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Posted 2 Jul 2014 @ 10:00am

B-b-big news in Kompakt land this week (cue a chorus of trumpets, bugles and alpenhorns atop a stripped-back 4/4 microhouse beat). The seminal Cologne-based record label has announced that it will release its traditional annual compilation, Total 14, in mid-August. The unmixed double-CD collection features contributions from most of the Kompakt ‘big guns’, including brand spanking...

Posted 27 Jun 2014 @ 11:00am

One of Britain’s most inventive producers, Matthew Herbert, will release his first music under the moniker of Herbert in close to a decade, due before the end of the month on his own label, Accidental. Herbert is an electronic music pioneer who has remixed and produced a wide array of artists like Quincy Jones, Bjork, Serge Gainsbourg and even Dizzee Rascal. He has become...

Posted 18 Jun 2014 @ 9:00am

One half of German tech house heavyweight duo  Super Flu  will throw down at Club 77  on Saturday July 19. Super Flu released their second album Halle Saale at the back end of last year – it showcased their trademark playful and punchy take on tech house sounds, fusing quirky pop with more robust techno influences. Super Flu’s discography includes remixes of Cascandy, Dominik...

Posted 11 Jun 2014 @ 1:41pm

Canada’s Caribou (formerly ‘Manitoba’), the brainchild of Dan Smith, has announced details of his next album Our Love, the much anticipated follow-up to 2010’s wonderful Swim album. Swim set out to create “dance music that sounds like it’s made out of water rather than made out of metallic stuff like most dance music does”, and spawned a remix album replete with reworks from heavy-...

Posted 4 Jun 2014 @ 9:00am

Vaunted techno stable Perlon Records will notch up its 100th release in a few weeks’ time with a new EP from Polish techno DJ/producer, Margaret Dygas (pictured), entitled In Wood, That. Perlon was co-founded by Markus Nikolai and Thomas Franzmann – better known for his work under the Zip moniker – in 1997, and has released material from many of the foremost figures in the...

Posted 28 May 2014 @ 9:00am

Detroit luminary Omar-S (pictured) is certainly getting into the swing of celebrating the tenth anniversary of his FXHE label. Earlier this year he mixed the FXHE 10 Year Mix Compilation,made up of 16 tracks from the label’s back catalogue by the likes of Gunnar Wendel (AKA Kassem Mosse), OB Ignitt, Luke Hess and of course Omar-S himself. Omar then dropped his Romancing The Stone EP...

Posted 21 May 2014 @ 9:00am

UK luminary A Guy Called Gerald, the insouciant acid house pioneer, will headline a masquerade ball warehouse party on Sunday June 8; the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. Best know for his 1988 cut ‘Voodoo Ray’, Gerald was also a founding member of 808 State, who were responsible for the classic track ‘Pacific State’. A chap who has collaborated with the likes of Derrick May and...

Posted 8 May 2014 @ 9:00am

Panorama Bar resident Prosumer, who hails from SaarbrЯcken in south-west Germany, will DJ at...

Posted 24 Apr 2014 @ 1:26pm

It’s probably a sign that Deep Impressions hasn’t fully adapted to the realities of the digital age, but for whatever reason the album format usually dominates this page. However, for this week, the focus shifts to its younger cousin, the EP, with a preview of a quintet of releases from a quartet of artists that are well worth wrapping your ears around when they release EPs in the...

Posted 11 Apr 2014 @ 10:20am

Veteran French DJ Pepperpot, the nom de plume ofGregory Lambert, will spin at The Spice Cellar on Saturday April 12. Pepperpot is a specialist DJ who is a resident – and indeed, curator – at Paris’ renowned nightclub the Rex Club. He has been peppering clubbers with a range of house, techno and disco since the early ’90s and has played alongside many of the international house and...

Posted 2 Apr 2014 @ 5:42pm

 

There’s something about Border Community artists and extended breaks between albums. After label head honcho James Holden finally released his second album The Inheritors a whoppingseven years on from his debut, Norfolk producer Luke Abbott has announced that his second LP Wysing Forest will drop on Border Community in June. It comes a mere four years on from his debut LP, Holkham...

Posted 26 Mar 2014 @ 3:51pm

 

Prolific Dutch producer Danny Wolfers, known to most for his sonic exploits as Legowelt, will headline Club 77 this Saturday March 29. He’ll have support from Gardland, one of the most interesting electronic acts to emerge from Australia in recent years. A technological whiz who likes to “program software on obsolete computers,” Wolfers dropped his first EP back around the...

Posted 21 Mar 2014 @ 1:17pm

Mysterious Moscow-based producer Gesloten Cirkel, who has hidden his identity since releasing his first EP in 2009, will release his debut album Submit X next month on Murder Capital, the same label through which he dropped his memorable maiden self-titled EP. Gesloten Cirkel’s output has been limited since then – a case of quality over quantity if ever there was one – with his...

Posted 19 Mar 2014 @ 12:48pm

 

The HAHA crew will celebrate nine years in the game on Saturday April 5 with a birthday bash at Goodgod Small Club headlined by Hun Choi, aka Hunee (which, for everyone reading this column aloud to a crowded room, is pronounced ‘who-knee’). The Korean-born Berlin resident established himself on the production front via EPs on labels like Ostgut Ton, Permanent Vacation and...

Posted 4 Mar 2014 @ 4:28pm

One of the mainstays of the underground German house scene, Frankfurt-born DJ/producer Sascha Dive will release his second full-length artist album, Dark Shadow – anyone familiar with Dive’s output and persona will attest to all you Rick Owens buffs that the title is not a high-end fashion reference – in early April. Dark Shadow will arrive four years after Dive’s debut album...

Posted 25 Feb 2014 @ 4:16pm

 

Vaunted Berghain resident DJ Boris will return to Sydney to throw down this Saturday March 1 at Lovecult, a party that celebrates the international queer underground scene and will also feature a live set from Milan’s Hard Ton. Boris is best known for his early morning sets at Berghain, which depending on the mood, traverse house and disco – vestiges from Boris’ early days...

Posted 19 Feb 2014 @ 9:12am

 

To celebrate six years of touring and events, Picnic will host one of the most influential and respected figures in the club milieu, Berlin’s Moritz von Oswald, at its birthday party on Saturday March 15. Von Oswald has remained one of the most innovative figures in electronic music since getting his start in the early ’80s as a percussionist for Thomas Felhmann’s new wave...

Posted 14 Feb 2014 @ 9:31am

Seattle producer Steven Ford is a man of many monikers. Primarily known for his work as Bruno Pronsato, Ford has also released music as Public Lover with French artist Ninca Leece and through his experimental house outfit Others. Additionally, he’s worked alongside Sergio Giorgini (he of Benoit & Sergio fame) in the duo NDF, who released their Villalobos-remixed debut EP Since...

Posted 5 Feb 2014 @ 4:21pm

Expert sound engineer Tobias Freund will release A Series Of Shocks, his second album under his Tobias. moniker, on the Ostgut Ton label at the end of March. If you dig deep into Freund’s musical background, which extends way back to the mid-’80s, you’ll find he not only had a hand in post-production duties on Function’s debut album Incubation (not so surprising) but also worked for...

Posted 30 Jan 2014 @ 1:45pm

The crew behind the much-adored but recently closed inner-west venue The Abercrombie has lured one of the foremost names in techno today, Minneapolis’ Zak Khutoretsky, to play The Basement in Circular Quay on Saturday February 8. Best known in club circles as DVS1 (for those reading this column aloud to a packed room, it’s pronounced ‘devious one’), Khutoretsky has built his...

Posted 27 Jan 2014 @ 5:39pm

Lauded Italian techno figurehead Donato Dozzy will headline the Civic Underground this Saturday January 25. The Rome-based producer is highly regarded by the electronica cognoscenti, having accumulated a formidable discography that includes last year’s Donato Dozzy Plays Bee Mask, one of the best releases of 2013. Featuring seven divergent reworkings of Chris Madak AKA Bee Mask’s...

Posted 16 Jan 2014 @ 5:46pm

And like that, it’s 2014. The dust has only just settled from the New Year debauchery, and Sydney has sadly bid farewell to the iconic venue The Abercrombie.

 

But life goes on – it must – as a slew of salacious club gigs has already been announced for the start of this year. One such show is The Orb’s return to Sydney at...

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