DANCE BEAT: Pete Tong, Basement Jaxx, Autechre…

Influential English radio and club DJ mixes new volume of Essential series, due March 20.

The fourth installment in the Stateside Essential Mix series is mixed by venerable British radio and club DJ Pete Tong, who is also responsible for launching the series. Due March 20, Tong’s 15-cut mix finds the DJ lending his signature deep, soulful vibe to a journey through house, techno and trance, including songs by Blaze (“My Beat”), Way Out West (“Intensify”) and Photek (David Morales‘ remix of “Mine to Give”). In addition to founding and operating the cornerstone British dance label FFRR in 1988, Tong has hosted the immensely popular BBC Radio 1 Friday-evening show “Essential Selection” for the last decade. He will begin a two-week DJ tour in support of Essential Mix March 23, when he will broadcast his Radio 1 show live from the Winter Music Conference in Miami Beach. Past volumes in the Essential series were mixed by Fatboy Slim, Paul Oakenfold and, most recently, Boy George. …

South London house heroes Basement JaxxFelix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe — will release the follow-up to their 1999 full-length debut, Remedy, June 26 on Astralwerks, according to a spokesperson for the duo. Remedy featured a slew of tracks that became club staples over the last two years, including “Rendez-Vu” and “Red Alert.” …

The next album by Autechre, the Sheffield, England, deities of experimental techno, will be titled Confield and is due April 17 on Warp Records, according to a spokesperson for the label. Aside from featuring nine new tracks by the duo, Rob Brown and Sean Booth, no other information on the album is available yet. On six albums and a slew of EPs and side projects over the last seven years, Autechre have defined a new branch of electronic music with their skittering, disorienting rhythms and enveloping caverns of sound. In addition to a second collection of Peel Sessions recordings that came out in January, their most recent releases were the curiously named 1999 album EP7 and a 1998 self-titled LP. The duo plans to tour the U.S. for the first time since 1998 following Confield‘s release. …

Gurgling-techno masters Mouse on Mars will release their sixth full-length, cutely titled Idiology, May 8 in America on Thrill Jockey Records. The album’s first single will be “Actionist Respoke,” which comes out Feb. 20 and features vocals by Dodo Nkishi, who plays drums during the group’s live shows. The Dusseldorf, Germany, duo — Andi Toma and Jan St. Werner — will support Idiology with a month-long North American tour beginning June 8. Mouse on Mars’ most recent album was 2000′s Niun Niggung, which was followed late last year by Instrumentals, a reissued collection of older tracks. …

The latest release from Matthew Herbert, the British experimental-techno producer who also records as Doctor Rockit and Wishmountain, will be an album called Bodily Functions, which is due May 15 in the U.S. on Studio K7. The record’s first single, “Leave Me Now,” will include remixes by Detroit electronic funkster Recloose and Atlanta experimentalist Richard Devine. Herbert recently mixed a volume in Tresor Records’ Globus Mix series titled Let’s All Make Mistakes, which came out in October and featured tracks by Theo Parrish and Hombre Ojo. Bodily Functions will be followed by a world tour, with Herbert performing live with a trio. …

British duo Groove ArmadaAndy Cato and Tom Findlay — have added funk legend Nile Rodgers to the list of collaborators on their third album, which is nearing completion after seven months in the studio, according to a spokesperson for their U.S. label, Jive Electro. Although still untitled, the pair have nearly completed 18 tracks for the follow-up to their 2000 hit LP Vertigo, which is due this summer and will also feature appearances by rapper Jeru the Damaja and soul singer Me’Shell Ndegeocello. Groove Armada will play their first U.S. show of the year on March 24 at the Winter Music Conference in Miami Beach, on the roof of the Sony Building, and have plans for both a live-band and DJ tour following the new album’s release. …

DJ Keoki‘s first album in almost four years, Jealousy, will be released April 24 on Moonshine Music. The follow-up to his 1997 hit LP Ego Trip, Jealousy is just Keoki’s second solo album, although he has released a number of mix-CDs, including 1998′s Inevitable Alien Nation and last year’s entry in the djmixed.com series. …

The recently released triple-CD The Out Sound From Way In! collects four albums by early electronic-music pioneers Jean Jacques Perrey and Gershon Kingsley, including the duo’s 1966 landmark recording, The In Sound From Way Out! In addition to Perrey & Kingsley’s 1967 album, Spotlight on the Moog (Kaleidoscopic Vibrations), Out Sound also features two of Perrey’s solo albums, 1969′s The Amazing New Electronic Pop Sound of Jean Jacques Perrey and 1970′s Moog Indigo, as well as seven recent remixes of the artists’ work, including two Fatboy Slim versions of their song “E.V.A.” The pair’s pop-oriented compositions using innovative instruments such as the Moog and the Jenny Ondioline — as well as their construction of audio tape loops to create collage-style recordings — helped to popularize the then new concept of electronic sound. …

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. …

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. …

— sonicnet.com staff report