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Audiojack 5 Tracks of the Moment

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Audiojack’s James Rial and Rich Burkinshaw rose from humble beginnings in Leeds, England, to globally revered DJ/producers. Their ascendance is due to a combination of hard work and refining their own robust mélange of techno and house.

Now based in Ibiza and regularly traveling the world, the pair’s discography boasts releases on top imprints such as Get Physical, Crosstown Rebels, 2020Vision, Hot Creation, and their own Gruuv imprint.

This month Audiojack unleashed a spectacular one-two punch in the form of their Opposite Forces EP on mobilee. The title track is initially reminiscent of the vibe on Josh Wink’s “How’s Your Evening So Far?” but then meanders into its own sonic territory with synth hooks that won’t quit. “Oxytocin” is a slick late-night romp fueled by elegant strings, warm bass and spiraling synths. It’s one of our favorite releases of the summer and has been on heavy rotation here at Big Shot HQ.

Currently on a jaunt of North America, we checked in with James and Rich and asked them to share five tracks currently dominating their sets.

Catch Audiojack at Trade in Miami on August 25 and La Mescalera in Tijuana, Mexico on August 26. Continue Reading

King Britt x John Debo: The Big Shot Interview

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After King Britt released his cosmic and wonderfully futuristic AFTER… album under his enlightened ambient Fhloston Paradigm alias, he pivoted back to the dance floor and presented three remix EPs.

On …MATH Pt. 2 he tapped Boston bred DJ/producer/Mindwarp label head John Debo for a dose of his sound. The result is a spectacular interpretation that allows one veteran to stand confidently on the shoulders of another.

Curious to know more about their process, we paired Britt and Debo for a co-interview. The result is a must-read conversation touching upon the creative process, collaboration, and the relationship between leaning and teaching.

Fhloston Paradigm’s …MATH Pt. 2 EP featuring remixes by John Debo, OddKidOut Remix and Pow Pow is out now on Kingbrittarchives. Continue Reading

Louis Benton 5 Tracks of the Moment

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UK-based DJ/producer Louis Benton shifted his summer into high gear at the end of July by dropping his bass-driven vocal-house stormer “Overcome” featuring Malisha Bleau on Get Twisted Records.

The imprint run by Tough Love has become a hotbed for emerging and rising talent including Roger Sanchez, Todd Terry, Sandy Riviera, Amine Edge & DANCE, Man Without A Clue, Purple Disco Machine, and Full Crate.

Success isn’t new to Benton. Back in 2012 he delivered “Weekend Offender” with DJ/production partner Francois, a collabo that has accumulated over 8 million views on YouTube. The pair continue to make musical magic: Last month they dropped “The Tournament” / “Vader” on Four40.

As he steams to the end of a busy summer, we connected with the rising star and asked him to share five tracks he’s currently living for at the moment. Continue Reading

Francis Harris Goes Beyond Clubland With Kingdoms

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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

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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