Listen to “LAX ” (Matt Tolfrey & Lazaro Casanova feat. Nikko Gibler) as the first track on Visionquest’s awesome, brand new feature mix for Mixmag. Great great set guys! Thanx for supporting. Big hug! Click the image above to listen!
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So here’s the story. This was a particularly fun EP to work on! Many times when I collaborate with people… By the time I get sent a file or a bounce or we finally end up going into the studio; I usually have little space for overall harmonic content because I usually come in at the end of the creative process 😉 (easier for me lol) But… On the whole LAX EP I was sent these MASSIVE stripped-down grooves by Matt and Laz from the get-go so I had a great opportunity to layer and stack things up quite nicely… Vocals, synths, harmonies, melodies etc… There was room for everything. I was in wonderland.
At the end of it all, weeks to months has passed, and finally, all of the parts were mixed down beautifully by Matt and Laz; and there I was… sitting on a couch listening to the master. I was completely blown away and totally stoked because it was finally coming out. Since I received the master 8-9 weeks ago… I’ve been playing all 3 jams on my live & dj sets consistently and they’ve always seemed to integrate themselves beautifully into whatever song was playing before them. Hopefully you will enjoy listening to this EP as much as I enjoyed writing, recording and singing on it.
Be sure to grab your copy on VINYL or AIF/WAV format when it comes out. Beats the hell out of frequency shaved, mushy sounding, over-compressed MP3s… Right? No? Oh right, most people can’t hear the difference you say. That’s correct. They can’t. But….But….But that doesn’t mean they can’t FEEL the difference. They can feel it and THAT makes all the difference in the world. Think about that.
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“Above The City” … Culprit’s most recent release has made it onto Beatport’s Top 100 Releases. The release includes songs by Nico Lahs, Lula Circus, Mark Chambers & Soho, Death on The Balcony, Clovis, Anthony Collins, Seth Troxler, Lee Curtiss and Nikko Gibler (your’s truly). Please visit Beatport and support us by buying your favorite track off the compilation today. Heck! Ya’ might as well buy the whole album… You know you’re gonna LOVE it.
Listen to previews from the album on the Beatport player below.
Shadi Megallaa’s, “You Aint Dancin” in the hands of Nikko Gibler, bubbles and clicks with mechanical precision. The tight electronic funk here pushes against the trends of today’s floor and shows how Left’d as a label is open to any music with something to say. Five releases in and the 8 tracks on show again provide a snapshot of modern underground house music. From the super deep funked up core to the twisted outer limits, the label continues to break fresh talent and put a vibrant spin on todays dancefloors.
Also featuring tracks and remixes by Waifs & Strays, Geddes, John Johr, Mark Chambers, Rusty James, Christian Maiden, Maher Daniel, Jacksonville, Stojche, Matthew Burton, Nick Lawson.
Supported by: Droog, Luciano, Konrad Black, Terry Francis, Xpress 2, Steve Lawler, Richie Hawtin, Nic Fanciulli, D’Julz, Maetrik & Alex Niggeman
OUT OCTOBER 10th 2011
(Los Angeles) As announced last week, one of my tracks has been selected for Culprit’s upcoming various artist compilation “Above The City”. Originally scheduled for release on Sept. 21st. I have been informed that the OFFICIAL release date will be October 10th 2011. The compilation features tracks by Clovis, Lula Circus, Death On The Balcony, Mark Chambers & Soho, Nico Lahs, Seth Troxler & Lee Curtiss, Anthony Collins and myself.
The compilation has been named “Above The City” in reference to Culprit’s notorious Standard Rooftop parties. Which by the way will be coming to an end (FOR THE SEASON) on October 2nd 2011. On decks and gear will be none others than Martin Buttrich (Desolat/Cocoon), Jozif (Wolf+Lamb/Compost) and label-heads Droog (Culprit/Crosstown Rebels).
That’s what you get when you have more fun than you really should. That’s how good it was! lol =) So I hope to see everyone there again so we can get wwwwrrrrrrrrrrrraaaaaaaaaaccccccccccckkkkkkkkkkkeeeeeeeeeeeeedddddddddddddd!
Culprit’s first Various Artists compilation has had a two-year genesis. “Above The City” is a meticulously assembled collection providing a sonic blueprint to a maturing label realizing its musical identity. Joined by the same idea and feeling are some of the most promising young producers around – from Los Angeles’ own Clovis and Nikko Gibler, Londoners Marc Chambers & Soho, Leeds’ rising stars Death on The Balcony through to the Italian contingent of Lula Circus and Nico Lahs, anchored by the experience of label old friends Lee Curtiss & Seth Troxler and Anthony Collins.
Deliberately released at the tail-end of the label’s summer rooftop party season, Culprit Sessions, this collection embodies the atmosphere of the imprint’s revered Sunday afternoon rooftop parties. A few golden hours of revelry, betwixt day and night, where friends, lovers and music take on ethereal warmth. The release of “Above The City” is a poignant conclusion to and celebration of Culprit’s most exciting party season to date.
“Above The City’s” track order is sequenced to provide a snapshot of an imagined Culprit Sessions soundtrack. A musical guide to the progression of a Sunday afternoon party, which starts out eclectic and jazzy, moves through to deep and dubby, before picking up energy as the dancefloor fills.
Culprit’s vibe is one that has resonated with producers around the world. Some are new to Culprit and have never traveled to LA, others have played Culprit’s parties and been frequent guests of the label. But all have taken inspiration from Culprit and channeled this in their own unique ways. The result is a compilation of tracks flush with individuality, that collectively evoke the close of a California summer.
Here is a preview of Duran Duran’s new album “All You Need Is Now”. I found 5 songs on Grooveshark for all of you to listen to!!! The band has held on to their original essence while adding new production tricks to give the album the edge it needs to sound current. Great stuff! Specially the track “All You Need Is Now” What a bomb!