The week’s best new electronic music, plus a conversation with Russell E.L. Butler about the techno idealism behind their debut LP.
With Shawn Reynaldo on vacation this week, longtime Red Bull Music Academy contributor Lauren Martin takes the reins of First Floor, offering up two hours of the best new electronic music. Amidst all the excellent new tunes from across the electronic spectrum, she also carves out some time to interview rising techno talent Russell E.L. Butler, whose debut album The Home I’d Build For Myself and All My Friends is set to arrive this week via the Left Hand Path label. Created in the aftermath of the tragic Ghost Ship fire, the LP finds Butler building an ideal world defined by freedom, community and social justice. The Oakland-based producer speaks about the record’s genesis, its intensely personal origins and an optimistic vision for the future.