Since embarking on Wolfgang Gartner and Tommy Trash’s Hounds of Hell Tour, Canada’s Charlie Darker has remained relatively silent on the production front — leaving fans with “Soup” as his last original offering. Back with a free download in time for this week’s holiday, Darker unleashes his newest work, “Debrief.” Per usual, the Kindergarten Records producer illustrates intricate electro house and strays far from the status quo with an array of sounds spontaneously layered, paying testament to his catch-them-by-surprise antics.
After announcing a full-fledged North American takeover with their Hounds of Hell Tour, Tommy Trash and Wolfgang Gartner have finally revealed their partners in mayhem. Bass Kleph and Charlie Darker will hit the road with the Hounds, adding tech and electro influences and bringing the tour totals up to two Aussies and two Kindergarten pals, respectively. That’s not all that’s worth howling about, however.
Tommy and Wolfgang have also announced the details of their Hound2Hound contest, where one lucky fan will win an after party at the show date of his choice. After witnessing an extra special b2b, the winner and 50 of his closest friends will also get a meet and greet with the pair and the chance to make everyone on Instagram jealous. Some Facebook action is required to enter, so click here for details and to get started. Running until September 24th, the contest ends just three days before the tour roars into life at LA’s Palladium.
Taking the torch from mentor and label head Wolfgang Gartner, Charlie Darker is re-imagining electronic music and painting an all new picture beneath the Kindergarten Records umbrella. This week, however, the Canadian DJ-producer lends his talents to Clockwork and Wynter Gordon at Dim Mak, putting his spin on their “Surge” collaboration. Darker offers familiarity to fans of the original production but injects his own style on a rendition he’s marked his own. Following his own crisp introductory build and the full length vocal hook, Charlie progressively packs in unique layers of sound for a version of “Surge” that’s being offered as a free download.
Kindergarten Recordings rising star Charlie Darker is beginning to mark his social media milestones, this time at 15,000 Facebook fans, and that means free music. Known to distance himself with a unique sound, Wolfgang Gartner’s protégé has his electro-ladel in hand, and fans lining up for “Soup.” With a vocal to provoke rather than ease and a roller coaster of grooves, Darker’s latest offering is an intricate weave of sounds, each more original than the next. Claim your serving of “Soup” from Charlie’s SoundCloud and hope the drums don’t make you spill.
Charlie Darker’s recent slew of hard hitting electro house releases have aided in helping the Wolfgang Gartner understudy emerge from his mentor’s shadow. Driven forward by an adept ear for sandblasted synthesis, Darker reworks the Canadian rap rock band Down With Webster’s “One In A Million” into a driving peak time electro output. Charlie intertwines a flurry of syncopated percussion and throaty synthwork with DWW’s power pop vocals and some of his own chirpy arpeggios. Unabashed from start to finish, Darker’s latest remix has got our big room stamp of approval and it’s free to download from Dancing Astronaut.
Wolfgang Gartner’s protégé Charlie Darker has lent his talents to Autoerotique and Felix Cartal‘s latest single, turning in an impressive electro house remix that has rightfully earned the support of dance music bigwigs like Tiësto and Hardwell. Commencing with a well-crafted melodic synth lead that plays a key escalating role in the builds, the track is centered around a gigantic overdriven electro bass progression punctuated with the machine gun stutter of high register synth stabs. The namesake ambulance siren breakdown seems appropriate, given the fact that this diabolical drop could easily cause injuries in a crowded club. Continue expecting big things from Kindergarten Recordings‘ brightest rising star.
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After a rousing collaboration with Paris & Simo on “Cairo,” Charlie Darker seeks to further establish his presence in the electro house scene with “Anxiety.” Displaying a penchant for the dramatic, Darker continues on his tear of melody driven electro, artfully composing a track whose big room elements and crisp melodies are matched with aggressive breaks and wonky synthwork. Available now on Dim Mak records, “Anxiety” will feel right at home tearing apart tents during this year’s festival circuit and further asserts Darker’s mark early into 2013.
Launched by a barrage of frenetic drum rolls, Charlie Darker and Paris & Simo‘s collaboration “Cairo” blends Darker’s electrotouch with Paris & Simo‘s talent for creating big room chord progressions into finely-tuned prime time productions. The piano work here is nothing short of epic, laying out the red carpet for an incredibly satisfying drop that is framed by swirling synths and tumultuous grit. Pulsing sirens and crisp percussion devolve into a breakdown destined for frenzied festival tents all summer long.
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The wait is over for fans of Canadian electro up-and-comer Charlier Darker. With the release of his Atlantic/Pacific EP on Wolfgang Gartner’s Kindergarten Recordings this week, Darker has sent a clear message that he should be considered one of the brightest rising talents in the electro house world. Darker’s lead single “Atlantic” is a powerful production that was clearly crafted to be a dance floor anthem, while its moodier foil “Pacific” showcases Darker’s melodic side. Don’t miss the bumping Dancing Astronaut exclusive promo mix he recorded for us, and catch the EP on Beatport today.
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