Ending the week on a high note is a custom here in Denver. That tradition is going stronger than ever, perhaps with more concentrated passion than the actual weekend itself. Summer is upon us and it’s time to move outside my friends. As part of the Proper Sundays series, Afterhours Anonymous is bringing the eclectic duo Thugfucker to Beta Nightclub tomorrow afternoon for a daytime shindig! For those of you who haven’t been to these day parties, you’ll notice a refreshing lack of spiked high-heels and overcrowded bottle service tables. Instead you’re greeted with a crowd predominantly made of people who are there for the music and not the potential selfie opportunities with one-night-stands. This event series has produced some of the most quality underground electronic performances Denver has seen this year, and it’s not over yet. Read the rest of this entry
Summer is upon us folks, I heard it myself. It has arrived in the form of a short Mexican-born electronic music producer. Betoko is here to take you out of the cold and into whatever sunlit paradise your imagination deems fit. This week saw the official release of his Phobik EP on Einmusika Records, featuring three brand new original tracks! After a ridiculously interminable winter, the anticipation for summer has been so thick you can smell it in the air. It smells like metallic radiators and dwindling optimism. Fortunately the odor is finally fading, the birds are back north, and that means a seasonal shift in music too. It’s a special thing when a tune takes you to a specific place in your mind. It should be acknowledged, and this track will certainly get it’s praise. Grab your aviators, change your tires, and get ready to hear “Botox” all summer long.
As talented as Beto “Betoko” Cohen is, those skills are relatively particular and his releases don’t typically emanate a sunny vibe. Then again, international techno and London bass never really do. This isn’t an exception to that perception either, but the words “summer track” are still written all over the EP’s third song“Botox”. Thoughts of sunshine and the ol’ Memory Lane aren’t what give this humble banger it’s seasonal vibe. The fact that you’re inevitably going to hear the song in a dozen summer mixtapes from DJs around the globe is what will qualify this as a summer banger. I’m not complaining either, it’s just that good. Here’s a preview to get your feet wet:
There’s a certain lack of ego in this tune that gives it those qualities. It’s classic, not too complex, and genuine, a combination which by defintion is near perfect. Instead of putting pressure on you to like the release, or making failed promises of granduire like MSTRKRFT did with Fist of God, Betoko sticks to what he knows and what he’s good at (which is a lot)- producing authentic techno-influenced music that’s specific to him only. Phobik is his first EP release in over a year, and it’s a huge relief to see he’s still got all that intrinsic moxy left in him. He’s not an old dog, but he doesn’t need to learn any new tricks either. Beto’s approach to music production is adherently metculously and strict. Rather than using pre-programmed sound bites, he turns a simple frequency into a complex and staggeringly original composition like a master of sonic alchemy. That’s why he’s been a model for our criteria since the get-go. We tip our hat yet again to you sir. Head to the link below to get more of the Phobik EP!
We have your meat-beats on lock ladies and gentlemen. Don’t eat meat? Maybe you can listen to it then- Betoko hopped on the decks for a set at Beats Buffet, and we’ve got the recording right here, courtesy of Meattransmission! Before you know it you’ll be licking your lips and asking for more, because your spot is about to get hit with a brick. Almost a full hour of deep, techy flame is at your fingertips, waiting to crawl up inside your brain. Get ready to chow down on some Grade A London cuts, because Beto Cohen is the Top Chef of his class. Every ingredient is essential to the finished product, and not a single soundbite is borrowed. His neighbors come to him for the sugar. The man is…an artist.
The DGTL Electronic Music Festival is right around the corner, and with it a stockpile of brand new releases to celebrate! If you’re under the presumption that this is your typical mind-blowing International event, stacked with a lineup you’d kill your 2nd cousin to see, you’re right on the money. As lame Americans like ourselves, you might not be heading to Amsterdam this April to lose your heads; but you can still hear it. Take the enigmatic Shall Ocin for example. His label Ellum Audio will be showcasing some of their top acts at the festival, and to celebrate he released this DGTL podcast! Kiss your sense of reality goodbye and dive in below!
If you’re just hearing about him now, then this is the perfect introduction to his intricate world. Ellum has been mostly recognized as a mainstay for the iconic Maceo Plex, however, it’s artists like this that really grab our attention. Over the last several months Ocin’s name has been coming up more and more, with artists like Scuba or Steve Bug showcasing some of his beats on the stage last fall. You can find his work on some of the top electronic music labels in the world including Akbal, Get Physical, Culprit, and of course his current home at Ellum. Where DJ’s like Maceo kind of smash your skull into oblivion with raw Techno fury, this guy smashes your concept of reality with Techno innovation. Shall’s decelerated approach to Tech-house bears a refreshingly psychedelic sound, and even more so aesthetic. Each track is door to another world, leading to the next door after that, and opening the next after that. The themes are inherently heavy and full of shadow, but his manner of constructing and deconstructing those sounds is uniquely delicate. Everything unfolds at just right the pace, never jumping the gun or derailing from the flow. One moment you’re experiencing a world of cosmic psychosis, and the next you’re lost in a face-melting exchange of crunchy bass lines. And rather than observe these various elements from afar, you become immersed in the thick of them. Conventional dynamics are tossed out the window, and you are no longer just the person on the other end of the speakers. The boundaries of your typical producer v. listener relationship dissolve, and the music becomes personal. There isn’t a single moment of static. You are always present and in the moment at hand. It’s as if he were a sonic architect and these compositions are the schematics to his own little world, to which you’ve all been invited. Suffice to say we are thoroughly impressed with what we’ve heard from Shall Ocin. It’s a new story all it’s own, instead of another retelling. We hope you enjoy…
Berlin’s Phonique is known to drop some good beats once in a while. Check out his new “deep tech-house for bedrooms and dancefloors” mix below. Free download coming soon.
Electricano just dropped this new Promo Mix, over an hour of soulful Deep House grooves blended with his characteristic psychedelic aggression. Grab it for FREE below!
Betoko released the recording from his set at Bar Americas last month. Download the two hour performance for free below.
Electricano unleashed a haunting new podcast ladies and gentlemen. The Latvian tech-house producer is currently making a ruckus on LouLou Records, a fitting home for his edgy approach. Good things folks, good things. You know what to do so get to it! The download is free!
Some of the guys at King Klong Records got really excited about Brazilian football and decided to make a few exclusive tracks to celebrate the championship. While we’re not quite clear on the logistics, we do know that Larry Cadge was one of the artists to produce a new song for the event. London deep house takes on a Midwestern-Minimal influence his new track “The African Awakening”, which you can listen to below>>>
We shamefully overslept on some really great news folks, but this should make a lot of people happy. Abakus released a TON of new music since February, including two DJ mixes, and the new EP ‘Tokyo Express’, which was just released this month on Modus Records! We happily present to you (with our tails between our legs) two new mixes for free download, as well his first studio compilation since the ‘The World of Silent Geometry’, released early April of last year. Grab them below, and check out the new EP!
London’s super-producer Russ Davies, the man behind the Abakus/Cinnamon Chasers monikers, seems to be back at it ladies and frogs. If that is so, then we can likely expect some more releases this spring and summer season. Russ has an absolutely fierce work ethic. Between making music as CC and Abakus, and consistently producing back to back to back (and more) albums for both solo projects, one wouldn’t be foolish to think he lived in that London studio. Up until a brief hiatus which has just been broken, he is one of the hardest working musicians in the industry. His son, whom he somehow manages to father full-time, has got some big shoes to fill. Read the rest of this entry