The Czech radio show Bass Trap recently featured the ever enigmatic high priest of glitch- tvprodukt. Be it visual or auditory, tvprodukt’s compass always points pleasurably error bound. His recent set (available below) delivers the wonkiest of wonk with the likes of Shlohmo and Bibio.
shlohmo – seriously (live mix)
khia – my neck my back (shlohmo remix)
bibio – sugarette
nino – z (coco bryce remix)
groundislava – young lava
herobust – facebook lift
beans – blue moon (salva remix)
dj nate – 3peat
portishead – roads (damscray juke mix)
I know this is a bit late on the scene, but it just wouldn’t be right not to mention Burial’s latest EP, Kindred released this past February off Hyperdub Records. A master of dubstep and minimal electronica, William Bevan has shown the world yet again that there’s more to bass music other than the quintessential mindless dropping of the bass (i.e. Skrillex). Reminiscent of sounds from his past albums like Untrue and Street Halo, Burial’s new EP evokes new levels of his signature sparse beats and dark, ambient moods. You can hear that distinct crackle in his tracks layered over simple, looping vocals and distant melodies. The short EP is only comprised of three tracks–”Kindred,” “Loner,” and “Ashtray Wasp”–but don’t let the small number fool you. Each somber, esoteric track delivers the ghostly, eerie atmosphere that so fittingly characterizes his style. His songs aren’t just the only ghostlike attribute, the artist himself is like a phantom as well, having remained anonymous until 2008. The elusive DJ never performs, live nor on radio. Despite his choice to remain underground, his albums have all been released to wide critical acclaim. He often collaborates with Four Tet and the two released a track about a month ago, called “Nova”, possibly upstaging crowd favorite, “Moth.” The track aptly brings together the signature sounds of both artists–Four Tet’s melodic pulsing and Burial’s 12-step garage style. The result is a mesmerizing 6 minute track that takes you to another realm.
This past weekend was Prague’s annual Lunchmeat Festival at Bio Oko and Meetfactory. The two day festival consisted of a number of different DJs spinning everything from glitch, dubstep, ambient, experimental, and more. It doesn’t stop there–the music was also accompanied by crazy visuals from various artists, some by the DJs themselves.
Incite/, a German electronic, audio-visual duo provided a memorable set with pulsating, intense, experimental beats that timed so well with the black and white imagery projected over them. Their performance embodied the festival’s intent of mixing sound with sight.
Incite/ (DE) at Lunchmeat 3/24
The normally bare and minimal Meetfactory featured installations hanging from the ceiling and also opened up a second stage called “A Very Foreign Affairs Dubstep Stage.” This stage showcased talented and well-known DJs such as Author–Ruckspin and Jack Sparrow–and Kode 9. The stage was located in a tiny, almost claustrophobic, dark room reminiscent of vibes found at venues like Plastic People in London.
Author played a slower, melodic dubstep set, staying true to the underground dubstep atmosphere of the tiny space. Kode 9′s set was much more upbeat and featured a wider range of music styles that certainly kept the audience grooving. He mixed in random songs such as a remix of Lil Wayne’s “A Millie,” which only added to the excitement and entertainment of seeing Kode 9 live.
Kode 9 at Lunchmeat 3/24
The two days were jammed pack with a myriad of audio-visual sensation that took over Prague all throughout the town.
For more photos and news from the event, click here.
Rabbit Hole is a new Czech radio show on 96.2 dedicated to glitch hop, hosted by Glitch’s Gruzo. If you’re into burning synthetic bass lines, crackling hip hop beats, micro-sampling, skipping vinyl, digital noise and deep bass, then tune in this Friday, March 23rd at 7 PM on radio Spin 96.2 FM!
Each week Gruzo will select the latest tracks from the world of bass music, as well as the current information in both global and Czech scenes. In addition to new tracks, listeners will also get exclusive interviews with hosts and live sets directly from the studio.
But that’s not all…
A new, free, regular series of parties dedicated to Rabbit Hole at Chapeau Rouge launches this Thursday, March 22nd. Every month the catacombs of the Old Town will be vibrating with the pulse of experimental electronic music. For the premier night, Glitch producers Gruzo and Claviq will be spinning all night. As a special guest Denoir will be coming in all the way from Holland. You can expect the hottest tracks from around the world and from home!
Tune In & Glitch Up! March 23rd at 7 PM on radio Spin 96.2 FM!
RABBIT HOLE party starts up this Thursday March 22nd at 7 PM! Free Entry.
For more information about Rabbit Hole, check out the its Facebook Page.
Will Marshall has sent us yet another update of his latest APC40 DJ Template. This template has been pretty popular over the years- its staying power a testament its usefulness. Highly recommended for DJs using the APC40 on stage.
Producer and DJ, Forma, has been an active player in the Czech underground electronic music scene for a while. Almost a month ago, he played with Slugabed and Kuedo at the Meetfactory, closing the show just after Slugabed’s set. He’s been producing tracks and mixes left and right. He has a series of mixes called “Klobass mixes,” and the latest mix can be found here:
It features an excellent compilation of the latest buzz-worthy tracks by artists such as Joker, SBTRKT, Starkey, Jacques Greene, Dark Sky, Machinedrum, Dorian Concept, and more. It’s definitely worth listening to if you haven’t already. Just sit back with a couple beers and let the music speak for itself.
If you’re in the mood for something a bit more trippy and visual, check out Forma’s latest EP, Earotikon. It’s a soundtrack that he produced for a black and white movie, Erotikon. Much more experimental and spacey–this is an album best absorbed with a spliff.
The annual Electronic Beats Festival’s line up was just released a few weeks ago. Electronic Beats is a touring festival that makes stops in Slovakia, Austria, and Germany. The festival came to Prague in 2008, 2010, and 2011. This year, the promising line up features acts by The Whitest Boy Alive, James Blake, Woodkid, Digitalism, Amon Tobin, ISAM, Jazzanova ft. Paul Randolph, The Asteroids Galaxy Tour, Austra, Squarepusher, Grimes, The Hundred in the Hands, Wolfram, and many more. The artists that will be performing in Prague are The Whitest Boy Alive, Grimes, Woodkid, and a special guest.
The Whitest Boy Alive is a electronic, indie-pop band that has been around for almost a decade. The band members are German and Norwegian and they are based in Berlin.
Grimes is 23-year-old Claire Boucher, an up and coming Canadian pop artist. Her songs are very ethereal with spacey beats and entrancing vocals. Pitchfork media listed her latest album Visions (2012) under the Best New Music category.
Woodkid is a french music video director, graphic designer, and musician by the name of Yoann Lemoine. His hit single ‘Iron’ (which he also directed the music video for) is a song of epic scale and magnitude.
For more information of the festival itself, check out the trailer:
Tickets: 250 CZK in advance; 350 CZK at the door.
Check out the Facebook Event Page.
NoD roxy is hosting a Lunchmeat Warm-Up party on March 19, 2012. Laboratory of Darkness (Laboratoř Tmy) will showcase a special audio / visual set with music provided by Glitch’s very own Wizual. For a taste of what to come, check out Wizual’s future garage, ambient, post-dub mix.
Next month, on Friday March 23rd, Meetfactory and Bio Oko will host the 3rd Annual Lunchmeat Festival. It’s a two day festival that starts on Friday and continues to Sunday. The concept behind Lunchmeat is a bit different from your usual music festival.
“Lunchmeat is an international festival of electronic music, visual art and new media based in Prague, Czech Republic. The main feature of the festival is to keep a balance between musician and visualizer, to let them perform in an organic connection; visuals and sound as equal elements.” [Lunchmeat.cz]
The festival will showcase DJs and artists all over Europe. Notable acts include UK’s Author (Techtonic) and Kode9 (Hyperdub). Author is the collaboration of two well known dubstep producers, Jacksparrow and Ruckspin. Both have been producing and touring since 2007, performing at sold-out festivals such as Outlook in Croatia. Kode9 will be playing twice–in both music and visual contexts. For those of you that are unfamiliar with his music, take a listen and you’ll automatically understand the endless possibilities of expressing Kode9′s music through a visual medium. His music smoothly blends dub and dubstep and evokes a spacial, eerie mood.
The festival will also feature sets by Incite (DE), Nikka + Alba G. Corral (ES), DMX Krew (UK) + SPAM (CZ), Hecq (DE), and Florence To (UK).
Bio Oko 190 CZK presale / 250 CZK on the spot
MeetFactory 290 CZK + tax presale / 390 CZK on the spot
2 day festival pass 480 CZK + tax presale