It was over three months ago that Juliana Huxtable began to cook this one up. Over a month in, the mix seemed like another lost promise, until we learned that Juliana had been touring and finished the first “movement” in transit. That’s when we knew we were dealing with something Heavy.
A giant beam of light in NYC’s queer and music scenes, Juliana brings us The Awakening, a journey that hits on everything and compromises nothing. Anyone in this generation will identify with the familiar faces that pop up, which include – spoiler alert – Madonna, Korn, Star Wars, Bone Thugs, and Dragon Ball, over a hyperactive and cunty bed of beats. Steeped to perfection, Bjork won’t be the only one dropping this at parties.
Brandon Rosenbluth aka xorzyzt, a well-known and pervasive force in Berlin’s dark underworld, is a busy man —- producing events, djing and touring alongside BlackBlackGold and Tom Ass as UnReaL; playing in bands reliq and Shaddah Tuum; booking European tours for littlebig Agency; engaging in video and performance art of the ‘metaphysical, shamanistic thread’; all while launching two new labels: Portals Editions (with Niko Shaddah Lfo, Ketev, and Marijn Degenaar), and UnReaL Audio, which just saw its first release with Born in Flamez. During our stay in Berlin last year, we caught him djing Stattbad & playing with his band at Berghain within our first few nights, and he remained a constant presence from there, throwing parties featuring House of Ladosha, ITAL, Stellar Om Source, and Light Asylum, to name a few.
Hot on the heels of a US tour (including a stop at our beloved Bossa Nova), this is the set he put together and fine tuned on the road: “In my signature style, I’ve consistently layered a number of tracks on top of one another including layers of drones and ambience in order to create an impenetrable wall of body-obliterating techno bliss.” From the first whispers of “what am i doing here?” we knew we were in for a ride, and as expected, this mix perfectly demonstrates his ability to drag you through the darkest corners of hell and still leave you gasping for more.
Brandon’s new project Shaddah Tuum’s EP dropped last week on his label Portals Editions, you can have a listen here.
Jan Woo is Brooklyn’s best kept secret. Meticulous curator of all musical genres trance-inducing, his impeccable filter has landed him gigs alongside Juan Atkins and a festival-closing set at Sustain-Release. A Jan Woo track is one that stays close to your heart, and this mix is one you can put on and dance to start to finish, knowing you’re in good hands.
Up until now, unless you’ve caught one of his dj sets in the flesh, it is unlikely that you’ve gotten to experience the Woo, but this mix is a perfect distillation/introduction: one amazing tune after another — most that you probably would never find — and then a surprise blend like “Makin’ A Living” into Mr. Fingers “Can You Feel It”, that makes you want to cry. Thankfully, Jan has more in store for the world: He is prepping his first 12″ for Greek label Echovolt which includes “Whyfor” (below), a dancefloor stunner, and he’s got a new label Tripper Disc in the works, with an upcoming reissue/compilation of the appropriately-named obscure New Age band, Woo. Some things can only be kept tight for so long…
We spoke to Jan at home at Body Actualized Center in BK…
for my first jam back in berlin, we’re taking this grimy bassment and turning it into a rave cave, with Alienata, The Irradiance Cache and myself providing sounds after the UMBERTO show upstairs.
(don’t) be skurrrrrred..
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traxman – mind of traxman
burial – kindred
holy other – held
cooly g – playin me
john talabot – fin
actress – rip
nocow – gather strength
vessel – order of noise
holly herndon – movement
huerco s – no jack ep
daphni – jiaolong
hemlock – chapter one exclusives
kendrick lamar – good kid, m.a.a.d city
thx to everyone who came out friday, s!ck, spencers gifs and to all the amazingly talented performers. these people really understand modern dance music, and we’ve got recordings to prove it. jam live guest mixes from all the artists below, with photos from the night after the jump or on facebook.
the next one gonna be even crazier .. stay tuned for announcements>>>
hot on the heels of their new record, pleasure [listen here], pure x stopped through brooklyn earlier this month to bring their warmth and fuzziness to the last bobka show, a sweaty, ecstatic night. great to see so many people getting stoked on this band lately, and live in the flesh it’s easy to see why — they’re tapping into something deeper than we may know.
here’s a look inside the walls that night, “stuck livin” launching right into “surface”:
brooklyn writer/videographer mark craig also spliced in bits of my footage of “easy” and “dry ice” into this interview he captured with the band backstage that night:
more photos from the night, including tonstartssbandht and forma (not pictured: run dmt) after the jump.
photos by joe talman / thx elise for the cam assist
real talk: this isn’t my “actual” “chart” for “djing.” i’m sorry, but if certain european dance labels, not naming names (cough cough bpitch control crosstown rebels ostgut ton), would step up their getting-320s-to-german-pirates-to-put-on-youtube game, this might be a more complete picture of what i’ve actually listened to this month (besides 90s big beat britpop remixes and bjork singles on repeat). i’m not all that sorry, though, because if you really wanted to nerd out over that kind of music, you’d already be in a soulseek chat room; let’s do this
did i ever tell you guys about my “ambient hotties” prediction for 2011-12? serious noise heartthrobs, justin bieber putting out hand-screened 7″s, hearts of space / tiger beat crossover, oceans of sound as vast as the impossibility of teenage desire?
is there a more concise name for that thing where you don’t care about whatever mutant-rhythm uk a-side with pitched vocals and warped samples and blah blah blah is out this week on xyz dance darling imprint, but wow, the big dumb banger on the flip side, it’s so good, and anyway, what is this, a starbucks? fuck you nerds, i want TECHNO
speaking of techno, i always thought of this as “drone shit that some of my friends like to take synthetic hallucinogens to” until i left it playing in a youtube tab in the background while listening to the new cari lekebusch, and now it’s “drone shit that makes even recent cari lekebusch records interesting.” someone reissued something else she did this week (look it up), which is good, because goddamn if cari lekebusch doesn’t have a new release out just about every time i log into beatport
by the way, i still love you, cari
(cari lekebusch, 1994, just saying)
when my friends send me stuff that sounds like it’s coming from another room, i pretend they’re next door listening to the real record