Category Archives: Electro Funk

Polish Ambassador

The Polish Ambassador takes great pride in representing his native country and often spends most of his time at the embassy in Oakland, California.  Originally from Poland, he was first recognized as the countries highest ranking diplomat in 2005 and has been stationed at the embassy ever since.  Some may know him as David Sugalski a DJ and electronic musician from America, however, I believe this is a conspiracy theory as he’s obviously a Polish native.  This so called “David” first began his musical creations while studying marketing at the University of Colorado at Boulder and soon after was hired to do a soundtrack for a Microsoft video game.  A man of many alias’ David also goes by Ample Mammal, which allows him to define the two different styles of music that he enjoys producing.  David takes pride in his live shows as he intends to make each and every one unique.  Using Abelton Live and Sonar, Polish produces some super fresh tracks under the label 1320 Records.  He is skilled in multiple genres and has some really filthy remixes. You can also obtain all of his music for free at his website.  The songs here need no review as they are all clean concoctions of the Ambassador himself.  They are my favorites from his sound cloud and are all equally badass, providing a chilled out tempo and fresh sound.  The Polish Ambassador is also making a Colorado tour next week stopping at various locations throughout the state.

His schedule is as follows:

  • Wednesday – 11/7 – Boulder – Fox Theatre
  • Thursday – 11/8 – Fort Collins – Aggie Theatre
  • Friday – 11/9 – Avon – Agave
  • Saturday 11/10 – Denver – Casselman’s

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Jacques Lu Cont

Stuart Price is an electronic musician, record producer, and songwriter who has more alias’ than Jason Bourne.  He plays under the following names/acts: Les Rythmes Digitales, Zoot Woman, Paper Faces, Adrien Brody, Man with Guitar, Thin White Duke, Jacques Lu Cont, Pour Homme, S.D.P., and Crystal Pepsi.  Price’s alias’ “Les Rythmes Digitales” and “Jacques Lu Cont” were initially made as a reference to the surge of French House in the United Kingdom during the 80’s and 90’s.  He even conducted some interviews with British journalists in French using an interpreter, even though he himself is British and grew up in Reading, England.  Price has co-written and produced numerous songs for popular artists including Madonna and The Killers.  Price began collaborating with Madonna as musical director for her 2001 Drown World Tour and later reprised his role for her 2004 Re-Invention World Tour and her 2006 Confessions Tour.  He has created numerous remixes for her albums as well as a few tracks and he co-wrote the song “X-Static Process” in Madonna‘s 2003 album American Life.  His work with The Killers began with a remix of their hit single “Mr. Brightside” and after a few more remixes he began producing tracks for them.  Price also worked with The Killers vocalist, Brandon Flowers, on his debut solo album, Flamingo, producing most of the songs.  Price was the album producer on Seal‘s fifth studio album, System, co-writing several of the songs.  He also is the executive producer for Kylie Minogue‘s 11th studio album, Aphrodite.  Price has had a ton of other production work as well and was even asked to create a theme song for the London Olympic Games.  Last thing to mention on his background is that he is the proud winner of 3 Grammy Awards! 1st was for his remix of No Doubt‘s “It’s My Life” (Thin White Duke, 2004), second for his remix of Coldplay‘s “Talk” (Thin White Duke, 2006), and his third was won for Best Electronic / Dance Album on Madonna‘s Confessions on a Dance Floor (2007).  He likes to keep the original vocal arrangement of songs and re-contextualize the lyrical content when creating his remixes.  I’m not even going to try to delve into all the remixes he has done for countless artists: Katy Perry, Miike Snow, and U2 to name a few more.

Stuart Price has quite the background and it’s astonishing that he still has the time to produce his own songs.  We are going to take a look at a few of his newer productions under the alias Jacques Lu Cont.  These are all from his soundcloud profile “TRACQUES” and fall under the electronic genre.  His remix of Coldplay‘s “Charlie Brown” starts out a little rough, but after the first minute or so it drops into a blissful electronic beat and brings the vocals in at the most opportune times.  “In the Night” a production he made under the Bromance Records label is an awesome song with a dirty funk beat making me wish I had more to offer than just the preview. “Underground” is another self produced song that kills it! Bringing a straight dirty techno beat to the table and making a nasty song out of it!  His remix of Miike Snow‘s “Paddling Out” is a great electronic fusion of the original, keeping a lot of the vocals and bringing in a nice melodic beat of his own!  Last track up is “Church” a self produced song with the funkiest beat of them all!  Mr. Price recently did an essential mix a couple months ago along with announcing that he is working on a new album!  The alias for the new album is still up in the air, but you can find his essential mix on our dedicated page, here!

Ermagerd Big Mac!

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Parov Stelar

Today we’re going to delve into the awesome world of electro swing. A very random outskirt in the electronica genre, Parov Stelar is probably the best place to start – as he nearly single handedly created the genre. Though he has a full band that he often plays with, Parov Stelar also tours the world as a DJ in his electro swing project. His music is greatly improved due to his access to his band. Because he is able to sample these talented musicians using live instruments, the music has a soul to it that is sometimes lacking from many electro songs. Hailed by the BBC as “one of the most promising producers active in Europe today,” Parov Stelar has continued to maintain his dominance in the scene for years. He has also influenced the genre by creating Etage Noir Recordings, a record label that hosts artists of a similar style, blending dance music with more eclectic genres. Though other groups, such as Caravan Palace, rock some good electro swing, no one does quite like Parov Stelar.

We’ll kick it off with Catgroove, a good intro to the genre. The drum beat to start this song does a great job of bringing up the tension until it drops into your more typical house beat. The old timey brass riffs are awesome in this song and the electro melody in the background fits perfectly with the swing lead. Fleur de Lille is a serious jam and actually reminds me a lot of Daft Punk. What I love about this song is that you never know where it’s going to go and all the parts play off each other very well. Even towards the end, the song continues to progress. The walking bass line in Libella Swing sounds very familiar and might even be a sample of a more well known song. If not though, Parov Stelar certainly knows how to put together some serious riffs. The Fame is a chiller song than the rest but still brings it. Finally, The Paris Swing Box. “I don’t have a Tiger, I don’t need science!” … Or something like that. Prepare to have lyrics you can’t understand stuck in your head for awhile. This genre is definitely something I can get into so expect more posts on it in the future. Enjoy!

-GIZMO

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