News Month: May 2011

British producer and dj Paul Woolford hails from Leeds in England and was deeply influenced by attending Back to Basics, the legendary club promoted by the larger than life Dave Beer. Eventually he became a resident at the club and that’s where Woolford honed his skills on the decks. He also started to tackle production, putting out tracks in 1999 with his friend, Tony Senghore. Move on twelve years and Woolford’s name is synonymous with intense electronic workouts that leave dancefloors across the world devastated and drenched in sweat.

He tours the world constantly and has released his music on a host of the best labels in the house and techno world, such as Cocoon, Poker Flat, 20:20 Vision, Planet E, Junior Boy’s Own and Subliminal. On top of this his remixes are also held in high regard, and artists like Gui Boratto, … Read more ›

Maceo Plex is another pseudonym for Eric Estornel, who is already well known as Maetrik, a name that he has been using to release music on Treibstoff,  Sven Vath’s Cocoon Recordings imprint, Morris Audio and Von Stroke’s Mothership label, for the last ten years. Whereas Maetrik is devoted to spaced out techno, Maceo Plex is all about house, but house with a dark, funky edge. Estornel, a Cuban-American, is now based in Barcelona, Spain and has been extremely busy since he dropped his first release as Maetrik on Treibstoff in 2001, releasing somewhere in the region of 40 singles and two albums so far.

As Maceo Plex he has dropped one album, Life Index, which came out on Crosstown Rebels this year. He has also released two singles on the label, 2010’s “Vibe Your Love,” and “Your Style,” from earlier this year. He will … Read more ›

That headline sounds like a description of being stuck in bed with the flu, but fear not brave PW blog readers that is not what it is about at all. It is about the British artist, Scratcha DVA, one of the most prolific UK dance music artists at the moment, who will be gracing an Icee Hot line-up on Sunday, May 29th that also features Anthony Shakir and Creep. Scratcha DVA, or just DVA, has been around for a  while, getting his start in the early 2000s in the grime scene with the likes of Wiley. In the last few years, however, he has been a mainstay of what is now known as UK funky. This style of music, if you want to be technical, is a fusion of straight-up American-style house and 2-step garage with other bits thrown in there too, although Roska, one … Read more ›

Anthony Shakir, often known as ‘Shake,’ is a Detroit techno artist who you might not be as familiar with as the Belleville Three (Atkins, Saunderson and May) or Carl Craig, but his contribution to that city’s distinctive techno sound is undeniable. Shakir also has the distinction of having been a bedroom producer for years before the first wave of Motor City techno hit the UK and mainland Europe with a colossal force.

His first solo track was “Sequence 10” as Shakir on the famous 1988 UK-pressed compilation, “Techno! The Dance Sound of Detroit.” This was the collection that gave techno its genre name; Juan Atkins’ track “Techno Music” was used by the compiler Neil Rushton (Northern Soul nut and head of cult British label, Kool Kat Music, later known as Network) to define this alien funk music from Detroit, and to … Read more ›

Martyn, the D.C. based, Dutch, bass music innovator will be rocking the Works’ main floor tonight alongside Scuba. Like Scuba, this European producer has taken dubstep out of its recent teenage doom period and into a more forward-looking and varied direction. He also runs his own 3024 label, which has put out releases by 2562, Illum Sphere, Julio Bashmore and Addison Groove.

He kicked off his career in 2005 with excellent releases on respected dubstep/bass labels like Marcus Intalex’s Revolve:r imprint and the Play:musik label. By 2007 he had four releases on Revolve:r and had established his 3024 label, which features iconic artwork by European artist, Erosie. By 2008 he was remixing fellow bassmonauts like Flying Lotus and 2562 and in 2010 achieved the distinction of being asked to mix Fabric’s 50th release in their mix series. And it doesn’t stop there, … Read more ›

Paul Rose, AKA Scuba and SCB, is pushing dubstep/UK garage in directions in which it really needs to go. Instead of it being a noise for angry, adolescent boys Scuba steers it toward textures and rhythms derived from techno, electronica/IDM and deep house. This is reflected in his own music and that of the music he releases on his Hotflush label, home to artists like Mount Kimbie (whose performance on our second night was sublime), Boxcutter, and SF’s own Lando Kal.

This approach, to what the prolific English music writer Simon Reynolds calls “the hardcore continuum” (i.e. the strands of music that have evolved from hardcore breakbeat jungle), takes UK bass music into a post-dubstep phase, a place where the influence and importance of 2-step garage, techno and house are re-assessed, reformulated and put into play. In this musical context, fusion and progress … Read more ›

One of the aspects of modern dance music that leaves some people frustrated is how generic many dance music events are. At the Works we embrace the eclectic, whether it is in relation to music or the good folks that come through our door.

This month we have two amazing shows that highlight this passion for variety. On the 20th Public Works, in conjunction with As You Like It, brings us a stacked bill of extremely forward-looking electronic music in the shape of Berlin-based, British dubstep and techno producer and label owner, Scuba (he produces techno under the SCB monicker), and Dutch, Washington, DC-based dubstep producer, Martyn.  Both of these men have pushed their chosen genre, away from its cliched, wobble realm, in the direction of a sleeker, more techno-oriented sound that also nods to UK garage and deep house. Also on the bill is Turkish-born and NY … Read more ›