Archive for August 2011
House meets garage meets bass.
Although operating in a grey area between genres is hardly a novelty these days—particularly for a London-based producer—George FitzGerald is one of those pulling off the trick better than most. He’s closely associated with Hotflush Recordings—itself a bastion of ambiguity—thanks to a pair of 12-inches that came at bass music from a house and garage starting point. (Or was it the other way around?) FitzGerald built his grounding in the scene as a co-promoter of Man Make Music, the London party that has been showcasing, well, a little bit of everything since its inception back in 2007. The crew behind the event has now begun an offshoot imprint of the same name, with FitzGerald helming its maiden release, Fernweh / Hearts, which coincidently hits record shops next week.
FitzGerald leverages his ties to Hotflush on RA.247 by bringing bags of the label’s unreleased material to the table, interspersed with the types of hybrid sounds that have made London arguably the most exciting destination in electronic music at present.
What have you been up to recently?
Putting the finishing touches to a couple of EPs, running around signing music for my new label, ManMakeMusic, avoiding looters, finishing a postgrad at university. It’s been busy!
How and where was the mix recorded?
I’m not going to bullshit you. It was done on Ableton. Too many people lie about that…
Can you tell us about the idea behind the mix.
Much of the inspiration for the vibe of the mix came from a set I did recently at the Sub:stance birthday party in Berghain. I feel that was one of the first chances I’ve had to completely represent all the different facets of my sound. There’s a disparate mix of house, garage and techno in there—of hard, soft, vocal and sparse varieties, but I feel those juxtapositions still make sense if you put them together correctly.
You’ve displayed a propensity for vocals on your releases to date. What are some of your sample sources?
I try to use vocals from singers whose voices I really admire, and then pick out those small phrases or sounds in the vocal which are unusual or particularly expressive; more than that I can’t say. Not that they’re at all obscure or anything—I just don’t want to get sued! What I’m producing at the moment isn’t as vocal-led, though. I feel I’m slowly moving away from all that…
What are you up to next?
The first release on my label is out on 5th September. After that I’ve got EPs coming up on Hotflush, Aus and Chez Damier’s Balance label, all of which I’m very excited about. I also want to concentrate on growing ManMakeMusic as a label and giving a platform to the great producers we’re working with. Next year I’ll start work on an album too…
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Words: Shawn Reynaldo
While XLR8R makes an effort to cover sounds from across the musical spectrum, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that we have a soft spot for UK bass music. It doesn’t help matters that seemingly every week or two, another producer pops up with their own unique permutation of the increasingly nebulous sound. Take Manchester producer xxxy (a.k.a. Rupert Taylor) — who actually moved to London about a month ago—an artist whose relatively short discography sounds fresh and modern while also referencing a myriad of classic sounds: house, techno, 2-step, garage, and even old-school videogames. He’s been a busy man in the past few years, dropping records on labels like Fortified Audio and Ten Thousand Yen and remixing artists such as How to Dress Well, The Count and Sinden, Voltron, and Alpines. Just last month, he released the “Open Your Eyes” b/w “You Gotta Do You” single via the Orca imprint, August 22 will see a new split 12″ on the Infrasonics label, and in early September his remix of Ghostpoet’s “Liiines” will hit the streets. Beyond that, a 12″ for All-City and an EP for Well Rounded are also in the works. With such a busy production schedule, it’s amazing that xxxy found the time to assemble this exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Far from being just another collection of the latest trendy tunes, Taylor has put together an eclectic session that surveys vintage house, techno, and electro sounds while also splicing in plenty of unreleased gems and, yes, some fashionable cuts from a few of his UK counterparts.
01 Extrawelt “Titelheld (Dexter Remix)” (Cocoon)
02 Konrad Black “Medua Smile/Don’t Look Back” (Wagon Repair)
03 2AMFM “Desolate Cities” (M>O>S)
04 Jacques Greene “Sorted”
05 Presk “Devour” (Ten Thousand Yen)
06 West Norwood Cassette Library “Get Lifted (Karenn Remix)” (West Norwood Cassette Library)
07 Midland “Tracker”
08 Teengirl Fantasy “Cheaters” (Hivern)
09 Virgo “In a Vision” (Rush Hour)
10 Actress “Maze” (Honest Jon’s)
11 Photek “Mine to Give” (Science)
12 Deadboy “Heartbreaker (Julio Bashmore 2010 Remix)” (Well Rounded)
13 Coni “Luz in Pool” (Clek Clek Boom)
14 Eats Everything “Entrance Song” (Pets)
15 Doc Daneeka “Babylon’s Burning”
16 Hashim “Al Naafiysh (The Soul)” (Streetwave)
17 Bobby Dozen “Mill Riddim”
18 Jon Convex “Falling Again” (3024)
19 Spectr “Dance 4 Me” (Roska Kicks and Snares)
20 Unknown “Fuck Yonkers” (white)
21 Benjamin Damage “Doesn’t Even Matter Now”
22 xxxy “Kerpow” (All-City)
23 Pangea “Won’t Hurt” (Hessle Audio)
24 Lung & Maxx Roach “Booty Call (Randomer Remix)” (Deadplate)
25 xxxy “Everything” (Well Rounded)
1. Sun+Glitters /_/ Love+Me
2. Long+Arm /_/ Power+Of+Rain
3. Long+Arm /_/ The+Waterfall+inside+Me
4. B-ju /_/ Soja Extra (Benny B. Blonco Remix)
5. Dabrye /_/ Special
6. Dabrye /_/ Get+It+Together
7. Dimlite /_/ When Devices Off
8. Dimlite /_/ Locked
9. DFRNT /_/ Therapy
10. Clubroot /_/ Talisman