:: Deniz Kurtel ::
.crosstown rebels . wolf+lamb.
The daughter of mining magnates turned championship racehorse breeders in Turkey, Deniz developed a deep love and connection to the sentiments of electronic music during her studies in the USA. Growing up with constant exposure to art from her mother, an influential art initiator in Turkey, and years of intensive classical piano training left her with a professional work ethic and a passion for art. An accomplished interactive sculptor, she quickly made a name for herself in the experimental art scene combining the use of sophisticated computerized LED arrays and mirrors. Her work has been the centerpiece of countless Wolf + Lamb parties in Brooklyn, and has appeared in various art festivals and exhibitions such as Burningman, Communikey, Horizons, Love's Secret Domain, and Rabbit Hole.
‘Music Watching Over Me’, the debut album from Turkish, currently New York-based producer Deniz Kurtel, is an assured listen. Tracks with a well executed grasp of what makes bodies move and heads flutter: the sparse and steady climb of the title track; the bass thunks of Trust growing into burbling synths; Equilibrium’s stop-start tension. Best Of is where things peak, with its buoyant strut and club-perfect climb.
Deniz Kurtel works as an audio/visual artist, associated with using LED lights and mirrors to create interactive sculptors. She met Gadi and Zev of Wolf + Lamb while living in New York, and has contributed artwork to the label’s parties. Music production was something she got into as a different outlet for creativity, and her first release was 2009’s ‘Whispers’ EP on Wolf + Lamb. I was first made aware of her through her remix of N/A’s Fables And Fairytales, which made a muscular, rougher beast out of the original. Her album though, recently released by Crosstown Rebels, is the most fully realised creation. The album format can be a difficult one for dance producers to master in a way that holds a listener’s interest. ‘Music Watching Over Me’ is a well-structured and enjoyable journey, its shades and moods varied enough for it to deliver a kick in any context. In light of the album’s release, we emailed her a few questions about her working methods in both art and music, and how the two inter-link.
:: Monty Luke ::
.black catalogue . detroit.
Monty Luke comes with a long history of bringing a funky, raw eclectic sound to the west coast underground. Dubbed a favorite amongst local DJ's and 'those that know' for years, Monty has continued to set the bar high for himself and his listeners, melding his upfront, cut-up DJ mix style and electrifying presence to dancefloors worldwide.
In 2002, Monty released "What U Feel," a collaboration between himself and reclusive producer extraordinaire L. Ray Robinson under the moniker Loopwreckas on the Imperial Dub label. Monty also has recorded with Stompy Hi-Fi resident DJ Tasho and they have completed a two-track e.p. for Claude Von Stroke's Mothership label entitled "Paranoid," Be on the lookout for more solo productions as ML Tronik, in particular "The Diamond Boxx e.p." which was co-produced in Detroit in 2006 with the help of legendary producer Carl Craig. A follow up to 'Paranoid' called "Personal Problems" was out on Mothership at the end of 2007.
DJ and producer Monty Luke is ready to launch a new label called Black Catalogue.
Luke knows a thing or two about how to run a label: he's currently the manager for Planet E, Carl Craig's quintessential Detroit imprint. Originally from California's Bay Area, he made his debut with a local outfit: Mothership, a subsidiary of Claude VonStroke's Dirtybird Records. Not long after moving to Detroit, he took the reins at Planet E and put out his first single on the label, Art, Love & War, complete with a remix from Craig himself. Black Catalogue will launch with Tomorrow EP, Luke's third solo effort and his first release in two years. According to XLR8R, Australian duo The Carter Bros are on deck for one of label's future releases. Tomorrow EP will be available next month on vinyl only.
Black Catalogue will release Tomorrow EP in September 2011.
Monty remains focused on bringing that raw, eclectic electronic disco to the world through both his DJ sets, and original productions. The future of house is now. Go get some No-Doze!
:: Daniel Andres ::
.radio skool . detroit.
A native of Detroit, Daniel Andres has been involved with the Detroit electronic music scene for over a decade and in 1997 acquired his first DJ gear. Influenced by labels such as Planet e, Plus 8, UR and a plethora of other Detroit talent Daniel began his journey by playing his first gig at the legendary Motor Lounge.
Keeping with his love for vinyl, while living in a digital age, Daniel enjoys the best of both worlds by using Traktor Scratch Pro, Ableton Live, and the Maschine. Through the use of these technologies he is able to utilize 4 decks, loops, and countless effects to experiment and meticulously mix sounds to keep the dance floor moving. Pulling from his techno, house, disco and Motown influences, Daniel has created a sound all his own. Those that have heard his sets say that the can best be described as deep, dark, and sexy, which leaves them hot, sweaty and wanting more.
Currently Daniel is working under Stacey Pullen’s Radio Skool, and his event schedule is growing rapidly with tour dates in North America, Europe, and beyond. He is due to release an EP in the spring.
:: Rust ::
.culprit . moscow.
Rust is a Moscow born, Chicago raised dj that has now returned to his homeland after 11 years in the USA. Roustam Mirzoev is the bridge between the US and Russia with his music, holding both citizenships and being a resident and art-director of trendy Moscow club "TM" ("Technics of Youth") and tours Russia constantly. Every weekend he flies all over the great country of Russia performing for excited crowds his (usually) extended sets that perfectly combine all sides of house, minimal and reduced elastic techno.
2010 was a breakthrough year for Rust during which he performed as a resident and co-headliner for "Insane Fridays" — a series of Moscow parties in which he played alongside his heroes and friends Damian Lazarus, Jamie Jones, Droog, Mr.C, Noze, Dyed Soundorom, Robert James, Art Department, Shonky, Praslea and others. These parties usually culminated in extended early morning afterhours sessions in which Rust held his own in back 2 back sets with many of these great djs. One of these jam sessions with Jamie Jones and Robert James was recorded and has been a fan favorite: http://soundcloud.com/r_co/jamie-jones-vs-robert-james-vs-dj-rust-live-live-moscow-afterhours-party-10-07-2010
2011 starts a new page in Rust's career as he heavily moves into production. His debut release as part of the new super-trio Special Case was signed by LA's amazing upstart Culprit — run by the creative trio of Droog and already an accomplished label featuring releases by Hot Natured, Adultnapper, Subb-An, Lee Foss and others. This is quite an accomplishment for the young producer and he hopes to continue his streak with upcoming remixes for his friend Dj Grad on Dextrous Records and other releases during the year. His first release has already been widely supported and played by Rhadoo and Raresh from the notorious Romanian crew of [a:rpia:r] as well as Droog, Art Department and others. The future indeed looks bright for this young Russian producer, dj and ambassador of quality music in the motherland!
:: Teddie ::
.dissolute . persona non grata . detroit.
:: A.Part ::
.dissolute . detroit.
Great music always "boils down to" great parts. I don't care what kind of music (I love it all), it all starts and ends with parts. The parts are born of inspiration, but the vision is what makes a coherent whole.
:: Brandon Blank ::
.filtered radio . detroit.
:: Koolik ::
tv bar . detroit, mi
$10 before 11pm, $15 after
doors @ 8pm