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All-stars of minimal techno contribute remixes to upcoming collection.

Remixes of tracks from Berlin experimental-electronic producer Auch's (born Ekkehard Ehlers) 2000 album Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye by 11 of minimal techno's top artists, plus one by Ehlers himself, will appear on Remix Tomorrow Goodbye, which is due February 20. Among the producers included are techno veteran Gez Varley, German wunderkind Farben (born Jan Jelinek), California scenesters Jasper and Sutekh, and Irish digital-ambient newcomer Donnacha Costello. Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye was among several albums out of Germany last year that deftly combined elements of dub, house and techno to form a new blend of electronic music that marks a progression for all three genres. ...

Depeche Mode's upcoming 11th studio album will be titled Exciter, according to the band's official Web site (www.depechemode.com). The synth-pop trio are currently in the studio completing the mixing of the record, which is due in May on Reprise Records in the U.S. ...

Le Tigre, the latest punk-rock project of former Bikini Kill leader Kathleen Hanna, will release a new EP titled "From the Desk of Mr. Lady" January 23 on the Mr. Lady label. Rooted in decidedly lo-fi electronic beats that recall the riot grrrl aesthetic, Le Tigre — Hanna, Johanna Fateman and new member JD Samson (Sadie Benning is no longer in the band) — use the EP's seven tracks to launch tirades against, among other issues, Internet-induced complacency ("Get Off the Internet") and police brutality, specifically the New York City deaths of Amadou Diallo and Patrick Dorismond ("Bang! Bang!"). The trio released its self-titled debut LP in 1999. ...

The next release on electronic-dub maestro Stefan Betke's (a.k.a. Pole) ~Scape Records will be an album by Berlin producer Jan Jelinek titled loop-finding-jazz-records, which is due in early February. Following esteemed abstract albums on the label by Berlin new-dub player Burnt Friedman and San Francisco experimentalist Kit Clayton, Jelinek's album uses a device called a loop-finding modulation wheel to reassemble samples of jazz records into a refined, poetic confluence of Pole and Oval-style digital-click static and subtle minimal techno. Attempts to sonically emulate the Moire style of optical illusions are another beguiling effect of his music. In addition to a recent EP, "Tendency," on ~Scape, Jelinek has previously released several EPs on the Frankfurt, Germany, techno imprint Klang Elektronik as well as an album under the name Gramm on Source Records. ...

Portishead have begun recording their third studio album, according to a spokesperson for the group's new U.S. label, Island Records. No release date has been set for the record, and members of the trip-hop masters — producer Geoff Barrow, singer Beth Gibbons, bassist/guitarist Adrian Utley and DJ Andy Smith — haven't yet hinted at what direction they're venturing in. Portishead released the live album PNYC in 1998, four years after the release of their acclaimed debut, Dummy, which included the hit single "Sour Times" (RealAudio excerpt). Their second, self-titled LP came out in 1997. ...

Veteran electronic musician Robert Henke has released the third album under his Monolake moniker, titled Gravity and released on Monolake's eponymous record label. Following the project's 1997 debut on Berlin's Chain Reaction label, the dub-techno masterpiece Hongkong, which was produced with Gerhard Behles, and 1999's Interstate, Gravity melds the two albums' deliberate pacing and seemingly submerged production to hypnotic effect. ...

Following nearly two years on the road, a recent appearance on "The Tonight Show" and a live New Year's Eve concert in Edinburgh, Scotland, that was broadcast on MTV, Moby has returned home to New York to begin work on his next album. The star producer also received a Grammy nomination Wednesday (January 3) for Best Dance Recording for his song "Natural Blues," from 1999's acclaimed Play, and is scheduled to record a celebrity episode (for charity) of "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?" on February 1 in New York. ...

After releasing three albums in 2000, Finnish producer Vladislav Delay is already at it again, with his first album of the new year, Anima, due January 23. Following his exquisite deep-house reinvention as Luomo on the critically acclaimed Vocalcity, as well as his minimal-house incarnation as Uusitalo, the prolific Delay returns to the super-subtle textures that characterized his previous albums under his own name, including his 1999 album Renta for the revered Berlin label Chain Reaction. Delay is currently at work on the second Luomo album, which is due later in 2001. ...

Leading experimental-techno duo Autechre — Sheffield, England's Rob Brown and Sean Booth — will release their second Peel Sessions EP in January on Warp Records. The four tracks were recorded September 8, 1999, on John Peel's legendary BBC Radio 1 program. The songs, whose titles were supplied by listeners to the show who called in, are: "Gelk," "Bilfil," "Gaekwad" and "19 Headaches." Autechre have also just finished work on their seventh album, which is due in the spring, according to a spokesperson for Warp's recently opened U.S. office. ...

— sonicnet.com staff report