Ahead of the Marcy Hotel mix up that is Wolf + Lamb’s joint DJ Kicks venture with their Boston buddies Soul Clap, K7! have announced details of a contest for budding directors to produce a video to accompany the melancholic bump of Soul Clap’s “Lonely C” with potentially lucrative results.
When first hearing that Wolf + Lamb’s debut LP is more like a disparate collection of tracks as opposed to an album proper, you would be forgiven for feeling a little cheated. Yet when you take it all on board it starts to make wonderful sense. The fact that it is a collection of songs seems fitting considering that they were made last year whilst on the road, gigging off the back of the success that has turned Gadi Mizrahi and Zev Eisenberg into a truly worldwide act these past eighteen months. The tracks were recorded in Zurich, Matt Tolfrey’s London studio, Berlin and of course, The Marcy Hotel in Brooklyn. All this seems right for the album as Wolf + Lamb are now recognised as much – perhaps even more so – in these European hotspots as they are in the US. The fact that there was a brief hiatus at the start of the year when Zev travelled and Gadi DJ’d and released slew of impressive solo productions also seems to round off the most important part of Wolf + Lamb’s history so far rather nicely. As of course, does the very fact the record is called Love Someone.
It is a short album but one that displays diversity and innovation, whilst keeping the deep house sound at its core. No tracks display their diversity more than the experimental art-jazz workout “Monster Love” which is as detached from dance music as they could conceivably go. The record comes with all the emotion that has littered the Wolf + Lamb label catalogue and parties also. Tracks like the slow, dubbed out “Sunshine Boogie,” “Want Your Money” and “Therapist” display a kind of melancholic attitude twisted around their sleek and minimal, deep underground tastes whilst title track “Love Someone” unashamedly jumps into a joyous celebration of funk, house and general good times. Label cohort Dyed Soundorom also makes an appearance with a lush remix and we see Wolf + lamb’s experimental approach to dance music bear some delicious results from “I Know You’re Leaving”, “I’m” and “Must Be Brooklyn”.
Review: Tom Jones
Based in New York City (by way of Chile), Nicolas Jaar first started making music at the age of 14 and had his first official releases out on Brooklyn label Wolf + Lamb at the tender age of 17. Now, still only 20, and with a handful of releases under his belt, the young producer has been turning many heads, including that of Seth Troxler who called him “one of the most talented minds dance music is about to see develop”. While Jaar’s releases appear on dance music labels, his music bends and crosses many genres, and it’s impossible to put his sound into any neat little box. Juno Plus contributor Helen Luu caught up with Nicolas after his set at the Mutek Festival in Montreal and found out about how hip-hop influenced his new album, why he started his own label, and how both Karl Marx and his transnational childhood years helped shape his music.
There is undoubtedly a current crop of female producers that are shaking the foundations of house and techno. But when one of the most exciting and freshest sounding of these producers teams up with one of the most diverse labels of the scene, the results are likely to be more extraordinary than they were expected. Maayan Nidam has been pushing the boundaries of minimal house and techno under her Miss Fitz moniker for over three years now, but now arrives on New York label Wolf + Lamb’s tenth release as part of her more recent excursions under her own name. A slight detour from the imprint’s recent run of deep house records, Nidam delivers a genre-hopping EP of her intriguing ideas.
Lead track “Isitin” is the only dancefloor orientated cut on the release. It has a cheeky and playful sound, boasting a spaced out mid-tempo house groove driven by a deliriously funky and wonkily hypnotic bassline. Emphatic vocal stabs of ‘feel it’ help the track to build before allowing the groove to lure the listener away into its climatic funk. “Merry Go Round” is a seductively slow paced jaunt into hip-hop and R&B. Built around an erotically charged Barry White sample, the track draws an abundance of passion out of a laidback and easily flowing groove. Taking things further afield, “Na Und” is a downtempo investigation of reversed samples and slow, slinky jazz percussion. Atonal and ambiguous sounds unravel from its wonky spine, taking the listener to an unexpected yet pleasant place. Finishing her four track exploration, “Better Stop” builds on Nidam’s bubbling sense of funk with a sublime 100bpm groove and some loop heavy samples.
Review: Tom Jones
Finally the tracks as heard in Nicolas Jaar’s Get the Curse podcast are to be released in his second EP from Wolf + Lamb.
Born in New York only 19 years ago, Jaar has not failed to impress since with a gaggle of stunning tracks from his own label Clown and Sunset, self-described as ‘rhythmic melancholy’.
An elegant slice of deep house, both sides of the new release are soulful, dark, and oozing with Jaar’s signature reflectiveness and romanticism.
His sound is particularly distinct given his unusual manipulation of traditional principles in techno juxtaposed with the soft vocals and piano pieces as heard in songs as like “The Student” and “John the Revelator”.
The a-side “A Time For Us” features slowly shifting tempos and sultry vocals whilst the groovier “Mi Mujer” brings a Chilean flavour to the tech-house rhythm with delicate pianos and instrumental samples.
Review: Flora Wong
A stunningly lush and laidback deep house release, Significant Others Too showcases some of the best chilled and spacey producers of the moment.
New York-based Wolf + Lamb label owner Zev leads the way, utilising a smooth classic house sample in “Forget the World” amongst a soulful groove-filled shuffle piece as featured in the ‘In New DJs We Trust’ mix on Heidi’s Radio One show. A soaring, uplifting track with softly rising build-ups, it prepares for the rest of a gradually shifting EP.
The slowness of the songs are balanced with intricate percussive layering such as in Slow Hand’s remix of No Regular Play (aka Nicholas DeBruyn), not failing to impress following their “Fast Tongue” single also on W+L.
A more tropical and upbeat vibe, “Ladyluck” mixes piano stabs with whispering vocals and spaced out effects.
The B-side from Lee Foss (aka one half of Hot Natured with current deep house favourite Jamie Jones), “Grinding” is the highlight, with a deep spacey vibe and catchy as hell soul vocals in the breakdown.
The heaviest track saved till last is Just One Night’s buzzy electro-tinged shaking bassy number, wonderfully dark with sparse brass leads and some cowbells.
Review: Flora Wong
We have teamed up with Wolf and Lamb to bring you a superb promo mix ahead of the Brooklyn duo’s appearance at fabric this Saturday, December 5.
On the night they’ll be joined by the Dirtybird crew (Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin and Voodeux live).
This mix, compiled by Gadi Mizrahi (one half of the W+L team) has been on repeat in the Juno office all day, with new disco and house heads like Trus’me and Dubbyman cosily nestled alongside the likes of Moodymann and Arthur Russell.
Interview: Wolf & Lamb
In case you’ve been living under the rock for the past year, you’ll know that New York house/techno imprint Wolf & Lamb has been one of the most talked about labels of 2009. With their now legendary parties at the Marcy Hotel and releases from the likes of Lee Curtiss, Seth Troxler and Nicolas Jaar, plus Zev & Gadi’s own productions, Wolf & Lamb is now regarded as an important part of the electronic music landscape. But is it pure hyperbole or justified praise? Juno Plus scribe Aaron Coultate spoke to Zev Eisenberg (one half of the duo) to find out more.
One of the labels of 2009, Wolf & Lamb has brought us retro-inspired gems from Jamie Jones and his side project with Lee Foss, Hot Natured, Seth Troxler and the effortlessly smooth Soul Clap. Now label owners Zev Eisenberg and Gadi Mizrahi have expanded their roster with the addition of Deniz Kurtel, one of electronic music’s rare female producers working on a breed of deep house and techno.
Her Whisper EP presents a threefold onslaught of subtly magnetic songs, where the title track features a floating melody interlaced with softly abstract vocals over a catchy bassline. “Fall” plays around a simple drum pattern and a dark breakdown whilst “Stop Trying” is a more complexly percussive piece.
Review: Flora Wong