For British producer Alex Drury, variety has been an essential spice of life. Now formally found under the revered guise of Alex Metric, his leaps between the mainstream and underground dance spectrum have continued to assert that for an industry thought to be made up of opposing sides, concentrated eclecticism can still be a key driver of success. From the Ammunition EP series for OWSLA, to production duties alongside Steve Angello and Ian Brown, his genre-hopping approach has kept loyal fans and newfound advocates in constant rotation, all to the avail of an early inauguration to North American club land and a proven ability to hold his corner whatever crowd, club or nation. With a discography scattered with French touch, breaks, big bass and stirring pop crossover records, it is easy to see why Alex Metric has held his corner consistently across dance music’s proven tendency to leap and bow to modern cultural influences.
This month, however, all eyes turned to much anticipated collaborative duties alongside British peer and national treasure Jacques Lu Cont, alongside whom commercial crossover anthem “Safe With You” found a comfortable nest amid Ministry of Sound’s burgeoning output of club offerings. Dancing Astronaut took the opportunity to grill Alex on crossing over to the ‘dark-side’, juggling eclecticism with consistent popularity and whether this long fabled album will ever see the light of day amid his industrious reckoning. (more…)
Three-piece beat fiends Keys N Krates have found considerable stamina in their live dance shenanigans for 2013. Already relishing in the support of Annie Mac and donning their remix duties to the likes of Chris Lake and Steve Aoki’s “Boneless,” Alex Metric’s impending Ministry of Sound crossover “Safe With You” is the next vital piece of the puzzle for their prompt overhaul of the remix platform. At a time when trap and its likeminded sub-handles appears to have dimmed down on the European circuit, Keys N Krates refine the sound to a persuasive new medium. Fierce beats in motion and swinging in and out of the original’s infectious topline, the Canadian trio emerges with yet another notion that this is one hard-hitting outfit set to outrun the vast majority of their peers for the trail ahead. (more…)
After announcing Ferry Corsten’s Full On stage lineup, TomorrowWorld comes back with a new slew of artists that will represent Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak stage. This stage will be live on Friday, September 27th and will feature the likes of Aoki, Borgore, Dirtyphonics, Joachim Garraud, Clockwork, Jacques Lu Cont as well as many others. Stop by this stage for the burst of energy you need to keep on.
In yet another move that attests to the fact that you can lock him in any sort of musical box, Jacques Lu Cont aka Thin White Duke aka Les Rythmes Digitales aka Stuart Price aka Traques has made a 75-minute ambient album Palindrome available for streaming on his SoundCloud. Ambient music by definition is designed to incite more focused listening than other forms of “background music,” and even if Jacques is just messing around with another form of electronic music this one isolated time, it’s fun to listen to the boundaries he’s pushing. Put on Palindrome and give your mind space to think.
In just a few hours, Toronto’s premier dance music festival is set to commence. Due for its sophomore run after a successful 2012 event, Veld Music Festival comes packed with a vast talent lineup that covers all the bases and more over its two day span. Toronto’s Downsview Park will be transformed for only 48 hours, leaving festialgoers on the clock with an abundant set list and decisions to be made from hour to hour. Two days, two stages, endless options; here are our picks for Veld Music Festival.
Annie Mac first premiered the dub mix to Alex Metric and Jacques Lu Cont’s ”Safe With You” back in May and now the more summer-friendly extended mix has been unveiled, and it’s stunning. I become more intoxicated with each listen. The vocals flow perfectly alongside the dancing synth line and driving bassline. Metric and Price are undoubtedly two of the more unique minds in house music and their polished collaborative production behind “Safe With You” is evidence of their dexterous abilities. No word on the release date of the extended mix yet, but you can pick up the dub mix on Beatport today.
Jacques Lu Cont, one of the most talented (and underrated) producers in the scene, has taken Dirty South & Alesso’s omnipresent ouput and turned it into a smooth and delicate remake. Heard first on Dirty South’s Essential Mix back in March, the Englishman floats a hypnotic melody over Rudy’s vocal that instantly traps you inside. Serving as a nice complement to Showtek’s hard hitting electro version, Jacques proves beautiful progressive house isn’t dead quite yet.
With an overcast sky and many festival goers still recovering from the night before, the Saturday edition of the Wavefront Music Festival got off to a slow start, but by no means does that mean it was not one for the record books. The Wave Stage brought the bass with quality names like Caspa and Rusko, the Oasis Stage hosted some of the guys from Seth Troxler’s Visionquest label as well as a lengthy set from the three men of Apollonia, and of course, the Legends tent belonged to Chicago house veterans Frankie Knuckles, Jamie Principle, Derrick Carter, Mark Farina, Ralphi Rosario, and Gene Farris (among others). Here’s what really stuck out for us yesterday:
In preparation for the arrival of the second annual Wavefront Music Festival on Chicago’s Montrose Beach over the Fourth of July Weekend, we will be highlighting a number of the great talents set to grace the shore of Lake Michigan on July 5, 6, and 7th. Our third artist spotlight is squarely fixed on three-time Grammy Award winning producer Stuart Price, also known under the aliases Jacques Lu Cont, Les Rhythmes Digitales, Thin White Duke and Tracques.
Back with vengeance and more reckless with his genre-boundaries than ever before, seasoned British turntablist and festival favorite Jaguar Skills is back with volume 2 of the ‘& His Amazing Friends’ compilation series for Ministry of Sound. A high-octane ride of unifying musical maneuvers, Jags’ fluid leaps in sound scale the likes of untamed hip-hop, drum & bass and electro house with unprecedented ease. Uniting 39-tracks into just 18-tracks from the likes of Aeroplane, Subfocus & Jacques Lu Cont, our masked man makes the prospect of pigeonholing near impossible for all the right reasons. Accompanied by a Blackberry trivia game, which will drop two weeks ahead of the official release, volume two of the compilation series looks as quirky and convergent as we have come to expect from this Radio One institution and his original take on the compilation format. Catch the preview mix below and keep your eyes peeled for the full compilation, which drops July 1.