[En] C-Beams live at Cookies (Sept. 2011 / Berlin)

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. Continue reading

[En] I dream of wires (documentary)

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.

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCyiDaM3boc]

Now to complete the project, they need to find 30,000 $ (about 22,000 €). A good idea to rise money on interesting (and big) projects is to ask people to participate through funding platforms like Kickstarter or IndieGoGo. And it’s on IndieGoGo, that director of I dream of wires Robert Fantinatto has decided to ask for help.

It’s very interesting because this is not charity. You invest money (in hope the project works), but it is seen more as a “pre-order” thing. For example if you give 25 $, you’ll received a copy of the DVD when it will be released (incl. international postage). Then you have more “packages”, and more you give money, more you’ll received stuff : extra bonus like stickers, cds, t-shirts, limited box-set, your “executive producer screen credit”, etc.

So, if you are interested in the project like me, please make a “pre-order donation”. Honestly, I’ve sent 25 $ (about 18 €) to get a copy of this DVD when it’s out, because it’s a nice project, and also cause I’m a fan of big buttons, weird machines, strange bleeps and noises, and people who spend crazy money on them to tweek and plug them for hours and hours. It deserves the support of the electronic music lovers / community !

All the informations about I dream of wires and how to contribute are :

http://www.indiegogo.com/I-Dream-of-Wires

Thanks.

[En] ITW with Shifted (mote-evolver / syndrome z / avian)

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

[En] Eli Verveine’s BPTchak! mix top charted

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“.

In their LWE’s Top 10 Downloads (From the Second Half) of 2010

[En + Fr] Selected news from the Facebook page

Do you want to get daily news from the electronic jungle like theses ones below ? So, check this page out and keep you up to date ! (Ça marche aussi en français !) Continue reading

[En] Interview : Jason Fine (kontra musik / FXHE)

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

[En + Fr] Microniks – Feb. 2010

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Nouvelle cargaison mensuelle de b² (beats & bits) orientée techno, electronica, ambiant, K7 et RSS. Go !
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[En + Fr] Microniks – Jan. 2010

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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

[En] Quote of the day : Ricardo Villalobos

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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.

Ricardo Villalobos,
on Resident Advisor

[En] Quote of the day : Dopplereffekt

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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.

Gerald Donald,
part of Dopplereffekt with Michaela To Nhan Le Thi,
interviewed in The Wire – October 2009

[En] Interview : Vakula (Uzuri / Quintessentials / Meakusma / Firecracker)

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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

[En] Interview : Roger23 (Playhouse / 240 volts / Swayzak Soundsystem / Meakusma)

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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

[En] Playlist Poum Tchak! – Feb. 09

Wake up and check out some of our favorite tracks and ep’s of the moment, playlisted for everybody with love !! By Pierre-Nicolas, Nicolas, and Jean-Baptiste. Continue reading

[En] Fast “dubstep” tracks

2562…..favela…..Stanton Warriors…..Foreign

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

[En] Tactile Soul [bptchk! 008] + Interview

Tactile Soul

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.

Tactile Soul

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[En] Nicolas / Boing Poum Tchak! [bptchk! 007]

Nicolas mix

2008 is over and it was time for me to podcast the tracks I liked and played the most during the year. From jazzy house to more techy groove, in no way we can say electronic music was dead. The idea was to sum up a longer gig in a 90 minutes podcast. A deep intro building slowly into peak time house before a kind of breathing (Way Out West – Spaceman), to then going up again on more uplifting sound. In a nutshell, don’t expect a standard boring 4/4 dj mix, life is about vibes and contrasts, so is music !

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[Fr] Boing Poum Tchak! présente Meakusma (label / évènements)

Meakusma

Samedi 13 décembre aura lieu à Bruxelles une énorme soirée organisée par l’association Meakusma qui regroupe passionnés de musiques électroniques, défricheurs de haut-vol et djs. Petite présentation de leur festival, ainsi que de leur jeune label qui vient de sortir trois mini-compilations sur lesquelles on retrouve Roger 23, Even Tuell, Vakula, Terrence Dixon ou encore Move D & Benjamin Brunn. Continue reading

[En] Dinky talks about her worst concert ever on XLR8R magazine

dinky by lars borges

Chilean berlin-based dj and producer Dinky talks to XLR8R magazine, and told her worst live show experience. But be careful ! Don’t read this if you are a sensible vinyl collector :-).

Worst live show experience?

I was lucky with my live sets, but as a DJ I had a couple of bad [incidents] the first time I was booked abroad in the Dominican Republic, in 1998. It was my second gig and my records were full of dust after the first [set] at the beach. I asked someone if they had window cleaner fluid to clean my records (which works wonders, by the way). They told me, ‘don’t worry, go get ready and we will clean the records for you.’ Instead of cleaning them with normal window fluid–which is not abrasive–they found an abrasive foam which destroyed 70 percent of my records!

I didn’t realize [this] until I started playing. There was no groove left on any of them and they all were sliding off the needle, making this horrible sound. I had to stop after 10 minutes and didn’t get paid. I was more devastated because of the loss of some really good gems than I was from the gig or the money.

Read the whole interview here

[En] Interview : Arne Weinberg

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Arne Weinberg is that kind of artists who prefer developing their own melodic retro-techno sound, rather than following any trends. Since 2001, he has released his music on labels like Styrax, Matrix, Echocord Colour, Down Low Music, and AW, his own label. Here, he explains the philosophy of his music, why he decided to move from Germany to Glasgow, and if one day, neo-detroit techno could become the next hype. Continue reading

[En] Grit delivers his first ep for free (deep / dub-techno)

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Dub-Techno newcomer Grit is giving for free his first ep on the Italian Rohs! netlabel. After releasing tracks for Cism and the defunct Pronounce, and before a cd on Quantec’s label (Shoreless) this artist from London presents 5 cool deep dub-techno ambiant tracks you can download here.

Best tracks : Deimos & Sanctuary (For Sen)

Deimos

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Grit’s myspace page

[En] David Brown @ Social club (videos)

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Yesterday there was a !K7 night at the Social club in Paris, with David Brown from Swayzak, Joakim, and Ed Isar (from Get the curse for the warm-up). Here on Boing Poum Tchak! you know, dear readers, that we have a special affection for Swayzak, and we could not forget to take the cam recorder to bring you some tasty moments of David’s set. It’s just about two videos and 30 minutes of really cool sound. Check this out ! Continue reading

[En] Interview : Marcel Dettmann (berghain club / ostgut töntrager / mdr / berlin)

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You can’t speak about the Techno sound of 2008 without mentioning berliner Marcel Dettmann and his purist, strong and open-minded approach. Dj, producer, remixer for Ellen Allien, Deetron, Len Faki, Modeselektor, seller in the famous Hardwax record-shop, he has released a modern, solid and fresh techno mix on the OstGut Ton label, related with the Berghain club where he’s resident since its openning in 2004. With no doubt, one of the most important personality of the scene this year. Continue reading

[En] Interview : Break SL (philpot)

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2 is a good number for german newcomer Sebastian Lohse aka Break SL. He’s only 22, and has released 2 12″ on Philpot, which have both received nice reviews and feedbacks. Sebastian is also Dj, and after having cooked a delicious slow deep&groovy house mix for Boing Poum Tchak!, it’s time to know a bit more about him and his debut album planned in 2009. Continue reading

[En] Guest mix : Break SL (philpot) [bptchk! 005]

break sl philpot

Even if this word is overused nowadays, I would call my sound “deep”. As dj I like playing slow, I always try to make a journey with the audience, so I play Techno-House from Detroit to Chicago, Disco, Jazz, Dub and Hip-Hop. It always depends on the situation and the audience… But I always try to transfer the soul and the energy of this wonderful music.

Break SL

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[En] Aphex Twin – Dj set + Videos @ Coachella 08

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Aphex Twin in the light ? Playing a track of Gregor Tresher ? Posing with people who are taking pictures ? Well ! This is the magic of the Coachella festival in California. The Mozart of electronic music has played a dj set (from Run DMC, LFO, Public Enemy to Hardcore and Drill’n’bass records), there in April 2008. A great time from one of the most secret artist on the planet. Continue reading

[En+Fr] Blind Test 01

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Ten 30-seconds snippets / Dix extraits audio de 30 secondes / Nothing to win but nothing to lose / Il n’y a rien à gagner, mais rien à perdre non plus / Strong knowledges about electronic music ? You sure ? / Votre culture musicale, elle en est où ? / For the first time Boing Poum Tchak! has decided to test you ! Ready ? / Prêt à tester vos connaissances musicales sur un mode électronique ? / Ok go ! Continue reading

[En] Free / Isolée / Quality / Osborne / Music / Weigl / Enjoy / Havantepe / Tchak! / Bednarczyk

Oil costs more money than before, and prices for a lot of things are increasing. How to do when you like good electronic music, but can’t pay for getting it ? Don’t be desperate, there is a solution : Boing Poum Tchak! gives you good tips to download quality stuff for free, and legally of course. Continue reading

[En] Guest mix : Quarion (drumpoet community) [bptchk! 004]

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I selected my current favourites as well as a couple of personal classics. And I also had received some new fresh tunes from friends that I wanted to play. I’m always trying out an order before I record a mix, but then I just let it flow and improvise the selection while I’m DJing…

Quarion

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[En] Interview : Quarion (drumpoet community)

quarion drumpoet community

One day before listening the exclusive mix swiss Quarion made for Boing Poum Tchak! let’s try to know more about one of most interesting artists of the new deep-house scene. After sweet remixes for Jamie Lloyd (“May I ?”), Agnès and some Ep’s for Drumpoet Community, he’s simultaneously releasing a new 12″ entitled “The workout” and a remix on Four:Twenty. And it’s just the beginning… Continue reading

[En] Special announcement

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Hello everybody ! This is a personnal message to tell you that Boing Poum Tchak! has its own group on Facebook now :

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=24120361340&ref=mf

And of course you can always stay in touch through :

Myspace :
http://www.myspace.com/boingpoumtchakwebzine

Feed RSS :
http://feeds.feedburner.com/boing_poum_tchak

By e-mail (weekly newsletter / only used by Boing Poum Tchak!) :
http://www.boingpoumtchak.com/newsletter

Have a good sunday !

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[En] Severence radio mix

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Severence is one of the newcomers of the new ambiant/deep/dub techno scene. For the moment he has released only one track on the Quantec’s imprint Shoreless, but we are already looking for more music from this 30 year old spanish guy. Sometimes he plays records for some radios in Spain and on Internet. His last mix is about 100 minutes of good waves featuring great artists and labels like Styrax, Echospace, Bvdub, Quantec, Echocord, Sven Weisemann, Atheus, Kit Clayton, Havantepe… Continue reading

[En] Interview – Anders Ilar (shitkatapult / level / narita / Sweden)

Anders Ilar

“Beautiful atmospheres between deep techno and electronica-IDM, dreams and nightmares, ecology and technology“. It’s quite a good start to try to describe the sound of one of the most brilliant electronic music composer who comes out of the shadows for this interview on Boing Poum Tchak!. With Sworn and Melt, his two new albums released simultaneously, swedish artist Anders Ilar grows up once more in the deep hearts of electronic music lovers, and here, he helps us to find out some clues to elucidate his emotional but not always easy-to-access music. Continue reading

[En] Interview – David Brown (Swayzak / 240 volts / !K7 / Serieculture)

David Brown Swayzak 240 Volts Serieculture !K7

David Brown is one of the two guys (with James Taylor) who’s running Swayzak since ten years now. After fantastic albums as the incredible minimal dubby tech-house Snowboarding in argentina (1998), the 80’s vocal-pop Himawari (2000), the big electroclashed Dirty dancing (in tribute to Patrick Swayze’s Dirty Dancing movie ;-), and the last one Some other country, David Brown is launching a new label with the dj and friend Roger 23 named Serieculture. We know all that the Swayzak’s lives are always amazing and improvised, but we know less about the dj-side, even if they have released two fantastic cd-mixes for Fabric and Goovetechnology in the past few years. So, here we go for a dj interview. Continue reading

[En] Interview : Orphanear records (Pawel / Turner’s label)

Orphanear records / Pawel / Turner’

Paul Kominek is one of the three founders of the highly respected Dial records. You probably have let your mind waking on his romantic and intimate music, recorded under his Pawel and Turner monikers. During the summer 2007, he has launched his own label named Orphanear. After only three releases, and many good feedbacks from dj’s like Laurent Garnier, Chloé, Josh Wink, he tells for Boing Poum Tchak! the story of this young label and announces the forthcoming new artist on Orphanear, the talented and mysterious Christian Löffler…

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[En] Interview : Bvdub (quietus recordings / styrax)

Brock Van Wey alias Bvdub has launched in december 2007 a very intimate label about ambiant and deep mind elevations. Based in San Francisco, Quietus only delivers 100 hand-made cd-r copies for each releases, including artists like Brock himself, Quantec and Remote_. A very talented crew who has already signed amazing stuff for the highly respected Styrax label. Here, Brock talks about his music, the story of Quietus and its releases, the mp3 vs the cd-r distribution, why it’s so important for him to produce hand-made cd-r’s, and the unexpected reactions of the listeners of Quietus. Far away from the techno (or the “minimal”) star-system, all the things you are going to read tends to suggest this guy is just a true music-lover. Continue reading

[En] 4 records from netlabels

4 records 4 free

Welcome to the jungle of the netlabels ! Damned, there are too many ! The fact is, that’s so easy now to buy or use cracked softwares, play some shits in few minutes that make you think you are the new Radioslave, and less than one hour for uploading your crappy “work” into the world’s face. That’s the problem with 98 % of the netlabels nowadays. And it’s discouraging people who only want to find good vibes. It’s the Youtube generation, where everybody can make anything (interesting or not), and upload it to tell to the world “hey look at my dumbass face, dude”. Everybody wants (to be) a piece of this globalized cake… Continue reading

[En] Interview : Newworldaquarium (NWAQ / delsin)

The guy you’re watching overhead with the strange mexican hat is Jochem Peteri, well known for the international electronic scene under Newworldaquarium. Liked for his unexpected slow-dance groovy tracks, after released 12″ for planet e, peacefrog, or delsin, he plans to release in March the cd version (with bonus tracks) of the acclaimed vinyl-album “The dead bears” few months ago. Let’s try to uncover the secrets of a very talented but so discreet artist from Amsterdam. Our ears are wild open… Continue reading

[En] The Tuss – Rushup I bank 12 video (rephlex)

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The music of this video clip is taken from one of the best – and mysterious – album of 2007 : Rushup edge by The Tuss on the rephlex label. A lot of words have been written about the identity of The Tuss. First, everybody thought The Tuss was Brian Tregaskin, a never-heard-about-him guy, new gifted composer on the prestigious rephlex roster. Maybe too much talented… Continue reading