Patricia Johnson

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Martyn to Deliver Versatile Bass Music at #MakeitNew 10/24

Martyn is a man of many influences. Beginning his career as a drum ‘n’ bass DJ in his Dutch hometown twenty years ago, he became involved in the London dubstep scene in the mid-2000s. In 2008, he released a remix of TRG’s “Broken Heart” for Hessle Audio. The release was immensely successful – with dubstep maestro Kode9 […]

DJ Set of the Week: Rustie

While genres serve a legitimate function in identifying and describing music, within electronic music especially there are so many different genres, sub-genres, and sub-sub-genres that it is virtually impossible keep track of them all. As new styles emerge, new genres are declared in a frivolous effort to keep music constrained within a definable structure. Glaswegian […]

DJ Set of the Week: KiNK

This week, I bring you not one but two live DJ sets, both by Bulgarian house and techno producer KiNK. Our man Strahil Velchev is known for his hands-on live sets, which feature little pre-programming and a lot of composing on the fly. He even occasionally enlists the audience’s help to craft an original track live. He has […]

Fresh Beats and Bass with Lapalux at Make it New 10/3

UK meets LA; bass meets beats; analog meets digital… Lapalux has the special ability to blend distinct musical elements to create an intricate collage of sounds that is both vintage and fresh. His clattering beats twinkle across soulful R&B melodies like goosebumps gliding along your arm, layers of rough samples and oozing synths together forming a chaotic […]

DJ Set of the Week: Omar-S

Detroit house OG Omar-S has a bit of a reputation. He’s notorious for his occasional aggressive attitude in interviews, for bitterly shunning the music industry, and for making the following statements, among others: On DEMF: “If they haven’t invited me already, I don’t need ‘em. They can go to hell.” (XLR8R) On his Fabric mix: “A few assholes are […]

Container Brings His Noise-Techno Hybrid to #MakeItNew

Noise is a genre defined by heavy distortion, fuzzy sounds, improvisation, a disregard for traditional harmony and rhythm, and the use of unconventional instruments. Techno, on the other hand, is typically crisp and clear, relying on repetitive 4/4 rhythms and industry standard drum machines and synths. What do you get when you combine the two? Container — […]

Lil Silva at Make It New 8/29

This Thursday, Make It New is hosting Bristol, UK producer Lil Silva. This one is big — and we have three reasons why you shouldn’t miss it, below: 1. Two words: Night Slugs. Headed by Bok Bok and L-Vis 1990, Night Slugs has earned a reputation for featuring a signature sound that blends grime, house, electro, R&B, techno, hip-hop, and dubstep into […]

Five Up-And-Coming Electronic Acts to Catch at Made in America

The two-day Made In America Festival kicks off this weekend in Philadelphia for the second year. The eclectic lineup features a variety of genre-spanning acts to appeal to a wide audience. Noting the importance of electronic music in America’s popular music landscape, curator Jay-Z has made a point to include a number of electronic artists among the other rock, […]

Beats Antique Announce New Album & Performance Art Project

World fusion and electronica hybrid trio Beats Antique have announced their seventh studio album and supporting tour, set to be unleashed this October. You may already be aware of the genre-bending group’s creative life performances, which incorporate Zoe Jakes’ belly dancing routine with elaborate costumes and decorations. This time, however, the group has taken it to the […]

FaltyDL at Make It New 8/15

Since his first releases nearly six years ago, Brooklyn producer FaltyDL has earned considerable respect among his musical peers and fans alike. Now, with the release of his third album Hardcourage on Ninja Tune and a US tour in support of James Blake earlier this year, the bubbling enthusiasm surrounding FaltyDL is reaching a boil. This Thursday, Mmmmaven is proud to host him […]

Turbo Recordings Night at Make It New with Bordello & Thomas Von Party 7/25

Turbo Recordings is a record label that requires little introduction. Founded in Montreal in 1998 by cheeky techno-meets-electropop icon Tiga, the label has achieved such notoriety over its productive fifteen year history that the name alone bestows its artists with instant credibility. Turbo boasts releases from artists including Azari & III, Gesaffelstein, Brodinski, Boys Noize, Proxy, and ZZT (Tiga’s collaboration with Zombie Nation), reflecting the […]

Celebrate Bastille Day at the French Cultural Center July 12th

At this year’s Together Festival, we partnered with the French Cultural Center in Boston to celebrate French culture with a panel discussion on French house music. The panel featured notable DJ Fred Falke, as well as several figureheads of the local scene. On Friday, July 12, the French Cultural Center again invites us to experience a taste of French […]

Movement Festival 2013: Review

When I told friends and family that I was headed to Detroit for Memorial Day weekend, the most common response was, “Don’t get shot!” followed by incredulous inquiries as to why, exactly, I wanted to travel there. The decline of the US auto industry in the 1970s and 1980s hit Michigan’s Motor City especially hard, causing […]

Dancing on the Charles 5/19

Spring is finally here! The sun is out full force and now is the time to soak up that Vitamin D we have all been lacking over the winter. What better way to celebrate the long-awaited change of seasons than with a dance party along the Charles? On Sunday, May 19, Together hosts the return of Cambridge’s […]

!!! @ The Sinclair 5/16

Every once in a while a band comes along and reminds us that dance music isn’t limited to just DJs in a booth fooling around with knobs, and an indie show doesn’t have to consist of a crowd of sullen hipsters barely bobbing their heads. !!! is one such refreshing band, with a full roster of live instruments as well as […]