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.

Nitin's love affair with music began at an early age. His initial musical spectrum included Hip Hop, Early Electro and New Wave. It wasn't long before the radio waves of Detroit caught his ears; and he was hooked. Techno & House was clearly the platform, and a direction was chosen.

His DJ career has spanned over 15 years having played from Coast to Coast across Canada, down to Ultra Music Festival, WMC, Miami, to The BPM Festival in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and across the oceans to the UK. More recently he has also has the opportunity to play for some of the most music driven promoters in the US. BLK|Market in Brooklyn and the Standard Rooftop in LA for the famous Sunday parties. Playing alongside many of the top DJ's in the world regularly Nitin share the decks with the likes of M.A.ND.Y Damian Lazarus, Jamie Jones, and Audiofly to name a few. Being referred to as "One of the most technically gifted DJ's around" it's evident that Nitin is here to stay, and his step onto the international stage may be destined. Regardless, he steadfastly focuses on the music and vibe, and wisely steers clear of industry nonsense.

Fast forward to 2011, and Nitin has built a respected name for himself. Considered to be a key player in the recent explosion of Toronto artists on the world stage. Nitin has been hard at work in the studio focusing on his production, In 2008 launched No.19 Music with Label Partners Jonny White of Art Department. Already the label has seen critical acclaim with releases and remixes from legends DJ Sneak, Osunlade, Stacey Pullen and future legends Jamie Jones, Soul Clap and Adam Marshall to name a few. Nitin's debut EP on released in 2009 of No.19 was one of the labels best sellers and received a wide array of press and DJ support.

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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