The Black Asteroid debut ‘The Engine EP’ was released on CLR in 2011 and since has topped many techno dj and beatport charts and is regarded as one of the most daring and successful techno releases of 2011.
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The Space Djz are true innovators. In 1995 the duo released their debut Ep Space DJz on the legendary and now defunked Infonet imprint, quickly followed up by an outing on the Belgium label Reload These two projects put them on the techno map but the real turning point arrived in early 1996 on Infonet with the release of the ..Return to earth’, Ep, containing the techno anthems ..Side on’, and ..Rock the house’.Both trakz would blow up to be huge and be re-released via Frankfurt based Ongaku .The combined output of both releases was over 10,000 copies and along side Dave Clarks Red 1 these were two of the biggest tunez of the year and are still much sought after and played to this day. The Djz became prize catches for major playerz Nova Mute and Soma contributing several more classic releases, culminating in 1999′s critically acclaimed album ..On Patrol… The album expressed Ben and Jamie’s roots perfectly, combining their now infamous hip hop influences with their unique brand of analog techno and chaotic electronic soundscapes. Later that year The Space Djz delivered a trak that was to become one of their biggest hitz to date AK 47 a trak that had originally been heard on a Nova Mute Compilaton was reworked and served to capture the period’s riotus spirit of techno.
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Gesaffelstein’s tracks have already received support from James Holden, Chloé, Damian Lazarus, and Laurent Garnier, to name a few, and this record is without a doubt his best yet. Every track on ‘Variations’ is a battle-tested bomb. His sound is clearly influenced by New Wave and the Gigolo-era electro (2001-2) of fellow Frenchmen The Hacker and David Carretta, but it sounds like a fresh update rather than pastiche, revitalized and refined down to a modern and versatile core. These tracks work in Tiga’s festival sets alongside some of the summer’s biggest anthems, yet are equally at home in a more underground setting, e.g. Von Party’s 5am warm-up before Ivan Smagghe at a London warehouse party. The title track has the most attitude, establishing a palette of dark staccato basslines, crunching hi-hats, hands-in-the-air cowbells and trippy synth leads. “Selected Faces” and “Atmosphere” are arguably even more straightforward club weapons, their breakdowns creating just enough ‘insanity’ without getting annoying, their grooves dropping back in with a cool, restrained power that will win over hiss-weary DJs.
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The instrumental of “Goodbye” was recently featured on Breaking Bad S4E13 and some people asked me where they can get it. Well – here! The original features the wonderful Soap&Skin and was released on my latest album “The Devil’s Walk”. [Source]
Set for CD release through Raster-Noton on May 9, it’s the duo’s fifth collaborative offering to date, and is billed as the final part in the series that began with 2002′s Vrioon. It’s characterised by Sakamoto’s haunting, minimalist piano lines and Noto’s electronic interventions. The three ‘Microon’ tracks apparently contain recordings of one of the 16 pianos in the world to use a 16th tone interval, built by the German company Sauter and currently housed in the music department of Berne University. There also not one but two instrumental interpretations of ‘By This River’, originally composed and recorded in ’77 by Eno, Roedelius and Moebius. [Source]