Year One

 

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On December 1st King Deluxe turned one year old, and to celebrate we’ve gathered just a few highlights from a very eventful freshman season and featured them next to brand new interpretations of those songs, thanks to some very deluxe friends.

 

 

 

 

Carousel – Muta

Carousel – Option Command

Woman – Alphabets Heaven [video]

Woman – Ghost Mutt

Cartoon Pornography – Fancy Mike

Cartoon Pornography – Kingston Jazz Trio

Galaxy Train 2999 - Milch of Source

Galaxy Train 1989 - Mitch Murder [video]

Polybell Strategy – Option Command [video]

Polybell Strategy – Muta

You Berg – Longwalkshortdock

You Berg – Alphabets Heaven

 

 

 

Aether – I.D.

Aether – Subp Yao

Sulfozinum – Aleph

Sulfozinum – zack christ

Out Of The Unknown – El Haijn

Out Of The Unknown – Cubism

Mass - Vaetxh [video]

Mass - Calvin Cardioid

Interstellar Blackspot – Acre

Interstellar Blackspot – Danaet

The Great Escape – Titus Twelve

The Great Escape – First Aid

Superman – Sipp

 

 

artwork by HR-FM
logo and title by Jossie Mallis

 

 

 

 

 

King Deluxe is a label (sorta) based in a remote part of British Columbia releasing music from artists all over the world. A look over their roster isn’t likely to garner much recognition, but that’s one of their strengths, constantly digging up unexpected nuggets of talent like Fancy Mike and Muta that don’t get much exposure otherwise. Only a year into being and the label’s embarked upon an ambitious compilation project, mixing exclusive new tracks and label highlights and commissioning remixes and reworks by other King Deluxe associated artists. The result is fragmented and kaleidoscopic, a vision of post-everything electronic music that can be as inspiring as it is overwhelming.

The first sound is King Deluxe’s most confrontational, the stylistic industrial-strength blender of Colorado producer Muta. (Really: his perpetually contorting music sounds like it’s being put through a blender.) “Carousel” is given a heavily compressed once-over by Australian 8bit wunderkind Option Command, whose own gorgeously quashed “Polybell Strategy” is later roughed-up by Muta. Fancy Mike’s “Cartoon Pornography” is rendered by a live jazz group and Milch of Source’s spacey “Galaxy Train 2999″ is covered in fine ’80s style by Mitch Murder, so it’s not all straight remix-for-remix either. The staggered sequencing (original/remix/original/remix) makes for a rather rocky listening experience, but by design the compilation seems ripe for personal cherry-picking.

There are too many highlights to mention everyone needed, but a few unknown names deserve special mention. Bristol producer Vaetxh’s “Mass” is an easy standout, a crumbling mess of crunchy pixels rendered with an exactitude that makes most glitch-hop look simple, while Aleph’s “Sulfozinum” is a gorgeous slice of turbulent Teebsian hip-hop that’s subsequently slapped around by underrated Danish producer Zack Christ. Not-so-unknown Bristolian I.D. appears here with his contribution to the label’s ambitious 2999 multimedia project “Aether,” a light-footed dubstep track full of whooshing chords and dub techno accents, like Sepalcure welded to a more metallic foundation.

Chances are not everything on the two-hour compilation is going to satisfy any one person’s tastes, but it’s not meant to. At the least, Year One is like a manifesto for a fledgling label that deserves more recognition, and it’s bound to rope new listeners and fans in with at least a few of its tracks. I’m a textbook case: even having followed the label for most of its existence, seeing its deceptively expansive efforts compiled into one package has given me a new respect for King Deluxe, and a new hunger to dig into its already considerable back catalog. Give Year One a chance: it just might do the same for you.

- Resident Advisor


 

 

Got a message from PK this AM that not only had the Runner EP that I mentioned below just come out, but it’s in fact the label’s birthday! And to celebrate they’ve put together a compilation of both old and new tracks. With killer art as always. Realizing just how meaningful this label has been to me over the last year, introducing me to Vaetxh, Woulg, Fancy Mike, Alphabet’s Heaven and a ton of other great artists. Check the stunning video for Vaetxh’s Mass by Henning Lederer.

- Kid Kameleon


 

You might remember a while back we posted about a netlabel called ‘Peppermill Records’ and their epic project 2999, in which about 35 producers teamed up with visual artists and tried to create some kind of vision of what it’s gonna be like in the future.  All of the tracks and artworks were free; I had one in there, and if you missed them you can catch up with all of them here.  Since then, Peppermill has evolved into a broader-ranged label called King Deluxe, and they’ve just comissioned a bunch of remixes of their stuff, and bundled them up into two albums celebrating their first year of existence.

- Bass Music Blog


 

In recognition of their first anniversary (December 1st,2011) Canada’s King Deluxe Records has curated Year One, an immense two set collection of tracks from the label. Half of the tracks are previously released highlights and the other half consists of remixes from a wide array of artists affiliated with King Deluxe. Select sounds by Option Command, Muta, Fancy Mike, Acre, and more appear on the tape, each being a carefully selected gem picked from the large array of music the label released over this year. King Deluxe has had an amazing year, proving over and over that they have a keen ear for electronic, bass, and beat music on an international level. Check out Option Command’s remix of “Carousel” by Muta…

- Headnodz


 

Having had the full live Option Command sonic explosion/implosion experience, it’s no surprise that the new remix he’s done features one of the maddest middle 8s I’ve personally come across! Repitched to heaven, or somewhere anyway. Popping bottle sounds, snatches of raw bass, slick beat, plus the whole bonus set adrift between the tones mentalism. He’s also got a another fresh tune ‘Flat Battery,’ a melodic cacophony is the best sense, with accompanying bounce bass and freaked beats.On a related note the remix, along with Muta‘s remix of Option’s ‘Polybell Strategy,’ are to be found on their label’s new comp, King Deluxe Presents: Year One, celebrating their first year in the game. By the sounds of it, looks like they’ll be around a while.

Orange Press


 

King Deluxe put together two compilation albums of their artists to toast their first birthday, Year One (Sets 1 and 2).  Collected in Year One are ponderous footpaths into their diverse canon, immaculate demonstrations of the wholly unique vibe going on over there.

- 507 Projex


 

First anniversary of the Canadian label King Deluxe is coming on pretty massively with this awesome compilation gathering some tracks previously released on the label and brand new remixes from totally amazing producers! Muta, Option Command, Fancy Mike, Subpyao, Acre, Eel and many more!

- Urban Waves

 

Some of you may recall the memorable interview I did with PK from Peppermill records back in March 2011.  Not only did he give us a fantastic insight into the world of tree-planting musicians, he also told us about his new sister-label called King Deluxe. PK, among others, was the inspiration for me starting Angel Dust Records.

Well King Deluxe is now celebrating it’s one year anniverary, and have released a two set album featuring 25 tracks. The first set contains previously-released highlights from the first year in operation and the second album contains remixes from some of their most talented friends.  The artwork for King Deluxe has always been amazing, and this is no exception (see above), being ceated by HR-FM.

- Pete Cogle


 

Many Happy Returns to our good friends over at King Deluxe, our favorite Canadian beat collective run by a guy who collects pine cones!  In celebration of their first year anniversary, PK, the Lord of the Label, has put together two CDs worth of stellar sub-bass burners and remixes from the crew (plus some cats PK just wanted an excuse to invite to the party).  As with all things King Deluxe, it’s not solely about the music, so mad props to the outlandish art skills of HR-FM,who provided the album graphics.

Seriously, if there was one birthday party i wish i could have attended this year, this would be the one.  Of course, i could just be imagining the copious amounts of blunted combustibles, flannel, Vancouver Canucks cheerleaders and beards i assume were in attendance, but a guy can dream, right?

- Oddbloggings


 

King Deluxe have just recently (December 1st) celebrated their 1st anniversary, and what a year it was! Any avid reader of the site I’m sure have taken notice of this label, I’ve been a fan pretty much since the start. They’ve release a slew of great EPs blurring the lines between popular electronic music and experimental IDM/HipHop with artist such as Liar, Aleph, Muta, Fancy Mike and Vaethx to name a few.

I suggest you take a few minutes to listen to this 1yr compilations. The songs are complicated, well crafted and make my brain happy.

- J’aime Le Dubstep


 

Le collectif canadien King Deluxe souffle sa première bougie et sort pour l’occasion une double compilation appelée Year One.C’est sur le Set One que se trouve cette chouette galette, Galaxy Train 1989, préparée avec amour par le suédois Mitch Murder, aka « Michel meurtre » pour les intimes. Mitch donc, est un nostalgique des sonorités eighties. La preuve par l’image puisque son clip est  directement inspiré de l’univers du film Tron, sorti en 1982.

- Black Pizza


 

Our friends at King Deluxe are a year operative. They have treated us so far on some amazing stuff, Aleph and Muta but also Alphabets Heaven, I.D. Acre and more. Now they drop two amazing digi releases with some familiar stuff and some amazing remixes by people we know and like but also some amazing freshness like Ghost Mutt, Eel.

It all moves between abstract beats and the more soulfull stuff.  Check it.

- Lowriders


 


King Deluxe is a Calgary-based label celebrating its first year of music with a double album’s worth of material from its surprisingly diverse and mature sounding stable of global artists. The kinetic beats of Muta and the video game-inspired soundscapes of Alphabets Heaven kick off Year One, but it’s Fancy Mike’s jazz-form remixes of Cartoon Pornography that establish King Deluxe’s groove. The pair of “Galaxy Train” remixes help to keep the bodies moving. Option Command and Longwalkshortdeck feature some nice deep basslines, while I.D.’s “Aether” is a classic ambient piece with dubstep moves.

One of the most dynamic tracks comes from Aleph, an 18-year-old, classically trained Siberian-born violinist, now composing electronic music in his spare time. His “Sulfozinum” starts off sparse and ambient before quickly descending into a claustrophobic beat-frenzy. El Haijn’s epically proportioned “Out of the Unknown” helps to lighten the mood, while the remix of Vaetxh’s “Mass” is a fun 1980s-style dubstep mash-up. The synth-vibe of Acre’s “Interstellar Blackspot” and the wobbly basslines of Titus Twelve’s “The Great Escape” bring Year One to a fitting close.

- FFWD


 


One of my favorite providers of fresh music in 2011, a Canadian based label King Deluxe celebrates one year with the release of Year One compilation (in two parts). It includes a few highlights of quite a fruitful 12 months along with new interpretations by forward-thinking beatshmiths from across the globe including Fancy Mike, Ghost Mutt, Alphabets Heaven, I.D., Subp Yao, Option Command, Muta, Vaetxh, Acre and others. Stylistically this release offers diverse and wide-ranging beatz aesthetics with producers freely experimenting with sound, often quite successfully. This is not your typical easy-listening, ump ump sub sub UKG, Dubstep or Future Garage ting. Which is good, cause at the moment I’m really fed up with all this UK* scene. These tracks require some effort on the part of the listener, but trust me – you will be rewarded in the end :) If I am to name a few higlights I’d include: a fantastic Subp Yao’s remix of equally great Aether by I.D., Zack Christ’s angry, off-kilter refix of Aleph’s Sulphozinum or Ghost Mutt’s uplifting remix of Alphabets Heaven’s Woman.  Don’t hesitate peeps, grab this nice package, you won’t be disappointed.

- Doktor Krank


 

Hailing from the outer reaches of Canada, King Deluxe have produced an enviable catalogue of experimental electronics that encompasses all manner of musical shapes and sizes. If you are looking for an introduction to this superb label then the ‘Year One’ compilation could well be a good place to start.

EPM

 

 

British Columbia-based King Deluxe has been carving out its own little niche in the electronic music firmament over the past year with a steady string of head-turning releases by figures like Fancy Mike, Alphabets Heaven, and Option Command. Anyone not yet hep to the label’s forward-thinking fusion of glitch, IDM, and hip-hop should proceed directly to King Deluxe Presents Year One, as good a primer as could be imagined. To celebrate its first-year anniversary, the label has cherry-picked some previously issued standout tracks and augmented them with new interpretations by King Deluxe-associated artists. The result: one comes away from the release with an enhanced appreciation for the breadth and boldness of the label’s vision.

King Deluxe Presents Year One is an almost ridiculously strong collection that follows one standout with another. From the head-spin of Muta’s tribal-electro-funk makeover of Option Command’s “Polybell Strategy,” for example, we move immediately onto the fidgety trance-house of Longwalkshortdock’s unstoppable “You Berg (2999 Version).” Hints of jungle, drum’n’bass, and dubstep give the low-end breaks of ID’s “Aether” a marvelous thrust, while Aleph’s “Sulfozinum” presents a whirling dervish of proggy hip-hop. Seductive marriages of potent vocal melodies and glitch-hop breaks such as Alphabets Heaven’s future-soul workout “Woman (Ghost Mutt Merix)” are as fresh as anything coming out of the Hotflush or Hyperdub stable.

Some provocative results come from the sequencing design, which finds the original followed by the interpretation. As a result, we’re first presented with Fancy Mike’s “Cartoon Pornography,” which smothers a crisp buckshot groove with synth atmospherics and vinyl crackle, and then get an acoustic jazz rendering by the Kingston Jazz Trio. The gloomy (dystopic, if you prefer) dubstep of El Haijn’s “Out of the Unknown” sputters and writhes even more forebodingly in the Cubism Black Remix of same that follows. Vaetxh leavens the Aphex swizzle of “Mass” with a gently sparkling melody that Richard D. James would be proud to call his own, while Calvin Cardioid’s “92% Analog” remix plays like the original’s gleeful synth-pop sibling.

Echoes of other music sometimes surfaces in the tunes, though not to detrimental effect. “Galaxy Train 2999” by Milch of Source feat. EeL, for example, vaguely sounds like some mutant reimagining of the Bloodhound Gang’s “The Bad Touch,” while DNA traces of Madonna’s “Into The Groove” seem to bubble to the surface of the outfit’s (now credited as Mitch Murder feat. EeL) heavily disco-fied “Galaxy Train 1989.” Listening to the great music on this collection, the phrase “an embarrassment of riches” comes to mind. Suffice it to say that the label’s range has never been better captured than on this twenty-five-track release.

Textura

 

 

King Deluxe, a label I’ve been following closely, celebrated their first birthday back in December with this mammoth compilation mixing forward thinking futuristic bass music with classic Warpesque 90s electronics and unspeakably luscious artwork, as is the way with everything on the label. From the more straight up dubstep of El Haijn’s sinister Out of the Unknown (with a tiny flute sampling lending it a transnational vybe) and ID’s dark (post?) dubstep roller through to slightly more left field offerings from Longwalkshortdock (You Berg – glitchy future bass revisiting Orbital and System 7) and the amazing Aleph (Sulfozinum – slimy 8 bit jujustep (if you’ve ever played Monkey Island, skip this tune to 2:32 and you will agree this is a valid genre)), pretty much every tune on here is a winner.

- Generation Bass