Thursday, August 20, 2009

bug in my bass bin

In today's LA Weekly online I check in with one of the fathers of new school techno, Steve Bug, whose 1999 track "Loverboy" helped spark the resurgence of the sound, and whose label, Poker Flat, has been instrumental in bringing techno back to the world's big rooms. He's got a new album, Collaboratory, out this summer, and he says he just turned in a forthcoming mix-CD, due on NRK. He's spinning in Los Angeles Saturday to help celebrate Avaland's five-year anniversary at Avalon Hollywood. I ask ...

Minimal: A word that has gone out of favor, or a sound that has gone out of favor?

He answers ... "Minimal wasn't even minimal at the end, so it was a word for something else, whatever it was. The real minimal tracks were on labels like Studio One, Profan, Axis and so on. This kind of music I would still call minimal, because it definitely is. But that is the problem with people naming trends: Most of the time the names don't suit the trend."

[Check out Bug's recent set for BBC Radio 1's Essential Mix].

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