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Music, BeatBox Identity Festival: Show Preview

Identity Festival: Show Preview

Ask a friend for their favorite 16 bars, and if they answer with a house rhythm and not a pub crawl, then the Identity Festival will likely be their jam. Take an amphitheater, put a couple extra stages in the…
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Music, BeatBox Show preview: Nôze

Show preview: Nôze

Parisian electronic duo Nôze (Ezechiel Pailhes and Nicolas Sfintescu) started out a few years back, releasing singles and EPs with French titles such as "Danse Avec Moi" and "Souffle." But more recent offerings have been in cheeky English — see,…
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Music, BeatBox

Berlin Beats

Certain members of the Berlin-based Get Physical label — i.e., DJ/production duo and label cofounders M.A.N.D.Y. — opt for a regimented physicality leading to chiseled beats with a hint of camp. Bass hooks and breakdowns anchor their singles of oneiric…
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Music, BeatBox Shake to the Booka Shade

Shake to the Booka Shade

German duo Booka Shade pushes a couple rain clouds over nu-rave's sunshine. As integral members of the Berlin-based electro-house label Get Physical, Walter Merziger and Arno Kammermeier deliver noirish sheets of cascading synths broken intermittently by gently lilting swoons. The…
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Music, BeatBox Let's get Physical; hip-hop you can cuddle

Let's get Physical; hip-hop you can cuddle

Quannum Projects has always had a helluva ear for dope hip-hop — but with its genre expansion of the last few years, the organization has also shown a breadth of scope that few indie labels can match. Two of its…
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