VARIOUS ARTISTS - YOUNG ROBOTS PRESENTS: PHILADELPHIA MANETO
"Philadelphia Maneto," the city of Philadelphia's motto, translates as "Let Brotherly Love Endure." In this spirit of togetherness, Young Robots label chief DJ Apt One curates a compilation of the Philadelphia and New Jersey area's eclectic and talented underground electronic and dance acts. From established acts Pink Skull and Todd Edwards (Daft Punk collaborator and half of Lux & Edwards) to local favorite DJs Billy W and Shawn Ryan (half of Superprince) to indie dance bands Nicos Gun and The Downtown Club, this record shows the depth and diversity of the scene. DJ Apt One remixes three live acts on the compilation, with an assist on the saxophone from his frequent collaborator, Fools Gold's Sammy Bananas. Instamatic, SAUR (My Techno Ways A Ton), aupl and mysterious house guru NITEWAX round out the record.
The tracks by Nicos Gun, The Downtown Club and Instamatic and their respective remixes by DJ Apt One will appear on a limited run vinyl release available in the Philadelphia area this summer and digitally via turntablelab.com.
Philadelphia's premier listener-supported radio station, WXPN FM, will co-sponsor the digital release, which will be available for free as well as through all Young Robots' usual digital sales outlets.
The release of the compilation will coincide with a July 18th concert on Philadelphia's Race Street Pier and a subsequent afterparty, featuring acts from Philadelphia Maneto.
Artwork by Peter Dragontail, Mastering by Paul Zyla and Mark Trewella.
DJ Apt One
DJ Apt One is and has been on the forefront of many important movements in dance music over the last ten years.
He was a part of the multi-genre style of DJing that catapulted his adopted Philadelphia to the pinnacle of the DJ world in the early 2000s. His years of seasoning as a DJ have seen him play all styles imaginable all across the US and Europe.
As a part of the duo RCMP, his work foreshadowed the emergence of Nu-Disco before the genre even had a name. He is an internationally renowned disco edit-maker, appearing on compilations alongside the likes of Todd Terje and Tom Moulton. He has officially remixed global stars as diverse as Wiz Khalifa and Gregor Salto.
He is also is one of the OGs of "Moombahton" - the polyglot global EDM movement that saw DJ Apt One find fame on the BBC, NPR and elsewhere along with pioneers Dave Nada, DJ Sabo, Dillon Francis and more. He is also a founder and executive of Young Robots Records.
DJ Apt One has shared stages with some of the best talents of this generation, including The Rub, Diplo, Tittsworth, Juan Maclean, Treasure Fingers, Nick Catchdubs, Gigamesh, Big Freedia, Blaqstarr, DJ Sega, Sammy Bananas, Spank Rock, Dave Nada, Wale, Dillon Francis, Peanut Butter Wolf, De La Soul, !!!, RJD2, Bonde do Role, DJ Neil Armstrong, The Budos Band, The Flaming Lips, Flosstradamus and more..
Lux & Edwards
New Jersey house legend Todd Edwards teamed up with Brooklyn-transplant Robert Lux to make I've Still Got Sunshine. After a chance meeting at Maxwell's in Hoboken, NJ, they two became fast friends, often sharing musical interests back and forth. Eventually, they decided to sit down in the studio and see what sounds came out of their shared passion for feel-good dance music. I've Still Got Sunshine is the first byproduct of their creative partnership.
Robert Lux spent much of his time over the last few years holding down a weekly residency at Philly's Lucky Strike bowling alley and crafting his production sound. Meanwhile Todd Edwards relocated to Los Angeles, secretly working with his long-time collaborators Daft Punk on their recent release Random Access Memories. Edwards is known as a godfather of the house and garage styles. He co-produced and sang on Daft Punk's 2004 Billboard #1, Face to Face.
"With oodles of talent, an incredible live show and a super-sized love for Prince many things rhythmic, Nicos Gun brings together elements of New Wave with electronic dance music. File under: not afraid to entertain." - Paste Magazine
Nicos Gun has toured extensively, sharing stages with The Roots, Earth Wind and Fire, Weezer, Janes Addiction, Cut Copy, Diplo, Ariel Pink, Free Energy, Morning Teleportation, Yeasayer, Ratatat, DFA 1979, Holy Ghost!, Wiz Khalifa, Big Boi, Rusko, and many more. As studio players and session musicians they have worked with The Roots, Zoe Kravitz, Kelly Clarkson, 50 Cent, American Babies and more.
This is Nicos Gun's second release on Young Robots. In 2012 they released We Could Die, with remixes by DJ Apt One, Peter Dragontail and Kutcorners.
The Downtown Club
The Downtown Club is April Harkanson (Vocals, Guitar/Keys), Travis Regan (Bass), and Dan Welsh (Drums) a 3-piece band formed in Philadelphia in 2010. Their sound incorporates hauntingly beautiful vocals over ESG-styled post punk rhythms - altogether an entrancing and danceable sound.
Superprince is a collaboration between two of Philadelphia's meticulous talents. Shawn Ryan is one of the city's most well-respected and knowledgeable DJs. Peter Dragontail lurks in the shadows, providing his trademark hand-drawn artistic styles to posters for Shawn's Hurrah! parties and numerous Young Robots record covers, including Philadelphia Maneto. Dragontail, ever the polymath, is a fantastic producer, andhe lent both his visual and aural talents to his 2011 Young robots solo effort Crazy Bout You and a remix of Nicos Gun's 2012 single We Could Die.
Instamatic formed in 2008, growing out of the Philadelphia DJ/production duo Crimp Yr Hair. After spinning for years and remixing artists like Crystal Castles, Yelle and Matt & Kim, TJ Adams and Rick Mitchell decided to expand what they had in the studio into a live performance. They joined forces with Amanda Blank collaborator Steven Haslam and Philadelphia scene veterans Philip Schorn and Matt Coogan to write electronic anthems – and actually play them. Instamatic's tracks reflect the spirit of their Philly punk-rock past and their shows are an aural assault of speakers, synthesizers and sequencers.
Philly's SAUR, aka Igor Makhlin, has built a solid discography with his heavy, percussive tropical bass sounds. He has released music for such labels as My Techno Weighs a Ton and Top Billin. His tunes have seen support from the likes of John Dahlback and more.
AUPL's first exposure to electronic music was through his brother's collection of early 2000s progressive house records, Gorillaz, and of course Daft Punk. 18 and fresh out of high school, He left the suburbs of South Jersey for the city of Philadelphia to attend university in 2008. He always wanted to create his own music, but thought it was impossible due to the lack of a "studio". However, with the advancement of software, Paul was able to start creating music right from his own laptop he used for school. Soon after he found himself trading away his guitars for drum machines and synths.
Nitewax is a production project and pseudonym of DJ Bruce, one of Philadelphia's youngest selectors. Bruce, now 24, is a Philadelphia native and has been a regular face in Philly's club scene since he was 19. He currently helms residencies in NYC and Philadelphia and the (now once-in-a-blue moon) Cosmic Boogie disco night. He is a long-time contributor to the Young Robots Mixseries on MixCloud.
Billy W is a staple of the Philadelphia disco and house scenes. For years, his Robotique parties have set the standard for Philly's underground cognoscenti. Drawing on his past life as a member of several highly successful rock bands, he has begun to bring his musical talents to bear with a string of releases on labels such as Nordic Trax, Hamilton Dance, Kinfolk and Bullet Dodge.
The producer duo of Julian Grefe and Justin Geller has been a flag-bearer for the Philadelphia electronic scene since 2004. Their experimental, multi-percussive analog sound can be found on labels RVNG INTL, Sugarcane, Young Robots and Dischord. They have remixed Philadelphia artists such as Spank Rock, Hail Social, Plastic Little and RCMP and international acts such as Architecture in Helsinki. Pink Skull also performs as a larger live ensemble.
This is Pink Skull's second release on Young Robots, having previously remixed RCMP.