Just a little quickie to get your Tuesday going right.
Its Edan’s Echo Party Mix and its Psych-Dance awesomeness has been spinning in my head for a while now.
I had let it slip to the bottom of the iTunes pile, but then yesterday I had a conversation with Matt “Le Chevalier” Carney (who’s next release Dancer we’re still waiting for excitedly) about Psych-Dance and what it is. This is what it should be I think.
There’s a little back story to this release that might make it make (slightly) more sense. Edan is a rapper/producer from Maryland and out of Berklee College of Music in Boston. We mentioned him before on this blog for his outstanding work with Y-Society. In 2005 and the years leading up to it, a lot of indie folk fell in love with his psychedelic rap style, especially Beauty and the Beat. Then the line went dead. No one had heard much from him in a while, but since everyone still wanted more, his label Lewis Recordings went to him, dumped their entire back-catalogue on him, and said ‘do something cool with it.’
Well Edan did something cool with it. Namely he cut, spliced, and sampled it into a distinctly Edan-y mix. Edan’s hallmarks – funk and psychedelia – make this completely unique among dance mixes that I’ve heard recently. While tons of djs and producers were starting to get influenced by dubstep and adding wobble and/or sub-bass sounds, Edan just went for the sounds of soul. While others decided that 80’s style synths were cool, Edan went for funk drums. Basically, Echo Party just takes the direction that electronic music is going it and completely ignores it. It is a little less directly accessible for dancing as some of what we’re hearing these days, but musically its in a whole different league. I just have nothing to compare this to.
Also, there is reportedly a full length movie in the style of that youtube snippet. I haven’t gotten my hands on it yet, but you can be sure I’ll be finding it eventually.
Listen to the whole mix here.