Mosaic w/ Maceo Plex at Avant Gardner | New York City, NY | October 27th, 2017
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MOSAIC w/ MACEO PLEX



  • Date:Friday, October 27, 2017
  • Venue:Avant Gardner
  • Address:140 Stewart Ave, New York City, NY 11237
  • Age:21+
  • Artists:Maceo Plex, Derek Plaslaiko, Jennifer Cardini, Paranoid London, Prins Thomas, Rebolledo
  • Promoters:Cityfox
  • Time:10:00 PM – 04:30 AM

MACEO PLEX

Located deep within the circuitry of a mechanical alien host known as Maetrik you will find a complex web of synaptic disbursements resembling what could be called a soul. And this soul which drives it’s host and manipulates it’s every move is finally beginning to emerge. Its name is Maceo Plex. The emergence of such an entity has been the result of a need for feeling, a need for interplanetary funk. We as humans consider this need a feeling, a feeling rooted in emotion, and emotion being the very basis of humanity.

Maceo Plex is on a quest to fulfill his need to inject feeling and funk into the world, and he’s already proving to be quite productive. With deep and funky works of audible engineering for the label Crosstown Rebels in the form of a full length album titled ‘Life Index’, a night with Maceo Plex will be one of galactic proportions.

To explain the evolutionary process behind Maceo’s existence we must travel back to 1993, to the beginning of his creativity. At the start Maceo was intrigued by a pair of circular shaped objects designed for holding discs created from vinyl that produced vibrations resulting in sound and music. Soon he began conjuring up mixes of techno, electro, and house music that quickly gained him popularity within the early 90s rave culture. But in 1997, while Heavily influenced by the sounds of other modern funk theorists such as Model 500, Kenny Larkin, Idjut Boyz, Convextion, etc. Maceo began experimenting with hardware modules containing knobs and keys to form his early musical compositions. Seduced by the sounds of techno & electro, Maceo grew into a technologically advanced being later to be known by various names such as Mariel Ito or Maetrik.

After many years of prolific works on such labels as Treibstoff, Dumb Unit, Cocoon, Audiomatique, Modern Love, Mothership, to name a few. Maceo aka Maetrik traveled the world playing in some of the best clubs such as Rex, Cocoon, Fabric, Womb, etc. Now in 2011 Maceo has begun to strip back some of his robotic body armor known as Maetrik in order to expose a more musical and groove based side the world has not seen yet.

The profound change has taken Maceo Plex from the complex and dark life in America to his current homebase of Valencia, Spain. The sunny and relaxed atmosphere has been quite useful to Maceo in his lengthy inward journey that is very apparent in his music. After a much needed retreat into the funky sounds of Parliament Funkadelic, Moodymann, Atjazz, Isolee, and Luomo, Maceo has finally completed his transformation and is shining brighter than the star Sirius and his newest musical output reflects his radiation in a variety of beautiful colors. In late 2010, Maceo’s single ‘Vibe Your Love’ was finally released on the very forward thinking label Crosstown Rebels and includes a hefty funk remix treatment by Zev of the Wolf & Lamb clan. 2011 kicked off with the full length debut album aptly titled ‘Life Index’ which chronicles Maceo’s life long transformation into the soulful ball of energy he is today.

Once experienced, the album will make it abundantly clear the level of versatility Maceo Plex possesses among his many auditory shells. And the world will understand Maceo’s pristine vision of house music from beyond.

DEREK PLASLAIKO

Some people filter through the record bins, taking what are on the wall or record store employee suggestions. Then there are people who dig deeper into the dusty crates, and absorb music like a sponge; ignoring labels, bucking trends and are forever on a quest to find the perfect record. The ones that make the staunchest of chin stroking, note taking trainspotters lose their shit on the dancefloor, hanging on every record from one to the next.

Derek Plaslaiko unquestionably falls into the latter category. As a teen equally transfixed by Mojo and Wizard cassettes and Minor Threat 7”s, Plaslaiko followed the beats from his hometown 20 miles south of Detroit to the epicenter of Detroit techno, then enjoying its third wave of success. He quietly paid his dues on Detroit’s rave circuit, and was a crucial piece of the puzzle for the legendary Poorboy and Analog parties of the mid-nineties. He quickly earned a reputation for forward thinking DJ sets that were clinical, sophisticated and extremely sensual. This combination resulted in a residency for Family, the weekly party at Detroit’s legendary Motor.

With a reputation for high energy sets that were versatile and tasteful, Plaslaiko slowly became in demand on the Midwestern club circuit; sharing the stage with such techno luminares as John Acquaviva, Kevin Saunderson, Richardo Villalobos, Baby Ford, and Matthew Herbert. It was also during that time Plaslaiko was asked by Carl Craig to perform at the inaugural edition of the Detroit Electronic Music Festival.

In 2003, Plaslaiko became part of the original team of DJs at Detroit’s Untitled parties, sharing a residency with Tadd Mullinix (aka James T. Cotton), Matthew Dear and Mike Servito. In 2004 he made the decision to head east and set up camp in New York City, determined to bring a slice of the Motor City to the Big Apple.

Currently, Derek is one of the resident DJs at the Bunker (Subtonic) in NYC, as well as an integral part of the Wolf + Lamb monthly parties. Most recently, he was honored in the Village Voice 2006 “Best Of” poll as New York’s Best Techno DJ.

JENNIFER CARDINI

After more than a decade spent building an enviable reputation for herself in the clubs of Paris, Jennifer Cardini has become an international concern. Her infectious charisma and versatility behind the decks has led to invitations to play at such famed nightspots as Panorama Bar, Nitsa, and Fabric, and with her creative platform and label Correspondant very much on the ascent, her standing as a tastemaker is as prominent as ever.

With teenage years spent savouring the lo-fi box jams of late ‘70s new wave, it was actually the immersive grooves and smooth, stripped-back drum patterns of another emerging genre–minimal–with which she first made a name for herself, perfecting a downtempo, cinematic mixing style that has become Cardini’s calling card.

If her exquisite sets as a resident for Rex Club showed her honing in on a notably sophisticated approach, it was her weekday slot at avant-garde spot Le Pulp that brought her ability to ignite any party to the fore, presenting experimental techno, narcotic acid cuts, and saturated nu-disco with an energy that has made her an icon in electronic music culture.

A move from Paris to Cologne would only enhance her international standing after a mutual respect between herself and iconic local label Kompakt blossomed, spawning the now-seminal mix CD ‘Feeling Strange’ that still stands, alongside many others from her catalogue, as a testament to her ability to source on-the-pulse sounds. This also extends beyond traditional dance music formats, annually stitching together idiosyncratic finds for shows during Paris fashion week.

Not only an active DJ, Cardini also thrives in the studio with an undefined, heavily emotive sound that’s seen release on standout imprints such as Kill The DJ, Crosstown Rebels, and her own Correspondant. Founded in 2011, the label serves as a platform for music from a core of likeminded artists such as Agents Of Time, Man Power, and Andre Bratten, as well as her recent recording partnership with David Shaw under the Cardini&Shaw guise. The success and cohesive aesthetic of the imprint thus far has led to unforgettable label nights all over Europe

PARANOID LONDON

Paranoid London, who choose to keep a low profile, have self-released a string of popular underground club tunes since 2007 comprising rough-around-the-edges acid and house tracks, often with vocals on top—their biggest effort to date is ‘Paris Dub 1,’ featuring a vocal turn from Chicago house original Paris Brightledge. Two other versions of ‘Paris Dub’ appear on the ten-track LP, titled Paranoid London, along with a mix of new material and previously released tracks. Other contributors to the record include Mutado Pintado and DJ Genesis