The Melt x Hessle Audio w/ Ben UFO, Pangaea, Pearson Sound at Los Globos
Boundary-pushing UK label Hessle Audio has announced that this fall its three founders—Ben UFO, Pangaea, and Pearson Sound—will tour North America for the first time together. It’s been a busy year for all three producers: Ben UFO made a splash with his excellent, XLR8R Pick’d Fabriclive 67 mix album, Pangaea dropped an XLR8R Pick’d record the Viaduct EP, and though it wasn’t released via Hessle Audio, Pearson Sound’s REM EP has been the DJ/producer’s only solo output in 2013. Almost like a year-end victory lap, the tour kicks off in Canada at the famed Pop Montreal festival, before the trio heads west to Los Angeles. After making stops in Chicago and Seattle’s Decibel Festival, the Hessle Audio crew will finish its excursion at Brooklyn’s Output club.
18+ → Doors open at 9:30
$12 presale → $15 at the door
3040 W Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
DRUMCELL – Droid Behavior // CLR
4 Hour Set from open to close
This will be a record release party for Drumcell’s debut album on CLR, Sleep Complex. The night will feature a 4 hour set from Drumcell, opening and closing down the night. The album will also be on sale on both CD and Vinyl Format along with other merchandise. Vinyl albums come in 3 pack with custom gatefold jacket.
10pm – 2am :: $5 :: 21+
806 E Colorado St
Glendale, CA 91205
MORE ABOUT DRUMCELL SLEEP COMPLEX:
CLR is releasing the debut album of our new label member Drumcell entitled “Sleep Complex”, an emotionally profound, open-minded approach to current Techno with a variety of influences and a complete disregard for any limitations musical genres could possibly represent. A few basic facts about the life of this dedicated Techno activist will help you understand the absorbing atmosphere of this exceptional record even better. To cut a long story short, Drumcell was still just young Moe Espinosa, a local East L.A. kid who was heavily into listening and playing rock and industrial music, when he coincidentally found some of the heroic synthesizers of the first hour of Techno in the closet of a recording studio where he had been hired for a job. From this very minute on – things just jelled. If you imagine a technology geek / science-fiction-movies-loving teenage-outsider with a yearning punk rock soul, together with a TR-909, a TR-808 and a TB-303 in the back room of an old Latin House label in Hollywood, then you are pretty much imagining the humble beginnings of the man who started calling himself Drumcell around the year 2000 and who has dedicated his life to the search and creation of mind expanding, glorious sounds. By now his restless endeavors and the unheard amount of hours in the studio and the booth have paid off and he has become highly skilled and successful in what exactly matters most to him in life − the manifestation of truthful emotions in futuristic sonic concepts. On the one hand “Sleep Complex” pays respect to the root-element o f Techno, the raw, dirty and hypnotic vibe that goes back to early Detroit Techno, on the other hand it almost has some kind of a rock attitude, especially when it comes to the beats, making it stylistically independent and impossible to pigeon-hole. Chris Liebing, a close friend of Drumcell eventually had the great pleasure to do the final mixes, giving the tracks the beautifully shaped bass sound and the incredible presence and clarity we can enjoy now. Moe Espinosa pka Drumcell is really laying it down here and you should definitely pay attention to this state of the art Techno album. May “Sleep Complex” now speak for itself.
Second edition of Mount Analog’s exclusive event series, Nuit Noire. All night party with the most exciting talent in Acid House, Industrial, EBM, Techno and Dark Wave — featuring special, rare, one-off appearances by Chicago’s Mutant Beat Dance and Detroit’s J.T.C.
Live visuals. Event powered by Funktion-1. Private downtown LA location. 21+
Saturday February 23 – 10pm sharp.
(Early doors / open beer bar 930-1030)
MUTANT BEAT DANCE (Nation // L.I.E.S., Chicago — Live PA)
J.T.C. (Ghostly // Nation, Detroit)
TRAXX (Nation, Chicago)
SILENT SERVANT (Sandwell District // Hospital, LA)
WHITE CAR (Hippos In Tanks, LA — Live PA)
PROFLIGATE (Not Not Fun // Hot Releases, Philly — Live PA)
Purchase advance tickets via Mount Analog (phone or in person) and Resident Advisor online.
This is a private event. Details:
Flyer design by Normhoff
ABOUT MUTANT BEAT DANCE:
Comprised of Chicago underground dwellers Melvin Oliphant III~Traxx (Nation, X2, Saturn V) and Beau Wanzer (Streetwalker, Nation) Mutant Beat Dance make raw machine music for the freaks. Having released records on such labels as Rush Hour, L.I.E.S, Rong and Discos Capablanca the duo’s sound ranges from sludgy jakbeat workouts to experimentally tinged groove anthems. Both Oliphant and Wanzer share a common interest for unpolished, gritty tunes that comes across in their music as well as live performance, still maintaining points of human error. This event marks the first time they have played in a live setting that will include an eclectic mix of new tracks made specifically for this show.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2ND
JIMMY EDGAR (HOT FLUSH • WARP • BERLIN)
JIMMY EDGAR WEBSITE
ADDISON GROOVE ( 50WEAPONS • TECTONIC • BRISTOL UK)
ADDISON GROOVE FACEBOOK
GRENIER (TECTONIC • FRITE NITE)
After a two-year break, Detroit producer and wayward star-child Jimmy Edgar debuts on Scuba’s Hotflush Recordings armed with an album full of futuristic sleaze. Known for his unique take on jacking house and electro funk, he’s recently been splitting his time between the US and Berlin, exploring transcendental meditation and the boundaries of the nonphysical. This offering is an extension of that journey, bringing eleven tracks of erotic robopop to the table. Titled Majenta, this LP is a departure from his past sound, marking a shift in his own ever-expanding consciousness, as well as another exciting chapter of his musical career.
Each track is an aural manifesto, giving well-deserved nods to his varied musical influences. Close encounters with Detroit legends Derrick May and Juan Atkins, Jimmy’s 2004 signing to Warp Records, and his early exposure to Kraftwerk have all acted as lynchpins in the cultivation of his sound. With a number of releases on Glasstable, Semantica, Nonplus and long player releases on both Warp and !K7, Majenta reflects Jimmy’s evolution as both artist and child of the cosmos.
According to Edgar, the making of the album was steeped in countless synchronicities, continuously reminding him he was on the right path. In contrast with his last LP, XXX, for !K7, which took five years to make, Majenta is more raw, more spontaneous and in his words, “more futuristic … than my other music, which played a lot with retro, especially R&B.”
From the outset, Jimmy’s flexing his Kraftwerkian muscle, with vocoder complimenting his own unadulterated voice and ‘80s synthlines bubbling away alongside jazz-funk keyboard riffs. From the raunchy and sexually explicit ‘Take Me on a Sex Drive’ (“windows down, legs up high”) to the low-lit, hypnotic feel of ‘Attempt to Make it Last’, to the UK garage rhythms of ‘Let Yrself Be’, to the Kiss-era Prince vibe of ‘I Need Your Control’, it’s clear that the postmodern is Edgar’s domain. The Frampton-esque vocals of ‘In Deep’ close out the LP and further cement his envia le place in the intergalactic community.
Spring/Summer 2012 will see Jimmy playing a number of live shows across Europe and the US in support of Majenta (including major festivals such as Glade, UK), as well as his continued exploration into the world of LEDs and synchronized light technology.
Addison Groove (aka Antony Williams) started life under a different pseudonym altogether. Recording as Headhunter, with an LP and 12” releases on the influential Tempa label stretching back to 2007, he achieved legendary status within the dubstep scene. His work at the deeper end of the spectrum graced the label an impressive 7 times, a figure matched only by Skream. This work looked set to continue until 2010 when, seemingly out of nowhere, he crafted one of the biggest bass music tracks of the decade, ‘Footcrab’, under the new name of Addison Groove.
The response to ‘Footcrab’ was phenomenal, receiving critical and commercial success in equal measure across the dance music scene. Getting plays not only from the dubstep DJs that Williams was used to reaching, it also found its way into the record boxes of techno and house heavyweights such as Aphex Twin, Surgeon, Ricardo Villalobos and Mr Scruff, bringing an enormous new audience to his music in the process. Taking influences from the Chicago ghetto tek and juke scenes, Addison Groove’s impact on UK bass music has been colossal and unprecedented, sparking a huge interest in these styles from his peers and the listening public alike.
Progressing at a breakneck speed, he was quick to develop a live 808 show which has graced some of the finest nightclubs in the world including Fabric, London and Berlin’s infamous Berghain. With his hectic touring schedule including USA, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and numerous dates in Europe, he continues to bring his hybrid sound to captivated audiences across the globe.
“Transistor Rhythm”, Addison Groove’s debut album, was released on Modeselektor’s 50 Weapons label in April 2012. It was received with excitement by eager fans and critics, who will no doubt be just as thrilled to hear his forthcoming EP, also for 50 Weapons. Entitled “Adventures in Rainbow County”, it will see a September 14th release date.
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Dean J. Grenier, (A.K.A DJG), landed in the Bay Area underground dance music scene 2006 with his first 12” ”Shadow Skanking” b/w “Joyful Sound” on Narco.Hz, two slices of lithe, slick dubstep. Immediate airplay for “Joyful Sound” on Rinse FM and drops in the clubs from prominent DJs like N-Type quickly propelled DJG to the forefront of American bass music producers early on in his career.
Grenier’s production style is rich and welcoming, sometimes visceral but never anything less than evocative. Now considered a veteran of the American scene, Grenier (as DJG) self-released the two-disc Voids collection in 2010, revealing not only a clever grasp of dubstep and dnb but ambient soundscapes, and since then he’s released on labels like Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood imprint, Headhunter’s Transistor, Frite Nite, Pushing Red and Wheel & Deal Records. Now operating under the name Grenier his recent productions see him moving in a more experimental direction, dropping the tempo to as low as 125BPM while playing around with rhythmic structures that hint at soulful house, garage, and other weird shapes, all imbued with the warm melodic embrace he’s always kept hidden beneath the beats. With forthcoming releases on Tectonic, Photek Productions, Get Darker and Frite Nite (with LA’s Salva), 2012 looks to be a banner year for Grenier, as he continues work on his debut album. DJs ranging from Mary Anne Hobbs, Mala, Pearson Sound, 2562, Pinch, Addison Groove, Salva, Photek, N-Type, Distal and many more have been supporting DJG’s recent and forthcoming releases.
Grenier’s performance behind the decks reveals a wide-ranging taste and smart grip on all sorts of music, elegantly-paced sets full of his own productions and like-minded efforts from others. His DJ talents have brought him all over the world, including a recent set at the legendary club Fabric in London and a tour around Europe in 2011, and back home in North America he’s headlined British Columbia’s Bass Coast Festival.
This is the sixth year DROID BEHAVIOR has organized an event to coincide with NAMM, the annual music technology conference in Anaheim. While it’s not officially affiliated with NAMM, BL__K NOISE takes its inspiration from the sort of technology that’s showcased there. As the promoters put it, “Expect a variety of modular synthesizers, drum machines, control voltage and random noise generation” to fill up the evening. They’ve also promised vinyl cutting demonstrations, and word is a number of the performances will be recorded and cut to lacquer over the course of the night. In terms of performers, Vatican Shadow—Hospital Productions boss Dominick Fernow’s military-inspired techno project—gets top billing. He’ll be joined by synthesizer master Alessandro Coritini, acclaimed producer and engineer Mark Verbos, sound designer Richard Devine and members of the Trash Audio and Capsule Labs collectives.
-Review by RESIDENT ADVISOR
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