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Essaie Pas (DFA Records)
Montreal based electronic duo, Essaie pas is composed of Marie Davidson and Pierre Guerineau. While the world waits for the return of LCD Soundsystem, you could always while away the time listening to the output of DFA, the label founded by James Murphy. Essaie Pas will be a godsend if you like pulsating electronic dance music past and present, from Sheffield to Dusseldorf and beyond: the dystopian synth-futurism of early Human League, Cabaret Voltaire circa Sensoria, Propaganda’s Teutonic lullabies, Giorgio Moroder’s theme from Midnight Express, the more recent darkwave disco of Xeno and Oaklander and Cold Cave. It is icily industrial with the sensual throb of techno. Something – possibly a reflex association with the letters in the DFA imprint’s name – brings to mind electro-brutalists DAF.
When Solar began Djing in the early 90's, San Francisco's Clubs and Raves were places where musically, anything could happen. To be a DJ in this time and place meant having a fierce dedication to the craft of creating electrifying music for people to dance all night. A deep record collection and bold creativity were what people valued in the Djs they would go hear every weekend.
In 1994, Solar and a couple other Djs began bringing a sound system and a generator to the Berkeley Marina for free gatherings to dance and watch the sun set behind the San Francisco skyline. As these Sunset parties grew from dozens to hundreds, and now thousands of attendees, Solar become one San Francisco's best loved DJs. Known for his eclectic sets, blending Techno, Disco, House, Electro and electronic music with the energy of Punk and Psychedelic Rock, Solar has built a loyal following among a discerning crowd of dancers and party goers used to hearing every touring DJ you've ever heard of. Nearly twenty years of playing music for crowds large and small has evolved a style of Djing that seamlessly fuses the best of classic and modern dance music. More recently as resident and co-creator of the No Way Back parties, Solar has earned the reputation of a DJ devoted to the art of mixing and selecting music without regard to ephemeral fashion, trends or fads.
Mozhgan is a DJ based in San Francisco, California. Since 2011 she has been throwing one of SF's most musically diverse dance events, We Are Monsters, where she is a Resident DJ. Combining elements of Cosmic Disco, Cold Wave, Minimal Synth, Post Punk, Rock, Industrial, and EBM with House and Techno, the monthly event has brought together forward thinking DJs and crowds in an intimate setting. She has also brought her instantly recognizable style and sounds to the annual Sunset Campout and Burning Man, as well as a recurring weekly set at Monarch in SF. Mozhgan has developed her distinctive approach to selecting and mixing music that has distinguished her as one of the outstanding new DJs in San Francisco.
Layne composes field recordings, abstract auditory textures, and rhythmic concrète churns into a hypnotic aural terrain reminiscent of the inceptive work from her seminal female forebears in experimental electronics. Formally introduced to the Buchla by Suzanne Ciani as her studio assistant, Layne composes field recordings, abstract auditory textures, and rhythmic concrète churns into a hypnotic aural terrain reminiscent of the inceptive work from her seminal female forebears in experimental electronics. Recently released on Karl O'Connor's legendary Downwards Records. Layne has shared the stage with artists Suzanne Ciani, Karl O'Connor, Veronica Vasicka, Daniel Miller, Broken English Club, Shifted, HTRK, Samuel Kerridge, Grebenstein, Raime, and many more. In addition, she is resident DJ and co-founder of San Francisco club VX.
Justin Anastasi has been active for over a decade in underground music as a DJ and musician. Currently, he is founder of San Francisco club VX and resident DJ of the SF based Surface Tension collective.