No matter your techno orientation, it is difficult to dispute Plastikman (aka Richie Hawtin)’s reach and impact when it comes to bringing this music to the world, so it is not surprising that techno lovers were overjoyed this week to the announcement on June 4th, Hawtin’s birthday, that his next Plastikman album would be released this summer. Never one to “just” do an album, this time he has paired up with SubPac for a special limited edition release of a portable bass system which supposedly allows one to “feel” the music as you would in a club.
His albums are always prolific; just last week, after returning from Detroit where I reconnected to chat with Hawtin once again at Movement, I was jamming some old techno tunes with a friend and Helikopter (from the brilliant Sheet One album) made its way on to the turntable.
At Movement itself, the classic Spastik (Dubfire rework) was still heard countless times.
The amazing thing about these tracks is that even though they are vintage, they continue to sound futuristic. This is true of the live Plastikman performances as well – I caught the Plastikman Live 1.5 show a couple years back at Brixton Academy in London, and to this day the juxtaposition of old and new, past and future resonates with me.
So here is a brief preview, to help get you (even more?) excited at the idea of yet another batch of prolific tunes from Plastikman.
The album is released digitally June 10 with a special exclusive party June 12 at Sonar Barcelona. Anyone planning to be at Sonar should work to get tickets to this….STAT!
The Limited Edition Sub Pac, Vinyl, and CD release will follow on July 14th.
FUNK D’VOID was easily the highlight of last year’s Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition (MEME). His powerhouse set of some sort of bass and techno hybrid blew apart the outdoor stage at The Cube in downtown Winnipeg. It wouldn’t be an understatement to say that every single person who witnessed the free show left with their jaws on the floor. This was easily the best dj set I’ve ever heard/seen. Many in attendance that summer evening would echo this sentiment, including some of the PK Sound techs I spoke to after the show.
The Memetic crew is bringing him back for a show at The Pyramid Cabaret this Saturday and while the venue doesn’t sport a PK rig, it’s arguably the best sounding venue in the city. To be frank, shit’s gonna get wild.
Saturday, June 7
The Pyramid Cabaret (176 Fort Street)
Tix: $20 advance / More at the door Facebook event page
As THE FREESTYLERS, Matt Cantor and Aston Harvey are two pioneers of breakbeat. On their latest single, the pair channel the heady days of warehouse parties with an acid trip of their own. Recruiting FAST EDDIE‘s vocal might this release might have been in every dj’s crate 20+ years ago. It’s impossible not to get caught up in any nostalgia the single brings, but rest assured, “The Sound” is pure dancefloor fiya in 2014. Take a listen below and watch for the release to drop on May 12 (iTunes) on Black Hole Recordings.
If you’re truly after the warehouse vibe though, BLAPPS POSSE (of which Aston Harvey is a part of) is the cut that travels time. Back in the day, we’d buy a 12″ for one track, and well, this track would be it. The others on this single would be a bonus to have but I guarantee you, this is the one we’d all play. Screaming 303, piano stabs, clean breaks, and echoed choral vocals make this cut the standout even with quality production standards of 2014. This release (along with an instrumental) is available now on beatport.
ZOO BRAZIL mute the acid tendancies on the single ever so slightly and give the kicks a romp in the dark for another ace remix.
Here we have a release that simply can’t come soon enough. Released on STANTON WARRIORS‘ label Punks Music, the tune from mystery producer PIRATE JAMS is a throwback to the ravey heydays of the 90s.
The original captures the warehouse vibes from the era full of sweaty bodies writhing in an unapologetic twisted mess. JUSTIN HARRIS burns through his own 90s flash back with his remix, dropping a few doses of acid tweakery. On the other end, HOWLA punches out a glitch fueled stomper, knocking the bassline well into the future. Watch for the official release coming February 24.
CEDRIC GERVAIS‘ career as a dj is a bit of a fantasy. He got his first residency when he was only 14. Shortly after his profile catapulted into the stars, where he asked his dad if he could leave school to dj full time. He left France a year later and moved to Miami, which is where he continues to excel, providing the soundtrack to events like the Miami Winter Music Conference.
Here’s an acid-laced electro stomper from Toolroom Records, Miami 2013 compilation. The tune has enough 303 squelch to blind the heartiest of sun-soaked revelers.
In my early raving days techno fed my fascination for dance music. Back in the day, it was all I listened to and it nourished the dark spaces I inhabited. Freak People brings back memories of those nights. The London-based record label Bad Life signed this sublime EP from one of our favorite Frenchmen. Plus the EP comes complete with a masterful rework from Harvard Bass.