Juan Maclean is kicking ass and taking names. On his new DJ Kicks mix for !K7, Maclean preaches a purist house gospel; in conversation he is just as direct, taking tiresome music and fans to task. And he’s got plenty of room to talk. You can’t really imagine New York nightlife in the early 21st century without Maclean or his cohorts at DFA Records. As part of Six Finger Satellite with future DFA co-founder James Murphy in the 1990s, Maclean was ahead of the curve making indie rock that winked at synthesizers. Debuting in the fall of 2001, DFA’s punk/funk vibe added much needed grit to the hyper sanitized party scene during Giuiliani Time. Channeling the DIY ethos of late ’70s dance rock and early ’90s house music, the label’s roster including LCD Soundsystem, the Rapture and the Juan MacLean (and eventually Hot Chip and Holy Ghost) gave nightcrawlers a reason to buck Drachonian Cabaret Laws and bottle service trends. It’s easy to forget that Juan Maclean has never and still does not live in New York. We caught up with the part-time professor on a pleasant early spring night at the Hotel Indigo in New York’s fading flower district to discuss the lost art of turntable mixing, global perspectives on dance music culture, the appeal of live musicians and the straight/gay disco divide. …MORE
Holy Ghost! and Friendly Fires are pulling a good ol’ switcheroo for an upcoming split 12″ due March 8th. Here, Holy Ghost! covers “On Board,” morphs the spritely track into a disco romp ciphered through celestial tones. I imagine a choreographed routine featuring those infamous American Apparel gold latex bodysuits. I’m loving it, but the track took a bit longer than expected to complete because of studio mishaps and drummer Jerry Fuchs’ accidental death in November.
Friendly Fires “Hold On”
Holy Ghost! “On Board”
The digital version includes the Holy Ghost! includes the dub version.
A1 Friendly Fires – “Hold On”
A2 Friendly Fires – “Hold On (Instrumental)”
B1 Holy Ghost – “On Board”
B2 Holy Ghost – “On Board (Instrumental)”
01 Friendly Fires – “Hold On”
02 Friendly Fires – “Hold On (Instrumental)”
03 Holy Ghost – “On Board”
04 Holy Ghost – “On Board (Instrumental)”
Check out Cut Copy‘s remix of Juan Maclean’s “Happy House.” The track was mixed in memory of Gerhardt “Jerry” Fuchs, member of band Juan Maclean, who fell to his death this past November attempting to release himself from a broken elevator. Jerry was also associated with acts MSTRKRFT, LCD Soundsystem, Maserati, Turing Machine, and !!!. The Aussie members of synthpop band Cut Copy are currently on tour, playing their homeland throughout December and January.
“Launch Me into Space”
Happy House (Cut Copy Remix) – Juan Maclean (Mediafire)