A short film by Rollo Jackson commissioned by Dazed for the NikeLab Lunar Force 1 x Acronym® collaboration, which explores the collaboration’s place within a metropolis where surveillance is the norm, championing the underground movements in a dystopian city. From digital interference to oppressive architecture, sometimes stealth and anonymity are what’s required. Disappearing is about the art of misdirection. The next generation lives beneath the surface.
The music in the film is “Stompy”, an unreleased collaboration by Joy Orbison and Boddika.
Just yesterday we posted the full stream of his upcoming album “Personality” and now we can present you with the stunning BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix from Hotflush label founder Scuba. His mix features a wide array of exclusive new material from his highly influential label, including tracks from Boddika and Guy Andrews.
Hitting the ground running in 2012, this year has already seen Joy Orbison’s Boddika-collaborating “Swims” get a release on Swamp 81, only to (predictably) sell out due to the frothing hype that’s been building over the last 12+ months. It was also recently announced that Peter O’Grady is starting up a new sub-imprint on Honest Jon’s called Hinge Finger – and although there’s not much to the label’s name other than this trackless hour of house that Joy O pumped out, it’s still a promising start.
Apparently not happy with being only fourteen billion times more productive than the rest of us, Joy O will be releasing a new EP with Instra:mental’s Boddika at the end of February comprised of two already heavily rinsed tracks by the two – the dark, “something’s rattling in the back of my volvo” minimal thump of “Mercy” and the also very thumpy vocally thrush landscape of “Froth”. Stream them both below, and try to ignore all the soundcloud comments.
Being heralded as the face of an international movement must be kinda tough. Such is the perilous-but-also-probably-effing-awesome position that Michael Cox, known to many more as MikeQ finds himself in.
Increasingly being dubbed reigning king of the HA, soundtrack to the international vogue / ballroom / house scene by such folks as Vanity Fair and XLR8R, MikeQ’s debut release on Fade To Mind is another landmark in a year that’s held many.
Fresh off tearing up Tokyo alongside Koppi Mizrahi, (who’s hugely responsible for the emergence of the scene in Japan) and a relentlessly powerful Mixpak FM 90 minute vogue mix filled with track names like “10,000 Screaming Faggots” and “Gurk That Shit”, the Fade To Mind release can be seen as an introduction of sorts to ballroom beats, featuring collaborations with legends Jay Karan and Vjuan Allure, and remixes by rising young stars of the Jersey Club scene Nadus and DJ Sliink.
But vogue’s reputation for primarily soundtracking clubs where queer, transgendered folks of all ethnicities went to dance brings up lots of issues about representation, and more personally, fears about the vogue sound being co-opted without recognition or support for the scene that birthed it.
This year saw Boddika and Joy O sampling Robbie Tronco’s “Walk For Me” into the much sought after “Swims”, but not before Tronco threatened them with a lawsuit for unauthorized sampling. Because this release is still listed as forthcoming on Swamp81, it appears this has been resolved, but the original implication was that Tronco did not take kindly to his source material being reworked.
Also gaining popularity is a selection of what’s been dubbed by some as ‘hetero-HA’- music that takes on the vogue vernacular without giving any other part of the gendered or social environment surrounding the creation of the scene much thought.
So to clarify, maybe it’s not MikeQ who’s in a perilous position, but dance music’s relationship with mining scenes for their authenticity and then repeating the idea in progessively less interesting rehashes. I’m not suggesting that MikeQ invented vogue, but of course, neither did Madonna.
Anyway, even if you think the social/political/sexual politics behind genres is fucking boring, all you really need to hear is the infectious scat improvisation of Kevin JZ Prodigy on “Feels Like” to understand why this is hot. Further showcasing the energy behind the music, this video of MikeQ and Kevin JZ Prodigy live at the Fade To Mind LA release party is just madness.
Below, “NuCunt” stretches out Kevin’s vocal words into a splice-and-dice snare workout that’s sure to work some reverberating magic on pansexual dancefloors ‘cross the nation.
Scuba and his Hotflush label have, since 2003, had experimentation and genre-collision etched into the very structures of everything they do. Putting out key tunes by the core pioneers of dubstep, but also by true outliers like Mount Kimbie, Joy Orbison and Sepalcure, Hotflush has a consistence in diversity: multiple sounds united by true craftsmanship and high-tech expression of complex emotion.
And now, Hotflush is releasing BACK AND 4TH on April 4th, a compilation featuring productions from Roska,FaltyDL as well as a collection of essentials from Hotflush’s catalogue with tracks and remixes from James Blake,Untold,Pangaea, 2562 and more.
Free to share with you is the aptly titled “Warehouse” by Boddika, which captures the mood and feel of a gigantic metallic room pounding with percussion and buzzing synth saws. It’s one of the more menacing cuts off the album, but still packs enough punch to get a warehouse of people flush and sweating.