SET TIMES ANNOUNCED!
9:00PM: Lexis & Guilty
1:15AM: Breakbot & Irfane
11:45PM: Tommy Kruise
1:00AM: Ryan Hemsworth
2:15AM: High Klassified
NYE 2014 w/ Chromeo (DJ Set), Breakbot & Irfane (DJ SET), Ryan Hemsworth & More
Chromeo (DJ Set)
Imagine, if you will, a yacht. It’s forged of gold and strong African teak, bobbing gently at anchor somewhere between the French Riviera and Detroit. A statue of the late Roger Troutman is affixed to the stern like a guardian angel. The ladies of Klymaxx wander the decks serving strawberries and cream on silver platters. Sylvester himself is the skipper, and Hall & Oates are down below, keeping the engines in shipshape. This is the S.S. Chromeo, and the two men who create the smoothest of music under the same moniker are at rest aboard, preparing for another global voyage of lovers’ funk ambassadorship.
Here we have Dave 1, the suave professor, the voice and intellect, enjoying a rosé as he ponders French literature. And with him we have the one and only P-Thugg, the brawn and the body, sipping on the ghetto cocktail known as Thug Passion and proudly going through his mental rolodex of jeep beats and funky flourishes.
The men of Chromeo are about to release Business Casual, which is their third full-length album and a testament to the growth and further sophistication the band has undergone over the many years they’ve been collaborating. After their sophomore release, Fancy Footwork, pushed them into the stratosphere of party-rocking, club-banging, and heart-thrilling electrofunk, we might consider Business Casual their postgraduate work. Where does a group go after mastering their craft? Do they rest on their laurels? Do they retreat into self-parody? Neighbor, please. Chromeo, in 2010, have pushed forward into yet newer levels of song craft and body moving music that is respectfully indebted to its noble inspirations while still being fully contemporary. Are there lush string arrangements on “Don’t Walk Away”? Do we have Moroder-esque analog synth layers draped all over “Don’t Turn The Lights On”? Is there a fully authentic French ballad (don’t forget, Dave and P are of the Québécois persuasion and will never abandon those roots) in “J’ai Claqué la porte”? Well yes, actually, to all of the above.
But what’s this we have here? The flip side of Chromeo, the emotional gangster tracks, are still here on Business Casual, represented by titles such as “Hot Mess,” “I’m Not Contagious,” and “You Make It Rough.” And, newly added to the roster, we have the straight-up pop, vanilla in the best sense (creamy and smooth), of “The Right Type,” a get-up-and-go tune in the greatest 80s tradition, and the album closer, “Grow Up,” which almost sounds like golden era Billy Joel backed up by Cameo. How real is that?
Lyrically, Dave continues to mine the rich vein of affairs of the heart. Is there really any other topic that Chromeo needs to cover? Arrogant ladies, dancefloor seduction, boudoir skills, love gone wrong, and knights in shining armor… Chromeo does all this and more with their trademark Franco-insouciance-that-borders-on-coolness and their always sexy worldliness (pause).
In these uncertain times of financial upheaval and musical mediocrity, Chromeo’s Business Casual is a testament to the fact that inspirational funk shall always prevail. Vive le Chromeo!
Breakbot & Irfane (DJ Set)
Electronic music is it necessarily without soul, without words, without a face? No, of course. And one of the finest examples to counter these stereotypes associated with artists of the era of almost thirty machines is a long-haired, Thibaut Berland aka Breakbot. Like many musicians of the 2000s is that Thibaut on Myspace turns his first compositions. “From hip-hop with a computer instrumental, samples and midi keyboard,” remembers Thibaut. While continuing his work as a graphic director, he started making remixes for Justice, late of the pier, or metronomy Fatlip. In 2007, the first single siglé Breakbot “Happy Rabbit”, 500 copies, released on the British label Moshi Moshi Records. He started DJing in clubs in 2008 and is particularly a great tour of Australia alongside Van She and Pnau. 2009 attracted by the Breakbot remix of Metronomy, Pedro Winter Thibaut offers a deal on his label Ed Banger. “I liked the team, humanly and musically. I’ve always been a fan of Daft Punk, then work with the former manager of Daft Punk and Justice present, I thought it was great. I said yes immediately. ” the first single from this collaboration gives an idea of the result: “Baby I’m Yours” is cool, pop, irresistible. The visual adorning the maxi is a strange character wearing blue shorts. The song is performed by Irfane, singer Outlines met through his friend Krazy Baldhead. The atmosphere is electronic, dance, with a sound that refers to the golden age of funk melody, that groups like Chic or BB & Q Band. “It was first played on Nova, success came gradually. Even today, people are discovering the song. Things are made ??slowly. ” And Breakbot drives the nail with the second maxi “Fantasy” featuring Ruckazoid, a DJ on the west coast whose singing voice is reminiscent of Michael Jackson. Again, the key is Breakbot fly. “I do everything, except for the voice. I am a hacker, I could not play a classical score, I do what I can. There are samples cut guitars, sometimes friends come to play on my instrumentals. I love pop and funk, I try to go in that direction. It gives this hybrid sound. Breakbot is a guy in a cave seeking melodies, “says Thibaut with his usual modesty. Solo, but not autistic, Thibaut: “It is important when working alone to listen to people who were confidence, and even those whom you do not trust, elsewhere must ask the girls who listen to the radio, sometimes it’s enough to know that we are on the right track. ” In a few months in her room (and also in the studio, anyway), Thibaut putting the finishing touches to By Your Side, a flamboyant debut album which is the latest single “One Out Of Two”, which puts his vocals Irfane irresistible as it does on four other securities (“Baby I’m Yours,” “A Mile Away”, “Another Dawn” and “Mayfly And The Light”). Other guests: Swede Björn Pacific Group, came and sang on “By Your Side (Pt 1 & 2).” By Your Side? A melodic album, stylish, full of the old funk and futuristic technology, an album that resembles its author. Thibaut intend to do live on stage. For now, we especially want to hear Breakbot, and enjoy the 14 compositions By Your Side, the funkiest album in September 2012.
Ryan Hemsworth is a young producer from Canada with a remarkably productive output in the past two years and a totally unique approach to hip hop and R&B production.
With an early background as a singer and guitarist, he quickly weaned off rock into hip hop and more software oriented music, diving whole-heartedly into drum loops and samples. In 2011, his first release No Plans was featured on SPIN magazine’s Top 20 R&B albums of 2011 and he quickly followed up with A Way and Kitsch Genius, which got him increasingly noticed for a singular sound attracting a number of music critics and artists from across the country. He soon began cultivating relationships online and became a go-to producer for MCs like Main Attrakionz, Shady Blaze, and Deniro Farrar, helping craft a sound sitting somewhere between chill wave and trap rap. Hyperbolic Chamber Music, a collaborative project with NYC clothing brand Mishka, saw him at the helm of a 22-minute posse cut featuring 26 different rapper from across America, and his remix treatment of Grimes, Frank Ocean, and Danny Brown have kept his name spreading in the past year.
With his first label release, the Last Words EP released through Wedidit Collective, Ryan Hemsworth continues his sonic collages and explorations, digging even deeper into unexplored genres and delivering his finest work to date.