“Where My Head’s At” is a feature from Dancing Astronaut that gives readers a quick glimpse into an editor’s personal music tastes and how they developed. Subject matter will be all over the map, but we want to let you get a feel for individual editors, and where their heads are at.
This dance music empire is built on pre-packaged euphoria. Every break, build, and drop is carefully calculated to appeal to your ears and legs. There’s nothing wrong with that. If you’re looking for someone to sneer at the break up of Swedish House Mafia or to downplay Avicii’s brand of buoyant pop, there’s no shortage of music critics reveling in newfound electronic hipsterdom. But dance music was made to be enjoyed. It was made to be enjoyed with the friends, family, and fellow festival-goers that infuse dance events with a collective energy that transcends the individual men and women behind the mixer. Last year, I found that while I still enjoyed these experiences, the polished chord progressions and radio-ready hooks were beginning to ring hollow in my ears.
In addition to being the poster children for France’s new breed of future techno, Bromance label-mates Brodinski and Gesaffelstein are well-known for their eclectic tastes in music. Trending toward the deep and dark, the two have featured no shortage of obscure cuts in their mixes, spanning genres from Latin dance to hip hop. The latter is well-represented early in this mix, which was billed as a glimpse into what the producers are listening to at home, as Evil Nine and Danny Brown’s trap-inspired “The Black Brad Pitt” precedes Lil Keke’s plodding “Southside.”
The musical journey continues through the dissonant ambiance of Zomby’s “Witch Hunt” and the glitchy simplicity of Dopplereffekt’s Kraftwerk-esque “Pornoactress.” Bromance signee The Hacker’s “Satori” finds its way on the mix, before Lil Gin’s brooding “Smooth Getaway” closes it out and leaves one wondering why all hip hop can’t be so techno-inspired and twisted. (more…)
Brodinski’s Bromance Records unleashes another gem of a release in the form of Stuart Price’s “In The Night.” While released under his Jacques Lu Cont alias, Stuart Price reverts to a sound more recognizable as the one he employed with his Les Rythmes Digitales moniker. The funky electro bassline that makes up the heart of “In The Night” is very reminiscent of the similar vibe in his classic track “Jacques Your Body.” Regardless of which alias Stuart chooses to release his music under, when we see his fingerprints on a track, we know that we are in for a top tier production.
Jacques Lu Cont – In The Night (Original Mix)
If you’ve heard Jacques Lu Cont’s remix of Coldplay’s “Charlie Brown,” then you’ll know why we were extremely excited to hear a preview of his new single. Stuart Price’s latest effort, “In The Night,” will be released on Brodinski’s Bromance Records label later this month. “In The Night” is certainly a change of pace from his more mainstream remixes and features a funky bassline punctured by a staccato drum beat. Those of you who have followed Stuart’s career will be reminded of the music he put out under his Les Rythmes Digitales moniker. We’re looking forward to the September 24th release.
I know Brodinski and Gesaffelstein are two separate acts, but it is hard to talk about one without the other. Every release from these two in the last year has been intricately developed and wildly unique. Whether it be together or under their own names, Brodinski and Gesaffelstein have been masterfully creating gritty techno tracks in a scene dominated by progressive beats, flighty synths and radio-friendly vocals… with no signs of slowing down or selling out.