“In a contemporary musical landscape frequently dominated by dusty and over-distorted ‘outsider house’, Boston duo John Barera and Will Martin provide the perfect antidote: straightforward, dancefloor-primed house tracks with bags of charm and an optimum amount of soul.” — Resident Advisor
John Barera and Will Martin’s Graceless has finally been unveiled! Putting on the first track is like dropping into a place where time stops and rhythm reigns supreme. Smooth synth lines and wavy tones swirl around you with ease and precision. This album is great for the dance floor but also for those pensive moments alone. Every track has its own unique identity and moves the album forward. A link to buy the record in Europe as well as listen to sections of each song can be found here.
“It’s ironic that Barera and Martin would choose Graceless as the title for their debut album, because almost everything about their music exudes grace and poise. The title track is a smorgasbord of pleasing textures, including warm electric piano, caressing strings and a gently nudging bassline.” — Resident Advisor
Here is an interview with Barera and Martin. Listen to Reality by the duo below, which came out on Steffi’s label Dolly last year.
frankly, there isn’t a weak or place holder effort anywhere along the way, instead every jam – and they are jams – is brimful of vibes … it’s clear from this opus that these two experienced heads are masterful musicians and composers as much as they are accomplished producers, and that’s not something you can say of most modern house makers. as a result, graceless is one of the purest, most unadulterated and enjoyable albums of recent years. — teshno
Stateside, you can buy the vinyl from Amoeba SF here. The cost is just $20, and that includes shipping. Do it right now.
Mmmmaven’s own John Barera sat down with Teshno recently for their “on the record” interview series. On top of calling him “undoubtedly one of the breakout house producers of the last year,” they give a nice list of records to check out from a great DJ, we also got some fun little insights about what Barera is into.
For one thing we now know that it’s been a goal of his for a long time to see Stevie Wonder, he just hopes he plays ‘Too High’. We also learned that he loves to play along to Prince records in the studio, and that Prince is one of his go to artists to get an otherwise motionless dance floor moving. Barera also mentions D’angelo, Sly and the Family Stone, and KRS-One:
the first record i can remember buying was krs-one’s ‘return of the boom bap’. as a kid i listened to my dad’s records and i had a few cds, but when i decided to start my own record collection i bought this one in brooklyn, on my first record shopping trip . it’s a great record, i used to love listening to records like this and ‘midnight marauders’ by a tribe called quest, and i still do.
Read the entire interview here.
Barera and Will Martin have an album coming out soon, called Graceless. The record is being released on Steffi’s label Dolly. Editor in chief of xlr8r Shawn Reynaldo, is very excited about the album coming out.
Here is a collaboration that John did with Will Martin called Yen. A shadowy track that peaks with liquid smooth synths and grooves. Throw this on and take a ride.
John is also playing Make it New on Thursday October 9th as part of our 10 year anniversary. He’ll be doing a b2b set with Coralcola which will be followed up by Roman Flugel and South London Ordnance. Don’t miss out on all this sweet music happening on just one night! For more information on the show check out the Facebook event page.
PS: John’s new 2LP with DJ Will Martin can now be listened to at Clone.nl!
John Barera and Will Martin just announced the forthcoming of their first full-length album, entitled Graceless. As stated in John’s recent artist feature on Resident Advisor, the LP will be released through Steffi‘s German-based label, Dolly.
The album is scheduled for release on October 6th of this year. Check out the track list here. And listen to the duo’s most recent release below. You’ll be glad you did.
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Make It New resident John Barera has teamed up again with Will Martin for their first full release. Milestones EP will be the 18th release dropped on Dolly, German DJ Steffi‘s record label that has exploded across the scene in the last few years. The 12-inch EP contains three original tracks plus an awesome remix by Third Side (Steffi).
John Barera is a busy and talented guy. Based here in Boston, he is a DJ, music producer, owner of Supply Records, and a part of other projects. He spent 10 years touring the world as a DJ and picking up records and experience along the way. His work has been reviewed favorably by Groove Magazine, Resident Advisor, Fact Mag, XLR8R and Little White Earbuds. What we’re trying to say is, this stuff is worth checking out.
If you’re looking for good summer tunes, something to listen to while you drive or get ready, or just a new favorite album, you’re going to love Milestones. IVoice gave the album an 8/10 and a solid review:
There’s a little of everything going on here and, although traditional tropes are given some exercise, they are also given an injection of fresh air which further solidifies the reputation these two producers are forging. – IVoice
Listen to the full EP on their website! And come check out Barera’s Supply Records at Make It New this Thursday ! Sets from him, Will Martin, and Paul Morse starting at 9PM at the Middlesex Lounge. RSVP and get more information.
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