vendredi 31 août 2012

Enki - Tim Burton Abduction (RBL011)

The clue is in the title for debut release from new Rebellion signing Enki. A double odyssey of spiraling trippy grooves, ‘Tim Burton Abduction’ is all spooky FX, organs and dense rolling percussion and both tracks have been going down a storm on Rebel dancefloors this summer.
A self-professed master of magic and exorcism, French born Enki is certainly a young talent with a distinctively dreamlike quality to his music. Seemingly unperturbed or influenced by the current populist dancefloor, Rebellion has found a perfect contributor to its off-centre catalogue of cavernous late night sounds as Enki offers up his debut and what he calls “Alien House and Cosmic Techno”, conceived to make people dance naked under the full moon.
A-side ‘Tim Burton Abduction’ is a treat for the senses – a purely hypnotic groove that unravels and builds in a glitchy outer space framework of chimes, claps, bells and bleeps. As the gentle kick enters the mix, the grip of the groove is tighter still as the sci-fi FX and abstract organ melodies merge with the intricate percussive patterns.
On the flip, ‘From Another Planet’ weaves strange melodies in another spellbinding setting. Big on atmosphere and rhythm, the sub bass creeps in and takes the tracker to a deeper place as soaring electronic harps and abstract keys work into the fluid ethereal groove and the drama builds.
Off-kilter, dark and absorbing, Enki’s debut is another reason to watch the French underground and a fine example of Rebellion’s leftfield imagination.
  • Label: RebelLION
  • Cat no: RBL011
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  • Distribution: Above Board
  • Released: Mon Oct 8th, 2012


    mardi 21 août 2012

    Insomniac Events & Crosstown Rebels present Get Lost LA

    2011 was a groundbreaking year for Crosstown Rebels - being awarded Resident Advisor’s best label and seeing its family members truly blossoming into superstars. 2011 also saw the LA debut of Get Lost at the Music Box, a party that proved a landmark for many in the city, proving that LA’s big-rooms can be filled with forward thinking dance music.
    We are very excited to announce that Get Lost LA is back for 2012, with Crosstown Rebels & insomniac bringing an even bigger line-up featuring some of its best loved stars together with some of its newest discoveries for a huge electronic night of fun and future music at Exchange LA located Downtown.
    Joining Damian Lazarus, Jamie Jones and Art Department, will be the exceptional new Rebel talents of Amirali, whose critically acclaimed debut album 'In Time' is a contender for album of the year and Infinity Ink, who are responsible for the massive summer anthem, Infinity. Both acts will play live.
    Also on the massive line up are Fur Coat, whose debut album Mind of Matter gets released this summer, Visionquest’s Shaun Reeves plus LA heroes Droog and Eduardo Castillo.
    The three roomed, Funktion One systemed Exchange venue was built in 1929 and will be decorated and filled with fun performance by the mystical magic team of the Crystalrebels, who will be making their US debut at this event, their fun-filled photo galleries can be seen at
    The infamous Get Lost party has been running for seven years in Miami during WMC and has become one of the “must attend” parties of the annual music conference – catch highlights here on the label’s ground breaking TV series, Rebel Rave:
    Come join the hottest crew in electronic music as they celebrate the labels 100th single release and throw a party like only the Rebels know how.
    Get Lost LA; an electronic night of hedonism bringing the future of dance music to Downtown. Tickets are available NOW from Resident Advisor

    Crosstown Rebels Presents REBELLION RAVE

    After leaving their indelible Rebel prints all over Miami WMC, Off-Sonar Barcelona, Berlin, LA and beyond this summer, Damian Lazarus and co. get back to basics this October by kicking off a brand new series – REBELLION RAVE.

    Rebellion is the more underground sister label of Crosstown Rebels showcasing some of the most cutting edge, forward-thinking artists on the planet and 10 releases strong, it has fast become a brand on true tastemakers lips. The theme for a Rebellion rave is to take the party back to its grass-roots - to dark cavernous warehouses where there’s sweat on the walls…

    Inviting Londoners, London lovers and creatures of the night, REBELLION RAVE will deliver guaranteed attention to sonic detail and an array of global talent. Damian Lazarus will preside over an all-nighter of weird and wonderful club music alongside Tim Xavier, Acid Pauli, James What, and Aidan Lavelle.

    As label boss and master of musical misfits, Damian Lazarus is on an unrelenting mission to unite artists and make rave history with the future in mind. You won’t want to miss what the man has up his wizard’s sleeve on this hallowed night…

    Saturday 6th October: 10pm to 6am
    Warehouse Party, London
    Tickets: £10 Limited Early bird tickets
    Standard tickets: £15 to £20 + bf

    vendredi 17 août 2012

    Just Be - Annabelle (CRM101)

    Next up on Crosstown Rebels comes the second outing for British institution Matthew ‘Bushwacka’ B under new guise Just Be. The ‘Annabelle’ release is a rumbling jungle of percussion. From moody and deep to down right stormy, these are high-octane cuts that deserve a cave rave soundsystem.
    Title track ‘Annabelle’ is a dubby, atmospheric late night jam with grubby sub-bass snarl and morphing bleeps and effects weaved around molten vocal cuts. As the muffled voice creeps up from the abyss, all elements work in hypnotic symbiosis for the dancefloor.
    On the B-side, ‘More and More’ gets two incarnations. The ‘house mix’ works an irresistible tribal roll, a loop of twinkling keys raining on Bushwacka’s signature drums. Deftly layering touches of the strange with disembodied vocals, Bushwacka certainly has an intrinsic gift for unearthly moods. In the ‘deep mix’ the percussive storm takes hold again as dark stabs puncture abstract, eerie melodies.
    An integral figure in UK rave culture, Matthew B aka Bushwacka! and the man behind The End Soundsystem and esteemed duo Layo & Bushwacka! is still on a tireless mission to make people dance, settling for now on doing so as Just Be. Having emerged in the late 80s, making his indelible mark as a DJ with four residencies in London every weekend most notably at the legendary End nightclub that became his spiritual home for 14 years, Matthew was catapulted into the International circuit. Making music was always in Matthew’s blood however and the artist has a phenomenal six artist albums under his belt (a seventh on the way this year) as well as over 120 remixes, and 160 tracks. Moniker Just Be is making its mark on 2012 with releases signed, sealed and delivered on Get Physical, Maison D’Etre, Plus 8, and Intec Digital and with gigs at some of the best clubs and festivals on the circuit.

  • Label: Crosstown Rebels
  • Cat no: CRM101
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  • Distribution: Above Board Distribution
  • Released: Wed Sep 26th, 2012


    dimanche 12 août 2012

    Tiga - The Picture (CRM100)

    For the momentous Crosstown Rebels #100, one of electronic music’s great innovators makes his long-awaited comeback as Tiga. The Montreal avant-gardist’s first original work in four years ‘The Picture’ is big, bad and heavy in every sense. Factor in an outstanding remix of ‘Pleasure From The Bass’ from Rebels wonder boy Subb-an and you have a very special landmark release indeed.
    Tiga has always had a knack of injecting freaky character into the tantalizing late night music he crafts and with ‘The Picture’, Tiga literally bulldozes all expectation giving Crosstown Rebels an unforgettable flash of rave imbued dark pop-electro tech. Assuming the transcendent verse of Prince, Tiga’s echoing vocals glare like iridescent petrol as the trippy, molten sound wall of bleeps and beats propel this inexorable dancefloor slayer.
    Killing it on every level right now, Rebels favourite and One Records boss Subb-an brings Tiga’s dance classic ‘Pleasure From The Bass’ up to date with a wonky logic and deeper swing on the drums adding spaciousness to the groove. With Tiga’s penetrating vocal in tact along with fresh tweaks of acid, Subb-an’s badboy bassline bumps towards a medley of spooky keys evoking a Ghostbusters rave scene. Although undeniably groovy, Subb-an’s rework still fizzes with electric shocks and twists.
    Tiga has wowed the electronic universe with his ghostly fluorescent sonic beams since ‘Sunglasses At Night’ first dropped on City Rockers in 2001, when a long-standing friendship with then label boss Damian Lazarus was born. Now with Lazarus about to enter the tenth year of his pioneering Crosstown Rebels imprint, it is fitting that the two should entwine in this destiny for the milestone #100 - on a label that has raised major league artists such as Jamie Jones and Maceo Plex and spawned seminal club records throughout its history.
    Besides a head spinning career as DJ and producer, Tiga has been running Turbo Recordings since 1998 - home to some of the most cutting edge, genre-crossing brilliance out there with releases from Chromeo, Azari & III and Tiga himself - as well as lately delivering a smoking trail of high-profile remixes. It would take all night to even glaze over the story of Tiga’s career but it’s safe to say it’s been one full of colourful decadence and a disregard for the norm. Both Tiga and Crosstown are true trendsetters and together they are a potent combination.

  • Label: Crosstown Rebels
  • Cat no: CRM100
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  • Distribution: Above Board Distribution
  • Released: Mon Sep 10th, 2012