LA based, Classixx needs no introduction. The production duo and DJs have become blog sweet hearts and the go to artist for indie disco friendly remixes. I first noticed them after a track of theirs was licensed to a Kitsune compilation. The track, although catchy, didn’t really do much for me. A few months later the wave of remixes started flowing nonstop…..Major Lazer, Holy Ghost, Beni, Drop The Lime, Ladyhawke, Phoenix, Mayer Hawthorne, Yacht, and most recently Groove Armada for us.
I fell in love with the group after hearing their dubby disco mix of Major Lazer and ever since, the remixes been consistently coming and consistently good.
The group will join us at Om Miami 2010, playing along side Aeroplane, Mark Farina, DJ Hell, Jazzanova, Peter Kruder and more.
Click here to purchase Groove Armada “Paper Romance (Classixx Remix)”
Listen: Groove Armada “Paper Romance (Classixx Remix)”
We’ve had a few people ask us, “Who is this Gina Turner girl listed on the Om WMC flyer?”. Here is the answer.
Originally hailing from New York, Gina Turner grew up with the NYC House sounds of clubs like Shelter and Sound Factory. Drawing inspiration from places such as these, she moved to Boston and gained her own radio shows on 88.9 WERS and 99.9 WECB. She soon became a staple in the Boston club scene and then in 2006 moved to Los Angeles. In LA she formed the DJ duo STACCATO (myspace.com/officialstaccato) and continued with radio and club, and founded an afterhours movement called MAJOR (myspace.com/majorlosangeles).
Gina has extended her talents across the pond and has played in such cities as Oslo, Brighton, & Paris. She has caught the attention Laidback Luke, Zoo Brazil & many other european producers, and with that comes collaborations that are legendary. Tiesto’s label BLACKHOLERECORDINGS will be releasing her track “BANG IT” with Zoo Brazil in Late October 2009. Gina’s 2009 collaboration with Laidback Luke has birthed a new production duo called “Nouveau Yorican.” The tracks that they have coming out can be described as latin inspired shuffle tech house. This is just the beginning for Gina, she plans to release more tracks as Staccato as well her her highly anticipated solo productions.
We had a chance to sit down with Gina in preparation for the Om Miami 2010 event. Here are some questions we tossed her way…
Om: How did you get into DJing? Gina Turner: Well, I grew up with NYC clubs such as Sound Factory and Shelter, listening to house music with my fake ID at the age of 14. By the time I was 17, I started buying house vinyl and I inherited my mother’s disco vinyl. Shortly after, I began to DJ in my bedroom. By 18, I moved to Boston to study Audio Production and obtained a radio show once a week on 88.9 WERS. It was an all electronic show and the rest is history!
OM: Who are some of your influences?
Wow…this is a loaded question. My number one influence would have to be TWOWITHOUTHATS, the infusion of Puerto Rican jacking house and energy in their tracks is timeless. Some of my other influences include: John Tejada, DJ Sneak, Derrick Carter, Armand Van Helden, Matthew Dear, and Trentemoeller.
Om: What have you been up to? What can we expect attached to your name? Gina Turner: I have been quite focused on studio work in all aspects. I have a Radio Show on Scionav.com called Below The Bassline, and i have some really great guests lined up for the next year!
I have been working on a bunch of original tracks, that a close friend of mine described as “Derrick Carter with a little more balls,” this was a huge compliment to me as he is a great influence to me as a producer and a dj.
I have been working quite closely with Mad Decent’s Maluca and have been making beats for her. Also she did vocals for a track that me, Junior Sanchez & Alexander Technique produced.
This past year, I was in the studio with Switch. The tack we produced together might go on his Solid Groove Record. It’s an exciting honor…let’s just hope we finish it. I am working on a couple remixes as well.
I am also currently working on some original productions for my Staccato project.
In addition to all of this, I am doing some vocal work for producers like Sandro Silva and more.
Last…I have a side project called Nouveau Yorican. It is a collaboration between myself and Laidback Luke. Our first release, “Boriqua”, was released on Sound Pellegrino. Our next release, “Jackit”, is scheduled to be released in April/May on MixMash. We have a few more tracks that we are working on together, on top of a remix for Drop The Lime.
Om: What are your top 5 tracks you can’t wait to drop at Om’s WMC event? Gina Turner:
1.) Cubic Zirconia – “Josephine” (Egyptrixx Dub)
2.) Palmez – “Black B” (David Jones Remix)
3.) Smokin Jo, Marc Romboy- “What Is This?”
4.) All the DOPEJULIOBASHMORETRACKS! I LOVETHEMALL!
5.) and i am excited to debut My new originals and the new Nouveau Yorican tracks, for sure!
See Gina Turner at the Om Miami 2010 WMC event!
Posted by: g.win on March 16, 2010 @ 7:59 PM
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The new batch of Samantha James ‘Waves of Change’ remixes are here! Soulstice’s Andy Caldwell gets busy with an electro groove, Richard Grey takes the mix on a lap through his Pacha residency, Nikola Gala creates a potential track of the conference at WMC, and Valentin Huedo takes the track to the sunset at Cafe del Mar. Stay tuned for the new Samantha James album, “Subconscious” – coming on Om in June!
Click Here To Listen to “Waves of Change part 2” on iTunes
Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on March 16, 2010 @ 11:10 AM
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Simon Green aka Bonobo returns with one of the key cuts from his forthcoming album, ‘Black Sands’. Drawing as much on the rhythms of two-step as the lush soundscapes for which he’s best known, ‘Eyesdown’ also features a remarkable vocal from Andreya Triana and enough fuzzed-out sub-bass for a binful of dubsteppers. Classic and contemporary, melancholy and exhilarating all at once, ‘Eyesdown’ sounds like the kind of record Massive Attack could be making if they were starting out now.
‘Eyesdown’ featuring Andreya Triana is taken from Bonobo’s fourth album ‘Black Sands’ on Ninja Tune.
Posted by: g.win on March 12, 2010 @ 3:28 PM
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Justin Martin conjures up Afrika Bambaataa and Newcleus on his new EP, Robot Romance on Dirtybird Records. Justin has always been one of my favorite house producers, and on this track, he just reconfirms why I love his work so much. His style really defies any boundaries.
Nu Soul: How close to completion is the new album? SJ: The new album is pretty much finished. It’s in the process of being mixed down as we speak.
Nu Soul: What can your fans expect to hear on the new album? SJ: Well thats a difficult question for me to answer being that I wrote so many different types of songs. At the time of creating this record, I was going through some very personal and difficult challenges in my life. For a while, I was only able to express my feelings by putting them down in paper and the songs all turned out to have very melancholic theme. It wasn’t until I wrote about an albums worth of those types of tracks that I was actually able to get back to writing what I’m truly my best at….writing self-empowering songs.
Just like on “Rise”, I took that difficult time in my life and turned them into what I would like to believe are self-empowering optimistic songs about looking at the brighter side of things despite love loss, death, and etc. I’m hoping this new batch of songs will help others who are going through a difficult time in their life.
As for all those sad songs, a few of them actually made the album.
Nu Soul: Who did you get a chance to work with on this new record? SJ: I worked with my producer from my first record, Sebastian Arocha Mortin. I also wrote some songs with other producers on this new record. I also collaborated with JB Eckel on a song called “Tonight”.
Nu Soul: What is the first single going to be? SJ: The first single is out now and is called, “Waves Of Change”. We have remixes from Kaskade, Andy Caldwell, Cafe Del Mar, Richard Grey, and more.
Nu Soul: What else have you been up to in the time since the release of “Rise”? SJ: Let’s just say that I’ve been through a lot. I have seen the world in many ways. I’ve experienced everything from death to love and everything in between. I have seen people I love come and go and I have reconnected with people that I thought I would never see again. I have learned a lot since the release of my first record. I am just a wiser stronger version of me. My mind and my eyes are more open then they ever have been before .
Interview by Norman of Nu Soul Magazine. Norman is also a writer for URB.com and many more fine publications.
Posted by: Norman (Nu Soul) on March 7, 2010 @ 3:18 PM
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Grame Clark (aka The Revenge) is one of the most talked about artist of the moment. Graeme began producing in his early teenage years, making a skewed blend of electronic music using a couple of his dad’s old drum machines and a sampler. Influenced by his parents collection of rock, soul and funk aswell as eighties daytime radio and the burgeoning rave scene, he began the process of dissecting and re-imagining the music.
Graeme has also provided his engineering experience to several projects over the past few years and has recently mastered Harri & Domenic’s 20 Years Underground / Sub Club mix for Soma aswell as new material for Mark E, Jisco, Under The Shade and Fine Art Recordings. His other collaborative projects currently include Deportivo Street Team, OOFT!, Cronk Family Enterprises, 6th Borough Project and The Hong Kong Micros.