Bondax have perhaps crafted the perfect summer pop tune with this remix. Its got all the right vibes for your next garden party - just don’t expect to be hearing it at Berghain anytime soon. Snag yourselves a free copy here (unfortunately just not in 320 however).
Sure, we’re all for Joy O and Boddika’s collaborative efforts - they’re undeniably huge after all. But there’s something about Peter O’Grady’s solo endeavors that are just that little bit more cutting edge and forward thinking (and a little less indebted to the past). While the Wade In / Jels 12” came out on Hotflush in March of last year, it’s never left the GP playlist. Fingers crossed we’ll all be hearing some more Joy O solo material soon.
Ross Tones isn’t an easy man to categorize, sound wise. The Londoner’s productions range in their scope, varying from melodic affairs to straight out club tracks, with ‘Le Coeur’ falling somewhere between the two. His Clamor EP is set to drop in the coming days, but for a good starting point into some of Tones’ previous material, we recommend checking out his Too Polite EP. Released on Local Action late last year, it still remains our favourite release of his and in our opinion his best work to date.
Rene Pawlowitz (better known as Shed) is one of Techno’s foremost producers. The Berlin native has just dropped his third LP, The Killer, a title we think is rather appropriate considering Pawlowitz’s ability to annihilate dance-floors worldwide. We also think its release on 50Weapons is pretty apt too, considering that label’s excellent form in 2012 thus far - and in the tail end of last year. ‘I Come By Night’ is perhaps the most ominous cut on the album, with horror-esque synths, and monstrous, ritualistic sounding percussion. Not a track from the faint of heart.
Los Angeles/Montreal duo, LOL Boys, have had a rather meteoric rise in 2012 thus far, culminating in a mix for The Fader last week. This edit of the Fiona Apple original is taken from that mix, and gives the OG a tasteful House workout, with the end result surprisingly cohesive. However the pair not only excel as producers, but also as comedians, as evident from our interview with them last November.
Breach might be better known to many as Ben Westbeech, but it’s his productions under the former moniker that we’re most into. Whether it be smoother joints like ‘Why Won’t You Find Love Again,’ or the monstrous forthcoming collab with Dark Sky, Westbeech has an impeccable ear for production. We strongly suggest following him on Soundcloud for more. Big ups.
Despite being in the game since 2010, it was only a few months ago that we came across Ohio-based duo Funerals - just as they were prepping the release of their joint EP with Ritualz on Mishka’s label. Intrigued by the dark, yet astral jams they’d sent us, we got in contact with them about doing a mix. The resulting mix, despite its 35-minute length, is nothing short of dark yet energetic with the sounds of GoldFFinch, Cosmin TRG and Mosca sharing a kind of kinship with their own. We’ve got a good feeling about this duo. Strap yourself in for the ride.
Our favorite New Zealand based House duo are at it again, this time with the excellent ‘Ball & Chain.’ The brotherly duo from Auckland have yet to put a foot wrong, churning out jam after jam of quality, superbly produced House. For those who dig their sound, we suggest reading their interview with us from April, in which they talk about their production process, plans for the rest of 2012, and a host of other things. Enjoy.
BNJMN has always been a favorite in the GP office since our inception. The unique vibe throughout his songs - which we think is best described as “Glacial,” is akin to few other producers. It’s late night music - ideal for 4am come downs, broken hearts (possibly), and long drives across sparsely inhabited desert highways. This remix gives the track a dancier quality, while still retaining the lovely dreamlike vocals of the original. Expect to hear it being spun at the next Indie party you’re at; oh - and by us.
SBTRKT (aka Aaron Jerome) is probably the biggest name to emerge from the UK Bass scene other than Mr. James Blake. Jerome’s self titled debut LP on Young Turks last year proved to be a worldwide success, with major airplay on many commercial radio and television stations. A subsequent live show was developed, with Jerome managing to translate the often difficult task of computer based to live instrumentation rather impressively. With ‘Gloss’ he delivers a nice and simple jam to ease sore heads back into the working week - though whether it’s getting a proper release still remains to be seen.
Besides a lot of the artists we cover on this blog, we rinse quite a lot of contemporary R&B here in the Generic People headquarters. T-Pain is no exception, and over the years we’ve taken a shine to his smooth, auto-tuned pop. So you can imagine our delight when we woke up to a sneaky little refix of ‘Can’t Believe It' done by Norrit - one of our favourite producers of late. The original is slowed down considerably and layered with smooth, bubbling synths and low-end, making for an interesting twist to the R&B hit.
Diamante Records is run by our good friend Daniel Klauser, who has the (dubious) distinction of submitting our first ever guest mix. Since then not only have his productions gone from strength to strength, but so has Diamante. The label has just dropped Imaabs’ Mechanical Flash EP, which features this remix, as well as one from fellow GP favourite, Look Like. We recommend snagging yourselves a copy of that EP, as well as keeping an eye on the growing Chilean Bass music scene, which continues to impress. Get to know.
Our second post from Ms. Maya Medvesek (aka Nightwave) this month - with our first at the very beginning of July. ‘Fire Hoes’ is a frenetic number with pulsating bass designed for maximum potency on the floor. We’re not entirely sure if it’s getting a release or not, but it’s not available for download so we assume it’s forthcoming. The perfect tune to get your weekends started right.
Merissa Campbell has been a fixture in the UK Electronic music scene since her first release in 2008. With a number of releases through the acclaimed Hyperdub since, Campbell’s debut full-length drops on the label today. It’s a melodic affair, featuring both production and vocals from her. Campbell also manages to avoid the trap many electronic albums seem to fall into, with the whole LP flowing well from start to finish. An essential album for home listening.
Many people might be slightly put off by the frenetic BPM and often repetitive vocal cuts prevalent in Juke. However New Jersey based producer, Nadus (aka Rashon Bright), manages to avoid this entirely. Instead he crafts wonderfully catchy tracks - both originals and remixes. Here he reworks Kendrick Lamar’s breakout hit of last year into a bangin’ Juke number, yet still manages to encapsulate the soul of the original. Snag this one for free off his Soundcloud immediately.
Bok Bok (pictured here with fellow Bass heavyweight, Kindgom) has always been at the forefront in surfacing the latest club trends. It’s of little surprise then that he commissioned Ballroom producer, Vjuan Allure, to do a remix of ‘Silo Pass.’ Ballroom is essentially gay African American club music, which can be traced back to early 90s New Jersey and New York. There’s been a wider span of interest in the genre of late, thanks in part to producers like MikeQ and Kingdom. Allure definitely orientates this one squarely towards club rotation, and thus it’s probably not a tune you’ll find yourself listening to regularly in your living room. Enjoy.
In comparison to a breakout 2011 following the release of his groundbreaking, With U EP, the mysterious Mancunian known as Holy Other has remained quiet for the majority of this year. With a full-length forthcoming however, we expect that quiet patch will soon be over. ‘Held’ is the second track released from the LP, and over the space of six minutes it slowly evolves through foggy synths and hard, gloomy drums before clearing up to a gorgeous piano chord sequence. Did we mention just how excited we are for the album?
Jimmy Edgar, Detroit’s god of electronic sleaze returns with a typically sultry jam. With LP, Majenta already under his belt for 2012, Edgar appears to be showing no signs of slowing down his output. ‘Black Neon Dance Floor’ is more straight 4x4 business than most of his aforementioned album, with 80s-esque synth throughout. It’s set for release as part of a compilation for Berlin imprint, Items & Things, so stay tuned for more.
Keen ears reading this blog may be familiar with this track upon hearing the opening bars, with Kingdom spinning it on a few editions of Night Slugs’ Rinse FM show earlier this year. It’s a stomping refix of Three 6 Mafia’s 'I Thought You Knew,’ in which Kingdom gives Gangsta Boo’s interrogating chorus an eerie twist, complete with blaring horns and relentless four-to-the-floor kicks. In short it’s the ultimate grimey DJ weapon. Play accordingly.
Brighton based Leon Vynehall marks his second EP for 2012, after an excellent debut release earlier in the year. The Gold LanguageEP is the fourth release for George FitzGerald’s Man Make Music imprint, and follows up nicely from Trikk’s effort in March. ‘Don’t Know Why’ is a lovely House number that’s been getting a serious rinsing from all of us in the GP crew. Also be sure to mark Leon Vynehall in your notebooks as we’re sure it’ll be a name you’ll be hearing a lot more of - including here.
Brooklyn producer Obey City showcases a sound that’s at the more accessible end of the Bass music spectrum. ‘My RVM’ captures this sound perfectly, and makes for a worthy title track for the EP of the same name, which dropped last week on B.YRSLF Division. The EP contains five originals and three remixes, one of which from the hotly tipped Baauer, and the other from our boy Applebottom. Get to know.
Kansas City seems to be an ongoing theme in our posts of late, with a remix courtesy of Morri$ yesterday, and mixes from Indigo Bunting and Huerco S. prior to that. Now yet another Kansas City based producer makes an appearance, this time in the form of Norrit. While we know next to nothing about the city, it seems it has a thriving electronic music scene at the very least (correct us if we’re wrong). With this remix Norrit captures a perfect Summer vibe, with soulful vocal cuts and bubbly synths. Enjoy.
'Lenticular Cloud' is another typically busy track from the one like Lone (aka Matt Cutler). The Nottingham producer has been honing his craft for a little while now, with his first release coming out back in 2007. The excellent Galaxy Gardendropped in May on R&S Records, receiving favorable reviews from both sides of the Atlantic, and marking Cutler’s second full-length release. We highly recommend copping it if you’ve not already - particularly those into psychedelic rave vibes.
This one has been floating around for a little while, but with the sudden explosion of interest in so-called ‘Trap’ music, we thought it was particularly relevant. As every second producer seems to be jumping aboard the Trap bandwagon (it seems they’ve finally tired of Brostep), we thought we’d post some genuine shit for y’all. So next time someone tries to palm off some 110bpm rubbish as Trap to you, sling this or a Lex Luger instrumental over to ‘em.
19 year-old Will DiMaggio has only one proper release to his name as of now, but over the last few months the man’s turned quite a few heads with his silky-smooth bedroom jams (see: Disclosure, Bondax and Obey City). While some might consider the “quiet (Bass) storm” sound a little too derivative, this particular cut firmly lays that theory to rest. How? By finding its groove disrupted and prolonged throughout its duration, all the while alongside soothing synths and tasteful vocal cuts..
Matti Pentikainen is probably best know to most of y’all as Teeth - although he’s produced under a number of other names in the past also. In his latest release, this time for Sound Pellegrino, Pentikainen adopts a typically movement inducing approach. The EP includes three excellent originals and two stellar remixes, one from Kowton, and the other from Lazer Sword, the latter of which is particularly impressive. Don’t sleep on this.
The second installment of the Night Slugs’ Club Constructions series comes from Lil Silva. A mainstay of the Night Slugs fam, his Night Skanker EP was the label’s fourth release back in May 2010. His sound is on the more abrasive spectrum of the crew, with his music aimed squarely for dance-floors - with this release no exception. DJ’s - we highly suggest adding this one to your arsenal.
Whether it be under his 2562 or A Made Up Sound moniker, we’re big fans of Dave Huismans. The Dutch producer’s output is always consistent, and he’s again delivered here with the excellent Malfunctions EP, which was released yesterday on 50Weapons. The big floor ready jam of ‘Malfunction (Adjust)’ is our pick to start off the weekend, but if you’re looking for something a bit more left field, the somewhat abstract, ‘Malfunction (Despair)’ will no doubt do the trick. An essential release for all the Techno heads out there.
'Fade' represents Damon Kirkham's (aka Jon Convex) most interesting work to date in our opinion. Known for crafting heavy anthems as one half of Instra:Mental, Kirkham goes for a softer approach here. Sounding somewhat like an 80s New Wave jam combined with current club trends of today, the result is incredibly catchy and joyous. This one hasn't left repeat in the GP office since its release, and shows no signs of doing so. Enjoy.
Nguzunguzu seem to evolve with each release, showcasing a diversity in their sound, which ranges from straight body shakers to more relaxed numbers like this one. ‘Warm Pulse’ comes from their freshly released EP of the same name, which came out on L.A based Hippos In Tanks, who have also dropped material from Hype Williams, James Ferraro amongst others. Whichever direction Asma Maroof and Daniel Pineda head next with their music, it’ll undoubtedly remain eclectic and forward thinking.
New Orleans based Jim-E Stack encapsulates the US Bass music sound that we love so much. With elements of Hip hop, Trap, and R&B vocal cuts, it’s a sound that is tailored for dancing. Not many producers do it better than Mr. Stack, and we think ‘Bubble Boy’ might just be his best tune yet. Our sole gripe with this release is it’s only one track, so we highly recommend snagging yourselves a copy of his Come Between EP to supplement it. Get to know.
With each succeeding release, Blawan’s music seems to grow even more dark and uncompromising. His freshly-minted contribution for Frozen Border side-label Black Sun is no exception, with this particular cut taking to a hypnotic structure packed to the brim with muffled percussion, distant sounds, and voices slowly rising to the surface throughout the track. Equally effective as a nightmare soundtrack as it is a outright club stomper, Blawan has proven his unstoppable reign as a producer once again.
An Indigo Bunting is a small migratory bird from North America, which is somewhat fitting as this mix migrates through a host of different genres. Starting with a rather soulful intro, things get heavy quickly, with the mix soon shifting into Juke and Jungle territory, and then beyond. Rarely will you hear such an eclectic range of music in a time span of just over half an hour. Perhaps this should be expected however from Zach White (aka Indigo Bunting), a producer whose sound is forever evolving, warping, and always at the forefront of innovative club music. So sit back for a 35 minute musical journey from Kansas City’s finest.
A year to this day, Generic People began. We’d like to thank y’all who read us regularly for all your support. We hope you continue to enjoy the tracks, mixes, and interviews we post. We’ve got some big interviews and mixes lined up, so be sure to continue reading the blog and like the Facebook page to stay updated. You don’t get anywhere without persistence, right?
Nightwave (better known to her moms as Maya Medvesek) was one of the first producers we posted a track from - all the way back on July 4th of last year. The Slovenian born Medyasek has continued to hone her skills in the time since, dropping both the Night Heat EP on UTTU, and the Festivus EP on Fortified Audio. Both EP’s showcased a more developed sound, and were less inconsistent than some of her earlier works. ‘For You’ is a short and soulful little number, and is available free on her Soundcloud now - so be sure to snag yourself a download.