Andy Barton | Feature Recap

A man who needs no introduction, Andy Barton is by now, a prolific figure in our scene who supports all that we do with his illustrious radio show "Bass Agenda" on Future Music (UK), Cue Radio (Paris), as well as 313 Live (Detroit), not to mention his equally illustrious Bass Agenda Recordings; which by now has released a plethora of names ranging from Will Web,

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

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. 

 

V/A - W/X

Vinyl they say, is making a comeback. And while it is true that for many labels that had stopped for economic reasons it is still a tough idea to consider, it is hard not to see the courageous endeavour of many young aspiring imprints getting into the game to try things out. One of these labels is the European label "Mélodies Souterraines".

Boyd Goosman - Back In The Race E.P.

Emmanuel Taron, previously a member of the iconic Noirdegout outfit, featured on famed Techno imprints like No Fear and Dave Clarke's White Noise, returns here under his new Boyd Goosman pseudonym on his equally new French imprint Aequilon Records, with a 12" output that reflects his deep passion for Detroit's eclectic take on Techno.

Negocious Man - H4RDW4R3

Nego is back! That's right guys, Negocius Man returns on his imprint Microm Records with a whopper of a release, this time devoting this title to his passion for Electronic Instruments. Available as a 4-track digital pack, this powerful, hard-hitting collection of jams is gonna make your next DJ set the highlight of the night.

Q-Chip - Access Consciousness

Q-Chip returns once again for an onslaught of heavy Electro/Techno dancefloor hits on 12" vinyl. Making his debut on Bunker Records in 2012, and then unto the incredible vinyl piece "The Difference That Makes A Difference" on Solar One, the artist delivers here with "Accesss Consciousness" on UK imprint Gnosis Recordings, an unstoppable collection of dark, menacing machine-like productions that will obliterate the mindless masses as they head towards the abyss. 

 

Freddy Fresh aka The Modulator - Jungla

Re-launched three years ago, EMF (Electronic Music Foundation), the subdivision of Analog Records formed in 1993 by Freddy Fresh and Auto Kinetic, was in a kind of wakefullness. This state is now over with the release today of the excellent "Jungla", Freddy's approximatively 17th or 18th album so far since his first steps into Electronic Music back in 1992.

 

T/error - Eka Bismuth

Every opus dropped by T/error (Body Control, Borg Recordings) comes from a specific idea, and "Eka Bismuth" doesn't depart from those rules. Having explored in 2015 the different spectrums of sound on his debut full length "D7", then the instability of Uranium (a metaphor to the instability of the Human Being) on "U235", the Roman artist proudly presents his third concept album.