2011 was a very good year for the C-Beams duet. As most of the Dresden boys involving into the trendy label (in the good way) Uncanny Valley (Jacob Korn, Cuthead, Credit 00, Stefan Lohse…) Stefan Menzel and Sebastian Lohse (aka Break SL) are now out of the woods with their appearance on Smallville records, and their first Ep on Uncanny Valley. The label has benefited of a big (and well-deserved) support from the German press and Resident Advisor which has done a strong report during the last summer, and gave them the opportunity to upload a mix made by… C-Beams.
Their live/dj sets (Sebastian plays records on the decks, and Stefan improvises melodies and stuff on his synths) reflect the magic of their own prods : warm, deep, mellow, romantic, sweet, and attractive sound.
I’ve filmed one of their set in September in Berlin, at Cookies club. 2 X 15min of cool, warm vibes with a lot of energy, light melodies and great live arrangements (specially on the Rob’ Hood track on the first video). Enjoy!
One of the most exciting documentary about modular synths and passion for them from crazy nerds and mad lovers needs your help. Previously known as Modular, the documentary, I dream of wires has received so much enthusiasm from its first promo trailler broadcasted on Youtube, and in synths forums, that the people involved behind have decided to extend the production of it. It should be 90 – 120 minutes + bonus, planned for the end of 2012, in DVD.
Shifted is an anonymous project from an artist who has been involved into the UK electronic scene (but not really related to techno) during the past few years. Since January 2011, the busy boy has released nothing less than three eps and a remix on Mote-Evolver, Szare’s Syndrome Z… and on his own imprint Avian. Close to the berghain-techno genre (Sandwell District, Stroboscopic Artefacts, Frozen Border…), Shifted doesn’t claim to be original, but does the job in a pretty good and proper way. Check out more about him here : Continue reading →
Cool words from Little White Earbuds about Eli Verveine’s BPTchk! mix ! “Her “Rawmance” mix for French website-cum-print-publication Boing Poum Tchak! is a perfect example of her warm and romantic style. To dance with fireside with a bottle of red wine“.
I found on my old computer a mini-interview I did with Jason Fine few months ago (and never published), when he was releasing his second album Future thought on the Swedish quality label Kontra Musik. I think it’s the right moment to upload it to know a bit more about this secret artist, with the output March 17th of the Future thought remixed ep by Ben Klock and the amazing Oni Ayhun. Continue reading →
Microniks est une nouvelle rubrique en lien avec les actualités de Boing Poum Tchak! sur Twitter, car désormais, vous pouvez retrouver sur http://twitter.com/boingpoumtchak des news exclusives et de courtes chroniques en anglais (environ un post par jour). Puis à la fin de chaque mois, redécouvrez ici ces reviews, agrémentées de commentaires en français (un peu moins expéditifs :-) ainsi que les pochettes des disques mentionnés et des liens audio. Janvier ouvre le bal avec une sélection matinée de house moderne ou retro, electronica, italo-disco, dark-ambiant, dubstep, abstract techno et post-techno. C’est (re)parti ! Continue reading →
Everyone at the moment is thinking these are good things (the ability to make music so easily with a lot of virtual sources). Especially at the moment with labels disappearing and all of the people that once helped decide whether a record is coming out or not not—the label manager, the friend of the label, the designer—are going away. People are finding it easy to publish something without any controls. And this is the problem with the internet in general. There is so much information, and no one knows if it’s true or not. It’s just there. It’s an information monster.
There is a division between the rich and the poor. And these technologies are usually controlled by the people that have the ressources to fund them. The technologies which become obsolete are no longer useful for this powerful group, and eventually trickle down to what we see today. A lot of outdated military technology is now in use with the common people, the general public. Take a radar, for example, which was invented in the Second World War. Now you can use the same technology in your vehicule to ward off police.
You can find new uses for any kind of technology.
People are still using nets to catch fish, people are still using knives in the kitchen. And those technologies have been around for thousands of years. They don’t become obsolete, they become refined over time.
part of Dopplereffekt with Michaela To Nhan Le Thi,
interviewed in The Wire – October 2009
Dark star from the underground, ambiant / acid / delicate techno dreamer (and singer) Tin Man takes time to speak with Boing Poum Tchak! while he’s releasing his last and excellent 12″ : Cool waves EP, including the amazing song Constant confusion. Find out who really is behind the shadow, now. Continue reading →
Who could imagine that one of the best innovative house / detroit-house sound of the moment comes from East-Europe ? After Russian Anton Zap, let me introduce you Vakula, Ukrainian electronic artist who has signed some experimental warm & groovy underground-house tracks on Uzuri, then Quintessentials, Meakusma, before releasing a record on Firecracker in 2009. Find out more about him, his thoughts on electronic music in Ukraine while listening the mix he did for Boing Poum Tchak! with only unreleased material from him. Vashe zdo´rovye ! Continue reading →
Two years ago, during my trip, I drove into a small place named Putivl, near the town of Konotop. There I realized how much I love Ukraine. Too many things in this land about history, secret past… And I wanted to create national hero Vakula, as in the old Ukrainian fairy tales.
Before uploading the 11th Podcast Poum Tchak! in a few days (which will certainly be considered as one of the most interesting podcast of 2009 – only made with exclusive and unreleased material), it’s time to go back on the first ten mixes taken from the story of Boing Poum Tchak!.
Pure underground dj, music lover, and vinyl addict, Roger Reuter aka Roger23 is the first guest to play at our Party launched in Paris this month. Close friend of Swayzak (he travel a lot around the world with them), former record-shop co-owner, composer who has released eps for Playhouse, 240 volts, Meakusma, it’s a pleasure to introduce him if you don’t know this artist yet. Continue reading →
After a very short night in London for the definitive closing of The End, I was lost and tired in the middle of Soho. It was a regular Sunday afternoon, rainy, sad, and depressing. I was walking blindly along the streets when I suddenly met the doors of Phonica, one of the best record shop out there. My feet guided me to this place without even noticing it, the call of black gold is nowhere stronger than in the City !
The situation was perfect : a nice and warm place, a gentle staff, no other customers than me, my head fully stashed with the music of the night and a huge vinyl wall. A quick chat later I was able to go behind the desk and pick the records I wanted. At this exact time I decided to focus only on dubstep releases. I’m buying house and techno records everyday but to find interesting dubsteppin’ sounds in Belgium is another story. After all, I was in London and this genre is a speciality here ! You don’t go in a Japanese restaurant to eat some ratatouille… Continue reading →
After a long time of very little inspiration, I believe that there is some great records being made at the moment, a lot of them are reminiscent of old detroit techno, which is the style that first caught my attention a long time ago. I think it is a very healthy time for techno production, so buying records is getting easier again.
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