Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival | Star Slinger, Teki Latex
Distal, Clicks and Whistles
74 Wythe Avenue
New York, NY, 11211
Star Slinger is an Electronic project created by Nottinghamshire born Darren Williams. It all started in April 2010 when he re-ignited his love for record-shopping in Manchester's Northern Quarter. The name Star Slinger was born when he sampled BT Express' instrumental B Side "Cowboy Dancer". He often names his creations with word association towards the sample he uses. Skip to August 2010 Star Slinger is also in demand with the indie community. Small Black championed his Remix of their song "Photojournalist". The blogosphere championed his Unofficial Remix of Deerhunter's "Helicopter" and has since been approached for Official Remix Work from some of his longtime favourite bands, including Broken Social Scene (Arts & Crafts) , The Morning Benders (Rough Trade) & The Go! Team (Memphis Industries).
Revealed as part of TTC – the band way beyond your average French hiphop band – and cofounder of Institubes Records, Teki Latex later confessed his true pop heart with the "Party de Plaisir" LP in 2007 where he invites French 1980s cult pop singer Lio to the candy like intimacy of his "Matins de Paris" (Parisian Mornings).
"Mes Pelures Sont Plus Belles Que Vos Fruits" (2009) street album came out while the Sound Pellegrino label was developing – with Teki as co-AD and co-boss since 2008 – and instinctively releasing tracks/entities in digital ways: stripped down house music, techno or "tropical" ambient, sometimes a hint of British garage... Zombie Disco Squad, Bobmo or L-Vis 1990 are all Teki’s signatures as he releases his own EP – "Answers", "Dinosaurs With Guns", "I Was Sober" – which is played in clubs while the author himself is turning into a dedicated DJ.
30% Sound Pellegrino, 30% house classics, 20% new stuff, 10% hiphop, and the same amount of weirdness. At the decks, Teki likes to taste a bit of everything: delighting party animals with club tunes as well as deviant and minimalist tracks, or his hiphop and pop fundamentals... His selection a constant reaction to the energy offered by the multitude.
Going solo or as a duo (in the Sound Pellegrino Thermal Team with Orgasmic), Teki has already blown away Australia, the USA, Japan ¬– this last stop also allowing a textile mating with Big O and Phenomenon – and Barcelona (Razzmatazz). In Paris, he never ceases to please those who come to dance/drink/seduce at Baron, Social Club, Showcase, Régine's, Bataclan, or at the Moulin Rouge’s Machine.
Highly enjoyable moments indeed, vibed up by his remixes – such as those for Bobmo or Canblaster with Para One – in which we get a chance to hear his "vocal house 2010" voice style.
The popularity of bass-heavy dance music is spreading like wildfire across the world, with many producers crafting their own styles of dubstep, grime and garage. In the city of San Francisco, CA DJ/producer Kastle has cultivated his own style of bass-heavy beats with a soulful twist.
After teaching himself guitar and piano around the age of 12, Barrett Richards pooled his efforts towards electronic instrumentation about two years later. He began taking production as seriously as he did DJing during that time, and involved himself deep into the Northeast rave scene. It was no surprise that in time, though, personal growth and 14 years of production experience paired with a degree in audio engineering would breed a new sound. Kastle came to life at a pivotal moment after a big move from Boston back to his hometown of Pittsburgh in March 2009. After nearly a year of conceptualizing, he knew he was working on something special.
The name itself implies a fortress, a personal space that is used to cultivate a long-time love of hip-hop and R&B and fuse it with the magnetizing effect that dubstep, garage and bass-heavy music has had on Barrett and, really, the various communities of underground electronic music.
The studio and touring dichotomy of an artist's life is a perfect yin & yang for Kastle in both his production and outlook. His professional experience as an engineer puts forth clean, crisp production, but his love for the party provides a playful bass that eats a room. Altogether, the wide varieties of vocals - both originals and sampled - are a key element to Kastle's sound. "I grew up on hip hop and R&B, and sampling is considered an art form," he says. "It's becoming more and more fun to dig through old records and find obscure samples." He cites another unexpected influence -legendary French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard, who had once said that "it's not where you take things from, it's where you take them to."
∞ mind bending beats ∞
26 year old Michael Rathbun, aka Distal, is a man of many trades. When heís not running his Embassy Recordings label, you can find him in the studio producing his multi-tempo tunes, known for blending sounds from the past, present and future to form a style all his own. Lookout for his superior mixing skills in the booth as well, moving dance floors across the nation, playing out the best in bass music from across the globe along with his own tunes.
With his inaugural vinyl release on heavyweight UK label Soul Jazz Records, followed by the classic in-the-making ëTypewriter Tuneí on Surefire Sound, Distal has a bright and positive future in front of him. More of his unique production is set to drop in 2011 with releases forthcoming on Tectonic, Ghettophiles, Tube10, Embassy, Fortified Audio and Grizzly, along with collaborations with Addison Groove, DJ Rashad, Stagga, Moldy and Deep Mediís Clouds.
Clicks and Whistles
Clicks & Whistles has been carving out a unique sound blending Southern Rap, Juke, and elements of Drum & Bass since their first official release in August 2010. The Charlotte based duo is comprised of professional programmer Jorge Hernandez (Hey Whore Hey) and classically trained Petey Evans (PeteyClicks).
The two have a slew of notable releases including the heavily remixed “Neva Get Caught” on T&A Records, “Cranberry Goose EP” on Distal’s Atlanta based Embassy Imprint, and “Can’t Believe EP” on AC Slater’s Label - Party Like Us. Great taste and selection combined with honed production skills gives this group prowess in both quality and efficiency in the studio and has lead to some huge Dirty South and Club Anthem remixes.
With a heavy touring schedule and a stack of upcoming releases, the sound of Clicks & Whistles is sure to be in your ears and coming to a city near you.