Love’ room set to provide a surprise deviation from the event’s established music policy. (more…)
Kutmah is one of those DJ’s DJs that you hear about every now and again (see Oneman, Cherrystones, Gerd Jansen et al). What separates him from that coveted tag is his lack of reliance on the traditional methods of moving crowds; knowing that a well-placed motown record can make people go just as nuts as the latest club banger is a DJing philosophy he’s made entirely his own. (more…)
A little while back, London’s cherished Oval Space announced a slew of in-house events under the Oval Space Music banner for early 2014. Building on a 2013 schedule which included DJ Sprinkles and Manuel Göttsching, the coming season, labelled ‘Chapter 1’, invites the likes of Robert Hood, Âme, Evian Christ and a heap more to Bethnal Green between the start of next year and the end of March. What’s more, the series welcomes a couple of brand new residents, one of whom is the highly-revered London DJ/producer jozif. (more…)
Griffin James, aka Francis Inferno Orchestra, is at the forefront of Australia’s burgeoning house scene. The Melbourne producer became a key force in Australia’s love affair with deep, slo-mo house last year, and he’s since turned out a series of dusty, disco indebted releases. (more…)
Mister Saturday Night is a party run by Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter, who also run a label of the same name. Starting life in Manhattan in 2009 and finding a home in Brooklyn loft spaces, MSN aims to offer a lot more than your usual party. Maintaining complete control over the event, the pair govern every single detail from appropriate ‘lofi’ decoration down to the manners of the bouncers and their desired wooden flooring. (more…)
Not much is known about A Sagittariun. All we really know is that they are from Bristol, and have been releasing exclusively through their own Elastic Dreams label since 2011. The enigmatic producer delivers us a typically slippery mix of textured techno, from dense and atmospheric to dustier, darker beats interspersed with surprises along the way. (more…)
A few weeks back, Crack ran an in-depth profile on the L.I.E.S. label. As well as speaking to label boss Ron Morelli, we interviewed a few of the artists whose releases on the label make it what it is. Among these artists was Svengalisghost, and we were so impressed by the Chicago based artist’s eclectic influences and anecdotes of hallucinogenic drug experiments that we asked him to make us a Crackcast. You can read an extended Q&A with him here. (more…)
A staple of the French underground, London-based Tim Paris has long been a vital organ in the Parisian club scene as well as gathering attention for his recent collaboration with Ivan Smagghe as It’s A Fine Line. (more…)
Since first shifting away from his background in noise punk, and in the process kickstarting Amanda Brown’s now widely respected 100% Silk imprint, Brooklyn’s Daniel Martin-McCormick has established a name as one of the most intriguing beatmakers around. (more…)
Seattle producer Keyboard Kid is widely recognised as a key innovator of the ‘cloud rap’ movement, channeling a melodic, spaced out sound and juxtaposing it with 808 driven trap beats. (more…)
Magda is a typically indefinable character. Commandeering her own sound alongside label Items & Things she runs with Marc Houle and Troy Pierce, Magda’s multi layered sounds signify a refusal to sit still, a determination to constantly push boundaries. (more…)
As is sometimes the case with live interpretations, the representation of an electronic artist’s work can turn at times undanceable and at worst to a plateau of sonic mess. This couldn’t be further from the truth with our latest installment in the Crackcast series: a storming live performance of Chilean born Visionquest darling Dinky’s latest work. (more…)
Belgian producer San Soda was propelled toward the international radar late last year with his delightfully stripped back accapella remix of FCL’s It’s You. An ode to Panorama Bar, it scored favorably on many ‘best of year’ lists, Solomun selected it for his ever coveted Midnight New Years Eve spot and its price on Discogs reached such ridiculous heights that Jackmaster took to Twitter to beg fans for a rip of the unlikely anthem. (more…)
Earlier this year, Joseph Marinetti’s ultra silky yet heavily percussive house track Dive somehow caught the ears of Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich, who subsequently handed him a support slot at the Atoms for Peace album launch show. As you’d imagine, the incident provided quite the launch pad. (more…)
A master of succinct subtlety, Stimming takes on dancefloor ready minimalism with an expert hand. The Hamburg producer has been releasing on Diynamic since 2009, weaving through a catalogue of raspy rhythms and jerky melodies, climaxing in an outstanding recent eponymous LP. (more…)
US DJs Andrei Osyka, Brett Griffin and Justin Sloe have been steadily gathering an international reputation whilst holding down a residency at one of the biggest clubs in the US, Avalon Hollywood. Collectively they’re known as Droog, which in Russian means ‘friend’, and friends they won’t be short of after hosting parties with the likes of Nicolas Jaar, Dixon, Jamie Jones and all four members of Visionquest. (more…)
As our interview with Heterotic – Planet Mu boss Mike Paradinas’s collaborative project alongside his wife Lara Rix-Paradinas – will attest, Mu is a label which has positioned itself firmly at the forefront of challenging electronic music since its inception, and simply hasn’t let up since. (more…)
Move D has basically been garnering an ever-increasing level of respect in the house music world for as long as this office has been consuming the genre. From ridiculously lauded sets at Panorama Bar, to celebrated performances and mammoth sets in the connoisseur’s choice of club night, his stock has consistently endured the test of time and resulted in a peaked level of appreciation at a much later age than most DJs. (more…)
You’ve got to be excited when a group of DJs announce a press conference to reveal their touring plans, but to be honest Visionquest aren’t your normal coming together of dance music figures. (more…)
Crackcast 040 is a special offering from one of Germany’s most revered females, Anja Schneider. Head honcho of the ever consistent Mobilee label, Schneider’s brand of wonky tech and clinical house music has made her one of the most recognisable figures in German electronic music. (more…)
They’ve been jetsetting all over the shop, the US is going barmy for them, and why the devil not. Fresh from the release of their digital EP of original material Lunar Escape, cosmic disco duo Psychemagik have thrown their hat into the Crackcast ring in seriously impressive fashion. (more…)
DIMENSIONS FESTIVAL SPECIAL
At the end of this summer, Dimensions Festival is set to make its second appearance at Fort Punta Christo Pula in Croatia. The lineup features wide spectrum of high end electronic acts, including The Invisible, who have provided a varied mixtape for the 38th Crackcast. (more…)
Adopted Glaswegian and Canterbury originator Dam Mantle has long been a producer we at Crack have revered, not least for his varied and original production talents, but also for his intelligence, music knowledge and his ability to condense the music scene with a awesome common sense and outgoing approach (see our recent interview with him). (more…)
Crack likes techno. Had you noticed? Because we wouldn’t blame you if you’d thought we’d taken some time off because as it’s been in very short supply in our ongoing Crackcast mix series of late. So coming out the blocks like a man possessed – Bristol’s Artifact. Punchy UK techno-bass that wouldn’t be out of place in the tougher end of a Pearson Sound or Blawan set. (more…)
One of our finds of last year, Greeen Linez debut album, Things That Fade was exotic ray of retro-funk, disco ball reflected sunshine in very austere year of music. Coming in at the rather lofty position of 37 in our best albums of the year list, the placing reflected not just beautiful funk jams that made up the album, but some of the wonderful washed out sonic scapes and retro synth lines that made the listen far more dynamic than just a nostalgic funk odyssey. (more…)
Active since 1992, Parisian Jef K has garnered a hugely widespread reputation. Be that via his regular appearances at his hometown’s Rex Club, London’s fabric, or Berlin’s Panorama Bar, or as the supremo of the influential deep house label Silver Network; as one third of The Gathering, the collective (alongside Chez Damier and Chris Carrier) which produced one of 2010’s monster dancefloor riots with In My System, thanks in part to repeated plays from a certain Mr. Villalobos, or perhaps though the label he started alongside Thugfucker’s Holmar Filipsson, Crack & Speed. (more…)
Jay-L is an underground house aficionado who’s closely associated with the BRSTL imprint, a label which deals exclusively with limited hand-stamped, vinyl only releases. Jay-L’s recent Looking Up Pt.1 single marked the continuation BRSTL’s polished, groove-heavy dance floor tailored releases which have included jazz peppered tracks from the Outboxx duo as well as October & Borai’s collaborative project. (more…)
Signed to the label headed up by Seth Troxler and his merry men, hugely exciting Canadian live duo Footprintz bring you the 32nd Crackcast, displaying an eclectic mixture of tastes and influences, delivered via a deluge of seductive grooves. Following their series of releases on Visionquest, they’re due to drop their feverishly-anticipated album next year, mixed by none other than the man behind our preceding Crackcast, Ewan Pearson. (more…)
Active since 1996 across a range of monikers and musical leanings, Ewan Pearson has established himself as one of the most respected DJ/producer/remixers in the UK. His thoughtful and intelligent nature is reflected in so much of his output, and that’s undoubtedly the case with this Crackcast mix offering. (more…)
Duke Dumont’s Crackcast takes us into wild electronic territory with full-fat flavours. Featuring a selection of bass driven house and warped electronica to more straight up flavours, the mix is heady and fast-paced, offering the listener very little in the way of let-up. (more…)
Deadboy has crafted a mix showcasing a cross-pollination of urban flavours that could only be found from producer coming straight out of South-London. (more…)
Brandt Brauer Frick’s heady mix of classical musicianship and techno has left them in the highest regard in many musical communities. (more…)
Having popped up on Denis Kurtzel’s second album earlier this year, and with a string of releases lined up on Wolf + Lamb, Navid Izadi clearly keeping exquisite company. One song from those EPs features on a Crackcast offering which will set your week off to a hell of a start.
Having formed the Hello?Repeat label back in 2005, Jan Krueger and Daze Maxim have continued to establish their international reputations as exceptional purveyors of house and techno, evidenced in both their own DJ sets and the output from the ever-developing imprint. (more…)
This intriguingly-monikered Cardiff figurehead, who goes by the almost equally impressive name of Cayne Ramos by day, has become the latest contributor to our mix series. (more…)
The 24th instalment of the Crackcast series is a head turner for all the right reasons. Israeli duo Juju And Jordash have created a psychedelic house music odyssey that bubbles and burns along with a degree of intensity that gives the mix an almost filmic quality. (more…)
This second instalment sees Alfresco residents Justin Gettings and Tom Hodgson going toe-to-toe with another downright mouth-watering dose of celebratory disco and low-slung house vibes. (more…)
Alfresco Disco has become a night of unparalleled innovation and popularity in the South-West, with their unique take on party hosting. (more…)
Crack feature star Auntie Flo’s mix for Crack can certainly be branded the most exotic to date. World music percussion and tribal rhythms shuffle up against funk and house groove lines to generate an insatiable party atmosphere. (more…)
The latest mix for the Crackcast series sees full-fat techno make a welcome return. Having secured himself an album deal on Tiga’s Turbo label, a staple specialising in the more uncompromising strand of the genre, Glaswegian Sei A has taken the bull by the horns. (more…)
With the LA-based 100% Silk label displaying its wares at Bristol’s Motorcycle Showrooms this coming Friday, before moving on to Dalston’s freshest venue, Birthdays, the following day, Estonian-born Maria Juur will certainly be a key figure in the evening’s entertainment. (more…)
Justin Martin finds himself at the edge of a fresh direction. The natural heir to Claude Von Stroke’s Dirtybird crown has been stepping out on his own of late with a brand new album called Ghettos and Gardens and this a new direction in sound illustrated quite superbly in this varied mix effort for Crack that showcases him in a considerably revamped guise. (more…)
NZCA/Lines: “We’ve just played a few dates in England and France with Of Montreal, who fill every performance with excitement and energy, so this mixtape is in some way inspired by that. Essentially, an exotic adrenalin rush and a disbelief that you can really be there.” (more…)
If the resurgence in house music is going to spawn offshoots like Bristol duo Behling And Simpson’s Crackcast 017, then we’ve all got reason to be thankful. Slo-mo chunky house jams, collide with sexy slow garage cuts in a mix that canters along at a wonderfully languid pace. (more…)
D/R/U/G/S’ Crackcast 016 is a special entity indeed. Straying far from the traditional mix remit, Callum Wright’s hour-long selection is entirely compiled from rare, unreleased and original production material. (more…)
In any given scene there are the glue types. The people who keep the standard at a high level with a brand of adhesive that doesn’t allow the quality to come unstuck. These people aren’t always necessarily just music makers; they are often the sharpest ears, honing in on cutting-edge offerings, pushing things forward and reinforcing their particular vision.
Will Saul, more than most, is an A&R dream. Producer and revered DJ, it’s testament to his status as a dance music aficionado that Saul is perhaps best known as the head of two sterling electronic labels, Aus and Simple Records. His offering for our Crackcast series catches him in his element, recorded live at his set at No Sleep in Glasgow.
Crazy P’s Crackcast mix compiled by Ron Basejam takes you deep into the mid-morning. Imagine a Glastonbury coffee shop in the early hours with misty eyes and gorgeous slowed down cuts, with soft piano lines and soothing beats. (more…)
Waifs and Strays step into 2012 as one of the hottest emerging properties in house music. (more…)
We’ve been lauding West Coast California man B Bravo’s productions for a while, his slick and soulful future-funk winning us over along with Gilles Peterson, who included the swaggering Computa Love on his Brownswood Electric label compilation. (more…)
Joker gone done us a treat. A rare 45 minute mix of early garage and grime. (more…)
Assembled in between sessions at Modeselektor’s studio in deepest, darkest Berlin, Doc Daneeka brings us a deep selection of exciting and unreleased cuts from his Ten Thousand Yen label, his own productions and some choice selections from the last year or so. (more…)
Caroline Herve, also known as Miss Kittin cuts an iconic figure in dance music. (more…)
“I wanted to go for a mix that definitely had a summer feel to it. It’s very house orientated and there’s a few classics in there.” (more…)
London based producer Cairene knocks out a delicious mix spanning a wide spectrum of contemporary sound. Definitely our most varied and forward thinking selection to date, it goes some way to explaining who this new producer is. (more…)
A wonderfully modest person, the more than complimentary reviews piled on Hyetal’s debut album, Broadcast, haven’t really changed him much. (more…)
For Crack’s fifth mix in the Crackcast series we struck gold with Dirtybird Records boss and don of hip-shaking bass-house, Claude VonStroke. (more…)
For our fourth installment of the Crackcast mix series, Furesshu delivered a mix from his studio down the road, but very much rooted in Berlin and particularly Berghian’s strand of uncompromising and upfront techno. (more…)
Ever since we heard him rolling out some impeccable house sounds on the Just Jack terrace at Motion, Crack has been a fan of Jay Sanders.
Over the past several years Jay has played at some of the biggest clubs and events in UK such as The Ministry of Sound and The Den (Formerly The End) in London. Plus guest slots for Just Jack, Play @ The Thekla plus Switch and Empathy @ Timbuk2 in Bristol.
Having played alongside some of the biggest names in the scene, Jay continues to champion groove filled house music and stripped back techno. Perfect for the terrace and anyone who likes their house in the style of the Wolf and Lamb blueprint, Jay’s mix for Crack was a brilliant hour of all that is current and credible in house music at the moment.
The Futureboogie boys provided Crack with the second installment im our Crackcast mix series back in October last year with this hour long tour of house and disco wizardry. (more…)
Bristol’s breakthrough producer gave Crack a ride through his take on house music back in August 2010 with this superb mix. (more…)