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.
UK house music legend Ralph Lawson launches a brand new project entitled ‘Lost in Time’, kicking off with a single on the ever excellent No.19 Music.
It’s been another impressive year for Jonny White’s No.19 Music with an array of solid releases from the likes of Eric Volta, Louie Fresco and Maher Daniel culminating in the latest long player from musical heavyweights Art Department. Now as 2015 firmly finds its feet the imprint looks to welcome DJ, producer and music impresario Ralph Lawson into the family fold with a brand new project entitled ‘Lost in Time’ that sees the Leeds based Lawson working alongside a team of talented producers and musicians.
Lawson has been a pivotal figure in the electronic music scene for over 20 years, helping shape almost every aspect of the industry. From his residency at the seminal Back to Basics night in Leeds, to his world reknowned 2020 Vision label, through live performances as part of 2020Soundsystem and numerous production aliases he has always given his all, displaying a genuine passion for dance music that has inspired generations of clubbers and music fans.
For his latest musical outing Lawson has joined forced with a collective of musicians, vocalists and producers including original production partner Carl Finlow, Italian artist & producer Tuccillo, multi instrumentalist & vocalist Debukas and the legendary Chez Damier. Working under the name ‘Lost in Time’, the group share their name with the vinyl only single series that created such as buzz in 2014 with three slabs of vinyl including ’The Moment’ by Lawson / Damier, which became a cult hit, played by Apollonia every week through the summer at DC10. As Lawson puts it “Lost in Time is a creative outlet for electronic music production inspired by old records sounding new and new records sounding old. We are now ‘Lost in Time’ – the boundaries are gone and we are free to roam through space and time.”
‘Hold Over Me’ started life as an instrumental track by Lawson and Finlow which was then taken into Tuccillo’s Unblock studio in Ibiza for the addition of vocals and further keys from Debukas and Tuccillo. Inspired by the Ibizan winter sun and a desire to make a classic sounding record for the modern dancefloor, ‘Hold Over Me’ was an obvious fit for No.19 Music and received the instant backing of label head Jonny White.
The song is delivered in five different versions here, opening with the smooth, vocal house sounds of Ralph Lawson & Tuccillo vocal mix, replete with warm bass tones and classic piano motifs. The recently reformed 2020Vision strip things back, favouring FX laden stabs and a rolling rhythm section to provide the framework for Debukas’ infectious vocal. Lawson’s Rise Up Dub aims its sights squarely at the dancefloor with a mix that features a truly epic breakdown. The package is completed with superb dub and instrumental mixes from Lawson and Tuccillo that bring the synths and melodic elements to the fore.
This is an essential release from Ralph Lawson’s talented brigade and a welcome addition to the already impressive catalogue of No.19 Music. Out on March 30 2015.
1. Hold Over Me – Ralph Lawson & Tuccillo Vocal mix
2. Hold Over Me – 2020Vision Remix
3. Hold Over Me – Ralph Lawson Rise Up Dub
4. Hold Over Me – Ralph Lawson & Tuccillo Far Away Dub
5. Hold Over Me – Ralph Lawson & Tuccillo Instrumental mix
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.
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.
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.
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]