Fabian’s ‘Puzzle’ (+ some LexiconDon)

Right about now we’re going to kick off your weekend with this new bomb from our boy Fabian.

‘Puzzle’ is actually pretty old, being Fabian’s first track under that name, but has recently come to light as the soundtrack to this GoPro video of Jamie Pierre ski cliff jumping.

Old or new, we’re glad it’s getting an airing, it’s a full-on Electro juggernaut. If this doesn’t get you going for a weekends debauchery, then I don’t know what will!

Fabian – Puzzle

Maybe this? Fabian and crew as LexiconDon reMixing Seattle’s Mad Rad into a Dubstep Rock psychopath!

Mad Rad – I Want Your Blood (LexiconDon BDSM reMix)

Fabian’s début EP should be out later in the year on Binary.

Fabian @ Beatport

Fabian @ Juno

Fabian @ 7Digital

Fabian @ Amazon

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Binary Week: Fabian

Not content with being one part of LexiconDon, Fabian Ordorica is also in the business of rocking dancefloors worldwide with his own brand of heavy Nu-Disco tunes.

Big on bass, big on grooves, that’s how you could describe Fabian’s tracks. Huge, pounding rhythm sections and funky Disco riffs guaranteed to keep a crowd dancing are Fabian signatures. His music is, for the most part, feelgood party starters that have earned him a reputation for a kicking live show where his mixes up original productions into a continuous set geared to move your feet.

Over the past couple of years Fabian has dropped a string of blog destroying remixes alongside his original material that have built Fabian up into a name to watch and a mark of top quality Dreamwave.

Mr. Ordorica took some time to give us an insight into his world:

ER: First off, many thanks Fabian for chatting with us.

F: Of course. Anytime.

ER: How did you start getting involved with making music?

F: Well, I started DJing in high school, (house parties, dances etc…). A few years later, I bought FruityLoops and fell in love with production.

ER: Who are your heroes and influences, both musical and otherwise?

F: I draw influences from a lot of places. I started off producing hip hop, and was a big fan of Neptunes, Timbaland, Dr. Dre, Scott Storch, Dark Child and many other producers. I’m a big fan of music with great drum sounds and drum grooves. For me the drums are what really drive my music.

Fabian – Heatwave

ER: When did the Binary crew enter the picture?

F: We (Josh, Kyle and I) had met before they heard my music. About a year later they heard some tracks that I had been working on for myself and LexiconDon, and they told me that I would fit into a Management company/Label, they were getting started based on local LA producers. So, boom I’m here now.

ER: What came first? Fabian or LexiconDon? Is Fabian to allow you to do things you couldn’t do in the confines of LexiconDon?

F: LexiconDon came first. Alex and I were staying and working out of a place called “Hollywood Sound”. We would mess around with a lot of different stuff, until we formed the sound we have today. That inspired me to start production for myself. Allowing me to find a different style.

ER: Do you have any ‘workhorse’ bits of kit in the studio.

F: My ‘workhorse’ bits are, beating a dead horse. (Haha, you see what I did there), I will beat a drum loop to death with different synths and basses. Then if nothing happens, I move on.

Fabian – 2am

ER: How does Fabian translate to a live situation, do you prefer playing live as Fabian or LexiconDon?

F: I really like performing as a band for LexiconDon. The energy is great between the four of us on stage. I’m preparing to try to match that energy in my live set. that’s my goal. To try to have the same impact, as if I had a full band with me, or to get as close as possible.

ER: When you’re writing a track are they any defining characteristics that suddenly make you think, this is a Fabian track or this is a LexiconDon track?

F: I’ll drive myself nuts before I can decide. I switch up a track so much sometimes, its never the same as what I intended it to be.

TNUC’s video for Heatwave

ER: What does being part of the Binary family mean to you?

F: It means a lot being part of a collective of talented musicians, producers, and DJ’s. I feel honored to be part of this family. We are going to bring a cool new sound to LA.

Fred Falke – Back To Stay (Fabian reMix)

ER: What does the near future hold for Fabian and fans?

F: I’m working on some new stuff, as well as finishing up my first EP. Expect a broad spectrum of production. People who ask me what kind of style I have, I always say its not really having one. I just make what feels right to me at the time, and making sure it sounds good. I’m a huge fan of great musicanship, and that is pretty much limitless. You feel me?

ER: Is Fabian more of a cereal or pile of pancakes for breakfast kinda’ act? Would that change the night after a show?

F: Haha. I don’t think I’ve heard that before. If I think I know what you mean, I would say a Las Vegas buffet (like at the Rio, not that 5 dollar shit). I wanna give people a little bit of everything. It keeps things interesting. And no it wouldn’t change after a show, a buffet has everything, why would you change that?

Pony Pony Run Run – Walking On A Line (Fabian reMix)

Fabian’s début EP should be out later in the year.

Fabian @ Beatport

Fabian @ Juno

Fabian @ 7Digital

Fabian @ Amazon

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Binary Week: Binary 101

Welcome to Binary week, here on electronic rumors, readers!

Over the next seven days we’ll be dedicating most of our output to Binary Entertainment, that haven for all things ElectroPop, all things Indie-Electro, all things Nu-Disco. That’s right…all things Dreamwave!

A couple of years ago  this sound had no name, the Valerie crew had their little corner of the retro, 80s,  inspired ElectroPop/Nu-Disco world pretty sorted, but not named, and around the world there were great artists producing music you could only really describe as Valerie-esq. While The Valerie Collative were making music largely inspired by American teen movies of the 80’s their sound still had a strong European quality to it…enter the Binary stable of artists, who took this mixture of melodic retro ElectroPop and contemporary, dancefloor aimed, production and ran with it. Adding a healthy dose of LA-centric Americana, a certain swagger if you will, to the genre and naming it. Dreamwave.

I’ll admit I was a little hesitant about the name when I first heard it being used. ‘I’ve been listening to ElectroPop for over 20 years’ I thought ‘it really doesn’t need a new name’, but credit is due to Josh and Kyle (Binary’s founders) as their vision of Dreamwave has stuck, and makes sense (even to me!) now. In retrospect the guys did a amazing job by giving this scene a name, it’s more than just a style of music (the Binary artists themselves span quite a diverse range of electronica), it’s an attitude, a soft focus outlook on life where loving and dancing are the priority. When you think of Dreamwave, not only do you thing of the perfect smooth ElectroPop/Nu-Disco blend but also of warm summer nights, partying in LA.

Whether it’s the laidback Indie-Electro of NightWaves, the Disco flavours of Keenhouse or LexiconDon’s real world ElectroPop the Binary crew are putting melody back on the dancefloor, or Disco back into songwriting, and the term Dreamwave is becoming so ubiquitous now that January’s print edition of The NME named Dreamwave their ‘D’ in an ‘A to Z for what to watch in 2011’. Let’s hope their readers take note!

Not only did Josh and Kyle pull off the (pretty hard) task of branding a type of ElectroPop, but they also branded a feeling. An aspirational lifestyle that can be yours, even if you can’t get to LA, through the music of the artists who call Binary their home.

Who are these electronic Sandmen? LexiconDon, NightWaves, Short Circuit, Keenhouse, Alfa, Fabian & The Kids Are Radioactive. You’ll get to know them very well over the course of this week!

Here’s what Josh and Kyle have to say:

ER: How did Binary get started?

J: Well, I suppose it started out of a frustration for doing what people consider to be conventional lives and jobs. Kyle and I both desperately wanted to try doing something special and different before we became tied down by things like a mortgage, a marriage, or kids. We’ve been musical compatriots practically since the day we met (sailing in Long Beach!), so starting a music company was something we felt really excited about trying. We spent a bunch of time thinking long and hard about what we wanted Binary to be, and eventually, near the middle of 2008, we quit our jobs and haven’t looked back since!

ER: Is there a Binary Mission statement?

J: For a long time we were somewhat known for saying that our mission was to “bring the song back to the dancefloor”… In a lot of ways that is definitely still a mission of ours. Most of the music we work with, put out, or write about is expertly produced electronic music that’s made for fans of all music, not just dance junkies. I don’t think that part of the mission has changed. What I’m no so sure about anymore is whether or not you could call Binary a ‘dance music’ music factory. Kyle and I love a lot of different kinds of music and I think Binary will end up being a home for a lot of music that people can’t dance to. I believe our mission is to provide an artist friendly home for great songwriters, be it on the blog, on our label, or as an artist that we manage.

ER: How do you find your roster?

K: Well our roster hasn’t changed since it was fully in place back in September of 2008. But for that process, it was a mix of musicians we were associating with at the time through a friend and we were really impressed by the material they were putting together (Fabian and Alex from LexiconDon), a couple guys we found on some blog posts (Short Circuit and Alfa), we found The Kids Are Radioactive by scouring through MySpace, which took up a lot of our time in the early days of Binary. And we saw Keenhouse play a show that another one of our friends was promoting. We spent a ton of time just jumping in head first into this community of artists online, on MySpace, that were making original music and showed a certain creative edge rather than just chopping up some songs and making remixes…it was really a great journey to take. So we found what we thought was the best and the guys that showed the most potential, and guys that were in the LA area since we were trying to build a local scene and community here, and that’s how we ended up with the roster we currently have. Nowadays, because of the blog, we get a lot of promo emails, so we’ll find a lot of upcoming talented producers that way, and just staying on top of blogs looking for new artists. I personally really like finding the totally unknown guys that I can just sense have a lot of potential and watching them grow into bigger things, whether that’s due to us or not, but unfortunately that’s getting a lot harder since MySpace has died…which is the only bad part about MySpace dying.

ER: Is LA really as cool and romantic as the music would suggest?

K:Haha, yeah, I think so. LA is as cool and romantic as you make it. LA gets a bad reputation around the world (though I think this is changing a lot) and people think it’s plastic and fake, and yeah, there are certainly big parts of the city that are like that. But it’s a very big place…big enough for all of us to create or live the life we want to live. When I first moved out here from Chicago I actually kinda’ hated this place, but once you settle in and can comfortably call it home, you start to find your own little world that works for you, with the friends you want, going to the places you want to go to, doing the things you want to do. I can’t think of a better place to live in your young 20’s than the east side of LA. We’re just all such like-minded people here, and everyone kinda’ gets each other, and we all know that we’re all kind of out here trying to live the dream. So it all works out, and some days you’ll find yourself on the freeway looking at the big green hills and the blue sky with the sun shining and you take a breath and really appreciate being here right now.

ER: Where the ladies at?

K: My lady’s at home, she’s awesome. Oh you mean where are the ladies on Binary? Haha, man there are a lot of times we wish we had more of a female presence on the label, whether that be having a full fledged Binary female artist, or even just a source to go to for female vocals on some tracks. I really hope that day comes soon, cause we could really use it. The problem is that it just seems harder to find…as I said we haven’t really expanded our roster in any case, but even if we had, I don’t usually come across female producers or singers sending us their music that would fit well with Binary. We try and push our current artists to collaborate with other singers, especially female singers, because a lot of times that is the best thing that could complement a track they may be working on, but it’s tough working on random collaborations like that. I don’t know, I think we’re going to need to start exploring some other channels. But that day will come and it will be a great day.

To get you started on your week long journey down the Binary rabbit-hole here’s NightWaves ‘Binary Hour’ mixtape, showcasing some of the best from the label:

NightWaves Presents: The Binary Hour

The Binary Hour tracklist:

01: LexiconDon – Pink + Blue
02: NightWaves – Fascination (Vocal)
03: Alfa – Funker
04: Short Circuit – This Is Real
05: Fabian – Last Flight
06: Keenhouse – Ari-es (Grum reMix)
07: NightWaves – Sweet Carrie (Beaumont reMix)
08: LexiconDon – December Sunset (U-Tern reMix)
09: The Kids Are Radioactive – Sorry
10: Short Circuit – Get Up
11: Alfa – Holy Shit!
12: Fabian – Heatwave
13: Fabian – Heatwave (Short Circuit’s Heatstroke Edit)
14: LexiconDon – Student Body
15: Keenhouse – Ari-es (Hemingway’s Starlight Yacht reMix)
16: Fabian – Starlight Love
17: LexiconDon – Hot Love
18: Short Circuit – How We Speak
19: NightWaves – Fascination (Bit Funk reMix)
20: Keenhouse – The Rendezvous

And as a bonus, check out some Binary-on-Binary reMix action:

LexiconDon – December Sunset (NightWaves reMix)

Keenhouse – Ari-es (NightWaves reMix)

Over the course of this week we will be profiling and interviewing each act on in the Binary stable. We’ll be featuring loads of awesome music, some exclusives, mixes and a competition so make sure you check back daily as we bring you the low-down on some of the finest ElectroPop being produced today.

Binary Entertainment @ Beatport

Binary Entertainment @ Juno

Binary Entertainment @ 7Digital

Binary Entertainment @ Amazon

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Oh Shit! & Night Drugs

OhShit&NightDrugs

OK, this lot’s been blogged to death in the last few days but I’ve been doing a bit of computer upgrading so this is a bit of a let post, but who cares, right? This is some killer music that some of you may not have heard (yet!).

LA and France meet head on in this heavyweight Electro face off! Oh Shit! and Night Drugs are teaming up to drop the single ‘Everybody Needs’, and it’s pretty funking amazing! Smooth SynthPop meets Filter-House and massive funk bass. The EP will have eight reMixes of the track. My pick of the pack would have to be electronic rumors faves Diamond Cut, who mix it up with heavy bass, a sweet lead line and big Disco flavour, Bit Funk’s huge Nu-disco vocoder outing and Binary man Fabian with his deep Disco-tinged Dreamwave track.

Oh Shit! & Night Drugs – Everybody Needs (zShare) (MediaFire)

Oh Shit! & Night Drugs – Everybody Needs (Diamond Cut reMix) (zShare) (MediaFire)

Oh Shit! & Night Drugs – Everybody Needs (Bit Funk reMix) (zShare) (MediaFire)

Oh Shit! & Night Drugs – Everybody Needs (Fabian reMix) (zShare) (MediaFire)

The EP is released exclusively on Beatport on 17th March as a special WMC release from Velcro City Records.

Oh Shit! @ Beatport

Oh Shit! @ Amazon

Night Drugs @ Beatport

Night Drugs @ 7Digital

Night Drugs @ Amazon

Fabian get new reMixes and a TNUC video!

Fabian

Fabian’s ‘Heatwave’ was originally featured on Binary’s excellent Dreamwave/SynthPop compilation ‘Binary Presents: LA Lights’, one of the standout tracks of the album, it was pure 80’s movie party scene montage soundtrack and created quite a bit of blog hype last year.

Now, not only are Binary dropping a superb reMix package but the track has been given the TNUC video treatment. TUNC is a video creator/editor, sometime reMixer, blogger from the 80’s(?) and all round purveyor of good taste, you can check the visuals he came up with for the track here.

The almighty, blog destroying, Russ Chimes contributes to the reMix line up and really excels himself with the bassline and soaring synth work he lays down. Also along for this night drive are Werewolf By Night, one of my personal favourite Dreamwave artists with an uplifting, ringing, feelgood take and Short Circuit who bring things straight back to the dancefloor with their cut up electro.

Fabian – Heatwave (zShare) (MediaFire)

Fabian – Heatwave (Russ Chimes’ Funkwave reMix) (zShare) (MediaFire)

Fabian – Heatwave (Werewolf By Night reMix) (zShare) (MediaFire)

Fabian – Heatwave (Short Circuits Heatstroke Edit) (zShare) (MediaFire)

I strongly suggest to go check out ‘Binary Presents: LA Lights’ is a seriously good compilation.

Fabian @ Beatport

Fabian @ 7Digital

Fabian @ Amazon