Category Archives: Minimal

Martin Solveig

Martin Laurent Picandet, also known as “Martin Solveig“, is a 36 year old French electronic music producer and DJ from Paris. Martin is extremely talented as he works in many different musical genres as well as many different artists.  He currently hosts a weekly radio show “C’est La Vie”, which is broadcasted worldwide along with FG DJ Radio in France.  Martin also has his own music label Mixture Stereophonic and has been voted 29th in the 2011 Top 100 DJ poll, hosted by DJ Mag.  Martin began his musical career as a child when he joined the choir of the “Petits Chanteurs de Sainte-Croix de Neuilly” or “The Paris Boys Choir”, which was created in 1956.  This choir has quite the reputation as it makes frequent appearances in world-class festivals and regularly performs great pieces with orchestra.  At age 18, Martin became a DJ and was working in famous Parisian nightclubs such as Le Queen, Les Bains Douches, and L’Enfer.  Martin chose “Solveig” as his stage name in honor of the French actress Solveig Dommartin.  In 2011 Martin became one of the producers for Madonna‘s new album, MDNA.  In 2012 Martin was chosen to be the in house DJ for the 2012 MTV Movie Awards.  So with such high regard for Martin Solveig, you may wonder why I included a picture of him with Duck Sauce?? Well the DJ duo who came up with the ever so popular “Barbara Streisand” includes awesome turntabilist, A-Trak who is coming to Denver tonight with Flosstradamus for their house party tour.  They are playing at an undisclosed venue, which will be announced later today and is rumored to be at a north Denver intimate venue.  This is something you are not going to want to miss!  Along with playing a show tonight A-Trak also has my favorite remix of Martin Solveig‘s “The Night Out“, where he keeps the same intro and vocals, then drops it into a ferocious minimal beat!

Martin Solveig and Dragonette‘s “Hello” is a great song that goes along with an awesome music video.  Well to be honest, I have a huge bias on the video as I am a huge tennis advocate. The video is Martin playing a round at the French Open, which depicts an epic comeback after he notices the girl of his dreams is watching.  Not to mention the video includes appearances from tennis stars Gael Monfils and Novak Djokovic.

I posted these next two songs for the sole purpose of showing off Martin Solveig‘s versatility.  “Get Away From You” is a pop rock song which includes vocals by the man himself along with some kick ass guitar.  “Lets Not Play Games” featuring Sunday Girl is a down tempo electronic song which lays down a great beat to compliment the vocals.

Martin Solveig‘s “The Night Out” is an amazing song and is most likely his most popular song.  I can’t tell you how many times I have heard this song or versions of it at all the shows I have been to this year.  Even though I posted a remix previous, I wanted to promote the original as well.  The video is pretty cool and gives us the extended version of the song that his sound cloud does not, also A-Trak makes a couple of appearances in there!

Arno Cost & Martin Solveig‘s 2010 remix of “Touch Me” is straight filthy!  This track has a bit of an intro, but drops into some epic minimal bliss making it a sure favorite!

Hope to see everyone at the show tonight!

BarneyFranklin

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Mike Balance

Our buddy Fun Factory (Ames) will be rocking as the opener for Etienne De Crecy on the 30th so I figured I’d drop some deep and tech house tracks for him today in case he wanted to add any to his set.

With over 17 years of experience, a ridiculously large library of released tracks (nearly 100), and an integral part of Boise’s original party scene, Mike Balance is a career raver. His style is very similar to the famous DJ Dan’s – definitely could be due to the fact that they work side by side at InStereo Recordings. These tracks bring me back to the old warehouse days. Minimal house can take some getting used to for some people who are more used to today’s bangers and slammers, but once you learn to appreciate the tracks you really start to dig the style.

Reckless Gurl is one of the tracks that you just can’t seem to get out of your head. It doesn’t help that I can’t understand all of the lyrics so my brain is constantly trying to fill in what it thinks is best. The vocalist sounds like an old school 1940’s singer and it goes real well with the song. Mike Balance’s remix of M.T.Y.S. is his newest track and he doesn’t fail to bring in his signature style to this one. Ames will dig Voices Sound Better, a mix of tech house and disco that’s done just right. Upping the energy a little bit, You Make Me Feel is a remix you will recognize and Mike Balance does a great job at changing this song to his own style. Energy soared high on the Beatport charts for awhile and this is arguably Mike’s most popular song. Another one Ames is going to dig with the subtle disco style to it.

-GIZMO

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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!

BarneyFranklin

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