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Over the past couple of years, Manchester-based producer Lone (a.k.a. Matt Cutler) has become a fully fledged reinvention of his former self. Leaving behind the hip-hop seasoned abstraction and hazy beatscapes of his notable Ecstasy & Friends and Lemurian albums for a quicker-paced sound that draws on a much heavier Chicago house / Detroit Techno and early 90′s London rave/hardcore sound. With his last album proper Emerald Fantasy Tracks & last year’s R&S debut Coreshine Voodoo, we saw a honing of these styles. Continuing his ethereal journey through space and time where these previous two outings left off, new album Galaxy Garden – that you will hopefully have in your ears right now – is without doubt his most complete body of work to date.
Title: Galaxy Garden
Label: R&S Records
01 New Colour
02 The Animal Pattern
03 As A Child (With Machinedrum)
04 Lying In The Reeds
05 Dragon Blue Eyes
06 Crystal Caverns 1991
08 Dream Girl / Sky Surfer
09 Earth’s Lungs
10 Cthulhu (With Machinedrum)
11 Stands Tidal Waves
12 Spirals (With Anneka)
The varied excursions on display unearth new corners to the wunderkind, whilst maintaining his signature sound and cinematic overtones. Opener New Colour lays down the album’s mandate with layers of symbiotic sound-scapes. On into The Animal Pattern, a rolling 8-bit bastardisation where visions of Out Run’s Splash Wave come flooding back again. Nomrex label head machine drum makes an appearance on two tracks adding his hazy vocals to As A Child & Cthulhu. The latter evolving into a mid tempo broken roller with key stabs which wouldn’t sound out of place on a Japan record.
Thing of beauty, Lying in the Reeds finds Cutler in one of his more melodic, melancholic and reflective moods. This gives way to the ambient drone of Dragon Blue Eyes and through to Crystal Caverns 91; revival stabs, hardcore remnants, a frenetic cadence and we’re already half way through the album. Two uptempo, blissed out stuttered motion bangers – proceed in the form of Raindance & Dream & Girl/Sky Surfer. It’s Raindance and the incredible Earth’s Lungs where he wears his love of Aphex Twin and Warp most prominently, all the time maintaining a very Lone take on it. The album closes this Lone chapter with vocalist Anneka – who’s worked with the likes of Falty DL, Starkey, Ital Tek, Vex’d - and the track Spirals, which is the closest you’ll get to Cutler writing a pop song.
A rollercoaster ride of playful nods to a plethora of scenes and influences past, present and future, a residency at Manchester hot-spot Hoya:Hoya, upcoming shows all over the place, support for his tracks from the likes of Caribou, Diplo, Kode 9, Dark Sky, Rustie, James Holden, Martyn, Joy Orbison – to name just a few – remixes for Radiohead, Tensnake & Underworld already under his belt; it’s going to be quite a year for Lone. Cutler ended 2010 with his tracks Pineapple Crush and Once In A While featured in every respectable ‘Best of 2010’ roundup (Resident Advisor, Phonica, Juno & Fact Magazine). This an album to be treasured and one that will no doubt, end up in even more polls come the end of twenty twelve.
Radiohead at Boiler Room , followed by Lone, Illum Sphere and then Jamie XX vs Caribou.
The release party for Radiohead’s TKOL RMX 1234567
After releasing eighth full-length “The King of Limbs” last February, Radiohead will let other artists take a crack at expanding upon the album’s eight tracks on “TKOL RMX 1234567.” The 19-song, double-CD remix album will be released Oct. 11 on tbd Records.
Canadian psych-pop musician Caribou, veteran electro producer Four Tet, British post-dubstep star Jamie XX and mysterious remix maestro SBTRKT are among the artists re-imagining Radiohead’s latest full-length. The group previously released a handful of “King of Limbs” remixes, such as Lone’s take on “Feral” and Thriller Houseghost’s “Give Up the Ghost” remix, as 12-inch singles last month.(billboard report)
Here is the track list for “TKOL RMX 1234567″:
Caribou, “Little By Little Rmx”
Jacques Greene, “Lotus Flower Rmx”
Nathan Fake, “Morning Mr Magpie Rmx”
Harmonic 313, “Bloom Rmx”
Mark Pritchard, “Bloom Rmx”
Lone, “Feral Rmx”
Pearson Sound, “Morning Mr Magpie Scavenger Rmx”
Four Tet, “Separator RMX”
Thriller, “Give Up The Ghost Houseghost Rmx”
Illum Sphere, “Codex Rmx”
Shed, “Little By Little Rmx”
Brokenchord, “Give Up The Ghost Rmx”
Altrice, “TKOL Rmx”
Blawan, “Bloom Rmx”
Modeselektor, “Good Evening Mrs Magpie Rmx”
Objekt, “Bloom Rmx”
Jamie XX, “Bloom Rework”
Anstam, “Separator Rmx”
SBTRKT “Lotus Flower Rmx”
‘Locked’ is the next release on his Text label and taken from his forthcoming ‘FABRICLIVE 59‘ compilation.
12″ out September 2011.
Four Tet (aka Kieran Hebden) adds something special to the FABRICLIVE series, with this the 59th compilation. The mix has a distinct narrative to it and unearths music that hasn’t previously had a great deal of exposure. This project for Kieran has become more than just the mix itself; it’s been an adventure into the past as he sought out not only classics, but searched for rarer tracks he may have missed at the time when he was immersed in the original 90s 2 step garage scene. The music is important, but the experience of finding so many forgotten records and producers became an intrinsic part of the story – meeting specialist record dealers, months of email exchanges with old friends and acquaintances, twittering, nights on discogs, dead ends and confusing leads. In the mix, forgotten gems reside next to current tracks that are dear to him and a number of his own tracks made specially for the CD – something he’s been doing for his DJ sets for many years. He’s also explored the idea of the club itself, sending his audio engineer friend Sasha Lewis to make field recordings from Fabric, which feature as a highlight and pause, breaking the mix into different parts – as if you’re moving within the clubs space to hear different DJs. In fact, the mix is somewhat topsy turvey, starting out fast and then slowing down.
The music ranges from experimental electronics, like Michel Redolfi’s ‘Immersion Partielle’ on INA-GRM that Kieran feels “isn’t the type of techno you get on a mix CD” to the wonderfully titled Crazy Bald Heads’ ‘First Born’ a great lost 2 step/ garage record. “It still sounds so fresh that if it came out next week everyone would flip out. I bought it from Sounds of the Universe in the 90s, it was sold into the shop direct from the producers. A label in London was trying to sign them at the time and got me to do a remix for a possible single. Everything fell apart though and the team of producers never did the deal and didn’t put out more records together as far as I know… so the remix never got released. Gilles Peterson had an acetate of it that he played on his radio show at the time”, and this unreleased Four Tet remix features later in the mix. Tracks like Persian’s ‘Feel the Vibe’ are preciously rare, a brilliant track that only came out on white label. “I don’t have a copy of this record and can’t find one anywhere. Persian wasn’t even able to sort me out with a vinyl rip or WAV of the track! In the end I found a guy on discogs called DaWreck who has a copy and he very generously ripped the vinyl for me so it could be used on the comp.” Classic grime came with its own set of problems, with Kieran buying up every copy he could find of Music Mob ‘Pulse X’ to find one clean enough to use for the compilation.
Favourite producers of the moment like Floating Points, Burial and Ricardo Villalobos sit next to UK funky classics like Apple’s ‘Mr Bean’, bought from a record dealer called Julien who specialises in UK garage, grime, funky, jungle… “He got me a nice mint copy of this. Apple then turned out to be really difficult to find to clear the track. We had loads of DJs and producers trying to find me contact details, the 4th email address finally worked, so thanks to Brackles and Funk Butcher for sorting it.” ‘Webers’ is an old Dan Snaith (Caribou) production, originally released under his Manitoba guise, “I remember us both being into tracks like Sticky – Triplets and So Solid Crew – Dilemma at the time and this track he did then that had a similar sound.” Making space between the music is Four Tet ‘Fabric’ “a collage of field recordings of sounds from in and around the club”. Going back to the 70s, ‘The Continuing Story Of Counterpoint, Part Nine’ is by early moog user David Borden, a man ahead of his time. C++ ‘Angie’s Fucked’ was a recommendation from “Trevor Jackson (one of my favourite DJs) at a club called Love in NYC a few years ago. Trevor released all my early records on his label, he was the first DJ I went to see play in a club and a big influence on me as a DJ.” Others like Active Minds ‘Hobson’s Choice (Tune For Da Man Dem)’ he heard on youtube and then tracked down the producer Jess Jackson, who’s now living in the USA as a successful hip-hop producer, but “I think the sound of this track is like a blueprint for so much music that’s around now… the way the bass and vocals are used.” The final tune is Four Tet’s own beautiful ‘Locked’, typical of his deep melodic sound and the perfect way to send us out into the bright morning light of EC1, or where ever you may find yourself listening.
Interestingly, the entire mix is constructed on computer, more in the way you would create a film score than a DJ mix. Yet every track is vinyl, with Kieran cutting acetates of all his own music for the mix, to ensure that the sound quality and vibe is consistent. It’s then mastered with no cleaning or leveling, to retain the hiss, pop and crackle of the wax. It’s these slightly obsessive details that highlight why we have this Four Tet mix. For Kieran, to do anything in these days of overload – especially of DJ mixes, there must be a purpose, something unique to offer, and it’s these details that are so crucial to him. We hope that you delve deep into the music and take as much pleasure from this trip as we do.
“This mix is not about my DJing. It’s about London and Fabric and nights out and my take on all that. The memories and the influences. I used old and new music, I used recordings of Fabric, and I made new tracks of my own for it. I hope people play it fucking loud and lose their minds in it and remember or imagine what it’s all about.”
- Four Tet
artist: Four Tet
title: FABRICLIVE 59.
label: Fabric Records, UK.
date: 19.09.11 (18.10.11 USA)
02 Michel Redolfi – Immersion Partielle [INA-GRM]
03 Crazy Bald Heads – First Born [On-Tick]
04 Persian – Feel Da Vibe [Same People]
05 KH – 101112 [unreleased]
06 Youngstar (Musical Mob) – Pulse X [Inspired Sounds]
07 Crazy Bald Heads – First Born (Four Tet Remix) [unreleased]
08 Floating Points – Sais (Dub) [Eglo]
09 Apple – Mr Bean [Appsolute]
10 Manitoba (Caribou) – Webers [Leaf]
11 Big Bird – Flav (Urban Myths Remix) [Nice n Ripe]
12 Genius – Waiting [Kronik]
13 Four Tet – Fabric [unreleased]
14 David Borden – The Continuing Story Of Counterpoint, Part Nine [David Borden]
15 STL – Dark Energy [Something]
16 Percussions – Percussions One [unreleased]
17 C++ – Angie’s Fucked [Music For Freaks]
18 Burial – Street Halo [Hyperdub]
19 KMA – Cape Fear [KMA]
20 WK7 – Higher Power [Power House]
21 Ricardo Villalobos – Sieso [Cadenza]
22 Four Tet – Pyramid [Text]
23 Red Rack’em – How I Program [Bergerac]
24 Active Minds – Hobson’s Choice (Tune For Da Man Dem) [white]
25 Armando Gallop & Steve Poindexter – Blackholes [Muzique]
27 Four Tet – Locked [Text]
In a stellar year for the Crosstown Rebels that saw them become the most groundbreaking underground dance music label in the world, surpassing even their own expectations their illustrious founder and musical director Damian Lazarus picks up the baton for their infamous Get Lost series and delivers a perceptive fusion of future dancefloor classics, illuminating the reason they came to be the most important label of the moment and unveiling the next chapter of their story.
Following in the wake of Dinky and Jamie Jones Get Lost albums, and due to public demand the series is reignited with Get Lost´s ringmaster Damian Lazarus. Now a notorious 17 hour event at Miami’s WMC that features the whole army of Rebels artists (21 artists in 2011), Lazarus now captures some of its magic on CD.
Damian Lazarus is a visionary, a caped crusader for underground music with an eye for detail and an ear for true talent. Since cutting his teeth as music editor at Dazed & Confused, to his days as A&R at legendary London imprint City Rockers spotting the likes of Felix Da Housecat and Tiga, through to more recently introducing Seth Troxler, Jamie Jones and Art Department to the world via his Crosstown Rebels imprint, Lazarus has continually shaped the face of underground dance music as we know it.
The fourth episode of Get Lost while typically broody and eclectic steers heavily into Lazarus’ dancefloor nature, unraveling a hybrid blend of dubby, rumbling cuts touching on everything from deep house to UK garage, techno to futuristic bassline mayhem that each journey into the spirit of his enigmatic brood of artists. Lazarus makes characteristically calculated risks with his track selection, a largely unknown collection of exclusive records that give foresight into the next generation of Rebel artists, introducing an arsenal of fresh faces in Left, Fosky, and new Toronto talents Nitin and Iranian Amirali (with an album coming next year on the label). He also calls upon old label friends Dinky and Nico Purman and some peers from his past in Avey Tare of Animal Collective, dOP offshoot Aquarius Heaven, Ostgut Ton’s Dana Ruh and Caribou’s Daphni, fresh from their remix of Art Department.
Featuring ten exclusive tracks including an unheard track from 2011’s biggest newcomers, Art Department who give a hint at their future evolution in a grand vocal climax. Delving into his own future material as an accapella over Berlin cult figure Acid Pauli, set to release an album on Nicolas Jaar’s label later this summer), Lazarus carefully balances the experimental with the insightful in this intricately woven mix.
Damian gave birth to his own imprint, Crosstown Rebels 8 years ago with the intention of nurturing a younger generation of talent and bringing them to the forefront of global consciousness. The label has gone since beyond its intentions, releasing the debut album from Jamie Jones, one of the first records from Seth Troxler and in 2011 three of the best dance albums of the year came from the Rebels camp; Maceo Plex; Deniz Kurtel; and Art Department. Damian’s Rebel umbrella now encompasses a global booking agency, various sublabels, and even a film series about the group of musical misfits.
“I’m so excited to relaunch the Get Lost mix cd series. The album has so many highlights for me and it seems to get better and better with each listen – and believe me I´ve heard it many times. I have taken a lot of risks in introducing unknown artists in the selection and I am confident some of these guys will be household names before long. I am very proud of the Get Lost series and I think this session, number 4, will mark a beginning of the next level for our music.” Damian Lazarus
The collection of unreleased tracks made exclusively for the album will also be available as a limited double vinyl package. Damian Lazarus and his Crosstown Rebels vessel are true vehicles of reinvention and Get Lost 4 is their finest voyage.
Label: Crosstown Rebels
Cat no: CRMCD015
Distribution: Above Board Distribution
Released: Monday September 19th, 2011
- Amirali – My Way
- Nitin – Blink Twice
- Aquarius Heaven – So Low
- Left – Please Don’t Come Alone
- Mikael Stävostrand & Cesare vs Disorder – Massive Attack (Makael & Cesare Rework)
- Kowton – She Don’t Jack
- Fosky feat Shiva – Shiva (Original Mix)
- Nico Purman – Fade Away
- Dance Disorder – Metallic Italic (Massimiliano Pagliara Remix)
- Dana Ruh – Night Till Dawn
- Dinky – Owls
- Acid Pauli – Japan
- Daphni – Ye Ye
- Avey Tare – Oliver Twist
- Art Department – All Mine
- Kashyyyk – Mario & Vidis
“Thank you everybody you’ve been awesome thanks for having us, have a great night,” proclaims Caribou’s front man and creative force Dan Snaith as he leads his band from the stage. Watch this short film for some insight into a ground breaking appearance and performance which is sure to go down in Ibiza folklore.
Candid words from Caribou, Simian Mobile Disco and Blondes with a balearic debut from Caribou in the Discoteca at We Love… Space in Ibiza.
Radiohead – Lotus Flower (Jacques Greene RMX)
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