jeudi 23 février 2012

Amirali - In Time (CRMCD017)

How do you follow up a year of delivering some of the best music on the planet? Find some thats even better. Crosstown Rebels do it again and discover a true talent in Amirali unleashing his longplayer ‘in Time’ as their first entry into 2012.
Amirali goes beyond your average dance music producer. A musician at heart, every instrument heard on ‘In Time’ was played by the Iranian-come-Canadian producer. He shapes his songs in mysterious patterns and subtly hypnotises with his dexterity. The album passes swiftly and stops time in its path, leaving a deep longing to hear it again and yearning to unravel its secrets
Amirali’s voice is mysterious and evocative, a futuristic hybrid of indie idols (think a sombre Ian Brown or intoxicated Radiohead) while tainted with the auras of favourite 80s synth heroes Depeche Mode amidst the current energy of dance enigmas Art Department and Underworld. Forging a strong element of surprise in his tactics, he takes a bold course, daring to create subtle complexities in house music.
The pensive buds of ‘The Harmonious Song’ softly open this quiet masterpiece. Tinkering on weightless pads, Amirali expresses a need to be taken seriously. In ‘Missing’ he spins out swirls of instrumentation and throbbing basslines while his singing curls and smoulders within its light textures.
‘Just An Illusion’ skips with the heartbeat of house music as Amirali fiirts with a higher tempo. But soon enough ‘Painting On A Canvas’ and its successor ‘Last Words’ revives the buoyant space of before, sketching bright skies and pregnant moods within Amirali’s sunken gothic bells, charged guitar strums and reflective keys.
Other highlights in Amirali’s maiden voyage include his first single, ‘Beautiful World’, unleashed on Lazarus’ own Crosstown Rebels label in early 2012. A pop-infused bomb that captivated the dancefloor, it was an apt introduction for this multifaceted talent and powerful signal of the swells and surges of ‘In Time’ and of the great new talent in our midst.
“Making this album was a period of self discovery in which I got to know myself aa deeper level. ´In Time´, the year and a half journey into an experimentation of myself and my sound consists of 13 tracks. Each track has a different story to tell and is a reflection of my past. It’s the most honest and personal I have ever been with my music, like I´m giving a part of my soul to the listener. I hope they enjoy.” Amirali 2012
Damian Lazarus has a sharp ear and talent for A&R and he illustrates this with great clarity through his latest introduction. He went on a scouting mission for something more alternative for the label, and uncovered the Iranian music maker. Amirali’s heritage from Iran hangs heavy in the atmospheres of ‘In Time’ but Toronto is where he evoked the spirits of dance music into his style. Currently residing in London, Amirali will tour his new and exclusive live set this year to mark the launch of the album including vocals, live keys and a visual exploration into his weird and wonderful mind.
Following a year that the label was crowned the leader of the pack, spawning albums from the biggest artists of the year such as Art Department, Deniz Kurtel and Maceo Plex and coming top of the charts in many end of year charts, Crosstown Rebels dare to introduce another raw talent with unique dimensions. Later this year they have aligned new album material from their homegrown team including Resident Advisor’s no 1 DJ of the year, Jamie Jones, Maceo Plex plus new collaborations and signings Fur Coat, Mother Of Seven and more.

  • Label: Crosstown Rebels
  • Cat no: CRMCD017
  • Web:
  • Distribution: Above Board Distribution
  • Released: Mon May 14th, 2012


    01. The Harmonious Song
    02. Missing
    03. Just an Illusion
    04. Painting on a Canvas
    05. Last Words
    06. Midnight Train
    07. My Way
    08. Beautiful World
    09. Whisper
    10. No Doubt
    11. Hear Me
    12. Story of Us
    13. The Sounds of My Life


    mercredi 15 février 2012

    Fur Coat (Feat. Cari Golden) - You And I (CRM092)

    Venezuelan production duo Fur Coat is back on Crosstown Rebels, this time armed with the sultry West Coast tones of Cari Golden and bomb of the season, ‘You and I’. Calling in rising star Amirali for remix duty, this essential release has got prime Miami anthem written all over it.
    The original ‘You And I’ has long been slaying dance floors at the hands of Damian Lazarus, cloaked in mystery until Art Department let the cat out of the bag at Mexico’s BPM Festival, cementing the track as highly sought after DJ weapon, and leaving ‘Fur Coat’ and those suggestive lyrics on everyone’s lips. A-grade addictive groove, ‘You And I’ is the epitome of deep and sleazy bassline house with the added distinction of Cari Golden’s velvety vocals building an allegorical story of chemistry and intoxicating love.
    Exploding onto the scene this year is Iranian/Canadian producer Amirali, already winning over legions of fans with his first two tracks ‘My Way’ and ‘Beautiful World’ and about to secure his place amongst stars of 2012 with debut album ‘In Time’ – out on Crosstown Rebels this Spring. His sound, a heady mix of tech, funk and electronica, Amirali takes ‘You And I’ into a deeply emotive dream world of epic synth-laden melodies whilst Cari’s voice becomes airborne and ethereal.
    Fur Coat have been buried deep in the studio of late, crafting their debut LP out on Crosstown later this year. If ‘Space Ballad’ and ‘You And I’ are anything to go by, it will be a seamless collection of tracks to feed the dancefloor all summer long. Growing up streets apart in Venezuela, Sergio Muñoz (Delete) and Israel Sunshine aka Fur Coat joined forces in 2010 after meeting on South America’s blossoming dance music scene and have together mastered the art of dancefloor sorcery.
    Cari Golden is a classically trained musician from Los Angeles California where she works as a studio vocalist and songwriter. She began collaborating in the EDM world four years ago and has since had several critical successes with Pan-Pot’s Captain ‘My Captain’, DJ T’s ‘City Life’. With this imminent Fur Coat smash, Cari Golden could also be the voice of Miami WMC 2012.

  • Label: Crosstown Rebels
  • Cat no: CRM092
  • Web:
  • Distribution: Above Board Distribution
  • Released: Mon Mar 19th, 2012


    vendredi 10 février 2012

    Fur Coat (Feat. Cari Golden) - You And I (CRM092)

    [Forthcoming Release] According to Damian Lazarus’ Twitter account, the track that everyone has been talking about since BPM is set to release on Crosstown Rebels within the next few months. Crosstown up and comers Fur Coat collab with Cari Golden to create a deep, quirky, chilling, masterpiece that will be crushing dancefloors everywhere in the near future! Can’t get this one out of my head today, so keep checking back for more info as it comes in!
    Artist: Fur Coat feat. Cari Golden
    Track: You and I
    Label: Crosstown Rebels
    Cat#: CRM092
    Release Date: April 9th (to be confirmed)


    mardi 7 février 2012

    Damian Lazarus & James What - Rise Before Zod (RBL007)

    Zod is the new project from Rebels boss Damian Lazarus and James What. Debut warped production ‘Rise Before Zod’ is about to land on Rebellion with a diverse duo of remixes from Acid Pauli and Shadow Dancer.
    The original ‘Rise Before Zod’ is a psychedelic trip into dubby sounds that come from deep in the jungle, held together by a killer groove. Dark and groovy, it’s the first brainchild from two producers with a proclivity for the left of centre. Paul and Al Farrier aka Shadow Dancer step up for the first remix. Signed to Boyz Noize, the pair injects a heavy dose of uplifting synth lasers, rave stabs and lick of acid, taking the track from the cave to neon club. With the Acid Pauli installment it’s back to nature with tribal rhythms, electronic droplets and sparse arrangements that build into a richly padded sound bed of bass, strings and drums. One of Damian’s all time favourite DJs, Acid Pauli was a resident at Bar25 in Berlin and is currently preparing his debut artist album for Clown & Sunset, out later this year.
    Damian Lazarus and James What created Zod when they were hanging out in sunny LA before Burning Man 2011, where the original was first broadcast from the Robot Heart stage. Rebels boss and A+R magnate Damian is known as an artist of many shades with an eclectic range of other-worldly records reflected in his DJ sets, podcasts and mix compilations and original material that goes way beyond the dancefloor.


    lundi 6 février 2012

    Get Lost 7th Session

    The lineup has been revealed for the seventh edition of Get Lost, Crosstown Rebels’ annual party during Miami Winter Music Conference.
    As usual, the party will bring together a good chunk of the Crosstown Rebels family for an extended session at Electric Pickle, one of Miami’s most intimate and underground clubs. In addition to mysteriously noted “special guests,” the lineup includes label staples like Subb-an, Maceo Plex, Art Department, jozif and label boss Damian Lazarus. Hot Creations artists Clive Henry and Richy Ahmed will DJ as well, along with Shaun Reeves of Visionquest and fabric resident Craig Richards. Live performances come from Dan Berkson & James What and Amirali. Breakthrough UK act Eats Everything is also confirmed. The party kicks off early in the morning and runs until midnight, engulfing all three of the downtown club’s dance floors.