Gesaffelstein: The next big thing in EM

Gesaffelstein may just be the next big thing in electronic music. The artist, whose birth name is Mike Levy, plays in the Paris Social Club to resounding welcome.

He says he got the name Gesaffelstein while living in Belgium for six months and adds that it was a combination of two names, Gesamtkunstwerk and Einstein.

The Frenchman was not a born convert of electronic music but loved the arts, such as drawing and became attracted to the music after listening to the group Depeche Mode. After becoming initially hooked he started investigating more about electronic music and the sounds of Detroit where the house music first emerged.

He stopped listening and started learning more about playing himself. He got hooked up with a few other producers The Hacker being one of them back in 2007.

The pair now come together often for gigs and they are partners in running Zone Records. Levy states though that even if The Hacker was not around, he would still be doing his thing.

Now he spends time improving himself without the aid of others and got some real publicity and kudos after some releases of his own.


The next big thing from Belgium


Ultrasone (read her other news) could be Belgium’s next big thing. The DJ duo of Igor Vicente and Vernon Bara are long established on the club scene after making their first studio recording in 2011 with the track “Don’t FeelThis Way” turning them into household names at least in the dance music community. The tune came out in Visionquest 2011.

Their follow up album Breathe N Pop became even hotter and it’s now what they’re most known for. They’ve since had tracks with other labels including Hot Creations, Cityfox,Maison D’Etre, and Supplement Fact.

So hot they are, they’ve been playing gigs at The Flying Circus at Sankeys Ibiza all season.

The two came together after meeting and playing together at a few parties and then came into studio to pair up and the rest as they say is history.

Afterwards, they wanted to use a pseudonym and decided on the name after spotting a pair of Ultrasone headphones on a table and decided that the moniker would work.

The sounds of Ultrasone can be heard on SoundCloud and will take up a residency at Café D’Anvers and Fuse – club of Igor soon.


Bruges, Venice of the north

Bruges (read here other news) in Belgium is known as the ‘Venice of the North’ because of its many canals and is a Unesco World Heritage Site as much of its medieval architecture remains intact.

The city is beautiful to walk around in. Among its main sites is the Church of Our Lady with its outstanding brick tower. The church is home to the sculpture Madonna and Child which is thought to be the only Michelangelo sculpture that left Italy in his lifetime.

The city’s most famous landmark is the 13th-century belfry with a carillon of 48 bells. Other notable sites worth visiting are the Beguinage, Basilica of the Holy Blood, Saint Salvator’s Cathedral, the Groeningemuseum, City Hall on the Burg square, and the Provincial Court.

Bruges is also home to a number of festivals including the European Youth Film Festival of Flanders and the September Jazz Festival.

The city is served by the Bruges National Airport and the railway provides connections to other cities in Belgium as well as The Netherlands and France.

Belgium is famous for its waffles, fries, and beer and the Markt place is a good place to go to have a drink. The 3 star Michelin restaurant De Karmeliet is expensive but the meals are tasty while Den Dyver is less expensive but also good.


Google tackles the UK Internet music


Internet Company Google has decided to tackle the United Kingdom music streaming market.

The company has launched Google Play Music All Access in the UK, entering an already crowded market in an attempt to challenge Spotify, Deezer, Rdio, Xbox Music, Sony’s Music Unlimited, and Rara.

The new service will cost £9.99 per month but new customers will get it for £7.99 until September. The other services have free options while All Access does not.

All Access has already been launched in the USA, New Zealand, and Australia and there are plans to launch the service in other parts of Europe such as Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal and Spain.

The service will offer a range of features including unlimited “on-demand” access to millions of tracks; Smartphone apps; recommendations for new music, and a personalised radio feature.

The UK is the fastest growing market for streaming music in the world. Over 20 million people paid for subscription music services last year.

People in the UK streamed more than 3 billion tracks in 2012 earning more than £49 million in income for British record labels.