This is my first blog post in a long time – it will also be my last one.
I’ve thought about this for a long time and lost a lot of sleep over it, trying to bring everything under one hat, as we like to say in Austria, but I like to do things properly or not at all. I currently find myself in a situation where I don’t have enough time to run this blog the way I want to, so I’m calling it quits now. This might have been one of the hardest decision in my entire life, seriously.
I’m not going to get all sentimental now (ok, maybe a little), so I’ll just say thank you. To each and every musician out there saying fuck you to mediocrity and making incredible music that really stands out – at the risk of sounding cheesy, but you are the reason I started this blog six years ago. To all the labels who believe in upcoming artists and help them getting the word out – and who also provided me with a constant stream of quality music. To everyone who contributed to the site, who helped me with tech stuff, gave me advice or just told me not to stop. To all the other music bloggers, always digging for the most exciting new music out there. To everyone who took the time to listen to the music I posted, and to read what I had to say about it. Thank you.
Red Bull Music Academy has come to Vienna for a weekend packed with lectures, concerts and parties: Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp. With artists such as Four Tet, Dorian Concept, Jacques Greene and The Cinematic Orchestra (to name only a few) set to perform at various locations all over the city, the event brings a versatile selection of exceptional musicians into town.
Yesterday’s opening lecture by Vienna’s very own Patrick Pulsinger of Sluts’n’Strings & 909 fame (who are also playing on Saturday) attracted up and coming local talent and interested rookies alike. Offering unique insights into both analogue and digital music production, Pulsinger focussed on ways to combine old and new gear. Check out the video summary below! (German)
Tonight’s party will see Canadian sonic scientist Jacques Greene and Dutch producer extraordinaire Legowelt perform at Pratersauna alongside a local line-up, including Vienna’s man of the hour Motsa. For more information head over to Red Bull! #RBMA
Flight Facilities, the undisputed kings of sensual love-making music grooving bongo rhythms and big melodies have put their unique remix fingerprint on men of the hour Jagwar Ma‘s Come Save Me, turning the rather raw, rocking original into a smooth percussion-driven jam that will not fail to put a big smile on your face as soon as you hit play. Flight Facilities on top of their game!
After excessive touring throughout this year’s festival season, Austro-British musician extraordinaire SOHN returns to the studio and comes up with yet another incredible piece of sonic art, aptly titled Lessons. Warm, evolving arpeggiators are washing gently over his trademark high-pitched vocals in what might be his strongest original so far, preceding an unexpectedly raw and gritty synth breaking loose, showing a new, darker side of SOHN’s musical repertoire.
Two weeks after unveiling the title track for their upcoming Careless EP, London-based power duo Dusky reveal a full-length stream of Words Later On, the fourth track on the upcoming release. As usual, catchy vocal samples and grooving percussion arrangements are what it’s all about, but this time Dusky have decided to go in a bit deeper and darker than expected. Out on September 23rd by Aus Music, wax available to pre-order now.
While Alain Macklovitch, better known as A-Trak, is busy taking selfies of him and mini turtles, his older brother David, better known as 50% of Chromeo, is about to release a new album. Alright, enough fact dropping.
The Canadian synth pop duo recently unveiled the official trailer for their upcoming fourth studio album White Women, featuring a two minute preview of a track called Over Your Shoulder. As usual, the song is all about funky disco basslines, cheerful keyboard solos and vocals ranging from sensual to steamy – the successful mixture that has become Chromeo’s trademark sound over the years. Daft Punk, you better watch out!
Video directed by Jérémie Rozan.
Album release date tba.
Vienna-based musician Eoae has put his magic remix fingerprint on fellow Austrian band Bilderbuch‘s summer hit Plansch (make sure the check out the amazing original as well), completely changing the stripped-back yet powerful song into an organic, evolving jam rich in reverby noises and textures, and multi-layered soundscapes. Vienna represent!
Wow. Do you know that incredible feeling when you start listening to a song you’ve never heard before, and after a few seconds you’re already wishing it would never end? When you discover a song you immediately feel connected to, and you end up listening to it over and over again? When you’re absolutely certain you’ve come across a true masterpiece, and you want to share it with as many people as possible?
Let me introduce to you Cardiochaos, a musical project by Vienna-based filmmaker, actor and musician extraordinaire Peter Brunner. Driven by an obsessive creative urge, the young Austrian artist has finished his debut album DDNOS (“Dissociative Disorder Not Otherwise Specified”), an unconventional, multifaceted collection of musical images, ranging from minimalist post-dubstep jams to glittering electro pop as sweet as sugar, from piano-heavy indie songs to what Venetian Snares coined as “drill n bass”.
It would be an easy thing to start drawing comparisons to SOHN or Thom Yorke now, but let’s talk about Disappointed In The Snow instead, the fourth song (and probably one of the strongest cuts) on DDNOS. I promise, you will still get goosebumps all over your body after ten consecutive listens when that low, rough voice starts counter-parting the dreamy, dragging vocals in the middle of the song, and you will hold your breath until the heartbeat-like bass drum starts beating again to the rhythm of the infectious piano chords. And suddenly, for the blink of an eye, there is: that incredible feeling, that desperate wish that this song would never end…
Purchase Cardiochaos’ debut album DDNOS on iTunes.
Did someone say “fat kick”? Belfast’s music bloggers gone house producers Bicep are about to release a massive remix for Aster on John Talabot’s label Hivern Discs, out on September 9th (vinyl) resp. September 23rd (digital). The duo claim to have started working on this mix a year and a half ago – well, Rome wasn’t built in a day either. Combining addictive vocal samples, high-pitched house strings and UK garage-esque hi-hat patterns, Bicep continue to turn their take on house music into a unique trademark sound.
Nestled in the scenic mountains of Northern Italy, Fortezza is a small and peacefull village with 984 inhabitants, a church, a highway exit – and an impressive fortress dating back to the early 19th century and. Once a year though, Fortezza is more than that: each summer Love Electro! Festival opens its gates and not only brings new life to the abandoned fortress right next to the river but also attracts visitors from all over Europe.
This year’s edition has been headlined by international artists such as Crookers (that is, what’s left of them after their recent split), Felix Cartal and His Majesty Andre, with lots of local supporting artists to complement the big names. On a second stage, rock bands are performing in the evening to get people started into the night, while all around the audience beamers and spotlights are turned on to bath the exceptional location in colorful light and moving images – courtesy of the resident VJs Slutotronic and Orangutanklaus.
Apart from an incredible set by UK-based producer exceptionaire His Majesty Andre (in fact one of the best DJ sets I’ve seen in quite a while), one of the festival’s secret highlights were Erwin & Edwin – with all the successful releases and remixes they’ve released in the past few months they shouldn’t be strangers to you anymore. The four-piece band from Vienna, Austria not only managed to make the crowd go apeshit with their brass-fueled approach to electro from the first minute on but also masterfully handled an unexpected power blackout by spontaneously playing trumpet and drums soli until the power connection was restored. Keep an eye on these guys – preferably from a safe distance!
Photo credits: Kurt Tappeiner, Andreas Tauber, Ivan Poletti (in order of appearance)