Kim Ann Foxman’s ‘Creature’ was the introduction to her solo career. Now getting a rerelease and rework for her unstoppable Firehouse imprint, complete with fiery remixes from a/jus/ted, Nick Simoncino and Richy Ahmed.
Originally released on Andy Butler’s Mr International, Foxman’s liquid gold vocals on ‘Creature’ were her first endeavour since their time together in Hercules & Love Affair and a beautiful example of her adept technique to craft unique, synth-inspired dance music. Undeniably her most recognised record, championed on Radio 1 and the like, it was never given the attention it deserved, leading to this special reinvention for her new label.
“Creature is a jam that I hold very close to my heart,’ explains Kim,” so I’m really excited to be releasing it, along with brand new remixes, on my own label Firehouse. It’s never been available on wax vinyl before so I’m really excited that I’ll finally be able to have it in my hands.”
Kim’s own remix brings the track in line with her current style, the retro edges polished to a smoother finish and her vocals drifting away in whispering licks. a/jus/ted is a fellow New York outfit, his versions grounded in high energy and acid heat, while Italian Nick Simoncino’s two versions are charred with nostalgia, elevating the classic house and techno and highlighting the track’s simplicity. Finally Hot Creations figure Richy Ahmed’s version decelerates the tempo and cracks and sizzles with finesse, giving this untamed ‘Creature’ many new leases of life.
o+ Hawaii born, Foxman soon moved to the hedonistic shores of San Francisco before hopping coasts to rest in New York. Her Firehouse label, launched in association with The Vinyl Factory, was named after her studio and residence there – an ex fire station.
After a critically acclaimed first release Kim Ann Foxman returns to her Firehouse imprint, inspired by her New York home with three more original tracks and two remixes from fellow New Yorker Eli Escobar.
“‘Open The House’ has got an inviting vibe about it, ‘The Lady is a Vamp’ is inspired by some of the obscure gems I have in my record collection and ‘Eye See Me ‘is on the dreamy tip. Eli Escobar is a New York staple in the scene, and I wanted him to be a part of the release so he submitted two remixes for ‘Open The House’. I love the vibe. Stripped back and hot.” Kim Ann Foxman on Firehouse 002
The former vocalist of Hercules & Love Affair has returned to her roots of late, “I was DJing in NY way before I started my vocal adventure. So I’m having fun making jams that I wanna play out in my DJ sets now, producing tracks that are less about vocals and more about the dancefloor and my personal dance roots that have inspired me. I don’t like to be boxed into one type of thing. I’m still making vocal tracks too, and will continue to, not closing the door on that at all, just going back to the natural path that I was on to begin with.”
Out on March 9th 2015. Preorder here.
Kim Ann Foxman launches her own record label Firehouse in association with London based music and arts label, The Vinyl Factory, inspired by her New York residence.
“Early this year I moved into an amazing space in Brooklyn, it is an old firehouse. It is my base where my friends come over and I have a studio.”
Hailing from Hawaii, she is a rare visionary who yearns to celebrate the golden era of authentic dance music. After a brief move to San Francisco, she made her home in New York, surrounded by hedonists, freaks and people from all walks of life. Since Kim Ann stepped away from singing with New York’s neo-disco collective Hercules and Love Affair she has become a force to be reckoned with, rocking clubs as a DJ and producing raw electronic music.
“Firehouse will be super-dynamic, gorgeous and weird. I want to represent New York, represent its flavour and be a part of the music history that it is so abundant here. I will embrace music that I feel. It’s gotta have vibes! It’s gotta have passion, it’s gotta have heart.”
‘It’s All About You’ is hypnotic and deep, creating wistful loops and hooks around Kim Ann’s own subtle vocals. Her beguiling style is also eminent in ‘Steal My Secrets’, a track bleeding with energy. Out next week backed with “Steal My Secrets”.
“I´ve been having a lot of fun by making the production more about the process than ever before. I´ve not been afraid to get really weird and experiemental which has made things really exciting, and it keeps things fresh. I´m creating my own samples and putting a lot of care into it, creating special moments, creating my own adventures.”