54 Middle Abbey Street
Subject & Red Bull Music Academy
Saturday April 27th
at POGO/The Twisted Pepper
JUAN ATKINS [Model 500/Metroplex - USA]
GERRY READ - Live [Delsin/Fourth Wave - UK]
All City w/
Olan & Subone
Galactic Beat Club
String - Live
Doors: 10:30pm / Adm: e14/e16. Advance tickets from:
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Juan 'Magic' Atkins - http://www.myspace.com/juanatkins
Dubbed 'Godfather of Techno', 'Magic' Juan Atkins is the genius who founded Detroit electronic music, and has influenced and inspired a generation of musicians. Working under the monikers Model 500, Infiniti and Cybotron, Atkins is one of the foremost musicians of the genre today, and has yet to meet his equal.
Born and raised on Detroit's northwest side, Juan took his City flavor to suburban Belleville, where he attended high school with Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson. Atkins's talent emerged early on and he began experimenting with dance music under the influence of the sterile, machine-driven sounds of Kraftwerk and the bass-notic funk of Detroit's own Parliament-Funkadelic. What emerged was Cybotron, which quickly gained Atkins and partner Rick Davies nationally renowned acclaim, charting top-40 on black music radio.
As his musicality developed, Atkins ventured on alone as Model 500, releasing minimalist, high-tech classics such as No UFO's, The Chase, Nightdrive and Ocean to Ocean.
By this time, Kevin Saunderson and Derrick May had already begun their experimentation, and under Atkins's direction, the three unleashed their talent to create the breathtaking Inner City release. It was soon followed by Big Fun, which first deluged London, and then all of Europe, with the massive, electrifying sound of techno.
From that point, Atkins's reputation flourished, and he received requests to remix pop hits from Dr. Robert & Kim Mayzelle, Coldcut, Yaz, Fine Young Cannibals, The Tom Tom Club, The Beloved, and Carl Cox.
Although Atkins continued to produce cutting-edge, anthemic dance singles during that time, it wasn't until 1994 that he released his first mini-LP entitled Sonic Sunset, followed in 1995 by Deep Space. With these landmark hits, his acclaim finally came home to the growing audiences of North America. His distinctive utopian sound can be heard in some of the most remote corners of the globe, wherever people gather to dance and celebrate life.
The fluidity of his chords and the awe-inspiring power of the inimitable bass line that are his signature have attracted a huge following of fans who soon bumped to another stand-out Model 500 album, Mind and Body, 1999.
Atkins continues his musical and philosophical perspective. In an industry that is inspired by his work yet sometimes bastardizes the word and sound he created, Atkins remains a stand-out as an historical Godfather icon in documentaries, feature films and books, cataloguing his visionary contribution. He anticipated the record industry by a full decade.
The industry as a whole, especially in Europe, has constantly put pressure on Detroit artists, Atkins in particular, to re-invent the wheel and to continuously refresh and advance the dance sound. With a new perspective, a move to Los Angeles to fulfill a lifelong dream of producing an album by the ocean, and a return to the sound of Black America, Atkins is accomplishing just that.
To those who truly know its roots and love Techno/electronic music, Atkins's musical genius is a deep pool of inspiration that has changed their lives forever. Whatever the future holds and while North America dominates and commercializes the sound of his European imitators and followers, Atkins is still the standout, the Sly Stone, the Miles Davis virtuoso of electronic funk.
Gerry Read - http://www.discogs.com/artist/Gerry+Read
Dance music needs its auteurs: contrary types who who keep their faces out of the limelight and their creative juices flowing down weird channels. Gerry Read from Suffolk, aged just 21, is one of these in the making – a Zomby for the UK house resurgence maybe, minus the deranged twitter presence (so far anyway).
After a series of rugged 4×4 singles for Ramp sublabel Fourth Wave, Read made the move onto the continent with the Yeh Come Dance EP on Delsin – four tracks of itchy, degraded house that sound like they shouldn’t work, but emphatically do. His recently released debut album Jummy has received glowing reviews, described as a brilliant collection of unyielding raw House tracks... Jummy rounded off an excellent 2012 for the young producer, comprising a fine taste of things to come in 2013 and beyond.
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