FACE kicks of 2012 with an intimate and house party vibe with the infamous NYC label THRONE OF BLOOD!
James Friedman Bio:
James Friedman has been a fixture in New York's underground dance music scene for a decade now. As a journalist, DJ, promoter, label head and music supervisor, he has championed emergent sounds and artists like few others in North America. A one time staffer at XLR8R, Vice, and The Fader, he's also worked at !K7 Records, managing releases for the likes of Swayzak, Trevor Jackson and Tiga. In 2003, he left !K7 to launch Trevor Jackson's Output Recordings in the US, which he ran successfully for two years. In that same period, his REFUSE! parties took off, garnering massive press support from the likes of I-D Magazine and playing host to visionary DJs like 2manydjs, Headman, Twitch, Erol Alkan and Michael Mayer. In fact, REFUSE! hosted the US debuts of Tiefschwarz, Ewan Pearson, Jackson and His Computer Band, Cut Copy, Annie's live band, David Gilmour Girls, and Greg Wilson.
His 2006 mix cd Go Commando (released via Defend Music) served to establish Friedman's tastemaking aesthetic internationally, garnering rave reviews (10/10 in Vice for instance) and a nomination for Mix Album of the Year from the PLUG Awards alongside such heavyweights as Richie Hawtin, Ewan Pearson, DJ Shadow and Dominick Eulberg.
Already touring across the US and Europe, Friedman used this momentum to expand his efforts, launching Throne of Blood Recordings with the members of the Rapture in late 2006. In 2007, Throne of Blood hit the road across the US and Canada alongside the Ed Banger Records crew to host and DJ at the infamous "Dafter Parties," after-show events following Daft Punk's groundbreaking ALIVE 2007 Tour. 2008 saw Friedman return to throwing parties in New York, launching the highly successful Prime Time series with partner-in-crime Eamon Harkin. Held at classic venues Love and Santos Party House, Prime Time hosted hosted Metro Area, Todd Terje, Sinden, Alexander Robotnik, Rub N Tug, Hercules and Love Affair, Ewan Pearson, Greg WIlson, and Stacey Pullen. By late 2008, Prime Time moved to a new venue and morphed into the now seminal Mister Saturday Night party, hosting the likes of Theo Parrish, Moodymann, Twitch, DJ Pierre, Larry Heard, Todd Terry, Four Tet, Justin Martin, the Phenomenal Handclap Band, Francis and the Lights, Kerri Chandler, Mark E, Omar S and many more. In 2009, Friedman co-founded the monthly Barbarians party with Tommy Moye (Rong Music/Blunted Funk) and Andrew "Wiz" Potter (Populette).
2008 also saw Friedman renew his focus on Throne of Blood, which began churning out a dizzying range of sounds from the thug house of Dances With White Girls to Zombi's neo italodisco and John Selway's gorgeous "Shake The Snow." Building off that momentum, Friedman delved deeper into his duties as A&R for the label, snapping up emerging powerhouses Populette, AKA JK, Harkin & Raney, Bicep, and Cosmic Kids as well as established figures like Mugwump, Ulysses (Neurotic Drum Band) and Master Khan (known to some as Twilite Tone or Great Weekend) for a series of releases that have found a place in some of dance music's most discriminating record crates.
As the label heads into 2012, Throne of Blood is readying releases from Populette, AKA JK, Mugwump, Bicep, Dr. Druzz (The Rapture's Gabriel Andruzzi), Ulysses, Cosmic Kids, Master Khan, and Leeds techno veteran Paul Woolford.
Cosmic Kids Bio:
Cosmic Kids Ron Poznansky and Dan Terndrup didn’t meet in outer space as their DJ moniker may indicate, but the story is still equally as good. The two met in a high school classroom meant for kids who had trouble paying attention. They bonded over their love of classic rock. Right out of high school they both volunteered to work at the Los Angeles radio station KCRW. Known for its eclectic programming, the friends were exposed to all different kinds of music, and began collecting and consuming records, feeding their ever-expanding appetite for music.
Frequenting warehouse after parties where band members would DJ, they were inspired by the idea of sharing good music and seeing people really responding to a certain song or beat. As they grew their record collection, Poznansky and Terndrup felt they had something to contribute, and DJ’d their first party in 2006 with Rapture and DJ AM. Since that inaugural gig, they’ve DJ’d alongside LCD Soundsystem, Holy Ghost!, Juan Maclean, Dâm Funk, Crystal Castles, Digitalism, The Rapture, Harvey, Little Boots, and Classixx.
2011 was a phenomenal year for Cosmic Kids, with a chart topping EP "Reginald's Groove" and solid remixes for Holy Ghost!, Poolside, Superhumanoides, and VHS or Beta.