Electronic Beats, international music magazine from Germany, started a series asking musicians and other music people about their “Depeche Moment”. So we put together a summary of the features.
New Depeche Mode album “Delta Machine” is out now. Click here for the release feature.
owner of the label Monika Enterprises, producer of electronica, co-founder of the 1980s band Malaria!
member of avantgarde band Palais Schaumburg, remixed several Depeche Mode tracks
best known for his project alva noto, co-owner of the label Raster-Noton, member of Diamond Version. DV will support DM on tour in Eastern Europe
Kompakt artist, remixed Depeche Mode song “Peace”
founder of legendary label Mute, discovered Depeche Mode
Stefan Hantel aka Shantel
German DJ and producer, best known for his project Bucovina Club
German Dub producer, Mute artist and mastering engineer, remixed “Comatose” (unreleased)
music journalist & author of such books as “Retromania”, “Rip It Up and Start Again” and “Energy Flash”
Douglas J. McCarthy
frontman/lead singer of EBM legend Nitzer Ebb. former label mates and tour support of Depeche Mode. Douglas will also support DM on tour
man behind the project “Bomb The Bass”, producer of the DM album “Ultra” and remixer of several tracks
Carsten Nicolai aka Alva Noto
Daniel Miller’s label Mute
Douglas J. McCarthy
Tim Simenon aka Bomb The Bass
Black Acid (Remixes)
18th April 2013
vinyl & digital
(Alva Noto Remodel)
(Len Faki Re-Pressure)
(DJ Emerson & Angel Costa Remix)
Raw analogue alchemies delivered with all the sleek and polish of its black-on-black casing made Bryan Black’s EDLX debut last year as blackasteroid a truly memorable one, consolidating all of the Motor man’s proven Paisley Park-honed engineering capabilities into a succinct and forward-facing EP. Defined by its gritty textures, fizzy white noisemanipulations and a signature mechanical hum throughout, ‘Black Acid’ achieved a uniquely tactile sound quality, reaffirming Bryan Black as a formidable one to watch under his revised blackasteroid guise.
Recently Perc, Alva Noto, Len Faki, Angel Costa and DJ Emerson presented a series of pithy reinventions of the EP’s three lead tracks: “Black Acid”, “Hydrogen” and “Pressure”, turning in a thoroughly versatile remix package complete with fresh nuances ranging from peak time basement material to more pensive headphone moments. A recomposed body of original ‘Black Acid’ sonic material, once more sheathed in stunning minimalistic design—this time in reverse: white on white, with contrasting materials (matte laminate on the cover and a high gloss UV varnish in the detail) providing the sole differentiating factor.
This particularly considered art direction was the result of a creative collaboration between Bryan Black (a designer himself and responsible for the bulk of Motor’s artwork), Jochem Paap and EDLX designer Jan Willem van den Ban from Enchilada. Choosing to diversify from the usual colourfulness and moiré structures of EDLX, the monotone colour palette and minimal aesthetic sets these pieces apart as highly collectable art objects, meanwhile rendering the blackasteroid project in a very physical, very personal way—thoughtful design in both sleeve and sound.
In Jan Willem’s words: “To mimic the dark and powerful tracks with sounds emerging and submerging, the sleeveshows all the shades of black possible. The design of the ‘Remix EP’ has a similar visual parallel with the music; in the way the remixes are deconstructed and reassembled from the source material, the artwork reworks the same variables and puts them together in a different mixture. The result is a minimal and monolithic object, that reflects differently from every angle and forms a logical and rock solid pair of releases.
Full Track Streaming:
“Black Acid (Alva Noto Remodel)”
Video created by the29nov films.
ADE DJ set – Part 1
Electric Deluxe (vinyl)
Electric Deluxe (digital)
25th March 2013
(Thomas Hessler Reconstruction)
“Imago (Mørbeck Interpretation)”
Video created by the29nov films.
Traversable Wormhole Vol. 6 – 10
19th April 2013
CD (mixed) & digital
Negative Energy Density
Four Dimensional Manifold
Subliminal Warp Drive
The Wormhole Nexus
Traversable Wormhole returns to CLR after a huge success in the techno scene with the digital releases and remixes of volumes 1 – 5. The present offering on CLR contains all songs from volumes 6 – 10, originally released on 12“ vinyl only.
The first anonymously produced ink stamped vinyls under the mysterious guise Traversable Wormhole appeared in the global techno scene in spring of 2009. At this time nobody knew who was behind the project and the mystique continued to grow with each new record until volume 6, when Adam X finally revealed himself as the creator of the much hailed productions in a Resident Advisor interview in 2010.
One crucial anecdote which eventually led to the digital releases and the massive remix project on CLR took place at the Berghain club in Berlin, where Adam met Chris Liebing and asked him about some highly positive remarks he had made about the mysterious act on Twitter. Chris immediately guessed that Adam was the originator of those tracks and insisted until he actually had to admit it – making Chris one of the very first persons to know the key to the mystery. It´s quite significant that this conversation took place at the Berghain, as it was the club and its infamous residents that originally inspired Adam X to write this music.
The story of Traversable Wormhole is the remarkable story of a well-known artist who successfully bypassed all possible preconceptions by just bringing out the music he wanted to hear in his favourite club under a new and unknown moniker. The concept worked smoothly, as he had the complete scene stunned and wondering about the origin of this exiting sound from day one. He had instantly convinced everybody with innovation and quality, even those who might not have given him as the artist Adam X a proper chance at this very moment. It´s simply one of those stories of doing the right thing, the right way, at the right time.
Needless to say that the quality of the tracks continued to be consistently excellent and the genre-crossing mix of straight-up, post-modern techno and industrial music beyond trends and hypes works just as well in the present volumes 6 – 10 as it did in the volumes 1 – 5. Stripped-down, sci-fi laden productions with unconventional beat structures, bass, rhythm and noise – a formula that has in one way or the other always been the essence of Adam X´s artistic output.
The latest endeavors from Traversable Wormhole will now be available for the first time on digital format. Included in this digital foray of sound will be a full length CD of all the latest TW songs mixed by Adam X. CLR is very exited to present you this new chapter of one of the most striking tales in the recent history of techno.
Adam X – “Inciting Mix”
ADMX-71 – “Second System”