Monday, February 28, 2011

KCRW x Benoit & Sergio

KCRW says you should know about Benoit & Sergio.

KCRW x Nicolas Jaar

KCRW features Nicolas in 'Artists You Should Know.'

Music Watching Over Me.

Textura reviews Deniz' debut artist album due out March 14th on Crosstown Rebels.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Exclaim Reviews Maceo Plex.

Exclaim says a few words about Maceo Plex' new album, Life Index.

The Belle Jaar

Passion of the Weiss features Nicolas Jaar.

Nicolas Jaar - Keep Me There

RCRD LBL gives a free download for Nicolas' new track.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

RELEASE: Deniz Kurtel to release debut artist album on Crosstown Rebels

Every so often a new artist emerges and immediately sets the electronic world alight with a fresh and unique take on music, and this time it is Deniz Kurtel burning down the house with her debut album on Crosstown Rebels.

Deniz Kurtel’s debut artist album, ‘Music Watching Over Me’ moves her firmly to the front of the consciousness of the electronic music movement, masterminding a mystical and distinctive style of house music, with body-moving highlights from this stunning sonic ride such as ‘The L Word’ and ‘Best Of’ effortlessly creating swirling rhythmic fusions of dancefloor magic.

Deniz Kurtel identifies herself foremost as an audio-visual artist, developing a deep love and connection to the sentiments of electronic music during her studies in the USA. An accomplished interactive sculptor, she quickly made a name for herself in the experimental art scene combining the use of sophisticated computerized LED arrays and mirrors.

Her work has appeared in various art festivals and exhibitions such as Burning Man, Communikey, Horizons, Love's Secret Domain, and Rabbit Hole and has been the centerpiece of countless Wolf + Lamb parties in Brooklyn, where she used to reside. She took her LED light show on tour with her for the Rebel Rave tour of 2010, wowing the crowds of London’s Fabric and many US cities with the interactive show and documenting her sensory creativity and finite attention to detail.

Deniz has a concrete craft and understanding of rhythm throughout this sometimes obscure, and always dream-like concoction. She easily steps from ghostly dubstep, ‘Trust’, to rock-infused electro, ‘Vagabond’, but escapes categorization through an original and fluid approach. The sonic pulsations of the title track slowly envelop the senses as ‘Music Watching Over Me’ gets underway, warm breaths of vocal sung over its hypnotizing bassline. Digging into her roots, ‘Makyaj’ tackles rattling percussive beats and the slow sensations of ‘My Ass’ form an electric current layered over the robotic cries that “heaven is music”.

It’s impossible not to be swept away by the enchanting dancefloor weapons of ‘Best Of’ and ‘The L Word’, thrilling for their simplicity as much as their fairy-tale vocals. At times Deniz showers us in sounds overpowering the senses, ‘Equlibrium’, and others she strips back to bear the soul of the music, ‘One Chance At Happiness’, consistently crafting a strong emotional current leaving you powerless but to surrender to its aural pleasures.

I'm always trying out different outlets for my creativity and music has certainly been one of the most exciting ones so far,” said Deniz of her decision to make music, “I was inspired by my friends Wolf + Lamb to start producing about two years ago and have been completely sucked into it ever since.” One of the core members of the Wolf + Lamb family, she has helped steer their journey to conquer the electronic music horizon over the past two years, and remains a driving female force in their vision. Also strongly supported by luminaries such as Seth Troxler, Nicolas Jaar and Jamie Jones, her future seems destined to be entwined with music.

In a time where female electronic producers are still a rarity, Deniz Kurtel and a handful of women such as Cassy, Shinedoe, Maya Jane Coles, Maayan Nidam, Magda, Anja Schneider and Dinky are illustrating how to breathe new energy into a tired sound. Constructing beauty through simple techniques, their role as nurturers is cultivating a magnetic vision.

Crosstown Rebels have come into a renaissance period in 2010, championing some of the most exciting new music in the underground scene. Artists such as Art Department, Maceo Plex and Deniz are set to follow in the footsteps of Jamie Jones and Glimpse, given the freedom to let loose their creative sounds within artist albums in 2011. “I was lucky to connect with a label that really appreciated my style and my creative journey at such an early stage,” said Deniz of her partnership with the label.

A tale of diversity and culture, ‘Music Watching Over Me’ unveils Deniz’s roots and inspirations, “My motivation as an artist is to constantly grow and evolve, and make music that excites me, hoping it excites others too.” We hope to share her personal journey, of which this is only the start.

1. Music Watching Over Me

2. Makyaj

3. My Ass

4. Best Of

5. The L Word

6. Vagabond

7. Trust

8. Equilibrium

9. One Chance At Happiness

10. My Heart

11. Make Me Feel

Yeah (Version)

RELEASE: The Dog & Pony Show 1 Year Anniversary

The Dog & Pony Show Turns One!

Alexander Robotnick, Le Loup, Thugfucker, Nightplane & Harry, and More Join ‘Lost In Music’ Birthday Hi-Jinks

Hotel On Rivington (NYC) Feb. 27th

Who doesn’t love a birthday bash? Especially one celebrating one of New York City’s most playful and mischievous parties. The Dog & Pony Show turns one, Sunday Feb 27th at the elegant Hotel On Rivington in NYC. In this episode, titled ‘Lost In Music’, the talent roster for the party is typically eclectic, straddling genres and decades with Dog & Pony’s typical aplomb. Italo-Disco pioneer and analog legend Alexander Robotnick headlines the night with support from Wolf + Lamb’s Le Loup, the dark and debauched Thugfucker, the genre-bashing duo of Nightplane & Harry, and more.

Few parties can claim to have had as much of an impact on New York nightlife in their first twelve months as The Dog & Pony Show. The Dog + Pony duo, Dave Kers and Paul Raffaele, started out with a modest and admirable intention: throwing weekend parties for friends. But once this snowball got rolling it was hard to stop. The winning combination of cutting edge bookings, unique venues and cheeky original art and production left people wanting more. Whether it be a 14 hour Halloween party at the Hotel On Rivington, late-night antics in Greenwich Village’s Love, or Backroom action in Brooklyn, what has embodied Dog & Pony is a willingness to take a risk, with a vibe and booking policy that unites New Yorkers of all stripes, be they hipsters, punks, party animals or pranksters.

The lineup for this event is a true testament to the individuality that is The Dog & Pony Show. For over three decades, the legendary Alexander Robotnick has perfected his mastery of dance music, earning him status as one of the forefathers of the analog sound. From producing his 1982 cult dance music track, ‘Problèmes d'amour’, to creating his own label, Hot Elephant Music, in 2000, Alexander Robotnick has always proved his musical relevance, regardless of flavor of the moment trends. For Dog + Pony he’ll showcase a special live set, complete with keyboards, vocals and live edits. Supporting this iconic musician will be a barrage of talent including the funky representative from Wolf + Lamb, Le Loup, as well as some terrific house & techno from NYC’s finest: Thugfucker, Night Plane & Harry, Paul Raffaele, and MSG.

The February birthday will mark the launch of the new Dog & Pony Show website, sure to establish itself as an outstanding source of one-of-a-kind content, featuring new music, video interviews, as well as the Dog & Pony Radio Show; a weekly artist podcast that will be downloadable from the website. Guest artists confirmed for the opening podcasts include DJ Spun, In Flagranti, Jacques Renault, Vincenzo, Quarion, the label-head of Mood Music: Sasse, among many others.

The Dog & Pony Show’s anniversary, like the highly successful day-long Halloween event and last month's Matthew Dear vs. Matt Tolfrey debauchery, will be held at the Hotel On Rivington. A dancefloor under a glass dome, surrounded by floral textured walls and elaborate chandeliers provide a devious yet exciting undertone for the anniversary celebration. Custom sound and lighting manned by the pros of Oxygen Lightworks are sure to make this yet another standout event.

The Dog & Pony Show looks set to continue this fine form in 2011, with multiple events already in the works featuring the likes of Simon Baker + Glimpse, Catz N’ Dogz, a 15 years of Mood Music showcase, and more. Stay tuned to The Dog & Pony Show website for details.

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RELEASE: Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs North American Tour

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs Storms America
Debut US Tour Dates Announced For March 2011

Extinction be damned! The prehistorically clad young producer from Oxford known as Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (Orlando Higginbottom), has announced that he will be touring his mind-bogglingly unique and eclectic live performance across the US and Canada throughout the month of March. Orlando will commence his Jurassic journey at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, at the famed HARD festival, before continuing on to shows in Vancouver, SxSW, Miami, New York, San Francisco and more.

In an age where many young producers fail to rise above the constant repetition in dance music, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs has grabbed the music community by the horns, not only with his uncanny moniker, but with his inimitable musical style and focus; a superbly executed cross-section of electronic mayhem. As Orlando explains:

“It goes from 124bpm to 140bpm. It crosses lots of genres and sub-genres of dance music, and I don’t really know or care about all these genres, I think they’re a bit useless and unnecessary. It’s just dance music at the end of the day.”

TEED broke on to the scene last summer with ‘Garden,’ an invigorating house track with boy/girl vocals that paired catchy pop sensibilities and dancefloor melancholy, and quickly caught the attention of BBC Radio’s queen tastemaker, Annie Mac. Once the spotlight had been cast, Orlando proved that he had much more up his sleeve with his next original, ‘Household Goods,’ which received massive airtime on Radio 1 as well as a delectable new remix from Dirtybird’s Justin Martin. The plaudits have flowed thick and fast, with support from ID Magazine, Dazed and Confused, The Independent, Music Week and others. TEED is about to sign a major label deal and plans to release his anticipated debut artist album this summer.

Dance music is begging for more individualism, and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs delivers just that. Orlando’s live performance, featuring various instruments, glitter cannons, and funky attire will set North America ablaze with attraction and interest. From Los Angeles to Miami and Austin to Montreal, TEED’s dance-floor intuition and admirable outlook on the oneness of electronic music will bring fans of all sub-genres together in the name of dance (and dinosaurs).

Miami dates forthcoming…

Sat March 12 HARD Festival at Club Nokia Los Angeles, CA
Mon March 14 Venue Vancouver, BC
Tues March 15 SxSW at British Music Embassy Austin, TX
Wed March 16 SxSW at Greco Roman Austin, TX
Fri March 18 Mod Club Toronto, ON
Sat March 19 Public Assembly Williamsburg, NY
Sat March 26 Rickshaw San Francisco, CA

- ‘Garden’ - ‘Household Goods’

RELEASE: air london Miami Showcase

air london & Friends at Electric Pickle, Miami – March 22nd, 2011
Glimpse, Kate Simko, M A N I K, and more!

After a sell out WMC event in 2010 air london will return to the famed Electric Pickle for their third Miami showcase on March 22, 2011. The event will feature a selection of artists from the trans-Atlantic air london European and North American roster, with a live performance by Glimpse and DJ sets from Kate Simko, DVS1, Matt Tolfrey + Maher Daniel (B2B), M A N I K, Robert Dietz, Adam Shelton, Crazy Larry and more.

air london has had a remarkable twelve months, with showcases in New York City, fabric London and at the BPM Festival in Playa Del Carmen, as well as releasing six EPs on the air london label.. Their artist roster continues to grow, attracting burgeoning young talent and established names, from across America and Europe. In Miami air London will show off the vibrant, diverse and dedicated crew that makes it one of the most exciting collectives in dance music today.

2010 was a monumental year for Glimpse. His well-received debut artist album, ‘Runner,’ on Crosstown Rebels was lauded by international press, and was followed by a release on Cocoon, boosting an already impressive resume which includes Planet E, Cadenza and Buzzin’ Fly. Glimpse picked a hell of a stage to showcase his 909 live performance, the closing party of Space Ibiza, drawing world-wide attention to the unique analog style which he favors.

Kate Simko will be the head talent representing air london’s North American crew. Her DJ set will no doubt combine her unique and tantalizing take on Chicago House and Detroit Techno, a style she’s exhibited at venues as diverse as Fabric, MUTEK and DEMF. Expect to hear some tracks from her forthcoming album, ‘Lights Out,’ which will be released on Hello?Repeat in early April. The classically trained pianist’s original productions have garnered praise from the likes of URB, XLR8R, de:Bug and The Wire, and her new album is sure to draw more critical acclaim.

M A N I K has been on everyone’s radar lately, especially since Josh Wink picked him up for two EPs on his lauded Ovum label, and signed his debut artist album for release in March. A man with an eye for the details and a passion for his craft, expect him to take full advantage of the Miami stage, and prove himself as one of the best up and comers on the market.

DVS1 is one of America’s true musical connoisseurs, with a record collection 10,000 deep you know the man knows a thing or two about a groove. Championed by Berghain’s Ben Klock, his releases have graced Klock’s Klockworks label as well as Derrick May’s iconic Transmat. Further music is slated for release on Luke Slater’s Mote Evolver label, Perc Trax, Synewave and Klockworks in the coming months. Having played venues like Fabric and Berghain, DVS1 will hit Miami with an apt house music set at Electric Pickle.

Expect to be seeing more of Crazy Larry in 2011. He has a new release, ‘Blind Licking,’ due on Hallucination this spring, and he will be launching his eagerly anticipated Time to Get iLL label with his release ‘Glacier’ in March!

Exclaim Reviews Nico.

Canada's Exclaim Magazine reviews Nicolas Jaar's new album.

Big Shot Single Review.

Big Shot Mag takes a look at the new single from Visionquest's Benoit & Sergio.

Monday, February 14, 2011

XLR8R Podcast w/ Nicolas Jaar

Nicolas puts some tunes together for XLR8R.

XLR8R Announces TEED's Tour

XLR8R announces Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs' North American tour dates.

Pitchfork x Nicolas Jaar

Pitchfork interviews the rapidly rising Nicolas Jaar.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Monday, February 7, 2011

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

All Songs Considered features Nicolas Jaar

NPR features Nicolas Jaar's new album, 'Space Is Only Noise,' on the Electronic Edition of All Songs Considered.

URB x Visionquest

URB interviews Seth Troxler of Visionquest.

Ines Review.

Pitchfork reviews Clown + Sunset's Ines LP.

Textura x Visionquest

Textura reviews the new release on Visionquest by Benoit & Sergio.

Textura x Life Index

Textura reviews Maceo Plex' Life Index.

Labels to Watch 2011: Culprit

Beatportal names Culprit a label to watch in 2011.