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New directions in beats, jazz and exotica

01 kathie talbot - up to you    mp3

With her roots in New York and Puerto Rico, she is drawn to a palate of sound that combines a fusion of pop, Latin, bossa, and jazz. Bringing along her sense of humor and theatricality that's been called a mix of Kurt Weill, Esquivel and Trevor Horn, Kathie brings an eclectic experienced show business background to her mix of downtempo, nujazz and soundscape compositions. Her unique approach to writing and vocals has earned her a place in the L.A. studio scene, you've probably heard her music or voice on television commercials. She has recently produced electronica-based projects for Clarence "The Big Man" Clemons and remix assignments for Jessy Moss (Dreamworks), Nikka Costa (Virgin), Mindi Abair (Verve).
more on kathie talbot

02 cavestar - this twisted life     mp3

Cavestar aka Kevin Crosslin, began releasing his solo work in 1994. His music has appeared on various compilations and film soundtracks. In 1997, he released his self-titled solo CD on Mindspore Records. Then, teaming up with KCRW DJ Kevin Lincoln in 1998, they produced the acclaimed Los Angeles:Critical Mass, a collection of music showcasing premier LA-based electronic recording artists. His work as an art directior appears on a variety of projects. Crosslin cut his teeth as a DJ during his year long residency at Hollywood hot-spot Les Deux Cafes where he provided music for many celebrity parties. Crosslin has recently contributed music to the Gus Van Sant/Nickolas Perry film Speedway Junky, and recorded music for Leaves From The Tree: A Tribute To The Music Of Peter Gabriel on CMH Records. He works from his home in Los Angeles and is currently seeking out remix work, as well as assembling tracks for his second solo release.
more on cavestar: cavestar.com

03 swirl - together forever     mp3

A project from three longtime residents of Los Angeles: Lili Haydn- A gifted violinist / singer / songwriter, her credits include performance and recording with Nusrat Fateh Khan, Porno for Pyros, Bill Laswell, Robert Plant & Jimmy Page, Tony Toni Tone, Tom Petty and Victoria Williams. Richard Larsen (aka "The Mighty One") - A refugee from the eclectic Chicago scene, he came to Los Angeles to work as a house producer at Quango Records. He also worked with DJ Krust on the track "Lost Cities" for the compilation "Konkrete Jungle" on Ultra Records, and did the Tulku remixes released on Triloka Records. Delphine Simonis of L.A.'s KPFK calls the Mighty One " a cross between Mark Farina, Amon Tobin, JS Bach and Anouar Brahem all in one. Trained in the classics, Rachmaninoff and Orbit, Richard Larsen's program is hardly retro". Kevin Lincoln- Has a long tenure as one of the most creative DJs at the KCRW in Los Angeles with his "Blueprint" show. In 1998 he co-produced the well respected Los Angeles:Critical Mass CD on Mindspore Records along with Novabeats member Kevin Crosslin. Began working with Richard Larsen at their "Space Trip" club night at L.A.'s Spaceland club. From there, Lincoln and Larsen continued to work together by producing L.A. area bands, which in turn led to the formation of Swirl.

04 m.j. project - one for the road     mp3

A cooperative project hitting the midpoint between the electric jazz and the DJ approach, with Jim Goetsch (Subversive Element, see below) and DJ Mark Farmer. Mark is a veteran of the L.A. scene, going all the way back to his part in the acid jazz club "Brass". In the mid 90s he started his own "45 Vibe" Sunday night sessions, one of the first places in L.A. to hear the jazzy downtempo sound. He also promoted special 45 Vibe events with "One On One" magazine that included the first U.S. appearances of Kruder & Dorfmeister, United Future Organization, Nobukazu Takemura. Later he became manager and buyer of the Hyperdisc record store/coffee shop in Santa Monica, promoting live music and DJ events including Dego (4 Hero), Lamb, and others. Recent years have included a stint as programmer Virgin internet radio, music supervision and sound design for three theatre plays, DJing at the pirate radio station KBLT, spinning nujazz at his "A-Part" nights as well as a long standing residency at the Lava Lounge in Hollywood, where he has been interviewed for BBC television. He can also be heard spinning at art openings, fashion shows and performance pieces.

05 koi - en priere     mp3

KOI is the new musical adventure embarked upon by John Lehmkuhl and Koí Howard. John is the keyboardist and sound designer/rhythm guru, Koi Howard is the voice. With the advanced concepts of blending anything and everything from pop to techno to opera into cutting edge dance / electronic music, KOI is like nothing you've heard before.
more on John Lehmkuhl: realkuhl.com

06 boricua king and she exists - dulce y sabrosa
mp3

With her roots in New York and Puerto Rico, Kathie Talbot (She Exists) is drawn to a palate of sound that combines a fusion of pop, Latin, bossa, and jazz. Bringing along her sense of humor and theatricality that's been called a mix of Kurt Weill, Esquivel and Trevor Horn, Kathie brings an eclectic experienced show business background to her mix of downtempo, nujazazz and soundscape compositions. Her unique approach to writing and vocals has earned her a place in the L.A. studio scene, you've probably heard her music or voice on television commercials. She has recently produced electronica-based projects for Clarence "The Big Man" Clemons and remix assignments for Jessy Moss (Dreamworks), Nikka Costa (Virgin), Mindi Abair (Verve).
more on kathie talbot

07 surface 10 - b.f. egypt     mp3

Surface 10 (Dean De Benedictis), the Southern California based producer / performer / conceptual artist/and electronic music pioneer utilizes his interests in multiple styles. He's known for integrating concepts ranging from experimental electronica to ambient abstract, IDM to progressive jazz/rock/fusion and beyond. In 1996 Dean released his debut CD on Hypnotic Records (a subsidiary of Cleopatra Records) under the alias SURFACE 10. He appeared on many compilations and tribute CDs for Hypnotic, as well as other labels. In '97 Dean collaborated with George Sara of THC on another project for Hypnotic called CATHEXIS, releasing the CD "Exempli Gratia". In the year 2000 Surface 10 released the CD "In Vitro Tide" on DiN Records in England (Ian Boddy's label). Dean's last release was "A Lone Reply", a deep-space / ethno-ambient CD released under his own name and on his own label Fateless Music.
more on surface 10: surface10.com , DiN and
the stratos ensemble

08 cavestar - baxter     mp3

Cavestar aka Kevin Crosslin, began releasing his solo work in 1994. His music has appeared on various compilations and film soundtracks. In 1997, he released his self-titled solo CD on Mindspore Records. Then, teaming up with KCRW DJ Kevin Lincoln in 1998, they produced the acclaimed Los Angeles:Critical Mass, a collection of music showcasing premier LA-based electronic recording artists. His work as an art directior appears on a variety of projects. Crosslin cut his teeth as a DJ during his year long residency at Hollywood hot-spot Les Deux Cafes where he provided music for many celebrity parties. Crosslin has recently contributed music to the Gus Van Sant/Nickolas Perry film Speedway Junky, and recorded music for Leaves From The Tree: A Tribute To The Music Of Peter Gabriel on CMH Records. He works from his home in Los Angeles and is currently seeking out remix work, as well as assembling tracks for his second solo release.
more on cavestar: cavestar.com

09 constant flux - disentangled elements    mp3

Known throughout the LA electronic music scene for his experimental / breakbeat, Run Recordings artist Constant Flux (Doug Rimerman) performs his compositions alongside the stunning live visual projection of artist Yo Suzuki--who works with Doug to create closely synchronized visual tracks to match the expansive soundscapes of Constant Flux. Although he has explored the use of samplers for manipulation, he prefers creating all sounds from scratch and typically does not rely on any prerecorded samples, sounds, or synth presets. Constant Flux has been heard on many college and NPR radio stations including Los Angeles' well-known KCRW, Indie 103.1, and Power Tools on Power 106. He has even had clips from his album "All Things Change" used on the NPR national primetime radio show entitled Day to Day. Reviews and ads have popped up in publications such as URB, BPM, Remix, INK 19, MIXER (with a four star review), and The San Francisco Examiner. Interviews and live performances have been aired on Los Angeles area radio stations KXLU (Alien Air Music), KUCI, (Digital Nimbus), and Power 106 (Power Tools). Doug Rimerman and Yo Suzuki have also appeared in a television interview that covered their show at Green Galactic's Twine (Knitting Factory) on the NHK network on the most popular Japanese music television show.
more on constant flux

10 realkuhl - empathication    mp3

RealKuhl is the art project of John Lemkuhl, widely known for many years as a leading synthesizer programmer and producer of sample CDs like "Skippy's Noizbox". He describes this work as" intelligent electronic music with attitude and soul", going on to say "My goal is to make music that makes you think, feel and experience something that was not there before the music started".
more on realkuhl: realkuhl.com

11 the mighty one - indigence     mp3

A refugee from the eclectic Chicago scene, The Mighty One (Richard Larsen) came to Los Angeles to work as a house producer at Quango Records. He also worked with DJ Krust on the track "Lost Cities" for the compilation "Konkrete Jungle" on Ultra Records, and did the Tulku remixes released on Triloka Records. Delphine Simonis of L.A.'s KPFK calls the Mighty One " a cross between Mark Farina, Amon Tobin, JS Bach and Anouar Brahem all in one. Trained in the classics, Rachmaninoff and Orbit, Richard Larsen's program is hardly retro".
more on richard larsen

12 mr. soon - handful of dust    mp3

An Arizona native, Mr. Soon (Joe Jakob) has most notably worked in collaboration with Grammy Award winning Native American artists Verdell Primeaux and Johnny Mike. Their CD release for Canyon Records "Sacred Path" mixes traditional peyote healing chants with Joe's subtly powerful atmospherics. For Joe's solo work under the Mr. Soon moniker, the big difference is the use of the beats, putting the evocative feel of his music in more of a DJ context. The Mr. Soon CD "Places In Arizona" was named as "one of the best releases of 2002" by Wind and Wire. Mr. Soon was also a part of the 1998 release "Critical Mass" along with Novabeats members Kevin Crosslin and Kevin Lincoln.
more on Joe Jakob

13 subversive element - one for eddie     mp3

Subversive Element (Jim Goetsch) started off as a sax player, studying with jazz legend George Russell, touring with blues master Albert King, and opening shows for the likes of Gil Scott-Heron, Tom Scott, and Billy Cobham. After an extended retirement from music, he came back with dark dubby drum & bass as part of Biomechanique as well his more abstract downtempo solo project Subversive Element. He runs the Psychosomatic Records label, which besides this release also features other releases from Mr. Soon as well as his own projects. Recent performances have been at the Knitting Factory / Hollywood and Zen in Silverlake, as well as live broadcasts on the long running KXLU show "Alien Air Music" hosted by Pat Murphy. His Subversive Element track on this record, "One For Eddie", was based on the early '70s work of jazz trumpeter Eddie Henderson.
more on subversive element

14 surface 10 - con-tent   mp3

Surface 10 (Dean De Benedictis), the Southern California based producer / performer / conceptual artist/and electronic music pioneer utilizes his interests in multiple styles. He's known for integrating concepts ranging from experimental electronica to ambient abstract, IDM to progressive jazz/rock/fusion and beyond. In 1996 Dean released his debut CD on Hypnotic Records (a subsidiary of Cleopatra Records) under the alias SURFACE 10. He appeared on many compilations and tribute CDs for Hypnotic, as well as other labels. In '97 Dean collaborated with George Sara of THC on another project for Hypnotic called CATHEXIS, releasing the CD "Exempli Gratia". In the year 2000 Surface 10 released the CD "In Vitro Tide" on DiN Records in England (Ian Boddy's label). Dean's last release was "A Lone Reply", a deep-space / ethno-ambient CD released under his own name and on his own label Fateless Music.

more on surface 10: surface10.com, DiN and
the stratos ensemble

 

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