March 20, 2012 § Leave a Comment
[Press Release] Deniz Kurtel Crosses America for ‘Double Exposure’ Tour. Visual Artist and Producer Will Unveil Her New LED Installation ‘The Introspectacular’ While Previewing Tracks From Her Forthcoming Album “The Way We Live” (Wolf + Lamb)
Last year Deniz Kurtel burst into the popular consciousness with her debut album “Music Watching Over Me” on trendsetting label Crosstown Rebels, earning critical praise for her totally fresh take on house music, and bewitching live audio visual club shows. 2012 will see her once again captivating audiences with her musical productions and visual art, as her April road tour, ‘Double Exposure’ takes her across the US.
A two pronged tour, ‘Double Exposure’ will see Deniz will unveil her new LED sculpture ‘The Introspectacular’ while premiering her album ‘The Way We Live’ at 15 club shows in 12 cities around the country including Miami, Washington DC, New York, Detroit, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The tour kicks off in Washington DC on April 7 and concludes in San Francisco on April 29. ‘The Way We Live’ will be released on Wolf + Lamb June 4th, 2012.
“Double Exposure” is the second time Kurtel has paired a piece of LED art directly with her music, but marks the first time where the audience will be able to affect the experience. ‘The Introspectacular’, like much of Kurtel’s LED work, establishes an isolated space where the infinite reflections and layers of depth, achieved through her use of mirrors and LEDs, create a stimulus for inner-reflection and introspection. Housed in a 6×12 enclosed trailer, participants can control some of the LED lights via the keys of a midi controller, which simultaneously produces sounds, creating a visual mapping of what the participant is hearing and vice-versa.
“With the ability to generate a sound and a light with the same key, I wanted to facilitate a deeper connection with the basic senses of the participants while also engaging their sense of creativity,” said Kurtel of The Introspectacular.
Kurtel will drive across America towing ‘The Introspectacular”. The piece will be exhibited in twelve cities she visits on her journey, outside galleries and public spaces. Kurtel will also be playing live club shows in each of the cities, where she will debut music from her new album ‘The Way We Live’, which will be released on Wolf + Lamb in May. The LED piece will also be exhibited outside these music venues.
When discussing her debut album Kurtel noted that she wanted to “constantly grow and evolve, and make music that excites [her], hoping it excites others too.” It’s clear that on ‘The Way We Live’ she has followed through on that philosophy. A collaborative album, she is joined on every track a selection of the Marcy All Stars, including Soul Clap, Wolf + Lamb, Tanner Ross, Thugfucker, Pillow Talk, Voices of Black and more.
Her sophomore LP builds on the soulful mystical house of her debut, taking audiences on a narrative journey through the slower tempo spectrum of electronic music. From the hip-hop front and pacing of The Way We Live and Right On, to the haunting vocal strains of Art Department’s Kenny Glasgow on ‘Don’t Wanna Be’ to the Prince like funk of ‘Thunder Clap’, Kurtel keeps her listeners guessing, and most definitely excited.
Tracklist for ‘The Way We Live’
1. I KNEW THIS WOULD HAPPEN with Tanner Ross feat. PillowTalk
2. YOU KNOW IT’S TRUE with Gadi Mizrahi
3. LOVE TRIANGLE (Instrumental) with Wolf + Lamb
4. THE WAY WE LIVE with Gadi Mizrahi
5. HYPOCRITE with Gadi Mizrahi
6. RIGHT ON with Gadi Mizrahi feat. Michael Franti
7. DON’T WANNA BE with Kenny Glasgow
8. SAFE WORD with Soul Clap feat. Navid Izadi
9. WAKE ME UP with PillowTalk & Thugfucker
10. BLACKNESS with PillowTalk & Thugfucker
11. THUNDER CLAP with Voices of Black
12. THE BEAT DROPS with Tanner Ross feat. Jules Born
Double Exposure US tour dates:
March 22 @ W+L Showcase, Electric Pickle, Miami
March 23 @ Bohemian Yacht Club, Miami
March 25 @ Ultra Festival, Miami
April 7 – Washington DC, venue TBA
April 8 – Philadelphia – PTY Backroom
April 14 – Marcy Hotel, New York
April 18 - Boston
April 20 – Detroit – The Works
April 21 – Chicago – Smart Bar
April 25 – Communikey Festival – Boulder, Colorado
April 27 – San Diego – Analog Bar
April 28 – Los Angeles, venue TBA
April 29 – San Francisco, venue TBA
Culprit artists SECT bring their twisted dancefloor magic to L.A. this Sunday + Soul Clap drop a nice live mix for Tim Sweeny’s Beats in Space radio show
October 7, 2010 § Leave a Comment
3. Janet Jackson – Escapade (The Get Away Dub) - A&M Records
4. Curtis Harrison – I Want You (All Tonight Dub) - Pretty Pearl Records
5. Peech Boys – Life is Something Special (Special Edition Dub) - Island Records
6. KC Flightt – She’s Sexxxy (Rated X Mix) -
7. Padlock – Seventh Heaven (Larry Levan Mix) - Island Records
8. Youknow01 – You Know - White Label
9. Donna Allen – Serious (Ron Basejam Edit) -
10. Felix – Tiger Stripes (Extended Version) - Sleeping Bag Records
11. Depeche Mode – Policy of Truth (Beatbox Mix) - Sire Records
12. Bruce Springsteen – State Trooper (MAW Edit) - Rimini
13. Scooper & Bubba – I’m Satisfied (The Way Power Dub) - Classic Records
14. Greg Paulus – U R - Double Standard Records
15. NDF – Since We Last Met - DFA
16. Sirius – An Eye For An Eye (Pete Heller Edit) - NRK Music
17. Harry Romero feat Robert Owens – I Go Back (Ken Lou In House Mix) -Subliminal
18. Projekt PM – Take You Higher - Guidance Records
19. Underworld – Cups - JBO
April 13, 2010 § Leave a Comment
Everyone is loving the sci-fi sounds of Sergio and Tanner’s collaboration. With a sick debut EP on Mothership, Boston’s Tanner Ross and Sergio Santos set out with a tour and a mix to follow. Big up to these homeboys for proper tastemaking. Check the mix below and writeup from Mothership.
[From Mothership blog] Tanner Ross is best known for his part in the homegrown mothership techno duo called Voodeux. He recently ﬁnished his degree in music studies from the renowned Berklee school of music in Boston and has also made several appearances under his own name on dirtybird. Sergio Santos 1st appeared on Wolf+lamb and Airdrop last year. He also happens to be Tanners room-mate. So its no surprise that these two ended up working together on some music.
What they came up with is quite surprising. Slow down the beats to about 116. Add some alien pads over heavily grooved bass and you come up with the G. Things EP, a spacey funk joint from another world.
While everyone chases the house dragon these guys sound like they are smoking weed with your girlfriend on a chocolate star ship headed for Neptune. The beats stick to your gut like smoked ribs andthe sound shimmers and shakes like a techno funk band.
1. Martin Buttrich – L2 [ Desolate ]
2. Tanner Ross & Sergio Santos – Sedara [ Mothership ]
3. Seth Troxler – Love Never Sleeps ( Gadi Mizrahi Mix )
4. Franck Roger – The Wolfman [ Real Tone Records ]
5. Dachshund – V2e [ Sthlmaudio Recordings ]
6. Voodeux – Heebie Jeebiez ( Soul Clap mix ) CDR
8. Martyn – Seventy Four ( Redshape Remix ) [ 3024 ]
9. Tanner Ross & Sergio Santos – G.Things [ Mothership ]
10. Second-Hand Satellites – Orbit 1.4 [ Hallucination ]
11. Scuba – Flesh Is Weak [ Hot Flush ]
12. SECT – SECTsy [ Culprit ]
Boston's Matty Diamond (The Bald and the Beautiful) lays it down slow and dirty for Soul Clap's Podcast 50
May 13, 2009 § Leave a Comment
Boston-based personality, dj and producer Matt Diamond (aka The Bald and the Beautiful with Tanner Ross) has been creating some highly sought-after and soulful mixes over the past couple of years. After a few legendary performances at the Phoenix Landing and other Boston spots Matt Diamond has gained a reputation for laying down slow, soulful, bumpy and smooth mixes of music you’ve never heard before.. or at least never thought about putting into a dj set. I love Matt’s dj mixes and was psyched to find this podcast he did for Soul Clap.
From the Soul Clap Blog: For those who remember Matty Dimond’s last podcast for us, you’ll recall this master of programing laces his mix with a selection of deep, classy and impeccably qualified joints to turn any gloomy day into a burst of ecstatic color. His latest contribution to Adventures of Soul Clap takes our ears on a slo-mo journey through tracks from the likes of Trus’me, IMPS (Minilogue’s side project), Mark E, Theo Parrish and a Yam Who remix of Grace Jones latest “Williams Blood” that we consider an instant classic. Now sit back, strap on your stereo and take your pick; Champagne or Mimosa?
1. Amp Fiddler/Sly & Robbie – Blackhouse (Paint The White House Black) – Trus’me Remix
2. Mock & Toof – K-Choppers – Mark E Remix
3. IMPS – Get A Grip – Strategy Remix
4. The Mole – There’s Hope
5. Cage & Aviary – Television Train
6. Grace Jones – Williams Blood – Cosmic Jam
7. 40 Thieves – Theme From Nutrider
8. Rollmottle – Take A Break – Maurice Fulton Remix
9. Theo Parrish – Chemistry
Subscribe to Soul Clap’s Podcast HERE
April 30, 2009 § Leave a Comment
Dope new promo mix from Boston’s Tanner Ross and KiloWatts under the guise Voodeux. The duo have just completed an album for MotherShip and have put this mix, entitled “The Paranormal” as a promotional piece to support the album and dj performances. Check out Voodeaux’s take on The Paranormal HERE.
Voodeux – Just A Spoonful
Rodriguez Jr – Pina Colada ( Voodeux Brew Mix ) [ Mothership ]
Constar – Sunset Tribe ( Voodeux Dusk Mix ) [ Airdrop ]
Voodeux – Deadend Motel
Voodeux – The Spell…
Voodeux – The Curse
Voodeux – Skeleton Key
Voodeux – Bones
Also -an Interview with Tanner Ross and James Watts from the MotherShip website:
Tanner Ross and James Watts make up the creepy techno duo called, “Voodeux.” These east coast tech wizards are debuting their first album on mothership this June.
—- Where did you guys meet and how did this project all get started?
JAMES::We met on a forum with musically like-minded folk years ago, and eventually began trading files back and forth to collaborate. I think the first thing we did was a ridiculously bass heavy grimey track. I’m not sure what happened to that, but I think I might laugh if I heard it today.
TANNER::To make a long story short… I stumbled upon a great producer named KiloWatts ( James ) and I contacted him just to say I really enjoyed his music and we built a friendship from there. When I was 20 I felt comfortable enough with my production skill to ask him if he wanted to collaborate on some music for fun. Fast forward 6 years and we put out a track on dirtybird called “Kruger Fingers”. This release is essentially what started the ” Voodeux ” sound. Fast forward a few more years and Mothership was born and we switched rosters and started fresh as Voodeux.
—- How did you come up with the name, Voodeux?
JAMES:: Our sound is focused on the eerie, dark and mysterious. We toyed around with a few names to suit that vibe, but settled on the idea of ‘voodoo’, a religion often based on the belief in mischevious spirits that interact with human affairs. We’re into unexplained paranormal phenomena, and hypnotic trippy techno can often bring about such things in the minds of listeners. So, we changed the spelling a bit, to suit the ‘two’ of us, and Voodeux was born.
TANNER:: We finished “The Curse” (on mothership) and we were trying to come up with a name for our new project. At the time I was watching this crazy ass video of Screaming Jay Hawkins doing “I Put A Spell On You” and he was dressed up in this wild Voodoo type costume and I thought… “THATS IT! VOODOO!”. I searched to see if there was already an artist named that and there was so I was trying to figure out how I could switch it up and have it still sound like Voodoo and I came up with Voodeux…
—- James, you already have an extensive production background with lots of releases under various aliases. Can you tell us about some of the things you have done in the past?
JAMES:: All of my solo material is done under the name KiloWatts, and collaborations usually take another name. Most recently Bil Bless and I have combined forces to create Skeetaz, and I’ve recently finished an album with MC Amagine out of Philly under the name Super Galactic Expansive, which ended up to be some kind of futuristic mind-warping digital hip-hop. For my solo releases, I’m following some sort of evolving path, making whatever seems natural to come next. Most recently is a nearly all-ambient album on Somnia Records.
—- Tanner, you are graduating from music school this summer. Can you tell us a little about the school, what you studied and how it effects your productions?
TANNER:: I study Berklee College of Music in Boston. Basically I study synthesis and sound design through applications like Logic, Prootools, Peak, C-sound, and modular stuff like the Nord G2 and Reaktor.
—- I know you guys produce together over the internet. How does that work?
JAMES:: It’s fairly easy because we can work on stuff without having to coordinate schedules. Tanner usually heads things off with the beats for continuity’s sake, and I’ll start with a bassline or a few loops. Back and forth we go, usually 2 or 3 times, and it’s done. It’s gotten quicker now that we understand each other’s production values and techniques. It’s easy to just roll with it now.
TANNER:: We basically create a project file and pass it back and forth via dropbox or servers until its done.
—- What can we expect form your new live show?
TANNER:: Well the album is very complex and almost song based so for the live show we are going to basically kinda.. make it a bit more underground and stripped down but try to keep some of the more complex elements in there as long as we can do it live.
—- The album is really creepy and moody, almost like a slasher film. Where did this sound come from?
JAMES:: On my end, the sound came from nightmares and bad trips. But there’s also a deeper hypnotic vibe I was trying to tap into that doesn’t necessarily always resonate with ’scary shit’.
TANNER:: Listening to a lot of Wagon Repair, Pokerflat, Nine Inch Nails, and Minilogue records while watching a lot of “Tales From The Darkside” plus David Lynch and Alfred Hitchcock films.
—- What do you think about the state of American techno?
JAMES:: There’s a lot of great music coming out of America. People who are paying attention realize this, even if it seems like everything’s coming out of Germany.
TANNER:: Thats a tough question… there are the American staples that are always contributing to building and keeping the scene fresh in America but labels like Mothership, Wolf + Lamb, Airdrop, Culprit, FXHE and Spectral Sound, which aren’t purely techno label but they are pushing the sound to the next level giving America a brand new super fresh reputation.