Weekly Bits 26/2012

In the coming week, 2012’s Bloc is taking off in London. Over the past weeks, the makers of the festival did a series of interviews with some of the artists performing. Check out the videos with Steve Reich, Apparat and Nicolas Jaar.

As you should know by now, Rob Booth has just released the first Electronic Explorations compilation. That’s 60 tracks for only ₤5! If you’re not convinced yet, here’s a mixtape with all the tracks.

Another big mix I wanted to post earlier this week is the latest in One-Handed‘s Dedication series. It comes from Turkish singer Ahu and she introduces the listener to one of her favourite jazz singers: Blossom Dearie.

Pitchfork gave away a remix by Illum Sphere for a track off Lorn‘s new album on Ninja Tune – grab it while you can!

Following John Tejada‘s excellent Parabolas, the renowned techno producer teams up once more with Kompakt for a new album. XLR8R has more details on that.

Once a film student, Flying Lotus made some attempts at directing music videos before. His latest was done for Jeremiah Jae‘s new single on Brainfeeder: Money.

And lastly, here’s one more mixtape courtesy of Addison Groove, also available for free download.

Weekly Bits 39/2011

Don’t have much to share this week, but still a couple of things you should know of.

When I’m asked for my favourite concert, I will answer Kahil El Zabar without hesitation. I accidently came across this trailer for the documentary Be Known, which is currently in post-production. Looking much forward to this one!

Back in the day, James Pants tried to be a hip-hop producer. I’m not saying I’m happy he failed, but I certainly prefer the music he’s doing now. Anyway, he has decided to give away some of his old beats.

Juno Plus did an interview with Actress, talking to him about the DRC Music project and Clubbing in the Congo.

German magazine Groove launched their podcast series with a mix by Shitkatapult founder and now bandleader Apparat.

Another recommended mix comes from Sonar Kollektiv‘s Roskow Kretschmann, better known as Sygaire. Check his Proto Disco Pronto mixtape over at SoundCloud.

Spine TV interviewed Martyn and collaborator Erosie, and there’s also a music video for Martyn’s Viper.

And lastly, here’s one more interview with Teebs recorded at this year’s Sónar festival.

Update Due to popular demand, here’s a backup link for the Apparat podcast

Real Scenes: Berlin

Following stops in Bristol and Detroit, the latest episode of Resident Advisor‘s Real Scenes brings us to the city of Berlin.

Through words by Dixon, Apparat, Tresor founder Dimitri Hegemann and many others, the story of underground clubs and the rise of techno in Germany is told.

Apparat Band – Ash/Black Veil

I’ve been a secret fan of Apparat since his second album and I’m much looking forward to his new one on Mute coming in September.

If you’d like to hear more, download an MP3 of the track above. You can also catch Apparat live on tour.

Apparat – DJ-Kicks

Apparat DJ-Kicks

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Over the last 15 years, !K7’s DJ-Kicks series has manifested its reputation as one of the best mix CDs. It’s no different with the latest installment by Apparat and yet it is different: it’s one of the best in the series.

As we didn’t feature many mixtapes lately, we’d really like to recommend this one!01. Apparat – Circles
02. 69 – Rushed
03. Telefon Tel Aviv – Lengthening Shadows
04. Apparat – Interlude
05. Luke Abbot – More Room
06. Oval – Legendary
07. Patrice Baumel – Sub
08. Martyn – Miniluv
09. Ripperton – Echocity
10. Cosmin TRG – Tower Block
11. Scorn – Falling (Autechre FR 13 Remix)
12. Born Ruffians – I Need A Life (Four Tet Remix)
13. Pantha Du Prince – Welt Am Draht
14. Phon.o – Intervall
15. Burial + Four Tet – Moth
16. Vincent Markowski – The Madness of Moths
17. Ramadanman – Tempest
18. Thom Yorke – Harrowdown Hill
19. Spherix – Lesser People
20. Oval – TV Power
21. Joy Orbison – The Shrew Would Have Cushioned The Blow
22. Apparat – Sayulita (DJ-Kicks)
23. T++ – Worn Down
24. Tim Hecker – Borderlands

As you might know, Sascha Ring programs a lot of his own patches in Max/MSP. In the video below, he talks a bit more about his ways of making music. You might also want to check out a second video, in which he speaks more about making the his DJ-Kicks mix.

Apparat’s DJ-Kicks is available since last week. As usual, you can get the mix on CD (Amazon) and digital (iTunes“), some of the tracks are also available on 2-LP. The exclusive Sayulita should be out on 12-inch next week!