LOOKOUT, LuckyMe & Dirty Gold present:
After an incredibly breakthrough 2009 that saw the massive critical and popular success of Hudson Mohawke, Rustie and Mike Slott with releases on Warp, All City and more, it seemed unlikely that Glaswegian label LuckyMe could top the level of excitement in the year to follow. However in the last year, they've expanded the label worldwide, adding several North American acts that have become some of the most talked about in the electronic music world, including Jacques Greene, Lunice, Ango, Machinedrum, and Cubic Zirconia. On February 11th, all of this monumental talent will be on display under Club Lambi's roof.
Friday, February the 11th
Club Lambi, 4465 St-Laurent
CUBIC ZIRCONIA (Live)
JAQUES GREENE (DJ)
Seriously, this band will destroy your club, your concernt hall, your living room. It's acid inflected pop music that hints towards a tradition of great new york loft parties and the vacious structure of punk bands like ESG and Liquid Liquid. But you know, Cubic's music is more than that. It's not trying to be anything else than Nick Hook, Tiombe Lockhart & Daud Sturdivant going in as hard as they can. I mean, what shall we call it? We have to call it something -- that's the way of music journalism. Let's go for ethnic disco.
New label mate Machinedrum will be present as well, riding off his stellar new releases on LuckyMe and on Hotflush as his new garage/future dubstep project Sepalcure. With a combination of the songwriting skills of Timbaland, the huge club sounds of Daft Punk and the crafty experimentation of Aphex Twin, Machinedrum will take us all on quite the musical ride.
Jacques Greene hails from Montreal, Canada, and you may or may not have heard some music he made under a previous guise. It doesn't really matter. His current focus is glistening house music with the perfect balance of reverence and idiosyncrasy, and an unashamed devotion to R'n'B. Releases with LuckyMe and NightSlugs have announced his arrival in the house music world in fine style, and hint at a pretty good year to come.
Lunice is just THAT dude. So cool, so easy. But at night he’s a monster making bedroom dance videos to Footcrab and Sex Intelligent (remix stoopid). It was just over a year ago that Lunice started bumping his own beats at the Turbo Crunk nights. To think that he’s since played two European tours and attended Red Bull in London, cheeeez, Dude is doing those big things already.
Joining Montreal's community of influential DJs and Producers, this R&B beat maker has just begun to do his part to help rebuild the landscape of alternative dance music in North America. Ango's music is uniquely melodic and hopeful, bringing boogie-era synth and drum sounds into context with contemporary R&B bangers, electro and bass music.
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Fresh off the release of his first album, Butter, LuckyMe's own Hudson Mohawke comes through Montreal to turn your ears inside out again. His eclectic mix of 80's pop, glitch, and boom-bap is not to be missed.
Lunice is Montreal’s proudest young son of the moment – A member of Glasgows’ LuckyMe Collective, and a participant in the Red Bull Music Academy 2010 in London, England. His Live PA (remixes and beats made on the spot) will set your booty shaking like jello in an earthquake.
Hovatron, a pioneer of the infamous Turbo Crunk nights is the renaissance man responsible for the impressive visuals at last years insane St. Jean Baptiste Bridge Burner party. Hes also got a new EP of technologic bass brrrapp blowing up the coaxil in your modem.
Presale Tix: $15
Montrealer and producer extraordinaire Hovatron has been making live electronic music that will knock your pants off since his work at the famed Turbo Crunk nights. He just dropped some new remixes free of charge, which means the only thing you have to buy is birth control for your subwoofer. Cop it and decide for yourself, and make sure you get out to see the man himself spinning with Hudson Mohawke and Lunice at the LuckyMe Showcase on May 29th!
TICKETS: 35.00 +tx +sv
MOOG AUDIO: 3828 Saint-Laurent, 514.284.7434
OFF THE HOOK: 1021a Sainte-Catherine O, 514.499.1021
ATOM HEART: 364-B Sherbrooke E, 514.843.8484
A full decade after the release of ‘Homework’, and 8 years after Oizo broke through, Busy P (Pedro Winter) is the head of one of the most exciting record labels in the business. But for 11 years (and counting) Busy P has been working as Daft Punk’s manager while handling Ed Banger and Headbanger, his management/media company. Oddly though, Busy explained that the method behind starting Ed Banger Records was fairly straightforward. “I had no plan when I created Ed Banger records,” he told us, “I just wanted to share what I’ve learnt with Daft Punk. I wanted to [work with] new kids and their contemporary music.” As an understudy of Daft Punk, Winter was certainly taught well.
MOOG AUDIO: 3828 Saint-Laurent, 514.284.7434
OFF THE HOOK: 1021a Sainte-Catherine O, 514.499.1021
ATOM HEART: 364-B Sherbrooke E, 514.843.8484
Brother Ali has never been afraid to speak his mind in his rhymes. Apparently that hasn’t changed with the release of Us, his sixth full release to date, last September. Recently one of LOOKOUT's own, Galen Macdonald, got the chance to talk with the Rhymesayers MC about the Breakin’ Dawn Tour with Fashawn and BK One, honest lyricism, and hip hop in the Midwest. You can check out Brother Ali in Montreal at Foufounes Electroniques this Sunday, April 11. Check out the event and LOOKOUT's interview with co-headliner Fashawn!
So you’re Breakin’ Dawn right now, huh? Other than eating your Wheaties, what keeps you going through 25 shows in a month?
Just love doing it, you know. Got a really good team of people, everybody’s really thorough at doing their job. And I just love doing it, getting up every day and doing the shows. Everyone that’s with us is fun and energetic, and really excited about what we’re doing.
You’ve been very successful making music that’s personal and honest, even on topics—like the verse on closeted homosexuality on “Tight Rope”—that a lot of MCs seem scared to touch. What drives you to make that music, and what pressures come with it?
I don’t think there’s any pressure at all. I make what I feel. Well, I guess the only pressure comes from me just wanting to make the best art that I can, something that’s important to me. I think that everybody has their thing that they’re able to offer as an artist… and I’ve just spent a lot of time--between my own experiences and the people I’m close with—just looking at life, analyzing it and trying to figure it out, and, you know, figure out what makes people do the things they do, what the feelings are behind the situations that we’re in. And I’ve had to learn to navigate my way through my own stuff and then communicate that to the people I’m with. I think those are my best moments as an artist. Even though I like making the more upbeat, rapping for rapping’s sake tracks, those aren’t my strongest moments. The moments people really care about are the ones where I’m talking about something a little more substantial than that.
Yeah, you’ve gained a lot of fame from tracks like “Uncle Sam, Goddamn” and “Forest Whitaker,” but that rapping for rapping’s sake bravado is still there. What does that hip-hop mentality mean to you?
I mean, it’s nothing you do consciously. I don’t have to say, “this has to have this edge, cause it’s hip hop”. This is just how I grew up, you know what I mean? Because I had to fight for everything. So once I get something I want, I start fighting for the next thing.
Being a dad must make that all the more real. Has being a father affected you as an MC?
No, not directly. It just makes it all more important, because the time you spend with your music you spend away from your kid. So when I’m making music, I have to make the most of it.
Well, you seem to have surrounded yourself with the right kind of musicians for that over at Rhymesayers. What’s it like working with Ant, Slug, P.O.S. and all those guys, and what does the Midwest mean to that label?
I’m really close with Ant, and Slug, and I’m really close with the guys that run the label, Siddiq and J-Bird and Scott and Kevin. That’s the main group of people, and it’s like a family. The Midwest thing, you know, we don’t have the glamour. There’s not a lot of showing off. When you say you’re from New York or LA there’s an image and a personality that comes along with that, but the Midwest—what does that mean? So it’s just me and my story, and what I’m about. I have myself to offer. And I think the same is true of everybody in the Midwest, from Eminem and Common and Kanye West all the way down to me and Slug and P.O.S. The music we make is really personal, It’s about our own lives and who we are as individuals.
Speaking of which, you’ve got a pretty unique website [www.brotherali.com/], with a twitter/forum function. What’s the concept behind that?
What I really wanted to happen was two things. I wanted a centralized place for people to see whats up with me, a home base. And then what I was trying to do on there was to give people a forum to talk about issues, and I’m having a little more difficulty getting people to communicate with each other. What I really want is for us to have conversations about issues worth talking about.
Well good luck with that, and good luck with the tour—we’ll see you in Montreal on April 11th at Foufunes Electroniques?
Yeah, thank you.
Tickets available at:
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Established off their excellent Blap to the Future mixtape, Lazer Sword are the prime San Francisco representatives of the bass-heavy, glitch-ridden synth sound championed by artist like Flying Lotus, Hudson Mohawke and Montreal favorites Megasoid and Lunice. Though no one’s sure what to call the new music yet (as the interview below candidly reveals), Lazer Sword, comprised of artists Lando Kal and Low Limit, bring their own flavor by straddling the ever-shrinking barriers between hip hop, dubstep, and electro. Coming off a new EP and in anticipation of their debut full length album and upcoming collabos with some of the Bay Area’s best Hyphy amabassadors, Lazer Sword sat down talked with us.
In the past, I’ve heard some pretty outlandish genre names used to label the music you and your peers have been producing. Have you guys heard one that feels accurate yet? Do you have any suggestions or do you feel like people should just stop gooning over the name?
Yeah the name game has been the ultimate dilemma for us in the past no doubt. We've gotten shit all across the board! Lazer Bass (the worst), Future Blap (name of our first mixtape), Electric Whomp, Turbo Crunk (which we're sure our good MTL bruvs Megasoid, Hovatron, and Lunice are familiar with), Street Bass, Molly Wop, Glitch Hop (OUCH), Future Funk, and that's just the ones we can remember. We've even come up with ridiculous shit to make fun of the genrefiers, like "Surf Knock" or "Colossal Thump".
The Bay Area is bubbling right now, with new artists and even new genres popping up all over the place. What’s it like living and creating music there, and are there any Bay Area artists you would be excited to work with?
The Bay Area is truly inspiring in every aspect, living, creating, interacting. I myself live in Brooklyn, NY currently for the last 9 months or so, (also a very inspiring place in its own!) but i'm originally from the Bay and it's a very vibrant city with lots going on. Yes music is is popping up in all forms and the people there are open to all sorts of styles and very enthusiastic when in comes to the nightlife and local talents. This leads to more weeklies and monthlies starting up.. for instance 222's "Icee Hot" monthly in SF. That night put on by residents Disco Shawn, LL, and Ghosts On Tape, showcases Uk Funky, Garage, 2-Step, Grime, and the likes of and with an exception of New York or maybe L.A., there's not really too many cities in the states really stepping in those territories yet. Of course there's the Hyphy movemnet which lately hasent been as booming as it was a couple years back back but there's some secret heaters still lurking in that territory.
We've actually started working with some big names in the Hyphy rap community which is a huge deal for us, and would definitely like to keep that trend going with artists like, Laroo, Fab, E-40, The Team, and the whole hyphy blap squadron! get at us.
With so much new electronic music being produced by duos or groups, it feels like the dynamic of production and creation is shifting. What’s your collaborative process of creating or remixing a song?
When collaborating on tracks between both LL and i, there's nothing really special to it besides the fact that we are very familiar with each others production process and interests when it comes to writing songs.
Other than that we simply start a track, wether it be me or LL coming up with the initial vision, then swap audio files via an online server back and forth until we are both fully satisfied and content with the final finished product. it's always fun to hear what direction the other has taken the song to and that's what really keeps things interesting. We've learned one thing though, you cant ever overwork your initial vision and become too attached because when working with two people, things are always bound to change within writing process, but always for the better.
Any exciting plans for official or bootleg releases coming up in 2010?
As far as 2010 releases go, we just released a Low Limit vs. Lando Kal EP via Glasgow based Numbers label, called "The Golden Handshake" on March 15th. we also have a slew of remixes coming soon, but the big kahuna is our first full length Lazer Sword album via Innovative Leisure which is due out around end of June - beginning of July. We're extremely excited about it as we've been working on it for some time and it's the first release where we'll really be able to show the full spectrum of of lazer sword material. We also just recently did a free mix for FACT Magazine, which is available for download for the next few weeks. BOOOM.
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