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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

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Mari Kvien Brunvoll – Everywhere You Go (Villalobos Celestial Voice Resurrection Mix)

This Minimal House stunner is a remix of Mari Kvien Brunvoll’s ‘Everywhere You Go’ by Ricardo Villalobos . Mari is a Norwegian Jazz singer who comes from a very musical family. Her performances are inspired by the sound of pop and folk, and while on stage she uses a variety of acoustic as well as electronic instruments. So it’s only fitting that Ricardo put her wonderful voice to some very enchanting electronic beats.

It’s a bit disappointing though that there are only very limited resources with infos about Mari. At least I learned, that there still are people that use MySpace. Astonishing. But when it comes the music itself – it is “nothing less than magic”.


Year: 2013

Genre: Experimental / Techno


More About Mari Kvien Brunvoll:

MySpace | Facebook

Holly Herndon – Fade

Hailing from San Francisco, Holly Herndon is currently studying for a doctor in computer music at Stanford University, all the while touring with her music and sound art. Her musical self was shaped in the dance and techno scene of Berlin in the late 90s, where she stayed for several years after moving away from her home in Tennessee. Since then she moved back to the US and has been highly active in the art and electronic music scene.

The Berlin influence is still recognizable in the accentuated techno style of a lot of the beats she produces. A combination with sometimes ethereal and eerie vocal parts defines her very own sound. These vocals and her tendency to experiment partly resemble Fever Ray/The Knife‘s approach to music. In case an archetypal example for Holly’s diverse style even exists, it’s ‘Fade’.  It’s dark and it’s danceable!

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Year: 2014

Genre: Experimental / Techno


More From Holly Herndon:

Official Website | Soundcloud | Twitter | Facebook

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

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.

 

Joyce Muniz & Shanti Roots – Cumbia Lolita

Engaging with minimal, one of the slightly less male-dominated subgenres of electronic music, one finds a wide array of active female producers and DJs.

One of them is Joyce Muniz, a Brasilian DJ, producer and singer who was born in Sao Paulo but lives and works in Vienna for almost 2 decades now.

Cumbia Lolita is taken from her ‘Cumbia Madness‘ EP that she released together with Santi Roots back in 2010. Here, she incorporates Latin American music, namely colombian Cumbia, with the sounds of western club culture and creates something she calls ‘Cumbia-Tech-House’.

I’ve always had an affection for the combination of Latin American sounds and culture on one hand and electronic music on the other for a while. But seeing ‘Matanza‘ live a few weeks ago, my love has reached new heights. If anyone has any more suggestions for bands or artists in a similar vein, preferably with women involved, please feel free to post them in the comments or send a message.

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Magda – She’s a Dancing Machine

To bring a little diversity to the electro-pop dominated posts of the last days and to celebrate the rediscovery of one of my earliest Electric-Girl crushes, I give you minimal-techno legend Magda and the release that really made her career take off, ‘She’s a dancing machine’.

Magda was born in Poland, raised in Detroit and lived in Berlin for a long time, where she gathered an enormous following after she got signed to Richie Hawtin‘s label minus. In 2011 she took another direction again by founding her very own label, Items & Things, together with her long-term fellow producers / friends Marc Houle and Troy Pierce.

Today Magda is going strong as ever and, among other things, just hosted  BBC Radio 1’s Essential Mix on Women’s Day of this year.

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