It's easy to be dazzled by Araab's outrageous skill with an MPC. Sure, the guy knows his way around the buttons and knobs, but Araab's greatest skill is the precision with which he matches his samples to drums. There's no other way to put it, the man is a musician's musician. We were lucky enough to catch up with Araab after our show at Pop Montreal 2011 and spend some time with a producer who is surely only at the start of a long and successful career.
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He may only be 22 years-old but Araabmuzik is already heading up a new breed of producers boldly reshaping the boundaries of hip-hop and its influences. Originally from Providence, Rhode Island, Abraham Orellana developed a rabid following through a series of online videos showcasing his impossibly nimble touch on an MPC drum machine. He was signed by DukeDaGod to Diplomat Records and flourished as the label’s “secret weapon”, crafting hits and hood classics alike for Cam’ron, Juelz Santana and Jim Jones, culminating with his role producing Dipset’s triumphant reunion song, “Salute.” His debut album Electronic Dream, an explosive take on the pristine textures of dance music, has been met with glowing reviews and his live performances are already a thing of developing legend. Beyond the insane MPC calisthenics, it’s his instinct for genre-shattering bombast that makes Araabmuzik one of the only producers alive with the ability to dominate a crowd by himself.
Born and raised in Montreal, this b-boy turned producer is one of our local treasures gone global. Lunice’s infamous live shows toy with the entire concept of what performing electronic music can be. The term 'DJ set' doesn’t nearly do it justice; with his exuberantly charismatic stage persona, his shows become immersive experiences for everyone involved. Since collaborating with Diplo on a remix of Deerhunter's “Helicopter,” Lunice has been getting more involved with the Major Lazer producer’s Mad Decent label family, playing across the U.S. at their notorious annual Block Party, as well as a raucous show at MoMA’s P.S.1 Warm-Up party. His latest EP, titled One Hunned, just dropped on LuckyMe.
with Bass Drive Wednesday's resident
LOOKOUT x POP MONTREAL
THU, SEP 23
21h • EVENING STANDARD w CFCF, MEMBERSONLY, SEB DIAMOND
23h • DFA DANCE PARTY w KIM ANN FOXMAN + PRINCE LANGUAGE ++
FRI, SEP 24
22h • KID SISTER + AZEALIA BANKS + SHAYDAKISS + DIRTY GOLD DJs
SAT, SEP 25
22h30 • KINGDOM + BOK BOK + NGUZNGUZU ++
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ARAAB MUZIK [ Dipset ]
LUNICE [ Mad Decent / LuckyMe ]
RILLY GUILTY [ Lookout ]
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The heat in the streetz brought by Dipset's reunion can largely be attributed to beats made by Dipset super-producer Araab Muzik. Since the Dominican/Guatemalan producer met Dipset's chief of A&R, Duke Da God in 2006, he has been racking up hood classics, lacing The Dips with “We All Up in Here,” “Ric Flair,” “Pop Off,” and “I Used Get It In Ohio.” None of the songs the Rhode Island native has produced means more to New York than “Salute,” which features Cam’ron, Jim Jones, and Juelz Santana together again.
Production, yes. DIPSET. Even more insane is how he murders the MPC live. Araab uniquely samples sounds from trance, metal, opera, & classical genres, forming an energy that can't be captured by the countless YouTube videos showcasing his "finger-banging" ability.
Montreal's proudest young son is another super-producer who's YouTube legacy ain't nothing to f-with. Lunice has been destined for the main stage since the early days of Turbo Crunk, Montreal's premier bass night. After collaborating with Diplo, Lunice released the 'Stacker Upper EP' on Scottish label LuckyMe, turning heads in North American, Europe, and beyond. This just in: Lunice just announced a new EP forthcoming on the label. Yes!
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