Oct 21

Lazpod #31

Damian Lazarus weaves his magic once more in the latest addition in the Lazpod series.

Oct 19

Machine Love: Matthew Styles

Matthew Styles knows more about the dance music industry than most. He understands the interrelationships between record stores, distributors and labels, as well as the microscopic factors underpinning the music itself. Over the years, he’s mastered tasks that require an exacting attention to detail, whether it’s mixing down and mastering tracks for notable house and techno artists, or managing multiple record labels. He an expert in the language of frequencies and decibels but, unlike many skilled engineers, he’s also intimate with the ups and downs of the creative process. Whether it’s for Ostgut Ton, Running Back or Visionquest, Styles is an in-demand producer and remixer. For the past ten years he’s also been a regular at Panorama Bar, in Berlin, where he lives with his wife, the electronic music artist Dinky, and their young sons.

We skip over kiddy fences and squeaky toys on the way up to Styles and Dinky’s home studio. The pair used to share a space in the giant terminal building at Tempelhof, which was packed with classic and modern synths, drum machines and all manner of outboard processors. They’ve since downsized to a more manageable setup, allowing Styles to fit production time and mixing and mastering duties between trips to the daycare centre. Being equally sensitive to the fickle nature of writing music, the technical rigours of engineering and the realities of navigating the industry makes Styles’ perspective decidedly grounded. With so few illusions, he’s able to focus on the dark art of making his tracks slam.

Read the full feature on Resident Advisor here -> http://bit.ly/Machine_Love

Oct 13

Tracks Of The Day: Serge Devant – Watch The Hype

With releases on heavyweight imprints like Crosstown Rebels, Yousef’s Circus and an inaugural release for Jamie Jones and Lee Foss’ Hot Creations sub-label Emerald City, it’s easy to say Brooklyn based producer Serge Devant has become one of the most exciting artists making his mark on the international house scene right now.

Russian-born Serge moved to New York in the 90’s and was immediately captured by the city’s thriving nightlife, which of course, went hand-in-hand with new dance music of the era. Instantly hooked on modern 90s sounds from the likes Depeche Mode and Jean Michel Jarre, Serge Devant began to discover and create a new style of electronic music – influenced directly from the culture he found himself at the heart of. A regular at legendary New York clubs like Twilo, Sound Factory and Tunnel, he soon found himself in control of the decks in his beloved city’s haunts – honing and shaping his skills and fixing him as the talented artist of today acclaimed by artists like Pirupa, Hot Since 82 and Damian Lazarus, and playing at some of the most important venues around the world including Fabric London and Space Ibiza.

Read the full feature on Watch The Hype here -> http://bit.ly/_WatchTheHype

Oct 10

Get Lost LA – Dancing Astronaut Review

On September 25, Get Lost returned to LA, taking to the legendary Park Plaza Hotel for a warm Sunday evening party. Get Lost, of course, refers to the famed event brand cultivated by Crosstown Rebels head honcho Damian Lazarus that has grown into a widely adored cornerstone of underground dance music. Revelers from across the world are drawn to Get Lost parties for their cutting-edge lineups, friendly atmospheres, and all-around psychedelic experiences.

The 2016 LA edition certainly delivered all of these elements and more. In fact, this version was particularly special due to the addition of All Day I Dream leader Lee Burridge who joined Lazarus for a 5-hour b2b set –the first time the two had done so together in years.

Entering the venue, guests were transported back in time to a visual experience that felt overwhelmingly ancient Grecian in nature. A cavernous lobby lined with intricately-painted wooden ceilings and filled with copious amounts of carpets and eclectic cushions provided a cool place to chill out and breathe, or socialize with their fellow music fans. The outside area was decorated in an equally decadent manner and covered in shade, making the extreme temperatures outside bearable.

Despite being a change of pace from the usual Egyptian Theater, Park Plaza Hotel proved equally formidable for hosting an event like Get Lost, and many could be overheard admiring the new layout.

Read the full feature here -> http://bit.ly/GetLost_LA

Sep 30

Dinky Releases Her New Album ‘Valor’ On Crosstown Rebels

‘Valor’ tells a deeply personal narrative for Chilean born and Berlin based producer / DJ Dinky, her sixth album acts as a pinnacle to her steadfast and illustrious career and brought on a momentous change to her personal journey.

Esteemed for her work on labels such as Cocoon, Ostgut Ton ,Traum, Wagon Repair, Horizontal and Visionquest, and DJ residency at Berlin’s infamous Panorama Bar for over a decade, Dinky AKA Alejandra Iglesias is a trained classical guitarist, singer and keyboard player. Her voice is an anchor to ‘Valor’, it’s crisp definition loaded with intensity.

Tracks such as the driving single ‘Casa’ called out by US giants NPR for its “gorgeously layered vocals” and the fragile layers of guitar and synths on cuts like ‘Milk’ make bold unions between sublime house and techno electronics and Dinky’s live instrumentation.

Listen and purchase the album here -> lnk.to/CRMCD033

Sep 25

Get Lost LA

As the summer days wayne into fall and the playa dust settles Crosstown Rebel’s notorious party globe-trotting series Get Lost, returns to LA for another blissful balmy afternoon, with label boss and aural mystic Damian Lazarus once again curating the soundtrack of future’s past with the help of some world-class selectors.

For September’s spectacle, Damian Lazarus will join forces with master of the twilight hour and conductor of the All Day I Dream community Lee Burridge for a marathon B2B set. It’s a heavyweight session for the heads, two of dance music’s most celebrated and idiosyncratic selectors combining their curatorial arts, communities and production wizardry to transform a slice of LA for an afternoon, welcoming dreamers, dancers and cavaliers to get lost at one of the most celebrated parties on earth.

Opening the afternoon’s proceedings with a special extended live set will be decorated leaders of the global underground Dance Spirit, a duo who effortlessly fuse futuristic minimal techno with deeply emotive layers in their performances and productions alike. Their universal prowess will prove to be a perfect fit for the Crosstown crowd once again as they step to the helm with their vibe-driven mastery.

Crosstown Rebels celebrates fourteen years of mind-bending sonic existence in 2016, the label has unearthed talents like Jamie Jones, Art Department, Maceo Plex, Deniz Kurtel and Seth Troxler, almost single handedly transforming the face of modern dance music. While its Get Lost party series has traversed the globe setting the standard for immersive events , from outerworldly moments on ancient pyramids in the Mexican Yucatan, to 36 hour marathons in Miami and beyond.

Damian Lazarus, his label and events, continue to champion a fiercely independent and relentlessly adventurous spirit that much of modern dance music has forgotten. Remember it, and Get Lost with them this September in LA.

Sep 19
Sep 10

Influences: Matthew Styles – Ransom Note

Matthew Styles played a pivotal role in the development of the London electronic music scene in the mid-2000’s, spending years managing behind the scenes at Cross-Town Rebels and at the infamous Sunday funday debauchery that was Dig Your Own Rave at Shoreditch’s T Bar.

No one-trick pony, Styles soulful house music creations were always kept simmering along nicely alongside, eventually becoming a staple signing to the likes of Classic, Running Back and Ostgut Ton. With the imminent release of his Metro EP and in celebration of his birthday today, we catch up with him to talk influences…

Read the full article here -> http://bit.ly/M_Styles

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XLR8R Announce Dinky’s New Album ‘Valor’

Dinky (real name Alejandra Iglesias) has announced her sixth studio work, Valor, scheduled for a September 30 release on Crosstown Rebels.

Perhaps known best for her decade-long residency at Panorama Bar, solidified by records on Visionquest and Cocoon Recordings, Iglesias’ music is bolstered by a unique upbringing in keyboard, vocals, and classical guitar. Recent singles “Casa” and “Milk” have fused this creative duality, seamlessly blending layers of vocals, electronics, and acoustic instruments.

Composed during a particularly turbulent period of her life, the LP is also a candid reflection of Iglesias’ personal struggles. “Valor in Spanish means ‘courage’ but it’s also the first letters of both my sons Valentin and Orlando combined,” she explains. ‘This album is a personal journey through motherhood and pregnancy as an artist.”

Read the full feature here -> http://bit.ly/__Valor

Mar 17

Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons – Message From The Other Side (Red Axes Remix)

2015 saw Damian Lazarus create his most ambitious project to date in The Ancient Moons, producing a full length album ‘Message From The Other Side’ with a wide assortment of vocalists and collaborators from around the world. They went on to support Roisin Murphy on tour, gain acclaim from the likes of Dazed & Confused and Lazarus became the final coverstar of the year in the UK”s Mixmag magazine. Now the tracks from ‘The Other Side’ have been reinterpreted by an assortment of stars, from techno stalwarts Juan Atkins & Kimyon Huggins, to Danish experimental talent Kölsch, and Acid Pauli’s sprawling fusion of weirdness. The original material is ploughed in new and surprising directions by Black Butter’s own Gorgon City and Mehmet Aslan, resident at Berlin’s infamous Wilde Renate club. Talent from Lazarus’ label Crosstown Rebels, including Francesca Lombardo, DrumTalk and Israeli duo Red Axes also produce their own visions for the music, all of which retain the mysticism of the original with added dancefloor appeal. The final four tracks revisit some of the biggest moments from the Moons to date, as the album revisits interpretations from Jamie Jones, Dixon, Serge Devant and &Me. Co-produced by James Ford (Simian Mobile […]

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Mar 15

Get Lost Miami – Juan Atkins

With a complete and locked in lineup for this years Get Lost, it takes someone special to stir the waters and have us return to the drawing board.

But it is with great honor that we add one of the true legends and originators of Techno.

From Detroit – The one and only Juan Atkins

Mar 12

Get Lost Miami – Last Pre-sale Tickets

We are in the final week before GET LOST MIAMI 2016. As we gear up for the 11th Session of our yearly 24-hour marathon we would like to thank everyone for the overwhelming response we have received this year.

We are getting close to finishing up the pre sale tickets so we advice everyone to get organised sooner rather than later.

All the information that you need to know will be released this week, so watch this space.

Tickets : http://bit.ly/GetLostMiami_2016-RA

Event : http://bit.ly/GetLostMiami-2016-FB


Photo Credit : Khris Cowley for Here & Now

Jan 15

Damian Lazarus’ Day Zero in Mexico Could Go Down in Party History

As the first parties at the lascivious house and techno beach festival BPM got underway on Friday, an hour south on the Yucatan peninsula — deep in a thick Mayan jungle — visionary house DJ/producer Damian Lazarus brought his infamous Day Zero party concept back to Tulum.

With Felix Da Housecat, Acid Pauli, Bedouin, Venezuelan duo Fur Coat, a handful more ethnocentric alt-underground DJs, and hundreds of indigenous performers marshaled by the Cirque Du Soleil founder and entrepreneur Guy Laliberté, Lazarus realized a vision that has been years in the making and raised the bar significantly on the boutique festival and pop-up party experience.

Read the full article here on Billboard -> http://bit.ly/GetLostBillboard