Damian Lazarus finds Get Lost 4

11 Aug

Besides being the classic DJ/producer duo, he is mostly known for being Crosstown Rebels’ trendy label big boss. Also, he mixed one of my favourite Fabric Series albums. Damian Lazarus is a massive name when it comes to house music nowadays. Now, he releases the 4th in the Get Lost DJ Mix series. This double vinyl sampler features five of the unreleased tracks made exclusively for this album. What i liked the most is the diversity : is features exclusive tracks from Chillean Techno heroine Dinky, to Berlin Legend Acid Paul, Barraca Music Dana Ruh, Guti’s cohort Shiva and Lithuanian groovesters Mario & Vidis.

The Get Lost series attempts to capture the magic of Crosstown’s own Get Lost parties on CD. Previous Get Lost series featured albums by Jamie Jones & Dinky. Jamie’s had good reviews as usual. Have a listen:

 

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Nicolas Jaar – Bluewave Edits

7 Aug

Hip-Hop gets jazzy electronic with style, thanks to Nico’s exquisite musicality.

http://soundcloud.com/nicolas-jaar/sets/nicos-bluewave-edits/

enjoy

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Introducing: Dubstep

24 Jun

It’s a fact that the latest years in electronic music were carved by the German techno influence. The rebirth of techno after the minimalistic wave have found Berlin as its nest, and today is from the German fields (or labels) that the most influential DJs, news and specially music are emerging. On the other hand, a giant when it comes to musical culture has been left behind by the electronic music community. London, the former capital of acid and deep house, jungle, punk and indie rock apparently doesn’t offer much more than Germany and even France when it comes to electronic music nowadays. How is that possible?

Rumors are that a big responsible factor for the fall of the British musical empire rests on its inhabitants having found home-sweet-home in an underdog genre, whose artists are mostly unknown outside the UK border: dubstep. A style that, unlike other movements and genres in electronic music, has some difficulties when it comes to being accepted worldwide.

Designating dubstep is a complex job, starting from the fact that it mixes drum’n’bass, hip-hop and 2-step, a slightly variation of garage house. It results in an approximately 110 BPM, arrhythmic and bass-focused music, filthy of elements and frequencies. The style emerged in the late 90’s on London’s black neighborhoods and had FWD party as its most important development media – the party still takes place in Shoreditch’s club Plastic People. By the way, dubstep was the first music genre to develop in the fast 2.0 internet era. The listeners were basically South London ex-drum’n’bass fans but radio stations like the pirate Rinse FM and even the giant BBC were responsible for making dubstep a synthesis of the UK youth identity.

Since its birth in 1999, the genre has grown and divided itself in branches, having today its own independent culture, scene and public. It actually has been an inspiration for a genre called “post-dubstep”, which includes names like Mount Kimbie, The XX, Joy Orbinson, among others. But according to Fabric club booker Shaun Roberts, the designation of post-dubstep is not valid as dubstep still exists, and it’s only applied as a journalistic designation for experimental bass line focused music made in the past years. The existence of an experimental sub-genre that feeds itself entirely from dubstep is a clear sign that it might be a major reference when it comes to electronic music, especially because unlike other waves like deep house, techno and nu disco, it’s not a revival: it’s still an unexplored genre.

Nowadays, the bass line is the most influential characteristic of dubstep in electronic music, which can be noticed in some artists’ productions such as Siriusmo, Martin Buttrich and English deep house sensation Maya Jane Coles. From deep to tech, the “fat bass” has been earning its space – and also playing random dubstep tracks on mixes has become a regular trend.

Listening to music superstars’ tunes, one can get the idea that Europe has being seen as a big source of references for current R’n’B, therefore the Londoner most popular genre couldn’t stay out of the charts, as we can notice listening to “Judas” from mother monster Lady Gaga or Britney Spears’ “Hold It Against Me” – produced by Christopher Mercer, a.k.a. Rusko, well-known English dubstep DJ and producer.

As a conclusion to all of these examples, it gets pretty clear how the bastard child of house and drum’n’bass has become a massive source of influence for electronic music today, and just like minimalism has made its way through many genres today, the time might have come for producers to drink on a new source.

Issue published on Housemag magazine Ed. 24 / june 2011

Art Department “The Drawing Board”

6 Jun

Kenny Glasgow and Johnny White despite being close friends and stalwarts in the Toronto electronic music scene for years, had not joined forces in the studio until only as recently as 2009, when Damian Lazarus called on them to remix Riz MC for his prestigious Crosstown Rebels Label. The result was an entirely new sound that drew cues from the best of both artists. It was a futuristic and raw, synth-driven, underground masterpiece, the start of a new idea and the birth of Art Department.

The latest album from the canadian deep house duo, The Drawing Board, features 11 tracks wich you can preview right here, right now. Enjoy:

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Introducing: Jamie XX

2 Jun

Two years ago, a timid and somehow revolutionary band has been presented to the world and loved by many: criticals, rockers, electronic music fans, post-punkers and even many people who have never been that much into music. And the most unusual – or, maybe, the major key to its success – is that it wasn’t one of those built-up bands brought to the music scene by famous producers or Hollywood agents: it was simply an East London duo who managed to express something pretty and different than everyone was used to listen, a melody so simple, touching and minimalistic that nobody saw it comming. Indeed I’m talking about The XX.

But not only the band was a great surprise, the major responsible for its musicality has also turned out to be something special. At age 22, Jamie XX is having a time of his life making music like never seen before. His name as a DJ has been acknowledged throughout Europe and his latest album with (recently deceased) rapper Gil Scott-Heron has taken him to another level of being a music persona, now more than ever. Jamie Smith has given this enlightening interview for Clash Magazine, where somehow you can start wondering if a next musical revolution is about to be born in the UK.

Jamie is one of the known to be parents of this movement called post-dubstep, that has been the cause of major influences in the electronic music scene. You can get to knoy it better in this lovely tumblr but I’ll write more about it in a while…

Tomorrow is the official date for his latest single release “Far Nearer”, which you can pre-listen here:

Also, have a listen to his lates mix for BBC Radio here. Don’t be scared, this is just the breakthrough, things will make more sense in a while. That’s usually what happens. Excited? I know I am. Specially to find out The XX‘s next album is comming soon.

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Full Album Stream: Arctic Monkeys “Suck It And See”

30 May

No big secret that I’m a massive Arctic Monkeys fan. Suck It And See is their fourth album, released this past week and available on iTunes for purchase. I’ve been listening to this for hours and, honestly, I don’t know… I liked it a lot but maybe I’ve had enough of their style, maybe I like their punk side better than this slightly 80’s movies soundtrack’s commercial pop-rock. Makes me wonder if Matt Helders is still on the drums, which has always been one of the most unique characteristics of the band to me. The first released single “Brick By Brick” is def my favourite. While the album title song and most of the others like “Piledriver waltz” and “She’s Thunderstorms” are nice and calm ballads (for Arctic Monkeys style, of course), there’s still some dirty tunes: go for “Library Pictures” and check it out. While you’re there, see if you could agree with me that “All My Own Stunts” is the perfect synthesis of the band, shall you?

Great album, after all.

Enough with the chatting, let’s get ourselves into this… click on the image to listen to the full album on stream:

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Maya Jane Coles “Focus Now” EP

13 May

There are very few artists who have made as much impact in such a short space of time as Maya Jane Coles.  At only 23 years old she has burst the deep house scene far beyond UK frontiers. The front cover of the latest Mixmag is a statement that the kiddo who was first known for her “Humming Bird” chill-out EP is providing the world the most amazing music. Her DJ sets are also pretty amazing, have a listen to this.

Having already released works of art on labels like Mobilee, Hypercolour, Crosstown Rebels, Defected and Real Tone, her newest EP is comming out this monday (may 16th) through 2020Vision records. Entitled “Focus Now” it features 4 tracks. My favourite is cool sexy “Spaceless” but here’s all four of them, so you can have your own pick. Enjoy:




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