lundi 23 mai 2016

Felix Da Housecat, Jamie Principle, Vince Lawrence AKA The 312 - Touch Your Body (CRM162)

Crosstown Rebels assemble an A-Star team of pioneers and legends for the next mammoth release on the label. 'Touch Your Body' comes courtesy of Felix Da Housecat, Jamie Principle and Vince Lawrence AKA The 312 with invigorating remixes from Moodymann.

Felix Da Housecat explains how 'growing up on south side of Chicago I was a huge fan of Frankie Knuckles and Jamie Principle. Vince Lawrence was over at Chicago Trax and was the blueprint A&R and catalyst there signing anything hot. By this time I was around 14 and I had just made my first record 'Fantasy Girl', with DJ Pierre. Over the years I was becoming obsessed with Jamie's sound. We soon became friends and always discussed working together and it took 15 years. Frankie's passing woke me up. I felt I wanted to do something special and it was time to fly back to Chicago roots. I wanted to go back where it all began and work with the originators. I called Vince and said I need your mind, guidance and your studio and all of us in one room to bring that spirit back in my soul. I told him we had Jamie Principle and the rest I guess is history. I wanted Crosstown for the project as I felt Damian was the only guy worthy and would understand and treat this project right. House Music needs this right now...So here we are.'

Felix Da Housecat career spans more than thirty years with 2 Grammy nominations. Never failing to impress, he now brings us his latest venture as producer of The 312 project. Jamie Principle is one of the most recognizable voices in the history of house music featuring on some of the first house records ever made including the seminal 'Your Love' with Frankie Knuckles. Business man, producer and Trax Records organizer Vince Lawrence is another true Chicago house music innovator, responsible for the pivotal house track 'On & On' with Jesse Saunders and 'The Virgo Tracks' releases. Mahogani Music founder Kenny Dixon Jr. AKA Moodymann grew up in Detroit with his first several releases appearing on Carl Craig's Planet E imprint. 2016 saw him next in the series to mix the respected 'DJ-Kicks' with outstanding results.

Label boss Damian Lazarus explains how 'the coming together of three of house music's legends was always going to produce something special, in 'Touch Your Body' we have nothing short of an all time classic. Add to that incredible remixes from Moodymann and the dream release is complete for Crosstown'.

1. Touch Your Body
2. Touch Your Body (Moodymann Remix)
3. Touch Your Body (Moodymann Dub Mix)

Released: 24/06/2016
Cat#: CRM162
Distribution: Above Board

dimanche 22 mai 2016

Jonas Rathsman Feat. Josef Salvat - Complex (CRM161)

This is a tech-blues odyssey, an introvert's primal scream, where complex emotions and urges are vented and perfectly complemented by Rathsman's explorations into the dark corners of electronic music. Enjoy the journey. With the release only in the hands of a select few tastemaker DSJs, 'Complex' has been making waves at the recent MWC, 'receiving hands in the air welcomes and even a sit down ovation' according to label boss Damian Lazarus. 'Complex' is set to be the first underground anthem of 2016. The release comes with two carefully chosen remixes. First up is Swiss techno stalwart Deetron, who steers the song into percussive acid oblivion while Serge Devant offers up his deep house expertise for a dramatic and driving offbeat cut. Original and remixes receiving current support from Jamie Jones, Loco Dice, Maceo Plex, Joseph Capriati, Pig & Dan, John Digweed, Gorgon City, Âme, Laurent Garnier, Nicole Moudaber, Agoria, Carl Craig, tensnake, Claude Von Stroke and Marco Carola.

1. Complex
2. Complex (Deetron Remix)
3. Complex (Serge Devant Remix)

Released: 10/06/2016
Cat#: CRM161
Distribution: Above Board


lundi 9 mai 2016

Taster Peter - LFO Shit EP (RBL036)

Making his Rebellion debut with an electric three track release is Italian Taster Peter. For the lovers of all things modular, the latest EP on the Crosstown Rebels off-shot is nothing short of a techno dream.

Talking about 'LFO Shit' and 'Run All Night', Peter had the goal to 'smash some LFOs into my music, because I've always been in love with that type of modular sounds. I wanted to create two different tracks but with similar elements, trying to compare the modern and the vintage. 'LFO Shit' is a strictly modern track, with a LFO solo in it. 'Run All Night' features a pushing groove from the late '70s, combined with LFO sounds and big alarms of the old school techno music'. Concluding the EP and taking the listener in a different direction is 'Autunna' which Peter created for that moment when all you can do is close your eyes, and disappear into the darkness of the night.

From an early age, Taster Peter immersed himself in music and learned to play the violin, double bass, guitar, drums and percs. The former drummer of the band Tasters he was able to tour the world and release two albums, whilst learning how to create a memorable performance. His musical journey has led him to producing electronic music with releases on Truesoul, Trapez, Highgrade Records and Tronic Music among others, and more recently starting his own label Extravaganza Records.

1. LFO Shit
2. Run All Night
3. Autunna

Released: 17/06/2016
Cat#: RBL036