Louise Brailey

Freelance Journalist

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the Guardian
12/15/2015
Italy's electronic underground: 'It's not a scene, more of an attitude'

Mine Italy's music history and it doesn't take long to hit on a strand of dance music outliers, from disco godfather Giorgio Moroder and the Italo movement to industrial pioneer Maurizio Bianchi, and techno DJs such as Marco Carola and Donato Dozzy. Yet these artists are the exceptions in Italy, even in the internet age.

Electronic Beats
05/10/2013
New Sounds Battling the Fear of Queer: Planningtorock

Electronic protest music? In this three-part feature from the Spring 2013 issue of Electronic Beats Magazine, we speak to three contemporary electronic music acts challenging traditional power structures through this most unlikely of musical forms. Here Louise Brailey talks to Janine Rostron aka Planningtorock.

Electronic Beats
08/20/2014
If you don't know about Karol Radziszewski's Dik Fagazine, you should

Born in Białystok in 1980, Karol Radziszewski studied painting at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts and is a co-founder of the art collective Szu Szu together with Ivo Nikic and Piotr Kopik. He is also the editor-in-chief and publisher of the DIK Fagazine, billed as "the first and the only artistic magazine from Central and Eastern Europe concentrated on homosexuality and masculinity."

XLR8R
Interview: Visionist

"I remember when rosary beads became popular and I was like, 'Nah, I don't want normal rosary beads. So I went and bought beads and got rosary beads made.'" Louis Carnell creases up at the memory, laughing through the visible cringe.

Dummymag
The Dummy Guide to Cómeme

Musically disparate, geographically diverse, and proudly weird: how the Cómeme family built one of the finest dance record labels around today.

Mixmag
Hannah Wants: 2015's DJ phenomenon

Beneath the blistering afternoon sun, Hannah Wants is giving Mixmag a tour of Ibiza's San Antonio district. "I literally came here with a dream..." she says, breaking off to take a photo of the poster for that evening's gig at Amnesia. Her logo, front and centre, completes the sentence for her.

Mixmag
Ida Engberg & Adam Beyer

Despite protestations to the contrary, Adam Beyer looks dog-tired. Collapsed in a chair, he's playing absentmindedly with the frayed edge of a slim-fit, black jumper poking from the sleeve of his slim-fit, black leather jacket. "It's been on repeat for the last six months," he says, in his baritone voice.

Electronic Beats
12/03/2013
DJ Richard recommends Heatsick's Re-Engineering

DJ Richard is a producer and DJ currently based Berlin. He is a founding member and co-label head of White Material together with musician and producer Young Male. In the upcoming issue of Electronic Beats Magazine, he expounds on his love of the new album from PAN-signed musician Heatsick.

Dummymag
Dan Bodan interview:

DFA songwriter Dan Bodan, fresh from releasing new album 'Soft', talks musical theatre, fanfiction, and growing up alongside the internet.

Electronic Beats
02/21/2013
Woo Life: an interview with Maxmillion Dunbar

As Maxmillion Dunbar, Andrew Field-Pickering creates sensate, intuitive electronic music: it's as if Field-Pickering, a voracious crate digger in his local record stores of Washington DC, has internalized decades of dance music-disco, boogie, go-go, hip-hop-refracting reference points through the right brain until they become snags of sonic phonemes in an advanced sonic language.

DJMag
DENSE & PIKA: GOING BALLISTIC

In 2011, a run of hand-stamped white labels announced the arrival of yet-another anonymous techno project. Going by the name Dense & Pika, the unit specialised in bunker-optimised techno: all booming kicks and raw, hardware-derived physicality. Twelve inches like 'Buttplug' and 'Vomee' pre-empted the wave of second gen, British warehouse bangers, and yet these productions felt special, different.

Electronic Beats
03/04/2014
Beats Per Month: March 2014

In our BPM column, we review a clutch of the most intriguing electronic music currently on offer. This month, Louise Brailey on EeOo, Evian Christ, Minor Science, Planningtorock, Untold and the new compilation from Power Vacuum.

Electronic Beats
03/03/2014
Too Many Man: Katy B's Real Guide to UK Funky

Katy B is the pop star we deserve. Louise Brailey catches up with UK bass music's biggest success story Katy B, who in turn ventures her own picks of the genre that helped break her. There's a distinguished history of British popular music that, on the one hand is larger than life; the other, kitchen sink.

Electronic Beats
11/12/2013
Beats Per Month: November, 2013

In our BPM column, we review a clutch of the most intriguing electronic music currently on offer. This month, Louise Brailey on Mr. Beatnick, Fis, Objekt, Nguzunguzu, Pearson Sound, and Renaissance Man. London's Mr Beatnick may not be the world's biggest self-promoter, preferring that his musical knowledge speak for itself.

Electronic Beats
11/12/2013
Beats Per Month: November, 2013

In our BPM column, we review a clutch of the most intriguing electronic music currently on offer. This month, Louise Brailey on Mr. Beatnick, Fis, Objekt, Nguzunguzu, Pearson Sound, and Renaissance Man. London's Mr Beatnick may not be the world's biggest self-promoter, preferring that his musical knowledge speak for itself.

Electronic Beats
01/21/2014
Last Man Standing: An interview with Marcel Dettmann

This week sees CTM kick off its annual winter residency at the center of Berlin's cultural world. Among the deluge of events which push at the seams of electronic music and performance, it's the Berghain blow-out helmed by Marcel Dettmann that promises to be a showstopper.

NOISEY
10/29/2013
What The Mercury Prize Shortlist Would Look Like If The Right People Were On The Panel | NOISEY

When the Mercury Music Prize nominations were announced last month, we weren't impressed. In fact we said they were a "staid group of albums, unrepresentative of the ethnic, age, social or musical mix of Britain... a narrow view of music picked by judges of a narrow background, creating the deeply false impression that British music has had its progressive, subcultural tendencies expunged."

Electronic Beats
06/13/2013
Black Humor: An interview with Powell

Louise Brailey speaks to the producer, DJ and label owner about hero worshipping Suicide, kicking against the swing and playing "Warbeat" to a club full of Germans. Oscar Powell makes music that sounds ill right down to its splintered bones.

NOISEY
09/03/2013
A History of Kompakt Records in Eight Releases | NOISEY

It's 1993, and in the city of Cologne - a good 573 km from Berlin, Germany's main protagonist in its self-mythologising post-unification dance history - buddies Wolfgang Voigt, Jörg Burger, Jurgen Paape and Ingmar Koch open a record shop called Delirium.

Resident Advisor
Review: Machinedrum in Berlin

Set back from a torpid canal opposite Hallesches Tor, Horst Krzbrg's exterior cuts a modest prospect. Yet, once inside, the ex-post office sheds all trace of municipality, replacing it with beat-up sofas, sticky walls and the kind of sound system that ensures you feel the bassline in your chest cavity.