#YouAreNotAlone: Justin Strauss

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March 30th, 2020
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#YouAreNotAlone: With the current circumstances and the weird, turbulent times all over the globe, we asked our friends to choose a favourite album or a track for these isolated days, and share it with us along with a photo. An album a day keeps the bad vibes away. Stay home, stay safe.

Today, the legendary New Yorker Justin Strauss shares with all of you one his favourite Talk Talk tracks. In his own words: “It’s hard to pick one from this album but I suppose Talk Talk’s ‘Life’s What You Make It’, will always be one of my favorites. Obviously taking on a very relevant meaning at this time. I could have picked ‘Spirt Of Eden’, or ‘Laughing Sock’ or the Mark Hollis solo LP. All are deeply intimate and introspective in their own ways.

Justin Strauss and Max Pask have joined up to form a new project called Each Other, with their playful self-titled EP “Be Nice To Each Other”, out now via DEEWEE. Support here.

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Each Other: “Same As It Never Was”

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March 5th, 2020
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Words: Elice

It’s amazing what 2020 has to offer so far in terms of electronic music. Say hello to Each Other, an exciting new project between our beloved New Yorkers Justin Strauss and Max Pask. The pair’s debut EP, entitled “Be Nice To Each Other”, a finely crafted three tracker, recently dropped on Soulwax/2manydjs label, DEEWEE.

While Strauss and Pask have DJ’d together on numerous occasions, this is the first time that they’ve collaborated on a production project. Strauss is a living NY legend, adequately representing the last three decades of New York nightclub history, and as he states “What we were trying to do and what we’ve hopefully achieved was to merge our influences with a nod to what many consider to be the ‘golden age’ of New York,”. What we state is that they have successfully achieved the above and we are “dealing” with an eclectic range of sounds in the space of just three tracks. Strauss and Pask have become the city’s favorite boys with this marvelous EP.

The opener of the EP “Same As It Never Was” leads the way to a new sound era, full of musical energy. What is and feels “same” is the high quality of the music, but on the other hand we can truly sense it “as it never was”. It is fresh, innovative and is the most immediate of the set, becoming more hypnotic as the minimalist topline buries itself into your subconscious. The combination of tiny drums, soothing chords and narrative vocals alongside the overall dark atmosphere of the tune create a harmony of various sound influences. We imagine ourselves on the dancefloor dancing to this mind-bending track. Blast the track above and enjoy the ride.

Each Other’s “Be Nice To Each Other” EP is out now via DEEWEE. Get it here.

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Extra Credit: “Emotional Make​-​Up”

DATE:
November 18th, 2019
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Extra Credit is a new project brimming with the expertise and musical chops of Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard, London-based producer Marcus Marr, and New Yorker Justin Strauss. Their debut single, an infectious track called “Emotional Make​-​Up”, lands on Ali Tillet’s Warm imprint, bringing with it the last rays of summer, as they jam out a feel good, end of the night, future house classic.

The single comes complete with a remix and dub mix of the track by Australian hot property, Loods. The sensational artwork for the release comes courtesy of Bráulio Amado, the NYC based graphic designer who has produced stunning visuals in the past for artists such as Beck, Róisín Murphy, Frank Ocean and Robyn.

The “Emotional Make​-​Up” EP is out now on Warm. Get it here.

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Fresh off the back of the languorous poolside disco and tropical pop of their superb debut album “Shapes On Shapes” released last November, LA-based disco-house duo Wild & Free have returned with a collection of essential remixes from label mates and influences alike by revisiting the heady disco of recent single “Ferns and Stuff”. The four-track remixes EP features a reworks from Xinobi, Boys Get Hurt, and a “Discotexas Club Mix”. And if that’s not enough, the legendary New Yorker Justin Strauss, who has produced and mixed records and remixes for the likes of LCD Soundsystem, La Roux and Goldfrapp, contributing a ‘Whatever/Whatever’ mix as part of the slick and hugely influential production duo he formed with Bryan Mette. Let’s get cosmic with this nine-minute great of “Ferns and Stuff” from Whatever/Whatever.

The “Ferns and Stuff Remixes” EP is out now on Discotexas. Buy it here

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Wild & Free: “Ferns And Stuff”

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Berlin-based producer and Relish head honcho Robi Insinna, aka Headman, recently dropped an EP featuring reworks of classic tracks by Swiss singer-songwriter Stephan Eicher, a former member of the legendary new wave band Grauzone of “Eisbaer” fame. Alongside Headman/Robi Insinna’s great rework of “Nice”, the EP also includes a sublime eight-minute remix of “Les Filles Du Limmatquai” from Whatever/Whatever, the New York duo of veteran producer Justin Strauss and Bryan Mette. What a ride! Both original tracks are taken from Stephan Eicher’s 1984 album “Les Chansons Bleues”.

The Stephan Eicher Reworks EP is out now via Relish Recordings. Pick up your 12” here.

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Yacht: “Dystopia (The Earth Is On Fire)” [Whatever/Whatever Remix]

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A/Jus/Ted feat. Miss Bee: “Stay Up Here”

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May 17th, 2013
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It’s time to get a/jus/ted. NYC veteran studio whiz Justin Strauss and Brooklyn producer Teddy Stuart, better known as Eddie Mars, have joined forces to create a new project, called A/Jus/Ted. As we read, since meeting in early 2012, the duo has been hard at work in the studio, crafting unique, synth-inspired dance music.

Having impressed with their great first single “A Brighter Light”, featuring Jeremy Glenn’s soulful vocals, for Under The Shade, A/Jus/Ted bring more heat with their brand new single, “Stay Up Here”. This time round, the duo has teamed up with London’s singer/songwriter Miss Bee to deliver an almost eight-minute slow-burning disco jam with an atmospheric feel that will leave you begging for more. We love it!

“Stay Up Here” will drop digitally on May 20th via Southern Fried. In the meantime, you can stream the full version of the track above. Just in case you missed it, check out A/Jus/Ted’s “A Brighter Light” below. Ride on!

Download the radio edit of “A Brighter Light” here.

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Yacht x Whatever/Whatever

DATE:
October 20th, 2011
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This one is so good. Whatever/Whatever, the DJ-production duo of the veteran studio whiz Justin Strauss and Bryan Mette, recently dropped this great remix of Portland duo’s Yacht “post-apocalyptic fight song” “Dystopia (The Earth Is On Fire)”, from their newest album “Shangri-La”. The release is out now on DFA and also features a rework from UK-based Emperor Machine. Buy your copy here. We’re still waiting for Whatever/Whatever’s remix of “Call it What You Want” by Foster the People. Big tune.

Head over to their SoundCloud page to hear a few more remixes. Do it.

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