Dance Beat: Señor Coconut, Moonbeam, Mad Marj ...

German techno producer records album of Latin Kraftwerk covers under new alias.

Señor Coconut, the latest persona concocted by Uwe Schmidt, the prolific Frankfurt, Germany-bred techno producer now residing in Santiago, Chile, will release his debut, El Baile Aleman, a collection of nine Latin-style covers of classic Kraftwerk songs, due July 4 on Emperor Norton. Spanish for "The German Dance," the amusing album includes cha-cha versions of "The Robots" and "Neon Lights" and merengue versions of "Tour de France" and "Autobahn." In addition to Pop Artificielle, a quirky album of electro covers of classic pop songs he released earlier this year, under the name lb, Schmidt released a slew of ambient records in the '90s under the alias Atom Heart and also runs the techno label Rather Interesting. ...

Nearly 1000 people gathered Saturday (June 17) on San Francisco's Pier

39 to dance and raise awareness about protecting the city's nightlife.

Many of the city's late-night venues have been forced to close or

have been refused various permits. The San Francisco Night Life

Coalition sponsored the event, which featured lectures from city

officials as well as sets by local DJs, including Moonbeam and Mad Marj. ...

Josh Wink, Carl Craig, Todd Terry, Doc Martin, Robbie Hardkiss and the Bassbin Twins are among the DJs scheduled to perform at Sapphire, the premiere event of the Gem Party Series, organized by Connecticut-based promoters Kemical Equation. The event takes place July 15, at the Connecticut Expo Center in Hartford, and also features Genaside II, Swayzak, Adam X, John Selway and

DJ Roland. Other attractions include a debut of the Sony PlayStation 2 gaming system and a breakdancing contest. More information is available at the event's Web site, www.kemicalequation.com. ...

The Chicago post-rock collective Isotope 217 will release their third album, Who Stole the I Walkman?, Aug. 8 on Thrill Jockey. The band, which includes Tortoise members Jeff Parker, John Herndon and Dan Bitney, blends elements of live improvisational jazz with studio manipulation and electronic rhythms and textures. Unstabl Molecule, the group's 1997 debut, was essentially a live experimental-jazz recording, while last year's Utonian Automatic EP moved closer to the mix of styles realized on Who Stole the I Walkman?. Last year, the band also put out Commander Mindfuck, a two-song collection of remixes. ...

The fourth album by French instrumental hip-hop producer

COLOR="#003163">DJ Cam, Loa Project (Volume II), will

be released July 11 on Six Degrees Records. Closer in style to his 1994

debut, Underground Vibes (released in the United States in 1996,

as part of Mad Blunted Jazz), the new album's 12 tracks are heavy with film-noirish soundscapes and heavy, loping beats. ...

Scottish duo Arab Strap, who

released their third album, Elephant Shoe, on June 6, will

release Mad for Sadness on July 4, on Jetset Records. A

collection of live tracks from a 1999 London concert plus three songs

previously unavailable in the United States, Mad for Sadness

reveals the team of Aidan Moffatt

and Malcolm Middleton's mix of

electronic rhythms with guitars in sparse song structures. ...

Two new solo tracks by Barry Harris,

half of the hot production duo

COLOR="#003163">Thunderpuss, will be released on a single due

July 25, his spokesperson said. "Beg for It," a tribal club track that

samples his former Kon Kan hit "I

Beg Your Pardon," is backed by "Dive in the Pool," which features

Pepper Mashay on vocals. In addition

to the single's release on Nervous Records, the songs will be released

to club DJs at the end of June. ...

London techno producer James Ruskin

recently released his second solo full-length LP, Point 2, on the

respected Berlin label Tresor. A leading purveyor of minimal techno

whose driving rhythms can fill a dance floor but whose precise layered

textures stand up to intense sonic scrutiny, Ruskin also runs his own

techno label,

Blueprint Records, which released his 1998 debut, Further Design.

...

The first Stateside release by legendary UK club Ministry of Sound's

record label will be a double mix-CD called Trance Nation

America, due June 27, via Ultra Records. The collection's two discs,

mixed by Los Angeles trance DJ

COLOR="#003163">Taylor and New York's

COLOR="#003163">Jimmy Van M, feature tracks by

COLOR="#003163">BT and

COLOR="#003163">LSG and represent the deep-trance sound that

is steadily gaining American fans. ...

British duo Death in Vegas will

repeat a webcast June 16–18 of a November performance at Shepherd's

Bush Empire in London on their official Web site

(www.death-in-vegas.co.uk). The Nov. 7 show, originally broadcast on

nme.com, featured guest appearances by Primal

Scream's Bobby Gillespie,

Dot Allison,

COLOR="#003163">Jesus and Mary Chain's

COLOR="#003163">Jim Reid and the

COLOR="#003163">Londo Community Gospel Choir. Death in Vegas

(Richard Fearless and

COLOR="#003163">Tim Holmes) also are set to release on July 3

a new UK single, "One More Time," on Concrete Records. The track, which

features vocals by Gillespie, will be available only as a

limited-edition red-vinyl 10-inch. The duo have returned to the studio

to work on the follow-up to last year's The Contino Sessions and

are scheduled to appear at four of Britain's biggest summer festivals

— Glastonbury (June 23), T in the Park (July 9), V2000 (Aug.

19–20) and Creamfields (Aug. 26). ...

Rare and exclusive tracks by Twilight

Circus, Spectre,

COLOR="#003163">DJ Spooky and Audio

Active all appear on Wreck This Mess: Remission 2, a

compilation of electronic dub, released June 6 on France's Noise Museum

Records. Laurent Diouf, host of the weekly "Wreck This Mess" French

radio program, selected the tracks for the compilation, which is

distributed in the United States by BSI. ...

Veteran underground New York drum & bass DJ/producer

COLOR="#003163">Swingsett collaborated with former

COLOR="#003163">Slide Five leader J.

Warrin (born John Warrin) on Sights Unseen, which was

released June 7. The 10-song album, released on the duo's new label,

Ism, combines elements of drum & bass with dub and soulful vocals by

Swingsett's wife, Lisa Shaw. ...

Belfast, Ireland's David Holmes will

work on tracks for upcoming albums by the Manic

Street Preachers and

COLOR="#003163">Tricky vocalist

COLOR="#003163">Martina, according to the innovative

producer's British management company. Further details have not been

announced. Holmes' third solo album, Bow Down to the Exit Sign,

due Monday (June 12) in the United Kingdom on Go!Beat, has not yet been

picked up by a U.S. label. ...

— sonicnet.com staff report