Break Through Artists

mymyMy My are producers Lee Jones and Nick Hoppner. With DJ Carsten Kleeman.  Following on from the acclaimed release of ´Songs for the Gentle´ on Playhouse in 2006, Lee and Nick have been touring live extensively. They´ve also released a number of stunning tracks on Aus, Circus Company, Playhouse and remixes for BPitch Control and Liebe*Detail.

A typically playful (yet devilishly hooky) MyMy bass line and drum program perfectly complement Emika’s sumptuous vocal. A flash of whimsical guitar introduces the vocal fully as percussion is delicately layered and the groove is suitably enhanced before the final breakdown, which somehow evokes thoughts of the English countryside and a Morrecone western all at once. Only MyMy could pull off this palette so gracefully.

‘Lights Go Down’ is an altogether more heads down affair with a hypnotic quality entirely suited to the peak time dancefloor. A pulsating bass riff intertwines with Emikas vocal to create a heady groove that continues to roll and evolve right up until...well...the lights go down....

Right from the Detroit esque opening chords of the Appleblim & Komonazmuk remix there is a feeling that something special is going to unfurl. Dark, trancy garage is how Laurie ‘Appleblim’ describes it and who are we to disagree. Skippy, proto-garage drums and spine-tingling melodies ride-a-top of a rather rude west-country via Bootsy bassline . When the sub line drops at the final breakdown you WILL have a smile on your face. If you don’t then there is something wrong with you frankly. For the second time this year Appleblim & Komon have nailed their remix for Aus.

Big Ups! Continuing with the west country theme Bristol bred Sideshow gets his Space Echo out and goes to town. He draws out the dub of the original bassline and wraps everything in a cloak of dubbed out lushness, switching between half and full speed at will with the bass-line keeping things steady and correct. Do not be deceived, this has a deceptive punch on the dance floor.

grooveblasterThe Grooveblaster is living proof that the end justifies the means. Whether it's going head-to-head on the ones and twos with collaborators, riding the pause button on an old analog 4-track to create a fly loop with the human factor, or keying in the ill echo chamber chill, the Grooveblaster makes 'tricknology' work.

With the ears of a fan and the reflexes of a musician (the Grooveblaster began his musical career as a bassist), the Grooveblaster colors way outside the lines set by the parochial, the genre fixated and the weak-minded, but he knows the rules so when he breaks 'em it's on.

His rhythms and melodies are rooted in cosmopolitan pop and downtempo grooves, so it's hard to tell where 'song' ends and 'version' begins, where message ends and music begins, where agony ends and ecstasy kicks in.


essenceSan Francisco singer-songwriter, essence, has released her much anticipated third album entitled "Feels Like the Future," independently, available now on iTunes, it's sound is a distinct hybrid of electronica and indie pop.

Deeply influenced by the sudden loss of her father in 2007, and inspired by the birth of her son, Rhys, only a few months later. "Feels Like the Future" is a collection of fourteen intimate and spirit lifting tracks that preserve Essence's trademark sound of blending sweeping vocals and honest lyrics.

"Feels Like The Future" is a collaboration among a handful of world class producers: Karl Derfler (No Doubt, Tom Waits, and countless film soundtracks), Count (Rolling Stones, Lyrics Bjorn, DJ Shadow), Garth May (producer of previous essence releases "Conception" & "Mariposa,") David Della Santa and Dan Wool. Each producer brought something unique to the mix, so there is dimension to the record as a whole, and yet unity is achieved by the common thread of essenceís songwriting and soaring vocals.

In her eleven year span as a recording artist, essence has earned a devoted following in San Francisco where she has sold thousands of CDs and headlined some of the city's most prestigious venues. She has also shared bills with Tom Petty, Shawn Colvin, Natalie Merchant, Ani DiFranco and Linda Perry of 4 Non Blondes.

blenkaBlenka is a music/design duo that blends visual aesthetics into music. They use new technologies, recombining elements from the 70s with a Scandinavian/Euro flavor.

Harald: Svenska Tekniker, applies his Swedish aesthetic and science to nasty beat production and highly detailed visual media. Tamara: Space Kreatör, builds layered worlds inside of worlds with expressive and melodic vocals.

jay_jSince this Grammy® nominee burst onto the Dance Music scene, Jay-J’s been creating critically acclaimed songs for the industry’s top labels and Producers. Credited as the “Godfather of the SF sound”, Jay-J’s been shaping House Music with over 150 releases appearing on Ultra, Defected, OM, Naked Music and Moulton Studios. He’s also remixed artists from Jill Scott to Joss Stone and has collaborated with producers from Kaskade to Miguel Migs.

Jay-J’s unique productions have caught the attention of Coke®, Apple®, Garageband® and MTV®, resulting in his own Coke® bottle for the 2008 Beijing Olympics to DJ’ing the 2006 MTV AVMAs®
feat. Snoop Dogg. On his label, Shifted Music, you’ll find a collection of dancefloor hits, radio friendly house tunes and as well as the Re:Souled | Shifted Music Remix Collection comp series which features some of the best talent Jay-J’s discovered while touring the globe.

jay_j_lovealiveNot one to rest on his accomplishments, Jay-J spent the last two years crafting his debut artist album, LOVE ALIVE; a smooth collection of meaningful and positive songs about love and sensuality. More than just ‘dancefloor music’, Jay-J delivers the goods and raises the bar with this strong, lyrically driven,warm and uplifting album. Not bound by any particular genre, Love Alive touches upon a wide range of music ranging from soulful house to downtempo chill to R&B and Electro. Thoughtful lyrics and beautiful vocals are provided by Big “Brooklyn” Red, Michelle Shaprow, Charlene Moore, Brian “BAM” Morgan, Judy Albanese and Fabian Leo with lush sounds and edgy instrumentation performed by Scott Wozniak and Tim K.

Whisper features Michele Shaprow on vocals.

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