Francis Harris Goes Beyond Clubland With Kingdoms

Francis Harris

When Brooklyn-based Francis Harris splashed upon the global dance scene under his Adultnapper alias a handful of years ago, his unique sound and musical sensibility caught the attention of ‘heads in the know. One release led to another, and before long the Las Vegas native soon began traveling the world as his profile rose. He released his debut album, Leland, in 2012. Before long he was in a coveted position to take center stage. Along the way, Harris took a purposeful turn off a path that was leading him to DJ superstardom.

Harris ditched his production moniker and began exploring musical styles that go beyond the dance floor. He started Scissor & Thread with French DJ Anthony Collins, Output co-owner/Halcyon shop owner Shawn Schwartz and Atlanta’s Soco Audio boss Michael Scott. The imprint was “cut from a different cloth than your average label.”

His reinvention didn’t stop there. This month he announced the launch of Kingdoms, a new label endeavor not directly tied to releasing music for the dance floor. Though it’s early days, Kingdoms will serve as a platform to release everything from ambient to heady electronic music.

The fall will see Kingdom’s first release in the form of Swan & Odette, a new album from Aris Kindt. The project is comprised of Harris and longtime collaborator Gabriel Hedrick. The full-length is due out October 20 and picks up where 2015’s Floods on Scissor and Thread left off.

Francis Harris is perched at an interesting crossroads in his career. We connected with him via email to discuss Kingdoms and the upcoming LP by Aris Kindt.

What led you to launch Kingdoms?
Francis Harris: I suppose as you get older, you get more stubborn. Partnering up with someone with A&R (Scissor and Thread) is a great experience, but it’s always somewhat of a compromise. I wanted the opportunity to explore the music closest to my own tastes in a way that is completely unhinged from a process of mutual agreement. Kingdoms will be as pure of an expression of my musical tastes as I’ve ever produced. Whether or not my tastes translate into record sales remains to be seen!

Did you bring any specific learnings from running Scissor & Thread to Kingdoms?
Scissor and Thread evolved into more of a club label, mostly because my partner Anthony Collins and I were touring so heavily as a deep-house act. Naturally the records were a reflection of our sets. Circumstances have now changed, and I want an opportunity to have a label that is not tied necessarily to clubland (although some records may still have club leanings). Rather, I want to just release records that are not a reflection of anything but a passion for the music.

“I’d like to leave success out of the picture with Kingdoms. Success is metric best suited for reducing desire to the metrics of capital.”

You’ve worked as Aris Kindt before but how did his new LP come to be the first release for Kingdoms?
In a lot of ways, Aris Kindt was never meant for Scissor and Thread. I felt it fell mostly fell to periphery given it was out of context with the rest of the catalogue. The dreamy, shoe gazey wall of noise seems an ideal fit of the adventurous nature of Kingdoms.

Where do you hope Kingdoms will be in a year? What will be your personal metric of success?
I’d like to leave success out of the picture with Kingdoms. Success is metric best suited for reducing desire to the metrics of capital. My hope is that Kingdoms continues to explore the beauty of music as pure mode of expression.

Loreto 5 Tracks of the Moment

Loreto

Lisbon-based house/techno producer Loreto embarked on a musical path early on in his life. Like many of his peers he began DJing at a young age and scored choice gigs and residencies at the start of his career. After deciding not to pursue full-time, he went on to study marketing and publicity in college. He couldn’t shake his desire to make music so he enrolled in Berklee College of Music in Boston, an experience that gave him a renewed sense of purpose and creativity.

Cut to the present and Loreto has just released his thoroughly compelling Stranger EP on Lisbon Bunker. It’s a formidable two-tracker comprised of “Stranger” (an exigent storm of ominous, techy beats and meandering synth lines) and “Tension” (a cinematic rush of evocative synths and grooves).

Impressed by his style, we connected with Loreto and asked him to tell us about five tracks that are currently dominating his DJ sets.  Continue Reading

Inspiration: Umami

Umami

Slow and steady wins the race. Just ask umani, a German duo comprised of sonic explorers Robert and Sam. After individually dabbling in bands and assorted musical projects, the two joined forces in 2010 and embarked on a musical journey. Their union has spawned a steady stream of mindful dance floor manna for labels such as Katermukke, 3000 Grad, Budenzauber, Sacrebleu, and Boys Deep.

In the run-up to their Exchange For Everything album due later in the year, and the release of their remix for Beatamines & Jiggler on Lauter Unfug, the duo just released their RGB EP (Favouritizm), a mesmerizing release brandishing two emotive and highly singular cuts (watch the video directed by André Spilker).

Influenced by an array of artists and styles, we asked Robert and Sam to share some of the tracks that inspire their work. Continue Reading

DJ Kramer 5 Tracks of the Moment

DJ Kramer

Only Saturday, July 29 (that’s tomorrow!) House of Yes and legendary Burning Man crew DISTRIKT, a 501c3 non-profit music and art collective, unite for Summer of Love, a day of dancing, art, music, and fundraising. Expect to see interactive art, aerial Spectacles, glitter stations, and lots more.

The lineup is killer, with The Scumfrog and Alex Cecil manning the decks along with DISTRIKT crew’s DJ Kramer (pictured), Paul Geddes, Ben Seagren, Darren Grayson, and John Early.

Ahead of the event, we touched base with DJ Kramer and asked him to share give of his favorite dance floor jams of the moment. Read below, and we hope to see you on the dance floor! Continue Reading

Pattern Drama 5 Tracks of the Moment

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Seattle-bred NYC-based DJ/house producer/Touch of Class label manager Corey Baker caught the world’s attention as a member of the Wildkats trio, whose credits include releasing tracks on Hot Creations, Get Physical, Hot Waves, and Off Recordings.

All the while Baker has kept other irons in the musical fire. On August 4 he will release his Pattern Drama & Friends EP on Cenote Records under his Pattern Drama alias, featuring collabs with Aquarius Heaven, Hezza Fezza and a remix from Francesca Lombardo. Originally a duo and now a solo act, Baker’s gorgeous EP is quite an artistic statement, boasting a distinctly nocturnal late-night atmosphere.

Ahead of the EP’s digital release on August 4, we checked in with Baker and asked him to talk up five tracks dominating his DJ sets. Check out his picks below and be on the lookout for Baker’s new EPs and remixes scheduled for Get Physical, Superfreq and Akbal.

Catch Pattern Drama at La Vibe in L.A. on July 29 and The Roof at Output in Brooklyn on September 15.
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Moisees 5 Tracks of the Moment

Moisees

Moisés Ramírez co-helms Duro Records along with parter Mateo González. Duro (which means hard in English) was founded in 2015 in Mexico City and aims to release quality dance music.

In addition to running Never Stop Music and producing music under his Silver Light moniker, Moisés is a resident DJ at Club Social Rhodesia and MONO, two of the top clubs in Mexico City.

Moisés brings his wealth of dance floor expertise to the Train Station Philosophy EP, which is set for release on July 28 via Duro. His EP is right on time, offering three cuts bathed in acidic goodness and deep-house vibes galore.

Ahead of the EP’s release with spoke with the man himself and asked him to share five cuts currently dominating his DJ sets. Continue Reading