DJ Hell (or simply Hell) has balanced Detroit minimalism and Chicago acid-house as well as more spacious German trance and hardcore. Beginning his mixing career while still a teenager, Hell moved through punk and new wave to electro, house and hip-hop by the mid-’80s. His DJing gradually led to the start of his production career, and one of his first singles “My Definition of House Music” became a large club hit when reissued by Belgium’s R&S Records in 1992. He moved to Berlin to work with Hardwax Records during 1993-94, and also spent time in New York before moving back to his native Munich. Besides releasing his album debut Geteert und Gefedert on Disko B in 1994, DJ Hell recorded a volume in the Studio !K7 mix series X-Mix. His second full-length, Munich Machine, also appeared on Disko B — though credited simply to Hell. Besides continuing to DJ around the world, he also ran the International Deejay Gigolos label, which released tracks by Jeff Mills, Christopher Just and David Carretta, among others.
Hell’s been given free reign to turn the Neon Judgement‘s “TV Treated” into a dangerously corrosive churner. Lektroluv release “TV Treated” remixes in March.
Throughout his six decade career, infiltrating pop, bossa nova, delicate psychedelia, jazz and funk, Marcos Valle, ‘the original Rio beach boy’ has consistently shown a dogged determination to transcend the traditions and structures of bossa nova, whilst never veering away from the movement’s inherent, fundamental spirit.
It’s fair to say that the ever boundary pushing Theo Parrish can be seen in a similar vein with regards to house and techno, but his musical creativeness reaches far beyond Chicago and Detroit, as he demonstrates with this re-work of a modern Brazilian classic.
Tigersushi all-stars + guests play Terry Riley’s In C at City of Paris’ Museum Of Modern Art for Tigersushi 15 year anniversary
Joakim Live at City of Paris’ Museum Of Modern Art on January 24th.
Tigersushi, the Parisian electronic label (run by Joakim) setting up its quarters in the basement of the Museum of Modern Art in Paris, to celebrate its fifteenth anniversary. 2 days of free concerts and live performances of Guillaume Teyssier, Maestro, Syracuse, Joakim, Discipline, Krikor & Friends. 8 video’s at Culturebox!
Les 24 et 25 janvier derniers, le label électronique parisien Tigersushi (emmené par le producteur Joakim) installait ses quartiers au sous-sol du Musée d’Arts Modernes de Paris, pour célébrer son quinzième anniversaire en musique. Sur deux jours, se sont tour à tour succédés Guillaume Teyssier, Maestro, Syracuse, Joakim, Discipline, et Krikor, avant de laisser la place à une reprise de la célèbre pièce « IN C » du minimaliste américain Terry Riley, par l’ensemble des artistes du label. Un weekend electro à revivre en live sur Culturebox!
Maestro‘s Mountains of Madness will be released to the stores in March.
“Celebrating 40 years since the release of their seminal debut album, ‘Azimuth’, Brazilian Jazz-Funk pioneers Azymuth toured Europe in February and March this year. The tour coincided with the album’s reissue on Far Out Recordings, which has been re-mastered and released in a gatefold sleeve and on super-heavyweight vinyl. During their time in London, the band stopped by NTS Radio to talk to their good friend, the boss of Far Out, Joe Davis and play some of the records tied in with their history, including some incredible never before heard demos recorded in the early 70s.”
180g LP Gatefold out on Far Out Recordings in late March.
Laurent Garnier: beginnings in the legendary Haçienda club in Manchester, scribe of the history of dance music, techno monolith – it’s at this point that one might reach for the phrase ‘needs no introduction’ but maybe it’s a bit late for that.
With five EPs out this year on five labels (Hypercolour, MCDE, Musique Large, Still Music, 50 Weapons) and a sixth release coming (as well as a hefty slab of book, too, hopefully), Garnier has made diversity the key focus for his output. It’s an approach reflected upon both in his mix and throughout our in-depth interview with him, where the veteran French DJ and producer lets off steam about the current musical climate, the contemporary auteurs of electronic music and the recycling of audio culture generally and especially over the last 25 years. There’s also a bit about his new records too.
The two things that drive our lengthy conversation are the stagnation of club culture – the sticking of the needle – and the tightrope of the modern DJ, on one side the devotion to honesty and on the other the necessity of exploration, Garnier’s navigation of which is perhaps one of the reasons why he has enjoyed such a mammoth career.