In summer of 2008, while interviewing Pedro Winters (aka Busy P) for URB’s Power Issue, we got to talking about the history o French DJs. When I asked him who was the best French DJ of all time, he didn’t pause a moment for answering “Laurent Garnier.”
So it’s not that surprising that Pedro just announced via his blog that Ed Banger will be releasing a new EP by the Parisian DJ legend this spring. The Timeless EP will feature two new tracks, “Jacques In The Box” and “Our Future” (Loud Disco Mix), recorded by Garnier and the LBS (Live Booth Sessions) crew. The digital release will also feature “Our Future” (Deeper Detroit Mix).
There’s heavyweight remixers, and then there’s HEAVYWEIGHT remixers. No reference to the newly svelt Rick Rubin‘s physical size, in a week that has already seen Damon Albarn save Lana Del Rey from the internet doghouse, the super-producer has “ruined” Justice‘s bombastic “On’n'On” by removing much of the arena bombast of the original and turning it into a slowburn discofied cut begging to be dropped by DJs from DFA to Dixon.
French louche-tronica mavin Sébastien Tellier has released the first video from his upcoming album, My God Is Blue. The album was produced by Ed Banger artist Mr. Flash and continues Tellier’s history of working with exceptional colleagues (his 2008 album, Sexuality, was produced by Guy-Manuel de Homem Christo of Daft Punk).
The video for “Pepito Bleu” was directed by Sanghon Kim & Mathieu Tonetti and offers a luch and colorful fantasy vision that matches Tellier’s francofone Leonard Cohen deliver. My God Is Blue comes out on Record Maker in mid-April.
Blue-eyed soulja Mayer Hawthorne recently hit the road in support of his new joint, How Do You Do. The former DJ-turned crooner (turned Vince Vaughn look-a-like) has worked with random acts while doing all sorts of TV spots after his 2008 single “Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out” pushed him toward stardom. He’s since worked with Snoop Dogg, collaborated with Ed Banger Records, and was name checked by ?uestlove. His career is in full swing— his new project has the markings of old Motown but touches of modern slang and even some boogie. His vintage suits, nerdy glasses and compositions have made him a darling within the industry as well as with fans who flock to catch him live with his band, The County.
URB quickly caught up with Mayer in early December while he and his posse were (literally) on Broadway, celebrating news of their upcoming gig on Letterman. Given his hectic schedule, Mayer made time for a quick Q&A with URB. …MORE
Looking back on the great electro surge of the late oughts, few acts brought the fever to the live stage as well as Justice, whose stacks of fake Marshall amps and giant glowing cross wowed audiences over repeat tours, and was even captured in a film. The Paris duo released their second album, Audio, Video, Disco last month, which was met with mixed review by critics and fans alike, who couldn’t decide if the more arena-rock direction was a good thing. Justice will no doubt try to convert the doubters when they return to the States in March for their first live shows of the new decade.