Paul Kalkbrenner (born 1977 in Leipzig, Germany) is a German electronic musician and actor from Berlin. In early 2006, German director Hannes Stöhr, an avid fan of Paul's third album Self (2004), decided to get in contact with Kalkbrenner. His idea was to produce a film about a Berlin techno musician during the new millennium, and Paul would compose the soundtrack. In the course of their exchange, Hannes had the realization that Paul should not just contribute the music, but that he would be the perfect choice as the film's star. Without hesitation, Paul accepted the offer. They decided to title the film Berlin Calling. Berlin Calling and Paul's debut acting performance received positive reviews, and the film, thanks to its authentic depiction of the Berlin club scene and drug culture, became, slowly but surely, a cult classic. The soundtrack and especially the single "Sky and Sand" broke many sales records. The 2009 DVD release of the film brought Paul to a new, much larger audience around the world. In early 2010 Paul completed a twelve-city live concert tour throughout Europe (with over 50,000 tickets sold within just a few weeks), followed by many headlining appearances at summer festivals.
mercoledì 23 marzo 2011
Massive Attack is a collaborative music production duo from Bristol, UK. Working with co-producers, as well as various session musicians and guest vocalists, they make records and tour live. The duo are considered to be progenitors of the trip hop genre. DJs Grantley "Grant" Evan Marshall (a.k.a. Daddy G or "G"), Andrew "Andy" Lee Isaac Vowles (a.k.a. Mushroom or "Mush") and graffiti artist-turned-MC (later turned-singer) Robert Del Naja (a.k.a. 3D or "D") met as members of DJ/MC partying collective, The Wild Bunch. One of the first homegrown soundsystems in the UK, The Wild Bunch became dominant on the Bristol club scene in the mid-1980s. Massive Attack started as a spin-off production trio in 1988, with the independently-released song, "Any Love", sung by falsetto-voiced singer-songwriter Carlton McCarthy, and then, with considerable backing from Neneh Cherry, they signed to Circa Records in 1990 – committing to deliver six studio albums and a "best of" compilation. Circa became a subsidiary of, and was later subsumed into, Virgin Records, which in turn was acquired by the now Terra Firma-owned major, EMI.
martedì 22 marzo 2011
Burial (born William Bevan) is an electronic musician from London. His music contains elements of dubstep, ambient and house music. His eponymous debut album was released in 2006 to critical acclaim. The Wire magazine named it their album of the year, along with achieving fifth place in the Mixmag 2006 Album of the Year list, and eighteenth in the best of the year list of The Observer Music Monthly supplement. Burial's second album, Untrue, was also released to critical acclaim and was the second-highest rated album of 2007, according to the review-collating website, Metacritic.
domenica 20 marzo 2011
Don Diablo (born February 27, 1980 as Don Pepijn Schipper) is a Dutch DJ, who signed a worldwide recording deal in March 2008 with Sony Music and released his second artist album Life is a Festival fall of 2008. Furthermore, he makes music for motion pictures and commercials, runs two record labels to push and create opportunities for a new generation of talented producers, directs his own music videos, and as an ambassador for Dance4Life - an international UN-supported action campaign to fight back against HIV and AIDS - he stays active on the charity front. His parents named him after Don van Vliet (Captain Beefheart).
lunedì 14 marzo 2011
NERO are an electronic music act(best known for their dubstep and drum and bass) from London(UK) consisting of Daniel Stephens and Joe Ray. Alana Watson provides vocals on many of the duo's songs. They won the 2010 Beatport awards for Best Dubstep Act and Best Dubstep Track for "Act Like You Know" in 2009. The duo released their first official single "Innocence" in the United Kingdom on 26 April 2010. The single was released as a double A-side with the track "Electron" as a digital download, as well as a vinyl. The track managed to reach a peak of number 168 on the UK Singles Chart besides peaking at number 16 and 11 on the dance and independent charts. On 6 December 2010, the BBC announced that Nero had been nominated for the BBC's Sound of 2011 poll.
domenica 13 marzo 2011
The Subs is an electro band from Ghent, Belgium . The Subs are Jeroen De Pessemier aka Papillon (songwriter / producer, ex-Bolchi, ex-Foxylane), Wiebe Loccufier aka Tonic (producer / DJ, half of the dj-duo Starski & Tonic, heirs of 2 ManyDJs and The Glimmers in notorious kingdom Culture Club) and Highbloo (DJ, part of the Partyharders Squad). After the release of some underground club hits like "You Make Me Spill ',' Fuck That Shit" and "Substracktion 'position, the raw punk thrash song' Kiss My Trance" in 2008 for a breakthrough in the Belgian dance sensation. At the end of 2008 they released their debut album The Subs Subculture, inspired by the milestones in the dance music of the 90s (like Daft Punk, Chemical Brothers and Underworld). In 2010, the group released a new single, along with Partyharders : The Pope of Dope.
sabato 12 marzo 2011
Digitalism is a German dance punk duo founded in 2004 in Hamburg and consisting of Jens "Jence" Moelle and İsmail "Isi" Tüfekçi. They are signed to French label Kitsuné Music, and have released four singles to date: "Idealistic", "Zdarlight", "Jupiter Room", and "Pogo".Digitalism has remixed tracks for The Presets, Tom Vek, The Futureheads, Daft Punk, Tiga, Klaxons, White Stripes, Monk, Depeche Mode, Cut Copy and many others, including a re-edit of "Fire in Cairo" by The Cure (entitled "Digitalism in Cairo"). Their tracks and remixes are played by DJs such as Erol Alkan, Soulwax, Boys Noize and Justice.Digitalism have made appearances at festivals such as Coachella, Lollapalooza, South by Southwest, and Ultra Music Festival as well as various clubs worldwide.
venerdì 11 marzo 2011
Sonny Moore (born January 15, 1988), professionally known as Skrillex, is an American electro house, fidget house, Breakbeat and dubstep musician from Los Angeles, California, well known for his role as the former frontman for the post-hardcore band From First to Last. In late fall of 2007 he embarked on his first tour as a solo artist, the Team Sleep Tour with Team Sleep, Strata, and Monster in the Machine. After recruiting a new band lineup, Moore toured North America on the Alternative Press Tour, supporting bands such as All Time Low and The Rocket Summer, and appeared on the cover of Alternative Press annual 100 Bands You Need to Know issue. In June 2008, Moore went into recording for his debut album, titled Bells, alongside producer Noah Shain. He recently released the Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites EP as a co-release between mau5trap and Big Beat record labels, and runs an imprint label called Owsla, named after an organization in the book Watership Down.
Richard David James (born 18 August 1971), best known under the pseudonym Aphex Twin, is an electronic musician and composer described as "the most inventive and influential figure in contemporary electronic music". He founded the record label Rephlex Records in 1991 with Grant Wilson-Claridge. Aphex Twin is also known under the aliases AFX, Blue Calx, Bradley Strider, Caustic Window, DJ Smojphace, GAK, Martin Tressider, Polygon Window, Power-Pill, Prichard D. Jams, Q-Chastic, Tahnaiya Russell, The Dice Man, Soit P.P., and The Tuss.The name Aphex is derived from Aphex Systems Limited, a brand of audio signal processing equipment. It is used with permission, as acknowledged on the back sleeves of Richard D. James Album and drukqs. He has explained in interviews that the Twin portion of his moniker is used in memory of his older brother, also named Richard James, who died at birth.
mercoledì 9 marzo 2011
LFO is an English techno act on the Warp Records label. LFO were pioneers of the bass-heavy techno music of the late 1980s to mid-1990s. Originally, the group was composed of Gez Varley and Mark Bell. LFO is now Bell alone.The group's name is derived from the abbreviation for the term low-frequency oscillator, a synthesizer function widely used in electronic music.The song "Freak" was used in the 2005 film Hard Candy and in the 2010 film Enter the Void.In 2009 the Warp20 (Recreated) compilation featured covers of two early LFO songs, "LFO" by Luke Vibert and "What is House? (LFO Remix)" by Autechre.In late 2010 it was announced that LFO will be appearing at the Bestival Music Festival in Isle of Wight (Between 8-11 September 2011).
martedì 8 marzo 2011
Shameboy is a Belgian music band created in 2004 by Buscemi drummer Luuk Cox (who also worked as a producer for Arsenal and Anton Walgrave) and DJ Bobby Ewing, who is a member of Discobar Galaxie and former official city DJ of Leuven.Their first single Rechoque held the first position of the Flemish dance chart Ultratop for 10 weeks. Their music can be linked to the techno style of Kraftwerk and Chemical Brothers.
Justice is a French electronic music duo consisting of Gaspard Augé (born 21 May 1979 in Besançon) and Xavier de Rosnay (born 2 July 1982 in Ozoir-la-Ferrière). Justice is known for incorporating a strong rock and indie influence into their music and image.Their debut album † was released in June 2007 to critical acclaim. The album was later nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Electronic/Dance Album and came in at number 15 on Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2007 and number 18 on Blender's "25 Best Albums of 2007" list. It was nominated for the 2007 Shortlist Prize, losing out to The Reminder by Feist. Their remix of the MGMTsong "Electric Feel" won the Grammy Award for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical in 2009.In June 2009, it was announced that Justice would be moving to WMG/Atlantic's newly relaunched Elektra Records label. The band started work on their second album in mid-2010, with no release date yet announced.
lunedì 7 marzo 2011
The Third Twin is a French house musical duo from Paris, Île-de-France, France. The duo claim to be a philosophical-musical project that is aimed at progressing human development into a global society. Their project is composed of two parts: the first is aimed at the philosophy of our lives and the search for intelligent life and new forms of energy; the second part is an artistic movement that attempts to use music to unite humans to influence positive change. The Third Twin DJs consistently state that their identities are not important and may even draw attention away from the overall The Third Twin movement. Some blogs indicate that duo was supposedly made up by the twin brothers Yvan and Virgile de Homem-Christo, who are nephews of Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, of Daft Punk.
The Bloody Beetroots are an Italian electronic music duo. The Bloody Beetroots were formed in late 2006 by producer Bob Rifo, a.k.a. "Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo," an international indie producer, and DJ Tommy Tea a.k.a "Isaac" , though Bob Rifo does the majority of the mixing/producing. In 2008 their EP Cornelius was in the Top 100 International iTunes downloads. This album was a complete art project composed of music, videos, and fashion. A collaboration with French label Sixpack France was done to release a limited edition t-shirt. The duo wear black Venom masks while performing. The duo had a short tour of the United States in early 2008, alongside DJ Steve Aoki. In 2008, their song "Butter" was included on the soundtrack for FIFA 09 and "Mac Mac" was featured in 2K Sports' NBA 2K9. During their 2010 Live Tour they labeled themselves "The Bloody Beetroots - Death Crew 77" and introduced a third member to their team, Edward Grinch, who plays the drums during the live shows.
domenica 6 marzo 2011
Crookers are an Italian DJ/production duo (Bot and Phra) who have worked together since 2003. When the two artists met, both were trying to branch out of their genre and explore dance music.Their first international release was on Berlin's Man Recordings (Funk Mundial #3), for which Crookers contributed various remixes. Later they released three EPs in 2008 (“Knobbers”, “Mad Kidz” and "E.P.istola" all exclusively containing original tracks). Their debut album, Tons of Friends, was released in 2010.Their remix of Kid Cudi's Day'N'Nite entered the UK singles chart at number 2 and is featured on the game Midnight Club: Los Angeles.In 2009 they DJed the in-game radio station ElectroChoc in the game Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony.In November 2010 the duo signed a deal with Interscope Records, and they released their new single "We Love Animals" under the label as their first single of their upcoming second studio album.
Shinichi Osawa (大沢 伸一 Ōsawa Shin'ichi), also known as / A.K.A Mondo Grosso, is an artist currently signed onto Avex Trax's "Rhythm Zone" label. Previously he was signed to Sony Music Japan's Fearless Records division and released albums under the title of 'Mondo Grosso', which is Italian for "big world". He was born on February 7, 1967. Over the course of his career he has worked in genres from acid jazz to house, with strong influences of underground club music, though his recent work has been in the genre of electro house. HMV Japan rated Mondo Grosso at #95 on their "Top 100 Japanese Pop Artists".
Boys Noize is the stage name of Alexander Ridha(born in 1982, Hamburg), a German electronic music producer and DJ.It is similar to the name of Ridha’s label, Boysnoize Records, which he established in 2005.He remixed David Lynch, N.E.R.D, Depeche Mode, Snoop Dogg and The Chemical Brothersamongst many other well-known artists and became a producer of note, having worked with Kelis, UK rapper Kano and Black Eyed Peas.Ridha is currently working on his forthcoming Spank Rock album, and is also collaborating with the New York band Scissor Sisters