The young frenchman has thought of a clever way to give his fans a treat this holiday season. He’s calling it his Advent Calendar and it will feature something new every day of December (I’m beginning to wonder how this kid finds time to like be a kid and kill zombies or something, but then again I’m glad he doesn’t). Sunday he took the reigns of Anjunabeats Worldwide for the 358th episode. I let it transport me from Boston -> Hartford that same day during all the Thanksgiving traffic and I couldn’t have cared less, so young David, I’d like to say publicly that I am very thankful for that.
Then, yesterday he had a verrry fraiche two song EP release on Silk sub-label Arrival: Beatport Link
The title track, “Orion”, is also featured on the newly launched Arrival 01: Destination United Kingdom compilation. “Orion” starts out smoothly with enjoyable pad layers and soothing sound effects. As the track progresses, numerous synths are added, and in the break, a lush theme melody emerges. Subtle piano chord stabs join the theme in creating a unique and mesmerizing atmosphere.
A darker groove is introduced in “Hidden Feelings”, where the break features a set of pleasant piano melodies and hypnotizing pad elements. The track continues in full effect, mainly enhanced by the powerful combination of the intriguing theme lead and rolling bassline.
Not quite sure what he has in store for us today, but if you haven’t coped the free download on his Facebook page, you could definitely start there. (link)
Feels good to be back up and running, but I’m in the middle of a take home exam so let’s be brief. Anyone that has been around me recently knows that I’ve been on a Kanye tear. I’ve become completely fascinated with the guy ever since I saw a video of him live in concert alone on stage screaming “top of the world.. top, top, top of the WORRRLD!!” and then proceeding to gronk-spike his microphone and walk off (link). I watched his You Hear It First interview (link) and got a sense of where he came from, what his influences were, and began to get a feel for what he was actually pursuing in life. I saw a video of him speak at Harvard about design and began to get a better picture (link). Then, yesterday, my roommate showed me his most recent tabloid explosion, the interview with Sway and I have never been so speechless. Do yourself a favor and set aside some time this week to watch this in its entirety. Absolute gold.
“I am the #1 most impactful artist of our generation. I am Shakespeare in the flesh. Walt Disney. Nike. Google… Do you want to marginalize me until I am out my moment?”
I used to mock him, but I can’t help but respect the shit out of him. There’s a fine line between genius and insanity and I think Mr. West is trying to find that line right now. I for one am a believer.
Now that you’re all up to date with my current fascination, here’s a chiller of a free download thanks to LA based producer Jerome LOL…
Our forthcoming release, “Arrival 01: Destination United Kingdom,” is an exciting new chapter in the history of our Arrival imprint. This sampler features 4 standout tracks from the compilation, including new material from Kobana, Marsh, BXT, and SNR. Kobana’s new offering, “Sighted”, starts off with a smooth groove, soon followed by a tremendously well-crafted bassline. Introduced in the break, blissful background synths unite beautifully with the bassline, which also acts as the main lead in the song. “Smiling At You” from Marsh introduces a deep, unique rhythm, combined with light background melodies and a memorable vocal stem. Sweeping pad lines emerge later, and a hypnotizing atmosphere dominates the break, in which the main lead is introduced. BXT’s “Moments” starts out with a hard-hitting bassline and firm percussion lines. The enjoyable theme riff emerges in the break, which also features an accompanying piano line. Soon, the theme riff evolves into a true peak-hour lead, which provides additional energy to the song. “Kumba” by SNR begins with strong percussion elements and a growling bassline. Blissful melodies are soon included, and the break features extremely lush pads and delicate vocal stems. The main theme riff soon appears, and it is accompanied by a unique, light synth — the combination of which goes quite well with the energetic groove.
I’m not exactly sure where to start with this release. It’s VERY large. I’ll let the music do the talking…
Read on for complete compilation tracklist…
Asked to describe his music to a new listener one might falter. While it’s true that there is a very specific sound at the core of his music, it is the fluid nature of Deetron‘s work that defines him as an artist. Yet there is one word that can be used to sum up this dynamic musical mind and the polymorphic sounds that he has mastered – Maverick. Departing from the accepted course, a free-spirited, non-conformist both musically and in his chosen path within the industry; this distinguishing characteristic is also the life-blood of Deetron’s studio work. His broad musical palette the bedrock from which a myriad of pleasureful sounds have entertained and held firm fans across the globe. His second album, which will be released on Music Man Records, finds Deetron in a unique, transitional phase. The vocal element of his music coming to the fore, with Music Over Matter he proves that there is no substitute for substance and skill, putting music firmly back in the frame is the message, and how poignant to today’s tumultuous industry! A prismatic mosaic of vocal textures and expertly crafted grooves, Music Over Matter takes flight through the bounds of Deetron’s musical persona, working vocals in unexpected ways through the deepest, most colorful and penetrating moments. A new facet to the multi-dimensional Deetron sound. From cranked up four to the floor and voluminous deep house grooves, to dream-sequence synths, elegant drum-programming and powerful melodic signatures, there is not a single moment of this album that won’t thrill those craving a hefty interjection. Yet as motley and satisfyingly eclectic as they come, each track of the album is connected through a deep vein of soulful musicality. Joining Deetron for the trip are old friends such as Ripperton and Cooly G, who lay the foundations for the album with their opening track ‘Thinking’ – glitchy scratchy Techno, which blends in perfectly to Deetron’s collaboration with the inimitable, cosmic surfer Seth Troxler with whom he throws down a golden gauntlet of pitch-bent synths and heightening fervor with their hypnotic ‘Love Song’. Deetron’s hit single with Hercules & Love Affair also features… Flipping genres so elegantly, Deetron teams up with Belgian vocalist Delvis for an old-school Motor City influenced vocal number, which is followed by the beautifully smooth vocal talents of Ben Westbeech who produce a perfect melody-drenched house track, which will also be Deetron’s forthcoming single. Deetron’s collaboration with Fritz Kalkbrenner adds a seriously unique twist to the album, with rich vocals resonating over Deetron’s orchestral soundtrack. Teaming up with Justin Chapman again for ‘Strange Things’ with Simbad along for the ride results in a gorgeous slab of deep electronica… George Maple provides the perfect vocals for ‘Rescue’ with her (yes, it’s a woman!) ethereal vocals washing over you in pure delight. Music Over Matter also features pure instrumental tracks by Deetron, including ‘Sing’, ‘Come Away Further’, ‘Count on Me’, ‘Can’t Love You More’ and for your listening pleasure has added the 2011 hit ‘Starblazer’ as a bonus track. From a producer, whose unrelenting passion is the mark of his music, Music Over Matter is a reflection of the vibrant landscape upon which he so fearlessly treads… A bold, panoramic stroke that will appeal to so many more than just the intrepid nomads of the underground.
I’ve been very obsessed with “Rhythm’ since I first heard it, and obviously Fritz doesn’t disappoint. Do yourself a favor and check this out, Deetron flexes over a wide range of genres/styles and pulls together a really nice album.
This looks like a pretty wild time. If you are on the west coast or headed that way, I strongly suggest this event. Mainly because Eric Prydz is playing both days, once as Cirez D and then as himself. Such a badass. Anyways, lots of other dope acts performing as well, such as Duke Dumont and Benoit & Sergio, or if you like to get weird, Skrillex and Deadmau5 will be throwing down. Oh and Calvin Harris too. Go tell him to play some “original shit” and see what he says. And I’ll stop there…you can read the flyer.