Author Archives: jackhairbrain

Eventerview: Rhodan

Nick Howard, DJ and member of Sound Control night Lowdown and Dirty, which ended with an incendiary Dave Clarke party in 2015, has launched a new techno night, Rhodan, in the more intimate confines of the Whiskey Jar. We met up to discuss downsizing, the headache involved with choosing the right name, the benefits of […]

Throwback 2015: Top five twats

Instead of the general ‘top five tunes of 2015’, upon reflection, we’ve realised that the music industry’s twats came out in full force this year. We bet you can’t guess who’s top… 5. Elastic Agents Back in the Halcyon days of Myspace; would-be promoters, producers and musicians of every stripe could find, message and forge […]

The rise of… glitch techno

At the turn of the millennium, Montreal became a hotbed for a type of dance music that the French Canadians called microhouse (pronounced meecro-house). St Laurent Boulevard, off Montreal’s Sherbrooke University district had become a two mile long stretch of poutine joints, punk bars and experimental house and techno music. On Sundays, during the summer months, […]

Nextups and throwbacks: Subterranean Sound Machine

Subterranean Sound Machine (SSM) is Kat, Ana, and Jack; a German/English/Irish DJ collective who play vinyl in various Manchester drinking establishments including Sandbar and Strange Brew in Chorlton.

Redefining the clubbing aesthetic: Asquith at Natural Sciences

What is clubbing really, except a room with some people dancing to beats?  I’ve been going out to clubs for longer than I care to mention and, with the exception of maybe the odd haircut, or the gradual narrowing in trouser width, I can’t say things have changed a lot since the mid 90s.  Whether […]

Interview: Adventures in Lo-Fi – The Cyclist

Young Derry producer, Andrew Morrison aka The Cyclist, is a rising star in a movement of lo-fi tape distorted house and techno.  Signed to Stones Throw with a new EP coming out on LA’s cult 100% Silk, Morrison’s melodic take on a genre that he’s labelled ‘tape throb’ is in increasing demand.  Jack Carolan caught up […]

The birth of… glitch techno

Glitch techno (or microhouse, or buftech) emerged mainly in Germany and Canada in the late 90s as a variant of minimal techno and is associated with labels like Playhouse, Perlon and Mille Plateaux in Frankfurt, Kompakt in Cologne, and Cynosure in Montreal. Though produced with modern software, its aesthetic roots are in the Italian Futurist […]

Throwback: Hidden Hawaii

Whilst Felix K’s mix for mnml ssgs in 2010 displayed his techno chops, his 2013 album, ‘Flowers of Destruction’, on his own cult Berlin label Hidden Hawaii is undeniably a drum and bass record label. However, it’s a distinctly Berlin drum and bass; soundscape-y, glacial, infused with a minimal techno aesthetic now firmly rooted in […]

The rise of… dub techno

Deadbeat, Scott Montieth to the civil authorities, hails from Kitchener Ontario, a part of the world perhaps less associated with the Jamaican diaspora than Berlin. However, sometime after singing in a youth choir as part of his protestant minister father’s church, and then finding punk rock as a teenage bassist, Montieth got the reggae bug. […]

The birth of… dub techno

Jamaica’s influence on the evolution of modern dance music is immense.  The reggae sound system diaspora in New York and London helped birth hip-hop, jungle and dubstep, along with a host of other sub-genres. But, surprisingly, it was in Berlin that dub collided with minimal techno and profoundly changed things. Mark Ernestus and Moritz Von […]