Category Techno

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 […]

Eventerview: Natural Sciences

We interviewed Natural Sciences label boss, Alex Hall, ahead of his second label night on Friday. He talked us through the lineup, brought up the whole dolphin thing and provided us with this exclusive mix. Who are/is Natural Sciences?  NS is a label run out of my flat in central Manchester.  The idea is to release […]

In conversation with… Move D

Move D has been involved in the underground scene for over 20 years, and his discography speaks for itself. As part of a newly-emerging ‘ambient techno’ scene in the 90’s, he has collaborated with Pete Namlook, Jonah Sharp and more recently, leftfield techno pair Juju & Jordash, under the name Magic Mountain High. We spoke to […]

Manchester listings: September

Zutekh presents Pearson Sound (all night long) 4 Sep | Soup Kitchen | £12.50 It’s been two years since the last time Pearson Sound made the trip up north to do an all-night set at the infamous basement. Last time, he requested all the lights off and the venue near pitch-black, a la most techno […]

Throwback event: Bohemian Grove presents Trus’Me and Space Afrika

Bohemian Grove are a much loved mainstay in Manchester’s underground scene. The heads most certainly turn out for what are always stellar bookings but[and] the vibe is downright charming from start to finish. Last Friday was no different when they brought in local boys Space Afrika to support another local, Trus’me, for a summertime shindig that […]

Nextup: Floorplan – Music/Tell You No Lie

Earlier this year, Robert Hood announced he’d be returning to his Floorplan alias in 2016 with his first full scale album under that moniker since his widely acclaimed ‘Paradise’ EP back in 2013. The eleven track album will be released on June 10th and will be produced with the aid of his 18 year old […]

Manchester rising: TMG

Hailing from London, TMG is currently based in Manchester and recently played in London at the long-standing techno party, Jaded at Corsica Studios. He travels around the UK DJing and is shortly due to begin a residency at a new night in Bristol called Zinovieff. “I got into DJing with a friend who lives near […]

Manchester rising: Bower & Coey

From the darkest corner of the gloomy peak district come Manchester students Jim Coey and Jamie Bower. They began cutting their teeth mixing EDM in their mate’s shed, before moving to Manchester to study, where they became entrenched in the #deephouse and #waveygarms culture of Fallowfield. This phase was a mere stepping stone and their […]

Nextup: Slam – Parallel Phase

Slam and their beautifully dark brainchild Soma had an absolutely stunning 2015 and this far into their illustrious career they really have little left to prove. 2016 happens to be Soma’s 25th anniversary and they show no signs of slowing down. The album itself is a proper example of some gloriously uncompromising techno, packed with […]

Throwback event: Paranoid London, Blawan

Hopefully, live acts will become more of a norm in electronic music, which has of late been somewhat lacking in originality. Paranoid London has shown us the vibe that live electronic acts can achieve.

Interview: Rødhåd

Ahead of his appearance at Awakenings next weekend, John Thorp spoke to Rødhåd about the crossover between producing and DJing, playing a rare warm-up set and remixing Daniel Avery. Unlike many producers who made Berlin their home, it has been yours since childhood. Therefore, techno and dance music must have been closer growing up than it is […]

Throwback 2015: Top five labels

We thought then we’d at least try and be a little more interesting, so here (in my totally biased and extremely techno-centric opinion), are the top five record labels of 2015…

Ruffy talks: Top five digs of 2015

…my list doesn’t even contain any records that were made this year, because while 2015 was pretty good for music, my top five purchases of this year were all made at least 20 years previously and they all shit on anything put out in the last 12 months…

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 […]

Nextup: Jet Lag – Kalden Bess

Kalden Bess is a young (in the game) producer from Canada who seems to have his feet firmly rooted in the underground. He recently dropped a three track EP on the Organism label, which included two remixes to round off the package. Organism is one of those beautifully understated labels with a backcatalogue of around […]

Nextup: Roberto Capuano – Obsessed

What I love about Drumcode is its consistency – releases are always undeniably well produced. Many Drumcode releases follow a similar structure of bass heavy belters that are most likely to be found ‘in the rave’. Similarly to a lot of Dense and Pika‘s back catalogue, Drumcode tracks end up everywhere, from Beatport’s top 100 to that house […]

Interview: Hudd Traxx

Manchester-based label Hudd Traxx celebrate their tenth year in the business this weekend with an anniversary party at the Whiskey Jar in Manchester. Since 2005, the label has released music from the likes of Matthew Herbert, DJ Sneak, Rolando, Rick Wade, Iz & Diz, and JT Donaldson. Ahead of the night, label boss, producer and DJ […]

Nextups and throwbacks: Hold Tight

Hold Tight is a new club night aimed at offering an innovative clubbing experience. The night was inspired by boutique festivals which offer great music but combine this with visuals and art installations. This emphasis on ‘not just music’ is something that Hold Tight aims to bring to Manchester’s clubbing scene. The Hold Tight Collective, comprising of artists, […]

Manchester rising: NT3 – Zak Shehata

The third in our monthly podcast series comes courtesy of Zak Shehata, a closet music geek and future doctor. He began DJing when he moved to Manchester back in 2011, honing his talents between trips to the hospital, regularly guesting at house parties across Manchester’s Southern hemisphere. His journey into the field of vinyl started a […]

Nextups and throwbacks: CULT

Booking one of our favourite producers to play in manchester is always a sure-fire way to feature on the site. Step forward CULT, which has booked Max Graef to appear at Primrose St later this month… “CULT represents the underground subculture of electronic dance music. It’s secretive and mysterious. It’s not something that will ever grace […]