Exclusive Mix + Interview
There’s certain artists that capture an essence that’s wholly stimulating to a dancefloor; Jimmy Edgar is one of those artists that provides a combination of intellectual and auditory stimulation. Since the days of his releases on WARP and Merck, the now-Berlin-based producer has been pounding out his own brand of interstital and sensual grooves, attracting crowds that are hungry for next-level jaunts about the unknown realms of their strangest desires. Edgar is a master at accessing a dancefloor’s core values and cascading his sound with a confidence that’s truly his own. Currently, his single on Hotflush, “This One’s For The Children” is an retro-futuristic take on 80s electro, draped in velvet and spacesuits. Yeah, it’s that good. It’s only a teaser for his forthcoming LP on the label, entitled Majenta (out in early May). Jimmy took the time to speak to URB about how his creative process has thrived due to his move to Berlin, as well as providing us with a mix that’s a throwback response to his good buddy Machinedrum’s URB podcast. Check out the interview and mix after the jump.
URB: How has Jimmy Edgar changed sonically since Color Strip and when did you
see the evolution take the next step towards your forthcoming Hotflush LP?
JIMMY EDGAR: It;s become a lot more of a raw and smooth interaction, the relationship between me and my music. I’m digging deeper and exposing something personal.
URB: Has your current climate changed you sonically?
JE: Definitely more dance-influenced, more “Berlin”. The term “minimal “changed for me a lot, and it has nothing to do with minimal techno. I believe the people who live in Berlin would probably understand what I mean. The chaotic environment inspired me to take meditation more seriously a few years ago.
URB: Majenta certainly captures the essence of funk, electro and house in a near-euphoric sensibility from start to finish. Was your intention to create an experience that enriching from the start?
JE: No , it just happened naturally; but I suppose I’m always striving for some continuity. My focus was cosmic and more spiritual physics ideas. A lot was on my mind, not just a change in myself, but big changes of the world and its even inspired me a lot more after the album has finished.
URB: Three words to describe the album to someone who’s never heard your music.
JE: Ultra Color Spectrum
URB: What’s your preference: Live or DJ sets? Why?
JE: I like both equally to be honest. The new Majenta lvieshow is really an exploration of me into LED synchronization technology which is constantly improving..but DJ sets are fun for me to hold a dancefloor and improvise a set of my favorite music.
URB: Finally, this mix is a throwback, a response mix for a Machinedrum podcast that we’ve kept hidden for the right time, figured it was high time to bring it out. Tell us about this mix.
JE: Oh! *laughs* That one! That’s exactly what its for. I made the mix months ago so whatever, enjoy it all with love.