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54 North Orange Ave
Orlando, FL, 32801
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Digitalism is a German electro duo, founded in 2004 in Hamburg, consisting of Jens "Jence" Moelle and Ismail "Isi" Tüfekçi. Jens likens Digitalism's songs to simple chapters in a complex novel about social interaction and attraction, with distorted baselines and thumping rhythms comprising the punctuation.
Digitalism is pioneering the electro-punk and indie dance movements, making appearances at festivals such as Coachella and various clubs worldwide.
Digitalism's debut album, Idealism, was released 9 May 2007 as Digitalism on Toshiba EMI Records in Japan, on May 21, 2007 on Kitsuné Music in France and on Astralwerks in North America. The album includes re-edits of the previously released singles "Jupiter Room", "Zdarlight" as well as their "Digitalism in Cairo" original re-edit of a track by the Cure which actually doesn't feature a sample from the track.
In June 2011, Digitalism released the second studioalbum, I love You Dude, on Cooperative Music. The ablum includes the previously released singles "Blitz" and Stratophere", the hit-single "2 Hearts" and a cooperation with Julian Casablancas. All over the sound on the second album has become more openminded. Digitalism's sound is crossing the limits between Electro, Rock and Indie.
Digitalism has remixed tracks for Tom Vek, The Futureheads, Daft Punk, Tiga, Klaxons, White Stripes, Monk, Depeche Mode, Cut Copy and many others. Their tracks and remixes are played by DJs such as Erol Alkan, Soulwax, Boys Noize, and Justice, among others.
Jens Moelle has released a solo EP on Kitsuné Music under the name Palermo Disko Machine.
Q-Burns Abstract Message
Coaxing the maximum soul out of the machine
In the realm of dance music, there are few producers that thrive on blurring the
boundary between eclectic experimenter and populist ass-shaker as much as
Q-Burns Abstract Message. Equally comfortable covering Krautrock legends
Faust or dropping his favorite chunky house grooves into the mix, Q-BAM—
known to his parents as Michael Donaldson—is indeed the rare auteur. Whether
globetrotting as a DJ, co-running the Eighth Dimension Records label, remixing
artists like Rabbit in the Moon, Fila Brazillia and Youssou N'Dour, or recording his
own original productions, Donaldson is all about the coaxing the maximum soul
out of the machine.
Based in Orlando since the early-’90s, the former record shop owner and college
radio DJ has spent the past two decades developing a sound that is obsessively
devoted to the funk. His animated, vodka-soaked DJ sets have won audiences
for the well-traveled Donaldson from San Francisco to (literally) Siberia, and
landed him primo opening slots for GusGus, Chemical Brothers and Meat Beat
However, it’s his playful rhythms, surprising melodic themes and not-so-
surprising Eno-esque textures that demand attention. An accomplished indie
musician prior to releasing his first single as Q-BAM—the breakbeat noir of “141
Revenge Street” in 1995—Donaldson is first and foremost a songwriter, albeit
one that is just as enamored with the sheer power of the groove.
With a trusty Roland Juno 106 synth at his side, Q-BAM released three full-
length albums via the respected electronic label Astralwerks, including Invisible
Airline which featured several collaborations with vocalist Lisa Shaw. He has
recorded numerous singles for house-centric imprints such as Brique Rouge,
Slip N’ Slide, NRK and of course, Eighth Dimension. Q-BAM was also one of the
talented producers on alt-country icon Jim White’s 2001 Luaka Bop release No
Such Place. The album cast White’s stark vocals in a wasteland of dusty beats
and ghostly slide guitars, with Donaldson’s tracks providing some of its most
Though his “endless summer” schedule—more than 100 DJ dates annually—
and ongoing production projects would seemingly exhaust a mere mortal, Q-
BAM rather enjoys this 120-BPM soundtrack. Accordingly, Donaldson and
fellow Orlando producer/DJ Atnarko launched the deep house label EIGHT-
TRACKS, dedicated to releasing “strange sounds that you can dance to,” says
Q-BAM himself. Additionally, house imprint Agave Records tapped Donaldson to
throw down a mix CD titled Agave Nectar Vol. 1, available in fine records shops
Currently, Q-BAM is hard at work with his monthly Invisible Airwaves radio
show (syndicated to over a dozen stations worldwide) as well as studio and
label duties, and his constant DJ touring schedule. Recent Q-Burns Abstract
Message singles include the Italian-horror film inspired “Chainsaw” for EIGHT-
TRACKS, a collection of remixes by Cole Medina and Presslaboys of the classic
Invisible Airline track “Innocent” (featuring the vocals of Lisa Shaw), and a
revamped “Balearic Chainsaw” with mixes by Q-BAM pal Scott Hardkiss. As if
there wasn’t already enough deliciously warm and gooey queso already piled
high on his plate, Q-BAM is also hard at work recording a slew of tracks for an
upcoming mystery project, to be launched sometime within the year.
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