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Blawan’s Wet Will Always Dry Is Modern Techno at Its Sharpest

If you’re not a dance-club habitué, you’ll be forgiven for taking Blawan’s Wet Will Always Dry for regulation late-2010s techno. From its maker’s background (a…
Michaelangelo Matos / June 25, 2018

Marshmello Is EDM’s Masked Hero

At 10:15 p.m. on the first Friday night of December, the line for the Skyway Theater in downtown Minneapolis is wrapped around the block. That’s…
Michaelangelo Matos / December 27, 2016

Remembering David Mancuso, New York Disco Pioneer and Founder of the Loft

In late 1972, a hippie native New Yorker named David Mancuso went to a Jamiacan record store in Brooklyn and found a single he liked…
Michaelangelo Matos / November 16, 2016

‘It’s Not Easy’: How Guy Gerber Charms His Way Through Laptop Woes and Ibiza Party Shutdowns

"Good morning!" says Guy Gerber with a big smile. It's 5 p.m. "You're looking cheerful!" He’s kidding. The two people on staff at…
Michaelangelo Matos / October 30, 2015

We Major: How the Record Business Finally Learned to Sell EDM

In the United States, electronic dance music is known for selling three things: tickets, drinks, and black-market goods. And with the gold rush of the…
Michaelangelo Matos / February 13, 2014

Zomby, ‘With Love’ (4AD)

Though it's cuter than a Guy Fawkes mask how hard Zomby works at being an enigma (electronic music apparently didn't have enough of those lying…
Michaelangelo Matos / June 18, 2013

Discovery: The Oral History of Daft Punk’s First American Show

On Memorial Day weekend, 1996, electronic music history was made on a muddy, rain-soaked Wisconsin campground. Two young humans known together as Daft Punk —…
Michaelangelo Matos / May 13, 2013

Fitz and the Tantrums, ‘More Than Just a Dream’ (Elektra)

When Fitz and the Tantrums' debut, Pickin' Up the Pieces, came out in 2010, it was easy to find them a little ersatz. They were…
Michaelangelo Matos / May 7, 2013

DJ Koze, ‘Amygdala’ (Pampa)

Stefan Kozalla, the Frankfurt minimal-techno producer known as DJ Koze, has been the most creatively restless dance musician of the past decade, and perhaps the…
Michaelangelo Matos / February 27, 2013

Daphni, ‘Jiaolong’ (Merge)

"Retro" is easy. In dance music, producers with the right sample packs and presets — and DJs with the right records — can all do…
Michaelangelo Matos / October 10, 2012

Cooly G, ‘Playin Me’ (Hyperdub)

Merissa Campbell, the London dance producer who records as Cooly G, debuted three years ago with a 12-inch ("Narst" b/w "Love Dub") on Hyperdub, the…
Michaelangelo Matos / August 5, 2012

Lindstrom, ‘Six Cups of Rebel’ (Smalltown Supersound)

"In Norway, there was no 'disco sucks' campaign," Norwegian cosmic-disco producer Hans-Peter Lindstrøm told the Daily last year. If that's the reason he makes the…
Michaelangelo Matos / February 22, 2012

Crystal Castles and the Rapture Set NYC Firehouse Ablaze at SPIN CMJ Party

Nobody in the audience wore sunglasses at SPIN's Flip Out showcase at CMJ on Saturday, but they didn't need to. The event at lower Manhattan's…
Michaelangelo Matos / October 24, 2011

Sage Francis, ‘Human the Death Dance’ (Anti-/ Epitaph)

"This is hip-hop for the people," says Sage Francis early on his fourth album. "Stop calling it emo." Stop bellyaching and maybe we will. Francis'
Michaelangelo Matos / January 18, 2008

Underworld, ‘Oblivion With Bells’ (Side One)

If 2002's A Hundred Days Off proved that Underworld's Karl Hyde and Rick Smith could scale sonic skyscrapers without former bandmate and DJ Darren Emerson,…
Michaelangelo Matos / November 26, 2007

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