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Serge Devant & Damiano feat. Camille Safiya – Thinking Of You EP

Following monumental releases on both Rebellion and Crosstown Rebels, Serge Devant is back onboard the label to deliver one of his best to date. The immensely sensual Thinking Of You sees him team up once again with Damiano and Camille Safiya with invigorating remixes from heavy-weights Reboot and Art Department.

Serge Devant has been turning heads since the seminal Fearing Love feat. Camille Safiya dropped in 2015 on Emerald City, picking up the Best Music Video award at the 2016 Hollywood Independent Reel Film Festival. Serge reveals “it was so nice to have the same company back in the studio to work on more magic!” Thinking Of You breaths the air of summer with its blissfully smooth chords and deep hypnotic tones. He explains “this record took some time to finish; we recorded so many good vocal bits, it made it difficult to choose what to keep.” Serge also provides an electrifying Floor Cut for those later hours.

Frankfurt’s Reboot brings his flavour to the release with intricate percussion and deep underlying pads. Growing up in Sven Vath’s Omen Club, the talented musician now spearheads the ‘new sound of Frankfurt’ and has released on a wealth of labels like Conaisseur, Supplement Facts, Combi Int, Moon Harbour, Cadenza and Get Physical.

Welcomed back onto Crosstown Rebels, No.19 boss Jonny White aka Art Department delivers a raw, techno cut in his Modular Perspective remix, complemented by his Jaded Perspective mix which packs more swing but holds onto techno energy for the dancefloor. Jonny has seen almost unparalleled success in the world of dance music and continues to be at the forefront of the industry with a huge focus on his record labels and his in-demand label showcases that take the name of his vinyl only label, Social Experiment.

Release Date: 23/06/2017, Label: Crosstown Rebels

Art Department – Crazy (Jamie Jones and Dennis Ferrer Remixes)

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The fourth of Art Department’s ‘Natural Selection’ remix packages is set to drop in August with the arrival of ‘Crazy’. This time, those chosen to add their own unique spin on the huge and still popular original are none other than Jamie Jones and Dennis Ferrer.

As has been well documented, Jonny White is now the sole talent behind Art Department, moving forward with a hectic global DJ schedule as well as offering up a stunning chapter in fabric’s revered mix series. Here he enlists some of his close musical friends for another standout remix package.

First up is Jamie Jones, the king of his own much loved musical empire in the form of Hot Creations. As well as being an award winning DJ and producer, he also performs live with Hot Natured and runs his own key night at DC10 in the form of Paradise. Here the Welshman lays down one of his fat trademark basslines and injects trippy, colourful melodies. Classic sounding, airy hi hats and subtly worked vocal patches add plenty of heat and drama to the groove, and a sci-fi breakdown is sure to send the dance floor wild, especially once Jones’ drums kick once more.

On the flipside US musical heavyweight Dennis Ferrer takes the reigns as he delivers his own take on ‘Crazy’. The New York based DJ, producer and label owner has truly left his mark on the dance music landscape over the last two decades with his Objektivity imprint kick starting the career of the Martinez Brothers and his own records helping to define house music. Here his remix is an expertly stripped back, shuffling house number that goes deep. Synths spiral around, the bass comes on from way down below and Ferrer’s treatment of the vocals adds an air of mystery that is genuinely hypnotising.

This is another essential package from No.19 Music that offers two very different, but equally brilliant, new versions of an Art Department classic.

Art Department – Fabric 82

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Art Department begins a new chapter, offering up the latest instalment of fabric’s revered mix compilation series.

Art Department’s story has been one of phenomenal success since the act burst onto the scene five years ago. With a shared musical history in Toronto, the duo of Jonny White & Kenny Glasgow took the world by storm in 2011 with a debut LP on Crosstown Rebels that put them at the centre of underground electronic music. In the intervening years, a seemingly endless worldwide touring schedule, label events, remixes, singles and a follow up album on Jonny White’s No.19 Music have meant that the pair were never out of the spotlight. Now a new chapter begins in the narrative, with Jonny White taking the helm as Kenny Glasgow disembarks to pursue a solo career. To ring the changes Jonny delivers his first solo Art Department offering in the shape of this carefully curated 72 minute mix for fabric’s definitive compilation series.

At a time of momentous and exciting change for Art Department it’s clear that this mix has been incredibly important, bringing into focus the act’s long standing relationship with the club. In Jonny’s own words, “fabric – the club and the mix series – are still going strong all these years later because they deliver a real, creativity-driven product, night after night, year after year and because people support them the way that they support us, the artists. They’ve given us a unique platform to work with for so many years and that’s what makes the opportunity to record this mix so special.”

The mix itself is something quite special indeed. White digs deep to give a glimpse of where he is heading as a DJ, drawing on records old, new and forthcoming to form a seamless and hypnotic audio tapestry. From the muted brilliance of Basic Channel through to classic 90s Matthew Herbert and a couple of sterling remixes from Fred P, there is a clear nod of the head to the sounds that have lent influence, but it all marries perfectly with contemporary recordings from the likes of Rick Wade, Frank & Tony and DJ Boom. There are features from current White collaborators such as DJ Qu and Jonathan Lee and Art Department pop up once, remixed by the aforementioned Fred P. All in all White has delivered a mix that puts aside all preconceptions and dives in with a selection that is deep, dubby and refreshing, a perfect snapshot of where he is at right now.

Clips of the release are available to hear at – http://www.fabriclondon.com/store/fabric-82.html

Tracklist:
01 Basic Channel – Mutism [Basic Channel]
02 Frank & Tony – Villa Seurat [Scissor & Thread]
03 Mr G – Hip Flexer [Phoenix G]
04 Doubt – Worse For The Wear [Disposable Commodities]
05 Borrowed Identity feat. Mechanical Soul Brother – Ruhephase In D-Moll [Mistress]
06 DJ Boom – Kinda Kickin’ (Efdemin Remix) [Curle / N.E.W.S.]
07 Brooks Mosher – Get Ready (Fred P. Reshape) [Release/Sustain]
08 Scott Grooves & Kataconda – Decimal 2.0 [Natural Midi]
09 Art Department feat. Seth Troxler – Cruel Intentions (Fred P. Reshape) [No.19 Music]
10 NGLY – Service Cost [Long Island Electrical Systems]
11 Jonathan Lee – Dimensions [Social Experiment]
12 Herbert – Deeper [Accidental]
13 JTC – Valley Road (We Are 1) (DJ Qu Remix) [Spectral Sound]
14 Nitejams – Untitled (NJ01 – B1) [Nitejams]
15 Rick Wade – Wired [Housewax]
16 James Priestley & Marco Antonio – Speed [secretsundaze]
17 Basic Channel – Mutism [Basic Channel]

Art Department – Walls (DJ Tennis / Chaim Remix)

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The latest remix package of Art Department’s Natural Selection album, sees production heavyweights DJ Tennis and Chaim rework the sublime ‘Walls’…

The start of 2015 has become a momentous time for Art Department with Kenny Glasgow recently departing to focus on solo projects and Jonny White stepping up to take on the AD mantle alone, kicking off with a brand new compilation album for fabric.

Exciting new directions for both parties sit against the backdrop of the still very much active sophomore Art Department album, Natural Selection, which saw the duo pick up plaudits from the likes of Rolling Stone, Mixmag & Clash Music to name but a few. Key tracks from the LP have been handed to some of the hottest producers around, the results of which are being released on No.19 through 2015.

Hot on the heels of the recent Guy Gerber and &ME remixes, comes this latest mix package. It kicks off with Berlin based, Italian production heavyweight and Life & Death records boss DJ Tennis at the controls. He strips back ‘Walls’ to its component parts and reimagines it as a stirring and emotive slice of underground house music that marries broken percussion, filtered arpeggios and moving pads to great effect. Defying any real genre classification this is simply superb electronic music and climaxes with a two minute beatless outro that is nothing short of spine tingling.

The second of the two mixes comes courtesy of Tel Aviv, techno stalwart Chaim who wraps up the record in a warm cocoon of hypnotic drums and synths, and peppers it with tight edits of Kenny’s distinctive vocals. A perfectly deep, late night offering for any discerning dancefloor, the mix shows why this producer has been so vital to labels like Bpitch Control, Visionquest & Supplement Facts over the years.

This is another standout remix selection that does justice to the Art Department’s Natural Selection and is not to be missed. Stream the original track below.

Tracklist
01 Walls (DJ Tennis remix)
02 Wallls (Chaim remix)

Art Department – Catch You By Surprise Remixes (inc. Guy Gerber and &ME)

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Art Department has unveiled 2 remixes to their hit track ‘Catch You By Surprise’ from their 2014 artist album, Natural Selection. They come from some of the hottest producers in today’s underground house scene – Guy Gerber and &Me. Both remixes are out now via Ultra Music and Art Department’s very own No.19 Music.

There’s nothing minimal about &Me’s remix, as whirring beeps and percussions softly caress the haunting top line – a vocal performance done by Art Department’s very own Kenny Glasgow. Powerful piano chords rip through an aggressively tuned drum beat in, perfectly dressing the track with his celebrated techno-leaning touch.

Guy Gerber takes a far darker approach with his rendition – a deep bass assaults the listener amidst dark echoes and fast paced drum play. Balearic hues and perfectly crafted pads make Guy’s take an instant classic, a remix that will fit perfectly into peak time forays. Dance music tastemaker Pete Tong has already been playing Guy’s take on ‘Catch You By Surprise’ out on his Essential Selection and All Gone Pete Tong radio shows.

Watch the Music Video for Art Department’s ‘Catch You By Surprise’:

About Art Department

Jonny White, acting head of No.19 Music and Canadian techno legend, Kenny Glasgow make up the infamous duo known as Art Department, a collaborative project that has seen almost unparalleled success within the world of dance music in recent years. In 2010 the pair transcended genre barriers and paved the way for countless artists with their first single – “Without You” which was awarded Resident Advisor’s “Track of the Year” and #1 track of the year at the 2011 Beatport awards paving their way to a level of success rarely achieved by underground artists.

Natural Selection represents the music, the story and Art Department’s evolution from the projects inception until now, alongside Kenny and Johnny’s personal journeys as individuals. Strewn with themes that centre on the cyclical idiosyncrasy of ‘natural selection’, Art Department explore a defined narrative throughout the LP; feelings of spiritual awakening and tranquility, indecision and turmoil tell a story in which the beginning could in fact be the end. Natural Selection is a diverse album in which Johnny and Kenny’s inherently seamless production is in-fact a prerequisite to their existence.

Video: Art Department & JAW – All 4 U

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Here’s the official video for “All 4 U” by Art Department & JAW (aka Jonathan Illel), taken from the Paris-born vocalist’s latest Midtown EP. The “All 4 You” video is on brand with the artist’s constant mysteriousness, and of course, some seriously sultry deep house. Directed by Ben Kegler. Get it here via Circus Company.

Video: Art Department feat. Seth Troxler – Cruel Intentions

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Here’s the video for the hypnotic Seth Troxler-featuring single “Cruel Intentions” Canadian duo Art Department, taken from their forthcoming sophomore album “Natural Selection”, (out on November 18th 2014 via No.19 Music label). Directed by Grandson and Son. As a bonus, stream a Fred P remix of the track, below.

Video: Art Department – Sun Comes Up

The Canadian duo of Kenny Glasgow and Jonny White, a.k.a. Art Department, have just shared the official video for their latest single, Sun Comes Up. The single is out now on No. 19 Music, backed with a remix by Mind Against, a.k.a. the brothers Alessandro and Federico Fognini, best known for their work on Life And Death.

Video: Martina Topley-Bird feat. Mark Lanegan – Crystalised (The xx Cover)

Here’s a downtempo excellence from No. 19 Music‘s next release, Art Department presents Martina Topley-Bird featuring Mark Lanegan & Warpaint in ‘Crystalised’. The track is a complete re-imagining of The xx’s modern classic of the same name. Here though, it is masterfully re-built from the bottom up with Warpaint’s instrumentation and vocals from Martina Topley Bird and celebrated American singer-songwriter Mark Lanegan. To accompany the release, there is a fantastic video (produced by Los Angeles’s 1/60 STUDIO, directed by Javier Badet) that pairs the singing-heads of Lanegan and Topley Bird with hi-budget animation and suitably overcast imagery. The release will also include a series of remixes, including one by Directors Cut (a.k.a. Frankie Knuckles and Eric Kupper), plus ones by Agoria, Deniz Kurtel, and Tone of Arc. Check out the tracklist below the video and preview here.

Tracklist:
01 Crystalised
02 Crystalised [Directors Cut Signature Mix]
03 Crystalised [Directors Cut Unmarked Dub]
04 Crystalised [Agoria Remix]
05 Crystalised [Deniz Kurtel Remix]
06 Crystalised [Tone of Arc Remix]