It was hard not to marvel at what Together has created in the last nine years.
As Boston’s Together festival closed last month, we were again put into the spotlight by the arbiter of the world dance music community: Resident Advisor.
In the article, Drum and Bass legend Lenore is respectfully named “one of Boston’s most important DJs,” Houseboi is now an “opening-night tradition,” recent SF transplant Aaron Jen is lauded for his “masterclass” of an opening set, and the mighty DJ Kon is (obviously) the “edit master.”
As we have told you, the residency of Palms Trax at Make It New is a super big deal. This week, we are adding to that super big deal the extraordinary legend that is Chicago’s Derrick Carter.
Derrick Carter is widely acknowledged as one of the better DJs in the world.
With innovative productions, flawless technical skills and an effortlessly joyful attitude of rocking a crowd, his influence has infiltrated throughout the spectrum of dance music. Although known as one of the key players of Chicago’s house music wave in the ’90s, Derrick Carter began DJ’ing at the age of nine, spinning disco records at family reunions.
“So many people come up to me and say, ‘Man, I had the worst day. My girlfriend left me, I locked my keys in my car, but you turned me for two hours, and that made me able to get up in the morning.’ That’s the best thing going.”
In 1988 Derrick, fellow DJ Mark Farina, and friend Chris Nazuka released an EP as the group Symbols & Instruments.
Irish techno maven Gary Curran, aka Confute, has a new EP out! And to celebrate, he’s engaged us with an 2-hour DJ mix. Using 27 tracks in all, Curran (formerly of the Japanese Popstars), masterfully weaves in originals from his brand-new Aperture EP.
Confute comes showcasing his mastery of balancing dark against light on his second release, Aperture, for Four One Records.
Opening track “Aperture” is tense, teasing techno, pieced together perfectly to pound any soundsystem. Once the bass opens, you are undoubtedly hooked in for the ride.
The heartbeat like hypnotism of “Hummer” is almost an anxious affair, laced with twisting arpeggiators that wander effortlessly in and through the haunting atmospherics and whispers.
“Frugal” is filled with little layers of bells dancing along to the summer warmth. Simple and yet beautiful.
Closing off the EP is “Syzygy”, a dark pursuit into the unknown, creating a memorable spacious feel.
There is more than enough variation in the Aperture EP for everyone to enjoy.
Having previously released 3 Albums, with Gung Ho, EMI and Bedrock, and an ever increasing remix catalogue for artists such as Beyonce, Groove Armada, Pete Tong, Daft Punk, 30 Seconds To Mars, Depeche Mode, Gorillaz, Benny Benassi and Kylie Minogue and more, Gary has decided to bring his individual flare for writing electronic music to the forefront as Confute.