Friday, March 7, 2014

The Academik 2014 Event

On Saturday, March 15, 2014 - during SXSW - we'll be hosting our fourth annual Academik event at Lanai Austin, 422 Congress Ave.

On a rooftop, high above Congress avenue, this year's Academik party will be our biggest ever - open to the public with no cover or wristbands necessary. 

We'll kick it off at 2pm with afternoon sets by some of Austin's top DJs. At sunset, the party kicks into high gear with headline performances by Steve Duda, Matt Lange, and a chance to win an entire recording studio.

(You read that right.)

Throughout the day, Austin's grooviest DJs - including Shreddward, Jason Jenkins, Toddy B, and Without Wax - will perform until sunset, when we'll give away the first of two prizes: A full-on Reason 7 software package with Livid's amazing Base controller.

In addition to Steve Duda and Matt Lange, the evening will include sets from Zenbi, as well as Academik's own Medicinne and label honcho, Francis Prève.

At 11pm, we'll be giving away the Grand Prize, a complete analog/digital recording studio that includes Dave Smith Instruments' Mopho Keyboard, Ableton Live 9, iZotope's Ozone, Iris and Stutter Edit, Korg's analog Volca Beats drum machine, along with a Bleep Labs Bleep Drum.

One lucky winner will go home with that package, but you have to be present at the event to win it.

After the giveaway, Matt Lange and Steve Duda will each perform headlining sets until 2am - with this event being Steve Duda's first performance in Austin. Ever.

Every previous Academik event has reached capacity by sunset, so get there early, grab a drink, relax on a couch high above the SXSW madness and brace yourselves for THE electronic event of SXSW2014.

Finally, Academik would like to give special thanks to the sponsors who made this party possible. Without their support, it just wouldn't be the same. Thank you.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Reviews and Support for Medicinne

In the first week of its release, Medicinne's "Saving/Lucid" EP has garnered great reviews and full support from some of the world's top DJs. Here are some of the highlights.

"Medicinne is the collaborative moniker of DJs Arcader and Allen Tagle, who combine forces to craft groovy tech tracks using only the bare necessities. Their latest offering, the Saving/Lucid EP, demonstrates just how much one can accomplish with little more than a drum machine and some well-placed vocal samples.

The EP kicks off with Saving, a subtly syncopated banger that patiently warps and builds with carefully timed percussion layers unfolding and interacting across its six-minute runtime. Lucid is similarly percussion-driven, but quickly establishes a unique identity for itself with a rollicking, freewheeling bassline that's guaranteed to leave your head spinning."

Notable Dance:
"Following from yesterday’s theme of mellower genres rising from the EDM/big room sound, let’s take a listen to these two deep/tech-house tracks from Medicinne.  The duo of Arcader (“Pillowtalk”) and Allen Tagle start with “Saving,” which is a bit more uptempo with a bouncy beat, effected vocal, and bit of the retro Nu-House vibe while still staying in the tech-house world.  “Lucid” feels more like a progressive concept album track from the ’70s, as produced with modern electronic elements.  It has a few guitar elements that are reminiscent of Deep Dish during the “Flashdance” era, but overall has more of a feel of mid-’90s progressive house/trance.  Both tracks will work for DJs looking for deeper tracks for early evening play and for listeners looking for tech-house tracks that have a beat that you can still chill with."

"Saving / Lucid will be praised and supported from all the big guns in the industry and with a reason, of course. Saving is such a funky groover that will immediately lock you in its groove and will be super hard to resist it and not start tapping your feet or moving and shaking your body."

Randall Jones
Favourite Track: Saving_-_Original_Mix_-_Medicinne
Rating: 5/5
Comments: Saving is a huge BOMBA. 100% rotation in my sets worldwide...


MC Flipside
Favourite Track: Saving_-_Original_Mix_-_Medicinne
Rating: 5/5
Comments: Saving for me but lucid is really solid progressive unlike this EDM garbage... well done.


Kenneth Thomas
Favourite Track: Saving_-_Original_Mix_-_Medicinne
Rating: 4/5
Comments: Thanks. Saving for me.


Alfonso Padilla
Favourite Track: Lucid_-_Original_Mix_-_Medicinne
Rating: 4/5
Comments: Very nice


Noel Sanger
Favourite Track: Lucid_-_Original_Mix_-_Medicinne
Rating: 4/5
Comments: this is great!


Brian Laruso
Favourite Track: Lucid_-_Original_Mix_-_Medicinne
Rating: 4/5
Comments: great! totally my favourite sound at the moment :-)


Jason Jenkins
Favourite Track: Lucid_-_Original_Mix_-_Medicinne
Rating: 5/5
Comments: Medicinne is heavy on the bass vibe dosage! DIggin the deep funky bassline vibe of Lucid. Looking forward to playing these out. Keep em coming guys!!

Check out "Saving/Lucid" on Beatport

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Medicinne - Saving/Lucid EP Preview

Medicinne - "Saving/Lucid" - Available on Beatport: March 4. 2014

Medicinne - a collaboration between two of Francis Preve's alumni: Arcader (Definitive, Academik) and deep tech DJ, Allen Tagle - delivers a stunning tech house debut with their "Saving/Lucid" EP.

"Saving" begins with bass-laden jacked up beats, then fuses deep house vocal slices with subtle techno flourishes, culminating in a surprisingly ethereal breakdown that never loses the groove. The result is a mesmerizing dancefloor journey that works equally well in both house and techno sets.

"Lucid" stakes out different tech house territory, combining indie guitar elements with Medicinne's driving-yet-funky progressive sensibilities. "Lucid" keeps the crowd guessing with a series of complex, yet utterly musical twists and turns that culminate in a massive atmospheric guitar breakdown, evoking the glory days of Sasha & Digweed without feeling forced or nostalgic.

With a debut like "Saving/Lucid", Medicinne quickly marks their place in the vast world of progressive tech house. Their combination of intelligent sound design and intricate musical details makes them a duo to watch in 2014.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Academik Podcast 003 - Mixed by Matt Lange

Academik Podcast 003 (Mixed by Matt Lange) Tracklist

Cliff Martinez - Bride Of Deluxe [Lakeshore Records]
Pig & Dan - Emotions [Bedrock]
Amirali - Melancholia [Crosstown Rebels]
Lane 8 - The One [Anjunadeep]
Hot Since 82 vs Joe T Vannelli - The End [Moda Black]
Moderat - Bad Kingdom (Marcel Dettmann Remix) [50 Weapons]
Matt Lange & Francis Preve - Glowballz [Academik]
Medicinne - Lucid [Academik]
Harvey McKay - Lost [Cocoon Recordings]
Home Video - Every Love That Ever Was (Sasha Remix) [Last Night On Earth]
ID-ID [Wouldn't You Like To Know]
Black Boots - Sex Cult (Matt Lange Remix) [Ultra]
Agoria - For One Hour feat. Scalde (Paradis Remix) [Rebirth]
Spooky - Belong (Sasha Remix) ML Edit [Global Underground]