To quote my homie Chico Mann, “Sound Is Everything” and, in my opinion, has everything to do with music. It’s been years since I’ve listened to music through an iPod, preferring to feel the pulse of the beat whether speaker freaking or writhing in my seat in front of a pair of bottom heavy monitors.
And while I could go on for a hot minute expressing my disdain for Steve Jobs and the decline of quality sound leading to the popularity of a compressed mess, I’d rather tout the praises of URB’s six best engineers in New York City. These are the people who pronounce the bounce. And their work graces the grooves of the world’s best records, from Madonna to A-Trak, Busta Rhymes to Oakenfold and tons in-between. These engineers have devoted their time to help up-and-coming producers achieve new levels of success. And as home based and portable production techniques try to rule the music scene — with more and more music producers doing everything from mixing and mastering all by themselves — I offer you a peek inside the minds of these forward thinking sonic soldiers…
When Brooklyn’s ultra creative and super prestigious Acme Studio is not busy designing and building sets for fashion magazines and A-Listers, they are busy party planning. The End of the World doesn’t happen in a day; it is an affair with its own pace – court it, seduce it, savor its anticipation. This New Year’s Eve 2013, a dignified cocktail hour will give way to a one-of-a-kind midnight countdown at Acme Studio in Williamsburg with electrifying live performances by Dynasty Electric, Nutritious,Body Language (DJ Set), Picture Plane, Van Genderen and Tony Grund and dancing until breakfast, after the sun comes up. Cocktail hour and hors d’oeuvres, all night open bar, music and performances, and breakfast included in pay-one-price ticket price. 10 pm til 6am. Tickets:https://ACMESTUDIO.TICKETLEAP.com/NYE/
New York electro-punks Hank & Cupcakes drop a new video exclusively on URB readers. The song features Shane MauX from Williamsburg rockers Belikos. “Ain’t No Love” is just the right kind of attitude perfect for kicking ass this weekend.
!!! (Chk, Chk, Chk) have got to be the last of the great NYC disco punk bands. The group is getting ready to release their fourth album of what we know is going to be chugging groovers that will make you long for a gentler time, when people danced to funky basslines and wah-wah guitars instead of pounding kicks and throbbing electro synths. The first release, “AM/FM,” is streaming over at the groups website, and it’s a dead ringer for about a dozen of our favorite early ’90s Madchester records, all at once.
Javelin, the Brooklyn-by-way-of-Providence duo, have been playing loft parties and art galleries and releasing CD-Rs, 12”s, and mixes for the past five years, but it’s No Mas that serves as their official full-length debut. This means that some of the songs here have already been out for a while, redone or edited a bit for the new album (for example, “Mossy Woodland” now has vocals), but it's no matter, because Javelin’s brand of Billyburg summer pop—breezy with minimal low-end, flat electronic-y depth, good for ear buds or beach stereos, never too serious or intense—manages to be fun without ever being trivial.