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Interview: LuckyMe’s first lady and newly hired DJ for Radio 1’s ‘In New DJ We Trust’ show, Eclair Fifi

8 Aug 2013

Fifi discusses broadcasting on the world’s biggest radio station and Edinburgh’s growing club scene

Before the event, we also had the chance to talk to LuckyMe’s first lady and newly hired DJ for Radio 1’s ‘In New DJ We Trust’ show, Eclair Fifi about what it’s like broadcasting on the world’s biggest radio station, Edinburgh’s growing club scene and…

Hiva Oa, Tinderbox Orchestra and Numbers Are Futile join forces for Decagram

29 Jul 2013

The collaborative concert is designed to highlight the talents of ten leading underground artists

Every ten days since April, a new artist has been unveiled as part of the line-up of Decagram, a collaborative concert designed to highlight the talents of ten leading underground artists from the Edinburgh music scene. One by one – with stealth and…

Interview - Mike Slott, Eclair Fifi and Machinedrum of LuckyMe

8 Aug 2011

Glasgow DIY label set for Edinburgh Festival clubnight

Mike Slott (producer) I met Dom [Flannigan] who runs LuckyMe in Borders Books. He was sneaking flyers into hip hop magazines. We got chatting, we liked similar music and in Glasgow if you’re into a certain kind of music, you bump into the same people…

Pantha du Prince at Sneaky Pete's and Oran Mor

5 Aug 2010

Minimal techno joins dots between alpine forest and the dancefloor

‘A girl once crawled onstage behind me, and was constantly holding my trouser,’ shudders Germany’s Hendrik Weber, alias techno forager Pantha du Prince. What fate befell this tactile fan? ‘I explained it would be better for her to leave because I could…

Hidden Orchestra A/V show– Liquid Room, Edinburgh, Sat 20 Jul 2013

30 Jul 20133 stars

Assured but unimaginative jazz-electronica performance as part of the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Fest

For those familiar with the sound of Hidden Orchestra, the billing of tonight’s gig as an audio-visual show makes perfect sense. Across two albums – 2010’s Night Walks and 2012’s Archipelago – Joe Acheson and co have created a jazz-electronica melange…

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Interview: The Orb set to headline 2013 Edinburgh Mela Festival

16 Jul 2013

The Orb's Alex Paterson on upcoming collaboration with Ghanian master drummers Kakatsitsi

Given the somewhat challenging task of describing the anticipated sound of a collaboration which remains entirely untested at the time of speaking, The Orb’s Alex Paterson does an impressively evocative job. ‘It’s going to be very, very heavy,’ he…

Five electronica composers at the 2012 Edinburgh International Festival

6 Aug 2012

Terry Riley, Laurent Garnier, Craig Armstrong, Abel Korzeniowski, Isao Tomito and Ryoji Ikeda

So the Edinburgh International Festival can be regarded by some as... how does one put this delicately... highbrow? Scholarly? Of course that’s not the Festival’s fault. That’s the fault of us lowly plebeians who refuse to dive into the deep immersive…

Detour's Ally McCrae on late-night Festival music series Circa

29 Jul 2012

The gigs will feature performances and DJ sets from Twilight Sad, Lady North, Churches and more

There are many locals who could see the Edinburgh Festival far enough, and don’t need another unicycle with ukelele cabaret act. But many do like the fact that August brings with it extended opening hours. Gigs can go on til 5am if they like, a detail…

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012: Music highlights

11 Jul 2012

Steamy samba, sleazy-noir synths and goth-pop to feature at Fringe

Brazil! Brazil! Presents Favela Funk Party. The 2010 success of Brazil! Brazil! brought the steamy sounds and sights of samba to the festival and the same people behind that glory deliver an explosion of favela funk and samba reggae. Among the acts…

Interview - Washed Out aka Ernest Greene

8 Aug 2011

American synth-pop creator expands band line-up for UK dates

The List catches up with Ernest Greene the night after a gig in Berlin. It was someone in the band’s birthday apparently, so a bit of partying had to be done afterwards. Now he’s in the awkward post-coffee, but pre-breakfast part of his hangover, and in…

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Interview: Oneohtrix Point Never

2 Aug 2011

Psychedelic synths and drones from experimental electronica-lord, Daniel Lopatin

Name Daniel Lopatin Job title Musician, label owner Where are you just now? Brooklyn, NY. What are you doing/ going to do today? Finish the track arrangement for the upcoming OPN record. Do you enjoy touring? I do, I didn't always. It…

Bear in Heaven bring psychedelic rock to Edge Festival

14 Aug 2010

Brooklyn's finest take Beast Rest Forth Mouth on the road

Putting a psychedelic spin on their brand of stoner rock, Brooklyn’s Bear in Heaven, who were responsible for this spring’s Beast Rest Forth Mouth serenade the Fringe with their proggy, poppy sound. HMV Picture House, 08444 999 990, Thu 26 Aug…

Mr McFall’s Chamber

12 Aug 2010

Tribute to Scottish techno-folk composer

In a concert featuring the music from their latest album, Mr McFall’s Chamber present a programme of the same name, ‘Birds and Beasts’, celebrating the musical legacy of ‘folk meets techno’ composer Martyn Bennett, and including a couple of pieces by…

LuckyMe decamps to Cabaret Voltaire for the Festival

6 Aug 2010

David Pollock talks to the Glasgow-based record label/art collective

This has been the most important year yet in the evolution of Scottish electronic label LuckyMe, and this third annual Edinburgh Festival event featuring their friends, collaborators and signees should be the perfect showcase for local supporters and…

Five hirsute gents tickling our fancies (and chins) this month

5 Aug 2010

Look out for these bearded men at this year's Festivals

Phil Kay Furry Fringe veteran Kay makes no fewer than four fuzzy-faced appearances this year. His kids’ show Gimme Your Left Shoe makes a welcome return; there’s a solo show in the evening called In Tweed; a late-night radio show titled RadioFree; and…

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Grimewatch: Tinchy Stryder vs Dizzee Rascal

16 Jul 2010

Two of the biggest names in British music compared

In anticipation of their appearances on the Fringe’s Edge Festival, Nicola Meighan puts two of the biggest names in British music head to head

The Juan MacLean

10 Aug 2009

New York house meets rock’n’roll by way of funk and post-rock

With the temporary absence of LCD Soundsystem while James Murphy and co near the finish line of recording their third album (and not, as rumoured at one point, split up never to return), the next best alternative for fans of New York disco-punk might…

Unicorn Kid and Young Fathers

7 Aug 2009

The man with the horn

He may wear a lion hat and be named after a fantasy creature, but with the Pet Shop Boys, Calvin Harris and a belting set at T on his side, Unicorn Kid is set to make myth a reality. The Lion and the Unicorn have long been heralded as hostile beasts.

The Black Dog and Mr Copy set for Soma Records Night

6 Aug 2009

It has become a bit of a mainstay at the Edge Festival and Glasgow’s premiere label, Soma Records, is back once again for its annual showcase of all that’s great and good in the world of house and techno. This year’s line-up includes seminal UK techno…

Sick Note

31 Jul 2008

The weekly indie/electro night surpasses itself for its first date in August with a live set from none other than arch trouble makers Selfish Cunt (pictured). With a name like that you know you’re not in for an easy ride, so expect a confrontational mix…