Telekom Electronic Beats, the international award-winning music program of Deutsche Telekom, offers up its next festival of groundbreaking avant-pop and techno this weekend in its new home of Bucharest.
Since launching a Romanian version of their famed online publication Electronic Beats in March last year, the platform has extensively explored the developments of the Country’s progressive underground music scene, documenting the club nights, festivals, and diverse array of sounds coming from both its new wave of homegrown artists and recognisable talents.
Now continuing on their run of specialised electronic events in Romania, Telekom Electronic Beats head to Bucharest’s renowned Expirat Club this week, presenting over 20 artists from all corners of the experimental dance music spectrum alongside a number of label showcases from revered imprints like Lehult and Discwoman.
The Festival will also offer a lifestyle market which, as well as hosting a pop-up store from German label Kompakt, will give creatives of fashion, design, and more a chance to sell their creations. Ahead of the festivities this weekend, we’ve handpicked 5 of our favourite acts you don’t want to miss out on, read on below.
New York-based DJ collective and cultural activists Discwoman have been presenting their brand of “technofeminists” since 2014, operating as a booking agency and event platform for women, LGBTQ+ people, non-binary people, and people of colour.
Created by Frankie Decaiza Hutchinson, Christine McCharen-Tran and producer and DJ Emma Burgess-Olson aka Umfang, their Telekom Electronic Beats Festival showcase sees them invite a number of friends and affiliates for a trusty exploration of only the freakiest forms of dance music, with Volvox, VTSS, and Akua joining Umfang at the controls.
Another imprint that has been taking the club scene by storm since its inception in 2014, German label Lehult is made up of crew members Eddie Ness, Johan Kaseta, Liem, Lucky Charmz and DJ Assam, each of whom has released their own brand of twisted house via a series of well received 12 inches.
Their Hamburg parties have boasted guests like Shanti Celeste, Jeremy Underground, Boo Williams and Galcher Lustwerk, and their takeover at Telekom’s Bucharest edition sees them link up with another clubland favourite, as DJ Seinfeld joins them for the full session.
3. Donna Leake
Closely associated with London’s favourite hi-fi bar Brilliant Corners, for which she acts as a resident DJ and part-time grafter, Nottingham’s Donna Leake has quickly risen to become one the underground’s most exciting selectors. Her unpredictable sets offer a continual journey into the unknown by way of jazz, soundtracks and rare dancefloor treats.
4. DJ Seinfeld
Swedish-born producer Armand Jakobsson has recorded music under several aliases in recent times, and whilst releases as Rimbaudian have seen Jakobsson land on both Meda Fury and Ten Thousand Yen, it’s his productions under moniker DJ Seinfeld that has spread his name amongst house music fans worldwide.
Tagged as a spearhead of the “lo-fi” wave that fled into the underground dance floors of 2016, Seinfeld’s winning formula of fusing emotive vocal cuts with dreamy pads and crisp percussion has kept him in high demand, and having already found home on several grade-A labels, his equal ability behind the decks makes him one of the wildest DJs around.
5. Raphaël Top-Secret
When he isn’t trawling the records stores of his native Paris, Raphaël Top Secret can be regularly heard rocking some of the best underground parties around the world as far as Sao Paulo or Vancouver. Not afraid to push the boundaries of club music, as a DJ Raphaël can be heard moving effortlessly between everything, from Boogie, Downtempo, Rap, Reggae, Afro Caribbean synth bangers, Ambient or Industrial dance to the deepest late 80’s and early 90’s House. Recently tapped up by heavy hitters like M music From Memory boss Jamie Tiller, Hunee, Antinote and Macadam Mambo, we’re more than sure he’ll bring his A-game to Bucharest.
Telekom Electronic Beats Festival takes place at the Expirat Club of Bucharest, Romania from June 13-16.
More info and tickets available here.
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