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Over the course of the last six years George FitzGerald has channeled disparate elements of techno, dubstep, house and garage into a cohesive and singular sound. His range is evidenced by a release history that encompasses such diverse and heralded underground tastemaking labels as Hotflush, Aus and Hypercolor, Fitzgerald’s own ManMakeMusic, and in 2013, his new home base, indie-powerhouse Domino.
FitzGerald’s most recent release, his debut on Domino, ‘I Can Tell’, broke new ground for the producer. His forthcoming release ‘Magnetic’ offers further evidence of the maturation of FitzGerald’s sound, and yet also a return to the underground parties where he made his name.
Lead single ‘Magnetic’ is the first time George uses his own vocals on a track rather than samples, though the woozy refrain ‘Feel Magnetic’ is more an ominous siren-song to dark warehouses than any bid for pop-stylings. His tracks are some of the hardest working on the dancefloor, yet for all their menace, FitzGerald is able to imbue them with warmth. It’s a unique tenet of his work, and with the addition of his own vocals, Magnetic offers literal evidence, that FitzGerald is developing into one of the most unique voices in underground dance music.
While Magnetic may evolve FitzGerald’s use of vocals, B-side ‘Bad Aura’, takes a completely different approach, with the producer unusually opting to forgo all vocals on the track. Instead listeners are treated to stabbing synths and acid squelches that sit atop a brooding bassline.
B-side ‘Bad Aura’
Magnetic will be released on November 18.
Tour dates below:
Dec 6th – San Francisco @ Monarch
Dec 7th – Chicago @ Spybar
Dec 8th – Miami @ Treehouse
Dec 13th – Toronto @ 794 Bathurst
Dec 14th – Denver @ Norad
Dec 15th – Los Angeles @ Medussa Lounge
Dec 19th – NYC @ Output
Dec 20th – Philadelphia @ Dolphin
Dec 21st – Washington DC @ U Hall
You’d be right in thinking that there are a lot of production duos around at the moment, so what makes new kids on the block Semedo any different? Well apart from the fact that they make monster house tracks which manage to evoke nostalgic 90′s sounds with an up-to-date sound that expertly weaves deep Chicago vibes to lush vocal samples, those boys have already released on Kerri Chandler’s legendary MadTech Records as well as Unit 7′s WHRSmusic where you can hear their latest cut, ‘Late Surge (Feel It)’ for free
With the last few years having inarguably paid witness to the most transitional, and potentially divisive period in the history of the UK’s much fawnedover hardcore continuum, Kevin McAuley has become a voice synonymous with a singular brand of off-kilter, sub-heavy dance music. Under the name Pangaea, he has released on some of the most reputable labels to emerge in recent times, as well as the Hessle Audio imprint that he helms alongside long-time friends, and fellow FABRICLIVE contributors, Pearson Sound and Ben UFO. As a trio they’ve been at the forefront of a scene that’s accelerated at an unprecedented rate as of late, making their enviable ability to stay ahead of the curve all the more impressive with a roster that boasts the indisputable talents of James Blake, Peverelist, Blawan and more.
Title FABRICLIVE 73: Pangaea
Label fabric Records
Release Date UK/Row 20-Jan-2014
Release Date US 21-Jan-2014
Format Digital / CD
01. Pangaea – Recreational Slumming [unreleased]
02. Lee Gamble – Plos 97s [PAN]
03. Reeko – Momentum [Pole]
04. Hodge – Resolve [Punch Drunk]
05. Shifted – Untitled B2 [Avian]
06. Mystica Tribe – His Temple [Syncom Data]
07. Manni Dee – Romantic Self [Black Sun]
08. Tripeo – Untitled #5 [Tripeo]
09. MGUN – Blunt Run [Berceuse Heroique]
10. The Sun God – Maum [Bio Rhythm]
11. Stenny & Andrea – SEA (The Time Gate) [Ilian Tape]
12. Psyk – Arcade [Mote-Evolver]
13. Mumdance & MAO – Truth [Keysound]
14. Adam Jay – Refraction [Starkstrom Schallplatten]
15. Pearson Sound – Starburst [Hessle Audio]
16. Kobosil – Osmium [Underton]
17. Pev & Kowton – End Point [Livity Sound]
18. Forward Strategy Group – Clean Neckline [Perc Trax]
19. Speedy J – Something For Your Mind (Exposure Remix) [Plus 8]
20. Bleaching Agent – 37ml [Mira]
21. Truncate – Bodega V2 [Truncate]
22. Marco Shuttle – I Wanna Dance… In Outer Space [Eerie]
23. Drumcell – Disturbance (Pfirter Remix II) [CLR]
24. Imaginary Softwoods – Crystal Pond [Amethyst Sunset]
25. Alex Falk – PTR [Proper Trax]
26. Oscar Mulero – 46 (Antaganists Mix) [Warm Up]
27. Astronomical Telegram – Near-Heart Object (Stanislav Tolkachev Heavy and Unusual Remix) [Reaktivate]
Event info: Pangaea plays at Hessle Audio’s FABRICLIVE residency on Friday 6th December, along with Pearson Sound, Ben UFO, Anthony ‘Shake’ Shakir, Fiedel, BAKE, Blawan, Frak (Live), Objekt, DJ TLR, Joe, Dr Maz, and Mr Wood. The FABRICLIVE 73 launch party will take place on Friday 21st February.
Release Date: Nov 25th 2013
For its seventh release Shaddock unearths a genre-defining piece of music overlooked by even the most thorough of crate diggers, backed by a storming Hercules & Love Affair remix.
‘New York, New York’ by DeeKay Jones, is an electrifying piece of hypnotic electric-disco-wave, produced in the eponymous city’s concrete jungle back in 1981. It’s a track that had all the potential to propel dance music forward: Relentless drum computer beats that predate techno – and even Chicago house – by years. A minimalistic synth hook that sounds more futuristic than any cutting edge dance record available at the time. And brilliantly overdubbed chants (taken from a 1970 The Last Poets album), which anticipated sample culture and should have made this an anthem.
Yet, it never happened. ‘New York, New York’ only appeared on an obscure compilation titled ‘The Pulse Of New York’ in 1983 that went largely unnoticed. It has brought its two producers, Dennis Kelley and Bruce Grant neither fame nor fortune. Kelley went on to produce recordings by artists such as Mike Ladd, while Grant, who passed away in 2009, remained a brilliant bed-room tinkerer, whose experimental tape manipulations drew praise from hip-hop artists like El-P and even prompted a New York Times portrait (titled “The Hip Hop Man”) in 1997.
‘New York, New York’ is accompanied by two more unreleased DeeKay Jones tracks from the same era: ‘Hirisaki’ showcases Bruce Grant’s work with tape recorders playing at varying speeds over a slow, Man Parrish-style electro beat, and the equally daring ‘Feel It In Your Gut’, which has Grant spinning bird-call recordings on a turntable by hand over a free-jazz saxophone.
Who would be better suited to pay homage to the pairs under-appreciated genius than NYC’s favourite adopted son, Andy Butler a.k.a. Hercules & Love Affair who is teaming up with his Viennese buddies Ha-Ze Factory. Staying true to the original track’s feel and rhythm, his remix transports ‘New York, New York’s rarely exploited floor-filler qualities into the year 2013, opening a time-distorting worm hole between Shaddock’s alternate universe and the one we strut our stuff in.
Danton Eeprom’s sophomore album is set to be released February 3rd, the aftermath of an intense period at the controls of his purpose-built studio. The result is a record which is hybridised at its core, where pop songs gradually intertwine with dance floor values while sprinkling risqué references in the process.
Listen now to “FemDom” the first extract from the new Danton Eeprom album. A foretaste for a handful of DJs only – “FemDom” may have ‘early nineties techno’ written all over it , but still manages to leave a strong Eeprom aftertaste when it’s all said and done.
“If Looks Could Kill” out February 3rd on InFiné Music
1- Melodrama In Cinerama
2 – Biscotto & Chimpanzee
3 – Hex Tape
4 – FemDom
5 – All American Apparel
6 – Never Ask, Never Tell
7 – All Dressed Up (And Nowhere To Go)
8 – Occidental Damage
9 – Hungry For More
10 – All Eyes On Me
A few months ago, Lost & Found (LF008) gave the world a first glimpse of an exceptional young artist who is undoubtedly standing at the beginning of what promises to be a very exciting and long musical journey through life. Navar has the ability to create totally enthralling dance music and this mini-LP format is the perfect way for him to present himself to the world.
Label boss, Guy J, has found a like-minded soul in Navar - inspired by a broad range of different genres that is also reflected in his music – music that can be best described as deep, melodic, hypnotic and most definitely danceable.
Navar (or Eelko Wijnja to his family and friends) can be best described as a real studio junkie. Since he first delved into the mysteries of music production at the tender age of 13, this youngster from Friesland in the north of Holland has quietly been learning his future trade. His prodigious talents have been spotted early by Guy J, who has been quick to sign up this selection of stunning tracks that will no doubt put Navar firmly on everyone’s radar and who better to introduce the tracks than the young artist Navar himself…
1. The Liquid Escape
2. Phases Of Grief
4. Long Lost Friend (ft. Nick Beman)
5. Le Paradigme
(Lost & Found) LF011
Release: 25th November 2013
The Liquid Escape
After moving to two different new homes last year, and not feeling happy with my job back then, I sat in my living room and let the energy out that deep inside me described, not how I felt, but the way I should be feeling. This track captures that exact feeling – I was a bit emotionally overwhelmed when I accidentally came across the weird sound effect during a session (in search of that sound). To express how you feel when you are selecting sounds is such an amazing tool that you have as a human being, because everything comes together – emotions, negativity, happiness, adrenaline, goose-bumps – and the fact that it turned out to be this kind of track, is for me, still a huge pleasure to listen to.
Phases Of Grief
This track was written after me and my ex-girlfriend decided not to move on together anymore, it feels very private for me, to describe/express why I wrote this song, knowing it is impossible for me to lie about my memories. But, this was the exact melody that I had in my head, whilst I was under the shower one day. The melody can be best described as representing: forward thinking, loss, strength, grief – energy that brings you towards an “after the rain comes sunshine” mood. So for me this is a very emotionally driven track that could be heard by someone else as a feeling he/she would like refer it to. That’s what people do.
During his final years, and especially after the death of Hephaestion,
Navar began to exhibit numerous signs of megalomania and paranoia. The military achievements of the Frisian army and the flattery of Navar’s friends may have combined to produce these delusional fantasies of power and relevance… I almost thought I could get away with that idea… But, in reality I made this track two days after ”Phases Of Grief”. I like the title of this track, but the meaning if you search on the web is less important. I felt such a drive in this one and thought it would be nice to name it as ”Megalomanez”.
Long Lost Friend (ft. Nick Beman)
I think this is the 6th version of this track because I was waiting for a long time to capture that right moment. All of a sudden when I was working on a session I came a cross these vocals that I’d had sitting around for a long time. Like so many times, it turned out to be the moment that the track fell into place, this was the moment I had been waiting for. When Nick described his inspiration as being the search to find truth in a destructive friendship and letting go, it seemed these sentiments matched my musical emotions perfectly.
It’s the melody here that made me think about ”Paradigm” – a club in Northern Holland, in place called Groningen. I think it is one of the finest venues our country has to offer. This club means a lot to me, and my musical adventure, because you get influenced by the perfect blend between styles: Progressive, Techno, House and Minimal, and also the energy of people that are in and around this area. The melody expresses some very nice moments that I wanted to share, when Guy J played there, for example.
Download:Shelter – “Wintergarten” Mixtape
01. Outboxx – All The Right Moves
02. Olaf Stuut – Siren (Dauwd Remix)
03. Kid Culture – Nu Age Humming
04. Frits Wentink – Mouse
05. Dusky – Careless
06. Detroit Swindle – The Make Up
07. Kyodai – Breaking (Ian Pooley Remix)
08. Leon Vynehall – Untitled 017
09. Gonno – Salmon Is Jamming
10. Midland – Trace
11. Densa & Pika – Colt
12. What So Not – High You Are (Scntst Remix)
Alvaro Smart with a cool, groovie tech house floor filler on Supreme Records