PROXY + ALAN BRAXE

From the ashes of the Soviet empire, from the flames of history, rises PROXY. Post 9/11 rave vibes cloaked in Muscovite angst. A line drawn in smoking rubble along the border dividing East and West, Stüssy and Spetsnaz.

1997. The Year of Tar and Horses. The Prodigy plays Red Square in Moscow. Hundreds of thousands of people attend the show, but only one is truly changed. By the crushing sound. By people absolutely losing their shit to synths and sustained aggression.

The experience causes PROXY to question the quality and purpose of Russian "electrica" acts like Nu-Lag Xpressions and Sweatislav. There was simply no scene from which to emerge. "Whatever a fool does, he does it wrong. A poor dancer is impeded even by his own balls," he recalls.

In a decade's time, PROXY would be remixing Prodigy and opening for them on a massive tour of Russia.

2004. PROXY grows interested in the increasingly punishing sounds of the electro scene, as he hears Tiga sing "Hey You Little Children of Glasnost" at the W Hotel in Anzhero-Sudzhensk.

2006. PROXY reaches out to Tiga via his MySpace page. Thomas Von Party intercepts the message and is stunned by fully formed landmines like "Destroy". Masquerading as Tiga, he signs PROXY to Turbo Recordings, beginning his own deceit-fueled ascent up the biz-ladder of the music ladder-business.

2007 to present. PROXY earns respect and awe from such heavyweights as Justice, Soulwax, Boys Noize, Erol Alkan and Mr. Oizo with astonishing, severe tracks like "Decoy", "Dance in Dark" and the massive "Raven", which merits special mention not just because of its ubiquity, but because it illustrates in full the singular power of PROXY MUSIC.

Recall, if you will, the first time you were ever caught in an explosion. Close enough to the blast that the only things that register are a light beyond blinding and a sound that arrives too soon. Now imagine that as you lose your body to the fire you are reassembled, better, your self subsumed by something far greater (for many, this experience seems to manifest itself as sitting in obedient unison). The sound now commands you, transmuting you into the screaming, searing blare.

PROXY has also produced remixes for Peaches, Prodigy, Tiga, Boys Noize, Chromeo, Digitalism, Moby and a host of others willing to pay him in Kocmoc cigarettes. The coming months will see him co-headline a huge New Year's Eve show with Soulwax in Australia and embark on his first North American tour, which will include shows at major festivals.

As rumor fills the Earth of the impending release of his debut album, PROXY demurs, "I hear it, and it's mine, and you stay away from me," before reluctantly conceding that it will drop in 2010.

"My music tells you what to do, but never why. Your ear may be afraid, but your body completes its labor."

Alan Braxe

Alan Braxe is one of the undisputed cornerstones in France's celebrated dance-music scene. His CV boasts a wealth of legendary productions, collaborations and remixes that have cemented his place in dance-music history. Alan's first artistic production, 'Vertigo', was released in '97 on Thomas Banglater's iconic Roulé label, only to be followed the next year by one of the greatest hits the world of electronic music has ever known: "Music Sounds Better With You" Going under the moniker Stardust, this global smash owed its success to Alan's fruitful collaboration with Benjamin Diamond and Daft Punk's Bangalter, and provided the experience that inspired him to create his own independent label – the now seminal, Vulture.
It was not long before a multitude of big-name artists came knocking on Alan's door hoping to secure his unique touch on their own material. Remixes for the likes of Björk, Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue and Jamiroquai are testament to Braxe's esteem and reputation within the music industry. More recently Alan has added yet another string to his bow having been approached by world renowned hip-hop MC Killa Kela to write and produce material – including a forthcoming single – for his latest artist album, to be released in August. When not touring the world as a DJ, Alan benefits from the opportunity to experiment musically and move in new directions with his label, Vulture – as evidenced by the Futurist hit 'Rubicon' – which also nurtures and provides a home for fresh and diverse talent such as Lifelike and Kris Menace – who penned the international hit, "Discopolis" – and an exiciting new English signing by the name of Fenech Soler set for May 2009.

Jimmy Maheras

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Thursday, August 29 · 10:00 PM at Sound Nightclub