image/ Dario Lopez-Mills
image/ Dario Lopez-Mills
Right from the jump I have to say sorry for sleeping on Zebra Katz. I was sent some dope material, got selfish, kept to myself and did not share it with you good people. Moving on, Welcome to Dark Disco.
We invite you there to complete the circle of experience – to get a taste of this one, specially curated moment. Dark Disco combines it all.
With lineups that are surprising, insightful, and always on the absolute tip of the edge featuring DJ’s, Producers, and artists who are true creators and who’s only goal is to keep the dancefloor live. The environment is an ever changing inspiration of visual artists who’s installations fill the void of your mind with something new to deconstruct and experience.
Past Dark Disco’s have featured such great talent as: Boys Noize, A-Trak, Diplo, Mary Anne Hobbes, Nosaj Thing, Peaches, the US return of MJ Cole and so many more.
Dark Disco is the adventure of MeanRed Co-Owners Jen Lyon & Katie Longmyer. Two agitators and instigators who delight in creating and causing a stir and a discussion and who ultimately, just want to have a good time.
This Dark Disco, we are proud to bring KINGDOM back to NYC.
Alongside him will be DJs MESS KID (Palms Out), hometown hero KAVIAR DISCO, and Palms Out fam, DOYO aka RubenXYZ, who happens to be the director of the stellar Zebra Katz video, as well.
Celebrating their new release and incredible VIDEO on Diplo’s new label Jeffries, our hosts for the night will be ZEBRA KATZ & NJENA REDDD FOXXX
Artwork by Kilian Eng
Jim-E Stack could have not kicked off 2012 any stronger. His newest EP “Come Between” is super tight and entrancing. This Wednesday, February 1st, all of Webster Hall will be celebrating the release of “Come Between” with a little help from NIKKO, Mess Kid and Azizaman.
Here are some tunes to pre party with;
Look forward to the upcoming Staygold LP, which has been more than a long time coming. Some of you might recognize this song from the Swedish P3 Gold Awards, where Spank Rock and Damien Adore appeared, and Robyn sang Lady Tigra’s part. This album has got to be one of my favorites of the last 5 years, and I can’t wait until it is properly released (on Magnetron Records home of acts like Le Le), so I’m not the only one raving about them all the time. Sleeping is for cats, people.
ps. If you’ve forgotten the gems Magnetron has released, remember now.
“Shine,” a standout track from our latest release by young Danish wunderkind, ELOQ, just got a lovely video treatment. Previously known for his work with Danish rap phenom KIDD, ELOQ’s star just keeps rising (check his remix for Medina). The Mysterious EP, his second solo release (following last year’s release on Opiate’s Hobby Industries label), is out now on boomkat (and anywhere else digital music is sold).
As an extra treat, Palms Out fam Dixone (whose Belligerent EP is still turning heads), comes in with a free remix of “Shine” – where he drops the tempo, and veers into reggaeton territory, to great effect.
1. Miguel Campbell – Something Special (Hot Creations).
2. Tanner Ross – B-Side (No. 19)
3. DJ Funeral – Bounce Dat (BODY HIGH).
4. Eliphino – More Than Me (Somethinksounds).
5. Astronomar – One Two Bootleg (CDR).
6. Mount Kimbie – Carbonated (Chris James Refix) (CDR).
7. George Fitzgerald- Shackled (Hotflush).
8. Daniel Klauser – Dance and Disaster (Get Flavor).
9. A1 Bassline – Buoyancy (Dirtybird).
10. Deborah Cox – It’s Over (Dubbel Dutch Remix) (Dutty Artz).
11. Jim-E Stack – Come Between (Forthcoming Good Years).
12. DJ Ghost Pepper – #4LIFE (BODY HIGH).
13. Sinjin Hawke & DJ Sliink – Gas Pump (CDR).
14. 5kinAndBone5 ft. YG – Stomp (Cedaa Remix) (Grizzly).
15. Kirko Bangz – Drank in My Cup
Could you give us some info about your history with music?
I grew up in Peru, rotating between SF and Lima throughout the year. Living in South America really exposed me to the sounds that have shaped the music I’m into now.
I was a band kid for a good part of my life, playing the saxophone in various jazz bands and orchestras. I was listening to a lot of hip-hop also, so naturally I started digging for jazz records. My interest for dance music was also growing, so eventually I started DJing. Being a DJ feels a lot cooler than being a band kid.
For the past couple years, I’ve been DJing with a good homie under SOSOSOON. Along the way, I’ve been able to meet a lot of great people. I help run a marketing agency with my older sister, so the overlap between music and our work is creating some really exciting opportunities. The business and creative sides of music don’t always get to interact as much as I think they should, but that’s paving the way for what’s to come. I got some tricks up my sleeve.
There seem to be a lot of new labels popping up at the moment, could you tell us which ones are catching your ear?
It’s really great to see all these labels grow, especially in the USA, with Body High and Fade 2 Mind. Samo Soundboy and Jerome LOL Boys have done an great job at curating the Body High sound; its music made for the club. There’s a lot of stuff coming from those guys in the future that I’m really excited about. Fade 2 Mind has also been holding it down for America. They’ll be putting out EP’s from Cedaa and Clicks & Whistles that are going to be really good. There’s another dope label coming out of Chile called Diamante. The South American homies have some really nice stuff brewing over there.
What other artists are you currently feeling?
There’s a lot of exciting music coming out right now, but there are definitely some artists that stand out; they’ve been able to define their sound, yet still continue to explore it. Dubbel Dutch has consistently been on the top of my list for a while now. Brenmar has been making club bangers for females, dancefloor killers. There’s a group of young cats who’s sound has been maturing very nicely as well. Cedaa has been making some great music for a while. The kid Jim-E Stack has a great EP coming out this week I believe. Astronomar is also a name you’ll want to pay attention to.
San Francisco has been busy in 2011, do you feel that living in a city with a healthy scene gives you an edge?
Living in a city with a “scene” is really important in any creative project. You’re constantly influenced by your surroundings, so having a creative environment definitely inspires your ideas, subconsciously more than anything. For how much we like to complain about SF, there’s a lot of great things going on here. The Icee Hot and Lights Down Low parties have brought pretty much every artist you’d want to see in the “bass” world. I think we have some momentum that is going to continue to grow, until we all move to New York at least.
Can you give us some context to this mix?
I recorded this mix at 4am in New York City. It’s a collection of songs I’ve been vibing to this winter. Some older stuff, some new stuff, some stuff that’s not out. Deep winter vibes you can chill to, dance to, or fuck to. I hope you do all three to it at some point.
Make sure to catch Joaquin along with 5kinAndBone5 and the whole Club Cheval crew at 103 Harriet on Friday the 13th
Dekker – “Stop” [soundcloud]
Out now on boomkat, and most everywhere else.
Support Thailand Flood Relief tonight in New York City!
Last month I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Cedaa, a young and exciting artist that is making great music and getting some much deserved early attention. Cedaa just made an amazing mix for XLR8R and broke into the New York scene with a strong CMJ showcase. I was thrilled when he agreed to do a small interview, and mp3 download.
What were some of your music influences growing up in Seattle? What music from Seattle influenced your music?
Proximity to water has always been a big influence. I grew up on a small island just to the east of Seattle. 15 minutes from downtown, but still slightly remote. I worked at a beach club, spent my summers in the water. I love caustics, like on the cover of “Tiffany”. Sir mix-a-lot.
What was your favorite album in 2011? Favorite song?
Pacheko – Lamissy. Couldn’t say about a favorite album, I have a short attention span.
Who are some artists you think people should look out for?
Here are a few labels instead: Fade 2 Mind, Body High, Diamante, B.YRSLF, Pelican Fly. Full support to crews doing big things.
If you could collaborate with any artist who? and Why?
1996 Timbaland. He had a good year.
Worst job you ever had?
Last year, my school’s cafeteria.
Grab Cedaa’s new remix for production duo 5kinAndBone5′s new EP on Grizzly. Grab the whole release from boomkat, or anywhere else.
The Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival is way more comprehensive, central located, packed with talent and food trucked out then ever before. The event is essentially twice as long, Friday and Saturday and taking up just about all of N6th Street in Williamsburg. For a 1 day $25 or 2 day $45 pass you have access to 6 venues in Williamsburg, including Brooklyn Bowl (which is not on N6th Street) to see the best electronic music acts out. Find out more, here.