Together with Laurent Garnier, Aphex Twin and Richie Hawtin, Rotterdam’s Speedy J helped define Techno since 1991 with albums like Ginger, G Spot, Public Energy No. 1 and Loudboxer – spearheading labels like Plus 8, Novamute and Warp.
His latest projects span the audio-visual pioneer work of Umfeld, his label Electric Deluxe, his Event Series Electric Deluxe presents, and his upcoming Album Project Open Collabs.
Speedy J performances fuse live PA and Digital Djing, subversive electronics and peak time Techno, using Traktor and other Software technology on 2 laptops to create a fully integrated set.
Miles Maeda began his DJ career in 1988 spinning records for college radio. A classically trained musician as well as practicing yogi, he brings a unique perspective and approach to his music. On the outside, his style is a well balanced blend of Chicago house. On the inside, it is crafted with an intricate variety of influences which have become his trademark.
Living in Chicago in the early 90’s, he worked alongside his fellow nu-ravers Derrick Carter, Mark Farina and Spencer Kincey as a purveyor of new electronic dance music. He held residencies at Smartbar, Berlin as well as the legendary Shelter. Miles later moved to San Diego to study yoga and meditation, infusing this energy with his musical productions. He eventually combined these plethora of activity and began developing his educational projects (www.milesmaeda.com), traveling and teaching around the globe.
Miles is currently expanding his craft, enjoying his residency in Tokyo, and continuing the development of his yoga projects. Stay tuned.
Until now the self-proclaimed “landlocked surf outfit” Shy Boys have barely existed outside of living rooms and smoky basements across Kansas City, MO. Their upcoming self-titled debut, available January 21, 2014 on High Dive Records, was tracked live to tape by Mike Nolte at Westend Studios in a matter of days. “To make the record bigger than that seemed wrong,” explains the band’s frontman Collin Rausch. “It’s the sound of us standing in a room together and playing, guitar plugged straight into the amp, single-tracked vocals, finishing lyrics on pizza boxes so we can track the next song.”
Shy Boys earnestly began as an outlet to escape from their day jobs or an excuse to ditch class. After returning to school in 2011, Collin quickly enlisted brother Kyle Rausch and roommate Konnor Ervin to critique some rough mixes and demos he’d been working on in his free time. Though musicians in their respective fields, Collin had never played guitar, Konnor wasn’t a drummer, and Kyle had never picked up a bass in his life. The response? Fuck it. From the first song it was contagious, energetic and downright sloppy.
Yuck is an alternative / noise pop band which formed in London, England in 2009. The band consists of Max Bloom (guitar, vocals), Mariko Doi (bass, vocals) and Jonny Rogoff (drums). The band was originally formed with Daniel Blumberg (ex-front man) and Max Bloom, but Blumberg decided to leave the band early 2013 to focus on his music project Hebronix. Yuck’s publicist says that the door remains open for an “Eventual rapprochement”.
Like all good things, it’s taken a while to surface, but after three years of existing on the internet as a website, mix blog and general theatre of opinion, Sonic Router is now also a record label. To quote one of our good friends our label was ‘established after receiving the sort of demo that makes you want to start a record label’. The demo in question came from 18 year old Torus, (formerly known as Deadstokdonut; the moniker under which he released ‘Television Spleen’ on Lowriders Record’s Beatitude compilation) and his self titled debut EP.
6 tracks long it’s a deft exploration of mood that sets a torrent of found samples, ambient swirls and little wayward riffs to post-Dilla drum patterns. It’s hazy, crackly hangover music. A collection of tracks that manage to sound archaic before they’ve even been mixed down, fusing Joeri Woudstra’s unique approach to production with a sense of isolation and introspection.
Wind. Rain. Mist. Whispers. Secrets written in blood. Sliding doors in parallel universes. Castratii are a paradox, a wonderful vision of a life that might have been, and still could be. Enveloping shrouds of ambient musical strands, woven together into a swinging bridge that hangs over a chasm of endless possibility.
Calypso’ is the first official release from The Traps on their own Birmingham based indie label Speech Fewapy Records. Combining upbeat tempos, an anthemic synth based beat, and a hooky guitar motif that will keep any indie dancefloor buzzing alongside a very cool vocal.
The influence behind the track and indeed their debut album is the character Calypso from Homer’s Odyssey poem who captures Homer by leading his ship ashore.
The band Hellogoodbye was initiated in 2001 as a recording project by Huntington Beach High School student Forrest Kline. With the aid of fellow student Jesse Kurvink, Kline started recording synthesized power pop songs on his computer, which originally only served the purpose of entertaining their friends. However, as more and more of their songs appeared on MP3.com, Hellogoodbye’s fanbase grew. According to Kline, the band name was inspired by,a line from the TV series Saved by the Bell and the general transience of opportunities.
In 2002, without even having a release out, Hellogoodbye began playing local concerts in front of crowds of hundreds. For live shows, vocalist/guitarist Kline and keyboardist Kurvink were accompanied on drums by either Parker Case, who would later form the now defunctJamisonParker, or Aaron Flora. Flora and bassist Marcus Cole soon joined them permanently, completing the band’s line-up
Slowdive is a dream pop/shoegaze band that formed in 1989 in Reading, England, United Kingdom. Signed to Creation Records in 1990 and initially championed by the British music press, the band scored a UK top forty entry with their debut album Just for a Day.
The band consists of Rachel Goswell (vocals/guitar), Neil Halstead (vocals/guitar), Nick Chaplin(bass), Christian Savill (guitar), and Simon Scott (drums, 1990-1994, 2014-present); additionally,Ian McCutcheon replaced Scott from 1994-1995. Goswell and Halstead had known each other since early childhood in Reading, Berkshire.