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!
Genre: Experimental / Techno
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Twin sisters that are the stars of the DJ scene in the underground of Tel Aviv. As unlikely as that sounds, the Romano sisters have achieved exactly that and they have long since become too big for Israels relatively small electronic underground community.
Nil and Karin Romano call themselves the ‘Music Junkies’ and they do as they say, they really are junkies of music. They implement a diverse range of influences from their broad taste (their idols consist of Portishead, Brian Eno, Boards of Canada, Miles Davis, Vivaldi, Kraftwerk and DJ Koze, just to name a few) into their DJ performances. Their sets are all loosely based on the idea of becoming a techno mix, while often deviating from that to a great extent, dipping into other related genres.
‘Visions of a Lonely Galaxy’ has become their very first single track to be published on their soundcloud page just about a week ago. It is a snippet taken from their production and it speaks of the same kind of melancholic and sorrowful feeling that is also found in most of their sets. In their interview for Pulse Radio they describe themselves as outsiders, who find it hard to socialize and try to communicate with the outside world through their sets.
Both identify this role as misfits in the scene and society as a whole, along with the simple fact that they are women in an industry controlled by men, as the two main reasons for having a hard time making a name for themselves in the wider electronic music scene.
But they already made it quite far and there is no sign of stopping here. Or as they say themselves in a twinge of optimism: ‘Eventually true talent wins’. And there can be no doubt about the fact that these two twin sisters are incredibly talented, indeed.
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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.
Continue reading Joyce Muniz & Shanti Roots – Cumbia Lolita
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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Today is going to be all about Germany and Thomas Muller. Not just on the pitch against Argentina, but also at Electric Women featuring Ellen Allien. Ellen has been a powerhouse in the German techno scene for quite some time. She has been working as a DJ in Berlin since 1991, released some very successful albums since then, founded her very own label BPitch Control and started a fashion line under her own name.
This EP, that she released together with fellow french BPitch artist Thomas Muller, consists of two tracks, each with one edit respectively by the two artists. The video linked above is the Ellen Allien edit of the leading track. My definitive favorite on the record, which is sure to make your tech-senses tingle with joy in no time.
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Nina Kraviz is one of the most prominent and successful female DJs around the world and has created a lot of publicity by explicitly talking about women and femininity in the world of electronic music.
This is an amazing DJ set by her from the ‘Boiler Room’ Series recorded in Berlin. Continue reading Nina Kraviz – Boiler Room Berlin DJ Set