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Four to the Floor

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120 minsFirst aired 5 Jun 2019
Teddy Guerreo

Derrick May, Juan Atkins, Ellen Allien, Juan Maclean and more house and techno dons on what keeps them moving and grooving.

Get ready to move and shake, today’s episode is dedicated to irresistible 4/4 beats and groovy syncopated rhythms, featuring conversations with a range of DJs and producers working within the realms of techno and house. To start, take a trip to Detroit to hear from the techno originators themselves, Derrick May and Juan Atkins, as they examine the early days of the techno sound we all know and love. We’ll also hear from fellow Motor City mainstay DJ Bone, one of the city’s most-coveted underground vinyl technicians. Heading eastward, we’ll make stops in New York City and Montréal, and hear from DFA affiliate Juan MacLean, a key force in shaping the label’s electro-punk sound. Then it’s off to the UK where we examine the effects of dubstep, hardcore and UK garage on house and techno with London’s DJ Skream and Bristol’s techno-bass technician Hodge. Last stop is mainland Europe where we hear from Grenoble, France’s dark lord of synthesis; the Hacker about his work with Miss Kittin and the influences of new wave and punk; and Berlin’s Ellen Allien on 20 years of her trailblazing label, Bpitch.

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Engineered by Ryan Woodhall
Produced by Sara Casella

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