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The Presets

Its been a long wait but here it is, “Youth in Trouble” is the first taste of new music from The Presets in over four years and it’s available now on all download platforms. This undulating slice of pulsating techno is backed by three reworks from Alex Metric, Green Velvet, The Finger Prince & Light Year.

The Presets’ third album Pacifica will be released worldwide on September 14th but it’s already available for both digital and physical pre-orders, including a Limited Edition Deluxe package. The lads will soon be hitting the Parklife Festival circuit around Australia before setting sail for North America in October.

Bonus tracks: grab two older Presets tracks remixed by Cut Copy and Miami Horror!

The Presets - Girl and the Sea (Cut Copy Remix)     

The Presets - Talk Like That (Miami Horror Remix)     

For more info and music, check out the band’s official site or Facebook. Buy their albums on The Presets

saturday nite with… SKATEBÅRD

Skatebård (you can call him Skateboard) is another fascinating member of the remarkable Bergen (Norway) music scene; yes the same magical home of Sondre Lerche, Kings Of Convenience, Röyksopp and Annie.

This offbeat lad began his adventure in music upon the release of his 2002 debut Skateboarding Was A Crime (in 1989) on the legendary Tellektro imprint, electro sublabel of Tellé Records. Skatebård conjured a blend of retro-electro, techno and even instrumental hip-hop that made a massive mark on the dance community. Not one to seek fame and recognition, Skatebård opted to keep a low profile from the start, but his success has kept him in the spotlight for the past few years.

Skatebård - Caravan (Mekhanist Remix)     

Skatebård - Kosmos (Njaal Remix)     

Skatebård - The Party Trap (Sferro Remix)     

Skatebård’s discography includes his debut album Skateboarding was a Crime (in 1989) released on Tellektro in 2002, Midnight Magic and Cosmos, both released on Kompakt in 2006 and 2008 respectively.

Find Skatebård on MySpace or check out his official blog. You can download all his music from Skatebård

saturday nite with… DENIZ KURTEL

Deniz Kurtel

Crosstown Rebels’ freshest talent and lady of the moment Deniz Kurtel is a discreet artist who has recently been getting more and more attention, almost despite herself. With only a couple of EPs and a few scattered remixes here and there, Kurtel already had a pretty good 2010, being part of the Wolf + Lamb parties in Brooklyn and appearing in various art festivals and exhibitions such as Burningman or Communikey. The release of her debut album, Music Watching Over Me, last March only helps to solidify this nascent music career.

Be it said that the Turkish-born multi-faceted artist is an accomplished interactive sculptor, mainly known for installations that make use of sophisticated computerized LED arrays and mirrors. She developed a connection to the sentiments of electronic music while studying in the USA and finally decided to put her years of intensive classical piano training to use making her own music.

Deniz Kurtel (Feat. Jada) - The L Word      

“The L Word” was released ahead of the Kurtel’s debut long-player. This track throws the clock all the way back to the origins of House music, with its raw bass loop and pulsating percussions. It builds up nicely and draws you in deeper and deeper until you completely surrender.

If you’re curious, you can check out Kurtel’s art on her official site and if you want more info about her releases and tour dates, head over to Crosstown Rebels. Buy her music on Deniz Kurtel

ELLEN ALLIEN – DUST REMIXES (Electronica/IDM – Germany)

Berlin-based electronic artist and DJ Ellen Allien just celebrated the 10th anniversary of her debut album, Stadkind, and we can’t help but see the release of her new remix album, Dust Remixes, as a celebration of sorts.

This album, released on March 21st on Allien’s own label BPitch Control, features a selection of thirteen remixes of songs from her last album Dust.

If you like what you hear, you can buy the whole album on Ellen


Berlin-based producer, DJ and actor Paul Kalkbrenner is a classically trained trumpet player who studied music theory and later switched to electronic music. His first tracks were released in 1999 under the name dB+ and he was subsequently signed to the famous Bpitch Control label founded by Ellen Allien.

As of 2010, Paul Kalkbrenner has tallied up more than 15 years of experience as a producer and live act. His third album Self (2004) marked the beginning of a new era. His melodic sound, with its affinity for grand emotional gestures, obeyed the logic of the dancefloor, but Self introduced a narrative aesthetic, serving as a soundtrack to a film that didn’t exist (at least, not yet).

Paul Kalkbrenner - Atzepeng     

In early 2006, German director Hannes Stöhr, an avid fan of Self, decided to get in contact with Kalkbrenner. His idea was to produce a film about a Berlin techno musician during the new millennium, and Paul would compose the soundtrack. The two met, traded ideas and experiences, and soon after began working on the screenplay’s first draft. In the course of their exchange, Hannes had the realization that Paul should not just contribute the music, but that he would be the perfect choice as the film’s star. They decided to title the film Berlin Calling. The film, which offers an authentic depiction of the Berlin club scene and drug culture, received positive reviews and became an underground hit.

Paul Kalkbrenner - Azure     

The soundtrack and especially the single “Sky and Sand” broke many sales records. That track in particular went gold in Belgium where it remained in the charts’ Top Ten for weeks. The 2009 DVD release of the film brought Paul to a new, much larger audience around the world. By the end of the year, Paul separated with BPitch Control after a decade-long relationship to take the next steps of his career alone. In early 2010 Paul completed a twelve-city live concert tour throughout Europe, followed by many headlining appearances at summer festivals.

More information and music on Paul’s MySpace. Buy his music on Paul

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