Preview the fifth release from Appian Sounds featuring tracks from NYC pair Joey Anderson and DJ Spider.
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Tin Man returns to Absurd Recordings for the label’s eighth Acid Test release.
Joey Anderson is the latest producer to confirm New York’s resurgence as a dance music hub. Like Levon Vincent, DJ Qu and Fred P, Anderson does not conform to the city’s traditional house tropes, avoiding diva garage and far removed from the dense tribal house marathons of a Danny Tenaglia DJ set.
It feels like Joey Anderson’s daring and intricate house assemblages and Latency’s musical bravado were fated to meet for a short but utterly sweet twenty-five minutes in 2013. After all, both the New Yorker’s recognisable beat flex and the French label itself are only young contributors to the game, with the former having appeared on just over ten EPs in the last three years – a rather prodigious output compared to most of his other New York contemporaries – and the latter being on their second but already impressive release after last year’s magnificent Post Industrial debut from Hakim Murphy and Ike Release’s Innerspace Halflife project. All in all, two characteristically different spheres of music which are both young and raring to get their sound noticed and embedded into our neural pathways.
2012 was undoubtedly one of Julian Smith’s busiest years to date. His October moniker graced records for a dizzying array of high-end labels, from Skudge and Apple Pips to Aus and Simple, not to mention his own TANSTAAFL imprint. Interestingly if not entirely surprisingly, all those labels shared some kind of commonality, all dealing in the strange and mysterious corners of contemporary electronic music with a euro-centric focus. Now Smith’s first solo release proper of 2013 sees a move away from neighbouring turf to instead link up with the Brooklyn-based Voodoo Down crew, a whole ocean away from any familiar stomping ground.
Sit back and enjoy an hour’s worth of house music mixed by a modern master – Joey Anderson.
In the hands of large scale labels, remix EPs rarely come across as anything but transparent attempts to milk a track’s popularity for all it’s worth, with the licensing of FCL’s ubiquitous 2012 cut “It’s You” by Defected accompanied by any number of unnecessary reworks the most overt recent example. At the other end of the scale there are 12”s such as this one from Eerie Records, a label founded by London dwelling Italian Marco Shuttle last year with the intention of loosely mirroring the Jeff Mills model with Axis Records.
Joey Anderson helms the first release from the new offshoot of LA label Absurd Recordings dedicated to “left of centre house and techno”.
Despite some stiff competition, one 12″ stood out as our record of the week thanks to its incredible remixes.
London dwelling Italian Marco Shuttle revisits his 2011 gem “The Vox Attitude” in the esteemed company of Pangaea and Joey Anderson – hear the results here.
Sometimes singular talent can be enough to propel an artist to a global repute, even if they have just a few releases behind them. It’s a phenomena that has seemingly applied to many members of the loose East Coast deep house network of artists that includes DJ Qu, Jus Ed, Fred P, Levon Vincent and now Joey Anderson. It’s Vincent’s Deconstruct imprint (which he runs alongside Anthony Parasole) that’s responsible for the third single from Anderson, who has a gift for summoning alien feelings from his tracks.
Having grown from a small and thoroughly intimate party into a slightly bigger, thoroughly intimate party, Freerotation is looming on the horizon with one of it’s weightiest line-ups to date. We’ve waded through the considerable talent on offer at Baskerville Hall this year to try and ascertain which choice acts are no less than unmissable.
The manner in which an artist tackles a Fabric mix reflects – to an extent – what they’re like as a character, much like the often uncanny resemblance shared between dog owners and their pets. Some go down the conceptual route (Four Tet, Surgeon), while the likes of Ricardo Villalobos, Shackleton and Omar S choose to fill their mixes solely with their own material - a sign of supreme confidence in one’s own ability, any pop psychologist will tell you. Levon Vincent has chosen to pepper his entry into the Fabric canon with a mixture of his own tracks alongside material from the New York-based contemporaries he holds so dear, and it says a lot about the man.