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Guedra Guedra: Vexillology review | Ammar Kalia's global album of the month

(On the Corner)Abdellah M Hassak integrates the rhythms of north African folk music with a bassline-heavy electronic pulseFrom the spiritual polyrhythms of gnawa to the looping vocalisations of Sufism and the percussive tessellations of Berber folk, the world of north African cultures meet in the music of Morocco. Producer Abdellah M Hassak, AKA Guedra Guedra, has taken these rhythms as the core of his work. His name comes from the Berber dance music performed on the guedra drum; his debut EP, 2...
Tags: Music, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Heritage, Morocco, Sun, Dance music, Folk Music, Electronic Music, Ammar Kalia, Guedra Guedra, Abdellah M Hassak

Jane Weaver: Flock review | Alexis Petridis's album of the week

(Fire Records)Having earned a cult audience for her psychedelia, Weaver makes her version of a pop record, where Kylie-level hooks are set against hallucinatory backingsJane Weaver’s 11th album arrives heralded by the artist’s assurance that it’s the record she “always wanted to make”. It’s the kind of thing that musicians are wont to say on the promotional cycle, but it feels a little strange coming from Weaver. Her career has encompassed a variety of musical styles – grunge, folk, psychedelia ...
Tags: Music, Culture, Pop and rock, Electronic Music, Kylie, Weaver, Alexis Petridis, Jane Weaver

Rian Treanor: the producer hacking a smarter, kinder future for music

The Rotherham electronic musician is using his skills to tackle dementia, teach children and collaborate across the globe – and dreams of a club where the dancers play the drum machinesLiving in lockdown while caring for someone with dementia “isn’t just like Groundhog Day”, chuckles Rian Treanor, “it’s like Groundhog Second.” The soft-spoken electronic music producer has spent a year indoors with three generations of his family – including his producer and sound-artist dad, Mark Fell, and his g...
Tags: Health, Music, Education, Society, Mental Health, Culture, Dance music, Dementia, Rotherham, Electronic Music, Experimental music, Doreen, Mark Fell, Treanor, Rian treanor, Treanor Fell

'They left an indelible mark on my psyche': how Daft Punk pushed pop forward

Skrillex, Erol Alkan and those close to the French duo chart how they went from being industry outsiders to defining the trajectory of dance musicFollowing their split this week after 28 years, Daft Punk have ascended to pop Valhalla. Perhaps they’re sitting next to Prince, whose pirouetting falsetto funk and emotional vulnerability inspired the duo’s 2001 masterpiece Discovery, and Led Zeppelin, from whom they cribbed double-necked guitars and 10-tonne drums on 2005’s Human After All. Yet those...
Tags: Music, Daft Punk, Culture, Pop and rock, Dance music, Electronic Music, Alkan, Skrillex Erol Alkan, Valhalla Perhaps, DJ Erol Alkan

Daft Punk were the most influential pop musicians of the 21st century

By resurrecting disco, soft rock and 80s R&B, and bringing spectacle to the world of dance music, the French duo changed the course of pop music again and againNews: Daft Punk split up after 28 yearsIt’s hard to think of an act who had a greater impact on the way 21st-century pop music sounds than Daft Punk. The style Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo minted on their 1997 debut album Homework – house music heavy on the filter effect, which involved the bass or treble on the track ...
Tags: Music, Daft Punk, Culture, Pop and rock, Dance music, Madonna, Electronic Music, Gloucester, Steve, Thomas Bangalter, Guy Manuel de Homem Christo, Mirwais, Eric prydz, MODJO, Jean Jacques Smoothie

Daft Punk, French electronic music duo, split up after 28 years

Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo do not explain split, after big hits including Get Lucky and One More TimeDaft Punk, the French duo whose sci-fi aesthetic and euphoric sense of pop transformed electronic music forever, have split up.They announced the split with a YouTube video featuring a clip from their film Electroma, featuring an intertitle with the dates 1993-2021. Their publicist Kathryn Frazier confirmed the split to Pitchfork, but did not elaborate. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Music, France, World news, Daft Punk, Culture, Pop and rock, Electronic Music, Thomas Bangalter, Guy Manuel de Homem Christo, Kathryn Frazier

‘You can smell the sweat and hair gel’: the best nightclub scenes from culture

Writers and artists including Róisín Murphy, Tiffany Calver and Sigala on the art that transports them to the dancefloor during lockdownThere have been many notable nightclubs in film history. The Blue Angel in the Marlene Dietrich movie; the Copacabana in Goodfellas, accessible to privileged wiseguys via the kitchen; the Slow Club in Blue Velvet, with the emotionally damaged star turn Isabella Rossellini singing the song of the same name. Continue reading...
Tags: Books, Games, Music, Film, Fiction, Poetry, Theatre, Dance, Culture, Stage, Dance music, Electronic Music, Clubbing, Goodfellas, Carol Ann Duffy, Isabella Rossellini

Nightlife meets wildlife: the albums mixing birdsong and techno beats

A Bogotà nightclub has used the sounds of animals and birds in the Colombian capital to make a new kind of dance trackStuck inside and unable to hit the dancefloor, many of the regulars at the electronic dance nights at Bogotá’s popular nightclub Kaputt found themselves missing the clubbing community when they were forced into lockdown by Covid-19. But then came a rallying cry from DJs Jorge Pizarro and Felipe Rodríguez: start recording the “sounds from your window”.Now the results of that callo...
Tags: Music, Animals, Environment, Americas, World news, Colombia, Birds, Culture, Wildlife, Conservation, Dance music, Biodiversity, Electronic Music, Sustainable Development Goals, Bogota, Felipe Rodriguez

Nightlife meets wildlife: albums created from birdsong and techno beats

A Bogotà nightclub has used the sounds of animals and birds in the Colombian capital to make a new kind of dance trackStuck inside and unable to hit the dancefloor, many of the regulars at the electronic dance nights at Bogotá’s popular nightclub Kaputt found themselves missing the clubbing community when they were forced into lockdown by Covid-19. But then came a rallying cry from DJs Jorge Pizarro and Felipe Rodríguez: start recording the “sounds from your window”.Now the results of that callo...
Tags: Music, Animals, Environment, Americas, World news, Colombia, Birds, Culture, Wildlife, Conservation, Dance music, Biodiversity, Electronic Music, Sustainable Development Goals, Bogota, Felipe Rodriguez

A 3-year-old wrote a delightful electro-pop album and her dad produced it

I've known Ari Sadowitz since I was in high school, and he remains one of the most shockingly talented musicians I have ever met. In recent years, he's spent most of his time cranking out sleek, jazzy, R&B-tinged rock with Model Decoy and Heavy English. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Music, Kids, News, Electronic Music, Pop Music, Ari Sadowitz, Fun With Kids, Awesome Kids, The Kids Are Alright, Kids Music For Grown-ups, Ququ

US toddler to release debut album recorded in the womb

Luca Yupanqui was recorded by her parents using ‘biosonic MIDI technology’An American toddler, Luca Yupanqui, is gearing up to release her debut album, the world’s first LP made from sounds inside the womb.Her parents are Elizabeth Hart, a member of psych-rock band Psychic Ills, and musician Iván Diaz Mathé, who has worked with Lee “Scratch” Perry and others. In five hour-long “joint meditation” sessions, they recorded Yupanqui in utero via electrodes on Hart’s abdomen, and using “biosonic MIDI ...
Tags: Family, Music, Children, Pregnancy, US, US news, Culture, Parents and parenting, Electronic Music, Experimental music, Lee, Hart, Perry, Elizabeth Hart, Luca Yupanqui, Iván Diaz Mathé

Caroline Shaw: what next for the Pulitzer-winner who toured with Kanye? Opera – and Abba

She has scored films, played with rappers, starred in a TV comedy, and performed for the dying. As the classical sensation releases three new works, she talks about the shock of playing arenas – and making the leap into operaWhen Caroline Shaw became, at the age of 30, the youngest ever winner of the Pulitzer prize for music, she described herself as “a musician who wrote music” rather than as “a composer”. Partita, her winning score, is a joyful rollercoaster of a work, encompassing song, speec...
Tags: Music, Nas, Kanye West, Culture, Pop and rock, Hip-hop, Classical Music, Folk Music, Electronic Music, Opera, Abba, Experimental music, Choral music, Kanye, Mozart, Shaw

Sophie: 10 of the greatest tracks by a genius of pop's expressive power

From productions for Charli XCX and Gaika to Sophie’s emotionally shattering solo works, we celebrate a truly singular artist who has died aged 34This was the track that brought Sophie, the Scottish producer who has died aged 34 following an accidental fall, to wider attention, and how could it not. The opening sounds like an alert announcing a malfunction on a clown car assembly line, all sproings and sirens; these polished, corporate sonics would become a hallmark of the producer’s early work,...
Tags: Music, Scotland, UK News, Culture, Pop and rock, Charli Xcx, Electronic Music, Gaika, Sophie, James Ferraro

Sophie, acclaimed avant-pop producer, dies aged 34

Glasgow-born Grammy nominee had worked with Madonna, Charli XCX and moreSophie, the Grammy-nominated Scottish musician whose high-intensity electronic productions pushed the boundaries of 21st-century pop, has died aged 34.Sophie’s management confirmed to the Guardian that the artist died around 4am at home in Athens, “following a sudden accident. At this time respect and privacy for the family is our priority. We would also ask for respect for her fanbase, and to treat the private nature of thi...
Tags: Music, Scotland, UK News, Culture, Pop and rock, Athens, Glasgow, Electronic Music, Sophie, Madonna Charli XCX

Check out the Guinness Record-holder for the world's largest guitar pedal board

In 2019, guitarist Rob Scallon enlisted the Sweetwater music gear company to help him create the official world's largest guitar pedal board…and then play a song on it. This 70-foot-long beast consists of 319 pedals spread across 34 individual pedal boards linked together with 500+ feet of cabling, and required 8 people to handle its 1000+ knobs. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Video, Music, News, Guinness World Record, Electronic Music, Guitars, Guitar, Musical instruments, Musical Instrument, Rob Scallon, Noise Pop, Electric Guitar, Ambient Sounds, Guinness Records, Guitar Pedals

For Those I Love: Ireland's potent new poet of grief

Recalling the delivery of the Streets and the music of James Blake, David Balfe’s project is a cathartic document in the wake his best friend’s deathIrish drill, jazz violin and supermarket musicals: 30 new artists for 2021When the Irish recession of 2008 shattered the country’s economy, communities from Dublin’s inner city neighbourhoods of Coolock and Donaghmede were struck hard. The frank lyrics of David Balfe, under the pseudonym For Those I Love, illuminate a generation who emerged from the...
Tags: Books, Music, Poetry, Rap, Culture, Ireland, Dance music, Electronic Music, Dublin, Donaghmede, Coolock, James Blake David Balfe, David Balfe

'All that mattered was survival': the songs that got us through 2020

Butterflies with Mariah, Bronski Beat in the Peak District, Snoop Dogg on a food delivery ad … our writers reveal the tracks that made 2020 bearableWhen it came to lockdown comfort listening, there was something particularly appealing about lush symphonic soul made by artists such as Teddy Pendergrass and the Delfonics. But there was one record I reached for repeatedly: Black Moses by Isaac Hayes, and particularly the tracks arranged by Dale Warren. Their version of Burt Bacharach’s (They Long t...
Tags: Games, Music, Taylor Swift, Country, Soul, Tom Waits, Culture, Pop and rock, Ariana Grande, Dolly Parton, David Bowie, Indie, R&B, Lady Gaga, Electronic Music, Mariah Carey

'It speaks to an ancient history': why South Africa has the world's most exciting dance music

Styles like afrohouse, gqom and amapiano are thriving – but with ‘half-baked white kids getting a lot more airplay’, South Africa’s inequalities still hold the dance scene back Many people got their first taste of South African dance music this year via six Angolans dancing in their backyard, dinner plates in hand. Their viral video, with casual but masterful moves set to Jerusalema by South African producer Master KG, created a global dance craze; the track ended up all over Radio 1 this autumn...
Tags: Music, Africa, World news, Culture, South Africa, Cape Town, Dance music, Electronic Music, Experimental music, Durban, Soweto, Rainbow Nation, Jerusalema, Europe Jerusalema, KwaDabeka

Andrew Weatherall remembered by David Holmes

6 April 1963 – 17 February 2020The composer pays tribute to a brilliant polymath with singular musical vision, who was also a warm and wise friendDiego Maradona remembered by Angus MacqueenI’ll start by saying that DJing, remixing and producing were just something that Andrew did. I always looked at him as a much bigger presence. Spending a day with Andrew with a spliff and a cup of tea was an educational experience. I used to leave those meetings with fire in my belly, raring to go. He couldn’t...
Tags: Music, London, David, Culture, Pop and rock, Dance music, Belfast, Electronic Music, Primal Scream, David Holmes, Andrew, Andrew Weatherall, Maradona, Breton, Angus MacqueenI

US composer Harold Budd dies aged 84

Composer of calmly beautiful works who rejected the term ‘ambient’ collaborated with Brian Eno, Cocteau Twins and moreHarold Budd, the left-field American composer whose work straddled minimalism, jazz, dream-pop and more, has died aged 84. His death was confirmed by his close collaborator Robin Guthrie of Cocteau Twins, who wrote on Facebook that he was “feeling empty, shattered lost and unprepared for this”.Cocteau Twins wrote on Facebook: “It is with great sadness that we learned of the passi...
Tags: Facebook, Music, US, US news, Culture, Pop and rock, Classical Music, Jazz, Electronic Music, Brian Eno, Experimental music, Cocteau Twins, Budd, Harold Budd, Robin Guthrie, Brian Eno Cocteau Twins

The 20 best songs of 2020

Our writers considered hundreds of contenders – and here are their picks of the year. Listen to all 390 tracks they voted for on our playlistDelivered from a nightmare: why our No 1 song works so wellWe kick off our end of 2020 music coverage with Guardian critics’ favourite songs, with our album of the year countdown starting tomorrow. As ever, each critic votes for top 20 songs and albums, with points allocated for each placing, and those points tallied to make these lists. There were 390 song...
Tags: Music, Rap, Culture, Pop and rock, Bob Dylan, Hip-hop, Dance music, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Electronic Music, The Weeknd, Cardi B, Fiona Apple, Waxahatchee, Rina Sawayama, Dua Lipa

The xx's Romy: 'I can now write about loving a woman and not feel afraid'

Her forthcoming solo album is a love letter to formative years of queer clubbing and 00s Euro-dance, as the singer swaps black clothes and bleak moods for Technicolor euphoriaThe problem with being an introvert writing dance music is that eventually you will have to dance in front of other people. “I’m definitely quite a shy dancer,” says Romy Madley Croft over a video call from the home she shares with her girlfriend, the photographer Vic Lentaigne, in north London. In lockdown, with no prospec...
Tags: Music, London, Culture, Pop and rock, LGBT rights, Dance music, Electronic Music, Clubbing, Jamie, The Xx, Romy, Romy Madley Croft, Vic Lentaigne, Madley Croft, Lentaigne

'She made music jump into 3D': Wendy Carlos, the reclusive synth genius

She went platinum by plugging Bach into 20th-century machines, and was soon working with Stanley Kubrick. But prejudice around her gender transition pushed Wendy Carlos out of sightThis summer, an 80-year-old synthesiser pioneer suddenly appeared online. She had been silent for 11 years, but now something had appeared that she just wouldn’t tolerate. “Please be aware there’s a purported ‘biography’ on me just released,” wrote Wendy Carlos on the homepage of her 16-bit-friendly website, a Siamese...
Tags: Books, Gender, Music, Celebrity, Film, Women, US, Life and style, Society, Music Industry, Transgender, Culture, Classical Music, Stanley Kubrick, Identity politics, Electronic Music

'A voice for our emotions': Poland's club scene fights for LGBTQ+ rights

As towns declare themselves ‘LGBT-free zones’, Polish DJs and musicians are leading furious opposition to widespread homophobia and police brutalityIn August, as a giant bouncy castle was throwing a shadow on Warsaw’s baroque-style Ujazdow castle – home to the Centre for Contemporary Art – a party was under way. It was the last in To Be Real, an events series aimed at maximising the space’s fleeting inclusivity of Poland’s LGBTQ+ community. One of the artists was running late. “I came almost str...
Tags: Europe, Music, Justice, Society, World news, Culture, Punk, Sexuality, LGBT rights, Poland, Electronic Music, Clubbing, Experimental music, Warsaw, Margot Human Rights Watch

Auf wiedersehen, techno: Berlin's banging Berghain club reborn as a gallery

With nightlife in limbo due to Covid-19, the legendary temple of techno has reinvented itself as art gallery – with works by Tacita Dean, Olafur Eliasson, Wolfgang Tillmans and moreInside a disused power station in east Berlin, a red-and-white buoy is bobbing mid-air, swooping six metres up and six metres down in rhythm to imaginary waves. The artist who had the idea to hang it there, Julius von Bismarck, has connected an automated pulley system via sensors to a real buoy in the Atlantic Ocean, ...
Tags: Art, Europe, Music, Germany, Berlin, World news, Culture, Art and design, Installation, Exhibitions, Electronic Music, Clubbing, Atlantic Ocean, Berghain Berlin, Sound Art, Tacita Dean Olafur Eliasson Wolfgang Tillmans

Here’s a listening and buying guide for electronic music on another Bandcamp Friday

This year is a constant reminder that even in dark times, there are musical messages to hear. Bandcamp has extended their Fridays giving back commissions to artists, so it's another chance to stock up on downloads and assemble a collection you'll listen to on repeat. The post Here’s a listening and buying guide for electronic music on another Bandcamp Friday appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.
Tags: Music, Electronic Music, Underground, Bandcamp, Electronica

Charles & Eddie's Eddie Chacon: 'It took me 10 years to recover from being a one-hit wonder'

The soulful singer had a worldwide hit with 1992’s Would I Lie to You, but he was dropped and his musical partner died. Now, he has poured his pain into a cathartic comeback albumEddie Chacon still remembers hitting rock bottom. “It was 15 years ago,” he says. “And it sounds like something from like a bad movie.” Since childhood, he would get up at 8am and work on music. “That morning, my wife walked into my studio and I was just sitting there. She asked, ‘What’s wrong?’ I just said, ‘Nobody’s l...
Tags: Music, Celebrity, US, Life and style, Soul, Culture, Pop and rock, Marvin, Electronic Music, Charles, Eddie, Chacon, Jacko, Los Feliz Los Angeles, Eddie Chacon, Charles Eddie

Lady Gaga: Chromatica review – Gaga rediscovers the riot on her most personal album

Returning to the sound of her maximalist electro-pop heyday, Gaga explores buried trauma, mental illness and the complexities of fame on this return to formA criticism often levelled at Lady Gaga is that the fantastical imagery she constructs around her albums eclipses the music itself. But it’s a sliding scale – and one that certainly mattered less when she was knocking out undeniable dance-pop party starters like Poker Face and Just Dance, or cementing her status as pop’s freaky outlier on the...
Tags: Music, Culture, Pop and rock, Ariana Grande, Elton John, Dance music, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Electronic Music, Springsteen, K-pop, Bowie Prince, Chromatica

From Germany to Detroit and back: how Kraftwerk forged an industrial exchange

Kraftwerk’s robotic rhythms resonated loudest in deindustrialising 1970s Detroit and gave rise to techno – starting a cultural feedback loop that continues todayWhen the death of Kraftwerk co-founder Florian Schneider was announced last week, the loudest tributes came from the electronic music community. Kraftwerk’s pioneering approach, using synthesisers and sequenced drum arrangements to evoke robotic or industrial rhythms, became the blueprint for Detroit musicians such as Juan Atkins, who co...
Tags: Music, Germany, Culture, Dusseldorf, Ford, Dance music, Electronic Music, Kraftwerk, Detroit, Juan Atkins, Schneider, Gordy, Florian Schneider, Ralf Hutter, Karl Bartos Berry Gordy

Kraftwerk's connection to R&B and black DJs in America

Pioneering hip hop musician Afrika Bambaataa's love for Kraftwerk is evidenced by his groundbreaking 1982 electro track "Planet Rock" (above). Indeed, Bambataaa's underground DJ sets in black nightclubs were a key point-of-entry into the United States for many international electronic musicians in the early 1980s, from Yellow Magic Orchestra to Gary Numan. I hadn't realized though that Kraftwerk readily acknowledged that it was a two-way musical conversation: Black American music, particularly...
Tags: Video, Music, News, America, James Brown, Soul, United States, Hip Hop, R&B, Electronic Music, Kraftwerk, Electro, Gary Numan, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Bo Diddley, John Morrison

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