Juno Plus Podcast 28 comes from one of the most consistently interesting, adventurous and singular artists of recent years: Jimmy Edgar.
It was recently announced the Detroit native, now residing in the bristling electronic music community of Berlin, would be releasing his fourth studio album later this year on Scuba’s Hotflush Recordings. Entitled Majenta, it’s Edgar’s first significant work since Studio !K7 released his third album XXX in 2010 and marks another exciting chapter in his already illustrious recording career.
Since his emergence on the Warp label with the still fresh sounding Access Rhythm EP in 2004, Edgar has demonstrated an approach to music that is chameleonic to say the very least. His two subsequent albums for the aforementioned Warp imprint as well as releases on Semantica, Nonplus, Glasstable and many more under a variety of aliases range from experiments in abstract electronics to breakneck Detroit electro, sub 110BPM deep house and sleazy electro-funk.
We’re not alone in saying this man has been on our radars for a few years now, but it was perhaps Edgar’s masterful live show at last year’s edition of Bloc Festival where the Juno Plus editorial truly fell under his spell. An utterly storming, unhinged live show was our highlight of the festival and effortlessly slipped between techno, jungle and dubstep tempos.
In addition to an excellent podcast, which features a heady mix of machine-driven sleaze, Edgar was also kind enough to answer some questions via email.
There’s an interesting concept to your new single reflecting your dual residency in Berlin and the US; can you expand on it?
I wouldn’t say it’s the most prevalent theme of the music, but it’s definitely a factor that played into the whole project. A lot has changed in the past year. This was a more spontaneous type single/album. XXX took five years of work and it was blood, sweat and tears. Majenta will be more raw and esoteric. I played with themes of alchemic, the galaxy as a social community, and my communication with other worldly beings. This year is about expanding consciousness and bringing awareness to things otherwise unknown in the holographic universe.
And will this theme be represented further with the forthcoming album?
Yes, the theme that we are all one, in many ways. Countless synchronicites came to fruition during this process and it’s been amazing to see how things pan out from it. The music is a lot more futuristic in my humble opinion than my other music, which played a lot with retro music, especially R&B.
How did your relationship with Hotflush come about?
Dinner with Paul (Scuba). Travis (Machinedrum) introduced us. We were both fans of each other so it just sort of worked naturally to our favor. I feel as though I have come full circle, working with big/major labels like Warp and !K7.. well relatively major. I much prefer working closely with friends.
Scratcha DVA recently claimed it would be ace to live in Berlin and pop round your gaff for some sugar and live next door to Machinedrum, does the city feel that top heavy with music talent to you?
Yes, it’s a bit overwhelming. The issue is that it’s so easy to live in Berlin that you tend to get a lot of laziness. I don’t want to dwell in the negative, not that it’s necessarily negative. Yet, it’s a big change from the rat race that is NYC, which I lived for almost 5 years. Times are going faster these days and there is no time for sitting around. I choose to stand up and change consciousness, if at all to inspire. If one person is inspired then I did my job.
How did the hook up with Pilar Zeta come about? Would you say her emphasis on 80s sci fi movies is intrinsically linked to the music on the LP?
We both come from Sirius in some alternate timeline somehow, so it was sort of meant to be. I think we were both aware of each other before we met anyways. The link that we have, relating to design, would be the alchemical, occultist, mysticism side of things.
Any plans to revisit the Creepy Autograph project?
Not at the moment, I get very few requests for this. This project was born out of a certain studio set up that I don’t really utilize anymore. If given the opportunity to sit in front of vintage equipment again, sure any day I would. But, I’ve gone down the technology road and I’m more interested in the modular side of analogue equipment rather than dusty old vintage technology.
Tell us about your Juno Plus podcast – where and how did you put it together?
I used my intuition, meditated before hand. It mysteriously appeared an hour later, I don’t remember much but I did go back and make a track list. Most of the tracks are edits of my own, mixed with pleasure. All my love.
1. Soundstream – Tease Me
2. Boys Noize – Adonis
3. Mike Dunn – Gherkin Aftermath 909
4. Boddika – Acid Jackson
5. Audio Jack Ft. Kevin Knapp – Stay Glued (FCL Weemix)
6. Marius – Checkered Flag (Jimmy Edgar Makeover)
7. Barker – Like An Animal (Jimmy Edgar ‘Keep Her’ Edit)
8. House Of Venus – Dish & Tell
9. Marc Houle – Mooder
10. Jimmy Edgar – This One’s For The Children
11. Letherette – No Point
12. Mr Fingers – Finger Fuck
13. Scuba – If U Want
14. Royalty – Heart Strings
15. Lazer Sword ft. Jimmy Edgar – Let’s Work
16. Aaron Carl – Down (Danny Daze ‘Down Her’ Remix)
17. Jimmy Edgar & Machinedrum – In Her City
18. Redshape – Throw In Dirt
19. Darling Farah – Grace
20. Citizen – Deep End
21. Hot Rod – I Like To Fuck (Dirty)
Detroit-based Jimmy Edgar, purveyor of sexed-up electro-funk, has just signed with the forward-thinkers of Hotflush in preparation for his first release in almost two years. March 17 will see the release of a new single, “This One’s For The Children,” via Hotflush, with an LP slated for release later this spring.
Previously put out on Warp and !K7, Edgar’s beats ooze weekend debauchery and blown-out flash photography, combining diverse influences from Detroit’s own laurelled techno scene and his new home-away-from home, Berlin. The single will have a digital promo release soon, but in the meantime get reacquainted with Edgar’s old video for his Zapp And Roger-esque tune “New Touch” below.
Also, Jimmy Edgar has a new live show utilizing synchronized LED lights. Dates worldwide in 2012, quite a visual spectacle.
Jimmy Edgar “Hot, Sharp, Touch (Hot, Raw, Sex Remix)”
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Parisian Fashion Compilation
Le concept store parisien s’illustre depuis plusieurs années avec des compilations érudites qui se baladent avec aisance à travers les genres et les époques. Clément Vaché signe ce nouvel opus, avec cette fois le sexe comme fil rouge. Quelques reprises dispensables mises à part, il s’en sort très bien avec quelques perles à sortir au moment fatidique. On pense d’abord à Hot sharp touch de Jimmy Edgar, de loin le meilleur morceau du lot. Le dandy américain signe un track de house moite et sexy, avec le clap disco et le synthé filtré qui font sa marque de fabrique. On a bien aimé aussi Sweet 17 de Dirty Beaches, une sorte de rockabilly mixé avec du Suicide, Coitus Interruptus de Fad Gadget, une house aussi martiale que sexy, et After Midnight In Your Bed de Miguel Puente & Mejia, une pépite house tout en sensualité et en élégance vaporeuse. Vous voilà équipé pour conclure.
-Trax Magazine, Paris
back in europe and got a few things to mention. last night i played for dj funk cause he was ‘sick’. i swear that roof caught on fire, i think none cared that funk was not there. Berghein club in Berlin… was basically straight from the airplane/detroit. i fall in love.
just finished the video for Emika “Hit me / 3 hours”, look out for news from ninja tune records. i did a remix for the video, so its me and emika doing our thing. sofie and gemma slack (amazing fashion shit) appears as well.
in any color, just signed to new label. I’ve decided to wait until its release date for the official announcement. i care not for politicx.
all my love,xo
hey lovers, i am working on a new one. announcing full news around next week. ultra excite face.
Mercredi 08 Juin 2011
Jimmy Edgar: l’interview du jour
Bruxelles a dansé au son de Jimmy Edgar il y a quelques nuits au Club Nouveau, un concept lancé par la mystérieuse Coco Lenoir. Elle.be y était. L’occasion de poser quelques questions à cet artiste musicien, dj et photographe de mode.
Wikipedia nous apprend que Jimmy Edgar est un compositeur américain (Détroit) de musique électronique né en 1983. Il vit désormais à Berlin.
Coco Lenoir organise le Club Nouveau à Bruxelles et Paris.
Voici l’interview de Jimmy à Bruxelles
Thank you to Vlad for this post.
And my new music is heavily inspired by this type of club music.” – Jimmy Edgar
1. Reese & Santonio | The Sound
The first time I heard this I was about 14 and listening to the radio in Detroit, probably just got out of highschool that day. I didn’t find out who it was until a few years later but I remembered it and always was looking for this organ house, dirty, 909 sound. Kevin Saunderson produced it, he always had some kind of dark swagger to his beats, very sexy. Amazing how much mood you can create with a few minimal parts; literally drum machine, reverb & organ bass.
2. Mr. Fingers | Ammnesia
A few of Larry Heard’s tracks have this amazing square wave, pulse width bass sound with this church chords over them and it just makes me think of driving through Detroit as a teen. I don’t like nostalgia, but this makes me feel like I am part of a movement, especially being a contributing musician. The drains in the city are always smoking as if the underbelly of the city is burning; supposedly they are from the salt mines. Yet, this gives Detroit more of a visual edge like Gotham City. The derelict style is indeed a post-apocalyptic (as people often call it) piece of art, in my eyes. Again, the simplicity of this track has been influence on me because of the emotion it instantly conveys.
3. DâM-FunK | Paradise
I chose this track because Damon is a good friend of mine and also we are inspired by each other, brothers in music. This track is unreleased, I believe. In my humble opinion, it’s his best song. I decided to put it right after Larry Heard because I know for a fact he was inspired by him, it especially shows in this one. Pure analog, recorded on tape, and funky as fuck. He is like-minded in that he knows how to create a sexy vibe, something that the ladies want to move their body to, as dancing can be an orgasmic experience even without the aid of toxic substances. I imagine some Pat Nagel painting but a moving animation featuring vector renderings of beautiful mannequin boys and girls jerking and hair blowing in the wind to a vivid colored sunset on a violet & pink beach scene, Just fantastic, gorgeous, feeling, ultra.
4. Lil Louis | French Kiss
Classic fucking tune that I actually heard on a Playboy mansion mix. One of the few tracks that can get away with a drastic tempo change in the middle of the mix. I saw Richie Hawtin a few years ago and he destroyed the dancefloor with this one. Instantly people freak out. Very nice melody and vocals. I’m really into Italo Disco and this certainly does the job. Anything remotely funky perks my ears.
5. Rhythim Is Rhythim | Nude Photo
This is Derrick May in his prime, as a young producer/DJ in the late 80s/early 90s. Probably one of the first Detroit Techno songs, next to Juan Atkins. He is the reason why I got a Yamaha DX synth, and smashing with the Roland TR909. It’s too bad he isn’t still making music. I saw him DJ in Detroit a few months ago at The Works with DJ Stingray and Carl Craig and it was one of the best sets I have seen him play. Me and my friend dressed up in leather and gold and danced like maniacs with the girls that night. The cops showed up and made a weird vibe but was a great evening. Full moon ensued. All you need is big sound, turntables, and a single red light and strobe light. This is Detroit.
6. Tyree | I Fear The Night
I dedicate this track to Pilar “Bauman” V, who was a good friend of mine. She was a very interesting artist from France. A couple weeks ago I invited her out to Club De Visionaire in Kreuzberg/Berlin. We had a beautiful night dancing and even met up with mutual friend Miss Kittin. We parted ways and that is the last time I would ever see her. She was murdered that night. We did not fear the night. Though, Berlin crime rate is relatively low, we must stay on guard and be aware there is negative and evil vibes surrounding us always. Rest in peace, my love.
7. Marshall Jefferson | Move Your Body
Chicago House at its finest and a quite early track that paved the way for a new sound that is still influencing music today. Technology played such a vital role in the rise of dance music. There’s just something really charming about dance tracks that tell you how and when to dance and Move Your Body…
8. Bang The Party | Bang Bang (You’re Mine)
One of my all time favorite tracks. Very much in the same vein as Reese & Santonio – The Sound, this track has some dirty, seductive vocals that will bring anyone out of the smoking corner to shoot looks at that special person who just caught their attention. My astrology reads Scorpio as my ascedant and if you know anything about astrology, then you know this speaks right to me. Listen and imagine.
9. Frankie Knuckles & Jamie Principle | Baby Wants To Ride
You may realize that this track was a big inspiration on my music, namely my song Hot, Raw, Sex from my 2010 album XXX. Whatever this song is about, drugs or sex… It does the job. The arpeggiating tones and the Prince-esque fuck chords make you think of a sex swingers club adorned with mirrors and blinking neon, everyone in high fashion and reflective jewelry. All being theselves, you could play this over the Rhythm Box scene from Liquid Sky and perfexion envelopes your body and mind with sweaty thoughts. This somehow hardly ever leaves my record bag and frequently drops on my ipods since I have several versions (the dirty sounding original tape demo is my favorite).
10. Bam Bam | Where’s Your Child
Acid hit hard in the midwest of America, soon followed over to London and Europe. The low pitched vocals are still heard in minimal techno from labels like M_nusand Hypercolour based out of Europe. The TB-303 was original made popular because bands who bought it ended up selling it because it sounded nothing like a promised replacement for your bass player, and a fun fact is that the japanese inventor who made it for Roland ended up getting fired (and later rehired). Early Techno musicians were picking these instruments up in pawn shops for around 50-100$ and syncing them with their TR-808 drum machines and developing what we know as acid. My studio isn’t complete without my 808, and though acid is a very particular sound, it’s damn near impossible to make it without these little silver boxes.
+11. Hercules | 7 Ways
Another fucking dope track that was probably released on Trax Records, if not they definitely would’ve put it out. 7 ways to make you jack he sings over the TR-707 beat. The 707 was different from the 808 as it samples real drum sounds, yet had a very electronic sound still because it was a quantized sequencer. Though, the 808 was a bit more loose because the sequencer was analog and bit more human because of the nature of circuitry, the 707 had its own sound and was used on some of the less sharp, more dirty acid and house track. Some of the pioneers literally had a jackin’ drum sequence with some fill arrangements and a microphone. Some of the best parties I’ve done were when I was 16 and rockin it with drums and a mic. If you got it, then they got it. Get it? Good.
This weekend, Spain’s pioneering music and multimedia festival, Sónar, takes to Chicago with performances that span dubstep, ambient, techno and post-rock: basically, artists who are riding the front end of the bell curve of experimental and electronic music. Detroit’s Jimmy Edgar, who performs Thursday 9, fits neatly in the midst of it all. Since he started deejaying and producing music at the tender age of 16, he’s steadily forged his own path through melodic techno, jittery glitch, electro-funk and his own brand of cosmic soul.
“It’s about changing it up and trying new things,” Edgar says. Reached on his cell while at his temporary home in Berlin, the 26-year-old adds, “I’m not interested in repeating anyone else’s process.” A restless soul, Edgar isn’t even willing to repeat his own process. While all his work bears the Edgar stamp—melodic, slightly off-kilter and hard to categorize—his early releases for progressive electronic label Warp fall to the IDM side of things, whereas his latest, June’s XXX, for !K7, sports a poppier sheen.
XXX has elements of his early days cavorting with Detroit techno colossus Derrick May and the glitch that originally captured the ears of Warp. It also oozes with the sexed-up funk that comes from listening to a lot of Prince, which Edgar reluctantly admits he’s done. When he’s asked about influences, it’s obvious Edgar doesn’t want to be painted into a corner or acknowledge his music is coming from anyone but him. He goes so far as to point out that he’s “just grown out of this thing where I didn’t want to listen to other music because I felt like it was ruining my inspiration.”
During our chat, most questions are met with an “I don’t know,” an “I guess” or a “sort of.” He almost seems to revel in being misunderstood. Across XXX there are allusions to sex, so the topic seems like the perfect avenue to get him to open up. On “Push,” he sings “let me see your body work” while a girl moans in the background. Songs like “Physical Motion,” “Hot, Raw, Sex” and, of course, the album’s title are self-explanatory. Yet he denies that XXX is an explicitly sexual record.
“I suppose,” he responds when asked if his love life found its way onto the record. The contradictions, it seems, are part of his charm. “When I was writing [XXX], I was actually celibate. I think a lot of people are confused by the references that I made when I was making this music, like I was a hypersexual person when it was completely the opposite.” Edgar may have avoided the company of the fairer sex while recording, but the temptation clearly remained. “When you go through some kind of sexual fast, you feel this vibration inside you that’s all-encompassing,” he says.
Despite his stint with celibacy, Edgar, a striking figure with wavy, raven tresses and piercing almond-shaped eyes, is undeniably a sexual creature. He’s gone so far as to experiment with making music as a lady. “Masking yourself as a supermodel and releasing music is really interesting because people view it as, oh wow, this really beautiful person is making music,” he says. “It’s so fucking ridiculous in a way, but we all find ourselves trapped in this cycle of gawking over beauty and it’s kind of disgusting.”
In addition to music, Edgar explores glamor, sexuality and self-expression through photography and, occasionally, fashion design. All of which he taught himself. “Have I ever had a teacher? No. But have I gone where I needed to go to learn something? Yeah,” he says. “I guess it’s just sort of being really egocentric and thinking I can do everything. I have A.D.D. or whatever, like everyone else these days. I can’t focus my attention for one minute.”
[Article via timeoutchicago.com for Sonar Festival Chicago]
Future electro sleaze funkateer par excellence Jimmy Edgar makes a welcome return to music releasing action later this month with a single taken from last year’s under rated XXXalbum backed with some neat remix action.
“New Touch” was a definite highlight of the Detroit born producer’s third album with a vocoder heavy panache that Chromeo could learn a thing or two from. It’s certified single material and Edgar himself is amongst the remixers with a Hard Makeover that adds some noirish arpeggiated electro menace to proceedings.
In addition fellow Detroit native Axiom Crux steps up with a remix that slows the track down and adds a punishing industrial flex, whilst perhaps most excitingly Luckyme’s Montreal based wunderkid Jacques Greene adds to his growing reputation with a shuffling future house refix that bristles with dancefloor pressure.
Jimmy Edgar will release New Touch on !K7 on January 25, 2010. [Article by Juno]
MAY 30, 2011 DETROIT USA, Tv Bar 3548 Grand River
JIMMY EDGAR with special guest METRO AREA, RUNAWAY, WAAJEED & ZE DARK PARK
JUNE 11, 2011 DETROIT USA, Private
JIMMY EDGAR DJ
AUG 5, 2011 UNITED KINGDOM, Big Chill Festival
JIMMY EDGAR LIVE
AUG 20, 2011 BERLIN GERMANY, Suicide Circus
JIMMY EDGAR LIVE
AUG 28, 2011 LONDON UK, TO BE ANNOUNCED
SEP 10, 2011 BERLIN GERMANY, Berlin Festival
JIMMY EDGAR LIVE with special guest HERCULES LOVE AFFAIR, PANTHA DU PRINCE, MOGWAI, BATTLES, BOY GEORGE DJ SET & MANY MORE