DANCE BEAT: Nortec Collective, DJ Deep, Perry Farrell ...

Tijuana techno producers to release debut collection February 20.

The Nortec Collective of Tijuana, Mexico, electronic-music producers will release a compilation of tracks by its artists February 20 on Palm Pictures. The Tijuana Sessions Vol. 1 features 14 songs by seven Nor-tec producers, including Bostich (born Ramon Amezcua), Plankton Man (born Ignacio Chavez Uranga) and Terrestre (born Fernando Corona). The compilation, which represents the audio arm of the collective's multimedia efforts, wanders through the worlds of deep house, minimal techno and experimental electronic music. ...

Paris' DJ Deep has mixed the third installment in the Respect is Burning series of house compilations, which is due March 6 on Astralwerks. Based on the fabled Paris club night Respect, Respect to DJ Deep is the first in the series to be continuously mixed, and features such tracks as "Little" Louie Vega Featuring Blaze's "Elements of Life," Kerri Chandler & Jerome Sydenham's "Winter Blessing" and Kimara Lovelace's house anthem "Misery." Previous Respect collections included tracks by Stardust (a.k.a. Daft Punk's Thomas Bangalter) and Dimitri From Paris. ...

Perry Farrell will spin a two-hour DJ set in celebration of the Jewish holiday Purim March 8 in New York. Billed as DJ Peretz (his given Hebrew name), Farrell has DJed at a San Francisco event called Purimpalooza the last two years, and he will be billed similarly at the March 8 show, which will take place at Makor, a Jewish cultural center on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Purim is one of the most joyous Jewish holidays of the year, and commemorates the deliverance of the Persian Jews from destruction in the reign of the Persian king Ahasuerus, or Xerxes I, as recorded in the Book of Esther. Farrell is currently working on what will be his first solo album, which is due sometime this year on Virgin Records, according to his spokesperson. ...

French duo AirNicolas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunckel — have completed the long-awaited follow-up to their smash 1998 debut, Moon Safari, and have titled the album 10,000 Hz Legend, according to Astralwerks Records, their U.S. label. The album is due this spring, and features vocals by Beck and a member of Japanese rock band Buffalo Daughter. ...

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. ...

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. ...

— sonicnet.com staff report