Purple Trax Label Night #3: Via App, Entro Senestre, Dutch E Germ & Logan, Greem Jellyfish, Rezzie




Next one November 22!

WM LIVE: Slava, Terekke & Sasha, Malory, Hand of God

Sasha Desree & Terekke

This past Sunday saw us waving off the summer with one last S!CK MAGIC bbq, this time live-style, with an intimate group of friends treated to a series of home-grown hardware sets and a few surprises. Slava, fresh back from Russia, was set to do a dj/live hybrid, but set the cdjs aside in favor of a rare 45-min suite of new tracks. Terekke and Sasha got into an unplanned live jam and went so deep they had no idea they had played for over an hour (it really gets going around the 26: mark). Meanwhile, Malory and Hand of God, both on Godmode, dropped homespun techno that had people spilling their mustard. Thanks to the artists for letting us share these, because who are we to keep them to ourselves..

AUDIOVISUAL: Discwoman 1-year Anniversary


Discwoman took over Bossa Nova Civic Club this past Saturday for their one-year, and we’ve got the recordings and visual evidance. In just one year, local fire starters Frankie Hutchinson, Umfang, and Christine Tran (who also is behind the events for Chromat and Witches of Bushwick) have thrown a bright, much-needed spotlight on female-identifying DJs, signing local and international artists to their roster, traveling throughout the US and Canada, and throwing events from Brooklyn to Movement in Detroit and beyond. It has all led up to the craziest turnout that Bossa Nova has likely seen in its 3-year lifespan, brought about by a group hell-bent on challenging gender stereotypes in music.

What resulted was an undeniable vibe, and a perfectly curated genre-bending music blend. Juliana Huxtable, who made a Weird Magic mix of her own recently, went possibly harder than we’ve ever seen her before, dropping WM favorite “Feel it in the Air” and her own Bjork remix, while Honey Dijon brought a set of well-blent classics that culminated in her mouthing the words to “Baby Wants to Ride” by Frankie Knuckles while clutching the discoball and watching everybody freak.

Big ups Discwoman!

Shy Eyez > Katie Rex > Juliana Huxtable

Honey Dijon > Star Eyes


Photos: Sustain-Release Year Two

Purple Trax Label Night #1: Live recordings/mixes from Sasha Jan Rezzie, Michael Beharie, Sol Aire, Sasha Desree, Greem Jellyfish, Logan Takahashi

Our first Purple Trax Label Night went down last week at Bossa Nova Civic Club and was massively fun, and we’ve got evidance. Big thanks to Luis Nieto Dickens (vid) and Chris Video (aud) for helping capture the vibe.


Purple Trax Mix for The Fader


New feature in The FADER today featuring a whole bunch of new/unreleased Purp Trax, and a little Q&A about the label. [Read it here.]

Mix: Introducing Far Out Far Out


There’s no telling why Brooklyn’s Far Out Far Out has been so quiet, but he’s been making the prettiest noise. This mysterious producer has a talent for glistening emotive house tracks, including “Zodiacal Light” off our Purple Trax compilation. His tunes have had us transfixed for a while, so we’re proud to present this masterful mix which includes all original productions. Come along for the ride and you will go Far. Watch this space for more..

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sasha + jan + rezzie

new track with the boys featured today in the fader:

and our last one:

more soon..<3

AUDIO/VISUAL: Technofeminism Live


Last Friday, Discwoman brought Beta Librae, Umfang, Via App and Ciarra Black together at Palisades for a night of all-female, all-Brooklyn, live hardware sets (with Mary S on the visuals and Discwoman’s Frankie Hutch on the decks). Bossa Nova’s reigning queens, Umfang and Beta, only recently began playing live; Via App just moved to Brooklyn and is poised to slay; and it was our first encounter with Ciarra. All of them blew minds, even moreso than a certain techno legend we caught the following night. Stream the live recordings (thanks to Umfang), along with some photos from the night, below.

Umfang > Ciarra Black:

[download Umfang]
[download Ciarra]

Via App > Beta Librae:

[download Via App]
[download Beta Librae]


MIX: Juliana Huxtable – The Awakening


[ mp3: Juliana Huxtable - Weird Magic Mix: The Awakening ]

It was over three months ago that Juliana Huxtable began to cook this one up. Over a month in, the mix seemed like another lost promise, until we learned that Juliana had been touring and finished the first “movement” in transit. That’s when we knew we were dealing with something Heavy.

A giant beam of light in NYC’s queer and music scenes, Juliana brings us The Awakening, a journey that hits on everything and compromises nothing. Anyone in this generation will identify with the familiar faces that pop up, which include – spoiler alert – Madonna, Korn, Star Wars, Bone Thugs, and Dragon Ball, over a hyperactive and cunty bed of beats. Steeped to perfection, Bjork won’t be the only one dropping this at parties.

Thank you Juliana <3


WM Mix: Max Pearl

Artwork by Jeremy Dabrowski

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Some of the best selectors are pure sound travelers who would probably call themselves “historian” before “musician”. Max Pearl is a music documentarian by blood, from his own publications, including Cluster mag, to launching Thump/working with Vice to Resident Advisor (where we covered Sustain-Release). But he also will dj with a live conga player and drop killer mixes like this one, which effortlessly jumps around the globe calling on deep ethnic and club strains, as well as some killer footwork cuts, in a stew he describes as “hardcore”.

Max has been keeping busy in Mexico, we caught up with him to see what he’s up to, and get his predictions for 2015.


Mix & Studio Session: Tripletrain


Our 4-yr mix series continues with New York’s finest in Teklife.

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“This is probably our best, or our most personal mix yet… just because it’s our shit — that we touched.” DJ Mel Gibson and DBK come to the table with a fresh bag of exclusive/unreleased tracks and cook up one of the most inviting platters of footwork we’ve heard since Double Cup. DJ Rashad introduced us when he put them up during SXSW presenting them as peers, and you can feel the kinship in the music – they both have a tight grip on that comfortable zone between turnt-up and chilled-out, where you can dance or smoke. And when they recall his jazzier, more soulful side, like when the horn section peaks out on mix opener “All I Can Do”, I swear I can hear the ghost of Rashad.
“We sought out to kind of do [footwork] but not really copy it, to use that sound to guide you.” (Their penchant for soul and jazz samples probably owes just as much to Dilla, whom they close the mix with an edit of.) “All I Can Do” is distinctly their own, but then when Rashad/Spinn/Taso’s “Cream” VIP slips in sounding like a continuation of that same thought, it all kind of makes sense. Fittingly, then, their next appearance will also be alongside all of them on Hyperdub’s upcoming Teklife compilation, Next Life. They’ve also got two EPs in the oven, and you can get your first dibs on all that right here.

We visited the duo at their Sunset Park studio….


Mix: xorzyzt


Our 4-yr anniversary mix series continues with xorzyzt’s URLxUSA tour mix.

WEIRD MAGIC Mix Series: xorzyzt_mixURLxUSA_2K14 by Weirdmagic on Mixcloud

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Brandon Rosenbluth aka xorzyzt, a well-known and pervasive force in Berlin’s dark underworld, is a busy man —- producing events, djing and touring alongside BlackBlackGold and Tom Ass as UnReaL; playing in bands reliq and Shaddah Tuum; booking European tours for littlebig Agency; engaging in video and performance art of the ‘metaphysical, shamanistic thread’; all while launching two new labels: Portals Editions (with Niko Shaddah Lfo, Ketev, and Marijn Degenaar), and UnReaL Audio, which just saw its first release with Born in Flamez. During our stay in Berlin last year, we caught him djing Stattbad & playing with his band at Berghain within our first few nights, and he remained a constant presence from there, throwing parties featuring House of Ladosha, ITAL, Stellar Om Source, and Light Asylum, to name a few.

Hot on the heels of a US tour (including a stop at our beloved Bossa Nova), this is the set he put together and fine tuned on the road: “In my signature style, I’ve consistently layered a number of tracks on top of one another including layers of drones and ambience in order to create an impenetrable wall of body-obliterating techno bliss.” From the first whispers of “what am i doing here?” we knew we were in for a ride, and as expected, this mix perfectly demonstrates his ability to drag you through the darkest corners of hell and still leave you gasping for more.

Brandon’s new project Shaddah Tuum’s EP dropped last week on his label Portals Editions, you can have a listen here.