Madison Square Gardner

 

 

We’re thrilled here at King Deluxe HQ to introduce Minnesotan beatsmith and synth aficionado Fancy Mike as our debut release.  Madison Square Gardner is a heavy, hypnotic retro-futurist hip-hop ouvre, with cover art from the talented Nate James.

 

 

 

PURCHASE

 

 

Debut release from Fancy Mike, one of the new breed of electronic HipHop producers from the American Midwest. The eight efficiently constructed tracks of ‘Madison Square Gardner’ bear no small resemblance to the lauded sound of Brainfeeder’s Lorn or Manchester’s Illum Sphere, full of dynamic synthline sculpting and robust, future-cut beats brimming with a confident soul. Highlights have to be the next dimension swirl of ‘Ivy League Smack feat. DAM!BEER, the precisely angular crunk of ‘Mickey Mouse’ feat. Raw Stiles, or the steep temperature drop in closer ‘Three Mountains’, leaving the route wide open for his next release. Very promising stuff. Fans of Teebs, Lorn or Dem Hunger should check this!

Boomkat

 


Here’s a release to be grabbing people…. Madison Square Gardener is the first release on a new label called King Deluxe, and it’s by a chap with the slightly effeminate name, Fancy Mike. Sub-Heavy Glitch Hop and synth-led post dubstep is the order of the day here… there’s 8 tracks, the pick of the bunch for me is Lazer Opera – a crunching glitch riddim being straddled by an almost Depeche Mode-esque synth line with enough sub-bass to shake the filters out your cigarettes. Other tracks bring bring in choppy and atmospheric soul samples, and reflective electronic atmospherics – there’s a lot of different influences here, but the central groove remains intact. Strong stuff.

We Fucking Love Music

 


holy SHIT. boosted from WFLM. if tobacco played dubstep. this is really, really bouncy, analog-synth driven glitch hop. and it is fucking fantastic, and really goddamn fun.

sounds like if tipper exploded backwards in time and only had equipment from the 70′s to play with.

GET. PLAY LOUD.

prosperityandbeauty

 


Keep making music. I don’t know why you wouldn’t. Again, the shit is rad.

Lorn

 


pretty hard times in these days. Two weeks left until deadline of the project. Fast and thoughtless writing, zombish people all around and so much tense.
sun, snow, songs. Those S’s make me stay stable for a while.

And today early in the morning, I think it was 3 o’clock, I found Fancy Mike. Some experimental electronica. Snow of rates and vibrations. better listen loud.better listen then do anythin’.

Anyway, it’s perfect for writing.

Empty Trunk


Now this album kind of shocked me. I was not expecting a guy calling himself Fancy Mike could make such fly beats. Fancy Mike is from Los Angeles, California and is a Funky Psychedelic Space Producer. He makes some absolutely odd sounding tracks but you cant help but tap your toes.

- HAMradio


…As a whole, the album is a beautiful deviation from what could be called the ‘norm’ of glitch and bass music. My favorite song off the album, “Lazer Opera” is actually one of my favorite songs of the year. Fancy Mike’s synth heavy, bass-driven, beautifully melodic style is perfectly exemplified in Lazer Opera. The main melodic line is hauntingly beautiful and has all the emotional potential of a exemplary operatic singer. With “Lazer Opera” Fancy Mike brings some profound fanciness to 21st century beats.

- Subsynthesis


From the people that brought you that experimental 2999 project from some time ago comes the first release from the King Deluxe label, Fancy Mike’s eight-song EP Madison Square Gardner, which pairs hip hop leanings and completely out-there productions and arrangements. Across the set, Mike’s beats are hugely successful and are a perfect accompaniment to the wintry atmosphere bombarding much of the eastern half of the United States, shutting us all inside and feeling like the outside is in an end-of-days scenario, but with snow.

- The Culture Of Me

 

The opener ‘Ramachandran’ is a space age melodic hip hop instrumental with wonky synth lines and carefully crafted sampling which echoes the sounds of electronica from the likes of Boards of Canada. ‘Ivy League Smack’ exhibits a love for sub-bass and again shows off Mike’s excellent synth skills as rolling hip hop beats are backed up by the industrial chimes and rippling hats. A real highlight of the album, ‘Lazer Opera’ kicks off with an echoing choir and a subtle plucking synth before the bass begins to rumble and then… it drops, and computer game synths and deep bass leads the way through this futuristic neck-snapping joint…

Madison Square Gardner is an album which clearly displays an artist with excellent production skills and as having a very bright bright future ahead. The album showcases Fancy Mike’s penchant for synth work, beautiful atmospherics and his ability to skilfully craft tracks with a retro-futuristic style, he’s a very talented producer and most definitely a man to keep your eyes on. - Woii

 

 

Some albums are difficult to know what to make of. Individually, some of the eight tracks on Madison Square Gardner are wholly satisfying fusions of ambient, synth and assorted keyboard and laptop trickery. Ramachandran and Cartoon Pornography (feat. DAM!BEER) are two prime examples, the former loping through percussion samples and keyboard stings, the latter cruising lazily on a cushion of French-sounding electro with a few computerised beats providing texture and excitement. At the same time there are a couple of failed experiments. Ivy League Smack (also feat. DAM!BEER) suffers from extreme over-glitching, the already-esoteric samples mangled beyond enjoyable recognition [EDIT: glitchy future beats of Ivy League Smack were a major reason King Deluxe decided to sign Fancy], while Hipster Crack’s monosyllabic vocal grabs and samples rapidly grow repetitive. Fancy Mike’s debut EP is worth at least one listen, but it’s like talking to the strange guy in the corner at a party: you might enjoy the conversation, but you’ll still be left wondering if he wants to drug you and steal a kidney.

- Nils Hay

 

 

Sometimes I worry that I’m becoming jaded as a music critic. In part because I am so rarely blown away by a new band. To be honest though, most of the music submissions that I get don’t even really receive a fair chance. It just isn’t possible to listen to everything that gets sent to me more than once, and often I find it hard to even listen to more than a minute of most the songs. So if something doesn’t really grab me right away there is a good chance I’ll just move on. And while I still hear a lot of music that I like, it is increasingly rare that I feel just smoked by how awesome an artist is.

Well the other day, I got my mind officially f**king blown. I organized a little online listening party with a host of fellow bloggers and musicians and we threw down some of our favorite new music. Unholy rhythms, Tofu & Whiskey, Leaving Scene, No Modest Bear, Teen Daze, Teenage Reverb, Stadiums & Shrines, Cream Team and waaaay more folks took turns DJing for the room (it is hard to identify everyone b/c most folks used pseudonyms).  And the result was an intense overdose of awesome. So much great new music. We even got treated to a new unreleased remix that Teen Daze was working on that just kills all. One of my other favorite discoveries from the afternoon (you’ll be hearing about more of them in the next few days), was the track “Ramachandran” by Fancy Mike which was spun for the room by another TK favorite – Teenage Reverb.  Fancy Mike’s EP, Madison Square Gardner, is a must own if you like grimy, stuttery and highly textured electronica in the vein of FlyLo, Four Tet, etc.  Dude isn’t just in the same league as those heavyweights – this EP demonstrates that he is every bit their equal.

- Turntable Kitchen




Fancy Mike makes some killer electronic hip hop with amazingly catchy beats. “Ramachandran” is the first track off his new album, Madison Square Gardner on King Deluxe. It starts out slow and droney but amps up pretty quick with glitchy semi-vocals, deeeep sub wobble, and gritty almost chiptune style synths. Sweet bubbly melodies locked in an arpeggiated groove. Pure bliss. Not so much of a dance jam, more like the track you’ll be blastin on your headphones on the way to the party.

- Anti-Gravity Bunny



 

In which Fancy Mike (Mike Kleine) inaugurates the Salmo, British Columbia-based King Deluxe label with a tasty collection of future-retro instrumental hip-hop called Madison Square Gardner. Kleine’s only been operating under the moniker since 2008 but navigates the territory with aplomb as he powers his lo-fi, synth-heavy tracks with glitch-hop and crunk-funk beats. With a taste for analog-driven technology and tape hiss, Kleine weaves elements of synth-pop, dubstep, crunk, and hip-hop into a bass-heavy, eight-cut collection that weighs in at a svelte twenty-four minutes. As such, Madison Square Gardner may seem more EP than album but give Kleine points for keeping his tracks lean.

A next-level instrumental beamed in from another galaxy and powered by bleepy synth lines, entrancing arpeggios, and a wonky hip-hop pulse, “Ramachandran” immediately serves notice that Kleine’s music is worth one’s time. Following an opening fusillade of splintering sounds, “Ivy League Smack” rolls out a steamy slab of bass thump and smooth head-nod with all of it soaked in an industrial bath of clatter and wah-wah melodics. In “Lazer Opera,” a choir of warbling synth swirls paves the way for bass-thudding rhythms inflected with snake-rattling hi-hats, while “Hipster Crack” anchors grinding synth bleeps and a raw guitar figure with a bulldozing beat that might be the album’s heaviest. Suave to its velvety core, “Cartoon Pornography” brings a jazz vibe and silken strings into its crackle-drenched orbit, all the better to sweeten its bottom-heavy flow. The crunk-styled banger “Mickey Mouse” snakes its way through a post-Dilla scrapheap filled with stuttering beats and soulful vocal fragments. To Kleine’s credit, Madison Square Gardner dishes out one neck-snapper after another, with not a single one wearing out its welcome.

- Textura

 

 

Neon Indianesque space travel tunes. imagine being inside the grid when you listen to the opening track Ramachandran. Glitchy and heavy on the synthesizer. When you hear the beginning Lazer Opera,,, you will be like that copy cattin’ s.o.b. it seriously sounds just like derezzed… but just the beginning. But back to the story.. its some glitch hop that will help get you to the chillest groove station in proximity to you.

- dats my shit

 

 

Imagine this, an ex-Christian Dior visual artist who manages a biannual art and literature journal and is finishing up studies in French History and Literature, who just so happens to be a lo-fi synth based beat maestro also. Was that a little much for you guys? Well if it was or not get ready, because that is exactly who Fancy Mike is. Madison Square Gardner is the debut EP of Fancy Mike and it is a heavy album filled with robust synth and some dope samples. Fancy Mike has a sound aesthetic that put’s me somewhere between a dim back alley arcade and that moment at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark where they are wheeling the Ark of the Covenant through the secret government warehouse. If you can imagine such a comparison then you will realize that this EP is definitely worth a good listen. Matter of fact, I’m listening to it now.

- HeadNodz

 

 

Привет всем, кто с нами)) К сожалению, ничего особенного в эти дни не выходило, поэтому в такие моменты мы будем рассказывать о незаслуженно пропущенных нами альбомах. А, первым героем нашей новой рубрики «название мы еще не придумали» станет битмейкер Fancy Mike из Лос-Анжелеса, со своим дебютным альбомом «Madison Square Gardner«.
О, да. Этот парень знает толк в музыке. Его биты, словно снежки – холодные, но безумно красивые. Попадая точно в цель, они разлетаются на миллиарды малюсеньких кристалликов, каждый из которых, по своей структуре, идеален и неповторим. И не смотря на такую холодную атмосферу звучания – данный альбом оставляет только самые теплые и позитивные впечатления. Если вы соскучились по настоящей зиме – этот релиз однозначно для вас. Ведь, что это такое, когда на улице Январь месяц, а в Киеве днем +5 и целый день льет дождь?
Для тех, кому нравится Lorn, Illum Sphere, Dem Hunger и для всех, кто против глобального потепления!

Привет всем, кто с нами)) К сожалению, ничего особенного в эти дни не выходило, поэтому в такие моменты мы будем рассказывать о незаслуженно пропущенных нами альбомах. А, первым героем нашей новой рубрики «название мы еще не придумали» станет битмейкер Fancy Mike из Лос-Анжелеса, со своим дебютным альбомом «Madison Square Gardner«.О, да. Этот парень знает толк в музыке. Его биты, словно снежки – холодные, но безумно красивые. Попадая точно в цель, они разлетаются на миллиарды малюсеньких кристалликов, каждый из которых, по своей структуре, идеален и неповторим. И не смотря на такую холодную атмосферу звучания – данный альбом оставляет только самые теплые и позитивные впечатления. Если вы соскучились по настоящей зиме – этот релиз однозначно для вас. Ведь, что это такое, когда на улице Январь месяц, а в Киеве днем +5 и целый день льет дождь?Для тех, кому нравится Lorn, Illum Sphere, Dem Hunger и для всех, кто против глобального потепления!

- Sashi

 

 

Debut release from Fancy Mike, one of the new breed of electronic HipHop producers from the American Midwest. The eight efficiently constructed tracks of ‘Madison Square Gardner’ bear no small resemblance to the lauded sound of Brainfeeder’s Lorn or Manchester’s Illum Sphere, full of dynamic synthline sculpting and robust, future-cut beats brimming with a confident soul. Highlights have to be the next dimension swirl of ‘Ivy League Smack feat. DAM!BEER, the precisely angular crunk of ‘Mickey Mouse’ feat. Raw Stiles, or the steep temperature drop in closer ‘Three Mountains’, leaving the route wide open for his next release. Very promising stuff. Fans of Teebs, Lorn or Dem Hunger should check this!

- But They Will Not Kill

 

 

i have been talking about fancy mike for a while now, i have just been lazy about posting him. and i don’t really know why, i mean i don’t listen to most of this “beat-y” stuff much, but when i do i require a much higher level than most. (see montgomery clunk post) but fancy mike, besides having the coolest handle out there, is of that ilk without a doubt. these beats will allow you to forget for a few that “this type of stuff, is not really your thing”, and just enjoy the simplicity, and warmth and rhythm. clever, clever, clever. this is cool. i promise. for some reason mediafire does not want me to upload my 320 version, but you can get a slightly lower, but equally awesome 192 on his bandcamp. and hell if you have five bucks, give it to him! he deserves, and probably could use it, and then you can get all the luscious bit-rate fancy mike has to offer. really? fancy mike? try to tell me that is not an awesome moniker.

- Kelly Is A Fascist

 

 

When I was younger and less patient, I always thought that tracks on a record that were just sounds with no beat were filler. My restless ass wanted head bobbing material constantly. I hated half of Drukqs and loved the other half. I burned a CD with only ”54 Cymru Beats,” “Taking Control,” “Vordhosbn,” etc. and left off the numerous and ingenious experiments in sound.

I’m not sure at what point I grew up and appreciated melody sans beat, but the line between understanding and a lack of struck me a couple of months ago when I heard a Mono/Poly tracks that reminded me of “Kaini Industries” off of Boards of Canada’s monumental Music Has The Right To Children. As a kid I would skip that track because the beat that would fit so damn well under it never dropped. Instead that sick synth bass line dissolved into squeaks and thumps that invoked images of classic black and white cartoons. I couldn’t stand it! I even considered sampling it and adding a beat, but that just wouldn’t do. I finally realize today that sometimes a melody stands best alone. This Bibio rendtion of “Kaini Industries” drives the point home.

Anyhow, Mike, “______ pt.1” is a sick track. When I was a 21 year old whipper snapper, I wouldn’t have stopped till there was a really jarring beat to these sounds, but you know better. Can’t wait for “______pt. 2.”

- Laudable Heads

 

 

This came out back in December of 2010 on King Deluxe Records, probably my favourite Canadian label atm. PK has some amazing talent repping the label from all over the world. Fancy Mike’s Madison Square Gardner is now available for free download via Bandcamp.

Fancy Mike struts into and through every track with some seriously glitch nasty swagger. Every track promises the assembly lines of 2127 will produce music. Space, and the colonial housing of distant planets with moons freckled by hydrogen gathering machines reminiscent of Matrix sentinels, was the most logical place to go once this record started to play.

- Schitz Popinov