You’ll recognise a Hypercolour party by the hundreds of people with smiles on their faces; the Miami showcase was a storming affair, and we’re looking forward to being back on their dancefloor. We’ve got two VIP tickets to win, just email [email protected] and tell us: who are the two co-owners of the Hypercolour label?
If you’ve ever frequented the dingy indie clubs of London town in recent years, I have no doubt that you will have seen these boys grace the stage in one of their previous guises. Their energy and sound has always been exciting. Their unique ability to get a new crowd singing along to their intelligently crafted and catchy hooks has never ceased to amaze me. They have an enviable knack of producing music that you love enough to believe, right there and then, that you’ve heard it a hundred times before. There is always an overwhelming sense of intrigue in the room and it is always complimented by a feeling that there are bigger things to come.
Now embracing all things electronic, I am excited to introduce you to their new project Enfant. They’re already creating a buzz on the scene, so we wanted to hear what’s what from them. They kindly offered us an exclusive interview and here’s what they had to say…
Introduce yourselves in your own words
We are an electronic music trio made up of twin brothers Robin and Ali Owen and Ed Ellis. Enfant only started this summer – but we all know each other from playing in previous bands together. We can’t really tell you who does what as we’re not really sure anymore; everyone writes and everyone plays. It’s a great way to work because you take the egos out and you come up with something that’s unique between the three of you.
What’s your sound and what’s coming up?
We’re definitely electronic and love combining pumped up bass lines with interesting melodies and big choruses. We’ve got several tracks in the pipeline that cover a few different musical bases; some are a bit darker, some more dance focussed and then some you can sing along to. We’re also into our electro, house and techno and will be exploring these sides of us. There are a lot of tracks that we know we want to make which will be different but shouldn’t alienate people who were into these first few tracks; we think that’s a really exciting place to be. We’re also working on a couple of remixes that will be available soon.
Can you tell us a little bit about your first single Waking Up the Sun? What’s the story behind it?
Waking Up The Sun is pure hedonism. It’s about letting go of the rigmarole of life and just saying f**k it, life’s not about work, money or responsibilities. We want the song to bring out the memories of those nights/weekends/weeks we’ve all had (or we hope you’ve had) where nothing else mattered apart from the here and now. For us it’s London, Glastonbury, Ibiza and many more. We’re just in the process of shooting the video for this track, so stay tuned for that too.
We’re DJing around London at the moment and our live show is coming very soon. We all come from backgrounds of playing in bands so we’re taking our music to the stage in a way electronic music often isn’t. We grew up playing live and it’s where we feel most comfortable.
If we see you at the bar, what will yours be?
We’ll be having a lager, a Guinness and a Bourbon. Robin has a bizarre allergy to lager and Ed can’t go a day without whiskey!
2009 was incredibly easy to pick a favourite record, it was without doubt the A-Trak remix of Heads Will Roll by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. This year, largely due to writing this blog I think there’s been a lot of chopping and changing my allegiances between sub-genres, and so my top tracks list has to be quite long. As always, there’ve been a lot of records that have had huge associations for places like the Miami Winter Music Conference. Imagine Aeroplane playing Crave You by the pool as the sun set….
Here’s a my top 20 of 2010′s shining stars which had to be very heavily edited down from the shortlist of 45, and a mix by one of the stars of 2011 – our friend Sylvester, recorded at the Mews Sessions.
Retro/Grade are Serge Santiago and Tom Neville combining their vast experience in the music game. The blend of the downright dirty electro you hear in Pulsar to the italo-disco ringing through in Escape Sequence partnered with the linear laser sequence of two guys crossing the contours of the globe, and only the symmetry of their Mac Books and cheeky nodding heads on show, makes a night with them a memorising spectacle to remember.
Last year their track Moda won support from many a big player on the clubbing scene, with their new single Escape Sequence dropping just the other week on Deconstruction Records and a series of gigs lined up, including December’s Goldfrapp tour, there’s a lot more in the pipeline yet…
Retro/Grade sets come at you hard and fast and certainly aren’t for those unaccustomed to sensory overload. If you’re keen, you can grab your free copy of 2009’s Modahere and we’ll see you down the front at Ewer Street tomorrow.
We like midweek parties. We also like parties where all your friends are in the same place. As guests descend the stairs from Commercial Street into the ex-public-toilet Public Life, they are welcomed with hugs and smiles. The lights go down, the people get up on the ledges that run the perimeter of the dancefloor, and the sweat pit goes off.
The DeadFish Family and Friends parties have been ruining our Fridays at work all this year, and this Thursday is the last of the season, featuring Mowgli, Solo, Franky8oy, Oli D.A.B vs. Robin, and, as ever, a special mystery guest.
Are you doin alright? We’re doin alright You ain’t comin down? We ain’t comin down
I just love records that have an audience-to-DJ role play. It gives me a sense of purpose; being required to sing the lyrics back, sadly in my case very badly and very loudly indeed. Now that I’ve written that, James Curd’s We Just Won’t Stop is the only one I can think of (any others gratefully received though), except maybe Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince – Boom Shake the Room:
Well yo are ya’ll ready for me yet Pump it up Prince Well yo are ya’ll ready for me yet Pump it up Prince
So naturally I jumped on the infectious We Just Won’t Stop, and then I began to realise that a lot of the tracks I was loving in DJ sets were attached to one name: James Curd.
James started making music way back when he was 15 years old, inspired by his two older sisters playing him Prince, Michael Jackson, and Stevie Wonder, then venturing into the club scene to see Derrick Carter and Mark Farina in his home city of Chicago, and sneaking in to play at clubs he was too young to go to.
He releases on a variety of labels; DFA, OM Records, One Love and Island. He’s also responsible for two albums under the Greenskeepers name, which he uses for collaborative tracks, alongside his childhood friend Nick Maurer (among others). This demonstrates the kind of versatility that we’ve come to expect from James; some tracks are instantly recognisable as his, but others keep you guessing. He coined the phrase G-swing (Greenskeepers-swing) to describe the characteristically upbeat jazz of his records (see his remix of Flight Facilities‘ Crave You as an example of the absolute best way to hear a saxophone, in this case played by Matt Centrone from The New White Sneakers), but he can move from house to techno to indie-rock without losing any of his production values.
Another thing I really love about my favourite producers is when they make clever videos. The video for Greenskeepers’ track Lotion, cut to footage from Silence of the Lambs, became a viral phenomenon after it reached one million downloads in the first two weeks. James didn’t have the rights to the footage and actually received a fax from Ted Levine (Buffalo Bill himself) asking him to remove it. Take a look at the Greenskeepers page on YouTube for some other gems, including the cover of Nine Inch Nails’Hurt.
And there’s more to come: Greenskeepers’ new single Live Like You Wanna Live was released on OM Records in May, and is the first single from the album of the same name to be released in July. There’s also a whole host of forthcoming remixes from James himself, not least Groove Armada‘s I Won’t Kneel.
The Temper Trap – Fader (Pivot Remix)
Timewarp Inc – Back To The 60s (Valique Down The Street Remix)
Jam Funk – Fit The Shoe
Colors Sound System – Yeah Mate I Hate (Manuel Sahagun Remix)
Lindstrom & Christabelle – Baby Can’t Stop (Aeroplane Remix)
Lorenz Rhode – Like A Player
Crazy P presents Syndromes – The Hit (Inland Knights Remix)
Andreas Henneberg / Simon 2 – Bolingo Gringo
Jesse Rose – Night At The Dogs
Mario Basanov – Do You Remember? (Arithmatix Remix)
Phenomenal Handclap Band – 15 To 20 (Den Haan Remix)
David Coleman – Can’t Get Next To You
In Flagranti – Ex Ex Ex (In Flagranti Mix)
Parov Stelar – Rock For (Club Version)
Der Dritte Raum – Bob (Tanz Variante Remix)
Something Ala Mode + Kflay – 5am (James Curd Remix)
Groove Armada – Warsaw (James Curd Remix)
Mastiksoul – Miami
Last night we attended the DeadFish Family and Friends party at Public Life. Mowgli told us that the parties started off with he and his friends rewarding themselves after a lot of hard work on the label, and they do have much to celebrate. The next one is a Mowgli-birthday extravagaza in April. Can you go wrong with a rave in a toilet?
This week’s tracks are ones that have been much talked about by DJs and bloggers alike. I am still loving everything Classixx do so I’ve picked an oldie from 2008, and am intrigued by the mysterious Polargeist productions (on the excellent Bang Gang label). See what you think.
While we await word of the next Hoxton-sized taster of Lincoln’s Engine Shed we thought it would be fitting to celebrate the work of resident Tom Staar.
Since we first saw him take to The Macbeth decks last year, his tracks have been getting air time from all the choice electro stars and not just because Moda’s label bosses have access to some of the most influential radio desks in the country.
The Tom Staar and Console EPs were just warm ups to the Disney’s Space Mountain sampling, bassier, dance floor smashing Heavy Artillery EP (due for March 2010 release on Moda) which houses Two Tone Simms, Cannon and Sling Shot .
There are just too many fantastic candidates for Track For The Day out there at the moment, I find I want to write something about every song that comes my way. 2010 is already proving itself to be one of those bumper years of creativity where monumental and long-awaited projects come to fruition.These are tracks that were recent runners-up, and have been giving me a lot of enjoyment in the headphones ever since.
Or get them all in one tasty zipped-up nugget here.
Out on Monday:
The album that’s been doing it for me this week is the excellent Tourist History from Two Door Cinema Club, on Kitsuné from 1st March. I can happily listen to the whole thing two or three times in a row. Here’s my favourite track (although there are so many greats to choose from this changes day-to-day), What You Know.