The week’s best new electronic music releases, plus conversations with house explorer Marquis Hawkes and UK techno institution Luke Slater.
When people talk about electronic music in the UK, our thoughts often first drift toward the so-called hardcore continuum that has spawned jungle, drum & bass, grime and numerous other styles of low-end-centric sounds. However, while those bass-centric rhythms have left a particularly distinct mark on electronic music, the UK has also been responsible of plenty high-quality house and techno offerings over the past few decades. On this week’s episode of First Floor, we’ll revisit some of that history with the help of two British producers. Up first is an interview with Marquis Hawkes, an artist who’s now settled in Berlin and has found himself gravitating toward a groove-laden, ’90s-reminiscent vibe on The Marquis of Hawkes, his latest album for the Houndstooth label. Also joining the program is Luke Slater, a UK techno mainstay who’s been a pillar of the genre for the past three decades while working under a wide variety of names. With his new Roar EP (which he created as L.B. Dub Corp) arriving this week via Stroboscopic Artefacts, he surveys his numerous monikers and reflects on the current state of electronic music. Elsewhere, host Shawn Reynaldo highlights all of the week’s best new electronic music offerings.