Juan Atkins & Moritz von Oswald – Borderland

1. Electric Garden (Original Mix)
2. Electric Garden (Deep Jazz In The Garden Mix)
3. Footprints
4. Mars Garden
5. Digital Forest
6. Treehouse
7. Afterlude

According to the records, the paths of legendary producers Juan Atkins and Moritz von Oswald first crossed in the early nineties, when the latter and Thomas Fehlmann invited the Detroit techno innovator for their 3MB project. By 1995, von Oswald remixed at least two more Atkins productions, so a collaborative album was somehow a logical step to follow. Fast forward two decades later and that’s exactly what is about to happen, as Berlin’s Tresor label is readying an album by the two.

Titled Borderland, it will be available on June 24 as limited three part vinyl series and a CD release . You can listen to snippets of the record above!

Model 500 – OFI (Bullion’s Rivertrance Mix)

You might have heard it before, it’s been out for a couple of weeks now. We’re talking about Bullion‘s brilliant remix for Juan Atkin’s legendary Detroit outfit Model 500. And “brilliant” might not be the appropriate expression here, bananas would be more suiting for this psychedelic trip.

The Space Dimension Controller remix on the flipside goes into a different direction, but it’s none the less a killer for itself. You can still get hold of this 10-inch from about everywhere, we suggest you start at your favourite local record store!

Model 500 – Huesca

Here’s the b-side taken from the new Model 500 12-inch on R&S, the Detroit outfits first new release in over a decade. If you have any doubts about what a couple of mid-forties are still be capable of, this track should teach you a lesson in deep and powerful techno music.

On the a-side you will find OFI (click for a stream) in its original version and a remix by Mad Mike Banks of Underground Resistance. Thanks to the guys at XLR8R, you can download Huesca for free.

Pre-order the 12-inch from Juno or the digital release Boomkat. The release date for this is September 6th, 2010.

Model 500 live at DEMF

Today is the last day of this year’s Movement/DEMF and incidently Model 500 are on the line-up for tonight. Here you can listen to their live show from the 2005 Detroit Electronic Music Festival, or Fuse-In as it was called that year.

Recorded at Hart Plaza on May 28, 2005 – download here!

Merry Mixtapes

It’s Christmas Eve tomorrow, so a lot of you people will take a plane, a train or the car to be with your family or friends. While us people in the southern hemisphere are sweating in the departure lounge, low temperatures and snow-storms are making it uncertain if you will make it in time. In other words, travelling is usually not the nicest thing and music on the radio is usually crap (especially during Christmas).

To improve the comfort of your journeys, I have compiled a list of mixtapes you should copy on your iPod before you leave. After all, these should make you forget about time.

First, here’s a month old mixtape from Mono/poly, which just caught my attention (thanks ▲irhorn!). It was made for the Ficus podcast series and can be downloaded via their SoundCloud page.

Four Tet has given away a special mix to attenders of his night at London’s Plastic People earlier this month. Luckily, this mixtape is now also available for download (via Beyondjazz).

Britain’s Steve Spacek and Australian producer Katalyst form the group Space Invadas. To promote their upcoming releases, they have put together the Follow The Signs mixtape for you (via Trees for Breakfast).

London’s Warm crew once again have some great mixtapes for you, the latest coming from  Mark E. Check their sites for more new mixtapes from Move D and Faze Action!

The 499th episode of Beats In Space feature two great producers in one show: Detroit legend Juan Atkins and the UK’s Ashley Beedle. You can download both mixes from the BIS Website.

Next up is a mix from Jneiro Jarel, that already got some attention on the net. On Can I Dub Your Tape? No! he surprises with a selection of dubstep and other bass-heavy music, a tracklist is available here.

Romania is known to have cold winters, hence TRG stayed in to put together a mixtape for all of us. His Arctic City Mix is available from his website.

I also want to mention that all mixes from LuckyMe are now available as proper podcast (iTunes link).

Enjoy the music and have a save trip. Merry Christmas!

Dec 24, 2009 I’m no different than the others, so here’s some shameless self-promotion: Check the new podcast from Fulgeance!

Mixtape Monday #5

The Brainfeeder label always guarantees a great selection of music, their latest mixtape is called Brain Food and was put together by Alex B. If you like that I can already tell you want the FACT Podcast by Débruit as well.

Joscha Creutzfeld of UpMyAlley posted a mixtape made for RBMA Radio in 2007 on SoundCloud titled Lost and Found. This should make the waiting for the follow-up to his more recent Brrappness Mix a bit easier.

A very cool mix comes from Computer Jay, that is if you grew up in the eighties and you miss the sounds of your Atari 2600.

Citinite and LuckyMe are joining forces for a very special event in November, featuring Dâm-Funk, Rustie and Jimmy Edgar. To get you in the mood for that, check the mixtape they put together for The Fader.

House producer Mark E not only has a very beautiful looking website, you might also want to check out the mixes he has posted there, including the all new Merc Mix #1.

Lastly, here’s an older mix from Detroit legend Juan Atkins, which was recorded at the 12th anniversary party of Berlin’s equally legendary Tresor.

Weekly Bits 23/2009

In the latest addition of the Six Million Steps podcast, you will experience one of the nicest selection of Gil Scott-Heron tunes, spiced up with bridges taken from interviews with the man and life companions. A recommended download!

Juan Atkins, Detroit innovator and The Teacher of Techno speaks to Clash Music about his beginnings in productions and his upcoming live shows with the Model 500 Band.

Another mixtape from Domu is available for download on the SpaceBass blog. A forty-five minutes selection of boogie and funk tunes.

Belgian blog Laid Back has a nice trailer of a documentary called Megunica. Director Lorenzo Fonda filmed street artist BLU, who let his travels through Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Argentina inspire his unique motion graffiti style.

Another visual treat can be found on this Flickr page, where classic record covers where overworked to resemble the look of vintage Penguin Books.