The March 2013 Academik Podcast (mixed by Arcader) is now online.
It's a free download from SoundCloud, so go for it!
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Since 2011, Academik Records' SXSW event has been one of the most talked about parties during the festival. By fusing world-class electronic artists with massive technology giveaways - on a rooftop in the heart of downtown Austin - the Academik event is always packed to capacity as soon as it begins.
Starting at 9pm on Saturday, March 16 at Austin's hottest rooftop venue - Lanai Austin at the corner of 5th and Congress (get directions) - 2013's free event is the perfect way for SXSW EDM fans to end the conference with a bang. With no wristbands, no cover, a huge line-up of emerging names in techno, tech house and progressive - and chances to win a recording studio's worth of gear and software - this year's party is poised to blow away our previous records.
The Academik 2013 Event includes DJ sets from:
- Francis Preve (Toolroom, Definitive, Armada)
- Zenbi (Hotfingers, Zenbi)
- Jan van Lier (Definitive, Zenbi, BluFin)
- The Chaotic Good (Dim Mak, Academik)
- Arcader (Academik, Zenbi)
- Without Wax (Academik)
This year's event sponsors include some of the top names in music tech:
Win Big. Really Big.
Since Academik's focus also includes music production technology, our Grand Prize giveaway is a full DJ/studio rig including Ableton Live 9, iZotope Ozone 5 mastering software, and Livid Instruments' new Alias 8 controller.
Additional prizes from Ableton, Korg, and BleepLabs will be given away throughout the event - along with a truckload of surprise goodies.
All it takes to enter is to follow us on Twitter, be at the event, and tweet the following during the event:
I'm at the @AcademikRecords party at @LanaiAustin! #SXSW
Throughout the night, we will randomly select a tweet from our feed and announce the winners via Twitter.
So show up on March 16. Tweet wildly. Dance your ass off. Get crazy - and maybe even win your own Ableton Live 9 rig.
Yep, that's exactly how we roll...
RSVP via Facebook
Yep, that's exactly how we roll...
RSVP via Facebook
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
"Pillowtalk" is one of those tracks that proves there's still a lot of creativity in today's techno scene. Pivoting on a vocoder hook that's neither cheesy nor common, the track is full of clever arrangement tricks - including an unforgettable turnaround fill that redefines the word "pop".
"Bermuda" is equally infectious. Arcader's clever sense of rhythm, combined with chunky production, sets the tone for this peak time groover. Starting with bouncy drums and a subby bass wobble, "Bermuda" evolves quickly into a catchy romp that's both minimal and memorable.
We're happy to have Arcader in the Academik family this year. His formula for minimal yet funky tech is a breath of fresh air for today's techno and tech house scenes - and the Pillowtalk EP is a testament to that.
Buy Pillowtalk/Bermuda on Beatport!
Here's what top DJs and EDM blogs are saying about this EP:
Song of the Day - Notable Dance
Comments: pillowtalk is incredible... what a tune
Comments: Thank you.
Jan van Lier
Comments: I'm down with Bermuda! :)
Comments: Loving both tracks.
Comments: Nice tunes!
Comments: Great grooves. Supporting Pillowtalk.Jason Jenkins (Hypersonic Radio)
Comments: Perfect amount of heaviness and funk + techno. 5 star.
Comments: I love the Pillowtalk track. Very cool in its minimalism yet full and thick.
Toddy B (Hypersonic Radio)
Comments: Arcader is the man!! All of these will be going in my rotation!!
Comments: Another solid release from the Academik stable, sounds thick and punchy!
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Since his debut in 2007, Tyler Hampton's tracks have received global support from legendary names like Pete Tong, Mark Knight, Belocca and Prok & Fitch.
His first single for 2013 is a slammin' blend of tech and progressive called "The Knight". Starting out with a deceptively smooth and jackin' house vibe, "The Knight" gallops intently into bigger territory with a punchy electro-tinged lead, slowly building into a melodic progressive breakdown that's both euphoric and original, then bringing the room to a funky peak that sets up your next track perfectly.
Academik's latest discovery - Arcader - delivers a bouncy, deeper reinterpretation of "The Knight" that swaps out the original's progressive elements for a more techno vibe that evolves into a crunchy, in-your-face breakdown before returning to its original house flow.
But don't take our word for it. Here's what some of the best blogs and DJs are saying about "The Knight" - and it's available on Beatport now.
Song of the Day - "If this track was spread out into an hour-long DJ set, it would no doubt win acclaim as one of the best journey mixed CDs ever. Compressed into under seven minutes, the kinetic randomness verges on manic madness, yet is so well-blended that it’s a must-listen for any lover of EDM looking to be schooled." Full Review
"By turning down the percussion a bit and turning up the bass, Arcader delivers a monster mix for the package. The filtered breakdown around halfway through allows the build to work its way back to its original intensity. Snatch The Knight up from Beatport and expect big things from Academik and these artists in 2013." Full Review
"Tech house is the new big trend in the EDM scene and this release will keep many faces happy in the next months. Love it!" Full Review
- Flux BPM
Noel Sanger - Rating: 4/5
Comments: "I'm all over both of these! Thanks!"
Blake Jarrell - Rating: 5/5
Comments: "Tyler Hampton FTW!"
MC Flipside - Rating: 4/5
Comments: "Arcader nails it. I love Tyler, and the remix is killer."
Randall Jones - Rating: 4/5
Comments: "Original sounds good for peak time. 100% support in my sets worldwide."
Topher Jones - Rating: 4/5
Comments: "Really groovy stuff from Tyler. Digging this for sure."
Kenneth Thomas - Rating: 4/5
Comments: "Nice techy vibe."
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Academik's new release veers into breaks territory with Francis Prève and The Chaotic Good's "Collider".
The original mix of "Collider" entangles hard-as-nails synth elements with atmospheric moments via an arrangement that whips from section to section like an out-of-control particle accelerator. Prève's analog-fueled sound design tactics fuse with The Chaotic Good's impeccably punchy production skills in a way that sounds utterly fresh in the context of the current EDM landscape.
The Shreddward remix of "Collider" recombines the original synth and drum parts into a peak-time minimal stomper that fits beautifully in tech sets of all kinds. Shreddward combines the original elements with a funkier vibe, placing the focus squarely on Shredd's rolling subsonic bombast before rising to a second payoff that sets up your next track perfectly, no matter what's in your crate.
Beatport Release Date: June 12, 2012
Monday, March 12, 2012
Academik's new release veers into techno territory with Jan van Lier's "True Stories".
The original mix of "True Stories" is a driving blend of rolling subsonic bass, topped off with house elements and a rising lead that keeps pushing the energy higher as the track evolves. As with Jan van Lier's previous hits on Definitive and Blu-Fin, "True Stories" is a main room techno crowd-pleaser that works beautifully in both headlining and afterhours sets.
Francis Prève's take on "True Stories" turns up the boom with a funky, electro-tinged bass line, gene-spliced with mutated versions of the original house elements. From there, Prève takes the rising synth of the original and morphs it into an 80s-inflected big room lead that combines catchy with classic, while staying true to the original vibe. The result is a peak-time tech house groover that fits equally well into electro and progressive sets.
Beatport Release Date: March 12, 2012