The ex-member of possibly the most important electronic music outfit to ever grace the earth is set to release his second solo album at the tender age of 60. The electronic percussionist was drafted into Kraftwerk way back in 1975 and remained with them for 15 years before going it alone. His new album Off The Record drops on March 15, you can stream the album here.
The word pioneer is often used in music when not wholly deserved but in the case of Blame it most definitely is. A true veteran of Drum and Bass from it's birth in the 90's, he's had releases on some of the biggest labels including Bukem's Good Looking Records, Metalheadz, Moving Shadow and Hospital to name a few. His rolling liquid sound has gained support from all the major players over the years including Fabio, Goldie, Zane Lowe and more. He has gained recognition from outside the scene with remix work for David Guetta, Steve Angello, and Example to name a few. And it seems he's not slowing down but merely maturing like a fine wine, simply getting better with age! We caught up with him recently ahead of his appearance at the next Swerve at Cable to find out his Top 10 of 2012.
Swerve with Fabio & Bryan Gee at Relay
Friday 30th November at Relay, London
The man behind the mask has unveiled plans to release a new live album before the year is out. After he shared an exceptionally addictive new track on Twitter we only have the highest of hopes for this new release. There's a good possibility that it will mostly contain material from his self-titled album which was released last year but, being SBTRKT, he wouldn't consider releasing something he felt was sub-par. Watch this space and click here for the full story.
Hold tight, Cable Crew - it's Christmas time, and that means colder nights and darker evenings. But while you're keeping warm and kushty under the arches in London Bridge, some people are spending Christmas in the fine care of Great Ormond Street Hospital.
So, with Christmas on its way, Cable is partnering with Great Ormond Street to help raise some money. Look out for the special Great Ormond Street tins that'll be in the venue throughout December.
Martin Harris, Senior Fundraising Executive at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity, said, "We would like to thank Cable for their support and choosing us to benefit from their fundraising in December. The money will help us continue to work with children across the UK and indeed the world, with serious and often life threatening conditions.
Great Ormond Street Hospital is a world-class children's hospital, with the broadest range of paediatric specialists under one roof anywhere in the UK. The hospital welcome around 200,000 patient visits each year, treating patients with the most complex, life-threatening or life-limiting conditions We need to raise £50 million every year to help rebuild and refurbish Great Ormond Street Hospital, buy vital equipment and fund pioneering research. Thank you for your support; we couldn't do it without you."
The Brooklyn-born Travis Stewart (aka Machinedrum) and Detroit man Jimmy Edgar have teamed up to form the moniker JETS. Their new mix for FACT Magazine is a culmination of everything they have done as solo artists as their careers have developed almost side-by-side. From both getting early releases on Miami label Merck Records to signing on Scuba's Hotflush imprint, to moving to Berlin with a wealth of east-coast American influences and becoming keystones in the scene in their own individual rights.
This mix features A LOT of unreleased material from the pair and features tracks from their recent debut EP out on Leisure System Records. Check it out here