LOOKOUT NYE 2K12 :: **RELOCATED** to
Société des arts technologiques [SAT]
the celebration just got more intimate, with a bigger bill + a smaller room. bring in 2012 in the the sensory warping Satosphère projection dome, on the roof of SAT. music 10-3am from:
MOOG Audio : 3828 Saint-Laurent
Atom Heart : 364-B Sherbrooke E.
Off The Hook : 1021a Sainte-Catherine O.
thank you for an amazing year!
full details on the official SAT event page:
**stay tuned for the late night info**
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.
Check out their new mix at FACT magazine, available for download for the next three weeks:
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Dec 18 @ SAT w/ RBMA 2010 participants Poirier, Lunice, Ango, Amenta + Hudson Mohawke + Mike Slott.
Photos by anothersidewalk.tv
RBMA 2010 SEND-OFF
The next edition of the Red Bull Music Academy will touch down this year in London, England. Sixty artists from around the world will come together to share ideas with each other and industry vets, work on music, and perform in the best venues in town. Of the 60 artists selected, 4 are Canadian and 3 are from Montreal. Catch them live in their hometown for their send-off celebration.
The artists include the headliners:
Hudson Mohawke (Warp):
There is no musician working today who is able to dart between the sample-heavy nature of hip hop production and the glitch-ridden breakdown of digital cacophony with the sheer sense of joy and artistry that Hudson Mohawke works into his tracks. A founding member of Glasgow’s LuckyMe collective, Hudson Mohawke recently released his debut album Butter on the iconic Warp Records. Some say he is picking up where label mate Flying Lotus left off; as the leading light of eccentrically melodic leftfield hip hop. The rest are just thrilled to see where he goes from here; live and on record, Hudson Mohawke is one of the most promising and dynamic producers out.
Mike Slott (LuckyMe)
Once known primarily for his work in the duo Heralds of Change with Hudson Mohawke, Slott’s solo releases, including a remix for Flying Lotus and his new micro-album Lucky 9teen on LuckyMe, have established his diverse, innovative take on everything from free jazz to classical hip hop. His Flying Lotus “RobertaFlack” remix tells the whole story. Slott takes the track’s esoteric melodies and makes them pristine centerpieces, chopping the beats to a delirious glitch abstraction, all while shrouding his creation with a shifting ambience of digital haze that evokes a sense of rhythmic warmth rarely heard in electronic music.
And the RBMA inductees:
The power of DJ/producer Poirier’s bass will blast through any flimsy attempt to classify his music. While the purists struggle to label his sound as dancehall, soca, or electro, Poirier just takes what needs from all three and unleashes the result in a raw dance floor frenzy. Poirier’s tracks are sparse landscapes of Caribbean drums made superhuman with pulsating, pitch-shifting, and infectious bass and synth patterns. His style evolves and tears through new genres constantly, leaving a trail of packed, chaotic dance floors in its wake.
Lunice is Montreal’s proudest young son of the moment. A member of the LuckyMe Collective, Lunice has been blasting his progressive bass street-hop and rocking some legendary shows in Montreal lately, like the Pop Montreal Red Bull Megahurtz and even a spot opening for Flying Lotus at Club Lambi this past summer. Following a serious of remix collections and an EP with Al Ripken Jr, Lunice will most definitely be popping up on everyone’s radar after he’s through with the Red Bull Music Academy. Expect big, big things, people.
Toronto’s Amenta is an intriguing case. It’s easy to spot in her music influences ranging from jazz to soul, to R&B, to hip hop, to new wave, to modern electronic experimentalism, and on and on. Lucky for the listener, Amenta tends to blend all her composing elements into sleek yet soulful compositions with outstanding pop sensibilities. Add in a hugely dynamic stage presence and it becomes all too clear why Amenta is heading to the Red Bull Music Academy and beyond.
Ango (Noyes Records)
Ango unleashes nothing less than raw sonic digital fury onto the dancefloor. A treasured Montreal native, Ango has been blowing apart speakers at the infamous Turbo Crunk nights as well as his own Too Low Booty Throw Monthly parties. Catch him live before he blows up at the Red Bull Music Academy!
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