We had serious #FOMO this weekend as Loop Berlin, fast becoming the most cutting-edge music festival in the entire world, took place at the Funkhaus Berlin. Without our superstar intern Katharine to write about it, we’ve selected some of our favorite posts from the weekend.
Honored guest and new music pioneer Goldie had some interesting quips about the democratization of electronic music:
A lot of my drums are just people picking up new ammo and weapons in games. — Burial
Mixmag goes underground with our friends Ikonika, Tokimonsta, and–well, maybe someday–Burial in a grand expose on video game music’s influence on the latest sounds.
Rustie is another artist who flipped perceptions of dance music on their head and ushered in a new generation of producers with his 2011 record ‘Glass Swords’ arriving stylistically similar to, and packed full of hyperactive noises from games such as Zelda.
Of course, Mmmmaven’s five-year mission is to support the unification of music and technology, and articles like this make every sense in the world.
Just take this quote from Make It New alum Ikonika: “My life feels more like a game than a movie. Music is the biggest game I’m playing.”
At the beating heart of the Rush Hour empire, a Dutch institution that includes a distribution network and a record label but, first and most importantly, as a record store.
Rush Hour Records was founded with an incontrovertible love of new music, of all genres, and of all types. And now, after booking artist after artist that was inspired by, or signed to, or distributed by, the Rush Hour network we finally get to celebrate with its co-founder and leader. (See his recent feature at Resident Advisor, called “The Art of the DJ“)
We’ve said this before but this time we mean it: Expect the unexpected.
One look at his SoundCloud will show you why: South African Jazz, Brazil, African Cut-Up, Suriname Disco, Turkish Psych…