There have been a fair few moments this summer where we’ve found ourselves feeling inquisitive about the unique & intriguing sound waves gracing our ears. Aquarius Heaven has been one of them. After hooking up with the boys of DoP in 2005 in Paris, barely touched by the traditional 4/4 of dance music, Brian Brewster honed his hip hop and dancehall roots into something a little bit more distinctive. Something he recently described as wanting “to break all musical rules on this F*****G planet and make electronic music exciting like back in the Detroit days”.
From this meeting a musical partnership with DoP was born. Sometime later, DoP mixed the Watergate 06 album in June 2010. The mix included a collaboration between the two acts in Before You Go and simultaneously landed Aquarius Heaven on Berlin’s bursting roster of underground electronic talent.
May this year saw the Circus Company label, already aligned with the likes of DoP, release his first EP 7 Days as a 12”. Later this summer So Low, a track from the 7 Days EP, featured on Damian Lazarus‘ devastatingly dark, yet superbly captivating, Get Lost 4 compilation and really set alarm bells ringing in all the right places.
His latest EP, Can’t Buy Love, dropped on Wolf + Lamb in September; a label that, on many different levels over the past couple of years, have never shied away from challenging the existing boundaries of electronic music, in fact they’ve helped push them that little bit more…
As the spoken vocal of Can’t Buy Love hypnotises us to the sound of ‘…you can pay for sex, but you can’t buy love’, you can’t help but wonder whether Aquarius Heaven can achieve the same success as the weird and wonderful ramblings of Seth Troxler‘s curious mind.
Art Department have been a very welcome addition to my world over the last month. Having been almost accidentally formed by Damian Lazarus when he asked Kenny Glasgow and Jonny White to get in the studio together to remix Riz MC’sDon’t Sleep for Crosstown Rebels, they set upon creating a live DJ/vocal show which debuted in a very big way at this year’s Winter Music Conference. Lazarus, aware of the extraordinarily weird and wonderful sound machine he had created, immediately snapped them up for a couple of singles and a 2011 album release. The Canadian pairing are not short of experience on the scene, with Kenny Glasgow’s discography dating back well over a decade and Jonny White heading up his very own No. 19 Music.
In the same week that I was looking a little bit closer at who Art Department actually were, I was also satisfying my insatiable summer appetite for low BPM house with Zev Eisenberg’s latest release Don’t Break It [Wolf + Lamb]. As is often the case these days, things all seemed to link together as I realised it was Kenny Glasgow and Jonny White who had provided Zev with the stunning remix of his already impressive new single.
You may notice Google-ing Art Department gives you an endless list of American scholarships and design businesses, but once you’ve waded through the rubbish you’ll probably find out the good news too. They’re due to front Room 2 of the LED Festival After Party at The Egg in London on Friday 27 August.