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Factory Floor – How You Say (Helena Hauff Remix)

This very straight-forward remix of Factory Floor’s ‘How you say’ comes from Hamburg’s Golden Pudel resident DJ Helena Hauff. Helena puts the (hardly recognizable) original into a melodic electro framework that makes use of an exceedingly catchy synth melody. She uses small parts from Factory Floor’s version and develops these into warmer and fuller components of her own remix, that delivers powerful tunes where the original remains a little faint.

This track only represents a tiny part of her eclectic repertoire that fuses new wave, acid techno, electro and other genres into a remarkable experience in her full sets. And she’s not only touring on her own, but also joined the reboot of long-standing electro-impro project Hypnobeat at the end of last year. Another project definitely worth checking out


Year: 2014

Genre: Electro

Among other dates, Helena will play a set at Robert Johnson in Offenbach (/Frankfurt) for the 4th anniversary of the Tactile Record Store on the 1st of November. So be sure not to miss out on that, if you happen to find yourself anywhere close by.


More From Helena Hauff:

Official Website | Soundcloud

Philip Glass – Houston Skyline (Kate Simko Remix) / London Electronic Orchestra

I was planning to focus on less vocal-heavy electronic sounds for a while already, so I’m glad to have come across this little beauty of a remix by Kate Simko. It puts a slightly different electronic spin on the original by Philip Glass while keeping the faintly oppressive  but melodic atmospheric elements.

Kate Simko started working as a producer and composer in Chicago around the change of the millenium, which also explains her strong influences from Chicago House. Besides this and Detroit Techno classical music and jazz are by far the genres with the greatest impact  impact on her mostly warm and soulful electronic sound. Her own background in music theory and piano also influenced the currently London-based artists latest project: the London Electronic Orchestra, where she merges live orchestra and electronic sounds to create something entirely new and incredibly wonderful, as can be seen below.


Year: 2014

Genre: Electronica / Classical


More From Kate Simko:

Official Website | Soundcloud | ResidentAdvisor | YouTube | Facebook

Laurel – Shells (Hannes Fischer Remix)

Laurel doesn’t only share a childhood idol with me (Britney Spears), later on she also fell in love with Laura Marling. And if that wouldn’t already be enough to make me like her an inappropriate lot, she is also an incredible singer-songwriter. The 19-year-old girl from London released her impressive debut EP ‘To the Hills’ in April of this year.

All the while electronic remixes of her songs are making the round on the blogosphere. And although the Live City Remix gets a whole lotta’ love right now, my favorite version of Laurel’s beautiful ‘Shells’ is this deep house variant that has been retouched by Hannes Fischer. I can’t stop playing this 7 1/2 minute beauty… Except for listening to Laura Marling, of course.


Year: 2014

Genre: Deep House


More From Laurel:

Official Website | Soundcloud | YouTube | Facebook

Laurel Halo – Thaw

This is why I love music! The unofficial video with footage from Philippe Garrel’s ‘Le révélateur’ and the song ‘Thaw’ itself by Berlin-Based musician and producer Laurel Halo, evoke emotions in such a way only great music can do.

I feel like listening to ‘In the Aeroplane over the Sea’ for the first time once again, like going to my very first Ska-Punk-Concert melting together with the crowd in a choreography of uncoordinated movements. I feel like dancing in a room full of black light and strange sculptures to mysterious Goa-Music. I’m starting to vaguely remember watching clips of nature documentaries with the accompanying sound of french circus music, I come across abstract animations and memories of a war long-gone but ever so c lose flickering over a screen with the rough soothing sounds of Godspeed! in the background.

I feel a bit creeped out – it’s something entirely new. I encounter as yet undiscovered emotions. A slight queasyness spreads through my body. But still, I feel whole. Like this is an unknown place – but a place I always belonged.

I feel like I arrived.


Year: 2012

Genre: Electronica / Dream Pop


More From Laurel Halo:

Official Website | Soundcloud | Facebook

Berlin Festival’s Electric Women

As the Berlin Festival starts this evening, I wanted to take the opportunity to present most of the women of the weekend’s lineup with a small playlist. Below you can also find the featured artists with their respective stage and time.

One can only hope that the festival won’t be as disastrous as its organization has been in the last weeks and months. From changing the venue a few weeks before the festival, to mixing up the timetable and their failure to deliver a better line-up despite all their announcements – it feels like the festival has become a complete farce.

Nevertheless I will enjoy this weekend completely dedicated to electronic music and try to see as many of the women as possible. Even with the likes of Moderat, Hudson Mohawke, Rustie and Mount Kimbie performing as well.


Austra | Fr, 23.30-00.30 | Warsteiner Mainstage

Meggy | Sa, 03-05 | Ipse (Berlin Festival meets FWTB)

Ellen Alien | Sa, 05-07 | Warsteiner Mainstage

Aerea Negrot | Sa, 07-09 | Ipse (Berlin Festival meets FWTB)

Fidelity Kastrow | Sa, 10-14 | Badeschiff

Magda | Sa, 16-18 | Badeschiff

Coely | Sa, 19-19.45 | Glashaus

Nina Kraviz | Sa, 19.30-22.00 | Badeschiff

Eva Be | So, 04-07 | Arena Club

Nod one’s head | So, 15.00-16.00 | Badeschiff

Highasakite | So, 15.45-16.30 | Warsteiner Mainstage

Warpaint | So, 17.00-18.00 | Warsteiner Mainstage

Jessie Ware | So, 18.30 – 19.30 | Warsteiner Mainstage

Nene Cherry & Rocketnumbernine | So, 22.00-23.15 | Glashaus

Adi Ulmansky | So, 23-00 | White Trash Food

Hawk House | t.b.a.

 

Olivier & Robyn Florence – Fever

Olivier is a young 16-year-old producer from the Netherlands. For his first single ‘Fever’, he teamed up with the wonderful Robyn Florence. It was released in the end of August and all profits that are eventually generated will be donated to the Dutch ALS foundation.

Lyrically, it is a song about sexual self determination and unwanted advances in public spaces. In particular about the tragically common phenomenon of people not being able to read other’s emotions (or not minding them) and subsequently making unrequited and unwanted approaches.

While Olivier wrote and produced the track, Robyn, who first met Olivier in school, had a great influence on the creative direction and co-wrote the lyrics in addition to providing the vocals. As yet she was primarily covering songs and putting them up on YouTube or Soundcloud. So this is a new step for both of them. And a great one at that, as the surprisingly mature sounding ‘Fever’ is an early testament of their promising talent.

Unfortunately, the full song is not out there on SoundCloud, so here’s a link to a 60 second preview on SC, for those that don’t use Spotify.


Year: 2014

Genre: House


More From Robyn Florence:

Soundcloud | YouTube

Flying Lotus feat. Laura Darlington – Table Tennis

Today, being a very quiet Saturday for me, I seem to be haunted by songs from the past as I stumbled across this little gem from Flying Lotus. In ‘Table Tennis’, where he cooperates with songstress Laura Darlington, he incorporates sounds of a table-tennis game and the life-support machines of his mother to create a daunting and melancholic atmosphere.

This is only amplified by the soft and toned down voice of Laura Darlington over the unique beat. Laura has already worked together with FlyLo after this. Among other tracks, she provided the vocals for ‘Phantasm’ from his album ‘Until the Quiet comes’. She is also one half of Ninja Tune artist The Long Lost, along with her husband Daedelus.

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