Author Archive: Will Lynch

Luke Hess & Marko Fürstenberg, Campfire Dialogue

Illustration by Alvarejo [Echocord Colour] While no proper affiliation exists between Detroit’s Echospace and Denmark’s Echocord, there is certainly an interesting volley of ideas taking place between the two like-minded labels. Both champion a sonorous mid-tempo dub style, and, with the recent launch of the sub-label Echocord Colour, both please collectors with lush transparent records. […]

Little White Earbuds Reflects: Minitek

Photo by Viktor Sekularac LWE correspondent Will Lynch offers his take on the seemingly ill-fated Minitek festival: Had all gone according to plan, last weekend’s Minitek festival could have asserted that a passionate techno scene can exist in New York City. Instead, it was a sad reminder of how incompatible dance music events are with […]

Daze Maxim, One Million Shakers EP

[Hello? Repeat] As one of Hello? Repeat’s co-managers and frequent contributors, Marcus Manowski, (aka Daze Maxim) has shaped the label’s distinctive aesthetic since the beginning. As Heartz4, Manowksi kick-started Hello? Repeat on a gloomy note — some may remember “Intimacy Girl,” a classic example of the bad dream vibe that was in vogue in 2006. […]

Veinte Tres, Serpiente Cosmica

[REKIDS] In his recent slew of releases, Matt Edwards (aka Radio Slave) has focused rather exclusively on lengthy peak time killers. Over the years, he’s had so many pseudonyms and side projects that, as the bio on his website claims, “If Matt comes up with another two projects he’ll have enough alter egos for every […]

LWE 2Q Reports: Top 5 Live PAs

“Minimalism” by Noriko Ambe For our third report, LWE correspondent Will Lynch compiles his top five live PAs from the first half of 2008. One of dance music’s most unique features is the elasticity of the artist’s relationship with their own material. Plenty of producers never “play live” and use DJing as their exclusive means […]

Christian Burkhardt, Doubledub EP

Photo by hedgiecc [Raum…Musik] As a relatively fresh face in the German house and techno scene, Christian Burkhardt’s specialty seems to be the quirky, bad-ass strut. His tracks combine funky beats with misshapen vocals and trippy aural flourishes to create something as sinister as it is playful. And while “Doubledub EP” boasts pretty much the […]

Anton Zap, Anton Zap EP

[Underground Quality] Hot on the heels of his sophomore release, Russian house producer Anton Zap glows with potential. He made a splash last January with a split called “Real House Music…” on which he upstaged label boss Jus-Ed with a breezy, hummable track called “Captain Rush.” His self-titled solo EP, also released on Underground Quality, […]

Various Artists, Workshop 05

[Workshop] Since 2006, Workshop has released a new EP every six months or so. Sold and distributed by Hard Wax, each EP consists of three untitled tracks, sometimes all by the same artist and sometimes by a varied group. The quality of these releases has been consistently solid: Kassem Mosse’s “Workshop 03” had a stark […]

Mikael Stavöstrand, Dark Eyes Die A Little

[Lick My Deck] As a producer with roots in industrial music, Mikael Stavöstrand has a knack for negative aesthetics. His tracks are lean and mysterious, painting bleak landscapes by means of sinister bass lines, urgent beats and glistening found-sounds. Though Stavöstrand is impressively creative and capable as a solo artist, he reaches full potential when […]

Kreon, Gagnant EP

[Resopal Red] For the past two years, producer Markos Spanoudakis, aka Kreon, has forged a distinctive style for himself by melding the beats of house and the sounds of jazz — an experiment in musical alchemy yielding progressively stronger results with each release. His single “Shake n’ Make” was an easy favorite among DJs with […]