Infamous dance top-liner and Hot Natured associate Ali Love has fast become one of house music’s most prolific underground producers. But at the tail end of a year that has spelled both mainstream success and true-to-core club fuel for the British artist, the Infinity Ink component returns to Crosstown Rebels with a long-overdue follow-up to April’s “Emperor” in the form of “Another.” Still packing those on point yet distinct top lines like nobody’s business, this deep and groovy original takes the form of a reassuringly under-produced club cut from Williams. Evidently, the radio-friendly and the nu-functional club cut can live in perfect harmony when Ali Love is in town, and with an intense re-rub from Felix Da Housecat fueled with vintage stamina, the vocal house sound scope looks all the more fruitful with “Another” on the market.
Him_Self_Her and Kieran Fowke’s are back on track for Crosstown rebels with a vocal offering to the tune of their earlier 2013 collaboration “Inside Out.” Employed with the task of rolling out a full-package for “Gone Too Long,” Crosstown Rebels find an all-embracing criteria to cater to the more recent calling for deep and decadent house music. Whilst the original cut beautifully employs Fowkes to compliment an underground crossover of the highest caliber, Compuphonic and Yousef respectively don their hands to two more outside-of-the-box assets to the well-polished original. Say what you will about the influx of faux ‘deep house’ crossovers – “Gone Too Long” and its accompanying remodels marks a peak in the genre skyline not to be ignored by advocates new and old of melodic club music. The EP is available now on Juno, but is available on Beatport from September 30.
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs & Eats Everything have put their heads together for “Lion, The Lion” – a grinding dance floor assault weapon that can be found on T.E.E.D’s just released Volume 6 of Crosstown Rebels’ Get Lost compilation series. The track does the duo proud — it’s part housey T.E.E.D instrumentation and part quirky (and quite frankly, growling) breaks and bass from the Eats man. Damian Lazarus and Crosstown Rebels, as always, are giving their friends in the industry room to breathe and continue to expand the palette of the label, its compilations, and its international party brand, Rebel Rave. Watch T.E.E.D’s Rebel Rave TV Episode here as well.
Jamie Jones returns to Crosstown Rebels with a EP featuring a new single titled “Moan & Groan” and two remixes to his 2012 hit “Tonight in Tokyo.” With “Moan & Groan,” you see Jamie’s classic production styling emerge with the bouncy disco keys over a groovy and deep bassline. “Tonight in Tokyo” was released last year on Crosstown Rebels and was a staple track in many of Jamie’s sets, but Ben Westbeech’s Breach alias (riding high on “Jack” success at the moment) takes the reigns on the remix, adding a timeless vibe with faint piano flicks and mellow synth work. Cassius dials things down a bit on his rendition with crisp chords and larger-than-life synth lines. (more…)
After establishing a presence in the deeper areas of dance music, The Rebel Agency, has just announced its move to join the Creative Artists Agency (CAA). As the world’s leading entertainment and sports agency, CAA already represents David Guetta, Paul van Dyke, Steve Angello, Pretty Lights, Kraftwerk and more. The move sees Jazz Spinder, Matt Kingsley and Inbal Lankry setting up shop in CAA’s Los Angeles office.
“Jazz, Matt, and Inbal are among the most respected agents in the electronic genre,” added CAA’s head of music and managing partner, Rob Light. “Their deep-rooted knowledge of the landscape, ability to identify and cultivate emerging talent, and collaborative approach will be great assets as we continue to expand the agency’s global business.”
Representing emerging and established artists such as Damian Lazarus, Jamie Jones, Hot Natured, Art Department, Lee Foss, Soul Clap and Wolf + Lamb, The Rebel Agency plans to bring its entire client pool over to CAA in the move, including Damian Lazarus’s Crosstown Rebels to further promote and develop the iconic imprint.
“Matt, Inbal, and I are thrilled to join the team at CAA and contribute to its further growth in electronic dance music,” said Spinder. “With its vast resources, existing expertise, and
global reach, CAA provides our family of artists with an expanded range of opportunities,” said Spinder.
As the Hot Natured brand becomes progressively stronger in both underground and mainstream realms, vocalist Ali Love releases new single “Emperor” via Damian Lazarus’s Crosstown Rebels imprint. First premiered on Pete Tong’s Essential Selection, the deep cut grooves etch over a progressive drumbeat featuring Kali’s alluring vocals. Complete with remixes from our third-ranking underground artist Maceo Plex, indie-dance masters Waze & Odyssey, and a deep house dub, the package represents the exact forward-thinking production quality the label has become known for.
Last week, Damian Lazarus’ global Rebel Rave tour stopped by SRB in Brooklyn and alongside Verboten, created a ten hour party experience lasting well into the morning hours. The night featured Culprit label owners Droog, recent Essential Mix inductee Amirali, the Infinity Ink duo, one half of Art Department, and rising underground talent Subb-an. The stacked lineup drew in hundreds of fans and packed out the miniature warehouse space for hours upon hours of the best techno and house music around. With beefed up sound and visual effects, the party will resonate as a memorable occasion for New York house heads. I had the chance to sit down with Lazarus later in the week to discuss his label, the world tour, and some special surprises he has planned for this year’s Beyond Wonderland festival.
As you may well know, there are literally hundreds of events to choose from during Miami Music Week. Pool parties, after hours, label showcases, rare sets, marathon sets — you name it. Maybe parties like Jacked, Size Matters, and F*ck Me I’m Famous aren’t your cup of tea this year, but the sea of opportunities beyond might seem daunting. This list will serve as your guide. These ten parties (as well as a number of honorable mentions) are the perfect blend of old and new talent, exclusive or stacked lineups, day and night time slots, and a wide variety of venues throughout Downtown and South Beach. These are events that fall outside the realm of your run-of-the-mill DJ set, these are the events that will make Miami Music Week what it is in 2013.
If you’ve seen Deadmau5 perform anytime in the last four years or so, it’s possible that you heard James Holden’s remix of “Safari.” Although he doesn’t play it in every set, it seems to be a frequently used weapon of his — particularly during his unhooked sets. Even after almost a decade, the Crosstown Rebels released track is still a powerful dance floor killer. Its heavy bassline and spooky vocals make for an eerily twisted tune — one that may take some time getting used to, but once you have it’s unforgettable.
This past week on the dance music marathon (which as many of you know includes shows from Annie Mac, Pete Tong, Skream & Benga, and Annie Nightingale), Radio 1 also decided to throw a bit of a curveball for the Essential Mix – Amirali and Felix da Housecat recorded dual live hour-long sets recorded in the BBC Radio 1 studio. Radio 1 has done live mixes before (in Ibiza, at a variety of venues across the world), but this was the very first time the mix was recorded 100% live right in the studios.