GDD™ Morning Update: SBTRKT, Verboten, Max Cooper


SBTRKT details Transitions instrumentals series for Young Turks – hear all six tracks
Verboten Heralds Brooklyn Renaissance With New Nightclub Music and Arts Venue to Open in the Heart of Williamsburg
Max Cooper Shares New Video, Details Upcoming Tour


SBTRKT announces Transitions series

Three 12″s on the way as the masked producer clears his cupboards.

SBTRKT has announced the release of Transitions, a series of six instrumental tracks due for release digitally and on three separate 12″s over the coming months. The series was teased on Mary Anne Hobbs’ radio show last month, but now the producer has the full details.

“This is music written over the last year, whilst recording for my second album,” the ‘Wildfire’ producer explained. ‘Much of the music I released before my debut album was instrumental and I want to continue to share this side of the music I make.”

Each track can be heard now at the Transitions mini-site, designed by long-term collaborator A Hidden Place (who created SBTRKT’s tribal mask) and Japanese creative agency PARTY.

The three 12″s will feature artwork that creates a squiggly Moiré pattern when the inner bag is removed from its sleeve – check it out on the website’s background. The six tracks will also be available to purchase separately in MP3, WAV or FLAC formats.

Here’s the full tracklisting and release schedule:

Transitions I: ‘Gamalena’/’Hold The Line’ YT112, out May 5

Transitions II: ‘Kyoto’/’Resolute’ YT113, out May 19

Transitions III: ‘Highs + Lows’/’Stifle’, out YT113 June 2

Hear ‘Hold The Line’:

(via FACT Mag)


Verboten Heralds Brooklyn Renaissance With New Nightclub Music and Arts Venue to Open in the Heart of Williamsburg


Brooklyn-based nightlife entrepreneurs Verboten [German for “forbidden”] have been shaping the NYC clubbing landscape and beyond for over 12 years and are now set to open the doors at their purpose-built venue for nightlife, music and arts in the heart of Williamsburg. 

 After years of meticulous planning, co-founders Jen Schiffer & John Perez, along with a team of industry veterans and illustrious partners, will further ignite the ongoing Brooklyn renaissance happening in recent years. Verboten parties have already encapsulated the explosive global, underground dance music scene and will continue to host DJ residencies and top-notch musical programming featuring both established and burgeoning talent. The diverse array of upcoming music and arts programming is set to mirror the spirit of Brooklyn and will include live music, art shows, yoga & fitness classes, burlesque performances, and tap into the creative consciousness of NYC. 

“We’re excited to build a home for ourselves and our team; a multi-functional event space in Brooklyn designed for musicians & artists to fulfill their creative visions. We look forward to celebrating the unique wealth of talent that NYC has to offer for everyone who comes through our doors.” 

–Jen Schiffer & John Perez, Verboten Co-Founders 

The 750-person capacity venue is a 10,000 square foot former metal manufacturing warehouse, designed by Verboten’s John Perez and architecture firm Latent to be a true home for performers and music fans alike. The design aesthetic spotlights industrial steel and concrete accents that bring Verboten’s dystopian aesthetic to life. Verboten features a one-of-a-kind Martin Audio sound system custom-designed by ITI Audio, innovative ROBE intelligent lighting showcase, panoramic HD video wall, along with video projections and 3D mapping by multimedia designers Waking Dream.

The main Control Room is a large, open event space, centered around a 1,400 square foot sprung wood dance floor [reclaimed from a Thomas Edison factory used to make phonographs], multiple staging areas for live music or DJ performances, and raised modular seating.  The adjoining Cabaret Bar is a more intimate, futuristic take on a Weimar-era cabaret, with plush leather banquettes, multiple skylights, steel chandeliers and a small stage with a DJ booth that allows it to be used independently as an intimate event space or in conjunction with the Control Room.  

Verboten’s motto, “Nothing is Forbidden,” is seen in its whimsical food & beverage program.  A specialty cocktail menu created by Counting Room alums highlights absinthe, locally made syrups and artisanal sodas, with names taken from dystopian sci-fi novels. These will be paired with a small plates menu in summer 2014, focusing on “forbidden foods” like bacon and foie gras.

Verboten March 2014

March 14 Rebel Rave: Damian Lazarus, Francesca Lombardo, Fur Coat, Ida Engberg, Pattern Drama

March 15 Wasabassco Burlesque Show

March 21 Gui Boratto

March 22 Magda, Bill Patrick | Matt Tolfrey, Ryan Crosson, Shaun Reeves, jozif

March 23 Cut Copy [DJ Set]

March 28 Zeitgeist: Jamie xx, John Talabot

March 29 Susanne Bartsch presents Kunst


Upcoming in 2014: Bespoke Music, Carl Craig, Catz n’ Dogz, Davide Squillace, Josh Wink, Justin Martin, Lee Burridge, Matthew Dear, Push The Night, Speedy J, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Tiga, Trouble & Bass, and more to be announced!


Max Cooper Shares New Video, Details Upcoming Tour


Busy Londoner Max Cooper has been all over our publishing schedule as of late, with this week’s release of his debut album Human and yesterday’s appearance in our Artist Tips feature series. An understated artist who values craft over image, the burgeoning producer’s latest video reflects that sentiment with shadowy figures filling out the clip for album cut “Empyrean.” Directed by Joseph Murréll, the metaphysical piece weaves through a number of silhouettes of both human and animal bodies overlaid with intricate lines resembling nervous systems—reminiscent of Alex Grey imagery—visuals which are then interspersed with kaleidescopic shapes. The earthlike symbolism pairs with Cooper’s emotively celestial tune, as the cascading piano, melancholic strings, and glitch-focused beats portray the artist’s attempt to translate the concept of heaven into music.

Furthermore, Cooper is days away from launching an extensive tour that will see him travel through Europe, to North America, and back again, ending in late August at the Utrecht Festival in The Netherlands. The current list of those upcoming performances is available below, where the video for “Empyrean” can also be found.

13 Mar – Cat and Dog, Tel Aviv
21 Mar – Tunnel Club, Milan
22 Mar – Bonsoir, Bern
28 Mar – Electrosnow Festival, Andorra
04 Apr – WIHMini Festival, Paris
05 Apr – Crucifix Lane, London
11 Apr – Ubel & Gefahrlich, Hamburg
17 Apr – Electron Festival, Geneva
18 Apr – Slakthuset, Stockholm
19 Apr – Camp & Furnace, Liverpool
20 Apr – Tante Reike, Bonn
25 Apr – Douala, Ravensburg, Germany
09 May – Romy S, Stuttgart, Germany
24 May – Movement Festival, Detroit
25 May – Lightning in a Bottle Festival, California
30 May – MUTEK, Montreal
31 May – Coda, Toronto
20 Jun – Gottwood Festival, Wales
27 Jun – Celtronic Festival, Derry
28 Jun – Awakenings, Amsterdam
12 Jul – Noisily Festival, Leicestershire
19 Jul – Showcase, Paris
25 Jul – Audioriver Festival, Poland
15 Aug – Barbarella’s Discotecque, Croatia
23 Aug – Utrecht Festival, Netherlands

(via XLR8R)