FUTURE CLASSIC SHOWCASE w/ CYRIL HAHN
The best music is made by those who expose our very guilty pleasures with undeniable, stimulating creations. This can be said of the mere samples we have received this year from rising producer CYRIL HAHN. The Bern, Switzerland native experimented early on with music production during high school and abandoned it after leaving his hometown to pursue post-secondary in Vancouver, Canada. After a 3 year hiatus from music, feeling a need to return to his former love, he sat down and did what is considered by some to be taboo: stripped down two iconic R&B songs and gave them his unique atmospheric twist: Mariah Carey’s “TOUCH MY BODY” and Destiny’s Child “SAY MY NAME.”
Cyrils’ remixes instantly hit a nerve with internet fans & other artists after uploading to his Soundcloud, especially the Destiny’s Child anthem. This summer, SAY MY NAME hit #1 on HYPEM in under 2 weeks, selected as the final track by Diplo for his BBC Radio 1 mix show, and posted as a favourite on the fan page of global trendsetting group the xx. This fall Annie Mac also fell in love with the song, playing it on her radio show, at many of her shows, and mentioning it in her interviews as one of her addictive tracks of the year. SAY MY NAME now has over half a million plays on Soundcloud, countless tribute videos with over 2 million YouTube views, and considered by many to be a favourite of 2012.
Toward the end of the year, Cyril released additional remixes that have become crowd favourites: a hauntingly melodious remix of UK Electropop duo Alpines single CHANCES, the atmospheric remix of Solange’s LOSING YOU, an up-tempo, high-energy remix for US sister trio HAIM’s DON’T SAVE ME, the addictive, sultry, remix of Jessie Ware’s SWEET TALK, and the larger than life remix of the young songstress Gabrielle Aplin’s PLEASE DON’T SAY YOU LOVE ME.
Let Cyril continue to feed your guilty pleasures with memorable shows & music for years to come.
HNNY (preferably pronounced ìhoneyî) is probably the hottest producer of dance music to come out of Sweden since ABBA. The young Stockholm native debuted with an unlikely, hypnotic Mariah Carey edit released on Studio Barnhus in 2011. The year after that he broke through in the underground house scene with his smash hit ìFor The Very First Timeî, released on Local Talk, as well as a much sought-after Steve Reich edit 12î. So far, 2013 has seen the release of another sure shot house anthem, ìYearningî (again on Local Talk), and a simple yet brilliant edit of Brandy & Monica currently doing the rounds as a limited white label.
Put HNNY in a DJ booth and youíll hear an expertly mixed set of underground club music new and old, with fond memories of the old school and a steady gaze set on the future of dance music.
Chicago has house, Detroit techno, Berlin minimal and London a long history of rave culture. But Melbourne’s dance producers are chameleons, mashing up a multitude of Trans-Atlantic sounds with an irreverence peculiar to them. Tornado Wallace subscribes to this very individualism but, even within his hometown, he’s considered an anomaly.
The elusive and enigmatic DJ/producer is discreetly taking on the world with his hybrid of house, techno and disco with the hard-working producer responsible for stand out EPs on labels Delusions Of Grandeur, murmur Instruments Of Rapture under both his Tornado Wallace and Lewie Day guises, all supported by contemporaries such as Andrew Weatherall, Eric Duncan, Tim Sweeney, Matthew Dear and Mr Scruff.
Tornado has also lent his creative spin to other artists with remixes for Cut Copy, Matthew Dear, Recloose and Newbuild amongst others. His mix for the coveted Resident Advisor podcast in July 2011 reaffirmed his status as the leading figure in Melbourne’s resurgence on the world stage. In childhood he learnt to play piano, saxophone, guitar and the drums – and performed in a high school jazz band.
He took up electronic music production at fifteen-years-old, teaching himself the basics on some outdated computer software. Knowing straight away that it was for him, he passionately continues down this path nine years on without looking back.
After collecting records throughout his teen years, he was thrown into the DJing world at 18-years-old, as a favour to a friend that needed a spot filled. Since, he has established himself as a go-to-DJ and has become a regular on Melbourne’s circuit. He now has a residency at Melbourne’s renowned Revolver Upstairs, and co-runs the monthly Animals Dancing and C Grade parties at the Mercat Basement, where his eight-hour sets with good friends Otologic have inspired a neo-underground scene sweeping through his hometown.
Jacques Renault was a post-punk Washington, D.C. native who moved to Chicago in 1997 to continue his studies of viola, but in turn got an education in dance music. Tapping into the well-established drum ‘n’ bass scene, he held a residency at Smart Bar and became a buyer at the legendary Gramaphone Records. This broad, raw exposure to House lead him straight back to the classics of Disco and its heart, New York City, where he landed in 2002.
As a DJ, Jacques has held residencies at New York’s famed Happy Endings, APT, Tribeca Grand and 205 Club, and has been a guest around the globe in venues like Tokyo’s Womb, Rio’s D-edge, London’s Fabric and Plastic People, and Berlin’s Panorama Bar. With his remixes, edits, original tracks, and collaborative project Runaway, he has released music on internationally acclaimed New York labels DFA, Chinatown, RVNG INTL, Throne of Blood, Italians Do It Better, Editions Disco, and Wurst, as well as Tokyo’s Mule Musiq & Crue-L, Parisian imprint I’m A Cliché, Munich’s Permanent Vacation, Sydney’s Hole In The Sky and Future Classic, and, of course, London/Berlin’s Rekids.
Along with his Runaway partner Marcos Cabral, Jacques owns and operates the label On The Prowl, and OTP Party Breaks, both of which feature their own material as well as original and remix work from Andy Ash, Simoncino, Brennan Green, TBD, Cosmo Vitelli, the Revenge, Azari & III, Tensnake, Nicholas, Coyote, and Kaos, amongst others. Jacques has also taken up production duties for a number of artists including Warp Records’ the Hundred In the Hands, which also featured Richard X, Eric Broucek and Chris Zane.
After nearly a decade of playing for others in NYC, Jacques, along with good friend Nik Mercer, began producing his own series of events called Let’s Play House. The duo has brought in guests from abroad like Horse Meat Disco, Mugwump, Rub ‘N’ Tug, Nicholas, the Revenge, Tiger & Woods, and Todd Edwards as well as local talents DJ Spun, Morgan Geist/Metro Area, TBD, Beg to Differ, Brennan Green, Midnight Magic, and Dan Selzer to name a few. Let’s Play House is a moving party that uses Brooklyn warehouses, Manhattan ballrooms, hotel lounges, and everything in between for its regular events. As of September, 2012, LPH is also a record label, releasing one 12′ every month. Roster members include the Dead Rose Music Company, Naum Gabo, Fantasic Man (Mic Newman), the M.E.B., Runaway, Toby Tobias, Bicep, and more.
Inspired by a background in classical percussion and an obsession with synthesizers, Jeremy Malvin creates music under the name Chrome Sparks. Jeremy grew up in Pittsburgh, then went to music school at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Two years later, he left school and went on extensive tours as the drummer for Stepdad, Miniature Tigers, and Rich Aucoin. Jeremy currently resides in Brooklyn, where he spends his time working on music in his bedroom, often leaving it to play DJ sets. Although Jeremy works on the recordings alone and has not done many live performances, the Chrome Sparks live realization has had many different incarnations, ranging from a one man show to an eight piece band. Currently, Jeremy does live performances with two dear friends.
Touch Sensitive’s debut single ‘Body Stop’ was one of the first tracks released on Future Classic, all the way back in 2004. Cloaked in anonymity it’s cosmic vibes and Italo authenticity made it a cult favourite among discerning DJ circles from East London to Brooklyn.
Re-emerging in 2006 under the Arithmatixx! pseudonym to produce a remix of (at the time) fledgling disco producer Mario Basanov it was later revealed both aliases to be the solo project of Van She co-writer and co-founding member Michael Di Francesco. Fast forward to 2012 and his third track ‘Real Talk’, a collaboration with Anna Lunoe, saw Touch Sensitive spend five (5!) months at the top of the Beatport indie-dance charts with what was universally recognised as one of the underground hits of the year.
2013 sees the release of his debut EP ‘Show Me The Pizza Guy’, previewed by LA super-producers Classixx in their mix for The Fader and Triple J they affectionally cite that “The Touch Sensitive tracks are masterfully produced and ultra-emotive. ‘Pizza Guy’ transports me to running the final stretch of my high school x country races in slow motion.”