Thursday, March 21, 2013

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Academik SXSW 2013 Event

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:

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.

Our second prize package is equally deep and includes Ableton Live 9 Intro, iZotope Ozone 5, Korg Monotron Delay, and BleepLabs' new Bleep Drum rad-fi drum machine.

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 Twitterbe 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

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Arcader - Pillowtalk/Bermuda EP

Academik's newest discovery, Arcader, delivers a debut EP of funky techno that is sure to please fans of Definitive and Maquina, whilst remaining wholly original through and through.

"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

MC Flipside
Rating: 4/5
Comments: pillowtalk is incredible... what a tune

Markus Shulz
Rating: 5/5
Comments: Thank you.

Jan van Lier
Rating: 4/5
Comments: I'm down with Bermuda! :)

Blake Jarrell
Rating: 5/5
Comments: Support!

Noel Sanger
Rating: 4/5
Comments: Loving both tracks.

Randall Jones
Rating: 4/5
Comments: Nice tunes!

Dan Tait
Rating: 4/5
Comments: Great grooves. Supporting Pillowtalk.

Jason Jenkins (Hypersonic Radio)
Rating: 5/5
Comments: Perfect amount of heaviness and funk + techno. 5 star.
Roe Pressley
Rating: 4/5
Comments: I love the Pillowtalk track. Very cool in its minimalism yet full and thick.
Toddy B (Hypersonic Radio)
Rating: 5/5
Comments: Arcader is the man!! All of these will be going in my rotation!!

Pete Johnson
Rating: 4/5
Comments: Another solid release from the Academik stable, sounds thick and punchy!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Academik Podcast 001 /// Free Download

The first Academik Podcast (mixed by Arcader) is now online - and a free download on SoundCloud.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Tyler Hampton - The Knight EP

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."