The Reflex Revision

Retreading the disco steps, I’ve recently discovered a series of remix (“revision”) work by The Reflex. The sound and style is so authentic that at first I thought the Reflex revisions were original edits from the era, perhaps some forgotten b-sides.

Turns out, The Reflex is fresh-faced london-based French-born Nicolas Laugier, but he uses only the original sounds from the master tapes to breathe new life into soul, pop and disco classics.

Approximation Festival: Patten

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Patten have been performing and releasing music on ultra-limited edition CDRs since 2006, whilst also running their imprint Kaleidoscope. Following a series of increasingly intense live performances, billed alongside artists as varied as Thurston Moore, DJ Spooky, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Leafcutter John, Caribou, and JD Samson, the first official patten LP GLAQJO XAACSSO was released in September 2011 through boutique UK label, No Pain in Pop to widespread acclaim.

Patten’s subtle song structures develop between steeply flanked crystal-like sounds. Distinctive perplexities envelop the sharp-edged romance of the songs, the minimal arrangements avoid the usual retro-traps. [https://soundcloud.com/patttten]

Performing at the Approximation Festival in Dusseldorf.

Approximation Festival: Dorian Wood

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Los Angeles-based artist Dorian Wood has brought his emotionally-charged performances to concert halls, museums, music venues and performance spaces throughout the U.S., Mexico and Europe, with a voice that channels the skill and ferocity of such auteurs as Scott Walker, Nina Simone, Nick Cave and Tom Waits. [http://www.dorianwood.com/]

Dorian’s most recent album, Rattle Rattle, is an epic collection of original doomsday-themed songs that form one strong, continuous piece incorporateing over 60 musicians, including a 45-member choir assembled by Dorian himself. He is currently working on a new album, scheduled for release in 2017, of which a few songs he previewed at the Approximation Festival.

Performing at the Approximation Festival in Dusseldorf.

Trivago Academy

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Every Wednesday Life at Trivago hosts a weekly academy. Every Wednesday. It’s free, in English and open to the pubic.

This week was “New Technologies in the Sharing Economy” with Jurjen De Vries (pictured):

“I intuitively trust in serendipity and I’m always hungry for knowledge about new technologies. That way I became one of Google’s Top Contributors and was one of the first in the Netherlands that tested the Google Glass”

Next week sees entertainer, magician, host, bestselling author and keynote speaker Thorsten Havener unraveling the secrets of non-verbal communication. We’ve all heard that one before. The techniques Thorsten uses are apparently being used in space travel and by the military, mediators, interrogation specialists and the intelligence services: could be handy to know.