The Avalanches Announce 13-City 2022 North American Tour

The Avalanches tour dates

After releasing a deluxe edition to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their landmark album Since I Left You in June (the full-length was originally released by Modular Recordings in 2000 and the U.S. and U.K. in 2001 to massive critical acclaim) featuring previously unreleased remixes by the likes of Prince Paul, MF DOOM, Black Dice, Leon Vynehall, Sinkane and Carl Craig, enigmatic Australian electronic outfit The AvalanchesRobbie Chater and Tony Diblasi — have announced they are North America bound in early 2022.

The 13-city trek kicks off on February 17 at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. and concludes on March 6 at The Warfield in San Francisco.

Talking about the group’s historic album, Chater reflected: “I remember very clearly a few things. We decided to not have any of our voices on it, which made it last because it’s a kind of transmission; nothing date-stamps it to that time. Also we were careful not to use any trendy software from 1999 or 2000. So it does seem to just float around in time…”

“Music lovers get it, and that’s what we ultimately are,” he continues. “It’s almost like an exploration of our relationship with the world and with music and, as music fans, what our place is in the whole process. Looking back, I’m proud of this record as a pure expression of joy and love, heart on its sleeve and is free from irony.”

The Avalanches 2022 North American Tour Dates
February 17 9:30 Club, Washington, D.C.
February 18 Terminal 5, New York, NY
February 19 Theatre Of Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA
February 20 Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA
February 22 Phoenix Concert, Theatre Toronto, CA
February 23 Majestic Theatre, Detroit, MI
February 24 Metro, Chicago IL
February 25 Varsity Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
February 27 Gothic Theatre, Englewood, CO
March 1 Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, CA
March 2 Neptune, Theatre Seattle, WA
March 3 Roseland, Theatre Portland, OR
March 6 The Warfield, San Francisco, CA

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Chris Liebing Relaunches CLR Records

Chris-Liebing Another Day

German techno DJ/producer Chris Liebing has announced the relaunch of his CLR imprint.

Founded in 1999, the label, whose moniker originally stood for Chris Liebing Recordings, went on to sign music by a spate of techno artists such as Tommy Four Seven, Flug and Monoloc during a phase Liebing dubbed Create Learn Realize before going on hiatus.

“Since putting the label on ice in the mid-2010s, I’ve always missed label work and the connections that you have with other artists, especially the possibility to discover new upcoming artists and help them grow by giving them a platform for their music,” says Liebing. “I’ve decided to start Phase 3 of CLR, calling it ‘Create Learn Repeat.’ There are so many talented young ones out there, and it’s fantastic to see and hear what they do and to be able to help them get a foot in the door of this business.”

Liebing’s hard-hitting three-track Bruson EP will kick things off on July 16, and he says he has put together a pipeline of releases. “Besides my own ‘first’ new release, I already have some great releases lined up by artists like Frankie Bromley, Gene Richards Jr. and Hertz Collision and more to come. Fun times ahead, let’s create, learn and repeat.”

In related news, Liebing will release his Another Day full-length album via Mute on November 19. The follow-up to 2018’s Burn Slow features collaborations with Polly Scattergood, Ralf Hildenbeutel, Ladan, Tom Adams and Maria Uzor.

At the end of June, Liebing dropped a visual video for “Something Half Way” off the upcoming release.

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Chicago Footwork Innovator RP Boo Taps Battle Track Mentality on ‘Established!’

RP Boo

Kavain Space, better known as RP Boo, will release Established!, his fourth album for Mike Paradinas’ Planet Mu, on September 17. The album’s opening track, “All My Life,” is now available and can be heard below.

Regarded as one of the founding fathers of footwork, the raw, frenetic offshoot of Chicago house music, Space taps into his ghetto-house roots and takes another giant leap forward on the 12-track full-length that he describes as having a “battle track mentality.”

Big Shot got an advance listen to Established!. Among a selection of exhilarating sample tracks like “Another Night To Party,” we discovered “All Over.” It’s a righteous reconstruction of a famous British musician’s ’80s reimagined from a Windy City perspective. (You’ll have to pick up the album to find out more.)

While Space is coming out with his guns blazing on his long-player, all he wants to do is to spread positivity.  “I want the listeners to really get close to something beautiful, to enjoy with family and friends.”

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Pole Two-Track Vinyl Release Out in August

Pole Stefan Betke

German glitch/dub producer and acclaimed mastering engineer Stefan Betke, who records under the Pole alias, will issue a two-track, 12-inch vinyl release titled “Tanzboden” via Mute on August 13.

Betke’s latest effort, which will also be available digitally, came out of loops created during the recording sessions for his 2020 album, Fading, for Mute. “I began working in my Berlin studio,” he explains, “doing research and listening to the single recording sessions of ‘Fading’ to remember what I did exactly and to find out what I think about the recording months after finishing it.”

Regarding the title of the upcoming release, he says, “Tanzboden is an old-fashioned word for a dance floor constructed during the harvest time, mostly outdoors, and ‘Rost’ is the German word for rust which is an interesting connection to Tanzboden. If the dance floor is not really used for a long time anymore it starts to rust, and as the screws and metal plates which are holding the wooden parts together disappear slowly over the years, so does the Tanzboden itself.”

The video for the first track titled “Rost” can be heard below.

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