Our friends with Crosscheck return with Jamaica’s Courtney John linking up with French Producer Blundetto.
Jamiaca is known for reggae and dancehall music. Now, a trio called The Courtney John Project are blending reggae and EDM, calling this new genre Rootstronic. The Courtney John Project are: charasmatic vocalist Courtney John, along with long time producer-cohort The Wizard and Grammy award-winning musician Steven “Lenky” Marsden. This month they’re releasing their debut LP, Future. The groups leader Courtney John got with French proudcer Blundetto, who is on touring France and released his own project last year called Warm My Soul: . The two old friends chopped it up about music, muppets, and Rootstronic!
Blundetto: What kind of music was heard in Courtney John’s house when he was a child?
If you’ve not heard the name of Monsieur Monsieur yet in the electronic music world, you’ll be hearing more about them sooner than you think. The duo of Léo Copet and Geoffrey Bougy hail not from Paris but from Reims, where previously French electro reigned king. That’s not to happen on their watch, as they’ve just made their stamp on the scene with their captivating take on all things sub-sonic, splitting BROMANCE5 with the likes of Jacques Lu Cont. Their debut track, “Arym”, straddles the line between minimalist reproach and party techno in a disciplined yet striking fashion; in a way that surely have them popping on everyone’s radar pretty fast. We spoke with the duo about getting signed to Bromance, how they met, and what’s next for Monsieur Monsieur. Check out the interview post-jump.
With the end of the world finals looming in the horizon, the contestants for heat 4, were definitely in a league of their own. Bearing witness to the three previous heats, it was noticeable that the 5 remaining DJs were working to make sure that the judges and crowd were left in a heap of sweat and their ears begging for more.
The international suspects for the night included SUPA! from France and the previous year’s winners protege, DJ Byte hailing from Chile, Peru’s Thomas Young, DJ Spell from New Zealand, and the US champ, Big Once. Despite strong showings for the night, the crowd made it no secret who their favorites were — France’s SUPA! and the United States’ Big Once.
Kitsuné is back in a big way; the Parisian music label/clothing line is back with another addition to their signature compilations, #11 aka The Indie-Dance Issue (which is out today). While it has contributions from acts like Beat Connection and Housse De Racket (who are being produced by Cassius’ Philippe Zdar), one of the highlights is a remix of the Brooklyn duo CREEP, whose Young Turks single, “Days” has been revamped by Canadian house specialists Azari & III. Check it out after the jump for the D/L link.