Posts by Theo Kotz (@theokotz)

AVA Festival 2021: A triumph for the Belfast club scene

Boucher Roads Fields, Belfast 20210924

Nervous Horizon is the label putting a global spin on London’s home-grown club scene

As their label showcase mix drops today, we catch up with Wallwork and TSVI of Nervous Horizon to talk the label’s past, present and future

Sunday Mix: Erika de Casier

Erika de Casier presents a streamlined selection of wonky R&B, laid-back hip-hop and tender pop tracks

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Cold Beat’s new video for Double Sided Mirror is a surreal vision of self-isolation

We premiere the new video for Double Sided Mirror and speak to Cold Beat singer Hannah Lew

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Rising: K-Lone

On his debut album ‘Cape Cira’, Wisdom Teeth co-founder K-Lone imagines a paradise all of his own

10 mixes you need to hear this month

From repurposed techno by Luke Slater to traditional and folk delights from Wonja, this month’s mix round-up will satisfy whatever musical cravings you have. Bass, breaks, weird ambient and much more inside

Darkstar capture the energy of pre-lockdown life with new track Jam

We premiere Darkstar’s new single ‘Jam’ and talk to the duo about their first album in five years

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10 mixes you need to hear this month

10 of our favourite mixes released in March that represent the myriad moods you might encounter in lockdown. Julian Huxtable, Sonja Moonear, Kali Malone, livwutang and more inside

Night Slugs inspired a generation of globally-minded club producers

We spoke with Night Slugs co-founder Bok Bok at the halfway point of their crackaud.io residency for a deeper look at the label’s legacy

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A Week of Sundays: Miguel Noya

Venezuelan ambient composer Miguel Noya launches our week-long series of sets designed to help alleviate the stresses of lockdown.

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Locked Groove

Belgian techno and trance producer Locked Groove steps out of his comfort zone for an irresistible blend of synthpop, krautrock and EBM from Belgium and the Netherlands

Sunday Mix: The Orb

Ambient giants The Orb helm a soft, Sunday morning journey

Avante-garde music of the former USSR – Mixed by Julia Govor

An arresting blend of strange noises from the east, courtesy of Russian-via-New York City artist Julia Govor

Night Slugs #2: Hysterics

Night slugs stalwart Hysterics (aka Girl Unit) serves up a selection of neon-hued club tracks

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WNCL Recordings have been champions of the underground for a decade

We catch up with Bob Bhamra, aka West Norwood Cassette Library, as his label WNCL Recordings supplies the second mix in its crackaud.io residency

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Anetha

Rising French artist Anetha serves up a slice of galloping techno that’s at once growling, gnarled and strangely meditative

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10 Years of WNCL Recordings #2: Caldera vs Ténèbre

WNCL Recordings continues its 10-year celebration as Caldera and Ténèbre go head to head with knotty snycopation and chunky, jungle-leaning bombs

Make Me #1: Rubin

Long-running London institution Make Me embarks on its crackaud.io residency with a concussive mix that hovers around 135 bpm from resident DJ, Rubin

Jana Rush

Live at New Forms: Jana Rush

The veteran Chicago footwork DJ sends the crowds in Vancouver wild with this final live set from New Forms 2019

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Sunday Mix: Westerman

London songwriter Westerman pulls at a thread of soulful, warm and strange pop and jazz for this gorgeous set for your Sunday.

Sounds of the new NY underground – Mixed by Good Faith

DJs Yellowtech and Mo Yasin of the New York party Good Faith select the finest dancefloor heaters from some of NYC’s hottest producers

DFA #2: Cold Beat

An array of top-class coldwave, synth-pop and post-punk from San Francisco’s Cold Beat, DFA Records’ newest signing

Jacques Greene

Lush, verdant beats from Canadian LuckyMe veteran Jacques Greene

Peter Broderick

Erased Tapes #4: Peter Broderick

Veteran Erased Tapes artist Peter Broderick supplies an ode to obscure treasures

SVBKVLT #2: Gooooose & 33EMYBW

An exclusive live ambient set from Gooooose and a mind-bending sonic odyssey from 33EMYBW

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Live at New Forms: Minimal Violence

A riotous squall of industrial techno from DIY duo Minimal Violence, live from New Forms Festival 2019 in Vancouver

Sunday Mix: Ben Bertrand

An ethereal mix of neo-classical, ambient and minimal music made by Belgian clarinetist and composer Ben Bertrand

Mutant subs – Mixed by Shapednoise

A furious crash of overweight subs with gnarled and glitchy sound design from the Italian experimentalist

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Maricas #4: Kia

Animalia boss Kia blends lush techno with thumps of bass and corkscrewing percussion in this mix for Maricas’ residency

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DJ Fart in the Club

Melodic techno sits alongside rolling 2-step, garage and broken club beats in DJ Fart in the Club’s Crack Mix