Author: Kristal Hawkins

  • ‘Verboten’ w/ Stacey Pullen+Dinky

    Reared on Electrifying Mojo and following in the footsteps of the Belleville Three, Stacey Pullen (a/k/a Silent Phase, Kosmik Messenger, Black Odyssey) has always more than lived up to Detroit’s reputation for innovative soul. Dinky draws in all the sounds of the New York-Berlin-Santiago triangle to make her own lush, organic, and ever-surprising techno. With […]

  • ‘Autobrennt Masquerade’ w/ Martinez Brothers

    An early Halloween party brings the Bronx prodigies to the top of the Hotel on Rivington. Guided by local house vet Dennis Ferrer, the Martinez Brothers have gone from Shelter to Panoramabar and Circoloco, with a collaboration with Argy and a Blackberry ad along the way. Expect straightforward, energetic, easy-to-like house. With Air Zaire. Fri., […]

  • ‘Beats in Space’ w/ Pachanga Boys+Andres+Tim Sweeney

    Arch-minimalist Superpitcher met Atias Aguayo-picked hyper-ist Rebolledo on vacation in Mexico; now they’re making sprawling house as Pachanga Boys. Andres—a/k/a Dez Andres, a/k/a DJ Dez—came up as part of Slum Village and worked with J Dilla. And his house collaborators are just as impressive as his hip hop credentials: Theo Parrish and Moodymann. Expect ruggedly […]

  • ‘Got Bangin’?’ w/ Frankie Bones

    It’s Frankie Bones’s birthday, and he has a lot to celebrate. He was among the first to import rave from the UK to the NYC back in the day, plus the Brooklyn tough guy allegedly coined that “Peace, Love, Unity, and Respect” motto. From the Storm Rave parties to the Sonic Groove label and the […]

  • ‘Mr. Saturday Night’ w/ Move D

    Kunststoff, which David Moufang recorded as Move D in 1995, sounds as fresh now as it did 17 years ago, a warm, effervescent tribute to Detroit and Chicago by way of Heidelberg. Recent years have found Moufang resurrecting that alias—as well as his Reagenz project with Jonah Sharp—to good effect, firing new rounds of a […]

  • ‘Rice & Beans’ w/ Denite

    So far, Valencia’s biggest contribution to international dance music has been its ferry to Ibiza, but Denite is working to change that with his Redlight Music label and sharp, percussive tech-house productions. He’s already scored remixes for 2020 Soundsystem and on Trapez; and Resopal Red and Third Ear have released his recent tracks. With Jeffrey […]

  • ‘Beats in Space’ w/ Matias Aguayo+Ivan Smagghe

    Matias Aguayo has been a little quiet since joining up with chaotic Warp band Battles last year.. The Chilean-born producer followed his soaring early success as half of Closer Musik (“One Two Three No Gravity”) by conjoining minimalism, pop, and tropicalia on his brilliant 2009 Kompakt album, Ay Ay Ay; the stuff coming out on […]

  • Actress+Lotide+Gobby

    Garage and techno might provide Darren J. Cunningham’s templates, but as Actress he blurs the genres into a unique personal territory on which he works out his intellectual and emotional obsessions. He’s released Zomby and Starkey on his Werk label and got himself picked up by Damon Albarn’s Honest Jons. Seattle’s Lotide chains swooning psychedelia […]

  • ‘Mr. Saturday Night’ w/ Roman Flugel

    Roman Flugel is one of Germany’s great mid ‘90s success stories: He fell in love with the new music coming out of Detroit and Chicago, and drew on his music studies and raw talent to create an unusually nuanced, diverse body of work. His early releases with Jorn Elling Wuttke as Acid Jesus and as […]

  • ‘Mystikal Disco’ w/ Daniel Bell+Patrick Russell

    Back in early ‘90s Detroit, Dan Bell turned bleeps and blips and the sounds of robot squirrel chatter into tracks like “Losing Control,” pioneering the indomitable groove that would be known as minimal techno. The Richie Hawtin collaborator also ran 7th City and Accelerate. Mentalux man Patrick Russell is something of a Detroit rarity: He […]

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