g13ck - April 2017 Feature

Hailing from beautiful Mexico, long-time veteran of the Electro Bass scene with his collective Anti-Zero, as well as his label Aztlán, g13ck aka Dann Vela, is a devout purveyor of our music, conscious to the current times and on a mission to spread a message of positivity and the need to come together through music and dance.

Interview

DJ Q-bert: The Legendary Turntablist Talks Piklz, Dr. Octagon, Electro Bass, And Much More!

There are DJ's, and then there are turntablists! There is a question that has floated around the Hip Hop community for a long time, and that is: "What is a DJ if he can't scratch?" Well, in all fairness, perhaps the answer is a great DJ still. However, high above the clouds of great mixers and programmers, guys and gals who can blend 'em for hours it seems, and flawlessly at that, lies a whole 'nother world.

Artist Highlight

Jackal & Hyde

Call it what you will: Electro, Electrocore, or even perhaps Techno Bass on hyperdrive. Whatever their music is to you, there is one thing everyone can agree on: Jackal & Hyde's sound in the late '90s was as much a catalyst for the 3rd wave of our music, as Dynamix II and groups like Aux 88 were to the continuation of Electro Funk as its Bass counterpart in the late '80s. 

 

Label Highlight

Over-X-Posure

There are great labels out there, many of them! But out of those, there are these certain ones that seem to bring in a very standout and unique approach that is captivating, enriching and mysterious at the same time. One of them is the infamous German imprint Over-X-Posure.

Gear Highlight

Korg Volca Kick

Korg continues to diversify its Volca series with the recent release of additions like the new digital sampler, as well as its new FM synthesizer, the "Volca FM". This time, the company introduces us to a tool that I personally find quite fascinating; even as the naysayers might complain of its odd simplicity and perhaps out-of-place approach. But let's talk about this, I can happily explain! 

 

Record Reviews

Analogue Bipolar Boy - Into Darkness EP

Swap your suit for more comfortable clothes, wear your black hoodie and put on your red Rebook baskets, 'cause you're expected on the dancefloor for some breakin' and freakin' figures!

 

M3taN01a - Experiment 69

With promising releases on labels such as Misión 115, or Borg Recordings over the last two years, Vuchko Neziri aka M3taN01a, has been making a name for himself on the electronic scene. Hailing from Gostivar, the Macedonian artist invests his time in the Japanese structure Anti Gravity Device run by AE35 with an interesting three track EP ranging from Electro to the more Breaks styles.

 

Plant43 - Grid Connection

Following his successful album "Scars Of Intransigence" in 2014, UK based electronic producer Emile Facey aka Plant43 (Ai Records, AC Records, Semantica Records, Central Processing Unit) returns to Netherlands label Shipwrec Records with a four track EP of high caliber, offering another aesthetic Electro of his own trademark.

 

Freddy Fresh - Comacid EP

2016 has been a busy year for Freddy Fresh, with releases on Electric Music Foundation, Analog USA and Cardboard & Computers. 2017 seems to start in the hub cap for the Minneapolis, Saint Paul artist as he's expected soon on Kobayashi structure. Today he invests in Belgium label Forced Nostalgia. Feeling the Acid sound a lot lately, the legendary Modulator offers on the "Comacid EP" a re-release of old yet still fresh bubbling Techno tracks, all analog!

 

Sigma Algebra - Funaphy

Released more than one month ago but still very fresh, the second EP from digital label Elektrodos Recordings; the extension of the infamous online Electro radio show and podcast, introduces four tracks from Eduardo Jiménez, better known as Sigma Algebra (Urban Connections, Amper Clap Prod, Section 27).

 

Nexus 23 - Weapons Of Mass Distraction

Zero One Music hits hard with its second release of 2017! The Miami Bas(s)ed label stares this month at the United Kingdom to deliver an amazing, pounding EP from Nexus 23 titled "Weapons Of Mass Distraction"; fueled with Industrial sororities in the great tradition of Will Web and Dynamix II's imprint.

 

Soundex Phonetic - Over & Out

Soundex Phonetic returns with his menacing, forward-thinking style of Scottish Techno Bass music, this time on US imprint Body Control Records, and his newest album "Over & Out". Comprised of 19 tracks, this conscious, yet aggressive and mysterious artist delivers another fascinating sonic ride through the complex worlds inside of his mind and soul.

 

Cybereign - Dangerous Mind

Cybereign is back once again, and this time with a really seriously devastating collection of Techno Bass jams that show in perfect example what the sound of Detroit's international infuence sounds like in 2017. A name making waves in the scene already after a few hits on compilations like Elektrodos The Compilation Vol. 2, Urban Connections (parts 3 & 4), as well as Dalekovod Vol.

Thinktank - Danger At 300 Fathoms E.P.

Stepback Records, new imprint based out of Edinburgh, Scotland, signs Thinktank to its first 12" vinyl adventure; this one mastered and cut by the iconic Radioactive Man, and featuring 3 cuts of synthetic dancefloor madness, including a great Electro Breaks mix.