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JUNIOR BOYS - DJ SET
MARC ROMBOY (SYSTEMATIC)- DJ SET
METRO AREA (ENVIRON) - DJ SET
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Junior Boys almost didn't happen. Originally, the project was a duo of Jeremy and fellow Hamiltonian Johnny Dark; the two recorded a slim handful of songs, experiments in stuttering beats and downcast, toe-scuffing electro-pop. When they sent them off to Jeremy's friend Steve Goodman, they weren't looking for a record deal so much as feedback. But Goodman posted the tracks and an interview with the band on Hyperdub, a cryptic website popular with garage and jungle's headier (or nerdier) adherents. (Goodman is also known as Kode9 and Hyperdub is the name of his dubstep-leaning record label, home to Zomby and Burial.) A burst of interest followed—mainly from bloggers and music journalists in Goodman's circle, but also from Nick Kilroy, who attempted to broker a deal for the band with another label and, when that fell through, launched his own Kin imprint just to put out their music.
Wrapping up Jeremy and Johnny's unfinished tracks, and rounding it off with new material, the new Junior Boys finished the album, and Kin released Last Exit in the UK in June of 2004. Shortly thereafter, Junior Boys signed to Domino, who released Last Exit in the US that fall. The ensuing whirlwind Jeremy describes as "a crash course in the music business": a slot at SonarSound São Paulo and then a tour opening for Mouse on Mars, who would go on to invite the band to their home town of Düsseldorf. It was there that Junior Boys decided to try writing and recording a song in just two days—the result was "In the Morning," the first single for their next album, So This Is Goodbye.
The recording wasn't always easy. Their heads were still reeling from their new day job, for starters. (Jeremy had turned down a graduate-school offer to pursue the band.) And then several people close to the group passed away, including Nick Kilroy. But the strain gave Junior Boys focus, pushing them to go beyond Last Exit's tentative steps and embrace not only more a more sophisticated musical palette but a deeper emotional resonance as well. The Frank Sinatra cover "When No One Cares"—hardly the kind of thing most "dance" acts would attempt—confirmed their new-found confidence. More than a farewell, So This Is Goodbye served as Junior Boys' greeting to a new world, one that met them with open arms.
MARC ROMBOY - SYSTEMATIC
Co-founding and building up internationally respected dance-music labels and projects like Alphabet City, terminal M or PSI-49-Net, Marc never got tired of coming up with fresh innovative ideas in order to push the limits of electronic sounds.
Out of the dungeons of Monchengladbach, Germany the thirty-something pulls the strings and makes things happen. His recent and most successful move definitely was to give birth to the already well established electro/house imprint Systematic in 2004 in berlin which is a platform for his own productios as well as for hot and upcoming talents. Electronic music with a certain break dance appeal - reminiscent of old school Chicago dance ?oor insanity - is Marc Romboy’s
true passion. Working in dance music for over a decade, Romboy has co-founded and built internationally respected dance-music
labels and projects, never tiring of coming up with fresh and innovative ideas to push the limits of electronic sounds.
Darshan Jesrani’s recording project “Metro Area” (together with partner Morgan Geist) on the Environ label has left an indelible mark on the dance music landscape. Known for its forward-looking, freestyle recombination of influences, Metro Area’s work revolves around classic production styles and the songwriting focus of disco, new-wave/synth-pop and R&B, Metro Area has injected much needed doses of funk and sensuality, mood and space back into the loop-based and seldom-subtle world of underground dance.
Their 2002 debut album elicited superlative responses from The New York Times to The Onion, from web-logs to the Wire. Metro Area won a place among Rolling Stone’s “Top 50 Albums of 2002”, a rock and rap-dominated list for which most club/dance projects are not even considered. Further accolades include BBC/Radio 1’s “Dance Album of the Year” and a “Best New Artist” prize at the 2003 DanceStar/American Dance Awards.
In 2007, Darshan caught the collective ear with his co-writing, production and remix work (alongside Ewan Pearson and Klas “Sasse” Lindblad) on “It’s All True”, the debut single from beloved UK singer Tracey Thorn’s (Everything but the Girl) solo album “Out of the Woods” (Virgin). This release made waves in broader arenas and was touted as a fresh and uplifting update of the Funhouse-style, vocal-led, New York City synth-pop sound of the early/mid-80s.
Darshan’s extended “Parks Dept. Dub” remix of “Starlight”, an underground hit by celebrated and hungry New York disco upstarts Escort (July 2006) landed on the year-end top-10 lists of many DJs known for their selections and taste.
The latest chapter (EP number 7) in the Metro Area series was relelased November 2007 to superlative praise, and the duo now set their sights on the completion of a Metro Area mix for highly-regarded mix-CD series Fabric (November 2008) and a new full-length album (2009).
Early 2008 saw the release of Darshan’s remix of Mock & Toof’s “Black Jub” on their Tiny Sticks label, as well as the debut release from new project Arcade Lover (with Dan Balis of Escort, Lisa Shaw and Jonathan Maron of Groove Collective) on Manchester’s Tirk Records.
These days, Darshan stays very busy with regular DJ bookings world-wide, the approaching completion of a new studio and recording space in Brooklyn, his party Strobe Lodge with DJ extraordinaire Citizen Kane and new Metro Area material with Morgan Geist.