House, Techno, Electronic Dance lovers….this one is for you!
House music and Techno music might sound the same, but they are not exactly the same thing. Both originated in the Midwest of the U.S. (House in Chicago and Techno in Detroit), out of the same musical influences. It takes an ear to determine the difference. This will help you: House uses turntables-no keyboards; and Techno is just the opposite.Both are composites of what we call “Electronic Dance”.
Electronic dance music is not as popular in the U.S. today as it is in Europe and Africa. In the early to mid-90’s, it was all the rage and co-dominated the radio waves with hip hop. The electronic sound seems to be making a huge comeback in the U.S. You can hear the influences of house and techno in new releases by a few mainstream artists. And then you have the underground crowd; where house music never died.
For those of you longing for and seeking good electronic dance music, don’t forget to look overseas! Electronic dance music is BIG abroad. And with technology more advanced today than it was in the 90’s, it is a lot easier to expose ourselves to and obtain music from all over the world.
Let me introduce you to Meant Records out of Paris, France. They hail to be one of the premiere labels of techno artists. This weekend, tonight actually, at the Showcase-Paris Live Club, they are showcasing their artists: Rework, Clickbox, Kiki, and Remain.
I’ve had the opportunity to check out some music from each artists, and I have to say what I heard was not what I expected. Actually, I didn’t really know what to expect. I was a total blank slate. But the sounds took me off guard-not in a bad way! It was almost like I didn’t expect to enjoy it so much, you know? But I did!
The group Rework, consisting of Daniel Varga, Michael Kuebler, Sascha Hedgehog, has a indie/techno thing that I really dig. Sascha’s voice is smooth and rich, while the mixes are deep and pronounced.
Clickbox, based out of Sao Paulo, Brazil is comprised of a group of DJ’s-Marco A.S. & Pedro Turra. These guys are beasts! Great beats and awesome sound mixes.
Remain is comprised of the founders of Meant Records. They set the stage for the rest of the label by producing high quality electronic dance music.
While most of us can’t be at the Showcase-Live Paris tonight, 9/21/12, we can support these groups and Meant Records as though they were right here. Download the free releases and purchase the one’s for sale; visit sites frequently and hook up with ’em on social media. That simple!
You can go to Meant Records and check out all of the artists and their music!
Until Next Time!!