No longer a duo.................................................................................Established in Florida circa 1999 but incubated in the friendly quarters of the San Francisco techno scene, Coalition of the Killing is the partnership forg..
Established in Florida circa 1999 but incubated in the friendly quarters of the San Francisco techno scene, Coalition of the Killing is the partnership forged between Auralism Records founders Jason Short and Marc Smith. Under their aegis, the Auralism label has become one of the most talked about electronic music brands in an urban landscape literally busting at the seams with them. But even with a to die for artist roster it is easy to forget that Short and Smith founded the label back in 2005 as a vehicle for their own work as Coalition of the Killing.
In 2008, from this solid foundation, they made a huge commotion in the techno scene with remixes on Chris Fortier's esteemed album remix project to EPs like "Backwards on Pony" on Karloff. These, amongst others, helped to establish an "official" sound for the pair last year. It has been described as equal parts experimental etherealism and funky house bounce with deep heady bass grooves that lock down the insistent dance floor throb. Last year the two brought that sound to the San Francisco masses at the annual Lovefest event. Playing to a literal sea of bobbing heads, thousands of dance music fans gave Coalition of the Killing a huge thumbs up.
In 2009, Short and Smith hope to build on this forward momentum with new releases on Nightlight and, of course, Auralism. They are also looking to partner with other labels looking to release high-quality underground techno. The plan is to further expand their sound with more sonic explorations while steering themselves in an even more floor friendly direction while continuing their experimentation with new forms. Also look for the two to make a strong live performance impression this year globally by incorporating more hardware and instrumentation into their already stunning live PA sets. Heads up world, 2009 looks to be the year of the Coalition. Beatport has already named them one of their artists to watch in 2009 so let that serve as fair warning.