It's Finally Here: 11 11 (a Guy Gerber & Diddy collaboration)
AFTER three years of false starts, rumours and endless delays, many people started to wonder if the collaborative project by Israeli-born tech-house producer Guy Gerber and hip-hop mogul Diddy was going to turn into the Chinese Democracy of the electronic world, or one of those ideas that sounded brilliant at 5 a.m. in Ibiza as the sun rose, but that never actually materialized.
The pairing of Gerber with Diddy isn't that strange, considering the latter had already sampled some of Gerber's work for his own album -- plus Diddy has become a mainstay on the island the last few seasons, dancing well into the morning and making his views about the magical vibe of Ibiza and his allegiance to dance music very clear. While Diddy comes across and the embodiment of hip-hop culture, he has a rich history connected to underground dance music from the days he spent dancing to guys like Larry Levan and Junior Sanchez in New York clubs in the '80s and '90s.
11 11 is miles away from the festival-ready or pop radio-driven EDM that has been gaining in popularity in the three years this project has been underway. Gerber and Diddy always felt this album was more appropriate for the early morning after-hours parties that Ibiza is known for, not some club that is more about spectacle than substance. As Diddy proclaimed at one of the early listening parties, "This isn't for everyone," and the release could easily alienate some of his less open-minded fans, but it does present an interesting collection of Ibiza-inspired cuts that showcase Gerber's emotive melodies.
Download it free from Beatport.com and watch the short documentary on the unlikely production pair shot by Vice magazine's Thump.
Video of the Week: The War on Drugs -- Under Pressure
THIS has been a good year for Philadelphia's the War on Drugs. Along with some national TV exposure and an seemingly endless tour schedule (still no Winnipeg date), the group has been showing up on nearly every critic's Best of 2014 (So Far) lists (mine included) and they have just released the official video for the sprawling single, Under Pressure.
If you haven't had the chance to listen to hear the War on Drugs' working-class psychedelic rock 'n' roll, it's time dig into one of the better songs on the album.
Download of the Week: Arcade Fire -- Live in Winnipeg
RECENTLY in town for its third performance since 2005, Arcade Fire hasn't changed much over the years -- everything is just on a much bigger scale. That's not a bad thing; the group puts on one of the most entertaining and captivating arena shows out there. The big difference you will notice is that songs on their latest album, Reflektor, have been given new life thanks to additional percussion and a propulsion that just doesn't come across on the album in the same way. The group wasted no time turning the arena into cramped dance party that producer friend James Murphy would have been proud of.
If you missed the show or just want to hear the group's triumphant return to Winnipeg again, music blog Teenage Dogs in Trouble has the show available to download in FLAC format (look it up if you are having trouble getting it to play).
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