Jimmy Edgar continues to carry the Detroit spirit further into the future with the release of a new EP. Over the years, Edgar has made records for a wide array of impressive imprints, from Warp and Hotflush to !K7, but in 2013 he launched his own label, Ultramajic, and his creativity shows no signs of slowing down. On September 18, Ultramajic will unleash a new five-track EP (if you count the “digital exclusive” cut “Tik Tok” which is worth going the download route in and of itself) entitled Shine.
The press materials for the upcoming EP engage in some highfalutin’ talk about “mystic philosophy” and “metaphysical embodiment,” whatever that may mean, but to these ears it simply sounds like Edgar doing what he’s best at, which ought to be enough for anybody. House, minimalism, and more collide within these cuts, all drenched in the kind of Motor City flavor that’s second nature to Edgar. So keep an eye out, whether you’re in the market for metaphysical embodiment or merely a fresh batch of banging tracks.
1. Let Me Tell U
2. The Dip Chair
3. Two of Wands
4. Feel What It Is
5. Tik Tok [Digital Exclusive]
Jimmy Edgar has paid tribute to Frankie Knuckles by posting a free download of his edit of The Godfather of House’s seminal Chicago house track “Baby Wants to Ride” featuring Jamie Principal. “It is with great honor that I am able to give this away. A tribute to one of my heroes, Frankie Knuckles,” wrote the Berin/Detroit-based Edgar. “Frankie Knuckles was the most pivotal figure in this movement, for me. The first time I had heard “Baby Wants To Ride”, it really moved me. The way the dot matrix synths moved in seemingly Euclidian patterns, the bounce and slight swing of that bass line, and the way the dissonant chords tied it all together. One listen and you can see where I drew all my inspiration from when making my tune from 2006, “Hot, Raw, Sex”. Let’s just say that record would have been a lot different without Frankie K.”
Download the track below and check Edgar’s SoundCloud to read his thoughtful notes on the Godfather.
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Emerging London-based DJ duo Eli & Fur are a pair to keep your eyes on this summer. After the success of last year’s “Sea of Stars” and their follow-up “Tonight,” which sported a nifty remix crafted by Jimmy Edgar, these ladies take their slinky house musings to the next level with “Like the Way.” Their blissed-out vocals on the track — which they are graciously giving away for free — are the perfect match for their uptempo grooves, making this one into a peak time summer anthem best enjoyed at a raging beach party. Download and enjoy.
This is a good match: spiky Motor City definer May, and firebrand wildcard Edgar. Not billed as an old-versus-new soundclash, more a post-it on the fridge reminding you who invented this shit, May has the occasional look back and takes his time when looking for a deep, higher plain, through Petar Dundov’s 12 minute long “Distant Shores” and Carl Craig’s “Sandstorms” trying to solve its own crankiness. It’s about respecting the essence, as on Federico Grazzini’s “Nova,” rather than turning it into logarithms or another chance for local classics. Cradling the sphere of techno with room for some expansion, The D’s precious aura is championed with core values plugged into tribal pair Yotam Avni’s “Pentimento” and Deep’a & Biri’s “Hova.”
Edgar hotfoots it more to the club, buoyed by May’s inclusion of Benny Rodrigues. Anyone expecting his sexualised showmanship will have their disappointment soothed by his fine selection that goes toe to toe — some might say upstage — the former’s longer, broodier selections. Shock tactics left in the locker room, Kris Wadsworth’s “Connection” and Edgar’s own “Semierotic” do have more of an electro pose to them, but neither are flaunting it because they’ve got it. Edgar starts on the up with his clearly Detroit-designated “Let Yrself Be Free” and makes Magic Touch a true ambassador, continues with feisty Lando Kal, and clocks up acid rebel Kyle Hall and Darling Farah as further picks to rewind.
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