Editors' pick

Michael Mayer


Editorial Review

As one of the founders of Cologne's Kompakt record label, Michael Mayer has been a prominent guiding hand in electronic dance music over the past decade. Kompakt flies the flag for avant-garde and minimal techno, tech house and other microgenres. (This isn't the thumping big-beat techno loved in stadiums and TV ads, but an intelligent, more minimal style; the beat is stripped down, though the dubby bass still maintains a dance floor-friendly edge.) Mayer's essential intro to the genre, his 2002 mix "Immer," was named the top DJ mix of the past decade by the influential Resident Advisor Web site. The latest in the Immer series, "Immer 3," is set for release in June, and it's another tour-de-force overview of a wildly diverse scene, from Kraftwerk-influenced synths of Smith N Hack to Superpitcher's gorgeously minimal reworking of Charlotte Gainsbourg's "The Operation." Get a sneak peek when Mayer makes his first visit to D.C. to spin at U Street Music Hall, joined by locals Brian Billion and Outputmessage. The kicker: Get in for free when you RSVP on Facebook, using the link above.

-- Fritz Hahn (May 17, 2010)