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- 088 Balcazar & Sordo
    Next up in our illustrious podcast series are Balcazar & Sordo, two long time Mexican friends who spent years DJing and producing solo before finally hooking up. When they did, magic seemed to happen and soon top labels came calling and top DJs were playing their tracks.
Renato Ratier – Black Belt, The Remixes Vol.1 on D-Edge Records

 

    As well as Brazil being one of the world’s fastest emerging economies, so too is it one of the electronic world’s most quickly developing territories.  Playing no small part in this development is the D Edge club run by Renato Ratier, who is also the place’s assured resident DJ. So too does his output as a producer form the backbone of the club’s eponymously entitled label.   Last year he offered up his debut full-length album, Black Belt, which was a fine genre work, offering up funky disco, deep house and plenty of club ready grooves with sufficient charm as to stand out from the crowd. Now, the label and producer have hand picked 10 producers to rework tracks from the album, and all bases are covered from UK tech to deeper Berlin house with plenty in between. 
Mutek 2014

    Mutek is not Movement in Montreal. Nor is it Coachella in Canada. In fact, it’s unlike any other festival you know. So too is Montreal unlike any other American city you will have been to, actually. It’s unmistakably European in feel and all but detached from the rest of Canada (except in governmental terms) thanks to the French beaver hunters of the 17th century who claimed it as their own fur-trading post.   Each year the city’s various venues – from a vast gothic church to a multi-functional event and recording space The Phi Centre via a huge old theatre and plenty of outdoor stages, lecture halls and much more – all get taken over by Mutek’s forward thinking programming. As well as music there are a series of discussion sessions, panels, and workshops centered on artists, technology and media.
Mix of the Week: David August

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Success, though a subjective matter, is sometimes based on talent, sometimes luck, and in rare cases, sometimes both.  For Hamburg's David August, it's safe to say he's fared well with both talent and luck on his side. A pianist since age 5, David excelled at his craft for years before entering the DJ realm at age 15. By 17,  David had already shared the booth with notable acts during his residencies and soon began releasing his first productions via Stil Vor Talent.

Today, the 22 year old Diynamic rising star continues to impress fans around the world in the studio with his latest release, Epikur, and on stage with recent gigs in Miami, Israel, Netherlands, Paris, Mexico and Argentina--and that was just in the month of March. In the midst of all this, David also recently released a new mix for Innervisions' podcast series. Recorded live, the mix includes the likes of Riperton, Boards of Canada, Curtis Mayfield, Flying Lotus and, of course, some of David's own work. In just under an hour, David directs us on a short but special traverse through his musical style and influences.