Andy Stott, Juju & Jordash and Robert Hood are among the first confirmed performers for the 14th edition of MUTEK.
Mute have announced details of Cyclopean, a new project between two founding members of Can and long time collaborators Burnt Friedmann and Jono Podmore.
Diamond Version have premiered a video of ”Empowering Change”, a granite hard slice of electro that appears on their debut EP.
All the signs suggest that not only has electronic music’s forward momentum ceased, its creative pulses and processes are now largely informed by an obsession with the past. All of the recent swings in sound hark back to periods in time that predate the noughties, including mnml, faux deep house and Chicago tributes.
Mute Records is one of the most successful independent British labels still in operation, having been formed in 1978 and still going strong today. As such, their discography is broad, and not an easy one to find a way into for the uninitiated. The last 10 years have seen them release high profile records from Moby and Goldfrapp, as well as less accessible, but still equally as significant albums from Grinderman and Liars, but it’s easy to forget that their beginnings were rooted in the industrial sounds of the early 80s. Label founder Daniel Miller originally formed Mute to put out his first single as The Normal, and subsequent years saw him release similarly dark electronic music by Fad Gadget, D.A.F. and Depeche Mode. It was at this time that Mute’s initial musical aesthetic was formed, one that married the fury of punk rock with the electronic elements of the burgeoning synth pop movement.