Fri Aug 24th
The Electric Pickle presents:
Art Department (Jonny White) [Crosstown Rebels]
Maxxi Soundsystem (Future Boogie)
Art Department (Jonny White)
Art Department is the brainchild of Canadian techno/house Legend Kenny Glasgow and Canadaâ€™s fastest rising star and No.19 label owner - Jonny White. As individuals both Kenny and Jonny have released countless critically acclaimed records and are regarded internationally as two of the most forward thinking, relevant underground producers out of North America. Kennyâ€™s credentials date back to the late 80â€™s and include productions on Narcotic, Jinxx, his own Method 11/11 label and Turbo. Whilst Whiteâ€™s revered No.19 Music label along side a blindingly fast - growing discography have seen him rapidly rise to the forefront of the international scene.
The pair, despite being close friends and stalwarts in the Toronto electronic music scene for years, had not joined forces in the studio until only as recently as 2009, when Damian Lazarus called on them to remix Riz MC for his prestigious Crosstown Rebels Label. The result was an entirely new sound that drew cues from the best of both artists. It was a futuristic and raw, synth-driven, underground masterpiece, the start of a new idea and the birth of Art Departmentâ€¦
Before long the two were working full time in the studio to expand upon what they had created but now with a new focusâ€¦ the concept for Art Department was to create a live dj/vocal performance based on the new sound they were beginning to produce and would feature Kenny Glasgowâ€™s unique and sublime vocals that had been heard only 10+ years earlier on records like â€œPressing Onâ€. It wasnâ€™t long before Damian heard what the pair had been working on and immediately offered them a deal with Crosstown Rebels that would include several singles, remixes and a full length album due out at the beginning of 2011.
The momentum continued and Art Department performed their first ever live show at the Crosstown Rebels Get Lost event at the 2010 WMC in front of a jam packed room, along side an A list cast of 17 artists from the label. DJâ€™s, promoters and party animals regarded the performance as one of the most ground-breaking & important shows at this years WMCâ€¦Simple label boss - Will Saul was quoted saying â€œthe live show was the best thing weâ€™ve heard since we heard Mathew Johnson for the first timeâ€¦â€. The follow up performance came the very next night at Jamie Jones & Lee Fossâ€™ Hot Natured party where Art Department treated the enthusiastic crowd to a mind-bending dj set and secured their spot as residents for the much lauded Hot Natured brand.
With massive support from the rebel crew along with an exciting release schedule including collaborations with Seth Troxler, Jamie Jones and Soul Clap there is no doubt that this will be yet another inspired chapter in the story of these Canadian talents.
Before the runaway success of club hit â€˜Criticizeâ€™ which exploded everywhere at the beginning of 2011 from Annie Macâ€™s Radio 1 show to being featured on Beats in Space Best of 2010 Sam Watts had been DJing, putting on parties and working hard in his studio for a number of years in his home town of Brighton.
His follow up single was the first track on Nurvous Records (a new label from NYC legendary label Nervous Records), the track Open Your Eyes on Jamie Jones Hot Waves label and recent EP on needwant records has seen huge support from Radio1â€™s Jaymo & Andy George (who put him in their Future Stars of 2012 show) and DJs across the board from Maceo Plex, Danny Daze, Tensnake, Morgan Geist and Aeroplane to Tiefschwarz, Groove Armada and Sasha. Remixes in 2011 have also been flying out for the like of Hercules & Love Affair, The 2 Bears and Parallel Dance Ensemble the latter which hit the #1 spot on Beatportâ€™s indie dance chart.
Maxxi Soundsystem has already toured extensively in 2011 taking in Glastonbury, Glade Festival, Creamfields, Sankeys Manchester, Flux Leeds, Disco Bloodbath, Rex Club Paris, Athens and Fabric; proving he can rock any dancefloor thatâ€™s put in front of him; playing a set made up of his own edits and remixes plus music plucked from his 8 years experience playing in clubs.
2012 is set to be a big year for Sam with new original material already signed to Futureboogie and Wolf Music plus a remix for the re-issue of classic disco label SAM Records (his track has been picked for a special vinyl-only release shared with Soul Clap) due out in Feb he is now concentrating on new original material with some exciting collaborations in the pipeline.
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