So since I’m posting about locals at the moment. I want to also take a second and shout out NC DJ Podcast. In a place like North Carolina electronica listeners can sometimes be dispersed pretty widely, even in a population centers like Raleigh. This podcast features DJs and artists of every variety of music and all levels of play–clubs, lounges, radio, studio, live. Always something worthwhile to checkout here, for the tunes and the skills.
DJ FM is a talented local guy from Raleigh, NC. He’s always expanding his sound in new directions, and pretty adventurous in his production. So far I’ve heard his hard-edged old-skool progressive material and his more recent neo hip-house material on the EP Influenced–he did that one with another local cat, Big Hop,. More recently he seems to have explored a deeper, more melodic house sound with spacey grooves and bass lines. Like a lot of the folks into electronic dance music in the area, he found his way into electronica through a different genre. . .metal. . . Well people are complex, and not everything can be explained, but this remix he sent me recently is so good I wanted to talk about it a little. Enjoy!
Mux Mool is Brian Lundgren, an artist from Minnesota with a release upcoming on the always brilliant Ghostly International. “Lady Linda” is a chilly blend of hip-hop and electronica. Synths melt and glisten over atmospheric waves of chimes and twangs. It’s icy and spacey, but nicely balanced by a grinding squelch drills intensely throughout. Excellent stuff!!
Been a while since I’ve posted, but things are going again so there will be more in the days to come. This mix by Menace was made on January 3rd, 2010 to support the tenth anniversary of his Work it Baby label (see below). It pretty amazing stuff. I played it a coule of weeks ago during my radio show on WKNC and had a great response. It’s definitely something to check out. That Poni Hoax track blew my mind! I hadn’t heard of them before, and now can’t wait to hear more! Here’s the playlist with the track below:
Little Boots – Earthquake(Dekker and Johan Remix)
lullabies -aeroplane remix
myers briggs – red cooler
ryan davis – vanderbird
aphex twin – on
stephan bodzin – mustang
badly drawn boy – promises
metro area – mirua
pony hoax – antibodies 128
rozzo – blue
instra-mental – leave it all behind
oliver koletzski – sure i can dyno
skatebard – pagans
Kris Menace‘s Work it Baby label is celebrating its tenth anniversary. Part of the celebration is a double CD set that make s the label’s amazing catalogue available in one place. The first CD features recent and unreleased tracks from the label that includes. With this posting I’m including one of the best tracks from the CD.
Work It Baby is a French House label that specializes in an energetic synth driven sound that takes inspiration from the west coast disco sounds of, say, Patrick Cowley. But this is not some Hi-NRG rehash–the releases consistent are more than the sum of their influences. That’s a good thing in this case–the sound of San Fran. disco can pretty easily become shlocky and cheeseball. Work It Baby is _never_ like that. Their tracks are invariably mostly propulsive dancefloor monsters that manage to strike chords that are at time down right inspiring. Ten years is a long time to be cutting edge in a genre like electronic music-everything is about the future, what is to come, what’s next, the new directions. Any artitst or labels who rest on their laurels for too long are pretty soon played out when they play out. Menace is still generating excitement through both of his labels. (Compuphonic is the other.)
Work It Baby, well, works it. One of the surest signs of that is the selection of artists in its catalogue. Patrick Alavi of Germany has been shining more brightly with each release. His own boutique label, roXour, is celebrating its 5th anniversary right now. His 2004 track “Power” gets a remix from Menace for the anniversary disc. This track manages to showcases all of the best features of the label-an extraordinary build with increasingly complex synth elements that final explode into an aurora borealis of color. The music is like a laser light show, and no worhtwhile dancefloor could resist this track for very long–Menace’s skillful briliance is that he so ably brings his voice to an artist’s track without undermining the spirit what made the original so fantastic in the first place.