Jonny White’s No. 19 imprint presents a ten-track music sampler just in time for the warming months of spring. The package includes exclusive music from some of the label’s key artists — showcasing works from My Favorite Robot, Cameo Culture, and more. The album starts off with Tone Of Arc’s “Comes Only Once” — an innovative electronic cut that will wet your appetite for more. My Favorite Robot’s “Sounds to Resurrect” gives us a hint of what to expect on their forthcoming No. 19 album debut, and Cameo Culture drop some Balaeric vibes with “Losing Game.” The album in its entirety is well worth a listen and can be streamed in the snippets below.
Highly-regarded Canadian label No. 19 Music is out this week with the third installment of their Social Experiment album series. Following up Soul Clap’s boogie-down selections from February 2011, Art Department dive head first into the terrific world of spacey house and out-there dance floor techno. Members Kenny Glasgow and Jonny White had been doing their thing quite well before merging into Art Department under Crosstown Rebels in 2009. Now, with several years as a duo — performing both live with Jonny’s vocals and in DJ sets — the pair are very much established among the underground’s titanic talent.
San Francisco-based production and vocal team Derrick Boyd and Zoe Presnick (also known as Tone of Arc) bring the dance music audience something slightly different with their recent release on No. 19 Records, “Goodbye Horses.” The track is a cover of the 1988 Q Lazzarus song, and there’s no doubt Tone of Arc kept the original vibe intact in their rework. Recognize the song? It was featured in Silence of the Lambs. Tone of Arc, similar to well-known bands like M83, draw from subgenres like shoegaze to present lots of distorted rhythms and reverb in “Goodbye Horses.” If you’re liking what you hear, also take a stab at a free download from the duo entitled “Fallow Your Heart.” Quite different from the aforementioned track, it takes you to a techy deep house dancefloor. The staunch comparison between these two tracks highlights the diversity and range of styles Tone of Arc manages to master within their oeuvre.
If you are anything like me, you got into dance music because you had an insatiable need to discover and explore. The countless genres, nearly limitless in their number and complexity, drew you in and kept you captivated. Remixes of remixes, rerubs, bootlegs and mash-ups always left you wanting more. But then, as your knowledge developed, so did your tastes, and as the glow of the honeymoon faded so did your interest.
You got bored. It’s fine, it’s totally natural, it happens to the best of us. We already spoke at great length about the “mainstream” and how banal it has become but we never addressed what you can do to satisfy your itch for creativity and originality. Exploring the Underground is our look at whats happening outside of the mainstage. I’m moving out of the big rooms and big clubs, and into the warehouses – where the music is all that matters and the word “predictable” doesn’t apply.