Fake Blood live in Brighton Digital

March 15, 2009

Theo Keating, one half of The Black Ghosts with ex-Simian vocalist Simon Lord and previously known as DJ Touché as one half of the 90’s Big Beat band The Wiseguys, played in Brighton Digital last night under his Fake Blood alias. Even though he was one of the top remixers and producers of 2008, it wasn’t until last November that Theo was outed as the true identity of Fake Blood. Everyone was asking “Who is Fake Blood?”

The night lasted until 4am and his unmissable characteristic bass heavy sound with rave breakdowns and signature Fake Blood name drops sounded absolutly amazing on Digital’s £1million soundsystem. Certainly one of the best nights I’ve had in a long time. So if he plays a club near you make sure you get yourself there!


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MixMag March 2009

March 14, 2009

Another great issue from the best magazine for all the best electronic music. Like last month, the free mix is a great selection on Techno, this time courtesy of the German legend Timo Maas. Timo’s mix is heavier than Pete Tong’s mix last week but is just as fantastic. The mix is worth the £4.20 alone! Both Timo and Pete understand that it looks as if Techno will play an important role in the near future of electronic music.

Well worth £4.20.

Well worth £4.20.


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Harmonic 313 – When Machines Exceed Human Intelligence

March 3, 2009

Mark Pritchard is known for his ambient releases as one half of Global Communications. However, on this album released by Warp the influences can be clearly heard as the bass heavy hip hop and techno genres. The bass on the album is pounding but it remains challenging and lovers of IDM should enjoy most of the tracks. The vast range of genres span from hip hop on ‘Battlestar’ featuring rappers Phat Kat and Elzhi, to techno on ‘Flaash’, to Dubstep on ‘Dirtbox’ and Mark hasn’t forgotten his roots in the ambient inspired ‘Koln’. It sounds like a MacBook’s attempt at hip hop production and, personally, I think it’s great. Have a listen to the track ‘No Way Out’ below.

Harmonic313

You should also check out www.harmonic313.com, one of the more interesting websites I’ve seen in a while. The website involves a fun word game to the soundtrack of the When Machines Exceed Human Intelligence album’s ‘Word Problems’. Beat level 5 and get a free unreleased mp3!


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The Prodigy – Invaders Must Die!

February 26, 2009

Finally the wait is over, it has been 5 long years since the last Prodigy album, Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned. Invaders Must Die was finally released a few days ago and after a couple of listens I can safely say that it is pretty much great. The influence of their first two albums can be heard throughout Invaders with Liam Howlett going with the formula which gained them so many fans in the early 90’s. However, it is far from being an old-school rave throw back and for the most part it sounds cutting edge and fresh. The only shame is some of the tracks sound just too much like Pendulum to me. Though the top tracks off the album in my opinion, Omen and Warrior’s Dance, more than make up for this. So just in case you are part of the 1% of the population who hasn’t already, go listen to this album!

Invaders Must Die


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Mihalis Safras & Kimono – Cable EP

February 26, 2009

Minimal Techno and acid house producer, Mihalis Safras teams up with Swedish artist Kimono to deliver this fantastic ep filled with groove and techno.  It the latest release from Trapez Ltd sub-label of German minimal techno label  Traum Schallplatten.  Listen to the absolute tune ‘Divine’ below, you won’t be disappointed!

Cable


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Bryan Zentz – Midnight Teeth EP

February 19, 2009

Plus 8 were adversting this EP from their latest recruit on their homepage and I’ve been waiting eagerly for the day it was available for download.  I haven’t been disappointed, well worth the waiting and the £3 something to download it.  Bryan Zentz has been an unsung pioneer of US techno who has been releasing music under many different aliases since 1994.  I’ve hosted the opening track from the EP, Lokjaw, for your listening pleasure.  Go to http://www.m-nus.com/ if you’re interested in getting the EP.  It’s available in 12″, mp3 and wav formats.  Hope you enjoy!

Midnight Teeth


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MixMag February 2009

February 17, 2009

This month’s MixMag came with a particularly sweet CD mixed by Pete Tong. I wasn’t too excited by this but when I stuck it on my laptop I was more than pleasantly surprised. It’s 66 minutes of Techno brilliance and exactly what I’m into at the moment. As much as I like Dubstep and Electro, it’s a shame that Techno and Minimal are quite hard to find in clubs along the south coast.

Last weekend I took a trip up to Glasgow to see a couple of my mates, one being a huge Techno-head and he kept telling about this place he loves called Sub Club. So on the Saturday we headed to Sub Club and I had high expectations. I certainly wasn’t let down, it was a small, underground, initimate club, which is not unlike a lot of the clubs in Brighton, and was pumping Techno for the entire set. It was AWESOME. When I got back to Brighton I went straight to Audio with my housemates and it was back to Dubstep and DnB. I enjoyed the Dubstep set a lot but was bored by the time the DnB started so we left. All Brighton needs is some Techno and Minimal! Do not be surprised if this blog has a stronger emphasis on Techno, as I end up having to search the interent for my Minimal fix.

Get your copy before the end of the month.

Get your copy before the end of the month.

Another interesting article in this month’s MixMag was about a relatively new piece of gear called the Monome. What interested me so much about this articile is it answered a question that had puzzled me for a while. Last September or October, I went to see a Ninja Tune night in Concorde 2. The last guy to come on was called Daedelus and I had never heard of him before. So he comes on stage in a formal suit, and starts his set with only a laptop and some crazy wooden box with a grid of flashing buttons. The set was awesome and I’ve been a fan of his since. I had no clue what the crazy flashing box was until I saw it in this article. And apparently all a Monome is is a grid of LED-lit buttons which can be assigned with any task you want to perform, but are especially effective for looping. It’s aim is to make electronic music more interesting to perform live, like an electronic prop. There are loads of videos of geeks using it just to make cool light patterns with no sound at all!


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Hello!

February 17, 2009

I’m an 18 year old, Digital Media student at the University of Brighton. I have started this blog as part of a university assignment but hope to keep it going afterwards! I love most kinds of music, apart from r’n’b, ranging from hardcore punk to hiphop to electronica. This blog will focus on my love for Techno and Minimal but I’ll also have lots to say about Electro House, Dubstep or anything else related to electronic music. I’ll try to post as many new great tunes, mixs, podcasts, links, articles or just my general thoughts and opinions I may have as I can. Please post your comments too and tell me anything you have to say!


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