Sunday, August 10, 2008

Let's Get Minimal

Minimal is a term that has become more and more popular recently, but the concept of 'minimal' music has been around for at least 50 years. Minimal to me, means sparse production, building a track with a few key elements. When it comes to electronic / dance music, the primary minimal genre is techno. Pioneered by Richie Hawtin, and currently championed by such industry heavyweights as John Digweed, Ellen Allien and Trentemøller.

Minimal is by no means limited to techno, as ambient music as a genre can be considered minimal, as well as dub.

The first producer we are going to highlight in this post is Awggie. Awggie hails from Bothell, WA, which is outside of Seattle. He has been DJ-ing since 2002 and started producing once he found his sound - a mix of minimal, tech and acid house.

He shared a couple of tracks with us and we loved them, so of course we have to share them with you.

Awggie - The Crunchy Cantelope

Awggie - Dirty Little Girl

Be sure to also check out Awggie on MySpace!

Next up is T-rain - a producer from Russia. His style is a little more on the minimal progressive tip, and I love it.

T-rain - Delayed

You can visit T-Rain on MySpace and Virb.

We are going to end the post with an introduction to Lulu Rouge - a production duo from Copenhagen.

Lulu Rouge is DJ T.O.M. and Buda, two of the most respected DJs and producers on the Copenhagen scene. Both of these two travellers have been around crashing club land for a decade and a half. Recently DJ T.O.M has been Trentemøller’s partner for the last 3 years straight touring the world in nearly every major club you can think of - weekend after weekend.

Buda has been in several bands and constellations in his past. The ground breaking chill-out band Banzai Republic needs to be mentioned here for their release “Where The Fun Starts Early In The Day”, an album featuring Al Jarreau, Bukka White and Cesaria Evoria amongst others. Artists such as Bliss, Laid Back, TelepopMusik, Phil Mison, Sergio Mendez, Cirque de Soleil and Ganga has also been blessed by Buda’s production skills.

With their music and productions these two chess playing gentlemen are represented on more than 100 of the biggest compilations worldwide. For instance series like Global Underground, Costes, BBC Blue Sessions, Luftkastellet, Mambo and Buddha Bar. Today the 2 DJ heads, producers and long time friends have decided to join forces and put all the chips on one number; Lulu Rouge. Thus creating one of the most interesting and refreshing sounds coming out of Scandinavia.

Lulu Rouge - Bless You

Buy Lulu Rouge music from the Itunes store by clicking the button below:
Lulu Rouge

Visit Lulu Rouge on MySpace.


ganga chill out downbeat said...

Thanks for informative post.
Minimal is by no means a new thing... you are so right.

Minimial Freak said...

interesting post on some of the pioneers of the minimal electronica scene

couldbeakiller said...

Bless You is a nice track. :)