Primitive Sci-Fi

Primitive Sci-Fi: Untitled (Unestablished Moves)

The first thing you noticed were the words "Chicago" and "Detroit" becoming adjectives rather than nouns. A Chicago Sound, A Detroit Sound - you can find a hundred tracks released each day described as...
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The Measure of a Man: Robert Hood’s M-Print

Jeff Mills has had a hand in far more labels than Axis, Purpose Maker and the other imprints he has his name on. His was the invisible hand that guided Tresor and corrected its...
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Chicago’s Tied Collective Launches New Label with Memo Boys EP

Made in Chicago like God intended and on vinyl for the pleasure of man, Tied001 is, as you might reckon, the debut release from the Chicago artist collective and party people Tied, who in...

Area: Youth EP

Sometimes I love living in this cold and heartless meatgrinder of a city. Nowhere else in the world could I pick up a record outside of my own private free speech zone, fall in...

Dave Pezzner: The 5 Magazine Interview

Tagged as a newcomer the electronic dance community, Seattle's Dave Pezzner proves to be everything but "green" to the dance scene.
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Kim Kemi: Dark Moon EP

Darek is one of these outlier labels that gets me really excited, and Kim Kemi's entire Dark Moon EP is worth getting excited about.
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KiNK: Playground

No sluggish soundsculpting or shoegaze-with-drum-machines for KiNK, who stays on the cutting edge without recycling old tropes, and whose experimental tracks are made with such joy.

#ListenUp: DJ 3000 Keeps Detroit Swinging on Sofra

Listen to SOFRA, the title track of DJ 3000's new EP dropping this week on Motech.

Ron S.: Blackjack EP on Anode Records

Reminiscent of the dreamy aggression of latter-day Robert Hood, Ron S.'s "Blackjack" is hypnotic in your earphones and devastating in effect.
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Innerspace Halflife: Inspired By The Stars, Made In Chicago

Space, in the words of minimalist composer Terry Riley, is "surely the realm of dreams and imagination," the "feeding ground for poets and musicians". Ike Release and Hakim Murphy have created a record inspired...
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DJ Skull Returns to Sect: The Heavy Thinker EP

A record that starts with the dynamite needs to end with an atomic bomb. DJ Skull understands this: still firing all synapses, his follow up record on Sect after The Dark Knight EP is...

Hieroglyphic Being: Music is Mathematics

A sound artist, an experimental composer, a music-making savant with analog machines - this is Jamal Moss, aka Hieroglyphic Being, the next in a lineage of Chicago's electronic producers driven by a vision to...

Chicago Skyway: The 5 Magazine Interview

"Chicago is still the best city in the world when it comes to dance music." This is not a controversial statement from Chicago Skyway, but it's one he is uniquely qualified to make. Sean Hernandez...
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The Story of Video Clash

The strange history of Video Clash, a Chicago House classic.
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Muon’s Broken Dreams

Bandcamp techno find, Muon's Broken Dreams is a breath of fresh air.

Faceless Junkies Deluxe: Acid on Acid is Heaven on Earth Vol 6

Insane bandcamp acid and techno from Faceless Junkies Deluxe. Play it loud.

YENI: Visions of Techno and Cyborgs in Love

Techno flows through YENI, influencing her from an early age in the East German illegal rave scene and driving her life to become a global force as a DJ, producer, and label owner.

JEM’s Daisy Cutter Celebrates the History of the Bronx. In Techno Form.

Daisy Cutter by JEM is one of the most slickly produced experimentally inclined records I've heard in all of 2018.

#ListenUp Ken Hayakawa’s Lost from Stripped Down Records

Remixes from John Tejada and Whitesquare feature prominently on Stripped Down 004 from Austrian Ken Hayakawa but it's on the ambient sound design of "Lost" that he shines.
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DVS1 Interview

Zak, aka DVS1 (Hush Sound | SoundCloud | Facebook) broke through on an international scale following the release of his 2009 debut on Klockworks. It was one of those "overnight" waves of success that...

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