Chalk up one more for the London Techno scene. Just this morning on Twitter, the legend Erol Alkan announced that he has signed Ghost Culture to his label, Phantasy Sound, and his debut EP will hit sometime in late October. Erol also included a link to what appears to be Ghost Culture’s first ever DJ mix, featuring an unbelievably savvy tracklist with contributions from Spectral, FXHE, Ovum, and what may be a track from the forthcoming October release on Phantasy titled “Red Smoke.” Listen below.
This weekend we were at the legendary Sonar Festival in one of our favorite European cities, Barcelona. Founded 18 years ago, Sonar was the first ever daytime contemporary music festival in a European city and despite its renowned status, it’s avoided slipping into mainstream territory by continuing to showcase fresh talent.
Taking place across three days and two nights, the first thing that struck us was Sonar’s ability to coordinate such a multitude of electronic acts, hosted at two very different settings without overstepping the vibe at each spot. The 12 til 9 daytime event is a super chilled affair taking place at Barcelona’s beautiful cultural centre, just a stones throw from the Ramblas. By contrast, the 10pm til 7am night event was a rager at Fira Gran Via, a convention centre on the outskirts west of the city. While we’d love to cover every highlight from the weekend, there were just too many great moments, so instead we’ll bring you a varied shortlist of what made us tick:
BCN With just 3 days to go until Sonar in Barcelona here’s a quick heads up for the week ahead. On top of a stunning Sonar festival lineup, Barcelona plays host to over 100 Off Sonar events, and we’ve taken the liberty to whittle down our picks for those outside shows: