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Schlampen und Elfen!

Musik | Toms plattencheck

Neues vom Gipfeltreffen deutscher Gitarrenpop-Produzenten und akustische Souvenirs einer Island-Reisenden. Von TOM ASAM

Bittles' Magazine

What to listen to, if you’re too intelligent for Jay-Z

Bittles‘ Magazine

Those fallow months of June and July have, over time, become notorious for their lack of key musical releases. It seems that with the onset of the holiday and festival season, record companies are wary of the fact that most people are saving up for overpriced drinks in Ibiza or a muddy field. In light of this most artists seem content to hold their albums back until late August or September in the knowledge that by then we’ll all be sunburnt and craving new sounds. For the music lover though it can make finding new releases during this time a futile and exasperating experience. For example new albums by Jay-Z, Robin Thicke, and Editors are massive right now even though they have the musical merit of a disgruntled toad. There are some gems out there to be found though, for instance… By JOHN BITTLES

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Kopflos

Musik | Toms Plattencheck


Twelve reasons to die ist das aktuelle Soloalbum des langjährigen Wu Tang Clan Members Gostface Killah.

A Brief Chat with Ikonika

Bittles‘ Magazine

To end our epic trilogy of interviews we have the extremely talented and funky Ikonika. Now, you know when lazy journalists are writing about female producers they always point out their gender and how hard it is for a woman to succeed in a male-dominated industry? Then when you’ve finished reading the article you find out they haven’t once bothered to mention the actual music? Luckily Ikonika has never had this problem for one simple reason, which is that her music is so good that you simply have to talk about it, discuss it, and show it off to all of your friends. By JOHN BITTLES

In Praise of Good Speakers: An Interview with Mike Paradinas

Bittles‘ Magazine | Interview

I first stumbled upon the twisted world of Mike Paradinas in 1994 through his remix EP of indie heroes The Auteurs. Across forty odd minutes of sonic experimentation he chewed up the original tracks and added huge layers of distortion until what remained was something of a truly mind-expanding listen. Yet just when it would seem that the tracks were too fucked up for comfort and your ears would start to complain, the music would suddenly break into a heartbreaking melody, or a moment of magnificent beauty that lifted the entire project to epic heights. By JOHN BITTLES

Dinky

House Music With vocals? Oh, Go On Then!

Bittles‘ Magazine | Interview

Dinky, real name Alejandra Iglesias, has over the years, produced some of the most sensual and exciting house music around. Releases on Cocoon, Truam, Crosstown Rebels and Wagon Repair have moved clubbers everywhere with their lush tech-house grooves. Single Acid In My Fridge thrust her into the limelight in 2005, and since then each release has been eagerly anticipated by an ever growing batch of clued-up listeners who have fallen for Dinky‘s versatile and ever-shifting sound. Previous albums May Be Later, Anemik and Black Cabaret were all strong records that somehow managed that tricky task of working as club music just as well as for listening at home. By JOHN BITTLES

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Im Westen nichts Neues

Musik | Toms Plattencheck

Das aus Peter Hoppe und Bernd Batke bestehende Produzentenduo Slackwax kann man getrost als professionell bezeichnen. Vor allem, was die Vermarktung anbelangt.

Bittles' Magazine

Do You Have Love For Humankind?

Bittles‘ Magazine

You know the way it’s fashionable right now for bands and female singer-songwriters to market themselves as ›delightfully kooky‹? They’re all »look at me. I have flowers in my hair! Aren’t I crazy?« I will not name and shame right now, yet when you listen to their songs you can’t help but think that the plan was »Ok. So, my music is pretty derivative and weak. But if I act like I am awfully quirky then maybe people won’t realise just how bland I really am«. Somehow the eccentricity of these bands is always safe and insipid while they create the type of music that is usually so banal they are the aural equivalent of daytime TV. By JOHN BITTLES

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