Franck Roger, Nitin, Nikola Baytala at Output

Franck Roger

In the here and now of house and techno, a flux is taking place. The newest generation of souls possessed by the beat has never had a better chance to look back at the unbridled creativity and vitality of the 80s and 90s, and channel it into their contemporary creations. The gospel of Youtube and a wealth of mixes with convenient tracklists make it easy for the lazy artist to absorb what was great before and reflect it in their contemporary productions.
This of course is of no concern for someone like Franck Roger. He was there in the beginning, and he never went away. In his years of service to the groove, he has evolved slowly and calmly, staying true to his fundamental sound without ever resting for too long. From his allegiance with Real Tone Records to commissions from such legends as Masters At Work, Franck has represented that most dependable and humble of talents; never following the hype or tapping into overused approaches in a genre that has been operating for more than thirty years.
In all this time, Franck has only ever delivered one previous album, and so we are very proud at Circus Company to be bringing a seriously overdue long-player to light that embraces the classicism of a true house music great, while writing a new chapter in his on-going story.
For sure, there are moments of heart-warming familiarity on 'Extensions Of Yesterday', and this is no more apparent than in the soulful croon of Franck's long-standing vocalist of choice, Mandel Turner, on centre-piece track "Sands Of Time". With a punchy, feel-good energy, the track explores the very idea the title of the album points to. There is an abundance of passion and pride for the good old days, but this is about bringing that feeling forwards rather than trying to go back to it.
Away from these more flamboyant moments, the album moves into more searching, adventurous tones. There is a hypnotic, dubby sensibility to a lot of the tracks, as luxurious chords echo around unmistakable Roger percussion. You can just as easily find yourself roused by soaring techno visions full of empowering melodies, or subconsciously slide down into smoked-out boogie for the 21st century.
While all around him young upstarts attempt to define their sound through the achievements of their forefathers, Franck Roger strides forth with a maturity that can only come from one who has already done yesterday and now looks to the next logical step. FRANCK ROGERS LATEST ALBUM 'EXTENSIONS OF YESTERDAY' IS OUT NOW ON CIRCUS COMPANY FRANCE APRIL 2013.

With two decades of experience within the house and techno industry, Nitin Kalyan’s depth of knowledge and work ethic is second to none. The Canadian artist has not only established himself as a highly skilled and polished DJ on the global circuit, but he also lends his uncanny musical ability to events promotion, label management, A&R, curating festival line-ups and marketing campaigns, as well as producing his own music. Having such a diverse range of skills means he is one of the most adept and influential artists to have come out of Canada and places him at the forefront of the ever-evolving worldwide scene.

Nitin’s story begins with Detroit, the techno mecca that has spawned an endless lineage of talent over the last 30 years. The sounds that emanated from Motor City through his radio in London, Ontario left an indelible imprint and inspired him to embark on a career that continues to flourish to this very day. Record shopping in Detroit led to a meeting with Mike Huckaby and Nitin subsequently playing the legendary Shelter at the age of 17. From there on in his fate was sealed…

From throwing parties in his hometown, to relocating to Toronto in 2005, Nitin proved his worth as a music lover, bolstering his DJ skills with regular gigs and becoming a prominent promoter in both London, Ontario and Toronto. Through his endeavours he established himself as a key protagonist within Canada’s fertile house and techno scene. In a short space of time he was not only touring across much of North America but also making regular visits to Europe, playing some of the continent’s most legendary clubs, including DC10 (Ibiza), Panorama Bar (Berlin), Fabric (London), Showcase (Paris) and Nordstern (Basel). His years of experience inform every set; presenting music that holds true to the spirit of house and techno music, played with panache and dexterity.

Besides his dynamic DJ displays, Nitin also runs the highly regarded No.19 record label with Art Department’s Jonny White. The label is renowned for its forward-thinking, avant-garde take on house and techno, signing music from both established artists and nurturing new talent with everyone from old hands like Kerri Chandler and Jerome Sydenham to newcomers such as Eric Volta and Jakkin Rabbit producing music for the outlet. Nitin has played a pivotal role in managing the label and steering it to its current standing as one of the scene’s most influential and much respected music platforms.

Outside of touring Nitin is dedicating an increasing amount of time to his work in the studio. Detroit’s influence remains present, pouring into his productions, combined with two decades worth of unrelenting passion and hard work within the industry. With a string of releases since 2008, including EPs on his own imprint No.19, along with My Favorite Robot and Definitive Records, his hunger to produce is clear to see. This unrelenting drive fuels weekly sessions in the studio, the results of which will be revealed in the coming months.

In every aspect of his multi-faceted career Nitin injects passion, dedication and an unwavering thirst to keep striving to be the very best he can be. It’s the catalyst behind a career that has already lasted 20 years and will no doubt continue for many years to come…

Nikola Baytala

DJ Nikola Baytala has become a crucial component of the minimal-techno collective known as Kontrol. But don't typecast him as a one-dimensional droid with a M-nus Records logo tattoo. He's been exploring the upper echelons of the techno/house continuum since the early '90s (including the last 10 years at The Top, a weekly event hosted by S.W.A.T., aka Special Weapons and Tactics), gaining a reputation as a DJ's DJ, with acclaim coming from house-music legends like Derrick Carter and Doc Martin. Moreover, Baytala's list of musical influences and loves is vast, eclectic, and impeccable. The following roll call just scratches the surface: dub/reggae (Lee "Scratch" Perry), jazz (Pharoah Sanders), world (Ravi Shankar, Mulatu Astatke), funk (Cymande), soul (Bill Withers), hiphop (Gang Starr), Krautrock (Can), electro (Egyptian Lover, Kraftwerk), disco (DJ Harvey), Latin (Tito Puente), soundtrack/new age (Vangelis), rock (Steely Dan), post-punk (ESG, Liquid Liquid), and post-rock (Outhud). As for his bread and butter, Baytala similarly displays excellent judgment, with a heavy preference for quality-pushers like Jeff Mills, Gas, Monolake, Robert Hood, Theo Parrish, and Mr. Fingers. When you see a DJ possess such wide-ranging, outstanding taste, it instills confidence that he/she will rarely, if ever, veer into wackness. Baytala clearly has put many hours of study into his craft, and it's paid off with smooth mixes and world-class track selection. Besides his formidable technical skills and profound knowledge, Baytala reportedly exudes a lot of personality and passion behind the decks, which must have served him well while opening for acts like Jane's Addiction. Everything I've heard by Baytala suggests that his sets avoid the supposed pitfalls of minimal dance music. They're kinetic, dynamic, and, of course, cheese-free. I can't believe I've only just recently found out about this mensch.



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