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Patience is both a virtue and a necessity when listening to ambient techno. Patient ambient techno listeners are rewarded with an enjoyable sonic journey. When listening to Stockholm producer Skymning’s (a.k.a. Erik Lagerholm) “Sfär,” patience is crucial. For the first minute, the listener hears a collection of effected ambient sounds. It’s not until the 1:20 mark that the listener hears the kick drum beat. With wondrous synthesized sounds, unique percussion,

Ilya Goldberg, the violinist of Emancipator, simultaneously ventures out into his own musical endeavor with his project, Lapa. Lapa is an ambient chill out project that, “weaves together musical stories with complexly textured harmonies, expansive melodies, and intricately layered beats.” I had the honor of speaking with Ilya after his show at U Street Music Hall. We discussed many topics including his recent album, Meeting of the Waters, the process

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Best Remix Jimpster, “Eel Pie Island (Adam Port Remix)” [Systematic Recordings] Adam Port’s remix of “Eel Pie Island” is creative on many levels: the sound design is spectacular throughout the track and Port displays a virtuosic rhythmic sense. But what made his rendition of “Eel Pie Island” stand out from every other remix I heard in 2016 was the spoken-word sample he used in the track. The spoken-word artist shares

Juan Maclean at U Street Music Hall December 23 2016
Learn more about Juan Maclean before his show on Friday at U Street Music Hall. RSVP on Facebook and purchase tickets. Prior to becoming one of the most significant names on the DFA label, John MacLean was a member of Sub Pop band Six Finger Satellite. When the band broke up, MacLean’s aggravated emotional state and long-term struggle with addiction took him low enough to provoke a drastic change in lifestyle. DFA head James

Tom Misch Best of 2016
Best Remix Joe Hertz, “Stay Lost ft. Amber-Simone (Cabu Remix) [Re-Mastered] Honorable Mentions: Ms. Jackson (Party Pupils Remix), Le Youth – Me Without You ft. Tay Beckham (Ghosts of Venice Remix) Best LP Flamingosis, Bright Moments Honorable Mention: Birocratic, Replaced Best EP Tom Misch, Reverie Honorable Mention: Kartell, Last Glow Track of the Year CHANCE THE RAPPER, KNOX FORTUNE, “ALL NIGHT (KAYTRANADA EXTENDED JOINT)” Honorable Mention: Oliver Nelson ft. Kaleem Taylor, “Ain’t A Thing“