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photo of Kode9 by Philip Skoczkowski

Kode9's first solo album is out now on Hyperdub, the record label he runs. He describes it like this:

The album throws horror soundtracks, sampled library and j-pop records into a no mans land between grime, early dubstep and Chicago footwork. Mostly instrumental, it zigzags between hypnotic, downcast loops, growling drones, jagged cut-ups of androids gone haywire, threaded through twitchy, transatlantic rhythms and sub-bass inaudible through your laptop speakers.

Building slowly, but more upbeat than previous albums, many of these tracks have more in common with Kode9's recent singles from the last few years than they do with his two previous albums with collaborator The Spaceape 'Memories of the Future' (2006) and 'Black Sun' (2012)

Yet 'Nothing' is haunted both by The Spaceape's presence (he died in 2014 after a prolonged battle with cancer), on 'Third Ear Transmission', a communiqué from a zone of digital immortality, and his absence, on 'Void', whose spaces were originally intended for the vocalist, and 'Nothing Lasts Forever' which closes the album with a 9 minute silence.

In 2016, in collaboration with simulation artist Lawrence Lek, Kode9 will tour a live A/V set which revolves around a evacuated, fully automated, luxury hotel known as the 'Nøtel', whose corporate logo features on the album's cover. The project explores a post-scarcity world in which the only thing in short supply is humans. The performance guides the audience on a first-person tour through the uncanny architecture of the Nøtel. In sprawling chambers deep within slick glass corridors, they encounter warped spaces, quantum clouds, gravitational pools, dancing voids and holograms of the dead.

MEANWHILE, Kode9 is now out on a DJ tour that starts in Montreal tonight (11/11) and hits Cielo in Manhattan on 11/16 with Kiva & Francois K, zips directly to LA for a gig at Airliner, and then comes right back to NYC for a late night 11/20 party in Brooklyn at Palisades with M.E.S.H. and Geng. All dates are listed below.

M.E.S.H. also performs two days later at MoMA PS1 in with Florian Hecker & Mark Leckey, part of Sunday Sessions at the Long Island City venue...

Sunday Sessions: Florian Hecker and Mark Leckey, Hecker Leckey Sound Voice Chimera, U.S. Premiere
Sunday, November 22, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

With James Hoff; Bill Kouligas; TCF; M.E.S.H, Aleksandra Domanovic and Harm van den Dorpel
Sunday Sessions presents the U.S. premiere of Hecker Leckey Sound Voice Chimera, as part of a program organized by Bill Kouligas, founder PAN, Berlin. Collaborators since 2010, acclaimed sound experimentalist Florian Hecker and multidisciplinary artist Mark Leckey are interested in sound and its material effects. Hecker Leckey Sound Voice Chimera brings together two discrete solo works to form a mutant configuration in which Hecker decomposes, modulates, and re-synthesizes the vocal track from Leckey's 2010 performance piece GreenScreenRefrigeratorAction (for which Leckey intoned the inner monologue of a black Samsung fridge) and Hecker's own 3 Channel Chronics installation from that same year. The resulting work is a multipart hybrid in which heavily distorted fragments of Leckey's narrative are interspersed with Hecker's synthetic textures and fidgety tonal patterns.
Hecker Leckey Sound Voice Chimera, the album, was released earlier this year.

This Sunday's 'Sunday Session' at PS1 is called "1+2+3: Solos, Duos, and Trios for Greater New York" and includes Keith Fullerton Whitman (electronics), David Grubbs (guitar), Eli Keszler (drums, percussion, and electronics), Okkyung Lee (cello), Nate Wooley (trumpet) and C. Spencer Yeh (violin and voice).

Listen to a track from Kode9's new album with all of his tour dates listed below...

Continue reading "Kode9 released 'Nothing', will tour a live A/V set in 2016, but meanwhile is out DJing & stuff (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher


Francois K.'s weekly dance party, Deep Space, which takes place Mondays at Cielo (18 Little West 12th St.) is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, and to celebrate, he's throwing an anniversary party on March 18 with Hotflush label head Scuba. Tickets for that party are on sale now. The party is part of Scuba's upcoming international tour, which begins in Italy this Friday (3/8). All dates on that tour are listed, along with a Spotify stream of Scuba's strong bass-heavy 2012 album, Personality, below.

Other upcoming Deep Space parties this month include tonight's (3/4) with Infinity, followed by Francois K DJing all night on March 11, and one with Dub Gabriel on March 25. There's also a few other parties already announced for upcoming months, including V.I.V.E.K. on April 22, and the previously mentioned Giorgio Moroder DJ set (his first in NYC ever) on May 20 as part of the Red Bull Music Academy series. Tickets for all upcoming Deep Space shows are on sale. The flyer for the anniversary party and a general flyer for the upcoming schedule are below.

In related news, the same day Scuba plays Deep Space (March 18), his label, Hotflush, is releasing the new single by George FitzGerald, "Thinking of You," which you can stream below.

All Scuba dates are listed, along with all song streams and show flyers, below...

Continue reading "Scuba going on tour, helping celebrate Francois K's Deep Space 10th anniversary; George FitzGerald releasing single"


We were just talking about a new dance club that will be known for its soundsystem opening in Williamsburg (and the "new Brooklyn electronic underground"), but let's take a second to acknowledge a NYC club with similar specs that has been going strong for a decade. Cielo (18 Little West 12th Street) is celebrating its 10th anniversary in existence with events all month. They also were just named "Best Sound System in North America" by Beatport.

With two down and eight celebratory nights still to go, the party continues tonight (1/18) with Wolf + Lamb vs Soul Clap which is sold out; and moves on to tomorrow (1/19) with Tania Vulcano, Willie Graff, and + Filsonik before finally polishing off the weekend with Horse Meat Disco on Sunday (1/20). Another weekend of events follows, leading up to the finale with Todd Terje & Danny Krivit on 1/31. Tickets to all those shows (apart from tonight's) are still available.

Congrats to Cielo! Full listing of 10th Anniversary events are below.

Continue reading "NYC club Cielo celebrating 10th anniversary w/ special parties"


Hyperdub label boss Kode9, who was in NYC for a Deviation party in July, will be returning to North America for a full tour here this September. That tour kicks off in Vancouver and culminates in a NYC show on September 24 at Deep Space at Cielo (18 Little West 12th St.) with Appleblim and Francois K. Tickets for that show are on sale now. The flier for the NYC show and a list of all tour dates are below.

Kode9 recently revealed a clip of a new song called "Xingfu Lu," which is set to appear on his next release. Details on that release are still up in the air, but a press release says it may be out this September. Stream that song and check out a list of all tour dates below.

Continue reading "Kode9 going on North American tour, working on new material (dates & stream)"

photos by Greg Cristman

"Just saw Francois K DJ all Kraftwerk set in the MoMAPS1 dome for 90 minutes with 360 degree visuals. Sound by Jim Toth. I love NY." - DFA Records

"Only non-Kraftwerk song that both Juan Atkins and Francois K. played: Yaz's "Situation."" - Sasha Frere-Jones

Ralf Hutter of Kraftwerk & Francois K @ PS1
Kraftwerk DJ Set - PS 1

Being that Kraftwerk began their 8-night, 8-album run of performances at MoMA back on April 10, and today is only the 16th, as of this writing there are still two chances to see them perform a full album in 3-D at the modern art museum. However, your chance to participate in "Kraftwerk Fest" at MoMA's PS1 has come and gone and featured two special Kraftwerk sets by DJs Juan Atkins (Saturday) and Francois K (Sunday).

Sunday, which we have pictures from in this post, was made even more special with a guest appearance by uncle Ralf Hutter who stopped by before performing Techno Pop" with his band at MoMA later in the night. Tonight he and his band will do "The Mix", and they finish it off Tuesday with "Tour de France."

The "fest", part of a month-long installation at PS1 (that runs until May 12), was was three hours long each day, with the DJs playing Kraftwerk remixes to a packed crowd. Francois K performs again TONIGHT (4/16) at Cielo with Four Tet (who is also DJing). Check out more pictures from Sunday at PS1, shots of 5Ptz across the street included, below...

Continue reading "Ralf Hutter of Kraftwerk joined Francois K @ MoMA PS1 (pics); Four Tet plays with him tonight @ Cielo"

DOWNLOAD: Little Boots - Meddle (AC Slater & DJ Skeet Skeet remix feat. Goldielocks) (MP3)

Matthew Herbert @ Studio B - February 7, 2009

Last week in dance wound up being a lot of fun. Friday night I went to see Little Boots at Studio B. I arrived sometime around midnight and was shocked at how packed the floor was by the time she went on around 1:15. Despite her set being good, especially her cover of Giorgio Moroder's "Love Kills", and including everything I expected after seeing her at CMJ, overall I wasn't as engaged by her performance this time around. It was just me though. Everyone in the place was bugging out and there really wasn't any good reason not to. As brief as her set was, the late start (she was originally scheduled to perform at 12) derailed the entire rest of the night and I ended up missing both One Man Party and Danger at Webster Hall. A friend there texted me highlights of One Man Party's set which read like a more intensely awesome mix of the Soulwax/2ManyDJ's remixes and current electro that he played at Webster last month. As great as it sounded, the regret really hit when I watched the following video of the beginning of Danger's set which started with "Ave Maria" and went into a great live version of "9h20":

Continue reading "the week in Dance w/ Showtrotta (Streetlab, Matthew Herbert, Justice, One Step Beyond, DJ Sneak, more...)"

DOWNLOAD: Alexander Technique & Van Scott - Nightlovers (ZSHARE MP3 LINK)
DOWNLOAD: Alexander Technique & Van Scott - Nightlovers (Chewy Chocolate Cookies Remix) (ZSHARE MP3 LINK)

M83 @ Webster Hall - Nov. 14, 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)

Last Friday I had a frustrating, puzzling experience at the M83 show at Webster Hall. M83 is easily one of my favorite bands and I'd enjoyed many of their shows prior to last week's including the one they played just a few months ago at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Despite playing a similar set Friday night, I just wasn't having my typically awesome M83 experience. For some reason, I had no patience for their more mellow and slow songs and when they finally would play something more upbeat or poppy (like Don't Save Us From the Flames or Graveyard Girl) it didn't pack as much of a punch as I wanted. The encore of Couleurs was amazing, but overall something just seemed to be missing. That said, one of my friends loved it, the another (who had never seen M83 before and was only slightly familiar with their music) shared thoughts similar to mine. I also watched some videos of the show THE following morning and got goosebumps, so who knows...Check out one of M83 performing Teen Angst below (more here):

that video, and Thursday and Friday night's events, below...

Continue reading "the Thursday & Friday night in Dance w/ Showtrotta"

DOWNLOAD: The Captain - Bass Friends Forever Part 1 (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Mathhead - Bass Friends Forever Part 2 (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Kids With Snakes - Live March Mix (MegaUpload MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Bradley D - Live on East Village Radio 4/16/08 (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: VDRK - GBH Live set on East Village Radio April '08 (ZSHARE MP3)
STREAM: Hercules & Love Affair - Blind (Frankie Knuckles mix) (REAL AUDIO)

People Don't Dance No More @ Love, May 22, 2008 (more by David Bruno)
People Dont Dance No More

There's a lot happening this weekend, especially at Love. Tonight (May 23) the Captain and Mathhead are back for the Take Over. You can always rely on Trouble & Bass to bring their bass-heavy sound to the floor. This special edition of the Takeover features three other crews of monthly Love residents (Sub Swara, Secret Night of Science, and Dub War) each bringing their own influences to the bass that they have in common.

Dub War was featured in an article about dubstep in the New York Times a few months ago. If you're new to dubstep, Dub War has a podcast you can check out too (@ iTunes).

Keep going for more weekend events.....

Continue reading "Showtrotta's Memorial Weekend in Dance (fri-sun stuff to do)"