The rise of Amelie Lens‘s career has been extraordinary. Within only a few years she has developed into one of the top techno DJs worldwide. With her passion for techno, her penchant for perfectionism and her uncompromising sound, she has risen from being a raver to a techno superstar – and there is no end in sight. Telekom Electronic Beats TV visited Amelie in her hometown of Antwerp and accompanied her to her own event, “Exhale”.
Over the course of a career spanning two decades, the Parisian pop genius Sébastien Tellier has forged his own unique journey. His eclectic strand of pop-electronica has been sampled by The Weeknd, he has collaborated with everyone from Jean-Michel Jarre to Daft Punk and Sofia Coppola, gatecrashed the Eurovision Song Contest in a golf cart and has seen his masterpiece La Ritournelle described by NME as “basically Unfinished Sympathy part two”.
Recent years have seen Tellier apply his synth-focused sonics to other projects: two soundtracks and the writing ofDita Von Teese’s debut album.
Now he shares brand new single A Balletas he prepares to unveil more material later this year.
With A Ballet, Tellier captures the keen melodies of classic pop songwriting and combines with the flair of the dreamy French electronica that he’s renowned for. His vocodered vocals deliver lyrics which feel part romantic and part cryptic, while a hazy sax and laidback beats echo the yacht rock era. The song’s title is a pun which plays on artistry and domesticity. A ballet sounds much like the French word balai – a broom.
Every Dog Has Its Day Vol. 5 lands January 31st on his Axis Records label.
This New Year, Jeff Mills is inviting us to look inward in the form of his Every Dog Has Its Day series. It is due for a double vinyl set (12”x 2) and digital release on January 31st on his own Axis Records. The last time we had an installment came 17 years ago, just enough time for a periodical cicada to emerge from the ground, finished with its former life as a nymph. The series itself has acted as a barometer of the times, and Mills feels after a long lay off it’s time to rehash his Millsart persona and gauge the here and now, and where we fit in. The record itself will be the fifth chapter. It’s donned in a specific colour, taking heed from its predecessors. The first four were gold, silver, pearl, and sky blue. Now it’s time for red: the first of the series to be a primary colour, it was chosen for its connotation. Red, being very emotive, stirs different feelings in us all; lust, love, rage, power, energy, desire, passion. This music is a tool for us to see the world as is, and be able to reflect inwards to see what we are. It’s not your stereotypical electronic dance track or DJ tool. Each of the eight cuts has a story behind it and invites the listener to get lost in it and curate their opinions about it or themselves. Stripped and left in a way for true music listeners, those with unconditional love and appreciation for a master at their craft.
Mills himself has said, “You never figure out life, you just get used to it.” Reflected in this record is that sentiment, that life doesn’t present to you the answers because there are none. What is right and just for you, may not be for me, so how can I share with you any secrets. Electronic music can act as a guide, a catalyst of your headspace; it is not the map. The sixth edition of this series is soon to follow in spring dressed in brown, continuing to deliver a spiritual and emotional raft for you to see that Every Dog Has Its Day.
Axis Records will release Every Dog Has Its Day Vol. 5 on January 31st, 2020.
Having made a practice to steer crowds into deep ecstasy with her hypnotic sets at famed Goa Ultrabeat parties in Rome where she operates as a resident DJ, Adiel kicked off her own label, Danza Tribale in 2016 with a solid debut instalment, Anatomia Del Cavallo, that urged new ravers and dancers to join in with her densely forested musical fantasies where swirling melodic motifs, eerie atmospheres and entrancing 4/4 rhythms coexist in a rapturous communion of sorts. Orbiting around her own output, Danza Tribale is intended to provide a bespoke landing platform for techno dynamics both obscure and profound, alternately wild and held-in, instinctive and sophisticated, functional yet far from merely tool-esque.
Fresh off the release of her latest EP, Ritmo, Adiel strikes again with Tokyo followed by Cavallina EP where she teamed up with Italian dub techno legend Donato Dozzy to sculpt a truly mindbending mosaic of delayed drums, stealth acid accents and rolling bass moves. In July 2019 she returned with Musicofilia, her first record outside her own label, on Kangding Ray’s ara imprint.
About to release a new EP, Adielteams up with the Northern Electronics’ head Anthony Linell for a raw, “there-faceted gem” of “hauntingly evocative near-ritual techno odebience”. It’s out on February 14th. Raso forms the sixth release on Danza Tribale.
Adiel’s skills both as a DJ and producer have seen her play at some of the coolest clubs and festivals around Europe, such as Dekmantel, Off Sonar in Barcelona, Berghain for the Klockworks showcase, Panorama Bar invited by Marcel Dettmann, London’s Printworks for Ben Klock’s Photon event series, Concrete in Paris, DC 10 in Ibiza, De School in Amsterdam, Fuse in Brussels, Amsterdam’s ADE for Photon, Ibiza’s Afterlife and London’s iconic Fabric club amongst many others.
Listen to “Decoro.”
Danza Tribale will release Raso on February 14th, 2020.
Italian label Stroboscopic Artefacts will mark its 10th anniversary in November with the release of X – Ten Years Of Artefacts, a 13-track compilation featuring music from various affiliates of the label.
Curated by label head Luca Mortellaro, AKA Lucy, the compilation features tracks from Rrose, Alessandro Adriani, James Ruskin, Efdemin, Shifted, Adriana Lopez, Chevel, Denise Rabe, Serena Butlerand Luke Slater’s L.B. Dub Corp alias. Lucy also contributes a solo track as well as collaborative tracks with Rrose (as Lotus Eater) and Speedy J (as Zeitgeber).
The label will follow the compilation’s release with Lucy Remix EP featuring reworks of back catalogue tracks by Donato Dozzy, Caterina Barbieri, Ben Klock and Xhin. Below, you can hear Lucy’s remix of Caterina’s “Virgo Rebellion”
Stroboscopic Artefacts will release X – Ten Years Of Artefacts on November 15th, 2019. Stroboscopic Artefatcs will release Lucy Reworks EP on January 24th, 2020
Stavroz is big. Considering the facts that this Ghent-based collective has been releasing a string of solid EP’s over the years (through labels like Laut & Luise, Délicieuse Records, Denature Records and their own Moodfamily) and that they have played sold out venues in every corner of the world, it’s remarkable they have not yet been featured on any major magazine cover. More so, few people may actually know that other than Amelie Lens and Charlotte De Witte, Stavroz was the third act representing Belgian club music on Coachella this year.
Since the release of their debut EP in 2013, IJsbrand De Wilde and Gert Beazar – both DJ’s and sound engineers – made Stavroz grow into a full band, now joined by Pieter De Meester and Maxim Helincks. Although the guys have a background in club culture, they have a unique way of stretching their concept of dancefloor music by blurring tempos and taking the listener into new and surprising directions. Some call it electronica, while other fans came up with the name gangster jazz. For the guys themselves, organic house still covers the load. Red Bull Elektropedia met with Gert and IJsbrand at their headquarters in Ghent for a little coffee chat.
Listen to the full EP, streaming below
Moodfamily will release Gold Town EP on December 6th, 2019