Featured Artist: DjPon3

Vinyl Scratch – the official DjPon3.

Featured Artist for October, 2012

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You don’t get to just walk in and claim Vinyl Scratch or DjPon3 as your monikor without paying your dues and delivering the epic wubs.  Your own mythos has to fall far to climb this high, and many have tried and died.

But with this incarnation of Vinyl Scratch we have a mistress worthy of our worship – compelling our devotion and sacred attention.

DjPon3 lists Skrillex first among her influences, but DjPon3 is neither as lurching nor aggressive, welcoming the listener into the brostep world without demanding that we become fully acclimatizing to it.  Your weapons don’t have to remain at the border, and there is no strip search required.

There is in Vinyl Scratch’s Hey Sound every bit of the driving soaring lilting counterpunctal of Skrillex’s Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites (so reminiscent of Progressive Trance in a previous century) but in a conventional beat structure that soothes the mind, calms the soul, like a warm hug.  Along with its weaving and alluring vocal in no time at all the dialogue becomes reminiscent of ancient Kraftverkian Radioactive mindscapes and Jean Micel Jarre’s Oxygenated skies – and we are destined for a brighter star.

Perhaps tempered by the influence of Paul Van Dyk, the fluctuations and the passion are there, but the violence is only hinted – the blow slides by the face leaving a cloud burn, without contact; a tattoo only seen on the heart.  Its as if without the UK influence DjPon3 is able to give us a more accessible, more self revelatory experience that is not as aggressive, yet just as demanding.  Unburdened by the rebellion from the form, a new conversation is found.

If you’re looking for minimalist dance informed by dubstep, like DeadMau5’s Some Chords, your tree is over there not here.  With her tight ways with finer influences this composer has something both older and more refined to say – more vibrant and more honest about her own voice in a way that Paul Van Dyk could learn from.

After an excellent reception (top 5% of all tracks tested) we are delighted to add Vinyl Scratch “DjPon3” to our evening “Slumber Party” programming and throughout our Trace/ElectroDubStep programming day.

Please support Vinyl Scratch. in whatever way you can.  YouTube, FaceBook, Twitter, SoundCloud, and ReverbNation await your desires.

Finally, DubStep we can peace out to.

/) Feb.

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Featured Artist: Michael A.

Michael A.

Featured Artist for June, 2012

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Michael A. is a new Electronic Dance Music (EDM) artist whose music has been getting better and better and better. His samples are clean and well mashed, leaving the heart of the original while blending it smoothly into a very enduring dance track that is often reminiscent of what was best in retro euro and progressive trance.

After only a year he’s quickly approaching 100,000 views on YouTube, and his work is definitely worth checking out.

I first discovered Michael A. with Luna’s Anthem, which reminded me of the bouncy and energetic beat of Stamp On The Ground (move it all around). When applied to Luna and blended into a progressive but unimposing melody that energy was a Good Thing.

Michael A. has a few pieces on YouTube that are too horizontal for me (evidence: Today (featuring MetaJoker)) and I think its safe to say that the easy publishing that YouTube offers means that we will see more of each artist’s work – the good as well as the bad.  However, although it didn’t have that special something I was looking for it was still quite tasty, and I kept coming back waiting for him to do That Thing that would make me unable to unhear his music.

With Michael A.’s first three track album “Operation“, That Thing has happened.

Operation is available on BandCamp (you name your price – but do consider giving Michael A. whatever help you can because winning is good) and hopefully we’ll see some visual artists pairing up with Michael A. soon.

This album features “Hush Now Quiet Now (Michael A.’s Remix)“.  A lot of people have approached this song, but few have added anything.  But through Michael A.’s interpretation comes a a sweet, almost tearfully retro, blending of samples of Fluttershy’s “Hush Now, Quiet Now” with just exactly the kind of progressive trance that makes me want to type all night long.

The beat is very reminiscent of a Noel Sanger remix, but pulled back just enough that you won’t feel like you’re listening to something recorded before the millennium.

It is unbelievably awesome.  This track has almost infinite repeat appeal  I have waited a long time for someone to do justice to one of Fluttershy’s cornerstone audios, and this does it.  For me, we’re there.  Everyone can stop trying now because Michael A. has done it, and done it right.

The other tracks on the album are the more industrial “Synergy” which is a bit too cross platform for my tastes, and the absolutely elating “Shake That Flank“.

Shake That Flank” starts like a Sousa March but quickly goes full glitter-ball Fritz Lang before opening up a box of retro electronica.  It’s a challenging set, but I think Michael A. is on the track of something greater – both minimalistic and progressive – and that is something worth keeping an eye on.

I know I’ve used the words “Retro” and “Reminiscent” a lot in this review, and I think it’s fair to say that what I liked about Michael A.’s music in the past was derivative and homagic.  But with Operation Michael A. has shown us HIS vision, and it is beautiful.

After an excellent reception (top 10% of all tracks tested) we are delighted to add Michael A.’s “Hush Now Quiet Now (Michael A.’s Remix)” to our evening “Slumber Party” programming and to make him our first ever Featured Artist.

Its music guaranteed to make you want to not go to bed.

Please support Michael A. in whatever way you can.  Listen to his YouTube videos and like and subscribe if you agree with me that he is someone to watch, and if you have monies that you would like to share with the people who make your world more beautiful please check out his BandCamp, click the “Buy Now” button, and put a dollar amount in the box labeled “Name Your Price”.