Seth Troxler & Ryan Crosson - Live @ WMC 2012 Miami - Circoloco Surfcomber Party - 22/03/2012
We are back from Miami WMC, what a week! Lots of inspiration and vibes to share with you! For now this set from Seth Troxler & Ryan Crosson will give you a nice overall feel from Miami. The Visionquest boys especially Seth Troxler were representing everywhere all week long and their Visionquest party Need I Say More was a real highlight! This set opens with Life and Death’s “Morgana” which was a big tune of the week. Plus there’s a few Cajmere tracks in this set which definitely represents a vibe from Miami, Seth Troxler opened his set with Damian Lazarus at Get Lost with a Cajmere track and not to mention Cajmere and Jamie Jones playing back to back at the Hot Creations party. Old school meets the new school and we all keep progressing forward!
It is the weekend, spring is in the air and with this mix Leed’s PBR STREETGANG brings the party! Bonar Bradberry and Tom Thorpe make up the boogie boat that is PBR STREETGANG. One of the most interesting and underrated partnerships to form through the infamous circus of Leeds nightlife. A collaboration that has earned them respect across the musical spectrum. The future looks bright for these rising stars who earned a residency at the epicentre of clubbing destinations, Ibiza’s ‘Space’ every summer and just released a single on Hot Creations, “Downstroke”. Their unique musical approach threads Paradise Garage disco to deep groovy house and tracky beats seamlessly, never failing to connect with the crowd. This mix show cases their unique ‘across the board’ approach to DJing. PARTY!
It is always exciting coming across a Vera mix, they are few and far between. Vera has steadily developed into the league of Frankfurt’s most prominent exports for house music, standing for sophisticated, deep, electronic dance music, somewhere between deephouse and techno. Vera is also part of the DJ/production duo Mara Trax with Miss Fitz/Maayan Nidam, a simple fusion of two DJs/producers that play tracks they like and that express their musical influences in their productions and friendship. There is a new Mara Trax EP coming out on Perlon this March and finally a solo Vera EP on Hello? Repeat in May. This mix is a beautiful example of Vera’s sophisticated style, so patient, deep and dubby house that walks us carefully through the increasingly blurry line between techno and house. Pure bliss!
Emerging from the shadows of the techno and house scene, London raised, Berlin-bound John Osborn cooks up a great contemporary mix of “slow, hard, deep with a bit of klunk.” We have been wanting to share one of John Osborn’s sets or radio show mixes for a while now. This mix for i-DJ hits the mark and is a great introduction to a veteran DJ who recently launched his new label TANSTAAFL together with partner Julian ‘DJ October’ Smith. The label is the first ever Bristol & Berlin based imprint, uniting the wealth of underground music talent in both cities. John Osborn just returned to his hometown of London for the first time in 13 years, which we find totally fascinating, he left London in 1999 when it was the center of the electronic music universe to be one of the early expats to settle in Berlin making it what it is today. “I am also slightly curious or intrigued – the London techno & house scene is a familiar stranger to me these days. There is no outside of music really – I am a designer by day to earn a few extra bread rolls, but I don’t consider myself to be the best designer in the world. Music is where my skill lays – it took me a long time to admit this to myself. I had to undo my preconditioned mind and get a better perspective on who I am and what I’m good at. I am much happier now!” John Osborn
The Wire’s Critical Beats #3 - Discussion featuring Simon Reynolds, Kode 9 and more.
What is the potential of the music? What is it that we are looking for in the innovation of electronic dance music? Where does innovation exist? Well, we love all these topics here and a good dialogue that pushes ideas forward and Simon Reynolds book Retromania was one of our favorite and inspired reads of 2011. Lucky for us The Wire brings together Hyperdub label boss and Sonic Warfare author Steve Goodman (a.k.a. Kode9), to chair the three panelists Simon Reynolds, Joe Muggs and Lisa Blanning; Mark ‘K-Punk’ Fisher unfortunately couldn’t attend (though there’s a great hauntological pun in Goodman’s introduction to mark his absence). The three discuss Aesthetics, Innovation and Tradition, specifically relating to dance music.
“The future is already here, it is just unevenly distributed.” William Gibson
We have kept an ear on Simon Baker for a few years now, but it would seem Simon is a bit of a late bloomer, starting to define his style as a deep house don, Simon Baker is finally coming into himself. A rejuvenated Simon Baker heads into 2012 with the result of a recent move to London dramatically expanding his horizons. The exposure to new surroundings and sources of inspiration has seen him throw himself into studio work during the first months of the year, with exciting results already materializing. A truly visionary sound-smith, York born, Baker signed Jamie Jones, Tim Green, Audiofly and Paul Woodford to his late, self founded record label in ’04, way before the hype had fully set in. Working out loops, fidgeting with heavy baselines and hugely clued up on hip hop, the raw beauty in Simon’s beats lies in his brave confidence to ignore genres. Still professing to have a lot to learn, one single set of Simon Baker’s is never the same. This is progressive listening for intelligent electronic connoisseurs, in this mix you will hear a Simon Baker and Robert James unreleased Hot Creations track and some classic Cajmere and Tyree, before switching gears to October and Caribou. Better late then never, class!
San Proper - Animal (Ricardo Villalobos Club Mix) SNIP
The master of elongated pieces of techno, Ricardo Villalobos, has delivered not one, but two remixes for Rush Hour artist San Proper, which will appear on a forthcoming 12” released March 23. While working frenetically on his debut album, San Proper took a few days out to visit Ricardo Villalobos in his Berlin studio. Over the course of three days (and nights) they worked on two extended, electronic excursions in trademark Villalobos style. The results are captured in a haunting piece which travels through a rich landscape of fine textures and in which San’s eery vocals fade in and out and carries the listener through his process of becoming an… animal.