Wednesday, March 09, 2005

The Glimmers @ APT
March 19, 2005

Though their original moniker brought about a cease-and-desist from the
original Glimmer Twins, this Belgian DJ duo carries on-- albeit with a slightly truncated name. They cut their teeth early on in youth discos, starting with hip-hop and breaks, eventually branching out to disco and shiny pop tunes of the day. Like their countrymen, 2ManyDjs, the Glimmer's crates are deep and eclectic, but their sets shy away from the oft-garish mixes of the mashup movement. Instead, they focus on dead-solid party selections for a more discerning palate. This ethic is best seen in their exemplary Series Noire 2 DJ mix. Come, dance, expand your musical horizons, but just don't call them twins.

Monday, March 07, 2005

Smash TV Live
Forthcoming on

Though they've been making music since 1989, it was meeting Ellen Allien -
queen of the Berlin techno cognoscenti - that served as the catalyst
to launching Holger Zilske and Michael Schmidt's career.
Following their Smash TV debut on BPitch, 2002's Electrified, Zilske helped
polish Allien's Berlinette LP and is currently at work on her forthcoming
effort, Thrills. With their latest, Bits For Breakfast, the duo constructs
pop techno with vocoded vocals and swaggering bass lines. While some tunes
have a clean German sheen, they also embrace gritty 8-bit textures,
crunchy beats, and lo-fi samples that bring a welcome density and intensity
to the proceedings. Though no televisions will be harmed in their live act,
your electro preconceptions may be smashed.