Dance music has has exploded in the years since this blog began, but for fans size is not all that counts. The interest of the majors in EDM is here to stay and it represents the mainstream arm of a global dance sound still driven by boutique, vanity, and independent labels. After all, no matter how big the festival or bright the headliner, tunes from new and established independent labels dominate the sets. These labels are the primary incubators of dance music talent.
This series of posts recognizes that fact that interest in EDM comes from the ceaseless drive of individual tastemakers and tunemakers to make dance music available to people who want to listen to it. I will point out five more or less new labels that are worth listening to—the only thing they all have in common is releasing amazing music. None of them have been around for more than 5 years but all of them release some of the best dance music out there!
Planet Turbo is one of the biggest and most exciting artist tours going on right now. The rotating lineup will troop across the glob featuring, among others, Brodinski,DMX Krew, Felix Da Housecat,Jesper Dahlbeck and of course the head honcho of the Turbo Recordings label, Tiga. The tour has been going on for a while now, and has already ready gone through Rotterdam, London, Berlin, Sydney, Madrid and Montreal. . .Ibiza, Liege and second stop in London are to come. Being the generous spirits that they are, Planet Turbo has recently been posting some of the incredible sets from the tour on soundcloud, one of my favorite sites. Check out all of the sets at the Turbo page on soundcloud–some from the tour, others from different events. -downlable sets inside!!!->
The Psychonauts are Pablo Clement and Paul Mogg. A few years ago International DJ Gigolos brought it out a few years ago, and it was an oddity at the time. The remastered version shows how forward thinking it was. Waaay ahead of the curve.
This set is one that Paul Mogg of The Psychonauts did over at Resident Advisor, deifinitely my favorite online magazine for electronic news and culture (Nobody pays me for any of this so I’m not just saying that!). Mogg dropped the set in support of the re-released full length Songs for Creatures. Its a fantastic set that explores an electronic sound replete with organic and psychedelic elements. In fact the set that shows part of the sensibility that makes “Songs for Creatures” such a forward looking and still fresh slice of yummy electronica. Its great stuff. I like it particularly because this kind of a set why I even thought to start putting up this site in the first place. DJing at its best is so much more than playing either your own or other people’s music.
Jon Hassell & Brian Eno – Chemistry
Mosaik – Brass Cannon (Kreidler remix)
Four Tet – Love Cry (Girl With Money Losoul Edit)
Julijske Alpe – Industria
Kris Menace – Metropolis (Serge Santiago Italo Boot Edit)
TJ Kong – The Centre Of The World
DJ Hell ft. Brian Ferry – U Can Dance (Carl Craig Remix)
Andrew Weatherall – All The Little Things That Make Life Worth Leaving
Morel – True (The Faggot Is You) (Poof Daddy Remix)
Modest Goddess – Pan/Tone Remix
Citizen Kane & Sal Principato – Ledger
Mogwai – The Sun Smells Too Loud (James Holden Remix)
Hot Chip – One Life Stand (Carl Craig’s Paperclip People Remix)
Photonz – WEO
Massive Attack – Paradise Circus (Gui Boratto Remix)
DJ Harvey presents Locussolus – Gunship
Sempiternal – Amaranth
The Snuff Crew are a duo out of Berlin producing a jacking Chicago style house with a dark edge. Their Berghain EP on International Deejay Gigolos is the part of a steady stream of production efforts since the end of 2008. There’s a lot to this sound—it manages to be mysterious and ethereal but also tough and, well, sinister. Both of the tracks on the Berghain EP fall like nighttime with bright synths rising to shine like the moon. The ode to Berlin nightclub Berghain is driving and hypnotic, while the title track is a classic jacking number. Everything is very sparse and the deliberate minimalism adds significantly to the impact of the tracks. The Crew seems as mysterious as their music as the photo above shows. They maybe what I like to call a total package—their talent is productive and innovative; their image is unique and fitting; their sound is relevant and timeless. . . Absolute top quality stuff! Check the set from them below.