If you’re still undecided about how to spend your New Year’s Eve this year let Juno Plus make it easy for you with chance to win a pair of tickets to the Eastern Electrics Back To The Tunnel Party.
It’s been pretty hard to escape the hoo-hah surrounding Art Department (aka Kenny Glasgow & Jonny White) ever since YouTube footage of the veteran Toronto production duo having a grand old time whilst dropping “Without You” at the Hot Natured DEMF party surfaced back in June. Early support from the likes of Soul Clap, Jamie Jones and Seth Troxler can only have helped build this momentum, but the Juno editorial branch is in complete agreement that such hype is totally justified on this debut 12 inch release for Damian Lazarus’ Crosstown Rebels.
“Vampire Night Club” slides across the A Side with a guest vocal spot from the aforementioned Seth Troxler, er, vamping it up backed by some haunting harmonies from Glasgow. It’s the dynamic usage of infectiously dark bass patterns and intermittent synth stabs that help cement the eerie atmosphere that pervades the track. This sense of pulsing menace is transferred to the B-Side brilliance of “Without You” which seemingly co-exists in the realms of forward thinking and classically sounding tech house. Made for play in darkened spaces where the crunching beat, throbbing bassline and creeped out vocal refrain from Glasgow can reverberate around the walls and your cerebral cortex, “Without You” is destined to become a mainstay in record boxes for many months to come. This debut release is a bewitching example of what to expect when Crosstown Rebels unleash the full album from Art Department early next year.
Berlin resident, Boogiebytes mixer and WMC party boy Seth Troxler will be back at Fabric in May as part of the next On & On party, which, well, goes on and on and on…from Saturday night until Monday morning in fact.
Crosstown Rebels present their Get Lost 5th Birthday this Saturday Mar 27th, at 5AM. Teaming up with Juno Plus, we’re offering the chance for one lucky winner to get in with the final remaining tickets to see the all-star line-up of label honcho Damian Lazarus, Lee Curtiss, Konrad Black, and Seth Troxler.
Title: Boogybytes vol. 5 mixed by Seth Troxler
Genre: Techno, Tech-House
Buy From: Juno Records
I love DJ mixes. Why? Because it’s such an ideal platform to express one’s personality and attitude through track selection, layering, and flow. Seth Troxler nails all these components head on with this suberb mix, following on from Kiki, Sascha Funke, Modeselektor and Ellen Allien with his instalment of the Boogybytes series. Seth, having recently relocated to Berlin from Michigan said of his mix: “I wanted to do something which would set itself apart from all the trends, and yet paint a picture of this city and portray it the way I experience it”.
Having seen Troxler DJ three times, I can tell you that Boogybytes is like a real-life Troxler set; you never quite know what’s coming next, but you know its bumpin’-ness is going to make you smile. In fact, Troxler’s spoken word intro about life and the party dialogue in The Royal We track that follows may even make you laugh a bit as they build the tone for the madness that ensues.
Transitioning from the deep house of Craig Smith & The Revenge to the dubby jazz-tinged, muted soul vocals of Baeka’s killer tune “Right At It”, Troxler always keeps things moving. He also pays homage to the North American side of minimal with an old Richie Hawtin remix along with choice tracks from Alexi Delano, Heartthrob and Jabberjaw- yet another pseudonym for Spectral Sound labelmate Matthew Dear.
There are so many high points in the mix, but among the most notable are the phenomenal future classic “Birds and Souls” and Troxler’s own remix of Fever Ray’s “Seven”. We won’t even spoil the two killer end cuts – the last of which is one of Troxler’s personal favourites. After all, that would take away from the “I wonder what’s coming next” element that Seth crafts so well.
Review: Steve Phillips
Artist: Seth Troxler, Matthew Dear, Lee Curtiss and Ryan Crosson
Title: Document Part 1
Label: Spectral Sound
Genre: Minimal/Tech House
Buy From: Juno Records
From Spectral (Ghostly International’s arguably more interesting and definitely more danceable sub-label) comes the first part in a series of ‘Document’ releases consisting of their most infamous stars Seth Troxler, Matthew Dear, Lee Curtiss and Ryan Crosson.
Being the imprint’s all-round charmers and most well-loved American producers, charismatic duo Troxler and Dear had released the much lauded single “Hurt” back in 2009 to a receptive crowd having featured in Konrad Black’s Watergate mix and DJ charts all over.
Martinez’s remix of it is no surprise, but adding rhythmic hi-hats and cheery beats to the shuffles and eerie lyrics for most will be a treat compared to his previous downplayed ‘Dark Soul dub’ of the track.
However, equally dark and subdued is “Life Lessons” by Detroit’s Curtiss, with lows featuring a rumbling kick and bassline and highs built with claps and wandering vocals. Ryan Crosson, who made his name on Wagon Repair and M-nus, brings a whirring builder of energetic percs and a groove-heavy bassline on his “Don’t Look Further”.
Review: Flora Wong