CIRCUS @ LA MANIA
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◆ LEE CURTISS (Visionquest – US)
◆ KHIDJA (Poor Relatives)
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Though he may give off the straight-shooting air of a Midwestern jock, Lee Curtiss has a wicked ear, plain and simple. Like his partners-in-crime Seth Troxler and Ryan Crosson, the shaggy Curtiss produces primal, exquisitely deep dance tracks that pulse with life, sex, and humor, incorporating countless genres but beholden to none. Lee Curtiss is an eccentric, an original, a ten-year veteran of the electronic-music scene—and his love of his craft shines through in his tracks’ every bump and shudder.
Curtiss grew up in Western Michigan and eventually moved to Detroit, living the guitars-to-turntables / concerts-to-underground-parties arc shared by so many other children of the electronic-music revolution. The similarities end there, though—Lee displayed an immediate knack and passion for dance music that translated his love of Prince, Quincy Jones, and good
old underground disco into a production and DJ style noted for its sensuality and effortless style. Now returning to Detroit after an extended stay in Berlin (where he swapped ideas and lived with his old friends Troxler and Crosson), Curtiss continues to produce vital releases and remixes on labels including Dumb-Unit, Wolf+Lamb, Esperanza, and Mothership, and play DJ gigs the world over.
The Black Door EP, Curtiss’ first release on Spectral Sound, was years in the making—stretching back to the producer’s early days in Detroit, where he first befriended label mainstays Matthew Dear and Ryan Elliot. To be released in October, 2009, the Black Door EP is the result of years of stylistic tweaking and Curtiss’ ever-shifting aesthetic agenda. It’s also quintessential Lee: instantly familiar, subtly unhinged, masterfully executed dance music.
KHIDJA [ K ə d ɪ ʒ a : ]
Andrei Rusu & Florentin Tudor followed an ascendent pathway to glory in the
extremely active Bucharest nightlife, playing music for almost a decade, in
most clubs you might think of. They play deep disco and house, mostly 70’s – 90’s stuff,
detroit techno and even towards no wave, progressive rock, jazz, latin
or arabian rhytms early in the morning. In 2007 they released their first commercial project, a compilation of 70s funk jazz called “Romanian Jazz”, together with Jazzanova on the famous german Sonar Kollektiv label.
The compilation appeared on vinyl as well as cd. Currently they are working as The Poor Relatives and are preparing deep house, nu disco and balearic releases, with great feedback from everywhere.
In the many years of playing beats, Khidja spun together with the following superstars:
Moodymann (Detroit), Eric Duncan (Rub N Tug NY), Caribou (CAN), Dj Spun (NY), Dixon (GE), Trus’Me (UK), Idjut Boys (UK), Darshan Jesrani of Metro Area (US), Pete Herbert (UK), DJ Brka (SE), Domu (UK), Soft Rocks (UK), Tim Sweeney (NY), Nick Chacona (US), In Flagranti (US), Quarion (GE), Grand Wizard Theodore (NY), Sean Johnston (UK), Felix Dickinson