Category Archives: Electronic

NUEX: Billie Official Video

NUEX dropped the video for “Billie” today and it is a black and white production with a nostalgic feeling. Partners Camille and Teddy hang out in a dark basement as she sings about being a celebrity from the past as they share champagne. A birthday cake with five candles for “Billie” is on the table with and balloons little the floor. NUEX’s video manages to convey the same kind of intense emotion as the audio. The song is a look at the world of celebrity and the reference is to the late jazz singer Billie Holiday. They try to tap into Holiday’s suffering as a drug addict and an artist who sought the spotlight right up until her death handcuffed in a hospital bed. NUEX released their Affectus EP earlier this year in the spring. Read the interview with NUEX.  

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Watch: Jeff Mills Talk About The Roland TR-909

Watch Jeff Mills talk about Roland’s TR-909 drum machine and how he became acquainted with it. He plays with the machine and gives his insight into the future of electronic music. The tireless techno legend is touring as always and last year the Detroit native received the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French Minister of Culture Jack Lang. The video for the TR-909 is in conjunction with 909 Day (September 9th) and the full interview with Mills can be read over at Mixmag

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Moogfest 2018 (Photos)

Waajeed Photo Credit: Meg Cowan Courtesy of Moogfest

The annual Moogfest took place this past weekend in Durham, North Carolina. Every year synthesizer pioneer Bob Moog is celebrated with a series of performances and installations. Shabazz Palaces, Waajeed, Pete Rock, Kelela, Sassy Black,  and Jamila Woods were among the artists who gave performances. To find out about next year’s Moogfest go here

 

Waajeed Photo Credit: Gus Demarco Courtesy of Moogfest

 

Waajeed Photo Credit: Dennis Szerszen Courtesy of Moogfest

 

Jamila Woods Photo Credit: Brett Villena Courtesy of Moogfest

 

Jamila Woods Photo Credit: Brett Villena Courtesy of Moogfest

 

Jamila Woods Photo Credit: Meg Cowan Courtesy of Moogfest

 

Kelela Photo Credit: Brett Villena Courtesy of Moogfest

 

 

Kelela Photo Credit: Brett Villena Courtesy of Moogfest

 

Kelela Photo Credit: Brian Livingstone Courtesy of Moogfest

 

Pete Rock Photo Credit: Jake Thomas Courtesy of Moogfest

 

Pete Rock Photo Credit: Jake Thomas Courtesy of Moogfest

 

KRS-One Photo Credit: Brian Livingstone Courtesy of Moogfest

 

KRS-One Photo Credit: Brian Livingstone Courtesy of Moogfest

 

KRS-One Photo Credit: Brian Livingstone Courtesy of Moogfest

 

Shabazz Palaces Photo Credit: Carlos Gonzalez Courtesy of Moogfest

 

Shabazz Palaces Photo Credit: Carlos Gonzalez Courtesy of Moogfest

 

Shabazz Palaces Photo Credit: Carlos Gonzalez Courtesy of Moogfest

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Electronic Pop Duo NUEX Debut Eyes Single

Singer-songwriter Camille Michelle Gray and drummer Teddy Aitkins are D.C. pop duo NUEX. “Eyes” is their pulsating new single from the forthcoming Affectus EP. Their synth-heavy pop surfaced two years ago with the song “Lights Off.” Camille Michelle Gray says that “Eyes” was written for “An all-knowing consciousness like God with a specific person in mind and the exploration of her own dark God complex.” Affectus comes out May 25th. 

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Throwback: Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force- Planet Rock

 Afrika Bambaataa’s “Planet Rock” set the tone for electro, hip-hop, house and Detroit Techno. The Bronx DJ worked with keyboardist John Robie and producer Arthur Baker to make the song that gots its verve from Kraftwerk, George Clinton, Gary Numan and the Yellow Magic Orchestra. “Planet Rock” was a new kind of electronic funk that asserted the importance of the Roland TR-808 drum machine to pop culture. The machine would become central to the creation of countless records and subsequently owned the sound of modern pop. “Planet Rock” went platinum with little airplay and without crossover appeal. Thirty-six years later and the pulse of “Planet Rock” beats inside the culture even influencing the sound of trap music and mumble rap. The 2016 808 documentary was almost an exclusive tribute to “Planet Rock” with the original title coming from the song and remixes of it by contemporary artists used to promote the film. In 2013, Afrika Bambaataa’s record collection, papers, manuscripts, audio and video recordings became part of Cornell University’s Hip Hop Collection. 

 

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