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What better way to showcase Levon’s work and the group of like-minded producers around him than to present their forthcoming productions for the year? Here Levon selects a number of his compatriots’ unreleased material, as well as seven of his own cuts. All the signature elements are there: rich analogue synth-work, intricately programmed drums, and muscular, dubby basslines. Above all, these aren’t just electronic "tracks" with a set number of sequenced loops - they are each songs in their own right, with rich tonal variety and this mix provides an overall narrative which contains various themes and surprises.
Levon explains he didn’t want to “showboat” as a DJ on this mix, and foregoing the use of flashy DJ tricks (like the ones he demonstrated at his recent Boiler Room) this time he set out for something classy and un-assuming. He focused on mixing each record without touching the platter at any time during playback- using only the pitch control for adjusting the synced blends "like Mancuso and some of the older disco guys do" (of NY’s The Loft). This results in a very smooth listening experience - without the jarring and erratic pitch variations that sometimes occur when a DJ grabs the platter to rescue a mix.
And it shows - with each track slotting into the next, the joins quite invisible - at points when what may be perceived as a song's 'B' section, quickly turns out to be the following record. The intro is supplied by scene stalwart Joey Anderson, who has found success in his own right as a master house dancer (also DJ QU’s dance mentor) – a skill that often goes unrecognized in Europe, but is in fact an integral part of music and club culture in New York. With ‘Earth Calls’, Joey drops dissonant, echoing keys and shreaking synth sounds rain down, accompanied by a skittering cymbal that breaks like deep breath on a cold night. A textured low-end rumble is all that announces the segue into Jus-Ed’s ‘Blaze’, where tight snares cozy up to marimba-like keys and lead onto a refreshing appropriation of classic Afro-Cuban percussion: JM De Frias is the newcomer of the bunch whose rhythms show a deep understanding of the original minimal techno dialogue of pioneers like Robert Hood or Juan Atkins. Next, the first of Levon’s own new material ‘Stereo Systems', a shimmering Milky Way of synth-droplets twinkle above a seriously weighty kick drum, with the chords on ‘Polar Bear’ creeping slowly in, creating the first moment of pure euphoria. DJ QU's ‘Times Like This’ which brings the first and only semblance of a human vocal on the entire mix. An epileptic drum roll and the faintest hint of words misspoken flutter atop a relentless snare pattern that drives the track ever onward. ‘Fear’ again demonstrates how emotive drums can be, it slowly develops teasing for half the song, but nobody is prepared for the funkiest of funky basslines that finally drops.
The now classic Novel Sound single ‘Double Jointed Sex Freak II’ peaks with a cacophonous break, clacking of metal pipes and a chorus of clockwork birds periodically chime in to give you a blissful sense of chaos. Anthony Parasole, whose loft parties played home to many of these artists in the early days, provides ‘Tyson’. Throbbing with the adjunct teeth of a revving motorbike engine, it signals a quick turn to the more aggressive sound that the crew are also known for. ‘The End’ provides a moment for reflection; minutes are consumed by the drunken, woozy melody, until quite suddenly, the warmest of pads embrace the listener, accompanied by a background of diamond-tipped dub-clouds. Fred P AKA Black Jazz Consortium’s particular brand of warm and soulful house get's the spotlight next, with his ‘Blacklight:' A throbbing darkroom beat builds and dissipates under faint pads and a tough bassline which serves as a strong foundation for the song. The mix ends up with one more cocktail of Levon's signature sound design with two tracks that are again highly colourful and combine multiple timbres for a very full listening experience. Levon and his cohorts apply a deep house brush to a techno palette, creating something new and elusive. However cosmic it gets, as in the heavenly ‘Rainstorm II’, or dubbed out, or even industrial, it's always underpinned by one thing and one thing alone: the well-worn thud of an almighty kick.
|1||Joey Anderson – Earth Calls||Add to Playlist||Play|
|2||DJ Jus-Ed – Blaze (Do Dah Dab Mix)||Add to Playlist||Play|
|3||JM De Frias – Intrinsic Motivation||Add to Playlist||Play|
|4||Levon Vincent – Stereo Systems||Add to Playlist||Play|
|5||Levon Vincent – Polar Bear||Add to Playlist||Play|
|6||DJ QU – Times Like This||Add to Playlist||Play|
|7||Levon Vincent – Fear||Add to Playlist||Play|
|8||Levon Vincent – Double-Jointed Sex Freak II||Add to Playlist||Play|
|9||Joey Anderson – Hydrine||Add to Playlist||Play|
|10||Anthony Parasole – Tyson||Add to Playlist||Play|
|11||Levon Vincent – The End||Add to Playlist||Play|
|12||Black Jazz Consortium – Blacklight||Add to Playlist||Play|
|13||Levon Vincent – Early Reflections||Add to Playlist||Play|
|14||Levon Vincent – Rainstorm II||Add to Playlist||Play|
|15||Black Jazz Consortium – Far Away||Add to Playlist||Play|
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